"I want to thank you for all you have done. It is far more than you know. A lot has happened in the past 5 years. My mom died right before I came to Trails and my Aunt died of cancer when I was in year two. I was put into foster care but changed homes five times. I am now adopted and live in a stable home but through all that Trails has been the one thing that has always been there for me.” Brad Cosburn
"I had so many great moments at Trails. The most I enjoyed was the Year 4 Summer Canoe Trip. On that trip I gained so much confidence in myself. I also improved my leadership skills. Trails helped me a lot over the years. I improved so much in school. I got my first 92% in art! I also got an 87% in history which I won an award for, and I got 100% on my culminating project! Trails has pushed me to become a better person in life. I am also so much better at home. I help a lot around the house and my family is really happy! I am so thankful that I am part of Trails, and I am really thankful that I have great people supporting me just like you."
If the analogy holds, that building a strong foundation brick-by-brick raises well rounded adults, Trails constructs walls. There is no single brick that defines Trails contribution in the lives of its Alumni, but rather, a cascade of bricks that, together, foster individuals with the confidence, charisma, and character to redefine the world around them. Fundamentally, Trails has instilled the value of initiative in me. It is the confidence of knowing that acting on your ambitions can make them a reality.
"Overall my experience at Trails has been a transformative experience. I don't know what direction my life would have taken if it were not for the support and guidance of the program and Mr. Sylvain Dion my mentor."