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Kamloops choosen as End of Day Celebration city
Twenty-five years since his Man in Motion World Tour commenced its historic cross-Canada journey, Canadian hero Rick Hansen will continue his journey of making the world more accessible and inclusive with the Rick Hansen 25th Anniversary Relay. The 25th Anniversary Relay
began on August 24, 2011 in Cape Spear, Newfoundland. From there, the relay is retracing the Canadian segment of his original tour, but this time the Relay is engaging 7,000 participants from across Canada who have made a difference in the lives of others. Focusing on engaging
Off to work we go! Lincoln Ostapovitch, son of Echo advertising consultant Cristina Ostapovitch, spends some time at work during the teachers strike. When he was introduced to the office he just had one question, “What do you do with the kids when they are here?” Markers and paper solved that problem.
Canadians to take up the challenge and become catalysts for positive change, the Relay will feature Medal-Bearers who will run, walk, wheel or bike and complete their segments through a variety of forms of movement for all abilities. Kamloops was chosen as one of the Relay’s End of Day Celebration cities, and Rick Hansen himself will be attending this celebration. Taking place on March 29 at 4:30 pm at the Tournament Capital Centre, this event will feature Rick Hansen completing the final 250 meters of his Kamloops segment with the City’s local Medal-Bearer and difference-maker, Todd Harding. This event will include demonstrations of wheelchair basketball and Special Olympics floor hockey, as well as a challenging wheelchair relay race, information booths, entertainment, free food and free parking. The legacy of Rick Hansen’s Man in Motion Tour 25 years ago has resulted in Kamloops being a more accessible community. The two accessible playgrounds at Riverside Park and Prince Charles Park, as well as
lift access at Norbrock Stadium and full accessibility at the TCC are just a few of the projects that resulted from the Rick Hansen Foundation. Don’t forget to take part in the activities taking place all month long in preparation of Rick Hansen’s visit. The Swimmers in Motion Challenge invites swimmers to record their pool lengths, with lap tracking sheets are available at the Canada Games Aquatic Centre, Westsyde Pool and Community Centre and the YMCA. The Many in Motion challenge asks participants to record their distances that they walk, run or roll. The tracking sheet is available at the TCC Fieldhouse. As well, the Skaters in Motion challenge is running at Valleyview and Brock arenas where skaters are asked to record their laps around the ice. With these events combined, the goal is to travel the full 40,000 kms that Rick completed during his original tour around the world by March 29! For more information on the Rick Hansen Relay, visit www. rickhansenrelay.com
Aboriginal groups receive educational grants
Interior Health’s Aboriginal Health program has awarded 16 educational grants to Aboriginal not-for-profit organizations and governments across the region to enhance the public health skill sets of aboriginal residents. “Across the province the health status of Aboriginal people is improving but we still have a long way go,” said Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation Mary Polak. “By working with Aboriginal stakeholders, and addressing their needs, we are ensuring care is being delivered in a culturally appropriate manner.” “The goal of the IH Aboriginal Health Team is to work collaboratively with Aboriginal organizations and governments to improve the health of Aboriginal people within the region and I am pleased to see $200,000 in funding allocated to this important initiative,” said IH Board Chair Norman Embree. Priority was given to grant applications that would have a broad impact on the public health of Aboriginal populations; training programs are expected to: have previously proven beneficial outcomes, have the support of, or be recognized by, public health officials and take a partnership approach and foster relationships with other Aboriginal organiza-
tions. The educational grants, which each total no more than $20,000, will be used for a variety of programs including palliative care certificates, mental health first aid, suicide prevention training and substance abuse certification through the Justice Institute of B.C. “By increasing capacity through educational opportunities the whole community benefits,” said Bradley Anderson, IH Aboriginal Health
Acting Program Director. “Interior Health wanted this to be a grass roots initiative and asked applicants to tell us why they needed to build capacity in their community and how best that could be accomplished.” There are 44,900 Aboriginal people living within the Interior Health region, representing 6.3 percent of the population, which includes 55 First Nation communities and 16,200 Métis people.
The Kamloops Blazers Hockey Club would like to congratulate Gregory “Spike” Wallace for his significant tenure as an important member of our organization. On March 8, the Blazers announced that by mutual agreement Spike will be leaving the team to pursue other initiatives. The Blazers and Spike have agreed that now would be an appropriate time for Spike to venture forward and pursue new opportunities. The Western Hockey League recognized Spike this week as the recipient of this season’s Distinguished Service Award, which
“is presented annually to an individual associated with the WHL who has made an extraordinary contribution over an extended period of time at the Club or League level”. In Spike’s own words... “To our community, my thanks for your extended support. A huge thank you to all our fans, members of the Blazers Booster Club, WHL, KMHA officials and, the citizens of Kamloops. Finally to the 2011/2012 Blazers, I wish you a long and successful playoff run. I know our fans will be here to support you!”
Next chapter for Gregory “Spike” Wallace
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The ECHO ASKS YOU
In honour of St. Patrick’s Day... how do you like your potatoes?
The Mainstage 2012 Committee announced that this year’s festival adjudicator is one of Canada’s foremost performing artists; a singer dancer, choreographer and director. He is well known for the title role in the Canadian travelling production of The Phantom of the Opera – Jeff Hyslop! Pictured here (L-R) Katrina Lund, sales and catering associate of Hotel 540, Cristina Ostapovitch, poster girl for Destination Mainstage and David Deol, VP of sales and marketing for Hotel 540. Hotel 540 will be the host hotel for the eight-day Annual Provincial Theatre Festival that is returning to Kamloops for its third year in a row. It was also announce that Kamloops will be the location of Mainstage until 2015!
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Volunteer to brighten lives The Canadian Cancer Society has three initiatives in April in need of volunteers. The 2012 Daffodil Campaign needs a treasurer to help deposit the donations received. Two co-chairs are needed to help coordinate the Cut Flower campaign and two for the Pin Campaign. The Door-to-Door neighbourhood awareness campaign shows your community that the Canadian Cancer Society is there for them and they also need a treasurer for depositing and two Co-Chairs for organizing. Contact Jennifer Masson at 250377-2478 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. People in Motion is also needing volunteers for two programs: Volunteer Walkers for the walking program called
“Walk & Roll” and an office support assistant. If you would like to donate your time, contact the executive director Heather Brandon at 250-376-7878 or Email: email@example.com. Ridgeview Lodge volunteers are needed for several positions: Happy Hour Volunteers and General Volunteers. Volunteers must be able to push a wheelchair and take direction from the staff. Contact Marian Russell at 250-376-3131 Ext: 224 or 250-572-5621 or Fax: 250376-3151 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. For these and many other volunteer opportunities, check out : www.volunteerkamloops.org
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Pacho’s from Kelly O’Bryans with extra cheese, green onions and pacho sauce.