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The First Online Only Issue
By Myleen Mallach, Owner/Publisher of Apex Matters With such an abrupt end to our season, due to COVID-19, I know it left many of us wanting more days on snow. So, I decided to go ahead and prepare a final issue of the season as was originally scheduled, so we could wrap up this season together. But with most all of the distribution locations now closed, this last issue of Apex Matters will be the first online only issue. The present changing of the seasons mirrors our ever changing world. Heraclitus, a Greek philosopher, has been quoted as saying, “change is the only constant in life”. As we change our daily lives and follow health advisories, we are told how important it is to stay socially connected through this pandemic. So, join in the conversation of those you want to follow through social media. On Facebook, the best pages to get it all is “Apex Mountain Resort Official Facebook Group” and “Nickel Plate Nordic Centre”. I am truly honoured and very grateful to have this opportunity to bring you Apex Matters each winter. However, it is you the reader, those who supply content, and most importantly, every single business that purchases advertising that really makes this all possible. For without your continued support, Apex Matters simply would not exist. While I dedicate much time and effort to all aspects of this local snow culture newsletter, it is all the moving parts that make it what it is ... a great way of “keeping us all in the ‘s’know”. Thank you everyone! So, here is my wish for all of you ... “While this incredible fun-filled season came to an abrupt end, a blur in the close distant past, may your recent memories in the snow burn a passionate, vivid image in your mind’s eye. While you long for the next big powder day or making fresh tracks on a bluebird morning, may your summer snow dreams be epic, and your next season be even better than imagined!” See you soon!
Thank you to all of our loyal season pass holders, and all our visitors too, for an amazing season! While the 2019/2020 season won’t be soon forgotten, due to an unforeseen early closure because of COVID-19, we trust you were able to get in lots of great days of riding, especially during the record snowfall in February that brought us over 150 cm in 5 days!
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Nickel Plate Junior Racers Update By Chris Garwah, Coach The Nickel Plate Nordic Racer’s season concluded abruptly, due to the COVID-19 pandemic when Nationals at Sovereign Lake were cancelled. Despite these unfortunate circumstances, our team had a successful year. I would like to thank all the athletes, parents, volunteers, the Nickel Plate Nordic Club, including its staff and executive, and everyone else that contributed to our season. Thank you to Apex Matters for allowing us to inform the public about our program. Without all of you, a race program would not be feasible. I would like to congratulate all the racers for the hard work and dedication they each put in. This sport demands much from us physically and there are many times when either climbing Eagle’s Nest, Cannonball or Panorama ridge that we all wanted to quit. You didn’t, and are stronger for it. I wish you, your families and everyone else a safe and healthy summer season.
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Nickel Plate Nordic Centre Update By Tricia Wilson, General Manager Thanks everyone for a great season. When the spread of COVID-19 began to increase, we felt that keeping Nickel Plate Nordic Centre open with modified practices was a great service to the community. However, as the spread of the virus increased in severity, each day we opened we felt that perhaps the time had come. After careful and daily evaluation of local and global circumstances, we decided to close Nickel Plate for the season on March 22nd. On March 23rd, BC Recreation Sites & Trails issued a closure notice for all of the facilities they oversee, so we would have been forced to close anyway. We ask that snowmobilers continue to not use our trails. If COVID-19 eases up and we’re allowed to open, we might be holding spring camps for race teams and will be grooming for them. This is a good source of revenue for our little non-profit club, and snowmobile traffic compresses the snow in a way that makes grooming very difficult. We have tentatively scheduled our AGM for Tuesday, June 2nd. Keep an eye on our website and social media feeds for updates on this. Again, thanks for what has been an amazing season. Stay safe and positive out there!
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After a long ﬂight from Frankfurt, we arrived in Kelowna, thankfully without any complications of the coronavirus throughout the airports and such. We had left Italy just in the brink of time. The following weekend was BC Championships held at Telemark in West Kelowna in early March. Nickel Plate had an amazing turn out and great results as well, with Kai Rippy and Tobias Mengr pulling off 15th and 16th places, Matthew Broder coming in 5th, and Jonas Mengr coming in 19th. It was a great end to the season for the racers, as all their hard work and dedication had paid off. I was fortunate enough to pull off a 2nd place in U18 Fred claimed 2 silvers at BC Championships. boys in the 10km skate and then a 2nd in the 10km classic U20 boys the next day. I was extremely disappointed in myself for the results, but just brushed it off, basically just using it as intensity to adjust back to our time zone. I would be hungry and prepared for Nationals. It was a fun weekend spent in the sun with the team, doing what we love. Later that week, or early Wednesday morning, my mom barged into my room and informed me that my season was over. It turned out to be true; nationals was cancelled. All the hundreds of hours spent training and preparing had all gone to waste. It was very hard to cope with reality during those first few days. It was unfortunate, but nonetheless, expected. I did eventually come around to it and jumped back into training. I just called it some early prep for nationals, which was now only twelve months away so time was really starting to tick. It was a great season, full of memories and lessons. I wanted to thank everyone that supported me this year. Next year, I will be continuing to ski and compete. I will be attending the University of Calgary and skiing with the World Cup Academy, although still representing Nickel Plate. I hope that everyone was able to enjoy the last few days on the trails or runs before the closures, and that you all were able to stay healthy and positive. PS: The self-quarantining isn’t so bad when you have hundreds of hectares to yourself!
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By Jorgen Anderson, Head Coach What an amazing season! ~ Obviously, we ended a little sooner then expected, but I will leave it that. It was such an amazing year! We started off a little slow, but in Apex fashion, we hit it strong just after Christmas. The snow was clearly amazing this season. My last runs down the Pit were so enjoyable. What a great run - fall line skiing at its best. Love it!
U16 ~ I was a lucky person to coach this group. I was impressed daily by their work ethic. You may have seen Facebook videos of the kids skiing the Pit, pushing personal boundaries, challenging themselves daily. Free skiing was so great for this gang. We spent lots of time in the gates, but also cherished the entire mountain. Results were amazing! We are excited for next season.
The Goods ~ What a season for the club! Carver’s hit it hard. Utilizing the Snow Stars program was the ticket! Mid-season reports and final reports ... Kids were able to really focus on specific skills needed to become amazing skiers! Lots of happy kids daily out on the slopes in our 11 week program. Special thanks to Shelby Naylor and her gang of awesome coaches. A job well done. U12 ~ Awesome season with this talented group. The skill level really came out with this gang as the season progressed. Nothing but improvement from the first day to the last. Many of you may have seen these kids crushing the Pit. So awesome to watch. Special thanks to Coaches Kristen Anderson and Adam Koczij. Amazing job!
U16 Gang FIS ~ We had 4 men racing the FIS circuit this winter season. And, what a season they all had! Reece Howden - Reece finds himself at the top of the group heading into next season World Cup Ski Cross. We are all excited for the next Olympics ... fingers crossed. Marcus Athans - Marcus is a member of BC Ski Team. Marcus just finished a Career best NorAm season. Well done fella. Heming Sola - Heming is a member of the Okanagan Ski Team. What a season! Heming just completed his debut FIS season. Heming won his first FIS downhill. Along with his other results, this ranks him one of the country’s best for his age. Put those sun glasses on Heming! The future is bright!
U12 Gang U14 ~ Great season for this gang. As mentioned in U12 group, skill level really improved over the season. Time on snow was so valuable for this group. From early December to March, this group continued to impress Coach Brent. Fun season for this group. Special thanks to Brent Schleppe. Brent came to us this season ready to bring his expertise and experience from Jasper. Thank you Brent!
Aaron Leaman - Aaron is a member of the Okanagan Ski Team. Wicked season! AAron is skiing for Thailand. He attended the World Juniors in Norway. He could join Reece in China Olympics representing Thailand and the Apex Ski Club. How exciting! Skills and Drills ~ You will definitely see this program next season. So much fun with the parents and racers on Saturday evenings. As you can see we have some really cool things going on. None of this would be possible if it wasn’t for the support from our amazing resort. No place in Canada is like Apex. We are so lucky to have the best alpine slopes and freestyle slopes. The training venues are amazing, with the proximity for the athletes and the ease for quick laps. Such a great place! I also want to thank the general public. I know we take up some room, but you’re always welcome to watch, get ski tips or just come and say ‘hi’. We have an amazing little big mountain. I have said this for years, “If you can ski Apex, you can ski anywhere”. Special thanks to all the patrol and lift operators. You all make this happen.
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Apex Matters ~ What can I say? Well, this publication is just the greatest. Myleen thanks for all you do. I will leave it at that.
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Penticton Snowmobile Club Update By Stu Drake, President Well, it is been a great season for our club this year. Although, it has been cut short by the COVID-19 virus outbreak and we had to cancel the remainder of our club rides, events and trips, we are still very pleased with our club’s growth this year.
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Our club saw the introduction of many great new members, who got involved and came out on rides, came out to meetings and events, and we couldn’t be more thankful for their involvement. This year, our club hosted it’s biggest group ride to date with a total of 21 riders. They split up into three groups, each with a specialized type of riding group tailored to their needs as a rider. We cannot be more thankful for our ride hosts and are so appreciative for the time they invest in volunteering for our club, as well their level of involvement this season. They gave everybody some very memorable ride experiences and pushed all of our skills just a little bit further all while having a wonderful fun time out in the back country with our members! We remind all our members, as well as all local Apex snowmobilers and everybody else, in the upcoming spring months to respect Apex Mountain Resort’s wishes and stay off of their runs with any snowmobiles. They will be doing maintenance and working on the mountain and have a strict no motorized vehicles policy that will be strictly enforced this spring. So, we ask all local Apex area snowmobilers to please respect these rules that the mountain has in place and find another place to ride out in the vast back country areas that surround the mountain. We wish everybody peace, goodwill and good health and happiness in the days to come. We cannot wait to see you all again next year in the fall, when hopefully all of this virus outbreak is behind us. Until then, we will be dreaming of deep powder days and bluebird skies in the Apex back country. Stay safe out there my friends, until we see you all again. I thank you all sincerely for a great season!
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On March 7th & 8th, we held our first FREESTYLE MEDLEY JAM. It was a fun, entry level event for our athletes to show off all of their freestyle skills on a newly built course on Andi’s Alley. It started with 2 mogul lines at the top, followed by slalom gates/ ﬂags, then there was a choice of small, medium or large jumps. After the jumps was a box/rail section followed by a straight-over roller tank, finishing the medley was a switch skiing section. There were a total of 6 events on one run! The 35 kids trained all day on Saturday then showed their skills to the judges in a jam style format. A big thank you to IGA for the hotdogs, to Apex Mountain Resort for the course build, to Apex Mountain Shop for the swag and to all of the parent volunteers that helped us make this event a huge success! Photos below by Steve Cann ~ Left to right, top to bottom: London Funk going for the grab!; Ambrose Colbeck sliding our newest feature donated by Grizzly Excavating; Coach Jon Hodal helping 6yr old Cody Walters in the roller tank; Julian Buttar skiing fast through the mogul section; and Colby Cann showing us proper mogul stance.
March 14th was not only our last day of our FUNdamentalz Program, when program report cards and certificates were handed out, but also a chance to honour our freestyle family friend Brayden Kuroda with the organized “Run for Brayden”. Friends, family, freestyle family, and extended family joined together on Saturday, March 14th at 1:30 pm to shred down Kristi’s Run, as a tribute to Bradyen Kuroda who passed away in February. Thank You! ~ Our club would like to extend a huge thank you to all of our members (big and small) for joining us this winter! We would also like to thank our coaching team for your dedication to the club and the love and knowledge of skiing that you pass on to the kids every season. A big thank you to our sponsors, The Lakeside Resort and Nuﬂoors Penticton, as well as those of you who donated to our Silent Auction, which is postponed until further notice. A huge thank you to our Board of Directors, our event team and course builders and our dedicated parent volunteers, without all of you, this club would not be what it is today! Apex Freestyle Salutes Tanya Callon ~ Apex Freestyle is very sad to announce Tanya Callon will not be continuing as our Program Director in the 2020/2021 season. Tanya has chosen to pursue life goals that will not allow her to continue in her role at Apex. Bringing unparalleled energy and enthusiasm to Apex Freestyle, Tanya has among other achievements, created pathways for athletes to pass on their love of freestyle through coaching and removed significant barriers for those throughout the Province to pursue coaching as a career. Tanya Callon has worked passionately at delivering freestyle programs and events for the club. Her contributions and energy will be greatly missed. Apex Freestyle Club salutes Tanya as she enters her new life adventure. Thank you for all your leadership Tanya. We wish you the BEST and you will always have a home here at Apex Freestyle! What’s Happening ~ Life is a bit different these days and the ski season ended more abruptly than anyone ever imagined. With everything going on in the world, some of our final events of the season were cancelled. Although, the Canadian Mogul Championships will not be rescheduled, our Silent Auction will be! And, so will our Year End Wrap Up Party! Please stay tuned to our website freestyleapex.com and to our Facebook Page at apexfreestyle for new event dates. Oﬀ Season Training ~ WATER RAMP Programs & Schedule found on our website. Stay Healthy, Calm & Kind ~ Freestyle Apex
Looking Back at The NorAm Circuit By Mackenzie Schwinghamer The 2019-2020 season is over! This year’s season definitely did not go as planned, but I was able to achieve results I am happy with and progress my technique and mental toughness even more than I expected. Here’s a recap on how each event of the NorAm tour went. The first NorAm of the season was in Deer Valley after the World Cup and I wasn’t very happy with my results there. The course was very challenging and I couldn’t put down a run I was happy with. After Deer Valley, I travelled to Calgary for the next NorAm and I am extremely happy with my result from this NorAm. I finished 5th in singles on the Saturday with a few very solid runs taking me into the Super Final. At the next NorAm in Val St-Côme, I made finals in both singles and duals. The next and final stop was Killington Vermont. I was very excited with how well I was skiing here during training and was ready for comp day. Unfortunately, I injured the joint capsule in my ankle and hurt my calf just before my comp run, which caused extreme pain whenever I ﬂexed in the front of my boot. I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to compete, but I decided to fight through the pain in attempt to ski my competition run. I am proud of myself for being able to fight through the pain and do a top to bottom run, despite my injury. Overall, I am proud of how my skiing technique progressed throughout the tour. Our last competition of the season was cancelled, due to the everevolving COVID-19 pandemic. I was definitely seeking results from this competition. I had a good season this year, but was looking Thanks For Following! forward to putting everything together for the final competition. By Jordan Kober However, I am proud of everything I accomplished this season and proud of how much my skiing has improved! I achieved my best results this season with a first and second I was supposed to leave Quebec last week, but to protect my family place on the NorAm Circuit. My NorAm win in Deer Valley was and my elderly grandma, I decided to cancel my ﬂight and remain particularly special. Until then, I had never landed a spot on the in Quebec until the virus slows. We will ski again and I can’t wait podium at a NorAm. It meant a lot be able to share that moment until next season! Please stay safe, physically distance yourself with so many people that have been a part of my long journey. I and stay positive! We are all in this together. I hope everyone has qualified last for the final, which meant that I was the first skier to go. After my run, I had to wait as the five other remaining skiers a great summer and we will see you again next season. each had a shot at beating my score. Once they announced the score of the final skier, I was still in first! I remember Brayden coming up to give me a big hug. It’s tough to realize that I won’t get to share more moments like that with him, ones where we would have been up on the podium together. Unfortunately, I squandered my opportunities on the World Cup circuit, which was where I really needed to perform. Going into this season, I knew that I needed World Cup results to be able to afford another year of training and competing; however, things have changed a lot since the beginning of the season. Given the current situation, prospects for off-season training have been necessarily limited. In the meantime, I am trying to land a job with the BC Wildfire Service. (It was actually Matt Crosby, a former National Team member and Apex Matters contributor who first put this job on my radar!) If I can be working and earning this summer; instead of training and spending, then I should still be able to give competing another shot next winter. Although, at this point there may not even be a competition season next winter. Either way, I want to do whatever I can to give myself a chance to keep going. Thanks to everyone who followed along with my season. Hopefully, I will be back next winter with some more stories for you guys. Before I go, I just want to make myself available to the best ski community ever! If you, or anyone you know, is at a higher risk during these times, and could use help getting groceries or other supplies, please call or email me: 250-487-8842 or jordankober@ hotmail.com. I am a young, healthy individual with too much free time on my hands (at least until I start fighting fires), so please do not hesitate to contact me!
Who’s That On The Hill? Submitted by the CSP Apex Zone Time to meet this month’s patroller ... Well, our season may have ended rather abruptly, but do you still wanna know about a member of the Red Jackets? Of course you do. This month we have Balazs! What is your name? Balazs Gerlozy a.k.a. (and I kid you not) Balagio, Kropacsek, Szedlacsek, Bali, Bazsi, Bazsa, Bazso! I think we have a nickname winner! Where were you born? This feisty former Eurovision star hails from the exotic city of Budapest in Hungary. How many years have you been patrolling? He has been picking people off the slopes for 9 years. 8 with Apex and one wayward year up at Big White.
Looking Forward By Alec Henderson I am home after travelling to Ontario to Mount. St. Louis with my team. We had the opportunity to compete in the Canada Cup, where I made it through to finals. It was a fun mountain and warm weather almost everyday. We were supposed to have four Big Competitions out East, but had to ﬂy home on March 14th, due to the world situation. This was unexpected, and we all made our way back home. Looking ahead, our coach Mike is helping us set up our work out plans for the next few weeks, until we are able to go back to the slopes. We are hoping to train on snow again as soon as possible! We are planning to train on the Whistler Glacier in April or May. The goal is to stay strong and be ready for when we can train again. I am really looking forward to the months ahead. It has been an interesting and exciting 2020.
What shift are you on? Balazs can be found under the command of Alan on the ‘C’ shift. Do you ski, snowboard, telemark, or? He has been a recovered snowboarders for 12 years now. He gave up the board life and has never touched a ratchet binding for 12 years. An inspiration for all of us. What is your favorite run? Balazs likes chasing the birds and dodging trees through Grouse Gulch. What do you like most about patrolling? He likes hanging out with all the cool cats. Balazy often grabs extra shifts, so he hangs out with everyone. He also loves kicking the boots off and chilling with fellow snow lovers at the volly hut. What is your favorite food? Balazs is a big fan of Palacsinta, which is not what I thought it was when I first read it. Apparently, these are actually Hungarian crepes. Thank you for clarifying. What other stuﬀ do you do for fun? When not skiing or back country skiing or ski touring (he does a LOT of skiing), Balazs is often biking (motor and pedal) and sailing too. What do you do for money? You wanna know what ails you? Well, Balazs can tell you. He is a pathologist! Should people hunt for you on tinder? Sorry folks, but this guy has been taken for many years. He is happily married for 20 years and he and his wife have 4 kids. Well, there we go. Now you know Balazs! And, that is it for this year. We will be back next year for sure. Also, if you want to get featured in one of these columns, or you want to help out on the hill, or you are really into cool red jackets, consider joining the patrol. Recruitment starts in September. If you’re interested, please email ZoneRecruitment@cspapex.org. We will be happy to hear from you! Cheers!
Alec Henderson looking forward to getting back on his skis as soon as possible.
Slushy Thoughts From The Snow Bank
By Brad Nunes Well ... What a poopy way to wrap up our season, but I’m tired of dwelling on the negative. Let’s celebrate what we had when we had it. I had more days of amazing skiing this year than in recent memory. Good Lord, the snow was nice! It was thick and it was ﬂuffy. With almost no thaw/freeze, even days after a snowfall there was still nice ﬂuffy stuff to be found. The gods above may have cut our season a bit short, but man did they give us a lot to be thankful for before the abrupt ending. I want to send a huge shout out to all the hill staff and volunteers. From management to lifties to maintenance crew, this year was awesome! Lifts ran great and the attitude was super positive. I made some great memories this year up the hill and all ya’ll are a big part of that. And of course, a massive shout out to all my patrol family, both paid and volley. I cannot stress enough how much you folks mean to me. We really do feel like sisters and brothers in red. Thanks so much for all you do and for the joy you bring to my life. And hey, if you ... yeah YOU, want to get in on the love, please reach out. We are looking for people for both Apex and Baldy. Just like Uncle Sam said, ‘We want YOU!’ One of the oddest things about this whole shutdown is how much extra free time I have. It is super odd not to be running off to Cub Scouts or hockey or curling. Sadly, I was not running up to the slopes either, but yeah ... lots of actual quality, slowed down family time. In a weird way, it is nice? We all love our extra activities and for sure I am feeling bummed about missing things off and on, but then I sit down with my boys and we work together on some guitar chords or we cook something together. Most of the time those little things get tossed to the side or I am in too much of a rush to teach them how to ﬂip a pancake. I am really hoping to use this time to work on smaller projects and involve my boys as much as possible. No matter the situation you find yourself in, be sure to reach out and feel the joy. It is there. I promise. Just sometimes you need to go looking for it. Lastly, in the weird bizzaro world we find ourselves in, please continue to be the awesome people you are. Be patient with your kids, spouse, dog, etc. They are feeling this stress as well. Reach out to those who are feeling isolated. Use social media to spread love and not fear. We are all stuck on this blue/green rock together, so let’s tolerate this as one big happy extended family. And, lets all give Myleen a big virtual hug for this amazing publication. Thank you for keeping us knit together! See you next season. Cheers!
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Plyometrics Training, Skiing And Snowboarding ... A Match Made In The Heavens! By Grant Gichard, Physiotherapist at Sports Clinic Physiotherapy Crouch ... jump ... land ... repeat. This describes the basic principle behind a set of exercises known as jump training or plyometrics. They require athletes to jump, hop, bound or skip, all of which help us to make our way to the bottom of every run in one piece. Made popular in the 1970s by East German state sport trainers, it’s based on scientific evidence showing that cycles of repetitive jumping and landing prompts a stretch reﬂex in muscle, which in turn improves the power of those muscles when they contract. These plyometric exercises first load muscles during a crouch or squat phase. The energy of this quad muscle stretch reﬂex is harnessed then recycled in a contraction phase to promote a vertical jump. The quad muscles must then lengthen to control the landing in the all important eccentric phase. This sequence of crouches, jumps and landings happens to describe the action of skiing and snowboarding perfectly. When you make a turn, you bend your legs, shortening the quad muscles. As you fight through the turn, gravity forces those quad muscles to lengthen, and you use an eccentric muscle action to hold your position and stay tight through the turn. It is this eccentric strength, when combined with explosive jumps, that has been shown to enhance agility, speed and power, which are all important components of higher performance skiing. It all sounds complex, although most plyometric exercises are quite simple. Depending upon the ability and fitness level of the individual, plyometric exercises can range from very-low intensity sessions to intense programs for experienced athletes. It should be noted that the nature of plyometrics is such that it does place significant stress on major joints and muscle groups. So, before beginning a routine, ensure you’ve done the necessary background core and general strength work to be able to handle muscle and joint stress at speed. Exercises that skiers and boarders might incorporate into a workout include: • Squat Jumps - Squat down and touch the ground, then explode upwards as high as you can. Land lightly. • Hopping - Oon each leg, as far forward as you can go. • Two Legged Jumps - Jump as far forward as you can go. • Jumping side to side - No equipment needed, use something as simple as a crack in a paving stone as a line to jump over. Keep your feet together throughout. • Chair Jumping - Exactly as it sounds, jumping on and off of a chair, bench or stair. Perhaps most importantly, plyometrics emphasizes quality instead of quantity. Proper body form and positioning, landing techniques and weight distribution when landing are all essential components, so have a physiotherapist or an experienced personal trainer watch over you, at least for the first couple of times. Handyman & Custom Finish Carpentry
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From The Hill By Richard Cannings, MP for South Okanagan-West Kootenay The COVID-19 crisis continues to deepen around the world, across Canada and throughout British Columbia. We are at a critical time in the progress of the pandemic where we can all make a huge difference ... by staying home and avoiding close contact with our friends, neighbours and other community members. These actions may be difficult, but as Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry has said, they are “not optional” - they will literally save lives.
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I want to thank all of you who are doing what you can to “ﬂatten the curve” by staying home. And, I want to thank all the health care workers who are working every day, putting their lives at risk to make sure our hospitals and clinics are functioning smoothly. Whether you are a nurse, a doctor, a midwife, a paramedic, a cleaner, a receptionist, you have my thanks. Here are some of the provincial health demands and guidelines: • Keep at least 2 metres from others. • Stay home as much as possible, do not visit with friends. Call them instead! • It’s okay to go outside for fresh air and exercise, but stay away from others. Looking forward to seeing you next year! • If you are returning home from outside Canada, you must selfisolate for 14 days. Stay at home, do not visit friends or family. Have groceries and other necessities delivered. • Self-isolate in your home if you are sick, even if it is not COVID-19. • Choose virtual health care services whenever available, physicians will be compensated. • Physician notes are NOT required for prescription refills by In addition, the provincial government has promised relief for pharmacists. renters facing eviction. if they can’t afford to pay their rent due to • Dentists should provide emergency services only. These self-isolation measures are absolutely essential, but are this crisis. having a huge impact on our economy, and I’m not just talking The NDP supports the federal initiatives put forward by the about the obvious effects of the stock market crash and the collapse government, but feels that some are inadequate. We are asking in oil prices. Local hotels are empty, restaurants are closed. All for immediate help through various means including these issues: The 10% wage subsidy is completely inadequate and needs scheduled air service in the South Okanagan and West Kootenay • to be raised to 75% for affected businesses, as other countries is stopping as of April 1st. Orchards, vineyards and nurseries are have done. waiting for seasonal workers to arrive from Mexico, but travel The EI system is complicated in both registration and delivery; bans have thrown up barriers to that. Many small businesses and • to give people the help they need immediately, the government self-employed people have seen work dry up simply because noshould send all Canadian adults a cheque for $2000 plus one is making long-term decisions, few people are shopping, and $250 per child. projects are being put on hold. My constituency offices are working hard to help people, but The federal government has put out a package of supports for workers and businesses affected by this crisis. Here are a few are closed to walk-in traffic. Please contact them through email highlights; to get details please go to my website Richard. at Richard.Cannings@parl.gc.ca or by phone at 250-770-4480 (Penticton) or 250-365-2792 (Castlegar), for further information. Cannings.ndp.ca: • Emergency Support Benefit for workers not eligible for Employment Insurance (EI) and who are facing unemployment, including self-employed people (effective April 1st). • Emergency Care Benefit for workers, including the selfemployed, who do not qualify for paid sick leave or EI and have to stay home (effective April 1st). • One-week waiting period for EI benefits waived. • Wage subsidy of 10% for small businesses and non-profit organizations. • Boost to Canada Child Benefit and GST subsidy for lowincome families. • Business Credit Availability Program to provide emergency loans to businesses. Page 14 | April 2020 | ApexMatters.com
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By Linda Larson, MLA Boundary-Similkameen As the coronavirus pandemic progresses across the world, we have witnessed the terrible human toll in China, Iran and Italy, and the disease continues to take lives in dozens of countries. While we can be thankful to have a publicly funded high-quality system of health care here in British Columbia, we cannot be complacent, or rely upon hospitals and health care workers as the only way to deal with this epidemic. All of us must do what we can to stop the transmission of the virus from person to person, so that we can defeat this epidemic. As a community, each of us have a responsibility to those most vulnerable to this virus - those with compromised immunity and seniors. In addition to the risk from the virus, we must consider the anxiety and isolation that the next few weeks will bring to many of our neighbours. This is especially true of seniors living on their own. Please make a point of contacting your neighbours, without getting too close, and checking that they are OK. If all of us call one of our immediate neighbours every day, we will have a safer and healthier community. Personal Conduct ~ The Provincial Health Officer has advised that we avoid shaking hands or any physical contact, maintain a minimum distance of one meter from everyone outside your family and please do not leave your home if you are ill. Do not travel other than in an emergency. Limit your contact with public surfaces such as touch screen terminals and payment machines. And, avoid public events with sizable gatherings of people. What if I feel ill? ~ If you are sick, please stay home, rest, and avoid contaminating others. You should seek medical care as you see fit, just as you would with any contagious illness, but you may be directed to stay away from Emergency Rooms. If you have reason to believe you have been, or may have been, exposed to COVID-19, you should remain at home, call 8-1-1 for advice and be prepared to self-isolate and monitor your health. Anyone returning from outside Canada is expected (this may become must) to self-isolate for 14 days. Reliable Information Sources ~ Please visit the website for the BC Centre for Disease Control at http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/ diseases-conditions/coronavirus-(novel) for the most accurate and up-to-date information on COVID-19. Normally, Dr. Bonnie Henry and the Health Minister brief the public at 3:30pm on weekdays, and this is available live from a number of radio and TV channels. It can be found on BC1 and Global BC has been live streaming it on their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/GlobalBC/ Constituency Oﬃce at 6369 Main Street in Oliver, BC ~ Given the current status of the COVID-19 outbreak, the office staff will not be taking any in-person meetings at this time. We kindly request that you either call us at 250-498-5122 or email us at Linda.Larson. MLA@leg.bc.ca and we will respond as soon as possible. Please look after yourselves, your loved ones, and your neighbours If we help each other, take precautions with contact with each other, and allow our health care system to take care of those who are ill, we will defeat COVID-19 ... together. Climbing, Hiking, Camping, Winter Sports & Apparel #101 - 136 Front St | 236.422.3733 | www.eskalamountainsports.com
FROM THE DIRECTOR For RDOS Area ‘I’
Who knew that the 2019/2020 season would have such an exciting sudden ending at Apex. The past year has been a great year for Apex residents with many great things being achieved by a few dedicated volunteers. Apex Volunteer Fire Rescue welcomed it’s very own fire truck “Timber” to the creation of the new Apex Community Association. The Apex Waste Transfer Subrina Monteith Station finally opened its doors after 15 Director of RDOS Area ‘I’ years of planning. Some of the challenges faced by the residents have been forestry practices in the surrounding area, school district boundaries and mining exploration. These challenges are being actively advocated through the Apex Property Owners Association. APOA is working hard to ensure the community’s voice is heard. I’ve been attending APOA meetings and find them high value in getting issues brought forward and I see the board making progress. I encourage all property owners to become a member and get involved. As Director for RDOS Area ‘I’, I have selected some topics for 2020 to review, including the shipping container bylaw, a potential Parks & Recreation service, as well as a Fire Department service. The mentioned topics are ones brought to me by Apex community residents to see if there is opportunity to build an even stronger year around community. Here are some updates on the new Waste Transfer Station: • The building manufacture will be fixing the roof cap this spring at no cost. This will stop water entering the building. Apex has gone up on the roof to remove the snow several times. All users are asked to be careful as the ﬂoor may be slippery. • In 2020, all units will be charged $110 for the operation of the Waste Transfer Station. This invoice will come out in May. • The RDOS has found that many people have the wrong mailing address registered with the Province for their Apex property. If you have not been receiving mail from the RDOS regarding the Waste Transfer Station, you may need to update your address with Land Titles. This is free to update. https:// ltsa.ca/property-info/change-address Besides a few people, residents are doing a great job placing garbage and recycling in the right areas. People are generally keeping bags and glass separate from the other recycling. Doing this will help keep the costs of the program down. Please note: • Liquids can’t be brought to the depot. Please contact the Regional District for disposal options. • Demo and reno waste cannot come to the Transfer Station. Please contact the Regional District for disposal options If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me. Subrina Monteith, Director of RDOS Area ‘I’ Direct: 250.486.1346 | email@example.com | www.rdos.bc.ca
Apex Community Association Update
By Gord Reum, APOA Board Member
By Caroline Lachapelle, ACA President
Wow, what crazy times we are living in! It was an abrupt end to a fabulous season, but we look forward to spring and all the promise of warm weather activities. A year ago I joined the APOA board, because I felt the need to offer my input and support to make Apex a place that all property owners can take pride in. I admit that although I have been a member for several years, I took for granted the service that the dedicated members of the board provide. It was a wake up call several years ago when Green Mountain and Dividend were starting to get logged. I have no doubt that the view from our village would have been drastically different, if not for the logging committee’s efforts. As Apex continues to grow, we have several young families making the mountain their permanent home. We have been advocating with the school districts to adjust their boundaries so the Apex kids are guaranteed a spot in Penticton schools, where bussing is currently provided to the Apex Guest Ranch. We’ll continue to advocate for these families until these school district boundaries are updated appropriately. Stay tuned for updates on this matter. Our Annual General Meeting was scheduled to take place on Saturday, March 21st. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, our AGM was postponed until further notice. Property owners can pay their dues online on our website. We will advise the membership of a new date just as soon as our Provincial Health Officer clears for large groups to meet once again. Until then, please follow our website for the most up to date information. There are always issues arising that would be a detriment to our Apex way of life. I encourage every property owner to join the APOA, so we, as a group can keep this village a place that we love. Visit apexpropertyowners.com for more information.
The ACA was started in 2019 to foster growth for the community of Apex Mountain. We started our winter season with many projects spearheaded by our board of directors. These volunteers created sub-committees and hit the ground running. With the recent changes in the world, we would like to shift our focus on what we have accomplished and shed some light on these hard times. The creation of the Parks and Recreation Committee was started and is being let by Andrew Drouin. Andrew is in communications with Recreation Sites & Trails BC, in order to sanction the creation of new hiking and biking trails in the Apex area, while being mindful of other outdoor recreation organizations in our region. Graeme Lindsay has volunteered his time to become the FireSmart representative for our community. He is working hard with the FireSmart provincial program to create a phase by phase plan that will allow the Apex community to attain a FireSmart designation. Erica Fletcher hosted many crafting events this winter, bringing out community members and tourism guests together. We look forward to her creative events in the future. A fundraising committee was launched and a benefit concert with the band D.O.A. was set to take place at the end of March. However, due to the growing COVID-19 pandemic, the event was cancelled. We have numerous community fundraising events planned that have we’ve put on hold and will postpone to the fall. Look for an announcement of an even bigger Apex Volunteer Fire and Rescue fundraiser concert event from Andrew in 2021! We believe in this community and we look forward to the growth that will come over the next few years. We are working hard to push forward trail signage, partnerships with clubs, an Apex bursary, as well as many community events. Thank you for trusting us with these projects. For more information or to volunteer with upcoming events and community programs, email firstname.lastname@example.org. “If you want to see the good in humanity, Volunteer.”
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Apex Volunteer Fire Rescue Update
a compliment of trained and dedicated firefighters, and a safe and secure (temporary) hall to operate from. None of this could FireSmart: Apex is Taking Action have been accomplished without the tremendous ongoing support By Graeme Lindsay, Local FireSmart Representative and from the Apex and surrounding Kelly Johnston, Assistant Fire Chief community residents and Mark your calendars! Saturday, July 11th is the First Annual businesses. We thank you so Apex FireSmart® Wildfire Community Preparedness Day! much for your support. This gives Apex Volunteer Fire Rescue (AVFR) and the Apex Community us the ability to respond quickly Association (ACA) have been working hard through the year to and effectively to wildfire ignitions develop a local FireSmart program designed to help protect you occurring at Apex to a level that and your homes. FireSmart best practices applied in the critical we have never had before. This is area immediately surrounding and including the home, known but one piece of the puzzle. as the “Home Ignition Zone” (HIZ) will significantly increase the likelihood of home survival. These best practices are focused on The Apex area has been identified reducing the impacts of the radiant heat, direct ﬂame contact and as one of the highest wildfire risk airborne embers. Help AVFR and the ACA help the community areas in the Regional District of The and do your part as a resident or property owner by reading this Okanagan-Similkameen. combination of forest fuel buildarticle, and more importantly becoming FireSmart and kicking it all up; hotter and drier summers; off on Saturday, July 11th! and an increasing number of Why should you care about wildfire right now? Here’s why! homes being built in the wildlands With the current global COVID-19 situation, the resulting abrupt is resulting in an unprecedented end to the ski season and plenty of snow still on the ground, number of uncontrollable fires wildfire is probably the last thing on our minds. However, with our that are threatening and destroying homes and property. Initial provincial and global emergency resources otherwise engaged attack fire suppression by provincial government and local fire with or restricted by the current COVID-19 situation, it is probably service resources is effective at suppressing 95% of all wildfires more important than any other time for Apex residents to be that start. It is the remaining 5% of wildfires that escape initial stepping up and doing their part in wildfire risk reduction this year. attack and threaten, damage or destroy communities. Apex Volunteer Fire and Rescue is more prepared than ever Look around on your Apex home. Note the dense stands of trees, before. We now have an (almost) fully equipped fire engine, the dead and down logs and debris; the homes; and the firewood, tree needles, twigs and other combustibles piled on, against and under the buildings. It’s not a matter of “if”, but “when” a wildfire will threaten our community; and under the wrong conditions this can result in disastrous consequences. We are already setting the stage for the “wrong conditions” to occur this year. Our local emergency operations resources are currently being pushed beyond capacity in dealing with COVID-19. If the situation follows the course experts are predicting, these emergency resources are likely to be tied up with the COVID-19 and wildfire response operations protecting the majority populations at lower elevations by the time the weather conditions at Apex are conducive to wildfire. Furthermore, the province-wide, national and international wildfire response help that we have come so dependent upon in seasons past is likely to be heavily limited, or even incapable of assisting, due to travel restrictions. Whether it be national pandemic, ﬂooding, storm, or wildfire disasters in other regions, it is becoming more and more apparent that the responsibility for protecting our community from wildfire is shifting more and more to the responsibility of Apex residents and property owners. During the July 11th Wildfire Community Preparedness Day, the AVFR and the ACA will be hosting hands-on training sessions and demonstrations that will help you as a resident prepare for wildfire and become FireSmart. Sessions will include: • FireSmart Home Assessments • Pruning Demonstrations • FireSmart Demo Home • FireSmart Community Champion Training • Introduction To The Apex “Saws And Slaws” Program • Apex Volunteer Fire And Rescue Fire Response Demonstration • Community BBQ And Social For more information, stay tuned to the Apex Community Facebook page, or the Apex Fire Rescue website at apexfirerescue.ca.
A Glance At Our Night Sky Do you look up at the night sky and question more than the snow conditions the next day? In this issue, we share a thought provoking article by Ken Tapping, an astronomer with NRC’s Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory in Kaleden.
Stopping The Twinkling For most of us, a clear, dark sky filled with twinkling stars is one of the most beautiful sights in nature. Astronomers have a more nuanced view. The turbulent atmosphere that makes the stars twinkle can degrade or obliterate astronomical observations. We see the sky through a turbulent ﬂow of bubbles of air with different temperatures, humidities and pressures, blowing past on the wind. The problem arises in the troposphere, the lowest few kilometres of atmosphere. Imagine light radiated by a distant star or other astronomical object. The light expands into space as a smooth sphere, expanding at the speed of light. It is a three-dimensional version of the expanding ripples we get when we drop a stone into a pond. This sphere, also referred to as a wavefront, is caught by the telescope’s objective lens and mirror, and formed into an image. However, when passing through the troposphere, that smooth wavefront gets corrupted. The speed light travels in air depends on its temperature, density and humidity. So, the part of the wavefront about to be captured by the telescope is corrupted by some parts being slowed down more than others, due to having passed through different bubbles of air. The result is that when they are captured by the telescope, the waves on the different parts of the wavefront are no longer in step. They arrive at different times, and the result is a distorted image that ﬂickers and shakes as the bubbles of turbulent air blow past in front of the telescope. Since atmospheric conditions vary from day to day, so does the degree of distortion and twinkling.
Astronomers refer to this as “seeing”. When “seeing” is good, the atmosphere is steady and we can see fine detail on distant objects. When the atmosphere is turbulent, the “seeing” is bad and there may be no point in observing at all. One way to reduce the problem is to put telescopes on high mountains, above the most troublesome part of the atmosphere. The best solution is to put telescopes in space, completely above the atmosphere and its challenges. However, space telescopes are expensive, take years to build and are hard to upgrade and not easy to adapt them quickly to work on new discoveries. These cannot be predicted, so highspeed adaptability is essential. Hence, despite the value of space telescopes, we continue to complement them with advanced instruments on the ground. Luckily, we now have developed a technique that can make images from groundbased telescopes sometimes as good, often nearly as good as the best images made using telescopes in space. It is known as “adaptive optics”. Basically, we analyze the wavefront distortions as they happen, and then, using a ﬂexible mirror, ﬂexed by a large number of computer-controlled actuators, we correct the distortions, restoring the wavefront to its original condition, giving us a good image. This might sound like magic, but the principle is simple, although making it happen has taken years. Most astronomical images contain stars, and we know that even through the largest telescopes, the stars are still just dots, or due to the limitations of the telescope, tiny round discs. Therefore, a computer can adjust that “rubber mirror” until the star images are right, in which case we can assume the rest of the image is right too. If there is no convenient star for this image-correction process, we shine a laser into the sky to make a dot in the sky several kilometres up, and use that as our image reference star. This technique has provided a new lease of life for many groundbased telescopes. It also means astronomers can enjoy twinkling starry skies without complaining.
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Letter From A CEO & Mother By Lyndie Hill
I am writing today to my community at this tough and uncertain time, not only as a CEO and employer of a small local business, but as a mother, a wife, a daughter, a sister, a friend. I started my business just before the recession of 2008, a business that many said would never succeed, but I believed. In 2012, I continued to grow my business while starting a family and many said, “she won’t be able to do that, it’ll be too hard”, but we made it work. In 2014, my husband started full time as my business partner, he worked in the dining room, me in the kitchen. We heard, “I give it a year”, but we survived. In 2015, we took on bricks and mortar in a downtown location and needed to triple our sales to survive. We were told, “you are really going struggle”. We have, but we did it. In 2017 and 2018, we were met with ﬂoods and fires. We were told by government and local bodies that we would get financial support that never came. We didn’t seem to fit the box for assistance. Instead, it was a community that rallied behind us and continued to support our business that saw us through. Two years later we are still recovering, but we were hopeful that this would be our year to shine, our year to get ahead. Now this. Am I worried for the future and the unknown ahead? Yes. First and foremost, I am worried that people won’t take this seriously and that, like is happening in other countries now, hospitals will be overwhelmed. I worry that a poor doctor or nurse, who could even be a friend, may have to make the decision to save the life of my husband who has an immune disorder, lung and heart problems or my father who has severe asthma. I worry that a community that shows so much love for each other in their time of need, will suffer from great loss of those we love. I do not worry that we won’t get through this together, if we each do our part. I do not worry that we all won’t once again rally behind each other and support other local companies when we need it most. I don’t know what kind of government support we will get at this time, but I do know that no matter what happens, we are all in this together. We as a company are already being hit hard by this. Tours, kid’s programs and events have been canceled or postponed. We have closed the climbing gym, we have financially taken a huge hit, but we despite that, we need to do our part. Yesterday, I had calls with my landlord, my bank and lenders. The common theme, “we will get through this together”. This is about people over profit. This is about listening to our health care professionals, who are doing their best and must make difficult decisions that they understand fully the consequences of for our health and our economy. I have faced many non-believers in my career, but I have also felt more love than I ever thought imaginable. I have given everything I have to better my community, to create something special for people. I ask that we all have some extra understanding for each other at this difficult time. Remember that not getting a refund for a hotel may cost you one or two hundred dollars, but it may be saving a business and many, many jobs, so please be patient and try to be understanding. We are all doing our best. If there is one thing that I have learned in my time in business, is that we will get through this. I want to thank you all for being here for my Hill family and my Hoodoo family. We will always do our best as leaders for our children and our community, to be here for you whenever we can. We do that now by temporarily closing our doors, getting out safely in the fresh air, calling our loved ones and taking care of each other. This is not an adventure anyone could have planned for, but like any adventure, it is one that can make us stronger, it can make us all better people. Remember, we are all in this together, this too shall pass. Thank you for reading.
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Meadowlark Nature Festival Update By Jayme Friedt, Festival Coordinator After careful consideration, it is with heavy hearts that Okanagan Similkameen Conservation Alliance and the Meadowlark Nature Festival team announce the postponement of the 2020 Meadowlark Nature Festival that was scheduled for May 14th to 18th. This decision was made with the health, well-being and best interests of our volunteers, tour leaders, supporters and participants being paramount. Following the directives from our governments and public health agencies stressing the need for social distancing, we are committed to doing our part to ensure our communities remain safe and viable. It is our sincere hope that we can present the Festival in the Fall, but as of now, like many, we must wait out this time of uncertainty over the next few months. We will keep you informed about future plans for the Festival as they unfold. In the meantime, take good care of yourselves and each other! ApexMatters.com | April 2020 | Page 19
Strategies For Coping With Stress And Anxiety By Dr. Deirdre O’Neill, Naturopathic Doctor Life has changed drastically for all of us in just a short week. As we all work toward ‘ﬂattening the curve’ to reduce the spread of the coronavirus and protect those that are most vulnerable to the effects of COVID-19, we have all had to change our plans and put our lives on hold. With this amount of change and uncertainty, anxiety and stress can build even in those without a history of mental health concerns.
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I personally have switched all of my work online and am providing video and phone telemedicine services for those that need it. I sure miss working with my patients who are in pain, but I am shifting Exercise ~ Getting moving can improve your mood and reduce back to other tools in my medical toolbox to help in a generalized your anxiety. Having an exercise plan can also help you with your medicine arena. Naturopathic doctors can help patients with a sleep. Most of us head to the gym at a certain time of day, try to variety of their primary care needs, even through telemedicine. maintain that same time - yet now in the comfort of your home. I I have some effective protocols to help patients ease the effects personally love going to Oranj Fitness in Penticton. I know I am of stress on their bodies. If you are having difficulty accessing missing my classes there and the social connection. But, they care right now, I am here to help. At this time, you can book have moved some classes to online. I enjoyed doing them even appointments either via emailing me at email@example.com with my kids alongside me. Pure Gym is also doing some online or directly through my online booking at drdeirdreoneill.janeapp. classes, including Spin. I am thankful for the innovative ways our com. community is coming together. I want to personally thank all of the front line health care workers Get Outside ~ We are lucky to live in the Okanagan, as there are helping our community in the Okanagan. I hope that my Apex many forest trails that you can be on where you won’t find another community is keeping safe and well. soul. I sure miss being out on the pitch of Apex, but know there will References: always be another season. Fresh air, sunshine and being in the Wen Y et al. Medical empirical research on forest bathing (Shinrin-yoku): a forest have been shown to decrease stress. systematic review. Environ Health Prev Med. 2019 Dec 1;24(1):70. doi: 10.1186/ Eat Well ~ Home cooked food is so nourishing for the body and s12199-019-0822-8. the soul. With a bit more time on your hands, you can get into trying out new recipes to put them into the daily rotation. With your Nieman DC1. Current perspective on exercise immunology. Curr Sports Med kids at home, they can even begin to help out in the kitchen, even Rep. 2003 Oct;2(5):239-42. Here are a few stress reduction tips that you can utilize to help you get through this time of social distancing, as this too shall pass.
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Dr. Deirdre O’Neill, Naturopathic Physician, has an expertise in Prolotherapy and Platelet Stay Connected ~ Keep in touch with your friends and family Rich Plasma using Ultrasound Guidance. through FaceTime or just the phone. Even if you haven’t been She practices in Penticton at Alpine Natural inclined to use technology, this may be the time to learn. This is Health. You can also ﬁnd her on the hill as an unusual time where we are all experiencing the effects of this part of the Volunteer Canadian Ski Patrol. pandemic. We can all support each other to help ease loneliness. Speaking about your worries to a friend can help you reduce the stress you are experiencing. A place I personally am social distancing from is social media, as at this time I am finding when I scroll on there I find it brings to me more worry than joy. Check in with yourself after you are on social media and you will know if it is right or wrong for you. Sleep ~ Getting your zzz’s can help you cope with each coming day. If you are finding yourself waking through the night in a panic, reach out to me for natural therapies that you can use safely and effectively to get back into a deep sleep. Getting deep sleep supports your immune system and is a time when your body goes into repair mode. Even though many of us don’t have the morning commitments now of getting kids to school on time or of getting out to work, it is still important to maintain a healthy routine and schedule to keep your circadian rhythm in check. Coping Technique ~ If you are experiencing a panic attack, a quick way to ground yourself is to use the 5-4-3-2-1 Mindfulness Technique - Acknowledge ... 5 - things you see around you. 4 - things you can touch around you 3 - things you hear 2 - things you can smell 1 - thing you can taste Page 20 | April 2020 | ApexMatters.com
How To Keep Busy At Home By Annick Lim I came across a link online in 2018 for an online course on how to get ‘uncluttered’. I thought, “what’s that?” I’d often been overwhelmed when doing weekend chores of how much dusting I had to do, because there were so many little “tchotchke” items in my house. Whether it was a silk plant, candle holder or some decor I got gifted as a house warming or wedding gift. It’s not that I loved any of these items, it’s almost like I felt this sense of obligation to display them because I owned them. Bizarre right? Now, don’t get me wrong, I have a LONG way to go! Our home does NOT look like an Ikea magazine article ... we still have ‘stuff’! I was, however, able to donate 80 wine glasses and considering we don’t entertain OR drink, that just goes to tell you how much stuff can accumulate over the years! We all have a neighbour or family member who could benefit from something like this. Why not start with YOU? Creative Decluttering Tips ~ If you’re struggling and need guidance on how to declutter, you’ll need to get creative with your plans. Here are several interesting decluttering tips to get you started on decluttering your home: • •
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Start with 5 minutes at a time ~ If you’re new to decluttering, Omland Heal can assist with all your tax needs you can slowly build momentum with just five minutes a day. including US and Canadian personal tax preparation, Give one item away each day ~ This would remove 365 tax planning, corporate tax returns & tax compliance. items every single year from your home. If you increased this to 2 per day, you would have given away 730 items you no 200-498 Ellis St. longer needed. Increase this number once it gets too easy. Penticton, BC Fill an entire trash bag ~ Get a trash bag and fill it as fast as 250-492-8444 you can with things you can donate to a local charity. Fully licensed and insured www.omlandheal.com Donate clothes you never wear ~ To identify them, simply hang all your clothes with hangers in the reverse direction. first impression on how clean and organized the home is and After wearing an item, face the hanger in the correct direction. make changes. Discard the clothes you never touched after a few months. Take before and after photos of a small area ~ Choose one Create a decluttering checklist ~ It’s a lot easier to declutter • part of your home, like your kitchen counter, and take a photo when you have a visual representation of where you need to of a small area. Quickly clean off the items in the photo and get started. You can use our decluttering checklist. take an after photo. Once you see how your home could look, Take the 12-12-12 challenge ~ Locate 12 items to throw it becomes easier to start decluttering more of your home. away, 12 to donate, and 12 to be returned to their proper home. Use the Four-Box Method ~ Get four boxes and label them: View your home as a ﬁrst-time visitor ~ It’s easy to “forget” • trash, give away, keep, or re-locate. Enter any room in your what your home looks like to a new visitor. Enter your home home and place each item into one of the following boxes. as if you’re visiting the home of a friend. Write down your Don’t skip a single item, no matter how insignificant you may think it is. This may take days, weeks, or months, but it will help you see how many items you really own and you’ll know exactly what to do with each item. AlleyCATS Alliance wants everyone to stay safe I was able to start with something small like going through my during these uncertain times. Coronavirus is nightstand. Who would think it would be so FULL of stuff? My affecting everyone, even the animals because kitchen ‘junk drawer’ ... Wow! of the current restrictions and shutdowns. We are asking if you see a cat in need of help, do There is a course called “Becoming Minimalist” by Joshua Becker, still contact AlleyCATS, but also if you can assist which can be found at becomingminimalist.com/get-uncluttered/. the animal in anyway such as putting out food If you want to use this time to declutter your home, own less, and or water, providing a safe place for them to get ahead financially, this is the right program for you. sleep please do so. We all need to look after This course includes: each other during this time, and the animals are looking to us to • Videos with step-by-step instructions help them as well. Let’s not let anyone down. Together we will come out the other side of this stronger than we went into it. • Interviews with thought leaders in productivity and minimalism www.AlleyCATSAlliance.org • Live webinars tackling specific tough-clutter topics • Live Q&As for members to ask questions Jardin Estate Jewelry & Antiques • Weekly challenges Recycling the Elegance of the Past • And perhaps best of all, accountability and encouragement 5221 Hwy 97 Okanagan Falls from a super-engaged community 250.497.6733 www.jardinantiques.com
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Annapurna - Goddess Of The Harvests
Applauding All Volunteers
By Elmira Galiyeva, LIP Coordinator for South Okanagan Immigrant and Community Services
By Wendy Weisner, PhD, Executive Director
Did you know that the South Okanagan is a becoming a destination for foodies? Well, now you do. Ever tried the Nepali-Indian fusion cuisine? We’ve got that! Meet Keshab Sapkota and Ram Bhandari, amazing chefs from Nepal that made Penticton their home. Both came to the valley a few years ago and started off by cooking at various restaurants. They have been nursing a dream of creating their own, unique restaurant where they can use their culinary skills learned in their mothers’ kitchens and through years of training. When they moved to Penticton, they made a connection with the South Okanagan Immigrant and Community Services (SOICS) to upgrade their language skills and participate in community events. Now, SOICS is one of their devoted clients. Annapurna Restaurant opened just over a year ago on Penticton’s Main Street, and since then, people who tried the amazing food keep coming back. Besides being the name of the famous mountainous range in the Himalayas boasting a peak of over 8,000 meters, in Hindu Annapurna means “the universal and timeless kitchen-goddess”, the mother who feeds everyone and protects us from starvation. The restaurant offers a delicious fusion of Nepali and Indian cuisines inspired by the blend of Tibetan, Indian and Chinese cultures present in Nepal. These complex and ﬂavourful dishes will satisfy both vegetarians and meat lovers. Moreover, since each dish is prepared from scratch using fresh ingredients, the Annapurna team can make your meal without gluten, lactose or nuts. Here are some Nepali dishes you have to try: Momo dumplings (steamed or panfried dumplings), Sekuwa (grilled chicken or lamb with Himalayan spices) and Sherpa soup made with Himalayan bean ﬂour, herbs and garlic. Or, how about Nepali style chow mein? Feel like good old butter chicken or lamb sag? Annapurna has it all. There is a small community of four or five Nepalese families in the valley that get together for the holidays to share food and good times. Two of Ram’s sisters own their own restaurants - one in West Kelowna called “Everest” and the other in Vernon named “The Curry Pot”, both well loved by the locals. “There are a lot of things we truly value about our life in Canada, but if we had to pick one it would be the protection of human rights allowing you to be who you want to be”, revealed Ram and Keshab. “We used to be job seekers, but now we are job creators”, shares Keshab with a smile. Two friends now employ up to five staff (depending on the season) and are proud of being able to contribute to the local economy. “Mother who feeds everyone” has two great sons that will not let you leave hungry. Page 22 | April 2020 | ApexMatters.com
Volunteers contribute millions of hours and millions more in economic and community value, and for this and many other reasons, we welcome this opportunity to shine a spotlight on volunteers. The South Okanagan Similkameen Volunteer Centre is here to support volunteers. Please keep safe and follow protocols for dealing with this viral threat. All Volunteer Gatherings are postponed until further notice. April 4 Display (Tourism Penticton Expo) has been postponed. Here are a few things you can do: •
Let us know if you have experience with friendly visiting via telephone and if you would be interested in contacting others in isolation when need be. This program is in the early stages of development. Please send your contact information and experience to firstname.lastname@example.org or call our centre at 778-476-5661.
Encourage others to register as a volunteer at www. volunteercentre.info/volunteer/. When the time is right, we will be calling on volunteers help to assist the community.
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Great Cabin Recipes Dee’s Delicious Homemade Pretzels
Continuing To Give To Great Causes
Welcome to another year of 100 Women Who Care! We are a group of more than 270 local women, who over the last 5 years I always thought that pretzels were going to be an impossibly have donated more than $100,000 to local charities. Working difficult feat; however, with this recipe - I was more than pleased together, we make our charitable donations count. Come join us with both taste and timing. During this frightening health scare that as a member for the year or a guest at a meeting. we are currently encountering globally, I thought that this simple- Mark your calendar for the following tentative events in 2020: yet-fun recipe might be the perfect addition to your home-life. • 1st Quarter ~ Was April 22nd - Now Postponed! Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. This recipe begins how all • 2nd Quarter ~ June 25th - Serendipity Winery, Naramata bread-related recipes do: begin by adding 1 1/2 cups of warm • 3rd Quarter ~ September 30th - Hosted at one of our own 100 water to a large sized bowl (aim for baby bottle temperature) and Women’s home, Winston Estate Vineyard add 2 ¼ Tbsp. of dry yeast (one packet), 1 tsp. of salt and 1 Tbsp. of granulated sugar before mixing with a spoon for 1 minute, until • 4th Quarter ~ November 26th - Little Black Dress Party at the frothy. Slowly add 3 cups of ﬂour (1 cup at a time) after the previous Penticton Lakeside Resort cup is incorporated. Mix with a wooden spoon, adding ¾ cup of All events run from 5:00 - 7:00 pm. To join and make a difference ﬂour at a time until the dough is no longer tacky (on average, I use together, please visit www.100womensouthokanagan.com. 4 ¼ cups of ﬂour). A good trick to check if it is ready for kneading is to poke your finger into the dough, the dough should be relatively smooth, and it should bounce back against your finger. By Dee Martens
Empty your dough out onto a ﬂoured surface, kneading the dough for about 5 minutes. To knead the dough, simply fold the dough in half, ﬂip over and then push dough down with the palms of your hands, continuing to add ﬂour to your surface (when needed) to avoid sticking. Once soft and rounded, cut the ball of dough into 10 equal sections (to do this, I cut my ball in half and rolled two loose logs before cutting), this measurement does not need to be precise - you can section out smaller sized pieces for smaller pretzels (or pretzel-bites) - the size is completely up to you. Roll the dough out into a rope with relatively even diameter. My ropes ended up being 14 inches long. Once you have your long ropes, you can choose to either twist, fold or cut your pretzel for your preferred eating experience. I quite enjoy slicing these pretzels into small bites and cooking them on a baking tray, or folding the ends together into a ‘classic’ pretzel shape. Whisk 9 cups of water and ½ a cup of baking soda together in a large pot and bring to a boil. Place a pretzel onto a slotted spatula and dip into the boiling water for approximately 20 seconds (your pretzels should ﬂoat). Lift the pretzel out of the water and set on a cookie cooling rack to allow excess water to drip off. Once all Pretzels have had the baking soda bath, place pretzel onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. In a small shallow bowl (I used a pie plate), beat 2 egg yolks with 1 Tbsp. of water until frothy. Dunk your pretzels into the mixture on both sides (if you are making bites, use a marinade brush to apply your egg wash). Place on baking sheet and sprinkle with coarse salt. Bake for 10 minutes before turning the oven to broil for 3 minutes, watching closely to avoid burning. Serve warm with your favourite cheese sauce! The sauce depicted was made using 2 Tbsp of butter, 2 cups of shredded cheese, 1/3 cup of ﬂour and 1 cup of milk. Beat the milk and ﬂour. Melt the butter, add the cheese before milk mixture. Sir until desired thickness before adding 1 Tbsp. mustard of your choice.
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