Tell us about your partnerships
I'm in the process of sharing business concepts with a number of groups, incuding my employer Haida Child and Families Services, and HCFS partners that I have also presented to include the HG Society for Community Peace. Talung Slung and Swan Bay Rediscovery are interested in outdoor activity done year round. I plan to present to RCMP on using this wilderness therapy as a means of restorative justice donating the foodstuffs gathered to community organizations. I also have partnerships with Haida Gwaii Recreation taking the children in thier programs on various educational outdoor activiites
Are you currently targeting other specific populations, locations, or markets for your solution? If so, where and why?
I have plans on targeting both aboriginal and non aboriginal youth on Haida Gwaii but I also have plans to expand to intercity youth from elseware who require or could gain from wilderness therapy in this elite setting. My networking needs to expand before I can expect participants from elseware however.
What type of operating environment and internal organizational factors make your innovation successful?
Three programs are currently developed for wilderness therapy with a recreational drive currently. For this to run smoothly and be successful first of all the programs need to run smoothly. Second of all participants and partners need to be interested in the final factory bound book detailing the journy of the participant, and there needs to be either a desire to enroll in additional years by partipants or interest needs to be generated in those not participating to participate in future years. Advertising and Marketing are going to be extremely important in years 1-5 and I foresee grant writting and partnership building (networking) being extremely important in the first year of operation.
Please elaborate on any needs or offers you have mentioned above and/or suggest categories of support that aren't specified within the list
Saftey in adventure based learning, and wilderness therapy is one of the most important issues. I have a saftey plan for my programming that has been well thought through and researched. An insurance company on Haida Gwaii has bought into my saftey planning and has offered an inhouse rate that will grant a huge competitive advantage if I can obtain the kayaks, canoes, and partipants to utalize it