The Power of Giving: A Conversation with Tim Cormode of Power to Be Adventure Therapy and Cedric Steele, Philanthropic Community Leader and Land Donor


Event Info

Panel Discussion followed by a Mix and Mingle

IMPORTANT ROAD CLOSURE INFORMATION: Prospect Lake Road is closed from West Saanich Rd to Goward and Burnside Road W is closed from Charlton to Prospect Lake Road. Prospect Lake Road can be accessed from Goward off Interurban and from Burnside Road W approaching from the Trans Canada or Island Highway.

The Power of Giving: A Conversation with Tim Cormode of Power to Be Adventure Therapy and Power to Give with Cedric Steele, Philanthropic Community Member, and Land Donor

The CAGP Vancouver Island Chapter is pleased to welcome you to this very special event where we will be hearing from Tim Cormode, CEO and Founder of Power to Be Adventure Therapy, and Cedric Steele, local community leader and philanthropist about Cedric's generous gift of land to Power to Be and the impact that this gift has had on both the charity and the donor.

During our discussion, we will be chatting with Cedric about his personal story and how that has shaped his dedication to giving back to his community and Tim will provide us with comments on the impact that this substantial gift of land that they received from Cedric has had on his organization's immediate plans and future goals. We will also hear from Tim on his new venture, The Power to Give Foundation, and hear his thoughts on the future of philanthropy, and how charities can adopt a "business mindset" within their own organizations to maximize gifts and the impact that they can make within their communities. We will also leave plenty of time for those in the audience to ask Tim and Cedric questions.

We are hosting this event on the new home of Power to Be, which is on the former Prospect Lake Golf Course, as donated by Cedric Steele. We don't want you to just hear about the impact that Cedric's gift has already had on the organization, we want you to be able to SEE it! A big thank you to PTB for hosting us! Given that this event is a bit of a "field trip" for the CAGP, we would invite you to load up your vehicles with your colleagues as this event is open to both CAGP and non-CAGP members. Following the panel discussion, we will be offering light refreshments from 5:45-6:30 to give you a chance to network with your peers, and tours of the facility will be available after the panel discussion to anyone who is interested.

Space for the event is limited so we encourage you to register early to secure your spot.

Presenter Biographies

Panelist: Cedric Steele

Honorary Captain (Navy) (Ret) Cedric Steele, MSM, CD has an outstanding reputation in business, having built a successful real estate career in Greater Victoria.

His legacy is equally defined by his commitment to community service and Canada's navy.

A resident of Victoria since 1976, Steele is president of Cedric Steele Realty Ltd., a real estate company with commercial real estate holdings in Greater Victoria he founded in 1972. He also owned and operated the Prospect Lake Golf Course in Victoria from 1975 to 2017.

Steele has served as president of the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce, chair of the Board of Governors of Glenlyon-Norfolk School, and a board member of the Queen Alexandra Centre for Children's Health. He also served six years as a member of the Victoria Police Board where he initiated the Crime Stoppers program. He sat on the executive of Tourism Victoria and on the advisory board of the Faculty of Business at the University of Victoria. Steele was on the advisory board for the Salvation Army for 16 years.
He spent 18 years as the Honorary Naval Captain of Esquimalt base.

From 2002 to 2010, Steele served as Honorary Consul for the Republic of Latvia in British Columbia and, in 2009, was named co-chair of the Fellows Council of Royal Roads University.

In April 2011 he was recognized by the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce with the awarding of the Governors' Lifetime Achievement Award.

Panelist: Tim Cormode, Founder and CEO of Power To Be (, Founder and CEO of Power To Give (

Tim began his social impact career as the Founder and CEO of Power To Be. Wanting to combine his love for the outdoors with his social work experience, Tim launched Power To Be 24 years ago with a simple yet powerful idea: Imagine the impact nature can have on youth and families living with a barrier. Barriers included autism spectrum disorders; acquired brain injuries; hearing impairments; life-threatening illnesses; developmental, cognitive, or physical disabilities; and at-risk youth struggling in school.

Power To Be has become a social sector change leader that provides exceptional experiences in nature and supports access for all. They inspire their participants to see beyond their limits to explore what’s possible. They believe the world is a better place when everyone thrives and feels like they belong. They remain confidently optimistic, adventurously brave, instinctively creative, humbly grateful, and disarmingly human.

During his 24 years at Power To Be, Tim began to see the ways in which the relationship between social impact organizations and philanthropy was unnecessarily burdensome. As a result, the Power To Give Foundation was founded six years ago with a mandate to ignite visionary possibility in the social impact sector - rekindling belief with philanthropists, honourable change-makers, and deserving communities to pursue bold endeavours together.

Since its inception in 2016, Power To Give has represented the philanthropic interests of a private individual providing over $75M in unrestricted core funding. This has supported various social impact organizations in an effort to amplify their mission and reduce the capital needs and other leveraged resources to help them scale their impact. 

With continued check in’s, professional development, their social impact retreat, and virtual workshops, Power To Give has built a network of social entrepreneurs who

support each other and crave leadership development. They have also brought other philanthropists to the table to support some of the grantees, only further reducing their reliance on fundraising to focus on solving the complex issues they are trying to address.

Power To Give believes if we are all more or less after the same thing—a better, brighter future for our people and the planet—we figure it makes sense for us to work together. To us, that’s better giving together.

In keeping with his passions, some of Tim’s most impressive pursuits include climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, and travelling to support Haiti relief. In 2015 he Received the BC Community Achievement Award. In 2020, Tim was inducted into the Canadian Disability Hall of Fame for his considerable contributions in the world of youth and families with barriers. 

Tim lives in Victoria, BC with his lovely wife Brie, daughters Georgia, new baby Grace and golden retriever Fynn. When he is not with family or at work, he can usually be found on some adventure, doing what he loves best: living life to its fullest.


Moderator: Charlotte Paul, The Donor Motivation Program Vancouver Island

For over 15 years Charlotte has specialized in the creation and implementation of wealth building, tax minimization, estate and legacy planning strategies. After suffering the traumatic loss of her own partner at a young age, she became aware of the unique fears, emotions, and challenges women face as they rebuild their lives. As a result, Charlotte now focuses on assisting widowed, divorced (she has been awarded the Certified Divorce Financial Analyst® designation), and women living on their own. She has been featured in The Globe and Mail and The Investment Executive and has spoken for a number of charitable organizations including the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation, the Royal Ontario Museum and CMHA. Charlotte has also been recognized as one of Canada’s Top Under 40 by the Investment Industry Association of Canada in 2019.

Charlotte has been deeply involved in the charitable community in Vancouver, Toronto, and her hometown of Victoria, and has partnered with several charities across the country. She has also served as the Director on the Board of the Soaring Spirits, a charitable organization that creates resources and community for widowed Canadians.

Charlotte was born and raised in Victoria, attended St. Michaels University School as a third-generation student, and went on to earn her undergraduate degree from the University of Victoria. Having moved to Vancouver upon graduation, and then to Toronto, she decided after eighteen years it was time to return home. Charlotte currently lives in the Songhees neighborhood of Victoria with her geriatric, and somewhat grumpy English Bulldog, Benedict.




14 September, 4:30pm to 14 September, 6:30pm


Power To Be
4633 Prospect Lake Rd
Victoria,  British Columbia  V9E1J5 Canada