Trevor’s fellow Brit, friend and housemate Derek (Deke) Wilson started volunteering with the BOEC in 2009 and mentioned to him that it was a rewarding and fun experience that might help him put his newfound skills to the test. In January, 2010 Trevor joined the BOEC Volunteer Program and has been spending his “winter breaks” in Breckenridge for 12 years now.
“I had no idea what I was getting myself into, but I thought ‘What’s the worst that can happen,’” he remembers. “Since then I’ve been volunteering 2-3 days a week during my time with the BOEC, adding up to about 20 days per season.”
What initially was trips to North America simply because he prefers the skiing terrain here, had now turned into a sort of second career where, according to Jackson, volunteering with the BOEC has become such an integral part of his winter that he doesn’t think he would enjoy his free-riding days and his time in the mountains without it. Obviously something that brings him extreme gratification.
“I absolutely love being in the mountains and sliding down them in whichever way,” Trevor says. “Volunteering with the BOEC allows me to share this passion with other people and help them experience the same joy.”
And this is really what the BOEC is all about at its core. Providing a sense of freedom to those who are routinely excluded from life-changing outdoor experiences is the name of the game and Trevor Jackson is an integral part of this coming to life.
“Trevor has been a valuable part of the BOEC ski program for many years,” says BOEC Ski Program Director Jeff Inouye. “He has assisted or taught many snowboard lessons for us and is always available to volunteer anytime we call. We couldn’t do what we do without the dedication of volunteers like Trevor. ”
“It means different things to people with different disabilities,” states Jackson. “But, the essence is really about getting outdoors, enjoying the mountains and getting down them in whatever way possible and experiencing that fun. The fact that BOEC can help pretty much anyone get on the snow has opened my eyes to what is truly possible.”