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CALL TODAY! 250-374-1135 continues to collect for the Kamloops Food Bank. Yes, the Zimmer Auto Group wants your business and offers the best vehicles in the business, but they also want to be a deep part of the community. This is why Zimmer Wheaton GMC Buick is this year’s Community Driver Award recipient for the Okanagan/Interior region. The honour is extra special as this is the inaugural year for the award, which recognizes B.C.’s automotive dealerships that exemplify business strength and community excellence — with a significant focus on making a tangible contribution to the growth and livability of their community or region. Zimmer received the award at the Vancouver International Auto Show Preview Gala on March 24. “I am very proud to give back to our community, which has given so much to us,” said Zimmer, whose four children have been raised in the city. “Kamloops is our home and we are very pleased to be a part of it and try to make it a better community.” It is difficult to think of a Kamloops organization that hasn’t been helped by a partnership with the Zimmer Auto Group, which has teamed up with numerous local organizations.

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DRINK IT IN, KAMLOOPS!

From the breathless views of Kenna Cartwright Park to the beauty of McDonald and Riverside parks; from the animals in the B.C. Wildlife Park to the world-class sporting facilities, there is much to love in Kamloops. While the Tournament Capital is not a metropolis on the scale of Vancouver, neither is it a village. In fact, the size of the city is often cited as being just right. Yes, Goldilocks could definitely settle down here. Kamloops has longtime residents who can remember when Aberdeen was rolling hills and nothing more. Kamloops is also welcoming newcomers on a regular basis, which brings us to this year’s Kamloops This Week Progress edition.

There are many who know the city intimately — they know the fastest route to the airport; they know the best place to grab a last-minute dinner downtown; they know the ideal spot to enter the river in Valleyview for the slow journey to Riverside Park and they know which locale in Batchelor Heights boasts the premier view of the North Shore, Westsyde and beyond. But, for those who have been Kamloopsians for mere months or weeks, the secrets of the city can only be revealed through time — or by picking up and reading this very copy of Progress. In these 88 pages, you will discover what fellow Kamloopsians love about this city, where they like to take visitors

and their idea of the area’s best-kept secret. A recurring theme found throughout is people power — more than a few of those who have joined Progress this year have highlighted the community of Kamloops, the residents, as being the engine that drives the River City. We are confident you, too, have ample reason to love Kamloops. We know you have your go-to place when entertaining visitors. And we hope your best-kept secret can be shared with others so they, too, may add yet another entry to their Discover Kamloops playbook. We hope you enjoy this year’s Progress. Now, get out there and enjoy your home! KAMLOOPS THIS WEEK Tuesday, March 25, 2014 3


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then good things happen! If it looks like we’re having fun at River City Nissan—it’s because we are. This year has seen new products, new additions to our Nissan Family and more opportunities for us to engage with the community of Kamloops. Here are some of the highlights: TURNING OVER A NEW LEAF: never stopping for gas is just one of the perks of owning the new Nissan LEAF, the world’s first affordable, zero-emission car. If you’ve been to larger city centres, you’ll likely have seen plug in parking spots for electric cars, and our own Kamloops Visitor Centre has a plug and park station. There are over 60,000 LEAFs on the road globally and we’ve sold a number of these vehicles locally. Our customers love their “green” car because it’s fun to drive—especially past the gas station. FROM COAST TO COAST: you couldn’t miss Jamie McDonald as he ran through Kamloops this past January. Donning a super hero costume, this real life super hero ran through Kamloops on a quest to raise money for children’s hospitals, becoming the first Brit to run coast-to-coast across Canada. Our team provided him with a warm welcome on January 23 along with a donation for $500 for his fundraising efforts. 13 pairs of running shoes and a lot of determination saw him complete his race and we were proud to cheer him on. AND THE AWARD GOES TO…: our team at the dealership has done an exceptional job over the past year and we were recently presented with the Nissan Award of Excellence. The award recognizes dealerships that consistently live up to Nissan’s high standards of excellence in sales and customer service. My heartfelt thanks to our team in the service department, business office and sales department who all play such a critical role in ensuring our customers are 100% taken care of. This award shines a spotlight on their efforts. BRING ON 2014: we look forward to continuing our role as a community partner in Kamloops. We’re sponsoring Boogie the Bridge this April, the Breastate/ Prostate golf tournament this August and many other local events. If you’re looking to purchase a vehicle this year, please consider doing business with our team at River City Nissan.

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LIKE HOME . . .

Kamloops This Week publisher Kelly Hall enjoys taking visitors golfing, hiking and to Sun Peaks.

KELLY HALL ‘a place to call home’ What do you like best about Kamloops? I have made Kamloops my home since the early 1980s. Moving up to Kamloops as a young lad, my Vancouver friends asked me, “Why Kamloops?” My reply was, “Why not?” I have not for one moment regretted that decision. I have raised my kids in this wonderful community, participated in so many activities our community has to offer and I truly enjoy the people who make our community a wonderful place to call home. What is the city’s best-kept secret? Thompson Rivers University. The university continues to evolve and grow alongside our community, offering academic and career options. With more than 24,000 students accessing this beautiful campus or learning online, we have an educational facility that assists so many right here in our beautiful community. Where is the first place you would take a visitor and why? When I have friends and family visiting, I have endless hours of entertainment lined up: A game of golf on one

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of our many great courses; a quick visit to Sun Peaks for a few good turns on a great mountain; or an outdoor excursion to one of the many hiking trails in and around Kamloops. Name one thing you’d like to see added to Kamloops. I’d like to see a continued diversification of our economy. We need to continue to see Kamloops grow in all aspects of our community living. We have so much to offer new businesses, manufacturers and mining and exploration companies. Kamloops needs these opportunities to continue attracting people who will push our city and create a sustainable future. Anything you miss about the way Kamloops used to be? Old Kamloops is great part of our community history. I prefer to focus on today and tomorrow and respect the past. We have seen a great number of people come and go in our community. I do miss some of the people who have left us but, truly look forward to creating our own piece of history.

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Bernadette Siracky is executive director of the Kamloops Food Bank.

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HAT DO YOU LIKE BEST ABOUT KAMLOOPS? The beauty of the physical landscape and people. I am in awe of the this

city’s physical beauty. Every day I am grateful for the fact I live in a city with such breathtaking views. And the physical surroundings are indeed matched by the beauty of the people living here.

I am honoured to experience this as a food bank employee, where compassion and generosity are a daily occurrence. Kamloopsians follow through with action — unique, exceptional and

honourable. The day before I wrote this, I had an experience that clearly illustrates my observations. My cousin was visiting from Vernon and requested a trip to Victoria Street. We browsed several stores and stopped to have coffee at The Art We Are. We were drawn to the Retail Therapy store, with beautiful outfits displayed in the window. It recently moved from its former location on Seymour Street and

I hadn’t been in the new store before. We were greeted by the owner, Marlene, and proceeded to have the best shopping experience I’ve had in years. Marlene helped me find clothes and shared her opinion. And, when I thanked her for all of the help she said that was her favourite part of her job. A stop intended to last five minutes turned into a 45-minute excursion and ended with a bag full of new clothes. We had such a great time I didn’t even realize I had left my wallet on the counter. The incredibly exceptional part of this story is that my doorbell rang during supper that evening and it was Marlene delivering my wallet. I was surprised because I didn’t even know it was missing. I was very grateful and she said her store wasn’t open on Sunday and she didn’t want me worrying when I noticed. To top it off — she gave me a coupon for a discount on my next visit. Speechless. Thank you, Marlene.

airport, Aberdeen, Rose Hill, Juniper, downtown and highways 1 and 5 — it’s stunning. Where is the first place you would take a visitor and why? I always take visitors to three places for certain, and four if there’s time. The first is Victoria Street. I am so proud to walk down both sides of this street with visiting friends and family. It is filled with such a positive energy and incredibly interesting stores and restaurants. The musicians in the summer and farmers’ market on Wednesdays also add character. The second place is Riverside Park. The swimming, wildlife, extended pathways, water park and Music in the Park are an absolute treasure. The third place is Kenna Cartwright Park. It has so many different paths to hike, run and mountain-bike. It is welcoming to dogs and always shows off the beauty of our city. The place I take visitors when there’s enough time is Sun Peaks. This worldclass facility and surrounding town is something to be treasured.

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‘spoolmak days’ What do you like best about Kamloops? The closeness to the outdoors. What is the city’s best-kept secret? Lac Du Bois recreation areas (McQueen Lake area) amazing hiking and scenery. Where is the first place you would take a visitor and why? Towers in Kenna Cartwright Park — amazing views of our beautiful city with a little hike, too! Name one thing you’d like to see added to Kamloops? Ikea. Chamber Of Commerce president Bob Dieno enjoys hiking at Lac du Bois.

Anything you miss about the way Kamloops used to be? Spoolmak Days, the outdoor summer fair. It was always so much fun.

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LIKE HOME . . . Deanna Fowler of Hilltop Barbershop loves the Kamloops’ diverse history.

DEANNA FOWLER

‘outdoor activities’ What do you like best about Kamloops? The opportunity to enjoy so many different outdoor activities.

What is the city’s best-kept secret? Our diverse history — I love reading historical plaques around town. We have a lot of stories people don’t know. Where is the first place you would take a visitor and why?

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In the summer, it’s Riverside Park for Music in the Park. Everyone I’ve taken has loved it.

Name one thing you’d like to see added to Kamloops. I would like to see a waterslide park or other recreation centre geared toward teenagers. Anything you miss about the way Kamloops used to be? I miss the old May Day parade.

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‘spirit’ What do you like best about Kamloops? The people and community spirit.

What is the city’s best-kept secret? Visiting McDonald Park’s Friday-night music in the summer with your dog. Where is the first place you would take a visitor and why? Riverside Park — it is beautiful to walk and play games, especially in summer with Music in the Park. Name one thing you would like to see added to Kamloops. Olive Garden or Red Lobster.

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Charlene Holloway, branch manager of Kamloops SPCA, would love to see an Olive Garden in Kamloops.

PROUD TO CALL KAMLOOPS HOME Owner Holly Anderson grins. grins “Since h in i 1986 I movedd here 1986, I hhave bbeen proud to call Kamloops my home. I couldn’t have found a more awesome place to live, work and raise a family. The people here are so friendly. I look forward to coming to work every day. Kamloops offers such a variety of things to see and do and everyone has their summer and winter toys. Thanks to the people of Kamloops for 28 great years.”

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What do you like best about Kamloops? Kamloops’ unique geography and accessibility to our natural surroundings are the best. The proximity of mountain trails with panoramic vistas, the meeting of two beautiful rivers and buckets of sunshiny days. What is the city’s best-kept secret? Bridal Falls in the extraordinary natural park setting of Peterson Creek Park, within a short walking distance of our downtown city centre. Where is the first place you would take a visitor and why? Riverside Park is a true jewel of

Kamloops. For family bonding, social interaction or individual well-being, it is a special place to share with a visitor.

Name one thing you would likes to see added to Kamloops. Only one? A community multi-purpose arts centre featuring a theatre and outdoor public space for performing arts and year-round community events centrally located downtown near restaurants and amenities. Aanything you miss about old Kamloops? The old “floating” wooden dock at Riverside Park, drive-in theatre and the Wanda Sue paddlewheeler.

Denis Walsh, owner of Movie Mart, would like to see a performing-arts centre downtown Kamloops.

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‘apple orchard’ What do you like best about Kamloops? The university and the hot weather — I’m from up North. What is the city’s best-kept secret? The espresso here at Sikora Caffe and Restaurant. Where is the first place you would take a visitor and why? Paul Lake and Pinantan Lake because they’re out of the desert. Name one thing you would likes to see added to Kamloops. More free parking. Ethan Yaremco, barista at Sikora Caffe and Restaurant, loves the hot weather in Kamloops.

What do you miss about old Kamloops? I’ve only been here for a couple years, but there was an apple orchard in Valleyview. It was nice to look at and drive by.

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But, don’t let the name deceive you... We’ve taken a new direction and you are soon to discover that we are far more than just counters... only! We invite you to spend a few minutes From new builds to full scope in our Showroom., experience the renovations, let the New Team at NEW Counters Only first hand. Counters Only manage your project from conception to installation. Boasting a new dynamic & friendly Our services not only include quality management / Design team cabinets and countertops... you can combined with skilled Techs and

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salon today The Greenest in the Industry. ndustry. try. Green Circle Salons is a Canadian company committed to providing green solutions for the hairdressing industry. They operate a recycling program that allows salons to recycle, repurpose, or re-use 95% of their waste. Last year alone, over 80,000 lbs of salon chemical laden foils, aerosol cans, hair, paper, plastics, and excess chemicals were kept out of Canadian landfills and waterways due to this industryspecific, innovative program. Until now, this service has only been available in major urban centres like Vancouver, Toronto and Calgary. As of March 1, Changes is proud to announce that they have joined forces with Green Circle and are the very first certified Green Circle salon in the region. Green Circle salons applauds Alana’s eco-leadership in the community and thanks Changes clients for choosing to support sustainable beauty. This new partnership means that 100% of Changes’ paper, plastics, foils and other metals, excess chemical and yes, even hair, are sent to Green Circle for

recycling and repurposurposing. Green Circle collects and repurposes ses human hair for such uch uses as shorelinee oil spill cleanup. The end result is near zero waste, proud stylists, Changes Hair Studio & Spa happy clients, Owner Alana Krenz and cleaner air, At Changes, that means soil and water for the planet. giving guests the ultimate in Ask your Changes stylist more service and providing unabout this and other aspects paralleled performance with of this extensive new program, and know that it’s their commit- botanically based products that are, quite simply, better ment to make your salon visit for the professionals and Kamloops’ most sustainable, their customers. healthy, responsible beauty choice. The team at Changes works as a family, acts as a family, Our full Aveda-concept salon at thinks as a family and gives 401-1150 Hillside Dr. has been back as a family. catering to Kamloops for 13 years with a team that includes Come on in and become part seven professional stylists, one of the Changes family — and junior stylist, one apprentice, enjoy the experience. two hair traffic controllers and an esthetician trained in Aveda Advanced Education, a program run by the company that helps build technical skills and discover new artistic expression.

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‘historical tours’ Whatt do you like b best about Ka Kamloops? Kamloops is amazing! It’s like a city and a small town rolled into one. It has beautiful foods, an eclectic arts scene, great coffee, but still has friendliness and warmth, wonderful opportunities for outdoor activities like camping and hiking and a strong community feel. What is the city’s bestkept secret? Kamloops’ best-kept secret is . . . Kamloops! This town has a history that reads like a best-seller, full of drama and intrigue

and struggle. Strong-willed lawmakers hanging ruthless criminals, brothels and opium dens, frontier struggles — surviving harsh winters and disease, with multiple cultures all straining to come together in the place where the rivers meet. I found it all out at the Kamloops Museum and Archives — specifically their walking tours, which really are the best-kept secret. Also, the Smorgasbord Deli is licensed to serve alcohol — soup and a cold beer is enough to blow anyone’s mind.

Where is the first place you would take a visitor and why? Summer, likely a stroll through Riverside Park — the rose gardens, the river, maybe Music in the Park. Add a detour into Scoops and the farmers’ market! Winter, might have to be the Central Station for a Central coffee. Or the Fireside Lounge at the Plaza for a glass of wine in front of the fire. And a burlesque show, obviously. Name one thing you would like to see added to Kamloops.

A big open public market much like the New Westminster Quay. A place that could be a destination for fresh food, artisan markets, speciality shops, live performances — bright and open and beautiful. Anything you miss about the way the city used to be? I miss Mino’s bellydancers every Saturday and pubs that have since closed down, such as Sergeant O’Flaherty’s Pub and the Westsyde Pump.

Miss Coco Creme, co-producer of Kamloops Burlesque, would like to see an open public market in Kamloops.

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Dino Bernardo, co-owner of the Commodore Grand Cafe and Lounge, would like to see the city produce more elite football players.

‘world-class events’ What do you like best about Kamloops? You can do anything. We’re 45 minutes away from one of the greatest ski hills in the world, surrounded by lakes and rivers for recreation and fishing. We have some of the best mountain biking anywhere, top sports and tournaments facilities in the country and an eclectic and growing arts community. The list could go on. What is the city’s best-kept secret? The people of Kamloops, who step up and deliver world-class events because of all the support the community provides organizers. Where is the first place you would take a visitor and why? Any of the viewpoints around

he town at night, so they can see the op beauty I get to see everyday. Thee to top koutt oonn of Aberdeen, Rose Hill, the look lookout aces ttoo Columbia Street are all great pla places see our great city. eeee Name one thing you would likee to ssee added to Kamloops. I would like to see a full-sizedd bbenefit neefitt indoor field facility. This would be elp so many groups in the city and hhelp re aable blee develop young athletes so they ar are oun u d. to compete in field sports year ro round. ay tthe he Anything you miss about the w way city used to be? nd I miss the football communityy an and yers w the number of elite football play players wee ee used to produce. I would love too ssee eturnn too Kamloops football at all levels re return where it once was.

A huge Thank You to all of our friends, old and new, in Kamloops. We appreciate your continued support as we strive to bring our own special brand of culinary craft to the River City. Thank you, as well, to our great local suppliers: Fisherman’s Market, Blackwell Dairy, Turtle Mountain Coffee Co., Harper’s Trail Winery, Thistle Farms, SSOL Gardens, Westsyde Apiaries, Dominion Creek Ranch, Rainer Custom Cutting, Laughing Swan Farm, Aveley Alpine Lamb, Berry Sweet Farm, Crannog Ales, West Enderby Farm, Shuswap Infusions, Fort Berens Winery, Rubinson’s Organic Farm, and more. Please call us to make a reservation soon. We’d love to help you celebrate your special event with a truly remarkable dining experience.

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‘business community’ What do you like best about Kamloops? Our vibrant business community!

Cartwright Park. The vista is spectacular and shows you the lay of the land, including the meeting of the two rivers.

What is the city’s best-kept secret? The Tourism Kamloops Visitor Centre. They have so much helpful information about the city and all its attractions.

Name one thing you would like to see added to Kamloops. A new arts centre would be fabulous.

Where is the first place you’d take a visitor and why? To the top of Kenna

Anything you miss about old Kamloops? I pretty much love the new Kamloops!

Deb McClelland, executive director of the Chamber of Commerce, thinks a new arts centre is a good idea.

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‘racquet sports’ What do you like best about Kamloops? The dearth of rain. Having been born and raised in the Fraser Valley, the relentless, 10-month monsoon season was enough to have me reaching for the Prozac on a regular basis. The dry climate of Kamloops and the searing summer heat is fantastic. The hotter, the better. What is the city’s best-kept secret? The racquetball and squash courts at No Limits Fitness on the North Shore. For too long, Kamloops was without a place to play either racquet sport. Today, the two courts at No Limits are being used regularly. Now, if only those in charge would smarten up and add a court or two to the TCC, McArthur Island or the Y . . . Where is the first place you’d take a visitor and why? The ideal introduction would be to start at Interior Savings Centre and walk the Rivers Trail through Riverside Park, across Overlanders Bridge, through the North Kamloops core, along the Thompson and into McArthur Island. Name one thing you would like to see added to Kamloops? A good restaurant to fill the space left empty in Aberdeen Mall when Eastside Mario’s closed. We have many fine eateries, but we can always use more. Why can’t Kamloops be home to the Olive Garden? It would absolutely thrive here. Anything you miss about old Kamloops? Only the 2141 steam train’s Wild West and Ghost Train excursions, which were a staple of our lives when my kids were younger. Can’t wait for the train to return to the tracks.

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Kamloops Montessori: Excellence in Early Childhood Education and Care At Kamloops Montessori School and its affiliated campuses we pride ourselves in providing excellence in Montessori Education and Early Learning. We encourage each child to reach his or her full potential in all areas of development. Our classrooms are bright, cozy and warm, each one unique. We offer programming to suit each family’s needs, including half day or full day programs, as well as before and after school care. Kamloops Montessori has been serving the community of Kamloops and providing an authentic Montessori program since 1998. Our programs offer an individualized approach to education, foster creativity and curiosity and lead children to ask questions, explore, investigate and think for themselves. Children develop the skills needed for life-long learning, concentration, independent thinking and problem solving. The Montessori program also lays a solid foundation for their social, emotional, physical and cognitive needs. Creativity and imagination are important aspects of a Montessori child’s experience.

Our Montessori classrooms incorporate art, music, dance and creative drama throughout the curriculum. Imagination plays a significant role, as children explore how the natural world works, envision other cultures & search for creative solutions to real-life dilemmas. Our educators are trained in the Montessori curriculum. Our classrooms are equipped with authentic Montessori learning materials carefully selected to capture the children’s attention and spark their interest, intriguing them to explore further. The furniture is child sized, and the materials are carefully prepared. Children are involved in dynamic group time activities on a daily basis. Our Montessori program creates curious, self-confident learners who look forward to going to school. The Montessori community involves parents, teachers and children working together. All of these important people help to create a successful experience for the preschool child. We, at The Kamloops Montessori School, are very thankful for the resilient, abiding support we receive

from the parents and families that attend our programs. It is a support system we treasure and appreciate on a daily basis.

Here are some comments from families who have had their children in our program: “Our son has learned numeracy and literacy skills exceeding our expectations, but more importantly, he has learned to be a good member of his classroom community. His time at preschool has given him the foot up he needs to enter kindergarten with confidence and selfsufficiency.” -Holly Lewis “The best thing we ever did was to enroll our daughter into Kamloops Montessori preschool. Kamloops Montessori preschool is more than an approach to education; it is an approach to life. The teachers of Kamloops Montessori preschool are devoted to help each child grow to his/her full potential by building confidence, competence and selfesteem.” –Christa vanZyl

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Alan Corbishley, artistic director for BC Living Arts, enjoys making day trips up to Sun Peaks.

‘arts community’ What do you like best about Kamloops? The arts community and collaborative spirit between organizations. In larger cities, arts organizations are very protective of their supporters and compete for money. Here, we work together to sustain a healthy arts community. What is the city1s best-kept secret? Not to be redundant, but our arts community. We have one of the most respected theatre company, symphony and art gallery in the nation. Where is the first place you’d take a visitor and why? Sun Peaks Resort is a great day trip and a charming village. I also like to go down to Riverside Park, to my mom’s memorial bench located next to the beach. Name one thing you would like to see added to Kamloops. A proper arts centre to host further cultural events, which should include a 300to 500-seat theatre facility. Anything you miss about old Kamloops? Kamloops is moving in all the right directions and should honour its past but be proud of its present with a constant gaze into the future. I certainly would not want to go back to our more narrow views of diversity and inclusivity. We are much more cosmopolitan in our views of the world than in our past — which makes it a much more pleasant place to live.

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KAMLOOPS ABORIGINAL Dedicated towards empowering Aboriginal We offer Elders Programs:

Serving Kamloops Since 1972

beading - moccasin making - canning drum & rattle making luncheons - field trips Traditional Metis Cultural Christmas Tree

The Kamloops Aboriginal Friendship Society is a team of creative and responsive professionals dedicated towards empowering Aboriginal people to achieve their fullest potential. The logo represents native and non-native people working together to improve the quality of life for Aboriginal people. The four feathers represent the colors of all the Nations from around the world.

EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

FAMILY PRESERVATION AND YOUTH SERVICES

Services provided are individual counseling, family support, cultural awareness training and information to families, social workers and other aboriginal community service providers.

We may be involved in the case management of families by attending ministry meetings, case conferences, risk assessments and family court.

HEALTHY BEGINNINGS-PRENATAL INFORMATION Expecting moms and/or their partners may access prenatal information about pregnancy, labour and delivery, baby care, and post partum care of Mom.

INFANT MASSAGE Infant massage classes are a relaxing way to help Caregivers and babies bond.

A CHILDS ROOTS ARE FOREVER The Roots practitioner develops a culturally specific plan of care for each child that preserves and promotes the child’s identity.

YOUTH SERVICES FAMILY PRESERVATION PROGRAM Youth will be provided with information that will assist them to access educational, employment, social and recreational opportunities.

THE FRIENDSHIP SOCIETY PIONEERS THE WAY FOR A NATIVE HOUSING INITIATIVE WHICH SUCCESSFULLY BECOMES ITS OWN SOCIETY AS THE KAMLOOPS NATIVE HOUSING SOCIETY AND CONTINUES TO THRIVE AND EXPAND TODAY SERVING ABORIGINAL CLIENTS OF ALL AGES.

OUTREACH SUPPORT WORKER/ FAMILY PRESERVATION & ECD PROGRAM By providing in-home support, the worker is able to offer counseling that teaches parents appropriate parenting skills, and behavior management.

A “PARENT & CHILDREN” DROP-IN GROUP It is an opportunity for the children to enjoy playtime, peer interaction and socialization, snacks, story time and crafts.

SERVICING THE WHOLE COMMUNITY All community members welcome. KAFS is a member of homes free council on homelessness and City of Kamloops Diversity Committee.

THE FRIENDSHIP SOCIETY STARTS FOUR DIRECTIONS STOREFRONT SCHOOL TO RAISE ABORIGINAL GRADUATION RATES, AFTER SUCCESSFULLY ACHIEVING THIS GOAL THE STOREFRONT SCHOOL IS TAKEN OVER BY THE SCHOOL DISTRICT AND CONTINUES TO HAVE ABORIGINAL STUDENTS GRADUATE FROM ITS CLASSES AND SEES HOPE FOR A GOOD FUTURE.

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people to achieve their fullest potential. “A Child’s Roots are Forever” ceremony is held twice a year at our Parkcrest location. Children are honoured with a feast and a cultural package that contains information about their bands, traditions, culture and language

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All our programs and service’s offered at the Kamloops Aboriginal Friendship Society are free and confidential. We service Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people from 0 years to the Elderly. We encourage everyone to drop into both locations, meet our friendly staff and learn more about our programs.

SOCIAL PROGRAMS

LIFE SKILLS & HOUSING PROGRAM

Offers a wide range of services to our youth and Elders. One of these activities includes monthly Elders luncheons which is a social gathering of family and friends.

Cost free workshops are offered and the program also performs advocacy work in the community and assists those who need help with forms and procedures regarding housing issues and I.D.’s.

EDUCATION AND CULTURAL DEPARTMENT Our Cultural Coordinator provides culturally appropriate services that promote and ensure positive educational experiences for aboriginal students.

AFFORDABLE RECREATION COMMUNITY HEALTH PROGRAM ARCH (Affordable Recreation for Community Health) is a program that allows low income families to participate in all of the Kamloops Parks and Recreation Activities .

GIRL’S GROUP PROGRAM Aboriginal Girls Groups are designed for girls 9-13 years of age who are of First Nations, Inuit and/or Metis descent. Build relationships between girls and adult females, including female Elders, in order to nurture and reinforce femaleness as a positive identity.

The After School Mentoring Program is facilitated by women from age 16 to Grandmothers. The girls work with a mentor who can give them extra support if needed.

THE ALCOHOL AND DRUG PROGRAM Services from the alcohol and drug counselor include counseling, referral to treatment centers, in-house referrals, information and support and prevention workshops.

Funding 16 groups in partnership with SD73, TRU, First Nation Education Council. The Kamloops Aboriginal Friendship Society provides a number of unfunded programs; Friday lunch, Elders monthly lunch, shower & laundry service for the homeless and at risk. Donations graciously accepted.

THE FRIENDSHIP SOCIETY FORMS THE NATIVE HEALTH CENTRE WHICH INITIATES THE FIRST HIV/AIDS PROGRAM, OPERATING WITH A PART TIME HIV LIAISON OUTREACH WORKER EVENTUALLY LOSING ITS FUNDING FROM INTERIOR HEALTH LEAVING KAMLOOPS WITHOUT AN URBAN ABORIGINAL HIV/AIDS PROGRAM FOR THE FASTEST GROWING DEMOGRAPHIC IN BC.

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and walking trails’ What do you like best about Kamloops? My initial response would be the people of Kamloops. We’re fortunate to have a diverse population of citizens who make Kamloops what it is today — a thriving, enthusiastic and energetic city. Kamloops’ climate also ranks high on my list. Few cities boast a 30-minute turnaround time from skiing to playing tennis in the spring — all in the same day. Our summers are superb, with hot, sunny days, low humidity and cool evening breezes. Fall in Kamloops is spectacular with its myriad colours, great temperatures for hiking, cycling and camping. Winter offers outstanding skiing

beginning in early November and often running into April and May. Spring comes early in town and a time to change, shedding the winter wear for running shorts, bicycles and gardening gloves. The third of many bests is the geography of Kamloops and wonderful offerings close to the downtown core. Kenna Cartwright Park is unsurpassed in beauty and challenges anyone who enters the outstanding park. Hiking, cycling, running and feeding goats are only minutes from town. Then, there are numerous trails that encompass the city. A vast network of dirt trails can be accessed in Barnhartvale, Westsyde, Dallas, Rayleigh and Brocklehurst for hikers, bikers, runners and dog walkers.

What’s the city’s best-kept secret? The level of support city council, parks and recreation and Tourism Kamloops offer to organizing groups when attempting to bring in cultural, arts or sporting events. Name the first place you would take a visitor and why? Following a visit to Riverside Park and a walk to Pioneer Park for the obvious natural beauty and unique history, I would take visitors on a short drive to our crown jewel of facilities — the Tournament Capital Centre. This outstanding structure is one of Western Canada’s most impressive multi-use facilities, having been fully embraced and supported by over a million visitors since opening.

First comments and opinions from visitors always leave a good feeling about the decision made by taxpayers of Kamloops in the early 1990s to take a big risk and build a one-of-a-kind facility that would certainly embrace our Tournament Capital of Canada vision. Name one thing you would like to see added to Kamloops. Our cycling community continues to grow, with more and more people commuting to and from work, school and leisure riding. More designated bike paths, roadways and trails would go a long way in supporting the environment, as well a benefiting and enhancing the health of the bike rider.

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‘big-city amenities’

Executive director of the Kamloops Art Gallery Jann Bailey takes visitors on an artistic tour of the Tournament Capital.

What do you like best about Kamloops? I love how light changes in the valley, like the light in the south of France, beloved by artists. I love the weather and big-city amenities, especially where the arts are concerned. I love the farmers’ market and people of Kamloops — some of the friendliest with their willingness to volunteer and donate to the community. What is the city’s best-kept secret? I think our best-kept secret is Kamloops itself. We need to toot our own horn more often. I can’t count the number of visitors we get through the gallery from all over the world who write in our comment book how impressed they are with the gallery and all our cultural facilities, shopping, downtown eateries, Music in the Park, Kamloopa Powwow and magnificent semi-arid desert landscape. Kamloops is the best place to live and work — let’s tell the world! Where is the first place you would take a visitor and why? Naturally, I always take them to the Kamloops Art Gallery so they can see our magnificent purpose-built facility, exhibitions and visit our gallery store. Then, I take them to Western Canada Theatre, Kamloops Symphony Orchestra and the Old Courthouse with all its cultural attractions. If they are golfers, I call a friend! Name one thing you’d like to see added to Kamloops? A new performing-arts centre.

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‘four seasons’ What do you like best about Kamloops? I like the four seasons and the many outdoor and recreational activities that it provides.

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What is the city’s best-kept secret? I think that the hunting and fishing areas in our area are fantastic. Where is the first place you’d take a visitor and why? Wells Gray. It is such a great park and so close to Kamloops, yet it doesn’t seem like a big destination for locals. Name one thing you would like to see added to Kamloops. I would love to see a big water park come to Kamloops. I think we have the weather and accessibility to other major centres that could make it a great draw for our city.

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From a gravel runway and small, wood frame building to a regional airport that last year served more than 290,000 passengers, Kamloops Airport (YKA) has come a long way over the past 75 years.

I n The Beginning June 1931 the City of Kamloops leased 46 acres (19 hectares) from B.C. Fruitlands. Work on the runway got under way in 1936 and the gravel runway was completed in 1938. In 1939 the runway was paved and on April 13, 1939 Cyril Jackson, piloting an Aeronca, made the first official landing. T he war years The RCAF developed the airport as an alternate for the US Air Transport Command who were ferrying aircraft to USSR.

F ulton Field In 1964, the Kamloops Airport was “Dedicated in Honour of Wing Commander John Fulton, D.S.O., D.F.C., A.F.C., and the men of the air service from Kamloops and District” by His Excellency Major General Earl of Athlone K.G. Governor General of Canada. The airport now bears the additional title “Fulton Field.”

F irst Airline In 1950 Canadian Pacific Airlines began daily service with a DC-3 connecting to Williams Lake, Quesnel, Prince George and Vancouver.

F irst Jet The Boeing 737 jet arrived on scene with Pacific Western Airlines in 1969. F irst Major Development Beginning in the 60s the airport experienced major development. By 1966, the runway was extended, a new terminal and maintenance garage were built, and the first air traffic controllers arrived. E xpansion & Passenger Growth To help meet increasing passenger numbers, a new terminal building was completed in 1985, with an expansion completed in 2009. As well, the main runway was extended in 2008 to 8,000 feet (2,438 metres) to accommodate larger aircraft. K amloops Airport Authority In 1997, the federal government transitioned ownership of the airport to Kamloops Airport Authority Society. In that same year, Kamloops Airport Limited took over leadership of the airport and is responsible for its safe, secure and efficient operation while delivering exceptional customer service.

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CELEBRATING 75 YEARS Montreal-based Air Canada provides scheduled and charter air transportation for passengers and cargo to more than 170 destinations on five continents , operating for Air Canada Express is Jazz Aviation, one of the largest regional operators in the world, serves 80 destinations in Canada and the United States, and

provides our customers with seamless connections to the worldwide networks of Air Canada and our Star Alliance network. In Kamloops, Air Canada provides several daily flights to Vancouver and Calgary. To book flights please visit www.aircanada.ca or call toll-free 1-888-247-226

Central Mountain Air was established in 1987 and is a privately owned and operated company. Central Mountain Air maintains bases in Smithers, Vancouver and Calgary and employs approximately 180 people including administrative, maintenance and flight

Personnel. In Kamloops, CMA provides daily service to Prince George with convenient connections to Ft. St. John, Terrace, Smithers. To book flights please visit www.flycma.com or call toll free 1 888 865 8585

WestJet was founded in 1996 by a team of Calgary entrepreneurs. With 220 WestJetters, they began service on February 29, 1996, to five cities in Western Canada. Today, WestJet guests in Kamloops are served by WestJet Encore with daily services to Calgary

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‘riverside park’ What do you like best about Kamloops? I love the city’s diversity. We have a wide range of culture, industries, activities and landscapes. We have a rich Western history and thriving forestry and mining industries that help support the economy. But, most of all, the friendliness, generosity and hospitality of the people makes me feel at home. What is the city’s best-kept secret? I think the downtown core is often overlooked. Its beautiful walks, and dynamic businesses, restaurants and activities keep me coming back. Where is the first place you’d take a visitor and why? Riverside Park is one of my favourite places. Whether I’m on the beach in shorts or in my saddle riding, the sights and sounds are the best. It’s a picturesque introduction to our lovely city — even better when Music in the Park is in season! Name one thing you would like to see added to Kamloops. I love to dance. A place to go two-stepping where I could spin my lady around the floor to some good old country music would be fantastic! Anything you miss about old Kamloops? Kamloops has matured gracefully. But, I miss the Wanda Sue paddlewheeler.

Paul Petchnick, senior rider for the Kamloops Mounted Patrol, misses the Wanda Sue paddlewheeler.

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Kamloops Houle Electric is deeply wired into the community — and that connection will continue to get deeper.

wastewater-treatment plant, the Bonaparte Health Centre, Q9 Data Centre, Telus Data Centre and the New Gold and Highland Valley Copper mine projects.

The company is proud to serve the Thompson-Nicola and Northern Okanagan regions by offering electrical services that not only help create homes and businesses, but add to the safety and security of residents.

In addition to helping keep Kamloops and area connected, Houle is proud to be a major partner with many community organizations. Houle has teamed up for various endeavours with TRU’s House of Learning, the Kamloops Blazers Hockey Mom of The Year program, the 2014 MS Walk, the 2013 Kamloops Food Bank Christmas Challenge, the B.C. Wildlife Park board of directors, the Southern Interior Construction Association and the Canadian Home Builders’ Association.

Augmenting those projects was a highlight for Houle as it completed fire-alarm upgrades in seven seniors’ homes in the Interior Health Authority.

In addition to providing excellent residential services to both regions, Houle has also completed a number of large commercial and industrial projects in the area, includingthe award-winning Thompson Rivers University’s House of Learning, the university’s seismic-upgrade project, Chartwell Ridgepointe Retirement Residence, the Tk’emlups Indian Band’s

Being part of the community, inside and outside the walls, defines what Houle is all about.

Meet Houle’s Tournament Capital team: Reg Longmore is Houle Electric’s Kamloops branch manager and brings with him more than two decades of experience. Reg serves as an instructor and board member for SICA, and he is a board member for the BC Wildlife Park in Kamloops.

Peter Jeffery is a project manager and the newest addition to the Houle team. Peter has 24 years’ experience, he has been a project manager for 5 years and has been serving the area since 1999.

Greg Nalleweg is the Service Manager and is working Rick Kerr is the district superintendent and is in charge of hard to ensure Houle’s clients receive prompt, all major construction Projects. Rick has almost 30 years’ professional service. Greg has been an electrician in experience and has been with Houle for nearly 20. Rick is Kamloops for 11 years. really enjoying life in the Thompson Okanagan.

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Kamloops lawyer, Russ Cundari, would like to see a big town square in Kamloops.

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;hot summersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; What do you like best about Kamloops? I love the scorching-hot summers and the nights warm enough to eat outside and visit with friends until sunrise. What is the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best-kept secret? Cooney Bay on Kamloops Lake. Where is the first place you would take a visitor and why? I take them to my mother-in-lawâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s home on the bluff above Overlanders Bridge. The view of the two rivers meeting is spectactular and I explain to them the meaning of the name Kamloops. Name one thing you would likes to see added to Kamloops. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to see a town square with fountains, shade trees, a bandstand and benches where people could congregate when they want to meet on issues, listen to music or just get to know their fellow Kamloopsians. Anything you miss about old Kamloops? I miss the Wanda Sue paddlewheeler, the old Fort at Riverside, raft races down the river for Overlander Days and, especially, Kami the Trout with his pistols and golden Stetson.

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Knock Knock. Who’s there? Cash. Cash who? No thanks, but I would like a peanut instead. We admit it’s not your typical greeting, but we’re not your typical hotel. When it comes to fun, we’re just that and our guests are always delighted with our hotel’s vibe. It’s always exciting coming up with fun ideas to to surprise our guests. During our Aloha Week when guests checked-in at the front desk / Tiki bar they received a complementary drink if they gave our hula hoop a spin. When our team and guests are engaged, everyone has a good time.

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Fresh… isn’t that the perfect segue into raving about our restaurant Blue! If you haven’t checked out the restaurant/lounge yet, go online and watch our video at www.bluekamloops.ca We think you’ll love the vibe, and we know you’ll love the food. Chef Mitch Shafer is a bit of a super hero in the kitchen, but then again, what culinary team doesn’t like to have a little fun experimenting with food. We give the team complete creative control of the menus, so when you add in locally sourced food and a kitchen team that is passionate about creating memorable dishes, it all adds up to you raving about the food. We’ll look the other way if you lick your plate.

BOLD.

If you haven’t discovered it already, we like to be different and… bold. We knew our guests wanted a pool, and our bold ways got us thinking “Hey! Why not put it on the rooftop?” so we did. Now, our Rooftop Terrace is one of Kamloops’ signature poolside locations for weddings and special events. If you haven’t been lucky enough to visit yet, join us this summer for our Button Down BBQ Fridays for BBQ eats poolside—no ties allowed!

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‘Cooney Bay’

What do you like best about Kamloops? No matter the season, there’s always something to do outside. In the summer, there are many places to camp, fish, hike and swim. In the winter, I go snowshoeing or take a short drive to tube and downhill or cross-country ski. What is the city’s best-kept secret? Cooney Bay, where Kamloops Lake and the river met. You can walk all along it — it’s stunning! It’s the perfect place to go if your looking for a place to relax or a place to bring the family! Where is the first place you would take a visitor and why? The first place I’d take a visitor is Sun Peaks. It is perfect and beautiful with so much to explore in the village and on the hill. Name one thing you would like to see added to Kamloops. I’d love to see some kind of water adventure place, where kids could play outside in the water on slides. What do you miss about the old Kamloops? Since I’ve only lived here for seven years, I asked friends. They miss Spacewalker Fun Centre for the kids formerly at Aberdeen Mall.

Rachelle Pelletier, volunteer traininer at the YMCA, enjoys taking visitors to Sun Peaks.

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Ray Nyuli, event manager and entertainment booker, would like to see festival grounds built in Kamloops.

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‘bike trails’ What do you like best about Kamloops? The city has a variety of activities covering all aspects of community life. It’s easy to find something interesting to do every day and evening. What is the city’s best-kept secret? It’s easy and safe to get around town via bicycle. The trail system gets better every year and there’s always parking. Although it might be hard to bike up hills, buses have bike racks. Where is the first place you would take a visitor and why? Downtown is great — especially in the summer. It’s nice to spend half a day wandering around and checking out coffee shops, restaurants, clothing stores, galleries and parks. We have unique local artists, businesses and public spaces. Name one thing you would like to see added to Kamloops. We need good outdoor festival grounds and at least one large festival for our own enjoyment and to bring people to Kamloops. What do you miss about the old Kamloops? I miss walking around Westsyde and seeing large yards with a few horses, goats, sheep or other rural culture we don’t expect to see in a city.

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Benjamin Bermiller, local singer, dancer and musician, would like to see a music store again in Kamloops.

‘secret hideouts’ What do you like best about Kamloops? I love walking downtown at night. Victoria Street is a popular place to walk but, I prefer back alleys where I can see fantastic murals. I often stand and take in art while listening to jazz or talking with friends. Plus, if you catch a good summer night behind the Grotto, the alley is a fantastic spot to catch the tunes. What is the city’s best-kept secret? The city’s hideouts. No, not the kind you find in a 1960s musical where you knock three times and tell the guy ‘Joe’ sent you. I mean the kind you can find refuge from the bustle of life. They may be a special beach, a lookout or even the top of a building. Where are they, you ask? Well, that’s the point! You have to find them yourself otherwise; it’s not a secret. Where is the first place you’d take a visitor and why? I’d probably take them to a local show at The Art We Are or Red Beard Roasters. If there wasn’t a band playing that night, though, I’d probably take them on a little journey to one of my secret hideouts. No, I’m not telling where! Name one thing you would like to see added to Kamloops. A music store. I was pretty young when the last real music store in town closed, so I was never able to grasp the atmosphere. I’d love to frequent a place where you could hang out and buy music exclusively — like an HMV, but cooler.

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‘sporting facilities’ What do you like best about Kamloops? We live up to the Tournament Capital name. No matter the season, you can find first-class sporting events to watch in Kamloops. What is the city’s best-kept secret? If you search #Kamloops on Twitter, you will quickly realize nothing in Kamloops is kept secret anymore. Where is the first place you would take a visitor and why? In the summer, McArthur Island. You can get out and walk a gorgeous park with so much going on all the time. It also lets me show off our baseball facilities, unmatched across the country. Name one thing you would like to see added to Kamloops. At first, some jokes come to mind, like Sedric’s Adventure Resort and Theme Park or a downtown parkade. But, even though I think a water park and more parking would be beneficial for Kamloops, I feel we have everything we need for a city our size. Anything you miss about old Kamloops? How long ago is old Kamloops? I am old enough to remember things like JC55 on AM radio, Euphoria Emporium on Cable 10 and an engine to play on at Riverside Park. But, if I had to pick something old and unique — it’s the Wanda Sue on the Thompson River.

KMBA president and Kamloops lawyer Chris Balison enjoys taking visitors to McArthur Island in the summertime.

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GUY RAMSAY

‘the scenery’ What do you like best about Kamloops? We have almost everything big cities have and, in many ways, we have far more. Within an hour, we can travel to lakes and ski hills; we have sporting facilities for all to enjoy and we have golf courses for all levels of golfers. Our university, TRU, is another jewel where students come from all over the world to attend. Also, the people of Kamloops are welcoming to visitors. What is the city’s best-kept secret? The scenery we enjoy. We step out, look around and take it all in — from forest to desert-type scenery. We also have a very strong volunteer community, fantastic for hosting tournaments, as well as local needs of the community. Where is the first place you’d take a visitor and why? I take people to the lookout at Chapters Viewpoint to take in the North and South Thompson rivers, the hills and a glimpse of the mountains. Name one thing you would like to see added to Kamloops. I would love to see Kamloops Lake developed, with a boat launch for access from the city. What a great undiscovered playground.

Guy Ramsay, community safety volunteer in Kamloops would like to see a boat launch for access from the city.

YOUR ONE STOP SHOP... Noran Printing, Kamloops’ largest locally owned and operated Print Shop, has Expanded!!! Owners Ryan and Jenn Holowaychuk are excited to now offer their clients one stop shopping for all their print and marketing needs. From Business Cards and Letterhead to Signs, Banners and Vehicle Decals and now Embroidered and Silk Screened clothing and apparel, Noran Printing is the place to go! Noran Printing is always excited to be part of the many events that take place throughout our city. We are firm believers in “Keeping Business Local.” In the past year we were honored to support the Kamloops Symphony, Western Canada Theatre, JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation), The Kamloops Brain Injury Association, Rib Fest and Kamloops 2013 BC Seniors Games.

We continue to grow to meet the demands of our clients and want to thank our valued customers for their constant support. We invite you to stop by the shop to check out the many products we have to offer.

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TOURISM KAMLOOPS Tourism Kamloops was established in 2005 and assumed responsibility for tourism marketing on behalf of industry stakeholders in Kamloops.

OUR MANDATE To lead all external tourism marketing of LEE MORRIS Chief Executive Officer Kamloops as a destination on behalf of the City of Kamloops, Kamloops accommodation industry and tourism stakeholders. We work with many community organizations to collaborate and lead tourism marketing initiatives to drive traffic to our city and everything we do is focused on exceptional tourism experiences and overnight stays.

MONICA DICKINSON Destination Marketing Manager Communications

LISA STRACHAN Manager - Trade, Meeting + Sport

ANN EPPINGER Visitor Centre Manager

KENDEL LAVALLEE Destination Marketing Manager

OUR STRATEGIC VISION 2014 - 2017 • Increase visitation to the city focusing on overnight stays. • Increase average length of stay and daily expenditures. • Remain a healthy and competitive tourism destination. • Collaborate with industry partners to realize opportunities and integrate strategies. • Endeavour to be the destination of choice for targeted visitors. • Communicate with all partners to understand the value of tourism for the city. • Lead in delivering innovative and accessible visitor services for Kamloops.

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LOCAL AMBASSADOR PROGRAM 2014 is the start of a significant shift of visitor services being delivered in a new program called “Take it to the Streets” which will involve a number of key initiatives including: • Offering visitor services at off-site locations and during specific city-wide events. • Enhancing the collaboration with the Downtown Ambassador program. • Implementing a volunteer program to assist with on-site and off-site visitor services at signature events hosted in the city. • Continuing to offer Front Desk Visitor Training for employees in the accommodation industry.

SPORT HOSTING Tourism Kamloops continues to work in cooperation with the City of Kamloops, as well as all other sporting organizations, to engage partners and tourism stakeholders to continue to support KAMLOOPS HOSTED the “Canada’s Tournament Capital” 150+ SPORT EVENTS brand. A big part of our “Taking it to the Streets” campaign focuses on IN 2013 providing assistance on delivering an exceptional sport tourism experience so that visitors return again to Kamloops at a future date. MEETINGS MARKET In 2013, the meetings market represented $10,905,750 in revenues to the Kamloops economy from estimated visitor expenditures and Tourism Kamloops continues to focus on attracting new meetings and conventions to the city. Conference support continues to be offered by providing services to meeting organizers and assisting in the delivery of an outstanding delegate experience. Working with stakeholders within the city, our team and stakeholders provide conference service support ensuring potential delegates receive the materials they need to plan their Kamloops experience. In addition, we assist in the delivery of an exceptional Kamloops experience for delegates and providing welcome services, as required, at registration desks.


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TOURISM KAMLOOPS VISITOR CENTRE Tourism Kamloops assumed responsibility for the THE VISITOR CENTRE Visitor Centre on January 1, 2013 and welcomed the WELCOMES 20,000 opportunity to enhance the VISITORS EACH YEAR experience of visitors to the city through providing a welcoming experience and delivering high quality information. LOCALS LOVE KAMLOOPS TOO Many times we have the opportunity to engage with locals at the Visitor Centre and we encourage them to be a tourist in their own city. Our arts and culture scene is amazing with live music, live theatre and 10+ art galleries to explore. And did you know we have 200+ restaurants and a self guided Brew Tour? Here’s a list for locals to enjoy this year too…

BRITISH COLUMBIA WILDLIFE PARK The British Columbia Wildlife Park continues its tradition of offering its guests a variety of special wildlife oriented experiences this year. Learn about BC’s varied and untamed wildlife through regularly scheduled animal encounters. Be entertained by some very famous, and new to the Park, entertainers including Bobs and Lolo, The Reptile Guy, Vancouver Aquarium’s AquaVan, and Uncle Chris the Clown this year. The whole family willl surely discover that when it comes to wildlife, “It’s all happening at the BC Wildlife Park!”.

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• Home Hardware Family Farm • TD Canada Trust Nature Exchange • Wildlife Express Miniature Train

2. Check out live theatre festivals this summer

• Splash Park

3. Have an agritourism experience at Tranquille Farm Fresh

• Kids Camps – 3 weeks during the summer

4. Check out a sports tournament – over 150 to choose from 5. Head out for a public art and murals tour 6. Take in our Rent-A-Rod program and fish 100+ lakes 7. Go back in time on the Heritage Buildings Walking Tour 8. Sample local ales and lagers on the self-guided Brew Tour 9. Experience First Nations culture at the Kamloopa Powwow 10. Try a new adventure – zipline, segway or whitewater raft

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• Zippity Zoo Zone Playground

Free Àying Birds of Prey show daily during the summer months in the Highland Valley Copper Amphitheatre!

SPECIAL EVENTS CALENDAR April 18-21 Easter Eggs-Citement April 19 Vancouver Aquarium’s AquaVan May 11 Mother’s Day May 17-19 Victoria Day Weekend: The Reptile Guy June 15 Father’s Day: Surplus Herby’s Rally & Prostate Cancer Run July 5 The Summer Kick Off August 4 BC Bear’s Day August 23 Bobs and Lolo Oct 13 Thanksgiving Teddy Bear Picnic Oct 24-26 & 30, 31, Nov 1 Boo at the Zoo Dec 12-Jan 4 17th Annual Wildlights Festival

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KTW reporter Andrea Klassen enjoys taking visitors for a pint at the Noble Pig.

ANDREA KLASSEN

‘vegetarian food’ What do you like best about Kamloops? Being vegetarian in smaller centres is a monumental pain most of the time, but it’s been surprisingly easy in Kamloops.

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What is the city’s best-kept secret? If you don’t come to Sahali often, chances are you’re missing out on one of the city’s tastiest bowls of soup and noodles at Tiger Ramen. The spicy red veggie is a cure-all for both winter colds and the extra pint you shouldn’t have had last night. Where is the first place you would take a visitor and why? A lot of my visitors come from my Alberta hometown, which is a good 10-hour drive away. After that much time on the road, the first order of business is usually a walk down to the Nobel Pig for a pint of whatever seasonal beer is on tap.

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Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo MP Cathy McLeod enjoys playing on the many golf courses in the area.

CATHY MCLEOD ‘a place to raise kids’

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HAVE LIVED IN KAMLOOPS It is large enough to have its own for 15 years, first arriving in 1999 Costco, but small enough that you don’t with my husband Gord. ever have to deal with traffic jams! I was initially attracted to it as It retains the small-town, close-knit a great place to raise my children, who community feel while offering so much were entering grades 5 to 9. to do for everyone who lives here. The schools were top-notch and We have local attractions, from the a thriving community offered a wide Kamloops Art Gallery, with impressive range of extracurricular activities. exhibits, events and programs, to the The choice to move here was cerKamloops Museum, our own symtainly one I’m glad to have made. phony and theatre and, of course, the One of the best things about WHL team, the Kamloops Blazers. Kamloops is the size of the city. As a grasslands region, we have a 48 KAMLOOPS THIS WEEK Tuesday, March 25, 2014

strong ranching history and interesting heritage associated with cowboys and cattle celebrated through events like the Kamloops Cowboy Festival. There is always something to keep me entertained. It is also an easy place to stay active. I am a golf fan and the many courses in the region make Kamloops a great city for golfers. In winter, we are lucky to be surrounded by mountains that provide endless opportunities for skiing, whether it be up at Sun Peaks Resort or with Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing. Our city’s sporting reputation has also led to our designation as Canada’s Tournament Capital — a designation we lived up to recently after hosting a successful Tim Hortons Brier! I have always been astounded by the

beauty of Kamloops and the surrounding area — the Thompson River cutting through interior grasslands and out into the Thompson-Nicola region with its beautiful lakes. Kamloops is certainly an exquisite place to live and the scenery is definitely an attractive feature. I am proud to call Kamloops home. The city has the perfect feel to it, a beautiful landscape and so much to do in such a friendly community. But, the number one reason I love Kamloops is — the people. They are the ones who have made this a vibrant community, whose friendliness, talents, adventurousness and work ethic allow Kamloops to offer so much for everybody. Thank you, Kamloops, for all you have given me.


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Sun Rivers is famous for offering a master-planned lifestyle community where well-being, residents’ well being social interaction and safety and security are fundamental to the quality-of-life experience. But, it is also the funnel through which the Kamloops region realizes an economic spinoff of about $50 million annually and over a half-billion dollars since inception. More importantly, it is via Sun Rivers that countless Kamloops organizations raise much-needed funds to keep their altruistic endeavours alive for the benefit of all. Hundreds of thousands of dollars have been raised for the Kamloops community through partnerships with Sun Rivers and the United Way, Heart and Stroke Foundation, Marjorie Willoughby Memorial Hospice House, BC Professional Firefighters Burn Fund and Kamloops Food Bank — to name but a few. Along with stellar fundraising, staff at Sun Rivers are deeply involved in the community, with current and past membership in several organizations, including the Real Estate Board, the Chamber of Commerce, Golf Kamloops, the United Way, Royal Inland Hospital Foundation, Venture Kamloops, Tourism Kamloops, Canadian Home Builders’ Association, First Nations Tax Commission and Communities in Bloom. The residents of Sun Rivers also contribute generously through the Sun Rivers Resident Social, where more than 130 Christmas hampers were created and distributed to Tk’emlups Indian Band families in need over the past three years. The hampers include gifts for the entire family and Christmas dinner. Speaking of the Tk’emlups Indian Band, it was the band’s goal to pursue selfsufficiency through economic development that was the catalyst to Sun Rivers becoming the address of choice for more than 1,400 people to date. Perched on the South Thompson River benchlands and hugging the south-facing slopes of Mounts Peter and Paul, the location offers unparalleled views of the Thompson Valley. In 1996, the band voted to sell the leasehold interest in the lands to Sun Rivers for development. The 99-year prepaid lease agreement is described by leasehold experts as the most secure leasehold interest in Canada today. As the local government, the band collects taxes and ensures the provision of services. While proximity to downtown, walking, golfing, a busy community event schedule and enjoying an impeccable dinner at Hoodoos are reasons enough to call Sun Rivers home, an added bonus is the safety and security of the community. Experts acknowledge a single entrance/exit to any community limits crime. The Sun Rivers plan adopted this strategy. Additionally, through a community website — www.mysunrivers.com — residents are actively informed and engaged in community matters. Activities in the community are posted online and, within moments, residents are fully informed. This includes everything from what is happening at Hoodoos to reporting suspicious activity to the local RCMP. Sun Rivers residents have their eyes on the street and the community takes pride in the success of maintaining a dynamic, caring and safe community. There are now 1,400 residents living and playing in 15 neighbourhoods in Sun Rivers featuring single-family homes, townhouses and condos in a variety of styles — Tuscan, Craftsman, English, Westcoast. Sun Rivers will ultimately be home to 4,000 or so people in 25 neighbourhoods — all enjoying Kamloops j y g the sun and fun in a master-planned p p community. y

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that this Dream Home is the Training House Project where the CHBA CI partners with Thompson Rivers University School of Trades & Technology to give first year trades’ students the opportunity to augment their in-class training with on-site experience? This high end home is then sold to the YMCA at a discounted price for their annual fund raiser. The CHBA Central Interior provides education, information, networking and recognition for our members and their guests. Along with our provincial and national arms, we are well positioned to advocate on behalf of our members for affordable, quality built homes. The CHBA CI Office is located at 921C Laval Crescent and the staff is knowledgeable and available to assist with questions related to our industry. If we don’t know, we usually can find out and pass on the information. The CHBA CI office is open Monday to Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. Web site www.chbaci.ca Phone: 250 828 1844 Email: info@chbcaci.ca

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Rod Tiessen opened KMS Tools in Kamloops in January 2005. The store is located on Versatile Way, just up from Costco. The 15,000-squarefoot store stocks all kinds of tools for both the working professional and the home handyman. There is also KMS C.A.R. Parts (which stands for Custom And Restoration) for the hot rodders and classic car enthusiasts. Tiessen a Norkam grad began his career with KMS Tools in 1986 in Coquitlam, around the time the company was just starting up. After 10 years with KMS he decided he wanted to return to Kamloops, and eventually opened the third KMS Tools. Since, he has witnessed the chain grow to include nine stores in B.C. and Alberta, he employs 14 people and serves a wide-ranging clientele from across the interior. Tiessen’s store stocks an extensive selection of tools and auto parts,

specialty tools; for example a car rotisserie — a large turntable like tool that attaches to a vehicle to allow for proper restoration work. This rotisserie will even allow someone to flip the car upside down, in order to work on the undercarriage, for all over attention to detail.

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Tiessen enjoys the opportunity KMS gives him to be part of the community. The store has been a big supporter of New Life Mission since our opening days.”

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“KMS believes in giving back to the community, creating a positive working atmosphere and, above all, providing “We support a number of local events; superior customer service,” Tiessen we have been a title sponsor for Hot said. Nite in the City The same detail we give every customer and King of who comes through our doors. One of the Hill Golf the many unique items to KMS is the tournament.” Saw Stop line of table saws. These O t h e r Kamloops. tool store in saws have a safety feature that will sponsorships d ne ow lly ly loca KMS is the on brake immediately and retract into have included the table if it senses it is about to Men’s night cut into something it shouldn’t, like a at Eagle Point finger. This is perfect for schools and and Tobiano all levels of trade, however our focus golf courses. In is customer service. Tiessen says his addition, KMS staff’s knowledge of parts, tools and sponsors an techniques is unparalleled. It’s why award for the customers make the drive to the store top automotive for a $5 part instead of stopping at the student at South first big-box retailler along the way. Kamloops

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your Kamloops owned and “Petland, operated pet store since 1996, is so

proud to be a part of this exciting, and strong community. Thank you!

Shauna ~ 6½ years I love the consistent dedication to giving the best, both to the pets, and our guests. Life long relationships! Furry, Funny, and Fabulous!!

Stingray Shauna

Petland Fun Fact! Did you know that Petland’s name came from Disneyland! The first Petland store in 1967 was styled and named in the image of Disneyland and all it offered to it’s guests, from those Wow! impressions and service, cleanliness and presentation, and the fun and special attention to all. At Petland Kamloops we LOVE all things Disney and keep this quest going strong! Thank you to our guests for 17½ amazing years of support and fun!

Heather ~ 11 years

Trish ~ 17½ years

Jo ~ 3½ years I love working at Petland! Where else can you learn and share something new everyday? Stories, Knowledge, and Laughs are never in short supply!

Jellyfish Jo Andrea ~ 16½ years

Everyday is a new adventure here At Petland…I love being able to provide my team with the positive energy needed to create a fun and educational place for our guests to visit while enhancing their pets’ lives….the giggles and smiles are always an added bonus!

Why do I love working at Petland? Working with a company that has never waivered on it’s Passion for people and pets is what brings me joy at Petland. I mean, honestly! What career can you have that pays you to play with animals and laugh with guests!

One of my favourite things in my work with Petland is the one-onone with my guests and the enjoyment of working with animals.

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Tarantula Trish

Angelfish Andrea Zoey Bunny ~ 8 weeks Loves being cuddled. She is very fluffy and warm and loves breakfast lunch, dinner and snack time. She is just looking for some-bunny to love!

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MELISSA BAKER-SEGUIN

‘beautiful gardens’ What do you like best about Kamloops? Where to start? I love Kamloops for so many reasons. I would say the people and places. Kamloops citizens take pride in our city and we’re lucky to have so many groups and organizations that work hard to improve our quality of life. Also, we are fortunate to have such a beautiful city, with parks, fishing, camping and hiking all at our doorstep. What is the city’s best-kept secret? The horticulture gardens at Thompson Rivers University — they’re beautiful! Where is the first place you’d take a visitor and why? The Kamloops Museum aand Archives. I love our rich history and it’s just the place to take a visitor. A Children’s Museum is available for the little ones — or younger at heart — and exhibits interest all ages. It is the perfect spot to give a visitor a glimpse into our past and, if time permits, I would love to take a visitor on one of the many walking tours to discover interesting factoids not on display. Name one thing you would like to see added to Kamloops. Ironman Triathlon.

Melissa Baker-Seguin, museum educator, would like to see Ironman Triathlon in Kamloops.

Anything you miss about old Kamloops? Kami the Trout.

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Kamloops Track and Field Club will be registering athletes for the Spring/Summer Outdoor Season, beginning in April. We have programs for athletes of all ages and abilities, from 6 years of age on up to 106 years of age. Ages for the programs are determined by the age of the athlete at the end of the year (Dec. 31, 2014). If you are a Track Rascal (6-8), Junior Development (9-12) Midget (13,14,15) Youth, 16-17, Junior (18/19) Senior (20-34), Master 35-106) we have a program you may enjoy! Our programs and training provides instruction and practice for athletes to improve their performance level, and aim toward various Track and Field meets held in BC (including our own Centennial Meet in May, the BCJD Championships, and the BC Midget-Senior Championships to be held in Kamloops in July), Canada, and for some, Internationally. Or some of us just want to focus on becoming stronger and more fit!

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Registration for these programs begins April 1 at TCC from 4:30-6pm and is ongoing for the season. Please watch our website for dates, times, and locations for registration. Online registration is also available.

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Sustainable sport and community initiatives

KAMLOOPS BLAZERS SPORTS SOCIETY

sportslegacyfund The Society recognizes both financial and organizational support as valuable use of the income from the Legacy Fund. Wherever possible, financial support is accompanied by efforts to build the capacity and effectiveness of amateur sport organizations. VISION Sustainable sport and community initiatives through opportunity, growth and excellence.

GUIDING PRINCIPLES Administration of the Kamloops Sports Legacy Fund is open, transparent and sustainable. This process includes a mechanism for community consultation to ensure that the administration of the fund continues to be aligned with the priorities of the citizens of the Kamloops Region. Capital and ongoing funding is protected within the scope of decisions regarding annual funding allocations. Kamloops Blazers Sports Society is a non-profit society and as such acts with the utmost of financial accountability and integrity. The Society recognizes both financial and organizational support as valuable use of the Legacy Fund. Wherever possible, financial support is accompanied by support to build the capability and effectiveness of amateur sports and community organizations.

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Since 2009, 76 Kamloops and region sport organizations have been recipients of $1.779 Million in grants from the Fund. ORGANIZATION

AMOUNT DIRECTION OF GRANT

Adaptive Sports at Sun Peaks Blazers Academic Awards Interior Grasslands Cycling Club Kamloopa Club

10,000.00 1,200.00 2,000.00 16,500.00

Kamloops Aquatic Club Kamloops Canoe and Kayak Club Kamloops Curling Club Kamloops Fencing Club Kamloops Junior Football Association Kamloops Long Blades Kamloops Minor Baseball Association Kamloops Performance Cycling Centre

7,000.00 10,000.00 4,210.00 4,282.00 3,000.00 4,000.00 15,000.00 7,500.00

Kamloops Tennis Association Kamloops Therapeutic Riding Association Kamloops Track and Field Club Kamloops Tsunami Summer Swim Club Kamloops United Soccer Club KidSport Kamloops Chapter KMHA Coaches Conference McArthur Island Curling Club McArthur Island Lawn Bowling Club Overlander Ski Club PacificSport Interior Riverside Lawn Bowling Club Sun Peaks Hockey League Sun Peaks Nordic Ski Club Team Brown Curling Thompson Blazers Major Midgets Thompson Valley FC Tournament City Derby Dolls TRU Athletics Valleyview Skating Club

25,000.00 1,550.00 29,555.00 4,420.00 1,250.00 30,000.00 5,000.00 8,085.00 3,065.00 13,333.00 80,000.00 2,500.00 1,000.00 17,300.00 2,000.00 5,000.00 1,250.00 3,060.00 10,000.00 10,000.00

RECIPIENTS OF 2014

The Sports Legacy Fund is an investment in the sporting community of Kamloops and surrounding region by the Kamloops Blazers Sports Society and Blazers Sports Foundation. It has been established as a result of the 2007 sale of the WHL Kamloops Blazers Hockey franchise and by the commitment of the members of these organizations to sustainable sport initiatives through opportunity, growth and excellence.

Coaching Certification for 25 Volunteer Instructors Blazers Hockey Club Player Academic Recognition Junior Teaching Clinic and Coaching Certification Capital Projects: Site Security Upgrade and Shoreline Dock Repositioning Shumway Lake Purchase of Timing Equipment and Training Supplies Purchase of Training and Racing Kayaks Capital Upgrades: Facility upgrade Purchase of Fencing Equipment Purchase of Bronco Football Equipment Purchase of Speed Skating Equipment Capital Project: McArthur Island Training Facility Year 3/5 Capital Project: Electrical and Lighting Improvements Kamloops Bike Ranch Capital Project: Resurfacing Tennis Courts Volunteer Certification Workshops Purchase of Competition Mats Purchase of Training Equipment and Storage Unit Uniforms Program Support Coaching Development Purchase of Equipment for Learn to Curl Program Purchase of Equipment for Turf Maintenance Capital Project: Facility Washroom Upgrade at Stake Lake Year 2/3 Coaching Development and Program Enhancement Capital Project: Maintenance Storage Unit Purchase of Hockey Goal Nets Purchase of Youth Cross Country Ski Equipment Uniforms and Purchase of Equipment Program Enhancement Uniforms Training Camp Kamloops Region Athletic Scholarships Purchase of Equipment for Judging Ice Competitions

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t h r o u g h o p p o r t u n i t y, g r o w t h a n d e xc e l l e n c e . ABOUT US Organizational capacity is based on a sound governance foundation, the strength of leadership planning and appropriate succession strategies for organization membership and direction. This may be accomplished by board development training, customized training workshops and organization management. Leadership development is key to membership sustainability as well as being directed to the coaches and officials essential for the success of the organization. Community based volunteer support and cooperative efforts to sustain this much-needed resource are critical for the numerous events held annually in the City and Region. This can be accomplished by encouraging people to volunteer, increasing the capacity of organizations to attract new volunteers, enhancing the experience and recognizing the service. Proceeds from the Legacy Fund are not intended to replace existing sources of income for sport organizations. The opportunity for the leverage of Society funds and matching of grants significantly extends its capacity. The Society recognizes both financial and organizational support as valuable use of the income from the Legacy Fund. Wherever possible, financial support is accompanied by efforts to build the capacity and effectiveness of amateur sport organizations. KAMLOOPS ADAPTIVE SPORT ASSOCIATION The inaugural year of the Kamloops Adapted Sports Association (“KASA”) has been a tremendous success. With

outstanding financial support from The Kamloops Blazers Sports Society Sports Legacy Fund we have been able to create Kamloops’ first adapted sport club as well as integrate wheelchair basketball into the high school curriculum with a direct impact on over 1500 students in four schools. The school program will continue to run in 2014 with an anticipated impact of 5000 students. KIDS BENEFIT FROM KIDSPORT CHAPTER Since 2003, KidSport Kamloops has assisted 989 children and awarded in excess of $275,335 to families in Kamloops. “Our local committee is very excited to be able to provide funding assistance to parents who need help keeping their children in Sport Activity” said Clint Andersen, past chairman of the local chapter. The goal for 2014 is to assist 220 kids aged 5-18, grant from SLF $30,000. KAMLOOPS TENNIS ASSOCIATION The KTA Board of Directors is pleased to announce that a grant of $ 25,000 has been awarded to our Club from the Kamloops Blazers Sports Legacy Fund. This grant will be used to assist in the costs for court resurfacing.

Our sincerest thanks to the Kamloops Blazers Society for its generous donation to the KTA! THE FUND IS INTENDED TO SUPPORT • The improvement of amateur sport facilities and sport activities.

• Funding the purchase of land, buildings and equipment. • Funding for training, education and research pertaining to amateur sport. • Funding for organizational capacity building, leadership development and volunteer support. The Legacy Fund will support fledgling organizations establish themselves within the sport community on the understanding that oversight expectations and due diligence are increased until the organization is established and sustainable.

Smaller sport organizations, which are not incorporated under the BC Society Act, are encouraged to apply for funding and will not be restricted by the application requirements.

CONTACT US Sports Legacy Fund Administration PO Box 934, Station Main Kamloops, BC V2C 5N4 - 250-828-6896 Email Bob Smillie, Executive Director of Kamloops Blazers Sports Society

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TERRY LAKE

‘selfless people’ W

HEN I WAS GROWING UP IN THE OKANAGAN IN the 70s, we were envious of Kamloops. It had the Trans-Canada Highway, railways and Cariboo College had a gymnasium whereas, at Okanagan College, we had to use high school gyms for volleyball and basketball games. The rivalry, just as today, was pretty serious and I could not imagine living in the Hub City as it would be almost treasonous to my Okanagan roots. Wind the clock forward to the 1990s and the opportunity to teach at the University College of the Cariboo brought us to Kamloops. It did not take long to understand why residents have always loved this great city. Our girls were easily integrated into school and activities like soccer, music and even the Jam Can Curling Bonspiel. We quickly made close connections with similar families and maintain those relationships today, even though the kids are all (for the most part) fully-formed adults. The sense of community in Kamloops is the quality we love most. People know and care for each other and care about issues affecting the community. Serving on city council as mayor and as MLA has allowed me the privilege of meeting Kamloopsians who make a difference, sometimes in a large and public way but, often, in selfless and quiet ways. In the past 17 years, our family has seen Kamloops find a sense of confidence with growth and diversification of the economy and thoughtful community investments like the water-treatment centre, Tournament Capital facilities, Thompson Rivers University and, now, Royal Inland Hospital. We are proud when friends come to visit and are blown away by the tremendous facilities that makes us a healthy and active city, by the world-class university and beautiful campus but, mostly, by the friendly people who call Kamloops home.

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Join the TRU Sports Task Force!

The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack could just very well be the ‘almost best kept secret’ in the Kamloops sports scene. “Almost best kept secret” because the program is not only turning out top student/athletes but is also continuing increasing the amount of ties with the community. The WolfPack have almost 280 athletes with more coming next year with the addition of a swimming team. Thompson Rivers has varsity teams in soccer, basketball, volleyball, cross country running, golf, badminton, cheerleading (all of which are coed), baseball and hockey. 2013-14 was a banner campaign for the WolfPack Athletics program in competition, in the classroom and in the community. All but one of the TRU programs made the post season or had at least one athlete going to their respective national championship. For the first time in school history, two student/ athletes—Brad Gunter (Courtenay, BC) and Colin Carson (Prince George, BC) captured national awards by the CIS (Canadian Interuniversity Sport). Gunter was chosen as the men’s volleyball player of the year. Carson won the Dale Iwanoczko Award for outstanding contributions as an athlete, student and community leader. Carson was a league all-star, but also coordinated his teams community efforts. Among them was his decision to personally take Pacific Way Elementary to adopt. He spent almost every week during the fall and winter helping out with their volleyball programs. These awards were in addition to soccer player Justin Wallace (Kamloops, BC) being named the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association player of the year. While some of our student/athletes are from Kamloops, we have a number from throughout BC and Alberta. We also have some from Denmark, Norway, and the United States. Many of our athletes have represented their province and their country nationally and internationally. Community service is an initiative the WolfPack athletics program: from staff to players take seriously. We know what a wonderful place Kamloops is to live and we want to keep it that way. From the start of September to the end of school in May, our athletes are involved in a number of initiatives. This includes: Wendy’s Dreamlift, Terry Fox Runs (in the community and elementary schools), Toys for Kids, Basics for Babies, CIBC Run for the Cure and McHappy Day. Many of our teams do their own initiatives including women’s soccer who, this April will put on their sixth annual benefit soccer clinic at Hillside Stadium. The team puts on the clinic to help youngsters in the community with their skills but also donate the proceeds to a worthwhile charity: in 2013, it was the Y Women’s Emergency Shelter. Our student/ athletes don’t only ‘give it their all’ in competition but in the classroom as well. In 2012-13 we had over 30 of them recognized for Academic achievement. In addition to our athletics program, we also run a Recreational program which over 13 hundred staff and students participate in during the school year.

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VENTURE KAMLOOPS THE GO-TO SOURCE FOR BUSINESS INFORMATION As I look around our community, I see an incredible amount of growth that’s happened in the first quarter of 2014, and the many opportunities that are yet to be fully realized. Every day at Venture Kamloops, our team is contacted by local businesses looking for strategies on how they can grow. Many think that an economic development office like Venture Kamloops is focused primarily on attracting businesses from out of market. Though that does keep us busy and is a focus for our team, as much as 80% of business growth and development we experience is a result of our local businesses, so it’s

imperative that we provide them with the data and resources they need. To that end, we are continuously working to fulfill our mandate: to be the go-to source for local economic data and resources. We have just released an Economic Impact Study which provides substantial data to the business community to assist them in long term business decisions. Additionally, we have launched an online Report Builder which allows anyone to develop a free customized information report on the city, our competitive

advantages and major industry sectors. We are now working on an extensive Labour Market Study which will also contain important data for businesses to help them make smart decisions imperative to their success. Please contact our team at any time. We’re a free resource to business and look forward to connecting with you. Jim Anderson, Executive Director

MEET COLIN O’LEARY My name is Colin O’Leary and I’m responsible for the business retention and expansion activities with Venture Kamloops. This includes working with both existing local businesses and business start-ups, helping facilitate their growth or overcoming obstacles inhibiting their success. Our team at Venture Kamloops works with businesses daily on a wide range of issues including: attracting and retaining skilled labour, navigating industry regulatory requirements, providing industry contacts, and helping access incentive programs. Need assistance? Connect with me today to start a conversation on how our team can assist your business

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Matt McCurrach, Canadian Homebuilders’ Association president, enjoys taking visitors to Kenna Cartwright Park.

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‘central location’ What do you like best about Kamloops? The four seasons. What is the city’s best-kept secret? Kamloops is centrally located for many outdoor activities. Where is the first place you would take a visitor and why? Kenna Cartwright Park — you can see both valleys from the top. Name one thing you would like to see added to Kamloops. An NFL team.

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SAMANTHA HAWS

‘the zoo’

What do you like best about Kamloops? There are a lot of things that I like about Kamloops. It is perfectly located in the centre of the province. Secondly, the weather in Kamloops is perfect. You really get to experience all four seasons. But, most of all, I love the many options for outdoors activities. What is the city’s best-kept secret? I’m not sure it’s a secret, but Kamloops’ geography is absolutely stunning. It’s probably why I appreciate outdoors activities so much in the city. I enjoy hiking, camping, ATVing, boating on the river and snowmobiling. I like that all of these things can be done so close to home. Where is the first place you’d take a visitor and why? The first place I would take a visitor would be the B.C. Wildlife Park. You can go any season and still have a wonderful time looking at the different animals. I visit as often as I can in the summer, but still enjoy going to Wildlights in the winter. Name one thing you would like to see added to Kamloops. I believe Kamloops needs a larger tourist attraction, something like waterslides.

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‘community partnerships’ What do you like best about Kamloops? The best thing about Kamloops is the relationships amongst community and business partners. It doesn’t exist in other cities. This is, in my mind, is due to the respect and appreciation we have for one another. We are a very unpretentious community. What is the city’s best-kept secret? The diverse options the area has to offer. Every season has a vast range of activities, from camping, hiking, fishing and biking to snowboarding, skiing, sledding and hunting. Where is the first place you would take a visitor and why? In the summer, I would head to the Shuswap. In the winter, I would head to a Kamloops Blazers’ game, then head to Sun Peaks. The magnificent views in both of these seasons is breathtaking on any given day. Name one thing you would like to see added to Kamloops. Ikea. It baffles me that there isn’t one in the Okanagan and I think it would be great to be able to have the opportunity to support and attract travelers from all over the Okanagan and surrounding area. Anything you miss about old Kamloops? The Kamloops sign that used to sit on the side of the Northside Hill above the Yellowhead Highway.

Kamloops Blazers’ director of sales and marketing Dave Chyzowski is a big Ikea fan.

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PacificSport Interior BC, based in Kamloops is one of 5 Regional Sports Centres committed to developing sports at all levels by integrating athlete services, coaching education and physical literacy opportunities. Our Vision - Healthy communities inspired and enabled to participate, play and perform. It takes a COMMUNITY to build a CHAMPION! Come welcome home and celebrate with our Olympic Heroes!

Community Olympic Celebration - Journey of Champions mpions with Silver Medalist Jessica Hewitt, Short Track Speed Skating AND Elli Terwiel, Alpine Skiing - Slalom Saturday, April 5th 12:00 - 1:00 pm 1:00 - 2:00 pm

Celebration with our local Olympians and Paralympians, cake, autograph signing and photos Come try speed skating with the Kamloops Longblades Club McArthur Island Olympic Ice Rink

Don’t miss your chance to give a warm Tournament Capital “Welcome Home” from the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games to our athletes Jessica and Elli and International Curling Official Dianne Barker, and Team Canada Sledge Hockey Equipment Manager, Jan Antons.

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FRED LEGACE

Kamloops Airport manager Fred Legace would like to see Kamloops Lake developed.

‘small-town feel’

What do you like best about Kamloops? Kamloops is likely the most cosmopolitan city I have lived in. We seem to be able to accept people from around the world while keeping our small-town feel. What is the city’s best-kept secret? Riverside Park on a warm summer evening — it’s like no other place. You can picnic with the family, catch some great tunes and kids can play in the wonderful water park. Where is the first place you’d take a visitor and why? I always head for the TRU campus, where the ring road overlooks the valley. What a great view and it gives people a sense of the majesty of our place in B.C. Name one thing you would like to see added to Kamloops. I would love to see Kamloops Lake developed, with a good boat launch installed to access it in the city. What a great undiscovered playground.

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‘floating down the river’ What do you like best about Kamloops? I love our inclusive community events. From yarn bombing to Boogie the Bridge to a Kamloops Blazers game, people of all talents and ages come together and have a good time. What is the city’s best-kept secret? Floating down the river. Grab a $12 floatee and some cool beverages, meet friends at the Valleyview Boat Launch and kick back on the South Thompson River all the way to Pioneer Park.

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Where is the first place you’d take a visitor and why? In the summer, I’d take a visitor downtown for a stroll on Victoria Street around the shops and up to the farmers’ market before stopping for all-you-can-eat sushi or a Guiness at one of Kamloops’ many awesome patios. Then — if we weren’t too full or tipsy — I’d take them to Riverside Park and walk along the river. Name one thing you would like to see added to Kamloops. I would love to see the Rivers Trail expand into Valleyview, and more development along the river. I’d also love to see a permanent market space setup similar to the one on Granville Island.

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TODD STONE

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N 1981, MY PARENTS DID SOMETHING THAT changed my life — we moved to Kamloops. After graduating from Kamloops senior secondary in 1990, I attended the University College of the Cariboo for one year before completing my degree at the University of Victoria in 1994. After living in Vancouver, I moved back to Kamloops in 1999, where I married my sweetheart, Chantelle. Not long after returning to Kamloops, and with a new and growing software company, it was easy to see we had made the right decision coming home. Chantelle and I have been blessed with three beautiful girls, ages 4, 7 and 9, and Kamloops is a wonderful place to raise our family. From great schools with dedicated teachers to affordable and diverse activities in modern facilities and plenty of access to recreation and the outdoors, Kamloops is a community that affords a high quality of life. The thing we love the most about Kamloops, though, is the sense of community! An example of this is demonstrated by the City of Kamloops Tournament Capital of Canada program. This program would not be as successful without the full support of our community and dedicated, enthusiastic volunteer-base, as well as from local businesses and spectators. Kamloops is the community that keeps giving — no matter the cause, there are community members and businesses that genuinely care about the community and contribute to the cause. Boogie the Bridge is a great example of this community spirit. Boogie began in 1998 with 62 runners and has grown to over 2,400 runners in 2013. Since 2007, the Boogie the Bridge Cultural Fund has contributed over $32,739 to support local youth in cultural programs and workshops. It is this kind of community and giving spirit that makes Kamloops a wonderful place to live, work and play. Chantelle, Hannah, Sydney, Caitlin and I are very proud to call Kamloops home.

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‘rolling hills’ What do you like best about Kamloops? The people and geography. Its beautiful setting at the meeting of rivers, with hills and mountains surrounding, makes it one of the most beautiful places on Earth. A strong and active community makes up the city and the beauty of its location is matched by the people who live here. What is the city’s best-kept secret? McDonald Park is a great story of a neighbourhood getting involved and making a difference. It’s a great park for families and friends, with an open pool area, splash pad, gazebo, green space, community

gardens, basketball and sports courts, good parking and a dog-friendly park! Where is the first place you would take a visitor and why? The lookout above Batchelor Heights. Great views of the three valleys and of Kamloops neighbourhoods. Name one thing you would like to see added to Kamloops. Marinas and shops/restaurants along the water. And, if it applies, anything you miss about old Kamloops? Kami the Fish!

Steven Puhallo, executive director of the North Shore Business Improvement Association, would like to see Kami the Fish make a return.

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One call takes care of it all Whether you’re looking for a wedding reception venue, a space to hold a large-scale conference or a new hotspot for drinks with friends, the Coast Kamloops Hotel & Conference Centre has you covered. Our newly renovated facility offers 30,000 square feet of versatile meeting and social gathering space, as well as 202 beautifully designed guest rooms. From the beginning, the Coast Kamloops Hotel & Conference Centre was designed and built to accommodate groups ranging in size for intimate meetings to special events. We have nine separate conference rooms with capacities ranging from 5 to 585 guests. In addition, our Ballrooms combine together for over 8,000 square feet, featuring an adaptable room with elegant ambiance. Our versatile Dinner Theatre is the only one of its kind in Kamloops and can accommodate 390 guests dining or 450 theatre-style (400 lower level and 50 upper level), allowing for an evening of entertainment or a fabulous venue for keynote speakers and plenary sessions. Our facility is home to some of the City’s most prestigious events including: •

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Pre- and post- function, join us in one of our two onsite eateries: Prestons Restaurant offering a contemporary atmosphere for breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend buffets and Mama San Kitchen Bar Lounge which boasts an Asian-inspired menu featuring Sushi Rolls, Spring Rolls, Pad Thai, housemade Curry entrees among many other popular bowls and shareplates.

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KTW reporter Adam Williams enjoys hiking and camping in the Kamloops area.

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‘Sun Peaks’ What do you like best about Kamloops? There’s always something to do when you live in Kamloops. Whether it’s hiking, camping or visiting the Shuswap in the summer, or skating and snowboarding up at Sun Peaks in the winter, Kamloops keeps you busy.

What is the city’s best-kept secret? Sun Peaks. Though it’s not technically part of Kamloops, the resort is fantastic, with plenty for Kamloops residents to do in both the summer and winter. For a mountain of its size, Sun Peaks is incredibly under-utilized. Some from the Lower Mainland have started to catch on, making the trek rather than deal with the crowds and tourists at Whistler-Blackcomb. Where is the first place you would take a visitor and why? Riverside Park. With fantastic views, Music in the Park and plenty of good places to eat in the vicinity, it’s the perfect way to spend a night in the summer. Name one thing you would like to see added to Kamloops. A waterslide park!

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Rooftop Lounge & City View Grill The Kamloops Hospice Association (KHA) has been serving our community since 1981 and this year marks the 10th Anniversary of the Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Memorial Hospice Home. Thanks to the generosity of individuals and business in our community, KHA is able to support and care for individuals and their families, facing life threatening illness. Our focus is on caring, not curing; and on life not death. Hospice care also extends to friends and family members, helping them care for their loved one and to care for themselves during times of grief. The Hospice House has 12 private rooms all with an unobstructed view, handmade quilts, and ample space for family visits. Our specially trained and compassionate staff is comprised of nurses, care-aides, counsellors and an administration team who are all readily available to provide support. Along with the exceptional care provided at

the Hospice House, our community programs include a Community Visiting Program and a Day Program f o r palliative clients, grief and bereavement support through our counselling department and a resource lending library. Our dedicated volunteers are the foundation of the Kamloops Hospice Association and they are involved in every aspect of the organization. Our thrift store, Flutterbuys, at #40-1800 Tranquille Rd, is staffed by a team of volunteers and proceeds generated fund the Hospice Home. The Association is dependent upon the thousands of hours that our dedicated and committed volunteers contribute each year to our Hospice programs.

Thank you all for the compassion and caring you showed my mother and our family.

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‘Rivers Trail’ What do you like best about Kamloops? I met my wife Carolyn here 32 years ago. I enjoy the dry, sunny climate — perfect for lots of outdoor enjoyment: camping, fishing and gardening. What is the city’s best-kept secret? The Rivers Trail and Riverside Park. Where is the first place you would take a visitor and why? Everyone has to eat. It would be one of Kamloops’ landmark establishments — the Fox ‘N Hounds. Good food, good suds, good atmosphere. Name one thing you would like to see added to Kamloops. A fine dining restaurant atop Mount Paul with a gondola lift. Anything you miss about old Kamloops? Backyard burning, fewer bylaws, Kevin Millership’s regular city council chamber tirades, Riverside Park’s outdoor pool, the Go-Kart track across from Columbia Place, Mr. Comazetto’s produce garden on Valleyview Drive for tomatoes and the best New Mexican food in Kamloops at Mickey and Bette Caldwell’s restaurant, the Chili Chapter.

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‘music scene’ What do you like best about Kamloops? Wow, where to begin? I like the amazing views you can get from almost anywhere, from the back of my yard to driving down the Summit Connector. There are days when I still feel like I’m looking at the most amazing movie backdrop. I like the Kamloops Farmers’ Market, even though I don’t get there nearly as often as I used to. I like the arts and cultural aspects of Kamloops, the awesome plays and exhibitions and musical performances it supports. What is the city’s best-kept secret? By necessity, I think the best-kept secret is in the vault at the Kamloops Art Gallery, where its private collection of art is stored. It can’t be shown all the time, but that’s unfortunate because there are some amazing works in it — bits of Canadian history that I wish we could see more often. Where is the first place you would take a visitor and why? I take them to the marker on the South Thompson River with the markings of all the floods the city has experienced. Stand there and look up and then try to imagine that much water covering the city. Amazing. Name one thing you would like to see added to Kamloops. Ikea. Did I say Ikea? Yes, Ikea. Anything you miss about old Kamloops? Spinners.

KTW associate editor Dale Bass loves the amazing views in Kamloops.

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What do you like best about Kamloops? The people. We moved here eight years ago from Osoyoos with our hockey team. The fans and people we have met are incredible. I think that while, by Canadian standards, Kamloops is a large city — it is still a small town. People go out of their way to help and give to great causes. We had several fundraisers this year at games and, while each had different levels of financial success, all were amazed at the generosity. What is the city’s best-kept secret? I can think of several, but the one that comes to mind is the B.C. Wildlife Park. While not a secret, many people do not realize how fortunate we are to have this facility in Kamloops. I have taken my children and grandchildren and they thoroughly

enjoy the time spent there. Where is the first place you would take a visitor and why? As I said, the B.C. Wildlife park. But, I would obviously also take visitors to a Kamloops Storm or Kamloops Blazers hockey game. Local hockey games provide great family entertainment at an affordable cost. We are very fortunate to have two great teams in town. Name one thing you would like to see added to Kamloops. I am not a big fan of big-box stores and we are well served by what we have. If I were to add something, it might be a water park or better access to Kamloops Lake. Kamloops Lake could be a huge benefit to everyone in the community, but getting to it and being able to use it is always a challenge.

Barry Dewar, owner and general manager of the Kamloops Storm, thinks more Kamloopsians should get out to the B.C. Wildlife Park.

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Working in the Community of Kamloops New Afton has been recently recognized for the following awards: •

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2013 The Mayor’s Gala for the Arts – Mayor’s Award for Business in the Arts

2013 Rocky Mountaineer Green Award (11+ Staff) – Kamloops Chamber of Commerce

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New Gold’s New Afton Mine would like to thank its employees, the community of Kamloops and our First Nations partners for the support we received during 2013. The mine completed its first full year of commercial production and we had an outstanding year setting new records and achieving our goals. Some key successes to look back on was the Ministry of Mines follow up Audit with an average score of 89% and ISO 14001 Certification for Environmental Management. New Afton is committed to a safe and productive 2014 as a proud member of the Kamloops community. New Afton would like to thank Kamloops for their ongoing support in making New Afton a tremendous success.

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‘golf courses’ What do you like best about Kamloops? The things I enjoy most about Kamloops are the weather and location. Being from Alberta, the winters here are short and the summers are amazing. What is the city’s best-kept secret? I don’t believe in secrets. Where is the first place you would take a visitor and why? A golf course or a patio, depending on the visitor. Name one thing you would like to see added to Kamloops. Sedric’s. Definitely Sedric’s. Kamloops needs more retractable-roof hockey arenas. And Golftown. And Red Lobster. Anything you miss about old Kamloops? I’ve only been here eight years, but in that time this city has lost two Taco Times. It is unacceptable that the nearest Taco Time is in Kelowna.

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KTW reporter Tim Petruk enjoys finding a patio during Kamloops’ beautiful summers.


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‘downtown’ What do you like best about Kamloops? The downtown, of course! Downtown Kamloops is walkable, friendly, diverse, artsy, vibrant and inviting. The list could go on forever.

What is the city’s best-kept secret? Again, the downtown! Arriving downtown off the highway is a treat. You leave behind brown hills and pavement for lush greenery, beautiful flower gardens, quaint cobblestone sidewalks, unique shopping and beautiful heritage buildings. Where is the first place you would take a visitor and why? Downtown!

Gay Pooler, general manager of the Kamloops Central Business Improvement Association, would like to see a performing arts centre in downtown Kamloops.

Our neighbourhood, downtown Kamloops, has the best dining and most interesting shops. Visitors love to eat and you can dine exquisitely around the world. Visitors won’t go wrong shopping here. Our stores are full of unique items that will keep their memories of Kamloops fresh in their minds for years to come. Name one thing you would like to see added to Kamloops. A performing-arts centre located in downtown Kamloops. Imagine the shows and concerts that would keep Kamloopsians entertained and cultured in a new performing arts centre. Pair that with built-in parking and we would be in business!

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‘Lorne Street’ What do you like best about Kamloops? I love the spirit of the people and the beautiful summers. What is the city’s best-kept secret? Thompson Rivers University is the city’s best-kept secret. It brings so much to our city. Where is the first place you would take a visitor and why? The Lorne Street redevelopment, once the hotel is finished. The way it connects the river downtown is so city-like and beautiful. Name one thing you would like to see added to Kamloops. A performing-arts centre.

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Brenda Aynsley, executive director of the United Way, loves summers in Kamloops.


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United Way is a beacon for social change For almost half a century, United Way has raised and distributed money to an important network of charities doing great work. We also highlighted the problems facing our community, and drew attention to the plight of the most vulnerable. We raised awareness and leveraged compassion. But at the end of the day, when we looked around our community, we knew it wasn’t enough. Despite all the money raised, and all the programs that were funded, some of our most pressing community challenges were not getting better. And so we set for ourselves a new centre of gravity: our own success would revolve around the collective success of the community we serve. Last year in Kamloops alone 9,275 people had an opportunity to improve their situation because of funding from United Way.

But at the end of the day, when we looked around our community, we knew it wasn’t enough.

Sheila and her daughter Brooklynn are two of these people. Sheila is a single mother of three living in Kamloops. Sheila and her daughter Brooklyn regularly attend Family Tree Family Centre where they are part of an inclusive and accepting supportive social network. “All the positive people and staff there brought me hope when I needed it most,” Sheila says. “I will continue to go to Family Tree as long as I can. It has made life less of a struggle.” One of the ways United Way works towards real change is by strengthening the capacity of non-profits in our community. Last fall, the Family Tree Family Centre was ready to close its doors after two

Brooklynn waves hello from the Family Tree Family Centre. She and her mother Sheila are happy they can still visit and enjoy the facilities. of their funding commitments expired. United Way secured funding to prevent that from happening and is now working closely with the Family Tree board of directors to create a sustainability plan that involves risk management professional development, and exploring an alternate source of revenue – possibly a social enterprise. This is one example where United Way is so much more than a fundraising organization. We are a beacon for social change. We don’t just scratch the surface of social issues by using band-aid solutions. We dig deeper to identify the underlying root causes of issues and we work together with community partners to generate long-term, sustainable solutions that positively impact the health and well-being, education and financial stability of all members of our community.

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‘the lifestyle’ What do you like best about Kamloops? I moved here in 2001 from the Lower Mainland lifestyle. I love that I don’t live in my car anymore. But, Kamloops’ climate is No. 1 for me. I also like the people. Many folks also come from elsewhere and the city is becoming increasingly diverse.

Where is the first place you would take a visitor and why? The lookout near Chapter’s Viewpoint Restaurant, the top of Aberdeen or the very top of Batchelor North / Saddleback Hills to see the amazing views — probably all three! Then, I’d take them for a coffee at Hoodoos or a round of golf.

What is the city’s best-kept secret? The lifestyle. It’s certainly not a place for a high-flyin’ swingin’ single or couple but, it’s the best place for a family who enjoy the outdoors. We don’t sell it enough — if employers knew how much better their life and employees would be living here, they would come. I lived in Kamloops for a year while travelling to the Coast and Alberta to visit clients — it was a no-brainer.

Name one thing you would like to see added to Kamloops. I think Kamloops needs to improve its shopping. I shop for clothes in Kelowna and the area we serve is just as big. Aberdeen Mall needs to expand and upgrade to make the mall a destination.

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Miss anything about old Kamloops? All I miss about the old Kamloops is the demise of the Western theme.

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he accounting firm of Tenisci Piva began in May of 1994 in its current location under the name of Tenisci White Piva, in the downtown sector at 261A Victoria Street and is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Currently the firm has five partners and a support staff of 16 people. Ron Tenisci, Mario Piva and Ken White were the founding partners with a team of six people. All three partners were working together at the firm of Cunliffe Tenisci and Associates when they decided to branch out together and form their own accounting firm. Two years later Ken White left to pursue other endeavours and they have operated as Tenisci Piva ever since. With an initial space of 2,200 square feet, the firm went through four expansions over time and currently occupy the entire 5,000 square feet of the top floor of the building. As they grew it became necessary to bring on a new partner, Arlana Cochran, who had been working with Ron since 1988 prior to the formation of the firm. Arlana brought with her not only a wealth of knowledge from having worked with Ron and Mario for many years, but also a great personality that has served her well with both the team members and her clients alike. She is currently going through the process of retiring and we wish her all the best. In 2012 Tenisci Piva brought in another partner, Dennis Piva, who had been with the firm for six years. Prior to that he worked with a local firm where he concentrated on servicing small to medium sized businesses, which fit well with our mandate. With the continued expansion of acquiring new clients over the years, the firm has recently brought in two new partners, Dwayne Dueck and Tina Peters. Dwayne is a tax practitioner

who worked in that capacity for the past 15 years with a local multinational firm, and we are delighted to have him in order to service those clients that require a higher level of tax advice. Tina comes from Vancouver and brings a significant amount of experience from having worked for 15 years with the CGA Association as a Director of Public Practicing Services. Her strengths are in providing advisory services to small and medium sized businesses and also has a background in mediation. Tenisci Piva is proud to have recently received a Certificate of Appreciation from Kamloops City Council for their contribution over the years to the City of Kamloops. The firm prides itself in providing a number of services to its clients, including the following: • • • • • • • • • • •

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Much of our success can be attributed to the hiring of competent people who work well together, many of whom came from Thompson Rivers University here in Kamloops. We also pride ourselves as being a community-minded friendly and approachable team, providing quality business services as mentioned above. Our goal is to develop a trusting relationship with our clients, understand their goals and concerns and to make a positive impact on their financial affairs.

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‘volunteers’ What do you like best about Kamloops? My family lives here. It’s a wonderful community to raise a child. There are many opportunities, from arts to sports, and teachers in this district are amazing.

What is the city’s best-kept secret? It’s no secret how many things we have going for us: A vibrant arts and cultural community, fantastic sports facilities, great shopping, an engaged business community and an award-winning city administration and chamber of commerce. Not to mention, you can ski and golf in the same day and our volunteers are world class. Nope — nothing secret about that! Where is the first place you would take a visitor — and why? I usually take them up Rose Hill Drive and around back to Knutsford for the beautiful view of the city and equally beautiful and accessible countryside. Friends from Saskatchewan have noted: “We’re up so high the planes are below us!” I never thought of it that way! Lori Marchand, general manager for Western Canada Theatre, enjoys taking visitors to see the views from Rose Hill.

Anything you miss about old Kamloops? Kami the Trout and the gold Stetsons will always have a special place in my heart, as will China Village, Slim’s Bakery and the ice-cream shop where you could buy double-headed ice-cream cones.

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LIKE HOME . . .

Glover’s Medicine Centre Pharmacy

Helping people improve the quality of their lives is Aaron Glover’s most important goal. The owner of Glover’s Medicine Centre Pharmacy in Sahali says being able to create the right medication for individuals — medicines they might not be able to get chain or big-box retail pharmacies - is hugely rewarding. “It’s about making someone feel better, giving them the ability to enjoy life more. I enjoy going to work.” Passion is important and I like to help. Glover opened his store in 2005, after several years working at other local pharmacies. He has always wanted to run his own pharmacy, and has worked towards that goal since his graduation from UBC. 1997. As a compounding pharmacist, Glover says he is

able to manufacture unique preparations, suspensions, capsules, liquids, injectable medications and creams, all from scratch. The ability to customise medicines, antibiotics and other drugs gives him unique ability to help those who most need it. Many times, doctors (and veterinarians - Glover’s lab also prepares medications for animals and vet clinics) call him with inquiries or prescriptions for medicines that requires unique amounts of specific drugs, or a special means of delivery. “We take the raw ingredient and make up something from them.” he said, adding compounding is only required when drugs do not exist in ready made form already. “We don’t reproduce something already out there.” he says.

“It’s personal, 90 percent of my customers I know by name.”

Such service is important these days as more drug companies curtail production of less popular medications. Changes to generic drug pricing schemes have reduced the profitability of some drugs to the point big manufactures don’t make the same quantities. As well, chain or big-box pharmacies often don’t carry the less popular medications, and have no ability to concoct something special as needed. Those pharmacists dispense manufactured drugs and medications only. Glover says another key focus for his store is customer service and education. Its important for him to know his customers truly understand what they are taking, why they are taking it and haw to take a medication properly.

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He says he gets to know his customers personally. Its personal, I know my customers by name. We give personal service that is unmatched. If there is a problem we fix it. It’s all about service.” Glover says he is proud to live and work in Kamloops, and has long believed in the importance of community. “A big part of my business is giving back to the community.” he said, adding he sponsors many teams and events, with new ones being added all the time. “I do a ton of community stuff. I support the community, the community supports me.”

250-851-3131 #10-1380 Summit Dr glovers@medicinecentre.com www.medicinecentre.com Mon-Fri 9-5:30, Sat. 10-3. Closed Sundays & Holidays

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Welcome to Gord’s Maytag & More

Appetite for perfection. February 21 to April 13, 2014

Gord’s Maytag & More is one of Western Canada’s leading stores for appliance sales of Maytag, Whirlpool, Amana, Kitchenaid and Jenn-Air. We pride ourselves in customer service and customer satisfaction and look forward to doing business with you. Our mission is to be the Best Bed & Appliance Store in the World, but our mission does not stop there. Our commitment to our community is very important to us. We understand that our employees are committed in their own interests as well. We encourage our staff to spend quality time with their families and their community. To help meet that commitment we choose not to open Weekday evenings and Sundays. Gord’s Maytag & More management and staff are proud members of the Kamloops community and we do our best to help in whatever way we can as community leaders.

Purchase any 4 or more qualifying* Jenn-Air ® appliances and receive a

Purchase any qualifying Jenn-Air ® Commercial Range** or Built-in Refrigerator*** or Accolade™ Vent**** and receive up to a

Purchase any 2 or 3 qualifying* Jenn-Air ® appliances and receive a

15% 10% 500 †

INSTANT REBATE

INSTANT REBATE

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BONUS INSTANT REBATE (after taxes)

Qualifying Jenn-Air® Commercial Ranges, Built-in Refrigerators and Accolade™ Vent count as 2 units**!

From helping out with Operation Christmas Child and supplying good quality, rebuilt washers and dryers to local single parent families, to pitching in volunteering within our community, the team at Gord’s Maytag & More is proud to be a part of our community. For over 20 years Gord’s Maytag & More has made a home on Kamloops North Shore. With the overwhelming success, we have

been able to continue to grow and provide our customers with the latest trends, styles and quality in Beds & Appliances. No job is too big or too small for our team! From delivering and setting up your new washer and dryer to outfitting Kamloops developments, our hard working team of service and sales staff, and our fleet of service vehicles, are ready to help you.

Stop by and talk with General Manager Cam Wilson or any of our other friendly staff for the newest Maytag,Amana, Kitchenaid, JennAir and Whirlpool appliances and check out our good selection of refurbished pre-owned appliances too. Email our Sales Team at sales@gordsmaytag.com

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Section P of the March 25, 2014 edition of the Kamloops This Week