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My Grandchild is Cuter than Your Grandchild!!! In our fall 2007 issue we first requested you send us photos of your grandchildren for our “My grandchild is cuter than your grandchild” contest and you did not disappoint us. We were overwhelmed with your response. Remember Chelan, our winner, and Dylan, Ethan, Joseph and Reese our runner ups? They were just a taste of the wonderful photos you sent us of your grandkids at the beach, in the sandbox, with the Stanley Cup, newly born and kissing goats. Chelan 15 months We had so much fun we decided Tom Light - proud grandparent we had to do it again.So,here is your chance to have some bragging rights! Beyond 50 invites you to send us photos of your grandchildren. We promise to share as many of those photos as we can in a future issue! Here are the rules: • Photos must be taken by amateur photographers. • If your photo is used we will display the child’s first name, age when the photo was taken and the names of the grandparents. • Grandparents or grandchild must reside from Lake Country to Penticton. • Due to space limitations, we can only use some of the photos submitted. Others will be used on our website at • There will be no remuneration for any of the photos used, but all photos received will have their name entered into a draw for a chance to win a gift certificate for dinner valued at $100.The winner of the draw will be announced in the Summer 2009 issue. • You may submit up to two entries. Each photo must be identified with your name, address or email and phone number. • Entries can be sent via email to: letters@beyond50 Please type in the subject line: ‘Grandchild Photos’ or send hardcopies by mail to 1850 Ranchmont Crescent, Kelowna, BC V1V 1T4 • If you would like your photos returned, please include a self-addressed stamped envelope. • Deadline for entries is Friday, May 15th, 2009. We look forward to seeing those cute grandchildren!

P.S. It looks like our staff went a little crazy inserting their own pictures of their cute grandkids. Oh well.We’ll let them have their fun since they can’t enter the contest.

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ISSN# 1718-7435 Mail Publication Agreement # 41324527 PUBLISHER - Laurel D’Andrea EDITOR - Julianna Hayes CONSULTANT - Wayne Duchart GRAPHIC DESIGN - Lori Johnson, Dragonfli Studio DIGITAL ADVISOR - Michael Breakey SALES & MARKETING - Laurel D’Andrea PRINTING - Mitchell Press WEB DESIGN - NRG Web Design CONTRIBUTORS - Keni-Lynn Bouvier, Marilyn J. Brown, Aidan Cole, Brenda Crompton, Nicole D’Agosto, Laurel D’Andrea, Sylvia Fleming, June Foreman, Errol N.Hannigan, Julianna Hayes,Terry Iaasc,Teresa Johnston, Rick McCluskie, Suan McIver, Sandy Mikkelsen, Jean Mumford, Elvia Picco, Marion Skinner Rae Stewart, Margie Switzer, Sue Willis. PHOTOGRAPHERS - Elvia Picco, Michael Breakey, Suzanne LeStage. Beyond 50 welcomes unsolicited articles or photos. These items can be sent to 1850 Ranchmont Crescent, BEYOND 50 • SPRING 2009


Kelowna BC V1V 1T4 or emailed to submissions@ All submissions are considered property of the magazine unless otherwise agreed. The opinions expressed in this magazine are the opinions of the authors and they do not necessarily reflect the opinion of Beyond 50 Magazine. Beyond 50 Magazine is published quarterly: September, December, March and June.This free publication is distributed throughout the Okanagan (Lake Country to Penticton). Reproduction in part or whole of this magazine is prohibited without the consent of the publisher. 18,000 copies of Beyond 50 Magazine are distributed to all businesses registered with Canada Post for the Central Okanagan, 5,000 random homes receive a copy and there are various drop locations throughout the Central Okanagan. See page 21 for drop locations list. Beyond 50 Magazine may also be viewed electronically by visiting us at www.Beyond We would love to hear your comments. Please send them to Beyond 50 Magazine 1850 Ranchmont Crescent, Kelowna, BC V1V 1T4, phone 250-878-9194 or email us at

Angels Among Us ... 12 & 13 Calendar of Events ... 40 Editor’s Note ... 7 Electronically Speaking ... 42 Financially Secure ... 8 From Fat to Fit ... 22 Interior Design ... 36 Kickstart ... 26 Mind Games ... 19 Pictorial ... 24 Picture of Health ... 20 Publisher’s Point of View ... 4 Recipes ... 33 Zero Waste ... 38 Crossword Solution ... 43 3

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If you like to do home renos, you will enjoy what we will be doing over the next year. So many tackle renos when they want to flip their homes. Why not redo your house for you?

L to R: Dallas, Laurel and Devon.

I am sure you are all tired of reading and hearing about the recession. It does affect all of us in one way or another. The secret for me is to slow down a little on the spending, recreate ways to still move forward in a positive and productive way, and keep in mind that what goes down will come back up. One of the ways Beyond 50 is moving forward is with our expansion to Penticton. We would like to welcome all our new readers. We thought it was time to share our amazing publication. We are a submission-based periodical and all our articles are local. It is our goal to have a fun, fresh publication written by everyday people who have a story to share. We welcome any of our readers to submit articles, pictures, recipes or whatever. For contact information check out our website at or call me at 250-878-9194. The stunning-looking couple on our cover are residents of Penticton, Terry and Kathleen Iaasc. We are thrilled to feature them - Terry describes how life and art go hand in hand for him (page 10). During a recession we have to be creative about ideas to still have fun and keep fit at the same time. Elvia Picco submitted a great piece on Hiking in the Okanagan (page 27). Here is a terrific way to keep stress at bay, get fit and have fun for“free.” If you like to do home renos, you will enjoy what we will be doing over the next year. So many tackle renos when they want to flip their homes. Why not 4

redo your house for you? We will show you how we have transformed rooms in an average home, making remarkable changes, while keeping costs down. In this issue we’re featuring a family room. With a little paint, new carpet, drapes and a creative way to revamp the fireplace,the room was reborn (page 36). And though these changes are intended for the current homeowner to enjoy,they also add great value to a home. I could go on about all of the stories in this issue but I think it’s better if you just read it for yourself. The Okanagan is so rich when it comes to people who give back and we are fortunate these individuals love sharing their stories with us. They are sure to inspire you to give a little of your time, talent or dollars to those who live right here. The last thing I want to mention is that we will be running the “My Grandchild is Cuter Than Your Grandchild” section again. For details check page 2. I would like to dedicate this issue to some of the amazing women in my life. I am truly blessed that I have so many women who inspire, encourage and help me. This Mother’s Day take the time not only to appreciate your mom but also all the women who touch you each and everyday! Laurel D’Andrea ABOUT THE COVER: Kathleen and Terry Iaasc are proud residents of Penticton. Terry, our artist, is inspired daily by the landscape and wildlife of the Okanagan and his young family provides him with purpose. Kathleen is a Okanagan College professor who first met Terry at a painting workshop he was teaching in Penticton. The rest, they say, is history or, in this case, art? BEYOND 50 • SPRING 2009

Introducing our Newest Member Wally is our new Peachland/Penticton region sales rep.

Wally bought his 1962 Bel Air 2-door hardtop as a wreck in 1980 for $100. He completely restored his Chev (doing all the work himself ) with an era-correct 409 engine and 4-speed transmission and he's currently doing a cosmetic restoration on his classic muscle car.

Wally Hild is a retired broadcaster with 36 years in radio and TV in Alberta and BC including stations in Kelowna and Penticton. He’s been a community leader in Penticton and was chosen as citizen of the month by the Mayor in October 2003.He’s a former member of the Board of Ironman Canada Race Society, co-founder of the Peach City Beach Cruise and a retired paid-on-call firefighter. Wally is a cancer survivor and a two-time Ironman Canada finisher. He’s written two books on those experiences and his story is also in the “6th Bowl Of Chicken Soup For The Soul.”He’s the drummer and lead singer in his band Top Dead Center. Wally’s been restoring antique Chevys for more than 40 years and leads a very active lifestyle, working out 6 days a week playing hockey, body building, swimming and running. Here is what Wally had to say about joining our team: “I’m thrilled to be part of the team at Beyond 50 because this magazine embodies everything I believe in. Fifty is a starting point in life exploration, not a slide into the grave. When I hit the half-century mark fifty, I embraced the future with tenacity. Beyond 50 is full of this kind of love of life and vitality from a host of contributors who embrace the lifestyle the Okanagan provides.The future is bright, there is so much yet to do and I look forward to meeting you.” Esteem Lingerie is your ultimate intimate apparel provider. We provide personal, specialized bra fittings to get you into the bra of your dreams. We will even do alterations to assist in achieving the perfect fit. • Comfort, support and style • Quality bras, casual lounge wear, sexy lingerie • Something for every style, taste, age, size and budget. Esteem Lingerie, we are a unique lingerie boutique whose passion is to help women reveal their beauty within.

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Time sneaks up on you, catches you unawares and suddenly the person staring back at you in the mirror is much older than you ever expected to be. Not that aging is a bad thing necessarily...

I think being younger than my partner sometimes gives me a false sense of youth.Because it struck me one day when I was seated with group of individuals I considered to be my peers that I was the only at the table over the age of 40. When did I get to be middle-aged - perhaps a little beyond that even? Time sneaks up on you, catches you unawares and suddenly the person staring back at you in the mirror is much older than you ever expected to be. Not that aging is a bad thing necessarily - the alternative is far worse. Keeping in good health both mentally and physically should be important throughout our lives, but many of us take it for granted in our youths. Now as we face the twilight of our years, a lot of our bad habits from back in the day can start to catch up with us. I have been fortunate thus far and I dare to say that, physically at least, I am in the best shape of my life. I used to be a slave to the gym,believing that to be spared mortification during shorts and swimsuit season, it was necessary to toil and sweat. But I resented the time wasted indoors, straddling machines that went nowhere while listening to the same tunes over and over on my iPod. So I let my gym membership expire and I took up a grossly undervalued activity - walking. People often roll their eyes when I disclose my fitness regime.Most can’t fathom how such a low-impact movement where one merely puts one foot in front of the other could be as effective as busting butt on a treadmill. First of all,most people can’t sustain a high-impact pace for an extended period of time. Vigorous activity on a machine BEYOND 50 • SPRING 2009

may yield a beet red face and sweaty t-shirt, but after 20 minutes most people are spent and will dedicate their remaining gym time to less heart-pounding activities like stretching and muscle toning.I still do all that at home,but for my cardio, I explore my city and one to two hours is not unheard of - sometimes more.It helps that I have two dogs to keep me motivated. And I don’t just “stroll.”When I walk, I bring it - moving so briskly, the elder of my dogs often lags behind. My partner, who suffers from diabetes, recently took up walking for an hour each morning with a fellow diabetic. He used to scoff at my form of exercise - not anymore. At the onset of his exercise program,he suffered from leg pains and fatigue before he grew accustomed to the pace. In this issue, Eliva Picco - an avid outdoors person - shares her experiences with this underappreciated activity in the article “Walk, Hike, Keep Moving” (page 27). She provides some great arguments in favour of walking and offers tips on how to make it more enjoyable. And now that spring is here and the weather has (hopefully) improved,you’ll want to get outside and make the most of it. Check out some of the City of Kelowna’s Active Communities Movement spring walks (page 26) where you can join others and help get you started. JULIANNA HAYES is a long-time print, radio and web-based journalist who has resided in the Okanagan since 1996. Please feel free to email her at


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Freedom from Taxation Submitted by Sylvia Fleming

...this may all seem straightforward, but with anything involving your hard earned dollar, it’s important to get professional advice.

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Life and Art Submitted by Terry Isaac

He is inspired daily by the landscape and wildlife of the Okanagan and his young family provides him with purpose.

Quail in Grapes

Internationally-acclaimed wildlife artist Terry Isaac now professor Kathleen Jagger lives in Penticton, BC, and according to him “life has never at a painting workshop he been better.” Terry is well known for his ability to create was teaching in Penticton. dramatic art in which he strives to capture unique They immediately had a connection and when he characteristics of wildlife and their habitat. Terry was born in the Willamette Valley of Oregon. In returned to teach in 2005, 2007,he followed his heart,packed up his paint brushes and he was hoping she would moved to the Okanagan.The move has proved to be a good be in the class,and she was! Rufous and Fuchsia one because at the age of 50 he now feels he is fulfilling all They fell in love and carried on an international relationship until he moved to Canada of his dreams, in both his personal and professional life. Terry’s interest in wildlife began as a child with a love of to start his new life in August 2007. They now have a nature and the outdoors. He started his career as a growing family unit: a stepson Lucas (age 7), Daniel (age 2) professional artist in the mid-80s, having been a middle and Evan (age 11 months). Terry also has a daughter, Emily school art teacher for eight years. The turning point came from a previous marriage (age 16) who adds to the mix when he attended a workshop with Robert Bateman as the whenever possible. If you ask Terry about his move he will say it has been the instructor. Bateman was so impressed with Terry’s work that he recommended him to Mill Pond Press. During his time most empowering experience of his life. Moving to a new with Mill Pond, Terry published more than 100 limited country, leaving family and long-standing friends behind has given him a new focus. He is inspired daily by the edition prints - many of them sold out. Over the last 10 years, the art market has changed and landscape and wildlife of the Okanagan and his young family provides him with purpose. although the demand for Terry’s Since his arrival Terry has begun to originals has always been strong, the paint images from the Okanagan Valley significant slowdown in the print/ (even his own backyard - see the reproduction market has been a blow painting,“Sewing Seeds”). Penticton is to the artist. Unfortunately this change surrounded by orchards and vineyards coincided with the demise of his first that attract a variety of birds and the marriage, which ended in divorce in painting, “In the Vineyard,” depicts a 2002. Terry was left trying to find his quail in fall grapes (some of you may way both professionally and personally. have seen this piece on his billboard on So why did he move to Canada? Highway 97 approaching Penticton). In 2004, he met Okanagan College Raven 10


Colors of Zion

For the first time in his career he has painted horses. He was inspired by wild horses running free in the land around his new house. The work,“Freedom Run,”was accepted into the Western Art Auction at the Calgary Stampede in 2008, perhaps the largest western and wildlife auction in Canada. Recently, Terry painted a purely landscape piece entitled, “Colors of Zion,” which won the Jurors Award at the Zion National Park Centennial Art Exhibit at the St. George Art Museum, Utah. He enjoyed painting the piece so much that he is planning to paint some of the Okanagan vistas he sees every day. Perhaps the biggest change in his career is,after being with Mill Pond for nearly 20 years, he is now publishing his own limited edition prints. “Raven and Moon” was his first gicleeon-canvas print released in April 2008. He has now

released about 15 prints, all with low-edition sizes, and sales are doing well across Canada and the U.S. As an accomplished teacher who really enjoys the classroom, Terry intends to publish a new book and DVD this year. Continued demand for his teaching has him booked into workshops in Canada, the U.S. and the UK through 2009/2010. Terry frequently contributes original art and limited edition prints to raise funds for conservation and humanitarian causes and since moving to the Okanagan he has contributed to many local charities. For example, you can see his work hanging in the nursery and mammography unit at Penticton Regional Hospital. His motto is “Life is Good Bring it On!” Freedom Run

Sewing Seeds

The Art of Terry Isaac • Originals • Prints • Lessons • Workshops "Togetherness - Sea Otters" 20 x 30in giclee on canvas "Harvest Time" 18 x 8.5in giclee on canvas BEYOND 50 • SPRING 2009

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The Heart of a Volunteer Submitted by June Foreman

...Brenda, is now the chair on the MCC Thrift Shop Committee, as well as helping out in the store. On any given day you can find her moving mountains, ...

L to R: Aaron, James, Brenda and Ed.

At the MCC Thrift Shop there are many “angels among us,” as almost all of the people who work here are volunteers. The Mennonite Central Committee relies on volunteers to make all of their relief efforts throughout the world possible. Over the years, we’ve had many loyal volunteers and we would like to introduce you to just one of our angels. “Got an angel, she doesn’t wear any wings” - so goes the well-crafted Jack Johnson number penned for his sweetheart. Well, here at the Mennonite Central Committee Thrift Shop we feel much the same way about an individual who graces us often with a heart and a will that will not relent. Born in Edmonton, Brenda Schmidt (nee Roloff) moved to the Okanagan in 1971 with her family, and lived in the Rutland area until 1982 where she graduated, and then went on to work at the Royal Bank. During high school, Brenda worked at Dairy Queen, where she got her first taste of working with the public. She married Ed in 1989 and they moved to Oyama soon after and has lived there for 18 years. Ed and Brenda share a Mennonite heritage. Family roots can be traced back to hard times in Russia, Holland and, for some, South America. MCC was instrumental in helping bring many families to a safer world here in Canada and Ed’s family on his mother’s side was one of the first after the Second World War to arrive here. For Brenda, her heritage was instrumental in developing her heart for volunteerism for a cause that has literally made a world of difference. Ed and Brenda have two boys, Aaron and James, who have kept them busy. Brenda was able to volunteer in the neighbourhood and later, when the boys were old enough, 12

at MCC. She has given many hours to an number of causes: the PACs at Oyama Traditional and George Elliot Secondary schools; Oyama Spring Splash Art Sale; Lake Country Soccer Executive; Lake Country Church (children’s music); and Ten Thousand Villages Festival Sales, to name a few. Somehow Brenda finds time to do the books for her husband’s excavating business and pursue her passion for curling and skiing.Our angel,Brenda,is now the chair on the MCC Thrift Shop Committee, as well as helping out in the store.On any given day you can find her moving mountains, literally, of donated clothing and goods, cashiering, pricing and offering encouragement and guidance to staff and volunteers at the store. The Mennonite Central Committee Thrift Shop, at 125 Roxby Rd., in Rutland, is one of the many in North America helping people all over the world with medical aid, food, shelter, water, disaster relief, housing and education - wherever the need is great. Be an angel and shop,donate or volunteer to make a difference in people’s lives. For more information call us at 250-765-7838 or visit the web site at also likes to recognize special people in our community. Our angel Brenda will be featured as the Person of the Day on April 10th. To view that page please go to Do you know someone who goes above and beyond the call of duty? Or maybe you know someone that just has a great smile.If so, please email to nominate a future Person of the Day.Then keep watching the Person of the Day. BEYOND 50 • SPRING 2009

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Precious Volunteer Submitted by Sandy Mikkelsen

Mae has become one of the chapter’s key volunteers, always ready to fill in whenever that phone call comes.

Mae Wallin

A retired career nurse and a tireless volunteer briefly describes Mae Wallin. Mae volunteers for a host of organizations throughout Penticton and the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, South Okanagan/Similkameen Chapter, is one of the fortunate beneficiaries of Mae’s countless volunteer hours. The mission of the M ultiple Sclerosis Society of Canada is,“To be a leader in finding a cure for multiple sclerosis and enabling people affected by MS to enhance their quality of life.” An estimated 13,500 women and men are volunteers for service programs, fundraising events, public awareness campaigns and social action activities with the MS Society. Mae Wallin is one of those invaluable volunteers.She has served seven years on the chapter board, two of those years were as secretary/ treasurer, four as president/chair and one as the past president. M ae has become one of the chapter’s key volunteers, always ready to fill in whenever that phone call comes. Whether that is a request for her to prepare gifts and deliver them to shut-ins, organize a meeting or workshop, attend a function on the chapter’s behalf, or to prepare food BEYOND 50 • SPRING 2009

and beverages for various events. Mae is a great soup and pie maker whom the membership has come to appreciate. Mae and her youngest daughter often preserve vegetables from their gardens and are generous to share these with others. Not only does Mae provide a friendly face in the community, she also brings a great sense of humour and talent. She enjoys time playing the piano and her love of music extends to her membership in both the Tuneagers Choir and in the Lutheran Church Choir. Mae’s 21-year career concluded in 2001, when she retired from her position as a home care nurse for Interior Health.But as Mae puts it,“once a nurse, always a nurse.” It is this background that has helped her to become a precious volunteer for the Society. She “gets it” when our members need it. She is easily described by the term “lifelong learner” and is quick to jump at new opportunities for both personal growth and for the support and to help others.

contact Sandy Mikkelsen at 250-493-6564 or For more information on the MS WALK,April 26,2009, contact Connie Fricke at 250-494-4473, or email:

For more information on the programs and supports offered by the MS Society, or on how you can volunteer for the South Okanagan/Similkameen Chapter, please


Gifts to Grandmothers Submitted by Marcia Skinner

The most exciting aspect of this group has been what we have been able to accomplish in one short year.

L to R: Marilyn North, Avril Cartwright, Carol McDougall, and Una Mae Blair: The Pointer Stitchers.

Edward H.Dreschnack once said,“Just about the time a woman thinks her work is done, she becomes a grandmother.” This statement seems to be especially true for many grandmothers throughout African countries where they find themselves caring full-time for their children’s children as diseases like AIDS have ravaged their families. Caring about these situations is what spurred the formation of a community-based group called“Gifts To Grandmothers.” Although the group only began in October 2007, there are some 35 women of the grandparent vintage who meet weekly and work on our project to raise funds and help the struggling grandmothers in African countries. The fundraising endeavour this year has been creating and selling beautiful and useful tote bags.Each Thursday we meet from 10am to 3pm at Trinity Baptist Church, which has graciously donated the workspace. This also is a great place for us to market the bags which are on display each week. Other venues for marketing have been house parties and craft sales, but mostly sales have come through word of mouth. During the past year, more than 2,000 bags have been sold (at a price of $40 each) and many can be seen on the arms of ladies around the Kelowna area. However, some have been sent across Canada, the U.S., and even abroad. The most exciting aspect of this group has been what we have been able to accomplish in one short year.Two homes have been built for grandmothers in Nigeria who are struggling to raise their orphaned grandchildren. In addition, we have also helped two groups of 20 women each set up a Mutual Benefit Society in U g a n d a . T h e s e 14

women (all grandmothers and young widows) receive land leases, tools, seeds, etc., so they can grow food for their families and have a small cash crop.This enables them to be independent and empowered. Other equally exciting projects are in the initial stages of development. Although our group is growing and thriving, we are always looking for others to join our exciting venture.Ladies who can sew and have portable machines are always needed. There is also a need for those who are “sewing machine challenged”as there is much prep work to be done. How do you become part of the group? Anyone is welcome to show up on Thursday afternoons at Trinity Baptist Church,located at the corner of Springfield and Spall. Gifts to Grandmothers is still in its infancy, however, we are consistently reminded of a why we are doing this charitable work.We develop a real sense of connection with these women who live a world away and will likely never meet. It brings us great joy to help them. In addition, we are developing a great gift of friendship within our own group. And we are happily making a difference! MARCIA SKINNER is a member of “Gifts to Grandmothers” and eagerly anticipates each Thursday where she gets to be a part of this “happening”group! BEYOND 50 • SPRING 2009

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Hockey Dad Submitted by Rick McCluskie

I have looked forward to and cherished each opportunity to observe my children on the ice and I will miss it very much...

L to R: Braxton, Dad, Kaisha, Brogan.

When I was a youngster,I had athletic talent and wish my parents had let me explore those abilities and develop some skills in Canada’s favorite sport hockey. But alas, they refused to put me into any sport which had high odds of breaking the participant’s teeth hockey probably being at the top of their list. Instead, I took up competitive swimming, which eventually led to my becoming a lifeguard. This is where I met my children’s mother. It also allowed me to play the most excellent sport of water polo, which can have a brutality about it that could lead to a participant getting his teeth broken. Isn’t that ironic? Now, even though I belong to the “Beyond 50” club by a few years, I have relatively young children as I got a later start to fatherhood than most.My children are 20,18,and 17 and they all played minor hockey. The youngest still plays in the Midget House league for Westside Minor Hockey Association. This is not a spiteful taunt toward my parents, even though they would rather their grandchildren did not play sports where they might get hurt. But there have been large advancements in the safety equipment children wear 16

keeping them quite safe while they participate in contact sports. This keeps me feeling confident about my son playing hockey safely, as it did for his brother and sister before him. I cannot speak for all parents as they watch their children participating in an organized sport, but when I watch any of my kids it delights me.Some parents seem to be quite nonchalant about being a fan, while others seem aggressive. On the whole, though, I think most parents feel as I do to some extent - although my inner excitement is quite extreme. Perhaps because I was forbidden to participate in hockey myself, I am playing vicariously through my children. Whatever the reasons, watching my children play elevates me to a wildly thrilled hockey dad status. It never matters to me or to my kids whether a game is won or lost, being part of the action is what it is about. I have looked forward to and cherished each opportunity to observe my children on the ice and I will miss it very much when the last one is too old to play at this level any longer. I hope all of you have had this sport dad or mom experience. Perhaps the thrill will still be there when I am a sport grandpa. But I fear it will not be quite as intense. RICK McCLUSKIE is a diehard Canuck Fan and his favourite football team in the Pittsburgh Steelers. (nice pic eh?) He has discovered that life after 50 is just the beginning and enjoys a new passion for indoor soccer! BEYOND 50 • SPRING 2009



Agur Lake Camp

Submitted by Susan McIver, Board Member & Publicist

A highlight of this past year was the first time use in October of the camp site by people with special needs.

More than 30 years ago, Bonnar Dowler of Penticton vowed to build a camp for children with special needs and their families. Dowler made the promise while his own terminally-ill son was a patient at B.C. Children’s Hospital in Vancouver.“I saw so many children confined to beds and wheelchairs. I promised myself to one day build a camp where children like them could enjoy the outdoors,”he said. Dowler’s dream is coming true thanks to the dedication of many people with big hearts and heaps of energy. Two people playing key roles are Robin Agur, who donated four acres of land at the cost of one dollar per year, and Penny Ritchie, president of the camp society. A registered charity, the society is composed of volunteers who are aware of the trauma and stresses faced by families with disabled children. “My career made me understand the struggles and difficulties these families face every day,” said Ritchie, who left her position as a certified education assistant to work full time on the camp project. In less than two years, the project made quantum leaps. The first step was to get the regional district to amend a rural use by-law to allow construction of the proposed camp. Within days, this was followed by the camp society signing a 99-year lease on the land owned by Robin Agur and his family. “I’m pleased this property will be used for such a wonderful purpose. It’s been in our family for over 100 years,”said Agur. Significant advances since then include obtaining a lease on more than 40 acres of Crown land,hiring an architectural firm to design the camp and receiving generous donations 18

from private individuals, businesses, service clubs and community organizations. Provincial and community grants have been received along with pledges of significant in-kind donations such as well drilling, building materials and design of an off-grid solar system. “It’s gratifying to receive such support. However, we still have a long way to go to reach our goal of $4.5 million,” Ritchie said. A highlight of this past year was the first time use in October of the camp site by people with special needs. “When I saw the smiles on the faces of those young people it was a dream come true,”Dowler said. When completed, the camp will have a central lodge, cabins and RV sites. There will also be a fishing dock, playgrounds and a First Nations’ interpretive centre to be built in conjunction with local Okanagan bands. All facilities, including a network of trails, will be barrierfree.“Barrier-free also means free of psychological and social barriers. The camp will be a place where special-needs kids are not a minority group, but the norm,” said society board member Amanda Lewis. Lewis,20,who has cerebral palsy,is a resource person and frequent speaker for the society. The camp will welcome families from across B.C. For info visit or call Penny Ritchie at 250-494-7453. BEYOND 50 • SPRING 2009

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Right on Target to Win Gold Submitted by Jean Mumford, 64 years old

Winning a gold medal at darts in Prince George was very exciting. My partner and I, Evelyn Tufford, of Okanagan Falls won in the ladies doubles competition. We played the ladies singles in the morning and by the time the afternoon competition for the ladies

doubles came around my arm was swollen and I was in a lot of pain. I was not about to give up. I have been through lots of surgery and had to give up playing darts for many years. I have had three discs removed from the back of my neck and a bone graft twice to replace the discs in two separate operations. I also had to have a rib taken out because of compressed nerves and the final operation was to move a nerve in my elbow.The last operation I had to wait three years for the nerve to re-grow. When I did start playing darts again I had no control over my elbow and the darts did not go where I was aiming.I was going to give up the game I so dearly loved. But I persevered and although I had to learn how to throw differently, I finally got to the stage where I felt comfortable and was able to compete and win against people who did not have the same problems. I think playing darts again was the

best thing I could have done for myself. I could have quite easily have given up and said I couldn’t do it anymore. Eight years ago,when we were both 56, my husband suggested we try out for the Seniors’ Games I thought he was crazy. But he talked me into it and I qualified, but unfortunately he did not. Yet, I was so glad I listened to him. Since that first tryout, we have both played in the Seniors’ Games every year and have met lots of very nice people playing in different towns across B.C. These included Prince George, Penticton, Kelowna, Abbotsford, Nanaimo, Surrey and Chilliwack. I have so far won two gold and two silver medals and look forward to trying to win more. It is amazing how many competitors there are in all the different sports and how much fun everyone has. Just getting out and competing makes it all worthwhile.

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Keep that Membership Submitted by Errol N. Hannigan

Regular exercise that includes a weightlifting program not only helps reduce anxiety, but also lowers the risk of certain types of diabetes and the need for insulin.

Apparently it’s official and Canada, as is most of the industrialized world,is in a recession.That has caused a lot of people to re-examine their financial positions and to scrutinize their monthly expenditures. When you go about investigating your expenses for items you think you can do without, I urge you to consider your gym or fitness membership as a necessity rather than a luxury.The reason I advocate this is because of the return on investment (ROI). Financial advisors always talk about ROI and as a fitness advisor, I recommend maintaining this expense. Think of your fitness membership as you would a stock in your portfolio and as one that keeps bringing in dividends that multiply exponentially. Let me explain.These current times of economic turmoil cause many to worry,and along with worry come stress and anxiety. What goes hand in hand with stress and anxiety is sleeplessness and that can become a deadly combination. To help thwart these problems, regular exercise goes a long way toward helping you deal effectively with stress and many other problems. Regular exercise that includes a weightlifting program not only helps reduce anxiety, but also lowers the risk of certain types of diabetes and the need for insulin. It helps lower high blood pressure, the risk of cardiovascular disease, as well as, the risk of breast cancer by reducing high estrogen levels linked to the disease. It can also decrease or minimize the risk of osteoporosis by building bone mass. 22

Exercise helps you fight off colds by improving the function of your immune system. And for the ladies, it helps reduce the symptoms of PMS, which when already dealing with stress and anxiety, are definitely not issues you want in your life. A cardio and strengthening program will improve your basal metabolism, which causes you to burn more calories, 24 hours a day, and keep the waistline from expanding. You’ll even burn calories while you’re sleeping. It helps energize you along with elevating your mood by releasing endorphins into the blood stream - talk about ROI. There are even more benefits than those I have listed. In the economy like we’re facing now, this is one investment that will quite literally tighten your belt. If it becomes a necessity to look for ways to knock a few dollars off of your monthly expenses and trim your budget, I would suggest you think about eliminating a coffee per day from your local cafe rather than your gym membership, because that’s about what your average fitness fees work out to. It’s a small price to pay for a great investment in your health and overall quality of life. ERROL N. HANNIGAN, Fitness Ambassador/ Writer has become a health and fitness advocate who has channeled his personal experience and training into areas that promote physical fitness and works to encourage Canadians of all ages to practice healthier lifestyles. He is currently writing a book on his two passions, Faith & Fitness. BEYOND 50 • SPRING 2009


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Walk, Hike, Keep Moving Submitted by Elvia Picco


Walking and hiking are just like life - taking one step at a time.

I absolutely love being outside. Caring about the overall mobility. I have learned that you have to prepare environment, conservation and preserving green space in yourself mentally and physically to get into the daily routine communities are important to me. I greatly enjoy walking - of walking and hiking. It takes a determined mind set, whether in my neighborhood, at local regional parks or commitment, planning, go-power and mostly motivation. hiking in provincial and national parks across the country. I As the saying goes:“If it is to be, then it is up to me.” Over the last 10 years, I have made a point of walking like learning about new natural areas waiting to be discovered and planning day trips or backpacking trips with every day for at least one hour for personal health benefits and as a way to begin and finish friends and acquaintances who my day. I dedicate my early just want to soak in the great Walking for 30 - 60 minutes or more each morning 30-minute walk before outdoors. day at a moderate pace can help you to: work to people who are in my life Walking and hiking gives me • Feel good. and people who I think about. In enormous pleasure, momentum • Increase your fitness and muscle tone. the evenings I walk to relax, and enables me to step outside unwind and reflect on my day. the everyday routine. It is a cost • Have more energy. Walking and hiking provide effective and green activity. • Have less stress. many physical, mental and Spending time outdoors teaches • Feel more relaxed. spiritual benefits. Physically, it is one to respect the earth and • Sleep better. very restorative and refreshes your nature.We are very privileged and • Reduce your blood pressure. energy level. It is a good workout fortunate to live in such an • Reduce your risk of heart disease by half. and helps keep you toned. It abundant and diverse ecosystem • Improve your mood and reduce your risk of provides you with a chance to in Canada. depression. “just breathe,” relax and take it all The goal of walking and hiking • Reduce your risk of a number of cancers, in. Mentally, it is stimulating by are to keep your mind and body including bowel and breast cancer. taking in all the sights, sounds and moving especially when you feel smells. It is a time in your day challenged or may not be up for • Reduce your risk of being overweight. where everything is simplified. It partaking in any activity. At this • Reduce your risk of developing diabetes. can keep you motivated and point in my life, I focus on taking • Strengthen your bones, muscles and joints. inspired. Spiritually, it can remind good care of myself, staying SOURCE: ActNowBC - you to be in the moment and healthy and appreciating my BEYOND 50 • SPRING 2009


enjoy what is around you. It allows for quiet, reflective and peaceful times. Some basic tips to consider for your walks and hikes are to invest in proper fitting footwear. Make sure you have

footwear that provides solid ankle support and traction. Consider the options of low-rise or high-rise footwear, as well as socks with wicking fibers and double-layers that absorb

moisture and prevent chafing. If going out for longer walks or hikes carry a backpack that fits your body frame. Make sure you have one that is comfortable and fitted for you. Spend time choosing your pack and always remember to pack extra clothing for unpredictable weather. Walking or hiking poles offer you balance and full body workout. Poles are also good for challenging terrain and easing the strain on the knees going downhill. Wear comfortable clothing, layer your clothing according to the temperature and wear breathable fabrics that wick moisture. Always protect your eyes by wearing UV protective eyewear and a hat with a brim. Safety and awareness are crucial where you walk and hike. Inform and educate yourself about the area and any outdoor elements to be aware of, including wildlife concerns and bear safety. Carry your own backpack with supplies, food, water and extra clothing. Put together a safety kit with first

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aid supplies. Be sure to tell family or friends where you’re headed and the time you expect to return. Most importantly, never hike alone. My favorite walking area close to home and for getting a quick“outside fix”is at Kelowna’s scenic Canyon Regional Park, which is part of the Mission Creek Greenway. It is located on 2080 Hollywood Road South. It is a quiet sanctuary with lots of trees, birds, the flowing Mission Creek, and three beautiful bridge crossings. This is where I walk my dog on leash and rejuvenate from the day. Walking from the parking area to the third bridge crossing takes about 30 minutes,therefore,a round trip is about one hour. If you have not discovered this park yet, I highly recommend it for a refreshing and revitalizing walk. Don’t forget to bring your camera to capture some beautiful natural scenic views. ELVIA PICCO is an avid outdoor enthusiast and has been hiking for 12 years. She has lived in Kelowna for two years and is looking forward to discovering new walking and hiking areas throughout the Okanagan Valley and British Columbia. She has ventured out, hiked and backpacked through many trails in the Canadian Rockies. Her most memorable adventures have been hiking the West Coast Trail in British Columbia, the Chilkoot Trail in the Yukon and canoeing and hiking the Nahanni River in Nahanni National Park Reserve, North West Territories.

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Get Involved and have Fun! Submitted by Margie Switzer

Margie made us smile by her very presence, and she was always around when needed. Even when she was ill, ...

Have you ever wondered what it feels like to be part of a dragon boat team out on the water enjoying a paddle? Consider the Kelowna seniors’ dragon boat team, “Lift What’s Draggin’.” They set a lofty goal for the season last spring - they wanted to be the “best.” They decided to register for the 2008 BC Senior Games in Prince George in September 2008, and then went to work from there. They practiced hard all season with that goal in mind, and come September all the work paid off. The “Lift What’s Draggin’” team brought the gold medal home to Kelowna. Can you imagine a team consisting of members ranging from 60-85 years achieving a goal like that - some never having won a medal before? What a feeling that must have been for them. It’s never too late to join the fun, the dragon boat season usually starts in mid-April and runs through to the premium festival in September. Kelowna’s festival is considered one of the top three in Canada, thanks to its beautiful venue and participation of 100+ teams. The thing you need to do is find a team that fits your desire of competition and time commitment. Most teams practice two times a week for an hour each practice. Once you find your team everyone will decide what competitions to enter throughout the season, as there are several festivals up and down the valley to participate in. These events help build your competitive level and endurance. Dragon boating is a unique sport in the fact that you participate at an intense level for two to three minutes and then can spend hours afterwards reliving the race! It’s never too late to appreciate that feeling! 30


I am one of the founding members of the Lift What’s Draggin’ Master’s team in Kelowna (We formed eight years ago and are still the only senior’s team in Kelowna). For several of the past seven years, we were privileged to have Margie coach us and sometimes join us as a paddler. She was so flexible and would take on any job to do with dragon boating with such enthusiasm. When she was coaching us, she was always positive and so much fun even when we were hopelessly out of time or favoring our “old” bones and ill-used muscles. One day, she volunteered to take over the steering job as our regular steerer was away. Well, after we had done a halfdozen doughnuts, she managed to guide us back to the dock with 20 paddlers nearly wetting themselves with laughter! (We are seniors you know!) Margie loves dragon boating and is always looking for new and better ways to help her teams be successful. She was instrumental in organizing dry land training one year before the season started. Everyone was amazed at how flexible and fit she was. She could bend and stretch like a teenager. We’ll always remember Margie coming with us to the Al Can Festival in Vancouver. She was a great addition to our team, but she did not mind at all if she had to sit out to give someone else a turn, or change her position so one of BEYOND 50 • SPRING 2009

us could have her seat. Margie made us smile by her very presence, and she was always around when needed. Even when she was ill, she came to festivals, helped pull in boats, or assist with junior teams. She came to our fundraising events, and she helped us with every aspect of dragon boating. What beautiful, caring and wonderful person she is! Engraving by hand on crystal, glassware, silver, brass, golf clubs, wine, fragrance bottles. Denise Nielson MARGIE SWITZER - Wonderful coach, paddler and friend to Dragon Boaters. Contact the Kelowna Dragon Boat Club at www.kelowna or call 250-491-1961 and tell them Margie sent you if you would like to experience dragonboating!



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5th Annual Heirloom Linen & China Sale Thur. - Sat., April 16, 17, 18 at St. Paul’s United Church Join Mayor Shepherd for High Tea on April 18. Linens such as vintage tablecloths, lunch cloths, placemats and napkins. Duvet covers, pillowcases and fine china. (Donations of items gratefully accepted until April 14.)

2nd Annual Beans N’ Jeans Sat., April 25 at the Kelowna Curling Club Leave the sequined gown at home, pull on your fave jeans and boots and plan to join us for a “yee-haw” good time! Late Night Chili Bar • The Cruzeros • Auction Tickets $50 available at Hospice Office. DON’T DELAY... WE SOLD OUT LAST YEAR!

8th Annual Hike for Hospice Sun., May 3 at Mission Creek Regional Park Gather your family, friends and dogs to walk in memory of a loved one.

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Plain Goodness

Submitted by Sue Willis, A View to Remember B&B

We want to hear about your favourite recipes. Please send them to or by fax at 869-1490 or mail them to 1850 Ranchmont Crescent, Kelowna, BC V1V 1T4.

Fruit Muffins Pre-heat oven to 350 F ¼c soft butter ¾c brown sugar, firmly packed 1 egg, lightly beaten 2 Tbsp cream 1 ½ c fruit*, chopped 1c all purpose or whole wheat flour 1 tsp baking powder ¼ tsp cinnamon

Ham and Apple Skillet Pre-heat oven to 350 F 2 med potatoes, cooked 2 med apples - peeled, cored & chopped 1/3 c sweet onion, chopped 1c ham, cooked & cubed 1 tsp thyme salt & pepper to taste 2/3 c cheddar cheese, shredded 4 lg eggs, beaten & mixed with 2 Tbsp milk Thinly slice potatoes. Melt butter in a skillet and sauté the potatoes until golden brown on each side. Place potatoes in the bottom of an 8-inch, lightly greased pie plate in two layers, overlapping potatoes to fill any empty spaces. In a small frying pan, lightly sauté apples and onion with the thyme, salt and pepper until onion becomes translucent. Spread over potatoes. Using the same frying pan, lightly sauté the ham cubes and spread over the apples and onion. Sprinkle the shredded cheese over the ham. Pour the egg mixture over top. Bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes or until center is firm. Let stand 5 minutes before slicing. Makes 4 large or 6 small servings. Serve with fresh fruit and muffins. Can be made the night before by not adding the egg mixture until you are ready to bake. Excellent for breakfast, brunch or supper. BEYOND 50 • SPRING 2009

Cream butter with brown sugar, add egg, then cream. Fold in fruit. Add dry ingredients and stir until moistened. Spoon mixture into greased muffin tins. Mix together a small amount of sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over muffins. Bake at 350 for about 20 minutes. Make 6 large muffins or 8-10 regular size. * Use any combination of chopped apple, peaches, apricots, rhubarb or berries. Our favourites are raspberries and peaches together.

Out of This World Fruit Dip 8oz pkg regular or light plain cream cheese, softened 1 jar Marshmallow Cream ¼c Kaluha Beat the softened cream cheese until creamy. Add the marshmallow cream and mix well. Mix in Kaluha. Chill for 2 hours or overnight. Serve with assorted fresh fruit. This dip will keep for 1 week in the refrigerator. SUE AND DANN WILLIS own A View to Remember B&B in West Kelowna. They serve a rotating selection of their signature egg dishes which are prepared fresh each morning along with their own homemade baking and a selection of fresh Okanagan fruit from their own trees. 1-888-311-9555, Member of the British Columbia Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers Guild Beyond 50 Magazine is not responsible for the outcome of any recipe you try from this publication. While we try to review each recipe carefully, you may not always achieve the results desired due to variations in ingredients, cooking temperatures, typos, errors, omissions, or individual cooking abilities.


The Fight Against Cancer Submitted by Aidan Cole

Last year, emcee Tony Parsons did a fantastic job of keeping the crowd entertained, and honourary chairs Norm and Helene Letnick inspired everyone with their enthusiasm.

As the weather gets warmer you may notice one of the enthusiasm. The Famous Players band had everyone on first sure signs of spring: Daffodils! These beautiful yellow their feet for a fantastic night of dancing. Senator Ross Fitzpatrick and his wife Linda are the flowers have started poking their heads through the honourary chairs for this year’s event, and TV personality ground and signal that spring is indeed on the horizon. The daffodil is the Canadian Cancer Society’s symbol of James Morrison will emcee the event. You may know James Morrison more as Bill Buchanan, director of the hope and inspiration in the fight against CTU on Fox’s hit TV series, 24. The Delta Grand’s cancer. Each year, the Society holds Daffodil new award winning Executive Chef, Stuart Days where individuals and organizations Klassen, will be preparing a fantastic dining order bunches of these bright flowers to show experience for all in attendance. Guests will be their support. Get your orders in soon if you’d dancing the night away to Calgary-based band, like to have some delivered in late March. Mocking Shadows. This seven-piece band has As the daffodils continue to bloom, it also been entertaining crowds across Canada for reminds us that April is the Canadian Cancer more than 10 years, opening for such bands as Society’s month to promote awareness and the Tragically Hip, ZZ Top, 54/40, Wide Mouth prevention. April is a big month for the Mason, Jann Arden, Reba McEntire, Leanne James Morrison Canadian Cancer Society. The door-to-door Rimes, Lighthouse, Randy Bachman, Colin James residential fundraising campaign will be running throughout the period, the annual Canadian Cancer and many others. For tickets or other event information, statistics are released, annual Society research grants are please visit So while you watch the daffodils bloom this spring, keep awarded, Relay For Life events are kicked off throughout the Valley and the Society celebrates its many wonderful an eye out for the many Canadian Cancer Society activities taking place. Welcome local volunteers canvassing your volunteers during National Volunteer Week (April 19-25). During Daffodil Month, the Canadian Cancer Society will neighborhood; listen for announcements regarding the host the 5th Annual Gala of Hope at the Delta Grand annual cancer statistics and funded research projects; Okanagan Resort (April 11). This black-tie affair aims to build attend the Gala of Hope; sign up a team for your local Relay on the outstanding success of the 2008 event, which For Life event; buy a bunch of daffodils to show your brought in more than $268,000 for the fight against cancer. support for the Canadian Cancer Society; and, most of all, Last year, emcee Tony Parsons did a fantastic job of thank your local volunteers. Thank you in advance for your support in helping the keeping the crowd entertained, and honourary chairs Norm and Helene Letnick inspired everyone with their Canadian Cancer Society “make cancer history.” 34




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Salute to our Rollout Volunteers! Submitted by Rae Stewart

By now you’ve likely heard about the new easier, cleaner and greener system to wheel your waste. The Regional District of Central Okanagan and its member municipalities are in the process of rolling out this new Automated Waste Collection system to every household on curbside collection. Hundreds of residents have already received their new carts, and are using them with great success. If you haven’t received yours, don’t worry. Over the next few months, three new wheeled carts will arrive: one for your weekly garbage collection, and one each for bi-weekly recycling and yard waste collection. What you haven’t heard enough about is the integral role volunteers are playing in this rollout initiative. As our “ambassadors,” these teams of trained volunteers (with the help of staff) are going door-to-door, meeting one-on-one with residents as we drop off the new wheeled carts,answering questions, and showing residents how they work. What do these highly-dedicated, energetic, communityminded individuals get in exchange? While many have simply offered their time, we are also making a donation to community groups or service clubs that help out. This rollout is a massive undertaking. It includes the delivery of over 165,000 carts to more than 50,000 homes across the Central Okanagan in less than five months. Now that’s a lot of door knocking! The idea is to make the transition to using these wheeled carts as smooth as possible for residents.That’s why with the huge help of our trained volunteer ambassadors, we’re looking to reach as many people as possible door-to-door, face-to-face, neighbour-to-neighbour. As I write this, delivery of the first 30,000 carts is just wrapping up in the District of West Kelowna. That means already dozens of volunteers have been on the front lines, 38

going door-to-door to offer residents info and support.Hats off to some of the many organizations that have assisted, including, but certainly not limited to: members of the Westbank Lions Club, Westside Residents Association, Westbank Rotary,and the Okanagan College Environmental Club. Many more groups and organizations are approaching us daily to offer up their help. Here’s what some of our valued volunteers have to say about their rollout experience: “I love being outside in the fresh air and getting exercise, getting all over our municipality, meeting different people and getting their feedback. It’s been interesting, and worthwhile, answering residents’ questions, addressing their concerns.” DAVE HARRIS, PRESIDENT WESTBANK ROTARY

“It’s either go to the gym, or do this…. It’s been a fantastic experience!” ED POTTS,WEST KELOWNA RESIDENT “This is a great opportunity for me to hit the streets and hear what people have to say about this new program, how they’re adapting.” DISTRICT OF WEST KELOWNA COUNCILLOR DAVID KNOWLES

The tentative delivery schedule has carts arriving in Peachland the middle of March, with the rollout then moving on to Lake Country, Joe Rich/ Ellison, and the City of Kelowna. The entire program is expected to be up and running by June 30th at the latest. Anticipation,interest and support for the new automated waste collection system remains high. As we have often heard from those who have their carts already: ”Try it, you’ll like it!” If you think you’d like to join in the volunteer effort and help with the distribution of these automated carts throughout the Central Okanagan, simply contact our office, we’d love to hear from you! It’s a great opportunity to do something positive and green for our community as a whole. And to all of those volunteers who have already been pounding the pavement on our behalf, the Regional Waste Reduction office extends to each and every one of you a heartfelt environmental salute - job well done! RAE STEWART is the Waste Reduction Facilitator with the Regional Waste Reduction Office at the Regional District of Central Okanagan. As a program of the City of Kelowna, Regional District and districts of Peachland, Lake Country and West Kelowna, the Waste Reduction Office implements programs to help reduce garbage going to local landfills. Contact Rae at


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What’s happening This calendar of events is compliments of Community Information and Volunteer Centre 250-763-8008 MARCH 2009 Kidney Foundation Awareness Month National Epilepsy Month National Nutrition Month Help Fight Liver Disease Month Juvenile Arthritis Month Easter Seals Month Fraud Prevention Month Polio Awareness Month APRIL 2009 Daffodil Month, Canadian Cancer Soc. Community Clean-up Month National Parkinson Month Autism Awareness Month Earth Month 1 Community 20 Minute Makeover 2-4 Daffodil Days Canadian Cancer Soc. 2-25 Kiwanis Music Festival 3 National Autism Day 3-4 30-Hour Famine 4 Composter Sale 5 Family Environmental Day 5-11 National Wildlife Wk 6 Swinging with the Stars Central MAY 2009 Speech & Hearing Awareness Month National Hepatitis C Month Cystic Fibrosis Month Huntington’s Disease Awareness Month Medic Alert Awareness Month Leave a Legacy Month Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month 1-7 National Summer Safety Wk 3 Kiwanis Gala Concert 3 8th Annual Hike for Hospice 3 Walk for Kids Help Phone 3 Hike for Hospice, Mission Crk Greenway

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OK Hospice Society 7 World Health Day 11 Cancer Society Gala of Hope 12-18 National Victims of Crime Awareness Wk 12-18 National Soil Conservation Wk 16-18 Heritage Linen & China Sale 17 Equality Day 17 Inter. Hemophilia Day 18-19 16th Annual Kelowna Yacht Club Boat & Leisure Show 19 Ski to Sea Race 19 6th Annual Strong Bones Walk 19-25 National Immunization Awareness Wk 19-25 National Volunteer Wk 20-22 Global Youth Service Days 20-26 BC Arts & Culture 3-9 Inter. Composting Awareness Wk 3-9 National Hospice Palliative Care Wk 3-9 Emergency Preparedness Wk 3-9 National Elizabeth Fry Wk 4-10 Mental Health Wk 5 World Asthma Day 8 World Red Cross Day 8-9 MS Carnation Campaign 9 Raise the Flag Day 10-16 National Police Wk Community Policing Services 10-16 National Allergy Awareness Wk 10-16 Central Okanagan Bike to Work/School Wk 11-17 National Nursing Wk 12 Inter. Nurses Day 12 Canada Health Day 12 Inter. Fibromyalgia Awareness Day ! in a g

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20-27 National Organ Donor Awareness Wk 20-28 Prevention of Violence Against Women Wk 21 Kelowna Farmers & Crafters Easter Market 22 Earth Day 23 World Book & Copyright Day 25 Okanagan Festival Singers 25 Beans N’ Jeans 26 The Scotia Bank MS Walk 27-May 3 Inter. Astronomy Wk 28 National Mourning Day 29 Inter. Make a Wish Day 30 Jeans Day, BC Children’s Hospital 30-May 2 Big Bike, Heart & Stroke 30-May 9 Okanagan Spring Wine Festival 12-18 13-14 15 15-18 16-18 17 17-23 18 18 19-22 25 25

National Road Safety Wk Variety Children’s Radiothon - B103 Inter. Day of Families Knox Mountain Hill Climb Rutland May Days Inter. Day Against Homophobia Intergenerational Wk Rutland May Days Parade Inter. Museums Day Aboriginal Awareness Wk Schizophrenia Walk of Hope National Multiple Births Awareness Day 29 Mayor’s Environmental Expo 30 Walk for Muscular Dystrophy 31 Great Strides Walk, Cystic Fibrosis 31 Family Fun Day 31 World No-Tobacco Day 31-June 6 Canadian Environment Wk The listing of an event in the Calendar of Events does not indicate endorsement and the exclusion of an event does not imply any disapproval by Kelowna Community Resources. If you have a fundraising event and need volunteers please contact Community Information and Volunteer Centre for inclusion in the Calendar of Events 250.763.8008 E24.




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Kids Help Phone - Celebrating 20 Years Submitted by Brenda Crompton

The number 32,626 might not be significant amid talk of billions spent on bailouts and economic stimulus packages. Yet, it is a big number considering what it means. For 32,626 represents the number of times that callers from the Thompson-Okanagan region reached out to the Kids Help Phone in 2008. Kids Help Phone is an internationally renowned Canadian charity that provides toll-free,bilingual,confidential, anonymous and professional phone and web counselling, referral and information services for children and youth - 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. It started out as a telephone service so that children and youth from any place in Canada could reach out to someone who would listen. In 2002, a web service was added to create a virtual space where kids can ask questions and communicate how they feel. Growing up today is different than it was when a parent was home and the internet and mobile phones were not in existence. Kids are bombarded with information from all directions in a busy, fast-paced world where people often do not have time to listen when needed. Any of us can find out what 42

issues are concerning kids today. Turn on your computer and go to and from there click on “Enter the Kids Site.” The most recent topic of the month was “Being a good friend.” Why is this important? Think back to when you were a kid and what really made a difference? Most people say it was a small moment when we felt that somebody actually listened to us. We are all looking for people who care enough to help us when we need it and kids are no exception. Finding someone that cared - a single call - personally changed my life forever. Kids Help Phone is staffed by professional counsellors who are ready to listen to what kids are saying, whether they are “saying it” on the phone or on the website.Here are some postings I found on www.kidshelp recently: “I can hardly breathe... I just feel like everybody I love and care so much for is sick or hurting themselves...why can’t they care about themselves?” “Who do you talk to when your friends are saying one thing and your Mom is telling you something else?” “Thank you so much for answering my last questions, it always helps!” We need your support to ensure this service continues to operate and help our kids make good choices that benefit all of us and keep our country strong. Please sign up and raise donations in support of our walk fundraiser for Kelowna/Okanagan The walk is May 3,however,whether you can make it that day or not, our main focus is to collect the donations

needed to ensure this service is there for our kids next year. We hope that people in each of the Okanagan communities will see the importance and give generously. BRENDA CROMPTON graduated high school living in a hostel on welfare, went to university and became a successful business person because she made a phone call to a stranger who cared. Now Brenda teaches entrepreneurial skills and how to build the life you want. Brenda is the Chair of the Kelowna/ Okanagan Walk for Kids Help Phone and can be reached at 250-864-8506 or Brenda.crompton@


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Being a Mom Submitted by Nicole D’Agosto

And while I believe that part of her would still like to adopt her “big-mamma-bear” persona, she now does one better - she sympathizes with me, not just as my mom, but as another woman who once experienced the same quarter -life crisis.

As I approach my 27th birthday, I am forced into the realization that I am a grown-up. I know this shouldn’t be news to me. After all, I’ve been married for almost three years, my husband and I own our own home (a.k.a. mortgaged until eternity) and I am employed in a successful career. I’ve hit a number of those milestones that confirm I have moved into responsible, respectful adulthood. And yet, I still have moments of panic. It doesn’t seem long ago I lived at home with mom and dad, worry-free (well, rent-free at least), was going to school, hung out with my girlfriends, and dreamed about what I would do when I grew up.Then it hits me - this is it. I am now living my adult life, and it’s flying by fast. So what do I do when I panic? I do what every mature,self-sufficient grown woman does - I call my mom. “Mom,” I cry into the phone. “I just don’t know if I can handle all of this! I’m trying to keep it all together, and I feel like I’m falling apart at the seams! I’m trying to run a house of my own,I’m trying to do a good job at work,even though I’m stressed right out, and I’m still trying to figure out what it means to be a good wife! I don’t know if I’m coming or going. I just feel like I’m running around in circles.” And like a good mom, she doesn’t try to solve my problems. She lets me cry, curse, stomp my feet... whatever I need to do to vent. And while I believe that part of her would still like to adopt her“big-mamma-bear”persona,she now does one better - she sympathizes with me, not just as my mom,but as another woman who once experienced the same quarter-life crisis. 44

This has been one of the best things about growing up - my evolving relationship with my mom. Like most mother-daughter relationships, ours was a bit of a rollercoaster ride. When I was little,my mom was my whole world.She was everything I wanted to become when I grew up. And then I became a teenager, and almost overnight, my mother knew nothing about me, couldn’t possible understand how I felt, and was completely clueless about my generation. It took several years for me to shake that mentality,to realize that my mom was once my age, becoming her own person. We relate to each other now more than ever. In my 20s, I am realizing how fragile life is, how important my family is to me, and how if you don’t pay attention to the precious moments in life, they will pass you by. These are all lessons I’ve learned from my mom.And while my mom doesn’t have all the answers I may seek, I take great comfort in knowing that she understands how I feel, because she’s been here too. NICOLE D’AGOSTO lives in Kelowna with her husband Dan. She works as a kitchen designer at Kitchenhaus Cabinets and when she isn’t busy helping her clients create their dream homes, she enjoys painting, playing piano, and spending time with her family and friends. She is proud to write for the same magazine that features articles by her mother, Marilyn Brown. BEYOND 50 • SPRING 2009

What Price for a Bargain? Submitted by Marilyn J. Brown

...neighbourhood garage sale is not for the lazy or noncommittal (although my husband has suggested “committing” me for getting involved too often)...

There are only a handful of men I know who have any heartfelt appreciation for the therapeutic qualities of retail shopping. Feel good endorphins aside, women generally feel a“rush”in securing items, especially when it comes with a discounted price tag. Clearance signs are like magnets. Retailers are doing what they can to pass along any deals in this battered economy, but with the rash of garage sales that will inevitably blanket the Valley come spring, they’ll have competition. I like to think of making those weekend rounds as my “grass-roots” approach at stimulating the economy. Organizing your own or a neighbourhood garage sale is not for the lazy or noncommittal (although my husband has suggested “committing” me for getting involved too often). The first step is taking a look at the calendar for a potential day or two that will mesh with any other insaneness you have planned. If you have a friend with a likewise “committed” attitude who needs to clear out his/her stuff, then you can jointly coordinate the logistics of time and place, table set-up, pricing and finally marketing (aka, those gaudy, fluorescent masterpieces strapped to poles with duct tape). Not unlike your first lemonade stand, it’s best to share the duration of the enterprise with a chum or two. The next step is to assemble and price your wares.This is where the fragile and sensitive collapse. Without discipline, (a harassing spouse will suffice), you will find yourself unable to part with that unopened box of cute candy molds because you may still one day take that leisure course.Trust me,I thought that macramé was going to make a comeback BEYOND 50 • SPRING 2009

a couple of times - wrong! It’s a bit risky using the “beauty-is-in-the-eye-of-thebeholder” approach when pricing your stuff, but you’d be surprised just how freeing it can be designating the “lovedonce-but-no-more”items to the operation. No matter what time you advertised, be prepared to roll into action just after daybreak.They’ll be at least one pickup truck idling outside your place before you’ve had your first coffee.They’re the people looking to out-maneuver the first wave of bargain hunters. And brace yourself for the bartering - for this indeed is the game.You’ll be able to spot the pros as they unload from their vans, lattes in hand, circling, mumbling quietly amongst themselves,waiting for the leader to make a move. Most sales are made (hopefully) during that morning surge, before the dreaded lull after lunch. In fact, the people who show up then are often looking for sweet deals, anticipating that you’ll have slashed your prices to unload the remainder of your stuff.But I can guarantee there will be at least one large,ugly and awkward item left when the dust settles. Expect your spouse to comment,“Geez, I could have told you it wouldn’t sell...” I wonder if he’ll notice the new chair I scooped up from the neighbour’s table. I couldn’t pass up on such a bargain! MARILYN BROWN is a regular contributor to Beyond 50 Magazine. We appreciate her fun perspectives and enthusiasm. We are grateful that she has chosen to share here talent and wit for our readers to enjoy!


The DUKE of Dogs Submitted by Teresa Johnston

There are few greater tragedies than the loss of a beloved family member - even if that family member is a dog. Duke, short for Ducati, lived merely five years when he died in a freak accident during a summer thunderstorm. It was so bizarre that the only explanation possible was he got frightened, confused, and lost his way. Duke died on the shoulder of the highway and he was the dog known to never wander away from home. As a puppy,he had opportunities to run when the gate in his city home blew opened, instead he would just sit at the doorstep until we came home. Duke was the most lovable dog. Everyone who came in contact with him adored him. His affection for them was always shown either with a nudge or drool. He protected our property with great pride.Duke’s only enemies were the coyotes and he made sure they stayed off his land.Living on 12 acres gave Duke ample room to run free, yet he would never wander off. He loved his home and his people. Even though Duke was a purebred yellow Labrador Retriever, he never swam. As a pup, he had fallen into the water between our sailboat and the dock and he was scarred for life.Whenever we were out on the water, he kept a watchful eye from shore. I have often wondered if something had happened, if he would jump in to rescue us or just stand there frozen with fear.But Duke was loyal to the end; I believe he would have made the sacrifice. Duke cherished all creatures big and small. He played with our kitty and often we would find them curled up together for a nap. Duke loved children and they all adored him. His affection for people was unconditional. His love for other animals was playfulness. His passion for TV watching made him a star. Duke was indeed an animal with all heart and soul. 46

How sad we often take our loving pets for granted and dismiss their fear of storms, their need for our attention, their feelings of loneliness,their longing for our time.Yet,we know that no matter how little affection or time we give them, they will always be at the door ready to greet us with their love. Thus, when they are gone, we feel guilt over the “should haves” and “would haves.” We torment ourselves with thoughts that we “should have given him more attention, played with him more.” In Duke’s case, we think that if we had been home during the storm,we would have protected him.We feel guilty for taking our loyal, obedient and loving dog for granted. So it often is with our family and friends - we tend to take the people closest to us for granted. We forget that they need our love,our attention,our praise,our encouragement, our time. But if they were suddenly gone, we would wallow in guilt. Our pets are our lessons in life.They are here for a reason - their purpose in life is to teach us how to be better people. Our first dog, Spring, died of old age and our children learned that death is a part of life. It prepared them for the death of their great grandmother. Duke died young and reminded us that life is short and precious. He taught us about unconditional love, loyalty, patience, fear, and family. How tragic it is that we have to go through such a great loss before our eyes are cleared and our hearts are opened to realize that we must live well, laugh often and love with all our heart and soul. No one should be taken for granted,no life should be less fulfilled, no time should be wasted, and no love should be ignored. Duke died on 08/08/08 - eight being a symbol of infinity, which is defined as something without limits, be it time, space or distance. It is believe that love can be infinite, like the number eight,with no ending.Our love for Duke and his love for us is exactly that - continuous and forever. As we remember Duke, we are reminded of a highranking nobleman,a need for speed superbike,and a loving dog who gave all of himself to teach us such a valuable lesson of life. TERESA JOHNSTON is the Gala of Hope event coordinator for the Canadian Cancer Society in Kelowna. She is married to Brett and they have two children, Alisha 21 and Trevor 12.




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