SUMMER 2009 Issue A FORUM FOR BOOMERS AND SENIORS IN THE OKANAGAN
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Honouring OUR PARENTS
TELUS MAKES A DIFFERENCE
COMMUNITY More than just a place
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FEATURES Community - More than just a Place . . . . . . . . . . . .16 Dig some Local History - Myra Canyon Style . . . .45 Farewell Party . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .44 Go Green, Save Green, Look Chic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28 Help for Housing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26 Honouring Our Parents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 In Honour of Father . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 Killing Our Soil . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34 My Grandchild is cuter than your Grandchild Winners . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Cutest Grandchild Photos - Look for your favourites! . . .36, 37, 40, 41, 43, 46 People Watching . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42 TELUS Makes a Difference . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10
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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 (Kelowna), Wally Hild (Peachland to Penticton) PRINTING - Mitchell Press WEB DESIGN - NRG Web Design CONTRIBUTORS - Marilyn Brown, Aidan Cole, Laurel D’Andrea, Grace Dodds, Les Edwards, Cathy Fuller, Marilyn Gale, Julianna Hayes, Shannon Jorgenson, Leanne Hammond Komori, Elaine Opus, Karen Pettigrew, Brett Millard, Val Petillion, Jack Richardson, Rae Stewart, Lisa Stirling, Kathy Wiebe, Bren Witt. PHOTOGRAPHERS - Harry Brust, Darrell Butler, Karen Edwards, Kevin Trowbridge. Beyond 50 welcomes unsolicited articles or photos. These items can be sent to 1850 Ranchmont Crescent, BEYOND 50 • SUMMER 2009
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p u b l i s h e r ’s p o i nt o f v i e w
This issue is dedicated to my parents, Phyllis and Alfred Perkins, who spent 57 years of their lives together, raising six children, 11 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.
L to R: Laurel, Devon, Dallas, and Harley.
I am the youngest of six, so when I was growing up there was always someone around. Our house was a place people always felt comfortable and welcome. If you were ever lonely you just visited Ma Perkins (my mom). She always had coffee, goodies to eat, but best of all, the door was open. She made people feel like they were one of her own. If you wanted to vent, she would listen; cry, she had a tissue; laugh, she had a great sense of humour. Whenever I was in trouble, I could turn to her and she always listened. Then it was up to me to make the right decision with her guidance. On March 10 all that changed for our family. The woman who made all of us feel special left this world. As sad as we are, we are grateful she is with our dad for the second journey of their lives. They are together watching over the people they touched. This issue is dedicated to my parents, Phyllis and Alfred Perkins, who spent 57 years of their lives together, raising six children, 11 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. Each of us has a piece of them and for that we are proud. So the next time you see your mom, dad or children, give them an extra hug. One day that opportunity will be gone and you will look back and be glad you did. Summer is a time for family, friends and adventure. But we also still have the yard to keep up. So in this issue we will show you how to recreate your yard so it looks great but will save you 4
time and money. We all need to be more responsible when it comes to the environment and water consumption. Whether you like to do things on your own or in a group, or maybe you have friends and family coming to town. Check out the Community Events Calendar and see what is happening. You can also rediscover West Kelowna, it is perfect if you live in Penticton and have friends in Kelowna it is a great place to meet. One of the cutest concepts we have created is back in this issue - “My grandchild is cuter than your grandchild!” Once you see all the adorable photos you will know why all of our grandparents are so proud. These kids are beautiful. We hope you enjoy them as much as we did. Special thanks to our new readers in Penticton. We are glad you like our publication. Keep all the emails, articles and comments coming. Lastly we would like to congratulate TELUS for being named Corporate Citizens of the year in our community. Their team concept of combining corporate support, employees, retirees and alumni is a win-win situation for any community. Our cover shot is of just a “few” of the active TELUS retirees in this community and we applaud them. Laurel D’Andrea ABOUT THE COVER: In this issue our cover salutes TELUS and their many volunteers. TELUS was selected as Corporate Citizen of the Year for 2009 at the Kelowna Community Civic Awards in April. The volunteers featured on the cover are just a handful of the many retirees who give back. Check out their story on page 10. BEYOND 50 • SUMMER 2009
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Cutest Grandchild Winners! You’ve outdone yourself again! We asked you to send us your “cutest grandchild” pictures and we were not disappointed. Like last year, I’m remaining nameless to protect my identity as I have been given the most difficult
task of choosing the winner. So which ones were my favourite this year? Aiden, the naked cowboy certainly got my attention. As did Dylan, Summer and “cool dude” Bostyn from Penticton. Most memorable must be Henry and his moustache. (I’m wondering if he will grow into that one day.) I couldn’t over look Jordan and Joshua who had the biggest smiles, or Violet, Wells and Xander who have the greatest laugh. Carrie Rose had the chic-est “do”, and Keyra must certainly be the most entertaining dinner guest! Ultimately I have to choose one and the winners are a tie - Erin & Lauren, twins. Not just one but two cutest grand-children. What more could you ask for. They barely beat out Arianna Sylvester and her stage presence. I believe Arianna will be a professional musician one day. RUNNER UP PHOTO
Erin & Lauren 2.5 years Proud Grandparents - George & Donna Leggett, West Kelowna
Winner of a $100 gift certificate to Gray Monk Estate Winery is grandparents George and Donna Leggett.
Arianna Sylv r 15 months Proud Grandparentseste - Pam & Al Horak, Kelowna
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we were happy and there was love - lots of it. I eventually began calling my stepfather “Dad” because that’s truly what he was... is. Not once was I ever made to feel like I was not his daughter,
When it comes to childhoods, I think I was one of the lucky ones. It could have been a hard-luck story. My parents split before I was born and instead of owning up to his responsibilities, my father took a powder. Meanwhile, my young mother was left to raise two children on her own. She landed a rather unglamorous job in a paint plant, but the work was steady and the pay was reasonable. It wasn’t to last. The economy tanked, the factory laid her off and the only employment she could find was schlepping drinks at a seedy hotel bar. When the stress and anxiety became too much for her, she suffered a heart attack. She was only 29 years old. My childhood hit its fairy tale stride when I was seven and my mother met my stepfather. Despite her health issues and the fact she already had two rather needy kids, they married. From that point forward, life as I knew it completely changed. My mom quit her job as a cocktail waitress. We moved from a sketchy second-storey walk-up on a busy street corner to a single family home with a big backyard and a pool! Instead of my mom’s beater, there were new vehicles parked in the driveway. We actually went on family vacations like other children and their parents did. We weren’t exactly flush - not by a long shot. My stepfather was an auto mechanic, my mom worked in retail. The neighborhood we lived in was working class, the pool was above ground, the cars practical, and the vacations were camping trips in places like Niagara Falls or Algonquin Park. But we were happy and there was love - lots of it. I BEYOND 50 • SUMMER 2009
eventually began calling my stepfather “Dad” because that’s truly what he was... is. Not once was I ever made to feel like I was not his daughter, even when my mom and he had a child of their own. It was not an easy role he took on, but he did it without complaint or judgment. Together my parents raised three well-adjusted children, put us all through post-secondary school, helped us financially where they could, and put enough away to live comfortably into their twilight years. They have endured more health crises on my mother’s part - but have remained stoic and very much in love through it all. My parents will celebrate 40 years together next year which I think is a tremendous feat. Most marriages don’t last half or even a quarter that long and with a lot less strikes against them. It’s great to see the other tales and dedications to love and family in the magazine this month, from Publisher Laurel D’Andrea’s heartwarming account following her mother’s recent passing, to Leanne Hammond Komori’s advice on honouring parents, and of course the My Grandchild is Cuter than Your Grandchild pictorial. It gives you peace to know that despite our fears about the world today, family is still as important as ever. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Education Investment Vehicles Submitted by Brett Millard
...these gifts can substantially improve a child’s financial future and give them an enormous head start in life.
I’m often approached by new parents with a recurring question: “Our child’s grandparents would like to start putting some money away on their behalf. What is the best way for them to do this?” There are several investment vehicles that this money can go into and each one can have a positive impact on the child’s financial future. When started right from birth, these various investments have many years to grow and can often substantially or even completely cover future expenses that will arise. The first investment we often recommend is for the child’s post-secondary education. Registered Education Savings Plans grow surprisingly quick due to the benefits of their tax advantaged status and the government grants that add a 20 per cent bonus to your deposits. If you were to put as little as $25 per month into an RESP when your grandchild is born, they would have $13,000 set aside for their education by the time they reach age 17. Depending on the education path that is chosen, a $100 per month contribution could fully fund a grandchild’s entire university education. A second gift grandparents can provide is the creation and funding of a Universal Life policy for a child. This type of policy can be set up as early as 30 days after the child is born and has a couple of key benefits. It will provide the grandchild with very inexpensive insurance that can be transferred to their own name as an adult, regardless of future health condition and insurability. Additionally, with even a very small monthly contribution, the policy will grow to a very large value. A $25 per month investment into a $35,000 face value UL policy would be fully paid up after 20 8
years. With no further investments in the child’s lifetime, the policy would have a face value of at least $160,000 at retirement as well as a $90,000 cash value at that time!! The third option for a grandchild’s gift has been recently improved with the Canadian government’s creation of the Tax Free Savings Accounts. A straight cash savings account could be used in the child’s early adult stage of life to pay off remaining school costs, go on to graduate school or even put a down payment on their first home. Investing $25 per month into a TFSA would provide approximately $17,000 in this type of account at age 25, all of which can be accessed tax free!! With the above three investment vehicles, these gifts can substantially improve a child’s financial future and give them an enormous head start in life. If each of a newborn child’s four grandparents were to contribute $25/month into each of these three types of accounts, the child’s education would be completely paid for, they would have their retirement well funded and would have $68,000 set aside to purchase their first home! If it’s within the budget, wouldn’t we all like to have this kind of a head start in life?
BRETT MILLARD, CFP, is an associate advisor with Thom & Associates Financial Planners Inc. and is a Certified Financial Planner. He can be reached at 250-863-6505 or email@example.com with questions about this or any other financial planning concerns.
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Helen Arneson with her dog Coco
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For information on making a gift in your will or other gift planning opportunities at the Kelowna General Hospital Foundation, please contact Diane Paterson, Gift Planning Officer at 250-862-4300, local 7011 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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TELUS makes a Difference Submitted by Lisa Stirling
PHOTO • HARRY BRUST
The TELUS community ambassadors are team members and alumni who positively influence the quality of life in the communities where they live and work.
TELUS presented with the 2008 Corporate Community Award in Kelowna.
service to local organizations, as well Each year, the City of Kelowna as create their own signature care celebrates individual and corporate items for donation to those in need. community contributors who have an “Our community ambassadors are impact on improving the quality of life for folks who get out in the community, Kelowna’s citizens. At the 34th annual Civic roll up their sleeves and actively get and Community Awards Gala on April 30, involved in making a difference,” the city presented TELUS with its 2008 explains Lisa Stirling, senior program Corporate Community Award. manager, TELUS community “I was proud to accept the Award from investment. the City of Kelowna,” says Steve Jenkins, Known for their tireless efforts and TELUS general manager, B.C. Interior South. strong commitment to the “TELUS’ philosophy to give where we live is TELUS Ambassadors building community, they have proudly been about doing our part to give back and garden shed at Cottonwoods. key volunteers for events such as the make a real difference in communities Alzheimer’s Walk, Variety Club Radio-thon and Easter Seals where we live and work. “Our team members, together with the TELUS Kelowna 24-Hour Relay, just to name a few. In addition, they create and distribute numerous care community ambassadors including Club President Anne Miller, work tirelessly for the community, and their items to fellow citizens in the Okanagan. In 2008, these included 400 kits for kids filled with school supplies, 735 contribution to the betterment of Kelowna is unrivaled.” There is no doubt that TELUS, its team members and comfort kits filled with toiletry items for those in need, and alumni truly deserve this distinction from the City. In 2008, 1,400 knitted toques for children and seniors. “Collectively, TELUS ambassadors provided 63,000 care they collectively supported 51 events, volunteered more items to people in need during than 50,000 hours, and raised and donated 2008, valued at more than $1 almost $320,000 - all right here in Kelowna. million,” says Lisa. COMMUNITY AMBASSADORS IN THE OUTSTANDING OKANAGAN CONTRIBUTORS IN KELOWNA The TELUS community ambassadors are team Fran Maki, a TELUS Legal members and alumni who positively influence retiree, and Sylvia Kerr, a retired the quality of life in the communities where they TELUS customer service team live and work. Members provide volunteer 10
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member, together organized the local TELUS golf tournament and raised over $9,200 for the Kelowna Hospice. Olga Bonderoff, the spouse of a TELUS retiree, has organized the Kits for Kids project in the Okanagan, as well as the Dead Bra Program and the Kelowna July 1st celebration. She crochets and knits mittens, toques and lap blankets to give away to people and children in need in the local community. Anne Miller, a TELUS retiree, is the indefatigable president of the Ambassadors Club in Kelowna. She is affectionately known as the “rock” given her dedication and commitment to give back to the local community. She organizes TELUS Day of Service volunteering events, works with the Okanagan Marathon team to provide volunteers, the TELUS Tour for the Cure, the Adopt-a-road program, and many other events. Her husband Gord provides tremendous help and support as well.
“I have volunteered since I was a young girl and it has always given me a good feeling knowing I have helped to make a difference in someone’s life. When you do get involved and see the smiles you put on faces it can bring you to tears. How could I not be doing this? I have met and worked with so many amazing people I wouldn’t have otherwise met. Friendships develop and carry on over the years. Yes, it is good to volunteer.” Anne Miller
has a long and proud history. Together, TELUS team members and alumni share a deep commitment to making a meaningful difference to local communities. Since 2000,TELUS, its team members and alumni have contributed more
than $135 million to charitable organizations across Canada and volunteered more than 2.6 million hours of service. These outstanding contributions are made possible through a wide range of leading philanthropic programs, which include: • The TELUS Community Ambassadors • The TELUS Employee Charitable Giving program provides matching donations to charity for team
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“We enjoy the feeling we get when giving back to our community and helping others. We also like seeing old friends and meeting new ones.” Marlene & John Moncrief
TELUS - WE GIVE WHERE WE LIVE At TELUS, the spirit of generous giving of time, money and resources
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Honouring our Parents Submitted by Leanne Hammond Komori
While I doubt there is enough time in the world for her to teach me her amazing pastry making skills, I have certainly picked up on a few other things.
Leanne with mother Carol Hammond.
We all know our parents will one day pass away and although that is a given, it doesn’t make the loss any easier. Barring some unforeseen accident, I will likely be hanging around a great deal longer than my mother. When the day comes to say goodbye, one of the most important things for me will be remembering my mother and all the great things she has given to me, our family, and our community. My father died at 52 years and I have tried to keep some of his key teachings in mind as I continue my journey. To some they may be silly; to me they are important, such as never turn down an opportunity to parallel park. One of my most vivid memories of my father is coaching me to parallel park in front of our house. I backed up cautiously, cranked the steering wheel, and tried to aim the family car between the ice cream bucket lids he had strategically laid on the ground. My father thought it was a really important skill for a woman to have, and I still think of him each and every time I sneak my car into a tight spot without hitting the curb. My mother is 60 years young so I think and hope I still have plenty of time to absorb the lessons she has to teach me. But life is not as predictable as we’d like, so it’s best to treasure every moment and not take anything for granted. While I doubt there is enough time in the world for her to teach me her amazing pastry making skills, I have certainly picked up on a few other things. 12
My mom quietly goes about her days helping everyone she meets and sharing her gifts of love, support and patience. Every time I am about to fly off the handle about something, I calm myself down, at least for a little while, by asking myself: “What would my mother do?” My seven-year-old son and nine-year-old daughter came home from dinner at Gramma’s last week and reminded me of what it really means to be a parent. When I asked if they had fun, they said Gramma always makes them feel special. They planted beans in the garden, made meatballs, and picked the season’s first tulips. My son told me there was one thing that wasn’t fun though; I asked him what he meant, he said he broke something. My heart dropped for a minute. He said he knocked a glass over when he was telling an exciting story and caught it with his arm. I asked if Gramma was mad. He said,“No, Gramma said, ‘accidents happen.’ Then we cleaned it up together, and went on with dinner because Gramma says, ‘family is much more important than any glass.’” Yet another lesson for my kids and me. Last week my mom brought up that sensitive topic of where she keeps “her papers.” My mother has done my sister and me a huge favour by listing all her bank accounts, insurance policies, and other important bits of information. I’m sure there are lots of other things that I should know about my mother’s life. Things that are equally meaningful, but personal, like the size of her donation every year to the BEYOND 50 • SUMMER 2009
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Canadian Cancer Society, and the bags of clothes she collects from her friends to support Big Brothers-Big Sisters, and the cheques she quietly sends off to her favourite charities. How will we continue to honour those activities? While pastry skills might be a lost art, I think I’ve learned the important stuff. I will never shame my children for things that are accidents, and I will find out more about my mother’s philanthropic activities so I can honour her by keeping her charitable giving alive. I think the best way to honour my mother will be to reinforce the lessons she has shared and try to be as compassionate and caring as she is. For those of you looking for a way to keep your parents’ memories alive, consider ways you can keep their traditions going. Learn to bake, take the time to grow your own tomatoes and, at the very least, write that cheque once a year to your parents’ favourite charity. Our parents have much to teach us if we just take the time to ask questions, listen, and learn. LEANNE HAMMOND KOMORI is the Executive Director for (COF). She has a keen interest in growing philanthropy and takes every chance to strengthen our local not-for-profit sector. As a community foundation, COF supports giving to a variety of charitable causes instead of focusing in one area. Contact Leanne at 250-861-6160 or through www.CentralOkanaganFoundation.org
members and alumni. In 2008, more than $200,818 was donated by team members and alumni, including the match by TELUS, to charitable organizations throughout the Okanagan. • The TELUS Dollars for Doers program provides volunteer grants to team members and alumni. In 2008, more than $31,000 was donated through this program in the Okanagan. • TELUS Day of Service is one special day where thousands of team members, retirees, family and friends across Canada come together to volunteer their time. The 2008 TELUS Day of Service activities in Kelowna included the Myra Canyon Trestle restoration and rebuilding on the Vapour Trail. • Numerous community involvement activities such as the TELUS Walk to Cure Diabetes, BC Summer Games and TELUS World Skins. “Rich, my husband and I spend from Spring to Fall keeping the Ethel Glen Gardens at Cottonwoods manicured and colourful for the people living there to enjoy. Another project we enjoy is the TELUS Walk to Cure Diabetes in June, our grandson has Type One Diabetes. Volunteering with this event is our way of giving back to help find a cure.” Dona Miller For more information on TELUS and its commitment to being a good corporate citizen, visit telus.com/community or view TELUS’ corporate social responsibility report online at telus.com/csr.
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Helping ease the Anxiety Submitted by Aidan Cole
Meet one of the newest members of the Penticton Unit of the Society, James Forsyth. He has volunteered with the unit since the start of the year.
The Canadian Cancer Society is a national community-based organization of volunteers whose mission is the eradication of cancer and the enhancement of the quality of life for those living with cancer. It is the largest national charitable funder of cancer research in Canada and delivers community-based support programs and prevention information on all types of cancer. The Canadian Cancer Society office at 74 Wade Avenue in Penticton is run by a great crew of volunteers. Meet one of the newest members of the Penticton Unit of the Society, James Forsyth. James has volunteered with the unit since the start of the year. James is one of the friendly faces you will see in the Penticton office, and he also volunteered during the society’s Daffodil Days in late March. James was diagnosed with lung cancer and underwent surgery in late 2008. “I assumed by being outdoors in the fresh air most of my life that I would remain healthy,” said James.“To be told you have cancer is a real nerve wrenching experience. I was fortunate to have friends who were able to phone and say ‘we’ve been there and survived and so will you,’ as well as family members BEYOND 50 • SUMMER 2009
who were extremely supportive.” It was this support, plus the fantastic medical treatment and attention he received, that compelled James to volunteer for the Society. “I decided to volunteer after discovering I had cancer and had to deal with the stress of waiting for diagnosis and treatment,” said James.“I thought perhaps I can contribute some support to others dealing with the issue of cancer in their lives and perhaps help ease the anxiety that comes with being told you have cancer. I also wanted to help raise funds in the fight against this disease.” James has lived in Penticton for more than 50 years. He married a local girl and together they raised their family in the community. Prior to
retirement, James was a building contractor for 40 years in Penticton. In his spare time, James enjoys puttering in his woodworking shop, doing some metal work and yard work. He also enjoys playing with the family pets (donkeys!), golfing, traveling and visiting different countries. James is also a member of the Penticton Skaha Rotary Club. To find out more about the Canadian Cancer Society or to volunteer in Penticton, call 250-490-9681, email Penticton@bc.can cer.ca, or visit the office at #103 -74 Wade Ave. East. For Kelowna, call 250-762-6381, email Kelowna@bc.can cer.ca or stop by the Regional Office at 1633 Pandosy St. To know more about cancer, visit www.cancer.ca or call the toll-free, bilingual Cancer Information Service at 1-888-939-3333.
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Community - More than just a place Submitted by Elaine Opus
Certainly the beautiful surroundings and natural amenities must have been a factor in their decision to settle here, but scenery by itself does not a community make; working together to enhance it does.
According to the dictionary, community is defined as “a group of people living in the same locality and under the same government.” While this may be factually true, it doesn’t begin to describe what community means to each individual. We all bring to it our own history; this kaleidoscope of views and ideas is what ignites the spark that leads to progress. Our community, known as Areas G and H, the Westside, Westbank,or West Kelowna is just one of many thousands in our country. So what differentiates it from any other? Even during the recent controversies over governance and the naming of our “new” community, it was encouraging to see people engaged and passionate. This lively debate creates healthy dialogue and input and eventually - consensus, or at least compromise. Every time we decide to look forward, we benefit in a myriad of ways. With fortitude and perseverance,the pioneers to the area established a base on which later generations built. Certainly the beautiful surroundings and natural amenities must have been a factor in their decision to settle here, but scenery by itself does not a community make; working together to enhance it does. Many public facilities, such as the community halls and the beautiful walkway along Gellatly Bay, were brought to fruition by members of service organizations or local societies, with fundraising efforts and hands-on labour. Rotary, Lions, Kinsmen and other service clubs, churches, seniors’ groups, Scouting and Guiding organizations: all manner of local people come together to assist not only our 16
community, but others around the world not as blessed with the necessities of life. Projects to bring water wells to Ethiopian villages are one example of this. The many organizations and individuals that work quietly behind the scenes to care for our citizens are also indispensible to the community: food banks, the Health Network, the donors of bursaries to graduating students, sports-funding groups which ensure that lack of money isn’t a barrier to a child’s participation. I love living in a place where the local Youth Soccer Association, when more sports fields were needed, stepped up to the plate (so to speak), partnering with government and local businesses, and the result was the CNB soccer fields. Likewise, the Jim Lind and Royal LePage Place arenas never would have happened without that spark of inspiration that galvanized the community to act. The men and women who regularly step forward to lead these efforts are my heroes, and there are many examples of small groups of people doing big things. From preserving the heritage of the Gellatly Nut Farm; building trails in Glen Canyon to fundraising for a water park. When you see kids shrieking with joy while firemen douse them with water during the Westside Daze parade,or sit in an arena full of cheering hockey fans, or attend a fundraiser in support of a family whose child is seriously ill, it is brought home to you: community is where we live, but it’s also what we are.
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On Prostate Cancer etc. Submitted by Bren Witt
We are very fortunate in the Interior of B.C. to have a facility that is dedicated to providing information on prostate and male health issues.
I have a question for the readers of the Beyond 50 Magazine. What is expected to be the number one diagnosed cancer in Canada in 2009? Will it be it female breast cancer, lung cancer, colorectal cancer or prostate cancer? According to data contained in the Canadian Cancer Statistics book published by the Canadian Cancer Society, the National Cancer Institute of Canada, Stats. Canada and Provincial/Territorial Cancer Registries, prostate cancer is tops with an estimated 25,500 men being newly diagnosed - 3,000 from B.C. At one time prostate cancer was referred to as being an “old man’s disease.” However, today it tends to be a disease of the middle aged. Today a large number of men who are diagnosed are in their early to late 50s and it is not unusual to see men in their mid to late 40s with prostate cancer. The vast majority of men diagnosed with early stage cancer have either no or few symptoms. However, some men may suffer from urinary difficulties, including more frequent urination during the day, getting up frequently in the night to empty the bladder, pain on urination or ejaculation. The majority of times, these problems are associated with non-cancerous issues in the prostate gland including enlargement of the prostate gland, Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH), or Prostatitis, the infection of the prostate gland.But prostate cancer can also cause some of the above problems, therefore, it is very important not to self diagnose. 18
It has been stated by some prominent physicians that this “walnut” sized gland exclusive to males causes more health-related issues in men than any other part of their anatomy and it is impossible for a man to do a self examination. We are very fortunate in the Interior of B.C. to have a facility that is dedicated to providing information on prostate and male health issues. The Okanagan Prostate Resource Centre Society is a unique Kelowna facility that has been open for more than eight years. The Okanagan Prostate Resource Centre Society (OPRC) offices are located at 210A-3001 Tutt Street in Kelowna, Phone 250-712-2002. It is open Monday to Thursday 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. The OPRC office is welcome to anyone in the Interior of B.C. and has one of the largest collections of free information on male health issues including information on prostate cancer, BPH, Prostatitis, erectile dysfunction, and incontinence. There is no cost for the time and information. I am the executive director of the OPRC and a 13 year survivor of prostate cancer. The OPRC is a registered B.C. Society and a Registered Canadian Charity. Many urologists in the Okanagan and oncologists at the Cancer Centre for the Southern Interior in Kelowna refer patients to me at the OPRC in order to provide information to help these men through their journey. I spend an average of two hours or more with a man who BEYOND 50 • SUMMER 2009
has been newly diagnosed with prostate cancer. This time is spent explaining to the client his particular diagnosis, the treatment options available, what is involved with different options and some of the possible side effects that could occur with treatment. These sessions are also open to the significant others and any other family members who may be interested. Although it is very controversial I personally recommend that all men have both the prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood test and the digital rectal examination (DRE). These tests should begin at age 50 providing there is no family history of prostate cancer. If there is a history or the individual is of African-Canadian decent, these tests should begin no later than age 40. Besides being the executive director of the OPRC I have facilitated the Kelowna Prostate Cancer Support and Awareness Group for more than 12 years.This support group meets on the second Saturday of each month. The meetings are open to anyone who wishes to receive more information on prostate cancer and significant others are always welcome. At the present time there is no prostate cancer support group in Penticton so all those men from the South Okanagan are invited to our meetings.For more information on the location, dates, and times of the meetings, please contact the OPRC at 250-712-2002. BREN WITT is the executive director & founder of the Okanagan Prostate Resource Centre Society in Kelowna, and facilitator of the Kelowna Prostate Cancer Support & Awareness Group. A prostate cancer survivor who not only promotes the awareness of this disease but is also a strong advocate for men and their families going through this disease.
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Everybody is talking about laser hair removal and with good reason. Imagine not having to shave every day. No more tweezing those pesky chin hairs,no more hiding while you wait for your hair to grow out enough to wax. No more ingrown hairs, razor rash or unsightly stubble. It’s a reality! There is a lot of information to wade through about laser hair removal. There are some significant differences between machines used, so I’ve compiled some basics that I hope will take some of the mystery out of it and help you make the right choice for your treatments. Believe it or not, laser hair removal was discovered in 1963 by Dr.Leon Goldman,a dermatologist at the University of Cincinnati.While using a laser with a Rubywavelength for medical procedures, Dr. Goldman discovered that hair wasn’t growing back on his patients in the areas that were being treated. Unfortunately, the laser wasn’t just targeting hair, it was also targeting other tissue and causing a lot of damage. Researchers began working on developing a laser that would only target hair and finally in 1996, the first laser was cleared by the FDA to use for permanent hair reduction. Laser hair removal works by targeting and heating up the melanin in the hair, which is what gives hair its colour. The heat produced disables the hair by cutting off the blood supply to the hair root. Because hair has three growth cycles, most people will need six treatments, spaced six to eight weeks apart, to get the best results. There are three laser types used for hair removal: Alexandrite, Diode and the Nd:YAG. Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) and Broad Band Light (BBL) machines, which are not 20
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Help for Housing Submitted by Marilyn Gale
“I wouldn’t have known who to ask or where to look if I hadn’t called Seniors Outreach first,” she said. “Knowing that I can just pick up the phone and call Seniors Outreach when I need some support and assistance really helped.”
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Helen’s housing problem was black mould. Up to this time she had considered herself lucky to be an 81 year old still living independently. Despite her landlord’s best efforts, this creeping fungus was more than her health could handle. She was experiencing increasing problems and would have to move. “I wouldn’t have known who to ask or where to look if I hadn’t called Seniors Outreach first,”she said.“Knowing that I can just pick up the phone and call Seniors Outreach when I need some support and assistance really helped.” For more than 20 years, seniors seeking information or having problems have been calling Seniors Outreach
Services Society. But it was not until November 2008 when social worker Marilyn Gale became the new Seniors Housing Outreach worker. Now, seniors have someone to turn to who can help them to make informed decisions about moving and related support services. Seniors Outreach Services Society was established in 1989 to enhance the quality of life for seniors in the Central Okanagan. “There has been tremendous growth in the use of our programs and services, especially those regarding seniors and senior housing,over the past few years,and I expect this trend to continue as our population ages,” explained
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Executive Director Vi Sorenson. Kelowna now has more citizens over 65 years of age than under 25. That means limited services are being spread between more individuals, and many seniors are left to cope with decisions involving downsizing, moving and care planning on their own. Seniors Outreach Services created the position of Seniors Housing Outreach worker to provide assistance to seniors who often don’t have family members who can help them. “I enjoy the relationships we develop as I meet with seniors in their own home and help them with enhancing and maintaining their wellness and independence,” said Gale. “Often, the most heart-to-heart conversations happen as we discuss a prospective next home. Together, we create a plan aimed at improving the person’s quality of life.” Housing plans may include such things as exploring options for subsidized housing (where rent is based on a percentage of one’s income), or supportive living (residences which could provide seniors with meals,laundry and housekeeping services as part of the monthly charge), assisting with applications for rent subsidies, or connecting individuals with senior’s groups for socialization. As mobility is often a challenge some seniors face, a housing plan might also include providing transportation to view options and/or applying for Handy Dart (accessible transit) or Taxi Saver. Each plan is developed according to that individual’s needs, and sometimes, upon careful review of the available options, a senior will decide that it is better to remain in their current housing and to bring in the services they need e.g. meal services, cleaning help. “Regardless of whether they decide to stay where they are or move to a new home, it feels great when I see them much happier and healthier, in better circumstances,”says Gale. MARILYN GALE, BSW is the Seniors Housing Outreach Worker. To contact her call 250-8616180 0r email her @ firstname.lastname@example.org. BEYOND 50 • SUMMER 2009
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Recession or not, consignment is and always has been a smart way to shop. With all the aspects of global warming and the multitude of problems it is bringing, going green is not just a passing fad - it is becoming a reality of our daily lives. Recycled clothing,jewellery,furniture,cars and numerous other items are becoming the norm. So as we strive to look for ways to help our environment, consignment shopping is a natural way to go. Merchandise at consignment stores most often sells for less than half of retail and then often goes half again. Let’s not forget the thrill of the hunt itself. What woman doesn’t get a feeling of satisfaction from picking up a designer label with the tag still on it for $225 and she takes it home for $45? Or how about finding another high-end label with the original price of $1,200 and paying just $300 for it. Resale stores have inventory that comes from around the world as people travel and bring back interesting pieces. One comment we never hear from our shoppers is that “everything looks the same,”such as in a retail outlet where the racks are full of similar styles. Consignment stores turn over their inventory very quickly so every time you go in there is new stock, with some putting out well over a 100 new pieces daily. There has been a huge shift in the image presented by resale and the second hand market in the last few years. Words like chic, diva, vintage, retro, suave, to name a few, all are associated with consignment boutique shopping. The days of the “poor” stigma attached to this kind of shopping are gone as even the movie stars are finding unique 28
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Grass cycle Your Way to More Leisure time Submitted by Rae Stewart
So how do you grass cycle? You don’t need any special equipment - any mower works, although there are plenty available with special mulching blades.
With the gardening season now in full swing, many of us are spending a lot more time tending our personal green spaces. With an eye to making the whole experience more enjoyable, might we suggest Grass cycling. What it is? Quite simply, grass cycling is leaving your clippings on the lawn after you mow. You let them work their way back into the soil on their own, leaving your lawn healthy and green. Why grass cycle? It saves you a chunk of time,and money, not to mention less material heading to our landfills. No more raking up your clippings or hauling them anywhere. You buy less fertilizer,because clippings left on the lawn can make up 25 per cent of your fertilizer requirements. Grass clippings have the same nutrients found in lawn fertilizers: nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium. Clippings act as a slow release fertilizer, returning these nutrients back into your lawn as they decompose. Grass clippings also help shade and protect the roots of your lawn. And they reduce water loss through evaporation,an important consideration for all of us living in the sunny Okanagan. So how do you grass cycle? You don’t need any special equipment - any mower works, although there are plenty available with special mulching blades. Keep your blades sharp for best results. The smaller the clipping, the faster it will break down and disappear. Keep your lawn a little longer,at least 6cms,or about 2 1/2 to 3 inches.Longer grass offers more protection from heat and water loss and makes for a healthier root system. Mow late in the day and give clippings a chance to settle overnight. On average, the clippings should be gone in two to three days.This may vary 32
on moisture content - drier clippings will decompose more slowly than moist clippings. But mow when grass is dry, as wet grass may clump.Dried grass clippings can be used as a protective cover for gardens and shrubs to reduce water loss and control weed growth. Don’t be fooled either. Grass cycling does not lead to thatch.Thatch is actually a build up of grass roots and stems at the base of your lawn that interferes with growth.Thatch is caused by over watering and over fertilizing. Remember, clippings from grass cycling are made up mostly of water (85%) and break down quickly. Plus, if your clippings are too long, or too wet, you may want to collect them for composting. Grass clippings are an excellent source of nitrogen for your composter. Granted, for those of you with pristine lawn standards, this new aesthetic of letting your clippings lie there on your lawn may indeed take some getting used to. But when you weigh all the benefits, it’s definitely worth considering. I have been grass cycling for years. Some would say I'm lazy. I like to think it’s because I relish more playtime whenever possible. The fact that it’s really the smartest choice for my lawn doesn’t hurt either. 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 email@example.com. BEYOND 50 • SUMMER 2009
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The Killing of Our Soil Submitted by Cathy Fuller
“We know more about the movement of celestial bodies than about the soil underfoot” Leonardo da Vinci
I have been a horticulturalist for over 25 years and if there is anything I’ve learned it’s that everything growing is directly linked to the soil. All plants growing that have a healthy immune system have a soil that contains good microbes, beneficial nematodes, good parasites, bacteria and fungi. Every synthetic chemical and fertilizer introduced to your lawn and garden is ultimately destroying the soil. So what, you say? How does this impact me, concern me? Most of us like the idea of no weeds and a lush green lawn and garden. It’s called the “quick fix.” Our plants and
soil get confused. We incorporate nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium fertilizers (chemical ingredients of synthetic fertilizers) onto our lawns, flower and vegetable gardens. To kill weeds we use 2-4-D, Mecoprop, Dicamba (synthetic herbicide chemicals). And to kill insects in our lawns and gardens we use Carbaryl, Malathion, and Permethrin. Ouch! All these foreign products eventually kill everything beneficial in the soil. The result is “dead soil” and some would simply call the end product plain old “dirt” with no nutrients or
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growth capability left to support good strong plants. What can we possibly expect to grow healthy in dirt? How many nutrients will those vegetables in your garden really have, if any? Do you really want to eat that produce? Is there help for the average homeowner gardener for a natural way to deal with all those pesky garden problems? What do I replace my trusty old weed and feed synthetic product with? There are special beneficial nematodes that attack and kill grubs, sod webworm and leather jackets. There are beneficial nematodes that will even break down thatch in the lawn. Even cutworms in the vegetable garden can be killed by certain nematodes. That’s a bonus since there is basically nothing on the market that can be used in the soil to kill this feisty pest. For your lawn and garden, seaweed and fish fertilizers are natural fertilizer products readily available on the market. For garden top-dressing use manures, garden compost, alfalfa meal or pellets and peat moss to provide natural fertilizer release for your plants. BEYOND 50 • SUMMER 2009
For that healthy lush natural green lawn, look to Nature’s Gold and compost teas (to green your lawn); herbicidal soaps and vinegar citric acid water solutions (for killing existing weeds); corn gluten meal (as preventative weed maintenance); to accomplish your gardening goals. When is this all going to stop? When are we going to stop killing our soil? Going back to our grass roots (no pun intended) is a great start. Using natural and organic plant products will benefit and bring back all that is good in the soil. I have a new appreciation for healthy soil and do not want to be a part of the “quick fix” cult. And what about you?
CATHY FULLER is the Head Guru and Owner of The Gardening Guru, a Kelowna based landscape consultant who specializes in turf management, xeriscaping, small space design, integrated plant health care and pest management. She holds a General Horticulture Certificate from the University of Guelph and is an accredited IPM Specialist through Plant health BC & Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Cathy can be contacted through The Gardening Guru website at www.gardeningguru.ca or at 250-717-1798.
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Alinna 6 years een & Eld Proud Grandparentsown Al Tiller, Kel a
s Brandon 2 1/2 year alina Vasko & Proud Grandma’s Kat ntry Cou e Lak r, Marion Farqua
Carrie Rose year Proud Grandma Sha1ron Whiting, Kelowna
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Crimson 8 ths Proud Grandma mon Liz McPhee , Penticton
Ella s Proud Grandparen2 tyear Marlies White, Kelowna Ellery 3 years ma Dierk, Proud Grandma Nor Kelowna
Dylan 10 monthsother Proud Great Grandm Caroline Ann -Alter, Kelowna
rs years, DancingFrsox 7 yea FlamingWolf 9 rni & Mo ngStarne5 &yeaGor ller d Mi , s An Proud Grandparent Kelowna
Emerald months Proud Grandparen20 Bud Watson & Florenda Pickett,tsWes t Kelowna
Proud GranErdpicar5 months ents Rick & Dian Appleton , Pe ne nticton
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Hayden 2 1/2 years Proud Grandparents & Great Grandparents Rob & Jen Corbett, Doug & Joceyln Corbett, Lake Country
co m m u n i t y e ve nt s c a l e n d a r JUNE 2009 Stroke Month National Spina Bifida & Hydrocephalus Awareness Month 8-14 National Sun Awareness Week 11 WEST - Wine Education Series 13 13th Annual Old Time Fiddlers’ Contest 12-13 18th Annual Interior Savings Fat Cat Children’s Festival 13 Fat Cat Parade 13-14 4th Annual OK Easter Seals 24 Hour Relay for the Kids JULY 2009 Park & Play Days July-Aug Parks Alive 1 36th Annual Folk Fest 1 Kelowna Pops Orchestra 1 Canada Day Celebrations 1-4 Westside Daze 1 Westside Daze Show & Shine AUGUST 2009 1-7 World Breast Feeding Week 7-8 Summer Wine Festival 8 21st Annual Mardi Gras Street Festival 8 Hydroplane Demonstration Event 9 National Peacekeepers’ Day
13-14 Kelowna Cycle K-Town Classic Bike Race 14 World Blood Donor Day 14 TELUS Walk to Cure Diabetes 15 World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 19 CHBA Golf Tournament 19 19th Annual TELUS-United Way Golf Classic 19 11th Annual Crime Stoppers Golf Tournament 20 2nd Annual 30K Club Bikeathon
Boat for Hope Walk for ALS,Waterfront Park Kelowna Garden Tour National Aboriginal Day Celebrations 21 National Aboriginal Day 21 3rd Kelowna Jaycees Annual Smoke on the Water Barbeque 21 Boyd Autobody Vintage Car Club Father’s Day Show & Shine 21 Gibson House Strawberry Tea 21-July 1 Kelowna Pride Festival 27 Canadian Multiculturalism Day
4 Okanagan Lavender Farm Discovery Days 9-11 Ogopogo Men’s Invitational Golf Tournament 11 World Population Day 18 Canada’s Parks Day 18 10th Annual DKA Summer Nite Car Show
23 Interior Savings Moonlight Movie 24 POSH Kelowna Music & Arts Festival Opening Night 24 & 26 Kelowna Music & Arts Festival 25 14th Annual Cherry Fair 25 Fishing Forever for Disabled 31-Aug 2 Centre of Gravity
9 International Day of the Indigenous People 12 International Youth Day 15 National Acadian Day 17-21 27th Annual Pushor Mitchell Apple Triathlon Youth Camp
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19 19th Annual Okanagan Boys & Girls Clubs Capri Charity Golf Classic 22-23 27th Annual Pushor Mitchell Apple Triathlon 23 International Kitchen Garden Day 28-30 Canadian Wakeboard Festival
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The 2009 Gala of Hope was held on Saturday April 11th, 2009 at the Delta Grand Okanagan Lakeside Resort. The Gala of Hope is a key event in promoting cancer awareness and helping to raise funds to support the
Canadian Cancer Society’s mission of eradicating cancer and improving the quality of life for those living with cancer. The Gala of Hope is an elegant evening, dedicated to all who have been affected by cancer - encouraging them to embrace hope in the fight against it. The 2009 Gala of Hope was emceed
by James Morrison (from the hit TV series 24). Honourary chairs for this year’s event were Senator Ross and Linda Fitzpatrick. Entertainment was provided by Calgary-based band, Mocking Shadows. PHOTO • KEVIN TROWBRIDGE
Gala of Hope
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PHOTO • DARRELL BUTLER
Gladys Shaves Head for Childrens Hospital Dr Knox Middle School raises over $50,000 for Children’s hospital! The staff, teachers, students and families all worked hard for several months and the results were amazing. They hosted a family bingo, had a dinner dance, silent auction and students shaved their heads or cut their hair to help kids. There was even a grandma who went above and beyond the call of duty. GLADYS CHRETIEN I have donated my hair before to wigs for kids, and I was looking for somewhere to do it again. My Granddaughter told me about Dr Knox Middle School Fund Raising for B.C. Children’s Hospital and I was excited and pleased to help both,( two for the price of one).I love kids, I’m a fortunate Grandmother of seven. I look forward to doing this again when my hair grows long enough.
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Emerald ths Proud Grandparen20ts mon Bud Watson & Florenda Pickett, Wes t Kelowna
Car ter ths Proud Grandparen6ts mon Una Mae & Dick Miller, Wes t Kelown a
Eric 5 months Dianne k& Proud GrandparentsPenRic Appleton, ticton
Crimson 8 months ticton Proud Grandma Liz McPhee , Pen
Henry ths Proud Grandparen5tsmon Car & Mayne McCutcheon , Kelole owna
Jackson 4 weeks Lesley Hay, Gordon & Proud Grandparents Ric a David & Sandra hard, Kelown
Jordan 4, Dryden a 4, & Zoe 2 Proud Grandma Don9,naLun Marie Courneya, Penticton
Jordan T 3 years& Al Tiller, Eldeen Proud Grandparentsown Kel a
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Joshua l year Proud Grandma Hel en Jackson , Kelowna
Justin 10 years & Gord Anne Proud Grandparentsown Miller ,Kel a
Kaiden years Proud Grandma Mic5hell e Van Doren, Penticton
Keagan 11 weeks dvliet, Zan Proud Grandma Heidi Kelowna
Keyra 3 years Valeria ts Scott & Proud GrandparenWes McPherson, t Kelowna
Kinsley 9 months Proud Grandparen ts Jim Jacques, Kelowna& Chicki
Leighton 2 years & Pearl ts Kar ma Proud GrandparenKel Basran, owna
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People Watching 101 Submitted by Marilyn J. Brown
They’re a noisy bunch with their high-pitched giggles and purse-flapping. There’s certainly some interest being generated from the commotion.
Like the Dark Shadow, you may not detect me, but I’ll be watching you. It sounds a little creepy, but it’s certainly not new. People watching has been around for as long as Adam and Eve and it’s at the core of human curiosity. I am not fixated or anything;I simply enjoy studying people. People watching is the precursor to story-telling and writing. Please don’t mistake me for a nosy so-and-so (well,maybe just a tad). It’s just that I came from a fairly sheltered background. I can’t help but ponder what makes people tick, and like a naturalist I believe the best way to watch people is at a distance, undetected, going about their daily routines. I’m not a pervert, and no, I don’t use binoculars!
Usually, it’s the innermost circle of family and friends who are the targets of my attention. Like agents trying to hide secret papers, they’re pretty good about not divulging any information to me that might not be fabricated into something greater. For a wide range of subjects, though, you can’t beat a public place like a shopping mall, concert or stadium. If you’re looking for fresh vegetables, you won’t find them in the canned goods aisle, understand? Next time you’re resting on a mall bench, take a moment to survey the interesting clientele frequenting specialty stores for such things as herbal cosmetics,lingerie and all-things-knives. Look! It’s a sandal-clad, sun-screen
Engraving by hand on crystal, glassware, silver, brass, golf clubs, wine, fragrance bottles. Denise Nielson
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coated, bead-encrusted Earth Momma. Not a rare bird by any stroke, but difficult to spot until the weather warms up enough to shed the socks and boots. The wild mane pulled back in a ponytail is the tipoff. She’s not interested in so much nesting as preening in an environmentally safe way. Over near the lingerie boutique, a small group of smoky-eyed, cranelegged, navel-baring upstarts are eyeing the mannequin wearing a sexy bra set. They’re a noisy bunch with their high-pitched giggles and purseflapping. There’s certainly some interest being generated from the commotion. It must be the spring mating season, I’m guessing. They certainly seem to enjoy the attention they’re getting. A little further away, there’s the allknives-and-other-sharp-implements shop where there’s a couple of young fellows examining a display. Looks to me that like a pair of red-eyed, furryfaced, warlord wannabees that have just landed after an all night raid on some Xbox fortress.They glance in the direction of the giggling lingerie cranes, but go back to examining the ornamental daggers in the window. I guess they’re not into nesting just yet. BEYOND 50 • SUMMER 2009
Don’t get me started on the scrawny-legged, old buzzards with their icky comb-over crowns. Or those frightening hens of denial who believe mini skirts are perfectly fine after 50. Yikes! People who know me realize that I
have an attention deficit disorder of the senior kind. If you spot me at a concert and I seem to be scanning the crowd, don’t assume I’m looking for a particular someone. I’m simply people watching and letting my mind do the wandering.
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!
In Honour of Father’s Day Copyright 2009
I could have made more money: I could have run a ship. I could have gone on stage or screen or made a moon shot trip. A book I could have written, a plane I could have flown, but nothing could compare with a family of my own.
Xander 2 1/2 months Proud Grandparen ts Mary Ann & Tom Graham , Kelown a
on, Zoe Dryden , Luna, JordCou rneya, Penticton Proud Grandma Donna Marie
These people who are lovely in body and in mind. So generous and so thoughtful so loving and so kind. Are people I’ve helped started, on a road I hope is straight. And one on which I know they’ll find: A loyal and steadfast mate.
Myla months Proud Grandma’s8Kat alina Vasko & Marion Farquar, Lak e Country
ths Naomie 2 1/2 mon Darrell & Claire Proud Grandparents Kel Gunderson, owna
I cannot say how thankful and honoured I have been: To say I know such people, and the happiness I’ve seen. So when it comes to riches and jobs and self-esteem, I’ll just look back with pleasure on how rewarding it has been. To know the finest people, they really shared my pad. How proud I am to say that I am their loving Dad. JACK RICHARDSON formerly from England has lived in the Okanagan for more than 30 years. Father of seven children, Jack appreciated living in the Okanagan enjoying many activities from tennis to water sports. He now enjoys retired life in Summerland. BEYOND 50 • SUMMER 2009
Nathan 1 year & Larry ts Daphne Proud GrandparenPen ticton Adey,
ton 2 years ths & Leighrm Rylan 6 mon Ka a & Pearl ts en ar dp an Gr d Prou Basran, Kelowna
Ruby 6 ks Proud Grandma wee Nor ma Dierk, Kelowna
Summer Isab 4 months Proud Grandparenella ts Jacquie Jones, Kelowna & Bruce
Farewell Party Submitted by Grace Dodds
My sister had loved dance music, especially Big Band, so for years the record player and later tapes and CDs filled the house with sounds that kept her toes tapping.
Marie and Grace.
Some spur-of-the-moment decisions are so right that, even when they seem unusual, they turn out to have been the perfect impulse. So it was with this party. I was six when my sister,Marie,was born and I adored her on sight. Not that we never quarreled: we were like all children in this. As adults we lived hundreds of miles apart and were even estranged for several years.The separation seemed to heal the rift, and we eventually grew closer than ever. Our brother Kenny died a few years ago and shortly after my sister was diagnosed with cancer and told she had just weeks to live. This proved to be wrong, and I spent months praying and using the power of my love for her to give her peace and wipe out past hurts. She died in June 2006. She and her spouse Paul, had agreed they would never be separated; she would not be hospitalized and slip away while he was at home. Then one day one of her friends drove posthaste to Kelowna to get me as the doctor predicted Marie had only hours left. At their house were Paul, their daughter and grandson, and a Health Care provider with authority to sign a death certificate. My sister had loved dance music, especially Big Band, so for years the record player and later tapes and CDs filled the house with sounds that kept her toes tapping. That last afternoon her spouse suddenly suggested we give her a “going away party” with the music she loved all her life.We sat around her bed where she lay in a coma,sang 44
along with the Glenn Miller Band, the Mills Brothers, Ella Fitzgerald, Jim Reeves and others. We spoke of her many kindnesses, her generosity, the shoulder she offered those in distress, the cup of tea and cookies warm from the oven that added to the comfort and gentleness of her understanding. At 6 p.m., the Health Care worker said she had to leave and, with tears in her eyes added, “I’ve never experienced anything like this, but I hope when it is my time to go, I will be given a similar send off.” Marie died at eight p.m., leaving us convinced she was aware of the party and was content. All of us had felt it. Knowing she was dying, two neighbours came in just at the end. The question arose about how she should be dressed, as she was to be cremated. My niece and I went to Marie’s closet to look for something suitable. She said, “Oh you’ll be wanting to take these home, Aunt Grace. They’ve never even been worn.” I moved closer to see what she was referring to. In her hand she held a white box containing a Mother’s Day gift I had given Marie that spring. I usually sent only a card but that seemed too little at the time, so I bought her a beautiful pair of lounging pajamas. Roses were her passion and the delicate white material had a design in pink roses on the jacket and the white trousers had a pink band for a hem. She had been saving them to wear later, her daughter said.When I saw what was in the box I began to laugh.“Of course,this is the answer! I’m BEYOND 50 • SUMMER 2009
not going to take these home,” I said. “She was going to wear them later,and later is now! I gave them to her to cheer her up and make her feel pretty and special. This is her going away outfit. She is going to wear them to embark on her last journey.” The minister lived next door and walked over a bit later to say farewell to Marie. Then he came out to the kitchen and said, “I kept vigil with my wife, too. You had better put some makeup on her tonight otherwise in the morning her extreme pallor will shock you.” I was glad I had learned how to apply cosmetics correctly and able to do this one last service for her. She looked lovely when I had finished and I bent over and kissed her, whispering, “Enjoy your last trip, little sister.” In the morning, Paul said,“I watched all the lines leave her face as the night passed. She doesn’t look sick or even tired. She looks like the girl I married.”
Dig Some Local History, Myra Canyon Style
Submitted by Shannon Jorgenson, Curator of Education, Kelowna Museum
Mountain passes, steep valleys, and rugged terrain are the home of the engineering feat known as the Kettle Valley Railway. The Myra Canyon section,famous for its wooden trestles, was the highest pass of rail ever built in Canada and is the current home of the UBC Okanagan Archaeology and History Field School. In its third summer, the field school is excavating the old work sites and camp sites of the men who toiled to build the KVR almost a century ago. Enter the Kelowna Museums, also in its third summer at Myra Canyon. The Kelowna Museums offer a unique opportunity to tour the trestles and the UBCO dig site and see the excavation first hand. The tour is a crash course in local history and archaeology and is also a great way to
spend a morning outdoors in the Okanagan summer. Myra Canyon tours: July 25, Aug. 1 & 8 9:30am to 12:30pm. $20 per person, and $15 for Kelowna Museums member.To book call 250-868-4836. For more information on the KELOWNA MUSEUMS’ guided tours or summer lecture series, call visit www.KelownaMuseums.ca.
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Kaiden years Proud Grandma Mic2hell e Van Doren, Penticton
Crimson 8 ths Proud Grandma mon Liz McPhee , Penticton
Keyra 3 years Valeria ts Scott & Proud GrandparenWes t Kelowna McPherson ,
Jackson 4 weeks Lesley Hay, Gordon & Proud Grandparents Rich ard , Kelowna David & Sandra
ths Naomie 5 1/2 mon Darrell & Claire Proud Grandparents Kel a own Gunderson,
Rylan ths Proud Grandparen6tsmon Kar ma Basran, Kelowna & Pearl
Ruby 6 weeks Proud Grandma Nora ma Dierk, Kelown
Summer bella Proud GranIsa dp ts5Jamcqonuiths Bruce Jonears,en Kelowna e &
Trey 2 s Proud Grandparenyear t Steve Lutyk, Kelowna & Toni
Megan s Proud Grandparen8tsyear Anne Miller, Kelowna & Gord
Violet 7 months ndparents & Great Gra Proud GrandparentsDou & Joceyln Corbett, Rob & Jen Corbett, e Cougntry Lak
Timothy 2 years & Eunice ts Wayne Proud GrandparenWes Kulak, tbank
MacKenzie Proud Grandma Ter1 ryyear Sch Lake Country erer,
Wells 5 Monthves & Janice parents Ste Proud Grandller Fu , Kelowna
Xander 3 1/2 months Proud Grandparents Mary Ann & Tom Graham, Kelowna
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