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Our City Furniture team values knowing our communities and our customers by name. “We run our operations with a family focused approach and a desire to always give back to the community. Because of this we are respected as the go to location for furniture, electronics, mattresses, and appliances.” For over 42 years City Furniture products have helped to turn houses into homes. Each store includes an ever-expanding showroom featuring the most current trends. Our selection of dining, bedroom, and living room furniture is exceptional. In fact, City Furniture & Appliances Ltd. was presented with the prestigious Western Canadian Retailer of the Year Award on May 24, 2018. Our product offerings address the requirements of small spaces, such as condominiums, but also grand living spaces, with furniture for kitchens, dining rooms and bedrooms. We offer products at competitive prices while providing quick delivery and set-up. We help you make your selections, process your order, and finally, deliver your personally selected furnishings. If you require assistance with your furniture set up and assembly, our customer service department can arrange for our experts to visit your home. We are constantly introducing our customers to new and innovative styles of the highest quality. It’s exactly this thoughtful blend of the new and the tried-and-true that makes City Furniture your go-to furniture destination.

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Jan Nademlejnsky took a selfie while flying above Kamloops last spring. The fearless flyer will see a much different landscape once he lifts off this year, as virtually all parts of the Tournament Capital are undergoing some form of transformation.

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t was while making daily visits to Red Beard Cafe that developer Joshua Knaak suddenly realized the potential of the North Shore. As detailed on page 62 of this magazine, the co-owner of Arpa Investments said he realized the transformative opportunity of the area during a half-year stay on Elm Street. “That was when I started coming to Red Beard on a daily basis and there’s lots of different places that we sort of started to discover,” Knaak told KTW reporter Todd Sullivan. “And that was when I would say I got the idea, when we really started to see the potential of what the North Shore has. Not just the potential, we saw what the North Shore has and the potential of what it could be and got acquainted with the community.” Since then, Arpa has led the charge that is literally changing the face of the busy Tranquille corridor, with tens of millions of dollars worth of construction and renovations set to last into the next decade.

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The transformation of the vibrant North Kamloops neighbourhood — which will include condos, social housing, a brewpub, a park and more — is a good example of the positive changes that are happening in the Tournament Capital. The story on Arpa’s investment in North Kamloops is also a good example of the tales you will find in this, the 2019 edition of Progress magazine. Checking the pulse of business in Kamloops has always been the core of Progress, with this year’s theme focusing on those who are transforming the city and region, both from a physical and philosophical standpoint. Within these pages, you will meet the people behind the Kelson Group, a successful Kamloopsbased property-management company that is helping ease the pressure on the local rental market by adding more units. Company founder Ron Fawcett and wife Rae are also among the most active philanthropists in Kamloops, with financial gifts helping improve all

manner of organizations. You will also meet Peter Cameron-Inglis and the team at Mastermind Studios and learn about their ongoing mission to make Kamloops a major film production centre. Music fans will get an update on the stunning success that is Riversong Guitars, the local guitarmaking company that has gone global — thanks to the inventive mind of Mike Miltimore of the Lee’s Music family. Also within these pages is a feature on a unique Kamloops-area company — Nicole McLaren’s Raven Reads Books Ltd., a subscription box focused on Indigenous authors. From these forward-thinking new ventures to the existing forward-thinking institutions that help anchor Kamloops, we hope you are entertained and educated while reading the 2019 edition of Progress magazine. If you have feedback on this magazine and/or ideas for the 2020 edition, feel free to email them to

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Planning is the recipe for progress


e have much to celebrate in 2019 as a community and as individuals who make up our thriving city of more than 90,000 citizens. Our economy is holding steady our residents enjoy numerous city services that support a safe, healthy and diverse community and, as an organization, we continually seek ways to implement smart and sustainable decisions for future generations. City council has just gone through a comprehensive process of developing a new four-year strategic plan that focuses on our vision to work responsibly, openly and in an effective manner for the benefit of all citizens. The plan guides our commitments to the community in four priority areas: being accountable in governance and management, focusing on livability, supporting a vibrant economy and providing environmental leadership. These priorities can already be

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noticed in recent initiatives, such as the newly constructed Xget’tem’ Trail (a multi-use path in Peterson Creek Park that bridges neighbourhoods), the North Thompson emergency water intake system that provides the city with a secondary water source in the event of an emergency, an affordable housing strategy focused on greater access to housing options for all and the introduction of an improved online registration system to allow residents to easily search and register for city-provided cultural and recreation programs.

Other positive indicators demonstrate our community’s progress. For the second consecutive year, we’ve seen record construction values, which reached approximately $285 million by the end of 2018. In addition, Kamloops Airport set records on increased air travel and the North Shore was recently ranked among the top 100 places in Canada to invest. We also earned recognition for Sports Field of the Year in 2018 by the Sports Turf Managers Association for management of Norbrock Stadium. Kamloops is the only Canadian city to ever achieve the honour. We’re committed to a strengthened relationship with Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc, which is demonstrated through our recent signing of a letter of understanding around preserving and promoting Secwépemc values, including cultural heritage resources. We are also focused on our relationships with Thompson Rivers University, the

Kamloops-Thompson school district and Interior Health. At this point in time, we’re part of an exciting transformation in municipal planning and services, which have been influenced by public participation and neighbourhood conversations. In the past year, we have hosted information meetings and public consultation sessions about topics such as the Recreation Master Plan, changes and impacts related to non-medicinal retail cannabis, residential suites, downtown planning, transportation choices and budget planning. Looking to the future, the reconstruction of Victoria Street West, renovations at the Tournament Capital Centre and other city facilities, as well as anticipation around a performingarts centre in Kamloops all point to a well-rounded community that is worth investing in. As a council, we believe leadership plus good governance equals progress.

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AMLOOPS TRANSFORMED Steve Quiney, chief wheel specialist (left), and Fraser Andrew, chief engineer, show off the Agent rim wheel set designed and built locally at We Are One Composites at its Valleyview manufacturing facility. Dave Eagles/KTW

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f you’re not from the world of cycling, you may not have heard about carbon-fibre bike rims. They’re lightweight, improve ride quality and performance and have aerodynamic benefits. That’s why they have become the go-to rim type for professionals for a number of years. More recently, as carbon-fibre rims have increased in popularity, more and more casual cyclists have started using them on their bikes. With that surge in popularity, Kamloops business We Are One Composites is hoping that will spell success for the firm, which is the only manufacturer of carbon-fibre rims in Canada. According to company CEO Dustin Adams, We Are One Composites started in November 2016 and had its first wheel ready by June 1, 2017. “We worked for the first six months on development, working on the process, working on the rim layout, testing and proving concept through the part,” Adams said. “We learned a heck of a lot in a quick period of time.” Adams came from the cycling world and was a professional mountain bike racer until he was hit by a car in 2003. After the accident, he pursued work in other

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fields, but felt a need to continue to do something related to cycling. “That’s when we moved to Squamish and I kind of ran into a couple of other guys down there that were doing the same thing [building rims],” he said. But they were importing material from Asia and were not doing any of the engineering. Working with that company in Squamish helped Adams to learn the ins and outs of the carbon-fibre wheel business. After a few years there, he decided to try his own hand at it, with one major difference — he was going to move the manufacturing out of Asia and into Canada. It was a risk, but it was one that paid off for Adams and We Are One Composites. “So, the first six months was OK. People believed in what we’re doing, they believed in the product,” he said. “We had to get the product under some key people to get them to test it and prove it and then talk about it. So it was a slow start. “And then we had rapid growth last year, more than six times the growth, like a massive increase, and we’re still continuing to grow month over month, so I would expect us to more than double again next year.” According to sales manager Ted Morton, part of

the reason for that success might very well be the company’s location. “The big one that has kind of made us really unique from everyone is we’re the only Canadian manufacturer, so no one else is manufacturing carbon wheels in Canada,” he said. “Yeah, it’s kind of an anomaly.” Sales have been big in Canada, especially on Vancouver Island, but Morton cites Singapore as another area that’s done very well for the company, which also has dealers in New Zealand and Australia. “It’s pretty cool,” he said “Who’d have thought, it’s Kamloops, B.C. Here it is.” As for the future of the company, Adams knows exactly what it is working toward. “Long term for us, we want to manufacture not just wheels and other components out of here,” he said. “We do want to manufacture a bicycle out of here. “So our five-year [goal] is to have an actual frame, a bulk of the large components that we can manufacture, made here in-house, and being able to sell the first real carbon-fibre mountain bike out of Canada would be a big, big home run for us. “So that’s our goal,” Adams said. “And we’re moving in the right direction.”

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RIVER CITY NISSAN IS GOING BIG. This year will see some pretty big changes coming to River City Nissan with the opening of a brand new 24,000 square foot building scheduled to open its doors mid-July. According to Sean Turner, Owner and General Manager, a big part of those improvements is about transparency. “It’s very transparent, very open,” he explained. “There’s really no walls in the sales side of the building, right to the point that the customers can see right into the service area. Whether customers are in the facility to purchase a vehicle or have one serviced, they’ll be able to keep their eyes on it through every step of the process. There’s two different customer lounges. There’s a kid area, it’ll be a little more interactive and fun with the kids and there’s a quiet lounge.” Some of the other changes that customers can expect are two express drive-thru service bays, interactive tablet stations, a nine-car showroom, and special vehicle delivery bay. The size and layout of the building is designed for an enhanced customer experience. One thing that won’t be changing with the new building are the familiar faces behind River City Nissan, which Sean credits as a big part of the company’s success. “You can have the greatest facility in the world, but it doesn’t really mean anything if you don’t have the great people in place to be able to facilitate the direction the store is going.” Similarly, River City Nissan would not be where it is today without its customers. “We have a great customer base and are excited to have this updated facility to share with them.”

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Among significant developments in Kamloops this year will be reconstruction of West Victoria Street, beginning in April. Dave Eagles/KTW file

Seasons of change throughout city

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ollowing big changes at city hall last year, City of Kamloops CAO David Trawin expects a productive term ahead. “Council is in a good place to make a lot of positive change,” he said. In 2018, the city underwent a corporate restructuring and a municipal election resulted in a new council. Trawin said the restructuring led to efficiencies and improved communications with residents and partners. Splitting external-relations manager Tammy Robertson from general communications, for example, led to better co-ordination with Tk’emlups te Secwepemc, paving way for transit on Tk’emlups land and a potential jointuse cultural centre at the former Stuart Wood elementary school downtown. The fall election ushered in new

faces to council: Dale Bass, CUPE and Sadie Hunter, Mike O’Reilly management contracts and Bill Sarai, who joined lapsed at the end of 2018, Mayor Ken Christian and while the firefighters’ incumbents Dieter Dudy, contract is up at the end of 2019 and the RCMP Kathy Sinclair and Denis Walsh at city hall. looks to unionize. Council is working on Several cultural projects have been floated its strategic plan to identify in the city, including a priorities for its four-year performing-arts centre. term. DAVID TRAWIN Should council Trawin expects that by the beginning of April, prioritize culture and formal direction will become more heritage in its strategic plan, staff will clear; however, some projects expected work to develop a detailed operation this year include an asset management plan. plan to address aging infrastructure, Additionally, council will have a long-term strategy for biosolids more input into service levels and that could include a plan for compost governance, following a rejigging of collection and the recreation master city committees. Trawin said it will plan. allow council to better direct staff on Labour relations will also be at the priorities when resources compete. forefront this year. Other priorities for the year include

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maintaining momentum on the socialissues front with BC Housing. A major capital project will also begin this spring. The $13-million West Victoria Street project — which will see the roadway from BC Lottery Corporation to Overlanders Bridge reconstructed in addition to utility upgrades and improved pedestrian access — will start in April and take up to two years to complete. That project is expected to have a significant on traffic and nearby businesses. However, work done in to 2018 via the restructuring to improve communications will help to mitigate those impacts. “Realistically, I think the shuffle on everything is going to make us more efficient and make us able to communicate and have better engagement,” Trawin said.

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Creating opportunities in Kamloops


amloops has been on an exciting trajectory for quite some time with consistent population growth over the years, job opportunities in new and growing sectors of our economy and great social and recreational amenities for the people that live here. But one of the best attributes about Kamloopsians is that they’re never satisfied with the status quo. Even when things are good in our city, our residents are always thinking about how we can work together to make them even better. As the MLA for KamloopsNorth Thompson, it’s my job to support those community efforts and help bring them to fruition. Growing our local economy is the best way to improve services for Kamloopsians to best support their needs — and it’s one of my key priorities as your representative in Victoria. How do we do it? By making Kamloops and B.C. an attractive

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place for people to invest, which in turn creates local jobs and brings in important revenues to make life better for our residents. There are some exciting prospects on the horizon that could bring numerous benefits to our community. I have been advocating for the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion to proceed, which would bring about 600 construction jobs to Kamloops. The city and the company have signed an agreement that will see a $700,000 contribution made toward community projects. Not only will

this pipeline project bring significant economic benefits to Kamloops, it will provide a safer way to get Canada’s oil and gas to market so we don’t have to rely on the more dangerous method of shipping oil by rail. I’m also working to support our local business community. Many business owners have expressed their disappointment with the wide range of new or increased provincial taxes they are facing. I have been raising these concerns in the legislature and urging the government to change course. These taxes not only hurt our small business owners, but they chip away at B.C.’s reputation as a great place to do business. I’m particularly keen to help promote Kamloops’ North Shore, where economic activity has picked up thanks to a number of new developments and other revitalization efforts during the past several years Of course, if we want to grow our

economy and create more local jobs, we need people to fill those positions. Thompson Rivers University is a world-class institution that continues to be at the forefront of training local students and keeping them in our community. Meanwhile, the recent expansion at Royal Inland Hospital not only provides improved care to patients, it enables the creation of numerous employment opportunities. Tourism is another bright spot for our region. Kamloops boasts a wide variety of outdoor recreation opportunities, a vibrant arts scene, great shopping and a burgeoning craft beer and wine industry. Canada’s Tournament Capital also draws a number of large sporting events and, with it, numerous visitors who are welcomed with open arms. We have a lot to be proud of here in Kamloops. I’m proud to work alongside fellow MLA Todd Stone, to advocate for the issues that matter to you.

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Horizon North manufactures space Modular structures well suited for housing developments Todd Sullivan


n 2015, Horizon North’s Kamloops facility was on the verge of closing its doors. The board of directors had suggested that with no more camps to construct, it might be time to shut the facility down. Instead, Rod Graham, President and CEO, decided to take inspiration from the other side of the Pacific Ocean. “I went to school in Japan for part of my MBA and always had this fascination with lean manufacturing,” Graham said. “In Western Canada, typically we don’t embrace it. We pay lip service to it, but I really wanted to find a way to do it.” Lean manufacturing is a systemic method of waste minimization within a manufacturing system that does not sacrifice productivity. The philosophy originated mostly with the Japanese car manufacturer Toyota. They also started to change the way they looked at their process, focusing on the idea of manufacturing space. “Manufacturing, and for

the automotive industry, is manufacturing space, if you think right down to it,” Graham said. “If you buy a Lexus car, a high quality, decent value car, they’re manufacturing space, and so that was the thought process.” With these new perspectives in place, Horizon North started looking at “manufacturing space” for a trial case for affordable housing in Vancouver. After demonstrating it could complete the project on a tight timeline and with cost certainty, the company was awarded another project for 600 units in downtown Vancouver. And more followed. “There’s 14 buildings in Vancouver representing some 606 units,” said Joe Kiss, Horizon North’s president of modular solutions. “We have another, call it, 600 units in various locations across the province, including two projects here in Kamloops — on Tranquille and one down on Mission Flats Road.” Many of these, including the development on Mission Flats Road, are temporary transitional

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Horizon North’s 52-unit modular supportive housing development at 317 Tranquille Rd. The building is currently in the final stages of development. Dave Eagles/KTW file housing projects, helping to get people off the streets and into affordable homes so they can transition towards a more traditional housing situation. And these projects can be completely relocated. “We can assemble them, leave them there for five or 10 years and relocate them to sites as the program evolves to permanent structures,” Kiss said. “Modular is wholly suitable for both permanent and temporary structures. And, in both cases, it has to meet all the relevant building codes. There’s no temporary building code, you know. It has to meet the building code of the jurisdiction in the seismic and the geotechnical and everything.” For Graham, building affordable homes makes business sense, but it’s also something that makes sense from a personal perspective.

“In a first world country like Canada, there’s absolutely no way that we can sit and tolerate individuals that are not able to access housing,” he said. “It is shameful in an environment where we have, this is a mild winter, but even still, you have people sitting on the street. “II typically will make the statement, shame on us as Canadians to allow that.” Graham sees a big future for this kind of construction, in Canada and around the world, and he’s hoping he will be able to point to Horizon North’s Kamloops facility as the centre of excellence that started it all. “We believe that we’ve got an ability for this to be a pan -Canadian success,” he said. “I take great pride in being able to name drop Kamloops as kind of where this all started from.”



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A vibrant city that is progressing Emerging tech industry, TRU are examples of growth to see our base industries, such as forestry, mining and ranching, envelop our fast-changing world by applying new technologies to make their businesses more efficient and costeffective. My enthusiasm is enhanced by the work of the Kamloops Innovation Centre, which is into its sixth year of partnership with Thompson Rivers University. With strong support from the innovation centre, TRU Generator has become a “go to” for many local firms seeking qualified high-tech workers. Clearly, the local tech sector is benefitting from the excellent work that both of these organizations are doing with respect to fostering and supporting entrepreneurs in our community. Sadly, there have been recent disappointments that will work against

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o quote Kamloops Chamber of Commerce president Joshua Knaak, “Kamloops has always been innovating and progressing, but now that innovation is being embraced and reported on like never before.” The past 12 months have literally flown by and watching Kamloops, our hometown, grow to a new level of vibrancy has been rewarding beyond words. As a former tech CEO, I’m excited

continued progress in Kamloops in the months and years ahead. I was deeply troubled by the NDP government’s decision not to proceed with plans for a new B.C. Lottery Corporation headquarters in the city. Not only is this new space needed to accommodate the existing 450 BCLC employees in the 54-year-old former department store building, but it is also needed to pave the way for up to 250 net new BCLC jobs in Kamloops over a 10-year period — employees that are attached to a new building. Sadly, those jobs have been compromised due to the government’s decision to cancel the new headquarters plans. Also, as you may have heard, the 2019 B.C. budget failed to recognize an urgent need for capital for our Kamloops-Thompson school district,

though we will continue to advocate strongly for these investments and remain hopeful we will receive good news from the government, sooner or later. We must also continue to work together to ensure construction of the new patient-care tower at Royal Inland Hospital, a project I am proud to have championed from Day 1, and ensure this project remains on scope and schedule to open in 2022. While it has been a tumultuous year in B.C. politics, I will continue to fight for the people, jobs and services for those living in Kamloops and the Thompson valleys. My wife, Chantelle, and I continue to be grateful for the blessings that come with living in such a vibrant city, so well suited for raising a family, growing a business and enjoying life. We must never take it for granted.  



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ubscription boxes have become somewhat ubiquitous. You can subscribe to boxes for socks and ties, pet toys, meal-delivery services, beer and wine, razors and even mushroom cultures. We can add to that a cool new option out of Logan Lake called Raven Reads Books Ltd., a subscription box focused on Indigenous authors. Each box focuses on a new release book, while also including products from Indigenous creators and businesses. The entire package is carefully curated to ensure an overall theme for each month’s box. And a single person is behind it all — founder Nicole McLaren. “Just over two years ago, I started a book club at work,” McLaren explained. “I’ve always worked in community relations with a specific focus on Indigenous community relations. And that, coupled with my Indigenous heritage, I decided to focus the book club on books by Indigenous authors. And I thought it was a great way to recognize the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s call to actions.” The book club was a success in bringing Indigenous stories to a wider audience. When McLaren learned of the subscription box model, she realized those stories

could reach an even wider audience. “What a perfect way to get book lovers great books, highlight great Indigenous authors, while also promoting other businesses by Indigenous entrepreneurs,” she said. Boxes go out every three months. Alongside the regular box, Raven Reads also offers a children’s box that features three books and a small gift. Recent boxes have included themes related to the West Coast and the Arctic. An upcoming box will feature products from overseas. McLaren’s company has seen speedy growth since it started in 2017, having shipped more than 2,000 boxes and boasting 500 subscribers across North America. She wants to see that growth continue and hopes it will lead to the company no longer being a one-woman show. “We’re about halfway through our second year right now,” she said. “So, I’m hoping by the end of this year to actually begin to bring on staff and then actually get some formal warehouse space as our fulfilment place.” Most important to McLaren, though, is the quality of what is inside each box. “The box is a great way to highlight great books by great authors that can still tell a great story, one that is also kind of educational and tells about our past,”

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This year’s edition of the Kamloops Sports Legacy Fund Progress Report is published in conjunction with the Fund’s 11th annual allocation of grants. The original $7.5 million fund resulted from the sale of the Kamloops Blazers Hockey Club franchise in 2007 and a contribution from the dissolution of the Blazers Foundation in 2008. The Society has operated independently from the Kamloops Blazers Hockey Club since the sale, but has dedicated the Sports Legacy Fund to the history of the community support for the franchise since its inaugural season in 1984. The first grants were disbursed in 2009. With the completion of the fiscal year, the Fund distributions and investments in the Kamloops and regions sport community will reach an accumulated total of $3.563 million. During this interval, 109 organizations have received grants. Applications are accepted from October 1st to November 30th of each year and are reviewed to evaluate the eligibility of the requests. Following that an allocation process is used to determine the direction of grants for the following year. Community impact reports are submitted by the recipients in December following the receipt of the funds. The Sports Legacy Fund Annual Report represents the evaluation and confirmation that the grants have been appropriately directed, contributing to the sustainability of the recipient organizations or meeting the expectations outlined in the application process. The Annual Report may be accessed at It recognizes that the Sports Legacy Fund is a community resource and the reporting commits to the transparency of the allocation process. The 2019 allocation of $343,000 is directed

to 37 sport organizations. A number of the grants are leveraged or are matched, providing for the completion of capital projects, equipment purchases or coaching support. The accompanying list provides a summary of the funding for the year. 2019 GRANT RECIPIENT HIGHLIGHTS As outlined, with the completion of the 2019 fiscal year, the sport community accumulated grant total will reach $3.563 million. The funds have been well invested and are an opportunity for local organizations to strengthen their capacities and while remaining focused on fund raising retrieve them of some of the pressures of volunteer participation. The Sports Legacy Fund is unique to Kamloops and the region and it has the fundamentals to operate to perpetuity by way of a diverse managed investment portfolio. The 2019 grants of $343,000 include funding for the Kamloops KidSport Chapter of $30,000, PacificSport Interior BC for $80,000 and TRU Athletic Scholarships of $25,000, which have been multi-year commitments as board initiatives and are not part of the Sports Legacy Fund application process. The PacificSport funding is a matched grant process directed to community coaching, ancillary support and assisted travel grants for athletes attending national championships and world events. It is recognized that there is no management fee affiliated with this grant. The TRU scholarships are 100% matched by the university.





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Coaching development remains an integral component of the vision of the Sports Legacy Fund. Receiving $5,000 grants this year are Adapted Sports at Sun Peaks, Kamloops Youth Soccer Association, and the Kamloops Minor Hockey Association Coaches Conference. Refer to the 2019 allocations summary for the recipient organizations specific direction of funding. REPRESENTATIVE 2018 GRANT COMMUNITY IMPACTS The 2018 grants were provided to 31 Kamloops and Region sport organizations for a total allocation of $383,728. The community impacts review continues to provide the Society a process to evaluate the grants and determine if the funds are well invested and meet the expectations envisioned by the Sports Legacy Fund vision, mission and guiding principles. The outcomes are reflections by the organizations based on the funding impacts for 2018 and the goal to strengthen their capacities.

KAMLOOPS RUGBY CLUB The Kamloops Rugby Club grant from the Fund of $75,000 assisted in the completion of the clubhouse located in Exhibition Park. During the club’s time at the Tournament Capital Ranch (2011-2015), there was a significant decline in fan support and COMMENTS Coaching Development player registration for the senior men’s and COMMENTS CapitalFINAL Project: Building Maintenance women’s teams. At one point, they were not Coaching and Development Capital Projects: 5,000 Building Maintenance Site Upgrades Equipment: Sport8,000 Wheelchairs x2 Project: Building Maintenance able to field enough active and able players Capital Equipment: Electronics and Training Equipment 12,100 Capital Projects: Building Maintenance Siteleague Upgrades toand meet commitments. With the start Equipment: Net Slidder Attachments and Installation Equipment: Equipment, Trail 7,000 Development and TrainingSport Wheelchairs x2 of the clubhouse project in March 2016, Academic Awards 1,835 Equipment: Electronics and Training Equipment there was an increase in the number of new Equipment: Field 6,200 Equipment: Net Slidder Attachments and Installation Equipment: Boat Trailer players who were coming out to play. Over Equipment and17,599 Bursaries Equipment, Trail Development and Training the course of two seasons, the men`s team Capital Project: Storage Upgrades 1,200Container Academic Awards Equipment: Glass Washer Equipment: Field 1,714 progressed from Division 3 into Division 2, Capital Project: Storage Facility Contribution 9,000 Equipment: Boat Trailer and won the BC Rugby Division 2 Provincial Training Equipment and Uniforms 5,577Container Equipment and Bursaries Capital Project: Storage championship in May 2018. Capital Project: Site Lighting Contribution

This year, 33 organizations were selected from the applicants to receive grants totaling $206,600. This ranges from $391 for the Senior’s Table Tennis Activity Club to

PROGRESS EDITION 2019 ALLOCATIONS Adaptive Sports at Sun Peaks Barriere Recreation Society AdaptiveClub Sports at Sun Peaks Kamloopa Kamloops Sport Association BarriereAdapted Recreation Society Kamloops Aquatic Club Kamloopa Club Kamloops Beach Volleyball Club Kamloops Sport Association Kamloops BikeAdapted Riders Association Kamloops Blazers Academic Awards Kamloops Aquatic Club Kamloops Broncos Football Club Kamloops Beach Volleyball Club Kamloops Canoe and Kayak Club Kamloops Bike Riders Kamloops Collegiate Baseball Association Society Kamloops Community Football Society Awards Kamloops Blazers Academic Kamloops Curling Club Football Club Kamloops Broncos Kamloops Dragon Boat Club Kamloops Canoe and Kayak Club Kamloops Minor Fastball Association Kamloops Collegiate Baseball Society Kamloops Minor Lacrosse Association Kamloops Performance Cycling Centre Society Kamloops Community Football Kamloops Sunrays Synchronized Swim Club Kamloops Curling Club Kamloops Track and Field Club Kamloops Dragon Boat Club Kamloops Tsunami Summer Swim Club Kamloops Youth Soccer Association Kamloops Minor Fastball Association KidSport Kamloops Chapter Kamloops Minor Lacrosse Association KMHA Coaches Conference Kamloops Cycling Centre McArthur Park Performance Lawn Bowling Club KamloopsInterior Sunrays PacificSport BC Synchronized Swim Club ProHop Basketball Club Kamloops Track and Field Club Royal Canadian Air Cadets Kamloops Tsunami Summer Swim Club Senior Table Tennis Activity Club Kamloops Spirit Warriors Youth Society Soccer Association Team Calhoun Curling KidSport Kamloops Chapter Thompson Blazers Major Midgets KMHA Coaches Conference Thompson Minor Midgets Hockey Club McArthur Park Lawn(FNST) Bowling Club Tkemlups te Secwepemc Tournament City Derby Diversified PacificSport Interior BC TRU Athletic Scholarships ProHop Basketball Club Wailua Outrigger Canoe Club Royal Canadian Air Cadets Wells Gray Outdoor Club

$17,600 funding to the Kamloops Bike Riders Association for mountain biking trail infrastructure development, equipment and certification/training of instructors. The Kamloops Performance Cycling Centre received $15,000 as a contribution to the Kamloops Bike Ranch lighting project to complete the support of the Kamloops and region mountain biking community.


5,000 8,000 12,100 7,000 1,835 6,200 17,599 1,200 1,714 9,000 5,577 5,000 8,193 5,500 2,504 7,000 15,000 945 6,500 5,000 5,000 30,000 5,000 7,000 80,000 3,268 7,500 391 3,500 2,000 5,000 5,000 5,000 1,347 25,000 15,000 12,000 342,873

5,000 Capital Project: Storage Container Upgrades

Equipment and Ipad 8,193 Equipment: Glass Washer Equipment: Laser Pro Distance Measure Capital Storage Facility Contribution Equipment: IPad,5,500 Pace Clock and TotProject: Dock Coaching Development 2,504 Training Equipment and Uniforms

For the past 2 years, the club has also been able to develop a successful Junior Girls 7,000 Capital Project: Storage Container program for the first time in club history. Coaching Development 15,000 Project: Site Lighting Contribution Equipment: Greens MowerCapital Contribution This past year, they successfully resurrected 945 Equipment and Ipad the Junior Boys program. Kamloops has also Equipment and Coaching Certification 6,500 Equipment: Laser Pro Distance Measure Equipment: Biathlon Skate Ski Packages been the host club for several competitive 5,000 Equipment: IPad, Pace Clock and Tot Dock Equipment level training events with the BC Rugby 5,000 Coaching Development Coaching Development Equipment and30,000 Uniforms Academy to help rugby youth develop elite Program Enhancement 5,000 Coaching Development level skills. Program Enhance ment 7,000 Equipment: Greens Mower Contribution 80,000 KAMLOOPS TENNIS CENTRE 3,268 Equipment and Coaching Certification Outrigger Canoes Contribution 7,500 Equipment: Biathlon Skate Ski Packages The Kamloops Tennis Centre is a comCapital Project: Trail Development 391 Equipment munity based facility designed to provide 3,500 Coaching Development members and non-members a welcoming 2,000 Equipment and Uniforms 5,000 Program Enhancement Equipment Jerseys



gacy fund THROUGH OPPORTUNITY, GROWTH AND EXCELLENCE. tennis environment. The club is a not-forprofit Society that manages and maintains a year-round facility through membership fees, volunteers, grants and fund raising. The club strives to promote the growth of tennis for juniors and adults by providing professional instruction and co-ordinated activities and social events. Presently the club has 50 adult yearly members and 100 junior members with guest players from Kamloops and the Southern Interior. The Sports Legacy Fund awarded the centre $35,000 ($20,000 in 2018 and $15,000 deferred from 2017) which enabled the purchase of new LED lights to replace the old metal oxide lights. The new lights have resulted in a major improvement to the indoor lighting and a significant reduction in the energy costs. The grants to the Tennis Centre have provided much needed assistance towards continual improvements. KAMLOOPS PERFORMANCE CYCLING CENTRE The Kamloops Performance Cycling Centre (KPCC) received a grant of $3,000.00 for the lease of a snowmobile to use for grooming the recently established Isobel Lake Recreational Winter Trail Network. Funds were to be split between the 2018-2019 season and the 2019-2020 season. The Isobel Lake Winter Trail Network is managed by the KPCC under a 5 year agreement with the Province of British Columbia’s Recreation Sites and Trails BC. This agreement was signed on November 16, 2017 to maintain and operate a winter recreational trail network for fat bikes and snowshoeing in the Isobel Lake area, which is 20 minutes north of Kamloops on Lac du Bois Road, next to the McQueen Lake Environmental Centre’s managed area. There are currently 30 kilometres of beautiful machine groomed trails, maintained by a small group of dedicated fat bike enthusiasts who volunteer their time to groom the trail network throughout the winter months for all to enjoy. A volunteer has mapped the network on the mobile app “Trail Forks” to assist those new to the area to find the trails. Each year, the Isobel Winter Trail

Network sees more users both fat bikers and snowshoers, and this year they again anticipate increased use as KPCC continues to improve the managed area with signage, the online trail map, network maps at two kiosk locations in the network and increased followers on the social media page, “Isobel Lake Recreational Trails.” 2018 BC WINTER GAMES SOCIETY The BC Games has taken place in 38 communities and involved over 350,000 participants and volunteers. In 2018 the Kamloops BC Winter Games celebrated 40 years of sport with the BC Games Society. In Kamloops there were 1768 participants and approximately 1800 volunteers, with an economic spin off of $1.6 Million. Below is a summary from each sport that received funding from the $13,946 grant. Kamloops Gymnastics | Trampoline Centre is a member-based, not-for-profit, 15,000 square foot athletic facility that inspires enthusiasm for and lifelong involvement in gymnastics and trampoline by providing positive and diverse programming. Within KGTC, a program no matter the age (14 months - Adult) will be found and a program type that suits all abilities and goals; Active Start Gymnastics for All, Advanced Recreational, Competitive, Specialty Programs such as Parkour, Freestyle. The Community Access programs are available to schools, home schools, daycares, adaptive resources, community clubs and associations and is even the training home of the TRU Wolfpack Cheer team. The vault that they received for the BC Games was used by the participants in Artistic Gymnastics for both the women and men’s events. Annually, approximately 5400 athletes register in their programs or attend the facility more than three times and are from Kamloops and the surrounding community (Chase, Sun Peaks, Merritt, and Ashcroft). Thompson Okanagan Diving Training Centre Society (Riptech Diving Club) is a member-run not-for profit incorporated organization, serving Kamloops and the surrounding communities. The club has been


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The annual application period extends from October 1st to November 30th of each year and the allocation by the nine members Board of Directors occurs following the review process.

active for more than 21 years. They operate year round introducing participants of all ages to the sport of diving and strive to give each diver the opportunity to reach their fullest potential in a safe, supportive and fun atmosphere. The support of the matching grant allowed the upgrade of two new diving boards (1m and 3m) and safety mats for dry land warm up for the BC Winter Games. This contribution now has served over 120 participants (not including the general public during public swim) and in the future will benefit the club and the public by providing safety for the community members and athletes. The Club will be hosting Novice Nationals in April and the new equipment will allow them to host many events to come. The Kamloops Curling Club offers a safe facility in a very social environment for people of all ages and abilities to curl. The BC Games grant provided the club with a set of Rock Hawks, a Laser Light Bar and some ice maintenance equipment. The Rock Hawks and the Laser Light Bar were used during the coaching clinics that were offered during the games. Coaches of the teams in the games as well as other coaches in the province attended the clinics to learn about the latest training tools in the sport. The ice maintenance equipment was used during the competition and every day since. The Rock Hawks and the Laser Light Bar are used frequently. They allow individuals to practice by themselves, which has greatly increased the frequency of practicing. All of the curling coaches are volunteers and their schedules don’t always fit with those of their teams. The equipment is used by both competitive and recreational curlers as well as every age group.




• The improvement of amateur sport facilities and sport activities. • Funding the purchase of land, buildings and equipment. • Funding for training, education and research pertaining to amateur sport. • Funding for organizational capacity building, leadership development and volunteer support.

The Legacy Fund will support fledgling organizations establish themselves within the sport community on the understanding that oversight expectations and due diligence are increased until the organization is established and sustainable. Smaller sport organizations, which are not incorporated under the BC Society Act, are encouraged to apply for funding and will not be restricted by the application requirements.

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Celebrating the official opening of Peterson Landing on Summit Drive in Sahali last year were Kamloops-Thompson North MLA Peter Milobar (left), Landlord BC CEO David Hutniak, Kelson Group regional property manager Joy Murray, Kelson Group president Ron Fawcett, Kamloops Mayor Ken Christian, Rae Fawcett, Kelly Fawcett, the firm’s vice-president of maintenance/construction and Jason Fawcett, the company’s vice-president of operations. Dave Eagles/KTW file

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The Kelson Group was created in the 1970s, when Ron Fawcett made his first purchase of an apartment building on Arrowstone Drive. Right from the start, it was a family enterprise. “My father started the company in 1974 with my grandfather and his three siblings,” Jason Fawcett said. “And my father has continued to be the president and operator of the company. He’s still actively involved at 79 years of age and he’s really leading the growth and the development of the company, still.” In 2019, the Kelson Group remains a family business, with Ron’s children Jason and Kelly functioning as the vice-president of operations and vice-president of maintenance and construction, respectively. “My brother, Kelly, and I are in charge of the operations and the maintenance of the buildings and we’re certainly involved with new developments,” Jason said.

“But my father is the driving force behind that. “And at his age, he’s got boundless energy for it still — and we expect him to continue to lead the company for the next 10 years because we’ve got that much work ahead of us to do so.” Along with existing properties across B.C. and Alberta, including the Fraser Valley, Prince George, Edmonton, Grand Prairie and Kelowna, the Kelson Group also has a few new projects on the go. They include Panorama Crossing in Surrey, a 106-unit apartment building that will open this fall. Another is Legacy Square on the campus of TRU as part of the university’s Reach development. The 77 apartment units will rise right behind Old Main Building. The company has plans for further development at TRU, as well as another project in Surrey. It is also planning to start development on property on Nicola Street in downtown Kamloops. “We hope that we can build up to

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Kelson Group was named business of the year at the 2016 Kamloops Chamber of Commerce/TD Business Excellence Awards. Kent Wong photo

four buildings in downtown Kamloops and go through the planning process and consult with the city and the public and determine what’s best for downtown Kamloops,” Fawcett said. The Kelson Group has also been involved in bringing affordable housing solutions to Kamloops in a partnership with the ASK Wellness Society. The Kelson-owned Beckman Building at Seymour Street and Third Avenue downtown is a retail and residential structure. “We partner with ASK Wellness on managing the top floor, which is basically a rooming house on

the second floor, and there’s very small apartments there with shared washrooms,” Fawcett said. “We renovated the second floor and ASK Wellness has been able to use it to house people who would otherwise be homeless.” Forty-five years after its first acquisition, the Kelson Group still owns that property on Arrowstone Drive in Sahali. “We’re just proud of having our head office here in Kamloops and providing great housing in Kamloops for our residents,” Fawcett said. “I’m just proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish so far and hope that we can continue to house more people successfully in the future and help them live better.”

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Hospital working to meet Aboriginal patient needs


ur health-care system can be complicated. Factors such as language barriers, huge geographic distances and cultural differences can make it even more so. Ten years ago, Interior Health committed to addressing some of these challenges with the creation of the Aboriginal patient navigators (APNs). Interior Health started with one APN in Williams Lake and the program has expanded over 10 years to include nine APNs working throughout IH, along with one Ktunaxa Nation-based APN. That includes three who work at RIH in Kamloops. APNs have become valued members of the care team in hospital and the communities they serve. “Often our APNs work closely

within a multi-disciplinary team to ensure Aboriginal patients’ needs are met in a welcoming and culturally safe manner,” said Brad Anderson, corporate director of Aboriginal health. “I am always so impressed by the level of care, compassion and systems awareness they bring to their work daily to ensure Aboriginal patients feel safe and welcomed.” The APNs support patients and families in hospitals and communities, helping connect them to appropriate health-care services and providing cultural support. They also collaborate with other healthcare workers in early identification and assessment of patient needs, and participate in discharge planning to support patient care and independence. Debra Donald of the Simpcw First

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Nation said that, after 10 years in the role, she loves being an APN and can’t imagine doing anything else. She is based at Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops, where she says there has been a lot of positive change. She finds APNs are increasingly invited to consult about patients and their cultural needs and practices. “The cultural awareness at RIH has increased. It’s really good for our patients and families who feel they are in a safe place,” said Donald. “For example, the family of one patient who was palliative and on comfort measures was quite spiritual and cultural. They wanted to have a smudge and an end-of-life ceremony in hospital. I wasn’t on shift but management and medical staff knew how to facilitate that process. They were willing and able to do what they needed to allow that family

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Lifetime Of Bright Smiles! Meet Dr. Perry Vitoratos Mother Teresa once said, “Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.” The team at Sunny Shores Dental is all about making sure your smile is an extension of who you are. Sunny Shores is led by Dr. Perry Vitoratos and supported by a team of primary dentists, hygienists and administrators who will always greet you with a smile. Dr. Vitoratos received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from McGill University in 1997. While at the Montreal university, he received the Paul A. Marchand Award, an honour bestowed on someone demonstrating the highest degree of professionalism in clinical dentistry. Dr. Vitoratos also has an extensive background in Immunology, gained through McGill University’s Faculty of Science. During his postgraduate program at McGill, Dr. Vitoratos completed a hospital residency at the Montreal Jewish General Hospital. During this time, he was able to further his knowledge of surgical dentistry and the administration of anaesthetic dentistry. He learned proper care techniques for treating children and people with physical and mental hindrances. Dr. Vitoratos also learned about IV sedation dentistry. He was the department head of dentistry at Cariboo Memorial Hospital in Williams Lake, a title he held for over 15 years. Along with his involvement at Sunny Shores, Dr. Vitoratos is currently the department head of dentistry at Royal Inland Hospital and the Kamloops Surgical Centre. Dr. Vitoratos is a graduate of the Kois Centre for Advanced Dentistry and is a member of the British Columbia College of Dental Surgeons, the Canadian Dental Association and the Academy for Sports Dentistry. He also holds his fellowships degree from the Academy of General Dentistry. Dr. Vitoratos is passionate about the education and execution of surgical and cosmetic dentistry, including implant dentistry. He has dedicated himself to

evolving his comprehension of dentistry techniques alongside the evolution of dentistry itself. Like the rest of the Sunny Shores team, Dr. Vitoratos is a family man first and he treats his patients as he would his kin. He is multilingual, able to converse in English, French, Italian and Greek as he tells you all about his wife, Martine, their two young children, their pair of energetic dogs and the family’s lethargic, privileged cat. Dr. Vitoratos and Martine moved to Kamloops after practising in Williams Lake, where they had a successful dentist office for more than 17 years. Their children are exposed to new educational opportunities in Kamloops, where the family delights in their love of the outdoors. When spending time in nature, the Vitoratos family enjoys triathlons, swimming, mountain biking, skiing, kayaking, golfing, fishing, hunting and hiking. For a slower pace, they participate in the arts, especially music and painting. Dr. Vitoratos is proud of his accomplishments in his field and he wants to put them to use in the Kamloops area, providing quality, family-oriented dental care for which he is known.

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hompson Rivers University is thriving and, as it grows, it is creating even stronger connections with the communities it serves. Nowhere is the connection more evident than in the Envision TRU consultation launched by TRU’s new president, Brett Fairbairn, in March 2019. TRU is seeking input not just from the university’s students, faculty and staff, but from the two campus communities, Kamloops and Williams Lake, as well as the region. Fairbairn’s goal is to develop a new vision and institutional priorities that are specific to our place, people, mandate and stand apart from other universities. Fairbairn took the helm at TRU in late 2018 — a year that marked numerous steps forward in the university’s development. “One of the aspects of TRU that attracted me here was its connection to community. The relationship

between a university and the community it serves make both stronger and TRU has outstanding partnerships,” said Fairbairn. One of the brightest achievements of the last year was the attainment of a platinum rating in the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS) of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. That ranking was years in the making and put TRU in the lead for sustainability among all Canadian universities, as well as top out of the five institutions around the world that have achieved platinum status. Anyone visiting the Kamloops campus in the past year would also see the university’s expansion firsthand. Work on the $32-million Industrial Training and Technology Centre wrapped up just in time for it to open to students last fall. The 5,344-square-metre space has already welcomed students in mechanical,

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electrical, construction, refrigeration and cooling, instrumentation and power engineering programs. On the other side of TRU’s Kamloops campus, ground was broken on the Nursing and Population Health Building, which is expected to be completed in spring of 2020. The $37.6 million building will train the health-care professionals of the future in state-of-the-art facilities. It wasn’t all new buildings, either. Internal renovations began on the 50-year-old Old Main, which involved upgrading classrooms and other spaces to bring the campus’s oldest building up to modern-day standards. Students got access to more housing as TRU and the BC government announced the $37-million purchase of six rental complexes at Upper College Heights. Renovations are underway and the complex will open up to students just in time for the start of the fall 2019 semester. The project included some

units designed for families — a TRU first and an acknowledgement of the diversity of the students who are studying on campus. The Kamloops campus wasn’t the only change that TRU experienced in 2018. TRU announced a new chancellor, Nathan Matthew, former chief of the Simpcw First Nation near Barriere. As a former director of Aboriginal education at the university with years of experience in education and leadership, Matthew was a natural choice for this position. And, of course, there is the president himself. Coming to B.C. from the University of Saskatchewan, Fairbairn officially took over for former president Alan Shaver as of December. In less than a year, TRU will turn 50, with much to celebrate and look back on, but this university is also firmly set on looking ahead to a bright future. — submitted by TRU

CELEBRATING 25 YEARS IN KAMLOOPS Looking back on 25 years of business in Kamloops, Cameron Wilson of Gord’s Appliance and Mattress Centre reflects on where they started, and just how far they’ve come since. “We started in Kamloops on the North Shore, on Eighth Street,” he said. At the time they were just a Maytag Home Appliance Center, but even in 1994, they had a strong focus on service and building strong relationships with their customers. “From there we’ve grown,”

Mattress Centre stand out. Cam continued. “We’ve Because they’re not just in the brought in different brands. community, they’re part of it. Instead of one brand we represent 6 different brands.” The owners live here. The staff work and play here. Gord’s is also part of a And when you buying group “Our focus has always support local that has $850 been the same, to provide million in businesses, that buying power, a level of service to our financial support so customers customers that they’re stays right here in can rest not getting out there.” the community. assured they “The profit are getting the best products at gets reinvested back into Kamloops, it’s not going to a the best possible price. A strong commitment to corporate headquarters.” service and a connection to That community support the community continues to is part of what has allowed Gord’s Appliance and Mattress make Gord’s Appliance and

Centre to grow over the last quarter century. It’s what has allowed them to increase the number of brands they carry and introduce mattresses to their showroom. And continue the quality support that they’ve offered for 25 years. “You call us if you have a problem, you don’t have to call a toll free number.” And that means quick access to the people who can solve your problem. While more changes are sure to be on the way over the next 25 years, there’s one thing that’s going to stay the same.

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wo Story Robot is an interesting name for a business, but when asked about the origins of the moniker, company founder Jonathan Bowers struggled to find a simple answer. “It’s a fun-sounding name,” he said. “And that’s why we like it. The imagery that it affords is really nice.” But the web app development company does not work with robots and certainly does not tell stories to such machines. Bowers did suggest that some of the company’s software behaves like robots. “This robot might have two stories to tell,” he said. “And that’s sort of part of the ethos of how we operate. We’re always looking for more than one way in which to do

something, or more than one reason to do something.” For Bowers, that means taking on projects that might allow his staff to learn or experiment with new things, or tackling projects that are beneficial to the community, while also being profitable enough to keep the company going. One of those projects was recent work on the FirstVoices web site, an online archive of Indigenous languages. “The technology that they were using was really well aligned with our skill set,” Bowers said. “Everything they used and did, we also used and did, so it made sense to pursue because we didn’t have to learn anything new to do it. “And then that Two Story part is, any time there’s an opportunity to do some good in the world, whether it’s the First Nations language or

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maybe some environmental concern or some social thing, we’d love to be able to align with that.” Among its slate of current projects is work with Avalanche Canada. “We’ve been working with them for not quite a year,” Bowers said. “They have some tools that they use internally to help produce the reports that they put on their website to advise the public on avalanche conditions. We don’t work on the part that the general public would see. We work on the part that their internal avalanche forecasters use.” It is a project that meets the Two Story criteria, as many of the company’s employees are backcountry enthusiasts. “Almost half of our team are avalanche-trained,” Bowers said. “Kaileen [McCulloch] is the main

person on the Avalanche Canada project. She’s a Kamloops Search and Rescue volunteer, avid backcountry skier, does the avalanche training. Chad [Fawcett] also used to be KSAR. He’s got avalanche training. And then Omar [Kanji], who just started with us, has also just finished his avalanche-training certification.” Looking ahead, Bowers plans to shift his focus toward growing Two Story Robot. “I’ve learned over the past few months now that I need to spend more time focusing on the business rather than being in it,” he said. “Sort of removing myself as a bottleneck to some of the processes that we’ve set up and let the team just take the reins on lots of stuff. “My hope is that this year we’ll hire another three people, hopefully. That would be great. And then continue to grow.”


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Malls shifting toward exterior access


amloops shoppers have noticed a shift in local malls, with exterior access increasingly the norm. “Strip malls are thriving,” Northills Shopping Centre property manager Rick Halliday said. “We’re a good example of that.” The shopping centre in the heart of the North Shore has more recently seen the addition of Booster Juice and Edo Japan, with a BC Cannabis Store on the way. Interior mall space is more difficult to fill, due to a desire from customers for quick access and egress to an from their destinations. A similar trend has been seen at Sahali Mall, with one tenant — Thompson Tailors — that previously had inside space moving to the former Canada Post location, which has exterior access. The face of the mall has dramatically changed in recent

years, with the addition of Planet Fitness and Jump 360. Up the hill, questions loom over what will fill the vacant space left by the departure of Sears. The longtime department store shuttered in the fall of 2017 and left a sizeable 120,000-square-foot vacancy across two floors in the mall. Mall management remains mum on which companies will arrive as recent activity to renovate the two-storey space in preparation for pending tenants continues. One thing that has been made clear, however, is that more than one tenant will be moving in. KTW has learned that Marshalls and a grocery store will be among the tenants. Aberdeen Mall general manager Sandra Neufeld expects a busy year at the mall in 2019. Sephora joined the mall last year, following the closure of Le Chateau.

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ven after 21 years, Jo Berry can’t stop thinking about — and planning for — the future of Boogie the Bridge. And the next stage in Boogie’s growth is all about destination running. “A lot of us get into this destination running thing,” said the founder of Boogie. “You put running together with travel and it’s like, boom. It’s so much fun. And it’s really an attractor. Each city has a signature event and Boogie is our signature event, but we’ve been so challenged to get the word out outside of the community.” That means social-media marketing, getting ads into running magazines and encouraging running bloggers to take part in Boogie and write about the experience. But because Boogie is also a

fundraising platform, it can be difficult to put money into that kind of marketing. “It’s challenging because you want to give those two $25,000, $30,000 checks per year to charity,” she said. “But at the same time, you need the money to get out there and buy advertising and do all that. How do you put all the money out to get the people to come, like digital marketing and all that, and still give a lot of money to charity?” Berry has a good idea of what success will look like once she gets there. “Ultimately, to see 10,000 runners five years from now if we can really attract the outside market,” she said. “Within the interior, it lines up really good with the race series in B.C.” Berry is also looking to the younger generation to help carry Boogie into the future. “I’m thinking of it as a legacy, as

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the next generation to take it on,” she said. “Every generation gets smarter and they have so many skills and it actually really excites me.” Berry shared a story showing just how young some of Boogie’s youngest supporters have been over the years. “We had these two kids come to the Expo and they had done 16 Boogies,” she said. “Their moms would push them in a stroller. And now they were these really elite little 5Kers. They were about 17 years old. They came up to us, and they said, you know, this is our 16th Boogie? And we got the whole Expo, we were like, look at these kids. “They’re runners. Their moms had introduced them to this fun way of movement and fitness. And then it became a lifestyle for them.” That’s a lifestyle that Berry believes can lead to better mental and physical health. She said running can be a form of therapy and that’s pretty

well described in Boogie’s tagline: Movement is Change. “Our society has accelerated to be more open about that,” she said. “Like, there’s different modalities that you can use to be healthy. People are becoming more self-aware on what’s happening for them emotionally, mentally, and how that’s triggering disease. It’s so connected.” Boogie has grown considerably over the last 21 years, attracting almost 3,000 participants in the most recent runs. And Berry is sure that even bigger, better, and cooler stuff is sure to happen in the years ahead. “Just because we’re a smaller community doesn’t mean we can’t put it on a fabulous event.” For more information on the annual event, which features one-kilometre, five-kilometre, 10-kilometre and 21-kilometre distances, go online to

Groundbreaking 2018 Lyons Landscaping has been serving Kamloops and Western Canada with award-winning workmanship and customer service since 1995. We strive to become the leader in full-service landscape design, development, installation, and year round maintenance of landscapes and properties within our region in the next 3 years. 2018 was truly a ground-breaking year for Lyons and here are some key performance indicators. We completed our largest commercial exterior project to date (Commons Park at Predator Ridge: Vernon, BC). We hosted our 4th annual and most attended Community Fundraising Event to date (Halloween Family Fireworks Night for the Kamloops Food Bank and United Way). The Kamloops Chamber of Commerce awarded Lyons Landscaping ‘Business of the Year’, ‘Employer of the Year’, and ‘Best Retailer 11+ Employees’. We were recognized as the ‘#1 Landscaper in Kamloops’ for the 10th consecutive year (KTW Readers’ Choice). We invested in BC’s first snow-melter making the winter services of our operation greener. We increased our property size by 5 acres to expand both our construction division and garden centre retail front to serve our clients better. Lastly, we completed our first full season of “EVERYTHING DELICIOUS” which is our local produce market, offering everything from fresh corn, veggies, fruits, bakery, jams, oils, and more! We are committed to continue building stronger communities in which we work, by investing time and profits to providing food (Grow a Row), education (ICCHA Wish Fund, RIH), and assistance (Heart & Stroke) to those in need. We are committed to valuing our clients’ vision, time, and budget by involving them in every step of the way – earning respect, trust, and loyalty in the process. We hereby commit to a 100% response rate and guarantee no dropped inquires.

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The decade-long roar at Hillside

B.C. Lions will hold training camp here for 10th straight year For the 10th straight year, the B.C. Lions will be in Kamloops for their training camp. And the 2019 season is definitely a new day for the club as it has made monumental off-season moves designed to compete this season for a seventh Grey Cup. By bringing back starting quarterback Mike Reilly via free agency and installing an almost entirely new coaching staff — led by DeVone Claybrooks — interest in the Leos is higher than it has been in years. Training camp will begin on May 18 and run through June 5 at Hillside Stadium. Between those dates will be the ever-popular FanFest, when kids and their families flood the field to learn from the Lions, grab some cool swag and energize with free hamburgers and

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hot dogs. The new-look Lions will undoubtedly draw plenty of interest from hardcore fans, many of whom plan vacations to coincide with training camp. That is a portion of the economic spinoff the 65-year-old CFL team brings to the city. But the total worth to Kamloops from having the Lions in town each year is about $300,000 annually, according to City of Kamloops’ parks and civic facilities manager Jeff Putnam. The Lions are here for nearly a month, spending money at restaurants, night clubs, the movies and malls. In addition, there are the numerous companies with which the club does business to factor into the economic equation.

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The city will pay the team $50,000 in 2019 and $55,000 in 2020 to hold training camp in Kamloops. Terms of the deal dictate Kamloops is promoted in game programs and on the Jumbotron at Lions’ home games at BC Place Stadium and the city receives $10,000 in tickets, which are sold or given to charities for fundraising. The Leos practise at Hillside Stadium, use the Tournament Capital Centre’s facilities and sleep and eat at Thompson Rivers University, a onestop shop that is proving tough for other communities to beat. Taylor Scovill (left) and Rachel Cocker hang out with Leo the Lion during the annual FanFest at Hillside Stadium. Allen Douglas/KTW file




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n 2018, $3.4 billion was spent in British Columbia to produce motion pictures for screen and streaming media. Of that total, less than a third of one per cent was spent in Kamloops. Peter Cameron-Inglis, CEO and executive producer at Mastermind Studios on Laval Crescent, said it could be more — and should be more. “The demand in British Columbia was multiples of that,” he said. “We did not even achieve 25 per cent of what the demand was.” A big part of Cameron-Inglis’ plan for Mastermind Studios — which he has dubbed Vision 2021 — is getting a bigger chunk of that entertainment industry money. “By the end of 2021 we would like to have our facilities expanded out to more than 60,000 square feet,” he said. “We’re at about 20,000 right now, so we plan on adding another 20,000 square foot soundstage and another 21,000 square foot soundstage. “We would like to grow the crew manifest of qualified local crew for the region to be in excess of 2,021 people. And, over the course of the next three years, we would like to see

produced in this region 2,021 minutes of finished film and streaming media.” The team at Mastermind is already well on its way completing some of those goals. In January of 2018, CameronInglis noted, there were fewer than 60 people qualified to set foot on to a union film set in the Kamloops region. Today, there are in excess of 350 qualified workers. “We hope that by September, our hybrid accelerated film school program will be starting to launch,” he said. And Cameron-Inglis doesn’t use the word “accelerated” lightly. The plan is for Mastermind’s program to pack all that learning into 19 days. “So, it’s 19 days of 16-hour days straight, no breaks, because that’s what the industry is like,” he explained. “You work 16-hour days, seven days a week, to the end of that production. So we’re planning on rolling out a film school that follows that same suit and trains for position specific. “If we need more grip and lighting people, there’s a component of that

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film school that’s just focused on training those people that are there to learn grip and lighting. If we need more people on the AD side or script writing, we’re training those specific things, not trying to train everybody in everything.” It’s an approach meant to get people out of school and into wellpaying positions on a film set as quickly as possible. And, Cameron-Inglis stresses, these are indeed well-paying jobs. “The starting wage for an electrician in the gaffing department is $60 an hour, so these are really good-paying jobs,” he said. “Hair and makeup makes two, three times what they do in a salon in this industry. “A production assistant is the lowest entry-level job in the film industry. That’s everything from running around picking up garbage. “This would be a minimum-wage job in any other industry. This is a $20 an hour job in this industry.” It is, according to Cameron-Inglis, an industry that Kamloops needs — and not only because of the wages. “The industry is green, the industry is sustainable and the industry is in high demand,” he said.

But, Cameron-Inglis added, if it’s going to work in Kamloops, he can’t do it by himself. “I don’t understand why this region has not invested in this sector, but it needs to,” he said. “I’ve been screaming about this for years and years and years and pushing for that investment for years and years and years to be made by other companies, by our municipal and regional districts. “But there’s only so much money to go around. We can’t wait for government to do it for us. We need to do it ourselves,” he said. “So far, as a private enterprise entity, I’m the only one that’s making the investment in that community, but I’m setting it up as an incubation centre and rallying other businesses to the cause that we will help to support, like Askem Talent, like GK Sound, like Emerald City, so that we can grow it together. “We’re not going to be able to grow the industry unless the entire community gets behind it,” CameronInglis said. “And that means that the local business community needs to get behind what we’re doing here it can’t just be us.”


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Wildlife Park sees record attendance


warm winter helped the BC Wildlife Park surpass its record annual attendance last year. The park’s annual numbers hit 105,160 visitors in 2018, surpassing a previous record set in 2015 at 103,198 attendees. BC Wildlife Park general manager Glenn Grant said Wildlights jumped by 7,000 visitors over the previous year, due to mild winter weather, with a total of 18,000 people taking in the holiday light display at the park. “When it’s 20 below, it’s 30 below, people don’t want to come here and walk around at night,” Grant said. A series of multi-day special events, including Boo at the Zoo over Halloween, helped to boost park attendance, while summer days were slower due to a second year in a row of wildfire smoke. “All the other events boosted it and made it overall a really, really

successful year,” Grant said. More visitors positively impact the park’s bottom line. On average, Grant said, each person who walks through the doors brings in about $10. Park attendance in 2017 was 95,900 visitors, leading to a nearly $100,000 boost in 2018. The extra cash will pay off debt from the previous year — the park lost $60,000 in 2017 — and go into reserves for major park repairs, such as habitat improvements, an animal holding area and more. A couple of donations this year will also result in a mini-golf course being built at the park. When the waterslides were still open next door about 12 years ago, a mini-golf course on the property was popular, Grant said. He said the nine-hole course will be built near the playground in time for summer, an activity he expects will be well-used by families who frequent the park along.

Dawson the grizzly is among the attractions that brought more than 105,000 visitors to the BC Wildlife Park last year.

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BACK TO THE LAND This is a program which involves both Elders and Youth to return to the land to harvest traditional foods such as medicines, teas, roots, berries, fish and meat in a respectful manner while it is in season. They will learn from the Elders how to use the foods gathered when it is fresh and different ways to preserve these items and different ways to prepare them from a preserved state. Food that is gathered and preserved will be shared with families, elders, TREC School and the Friendship Centre.

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FRIENDSHIP SOCIETY programs, supports and activities to in Urban Aboriginal Peoples EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM The team for this program consists of a Family Support Worker, Cultural Family Support Worker and a Holistic Nutrtionist. These workers provide in-home and in-office support for families that have children aged 0-6 years. ECD helps connect families that may feel alone and who have little support within their community. By hosting events, lunches, and workshops they encourage people to meet new friends and expand their circles of support. The Under the Eagle’s Wing is a drop in basis for children ages 0-6 from 10:00AM-to 12:00 Noon every Monday. HEALTHY BEGINNINGS PROGRAM The Healthy Beginnings Family Support Work will work directly with Aboriginal and nonAboriginal families whose children are 0-6 years old living in conditions of risk to have improved health and social development, services offered: infant massage, Parent and Tot Play Group, Mother Goose, prenatal and post-natal. Expecting moms and/or their partners may access prenatal information about pregnancy, labour and delivery, baby care, and postpartum care of Mom.Infant massage classes are a relaxing way to help Caregivers bond with their babies. These classes are also soothing for babies that suffer from colic or frequent upset tummies. These classes are offered as a 5 week series. There is also a Parent & Tot Play group that is a drop in basis from 10:00AM-12:00Noon every Thursday. FAMILY PRESERVATION AND YOUTH SERVICES The team members: Team Leader/Family Support Worker, Family Preservation Worker, Youth Worker and Outreach Support Worker. All our support workers in this program provide culturally appropriate services to children, youth and their families that need support. This team provides support services to Child Protection, Guardianship, Youth Services, some of the services offered are: Individual Counseling, Family Counseling, Family Court Advocacy, Parenting workshops, Crisis Intervention, In-home and Office Visits.


YOUTH SERVICES FAMILY PRESERVATION PROGRAM The Youth Worker will develop and maintain supportive working relationships with Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal Youth at risk. Youth will be provided with information that will assist them to access educational, employment, social and recreational opportunities. Services may include but not limited to resume writing, community recreational activities Youth gatherings, cultural arts and crafts. Information Workshops are provided as well. OUTREACH SUPPORT WORKER The Outreach support worker is part of the Family Preservation and ECD teams and is unique and is geared towards increasing healthy birth outcomes, enhancing parenting skills and supporting child development. By working with the family, community in a holistic approach we can help build strong and healthy families, by providing in-home support, the worker can offer counseling that teaches parents appropriate parenting skills, and behavior management. Referrals from MCFD, SCFS, Maternity Clinic, RIH, Public Health and community doctors are our priority. A CHILD’S ROOTS ARE FOREVER PROGRAM The Roots Worker will work directly with Aboriginal children and youth who are in care with the Ministry for Children and Family Development and Secwepemc Child & Family Service. The program is also, there to ensure that each child in the Ministries care, are provided with a strong foundation based on their cultural, spiritual, mental and emotional traditional teachings, while also supporting and encouraging the connection for Aboriginal children with their family, extended family and Aboriginal community. ELDER’S ARTS AND CRAFTS Every Tuesday come on over and join our elder’s crafts from 10:00AM-1:00PM snacks, drinks and lunch are provided. This is a good time to come and socialize and meet new friends.

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AFTER SCHOOL DRUMMING GROUP This is an after school drum group for children 6-12 years old. They learn how to play a drum sing traditional aboriginal songs. The drum group meets once per week after school from 3:00PM-4:15PM every Wednesday. Each child that attends on a regular basis and is an active participant in the group is awarded with making their very owndrum. Pre-registration is required for this group. EDUCATION AND CULTURAL DEPARTMENT Our Cultural Coordinator provides culturally appropriate services that promote and ensure positive educational experiences for students through the School District #73. They will offer support and assistance to First Nations Support workers and are involved in the planning and organization of cultural events. (ARCH) AFFORDABLE RECREATIONAL COMMUNITY HEALTH PROGRAM Program that allows low income families to participate in all of the Kamloops Parks and Recreation Activities at a more affordable cost to them. To apply you need to show photo I.D for the applicant and birth certificates of all family members, a current utility bill for proof of address, and all adult applicants last years’ income tax assessment to prove income eligibility. Application forms are now available at 125 Palm street ADDICTIONS COUNSELING Addictions Counselling Program provides one-to-one counseling for individuals who are seeking support and information for recovery from an alcohol or drug addiction. Services from the alcohol and drug counselor include counseling, referral to treatment centers, in-house referrals, information support and prevention.This program has assisted men, women, youth and elders in the journey to sobriety.

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Award-winning movers and shakers on local tourism scene Believe it or not, it all started with a bottle of wine. When Maatje Stamp-Vincent and her husband Gordon bought their home in Juniper Ridge in 2013, the previous owners left behind a bottle of wine from a local winery as a present. From that gift came the question, what if we started to do wine tours? And from that question rose TasteFull Excursions Inc. The company is owned and operated by Maatje and Gordon Stamp-Vincent — CEO/ Tour Director and CFO/Shuttle Director, respectively. As the first Kamloops-based wine tour operator serving the wineries in the Thompson Valley (Kamloops Wine Trail) and Shuswap region, TasteFull Excursions is recognized as the “trailblazer” by local media and the business community. A successful first wine tour season in 2014 led to providing winter ski shuttles from Kamloops Airport to Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing Resort and Canadian Mountain Holidays. Within three years, the ski shuttle business grew exponentially by securing a multi-year contract with Sun Peaks Resort. The fleet now includes two Mercedes Sprinters and nine Ford Transits.

TasteFull Excursions transports as many as 200 guests per day arriving at Kamloops Airport who required shuttle services to and from a variety of BC ski resorts. TasteFull Excursions now operates from an office and vehicle bay at the Kamloops Airport with 25 to 30 drivers. The branded vehicles are a familiar sight in the region. In addition to scheduled shuttle services, TasteFull Excursions also offers a variety of private charter experiences including golf shuttles, wedding shuttles, corporate shuttles, and pre- or post-conference activities. With a fleet of 11 vehicles, we are open to a range of custom tour configurations. New tour packages include: “Sketch & Sip” with local artist Marc Brzustowski plus Hands Up! Trains & Trails partnering with the Heritage Railway Society. As a valued and award-winning member of the business community, TasteFull Excursions supports many local charities and events like Iron Sommelier Kamloops, and Chefs in the City and is a proud season sponsor of the Kamloops Symphony Orchestra. TasteFull Excursions are passionate about their role as tourism ambassadors.


Maatje and Gordon Stamp-Vincent “In today’s globally competitive tourism industry, savvy companies understand the critical importance of the customer experience and its relationship to their business success. TasteFull Excursions is one such company that consistently strives to not only meet, but to exceed customer expectations in each interaction with their products and service. They do this by anticipating customer needs, innovative situational problem solving, taking risks, listening and responding to customer feedback and questions and always working to creating remarkable experiences for their guests.” ~ Arlene Keis, CEO, Go2HR, Vancouver, BC (Delivers the BC Superhost Program)


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25th Annual PROGRESS


A year of improvements at Kamloops Airport



amloops Airport enjoyed a banner year for growth and good news in 2018. New air service and investments in airport amenities were among the many milestones celebrated throughout the year, which ended on a high note with an impressive passenger traffic increase of 10.6 percent over the previous year. Thanks to strong performance from the airport’s airline partners — Air Canada, Central Mountain Air and WestJet — Kamloops Airport welcomed 351,631 passengers in 2018, travelling to destinations including Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto, a new non-stop seasonal summer service operated by Air Canada that was welcomed enthusiastically by travellers on either ends of the route. This service is set to return for summer 2019, with flights beginning on June 20. Information about the flight is available on, the airport’s refreshed website, also

Kamloops Airport managing director Ed Ratuski launched in 2018. 2018 also saw the return of topnotch floatplane facilities to Kamloops Airport, thanks to updates made to the lower docks, upper deck, gangway and launch to promote safe and efficient operations. Constructed by local partner Triton Docks, the facilities offer safer and better access to the airport for floatplanes, as well as boat launch capability for licensed boaters and new park space with bench seating and picnic spots for the community to enjoy. Another improvement is a pair of

rainbow crosswalks. A universal symbol of inclusion, the colourful crosswalks lead to and from the terminal building, offering a friendly first and last impression to all visitors. And regular airport visitors will notice that the iconic 419 Squadron CF-5 Moose has taken up residence in a new place of prominence at Kamloops Airport. With the moving expertise of local businesses A&T Projects and RKM Crane, this historic landmark now lives in the airport traffic circle, a highly visible tribute to the community’s legendary Moose Squadron. As part of the airport’s upcoming 80th anniversary, officials plan to host a re-dedication event for the CF-5. The first few months of 2019 have brought a transition in leadership at Kamloops Airport. Longtime resident and former operations manager Ed Ratuski has returned to his hometown as Managing Director, following a three-year period working with the operational readiness team at the

massive terminal redevelopment project underway at New York’s LaGuardia Airport. Like Kamloops Airport, LaGuardia Terminal B is part of Vantage Airport Group’s global network. Ed takes the reins from Heather McCarley, who over the past 18 months has led the Kamloops Airport team during an unprecedented period of growth and vibrancy. Heather will now transition to director of operations with Vantage Airport Group, a role which offers continued connections to Kamloops Airport. This exciting leadership transition not only acknowledges the expertise and accomplishments of both Ed and Heather, but positions Kamloops Airport for continued safe, efficient and friendly operations as it connects the community to the world. To stay up-to-date on all things Kamloops Airport, visit or follow @ kamloopsairport on Twitter and Facebook.

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amloops Airport is flying high after surpassing its passenger record last year. The airport welcomed more than 351,000 people through Fulton Field in 2018, a nearly 11 per cent spike over 2017. “I believe we will see similar numbers in 2019,” outgoing managing director Heather McCarley previously told KTW. “I’m sure we can attain that.” McCarley herself is soaring to new heights career-wise, with a move to the Lower Mainland for a corporate job with Vantage Airport Group, which operates Kamloops Airport. Her time at Kamloops Airport was short-lived, with just 18 months in the River City. She has been succeeded by former airport operations

manager Ed Ratuski, who worked in that role from 2010 to 2016, before flying off for opportunity to work at LaGuardia Airport in the Big Apple. The Kamloops resident has more than 25 years of aviation experience. It will be up to Ratuski to continue to advocate for new routes to places like Edmonton, Seattle and Victoria, in addition to increased flight frequencies. Direct seasonal flights between Kamloops and Toronto that began in 2018 will return between June and September of this year. A reduction in the Kamloopsto-Vancouver flights, however, is also expected. Additionally, Kamloops Airport is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year.

The Kamloops Airport saw an 11 per cent increase in passengers last year. KTW file photo

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Off-season growth means record tourism year Todd Sullivan


t was another record year for tourism in Kamloops in 2018, according to Monica Dickinson, director of industry relations and communications at Tourism Kamloops. This aligns with similar tourism growth both provincially and nationally. It was the third consecutive year of growth for the city, which saw 1.85 million visitors come through Kamloops at an increase of 4.5 per cent over the previous year. When it comes to tourism spending, that translates to nearly a half-billion dollars brought into the Kamloops economy, with $282 million of direct visitor spending. Eight out of 12 months recorded revenue growth, mostly in off-peak months, which is where Tourism Kamloops had been focusing on driving growth. Dickinson says this trend is

expected to continue in 2019. “We’re projecting another 3.5 per cent growth in revenue,” she said. That number is in line with national growth expectations of four to six per cent. Tourism Kamloops has a few tourism initiatives planned for 2019, many of them based on encouraging local residents to be ambassadors for their own cities. “We know the power of word of mouth is really what supports the industry in consumers making decisions for travel,” Dickinson said. This kind of word of mouth marketing is what’s behind their Together In Tourism campaign.

The campaign involves engaging with the business community and elected officials to help them understand the importance of tourism to the community. They also urged have in their back pocket a list of things going on in the community, so when they’re out talking to friends or family, or even visitors to the community, they can answer questions about their city. A similar campaign, called Luv’n the Loops, will introducing locals to some of the great amenities and getaways that are in the region through guided tours, so some Kamloops residents will be even better informed about what’s

available in the region. Recent polls suggest residents believe investing in the tourism industry makes economic sense. For example, 94.5 per cent of residents thought tourism had a positive economic impact on Kamloops, while 86.7 per cent thought money spent to attract tourists was a good investment. Interestingly, the poll also showed that 77 per cent of residents supported the idea of a conference centre for Kamloops, a project that could also help bring tourism dollars to the city. “When we look at building tourism outside of peak season, one of the largest opportunities is through meetings and conference hosting,” Dickinson said. Though they continue to market across B.C. and Alberta, Tourism Kamloops looks to spend 2019 working to open new opportunities for tourism in the city.

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Spirit of Kamloops on track for 2o19


ast year was a record-setting run for the Kamloops Heritage Railway’s 2141 Spirit of Kamloops steam train — even with the wildfire-fuelled smoky summer While a regular summer of runs of the train would see about 100 riders every time the train crosses the South Thompson River, with Billy Miner’s gang in pursuit, last summer saw an average of 170 passengers in the 220-seat capacity Spirit of Kamloops. Jordan Popadynetz, the heritage railway’s manager of events and experiences, said more than 4,000 people rode the rails during the summer’s thrice-weekly departures between July 1 and Sept. 14. And many more climbed aboard for the railway’s ever-popular Ghost Train during the Halloween season and Christmas Train in December. The key to the passenger increase, Popadynetz said, is increased efforts in getting the word out about the 2141. “This gem is right here in our own backyard and it’s kind of our little secret,” he said. “Let’s get it out there. So we worked really closely with Tourism Kamloops, more than we had been. We are a premier attraction in the city and we have the only operating steam engine of its kind in the world.” “The majority [of riders] are still local — Kamloops and around B.C.,” he said. “But had a big increase in people from the Okanagan Valley, the Island and the Vancouver area.” To find out what is new with the old 2141 this year, go online to kamrail.

City’s accommodation sector stable Industry association predicts moderate continued growth


he city’s accommodation sector has remained stable in recent years. “2018 was another positive year on average for our accommodation partners in the Kamloops Accommodation Association,” said Tyson Andrykew, the association’s president. “We saw our average occupancy increase by nearly three per cent, resulting in total annual occupancy of just under 64 per cent for the market. “Despite the challenges that large-scale projects like the TransMountain expansion have run into that have impacted accommodation forecasts, we continue to see increases in our leisure and corporate markets. Andrykew also notes the addition of a new hotel to the city, as Wingate by Wyndham began welcoming guests in April 2018.

“As we look forward to 2019 and beyond, our association anticipates that we’ll continue to see an increase in visitation and hotel stays, although there are some areas of concern,” he said. “The impact of the fire season for the previous two years is of the utmost concern, as we worry what the perception could become of the area if we continue to experience smokefilled skies during the middle of the summer season.” Andrykew also said work like the renovation and rebranding of what was Hotel 540 — now under the Delta banner — will push competition in the market. “We look forward to the addition of this well-established brand to the Kamloops market,” he said. “We hope it will raise the bar of all accommodations in Kamloops as we move forward.”

The Rocky Mountaineer brings 100,000 tourists to Kamloops annually. KTW file photo

ALL ABOARD “THE SPIRIT OF KAMLOOPS” FOR 2019! Experience “Time Travel” onboard the 2141 steam locomotive and her train of heritage coaches. This one-hour railtour features spectacular views of the North Thompson River and sweeping landscapes of the Kamloops valley. Onboard the train, historical commentary and saloon girls will keep you entertained as our 1912 engine steams along. Beware however, masked bandits are seen on every trip!








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amloops may be Canada’s Tournament Capital, but the community could also be dubbed the Festival City of B.C. The following is a partial list of events that make Kamloops the go-toplace for festival fun: Kamloops Film Festival Early March The Kamloops Film Festival takes place over 10 days and features about 20 films each year. Hosted at the Paramount Theatre in downtown Kamloops, at Victoria Street and Fifth Avenue, the event features award-winning films on the festival circuit from directors all over the world. The festival also features two subfestivals, the Kamloops Independent Short Short (KISS) Film Fest, which features local filmmakers’ short film productions presented on the big screen, and DarkFest, which screens a selection of terrifying flicks from

the horror genre. The festival is typically held at the beginning of March each year. For more information, go online to Kamloops Cowboy Festival Mid-March Kamloops Cowboy Festival organizers say it’s the biggest festival of its kind in the entire country. A big part of the festival is its Western art and gear show, which features exhibitors like the B.C. Cowboy Heritage Society, the B.C. Rodeo Association, the historic town of Barkerville, Cariboo Saddlery, Farmhouse Collectibles, Kactus Western Wear, silversmith Richard Tenisch of Merritt and more than 20 others. If you’re just looking to be entertained, you’ve got options. Dinner is served each evening with a show, plus there’s music and entertainment on the schedule every

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day — and most of the performers are working cowboys. You’ll also be able to see the induction of cowboy notables into the B.C. cowboy hall of fame. The festival is held at the Coast Kamloops Hotel and Conference Centre in Aberdeen, at 1250 Rogers Way. For more information, go online to Kamloops Wine Festival Late May This year, the Kamloops Wine Festival will celebrate its 21st year. In past years, the event has offered tastings from local wineries, including Harper’s Trail, Monte Creek Ranch, Privato and Sagewood Winery, food events with canapés, tapas and multi-course meals and events related to the arts. This year, the festival will run from May 25 to June 1 at the Coast Kamloops Hotel and Conference

Centre, 1250 Rogers Way in Aberdeen. For more information, go online to Kamloops Komedy Festival Summer Join some of the industry’s best and brightest stand-up comedians from across Canada and the United States as they gather in Kamloops to deliver some laughs. Past comedians at the festival include Shaun Majumder, Mike Delamont, Erica Sigurdson, Leland Klassen and Matt Folk. This year will mark the fourth annual festival, which was started by comedian Leland Klassen. Watch for ticket information and this year’s lineup in June or July. For more information, go online to



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CONTINUES FROM PAGE 57 Kamloops International Buskers Festival Late July The Kamloops International Buskers Festival will return for its second year. Previously hosted in Victoria, the International Buskers festival has come inland to Kamloops. The family-oriented festival will be held over four days, welcoming street performers from across Canada, Europe and Australia. Performers include acrobats, magicians, jugglers, hula hoops, musicians and more. Don’t miss acts like the Hockey Circus Show, Bendy Em, the Silver Starlets and others. There are two stages planned for Riverside Park, plus a number of busk stops along Victoria Street. This year, the festival will run from July 25 to July 28. The event is free to attend, but gratuities to performers are encouraged. For more information, go online to Kamloops Ribfest August This annual smorgasbord of beef, pork and chicken typically features a half-dozen ribbers from across country, who come to the River City to cook up some smoky BBQ goodness. Vendors are judged by a panel for best ribs and best sauce, with voting for people’s choice taking place throughout the event. Tents will be set up in Riverside Park for refuge from the summer heat. This year, the festival runs from Aug. 9 to Aug. 11, running each day from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. For more information, go online to Kamloops Dragon Boat Festival August With the convenience and beauty of the Riverside Park launching area and the challenge of the flowing Thompson River, the Kamloops

Dragon Boat Festival has plenty to offer competitors and viewers alike. Catch dozens of teams of paddlers racing on the Thompson over the weekend event as they compete for the gold. This year’s event will take place on Aug. 10. For more information, go online to BrewLoops Late September It’s a beer, bike and live music festival that says it’s here to celebrate Kamloops culture. And there’s food, too. Featuring events like the bike pub crawl and block party, the festival hosts events all around the River City, all stocked with local brews and food. There are also seminars, live music and ,last year, even a homebrew competition. For more information, go online to Words Alive Kamloops November The event, formerly known as the Kamloops Writers Festival, has taken on a new name. Organizer Lindsay Curry said Words Alive Kamloops was chosen because in addition to the traditional workshops for writers, the event will also focus on readers. Each year, guest authors from the region and beyond gather to meet with readers and other writers to talk about their craft. Through panel discussions, mix and mingle events and readings, those attending can gain some insight into the writing world. Last year featured authors Sam Wiebe, Corinna Chong, Tariq Hussain, Kerry Gilbert and Dennis Staginnus. Other past authors of note include the late Richard Wagamese, Anne DeGrace, Lorna Crozier and Michael V. Smith. Dates for this year’s festival are still to be announced. For more information, go online to

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Soccer the first pick for young athletes


inor sports are the bedrock of the Tournament Capital athletics scene. Thousands of children enrol each year in sports, including track and field, judo, baseball, hockey, soccer, gymnastics, baseball, swimming and more. Leading the way in registration numbers are the Kamloops Youth Soccer Association, Kamloops Minor Hockey Association, Kamloops Gymnastics and Trampoline Centre and Kamloops Minor Baseball Association. The KYSA reported about 3,000 registrations last season, while the KMHA had about 1,300, the KGTC had more than 1,000 and KMBA attracted about 700 in 2018, up from 628 in 2017 and 560 in 2016. Last year, the KMBA established its first all-girls baseball team, the Pink

Panthers. The Kamloops Minor Fastball Association had more than 100 registrants ages five to 19 in 2018, most of them girls. Organizations such as the Kamloops Gymnastics and Trampoline Centre, Kamloops Classic Swimming club, Kamloops Community Football and Kamloops Track and Field Club benefit from use of the Tournament Capital Centre, Canada Games Aquatic Centre and Hillside Stadium, venues that are expected to undergo renovation in the coming years. More than 460 athletes enrolled in KGTC programming this season — 213 in trampoline and 250 in artistic gymnastics. The KMHA and other hockey groups are in need of more space, especially with the shuttering of the private Ice Box Arena, but enjoy nice

In terms of registration numbers, KYSA led the way last year. Allen Douglas/KTW file facilities such as Sandman Centre and McArthur Island Sport and Event Centre. Youth tennis players are excelling at the Kamloops Tennis Centre, which will this summer host its first ITF World Tennis Tour Junior Circuit event. The Cliffside Climbing Gym recently sent athletes to youth national in Montreal earlier this year.

Soccer and baseball fields in Kamloops are among the best minorsports fields in the world. Kamloops was recognized internationally in November as the first Canadian municipality to win the Field of the Year Award from Sports Turf Managers Association for management of Norbrock Stadium.

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Joshua Knaack shows off his plans for a development at Spirit Square in North Kamloops. KTW file photo

Arpa is investing in the North Shore Company sees potential in often-overlooked area Todd Sullivan


he North Shore of Kamloops is undergoing an unparalleled resurgence. The area has grown more than 60 per cent since 2006, new construction projects have been popping up along Tranquille Road and the Kamloops North Shore Business Improvement Association is busy rebranding the area to simply The Shore. While there’s no single thing responsible for The Shore’s upswing, Joshua Knaak and his company, Arpa Investments, have been behind some of it. Knaak noted his company’s first project was The Vistas on Battle, a 34-unit condo project downtown at Battle Street and Eighth Avenue. “While we were doing that, the opportunity came up to pick up some

other pieces of property and it sort of seemed like all of them were in this North Shore area,” he said. Knaak and his partners, brothers Jasbir and Parmjit Mahal, now have a number of projects on the go along the Tranquille corridor, including The Station at 280 Tranquille Rd. and at Spirit Square. Knaak said it was during a sixmonth stay on Elm Avenue that he started to see the potential in the area. “That was when I started coming

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to Red Beard on a daily basis and there’s lots of different places that we sort of started to discover,” he said. “And that was when I would say I got the idea, when we really started to see the potential of what the North Shore has. Not just the potential, we saw what the North Shore has and the potential of what it could be and got acquainted with the community.” Knaak said Arpa Investments has probably five or six years of development already lined up for the North Shore, including affordable housing for seniors and 7,000 square feet of commercial space on the main floor of Spirit Square. And larger housing options are on their way. Knaak said a market survey of what people would want to see in the Spirit Square development yielded many requests for three-bedroom condos. “‘We have a family, we want

the walkability that the Tranquille corridor has to offer. And we want to be able to find that for our family,’” Knaak said in recounting response. He said the city’s stability played a role in drawing him to Kamloops. “You get that when one four of your six largest employers are government,” Knaak said. “I think nothing’s ever recession-proof, but I do like the stability of the market here.” Knaak is also happy to see the public’s impression of the North Shore changing. “I think that reputation is starting to change as people come over and say, it’s not scary over here,” he said. “There’s growth happening and I think that’s true throughout the city, really, but particularly here. It’s a place where re-development is really welcomed by the community.”


It’s not just about a building... it’s about building a community.

Arpa is excited to be building communities. Whether a project is a single family residential home carefully designed to maximize livability for the residents and provide a quality addition to the neighborhood, or for a larger, mixed use development that revitalizes an area through innovative design and quality construction, we are committed to the betterment of the communities we develop in. Our team understands that a game plan for transparent communication and well outlined milestones means that there are no surprises. We truly believe that “seeing is believing” which is why we encourage our prospective residential and commercial clients to view our projects to see the innovative design and the quality build of an Arpa Investments project.

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Flourishing in North Kamloops Mitch Forgie is growing his investment in The Shore Todd Sullivan


itch Forgie was among the first to see the potential of the North Shore when he opened the doors at Red Beard Café, the popular beer, food and coffee place at Tranquille and Yew. Now he’s doubling down on that location with Moustache and Go, a spot that will be dedicated to a speedy takeout menu aimed at the lunch crowd, while Red Beard focuses on customers who want to stay awhile and dine in. “When the building next door went up for sale, the obvious thing to do was, let’s buy the building and let’s put our takeout cafe right next door to us,” Forgie said. “So, now when those customers come in who have been coming here for years, we can say, oh, yeah, thanks for coming, but just step next door and they’ll be able to take care of your take-out order faster than we can, better than we can, because that’s what it’s designed for.” Forgie points to former North Shore Business Improvement Association manager Peter Mutrie as part of the reason for his own interest in the North Shore. “I think that he, probably, for me, had the most significant impact on the North Shore of anybody who’s ever been around in the last 15 years because he laid the groundwork,” Forgie said. “He started people talking about rediscovering the pedestrian environment of Tranquille, rediscovering the quality of our neighbourhood. “And Peter was just sort of a little bit ahead of his time.” In addition to Moustache and Go, Forgie also has plans for a popup cocktail lounge in Red Beard’s basement. Details for that plan will be solidified in the coming months.

Mitch Forgie, owner of Red Beard, is opening a takeout restaurant and plans to operate a cocktail lounge. KTW file photo

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At New Afton, we recognize that our success is dependent on the support we receive from our employees, First Nations partners and the local community of Kamloops. We achieved a lot in the last year, from completing our sixth year of commercial production to securing the restart of B3 development – a deeper ore body. Moving forward, we will be exploring future opportunities to extend the mine life with our C-zone project through further optimization and de-risking. As a company, New Gold prides itself on ensuring that the health and safety of our team remains a top priority. In 2018, New Afton reached one million hours Lost Time Injury free and was awarded the Overall Underground Mine Rescue and the Safest Large Underground Mine Award in recognition of our safe practices on site. Together with our employees and contractors, New Afton will continuously look to improve site safety in 2019. The team at New Afton was also awarded the Kamloops Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Resource Industry Award for our innovative programs and initiatives in 2018. The implementation of our autonomous scoops, a new ColdBlock assay technique and the site-wide Health and Safety stretching leaders programs were highlights that demonstrated our success through innovation, quality products and excellent employee relationships. In 2018, New Afton contributed $248,253 to local charities, community initiatives and area programs, including $20,000 for a new Para-Transit bus for People in Motion, $20,000 to the Nature Conservancy of Canada and $40,000 toward TRU’s Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council Industrial Research Chair - the first-ever in Ecosystem Reclamation. Together with communities of interest, we are looking to find ways to support the local community and create a sustainable legacy within the community. Entering 2019, New Afton is committed to deepening and strengthening relationships with our partners, the Stk’emlupsemc te Secwépemc Nation (SSN), and working together to create a better future. We pride ourselves on being responsible contributors to the local community through sponsorship and donations, environmental stewardship and engagement with local stakeholders – something that will continue to be a priority as we move toward a bright future.

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Full staff of police at detachment ‘We’ve maintained really good numbers,’ Lecky says


he city’s top cop is pleased to see the local RCMP detachment fully staffed, but he’s always looking for more resources. Syd Lecky said the Kamloops detachment’s staffing was constantly at or near 100 per cent — sometimes even over it — in 2018. The detachment is budgeted for 136 members and has consistently been above 130, with the number fluctuating based on leave and other factors. “I will never not look for additional resources because you can always do more,” Lecky said. “We’re pretty close to full capacity. We’ve maintained really good numbers.” And all those police officers now have more time on their hands thanks to the legalization of cannabis, according to RCMP data.

Lecky said a 21 per cent drop in drug offences is due largely to legalization. “The most significant is the change in legalization of marijuana,” he said. “No longer is that an offence.” According to Lecky, about 70 per cent of drug calls received by police used to be marijuana-related — ranging from teens smoking in an alley to major busts. Another factor, Lecky said, was the detachment’s decision in 2018 to focus drug investigations on players higher up the food chain, rather than on street-level dealers and users. “This past year, we were focused on a higher level,” he said. “That’s the reason for the changes.” Lecky also said police have recently seen drops in weapons offences and reported home break-and-enters, vehicle thefts and bike thefts.


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Kamloops Fire Rescue always on call


hether they are battling flames, rescuing motorists trapped in vehicles or conducting routine safety inspections, firefighters in Kamloops are always busy. Kamloops Fire Rescue typically responds to about 200 fires each year. The department’s members also conduct more than 2,500 safety inspections and in excess of 150 development reviews annually. Kamloops Fire Rescue employs about 129 full-time staff, 30 auxiliary members and 65 emergency volunteers, all of whom work out of seven halls KFR Assistant Chief Robb Schoular said 2018 was a busy year for the department, though total calls were down slightly from the two previous years. “We responded to about 6,900 calls,” Schoular said. “Of those, approximately 66 per cent were medical calls.” The total number of medical calls received dropped sharply in 2018,

Schoular said, because of a change in the policy of B.C. Emergency Health Services. In 2018, firefighters responded to 3,278 medical calls, down from 4,070 the year before. “That’s because EHS, they’ve changed their response model,” he said. “We’re being called less often for some calls.” Schoular said firefighters still respond to critical medical emergencies, but they no longer attend for less-serious situations. “Typically, it’s heart attacks and overdoses [that firefighters respond to], but the less critical, but still quite severe calls — shortness of breath, chest pain — we’re not being called for those now.” Schoular said the drop in calls has allowed KFR members to become more active in the community. “We’re doing a lot of proactive things and educational things,” he said, pointing to KFR’s Fire Smart campaign. “We can certainly fill the void.”

Along with fighting fires and responding to accidents, Kamloops firefighters can also be seen on the water, as they were during this 2014 river rescue when a boatload of people needed help getting to shore. KTW file photo

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My name is Chelsea Mann and I have been a REALTOR® in Kamloops for over 12 years. I grew up in this beautiful city, and am proud to call it home! Kamloops has so many amazing things to offer its residents. Great weather, access to any outdoor activity you could want and central location are just a few of the things that make Kamloops the perfect place to live, work, and play. It’s such a family oriented community and each neighbourhood has its unique qualities, so everyone can find their perfect place to call home. What I love about real estate is working with people. Whether it be finding them the perfect home, that fits with their unique wants and needs, or helping them sell their home, quickly and for the most money by attracting the perfect buyers! After all,

It’s Not Just A House, It’s Your Home! My past clients have described me as knowledgeable, reliable, honest and authentic, and I am beyond proud to have helped them through one of the most important moments in their life! It’s very important to me that buying or selling your home be as stress-free, happy and exciting as it can be! I approach life with a sense of humour, professional experience, and a drive to genuinely help my clients fulfill their dreams. If you’re buying or selling a home in Kamloops, I’d love to meet you and have an honest conversation about how I can help you move!

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Creating places that help our community thrive Since 1960, we’ve taken our promise to design with community in mind straight to the heart of Kamloops. Whether we’re revitalizing academic spaces, improving drinking water quality, accommodating ICU beds, or designing highway connections to other regions of the province, we balance the needs of Kamloops today with a passion for tomorrow. We’re more than architects, engineers, planners and environmental specialists. We’re community members, aiming to make a difference in the places we live and work. Learn more about how we’re contributing to the Kamloops community

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AMLOOPS TRANSFORMED SPCA BEGINS A NEW ERA Hayley Bennett Ortner, manager of community engagement for the Kamloops chapter of the BC SPCA, stands in the new, $6.5-million animal care centre. The new centre, on Tranquille Road across from the entrance to Kamloops Airport, has an April 5 grand opening planned and will replace the cramped confines of the former SPCA animal care centre on Eighth Street in North Kamloops. The 10,500-square-foot building has numerous features, including 12 shared apartments for dogs to encourage natural movement and socialization, five large cat rooms, designated areas for temperament and behaviour assessments and specialized isolation areas. The local branch is seeking help raising the final $300,000 to pay for the project. If you can help, go online to

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Growth is driving school district

SD73 is looking at expansion plan for Valleyview secondary


ecuring capital funding continues tom be a work in progress for the KamloopsThompson school district. New board chair Kathleen Karpuk, who has served as a trustee for years, believes SD73 is finally getting its capital needs on the Ministry of Education’s radar. “And this isn’t something that’s happened over the last six months, this is something we’ve been dedicatedly working on for the past couple of years,” said Karpuk. Now the province is considering a project development report from SD73 for an expansion of the overcrowded Valleyview secondary. Karpuk expressed confidence in the project getting the green light given recent comments from B.C. Education Minister Rob Fleming that it is a matter of when and not if.

Most recently, SD73 received provincial funding to upgrade boilers and dust collectors at area schools. SD73 has its sights set on a handful of other capital needs to deal with increasing enrolment in the future, having just adopted its long range facilities report, which calls for new schools in Sun Peaks, Pineview and an addition at Westmount. SD73 is already checking projects off the list, with the reopening of

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Westsyde elementary pegged for the fall to break up the overcrowded David Thompson elementary. Continued enrolment pressure has the district looking for short term solutions as well, earmarking 24 more portables and 13 repurposed rooms to combat space issues in a planned five-year rollout. Karpuk said trustees have spoken to the City of Kamloops about the expected growth in Pineview, which is why trustees are planning to one day erect a school in that area. “We’re always, continually working on things, and we get a lot done,” said Karpuk, noting recently held information sessions about the dangers of vaping and gangs. Among that work is SD73’s goal to achieve parity between Aboriginal and overall six-year high school completion rate: a gap that continues

to shrink year after year. Last year the aboriginal rate was 78 per cent compared to 88 per cent overall. “One of the big things we are working on right now is our equity project,” said Karpuk. “We are looking very closely at our Aboriginal students’ achievement. We are going through our entire district with a fine tooth comb right now to try and make sure that we don’t have policies, procedures and other barriers that are working against our First Nations students in achieving all that they can academically,” she said. The goal for 2019-2020 is to have both numbers at 90 per cent. Last fall’s election of a new school board brought in three new trustees and, Karpuk said, now that everyone has been brought up to speed, the board will be setting more goals in the coming months.


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Helping to make the city grow

Venture Kamloops aims to grow the community’s economy


enture Kamloops is working to grow the economy one store at a time. Its successful VK Accelerate program, which launched last year and helped to get the new retail shop Far and Wide off the ground downtown, will expand in 2019 from one business to many more applicants, all of whom are leaning on Venture Kamloops for business startup support. “This is our way to, one business at a time, build the economy with those storefronts,” Venture Kamloops executive director Jim Anderson said. That program and other initiatives stem from the economic-development organization’s new five-year plan, one that will be implemented through 2023. Focus will also continue to be on real-estate development, which

has been worked on for about two years. Venture Kamloops previously compiled a package of data and information to distribute to real-estate developers throughout B.C., highlighting Kamloops as an opportune place to build, attractive due to its land affordability. Anderson noted record-breaking construction values in Kamloops in 2018 and said Venture Kamloops will

work to quantify quality of life and lifestyle analysis this year to further attract investment, in addition to that affordability factor. As for the economy, Anderson projected two per cent annual growth in Kamloops over the next decade and touted the city for its economic diversity. The city relies heavily on natural resource extraction — mining, logging

and other resources — but health care, education, government services and tourism contribute to the fabric of that economic diversity. Anderson said diversity is important because it also helps to mitigate impacts of economic downturns. “All those things are pulling together to help the economy grow,” he said. Venture Kamloops provides confidential and complimentary support services to investors and entrepreneurs in order to promote economic development in the city. Additionally, its Start Here 3.0 program — a partnership with Open Door Group and Community Futures to ensure entrepreneurs receive guidance from the right source locally — will grow to include Kamloops Innovation.



JULY 6 - 7th, 2019

Kamloops companies are invited to join us for an Amazing Race Scavenger Hunt tournament on July 6-7 where your team will compete for glory, awesome prizes and the chance to support your favourite local charity!

From the water cooler warriors to the meeting bookers, the CEO to the rookie of the year, the brainy and the brawn, the introverts to the eager social committee – the Kamloops

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Kamloops is a big weather winner Those who live in the Tournament Capital already know the weather is one of the many fringe benefits that come with calling Kamloops home. And the favourable climate has not gone unnoticed by the folks at Environment Canada, which has drawn up what it calls Weather Winners. Using 30 years of weather data for Canada’s 100 largest cities, Environment Canada has crunched the numbers, resulting in a plethora of fun facts. For example, Kamloops is king of the summers, laying claim to having the hottest summer in the entire country with an average temperature of 26.94 C. Kamloops is also the second‑driest city in Canada — receiving only 279 millimetres of precipitation. Here are all the numbers that add up to a terrific Tournament Capital.

HOW WE RANK Hottest summer Coldest winter Coolest summer Mildest winter Coldest spring Coldest year-round Warmest year-round Most freezing days Fewest freezing days Most hot days (30°C+) Most cold days (<-20°C) Most hot and cold days Warmest spring Warmest fall Wettest city (rain/snow) Driest city Snowiest city Lowest snowfall Snowiest fall Snowiest spring Snowfall % of precip. Rainiest city Most wet days Most very wet days Most dry days Most snow days Fewest snow days


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Big Bear Child & Youth Advocacy Project

A Child & Youth Advocacy Centre (CYAC) is in development for Kamloops and Surrounding Area

The Big Bear CYAC (BB CYAC) is in development with an advisory committee that is comprised of the BB CYAC society, Kamloops RCMP, Ministry for Children & Family Development, Secwépemc Child & Family Services, Interior Health, City of Kamloops, and Thompson Rivers University (Canada Research Chair in Culture and Communities: Children and the Law). We are excited to announce that DAA Lii Michif Otipemisiwak Family and Community Services (LMOFCS) has recently joined the BB CYAC advisory committee as well. BB CYAC is proudly funded by the Department of Justice Canada and the Community Safety and Crime Prevention Branch of the Government of BC. BB CYAC is part of the Canadian National Network and has steering membership with the Provincial CYAC Network. The BB CYACs mission is to provide a collaborative response to child maltreatment through advocacy, intervention and continued support to children, youth and families in a child-friendly environment. This approach involves all investigative services working together under one roof and at a single facility. Having a multi-disciplinary team in one building will strengthen communication between agencies and enhance efficiency in case-tracking and case management. The BB CYAC will bridge the gap of communication between agencies and increase referrals to support/healing services for ALL children and youth who have disclosed being maltreated while honouring their unique healing needs through the many amazing services that Kamloops and area offers. The vision is to have a community where every child and youth is respected and heard, and child maltreatment is not tolerated. The BB CYAC is in year 2 of its 4-year strategic development plan. Year 2 involves different phases of service delivery. BB CYAC is pending its charitable status – once this is achieved BB CYAC will begin its fundraising launch that will go towards year 3 & 4 of its development.

More on What is a Child & Youth Advocacy Centre?

Children and youth who have experienced maltreatment undergo a challenging involvement with the criminal justice system; in many cases, this involvement is extremely traumatic for the child/youth and their families. Child Advocacy Centres/Child & Youth Advocacy Centres (CACs/CYACs) address these challenges by providing a coordinated and collaborative approach to support children, youth and their families. The goal of a CYAC is to have a child-friendly facility where a multidisciplinary team (MDT) is created that includes law enforcement, child protection, prosecution, mental health, medical and victim advocacy professionals so they can work together to investigate abuse while making support to children, youth and their family top priority. The CAC concept was developed in the United States almost 40 years ago; there are now almost a 1000 CACs in the United

States and CACs are operating in over 20 countries worldwide. Canada has almost 40 centres either open or in development; the Department of Justice Canada chairs a national network of CACs in response to the continual interest expressed by a number of Canadian CACs and communities wanting to develop one.

Why the Name: ‘Big Bear’?

Different animals and their Indigenous meanings were presented to several children and youth (who represented a diversity of cultural/ethnic/gender/age backgrounds). 100% of the children and youth liked the meaning of THE BEAR: strength, confidence, standing up against adversity & having a healing spirit. They also liked the fact that bears are often seen in our communities. One youth suggested a name for the CYAC as ‘The Big Bear Centre’ - it was 100% unanimous - all the children and youth loved this name.

Thank you to our Partnerships!

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Riversong Guitars on solid pace

Owner says 2019 shaping up to be best year for company Todd Sullivan


ocal success story Riversong Guitars continues to grow, with two exciting new products in 2019 — one that launched in January and one arriving later this year. “This year is shaping up to be the best ever,” Riversong Guitar owner Mike Miltimore said. The Kamloops company’s Generation 2 guitars — or the G2 — launched in January, while its more affordable guitars, the Pacific Series, will arrive in June. The latter series is made up of eight guitar designs. “The first seven models are more of a traditional looking guitar,” Miltimore said. “The eighth model is a copy of our most popular selling guitar here in Kamloops.”

Riversong Guitars builds guitars with a unique design that features a neck that runs through the entire body of the guitar. The guitars are stronger, more adjustable and, best of all, more

resonant, creating more vibrant sounds. The guitars continue to receive awards and accolades from around the world, most recently winning second place worldwide for best acoustic guitar from Musical Merchandise Review magazine. With prices ranging from $379 to $25,000, there’s a guitar for just about every musician. Along with acoustic guitars, Riversong also creates ouds, ukuleles and bass guitars using its unique designs. In 2016, Miltimore gave a Riversong guitar and ukulele to Prince William and Princess Kate during the royal family’s visit to B.C. There are about 10 employees between Riversong Guitar and sister company Lee’s Music and two international sales managers have been added to deal with U.S. and

European distribution. Most models continue to be manufactured locally at the Lorne Street plant in downtown Kamloops, though some, like the Pacific, are being constructed overseas. Miltimore started manufacturing the guitars in 2012 and, after much work, recently received a patent for his unique design. Almost all the wood used in the guitars is sourced from B.C., much of it from near Kamloops. Woods used in the construction of Riversong Guitars include Sitka spruce, big leaf maple, walnut, Chillakwian maple and wild cherry. With so much going on in 2019, Miltimore is very pleased with where Riversong Guitars is today and where it’s going in the future. “Things are really exciting these days,” he said.

Yes, 40 years of supporting Kamloops in all sorts of ways! From the Arts to Sports and Women’s Health…Kamloops Office Systems proudly supports organizations which are a part of what makes Kamloops such a great city! 24 dedicated local staff make up our Kamloops team which includes 10 highly trained techs…which means you get superior service.

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Western Canada Theatre sets up its next season


estern Canada Theatre has announced its new season and has scheduled nine performances for theatregoers over the next year. The shows on the docket include six Canadian plays, two musicals and two comedies, with some familiar names on the list of what’s to come. The season is broken up into two groups by venue, with one series taking place at Sagebrush Theatre and the other at Pavilion Theatre. At Sagebrush Theatre (Mainstage Series) Dracula: The Bloody Truth, a play by Le Navet Bete and John Nicholson, will run from Oct. 10 to Oct. 19. The play is described as Monty Python meets macabre and tells the story of professor Abraham Van Helsing on a breakneck journey from the Transylvanian mountains to the English coast. Another familiar title will bring the hills to life around Christmastime. From Nov. 28 to Dec. 10, The Sound of Music will be staged in Kamloops as an all-new WCT production. The most popular musical in history tells the story of the von Trapp’s story of love, family and escape from the Nazis. The New Canadian Curling Club tells the comedic story of four unlikely curlers — recent Canadian immigrants who know little about the sport. After their coach suffers an injury, they find the replacement coach has strong opinions about immigration, but they all must overcome their differences to compete for the famed Highlander Cup. The Thousand Islands Playhouse

co-production runs in Kamloops from Jan. 23, 2020, to Feb. 1, 2020. Serving Elizabeth is a play with two settings. One is set in Kenya, 1952, just before Elizabeth takes the crown, when a vehemently anti-monarchist cook is offered an exorbitant fee to cook for the princess. The other setting is in London in 2015. As Brexit ramps up and politics flare, Queen Elizabeth is featured in a TV series and a young Kenyan-Canadian production intern experiences a clash of culture. See the play from Feb. 20, 2020, to Feb. 29, 2020. Chelsea Hotel: The Songs of Leonard Cohen is the story of a songwriter who checks in to New York’s Chelsea Hotel, desperately looking for lyrics for his next song. The writer is tormented by his past relationships and wants to forget about who he loves. The play will run from March 28, 2020, to April 4, 2020, and is described as sexy, mysterious and daring and is told through Cohen’s music and lyrics. At Pavilion Theatre (Studio Series) The Drowning Girls is the story of three dead Edwardian-era brides who come back alive to recount evidence against their former husband, who murdered them. The play, described as a “stylish, haunting fantasia” also features quirky humour and excitement. It runs from Sept. 19 to Sept. 28. Café Daughter takes place in 1950s small-town Saskatchewan. A nineyear-old half-Chinese, half-Cree child struggles to find her place in

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an unwelcoming and quaint prairie community before an ally appears to help her. The play is inspired by the real-life story of Chinese-Canadian/ Cree senator Lillian Eva Quan Dyck. This production will run from March 12, 2020, to March 21, 2020. Ice cream, rollercoasters and the smell of old books are three items on the list of things that makes life worth living, according to the main character in Every Brilliant Thing, whose mother is battling chronic depression. The solo production done in the round will run from April 30, 2020, to May 9, 2020. “Brilliant things” from the list will be handed out to audience members, who will either shout their item out or join the actor on stage to play a brief part. The season will also feature a special presentation of The Boy in the Moon at Pavilion Theatre. The play is based on Globe and Mail journalist Ian Brown’s memoir that tells the story of how he and his partner raised their son, who was born with profound disabilities caused by a rare genetic disorder. New this year Among what’s new for next season is new risers for and reserved seating at Pavilion Theatre, a shift in show start times to 7:30 p.m. and student matinees becoming open matineers for all — with tea to be served beforehand. A new subscription option for only the shows at Pavilion Theatre shows is also available this year. A previous WCT production from last season is also headed out on tour. Glory will play in Vancouver,

Illustrator Jennifer Taylor Paravantes created artwork for each of the plays set to be presented in Western Canada Theatre’s 2019-2020 season. Richmond and Nelson in B.C. along with four theatres in Ontario and one in Saskatchewan. Tickets Various ticket options are available, including flex passes of five or seven tickets and discounts for students and those younger than 30 or older than 65. Subscribers can access early bird pricing until June 1. Tickets are available at the Kamloops Live box office, 1025 Lorne St., 250-374-5483 and online at

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We provide a wide range of surveying services in both rural and urban environments, and strive to be a leader in local landdevelopment and construction projects. Our service is recognized because we pride ourselves in making our clients feel valued and providing them with the quality solutions and deliverables they need, in a cost-effective and timely manner.

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The little Dodge store with our community in mind

As local owners, we value and understand the importance of supporting local businesses and organizations. We have taken a personal approach to business and are directly invoved in nurturing our community. We are incredibly grateful to the wonderful people of Kamloops for welcoming our family. We will continue to actively support and strengthen the community. Thank you Kamloops, for welcoming us home.

"We believe that nothing says more about a community than the people who continuously support its growth for future generations."

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West Highlands, located at the top of Aberdeen in Kamloops, boasts stunning panoramic views of the valley and hillsides. Surrounded by the beautiful landscape of the Aberdeen hills, West Highlands features all the comforts any one person could visualize for the perfect neighbourhood. Whether you are a young couple, family or enjoy quiet nature surrounding you, West Highlands has it all â&#x20AC;&#x201C; hiking, biking, walking trails and soccer fields. West Highlands is the perfect location, just minutes away from stores and walking distance to elementary schools and daycare. An important component to the West Highlands community is to ensure a variety of low or maintenance-free living options in multi-family developments. Currently four distinctly different projects are built or under construction.

West Highlandsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; latest development of 52 single-family lots and a 34 unit multi-family site allows many of the lots to back onto open space or parkland and offer views of the park or valley. A few move-in-ready homes or custom home options remain available with larger single-family homes priced from $729,900 and smaller multifamily homes priced from $389,900. Most homes are listed on MLS so contact your realtor for details or pay West Highlands a visit and discover the lifestyle youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve always dreamed of. Next phases of development are in the planning with a new multi-family site and single-family lots for Fall 2019! Check our website for updates. | 250.828.1676


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Glover’s Medicine Centre Pharmacy

Julie Ford PHARMACIST Julie is in her 6th year on the Board of Directors for the BC Pharmacy Association, which represents the business aspect of community pharmacy in British Columbia. She specializes in giving vaccines, both for general immunization and travel and would like you to know that you can get a vaccine from a pharmacist without a prescription from your doctor.

About Glover’s Our pharmacy was opened in 2005 by Aaron Glover, after several years of working at other

local Kamloops pharmacies. Since his graduation from UBC in 1997, Glover has worked toward his goal of running his own pharmacy. As a compounding pharmacist, he takes pride in creating the right medication for his customers. It’s his biggest reward. Oftentimes, Glover finds he’s able to create a medicine that chain or big-box retail pharmacies aren’t able to.

“If there is a problem, we fix it. I truly am proud of my highly qualified and caring pharmacy team. They really do exceed customers’ expectations and have built close relationships in the community.”

Your Compounding Specialists Glover’s Medicine Centre offers compounding services. We’re able to manufacture from scratch unique preparations, suspensions, capsules, liquids, injectable medications, and creams. This allows us to tailor your medicines to fit your specific needs. By taking the raw ingredients and making something completely new, we’re able to compound a drug that does not yet exist in a readymade form. Often chain or big-box pharmacies won’t carry a less popular medication and have no means of concocting it if someone requests it. These pharmacists are only able to dispense manufactured drugs and medications. With our compounding services, we can customize medicines, antibiotics, supplements, and other drugs to your specifications. We also provide compounding solutions for veterinarians. • Hormone Replacement • Sterile Compounding • Pain Management • Veterinary Medicine

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Some of the organizations we support include: • RIH Foundation • TRU Sports Foundation • SPCA • Kamloops Hospice • Kamloops Brain Injury Association • Kamloops Minor Hockey Association

At Glover’s Medicine Centre Pharmacy, we believe in giving back to the community. We recognize that these type of actions help build a stronger community in Kamloops and allow us to get involved to make an impact!


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