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Heart of Adventure: Wayman Crosby

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Wayman Crosby is a Managing Partner of Nicola Wealth Management, a long-time Canuck Place supporter, and the unofficial two-time winner of the Canuck Place Adventure Race, not only for his 60+ age category, but for the whole event.

For Wayman, having an adventurous heart means challenging himself. In his travels throughout the world, including a number of developing countries, he’s witnessed how adversity reveals a person’s character.

“I am regularly inspired by the people I meet, the hurdles and obstacles they overcome just living life, and the joyful lives they live in their communities,” he explains. “I have been blessed with good health, family, relationships, living in a beautiful city and prosperity as well. Adding some grit and challenge that stretches and pushes me has proven over the years to be good for both my physical and mental wellbeing. The endorphin rush isn’t bad either.”

He can often be found on his bike, and has completed several Whistler Gran Fondos, a charity ride of 370 km from Vancouver to Kelowna, and is currently gearing up to join the Ride to Conquer Cancer from Vancouver to Seattle.

By attaching a feat of athleticism to his fundraising, Wayman finds it easy to ask his friends and business associates to support a cause – after all, he’s the one putting in the hard work!

The entire team at Nicola Wealth Management believes in giving back, led by John Nicola, who serves as a volunteer on the Canuck Place board, the organization has become a major corporate supporter.

As a previous Adventure Race sponsor, Nicola Wealth Management matched employees fundraising efforts. The teambuilding opportunity contributes to their company culture.

“We try to encourage a ‘giving back’ culture at our office,” explains Wayman “and have had fun with encouraging participation in the race with the ‘old guy’ against the young jocks!”

Corporate teams can use the Adventure Race as a team-building opportunity, creating friendly competition between departments or industry rivals.

For Wayman, joining events like the Canuck Place Adventure Race gives his regular training some focus, while also making a real impact for Canuck Place families, who he believes better exemplify an adventurous heart than he ever could.

“Last year I was riding along the seawall a few days before the Adventure Race and came across a young boy playing his violin with his mother sitting on bench beside him,” he remembers. “Being one who can’t pass a kid’s lemonade stand or kid with musical instrument box open I stopped and inquired what he was raising money for. He said that he was raising money for Canuck Place because it had been a good place for his little brother. He also said he had run in the kid’s Adventure Race the prior year. Those are the stories that inspire me to do my small part and in the process invite others to join me along the journey.”

You can join Wayman in challenging yourself and inspiring others by registering for the Canuck Place Adventure Race. It can serve as your own first step to living with an adventurous heart of your own.

Learn more about how your corporate team can have fun and give back with the Canuck Place Adventure Race.

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