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In Focus | Pat McKimmon of Adaptive Sports at Sun Peaks

In Focus is our gift to the community. A way for us to help show our recognition for the people, businesses and organizations that help make our city great. The team at is passionate about this community and the people that make it amazing. We want to show our friends, neighbours, family and colleagues that we notice them and the fabulous things that they do.

What is your name?
Pat McKimmon

What do you always find yourself saying?
How hard can it be?!

If you could spend one whole day with anyone in the world who is currently alive, who would you select?
Aung San Suu Kyi

If you were to receive any existing public award, what award would you like to win?

If you could spend a day with any historical figure, who would you choose?
Nelson Mandela

Who inspires you?
Rick Hansen

What are three things on your bucket list?
1. African Safari
2. Cat skiing trip
3. Volunteering abroad

Please tell us about a defining moment in your life
Meeting Rick Hansen.

If you had an enormous yacht, what would you name it?
This is SO not me.

If you could foresee a single day of your future in its entirety, what date would you select?
My grandson's graduation day.

What are you passionate about?
Skiing and human rights.

What has been your favourite day of your life, up to this point?
Attending the wedding of a couple with special needs, both of whom I taught since they were five years old.

What has been your proudest accomplishment?
Graduation with Master's degree.

Where is your favourite place to dine in your city?
Dine? How about Ploughman's Lunch?

What is your favourite activity or event in your city?
Anything outdoors.

What is the name of your business/organization?
Adaptive Sports at Sun Peaks

What does your business/organization do?
Teach skiing and snowboarding to people with disabilities.

Where can people find you or your business online?

Where can people find your business on Facebook?
Adaptive Sports at Sun Peaks

What is your mission?
Making the mountain accessible to all.

If you could achieve one thing within your field, what would it be?
Brand recognition at the same level as other sports programs.

Where do you want your business/organization to be in five years?
Sustainable and able to offer services to all who request them.

Who do you consider to be a forerunner within your field?
Dick Taylor

What three qualities do you feel that your business/organization exemplifies?
1. sharing the love of skiing and snowsports
2. demonstrating belief that all people can learn and enjoy snowsports
3. experiencing the hidden benefits of volunteering - you get back more than you give

What would you like to say to your employees/volunteers?
Without your participation, this program wouldn't be here.

How does your business/organization impact the community?
Offers a way into snowsports that participants and/or parents thought not possible.

What makes you successful? Tell us about it.
Passion and hard work.

If you were trapped in an elevator with several wealthy investors from any field, which field would you want them to be experts in? What would say to them/talk about?
I would want them to be experts in persuading people to adopt not-for-profit groups like ours so we could focus more on the program and the sport and less on fundraising.

If I could change one thing about the city you live in, it would be:
Sun Peaks - what is there not to like?

What do you think makes your city great?
Sun Peaks has a great sense of community.

My nomination for the In Focus spotlight is:
Kamloops Adapted Sports Association

Some general comments I would like to share are:
After 34 years as a special educator in the public school system, Adaptive Sports at Sun Peaks has been the perfect transition to retirement.

We encourage you to leave your comments and words of support below and submit your own nomination by clicking HERE. You are also welcome to submit a form of your own by clicking HERE. Thank you, Kamloops!











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