Back in the year 2000, before the back nine of the Sun Peaks golf course opened and before the Morrisey lift was completed, Sharon Tremblay decided to take up an offer of renting a co-workers condo at Sun Peaks.
She had no idea what it would turn into.
Then a part-time psychiatric nurse in Coquitlam, B.C., Tremblay said that she “fell in love with (Sun Peaks)” over the course of the next 12 winters and has recently become president of Adaptive Sports at Sun Peaks (ASSP).
“It’s been a steep learning curve, but I’ve had lots of support and mentoring from our past president, board members, volunteers and the Disabled Skiers Association of B.C.,” said Tremblay.
Tremblay, who learned to ski at Mount Seymour in the 1970s, said that as a result of her own personal challenges with mental health, she experienced firsthand the benefits that winter sports can provide an individual when she was learning to snowboard.
“I’ve had personal experience with the ‘healing’ power of the mountains,” she added. “Having had this personal experience has really driven me to get more involved in sharing (winter sports) with others.”
Tremblay has a history of volunteering and about four years ago she came across ASSP.
“I’d seen Dick Taylor (former ASSP president) out on the hill with a sit-ski student . . . I was intrigued and stopped him to chat,” she said. “I was really excited by his enthusiasm and decided to take my Canadian Association for Disabled Skiing instructor training the following year.”
In 2012 Tremblay decided to run for presidency to build on what Taylor had started and “make such a valuable program . . . grow.”
Thanks to Tremblay’s help ASSP has seen an increase in numbers of volunteers as well as students.
Tremblay said the next goal for the ASSP is to get its own building. While the program is thankful of the space donated to it from the Sun Peaks Resort Corporation in the back of Fall Line Tuning in the Delta Sun Peaks Tremblay said, “Our big dream . . . is to have our own adaptive building, a space that’s adaptive accessible.”