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1632 Dickson Ave
Kelowna, British Columbia
Causes we care about

  • Community and Economic Development

  • Philanthropy and Capacity Building

  • Social Services

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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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Salmon Arm Observer
Vernon Morning Star
Penticton Western News
Summerland Review
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The United Way Child Safety Initiative will see a significant expansion this year thanks to its partners and donors, which this year includes the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF).

Now, families in need will receive infant car seats as well as baby care packages that include essential items like diapers, wipes and formula. In addition, several local charities will receive grants to support children and youth wellness programs. The additional funding and care packages mean children, youth and families will receive even more vital support this year.

Partners in the Child Safety Initiative, Paul Docksteader Foundation, Central Okanagan Foundation , Kelowna General Hospital (KGH) Foundation , and United Way Southern Interior BC , will provide 172 car seats and 39 baby care packages delivered to 29 agencies in the Southern Interior this week.

“The well-being of children and youth is critical to the social fabric of our communities,” said Kahir Lalji, executive director of United Way Southern Interior BC.

“Ensuring the safety, holistic care and comfort, and the equitable access to resources for the youngest members of our communities are essential to addressing unignorable issues facing children and youth in our region."

“The pandemic has further deepened the need families are facing and we are grateful to all our partners for coming together to expand this much-needed program. We know the need is more dire than ever and we will continue to work hand in hand with all our neighbours to support the delivery of essential non-medical social and community supports to those who need it the most.”

Thanks to the addition of the federal government ECSF grants, 13 local charities will receive additional investments to apply towards children and youth programs as they adapt to address COVID-19 protocols and ultimately enable them to sustain and deliver programs safely. A total of $170,000 in grants, car seats and care packages will be distributed.
As the sun dropped below the hills and mountains surrounding Shuswap Lake, people were surrounded by quiet beauty as they walked down the wharf at Marine Peace Park in Salmon Arm.

Some people walked in silence, some shed tears, others talked amicably.

The prevailing theme was suicide prevention, as the Walk the Wharf on Sept. 10 was held to mark World Suicide Prevention Day.

Usually the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) of the Shuswap-Revelstoke region and the Safer from Suicide Action Team puts on a Lantern Walk at McGuire Lake, but the coronavirus pandemic meant measures needed to be taken to ensure social distancing.

This year there was no music or speeches, but there was the support of community, as lanterns with tiny lights inside lined the wharf, a reminder of those who have died and of support for their families and friends.

‘Lampshades’ were also placed along the wharf, each with a message of encouragement such as “Together in hope and healing.”

“We decided that we would like to address, even in a small way, isolation, uncertainty, rising unemployment and financial strain,” wrote Shannon Hecker, manager of wellness programs & innovation with CMHA, when she requested use of the wharf from Salmon Arm council.

She had encouraged people to take a walk with their loved ones to show the community a way of combating isolation and creating connection.

Hecker noted people may feel particularly vulnerable during the pandemic, so resources were available at the walk and will be during the weeks and months afterward.

Overall, she said the purpose of the walk was “to raise awareness around suicide prevention and life promotion. To show up for each other in hope, help and healing in difficult times.”

More information is available about suicide prevention on the CMHA website at this link.

To reach the local CMHA branch, call 250-832-8477 or go to www.shuswap-revelstoke.cmha.bc.ca.
The Christopher Society has given the Penticton Regional Hospital a big boost towards a second CT scanner.

The society, affiliated with the Knights of Columbus (Council 3127) and St. Ann’s Catholic Church, has donated $200,000 to the South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation.

This recent donation brings the $3 million fundraising campaign within $600,000 of being completed. The foundation explained in a release Sept. 10 that this second CT scanner will help reduce heavy demand on the existing machine, which currently operates from 6:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. and on-call overnight.

The new scanner will eventually be located near the PRH Emergency Department which is being upgraded as part of Phase 2 of the PRH expansion project.

The CT project includes the cost of major renovations required, with the new scanner planned to be operational by the time the Emergency Department upgrade is completed in early 2022.

Peter Steele, chair of the SOS Medical Foundation board, thanked the Christopher Society for their donation.

“The support PRH continues to receive from the entire South Okanagan community never ceases to amaze us. It’s incredibly gratifying,” Steele said.

The society was formed in the 1960s to oversee the construction of a new hall – the Christopher Centre – near Skaha Lake Road and Green Avenue.

At first, the centre was a major source of revenue through hosting bingos, weddings and other events. However, by the late 1990s bookings started to drop and the property was eventually sold. Interest funds generated from the building’s sale were then directed to a number of local charities.

Over the past 20 years, the Christopher Society has donated more than $550,000 to various causes in the community. This includes a 2017 gift of $50,000 to the SOS Medical Foundation’s campaign to provide medical equipment for the hospital’s new David Kampe Tower which opened in April 2019.

Christopher Society spokesman Dennis Ebner said the society’s directors decided at their recent annual general meeting to donate a large chunk of the remaining proceeds to PRH and provide a lasting legacy for the community.

“We all need services at the hospital from time to time. It just felt like the right thing to do. The foundation provides some badly needed medical equipment including the new CT.”
In any other year, the Lake Country Community Complex would by now be preparing to host more than 7,000 guests for the Lake Country ArtWalk festival. But with the pandemic forcing the event’s cancellation, a special community project has been been created to take its place.

ArtWalk Art Chairs is a project that fulfills the festival’s two biggest mandates — supporting local artists and providing art experiences to the community — while eschewing large public gatherings.

The festival’s planning committee commissioned 45 artists to transform basic wooden chairs into works of art, which will soon be popping up in 14 Okanagan communities from Osoyoos to Salmon Arm.

“We are so pleased to be able to follow the initial sadness of cancelling Lake Country ArtWalk earlier in the spring with such a fun and accessible community art project,” stated ArtWalk Chairperson Sharon McCoubrey.

“Knowing that artists were busy making art this summer, and knowing that these beautiful Art Chairs will be found within our Okanagan communities, marks the 2020 year for ArtWalk in a special way.”

Local artists have had a challenging summer with the cancellation of shows and lessons. Based on feedback from the artists, the project was more than a much needed job; painting a chair was also a creative challenge.

“As several artists mentioned, they needed an uplifting project such as this to add a spark to their summer,” McCoubrey said.

Clusters of three chairs will be placed six feet apart to allow people to safely come together for a visit, or simply enjoy their surroundings. The chairs will be kept in their respective communities for two years.

Each artist took their own direction in painting the chairs, and the result is a range of artistic expressions “from humorous to reflective to beautiful.”

Funding for ArtWalk is received in part through sponsorships and a grant from Heritage Canada.

Visit www.lakecountryartwalk.ca for more details and to view a gallery of all 45 Art Chairs — as well as a few hints for ArtWalk 2021.
Voyager RV Centre in Lake Country has raised more than $100K for local charities.

“After we went through the closure with COVID-19, we knew now more than ever we needed to come back and not only complete our goal but continue to support the community that has so generously supported us now for 36 years,” said Voyager RV vice president Jason Friesen.

Staff gathered for the final cheque presentation to the Child Advocacy Centre of Kelowna on Sept. 1. as part of the companies 35th-anniversary Voyager Care initiative.

The CAC of Kelowna opened in January with the goal of providing a centre of leadership and promoting excellence in child abuse services, research, training and education — a collective community response to protecting children from abuse.

Due to event cancellations, the newly formed organization has relied heavily on donations from the community to provide support for at-risk children and youth within Kelowna and the surrounding communities.

“What we have built is an interdisciplinary response to child abuse and neglect,” said CAC executive director, Ginny Becker.

“It changes everything to have a place that was built for children. This is a big change for kids. We’ve built a space where they feel safe and important and we can’t do it without donations like this. To see an organization that imbeds this type of giving into their culture is extraordinary, and know the work you’ve done here puts you by our side every day when the door opens and a child walks through.”

During the campaign, each department within Voyager was committed to making a donation for every RV sold. The latest donation was raised through RV sales during the month of July, which just happened to be a record sales month for the company.

The CAC presentation marked the eighth donation as part of the Voyager Cares Campaign and also helped achieve the final goal of raising over $100,000, with the final total reaching $103,635.

Over the past year and a half, the campaign has supported the Central Okanagan Food Bank, BC Heart and Stroke Foundation, Alzheimer’s Society of BC, BC Cancer Foundation, Mamas for Mamas, ALS Society of BC, Kelowna Women’s shelter, and the most recent recipient, the CAC of Kelowna.
A new university — of sorts — is coming to Summerland, B.C., next month, with dozens of young people already enrolled without paying any tuition or registration fees.

University of Summerland is not a degree-granting school. It's a light-hearted solution created by several volunteers to provide study spaces for local students forced by COVID-19 to take courses online.

"Encouraging students to get out of their bedrooms [and] away from their dining room tables, and go somewhere there's a dedicated space and an environment of learning," said Raja Gupta in describing the plan.

The Summerland Secondary School science teacher spoke on CBC's Daybreak South about his initiative that has a website featuring a coat of arms with Latin motto studere nobiscum, meaning study with us. Students must fill out an online registration form and will receive a confirmation email telling them where they can study.

Julia Street Community Church, Summerland Alliance Church and Summerland Baptist Church — which Gupta dubbed the University of Summerland's three "campuses" — provide free study spaces with tables, chairs, wireless internet access and staff.

The three venues vary in terms of opening hours. Church staff will gather information for contact tracing and maintain COVID-19 protocols.

Wi-Fi service was Gupta's top priority when he searched for community facilities about six weeks ago.

Hannah Peterson, 18, will take her first-year biomedical science courses from Montreal's McGill University remotely in Summerland. She has good internet connectivity at home, but still registered for University of Summerland's study spaces.

"When it comes to studying, it's especially beneficial when you have a separate location where you're forced to sit down and focus," Patterson said.

But she's also attracted to the social support that she may receive in the common learning environment. "It's a really great way to just connect to each other because we are all going through the same thing."

Calum Bird, second-year computer science major with Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick, will visit the study spaces with his Summerland friends who are studying the same subject.

"In-person aspect is a big component of learning," said the 18-year-old. "Even if we're at different universities, we can study similar material together."

The three churches will provide study spaces until December.
United Way Southern Interior BC has invested more than $1.3 million in 90-plus charities in the region to support people affected by the novel coronavirus.

Several granting streams have been rolled out in the past few months to provide emergency relief and capacity assistance to frontline community service organizations across our region.

In early April, United Way SIBC launched and distributed the COVID-19 Relief and Recovery fund in partnership with local donors, community foundations and the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program. In addition, United Way SIBC launched a call for applications in May for the Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF).

“In crises, there exists opportunity. It has been inspiring to see the collective action over the last few months that has emerged in order to best serve those most impacted by the pandemic,” said Kahir Lalji, executive director of United Way SIBC.

“The work of social and community-based agencies have been instrumental lifelines for our most vulnerable neighbours. We are grateful to all our partners, including all levels of government, who have come together to address urgent and emergent needs the sector is facing.

“While we have been able to make incredible investment and impact due to the generosity of time, knowledge and resources of so many, there still exists a dire need in the sector and we continue to appeal to all our friends and partners to come together to address the social issues that have been heightened through COVID19.”

United Way SIBC along with generous donors and community partners are proud to support these critical investments in our local communities during this time of exceptional need.

From meeting basic human needs and providing immediate intervention services to post-pandemic capacity building and recovery, initial feedback and reports from the investments have shown incredible impact for these charities and the clients they serve.

“Together, we are showing our local love by rapidly responding to serve the needs of the most vulnerable in our community who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic,” the statement from United Way SIBC said.
The Salmon Arm Rotary Club wants to help people celebrate Labour Day in patriotic fashion.

For a donation of $25, the club is offering to install a large Canadian flag on a 10-foot pole in front of your residence for the September long weekend as well as on Remembrance Day.

“For this year, all funds raised from this campaign will go towards those affected by COVID-19 and the economic downturn in Salmon Arm and area,” reads a related media release from the club.

With the pandemic causing the cancellation of public events and fundraisers, Salmon Arm’s Rotary clubs have been looking at different ways to raise funds to support community endeavours. In May, the Salmon Arm Rotary Club launched its Double Up Your Gift campaign, where the club proposed to match up to $10,000 in donations in support of the Second Harvest Food Bank and the SAFE Society/Salmon Arm Women’s Shelter. The successful fundraiser wound up raising $22,000, which was divided evenly between the two community non-profits.

Next year, the Salmon Arm Rotary Club plans to expand its Canadian flag initiative to include the Victoria Day weekend and Canada Day. The cost will be $25 for two display periods this year and $50 for four next year.

All money raised will go to support local Rotary community projects.

Anyone wanting more information or to sign up for this fundraiser is encouraged to visit salmonarmrotary.org.
Vernon’s own firefighters have once again pitched in to support burn victims.

@Vernon Professional Firefighters Local 1517 has donated $4,079.44 to the BC Professional Fire Fighters Association Burn Fund. The money was raised from the 2019 R.F. Brett Memorial Golf Tournament.

“Just over $5,000 was raised that day and we will be making a donation to a local charity with the remaining total at a later date,” the fire rescue service said. “Thank you to all those who made it happen and be ready for a huge comeback in 2021!”

This year would have been the Burn Fund’s 27th annual Burn Camp. To stay in touch with burn survivor campers and camp counsellors (all fire fighter and nurse volunteers), two virtual events were hosted, and supported by Vernon Professional Firefighters.

“The Burn Fund is the charity of all B.C. firefighters and I am so proud of all of them who raise funds in their off duty time to support their home communities and continue to raise funds to support burn survivors in B.C. and Yukon,” BCPFFA Burn Fund president Gord Ditchburn said.

Especially this year, every donation is appreciated. Together, 29 firefighter Locals and eight burn survivors raised a total of $200,068.

To date, the Vernon Professional Firefighters have donated more than $129,000 to the Fund.
1632 Dickson Ave
Kelowna, British Columbia
Causes we care about

  • Community and Economic Development

  • Philanthropy and Capacity Building

  • Social Services