Clients at the Burnaby Centre for Mental Health and Addiction (BCMHA) had a chance to go on a sea kayaking trip with Power to Be in May at Cates Park in North Vancouver. The purpose of the outing was to recognize and celebrate clients who are showing great commitment to recovery and engagement in treatment.
Mike S., 51, from Maple Ridge was one of the clients who went kayaking. Mike has an addiction to alcohol and says he has struggled with mental illness for his whole life. He was diagnosed with major depression and post-traumatic stress disorder when he was 45. At the Burnaby Centre he has received treatment for both his addiction to alcohol and for his mental health.
Mike was excited to be part of the group going kayaking with Power to Be. After getting some instructions and tips on how to kayak, the group set out in pairs to paddle across Indian Arm towards Belcarra Park.
Here's how Mike describes the experience:
The day was sunny, the water calm. Along the way we saw a seal hunting for fish. The crossing took about an hour. We ate our lunches, packed generously by the kitchen staff at BCMHA. Many geese were wandering in the park including a family with young goslings. I explored the beaches, seeing various fish and other sea creatures such as starfish. The weather began to cloud over and the winds picked up. Our paddle back was choppy but we managed well, going under various docks owned by the locals along the banks of Indian Arm. It was a great day. Fun was had by all and the guides were excellent, allowing us to race back to Cates Park for the remaining distance.
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