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Apex Matters “Keeping You in the S’know”

Volume 15 : Issue 2 Your FREE Local Snow Culture Newsletter!

October 2018

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What’s Your Opinion? Cast Your Vote! By Myleen Mallach, Owner/Publisher of Apex Matters

A HUGE Thanks To The Snow Sliding Public!

Do you know who you’re voting for this month? Remember, Area By Joshua Mercer, CSP President - Apex Zone “D” has been split into Area “D” (Skaha East) and the new Area “I” (Skaha West). Attend a Forum or Open House to meet candidates. Well, another year’s Swap is now behind us. The Canadian Ski Patrol, Pacific South Division, Apex Zone would like to If you own property at Apex, you can vote for the Area “I” Director. acknowledge and appreciate the contributions of our local snowRead the non-resident voting rules on page 18 or visit rdos.bc.ca. sport enthusiasts. Thank you for your continued support, as we In addition to our local government elections on October 20th, can happily categorize this year’s event as another HUGE success. BC is having a referendum on what voting system we should use For those that braved the check-in line and were successful in for provincial elections. The referendum is being held by mail “swapping” your gear, congratulations, your cheque is in the mail! from October 22 to November 30, 2018. Make sure your voter Once again, I would like to recognize our out of town vendors information is up to date at www.election.bc.ca/ovr or call 1-800- that bring a great deal of inventory to the event each year and 661-8683. Registered voters will get a voting package in the mail without whom we would be left wanting. Thank-you to our resort from Elections BC. Get informed to help make your decision by partners in Apex and Baldy mountains, who were both on hand to referring to the neutral information available at https://elections. provide Early Bird Season Passes and some sneak peaks at the bc.ca/referendum/. Do you know the characteristics of each voting upcoming season. I think it is safe to say we are all excited to get system on the ballot? Get information from all sides in the debate, this thing underway, especially with fresh snow on the mountains then be sure to vote. on September 30th! Published by Okanagan Matters Publications Our group has been hosting the annual ski swap for a long time apexmatters@telus.net | 250.490.6951 with the goal, albeit not singular, of rebuilding our volunteer cabin www.ApexMatters.com at Apex. We are happy to say it is now complete. With your Quick Facts: 2500 copies are printed monthly from September 2018 through April 2019. continued support spanning over 45 years, and as we have saved, Distribution covers Okanagan Falls, Kaleden, Penticton, Summerland and Naramata and the Canadian Ski Patrol has not only provided first aid services, around Apex Mountain. Full advertising options, read past issues online, and link to join our but a wide variety of equipment for on-hill use, from toboggans to Apex Matters eNews all at www.ApexMatters.com. Now celebrating our 15th season in print! an AED and all things in between. Please Note: No part of this publication may be reproduced without the written consent of We welcome you to stop on by our new cabin and say ‘hello’! the publisher. No liability is accepted for any loss or damage resulting from the use of this We’d love to share how we’ve put your contributions to work over publication. We reserve the right to refuse any submission or advertisement, and retain the the years. We greatly appreciate your continued support and look right to edit all copy. Every effort has been made to make this publication as accurate as forward to seeing you on the slopes this winter! possible. All authors and advertisers are provided with a proof of their submission and their final approval must be received to be published. © 2018 Okanagan Matters Publications.

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9th Annual “Warm Up Winter” 2018 Warm Clothing & Blanket Drive “For Those in Need”

It’s expected to be a long cold winter ... Will you help? We are looking for blankets, sleeping bags, toques, scarves, gloves, mittens, winter coats, outdoor pants, socks and long underwear! Either new or gently used to give to the homeless and to “those in need”. Did you miss putting items in the recent Ski & Board Swap? Or, did your items not sell? Why not donate your gently used winter clothing to this great cause.

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The South Okanagan Real Estate Board, with the help of many outstanding corporate citizens in our community, will be collecting warm clothes, blankets and other essential items for those less fortunate. Apex Mountain Resort has graciously offered to allow a drop box at their main office in order for people on the hill to conveniently drop off their unused winter clothing and blankets. (Please note - we are not collecting skis, boots, poles, helmets, etc.) People wishing to reference a list of needed items may visit www.soreb.org or phone 250-809-1260 to arrange a pick up at Apex, if they are not able to drop off their items or have questions. Our goal is to hand out these blankets, coats and other “cold” winter items to our Soup Kitchen clientele AND all others in need at the Parish Hall at St. Saviors Church adjacent to the Soup Kitchen in November. This will be an early warm Christmas gift to many in need. Thanks very much for your caring and compassion! Please spread the word ... If you know of anyone in need of these items, invite them to come on November 27 & 28!


Apex Mountain Resort Come Join Our Team Job Fair October 17 Penticton YMCA Work BC Employment Services Centre 50 Calgary Avenue on October 17 from 8:45 am - 1 pm Interviews are done on a first come first serve basis. Please bring your resume.

Apex Terrain Park Builders Ski & Snowboard Instructors Apex Ski Patrol Rental / Snow School Staff Childminding Attendants Snowmakers Skating Loop / Ice Rink Staff Reception / Front Desk Ticket Sellers Apex Season Pass Office Overseas Workers Welcome!

Have you got what it takes to be a staff member of our Team? Apex Mountain Resort is renown for its friendly, helpful staff who do their best to make our guests have a fantastic experience. If you love people, love to ski and love the mountain resort lifestyle, you will thrive in our energetic workplace. Enthusiastic team members hail from far-flung locales such as England, Scotland, Wales, Australia, New Zealand, across Canada and our own backyard. Apex Resort hires for both paid and volunteer positions for the ski season. The perfect fit for Apex: Hardworking, outgoing people who will want to show our guests the best time of their lives! Come and join us this season!

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Nickel Plate Nordic Centre Update By Tricia Wilson, General Manager

Don’t Miss Out!

Explore 56 km of Cross Country ski trails and 16 km of marked Snowshoe trails at the Nickel Plate Nordic Centre in Penticton, BC this Ski Season. Find more information at:on nickelplatenordic.org or visitpenticton.com

Open late November to early April

A New GM Means New Programming ~ Change brings opportunity, and the 2018/19 ski season up at Nickel Plate Nordic Centre is offering the public plenty of opportunity to improve their skiing and enjoy the winter season above the clouds at Nickel Plate. The club is organizing several new lesson formats, both for the raw beginner just looking to figure out how to use these sticks, and the more experienced hoping to hone their skills. For more information on any of these lessons, please browse our website at nickelplatenordic.org. To inquire about signing up, please email info@nickelplatenordic.org. Five Week Skate Lessons ~ Come join us in January to top up your skate skiing ability. This program runs each Saturday for 5 weeks and is a great opportunity to increase your skills and enjoyment from the sport, and meet new ski partners. The club is offering a 25% discount on rentals for the lesson for those just getting started. January 12 - February 9 ~ 10:30 am -12:00 pm Drop-in Beginner Lessons - Classic ~ On weekends, we will be running drop-in beginner lessons for Classic Skiing. Each Saturday and Sunday, you can participate in an hour long lesson that will prepare you to head to the trails on your own. In order to offer the best opportunity for all participants, skiers must be at least 12 years old to join in. Saturdays & Sundays ~ 12:30-1:30 pm Family Lessons ~ Bring the whole family out for fun on the snow. Although we will try to accommodate drop-in family lessons, to avoid disappointment please book in advance. There is no age limit on family lessons, so bring out the gang! Private & Semi-private Lessons ~ If you want an instructor all to yourself, call ahead to book a private lesson. You’ll be able to focus on specifics without distraction. Semi-private lessons are another great way to get more “me time” with an instructor, and perfect for friends and couples. Again, although we will try to accommodate drop-in private lessons, to avoid disappointment please book in advance. Skill Development Program ~ This is not a new program, but a super popular one. Registration is now open, so be sure to get your kids signed up early. If you need more information, please visit our website at nickelplatenordic.org for start dates and pricing.

Employment: Instructor Position / Ticket Sales

Full-time and part-time positions are available. SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS: Working knowledge of ski area operations; must have a minimum Level 1 First Aid Certification ; CANSI Level 1 Ski Certification required or Minimum NCCP L2T; ability to take direction, function independently and work as part of a team; demonstrated problem solving skills and ability to think and act independently and manage multiple tasks; good computer skills (word processing, web and information management); and superior communication skills. GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES: Handle ticket sales and general computer work including booking lessons; teach NP ski programs to adults and children; general cleaning of washrooms and the lodge; fit rental equipment to customers; general maintenance of equipment; and servicing skis for the public ANTICIPATED HOURS AND DATES: Mid November 2018 to beginning of April 2019; 20-35 hours a week; and weekend work will be required. WAGE: Subject to qualifications. We will be running a first aid course and a CANSI 1 Course at the beginning of the season. Minimum wage is $16/hour. SEND RESUME TO: For more information about this position, please email Tricia Wilson, General Manager of Nickel Plate Nordic, at manager.npnordic@gmail.com.


Banff Mountain Film Festival Success

For the 3rd consecutive year, Nickel Plate Nordic Centre has sponsored the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour in Penticton. The event was recently held on September 19th at the Cleland Theatre. If you were not there, you missed a great show. The final fundraised figures are not in yet, but the event is expected to bring in around $6,000 to the club. Special thanks to Kathryn Snider for organizing this fundraiser, with help from volunteers; Melanie Wilkie, Alison and Gerald Crawford, Carolyn Buzikievich, Steve Jasper, Mike MacInnis, Tricia Wilson, Kevin Dyck, Peter Matthews and Gayle Walford. Community sponsors included; Peach City Runners, The Bike Barn, True Outdoors, Swagman, and Wildbrush Honey. This is a annual event and plans to host the event for 2019 are underway.

Early Bird Memberships Until Oct 31st

Registration is now open for Nickel Plate Cross Country Ski Memberships at Zone4.ca. (https://zone4.ca/register.asp?id=188 45&lan=1&cartlevel=1) Please Note: The Early Bird Rates ($160 adult, $50 youth or $345 family) are only available until Oct 31st.

Nickel Plate Junior Racers By Chris Garwah

The Nickel Plate Cross Country Ski Club is a stunning venue for some of the best cross-country skiing in the country. Skiers of all ability levels can take in the beautiful mountain scenery and get a break from the valley cloud during the winter months. Included in this group is a team of dedicated youths who have found a passion for the sport of Nordic skiing - the Nickle Plate Junior Racers. The Nickel Plate Junior Racers start their dryland training every year in mid-September with track running and roller skiing. Dryland practices run every Tuesday and Thursday from 3:30-5:00 at the Pen High track. As soon as a reasonable snow base builds at Nickel Plate, the team drops their running shoes for skis. Often, the team is on snow by early November. The 2018/19 season promises to be another successful one with many returning athletes. The team is proud to welcome back Fred Albrechtson who represented Nickel Plate at the Canadian National Cross-Country Ski Championships in Thunder Bay last year. Fred captured the gold medal in mixed juvenile boys and girls relay, along with Zoe Hallman from Smithers, BC. The team also features a few younger new faces looking to reach their own goals. The team is coached by Chris Garwah, Jerome Jang, Janka Mengr, Dave Michael, Murray Farbridge, and John Wilkie. The coaches are dedicated to each athlete’s development within the sport, furthering their advancement to the provincial and national levels. The coaches endeavour to recognize each athlete’s unique abilities and strive to help each athlete develop an understanding and appreciation of the physical, mental, and social benefits derived from participating in cross-country skiing. The team offers three levels of commitment: Learn to Train (Tuesday/Saturday), Train to Train (Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday) and Train to Compete (Tue/Thur/Sat with individualized training programs). The on-snow training sessions take place at Nickel Plate Cross Country Ski Club on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30-6:00 pm and Saturdays from 10:00 am -12:00 pm. Typically, carpooling is organized from Penticton for athletes requiring rides. While the fall dryland training began on September 13th, it is not too late to join the team. The season fees are as follows: Learn to Train - $525; Train to Train - $675; and Train to Compete - $775. Please note that membership with the Nickel Plate Cross Country Ski Club is required to ski with the team. Anyone interested in joining the program can contact Chris Garwah at chrisgarwah@shaw.ca.

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Winter Tires Are A MUST HAVE! By Myleen Mallach

As of Monday, October 1st, if you drive up to Apex or use any of the majority of BC’s highways, you are required to have winter tires on your vehicle.

Did you know that drivers caught without the proper tires on designated routes could face a fine of $109? They could also be turned around and prevented from reaching their destination. That wouldn’t be too great if you live at Apex and can’t get home. Approved tires carry either the three-peaked mountain and snowflake symbol and/or the M+S (mud and snow) symbol and must have at least 3.5 millimetres of tread. Be sure to check your tires and get them changed as soon as possible if need be. The three-peaked mountain and snowflake symbol on the side of the tire means these winter tires offer the best traction on snow and ice, as well as in cold weather. They are also known as mountain/ snowflake or alpine tires. The mud and snow symbol on the side of the tire means these winter tires offer better traction than summer tires, but are less effective than mountain and snowflake tires on snow and ice or in cold weather. Tires with the M+S symbol are the minimum legal requirement. This includes “all seasons” tires that have the symbol as well. However, the province recommends tires with the snowflake symbol for winter conditions. BC’s winter tire regulations apply from October 1st to March 31st for the road to Apex and throughout the Okanagan Valley. Please note that some routes in BC have been extended to April 30th in certain mountain passes. Visit gov.bc.ca for full details.

Carvers Corner By Jorgen Anderson, Head Coach & Program Director The club is poised for another fantastic season! Apex Carver’s entry level 11 week program is ready for your registrations. As always, we will have Christmas Break Camps, which have been very popular over the years. Early registration is key to deliver a quality program. The club has simplified the registration process via www.apexskiclub.com. If you have any questions, please ask through the website and you’ll receive a prompt email response. For the Early Bird Savings, be sure to register by November 15th. Warren Miller Movie Night is November 16th ~ Visit with ski friends and enjoy the trade show in the foyer prior to the 7 pm show. $15 tickets are available after October 15th at Apex Ski Shop, Freeride, Pentagon, True Outdoors and Hoodoo Adventures.

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Ski Skills For Life! By Head Coach Tanya Callon

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Moguls, Terrain Park, Big Air & All Mountain Competitive & Non-competitive Programs for 6 years & up

Caution! Side effects include smiles, laughter, new ski buddies, awesome knowledge of Apex Mountain & amazing ski skills for life! NEW WEBSITE! Freestyle Apex just launched their new website with the help of some amazing parents. Big thank you to new Freestyle Apex members, Bobi and Mihaela Farcau, for your time! If you want to register for programs, check in on the training schedule, see what events are coming up or sign up to volunteer, simply visit our new, easy-to-navigate website at www.freestyleapex.com. NEW PROGRAMS! - REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!!! www.freestyleapex.com This year, Freestyle Apex will transition to the new branding of the widely successful Jumps & Bumps program. FUNdamentalz is a Freestyle Canada grassroots developmental program, which focuses on allowing athletes to develop their basic freestyle ski skills, as well as their all around ski and sport skills. This 1-day or ½ day program is for skiers age 6* and up who can ski parallel on a Green run and ride the chairlift unassisted. * Skiers must be 6 years of age when the program starts the 1st week of January. Freestylerz is the next step up for skiers who want to learn more advanced freestyle skiing skills. With more training sessions and amazing freestyle certified coaches, your skiers will excel and progress in moguls, slopestyle, big air and all mountain skiing. This 1-day program is for skiers ages 8 to 12 who have a strong parallel turn on Blue runs and are able to ski Black Diamond terrain with confidence and without assistance. Freestylerz TEAM is an extension of the Freestylerz program designed to maximize on snow training and skill development for those that are ready. This 2-day program is for skiers who are interested in developing their skills in freestyle skiing and trying those skills out in competition.

“Old School Air Time” ~ Do you know who this is & what year?

Performance TEAM is for those athletes choosing to make a commitment to developing and refining their freestyle skiing skills. This program provides year-round training opportunities for athletes to improve their acrobatic skills, fitness, mental preparation, foundation skills and competitive readiness. This 2-day program is for skiers ages 12 and up. Sunday Funday is designed for skiers who still want to progress and learn all of the various Freestyle skills, but are not ready or do not want to compete. Skiers will acquire more advanced skiing skills, learn proper jumping technique and learn a variety of tricks and spins. This 1-day program is for skiers ages 12 and up who have a strong parallel turn on Blue terrain and are able to ski a Black Diamond run competently and without assistance. Fall Trampoline & Dryland programs are happening now! Ages 8 and up ... sharpen your acrobatic skills and get stronger before the skis season starts. Check out the details at freestyleapex.com. WE ARE HIRING! Looking for a fun and rewarding part-time job? Want to inspire and develop skiing skills in young skiers? Freestyle Apex is looking for dedicated FUNdamentalz coaches to add to our COACHING TEAM. Freestyle skiing experience is recommended, but not required. Freestyle Canada Coaching certification courses are available before the season starts. CSIA Instructors welcome. Please contact Head Coach Tanya Callon, if you are interested at headcoachafc@gmail.com.

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Great Cabin Recipes Calzone with Marinara Sauce By Dee Martens Fall is here! It’s time to jump out of the summer dieting fads such as salads, fish and finger sandwiches and into more heartier, heart-warming dishes. Can you tell that I am excited, or what? Now, I know what you’re thinking ... that along with these dieting changes, weight changes seem to be on the horizon. Know what I say? Feed your tummy something yummy and ask it in 5 minutes how it feels about the ‘summer fresh’ to ‘fall comfort’ diet changes. With that in mind, it’s time for me to reveal my secret Calzone recipe! The best part about fill-able dishes, like this Italian delicacy, is that you can personalize them to your liking. If you prefer more vegetable based pizzas, throw more in. If it’s cheesy, gooey pizza pie that catches your eye, why not add some ricotta, cheddar or feta to this dish?

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before adding it to the dough. Once completed, I added 4 fresh basil leaves, torn into pieces to each Calzone before closing it. To close the Calzone, simply pull the side of the dough with no sauce over top of your veggie mixture and twist the edges together to create a crust. For a crispy, golden look, brush an egg wash (one egg, beaten with 1 Tbsp of water) generously over your Calzone before cutting 2-3 slits in the top. We are going to begin by creating a pizza dough; if you have a Place the two Cazlones side-by-side on a lightly floured baking fool-proof recipe, feel free to use it. If not, the following recipe is an sheet, (you can use corn meal too) or pizza stone. Cook on the easy-to-use recipe that I tend to choose when I am making pizza bottom rack of your preheated oven for 12-15 minutes, until the in a time crunch. Begin by dissolving 2 1/4 tsp of instant rising Calzones are golden in colour. yeast (or one package) into 1 1/2 cups of warm water. Next, add Serve with Ranch or Marinara for an extra flare in flavour. 1 tsp of raw sugar (or brown sugar) and one tsp of salt. Mix with a fork quickly to disperse solids and let sit for 8-10 minutes, until frothy. Next, add 2 tablespoons of olive oil and 1 1/2 tsp of Italian seasoning (or a mixture of parsley and oregano) * this seasoning is optional, but I love the addition of flavour that it adds to any pizza dish! Once this is mixed, add in 3 1/2 cups of flour and stir until all flour is incorporated. Turn dough out onto a clean, dry counter top and knead in more flour until dough is elastic and not tacky (about 20-25 folds). Once this is done, place dough ball in a bowl that has been lightly coated with oil and place a moist tea towel on top. Let the dough rise for 1 hour before removing it from the bowl, kneading it 5 times and returning it to the bowl, covered, for 30 minutes of rising. When this process is done, separate the dough into two balls and set aside until ready to fill. You can make this dough the night before and put it in cling-wrap in the fridge over night - just allow for the dough to return to room temperature before cooking. Like I said earlier, the vegetables that go into a pizza dish, like this Calzone, are almost entirely based on personal preference. I do enjoy a lot of veggies and meat on my pizzas, so here’s what I came up with for this particular dish: Begin by dicing 1 large onion, 6 cloves of garlic and 1 large bell pepper - saute these in 2 Tbsp of butter, on medium heat until onions begin to turn translucent. Next, add 2 cups of mushrooms, or a mixture of mushrooms (I used a mixture of cremini, shiitake and portabello) and two handfuls of cherry tomatoes and cook these for 1-2 minutes, until they just begin to turn soft on the outside. Once soft, add 2 Tbsp of chili flakes to the mixture. Finish the veggie filling by adding one more tablespoon of butter, chop the tops off one bunch of spinach and add it to the pan to wilt slightly. Remove the pan from heat and set aside. On a lightly floured surface, roll both dough balls into 1/4 inch thick pizza shapes. To begin assembling, spread tomato paste on half of the dough, leaving 1 inch around the edges (if the edges get wet, they have a difficult time sticking while cooking). Next, layer a mixture of meat and veggies and cheese generously on the half of the dough. I chose to grab one package of prosciutto and one package of capicola salami and simply cut these meats into thick strips and bocconcini cheese (warning: I used one 250 ml container, with the liquid drained, for each Calzone). I find that it is easiest to mix the cheese and the meat into the veggie mixture,

How Are The Roads To And From Apex?

Argo Road Maintenance is the road contractor for Apex Mountain Road and Green Mountain Road. Their mandate is to keep the highways safe and open for the travelling public. Their winter shift schedule is mid-October until mid-March. If you notice unsafe or dangerous road conditions, please call Argo at 1-800-663-7623.

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Go Play Outside

By Phil Burman, BHSc.(PT) Registered Physiotherapist, Apex Local & Former Ski Bum As Physiotherapists, we spend a lot of time talking with people about their physical health, and the activities they like to do. Patients may come to the clinic because of pain, lacking mobility, weakness or other physical ailments that are impacting their ability to do what they want to do. Assessment and treatment of physical problems to improve mobility and reduce pain are all steps in the big-picture goal of helping people return to the activities they love to do. For many of us, what we love to do is make turns, play in the powder, ski the trees, carve the corduroy and sometimes take air. The days getting shorter, the temperature is dropping, and the sun has crossed the equator, heading south for the winter. It’s time to get excited about the coming season. Are you ready to hit the slopes? Many injuries occur at the beginning and end of every ski season; you don’t want to be a statistic. It is thought that early season injuries are likely due to poor conditioning. Aerobic exercise is an important part of being physically prepared. While it is recommended that you exercise 30-60 minutes, 3 to 5 times per week, every extra kilometre you walk or ride from now until ski season will translate into better physical conditioning when the snow flies. Go for a hike. Ride your bike to work. Take the stairs. Climb a hill. Take the stairs again. Do an extra lap around the block. Get stronger by doing something you enjoy. If you feel that you may not be in ski-ready physical shape, I suggest spending some time outdoors over the coming weeks, doing whatever falltime activity you enjoy doing. Strength training is another key component. The best exercises are those that mimic the activity you are preparing for, such as squats for skiing, or lunges for telemark skiing. Body-weight resisted exercises don’t require any specific equipment, and can be completed at home. Once the snow does start to fall, spend some time going uphill on snowshoes, skins or XC skis. This is good, fun preparation before the chairlift starts to spin. Quad, hamstring, calf and glute strength is essential for moving and stabilizing your joints as you power through the different snow conditions. Better strength not only allows you to push harder, faster and for longer, but also will help prevent a season-ending injury. If you wish to ski expert terrain or push hard as you chase friends around the mountain, you will need to raise your physical condition to the next level. Improving your agility, balance, control, power and co-ordination will help improve both your strength, and your performance on snow. The best way to achieve a specific goal is with a specific program - a physiotherapy assessment will help identify any strength or flexibility deficits, imbalances, asymmetry and areas you need to focus on. If you have an old (or new) injury that is bothering you or making you question how you’ll perform on snow, now is the perfect time to have that assessed. There is enough time to get ready for ski season if you start soon. It is worth treating any aches and pains that may limit your fun on snow this season; skiing and boarding is simply more fun when you don’t hurt. A good, thorough hands-on clinical assessment is the first step in figuring out what is wrong, and what to do about that. Far too often, people suffer when they could recover. The forecast is for another great season at Apex. Are you ready? Will you be ready in a few months time? Before you scope your line down your favourite run, make sure your legs are up to it. Ask for help. Call your Physiotherapist. We all know that being physically prepared for the ski season is an important part of an enjoyable and injury-free winter. For now, go play outside!

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The Importance Of Shared Experiences at Work

put on “mute” to allow others to bring their ideas forward and allow other leadership abilities to step up and take charge of the activity. Business owners can observe the type of leadership style someone demonstrates: authoritative, coaching or pacesetter. By Lyndie Hill, Hoodoo Adventure Company This helps the team see how to cultivate existing leaders better In recent years, I’ve spent more time in the office than I like to and mentor new leaders in the company. admit, especially for a person that runs an adventure company. As our company has grown from having to only manage myself, to a teams of 4 to 6, and now a summer team of more than 20, I have gained a new appreciation for what it takes to build a strong team in a business. Before moving back to the Okanagan, I spent 6 years working in one of the first corporate team building companies in New Zealand. And since returning, we have continued these events at Hoodoo Adventures. I have studied and seen firsthand the benefits of team bonding or building in a company. But, actually making the time to make it happen when you are trying to run a business is a real challenge. Last week, I had the opportunity to run a facilitated event for a group of CEO’s and I really enjoyed relating with them, as I took them through the experience with the eyes of an entrepreneur, who is facing challenges in my own business and struggling to get my own team out of the office walls. What the day did for me was remind me of the importance of what we are doing with these corporate groups. While doing daily activities, people stick to their respective tasks. This isn’t always a full picture of what someone’s strengths and weaknesses are. Team building exercises help identify core competencies that employers seek in employees. Competencies include, but aren’t limited to, competitiveness, integrity, influencing, problem solving, time management, and goal setting. Business leaders are able to identify these traits and use this information to build a strong team by investing in building up it’s people. Speaking from experience it is so difficult, especially in a small business, to not only get away yourself, but to pull your team away for the day or even a few hours. For Team building exercises are meant to be fun and engaging for me, I need to practice what everyone. Team building events like Survivor, Amazing Race or Iron I preach. Stepping away Chef seem funny at face value. However, the creative solutions and taking time to have a come with creative ideas, laughter and a combined competitive shared experience outside spirit. These moments overflow into the work environment, giving the “office walls”, more than people a connection and improving overall company morale. Great just Christmas dinner, is so morale leads to improved productivity. important for a team, big Events are designed to force people to brainstorm about problems or small, recreational or in non-work ways. The exercise forces people to follow the script corporate. There are options and talk to one another. This has far reaching benefits as co- out there for all teams, all budgets, all durations, and all abilities. workers learn more about each other. This opens eyes as to why Leaders like myself, really need to switch the mind set from “we people might act or speak differently from one another. Business can’t afford to”, to “we can’t afford NOT to”. leaders know that a diverse workplace, where people respect Hoodoo Adventures is based in Penticton and has been servicing others’ backgrounds and opinions, leads to better communication the Okanagan Similkameen since 2007. The main administration and fewer misunderstandings or conflict. office and climbing gym is located at 131 Ellis Street in Penticton. Team building is one area of development within a business that is easily overlooked. As a business owner, you can get many benefits from incorporating team building exercises and activities into your company culture. Team building is worth the time and effort, even though it can be so hard to make time for.

When you put a group of people together who don’t normally have reason to work with one another, you see natural personalities rise to the top. As a result, the wall-flower might need prodding to engage in the activity and the natural leader may need to be

For more information on our services, programs, special events or to book your next team building exercise, please call 250-4923888 or email team@hoodooadventures.ca. Be sure to visit our website at www.hoodooadventures.ca for full details.


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Dino’s Snowshoe & Mountain Bike Diaries By Dino Giurissevich, Adventure Guide My bet is that a lot of people are pretty excited about the recent snowfall at Apex. And honestly, I am too, but not for the same reasons. Snow up high usually means rain in the valley. Rain to mountain bikers, especially after such a dry summer, means no View of Vaseaux Lake from Keogan Mountain dust along with tacky trails offering awesome traction, or as some Smith Creek ~ One of my favorite climbing and jump/stunt trails. of us call it, “brown pow”. As an added bonus, fall offers up brilliant Located just west of Westbank. Again, the labour of love hours colours making the riding experience even more enjoyable! put into this trail is amazing! Don’t be scared off by the jump/stunt This time around rather than relay to you the reader (I hope there comment, as one can ride around these. So much fun! Again, are a few out there) my riding experiences, I will briefly offer up there are a handful of trails in this area. some of my favourite trails. More detailed information is available “Howies” Cow Highway ~ One of the trails with the most varied from Andrew Drouin’s “Sweet Singletrack” or from “Trailforks”. riding surfaces in the valley. This is a shuttle ride, but don’t be Sage and Sparrow Conservation Area ~ I recently had the fooled into thinking there is no climbing, there’s plenty. Views pleasure of riding this sweet area for a friend’s 70th birthday. This abound and wildlife can be spotted, as well as spectacular route is mostly two track with some steep climbing. The views wildflowers in the spring. Watch out for the namesake ... “patties” are breathtaking and the aspen gullies brilliant! The Conservation while riding, so keep your mouth shut! area encompasses 3440 acres, is a corridor for many migratory Campbell Mountain ~ These are the mountain bike trails I ride the birds, and has one of the most extensive sagebrush landscapes in most! Nothing too crazy here, just good fun! A short drive or you BC. This and much more! Give this area a visit. It’s a gem. can ride there from town. One of the earliest and latest season riding areas. Awesome views up and down the valley. What are you waiting for? These are but a small sampling of the many trails in the Okanagan. Get out and get some. In my opinion, some trails are for very confident beginners, but most are for intermediate and expert riders. Don’t get in over your head ... and if you do, walk. Enjoy the Beauty of Fall!

Mountain biking through the Sage and Sparrow Conservation Area.

Three Blind Mice ~ The maze of trails in the Mice is truly mind boggling! Just as mind boggling is the amount of volunteer hours that went into the creation of this, quickly becoming, world class mountain bike area. These trails are for intermediate to advanced riders and offer up just about all trail types from rocky to sandy. Kudos to all known, not-so-known, and unknown trail builders. Mahoney Lake / Keogan Mountain ~ One of my favorite spring and fall time rides. There are a handful of trails to explore here and few not so well known ones. “Go East Old Man” is probably the most popular trail. One of my never tiring views on this ride is that of Vaseaux Lake. Mahoney Lake is quite unique in that it is a meromictic lake, which means that the water does not mix between the surface and depth, leading to large changes in chemical properties with depth.

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A Glance At Our Night Sky

Mars has always been a tantalizer. Once it looked really inviting. We thought we were seeing waves of darkening due to vegetation Do you look up at the night sky and question more than the growing in the spring, and then there were the “canals”. Mars had snow conditions the next day? In this issue, we share a thought to be inhabited by living creatures, some of whom were brilliant provoking article by Ken Tapping, an astronomer with NRC’s engineers. Then, with better telescopes and close examination Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory in Kaleden. using spacecraft, the whole illusion came crashing down, and we realized Mars’ surface is a dry, cold, almost airless desert. Water Under The Ice In 1993, a huge lake of liquid water was detected under Earth’s However, there remained the north and south polar caps, which Antarctic ice. It lay some 4 km below the surface of the ice, and grew and shrank with the seasons, so there had to be water. 500 m below sea level. The lake is 250 km long, 50 km wide, with When we put landers and then rovers on the surface of Mars, they a mean depth of about 430 m. It was named Lake Vostok. A showed us the expected desert, but also dustings of frost on the borehole drilled down to it showed the lake to be fresh water and rocks every morning. All around they showed us dry watercourses, teeming with microscopic life. Geological studies suggest the lake lakebeds, rock formations and minerals and sedimentary rocks that to have been an isolated ecosystem for 15 to 25 million years. were formed in the presence of water - lots of it. Billions of years The lake exists because the pressure of the overlying ice does ago Mars was a warmer, wetter world, where did all that water go? not allow the water to freeze. When water freezes it expands Spacecraft orbiting Mars occasionally detected streaks of meltwater and becomes less dense, which is why ice floats on water. If the and sand slurry on steep slopes and cliffs, where avalanches and water cannot expand, it cannot freeze. There is also a possibility rockslides had exposed ice, which melted in the sun and flowed of some heat coming up from the Earth underneath. Unfortunately, down the slopes, and then evaporated. Liquid water cannot last since the lake water is under extremely high pressure, when the long on Mars’ surface. One of the rovers scraped away at the borehole broke through the roof of the lake, water surged upwards surface, exposing white ice. Now, we believe there to be huge into the hole, picking up the drill lubricants and other chemicals amounts of ice just below the surface of the planet. However, what used to stop the drill equipment freezing in the hole. As soon as we we would really like to find is liquid water. On Earth, it seems that touched the lake, we contaminated it: not a good start. So far, some all liquid water, hot or cold, fresh or salty, on the surface or deeply 400 lakes have been found under the Antarctic ice. Now, it looks buried in the rocks, has little creatures swimming around in it. In as though we have found a lake under Mars’ south polar ice cap. some cases big ones. Is this true for Mars too, or for that matter The discovery was made using a ground-penetrating radar the deep, dark ocean under the icy surface of Europa? If there is mounted on the European Space Agency’s Mars Express Orbiter liquid water, nutrients and a source of energy, such as sunlight or spacecraft. The lake is 1.5 km under the ice, some 20 km across hydrothermal vents, we have the recipe for life. It will be some time and a metre or two deep. Unlike Lake Vostok, this lake is believed before we drill our way down to subglacial lakes on Mars, or the to be salty. However, since most water creatures on Earth live in seas of Europa. The current idea is to melt our way down through the ice, and explore using robot submarines. salty water, this does not affect the likelihood of finding life.


Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen

MAIL BALLOT VOTING

NOTICE OF ELECTION BY VOTING

Qualified electors may vote by mail if they: • Have a physical disability, illness or injury that affects their PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY given to the electors of Electoral ability to vote at another voting opportunity; or Area “I” (Skaha West/Kaleden/Apex) that an election by voting is • Expect to be absent from this Electoral Area on general voting necessary to elect an Electoral Area Director, and that the persons day and at the times of all advance voting opportunities; or nominated as candidates and for whom votes will be received are: • Reside in East Gate Manning Park of Electoral Area “H” as it is remote from voting places at which electors in that area are Electoral Area “I” (Skaha West/Kaleden/Apex) Director entitled to vote. One (1) to be elected REQUESTING A MAIL BALLOT PACKAGE: Surname

Usual Names

Residential Address

VOLLET

Gary

1126 Apex Mountain Rd, Penticton, BC

MONTEITH

Subrina Anne

910 Pineview Dr, Kaleden, BC

VOTING DATES AND LOCATIONS GENERAL VOTING will be open to qualified electors of Electoral Area “I” on: Saturday, October 20, 2018 between the hours of 8:00 am and 8:00 pm at the following location: Kaleden Elementary School - 152 Linden Avenue, Kaleden, BC ADVANCE VOTING will be available to qualified electors as follows: Wednesday, October 10, 2018 between the hours of 8:00 am to 8:00 pm at the following location: RDOS Office - 101 Martin Street, Penticton, BC ELECTOR REGISTRATION There is no need to pre-register to vote as the registration of all electors for this election will take place at the time of voting. You will be required to make a declaration that you meet the following requirements: • 18 years of age or older on general voting day • Canadian citizen • Resident of BC for at least 6 months immediately preceding the day of registration • Resident of OR registered owner of real property in this Electoral Area for at least 30 days immediately preceding the day of registration, and • Not disqualified under the Local Government Act or any other enactment from voting in an election or otherwise disqualified by law.

The Application to Vote by Mail form can be found on the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen website (www.rdos.bc.ca) and can be submitted in person to the Regional District of OkanaganSimilkameen office, by mail to 101 Martin Street, Penticton BC V2A 5J9 (phone: 250-492-0237), by fax to 250-492-0063 or by email elections@rdos.bc.ca. Information requested includes: 1. Full name, 2. Residential address, 3. Address of the property in relation to which you are voting (for non-resident property electors), 4. Method of delivery of your mail ballot package: • pick up at Regional District office, OR • regular letter mail through Canada Post to residential address, OR • regular letter mail through Canada Post to an alternate address that you provide when requesting the ballot package, and 5. Whether you are going to be registering as a resident or nonresident property elector. Mail ballot packages will be sent out commencing on or about September 24, 2018. It is the responsibility of the voter to ensure there is sufficient time to receive and submit the Application to Vote by Mail form to the Regional District office in order to receive a voting package prior to 4:30 pm on October 19, 2018. To be counted, your mail ballot must be received by the Chief Election Officer no later than 8 pm on Saturday, October 20, 2018. Christy Malden, Chief Election Officer

Resident electors must produce 2 pieces of identification (at least one with a signature). Picture identification is not necessary. The identification must prove both residency and identity. A combined BC Driver’s Licence and Services Card is considered 1 piece of identification. Non-resident property electors must produce 2 pieces of identification (at least one with a signature) to prove identity, proof that they are entitled to register in relation to the property, and, if there is more than one owner of the property, written consent from the majority of the property owners. Page 14 | October 2018 | ApexMatters.com

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To Residents and Property Owners In The New RDOS Area ‘I’

Let’s Meet to Discuss YOUR Community Concerns!

I would like to introduce myself as a candidate for Director of RDOS Area “I”. My name is Gary Vollet. Having grown up on Vancouver’s North Shore, and then spending a short period of time as a Whistler resident, I took a ski trip to Apex and immediately realized the beauty and quality of life this area had to offer. Diverse terrain and a great climate make Area “I” special ... From hot sunny days, warm water and sandy beaches in Kaleden, to golfing greens at St Andrews and Twin Lakes, to the vast and natural landscape of Sn Pint’ktn and Marron Valley, to the snow covered slopes at 2187 m at Apex Mountain. We have 3300 residents living in this unique 594 sq km region, who enjoy various homes and lifestyles from working ranches, orchards and vineyards, to waterfront and ski-in properties, ranging from homes on large lots to condos and cottages as second homes for recreation and holidays. We all appreciate and love our diverse and unique Area “I”. The clean air, land and water quality and quantity, being prime features of Area “I”, need to be preserved and protected. As well, the importance of receiving true value for our tax dollars, along with maintaining long term economic stability.

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Living at Apex for over 25 years, I am active in the community. Currently, I am the President and Team Leader of Apex Fire Brigade Society, and attend RDOS Emergency Response and Hazard meetings and Volunteer Fire Fighter Training. I am an active member of the Apex Property Owners Association, as well a volunteer at local events. Professionally, I continue to enjoy working with young athletes and coaching for the Apex Freestyle Club.

Subrina

Monteith RDOS Director

Area

Experience in Forestry, Tourism, BC Parks, Business Management, Fitness, Competitive and Recreational Sports, Coaching, TV Productions, and Construction provide me with an insight as to which green and sustainable businesses will be a good match for our Area “I”.

Kaleden, Twin Lakes, Apex, “I” St Andrews, Skaha West Authorized by Subrina Monteith 250-460-0723

The Kaleden Community Association is hosting an Open House with Q&A session on Wednesday, October 3rd from 5:30 - 7:00 pm at Kaleden Community Hall. I will be in attendance and look forward to meeting you. Your suggestions are welcomed and appreciated. If you truly appreciate “Area I” and the quality lifestyle it offers, show your support and VOTE on October 20th. Thank You. Gary Vollet - Candidate for Area “I” Director - 250.488.1004 or gvollet@hotmail.com

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Apex Mountain Village in the Distance ~ Photo by www.leightruslerphotography.com

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APOA Update

The APOA ... The Heart of the Apex Community!

By the APOA Board The structure and area boundaries of the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) has changed. The Apex community is now part of a newly created “Area I”, along with Kaleden and Skaha West. This is an important change for Apex since it has implications regarding local government support for infrastructure funding, for improvements such as the waste transfer station, and for initiatives such as wildfire management. As Apex property owners, your elected voice on the RDOS board is the Area “I” Director. This position is currently vacant, because the Area “I” jurisdiction is new this year. Apex property owners can vote for the Area “I” Director at the Kaleden Elementary School on Saturday, October 20th. There is also an advanced poll on Wednesday, October 10th at the RDOS office in Penticton. And remember, if you own property in more than one jurisdiction you may vote once in each of these jurisdictions. So, even if your Apex property isn’t your principal residence, you can still vote for your Area “I” Director. Please refer to the RDOS Non-resident voter information article included on the opposing page. Please note, only one non-resident property elector may vote per property. You will need to fill out Form 2-7 and if applicable Form 2-8. See www. rdos.bc.ca under “Election”. More information can be found at www.rdos.bc.ca/news-events/ rdos-news/hot-topics. Just click on “Notice of Election by Voting - Area I”. There are two candidates running for this position and the APOA urges all property owners to check out the candidates and vote in this important election. There is an Open House with a “Meet the Candidates” session at the Kaleden Community Hall on Wednesday, October 3rd from 5:30 to 7:00 pm.

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Apex Fire Brigade Society From a female rookie perspective By Jill Lindsey This summer I decided it was high time that I joined the Apex Fire Brigade Society. I’d been meaning to for a while, but to be honest, wondered what I had to offer. First of all, I know absolutely nothing about fire fighting, and second of all, I am 5’2” and not exactly fire fighter material. I figured I would at least go out to a fire practice and find out for myself what was involved. Fire practice is held on the first and third Wednesday of each month at 7 pm. I knew where everyone met (Fire Box #3), so off I went. A few members were standing around informally chatting, some in turnout gear, others not. I recognized a few people, so introductions were made and off we went. So far so good. That evening I learned the locations of all the fire hydrants on the hill, where each of the fire boxes were and what each one contained. So, already I knew more than when I started, just by showing up. If there was a fire, I could already be helpful. Through the summer, I got to use a fire hose, “dress” a fire hydrant, attended forest fire training and much more. Always something new at each practice and always something to learn. I do look kind of comical in my fire fighting gear though. It’s a little on the large side to say the least. Hopefully, future donations will include some small sizes for us wee girls.

Rookie AFBS Member Jill Lindsey finishing her first call-out on Apex Mountain Road.

So, as a rookie female member, I can tell you that you don’t have to be an ace fire fighter to be a part of AFBS. There are some extremely knowledgeable members, thank goodness, and then there are the newbies like me - learning as we go. I am so happy to be a part of this wonderful, welcoming team of individuals, neighbours helping neighbours. You should come out some time and see for yourself.

Building Custom Mountain Homes for 25 Years! Builder Rookie AFBS Member Jill Lindsey getting into her (rather large) turnout gear.

My first actual call-out was to a motor vehicle fire on Apex Mountain Road. On arrival at the scene, I was thankful that other experienced members were already there and with their expertise had things well under control. It still felt good to get the first call-out under my belt though, even if all I did was a little traffic direction.

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Local Government Elections Saturday, October 20, 2018

Electors of the Regional District of OkanaganSimilkameen will elect an Electoral Area Director for a four year term ending in the fall of 2022. This will be the first election for Area “I”, covering Skaha West (St. Andrews & Twin Lakes), Kaleden, and Apex. The official list of candidates for Area “I” Director will be announced on or before September 24, 2018. Did you know that if you reside outside of RDOS Area “I” and own property at Apex, you can have one vote on behalf of that property for the Area “I” Director? Below explains the details involved.

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You may vote in the 2018 General Election as a non-resident property elector if: • You do own property in the electoral area, however, you do not reside there; • As an owner, you are an individual, not a corporation, and you do not hold your interest in trust for a corporation or another trust, • You are a Canadian citizen; • You are at least 18 years of age on the day that you vote; • You have lived in BC for at least 6 months prior to voting day; • You have been a registered owner of real property in the Electoral Area for at least 30 days prior to voting day; • You have written consent of the majority of registered owners (if applicable) for the real property authorizing you to be registered as the non-resident property elector for this property. Please note, only one non-resident property elector may vote per property. • You have not registered as a non-resident property elector in relation to any other parcel of real property in the Electoral Area. • You are not disqualified from voting or convicted of an indictable offence for which you are currently in custody or have been found guilty of an election offence.

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Do you need to register prior to voting? No. All electors register when they vote on voting day. To register, non-resident property electors will need to bring the following: • Proof of ownership of the property in question, for example, your tax notice, or a legal Certificate of Title. • Form 2-7 “Application for Registration as a Non-Resident Property Elector Form” - See www.rdos.bc.ca under “Election”. • If applicable, Form 2-8 “Non-Resident Property Elector Consent Form” (A Non-Resident Property Elector Consent form must be completed if the land title registration of the real property indicates that there is more than one individual who is the registered owner. The person registering must do so with written consent of the number of those individuals who, together with the person registering, are a majority of those individuals) - See www.rdos.bc.ca under “Election”. You are required to produce two (2) pieces of ID that together prove who you are and where you live. One MUST have your signature. Acceptable forms of identification include: BC Driver’s License; BC Identification Card; BC CareCard or Gold CareCard; Citizenship Card; Credit or Debit Card; ICBC Vehicle Insurance Documents; Residential Property Tax Notice; Social Insurance Card; and/or Utility Bill. If you have any further questions or concerns, please contact either Gillian Cramm, Deputy Chief Election Officer at 250-4904145, or Christy Malden - Chief Election Officer at 250-490-4146.

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Women And The Family Legacy

Making sure your financial future is secure.

By Robert McLennan, Investment Advisor RBC Dominion Securities.

Women face numerous unique financial challenges throughout their lives, but one of the most important is that, on average, those married to men live longer than their male spouses. Today, about 80% of women will outlive their spouse, and 65% of Canadians aged 85+ are women.* That means the vast majority of women will eventually be making key decisions about family finances on their own. Are Women Engaged In Their Family Finances? A recent RBC Wealth Management study of high-net-worth individuals showed that 98% of women are involved in daily banking decisions and 84% are involved with the family investment portfolio. Further, the study showed women value family financial education, knowledgeable financial advice and conducting financial research. This shows that most women are highly involved with their family finances. So, what’s the worry? The Missing Link: A Wealth Transfer Plan ~ Despite high engagement in family finances, the study also highlighted that only 22% of high-net-worth women have a full wealth transfer plan in place. Yet, when it comes to transferring family wealth, women probably more so than their male spouses - need to be prepared due to their longer life expectancies. Wealth Transfer 101 ~ Transferring wealth is often about taking care of family or positioning younger family members to succeed. It can also be a way to pass on family values or create a lasting family legacy. A plan is the key to turning good intentions into good results. The Basics ~ While a comprehensive financial plan covers a lot more than wealth transfer, it’s an important first step for women and the family legacy to making informed decisions about timing, appropriate amounts, and the best methods for passing down wealth. A valid Will is the guiding document for handling your estate and transferring your assets. Keeping it up-to-date helps address the changes that take place over your lifetime, and choosing the right executor helps ensure your wishes are carried out. Plan for potential incapacity by choosing a power of attorney both for property and for personal care. Being a power of attorney can involve a great deal of time and responsibility. The attorney you choose can also have a significant impact on the handling of your estate, so carefully consider your selection.

Robert A. McLennan, FMA Investment Advisor

RBC Dominion Securities Inc. 101-100 Front Street Penticton, BC V2A 1H1

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Prepare Your Family ~ Take the time to discuss and identify key family values, whether it’s education, professional life, community, philanthropy or otherwise. These conversations can serve as powerful uniting factors for families, help clarify the reasoning behind your decisions and provide your beneficiaries with a sense of how to use the wealth they receive. Regardless of age, financial education is vital in preparing anyone to inherit wealth. Beyond family discussions, providing formal education and holding meetings to introduce your team of qualified financial, tax and legal advisors can both help boost financial literacy. The Value Of Advice ~ Aspects of wealth transfer, such as handling unique needs or complex family dynamics, maintaining privacy, minimizing taxation and ensuring that your wealth will be distributed as you intend, can sometimes seem overwhelming. However, there is a vast array of solutions and strategies to help navigate virtually any circumstance. Estate planners and tax specialists can walk you through the pros and cons of gifting versus inheriting, or how to use beneficiary designations and joint ownership. They can also help you weigh tax, insurance or trust strategies. Regardless of the challenges, there are solutions that can be customized and aligned to suit your goals. Contact us today to discuss getting your wealth transfer plan started. * Statscan, 2016, population by marital status, age and sex. This article is supplied Robert McLennan, an Investment Advisor with RBC Dominion Securities Inc. Member–Canadian Investor Protection Fund.

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Healthy Eating Into Fall By Dr. Deirdre O’Neill, Naturopathic Physician Awe Fall. Routine settles in again after a long summer. Cozy sweaters. Cooler nights. Busy nights in my family with after school activities. Ski patrol training picks back up. And, season passes purchased. How to best accomplish it all and keep the family healthy at the same time? I find what works best for my family is planning and prepping. Mapping out the week reduces the likelihood of eating on the go, making poor choices between activities and curbing the ever convenient fast food. We talk a lot in our family about how to fuel our body correctly for the activity ahead. Eating food that will increase our endurance rather than plummet it. Looking at cause and effect to look back at food choices that were made and how we felt afterward. Good and bad. We often reference a cookbook that I picked up years ago called Feeding the Young Athlete by Cynthia Lair. The author does a great job of explaining to kids (and adults!) what food groups are and how to make healthy choices. She drills in the importance of hydration and has recipes loaded in whole grains and veggies. For my goal orientated soccer player, this book has been a winning strategy for getting healthy meals into him all season long. I am training my young kids’ minds how to take care of themselves today, so that they reap the benefits well into their adulthood. I see in my practice people of all ages. I have come to the conclusion that age doesn’t dictate health. I have seen young people with joint problems and inability to exercise. And, I have seen men/women in their 70s hold endurance far better than the young lads on the hill. Is it in their genes? This longevity thing. Or, is it how they perceive their health - a fountain of youth viewpoint? Or, is it their healthy daily routine that accounts for their fitness? I believe it comes from a little of all of the above. Naturopathic medicine is all about the individual. Finding the path that suits you toward your own individual wellness. As we age, cause and effect is ever more apparent. We pay for our play a little (or a lot) more than when we were younger. Being consistent with healthy eating (most of the time) will pay off, keeping you living at your best. A couple of diets that I steer my patients toward are Antiinflammatory Diets and Individualized Diets based on Food Sensitivity Testing. Anti-inflammatory diets are foundational in getting inflammation under control. Looking into this diet is for you if you have pain or inflammation in your joints after one too many “Gun” runs. This diet emphasizes in removing the nightshade group of foods (tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, eggplant), plus removing wheat, dairy, soy and sugar. Conversely, this diet gets you eating more dark green veggies, whole grains, fish and nuts. I have had some patients who were able to claim that their pain diminished and movement improved whilst undertaking these changes to their diet. Food Sensitivity Testing is an option to tailor your diet to your own needs. This test is done through a simple blood draw. It looks to see if your immune system is being triggered by specific foods. These food sensitivities are delayed reactions. Continuing to consume foods that you are reactive to can contribute to fatigue, weight gain, skin issues, headaches and digestive complaints, to name a few. Further information about this test can be found at http://rmalab.com/medical-laboratory-tests/allergy/igg-sensitivity

Dr. Deirdre O’Neill

Natural Pain Solutions

Naturopathic Physician & Prolotherapist 3373 Skaha Lake Road Penticton, BC

250.770.1079

www.drdeirdreoneill.com office@drdeirdreoneill.com

Possibly restriction is not where you are trying to be. But rather, including a few extra meals in your repertoire that are nutritious, yummy and overall makes you feel good. Some of my favourite cookbooks for expanding my repertoire include Oh She Glows; Nourishing Meals and Against All Grain. A goal in my family is to bring the kids more into the kitchen this fall. Having them help prep or cook a dish during the week. Here is a simple pre-game or mid-ski snack I plan to get the kids to help me make:

Almond Butter Rice Crisp Treats found in “Oh She Glows”

Ingredients: • 1/2 cup (125 mL) brown rice syrup • 1/2 cup (125 mL) almond butter • 1 tablespoon coconut oil • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt, or to taste • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract • 3 1/2 cups (115 g) gluten-free rice crisp cereal For the chocolate topping: • 1/3 cup (65 g) non-dairy chocolate chips • 1/2 teaspoon coconut oil • Unsweetened shredded coconut, for garnish (optional) Directions: 1. 2.

3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

Prepare an 8 inch by 8 inch square pan, by lining it with 2 pieces of parchment paper, one going each way. In a large pot over low-medium heat, add the brown rice syrup, almond butter, coconut oil, maple syrup, and sea salt. Stir well until super smooth and heated through. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract. Stir in the rice crisp cereal until thoroughly combined. Scoop into pan and spread out evenly. Press down with lightly wet fingers or roll flat with pastry roller. Place in freezer to set for 5 minutes while you make the chocolate topping. In a small pot or double boiler, melt the chocolate chips and coconut oil over low heat. Once 2/3 of the chips are melted, remove from heat and stir until smooth. Remove the pan from freezer and drizzle or spread with melted chocolate mixture. Sprinkle with coconut and place in the freezer until firm, about 10 minutes. Slice into squares. Bars will hold their shape quite well at room temperature, but you can store in the fridge to ensure the chocolate stays solid. Leftovers can be wrapped and stored in the fridge for 5 to 7 days, or in the freezer for up to 1 month.

Dr. Deirdre O’Neill, Naturopathic Physician, has an expertise in Prolotherapy and Platelet Rich Plasma. She practices in Penticton at Alpine Natural Health. You can also find her on the hill as part of the volunteer Canadian Ski Patrol.


Creative Wellness Solutions

By Dee-anne Jalava, Seniors Wellness Practitioner As we feel the chill in the air from the crisp fall mornings we realize the winter season will be here before too long. Cold weather usually leads to less activity and staying indoors more. It may be time to boost that immune system so your body can fight off those nasty cold and flu bugs. According to Harvard Medical your first line of defense is to choose a healthy lifestyle. Following general good-health guidelines is the single best step you can take toward naturally keeping your immune system strong and healthy. Every part of your body, including your immune system, functions better when protected from environmental assaults and bolstered by healthy-living strategies such as these: • Don’t smoke. • Eat a diet high in fruits and vegetables. • Exercise regularly. • Maintain a healthy weight. • If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation. • Get adequate sleep. • Take steps to avoid infection, such as washing your hands frequently and cooking meats thoroughly. • Try to minimise stress. And of course, a great way to minimise stress is to get regular, relaxing massage treatments. Better relaxation also leads to better sleep. Creative Wellness Solutions is conveniently set up at the Okanagan Falls Zen & Fitness Centre every Wednesday morning and at numerous sites in Penticton every week. We are available to meet your unique needs as a mobile service providing on-site chair massage in-home, at sports events, conferences, or in the workplace. Call Dee-anne at 250-497-5974 for more information or to schedule your appointment. We offer three 15-minute routines. You can choose from a head and face, upper body, or legs and feet massage, or any combination. We provide a convenient massage with innumerable benefits on a comfortable massage chair. You do not need to climb onto a table or remove clothing and no oils are used. Come and see how effective massage can be to your well-being. Be sure to check out our website at www. CreativeWellnessSolutions.com and visit our Facebook page.

Creative Wellness Solutions

Providing a unique combination of Chair Massage & Wellness Coaching

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Need Fire Wood? Pick Up or Delivery? Pine Fire Wood! Trim ends of various lengths & diameters. For pick up info ~ 250.295.7911 ext 100 For delivery info ~ Brian Coyne - 250.295.0606 or Henry Tebrincke - 250.502.7421 We are located 18 km east of Princeton, close to Bromley Rock.

Slushy Thoughts From The Snow Bank By Brad Nunes

Alrighty, we are here in the month of spooks and stuffing ... of ghouls and gobblers ... of inappropriate costume choices and inappropriate meal amount choices. In my household, October also marks the start of ‘full on run around mode’. There is no denying we are out of the ‘lazy days of summer’ now. At this stage, I hope my kid doesn’t end up at the hockey rink wearing his scout uniform trying to block shots with his guitar! Trying to keep all the activities straight and on the calendar is a momentous struggle. The worst part is, my kid doesn’t even play hockey! Why are we here, who’s skates are those and how did he get a hat-trick? Maybe curling isn’t his forte. Huh ... But, the kiddos love the all Hallow’s eve eh? Running around all dressed up. Tripping and spilling their candy all over. Great times. Used to be we made our costumes. I remember my mom going out to buy patterns and sewing our costumes. Seems crazy. Now, if you try to do that it ends up costing you an arm and leg. And, then you still have to pay for the other arm and leg. By the time you go out, buy the pattern ($), and then the fabric ($$), then the booze to calm the jitters after being at that sewing machine for 12 hours ($$$) and then the cost of rush shipping on amazon because they never wanted to be a bumble bee in the first place ($$@#!&@!). It really doesn’t pay when you can hop online and get great products shipped free and cheap from China. They never want to be the same thing two years in a row, and frankly, I am too busy of a parent to do much more than click ‘Buy Now’. I mean, I am still trying to figure out how my kid managed to win MVP ... I don’t even own hockey pads ... weird. When shopping on line, however, be sure you select the child appropriate version of the costume. Sending your son to school wearing a mid-drift Pikachu costume raises a few questions. But, we try to carve out some slower family time in the fall. Step back a bit and do some bonding. We will often head out to the pumpkin patch to select some overpriced gourds that I hope to pawn off as my own at an upcoming pumpkin contest. And, always at these places they have the dreaded corn maze. “But Brad”, you say, “Aren’t corn mazes fun for all?” Hardly. Like all horror movies involve corn fields. “But Field of Dreams”, you say. Need I remind you they were all dead? Ghosts the whole lot. I don’t care if they play baseball, they are the undead! I refuse to go into a corn maze without a lot of garlic and a Super Soaker full of holy water. Take into account you have children ready to pop out from behind a stand of ears at any moment, so it is just a matter of time before I am in the back of a police cruiser being asked why I punched an 8 year old. I would just have to sit back, take a drag on my cigarette, and claim “Field of Dreams made me do it”. Happy Thanksgiving everyone and have a Happy Halloween.

Jay’s Tunes To Turn To

Artist - Jain | Album - Zanaka | Track - Heads Up The leaves are changing and the morning air is getting crisper. “Heads Up” everyone ... the snow is coming! Some of you might know this artist, Jain. She has a great variety of different styles that can be enjoyed by a wide demographic. Kind of like the seasons, I enjoy them all. But, winter is my favourite! When the riding season starts, remember to be prepared in many different ways. Keep your tips and ‘heads up’! Ski you later! Jay is a life-long skier, who has skied this great country from coast to coast. Join him this season in “Jay’s Tune To Turn To” with whatever he finds to share. YouTube his tunes and join in the fun. ApexMatters.com | October 2018 | Page 21


The Vees Help The Donations To Keep Growing

This space could be yours ... Either go heli skiing or book an ad!

100 Men Who Care-Penticton started meeting with just 37 members in 2016 and has now grown to over 120 members. Since that time, the group has donated $58,400 to 27 different charities in Penticton, Summerland, Osoyoos, Oliver and Keremeos. The group meets four times a year and this fall the meeting is:

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Learn To Social Dance This Fall

South Okanagan Event Centre (SOEC) 853 Eckhardt Ave. West, Penticton (just off Highway 97) Doors open at 5:00 pm. Event 5:30 - 6:30 pm The Penticton Vees organization has generously donated appetizers, as well as tickets for members to watch the Vees play the Coquitlam Express this night. Warm-up at 6:25 and the puck drops at 7:00 pm.

The 100 Men Who Care concept is quite simple. The members meet four times a year and each person commits to donating $100 at each meeting. Three charitable organizations from the South Okanagan and Similkameen region are chosen at random and invited to present at a meeting where they describe their organization, explain how a donation would be used and who it will help. The 100 Men members then vote to distribute their donations to the charities, with 80% going to the charity receiving the most votes and the two other groups receiving 10% each.

By Brian Udal Want to learn how to dance Swing Latin, Country and Ballroom? Join Brian’s Dance Class this fall and learn just how easy it is. Thursday, October 4th - Dance Lessons start in Penticton 6:30 - ECS/SRS (Jive) Bronze 1 & 7:30 - Ballroom Bronze 2 Friday, October 5th - Dance Lessons start in Summerland 6:30 - Cha Cha Bronze 1 & 7:30 - Slow Waltz Bronze 1 Above are 8 week sessions. Cost is $200 per couple. Dance Parties in Summerland at the Anglican Church Hall •

Saturday, October 20th ~ Merengue Lesson

Saturday, November 24th ~ Waltz Lesson

Saturday, December 15th ~ Night Club 2 Step Lesson

Private lessons and wedding lessons also available. Call Brian Udal at 778-516-7272 to register your place on the dance floor. Get Ready, Get Set, Get Dancing!

Brians.Dance.Class@gmail.com

778.516.7272 www.briansdanceclass.ca Swing, Latin, Country, Ballroom Dance Lessons Monthly Dance Parties ~ Certified Instructor Since 2004

South Okanagan Similkameen Volunteer Centre Find more ways to connect at www.volunteercentre. info under browse opportunities. At the June meeting, three charities received donations to Alzheimer Society is seeking a volunteer in Keremeos to facilitate support the good community work they are doing in the region. a support group there. The Society also needs an office support Left - Okanagan Indian Educational Resources Society worker in Penticton. For more information, call 1-888-318-1122, or ECOmmunity Place ~ $700. The En’owkin Centre and email mrutherford@alzheimerbc.org. ECOmmunity Place in Penticton are helping to preserve and protect the Indigenous plants, wildlife, culture and spirituality Habitat for Humanity ReStore Penticton is looking for found on the land. Middle - First Baptist Church International volunteers for the 1-5 pm shift from Monday through to Saturday. Youth Project ~ $5,600. Each year youth from Penticton and No experience necessary, training provided. Looking for friendly the area travel to Mexico to assist with building projects and to people who like helping others. Meaningful work. Flexible shifts. A gain insight into how agricultural workers live in the area. Right - place to belong. To inquire, drop by the Penticton ReStore or call Okanagan School of the Arts at the Shatford Centre ~ $700. Rose at 778.755.4346 #212. The organization is currently developing a new strategic plan to South Okanagan Similkameen Volunteer Centre is looking for develop a social enterprise that will make the organization self- board members to help fulfill their mandate and mission. The board seeks to diversify its membership with experienced professionals, sufficient and enhance services and programs. If you are interested in becoming one of the 100 Men, feel free to young adults and newcomer Canadians. Interested volunteers attend as a guest to see what it is all about - and hear from three please contact the centre for an application package at info@ charities you might not be aware of. For more information, visit volunteercentre.info. www.100menpenticton.com or email info@100menpenticton.com. For information regarding a similar organization for women, go to www.cfso.net, click “Programs”, then click “100 Women”. Page 22 | October 2018 | ApexMatters.com

Join the SOSVC Volunteer Team’s next gathering on Wednesday, October 24th from 11:30 am - 1 pm. Everyone is welcome. Please RSVP by Friday, October 19th to info@volunteercentre.info, or call 1-888-576-5661.


Finding Your Dragon - Chapter 2 By Zoe Mallach In the year 2035, small dragons about the size of a small dog, came into the world with no explanation. Soon, humans started to train and domesticate the petite dragons. Over 20 years, all humans were able to obtain a dragon, but only between the ages of 16-18. If someone was unable to obtain a dragon, those without dragons were outcast and forgotten forever. There are many different types of dragons, which are found in their reasonable habitats, such as Water, Air, Fire, Earth and many more. Ice types are extremely rare and only found once in every generation. This is the story of the boy who found his dragon and saved those who did not. Here is the 2nd Chapter ... As Jessie skied to Kyle’s house, he contemplated how the conditions of the snow would be, considering that the snow underneath his neon coloured skis was both soft and a touch crisp. A small wind brushed past Jessie, causing his blonde hair to brush across his head like waves.

“I hope he doesn’t get too cold.” Straightening his jacket, Jessie picked up his poles, leaving a long, thin pigment in the snow. Smiling at his friend, he started to ski fast ahead of him. “Catch me if you can!” Already 10 feet ahead, Jessie started to pick up speed, and looked behind him. Kyle stood where he left him, with a look of surprise on his face. Jessie slowed slightly and waited by the curb for his only true friend. As Kyle made his way towards the snow-covered curb, Jessie glanced at the scenery around him. Tree’s skeletons took places in front of households, branches reaching towards the grey sky. Cars in driveways were nearly buried, which made them look like small hills with a smooth and domed surface at the top. Kyle punched his arm, causing Jessie to return back to Earth and turn to him. “So, are we going, or are we going to sit on the curb for the entire day?” Kyle smiled, pushing on his poles, moving him a few feet ahead of Jessie. He smiled, and started to ski after his friend. It was about 9:30 am once Jessie and Kyle reached the bottom of Mount Crewmann. The ski lift, normally referred to as ‘Crewmann Lift’, was running with only a small group of people in the line.

The sun was peeking through the clouds, showing a lighter path on the snow-covered road, as if the heavens knew that he was going to his friend’s house. The vegetation around the narrow road “Score!” Kyle punched the air, getting riled up and ready for the had been covered in a white blanket, along with the roofs of the next few hours of glee and enjoyment. small houses Jessie passed. “Calm down, Kyle. Let’s just hope the conditions are just as great.” Jessie smiled to himself. He always loved the winter. Ever since Jessie smiled, pushing himself towards the line. Kyle followed, he was little. And, not just because of his mom’s influence. The and after about 15 seconds of waiting, the two teenagers were on heat of summer never went well with him. Summer always made the lift. him hot and sweaty, and his allergies of pollen and grass would Jessie looked over the metal bar, protecting him from falling off the always act up. chair. The surface looked both fluffy and a touch hard, as some After a few minutes of day dreaming, Jessie easily made it to ice seemed to appear through the windblown powder. The trees almost blended into the ground, with the amount of snow on each Kyle’s place. individual branch. The higher they went, the more snow appeared. Kyle’s house was small, and a cream colour with mahogany shingles. A single brown door and a wide window took the front of “The conditions look amazing. It might be one of the best days so the house, giving it some of character. A small tree grew on the far this season.” Kyle observed, giving some small fish to Walter. left side of the garden, with some bushes by the small domain. Jessie nodded. He may not like summer, but Jessie did like how the small house “Thank god Principle Barnes got sick. I mean, I would skip classes almost glowed with colours of flowers and greenery. anyway, but still.” Kyle chuckled in response. Jessie looked over Jessie took off his skis, and placed them by the sidewalk. Before he to Walter, who was still eating the small fish. could get to the front door, Kyle was already outside with his light “Where the heck do you keep fish?” Jessie asked, holding onto blue ski jacket and black ski pants. His poles were in his left hand, his poles before they fell off. as his skis were over his right shoulder. Jessie just stared at Kyle Kyle chuckled once more. “I have a bag filled with them. I always as he struggled down the cement stairs being off balance. Kyle have one in my pocket for Walter when he gets hungry. I get the glanced up, noticing Jessie wasn’t doing anything, and chuckled. fish at the local meat shop. And before you ask, yes they sell fish “Thanks for helping me, bro. I really appreciate it.” Kyle said as for dragons.” Kyle read Jessie’s mind. Walter rubbed his aqua he made his way towards his friend. Jessie chuckled back, and head against Kyle’s neck, and disappeared out of sight once more. popped his boots back into his skis. Putting his skis down, Kyle Jessie would be lying if he said that he wasn’t jealous of Kyle. He also put clicked into his bindings. found Walter alone on Lake Crewman’s shore, with a plastic 6 pack “So, where’s Walter?” Jessie asked, punching Kyles arm playfully. beer holder stuck around his neck a couple summers ago. Kyle said Kyle smiled in response, picking up his poles. A small wind passed, that he felt a buzzing sensation throughout his body as he helped causing Kyle’s shaggy brown hair to wave over his head. Walter out of the horrible fashion statement. He knew he found “He’s in my jacket. He tends to get cold during the winter months, his one and only dragon once Walter climbed onto his shoulder so I get him to bury into my clothing to keep him relatively warm.” and licked his chin. Jessie was happy for Kyle, but as his 18th As Kyle is saying this, Walter pops his small blue head out from birthday neared, he just got even more jealous and nervous too. Kyle’s ski jacket on the left side. Kyle smiles, rubbing Walter’s 5 minutes passed, and soon enough, Jessie and Kyle got off the exposed head, and puts his black beanie and ski goggles on. lift with ease. Excited, Jessie went ahead of Kyle, pressing on Jessie takes his left hand out of his glove, and reaches out to down the small and secret trail that only the locals knew. Walter. In response, Walter brings his ocean-coloured head to Without context, it looked like a couple of friends skipping school Jessie’s warm hand. Normally, another person’s dragon doesn’t and off on a ski adventure together. Because it’s true, there are no let you touch it in any way, but since Kyle trusts Jessie with his life, friends on powder days, what were the snow conditions really like? Walter, in turn, trusts Jessie with his. Jessie smiles, and returns his hand into his glove. Walter retracts back into Kyle’s jacket, and Join us for the next chapter in this fantasy adventure story in the November Apex Matters. makes it look like Kyle has an odd growth on his shoulder. ApexMatters.com | October 2018 | Page 23


Apex Matters October 2018  

Volume 15 : Issue 2

Apex Matters October 2018  

Volume 15 : Issue 2

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