Zero Ceiling was born in Whistler because of the mountains. They’re at the very core of what we do. Whether flying down the mountain on a snowboard, or relaxing by a lake, the Work 2 Live crew all know the difference being outside can make.

New opportunities and new challenges

Dakota, one of the current Work 2 Live crew, has always loved the outdoors. But before joining the Work 2 Live program, he didn’t have many opportunities to make the most of it.

“Before I moved here, I’d maybe tried mountain biking two or three times when I was younger,” he says. “But Zero Ceiling gave me the opportunity to try, and I absolutely fell in love with it!”

Can't wait till next season!

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Dakota moved to Whistler in May, and rode the bike park as much as possible, while working full-time and taking part in all the other Work 2 Live group activities. By October, he was ready to push himself, and apply for his mountain bike instructor certification.  He passed the test, and next summer plans to buy a bike and work for Whistler Blackcomb Bike School, passing on his new-found passion to the next generation of Whistler kids.

“The best thing about being in Whistler is being outdoors.”

The bikes will have to be left to sleep for a few more months. But of course, there’s plenty more mountain adventures to be had in Whistler in winter. Starting his first winter in Whistler, Dakota is working at the Tree Fort and Magic Castle – snow-filled adventure zones for kids, right at the top of the mountains.

He loves being up the mountain, and of course the chance to snowboard home from work every day! “The best thing about being in Whistler is being outdoors and away from the big city – I love being around nature.”

Good day at work!!! Can't express it enough how much I love being here!

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When asked what the Work 2 Live program has done for him, Dakota says, “It’s had a huge impact on my life. It’s exposed me to so many new things that I had always wanted to do but never had the opportunities.”

Giving our crew the support they need to succeed

The Work 2 Live program gives our participants holistic support, so they can gain the skills they need to live independent, healthy lives. Whether it is coaching, financial planning, teaching them to cook, connecting them with counsellors or just being there to listen, our staff and volunteers provide the crew with all the support they need to succeed.

This has really made a difference for Dakota:

“The people make Zero Ceiling what it is. The support they give me is the best thing about the program. Whatever it is that I want to do, they are willing to help me as best they can.”

If you are interested in finding out more about Work 2 Live program, or would like to refer somebody to the program, you can contact our Co-Executive Director, Sean Easton, at sean@zeroceiling.org.