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the Power of Hope

“The Gettin’ Higher Choir is, in my view, the musical embodiment of the spirit of Power of Hope. Siobhan and Denis’ inspired, egalitarian approach welcomes and empowers one and all to express themselves in song, irrespective of prior experience. The GHC recognizes the artist within each of us, making it safe to stand shoulder to shoulder and sing out from the heart. Their repertoire reflects deeply held instincts for well-being, camaraderie and world peace that are common to all human souls.”

—Michael Harris, Executive Director, The Power of Hope Society

The Power of Hope began in the summer of 1996 as an innovative idea to build a creative, heart-centered community with teens and adults who care about the future. Since then it has grown into a multi-faceted program with organizations in both Canada and the U.S.

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In its first year, The Power of Hope programs served 29 youth and 14 adults. In 2005 2,820 youth and 866 adults were participating in art-centred gatherings, courses and workshops! The Power of Hope is supported by the efforts of hundreds of volunteers contributing over 23,000 hours.

Empowering youth to believe they can make a difference is what Power of Hope is all about. For more information, visit

“Being adopted by the Getting Higher Choir has been such a blessing for the Power of Hope. The choir has helped us grow from a tiny one-week summer program on Cortes Island, to a full-fledged charity with programs in Victoria, Vancouver, and before long — throughout Canada. Through their generosity, they have brought new hope to so many young people in British Columbia!”

—Peggy Taylor, Co-founder of The Power Of Hope