Since 1986, the North Vancouver Outdoor School Alumni Society (NVOSAS) have worked to encourage and support environmental and cultural education at Cheakamus Centre. As a registered charity, the NVOSAS works to ensure that the educational programs of the Outdoor School are universally available to all, regardless of financial need.
NVOSAS members work diligently to develop partnerships which make these mandates possible. Over time, NVOSAS has developed partnerships with such community minded organizations as: Canada Trust Friends of the Environment Foundation, Vancity Savings, Mountain Equipment Co-op, Lions Clubs, and the merchants and citizens of Squamish and the North Shore.
The programs supported by these partnerships include:
- Outdoor School for Kids Bursary Fund: ensuring that no child is denied access to Outdoor School for financial reasons. In the last five years over $100,000 has been raised in support of this initiative.
- Scholarship Fund: most of the volunteers at Cheakamus Centre are high school students. This fund will aid some in their pursuit of post-secondary studies.
- Community Events: the Alumni support many community events including Cheakamus Centre's Open House, North Shore Coho Festival and Canada Day celebrations.
- Counsellor Training: Alumni members are actively involved in planning and implementing training programs for the Outdoor School's many talented volunteers.
Membership in the Alumni Society is free and is open to any individual who has an interest in, or wishes to be involved with, the activities of the NVOS Alumni Society or Outdoor School at Cheakamus Centre.