Apex Matters February 2021

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Apex Matters “Keeping You in the S’know”

Volume 17 : Issue 6 Your FREE Local Snow Culture Newsletter!

February 2021

An Apex Mountain sunset on January 15, 2021. Photo by www.preservedlight.com


New Webcam On Top

By Myleen Mallach, Owner/Publisher of Apex Matters Thank you to Apex Mountain Resort for the new webcam at the top of the Quickdraw Quad Chairlift. This is a new addition this season and it has been very appreciated by many snow-loving enthusiasts. Visit www.apexresort.com/the-mountain/webcams/ to view the live feed on the camera below, as well as a second one in the village. Be sure to check out the latest snow report at www.apexresort.com.

Published by Okanagan Matters Publications 250.490.6951 apexmatters@telus.net Quick Facts: Apex Matters is published monthly from September 2020 through April 2021. Distribution covers Okanagan Falls, Kaleden, Penticton, Summerland and around Apex Mountain. Full advertising options, read past issues online, and link to join our Apex Matters eNews all at www.ApexMatters.com. Now celebrating our 17th season in print! Please Note: No part of this publication may be reproduced without the written consent of the publisher. No liability is accepted for any loss or damage resulting from the use of this publication. We reserve the right to refuse any submission or advertisement, and retain the right to edit all copy. Every effort has been made to make this publication as accurate as possible. All authors and advertisers are provided with a proof of their submission and their final approval is requested before being published. © 2021 Okanagan Matters Publications.

Apex Mountain Resort Arrive Together ... Ride Together! Let’s all keep our mountain safe.

A January sunrise looking down the bunny hill out the windows of The Edge Bistro.

The mountain is now fully open with snow in the forecast and conditions are fantastic. Don’t forget to wear your mask everywhere, except riding down or sitting down to eat.

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Remember ... Locals never need to pay full price! #ShopLocal incentives to get you and your family on the hill this season!

You can purchase lift tickets online at apexresort.com, and look for discounts mid-week! Grab our Power Pass at Pentagon Boardshop or Freeride Boardshop in Penticton. The Power Pass is pay as you go, receive $10 off your first day, 10% off days 2 thru 6, and your 7th day is free. You can also purchase discounted lift tickets at your local Sport Check in Penticton, or Visit Penticton located at 120-888 Westminster Avenue West for $79 + tax. Lift tickets are also available at any Costco in BC for $69.99. BCAA card holders save 20% on an Adult Full Day Lift Ticket, and must present your valid BCAA card at time of purchase.

Day Lift Operations ~ Daily 9am - 3:30pm thru April 5, 2021. Night Lift Operations ~ Friday & Saturday 4-9pm as of Dec 18. Tube Park ~ Friday 4-9pm, Saturday 10am-9pm, Sunday & Holidays 10am-3pm. Starting December 18, 2020 through April 4, 2021. Skating Loop & Hockey Rink ~ Open daily at 9am & night lit until 10pm. Tentative opening is Dec 18. Weather dependent. Snow Bus ~ Runs every Saturday & Sunday, plus Holidays & Spring Break. Starts December 19, 2020. Visit doublediamondtours.ca for info. Featuring ~ 80 Runs | 4 Terrain Parks 2000 Vertical Feet | 1112 Skiable Acres 16% Novice | 48% Intermediate | 36% Advanced/Expert | 20 Feet of Cumulative Annual Snowfall


1st Place In Overall World Cup Circuit Submitted for Reece Howden, Apex Ski Club Alumni The first races of the New Year were held in Idre Fjall, Sweden from January 20-24. Reece has continued his winning! Reece placed 5th in the short course or sprint course. Then, the next two races were the gruelling long course and Reece couldn’t have played it better. His plan was to hang in the middle of the pack, save his leg strength and then go 110% after the last turn. Well, he did just that, he fired up the engines and got out in front, winning the Gold. “Today was a day of racing, not leading! I was super happy with my execution. It couldn’t have gone any better!”, said Reece. Sunday was a completely different day. Ice fog rolled in and the course was slower with no draft. Just as Reece was getting set in the gate in my 1st heat, his coach said, “full speed top to bottom”. “I got out in front in all my heats and skied as fast as I could and it worked out! I am so happy ... this is unbelievable!”, said Reece. Reece has secured his 1st place standing in the Overall World Cup Circuit with a 130 point margin. Way to go Reece!


Nickel Plate Nordic Centre Update

Nickel Plate Junior Racers Update

By Kevin Dyck, Nickel Plate Nordic President

By Jessica Roach, NP Coach

If you’ve spent much time at Nickel Plate Nordic Centre, you’ve likely seen these two below. Meet Steve and Carolyn Buzikievich. That’s right, our new trail “Buzikievich Boulevard” was named in honour of their dedication to the club. You wouldn’t know it to look at them, but they were founding members back in 1989 (they must have been 10 years old!), and have worked tirelessly to keep the club moving forward ever since. If you see them on the trails, be sure to say hello and thanks!

The Nickel Plate Strava Challenge! For the month of February, the Nickel Plate Junior Racers will be hosting a weekly Strava Ski Race Series on Tuesday’s from Noon to Midnight. New weekly race courses will add to the excitement of racing and challenge you in new ways. There will be prizes awarded at the end of the month for different ages and genders, so be sure to follow along and participate weekly. To Participate: •

Download the Strava app and make an account.

Connect it to your GPS watch or your cell phone.

Find the week’s race course, start your Strava activity and ski the course as fast as you can!

After you’re done skiing, upload the activity and voila, your time is on the results board!

Nickel Plate Junior Racer’s Annual Ski-a-thon ~ Ski a 2 km loop through the Meadows with the Nickel Plate Junior Racers on February 20th from 10 am - 12 pm! Prizes will awarded individually to each age category for the most money raised, best costume, brightest smile, furthest distance skied, and many more! All club members, SDP kids, Spirit North, and locals under the age of 18 are encouraged to participate! Pre-packaged food and drinks will be available for all participants! Nickle Plate Junior Racer Athlete Bio: Name ~ Matthew Broder (in photo below) Funniest Ski Memory ~ Falling at the NP Loppet and bending my pole in half. Favourite Technique ~ Double Pole Bucket List ~ 1.

Skiing in Norway

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Biking in Moab

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Guilty Pleasure ~ Watching Soap Operas Where would you like to travel? ~ Chile Weirdest thing you’ve eaten? ~ Dried Silkworms Other than that, we’re just plugging along through the season. What will be the biggest thing on the internet in five years? ~ Skiing and snowshoeing are both in great shape. A special Something we haven’t even thought of yet. thanks to Apex Patrol and PENSAR for their quick help rescuing a medically distressed snowshoer somewhere off of Claim Jump trail. This might be a good time to remind people that the quickest way to get help is to have some form of GPS device with you (like a cell phone). The Trailforks app has all our trails listed and can send your coordinates to emergency services in case you need a rescue. It might also be a good time to remind people that day passes are required for Claim Jump and the K-9 trails. It’s a small price to pay to keep those trails flagged, cleared and groomed. Nickel Plate is a non-profit group relying heavily on volunteer effort and depends on those ticket sales to keep things rolling. See you out on the trails! Stay safe. Climbing, Hiking, Camping, Winter Sports & Apparel #101 - 136 Front St | 236.422.3733 | www.eskalamountainsports.com Page 4 | February 2021 | ApexMatters.com


Demo Days! Come try out skis on Saturdays & Sundays for free. Booking ahead is recommended due to limited availability.

20% Off Flash Sales! Every weekend on different selections of items in the shop!

Sunday, February 14th Valentine’s Day Tuning Sale! Receive 50% off on any ski tuning, gear available February 18 or earlier.

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Getting Back Into It!

gradually increasing training hours and getting back into running. On January 19th, I had my final doctors’ appointment. Finally, I had By Fred Albrechtson, Nickel Plate Junior Racer Alumni been “cleared” from my injury, and cleared to start transitioning And, we are back! On Saturday, January 23rd, I got out for my first back into normal training. My coaches and I were more than intensity session in over 3 months. It felt great to once again throw ecstatic with the news. It is still not over; however, it will be a few on the race suit and kick it back into gear. Although, it was much more weeks before I am back completing a full training load, and there will much more to learn, towards monitoring my training more painful than I remember it being. and determining what needs to be done for me to be skiing at my full potential next season. Right now, we are calling it “training to train”. The goal is that come May we will have that plan, and I will be completing all my hours to the best of my ability. The progression back into everything is going great! Today, I got out for a 40 minute run, without stopping. This may seem lame, but it was almost unimaginable a month and a half ago! I’ve also started a blog, that I am trying to routinely update regarding training and racing. It’s a great way to stay in the loop. Check it out if you’d like. www.fredalbrechtsonblog.wordpress.com. I hope all is well and that everyone is staying busy and getting out to enjoy some of the snow that has been falling.

Fred back in his gear and training at Kananaskis on January 23, 2021.

During the first week of January, the last week before classes resumed, the team headed out to Kananaskis for some volume time. It was still early in my intro back into skiing, so I really only got to do 30 minutes a day. Nonetheless, it was some spectacular time spent on skis! The cabin we were staying at also had no Wi-Fi or cell coverage. It was great to get away from the realms of social media and the news. For a few days, it felt as though we were not amidst a pandemic. The next few weeks were typical, spent

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Carvers Corner

By Jorgen Anderson, Head Coach & Program Director Well folks, another amazing month has past us by. January is now over, so bring on February. Traditionally, February can bring us gifts of the white stuff. I must say the resort has done an amazing job utilizing the snow we have. Well done folks! We truly appreciate it. The Ski Team ~ We are definitely enjoying the amazing training! Snow through January was perfect for us. The kids are staying motivated, even without the excitement of traveling to other mountains for races. So, we have been utilizing our timing here at home, which serves us well. Like all sports in the country, we are in a training pattern. I would say a silver lining, as we are seeing major improvements daily. This month, I have featured a few U12s in the photos on this page. Carvers Program ~ We have a great group of kids on the weekends. Coaches are doing a fantastic job with these rippers. I do think the hard snow of January helped all these kids. We look forward to an amazing February with this gang. Race News ~ Reece Howden is crushing it this season. Reece is the current leader in the World Cup Ski Cross overall. Let’s get that Crystal Globe buddy! Wouldn’t that be something, if he could claim this. Our collective fingers are crossed for you buddy. BC Team members, Heming Sola and Marcus Athans, are in Italy. Hitting some European races. Let’s go Boys!!! See you soon! Special Thanks To Our Amazing Sponsors! GOLD Sponsor: Interior Roofing. SILVER Sponsors: Omland Heal; Neighbourhood Brewing; Penticton Collision Centre; and Cumming Investment Strategies. BRONZE Sponsors: B&L Machine Shop; Betts Electric; IGA; Cumming Construction; Unified Alloys; and Capri Custom Insurance Solutions.

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There’s Always Something Happening At The Edge! By Cheffy and Ash The end of January finally brought us some fresh snow to play in! We hope you got out there to enjoy it. January also brought the end of our Edge Contest for the Apex Ski-Doodle Poster. Our winner is JOSH GREENWOOD! Congrats! No time to stand in line? Order online! Simply scan our QR code to the left or Google “the-edge-bistro.square.site”. It is super easy to order, then simply pick up at our new take out window. February brings the return of the “No Soup For You” Contest. The prize is Free Soup for a week! Visit us at The Edge Bistro or at our take out window for contest details.

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Specialty coffees, teas, amazing breakfasts, lunches with homemade soups, sandwiches & loads of treats. “Artisan Take & Bake” Pizzas

This month we are featuring a new menu item! The Edge Affogato ... a scoop of French vanilla bean ice cream drowned in a shot of espresso. A perfect treat to satisfy your coffee and sweet tooth needs. We will also be featuring some new specialty hot beverages this month, so stay tuned on our Facebook page for updates.

made fresh to order with your favourite toppings on a delicious stone baked crust. Simply throw it in your oven and dinner is ready in 12 minutes.

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To order online, plus get your “Artisan Take & Bake” Pizzas, please visit us at the-edge-bistro.square.site

Remember, any night is a good night for our “Artisan Take & Bake” pizzas. We have lots of varieties to choose from. Order after 3pm any day, take home and bake in your oven at 400˚ for 12 minutes, and then enjoy! Definitely one of the best and easiest ways to refuel for your next day on the slopes.

Thai Tuesdays have a been a hit! Our Hot Thai Chicken Salad is featured every Tuesday ... chicken, peppers, rice noodles, in a Thai coconut curry sauce on a bed of iceberg lettuce and topped with crushed peanuts. Come try it ... you won’t be disappointed!

As we carry through the season under health guidelines, we want to remind everyone that your safety is our priority and we will continue to provide safe service to keep you skiing. We will continue to prepare all of your food and beverage orders to go as Apex Mountain Resort has provided plenty of spacious seating options in the village. We’ve recently restocked our Edge Hoodies, so we have sizes from Medium to XXL available. Perfect for cozy nights and that extra layer for cold ski days. The Edge Family wishes you all a safe and snowy February, and don’t forget, “the spoon is in the bag ...” ApexMatters.com | February 2021 | Page 7


Ski Skills For Life! Moguls, Terrain Park, Big Air & All Mountain for the kids club and community

Competitive & Non-competitive Programs for ages 6 & up

Spring Break Camps are filling up fast! Please register at www. freestyleapex.com and make sure that you have your Freestyle BC and Freestyle Canada Memberships up to date! Jumps & Bumps Spring Break Fun! Ages 6+ ~ March 16, 17 & 18. Spring Break Camps for Freestylerz and Teams ~ March 16, 17 & 18, as well as March 23, 24 & 25.

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We also have one more session open for Jumps & Bumps kids! It is a 6 week program every SUNDAY, starting February 7th and By Kristi Richards, Head Coach (in photo to right) running until March 14th! Register online. Limited spots, and We are in full swing into a great season here at Freestyle Apex! needs at least 6 kids to run. It’s strange not to have any Timber Tours or events to either host or Thank you to our partners and sponsors that make it all happen! go to, but we are happy to have a training year, and we feel lucky The Lakeside Resort, NuFloors Penticton, Gunbarrel Saloon, that we can even do that! Slackwater Brewing, Apex Mountain Resort, Virtika Outerwear, The Performance Team has been pouring in a lot of dedication this season, and lots of skill building and sport specific successes. Its great to see athletes like Patrick come back so strong from being out for 2 years with a knee injury, and our rockstars Grady and Quinn always putting in extra time and efforts. The Team has great foundation and momentum carrying into the rest of the winter, and we have been incorporating some cross training sports like hockey and skate skiing at the Nickel Plate Nordic Centre! Look for our mogul knee patches on the ice!

Apex Freestyle has been lucky to train alongside the Nex Gen Canadian Mogul Team this past January, as well as some of the World Cup athletes like Jordan Kober, and the entire BC Mogul Team. It creates a very high caliber course and training environment that our young athletes can absorb. We have some young guns coming up as well in the Junior Teams and Freestylerz programs, and a Girlstylerz Team led by our very own female ambassador coach, Ainsley Macdonald! The Freeriderz crew can be seen ripping around the park and big mountain every Sunday in their new Virtika gear with coach Mike, Ethan or Nate! Fundraising efforts and energy has been going into securing our new Olympic size landing bag. We hope to have it on the hill and inflated for the Spring Break Camps! We are pumped! This landing bag will be a major asset for not only the Club athletes at all levels, but be an anchor for the Apex Freestyle Training Area to set a new bar and attract more athletes at all levels from across the country and internationally (of course when Covid restriction are lifted), as well as cater to all disciplines of snow sports. We are currently looking for major sponsors of this monumental project. So if you want to see your brand on the side of this landing bag, please contact Terri at treasurer@freestyleapex.com.

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Next Stop, Deer Valley By Jordan Kober, Canadian Freestyle Mogul Team Member I spent the first few weeks of the New Year training at Apex on the same course I’ve been skiing since I was ten years old, back when Tyler, Chris, and Brian were coaching the club. Conditions were amazing. It seemed like there was a week straight where we got 5-10 cms every day. After some solid training at home, I headed over to Calgary to ski the course at COP for the rest of the month. Typically, the course there has icier conditions and a steep section that feels as thrilling Hello From Whistler as ‘Make My Day’. The extra challenge at COP is to get our team ready for the World Cup in Deer Valley, which is hosted on one of By Alec Henderson, BC Park & Pipe Team Member the most challenging courses in the world. This competition will In the January edition of Apex Matters, I had mentioned we were take place on the 4th and 5th of February, which may have already heading to Calgary for a competition. We had a change of plans, happened by the time you’re reading this ... How’d I do??? I think as the comp was cancelled. We are now in Whistler for another I’m still feeling some momentum from December, so hopefully team session. One thing this past year has taught us is to go with there’s a decent chance I will like the answer to that question. the flow and be flexible. My goal is to train as often as possible, while taking advantage of a quieter travel schedule. To stay rested After the contest in Deer Valley, our team is planning on returning to Calgary to quarantine and then start training again. I’m not too and fine tune skills, while developing new and bigger tricks. sure what’s gonna happen after that though. FIS just announced As we enter into February, we will train mostly in Whistler Park, and that Kazakhstan will be hosting World Championships in March, maybe in Calgary. Our team has be working hard on our strength but I will believe it when I see it. Maybe, I’ll get a chance to ski some and skills, and I am feeling the strongest yet. My latest trick is a of that amazing March powder that Apex always seems to get! switch double cork 1260. Hope you are skiing Apex as much as possible. I will keep you updated on what’s coming up for the BC Park & Pipe Team in March ... maybe a competition?! Until then, all the best.

Jordan Kober training on the Zermatt glacier a couple of years ago. A beautiful view from training in the Whistler Blackcomb Park.

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COVID Fatigue By Dr. Deirdre O’Neill, Naturopathic Physician Daily in my office, I am speaking to patients how the lockdowns and restrictions are affecting their life and overall mental health. For sure the pandemic impacts each one of us differently - you may have an immunocompromised loved one in your midst, or you could be working from home for the unforeseeable future or you have to work in the frontlines and are increasing yours and your family’s risk of exposure. With all of these different viewpoints, one thing remains the same - the general fatigue of keeping distanced from loved ones and not having a defined end to the restricted bubble in sight. So, the question is how to get through this persistent stress and combat the ensuing COVID fatigue. Stress is not meant to be long term or permanent. Our bodies respond to any type of stressor always in the same way. That stress trigger gets us to fight or flight or freeze. When there is a stressor, there is a release of a cascade of hormones that produce the heart pounding, quickened breathing and shunting of digestive flow. Once the scare is gone, our systems return to normal.

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Mental Health Days ~ Taking care of your mental health is vitally important. This may come in the form of doing something that fills your vessel every day, connecting with loved ones even if this may be virtually, making sleep a priority, and eating well for your Chronic stress is different, as the effects compound and can mental health. I am beginning to even prescribe a mid-week ski become life altering. Long term stress can bring with it high blood for patients. pressure, sleep disturbance, heightened pain response, muscle Gratitude ~ There is so much to be thankful for and practicing tension, anxiety, depression and addictions. this daily is a great way to improve your well being and keep a There is an added piece here. Many locals escape the long low positive outlook. I know that I am so grateful for the staff at Apex sun winters by heading south to sunny beaches. Not only does this for keeping our hill running, so that we can all enjoy being on and winter break help you store up some Vitamin D, it also helps you off piste. have a reset, reducing pressures from work and daily life. When you are stuck at home, you may be less likely to take a holiday - Reach Out For Help ~ If you are predominantly having feelings of heightening stress hormone affects on your body. And for those of stress and anxiety, reach out to a healthcare worker for guidance you who experience seasonal affective disorder, blue bird days up and support. Natural medicine has a place here where there are multiple types of vitamins and herbs that can support mental at Apex may not be enough. health. I have been finding that reminding my patients that they are not the only ones experiencing fatigue, that we are all in this together, I hope we can all get through this unprecedented time with a bit brings some comfort. Here are some tips to help you get through more ease with the lifts turning. Warren Miller coined it well, “A pair of skis are the ultimate transportation to freedom”. this particularly different winter. Limit Media ~ Keep social media and news channels to a minimum. Being inundated with information can be overwhelming and contribute to fatigue. Be mindful of how much you listen to the updates, and filter where you can.

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Support the Apex Fire Brigade in protecting your Apex Property!

VOTE YES! on Saturday, March 27, 2021 Any questions or concerns, please email info@apexfirerescue.ca.

Apex Fire Brigade volunteers are busy with training and getting certified. ~ Est. 2007

Watch for our “Fun Video Series” ... Coming Soon on Facebook! Join the Apex Fire Brigade, as they share more insight on the details surrounding the need for a dedicated Fire Service at Apex. The videos will definitely be educational and entertaining, as time, research and a little humour has gone into this project. We are sure you will enjoy them! www.facebook.com/apexfirebrigade

Thank You For Your Support Over The Years! We are forever grateful for our short-term solutions, with the donation of a fire truck by Bryan Reid Sr. of Pioneer Log Homes (Timber Kings), donated used equipment, as well as the donated temporary space at the Apex Barn to store our truck and equipment. Unfortunately, there is an expiry on the use of these donations. The time has come to step up and become a recognized and certified Fire Department, ensuring we meet industry standards and to reduce fire insurance costs. We need your help in order to keep protecting our community. VOTE YES!

Watch for our “Fun Fact Series” ... Coming Soon on Facebook! We will post something fresh and new, informative and interesting, on a regular basis to ensure our community knows all that they need to before the Referendum Vote on Saturday, March 27th. Full details coming soon! www.facebook.com/apexfirebrigade

Join our “AFBS Virtual Town Halls” ... 7-8 pm on March 11 & 18, 2021 Join the Apex Fire Brigade for more details on the costs and benefits of a dedicated Fire Service. We have provided some Questions & Answers on the next page. Our two Virtual Town Halls are another learning opportunity and a time to ask questions. If you would like to join us, email apexfirerescue@gmail.com for the links. Join Your Community ... Neighbours Helping Neighbours!

Apex Fire Brigade volunteers ready for action in fighting fires at Apex. ~ Est. 2007

Apex Fire Service Referendum 2021 ~ March 27, 2021


APEX FIRE SERVICE REFERENDUM 2021 ~ Q & A 1) Why do we need a Fire Service and a Firehall Now? • It has been 15 years since we last went to a referendum and the insurance climate has changed dramatically. • Apex has grown up and is now a community of 550+ homes and condos. • Insurance costs are rising significantly, and our community is rated as “unprotected”, meaning higher insurance rates (or in the not-too-distant future - no insurance available). • Many insurance companies will not even quote or provide insurance. BCAA has already taken that stance. 2) How are we going to pay for this Fire Service and Firehall? • We are going to borrow up to $3 M through RDOS and pay 6) What happens if we do nothing? • Our current Fire Brigade is not sustainable. We operate for it over 25 years. (www.rdosregionalconnections.ca/aap) on donations and grants and the money is not always • All properties will be assessed based on their value, and it there. Most members have full-time jobs and have no will be part of your property taxes. (See website above.) time for fundraising, along with the mandatory ongoing 3) Don’t we have a Fire Brigade and Equipment already? training. Some have indicated they will not continue to put • Yes, we do have a small, dedicated group of volunteers, themselves at risk, if the public does not want to support but with very little outdated and uncertified equipment their efforts. putting themselves at risk of injury. • We will not get a FUS “fully-protected “fire rating therefore: • Much of the equipment is used/donated and not certified by • Most likely, our insurance rates will continue to go up. FUS (Fire Underwriters Survey). • Or worse ... We might not get insurance at all! • With this volunteer brigade and existing uncertified • No insurance will mean no mortgages will be available equipment, we are most definitely considered an to buy or sell your property and likely no development “unprotected” area by the insurance industry. This status will be forthcoming for the resort. will not change without a rated service in place. 7) Why don’t we just use Penticton’s Fire Department (PFD)? 4) How will we staff this new Firehall and Department? • PFD cannot respond to Apex. They work and are funded by • There are approximately 20 trained volunteers on the and for the Penticton community. brigade who mostly live on the mountain, with a few that live • PFD do not have the resources or the ability to support in Penticton. Currently, we have an experienced Fire Chief Apex as well (even if they wanted to). and Assistant Fire Chief who both live on the mountain. • PFD will only respond if we become certified (funded • For a certified service, we require a minimum of 15 trained by RDOS) through a mutual aid agreement between (unpaid) volunteers and a part-time Fire Chief. communities. This is another benefit of having a funded 5) Will this reduce my insurance costs? service. • We understand the answer to that is YES (as much as 8) Why is it costing so much? And, why can’t we just make do 55%), but the amount will depend on your insurance with our existing Fire Brigade? company. You should ask your insurance broker what your • The borrowing amount is based on replacing our fire engine savings might be. with a newer one (which is another FUS requirement) and • We believe that single family homeowners will see the building a Fire Station to house that equipment. biggest savings, as having a certified FUS rated, fully • To be rated by FUS (Fire Underwriters Survey), a building protected Fire Department is a big part of your insurance must meet certain building codes, NFPA and WorkSafeBC premium. standards, along with highly trained and skilled volunteers • We believe that condo or multi-family buildings will still see who are available 24/7. some savings, but not as much because the fire protection • All equipment and fire fighters need to be approved and is a smaller portion of the overall insurance costs. However, certified. it is becoming more difficult to obtain condo insurance • Construction costs are currently at an all-time high. period. • Fire-fighting equipment is very expensive. For an example, • Please talk to your broker and compare an “unprotected” to it costs approximately $9,000 to outfit one single firefighter. a “protected “fire rating. We should receive a FUS 3A rating • There is currently no funding to sustain the current fire once we are a funded service for single family homes and brigade, never mind a certified service. an 8-commercial rating for multi-family complexes.

Support the Apex Fire Brigade in protecting your Apex Property!

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From The Hill

By Richard Cannings, MP for South Okanagan-West Kootenay In late November, the federal government introduced a new climate action accountability act, then followed that on the last day of the fall session with a climate action plan. These are longawaited initiatives. In the decades since climate change was identified as the number one issue facing the globe, through pacts at Kyoto, Copenhagen and Paris, Canada has never had a real plan to tackle this crisis, nor legislation that ensures that governments take necessary action. In 2006, the NDP introduced climate accountability legislation that passed through the House of Commons, but was killed by unelected Conservative Senators. Since then, nothing. Canadians are ready for this. In recent polling, two-thirds said they want Canada to be one of the leading countries in the world in the shift toward clean energy. 90% think we need a strategy to help sectors be more competitive in this emerging green economy. The new climate action accountability legislation calls for five-year checks on whether Canada is on track to meet climate targets. Unfortunately, it puts the first of those checks ten years from now. Experts tell us that the next decade is the most critical for action so why wait until that is over before seeing how we’re doing? We need to have a mandatory target for 2025. The Liberals say their climate plan will allow us to exceed their 2030 target - which is a good thing because that target, originally set by Stephen Harper, would not get us close to our Paris commitments. The one measure that has garnered a lot of attention is a decision to continually step up carbon pricing until it reaches $170 per tonne by 2030, increasing the price of gas by about 27 cents per litre. This would signal to consumers that the cost of fossil fuels will continue to rise and that shifting to other energy sources would save more and more money. It’s not a normal tax in the usual sense in that the funds raised are generally returned equally to consumers independent of how much they paid in. The Parliamentary Budget Office review of the federal carbon pricing system found that “most households will receive higher transfers than amounts paid in fuel charges” and “lower income households will receive larger net transfers than higher income households”. Carbon taxes do expose some sectors to unfair competition when exporting to countries without such taxes, such as the United States. There are ways to deal with this, especially trade-legal border adjustments that reduce or eliminate the difference. I’ve been calling on the government to bring these in and I’m happy to hear that they are now considering these measures. The federal carbon pricing is for provinces without similar taxes. British Columbia has had a carbon tax since 2008 and since then has had one of the healthiest economies in the country, while per capita emissions have decreased. And if $170 per tonne sounds like a lot, Sweden charges its citizens $177 per tonne, resulting in a decrease of 27% in carbon emissions and a GDP increase of 83% since their carbon tax was introduced. While the carbon tax will only get us part way to our targets, economists consider it the cheapest way to reduce emissions. Other measures will be needed, and the government proposes spending $15 billion in the coming years on various initiatives to do that. While it is clear that $15 billion is nowhere near enough, and a lot depends on provincial cooperation, the plan does present - at last - an opportunity for Canadians to engage in this most important discussion on our future.

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Monthly MLA Report By Roly Russell, MLA Boundary-Similkameen As I write this, my kids are on the slopes with the first proper powder that we’ve seen for two weeks, and so I presume that many of you at Apex are enjoying the same flowy turns! I’m envious. So much has happened since my last update, and it’s tough to keep track of it all, let alone distill it down to a succinct update. I’ll do my best! Most relevant locally is that I had some productive conversations with your electoral area director, Subrina Monteith, and with representatives from the Apex Property Owners Association. I heard concerns about a wide range of topics that I am happy to dig into more deeply in the weeks and months ahead - school district boundaries, forestry consultation, insurance regulation and cost escalation, and professional reliance are all issues that I will follow up with on your behalf. One of the elements that was raised with me is making sure regulation in our forests appropriately recognizes recreational values. Especially in a place like Apex, this is an important aspect of recognizing the value we get from our forests. As has been said before, a shift to appreciation of ‘value over volume’ is important, and is something that is a priority for me to help move forward. I wanted to flag one current government program that has been implemented and updated to reduce barriers and support our small businesses: the “Small and Medium Sized Business Recovery Grant”. If you know a small business that might need some help during these trying times, and has been hit hard by the pandemic, I highly recommend that you look into the program. Similarly, I’d point out a program that might be of interest given what I’ve heard from Apex, and that’s the investment of $10M into a new FireSmart Economic Recovery Fund to help create jobs and protect people (and communities!) from wildfires. Stay safe, healthy, and please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me if you need help. I look forward to the time when I can meet at Apex to meet more of you face-to-face!

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Apex community is very blessed to have a diligent team at Apex Mountain Resort, who have worked tirelessly to ensure guests are COVID safe while enjoying the season. I can’t thank the resort management and staff enough for being industry leaders in encouraging rules to abide with the provincial health orders to keep us all safe while enjoying a great season of skiing and boarding.

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February APOA Update By Jeff Brown, APOA Secretary January was a busy month for the APOA Board: •

We met with our new MLA Roly Russell.

We requested an opportunity to present to the Penticton School Board #67.

We provided feedback on log hauling during ski season.

There was also some skiing, snowshoeing, and sledding, but hey, getting outdoors is why we’re up here! The APOA board had a Zoom meeting with our newly elected MLA, Roly Russell. Being our first meeting with Roly, the agenda was to get to know each other, then provide Roly with an overview of the APOA’s planned activities and focus areas for 2021. These were outlined in last month’s Apex Matters article. We focused on areas that fall under provincial government jurisdiction. Roly has been appointed Parliamentary Secretary for Rural Development, so he is well-positioned to hear the Apex community’s goals and challenges. It was immediately obvious to the APOA board that Roly both understands and appreciates the multi-faceted issues that recreation areas such as Apex face. It was a very productive meeting. APOA wrote Penticton School District 67 formally asking for a time slot to present at one of their upcoming board meetings. We wanted to outline the numerous justifications for our request to have Apex officially moved into Penticton School District 67 boundaries. As far as anyone knows, no Apex student has ever enrolled in our official School District 53 (Keremeos-Cawston). For decades, Penticton School District 67 has been very good at accepting our students, but Apex families are classified as out-ofdistrict, so there are no guarantees. Each year, Apex families face September with some risk that this is the year there will be no room in Penticton. Penticton School District 67 declined our request to present to their board. Their reply was, essentially, “It’s been working so far, we’re okay with how things are for now.” While it is true, Penticton School District 67 has done everything they can to help Apex students attend their school of choice, this still leaves Apex families at a disadvantage, always near the bottom of the placement priority hierarchy. APOA will continue to lobby for our community. Contact us at apoaexec@gmail.com, if you are an Apex parent and have any questions or suggestions. There was a proposal from a local woodlot licensee to do daytime log hauling for 3-4 weeks in January-February. The thinking was that COVID-19 meant Apex Mountain Road isn’t too busy this year. Mixing logging trucks and heavy skier traffic on icy mountain roads is obviously not a good thing, which is why the Memorandum of Understanding APOA signed with the larger harvest licensees 5 years ago expressly discourages logging truck traffic during ski season. APOA’s reply to the proposal conveyed how skiing (downhill, cross-country and back-county), snowshoeing, and sledding are some of the few Covid-permitted recreation activities left to the residents of the South Okanagan ... and it shows! We apprised them of the record breaking, busiest season ever on Apex Mountain Road. The licensee has subsequently decided to postpone the hauling until after ski season. We all appreciate their strong interest in maintaining road safety for the many thousands of outdoor enthusiasts who are visiting the Apex area this ski season. Stay healthy and stay safe ... have a great February, everyone! For more information on the APOA and how you can join, please visit www.apexpropertyowners.com. Page 16 | February 2021 | ApexMatters.com

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How Will Apex Fire Rescue Help You? By Gabe Lavoie, Fire Chief First and foremost, the mandate of Apex Fire Rescue is to protect the community and its members from any and all fire hazards whether structural, commercial or wildfire. But, did you know that we are also planning to offer several unfunded services? That is to say, services that aren’t a part of the regular budget; services that will be funded through fundraising and grants in order to make our community as safe as possible. Those services are to include medical first response; basic emergency services that will help locate and stabilize patients until a high level of care is available. At Apex, wait times for ambulances can easily approach 45-120 minutes. Another important service is road rescue; the ability to respond to vehicle accidents along Apex Mountain and Nickel Plate Roads. Apex Fire Rescue has already in the past also been called upon to help support and coordinate rescues off-road in the Apex area. Ranging from ATV accidents to people suffering medical emergencies. The bottom line is that every time our members have been called upon they have shined with their determination and desire to help and their keen knowledge of the Apex area, which is key to a quick and efficient response. Another aspect that our members have been leading the charge is through our wildland fire risk reduction and FireSmart initiatives, which have begun to make Apex neighbourhoods safer from wildfires. Did you know that the Apex Fire Rescue will also help lower insurance rates? It is important to get quotes from several insurers to get the best possible rates, but insurers rely on the Fire Underwriters Survey in grading a community’s ability to respond to fire emergencies. Some of our own members have gotten quotes for their own homes and found savings of over 50% from multiple insurers. That is to say, through a fire department’s hard work, determination and proper community support and funding, they are given a grade on a scale ranging from 1-5 for private dwellings and 1-10 for commercial properties. Currently, Apex holds a Dwelling Protection and Commercial rating of 5 and 10 respectively or “unprotected” in both cases. The Apex Fire Brigade Society is simply not able to meet the minimum standards set out by the many organizations overseeing fire rescue activities. With a “Yes” vote at the upcoming referendum on March 27th, the brigade will transfer to a properly and sustainably funded and certified fire rescue service. This will allow the FUS to issue a fire protection grade of 3A for residential and 8 for commercial properties. These ratings will dramatically reduce insurance costs for Apex residents and businesses. The dwelling protection grade applies to single family dwellings, whereas the commercial rating applies for stratas and businesses. If you have any questions or concerns, please send us an email to info@apexfirerescue.ca or message us through Facebook. We will be rolling out a Video Series and Fun Fact Series on Facebook, so be sure to ‘like us’ at www.facebook.com/apexfirebrigade. For more information, visit our website at www.apexfirerescue.ca.


Returning An Injured Worker Back To Work Vs. Returning An Athlete Back To Sport? Same Difference? By Grant Gichard, Physiotherapist at Sports Clinic Physiotherapy (and strictly amateur Sports Psychologist) There is no simple answer to this question really, given all the different variables that might be involved with various jobs, sports and injuries. However, I believe the two scenarios share a few things in common, especially in situations where the injury in question is potentially a career ending one, or one which threatens a person’s ongoing sports participation. It comes down to motivation and confidence. What motivates people? Where does that motivation come from and does someone have the confidence to back themselves in a return to the arena? I treat patients at Sports Clinic Physiotherapy in the Community Centre. As a team of therapists, we see a good proportion of the sporting injuries in this region. The clinic also serves as a centre of excellence in the region for treating injured workers, and I see a fair number of those as well at the clinic. This puts me in a unique position, whereby my case load is divided between treating sports injuries and work injuries. Maybe I’m personally involved in the question as well, given that I’ve been faced with the prospect of dealing with a potentially work ending and sports ending injury myself. It follows then, that the two most commonly asked questions I’m asked to consider, would have to be: 1) ”If I go boarding this weekend, is my injured ‘whatever’ going to get re-injured?”; and 2) “If I go back to my job, is this surgically repaired ‘what’s it’ going to hold up?” This is essentially a judgment call, but there are definite similarities in the principles that guide us therapists when advising patients on return to activity. Of course, no one knows the answer to these questions with certainty as no one has a crystal ball. But if a team of doctors, surgeons and physios, progress an individual through a series of increasingly challenging activities, then we know the statistics heavily favour a successful and durable return to work and sport.

mimic the kinds of stresses a (insert body part) is going to have to withstand at work. It is carefully planned and prescribed in much the same way an athlete is returned to sport.

But, let’s question what motivates someone to get back to the race course, or back to work. Remember, for the purposes of this discussion, we’re not talking about the short term work injury which is mostly covered by insurance premiums. We are considering those injuries that force us to consider whether or not we’re even At first glance, making this decision might seem like an educated able to continue working in the same capacity. The motivation guess. In reality, these decisions are based on very reliable time can be internally generated or externally generated. External lines that describe how long it takes a given tissue to repair such influences might include coaches or parents for sport, an employer that it can withstand the forces that go along with an action or for work, possibly even an insurance provider. Internally, we’re activity. I always laugh when I read a media release heralding talking about someone’s drive and passion to want to participate some elite athlete as being a superhuman healing machine and compete. Don’t forget that for the vast majority of people, work because they returned to ‘xyz’ in half the normal time. Tissues heal is extremely important for their sense of identity - for their mental at a surprisingly reliable rate when age is taken into account. It’s well being if you will. This is especially the case once work or sport a bit like a biological clock. Mr. Superhuman’s tissue heals at just is in danger of being taken away. I don’t know about you, but if the same rate as the rest of us mere mortals. He no doubt has a someone tells me I can’t play rugby or I might never be able to team of people working around the clock to optimize his recovery, work as a physiotherapist again, suddenly I really start to miss Strengthening, say his knee, close - but not too close - to the point those things. where the tissue fails. They make sure he does his exercises reliably and correctly for several hours each day. He would have Like everything, balance is important. If external influences been progressed through increasingly challenging drills, first outweigh the internal ones, people are generally less confident simulating training, then training and then competing. His injured about the chance of re-injuring themselves. If someone forces you still tissue heals at a predictable rate, but he can progress faster to return earlier than you think you should, in my experience that’s as an individual because a rehab team optimizes every aspect of when things go sideways. I am a self proclaimed ‘strictly amateur his return to sport. I wouldn’t go as far as to call the rehab team sports psychologist’. As a therapist, the best way for me to improve someone’s confidence, is to put them through sports and work superhuman, but you get my drift. specific drills where one can feel a measure of improvement When you think about it, this is a similar process an injured worker themselves. It’s much better feeling like we’re making the decision might go through. It is a very structured approach in which he or ourselves, than feeling like someone is making it for us. This she is put through a series of increasingly challenging tasks that often means tempering the expectations of coaches, parents, Page 18 | February 2021 | ApexMatters.com employers, not to mention insurance providers. It also involves


setting reasonable goals for athletes and workers whose drive is equally compelling. Perhaps it’s worth mentioning, that this structured approach works well for injured workers and competitive athletes/coaches. Things go a bit south, when recreational snow hounds like most of us are confronted with a big powder day. Structuring, monitoring and rational decisions go out the window. We’ve all seen and heard it before. It’s a big powder day. “I’m just going to have to suck it up.” I have to admit, I might have been guilty of this myself. Left to our own devices, do we progress through skiing-like drills first? Do we stick to a gradual return to light duties with modified hours? Maybe. Occasionally? In my experience as a treating therapist, (and me - as one of my own worst patients), I can testify that the process tends to be hit and miss at best. We are motivated by the desire to ski. This “want” is subconsciously translated into a need to ski ... we must join the mad rush for fresh tracks when it’s knee deep. Maybe, the hardest thing is acknowledging that we are never the best ones to judge ourselves whether or not it’s a good decision to ski this weekend, or return to full work shifts next week. Of all the interested parties, we are generally too emotionally invested in the outcome to make rational decisions about a safe return to activity.

Penticton Snowmobile Club Update By Stuart Drake, President

Penticton Snowmobile Club would like to announce that it is searching for new executive member volunteers for the 2021/2022 season. There are several positions available. Anyone who is interested in volunteering their time to help the club, please send an email to pentictonsnowmobileclub@outlook.com We welcome anyone with a passion for snowmobiling and a willingness to help I’ll have my detractors, and I know I’m biased - but I remain the club succeed in areas that need development. truly convinced that a doctor + physiotherapist team is the best The club has started working on some of the problems that the professional combination to take all these variables into account locals are having in the Apex area regarding snowmobile access when deciding when the time is right to return to activity. Work, and signage for use of access. We have come up with an idea to skiing, being active, it’s all the same to me really. Identifying what print up some signs and have map/trail kiosks at the lower and motivates us is important. Having the right people around to upper parking lots, as well as markers to identify the trail between manage and balance these expectations, that’s what really makes the two locations. This seems to be something that needs to be the difference. worked on as soon as possible, as we seem to have problems up there every year with people accessing on the mountain runs when they aren’t supposed to be. We are looking for any donations from Apex locals who would like to help us get these signs and markings completed as soon as possible. This should help manage some of the problems the Apex areas residents have been having in the area. We look forward to any positive feedback from the community on this matter and you can reach us at the above email. As we come into our deep snow season, we would like to remind everybody to check the conditions and go out prepared for any avalanche conditions you might encounter. Throughout the day, make sure you are caring your beacon, probe and shovel and know how to use them effectively in case of emergency. We wish you all the best in the coming months of happy riding. Hopefully, we will get lots of snow to finish off our season in a glorious fashion. I look forward to seeing you all out having fun in the snow up at Apex!

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Slushy Thoughts From The Snow Bank By Brad Nunes Holy moly we got snowy! At time of writing, there are STILL flurries in the forecast! I say it every year, February is the best month for skiing. It has been a decent year so far. Snow has been pretty good. I have only ‘ugly cringed’ a few times finding rocks under skis. Unfortunately, my rocks skis are just, you know, my skis, so I think it is about time to get them in for a fill, wax and edge. Basically, a ski pedicure. It gives them a chance to chat with the other models. Talk trash about snowboards and set up a fundraiser for the ‘length challenged’ snowblades. It really is the social hub of the ski gear community. We of course also have the big ‘V’ coming up. This year, we have a couple more challenges. Limited seating means restaurant reservations are going to be even harder to get. Makes sure you plan ahead. I think my fall back is grabbing a bottle of wine, some pepperoni and some Kraft singles from the general. You catch the last chair to the top and sneak away to have a lovely picnic. You spread out your makeshift charcuterie board and then swear for 10 minutes because you forgot the cork screw. There is no way she won’t be melting like a frozen mitten over a hot stove. You can say real fancy things like, ”The tang of this cheese really brings out the subtle fruity notes of this bag of dry red wine”. Also, you then realize you don’t need a corkscrew for a bagged wine ... it is the thought that counts, right? Anyway, I hope your year is starting off as well as it could be. It won’t be much longer until we all get our Bill Gates microchips and life will be back to normal ... Stay safe out there and keep skiing! It is only going to keep getting better from here on out. Drink it all in. Cheers! Page 20 | February 2021 | ApexMatters.com

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.

What Happened To Uranus?

A good analogy for the Solar System is several marbles rolling in concentric circles around a plate, with the Sun in the centre. A better analogy is several spinning tops moving in concentric circles around the plate, with their individual spinning axes a little bit off vertical. For example, the Earth is spinning with its axis about 23˚ off vertical. All this fits our theories as to how the Solar System and the planets formed, with one very conspicuous exception, Uranus. That planet is leaning at an angle of 98˚, almost lying on its side, so that it is “rolling around on the plate”. How did that happen? Uranus is the 7th planet out from the Sun, after Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. Along with Jupiter, Saturn and Neptune, Uranus planet is a “gas giant”, meaning it consists of a small rocky or icy core surrounded by an extremely thick atmosphere. Its mean density is about is around 1.27 grams per cubic centimetre, compared with our Earth’s 5.5 grams per cubic centimetre. Uranus has to be mostly gas. Being further from the Sun, Uranus and Neptune are significantly colder than Jupiter and Saturn, and because of the relatively high concentrations of methane in their atmospheres, the planets look blue. This sets them apart from Jupiter and Saturn, which appear tan-coloured, and they are often referred to as ice giants, as opposed to gas giants. Uranus was discovered by William Herschel in 1781, although it turns out others had seen it earlier, but had not taken particular note of it. The planet orbits the Sun at 19.2 times the distance between the Earth and Sun, and takes 84 years to complete a single trip around the Sun. Uranus has a diameter of about 50,000 km, which is about four times the diameter of our world. A “day” on Uranus is about 17 hours. Since the world is larger than ours, a point on its equator would be moving with the planet’s rotation at a speed of around 9,000 km/h, compared with about 1600 km/h for a point on our planet’s surface. Uranus formed around 4.5 billion years ago, along with all the other bodies in the Solar System, so how could it have come to be so different. In addition, what ever did happen to it that left it in a nice tidy orbit between Saturn and Neptune, moving in the same plane as the other planets. A widely shared theory is that during its youth, when all the planets were forming, it was involved in a serious collision. The formation of the planets involved the collisions and sticking together of lots of bits of grit, dust and ice in a collapsing cosmic cloud. However, according to all the computer simulations and observational evidence, the cloud formed into a disc, and then big lumps formed, moving in almost circular paths in the disc, and sweeping up any material that got too close. However, the big guys generally kept to their lanes and did not get too close to one another. However, it looks as though on at least two occasions in the early youth of the Solar System, big lumps of material did collide. One of the collisions involved an object the size of Mars hitting what would become the Earth. A great cloud of debris was blasted off, and eventually settled down to form the Moon. This left an unusual situation in the Solar System, where a planet has a Moon a good fraction of the size of the planet it orbits. The other collision was something about the size of Earth hitting Neptune. In the case of the Earth, we wound up lucky, with our planet still spinning almost perpendicular to its orbit plane, which left us with sensible seasons. Uranus got knocked right over onto its side. The result is really crazy seasons where one end of the planet does not see the Sun at all for decades. It seems that so far our planet has been lucky. In fact, having a nice large moon has been a benefit.


With Challenge Also Comes Opportunity By Lyndie Hill, Hoodoo Adventure Company There is no doubt that amongst all the negativity of Covid, there has been a lot of positive as well. An appreciation for our connection to each other and the planet, an opportunity to test our ability to adapt and new ways to use technology, just to name a few. For me, by far one of the best outcomes, came from a letter I received from my kids’ school at the start of the year. It stated, “Students are very curious about the natural world around them and we would like to expose them to as much of that as possible. Educational research links a positive boost to children’s mental, physical and spiritual health with time spent outdoors, experiencing nature. Directly observing plants and animals helps children develop an understanding of relationships and processes in nature, while also building connections to community. Besides - learning outdoors is fun! Students are excited and enthusiastic to try new activities and discover new things. This type of ‘handson’ learning offers students an alternative to a typical classroom setting.” The notice went on to describe the trails and outdoor areas the kids would be visiting in their new “outdoor learning classroom”. Yes!!! This is a message our team has been sharing for the past 15 years, and unfortunately, it has not been something that has been seen to be valuable enough in the past to invest in. Don’t get me wrong, I am well aware that it is an investment, and there is no denial that we are a company selling something, but for anyone who has seen the car I drive, it is clear that I am not in this gig just for the money. In fact, every time the community is hit by natural or economic disaster, we are one of the worst affected. So, who would have thought that it would take a pandemic to prove our point? Thank you Covid. (One of the only times you will catch me non-sarcastically thanking Covid). For me, now the question is why? Why did it take a pandemic for us to see the value and importance of connecting our children to the natural world and their community? Or, if we saw the value before, why didn’t we act on it? I know the answer. We live in a reactive society. We wait for someone to become homeless before we build them a home. We wait until they are desperate and they act out and we punish them, then put them in jail or rehab. These people that we see as a “problem” in our society were all children at one time. Not all of them came from poor homes, or bad parents, there are a lot of reasons why people end up where they are. I am also not putting down the work of our social workers. They will be the first to tell you that there isn’t enough support. And, I am not saying that we can fix the world’s problems by getting kids outdoors. What I am saying is this. Our connection to the natural world, our planet and our community and culture matters. It matters more than most of us understand. I have personally seen the impact one adult can have on a child in the matter of a day, what one trip into the wild can do for a person that needs to find themselves and their purpose. The difference balanced green time and screen time can make in a kid’s life. I don’t have all the answers on how to make the change from a reactive to a proactive society, but I know that putting importance on outdoor education, culture and leadership in our school system is a great place to start. Nature has a lot to teach. From observation skills to problem solving to gaining confidence, the outdoors can help kids gain important life skills. Outdoor adventures and education programs have multiple mental health benefits, including higher satisfaction and happiness, an increase in mindfulness and self-efficacy, and lowering perceived level of stress. Adventure programs have also been linked to a decrease in symptoms of depression and suicide, along with significant improvements in psychological resilience and social self-esteem.

Research shows evidence from a variety of fields pointing to wide ranging benefits in the areas of health and well-being, skills development, social capital and economic strength from investment in culture and recreation of our youth. This is also consistent with thinking on sustainable development, which focuses on the intrinsic links among economic, social and environmental wellbeing. While it is essential to think in three-dimensional terms, even broad conceptualization may not be enough to capture the full scope of the social component of sustainable development. Culture is so embedded within personal identity that to leave it out is to minimize its importance and I believe the passing on of knowledge in these areas should go hand in hand when shaping our future. It is my hope that as challenging as these times are, with that challenge, great opportunity like this will continue.

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Great Cabin Recipes Gram’s Albundigas By Dee Martens

The following recipe that I am going to share with you was shared with me by my grandmother who learned it while living in Mexico, an immigrant from Germany, while my father was growing up. It’s simple, yet delicious ... it’s Albundigas. To start, grab a medium sized bowl and mix the following with your hands: 1 lb. (approx.) lean ground beef - locally sourced is always best, 1 vigorously whisked free-range egg, ½ a large diced onion, 3 cloves of minced garlic, ¼ cup of chopped mint (or 2 tsp. dried), ¼ cup of parsley (or 2 tsp. dried), ¼ cup of chopped fresh cilantro and ½ a cup of medium or long grain white rice. Once thoroughly mixed, set aside and cover for 5 minutes before rolling into 2-inch balls. Once you have completed making your meatballs, continue by heating up a large pot or a Dutch-oven to medium-high and once your skillet is hot, add 1 Tbsp. of olive oil, waiting a second for the oil to heat up before adding your meatballs to the pot. You are aiming for a golden-brown crust (add more oil if you need to, in order to achieve this and to avoid sticking). Once your balls are all golden and crisp, set aside on a plate. In your already heated pan, caramelize 1 cup of sliced sausage (I used Mennonite, to honour my families’ heritage in Mexico, but any average dinner sausage will do) and once this is done, set aside with the meatballs. In the same pot, brown the other half of your diced large onion, 1 Tbsp. olive oil and 3 cloves of garlic (until just soft). Next, add 1 large carrot, diced, and 2 large russet potatoes, peeled and diced (1 used 6 small Yukon gold, peeled and diced) and cook over medium-high heat until the potatoes begin to brown. After this, add 1 pinch of chilli pepper and 2 pinches of cumin before adding 1 can of diced tomatoes (we used 16 oz. of homemade canned tomatoes, but any large can of plain diced tomatoes will do). Next, add 5 cups of chicken bone broth, the meatballs and the sausage and 1-2 cups of diced kale (optional) and let simmer for 20 minutes. To easily make bone broth, keep a zip-lock in your freezer with chicken bones and carcases, onion skins and other various veggie compost items (such as pepper tops or corn cobs). When needed, throw Ziplock in large pot, add 10 cups of water and allow to simmer for minimum 12 hours, topping up water if needed remember, local chicken and homemade broth is always best! Serve with a dollop of sour cream and/or tortilla chips for added flavour. Enjoy!

South Okanagan Similkameen Volunteer Centre By Wendy Weisner, PhD, Executive Director Register as a Leader in the Non-profit sector at www.volunteercentre.info Individuals who should register are those who: would like to know more about what a leadership role on a non-profit involves; are interested in learning about upcoming virtual board training opportunities; are considering joining a Board of Directors; would like to join a Board of Directors; are currently are on a Board of Directors; and, would like to participate in preparing a “Getting Ready” Guide for new board members. Newsletters sent to you will include: updates on where Board Directors are needed in the Community; training opportunities for the various aspects of Governing on a Board; information on helping with specific board issues; and, gathering feedback on Leadership issues. It will always be your choice whether to join a board, the information you provide us is private. Healthy Volunteers - Healthy Communities publication provides tools for volunteers to help cope with changes in their lives and to stay healthy and keep involved. Make sure to download your copy from the website or email info@volunteercentre.info to receive it. Mark your calendar for Wednesday, February 24 for a Zoom Conference from 11:00 am to 12:00 noon. Everyone Welcome! Register by email to info@volunteercentre.info. Zoom orientation is available for those who request it. Register on the SOSVC Website as a volunteer to receive updates on volunteer needs. Like us on SOSVC Facebook, as we post additional info. Before volunteering read the Volunteer Checklist Volunteering during COVID-19, on our webpage. For more info or to speak with a staff member, email info@volunteercentre.info or call 1-888-576-5661. www.volunteercentre.info




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