Our latest COVID-19 Statement – September 2020

September 15, 2020
by Jono Willcocks
Wild Skills 2020 Pinnacle Pursuits Covid Statement

Continuing to empower our community to thrive during these times of challenge and opportunity…

Dear Friends, Clients and Adventure-Learners & Leaders,

We hope you are continuing to stay safe and healthy in these trying times. Thank you all for the generous support we have received especially with our new virtual program options and family retreats. As with the ever changing nature of COVID-19 precautions, we are keeping our statement updated and aligned with both the latest information publicly available as well as how we have been adapting our program approach.

Ultimately, it is our aim at Pinnacle Pursuits’ to maintain our unblemished health and safety record. We are monitoring each update and adapting our program services as necessary with regards to precautionary measures… 

COVID-19 remains a significant obstacle and challenge in the daily lives of us all. As togetherness is the most important tool we have in overcoming these challenges, we have expanded our efforts to give our clients – companies, schools, families and community groups alike – ways to connect, align and prepare for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead; what we are calling the ‘New Now’. 

So, what have we been up to?

Throughout the summer we have worked virtually with SCPCN frontline workers, Camp Goodtimes, the BC Firefighters Association Burn Camp among many others to help each group forget about feelings of isolation, refresh their environments and raise vital funds for very worthy causes. While many have missed out on the benefits of in-person outdoor camps and experiential learning this summer, we wanted to make sure that these groups were able to remain connected, heard and valued. 

We have hosted a number of Family Adventure Retreats (COVID-conscious summer camps) with partners at Loon Lake Lodge & Retreat Centre. With extensive preparations, accepting only family social bubbles and half capacity, we have been able to offer families an experience where they have been able to relax, recharge and celebrate their achievements in the privacy of the Malcolm Knapp Research Forest in Maple Ridge. The experiences offer families a hassle-free getaway with facilitated outdoor activities, fully-catered dining and the privacy of Loon Lake. We are offering a Thanksgiving weekend family retreat from October 9th-11th that you may want to check out here

Looking to the future and embracing the ‘New Now’…

We understand the challenges and opportunities each team is facing. Since many of you are experiencing new challenges in areas of engagement, accountability, motivation and togetherness and are electing to stay remote, we want to make our services as available and accessible to you. We will thus continue to offer our skills training workshops and team-building events both virtually and in-person (with extra precautions). 

As experts in company culture, communication, values and navigating change, we are just a phone call away from offering you the support and training you might need. Some of our training programs are even eligible for the Work BC Workforce Training Grant which covers up to 60% of the cost of soft skill training that might make a huge difference to your teams. 

In addition to our serving our communities, we are continuing to distribute up-to-date information and strategies through blog articles. Topics include how to improve engagement, empower remote leadership, stay mentally alert and healthy, and mitigate performance disruptions, as well as plenty of other creative strategies and tips to help you overcome today’s challenges and embrace hidden opportunities. 

Our commitment to you

During Phase 3 of the provincial reopening plans, we are optimistic that we will soon host some larger celebratory events. Until that time, we continue adhering to the guidelines provided while seeking out the improvements from a COVID safety perspective. We have made our safety protocols available for transparency and to help allay any concerns you may have.

We will maintain a proactive refund policy during this time. Hopefully, this gives you peace of mind in the event of regulations changes by the national and provincial government authorities.

Outdoor gatherings of up to 50 adults, 60 elementary and middle school students and 120 secondary school students are permitted; with careful planning, they have been a big hit with clients in need of a change. Our aim is to maintain our unblemished health and safety record while also giving our clients the opportunity to unite and strategize for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. 

Pinnacle Pursuits is fully committed to working with you to provide the best experience with all the necessary precautions available. Let’s keep learning, growing and thriving once again, together!

Please feel free to connect with us if you have any questions. And most importantly, please stay healthy and well.

In the spirit of adventure, leadership, teamwork and hope!

Jonathan Willcocks & The Pinnacle Pursuits Team