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Wednesday, July 25, 2012
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Where there’s smoke: Sicamous Volunteer Fire Department Cpt. Derrick Brown proudly peels out on his Suzuki Boulevard to make some smoke Friday for the Sicamous Sturgis North Burnout competition. See page 7 for more images from the event. Photo by Lachlan Labere
Flooding expenses expected to impact district budget Relief: Committee to be assembled to dole out aid from trust for Sicamous flood victims. By Lachlan Labere Eagle Valley News
Sicamous council may have to revisit the district’s financial plan to deal with flooding-related expenses not covered within the budget or by the provincial disaster relief fund. Council received a heads-up at their last regular meeting from district interim administrator Doug Ruttan that the $20,000 budgeted for disaster relief may not cover all the expenses incurred by the district in dealing with the flash flood in Two Mile or flooding from high water. “We have a $20,000 emergency disaster fund and what is at issue is obviously, during the hectic period of the last couple of weeks, some decisions had to be made
he at the spur of the might not be covxmoment,” exered by the B.C. n. plained Ruttan. government’s dire “We’re not sure saster relief fund whether all thosee may be after all. … during the hectic period of the last edecisions are beMayor Darcouple of weeks, some decisions had ing covered byy rell Trouton to be made at the spur of the moment. others. And we noted a contractWe’re not sure whether all those ve just want to give ing company has decisions are being covered by others. p the heads-up been sent into Doug Ruttan at to council that Sicamous by the Interim administrator o we may have to province to prod come back and vide assistance, ask council for a and the district is financial budget amendment .” also receiving help in dealing with provinAsked if he had any idea what kind of cial disaster relief to “make sure we’re getan increase the district will see, Ruttan said ting the best bang for our buck” in terms he has been receiving feedback from the of recovery. province and that some things he thought “We feel that as water goes down,
there’s going to be more disaster costs associated with this – what is covered, what isn’t covered,” said Trouton. “The whole community wants to know. We need to know. We’re asking some real tough questions right now.”
Disaster relief Council will be creating a committee to dole out funds donated for disaster relief. The district has already received a number of applications and inquiries relating to disaster assistance, interim administrator Doug Ruttan explained at the last council meeting. He recommended that council appoint a committee to set the criteria and review applications for the Sicamous See Financial on page 2
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 Eagle Valley News
Former town hall slated for demolition Need Help? By Lachlan Labere Eagle Valley News
Sicamous’ former municipal office can be added to the list of structural casualties resulting from recent flooding. At their last meeting, district council approved the demolition of the old Riverside Avenue building, which has gone largely unused since the recent opening of the new civic centre. Interim administrator Doug Ruttan explained that flood damage occurred in the basement and, in order to renovate, the district would have to deal with asbestos. “There’s some asbestos in the old building – It got wet, that’s going to cause us some problems,” said Ruttan, adding the shed behind the building would also be coming down. The goal would be to turn the municipal lot into public parking for approximately 10 to 13 trucks with boat trailers. Coun. Fred Busch noted the building’s basement was being pumped out prior to the arrival of the BC Safety Authority, who removed meters on
Flood damage: Flooding in the former town hall on Riverside Avenue has left the building beyond repair. Photo by Lachlan Labere residences and other buildings where it was deemed necessary for public safety. Busch and council learned from district works services manager Grady MacDonald that this exacerbated the problem as the district pumps were suddenly, and without notification, deprived of power. MacDonald said that without the pumps, the water rose from one inch to three feet. “It’s sort of a Gestapo-type move these BC Safety Authority people have pulled throughout the community…,”
commented said Busch. “There were a number of homes under similar circumstances I believe you’re aware of, and there were also some businesses. I really feel we should make our protest known to our MLA and the proper authorities about this. “If they were acting within the law then that law has to be changed.” Asked if the demolition would be tendered out, MacDonald said the district put out a request for proposals on the former, recently demolished chamber
building with the hope that someone would pay the district to take it away. “But that didn’t happen and I don’t think that will happen with this building,” said MacDonald. “Due to the fact there’s asbestos there, I recommend that we take care of it ourselves.” Coun. Greg Kyllo asked if insurance coverage on the building could be utilized for the cost of the demolition, noting the district has incurred a loss. Ruttan argued the district hasn’t
really incurred a loss, but explained the cost of renovating the building – which he guessed to be about 40 years old – would include some “pretty hefty building code amendments.” “We have incurred loss and it would cost some dollars to renovate if that was our desire,” reasoned Kyllo. “There should be some funds available.” Coun. Don Richardson inquired about museum pieces that were being stored in the shed and building, wondering when they could be removed. At that point, MacDonald wasn’t aware of whether or not they’d been damaged from the flooding. “Were they boat items,” joked Coun. Terry Rysz. Ruttan highlighted and received support for a resolution from council, instructing staff to “check for insurance to see if that is a tool, and secondly if we can seek financial assistance under disaster relief from the province for the fact they’re the ones who caused part of the problem, and we’ll try to have it before the building is demolished.”
Financial aid available only to British Columbia residents Continued from front
2012 Flood Victims trust account set up at Salmon Arm Savings and Credit Union’s Sicamous branch. Meanwhile, disaster aid is also being made available by the B.C. government through
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provincial Disaster Financial Assistance (DFA) for qualifying claimants, including homeowners, residential tenants, small businesses, farmers, charitable organizations and local government bodies who were unable to obtain insurance to
cover their disasterrelated losses. In a memo to the district from Emergency Management BC, it is noted DFA assistance is only available for a principal residence; seasonal and secondary homes are not eligible.
July 27 & 28 - $2 Bag Sale at Sicamous United Church Thrift Shop. 10am - 3pm. Clothing & shoes only July 27, 28 & 29 - Sicamous Mixed Softball League Windup Tournament, all weekend at Finlayson Park. Every 1st & 3rd Tuesday- Sicamous Lions Club meets at the Sicamous Seniors Activity Centre, 1090 Shuswap Ave, Sicamous. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Meeting starts at 7:00 pm. Everyone Welcome. For info contact Joan at 250-836-4876 or Kathy at 250836-3267 Every 1st & 3rd Wed.- Parkinsons Support Group at First united Church. 20 - 4th Street SE, Salmon Arm at 10 am. Contact Doreen at 250-836-2509. Every 4th Mon.- Royal Canadian Legion Br. #99 general meeting, 7 p.m. Third Sunday of the month -Regular meeting of the Eagle Valley Artisans Guild. 3:30 pm - Red Barn, Sicamous. Guests welcome. For info contact Terry Sinton: 250-836-4613. Every Monday and Thursday -Chairbiotics (low impact exercise) Seniors activity Centre 10:00 am. Join us. $2 each.
Coun. Fred Busch noted friends of his with a second home in Alberta that received flood damage discovered they weren’t eligible for any aid there. “So it works both ways,” he commented.
Every Mon. & Fri. - Bridge, Seniors Activity Centre, 1 p.m. Every Tues. Stopping the Violence Program in Sicamous - counselling for women who have experienced abuse during childhood or adult relationships. No charge. Call Kathy at 250-832-9700. Every Tues. - Sicamous Amateur Drama Club rehearsals, 7:00 p.m., Red Barn Arts Centre. 836-4705. Tues. & Thurs. - Carpet Bowling at the Seniors’ Activity Centre at 1 p.m. Every Tues. & Thurs. - Seniors Meals provided, 12 noon in Common Room at the Haven. Every Wed. Girl Guides of Canada. Sparks - 3:00 pm. Brownies - 4:00 pm. Girl Guides - 5:30 pm. New members welcome Every Wed. Lunch by a donation at the Seniors Activity Centre, 1091-Shuswap Avenue at 12 noon. Every Wed. - Seniors Crib, 7:30 p.m., Haven seniors building. Everyone welcome - you don’t have to be a senior. Socializing and coffee served after crib. Info: Esther 836-4373. Every Wed. - T.O.P.S. (Take off Pounds Sensibly) meets every Wednesday morning at the Sicamous Rec. Centre (arena). Weigh in at 9:00 am and meeting
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Resource centre to benefit from gas tax By Barb Brouwer Eagle Valley News
Gas tax money will fuel energy changes at the Eagle Valley Community Resource Centre. Columbia Shuswap Regional District directors approved up to $30,000 from the Electoral Area ‘E’ Community Works Funds to replace the centre’s energy system to provide more efficient heating and cooling and add insulation. Funding comes
from a federal the gas tax fund, by which some of the fuel taxes Canadians pay are returned to local governments. Peter Jarman, CSRD’s manager of financial services, told directors the resource centre met certain criteria and was eligible for gas tax funds. “We did some research to see if it qualifies for gas tax funds and, yes, it does because it is a non municipal, not for profit
society,” he told directors. “It does qualify, but only for energy efficiency issues such as cooling and heating.” Area D FalklandSilver Creek-Ranchero-Deep Creek director René Talbot noted previous requests for improvements to two community halls in Falkland had been turned down. “This is really becoming confusing. I talked to Peter before and we had to own the building in order to ac-
cess gas tax money,” Talbot said. “Now it seems we don’t have to own the building. I am confused.” “You are not alone,” responded Jarman, noting he worked on this issue with the Union of British Columbia Municipalities. “There is lots of money in gas tax funds and we’re not using it enough.”
Bylaw fails With 144 eligible responses received, the Eagle Valley Commu-
nity Support Society Financial Contribution Bylaw will not be implemented. The CSRD used the alternative approval process as the method to gauge public support for the bylaw, which would have provided annual funding for the society’s services. More than 10 per cent of the eligible electors signed the response forms, which effectively quashes the proposed tax requisition.
Abbott mulling over future with BC Liberals By Barb Brouwer Eagle Valley News
George Abbott is casting his eye on fishing and family fun this summer. And, despite the rumours, including those fuelled by Vancouver radio commentator Alex Tsakumis, the minister of education and Shuswap MLA says he has not yet made up his mind about his future in politics. “I have never spoken to him, nor do I intend to do that,” Abbott declared last week. “I am hoping to get vacation time to figure out whether I wish to continue in the political world.” Abbott’s political
n engagement began in 1979 when he be-came a trustee for thee Sicamous Waterworkss District. He joined the Co-lumbia Shuswap Re-d gional District board in 1980 and took onn p the role of Shuswap MLA in 1996, serving five years in opposition and 12 in government. “I will be enjoying my 33rd anniversary of elected office in September,” he said. “Even for a youthful guy like me, it’s getting to be a long time.” Agreeing his party is facing tough issues, Abbott says solutions are always much more obvious on the opposition side of the house. Abbott, who served three terms as minis-
George Abbott ter of health, says he enjoys the Ministry of Education, a portfolio he says comes with many puzzles to be solved. “I’ve enjoyed them, but they do wear you,” he says, noting that, until three weeks ago, he was so immersed in negotiations with the province’s teachers he didn’t have time to think about broader issues, or the wide criticism aimed at his gov-
ernment. “After such a long time in politics, I have scar tissue on scar tissue in terms of thick skin,” he says, noting he does not believe changing the party’s name, something that will be debated at the party’s October convention, is a wise move. “I think our problems go way beyond a name change,” he says. “I think our challenges go back to the extraordinarily awkward and unfortunate way we introduced the HST. We’re still living with that.” Should he run in the next election and should his government win, Abbott says Education would be his
ministry of choice. “The run for premier was the office I was looking for,” he adds. “That was unsuccessful, so you move on.” While he did love teaching political science at Okanagan College prior to life in Victoria, Abbott says he is eyeballing involvement in public policy development in the future – particularly in the fields of health and education. “I do need to think about whether I want to devote another four years to what is inevitably a roller-coaster ride in politics,” he says. “Politics has driven me for a long time and I have to decide if it will drive me for another four years.”
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OPINION Bikers keen to leave a happy mark downtown
nother Sicamous Burnout competition has come and gone, leaving it’s mark, albeit temporarily, on Main Street: a smiley face painted onto the pavement by a peeling out motorcycle tire. Anyone who attended last year’s event can’t deny that organizers had learned much from it and endeavoured to improve upon the experience. The end result was pretty successful. Security was improved without being overbearing, there were more vendors onsite, the band was closer to the action and the action was plentiful and generally family friendly. For it’s not every day you get to see the captain of the community’s fire department, dressed in his firefighting gear, smoking up Main Street while peeling rubber, or the town barber trying to navigate his hog through a tight obstacle course. Overall, it appeared a good time was had by all in attendance. And yet, seeing Sicamous’ downtown overwhelmed by bikers seemed kind of odd – a stark contrast to the scene just weeks prior, when the community was inundated by a very different group – news media of all sorts – who had come to Sicamous solely to document the community’s time of crisis. It seemed no matter where you turned, there was a camera crew, with a reporter standing near, or in the worst of the flooding, making it seem as though Sicamous had become the Venice of the Shuswap. And, unlike the high water from Shuswap and Mara lakes, this deluge of big media – reporters, photographers and camera operators – was quick to recede, likely to return only if, and when, further tragedy arises. No doubt plans are already being made for next year’s burnout competition. Regardless of what you might think of the Sturgis Northaffiliated event, it’s kind of nice to see a crowd come to town who are all too happy to leave the community with smiling faces.
Weber offer mind-boggling as hourly wage By Tracy Hughes News Columnist
The Shuswap’s been a-buzz with the news that Nashville Predators defenceman and Sicamous product Shea Weber signed an offer sheet with the Philadelphia Flyers for a total contract amount of $110 million. Yup, $110 MILLION. Mind you, that is for a 14-year deal, which includes $68 million in bonus money in the first six years. In total, Weber will make $14 million in each of the first four years; $12 million in years five and six; $6 million in each of the next four seasons; $3 million in year 11; and $1 million in each of the remaining years. Nashville has until 8:30 p.m. today – to match the deal for the market’s marquee defenceman and restricted free agent, otherwise he’ll be donning a Flyers jersey. Weber is a valuable commodity. He’s a two-time NHL first team all-star. He has been a finalist for the Norris Trophy, for the league’s best defenceman, multiple times.
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He is a physical presence who also contributed 43 points or more from the blue line in each of the last four seasons. And who can forget his mind-blowing slapshot in the 2010 Olympics that ripped right through the goal net? Beyond that, he’s a darn nice guy off the ice. I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing Weber earlier on in his career and he never failed to be polite and without sign of the arrogance or egotism that can so easily become part of your psyche when you’ve got star talent. He always credited his family and his local Shuswap hockey coaches for putting him on the road to success. At a recent golf tournament that raised more than $100,000 to go towards cancer research, and also to the fundraising for Sicamous flood victims, Weber committed $50,000 of his own cash to the cause. (We now certainly know he’s good for it.) I don’t begrudge Weber his success. He has worked hard to get where he is and who among us wouldn’t want to reap the fruit of their labours? But for most
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of us regular joes, that kind of coin is almost unfathomable. It also makes me wonder about our society and where we place our worth. According to my calculations, if Weber worked a 40-hour week for the next 14 years, he’d be making $3,777 an hour. A so-called living wage in B.C. is pegged at about $17.50 an hour. Minimum wage is $10.25 an hour. One of the best things I read about the deal came from the Vancouver Sun’s Brad Ziemer, who wondered if Weber could actually buy his hometown for that kind of money. Turns out no. I got quite a chuckle to read how the reporter had contacted Ruth Walper, the director of financial services to find out that Sicamous’ net worth was pegged at $789 million. But a business baron he could be, as the community’s business sector is worth an estimated $55 million. “And he could definitely get a very nice waterfront condo,” Walper said with a laugh. Sure could.
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Washed out: Lori Schneider Wood of the Shuswap Trail Alliance and Kevin Clarkson of the Columbia Shuswap Regional District check out the damage done to a section of the Sicamous Creek trail in the July 23 flash flood. The recently constructed stairway still exists, but two large sections were taken out. The trail is being assessed for restoration. Photo by Phil McIntyre-Paul
MAIL BAG Secondly, I think the small community of Sicamous has rallied to the best of its ability and continues to do so. On the other hand, why is it that only under extremely adverse circumstances does Sicamous grab headlines in big-city media?
Even then they have the location totally garbled. And why is it they manage to interview the most negative individuals who can offer only a biased personal opinion? There are always risks in life. We can’t expect a government to provide every bit of
assistance – free, gratis. Everything has its price. Sicamous didn’t create this crisis, nor should it be expected to compensate wholesale for losses beyond its jurisdiction. It has a gigantic project of its own in restoring a safe water supply to resi-
works so I am advised. That sure does not say much for the quality of our own water during the relatively good times of a boil water advisory only. In view of this event, and the many months of the old boil water advisory in effect for the residents of the District of Sicamous, I feel totally justified in requesting that there will be no charge for water service and water usage by the District of
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camous is to a large extent made up of senior citizens on meagre pensions, and most of us cannot carry a forever increasing tax burden. This rainstorm calamity has occurred in this area many times before. A fairly recent one occurred in 1997 with similar effects, and without remedial action, we can expect similar or worse potable water situations to reoccur.
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Sicamous fares well in face of adversity It seems a disaster brings out the best in people, or else the worst. The flash floods of June 23 south of Sicamous have proved that again. First of all, we need to count our blessings that no lives were lost. Isn’t that the greatest blessing of them all?
There is at least one area in the District of Sicamous with an ample, secure water source. May I also suggest that until this problem is satisfactorily addressed, that no further building permits be issued and that all subdivisions be halted. Without safe and secure potable water, an area is uninhabitable. Nick J. Verburg
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Cederholm to play for Graceland U. The Kelowna U18A Heat’s Morgan Cederholm has been accepted to Graceland University’s softball program in Lamoni, Iowa on an athletic/academic scholarship. The infielder will be heading to Lamoni in August. Her parents, Jeff and Kourtney Primeau, of Sicamous are very proud of her accomplishments. “Morgan has worked very hard to become a good softball player,” says Jeff. “We’re thrilled her efforts have allowed her to pursue her dream to go to school and play ball.” Six years ago, a fateful trip to Capital News Centre in Kelowna for a hitting camp would introduce Cederholm to her coach for the next six years, Bernie Penner. “Morgan is a very dedicated athlete choosing to play ball at the highest level which requires driving to Kelowna often three times a week,” says Penner. “She has always been a team leader and key member of many
tournaments and championships won by the Heat.” Penner says one of Cederholm’s strengths is her competitiveness and desire to win at all costs. “Her ability to channel that competitiveness is key and has shown many times when we need a run in a big game,” says Penner. Cederholm, and her parents, give Penner most of the credit for her success. “Bernie provides his players with the opportunity to play in the Okanagan at the highest level and with the most exposure,” explains Jeff. “Add that to the fact he is a very knowledgeable coach and Morgan just loves playing for him; we were very lucky we found Bernie.” Cederholm’s new team will be the Graceland Yellow Jackets, who play in the Heart of America Athletic Conference of the NAIA. She will be working towards a degree in business or psy- Scholarship: Sicamous’ Morgan Cederholm will be headchology over the next four ing to university in Iowa on an athletic/academic scholarship. years. Photo submitted
Weber signs 14-year offer worth $110m By Lachlan Labere Eagle Valley News
Whether he stays in Nashville or packs his bags for Philly, Sicamous’ Shea Weber will likely continue to rank among the highest paid blueliners in the NHL. Eight-thirty this evening (after the News deadline) marks the deadline for the Nashville Predators to decide whether or not they’ll pony up to match or exceed an offer sheet Weber signed with the Philadelphia Flyers that would see him earn upwards of $110 million over the next 14 years. NHL insiders speculate Philly is on the offensive to replace d-man Chris Pronger, who’s expected to be retiring, and in turn create one of the stronger defensive lineups in the league. Weber, a restricted free agent, made headlines last year when he
came out of an arbitra- a guy is overpaid or not tion decision with a worth that when there’s $7.5 million (US) one- that much want for him year award, making him out there.” st the highest News epaid deof Philafencemann delphia’s he in the deal with league. Inn Weber bee, response, gan makifellow Siing headcamous lines last product Thursday, Shea Weber L and NHL less than blueliner a week C o d y after the Franson suggested Sicamous Shootout, the decision may have Weber and Franson’s come in low. inaugural golf tourna“”I still think he ment/cancer fundraiser might be underpaid at Hyde Mountain. Durat that price…,” said ing the tourney, Weber Franson. “I’m biased, thrilled attendees and maybe because he’s a local volunteers when good friend of mine and he announced he would I’ve known him for a donate $50,000 of his long time, and I think own money to a disaster very highly of him. I relief fund set up to help think if you go around residents of Sicamous the league, there’s prob- who suffered in the reably 20 other teams that cent flooding. would have paid him While Weber’s pothat dollar, if not more. I tential, multi-million don’t think you can say dollar deal with the Fly-
ers has some sports news media commentators questioning the ethics of the offer sheet and, in some cases, the sanity of the NHL, response on the Sicamous Eagle Valley News’ Facebook page seems in line with Franson’s earlier view that Weber is deserving of a wage that reflects his being, arguably, the best defenceman in the league: Chris Fraser writes: Not too shabby for a local boy. One of the top defencemen in the NHL! I hope Nashville matches the contract. Ugh to see him in a Flyers uniform. Shauna Ploentzke writes: If anybody deserves this, it’s Shea! I’m so proud of him. Patrick Bell writes: I’m happy for the player. Get what you can. But he NHL system is broken. Nashville and the other bottom feeder teams should fold.
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Smokin’: Burning rubber and bikes galore were prominent on Main Street Friday for the Sicamous Burnout event. Clockwise from top – Dave Waugh takes a spin through the obstacle course; the crowd receives a fist pump from a burnout competitor; bikes pack Main Street; Calder Cleveland handles a tight turn; one of the detailed bikes on display; Mike Bolognese of West Coast Freestyle practices for the stunt ride. Photos by Lachlan Labere
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barrier beneath them, which now requires continuous weeding both along the edges and out of the beds they contain. The list of my mistakes goes on and on (sigh). My first and steepest learning curve, however, has been my blackberry vine. I grew up on the Coast and picking those delicious blackberries was going to be something I thought I was going to miss out on. When I moved up to the Shuswap however, I was delighted to see that there was a huge wild patch growing near me. But it was on a steep bank and most of those black beauties were difficult, if not impossible to pick. I had seen a yard
on the Island that had a very controlled and fenced-in blackberry patch, whereby the owner could easily mow any vines that were making a run for it across the lawn. I attempted to duplicate this little patch of heaven, but my big boo-boo was to plunk it into a big soily space with lots of soft ground to root into. At that particular time of my life, I was preoccupied with child, chores and ever-expanding gardens, so it quickly became an untameable garden beastie. My dreams of big, juicy blackberries hanging over the fence like a fruity waterfall quickly turned into a nightmare, and I couldn’t seem to get rid of it. My means of coun-
ter-attack was annually cutting it right back and digging out the root balls. But eradicating the pop-ups continually stymied me. Layers of cardboard didn’t work either, and using any poisonous substances wasn’t an option. I needed to bring in the big guns, and they turned out to be these Dinoflex rubber mats, which are approximately three by three feet in size, and pretty skookum in weight. I overlapped the mats all around the entire area to totally suffocate the remaining suckers that may be lurking under the ground and left them for a couple of years. It worked. Of course, I also killed off the living soil underneath and deprived
the ground of life-giving rains, so it wasn’t without some sacrifice. But like they say, desperate times requires desperate measures. Now I have all kinds of creative uses for the mats and I keep some stockpiled in case I come up with more ideas. They can easily be cut into the right sizes (with strong scissors) for weed barriers, so I use them around the base of my rock walls. They work great for lids and skirts for my compost bins, and I use them to cover up and protect my piles of organic materials, as well as for the machines such as my chippers and power wagon. And, of course, they work the best for my temporary
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Got a little time on your hands and a desire to make a difference? Eagle Valley Community Support Society, a Sicamous and Malakwa based non proﬁt that delivers support services to families, individuals and seniors would like to expand its board of directors to include a few more people with an interest in community support, and a desire to use their skills to guide the future of our society. Interested? Please call EVCSS President Pam Beech at 250-836-4788 or EVCSS Executive Director Janet McClean Senft at 250-836-3440 for more info. Looking forward to hearing from you!
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