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Corrections and a clarification • In the August 6 edition of the Pioneer, the caption in “Interim payments issued to survivors” states Doug Lennox had been working on the class action lawsuit to support Sixties Scoop survivors in the settlement for nine years. His firm had got involved nine years ago but Lennox has been involved for a total of six years at this stage. • In the “Survivor compensated for Sixties Scoop” feature story about Patricia Meraw in the August 6 edi-

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VALLEY NEWS New superintendent prepares for school By Dauna Ditson dauna@columbiavalleypioneer.com Four days into her new job as the superintendent for School District 6, on Friday, August 7 Karen Shipka said preparing for a new school year during the pandemic has been like “drinking from a fire hose.” Even so, she’s grateful to the previous superintendent, the school board and the staff who have been thoughtful and welcoming. “I’ve just had such rich learning, and that’s what I love,” she said. “We don’t have all the answers yet but we’re anticipating many different scenarios just to be safe.” To get an idea of the number of students they’ll be teaching, the school district sent out a survey to see how many students are returning to class for the fall and how many parents are making alternative arrangements due to concerns with COVID-19. “The results are coming in very positive,” she said, adding that the preliminary numbers show plenty of students coming back. “There’s going to be some I’m sure that are concerned, and rightly so. We don’t know everything about this virus,” she said. “Some people are likely waiting for more information, and that’s totally fair. We don’t have all the information yet. We have what we’ve received from government and now we’re looking at how do we prepare our schools and then once we’ve got our plans all updated based on this new safety model then we can communicate that again with the community so that they understand some of the safeguards that we’ve put in place.” The survey was still open at press time. “Our main concern right now is just to ensure that parents feel comfortable sending their kids back and that our schools are safe for them,” Shipka said. “I think being isolated and at home is harder for children. There’s some real value in having them come together even if it’s in small groups.” This fall students will be grouped into cohorts of up to 60 students and staff for elementary schools and middle schools and up to 120 students for those in secondary schools.

“You have to factor in all of the people that come in contact with those kids,” she said. “The goal of a cohort learning group is to minimize the number of interactions they have with others through the day.” For the younger students, the limits would generally allow two classes of students to learn together and to have shared lunch and recess breaks. Secondary schools are replanning schedules to accommodate the cohort groupings. “Principals are looking very closely at their timetables to make sure that they can offer first and foremost safety and then the best learning experiences for the kids,” she said. “The one thing that works in our favour is that our schools aren’t really large... so we can put kids physically in different spaces in our schools.” While the principals and senior staff are “brilliant thinkers and looking at every single angle,” Shipka said it’s hard to prepare for schools to open without being able to connect with the teachers who are on vacation for the summer. She was waiting to hear if the government will be bringing teachers in early or pushing the September 8 start date back to give teachers time to catch up. Pushing the start date back would allow for teachers to be actively involved in return-to-school plans, but either way Shipka said the district will figure out a way to get to teachers up to speed. “We can develop plans and principals can develop plans but you really need to work with your teachers,” Shipka said. “We’re lucky that they had the time in June to at least try some things. We’re planning, but we’re in a wait pattern because we don’t have access to everybody right now.” (As the Pioneer went to press, Education Minister Rob Fleming announced that the first day of school would be pushed back but the start date hadn’t been set.) Despite the challenges the pandemic brings, Shipka is optimistic about the upcoming school year. “I’m feeling that we are in pretty good shape... I think overall the (provincial) plan is a good one. It gives us some opportunities to respond based on our local context in each of our communities,” she said. “We want to make sure that we can do everything possible to ensure safety.” As for how her first week was going, she said: “I just feel like I have won the lottery... It’s a great place with great people.”

Masked mayor says numbers of visitors are up By Dauna Ditson dauna@columbiavalleypioneer.com Mayor Al Miller welcomed shoppers to the Invermere Farmers’ and Artists’ Market on Saturday with a smile that was hidden beneath his mask and with a dose of hand sanitizer for everyone. “I’m going to be there to... help keep them safe and in the market,” he said. “We’re trying to be proactive.” Over at Kinsmen Beach, he said it’s “questionable” whether people are keeping to their pandemic bubbles or not. “It’s tight, there’s no getting around it,” he said. “I think in a lot of cases people are trying to respect their distance but when the crowds start to get like they’ve been over the last week or two it gets a little tough to socially distance.” Based on the numbers of people downtown and at the beaches as well as the

amount of vehicles packed into parking lots, he figures there are more people in town these days than in most years. Some of the influx in visitors may be a result of Miller loudly welcoming guests to return to the valley this summer. “I extended the welcome, but I also asked for everybody to be very respectful, to social distance and be kind,” he said. “I fully understand why people want to get out of the cities where it’s super crowded and their living areas are tighter.” Miller said it’s time for people to “find some other spots” to spread out, adding that the Lake Windermere Resort Lands, which the district purchased in Athalmer, will eventually allow the community to make space for more people. He wants to see a lot of consultation on plans for the area and hopes it can be done face-to-face on the land. “Knowing that we live in the beautiful place that we do, people are just naturally going to want to come,” he said.

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This past week, August 3 through August 9 the Columbia Valley RCMP responded to 96 calls for service. The following is a summary of some of the files our officers responded to. On Thursday, August 6 at about 10:15 p.m. an officer was patrolling Highway 93/95 in Fairmont Hot Springs when he clocked an Audi A4 travelling at 150 km/h in an 80 km/h zone. The driver received a violation ticket for excessive speed and his vehicle was towed and impounded for seven days. On Friday, August 7 at 8 a.m. police responded to a report of a single vehicle collision on Highway 93 approximately 10 km east of Radium Hot Springs. A Hyundai Elantra had left the roadway and struck a large rock. The driver, who had received a ride to the hospital prior to police arrival, told the officer it was raining when the collision occurred and she had hydroplaned while she negotiated the curve. On Saturday, August 8 at 1:20 p.m. Columbia Val-

ley RCMP responded to a two vehicle collision at Panorama Drive and Laurier Street in Invermere. Witnesses reported the driver of a Jeep Cherokee failed to yield to a Toyota Sienna in the intersection and drove into the Sienna. There were no reported injuries. While speaking to the driver of the Jeep Cherokee, the officer noted an odour of liquor coming from the driver’s breath. The driver complied with a roadside breath demand and blew a “fail”. As a result, the driver received a violation ticket for driving without consideration and a 90-day immediate roadside driving prohibition. The Jeep Cherokee was impounded for 30 days. On Saturday, August 8 at 11 p.m. Columbia Valley RCMP received a report of a possible stranded hiker on Mount Nelson. A family member of the hiker received an email notification indicating the hiker required assistance. Columbia Valley Search & Rescue initiated a search at first light and located the man at 6:45 a.m.. The man apologized and explained he had meant to hit the “OK” button on his device and inadvertently hit the wrong button. The man was uninjured but thankful for efforts made to ensure his well-being.

Man remains missing despite further searching of the Kootenay River Submitted by Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey, B.C. RCMP Southeast District RCMP and local search and rescue crews returned to the Kootenay River this past weekend to further search for the Edmonton, Alberta man who disappeared on July 30, 2020, while attempting to rescue the family’s dog. On Friday, August 7, 2020 and Saturday, August 8, 2020, the general public may have noticed an increased presence from both RCMP and search and rescue personnel, after officials returned to the Kootenay River in a coordinated effort to locate the missing man, presumed drowned. Despite the added search efforts this past weekend in B.C.’s Columbia Valley the Alberta man remains missing at this time, says Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey, spokesperson for the BC RCMP Southeast District. It doesn’t mean the search is over, as search officials will continue to monitor

the water and reassess as conditions allow. Columbia Valley Search and Rescue (SAR) was engaged very early in this search, which has since received mutual aid from Kimberley SAR, Cranbrook SAR, Golden SAR, Sparwood SAR and Creston SAR. The massive search efforts to date have included efforts to locate the missing man by air, on land and on the waters of the Kootenay River using a variety of methods, including support from the RCMP Underwater Recovery Team (URT). This past weekend approximately 20 swift water rescue technicians returned to search the Kootenay River near Canal Flats. The operation was bolstered with four jet boats, two rafts, a search canine, underwater cameras and a helicopter provided by Coldstream Helicopters. The police investigation remains open and continues at this time. RCMP continue to update and support the man’s family, who ask for their privacy during this difficult time.

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Mayor of Canal Flats puts rumour to rest Submitted by Karl Sterzer, mayor of Canal Flats The Pioneer reached out with questions on a rumour of interest regarding the “un-incorporation” of the Village of Canal Flats. A similar rumour has circulated dating back to 2006, not long after the Village of Canal Flats first became an official municipality. I believe that this is a conversation held at various times by individuals that perhaps feel frustrated for one reason or another. Its resurgence usually corresponds with changes in the community that are hard for some to embrace or are just foreign to what people have become accustomed to. Although change may be hard for some residents, it is important to understand that change is not always easy for local governments either. We are continually faced with changing policies and/or regulations that are mandated from a provincial or federal level. In fact, we expend much of our energy on these evolving regulations, and staff is always commissioned to act and react in a timely fashion. The fact that we are currently discussing this rumour makes sense as there has been a rapid change in the Village of Canal Flats over the last few years. I believe that this can be hard for some people that have been used to a particular way of life and may feel frightened or frustrated by the unknown. With this in mind, we must understand that change is inevitable, and we are all faced with it regardless of where we reside. As for the Village of Canal Flats and what our governance looks like, I would like to share a few facts and responding timelines as to how hard this council and staff are working for the betterment of our community. I hope that by providing a more holistic perspective as to what we have been dealing with and how we are moving forward, it will promote understanding and improve communication. Thus, I would like to share some key considerations. In late 2016 the announcement that Canfor would be permanently shutting down its operations here in Canal Flats forever changed the landscape of our community. As a councillor during that time, I was commissioned to go to Vancouver to work with BCEDA on an economic recovery strategy for the community. Council and staff of the day also worked tirelessly with CBT, the RDEK, the Province, and for the next two years, we kept the municipal tax increase to almost zero per cent to lighten the impact on the local residents. Since 2017 here is a glimpse of some of the things we have accomplished: • We have completed a new award-winning Official Community Plan. • We reorganized and streamlined our zoning bylaws. • We rebranded our community “Mountain Rise,” which includes a new website, logo, and signage. • We have completed an industrial land strategy plan, a hotel feasibility plan, a trails master plan, a recreation master plan, a beautification plan, and a Tilley Memorial Park Master Plan. • We have worked tirelessly for business attraction, including Brian Fehr, the CLTC, BID, Iris Energy, Certainteed, and other potential suitors through the BC Site Selector Program. • Painted Ridge is now underway, currently building

its first two structures. • We have a new 50-door development coming to the downtown portion of the village. • We have continued upgrades to our local arena. • We are currently constructing new washrooms and a large timber frame amenity building near the ball field and primary park where Flats Festival and Canal Days are held annually. • We have completed the upgrades to a new water system. • New trails initiatives are underway, including the start of a shore-to-shore (the river to the lake) trail. • Soon we will have new highway signage for the village approach ways. • We have completed a study on our infrastructure, including water, sewer lines, lifts stations, and sewage lagoons. • We have also just finished the VOCF Kootenay River Flood Risk Assessment and Flood Mapping. • Additionally, after working on childcare initiatives for the last couple of years, we have recently been awarded a large grant for a new state-of-the-art daycare facility, which will provide 40 licensed daycare spaces for local children. This at no cost to our local residents with grants: $970,000 from UBCM and $639,000 from MCFD. Aside from this, we continue to move the community forward, with staff working hard on the day-to-day operations of the village, which includes but is not limited to water, sewer, roads, parks, and a myriad of operational measures required under the community charter and the local government act. All of this has been accomplished while keeping our tax base to one of the lowest rates in the region. There is much more that has taken place, and much more to come! Although we have had some challenges and setbacks with COVID-19, our focus today is on job creation, business retention, and social programs and entities that will enhance our community. An integral reason we have accomplished so much and have been able to focus our energy and finances specifically on improving Canal Flats is because it is an incorporated entity. Without this form of governance, we will lose the momentum, individuality and voice we have fought so hard to attain and once again become over-shadowed by the needs of other local communities. The fact that we are incorporated also provides us with a directorship position (a seat at the regional district board level), of which I am currently chair for the Upper Columbia Valley. This provides me with an opportunity to advocate on behalf of Canals Flats to the rest of the region. We need this form of governance, which creates advocacy for our village and promotes the majority’s needs and values within our community. As always, I have an open-door policy for people to approach and talk with me. I also have a formal standing invite (every second Monday of the month) for any constituents to meet with me. I encourage people to get involved, come to our meetings, ask questions, and freely offer constructive comments. Although we are public officials and staff that work on the front lines of our community, I would also ask that people remember that we are still just human beings trying our hardest to make Canal Flats the best community that it can be.

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PERSPECTIVE Balance between fun and caution

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By Dauna Ditson dauna@columbiavalleypioneer.com Depending where you go, you can almost forget we’re in the midst of a global pandemic or you can be hit with a dose of unpleasant reality. What time you head to the grocery store can make all the difference between whether it seems like the apocalypse or any old day. Mornings seem to draw in maskedup shoppers while the unmasked multitudes may prefer to grab their groceries later. If you go to the beach, you’ll see a summer that looks like any other with swimmers, splashers and sun bathers taking up pretty much every square inch of sand. It looks like a regular summer where anyone’s biggest concern is whether they put on enough sunscreen or whether their ice cream will melt faster than they can eat it. It’s possible that the beach crowds are a lot of little pandemic bubbles clustered together yet spaced out appropriately, or that we’re getting less cautious as the hot days stretch on. If you go to the dentist, in comparison, you may get a healthy reminder about the dreaded virus. To start with, I filled out a waiver and a health check and sent it to the clinic. Then I texted and waited outside until the office gave me permission to enter. Next up, I held out my hands for a spritz of sanitizer and tipped my forehead for a temperature check. Then I swished a sip of mouthwash – powered with hydrogen peroxide – around my pearly whites before I was allowed to open up. Measures like those the dental clinic is offering make it easy for a patient to feel safe – even after the waiver makes it clear that dental services can increase risk of getting and spreading COVID-19. The contrast in how seriously the valley and our visitors are taking the pandemic is disconcerting. Is it a day at the beach or are we in imminent danger? Is it both or neither or somewhere in the middle? If we perceive others are doing too little, does it make us less inclined to do our best? Or does it make us feel resentment? If we think others are doing too much, does it make us take them – and the pandemic and our own health responsibilities – less seriously? Aristotle said too much of any virtue is a vice and too much of any vice is a virtue. His Golden Mean figures you’re at your best when you’re right in the middle between opposites like fear and foolhardiness. Too much fear isn’t healthy and neither is taking on too much risk. It may be wise to search for the balance Aristotle advised so that we both act with care and continue to enjoy these sun-soaked summer days.

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Petition to lower highway speed between Invermere and Windermere Dear Editor, The aim of this letter is to inform the readers that I started a formal petition to the Legislative Assembly of the Province of British Columbia requesting to take action to reduce the maximum speed limit of Highway 93/95 from Invermere to Windermere from the current 90 km/h to 60 km/h. The current maximum speed limit of 90 km/h has become a huge concern to residents living along both sides of Highway 93/95 between Invermere and Windermere. The current maximum speed limit of 90 km/h is causing a safety issue to pedestrians that want to cross the highway as well as to vehicles that need to merge onto the highway from their communities with highway traffic moving at maximum speed. Traffic noise caused by cars, light trucks, and heavy trucks is becoming unbearable to homeowners living along or near the highway.

Highway safety and noise is definitively affecting the quality of life of people living along Highway 93/95 from Invermere to Windermere. I am inviting residents of Invermere, Rural Invermere and Windermere that agree that the highway maximum speed limit shall be reduced to sign the petition to the Legislative Assembly of the Province of British Columbia to reduce the maximum speed limit to 60 km/h. To achieve this change I created an online petition that is available at https://www.change.org/ speedlimitHwy95. Once signed, the petition will be emailed to Mr. Doug Clovechok – MLA Columbia River-Revelstoke. For more information about this petition please send an email with your questions to speedlimitHwy95@shaw.ca Edward Mayer Rural Invermere

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People of Colour Fresh old ideas By Arnold Malone Pioneer Columnist I once read an article by an anthropologist who made the case that race does not exist. He offered that when we think of race we imagine different species such as different plants or animals. His contention was that what we observe today as “race” is merely adaptation. From his work he proffered that the humans emerged somewhere in Africa and that those humans, in time, migrated north and south. As they migrated to new environments their bodies needed to adapt. Dark skinned persons in less sunlight had difficulty absorbing enough vitamin D. Those who had lighter pigmentation had a better a chance of survival. Then, the further north the migration moved the lighter the skin evolved. The Nordic countries have many fair skinned persons. The article fascinated me since it had some possibility given the million-year duration of human existence. Importantly, if all humans have derived from the same base then we should be gracious towards our brothers and sisters. As a child I lived in a region that was entirely Caucasians. During my university years I came in direct contact with persons of colour and a good number were fine friends. When you truly become friends you can talk and not notice colour. The connection is in the eyes. Moreover, we can all be more inclusive and encourage a wider level of friendship by engaging with others. When we send a friendly signal we greatly enhance the chance of receiving a like signal in return. What I know with certainty is that our acceptance or rejection of others – based on appearance – is a learned behaviour. It is not an innate characteristic. If you are a doubter then observe chil-

dren on a playground as they intermingle with others of mixed races. In my second year of university my roommate, Jay, and I were offered an award to attend an Encampment for Citizenship at the Berkley Campus in California. One day we saw a poster on a power pole advertising that Martin Luther King was to speak at the Cow Palace across the Bay in San Francisco. Jay and I decided to attend. We were among the one per cent who were Caucasians along with twenty two thousand African Americans. Reverend King gave a rousing hour-long speech. The only line I can quote this many years later is: “White people ask us to wait just a little longer. We have waited over 200 years. How much longer do we have to wait?” When the speech was over Jay and I got on the first of three busses that would connect us back to the campus. The bus was filled to over capacity with African Americans along with two nervous white boys. The chatter was highly charged. Persons were excitedly voicing their distain about their oppression from white people. We were the only white persons on the bus. There was some relief when we transferred to the second bus and the mix of races became a little more equal. There was not one single reason for our concern. No one directed any sharp comments towards us yet we were a tiny minority in a worked up crowd so we were anxious. Our previous notion of a minority had reversed. We were the minority. I now have a small sense of how coloured people feel when their safety is connected to unending shades of fear. Over time our society has gained some understanding about our misguided opinions that have robbed us from the fullness of our humanity. It has also dictated how much more we need to change to reap the reward of a fully inclusive society. Arnold Malone served as MP for Alberta’s Battle River and Crowfoot ridings from 1974 through 1993. He retired to Invermere in 2007.

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Majestic creatures and the art of connecting Advertising supported content by the Artym Gallery This Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. the Artym Gallery will be showcasing paintings by Anita McComas, which will continue until August 14. “My art is about connecting... connecting to things that make you feel. I celebrate expression and emotion through a loose, gestural style, that is both complex and simplified,” said Anita. Anita’s painting style remains the same for both the landscape and animal series with big brush, bold and irregular strokes to break up the straight lines. The irregular strokes help weave the lines (colours) of the composition together but not quite finishing it. This leaves a gap in the perception of the painting for the viewer to finish. You see the intersecting of lines in the background of her landscapes, but it is just sunlight shining through the leaves onto the forest floor. Although her style remains the same for both series of work, the creation is a little different. With the landscapes Anita is the viewer and paints the depth of looking into the space. With the animal series she is painting the animal as it looks at her.

“I love the idea of the animal looking at me, trying to tell me something with its body language,” she said. Anita was indelibly struck by the co-existence of people and wild animals in Western Canada, which include deer, coyotes, and the occasional bear. In one memorable incident she was driving from Kelowna to Calgary. “It was early in the morning, I was alone, and pretty much the only car on the road. As I was driving, I could see something moving onto the road. It was three moose rambling onto the highway. They just stopped in the centre of the road and looked at me. I stopped the car and stood outside watching them. Eventually a few other cars showed up and we were all standing outside of our cars just looking at these moose who did not have any plans to move! I fell in love! It was incredible just to be near them… and their size! I must have been twenty feet away. I cannot even convey the feeling I had being so close to them on a canvas. Maybe that’s why I keep on trying. I love that they appear so awkward, imperfect, but are so very majestic,” she said. To see Anita’s original works, please join us at the Artym or you can go to www.artymgallery.com.

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Dog control will now be available for residents in the Indian Beach Estates area on the reserve. At their regular Kootenay East Regional Hospital District (KERHD) meeting held at the Regional District of East Kootenay’s (RDEK) office in Cranbrook on Aug. 7, the existing three-party service agreement held with Akisqnuk First Nation was amended to include dog control on leased lands on the reserve until Dec. 31, 2022. “We’ve got a service agreement with them that covers a number of services, and dog control hadn’t been included in it in the past,” said Shawn Tomlin,

RDEK chief administrative officer after the meeting. “It was actually added in April, but it wasn’t formalized until this meeting when the hospital district board signed off.” Akisqnuk First Nation former Chief Alfred Joseph had formalized the agreement with KERHD and RDEK when he signed the amended agreement on May 7, 2020. However, the amended agreement for dog control currently excludes service for the Akisqnuk First Nation band office and its member’s housing. That means the dog control contractor, who currently serves RDEK, will now respond to phone calls in the leased land on the reserve, which primarily includes the Indian Beach Estates in Windermere.


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River floats and waterfalls: weekending in Radium Submitted by Kylie Steedman on behalf of Tourism Radium Explore and relax in Radium Hot Springs this weekend! As we like to say at the Visitor Centre, anything you want to do outside, you can do in Radium. Whether you prefer the slower pace of a float on the Columbia River or the excitement of a waterfall trail, there is plenty to do in Radium this weekend. Here are a few ideas to get you started. Float the Columbia River Floating the Columbia River from Invermere to Radium is a staple activity in the valley! The float takes about three hours to complete, travelling along the Columbia River Wetlands. Soak up the sunshine on the water, do some birdwatching and enjoy views of the Purcells. For boat or board rentals, along with shuttle options, check out one of the local rental companies. Pick up local treats at the Market on Main The Market on Main Farmer’s Market runs from 4-7 p.m. every Friday outside the Radium Visitor Centre. Check out local vendors offering food trucks, fresh produce, jewelry, canned goods and so much more. Hike to a waterfall The Sinclair Falls, accessed by the

Juniper Trail (pictured), is the perfect short hike for a summer day! Located just inside Kootenay National Park, you can reach the falls by hiking Photo submitted down the steep switchbacks of the Juniper Trail for about 20 minutes. From here, you can enjoy the cool spray of the waterfalls or continue along the trail to reach a viewpoint atop Sinclair Canyon. Try out a tour Radium has a variety of tour operators for every activity. Try a Segway tour, zipline adventure, whitewater rafting, horseback ride or guided hike. Explore a local business Is there a business in Radium Hot Springs you haven’t visited yet? There’s so many great local restaurants, activities and attractions to explore! Whether you’re local or visiting, Radium Hot Springs is the place to be this weekend. If you’d like some more information on your weekend adventures, feel free to stop by the Radium Visitor Centre from 9-5 daily or reach us by phone at (250) 347-9331.

Thank you! 2020 Lake Windermere District Lions Charity Golf Day The Lake Windermere District Lions Club thanks all of the sponsors of our recent Charity Golf Day. All proceeds have been donated to the Columbia Food Bank. The success of this event would not have been possible without the support of these individuals and businesses: • Abyss Exploration Underwater Salvage • Columbia Valley Sign Artists • Copper Point Golf Course • Diamond Heating & Spas • Fairmont Jewellers • Green Andruschuk LLP • Invermere Glass • Invermere Veterinary Hospital • Invermere Volunteer Fire Department • JT Brooks Construction

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Transforming old fabric into reusable bags By Dauna Ditson dauna@columbiavalleypioneer.com Back in January when Sobeys, Valley Foods and Home Hardware banded together to get rid of single-use plastic bags and when Invermere’s mayor Al Miller encouraged other businesses to do likewise, Stevie Irons wanted to help out too. She was a volunteer at the Invermere Health Care Auxiliary’s Thrift Store, which was already doing its part to help the community reduce, reuse and recycle. But could they do more? “I realized that the plastic bags were going to end and then I started looking around at the store because we cull items. People donate things and then, if we can’t sell them, they’re culled,” she said. The clothing and linens that don’t sell are shipped away to Vancouver – the store uses a colour coding system that tells volunteers when items came in and lets them keep track of pieces that aren’t moving – but Irons wondered if the leftover items could be updated and reused closer to home. “I came up with the idea of turning them into bags, so take a shirt and a tablecloth and make a bag,” she said. “We’re reusing them for something that we can sell... All the things they donate, we’re still using it in some way.”

She’s made around 60 reusable and reversible bags so far. Her designs are available for $5, $10, $15 or $20 depending on the size and complexity of the bag. Proceeds from her creations are another way to support the Thrift Store and to raise funds for the Invermere Health Care Auxiliary. “It is important to me that we recycle and reuse, and that’s what I try to do,” Irons said. Her bags are so popular that around half of them have already been snapped up by those who enjoy her recycled designs. “They really like the idea of reusing fabrics. That’s the number one comment: recycling and reusing,” she said. Her favourite design was a yellow bag featuring tropical birds that she made using a curtain panel that had been for sale for $2. With some additional fabric she used, the cost of the materials for the bag was around $3. “I have all the shirts and then I sort of try to pair them up with comparable fabrics and linings,” she said. “It’s mostly just what strikes me as complimentary.” To find her reusable bags, perhaps made from one of your donated old shirts, visit the Invermere Thrift Store. “It’s just another way that the Auxiliary can raise money for all of their projects,” Irons said. “That’s the main thing for me.”

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ments about the documentary before the Pioneer went to press this week. The opportunity to get inA virtual audition to play the role volved with the production was of Charlotte Small in a historical docuserendipity when a documentamentary has captured the heart of Shary contributor visited the Mariron Wass. gold Library System in southern Thirteen years after writing and Alta. and asked the Indigenous performing a one-woman show that outreach worker Rose Reid on a honours the lives of Canadian explorers whim if she happened to know David Thompson and Charlotte Small, anyone with an interest in Small. a Métis playwright from the Columbia Reid, of course, recommended Valley has been tempted to play the role her sister Wass. of a fur trader's wife once again. Several years ago, when Wass The Wilmer resident says she has successfully secured a spot to audition Wilmer-based playwright Sharon Wass has was in the process of completing for Julian Black Antelope’s upcom- been preparing for an upcoming audition an undergraduate degree with ing documentary with the Aboriginal to portray the role of Charlotte Small in a a major in Women’s Studies, asPeoples Television Network’s (APTN) historical documentary about iconic First signed reading for one of the about historically significant First Na- Nation women prepared by Julian Black courses included “Many Tender Antelope. Photo by Breanne Massey Ties: Women in the Fur Trade tion and Métis women in Canada. 1670-1870” written by Sylvia “There’s so many women, so so many women, that need to be brought to light,” Wass Van Kirk. Reading it sparked Wass’ interest in learning said, indicating that she remains optimistic about having about Small and encouraged her to spend five years writan opportunity to be featured in the APTN documentary ing a monologue about Small. That presentation has been showcased for children, as a historian and a consultant too. “I’m looking forward to the whole series. I think there’s going to be six women teens and adults alike since 2007. After having worked in Sask. and N.L. for the last five featured in the production.” With the uncertainty of the COVID-19 crisis evolv- years, Wass has recently returned to the Columbia Valley ing, Wass is hopeful that virtual auditions will take place and is eager to resume performing should any teachers in before October of 2020 but the actual audition date re- the community wish to request a recording about Small to mains unknown for the time being. be utilized in their classrooms this fall. However, Antelope could not be reached for com“I just love history and I want to share it,” said Wass. By Breanne Massey Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

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Rice runs for MNBC’s youth chair role By Breanne Massey Local Journalism Initiative Reporter A 20-year-old Invermerian has recently stepped on to the Indigenous campaign trail. Braydi Rice recently announced her decision to run for the Métis Nation of B.C. (MNBC) youth chair position during the upcoming fall election. “I announced later than most people because I originally wasn’t planning on running, and the reason for that was because my previous job required a lot of my time, and I didn’t think it would be possible to devote enough time to the role,” she explained, noting that her new employer in the Columbia Valley is highly supportive of civic engagement and volunteerism in the community. If elected, Rice remains optimistic about supporting the Métis youth under 30 in B.C. to bridge programming gaps for Métis children between the ages of nine and 14 years old while fostering continuous improvement of health and wellness, governance and law, arts and culture as well as Michif language revitalization. “I actually want to define a junior youth area to foster younger children to learn about their Métis culture, so people don’t lose interest between the existing early years

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She is hopeful that there will be enough participation from youths in the province, so that those with interests and experiences can split up the responsibilities of attending various conferences in the future. “I want to look to our youth to step up and offer their expertise and education to help those that are younger,” she said. “That’s the biggest priority for me now.” Her biggest interest remains in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) curriculum and hopes to encourage other youths to work with her to learn about existing opportunities available to Métis youth. Rice completed a Bachelors of Science with a major in biology. Afterward, she completed an Indigenous Youth Internship program in Victoria and her mentors encouraged Rice to apply for a dual academic degree program. The dual degree allowed Rice to complete a Masters of Forestry at the University of British Columbia in parallel with a Masters of Science in Conservation and Land Management Braydi Rice, 20, has recently announced her decision to through Bangor University in Wales, U.K. However, studying in the U.K. restricted Rice from camrun in the Métis Nation of B.C. (MNBC) election for paigning in the MNBC election in previous years. the provincial youth chair. Submitted photo Rice continued to network among Métis youths during that time and build up her career. programming and the conAfter stepping down from a private environmental consulting firm in Vancouver, ferences offered to youths Rice began working as a biologist at the Shuswap Indian Band (SIB) in Invermere on over the age of 15,” she ex- July 1. She believes it would not have been possible to run for this year’s MNBC elecplained. “Most of the youth tion this fall without the support of the SIB. stuff put out there has age “It’s nice that I have the support of the Shuswap,” Rice said, noting that she’s rerestrictions, so it’s usually cently begun representing the SIB at the Windermere Lake Ambassadors program. 15 and older, or conferences To learn more about Rice, among other candidates who are vying for the provincial for 18 and older, so there’s youth chair role in the MNBC election, please visit: https://forms.gle/KguqeiVhp3ysa gap area. I know because rfmG6 to register for the virtual town halls taking place to meet the candidates and ask my cousins are facing it in questions on Zoom. Prince George.”

Voters invited to information night By Breanne Massey Local Journalism Initiative Reporter The Columbia Valley Métis Association (CVMA) will be hosting an information night for the community’s members to learn more about the upcoming provincial election being held by the Métis Nation of B.C. (MNBC) this fall. For citizens who would like to learn more about the MNBC election or to have the opportunity to ask questions in an informal setting, CVMA president Debra Fisher will be hosting an informal question and answer period for Métis citizens at 7 p.m. in the Wilmer Hall on Thursday, Aug. 10. While everyone who self-identifies as being Métis is welcome to attend the CVMA’s informational meeting this week, only Métis citizens who hold MNBC cards are eligible to vote through mail-in ballots during the MNBC provincial election. The MNBC provincial election had initially been scheduled to take place on Sept. 10, but has recently been postponed to accomodate rural B.C. residents who may have seen delays in their mail-in ballot submissions during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, the provincial election date has been amended to include a resolution passed at the 2017 MNBC AGM that was initially excluded during the

targeted Sept. 10 election date that was previously announced. After consulting with legal counsel and the Chief Electorial Officer as well as with the consent of the MNBC Board of Directors and members of the Métis Nation Governing Assembly, MNBC has amended the election date this fall to take place on Monday, Sept. 21. However, the amended election date will not impact the existing deadlines for candidates who are filing nomination papers. Fisher recently sent her nomination papers in by Express Mail with Canada Post and voiced some concerns that she may have been “cutting it close” to the deadline. Regardless of Fisher’s own political aspirations, she felt it was important to host an information night for the Métis citizens in the Columbia Valley to ask questions about the upcoming election and to learn more about the evening. Braydi Rice, candidate running for the MNBC youth provincial chair during the election, was optimistic about attending the information night for voters in the community too. To learn more about the MNBC Electoral Act, please visit: https://www.mnbc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/ELECTORAL-ACT-as-ratified-Sept-2017.pdf

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MNBC youth minister steps down to complete graduate studies By Breanne Massey Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

to do more strategic relationship building and supporting work in the background of everything that’s happening right now.” After four years of serving the Métis However, Caron was retrospective Nation of B.C. (MNBC) as the provinabout the opportunity and wished this cial youth minister, Cassidy Caron will be year’s delegates the best of luck. stepping down from her appointment this She urges prospective candidates fall. in this year’s MNBC election to remain The 28-year-old Rosslander turned calm and to stay true to their roots. Lower Mainland resident has recently be“What I’d say for people running is gun pursuing a Masters of Community to really remember where you came from, Development online through the Univerwhat your roots are and really reflect on sity of Victoria (UVic) . the reasons you’re running for the youth Soon, she will be relocating to Huntschair spot. It’s really important to have the ville, Ontario with her fiancé to study Métis youth at the centre of your heart remotely where the couple has bought a when you’re trying to create and foster a home. space for young people to be proud about “It was four years of my life,” Caron being Métis,” said Caron. “The heart of said about the appointment. “As a young it is to really understand your motivaperson, that’s a really long time to deditions for finding the role. Some advice for cate to the position. I’m somewhat sad to whoever does win the role, just remembe stepping down from the position and ber: you don’t have to do it alone. The also really excited about how it’s going to more people involved is for the better of evolve. In the last four years, we’ve creatthe nation.” ed so many ways for young people to get She encourages the successful candiengaged in opportunities. When we credate to collaborate with their peers going ated those opportunities, all kinds of peoforward. ple started stepping out of the woodwork, In parting ways with the role and wanting to participate.” opting out of running during this elecMétis Nation of B.C. (MNBC) provincial youth minister Cassidy Caron will Her goal in completing graduate studtion, Caron thanked the Kootenay comnot be campaigning for re-election during the 2020 election this fall. She plans to ies at UVic is to build upon her existing munities for their ongoing support and remain in the role until a new youth minister has been elected. Afterward, Caron skills as an Indigenous consultant so that the opportunity to represent youth at the will be pursuing graduate studies through the University of Victoria (UVic) she can further support the citizens of the provincial level. remotely. Submitted photo Métis nation. “I really want to thank the Kootenay community for all of their support,” Caron remains optimistic about she concluded. “It’s my home community, and I always felt that I had a lot of working behind the scenes in provincial and federal government going forward. support from the Kootenay communities, and I really want to thank them for their “My goal of doing my masters is to continue to work with Métis nation toward support.” self-government,” she said. “Rather than taking a politically elected position, I hope

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P IONEER C LASSIFIEDS Theodore McElderry March 2, 1941– August 1, 2020 Theodore Richard McElderry (Ted) passed away August 1, 2020 in Creston, B.C. at the age of 79 after a long battle with heart problems plus three years with kidney failure. Ted is survived by his children Kervin and Dawn, and four Grandchildren, his wife Grace, and stepson Jim. Brothers Lenard, Allan and David (Kim), sisters Dorothy Kirkness, Gay (Jim Rutherford) and Sharon (Ken Binkley) and their families. Ted was predeceased by his parents, brother Ken, sisters Chrystal Dolan and Laura Dexter and several nephews. Ted will be missed by many. As per Ted’s wishes there will be no service If you wish, make a donation in Ted’s name to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Kidneys Foundation.

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CHEERS & JEERS

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Alcoholics Anonymous. If alcohol is causing problems or conflict in your life, AA can help. All meetings are at 8 p.m. Columbia United AA, Invermere: Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday at the BC Service Building, South End – 624 4th St., Invermere. Please call 250342-2424 for more information or to speak with someone from our fellowship.

Al-Anon. Are you concerned about or affected by someone else’s drinking? If so, please join us on a “ZOOM” meeting every Monday at 7 p.m. For more information or to speak with someone from our fellowship, please call 250-342-8255.

Cheers to Ryan Watmough and the Pioneer for publishing his article on Economic Development Assessment. It was a very thoughtful and positive piece that showed thinking ‘outside the box‘, something we all need to be doing in order to keep our Valley communities healthy and viable.

Jeers to the boat at Windermere beach, falsely accusing kids of stealing and swearing at them while they were trying to do a good deed for you. Real classy, karma will get you!

CHEERS & JEERS Cheers to Annie, who makes sure that everyone in the Manor gets their newspapers handdelivered every week!

S OBITUARY S Zimmermann, Margaretha 1938 – 2020

Kennedy, Jean 1935-2020 It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of our beloved mother, grandma, great-grandma and greatgreat-grandma Jean Kennedy at the age of 84. She passed away at Columbia House in Invermere, July 30th, 2020 with family by her side. Born in Lintlaw Saskatchewan to Margaret and Bernard Kamphaus, she was the youngest of 8 children. Later in life she met and married the love of her life, Norman Kennedy. They were wed November 9th, 1953. Five years later and with 3 young children in tow, they decided to pack up and head west. They settled in the small community of Wilmer, B.C., nestled in the heart of the Kootenays. There they fell in love with the majestic beauty of the Rocky Mountains and remained in the valley throughout their lives. They went on to raise a family of eight and spent many happy times in the great outdoors. Mom especially enjoyed her many outings, whether it was going on a picnic, fishing, picking berries or just out for a beautiful walk. Also in her spare time, Mom loved gardening, flowers, birds, doing small crafts and sitting back reading her bible. Mom was a loving, kind and caring, good-natured soul and treasured time spent with her family. She loved baking up a storm in her kitchen and enjoyed a great cup of hot tea along with baked goodies and reminiscing and sharing a few good laughs along the way. Mom is survived by her eight children; Donna (Allen), Linda (Wayne), Colleen (Bill), Wallace (Ina), Brenda (Uli), Jennifer (Bob), John (Michelle) and Jackie; 13 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren. She’s also survived by her brother Bill in Alberta and sister Francis in Saskatchewan. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her. A service will be held at Radium Christian Fellowship Church at 1 p.m., August 15th, 2020.

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Margaretha Zimmermann, 82, died August 1, 2020 peacefully at the Cranbrook and District Hospital. Her health had been declining over the last few years, but she was still able to keep her own home with her beloved pets until the day of her passing. Margaretha was born on June 24th, 1938 in Luchsingen Switzerland to Ferdinand and Margaretha Meneghello-Spreiter . She was the third of four children. In 1962 Margaretha married Rudy Zimmermann and together they raised Margaretha’s daughter, Myrtha. In 1982 Rudy and Margaretha moved to Canada and finally settled in Invermere, in the beautiful Columbia Valley. Rudy and Margaretha worked hard and enjoyed caring for their acreage up on the Toby Benches. Margaretha won respect for her work ethic and easily found employment. Eventually Margaretha moved into the town. A passionate horsewoman, she loved all animals and was always surrounded by her adored dogs and cats. Margaretha was an accomplished seamstress and knitter. She met regularly with a knitting group at Columbia Garden Village that provided warm clothes to children in needy communities. Margaretha’s love of gardening and green thumb allowed her many happy hours in her gardens throughout her life. Margaretha was an active member of the Invermere Health Care Auxiliary Society for many years, volunteering her time at the Invermere Thrift Store. She was dearly loved and an appreciated member of the Thrift Store team and had many friends there. Margaretha is survived by her daughter Myrtha (Fridli,) her two cherished granddaughters Nicole (Jonas) and Denise (Andreas), and ex-husband Rudy, with whom she remained friends. She was pre-deceased by her parents, brothers Ferdinand and Hans, and her sister Erika. Myrtha would like to thank Margaretha’s local family, friends and her kind neighbours who were there for Margaretha this past year, helping with shopping, and occasionally with the animals and other tasks that became more difficult for her. She would also like to thank both the Invermere and Cranbrook Hospitals for the care they gave to Margaretha. A private service will be held by the family in consideration the risks surrounding COVID-19. Memorials can be made to an animal rescue charity of your choice.

Cheers to the wonderful community support for BIG Book Sale 2020 Style! Cheers to all the patrons who complied with the mask and gloves protocol, waited patiently in line, and kept good distance from others. Cheers to the volunteers who did the heavy lifting, managed the sale cheerfully and never complained about the heat. A special Cheers to the local business whose donations helped to keep everyone safe. Huge Cheers to Brett Wilson and Brett Kissel for the awesome drive up lakefront concert! Let’s do it all over again!

Jeers to all who invaded our town this long weekend. Did no one get the memo about social distancing? Did your memo say safety in numbers? Cheers to the 10 out of 1000 people that wore masks on the last long weekend.

GARAGE SALE Estate and Garage Sale, August 15th and 16th, 9 am - 4 pm. Green Acres MHP, 7 kms north of Tim Hortons. lots of new and used tools, Birdhouses, collector cars and trucks, collector plates. Collector salt and pepper shakers, wet suit, small dingy, etc. Lots of stuff. Come and see. 250-341-5988.

S OBITUARY S Casey, Anne Mary November 5, 1927 – August 5, 2020 With heavy hearts the family of Anne Casey announce her passing, in Cranbrook, B.C., on August 5, 2020 at the age of 92. Anne was born and raised in Leroy, Saskatchewan and moved to B.C. in 1956. Left to remember and cherish her memory, her children Mel (Thora), Glen (Debbie), Darlene (Mike), Judy (Rocky), 6 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. Also, numerous nieces and nephews who all had a special place in her heart. She was predeceased by her loving husband Edgar. Due to COVID 19 restrictions a private family service was held Monday, August 10th, 2020 at McPherson’s funeral Services. Anne was interred at the Mount View Cemetery, Invermere, B.C. The family wishes to thank everyone for your kind words and well wishes. Arrangements entrusted to McPherson funeral services. Condolences for the family can be offered at www.mcphersonfh.com


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The Columbia Valley Pioneer • 17

CHEERS & JEERS

CHEERS & JEERS

LOST & FOUND

CONDO FOR RENT

LOT/ACREAGE FOR SALE

Cheers to all the residents that have practiced safe health rules and social distancing! If we didn’t have COVID last week.... we are sure going to have it next week!

Cheers to all business owners in Invermere who have weathered this incredibly difficult time and have welcomed everybody back with open arms. It’s been a privilege to return to supporting local business and your hospitality has been heartwarming.

LOST: BC Health Care card somewhere in Invermere maybe around Lambert Insurance. Please call 450-559-9025 if found.

Akiskinook Resort 1-bdrm fully furnished condo, Larger end unit, new renos and upgrades, indoor pool, hot tub. $875/mo includes cable/Wi-Fi. Call or text 403-281-3991.

ACREAGE FOR SALE 4.7 acres. Has its own gravelled access road from Kootenay #3 road already constructed. Drilled well, views, privacy. $219,000 plus GST. Phone Elkhorn Ranch, 250-342-1268.

Jeers to the woman who blew right past a stop sign and nearly caused an accident by the Bayshore Condos on August 2. Pay more attention. Cheers to all the locals who pulled together to make our wedding wonderful! Much appreciated! Jeers to the peddle bikers still using the Westside Rd. When we have built a beautiful Westside Legacy trail for them. The trail has been built for your safety please use it and get off the narrow Westside Rd. Cheers to Pizza 2 Go! Best pizza and best service in the valley! A very big Cheers to the person who returned my purse to customer service at Sobeys on August 5th. Your honesty is so admirable! A huge Jeers to the peddle biker on Aug 6 who was riding his bike in the middle of the road. When traffic stopped, he weaved through the vehicles and almost caused an accident at the intersection at Panorama Drive just below the Library and again at the turn off to the industrial park. You are going to either get run over or cause a car pile up if you keep this up. Jeers to all the people who walk their dogs in the valley. I think it is awesome that you are out and about with your dog. I also think it is awesome that you carry around the doggie poop bags and pick up after your dogs. However what I don’t understand is that you go through all the trouble to pick up after your dog and then leave the bag sitting on the ground full of poop. What exactly is the point of this? So now instead of dog poop on paths we have little colored plastic bags left all over the place, (hanging on fences and trees). You have a dog and you have the bags; please be responsible with both. Your mother is not picking up behind you anymore; do your part and put the poop bags in a trash bin.

Cheers to everyone who helped in many ways to make the first year of Mt. Nelson Community Garden a growing success. Jeers to people leaving their vehicles running in parking lots. Invermere is an idle free town please shut your vehicle off! Cheers to Dave and Gerald for repairing the stairs and path to the Baltac Beach. This path is enjoyed by all Baltac and Pedley Community members. Great job guys. Cheers to Geraldine and Crawford Huckensin along with some assistance from former cadet Sasha. Cut pinned and sewed and then donated 50 protective masks for the local army cadets, offices and support communities’ staff. The Huckensin’s have also produced several masks for care homes in Calgary area. We are blessed.

Weekly Featured Listing

LOST: Wallet around Gerry Gelati’s on July 30th. Reward offered if found. Please call 1-403-660-1176. FOUND: Set of keys with Security key and house key with a pink Swiss army knife in the Pharmasave parking lot Sun Aug 9. Left at the Pharmasave counter.

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LOST & FOUND LOST: Four fold up beach chairs and a soft sided beach cooler with stuff inside were accidentally left at Kinsman Beach in a parking stall below Pynelogs. Please call 778-5262422.

MULTI-USE RESIDENTIAL/ COMMERCIAL

FOUND: A surf board floating in the lake just before the Aug long weekend. Also found a yellow lifejacket on a different day. Call to identify. 403-870-5282.

NEWHOUSE STORAGE Various sizes available. Now with climatecontrolled units. Call 250-342-3637. Looking for dry, secure storage for vintage car and quad. For Oct to May. Call Gord at 1-403-613-8134.

COMMERCIAL SPACE 864 sq. ft. Shop space in the Industrial Park. Electrical included, $700/mo. 250-3423637, newmulti@telus.net.

3-bdrm house, with office, 2 1/2 bath, available October 1st in Westridge. Bright home, furnished/unfurnished, within walking distance to all schools, trails and downtown Invermere. West-facing deck and backyard back onto green space, offering privacy and quiet. Single-car garage, laundry room. Wood fireplace. Non-smoking. Pet friendly. Min. 1-year lease. References required. $1,900/mo. incl. water, sewage, garbage and recycling. Excl. Hydro and Wi-Fi. Email: rosis@telus.net

HOUSE FOR RENT Windermere: furnished 1-bdrm home for rent September to May. N/S, pets considered, references required. $800/mo plus hydro. llccakamom@hotmail.com.

PROPERTY FOR SALE Invermere Stunning Lake and Mountain Views ace location R2 multi-family lot. 0.21 acre, $299,000. Contact Bonnie-Lou 250-342-1233.

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Seasonal Rental. 1-bdrm Fully furnished Condo forrent in Akiskinook. Unit#30. Rent includes WIFI/TV.. Your responsible for Utilities. Non smoking, No pets. $950/mo. September 1st possession Until end of May. 1-403-829-9991.

Invermere 3,000 sq. ft. newly renovated, fully furnished, turn key. Home/Duplex/Triplex… 0.34 acres. So much potential… C1 allows you to build three stories high to 0 lot line. Or rezone back to two R2 Multifamily lots. $979,000. Income of over $50,000 per year. Also for sale Adjacent R2 multi-family lot 0.21 acres. Package deal a possibility. Contact Bonnie-Lou 250-342-1233.

LOT/ACREAGE FOR SALE

Condo for sale (WPt). 2-bdrm/ den, f/f, top floor, mtn/lake views, walk to beach, price reduced $254,900, 403-9689222.

PROPERTY FOR SALE SIGMA 000M-15S 12-FRET ACOUSTIC GUITAR Featuring solid mahogany top with mahogany neck, back and sides, slotted headstock, bone nut, bone compensated saddle, Indian rosewood fingerboard, 25.4” scale length and Grover nickel side tuners. Comes with a gig bag. Great sound, but it’s rarely used and collecting dust. Asking $500. Call 250-341-6299 ext. 104, Monday-Friday.

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14 foot Naden Wall eye seeker boat. Comes with Yamaha 20 HP motor electric fishing motor, trailer and boat cover. A great fun boat for family or fishing. $2000. Call 1-403-461-2136.

VEHICLES FOR SALE 2013 GMC Sierra 1500 SL Nevada Edition, 4 WD, extended cab. Very clean and well maintained. Comes with tonneau cover, Hitch package including hitch, Box liner. 4.8L – V8 16 valve (293CI). Fuel - gas (flex). Automatic transmission. Steering column anti- theft lock. Side step bars. Approx. 58,000 kms. $19,500. Call Jim 778-526-5035 or email jim@jrmra.ca.

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250-342-5245 b.brownjohn@gmail.com ELKHORN COUNTRY ESTATES Phases 1 and 2 sold out. Selling Phase 3 now, only 3 lots left. 2.5-acre parcels. Starting at $209,000 + GST. No building time commitment. Phone Elkhorn Ranch 250-342-1268. www.elkhornranches.com

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LESSONS/TRAINING

HELP WANTED Invermere Petro-Can is currently accepting resumes for F/T and P/T employment. Apply in person to 185 Laurier Street, Invermere between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Piano, Theory, Composing lessons! Arne Sahlen - BMus, ARCT and more. Online or in person (respecting wishes and health guidance). Classical to music of now; all ages and levels. arnesahlen@hotmail. com or cell-text 250-540-4242, also on Facebook.

HELP WANTED Wanted 2 F/T Restaurant Cooks, Rocky River Grill, 8888 Arrow Road, Invermere, B.C. Permanent, F/T shifts, overtime, weekends, days and evenings, $16/hour for 40 hours per week. Overtime after 40 hours. Minimum several years’ experience and completion of Secondary School. DUTIES: Prepare and cook full course meals, prepare and cook individual dishes and foods, ensure quality of food portions, work with minimal supervision, prepare dishes for customers with food allergies or intolerances. Inspect Kitchens and Food service areas. Please forward resume to Justin Atterbury by fax 250-342-8889 or email justatterbury@hotmail.com.

Wanted Deli Workers, Cashiers and Night Time Supervisors. Above average wage packages. Both full and part time positions available. High season bonus packages from May through September for all staff. Pleasant and customer service-oriented individuals please. Call 250342-5402 or email resume to kgtltd2020@gmail.com. OK Tire Invermere is looking for a hardworking individual to join our team for the fall season as a Tire Technician. There is potential for this to become a year round position for the right person. This person must be hardworking, punctual, have a clean driving abstract, able to follow instruction and physically able to do heavy lifting. Drop a resume off in person to OK Tire, 156, Industrial Rd. #2, Invermere. Oasis Resort Services requires a Spa Technician. Will train. 250341-1994 for details.

KENPESQ’T GP LTD.

Seeking Directors Deadline: August 21, 2020 Kenpesq’t GP Ltd. is a wholly owned entity of the Shuswap Indian Band, located in Invermere, British Columbia. We are looking for Directors to lead Kenpesq’t GP according to our mandate of carrying out economic development activities on behalf of the Shuswap Indian Band in a manner that is consistent with social, environmental and cultural goals of the Band. We are now in the process of reorganizing company activities and structure and are looking for individuals to serve as Directors that can commit between two to three years in this capacity. The primary responsibilities of Kenpesq’t GP Directors are to: • Review and update strategic plans as required; • Approve annual business plans consistent with the strategic plan for management to implement; • Meet approximately four to six times per year to oversee management and provide support where necessary; • Report to the Shuswap Indian Band Chief and Council as well as membership; and • Establish policies that reflect laws and requirements as established by the Shuswap Indian Band. The Skills, Experience and Personal Qualities of Directors we are looking for are: • Business experience in accounting, finance, human resources, and/or marketing; • A strong ability to understand financial and non-financial performance reports; • Knowledge of, and experience in one or more of the following sectors: Commercial Development, Natural Resource Development, Tourism, Retail, and others; • Previous board experience and training in business, finance or government relations; • An understanding of Secwepemc culture and/or experience in working with First Nations; • The willingness to devote time required to carry out Director duties and responsibilities; • The ability to be impartial, trustworthy and respectful of confidentiality that the role requires; • A positive attitude that promotes teamwork; and • Values similar to that of the Shuswap Indian Band and its culture. Directors will be paid an honorarium and reimbursed for travel expenses in support of board meetings. Directors are being sought through a competitive, fair and transparent process to help lead this exciting initiative. We thank all interested applicants in advance and look forward to sharing experiences with successful candidates. Please submit a resume and cover letter, via email, in support of your application by 4:30 pm on August 21, 2020 to dops@shuswapband.ca

August 13, 2020 EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

Community Health Nurse/ Home Care Nurse The Community Health Nurse/Home Care Nurse team lead (CHN/HCN), in collaboration with the community and the health team, will contribute to the overall health of the community using a population health and community development framework. The CHN/HCN promotes traditional and cultural approaches to health practices. The CHN/HCN demonstrates knowledge and skills in assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating community health and home care nursing programming based on local knowledge and information; morbidity, mortality and other statistics; population health, and current preferred practice as these relate to community health and home care nursing practice. RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE: • Applies and utilizes key nursing knowledge and critical thinking to choose options and to plan, implement, and evaluate programs and interventions to address health issues, taking into account relevant evidence, legislation, regulations, and policies. • Collects, assesses, analyzes, and applies information from various data sources to make evidence informed decisions for nursing services, including program planning, development and priority setting with individuals, families, groups, and communities, and interprets information for professional and community audiences. • Responsible for nursing programs set out in agreements: for IMMS, TB Control, Sexual Health, Maternal Child Health, Prenatal/Postnatal, Communicable Disease, Men’s Health, Youth, Mental Health/Wellness and Substance Misuse, Injury Prevention, Chronic Disease. • Responsible for overseeing the Home & Community care program process and documents, assessment, care plan, coordinating care and services, home visits, lead home care team, provide education for clients, family and team members, discharge plan, and follow-up. • Maintains records, consent, charting, and protects the privacy and confidentiality of client information. • Involves individuals, families, groups, and communities as active partners to take action to address health inequities and foster a self-management care approach for chronic conditions. • Advocates for, and uses culturally relevant and appropriate approaches, when building relationships and providing nursing services. • Collaborates and shares knowledge with colleagues, students, First Nations, and other members of the health team. • Works in collaboration with health care team as required by assigning responsibilities, monitoring activities, and providing support, guidance, education and overall coordination of nursing programs. • Performs other related duties as assigned. QUALIFICATIONS: • Bachelor Degree in Nursing (BScN) from a recognized university or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience. One (1) year of nursing experience. • Current practicing registration with the British Columbia College of Nursing Professionals (BCCNP). • Certification in Immunization Competency, or willingness to be certified within 3 months of hire. • Possess a valid Class 5 British Columbia Driver’s License, able to submit current drivers abstract and have reliable transportation. • Complete and clear the Police Information Check with Vulnerable Sector Screening. SKILLS AND ABILITIES: • Knowledge of, and ability to apply, an understanding of First Nations cultural principles and protocols in work situations. • Knowledge and the application of concepts, principles, and theories of cultural safety and trauma, including knowledge of other healing practices used in the community. • Knowledge of First Nations cultures and backgrounds, and the understanding of how culture impacts on communication patterns, and attitudes and approaches to health issues. • Knowledge of health status of populations, inequities in health, the determinants of health and illness, principals of primary care, strategies for health promotion, disease and injury prevention, health protection, curative, urgent and emergent care, rehabilitation and supportive or palliative care. • Application of the nursing process, conceptual frameworks of nursing, theories and principles of nursing practice. • Problem solving techniques/skills. • Knowledge of evidence based clinical nursing practice, including current concepts of primary care nursing for the delivery of community /family health and home care services. • Some knowledge in wound care, foot care, diabetes, COPD, Asthma, and other chronic conditions would be an asset. • Physical ability to perform the duties of the position. TERMS AND CONDITIONS • Full-time position, 32.5 hours per week. • Hours of work 9 am to 4 pm. Monday to Friday (half-hour unpaid lunch). • Must adhere to the Shuswap Indian Band Human Resources Policy and Procedure Manual (Approved April 4, 2018) and the Finance Policy Manual (Approved, October 24, 2017). Deadline for applications will be August 21, 2020 at 4 pm Submit a cover letter and resume to: Angela Sarsons, Director of Operations, E-mail: dops@shuswapband.ca • Fax: 250.341.3683 Shuswap Indian Band, RR#2, 3A – 492 Arrow Road, Invermere, BC, V0A 1K2

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SENIOR MARKETING CONSULTANT Award-winning media company Kamloops This Week has an immediate opening for a senior multimedia marketing consultant for our suite of print and digital products. The successful candidate will be a self-starter, highly organized and able to work in a fast-paced environment. The candidate will lead KTW to great success in this dynamic position and have a strong drive for networking. The candidate will also work creatively with a diverse team to provide the appropriate marketing opportunities and solutions for our clients. Marketing and/or advertising background is an asset, but not required. YOU HAVE: • Strong understanding of goal-oriented sales • Passion for digital marketing • Passion to be creative • Strong, genuine customer service skills • Building strategic marketing campaigns • Brand awareness • Ability to adapt to different types of clients • Passion to drive business and create long-term relationships WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU: • Competitive compensation based on previous experience • Company benefits • Professional print and digital training Interested applicants should send or email resume to: Ray Jolicoeur, Sales Manager Kamloops This Week 1365-B Dalhousie Drive Kamloops B.C. V2C 5P6 Kamloops This Week is part of ray@kamloopsthisweek.com the Aberdeen Publishing Group

Indigenous Affairs Reporter The Times-Chronicle is looking for a full-time Indigenous Affairs Reporter for our news operation based in Osoyoos (formerly the Osoyoos Times). We operate a daily news site, timeschronicle.ca, and a weekly print publication that was formed by the merger of the Oliver Chronicle and the Osoyoos Times. The successful candidate works well in a team setting, but is self-motivated. You will be responsible to write multiple news stories every week for print and on-line publication, take photographs to accompany stories, attend community events and lay out pages (all while respecting Social Distancing requirements). Qualifications: • Journalism education: degree, diploma or certificate; or equivalent work experience. • Valid driver’s license and reliable vehicle. • Experience in InDesign, Photoshop, and posting to social media. • Well organized with good attention to detail. • An open mind, a positive attitude, and a desire to both learn about and serve the larger community. If necessary the company can assist with relocation costs. The company offers competitive benefit and pension plans. Interested candidates should forward their resume to: rdoull@aberdeenpublishing.com Or by mail to our office at PO Box 359 - 8712 Main Street, Osoyoos, BC, V0H 1V0. The position is available from September 1, although the date can be flexible for the right candidate.


August 13, 2020

The Columbia Valley Pioneer • 19

Lake Windermere Pulse Check

The home of smiles

www.lakeambassadors.ca By Signe Olynyk Special to the Pioneer

Lake Windermere Pulse Check for August 11 Average Water Temperature: 20.3°C Average Water Depth: 4.7m Average Turbidity: 0.92 NTU Average D.O.: 8.6 mg/L Average pH: 7.8 We saw many birds enjoying the nice calm water this morning including red necked grebes and gulls. The turbidity is quite low which is evident with the extremely clear water. You can practically see to the bottom of the lake even in the deepest areas! The average water temperature stayed pretty consistent with last week reaching just over 20°C. To join the Ambassadors creek sampling on a Wednesday morning this summer, please contact Clare at (250) 341-6898 or intern@lakeambassadors.ca

Photo submitted Thank you to the Columbia Valley Pioneer, District of Invermere, Regional District of East Kootenay, Columbia Basin Trust, Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund, LUSH Charity Pot, and the Columbia Valley Community Foundation for their support of our lake monitoring program!

If you ever find yourself cruising down the main street of Wilmer, you might notice the town’s unofficial mascot at the side of the road. The ‘little gnome of Wilmer’ is sometimes referred to as Willy, or Fred – depending on who you ask. Leftover from an abandoned hydro pole, he is the creation of the Mantyka family, and he lives on the corner of their heritage home at Wells and Main Street. What else would you do with a wooden pole sticking out of the ground? “Why, put eyes and ears on it, and dress it up with hat, of course,” smiles Elna Mantyka, mother of the little gnome. Elna is also the mother of several other gnomes – Steve, Greg, Audrey, Kathy, and her granddaughter, Ammadee. Together, Elna and her husband, Gary, are well known for putting their artistic flair on decorations throughout the family home, inside and out. Willy (or Fred) the gnome has a beautiful home in the mountains. The first thing you might notice when you pull up is the colourful spray of flowers painted on the doors of the Mantyka garage. A giant happy face smiles down from the basketball net, and a large wooden beaver carved by a chainsaw greets you at the side door. Colourful birdhouses hang throughout the yard, and tree decorations made of brightly painted wood adorn the fence. In the yard, a sleepy deer watched with disinterest before putting his head back down to rest. This is the Mantyka home. It is the kind of place that fills you with joy as you enter – every piece solicits a conversation, and usually a smile. There is a foot stool with legs that resemble actual legs, complete with tied up shoes. A bright pink water jug hangs from the ceiling like a baby mobile, with crystal beads hanging from the end to mimic drops of water pouring from its spout. It is a home that was built in the 1800s and has inspired many paintings from the painting students who gather for workshops at the Delphine Lodge across the street. “Choose to make people smile whenever you can,” says Elna Mantyka, the home’s lively homemaker. “Life is too short to be too serious.” Whether you agree with Mantyka’s decorating choices or not, it’s hard to not smile as you look around the home. After all, we can always use another reason to smile.

HELP WANTED

Print and Digital Editor The Columbia Valley Pioneer is looking for a full-time Print and Digital Editor for our news operation based in Invermere. We operate a daily news site - columbiavalleypioneer.com, and a weekly community newspaper serving ten communities in the Upper Columbia Valley. We also publish various speciality magazines produced on an annual basis. The successful candidate must work well in a team setting, but is selfmotivated. At present we have a staff of three in the newsroom plus various contributors. The magazines are typically produced by freelance contractors, but the magazine work has been significantly curtailed by the COVID-19 situation.

Qualifications • Journalism education: degree, diploma or certificate; or equivalent work experience. • Valid driver’s license and reliable vehicle. • Ability to organize work and give direction to others in order to meet deadlines. • Ability to work collaboratively with the other members of the management team. • Experience in InDesign, Photoshop, and posting to social media is a must.

Interested candidates should forward their resume to: rdoull@aberdeenpublishing.com

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The company offers competitive benefit and pension plans. The position is based in our office at 1008, 8th Ave Invermere, B.C. Applications must be received by the close of business on August 14.

One happy basketball net waits for the next awesome slam dunk at the home of smiles. Photo submitted

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L I V E ( A N D WORK ) W I TH PASSI ON ! Everything with Passion is one of our core values and we believe it makes us the ideal place to start or grow your career…or maybe just a great place to spend your summer. If you are passionate about living a lifestyle rich in outdoor experiences and working with a company that offers perks such as complimentary skiing, golf and mineral hot pools, and competitive compensation and benefits, check us out at www.fairmonthotsprings.com We are currently hiring for the following positions: Room Attendant RV Office Clerk Please visit our website for more details and available positions


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August 13, 2020

FAITH Waking up out of our stories

LAKE WINDERMERE ALLIANCE CHURCH

By Brent Woodard of the Anglican/United Church

Online Sundays at 10:30 a.m. Visit https://lwac.online.church 326 10th Avenue, Invermere 250-342-9535 • www.lwac.ca

WINDERMERE VALLEY SHARED MINISTRY ANGLICAN-UNITED Please email office@wvsm.ca to request a link to our online service which starts at 10:30am Sundays. Recorded services can be accessed by typing WVSM Invermere Anglican United Church. 250-342-6644 • www.wvsm.ca

VALLEY CHRISTIAN ASSEMBLY Sunday 10 a.m. Worship service Pastor Murray Wittke 4814 Highway Drive, Windermere 250-342-9511 • www.valleychristianonline.com

ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH St. Anthony’s, Canal Flats., Canadian Martyrs’ – Invermere, St. Joseph’s – Radium. Father Jojo Augustine • 712 -12th Ave., Invermere 250-342-6167

ST. PETER’S MISSION OF INVERMERE Due to COVID-19, we have restructured our physical Sunday worship services to be online at our YouTube channel “Hungry for Life.” For updates, inspirational resources, and prayer requests, please go to our website: www.eklutheran.ca Pastor Doug Lutz, 250-464-0100 mtzionlc@hotmail.com

RADIUM CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP Sunday 10 a.m. Worship service Pastor Wayne and Linda Frater • 250-342-6633 No. 4, 7553 Main St. Radium • 250-347-9937

CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS Worship Service, Sunday, 10 a.m. Relief Society, 11:15 a.m. President Rick Daniels • Columbia Valley Branch 5014 Fairway, Fairmont Hot Springs 250-421-3756

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My sister tells the story of a time when she was in church. She was sitting behind a woman who kept rocking from side to side. My sister was bothered by this and she wondered why this woman didn’t just sit still. When the first hymn came my sister stood up, and then saw that the woman was holding a baby and was trying to soothe the child by rocking back and forth. Suddenly, my sister says, she wasn’t bothered anymore. She saw the situation differently. And she realized that the story in her head of why the woman was moving in her pew had changed. My sister is wise enough to see this experience as an example of how we, as humans, are not bothered so much about what is happening on the outside as we are bothered by the stories we have about what is happening. I’d like to segue to the stories we may have about mask-wearing these days. I admit that when I first saw people wearing a mask in a store, I had a story in my head that they were more afraid than I was, that they were doing this for themselves. Then I read an article by a

woman who said she was wearing a mask as a small thing she could do to care for others. A reference story for her was the story of Jesus washing the feet of his disciples and calling them to do the same. If Jesus could wash feet, then, this woman thought, she could wash her hands. If Jesus could humble himself to wash dirty feet, then she could wear a mask as a small act for others. Reading this article helped widen the stories I can have when I see others wearing a mask. I can have the story that they are not afraid and that they are confident. They are not doing this for themselves, but they are doing this for me and for others. How brave and kind of them. Maybe I am the one who is afraid, lazy, and not thinking of others. It took me awhile, but I have started wearing a mask when I go into stores. I want to be a part of individuals doing the right thing so we don’t have to shut down our economy again or go back to needing people to be more isolated. The larger lesson, I suggest, is to learn how stories affect the way we see ourselves, others and anything in the world. We all have stories, and they affect how we see. If we don’t think we have stories then we probably aren’t paying attention. I have heard it said that spiritual awakening is awakening out of our stories. Then we just see a woman rocking in a seat, or a person wearing a mask, or an Alberta license plate. But before we can awaken out of our stories, we first have to see that they are there.

Piping in Victory in Japan Day Submitted by Marius Hoofd Many pipers around the world recently marked the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE) Day. They made a positive impact on their communities and asked if they could once again lead the way by playing Battle’s O’er at sunrise on Victory over Japan (VJ) Day, also called Victory in the Pacific (VP) Day, the dawn of the day 75 years after World War II came to an end. 2020 and the 75th anniversary of VE & VJ/VP Day is likely to be the last time that we could say our collective, special “thank you” to the surviving veterans of these bloody conflicts as their numbers continue to fade. However, as you know, the end of WWII did not end until VJ/VP Day, August 15, 1945, when Imperial Japan announced unconditional surrender. On both sides, the majority of veterans from this campaign feel they are the “forgotten army” during these important anniversary commemorations. To start the day off, piper Pieter Jansen will play the tune, Battle’s O’er on Saturday, August 15 at 6 a.m. at the Invermere Cenotaph. This is the same tune as played on VE Day at our Cenotaph. The Victory in Europe 75th anniversary celebration was held at This event is open to anyone interested in the Invermere Cenotaph in the spring. Victory in Japan Day will attending as long as guests follow social-dis- also be honoured here with a piper’s song. File photo tancing practices.

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