Relocating to Cranbrook

Kevin Ward focuses on holistic healing through nature; he recently decided to move to Cranbrook to pursue adventure healing

by Breanne Massey

Kevin Ward, a registered clinical counsellor, recently decided to relocate to Cranbrook from Kelowna. Ward is currently in the process of closing the deal on a new employment contract with a local counselling facility, and he is anxious to move to Cranbrook. Ward visits the area frequently to do business presentations, to visit friends and to enjoy the outdoors.

What do you do in your downtime?

My downtime is spent on my own wellness plan. I go to the water (for peace and quiet), a place for prayer—whether it be the river or the lake or a mountain stream. If possible, I go there on horseback, which always gives me peace.

If someone were visiting you from out of town, where would you take them to give them a taste of the place?

I take visitors to see the natural beauty of the area: walking and hiking trails in the area (winter: Jimsmith Lake area trails, Bull River area—elk viewing, anywhere we can get a clear view of the mountains). Nature is the calling I hear for me and visitors.

What do you like about the idea of doing business here?

What I like about doing business here is that people seem to be willing to consider new ideas and willing to participate in change. That brings hope to me, because I believe if we aren't willing to change, we just get stale and die.

Why did you choose to live here?

I chose this area because the people I've met are encouraging and I want to surround myself with positive thinkers. The other factor is the beauty of the area and the closeness of open (not private) land, mountains and valleys.

For more information about adventure healing, visit Ward's website or read an extended article about his approach.

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