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Local Good is a regional organization wanting to foster engagement and spread positivity in your local communities by sharing good stories, spotlighting individuals, and support...
1632 Dickson Ave
Kelowna, British Columbia
Causes we care about

  • Community and Economic Development

  • Philanthropy and Capacity Building

  • Social Services

Social Mission
An informed community is a connected community! We want to help share your story with as many local people as we can. By sharing your stories, you can directly create impact by fostering volunteerism, inspiring people to join in random acts of kindness, and ultimately help build a stronger community for everyone! Everything you share goes to your local Black Press Media publication website :)
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Stories of our community involvement
Anjali Menon may have grown up in Vancouver, but she flew back to Mumbai every year to visit her grandmother. They were very close, so she was shocked when she heard that her grandmother had passed from an untimely death.

“Nobody knew that she was actually surviving with chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder,” says Menon. “It came as such a surprise to our family. I was 16 at the time, and I was just so devastated. Thinking about this made me want to go into biomedical engineering.”

But right after she was accepted into UBC’s school of biomedical engineering, Menon’s mother got diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. Menon recalls her mother struggling to find an appropriate clinician in Vancouver, and claims that taking care of relatives with chronic diseases pushed her to do something about how treatment was delivered to patients.

At the end of her first year, Menon and classmate Madhini Vigneswaran decided to launch a nonprofit called MEDIC Foundation. Since 2020, the Vancouver-based organization has been trying to make treatment for people diagnosed with chronic conditions more accessible and convenient, steadily growing from three to 25 student members over two years.

With local support from UBC and nonprofit organization Open Source Medical Supplies, MEDIC partners with research labs and companies to target four areas close to its founders’ hearts: anxiety and depression, Parkinson’s, cancer and diabetes.

So far, MEDIC has won accolades (including first place at last year’s OSMS-Spark contest) for its anxiety/depression wristband, prototyped for elderly folk stuck indoors during COVID-19.

The organization is currently working on a project to make low-cost insulin pumps for diabetes more accessible. “We're going to focus on the rural communities in Sri Lanka,” Vigneswaran says of the foundation’s partnerships with international hospitals and nonprofits. “We're hoping to develop a local prototype . . . and during the final stage, we are planning to go there and test it out.”

“People here think that they can change the world just by calling someone and saying that they have an idea and trying to collaborate that way. But we have a personal connection,” Menon adds. “That’s why we believe we can make a real difference, because of this connection.”

For the full story, visit: https://www.bcbusiness.ca/UBC-based-nonprofit-M...
British Columbians are encouraged to nominate their fellow citizens who have made outstanding contributions through exceptional service to their communities for this year's Medal of Good Citizenship.

“We all know someone who has generously given of themselves to support and lift up others around them,” said Melanie Mark, Hli Haykwhl Ẃii Xsgaak, Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport, and chair of the selection committee. “I encourage British Columbians to take this opportunity to nominate an outstanding person in their community for the Medal of Good Citizenship. It is an excellent way to recognize tremendous contributions to community life that have made our province a better place.”

Nominations for this year’s Medal of Good Citizenship are being accepted until Sept. 6, 2022. Nominations received after that date will be considered for the 2023 cycle. British Columbians can nominate individuals, organizations or youth in their communities.

B.C.’s Medal of Good Citizenship was launched in 2015. It recognizes people for extraordinary generosity, service, acts of selflessness and contributions to their community. These contributions are outside of people's paid employment or beyond the parameters of their job, and are made without expectation of remuneration or reward.

This year’s recipients will be announced in early December to coincide with International Volunteer Day.

Learn More:

For more information about the Medal of Good Citizenship, including how to nominate people, visit: www.gov.bc.ca/medalofgoodcitizenship
LANGLEY WOMAN'S BOOK ON CHICKENS RAISES A LOT OF SCRATCH FOR CHARITY - A $300 donation to the Alzheimer Society of BC represents the first royalties earned from sales of a book by a Langley woman.

Winging It, a Story of Love, Loss, and Fifty Chickens is the memoir of author Pauline Buck. With humour and poignancy, the book captures her decade navigating her challenging roles as a newbie farmer, dementia caregiver and seeker of purpose in the third act of her life.

“I’m happy that this, and future donations will help support the Alzheimer Society’s programs for dementia patients and their families. Thanks to those who purchased a paperback or e-book – you helped made this possible,” Buck said.

Winging It, a Story of Love, Loss and Fifty Chickens is available online at Amazon, Chapters, Indigo, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords.

Source: https://www.aldergrovestar.com/community/langle...
BC FAMILY FLYING AROUND THE WORLD FOR CHARITY - The Porter family thought their dad was joking when he pitched the idea of travelling the world in a single-engine plane to raise money for charity.

But the more they heard about Ian's proposed adventure, the more they couldn’t resist.

“I didn’t necessarily believe it at first,” said daughter Samantha. “I was a little bit nervous, but pretty much on board immediately.”

For 14 months, the five-member family will cram into a Gippsaero GA8 Airvan, touch down in at least 50 countries, and travel as far as Southeast Asia and the tip of South America.

Their goal is to raise $1 million for SOS Children’s Villages through sponsorships and donations.

“The charity provides a safe and caring home for orphaned and abandoned children around the world,” said daughter Sydney.

The trip took a great deal of preparation, and the team has launched a website to drum up support: https://www.5inthesky.com/

“Just like any kind of trip you spend a lot of time planning, and getting things ready and then you just kind of want to go,” said Ian. “I’m at the stage right now I’m just want to get going.”

Just after noon Wednesday, the Porters said goodbye to friends and family, and took off from Pitt Meadows Regional Airport.

They’re scheduled to return home in August, 2023.

Source: https://bc.ctvnews.ca/b-c-family-takes-off-on-1...

SOS Children's Villages Canada: https://www.soschildrensvillages.ca/
BC 2022 RECONCILIATION AWARD RECIPIENTS ANNOUNCED - Just in time for National Indigenous History Month, the Office of the Lieutenant Governor and BC Achievement Foundation announced the six recipients of this year’s BC Reconciliation Award, which celebrates reconciliation efforts in the province.

A member of the BC Achievement Foundation board, Cloy-e-iis, Judith Sayers, who is currently in her fifth year as president of the Nuu-Chah-nulth Tribal Council, notes that “to elevate and celebrate success” has always been the award foundation’s theme. Having been a lawyer, a professor and chief of the Hupacasath First Nation in Port Alberni for fourteen years, Sayers thinks “reconciliation” has just become a buzzword.

“For me, reconciliation is making things right,” she says. “So how are people making things right out there?”

The most important criteria for the award was the meaning behind “reconciliation” and the ways in which people are trying to get the message across.

“It's not just Indigenous people doing things in their own community, it has to be a collaborative effort between Indigenous people and non-Indigenous people,” Sayers points out. “That's what reconciliation is about.”

That’s why representing a range of voices—including First Nations people, Metís people and people from across the province—remained a priority for Sayers and the selection committee. “We thought if we could highlight and showcase any reconciliation between Indigenous people and non-Indigenous people, it might inspire others to find their own forms of reconciliation or be innovative in creating some forms of reconciliation for themselves.”

Individual recipients:

Kwuntiltunaat, Kim Baird (Tsawwassen)
TOłaḵwagila, Chief Bill Cranmer (Alert Bay)
Brendan Eshom (Prince Rupert)

Organization recipients:

Atomic Cartoons in partnership with GBH (Vancouver)
DIVERSEcity - Surrey Local Immigration Partnership (Surrey)
Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc and the City of Kamloops (Kamloops)

Source: https://www.bcbusiness.ca/The-six-recipients-of...
LOVE WILDLIFE? B.C. WILDLIFE FOUNDATION NEEDS YOUR HELP - The B.C. Wildlife Federation is hoping outdoor enthusiasts can spend this summer helping maintain backcountry cameras so researchers can track specific animal behaviours.

The BCWF is looking for a few dozen people passionate about wildlife and the outdoors to check cameras, change out batteries and collect sim cards full of wildlife images for one day of the year.

Anyone with a backcountry road map, a GPS or smartphone and sensible shoes can play an important role in this scientific endeavour, according to camera site coordinator Grant Hiebert.

Since 2019, Southern Interior Mule Deer Project volunteers have been tending wildlife cameras across 30,000 square kilometres of the southern interior to better understand changes in the mule deer population including their health, movements, and predators.

“Our goal is to discover what is causing the continual decline of the mule deer population, but we are covering a vast area, from 100 Mile House in the north all the way to the U.S. border,” he said.

The Southern Interior Mule Deer Project, also know as SIMdeer, operates 150 cameras in 250 locations which have historically been moved with the seasonal migration of the deer.

“We hope to have cameras permanently installed at every research location later this year and that will require new citizen scientists,” they said in a news release.

Deer aren’t the only animals seen on the camera – wolves, bears and cougars are also frequently captured. Placing some cameras in bushes, or by road or quad trails, allows the project to find if predators are successfully using human-made pathways to access their prey, Hiebert said in a news release.

Giving one day a year can play an important role in a multi year international study of B.C.’s mule deer.

To volunteer for camera service, contact Grant at simdeercameras@gmail.com.

The next phase of the SIMdeer Project will involve examining millions of images to identify the animals captured on camera, along with the time and location to begin data analysis. This phase will also require volunteer citizen scientists.

To participate in image analysis, contact Sam at samuelfoster@uidaho.edu.

Source: https://www.grandforksgazette.ca/community/love...
2022 HERITAGE BC AWARDS RECIPIENTS - The Heritage BC Awards celebrate incredible achievements in heritage across the Province of BC every year in the categories of:

» Lifetime Achievement
» Conservation
» Education, Communications, and Awareness
» Planning and Management
» Distinguished Service
» Indigenous and Diverse Cultures
» Best COVID-19 Pivot

Visit https://heritagebc.ca/events-activities/bc-heri... to view the amazing award winners, including Lifetime Achievement winner, Jim Wolf, of the New Westminster/Burnaby area.

Congratulations to all the winners, and thank you for the work you do to support your local communities!
KELOWNA MAN CYCLING ACROSS BC FOR MENTAL HEALTH CHARITY - Sam Biffart is set to climb close to the equivalent of two Mt. Everests this June, on two wheels.
The Kelowna man has a goal of riding his gravel bike from Victoria to the Alberta border over a span of just over two weeks from June 5-21, all in the name of mental health.

Dubbed ‘B.C. Trek’, Biffart hopes to raise $15,000 for Third Space Charity, a program that provides free supportive counselling to young adults in the Okanagan region.

“I love adventuring and riding my bike, and after a year of thinking about and planning this trip, I’m excited to finally get it started,” said Biffart. “Myself and many people in my life have struggled with mental health, so it was really important to me that I make this ride a way to raise awareness of the issue while also raising money to help more people get the support they need.”

Third Space Charity Executive Director Karen Mason said they are “so grateful” for Biffart’s support.

“I bike to and from work a lot during the warmer months, but I can’t begin to imagine a cycling trip like that which Sam is about to undertake on behalf of our mental health support programs for young adults.”

The trek is mapped out at more than 1,500 kilometres long, climbing a total of 15,550 metres. Biffart added that he plans to stay off of major travel routes.

Those looking to stay updated on Biffart’s adventure can follow him on Instagram and Facebook @sambiffart. Donations can be made to Third Space Charity at thirdspacecanada.org/donate.

Current sponsors for the ride include Innov8 Digital Solutions Inc. , Janzen Insurance, Momentum Realty Inc, Smith Creek Cycle, Kinetic Evolution and Tool Shed Brewing.

Source: https://www.pentictonwesternnews.com/sports/kel...
SIMON FRASER UNIVERSITY SURREY CAMPUS ALUMNI FEATURE - Check out this great Q&A with Susan Byrom, SFU alum and Executive Director of Community Investment and the First West Foundation. Susan's passion, dedication, and support of local community is inspiring and we're so glad SFU is shining a spotlight on her work!

https://www.sfu.ca/surrey/news-and-events/news-...
BC ACHIEVEMENT FOUNDATION NAMES RECIPIENTS OF 19TH ANNUAL COMMUNITY AWARDS - The recipients come from industries and locations all across B.C. and were selected by “an independent jury of community leaders from throughout British Columbia,” according to the foundation.

“We are incredibly proud to celebrate the work of these 20 individuals, who shine as examples of dedication and service,” said Anne Giardini, chair of the BC Achievement Foundation, in a release.

“It’s heartening to see these community leaders, visionaries, innovators and volunteers continuing to work to make the world a better place while lighting a path of achievement for other British Columbians to follow.”

Premier John Horgan also weighed in, saying the recipients have “dedicated their time and energy to helping their friends and neighbours, and British Columbia is a better province because of them.”

You can check out the full list of winners below. More information about them can be found here: https://www.bcachievement.com/award/bc-achievem...

Carol Camille, Lillooet
Jim Good, Prince George
David He, Burnaby
Herman Ho, MB, AdeC, Vancouver
Dr. Faisal Khosa, Vancouver
Chin uook Kim, New Westminster
Suresh Kurl, Richmond
David Amrik Lau, Saanichton
Lawrie Mack, Invermere
Baylie McKnight, Victoria
Anders I. Ourom, Vancouver
Carmen Rosen, Vancouver
Kamal Sharma, Surrey
Robert Tanaka, Coquitlam
Dr. Tracey Thorne, Gabriola Island
Charissa Tonnesen, Tumbler Ridge
Dr. Vivian W. L. Tsang, Vancouver
Wayne White, Courtenay
Sqwulutsultun William Yoachim, Nanaimo
Anthony and Nancy Yurkovich, Richmond

Source: https://www.bcbusiness.ca/BC-Achievement-Founda...
1632 Dickson Ave
Kelowna, British Columbia
Causes we care about

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  • Philanthropy and Capacity Building

  • Social Services

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