The Storm Riders series aims to celebrate the strength of our industry while highlighting some of the many ways businesses have overcome the challenges resulting from COVID-19. We are proud to showcase how the following businesses have adapted while celebrating the people who are at the heart of what we do. In this post, we hear from Brianna and Jonathan at Romper Room Indoor Climbing Centre in Nanaimo.
Why do you do what you do?
I love running the Romper Room because I just love climbing so much. I love sharing my passion and knowledge with others. Climbing changed my life in so many positive ways and I know that others will probably experience something similar. The climbing and outdoor community in Nanaimo is vibrant and growing. I love being around and part of the growth that we are experiencing. Physical activity can be so beneficial and can improve or give a huge boost to one’s mental health. This is so important now more than ever as the world gets crazier and crazier.
What is your hope for the future of our region?
My hopes and dreams for the Island are that we are able to continue to grow our tourism industry while keeping the small-town feel that we all love so much. We are loaded with such incredible and beautiful places to adventure! I hope we can continue to become more sustainable with our resource-based and other industries while keeping our economy growing. We all deserve well-paying jobs and low stress lives so we can enjoy this incredible island.
What do you want people to know of your business?
I want people to know that climbing can be for EVERYONE. You don’t need to be super fit or athletic or have outdoor skills to enjoy indoor rock climbing. The Romper Room’s vibrant community is also very open and welcoming to anyone. People should also know that we are very proactive in our COVID response procedures and are committed to keeping everyone as safe as possible during these difficult times.
The spark to own/work in this business must motivate you each day. – what are some of your past experiences that have contributed to this spark.
I have had so many experiences that continue to inspire me and motivate me to stay in the climbing industry and community. I had a challenging childhood and didn’t not have great role models or many ways to build my self-esteem and problem-solving skills. Climbing saved me and has taught me so many skills that I have been able to translate into leading a healthy and happy life. I love being able to share my experience and skills and I have seen how climbing continues to affect others similarly.
The Storm Riders series highlights how island-based businesses are adapting to new challenges brought on by COVID-19. If you’re a business and would like to share your story, please contact Darsey at firstname.lastname@example.org.