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WHAT’S INSIDE 2020 PROGRESS? PAGE 10 Kamloops Mayor Ken Christian sees success
PAGE 12 Have a taste of the city’s growing trend in ethnic foods
PAGE 22 Royal Inland Hospital keeps rising above Kamloops
PAGE 26 Tk’emlups Chief Rosanne Casimir eyes the future
PAGE 32 In the River City, there is a festival for everybody
PAGE 56 Venture Kamloops continues to be the city’s economic arm
PAGE 58 The Tournament Capital thrives on sporting events
PAGE 71 Taking off to new heights from Kamloops Airport
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Kamloops remains resilient
elcome to Kamloops This Week’s annual Progress magazine — the first of the new decade. Progress has evolved through the years, but remains at its core a publication that seeks to take the temperature of the city, reflect on the year that was and gaze into the future in an attempt to determine where the city will be as we are ringing in a new year. In Progress 2020, we have also asked our story subjects to take a longer view and consider where Kamloops and the Thompson Valley will be in 2030, as the next decade begins. As this magazine hits the street, three months of the year have passed and 2020 has already been monumental in so many ways. Foremost has been the COVID-19 pandemic, which has impacted the world like nothing else in memory.
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Mayor Ken Christian spoke of “resilience” in his annual State of the City address in mid-March, citing the strength of the Kamloops business community in facing the adversity head-on. Economic impacts will be felt in the weeks and months ahead, which is all the more reason for residents to band together and help one another. Shopping local is a crucial part of the ‘resilience” mentioned by the mayor. In this magazine, you will meet bold entrepreneurs who have worked hard to create businesses that have arisen from their passion. From restaurants to wineries to craft breweries to fitness centres to tech companies, these madein-Kamloops success stories are examples of what can be accomplished when inspiration meets community support.
You will also get re-acquainted with familiar faces and organizations, people and institutions that help keep Kamloops humming day after day. From city hall to Tk’emlups te Secwepemc and from our MLAs to our MP, the pages within contain the information on where we’ve been, where we are and where we strive to be. Kamloops has transformed itself when necessary, from a resourcedominant community to one today that boasts bright minds in the fields of resources, tourism, education, health care, technology and so much more. Through challenges and opportunities, the city and region have responded well — and we trust all those involved in protecting and pushing Kamloops forward will continue to do so through 2020 and beyond.
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reation of community gathering space is emerging as a trend for the City of Kamloops in 2020. A big push this year, according to CAO David Trawin, is Kamloops Centre for the Arts, a performing arts centre proposed for the corner of Fourth Avenue and Seymour Street. A referendum to borrow funds to build the centre, which includes three theatres, will be held on April 4. Trawin said that, in addition to the arts centre, city talks are also occurring around community space in North Kamloops. Trawin said that while the South Shore has community space to host open houses, budget meetings and more in Sandman Centre, the Yacht Club and West Highland’s Park, North Kamloops is limited to space in the McArthur Island Sports and
The City of Kamloops has big plans, including a number of capital projects. Event Centre. Envisioned is a rentable community space in the core North Kamloops business area for between 200 to 250 people. Trawin said the city has been meeting with Venture Kamloops,
Tourism Kamloops, Kamloops Innovation and other partners. Preliminary work will continue this year, with more to come heading into 2021. “We’re trying to put all that
together,” Trawin said. Also among city priorities this year, includes continued relationship building with Tk’emlups te Secwepemc and work on the proposed Stuart Wood joint-use cultural centre, working to address social issues, by assessing spending on policing, bylaws and fire protection, North Shore community planning, and a more holistic review of revitalization tax exemptions. At the beginning of the year, the city approved expanding exemptions to include commercial development. Under a more fulsome review this year, the city could expand development incentives for brownfield sites, Trawin said. Capital projects this year include completion of the West Victoria Street rehabilitation project, sewer upgrades on Tranquille Road and upgrading of the Canada Games Aquatic Centre.
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Looking at a new decade of success
ith 2020 here, we find ourselves in a new decade. While we have continuously evolved as a city throughout our history, the last 20 years have marked an era of unprecedented growth and change in our community. Y2K invited a new century of possibilities. Opportunity knocked and we certainly answered. Since 2000, Kamloops has matured from a relatively sleepy, mid-sized, resource-dominated Interior hub to a truly multifaceted city worthy of a widespread reputation in its own right. We are increasingly characterized by our growing knowledge-based economy; this is punctuated by an expanding university, a tertiary hospital and a developing tech sector. Our ability to be nimble and forward-thinking has allowed us to adapt in the face of a fluctuating resource sector over the years. While industry remains key to our region, we have embraced and championed diversification — laying the foundation for a strong and thriving city for decades to come. Notably, we celebrated key wins in the post-secondary, health care, sport/recreation and tourism sectors. Our community college evolved into a full-fledged provincial university that continues to expand and attract growing numbers of domestic and international students. Our local hospital is expanding and modernizing. Investment in and promotion of our Tournament Capital brand has allowed us to attract major sporting events and large competitions. A renewed focus on strategic tourism initiatives primed our city for the likes of a bona fide Wine Trail and becoming an internationally known recreation destination for mountain biking, golfing and skiing. All of this diversified growth translates into hundreds of millions of dollars invested annually into our local economy that was not here 20 years ago. With the total economic spin-off,
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that number is realistically in excess of $1 billion. The development community has always been quick to respond to the growing need, with 2019 marking the third consecutive year Kamloops has seen record-breaking construction values, at $288 million for the year. These numbers are a definitive sign of a maturing city. Other positive growth indicators include the increasing numbers of business licence applications year over year, the record passenger numbers continually reported by Kamloops Airport, the milestone of 100,000 visitor nights per year reported by Rocky Mountaineer Railtours and TRU’s student population surpassing 10,000 fulltime equivalents since its inception as a university in 2005. A thriving community and strong economy means a healthier community for all residents across the housing spectrum. In 2019, we began to see results of groundwork laid in previous years for affordable-housing developments with the opening of 58 permanent supportive-housing units and construction progressing on another 163 units slated to open in 2020. A plan for 290 additional units is also on the horizon. Overall, River City residents are satisfied. The 2019 Citizen Satisfaction Survey report showed a strong score for quality of life in Kamloops — a rating well above comparable neighbouring communities. Residents expressed the importance of parks, recreation, culture, community safety and affordability, and the findings indicate an appreciation for a growing, vibrant city.
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Olsen Imaging photo So, how do we keep the momentum going and continue growing for a new decade of success? We must embrace continued growth, yet take a page out of our book of the last two decades. We must continue to adapt as we face the new reality of climate change and its cascading effects on community planning, transportation, business and policy. From a city council perspective, we will continue to look to our council strategic plan for direction. This 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. We will continue to do our job as council in providing city staff with direction as it aligns with our strategic plan. Of course, that includes consistent and authentic support for strong partnerships
with the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc, the Interior Health Authority, the Thompson-Nicola Regional District and the Kamloops-Thompson board of education. From a community standpoint, my message to all is that now is a pivotal time to be aware and informed and to engage and participate. The decisions made in the next decade will define the character and form of our city for the next generation. In my opinion, as we march toward a population of 100,000 and well beyond, the missing piece that will bring about the next era of growth and change is enhanced cultural facilities. The proposed Kamloops Centre for the Arts would be yet another pillar we can build onto the strong foundation we have laid. Opportunity is once again knocking and we must answer. Let’s look to the 2020s with 20/20 vision for a new decade of success.
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From Syria to the Tourney Capital, it’s Shawarma time
obert and Rogeh Labbad opened Shawarma Time in the fall and have been serving up fresh flavours from their home country ever since. The brothers previously partnered for a restaurant in their home country of Syria before fleeing to escape from the civil war. It was a long and trying time for their family, with some relatives separated for years before reuniting in Kamloops and eventually opening the Middle Eastern restaurant, downtown at 565 Seymour St. The restaurant is a tangible example of a success story stemming from refugees’ arrival in Canada. The new restaurant has more seating than the brothers’ former
to-go style eatery in Syria. The flavours, however, remain true. “Everything we make here is fresh food. Everything fresh and healthy,” Robert Labbad said, noting shawarma and fried kebbeh — a Lebanese-style meatball — are the most popular dishes on the menu. “It’s Arabic food,” he said. Shawarma Time is just one of the many ethnic eateries in Kamloops serving up dishes from around the globe, adding to an ongoing trend that is tantalizing tastebuds as we enter the new decade. Other restaurants in town showcase American, Chinese, Dutch, Greek, Indian, Italian, Jamaican, Japanese, Korean, Mexican, Thai and Vietnamese flavours, among others.
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Woodward Cider Co. a family affair Westsyde operation is Kamloops’ first craft cider maker
hey say the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, but in the case of the Woodward Cider Co. it may be more accurate to say that the apple doesn’t fall far from the vineyard. Adam Woodward, owner and cidermaker at the Woodward Cider Co., is the son of John and Debbie Woodward who own the Privato Vineyard & Winery in Westsyde. “What we’ve been doing is making craft cider,” Woodward said. “Kamloops’ first craft cidery. It’s pretty exciting and we’re looking forward to the next steps.” He developed the plan for the business with his two brothers, Tim and Ben. Their first batches of cider were crafted from B.C. grown apples, and they’ve now planted an orchard on the property as well, with the hopes of seeing decent production by next year. Woodward’s interest in cider stemmed from dietary restrictions in someone close to him. “My girlfriend is celiac so she can only have gluten-free drinks,” he said. “She introduced me to cider because most ciders are gluten-free. “They’re all apple-based,” he said of the ciders offered by Woodward Cider Co. “We have a modern dry, which
From left: Adam Woodward, grandmother Anne Genge, Ben Woodward and Tim Woodward. is the driest of the three that we currently have, and then we have one that’s a little bit sweeter, and then we have a raspberry infused one.” They’ll be rolling out a new flavour later this year. The ciders are available at most liquor stores in Kamloops, but he’s hoping to be able to get it into more
local restaurants, while also expanding into areas outside of the city. Woodward was trained as a civil engineer but after working in construction for about six years found himself in a bit of a rut, looking for something different to do. “I always kind of knew I wanted to go back to the farm,” he said.
His two brothers continue to work as engineers, one in Kamloops and the other in Kelowna, but Woodward hopes they might soon join him at the cidery. “Hopefully in the next few years one or both of my brothers will be able to come into the business as well,” he said.
Westsyde winery a proven winner Privato focuses on Burgundy-style grape varietals
ust 30 minutes from town on Westsyde Road lies a little, private haven where you can relax, enjoy a glass of wine, and take in some entertainment at a unique event space. All of this is part of the experience offered at Westsyde’s Privato Vineyard & Winery. Owners John and Debbie Woodward have had the property since the late 80s, but following a trip to Italy they decided to develop a winery in 2010, planting their first varieties of grape that year.
Their doors officially opened in 2013. “The focus was on Burgundy style wine,” said Kristin Borle, tasting room manager, such as chardonnay and pinot noir, though they’ve continued to add new varietals over the years. “The model is to make sure we’ve perfected something before moving on to something else,” Borle said. Recently they’ve started expanding beyond their wine offerings into providing event and entertainment space with the gardens and patio as
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well as an area behind the winery where they have hosted a variety of events such as weddings, charity events and music. “That’s been the biggest, newly established thing that’s been going on,” she said. “Creating those event gardens and getting that rolling.” The Woodward family has also begun to expand into cider through their son, Adam Woodward, who began the Woodward Cider Co. last year. Borle explained that while the
winery will continue to grow and evolve, and that they are looking at some new varietals they may introduce in the future, they don’t have anything specific to announce at the moment. People can always stay on top of what they’re doing by visiting their website at privato.ca. “We are a boutique winery, we’re not going to instantly expand into anything huge,” she said. “We’re always adding, always trying to see where we can go to create a new and exciting experience.”
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Sagewood Estate focuses on sustainability in production
hen Sagewood Estate Winery opened its doors in 2014, its owners — the husband and wife team of Doug Wood and Shelley Thompson — had already been working with grapes for years. They planted their vineyard in 2005, making them the first commercial vineyard in the Kamloops area, and began selling their grapes to various British Columbia wineries in 2007. Since 2013, though, they’ve kept their grapes to themselves. “We specialize in creating handcrafted artisan wines with 100 per cent of the grapes coming from our own vineyard,” said Shelley Wood. “We are committed to environmentally conscious practices in our vineyard and winery.” Those practices include a whole
Sagewood, planted in 2005, was Kamloops’ first commercial vineyard. vineyard/winery approach to sustainability that includes vineyard landscaping, irrigation practices, labour practices and packaging practices. They also take an organic approach to their vineyard management that
includes mulching in the vineyard and composting of grape skins after harvest and crushing. Even their delivery is sustainable, using an electric vehicle to bring their products to retail outlets. They have 17 different grape
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varieties in their vineyard, which allows them to offer a wide selection of reds, whites, rose and dessert and sparkling selections. “Several of our wines have been honoured with Best of Category recognition at International Wine Competitions,” Wood noted. “In fact, the first time we entered an International Wine Competition, we brought home 16 medals and three special acknowledgements.” Sagewood Estate Winery is a whole family affair involving not just the husband and wife but their two children also pitching in to help with harvesting, bottling and labelling. Looking ahead, Wood said that development of their property and business is an on-going process. “Doug takes an open-minded approach when it comes to various future options,” she said.
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Brewery opened in 2017 by two friends who ‘love craft beer’
here isn’t a lot of overlap between careers in geology and careers in beer making, but partners Jared Tarswell and Richard Phillips successfully managed that exact transition when they opened Iron Road Brewing in August of 2017. “The entire business plan was just kind of that we loved craft beer,” Phillips joked. “We saw these breweries opening and we looked at Kamloops and, at the time, there was only Red Collar and the Noble Pig for a city of 80,000.” Sensing that there was room for growth in the craft beer market, and both partners liking the region, they headed to Kamloops from the coast after taking a couple of courses at Simon Fraser University to help them better understand the business side of the industry. “Next thing you know, you’re signing a lease, and now we’re doing this,” Phillips said. Iron Road was built from three core beers: their Locomotive Lager, Red Bridge Pale Ale, and the Loopline IPA. A number of other beers have been through their taps over the years, but those three are their staples.
Iron Road’s beer roster was built around a solid core of their lager, pale ale and IPA. And beyond those three, Tarswell said that their brewers are free to explore different flavours and styles as they see fit. “We basically said we wanted those three flagship styles,” he said. “And then the rest is just whatever you guys
feel like doing right now. And they have an extremely good idea what kind of beer styles are doing well, what the newest, latest hop is, so we basically let them do whatever they want to, essentially. One of the additions they’re hoping
to make in the future is adding more taps to offer more varieties in their taproom. There’s also a focus on getting their beers into more locations, in Kamloops specifically, but in other areas as well.
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pening its doors in October of last year, Bright Eye Brewing is the newest name in the Kamloops craft beer
scene. It’s also the first top open its doors on the North Shore. “People seem to like it, which is great,” said Richard Marken, managing partner. “We had no idea that the North Shore would receive us as well as they did, so I’m pretty happy.” Marken has been managing and operating restaurants for about 30 years, and was one of the first owners of the Noble Pig.
“Basically this is my bread and butter,” he said. “I understand this business.” Marken admits that he’s not a beer maker, but, he said, “I have two really, really talented partners that do make beer.” There are four partners in Bright Eye Brewing altogether. Besides their location on the North Shore, there are a couple of other factors that make Bright Eye unique among the local breweries. The first thing is that they pour directly off the tap. “The moment you bottle, the moment you keg, your beer starts to
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lose some flavour and some quality,” Marken said. Another difference is that they won’t have any flagship beers, so every beer they have on every tap will be changing just about every week. With their doors having opened so recently, it’s hard for the team at Bright Eye to really look to the future. Their priority right now is to make sure they’re doing a great job, and continue the success that they’ve seen in these first few months. “Everything is new for us right now,” he said. “What the summer holds with the patio, that’s new for us. “Our staff our amazing. I lucked
out so much.” And much of the staff, he said, are North Shore residents themselves, who’ve been able to reduce the length of their commute thanks to finding work close to their own neighbourhood. There’ll be one new element added to Bright Eye very soon though, and that’s the opening of their patio, which is licensed for 30 patrons. And they’ll keep experimenting with what’s on tap and what’s on the menu. “We’re trying to keep it fluid, experimenting,” said Marken. “And we’re having a lot of fun with it.”
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he federal government, alongside its municipal, provincial and Indigenous partners, has played a huge role in shaping Kamloops to this point — its institutions, organizations and people. For example, in the areas of transportation and infrastructure, everyone has heard how federal support helped upgrade Highway 1 to four lanes from Pritchard to Hoffman’s Bluff. But did you know federal dollars also went toward upgrades at Sun Peaks’ sewage treatment plant facilities, improved the bank stability of Juniper Creek running along Barnhartvale Road and helped to replace the snowplow truck at Kamloops Airport? The federal program, New Horizons for Seniors, plays a huge role each year in helping keep seniors engaged in their communities through activities and learning opportunities, equipment (curling gear for McArthur Island Curling Club and bowling sets at
Summit Drive church), as well as facility improvements (Royal Canadian Legion Branch 52 and Desert Gardens). On the other end of the age spectrum, annual funding from Employment and Social Development via the Canada Summer Jobs program gives students opportunities to gain work experience and financial support for organizations and business that might otherwise not be able to hire someone. It also funded strategies to improve homelessness among youth and adults. Up at Thompson Rivers University, federal funding for research, programs, grants and even the campus itself
(Trades and Technology Building and Brown Family House of Learning), have helped shape its reputation as a school of excellence. The federal government bolstered infrastructure at Sagebrush and Pavilion theatres, celebrates heritage and culture annually during Canada Day and Aboriginal Day and has helped promote the French language and Francophone culture in Kamloops. These are just a few examples of how federal government support has made a difference in Kamloops and will continue to influence the vitality and prosperity of Kamloops into the future. (You can see the whole list of funding announcements since 2008 online at, cathymcleod.ca/ team-mcleod/federal-investments.) Where are we headed and what can we expect to see for Kamloops by 2030? I foresee we will continue to partner with TRU on creating educational opportunities for the needs of the region and beyond.
Those in the agricultural and agrifood sectors will harness Kamloops’ abundant days of sunshine and continue diversification and expansion of what’s being raised and grown, including those rooted in the wine industry. I expect reconciliation efforts with Indigenous Peoples will have progressed into meaningful partnerships that mutually benefit all involved. Without question, local innovators and researchers will invest their concepts and capital into Kamloops’ growth and the federal government will continue to be a strong, behind-the-scenes partner on those fronts. Kamloops is a vibrant, progressive city that has changed so much over the decades, evolving and building on the potential of its people and the partnerships that help foster its growth. I can most assuredly predict this is a role the government of Canada is pleased to be a part of now, and will continue to be, in the future.
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A two-phase project currently under construction, Royal Inland Hospital’s new patient care tower is expected to be completely finished in 2024.
Growth at RIH is physical, visible Hospital’s new patient care tower slated to open in 2022
oyal Inland Hospital stands to look much different in the next decade than it did 10 years ago. The tertiary hospital serving an area of about 100,000 people is in the midst of a massive transformation as a new era in the history of Royal Inland Hospital (RIH) is quickly approaching with the development of the new Patient Care Tower on the Kamloops hospital campus. The RIH Patient Care Tower is well under way, as one can see by the rising building at RIH and the cranes dotting the skyline at the hospital since construction moved into full swing in early 2019. At nine-storeys tall when complete, the tower will continue
to modernize RIH, which saw the opening of the Clinical Services Building in 2016. The Patient Care Tower is set to open to patients in the summer of 2022. “Construction is moving along on schedule and on budget,” said Interior Health capital planning and projects spokesperson Kevin Parnell. “It’s exciting to see the tower beginning to rise on the construction site. What’s even more exciting is what this is going to do for health care in Kamloops and across the region. It’s going to be a state-ofthe-art facility that will benefit both patients and staff with more space and modern equipment.” When complete, the ground level of the tower will form the new
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entrance to RIH, where patients will walk into the facility and find plenty of space for families to gather when loved ones are in care. A large atrium built on the site of the hospital’s former courtyard will provide supportive space for families. The entire design features large, energy-efficient windows, bringing in plenty of natural light on each floor. Each patient room in the tower will be a single-patient room, complete with its own washroom, providing privacy for patients and ample room for families to spend time with their loved ones. The latest in medical equipment will enhance patient care and help with the recruitment of skilled health care professionals.
A few of the services that will be moved into the tower include the operating rooms, mental health and substance use unit as well as maternal services and a neonatal intensive care unit. The Patient Care Tower is just one part of this major redevelopment at RIH. Once the tower opens to patients, Phase 2 of the Patient Care Tower Project will take place from 2022 to 2024. This will include a major renovation of the hospital’s emergency department, which will undergo modernizing renovations and an expansion. Renovations will also take place in paediatrics, post anaesthetic recovery, lab and the morgue.
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KSO, WCT looking to arts future Both companies have seen success in recent seasons
nitiatives undertaken by two of the city’s biggest arts groups are not only making for a more pleasant patron experience, they’re also keeping an eye on the next generation. According to its executive director, the Kamloops Symphony Orchestra is always looking for growth, whether it be in staff or in the programming it offers. One thing that’s on the rise is the organization’s community outreach initiatives. Recently, orchestra musicians and music director Dina Gilbert visited three schools in 100 Mile House and 108 Mile Ranch to teach Conducting 101. With real orchestra musicians playing in their classrooms, students can take turns wielding the conductor’s baton. Community partnerships like Conducting 101 are something Kamloops Symphony Orchestra
executive director Daniel Mills thinks has a lot of potential — and a direction the orchestra is headed. “Whether it’s another production with Western Canada Theatre or working more closely with TRU — there’s also some music and healthrelated intersections we’re hoping to pursue in the coming years,” Mills said. A key goal of the orchestra’s outreach is to show that it’s not just something for the elites and remains accessible. That accessibility lends itself to audience growth, which the KSO is hoping to do with film-themed events, like one it has planned in its coming
season, which won’t be revealed until April 11 at the next orchestra event. Western Canada Theatre, meanwhile, has just revealed its next season and executive director Evan Klassen is hoping with it will come more blockbuster hits, like last year’s The Sound of Music, which played over Christmas. “That was a real success on our attendance side of things,” Klassen said. The success of that play was made more important by the interruption WCT faced in the psast year with the closure of the Sagebrush Theatre, which also affected the orchestra. “We were very grateful to the
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Sharing a Tk’emlups vision for the future
s community leaders, we think about progress in the community of Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc, the larger Kamloops area and the Secwépemc Territory. Progress has a different meaning depending on your perspective. Part of progress for Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc is reclaiming our past. A vision of our community for 2030 would include the full recognition and implementation of title and rights, economic sovereignty and a healthy community that knows who they are as Secwépemc. In our vision for 2030, the larger Kamloops community would be fully educated about Indigenous history. All of our communities and governments will be working together to actively address the climate change crisis. In 2030, reconciliation of relationships between our governments and others have been fully recognized and Tk’emlúps is sitting at all tables as equal partners in decision making. This is Tk’emlúps vision of what can be achieved in the next 10 years. The realization of this vision is the gift of our generation to the next — a proud and brighter future. Within our organization, Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc is built on a high-performing culture designed to achieve excellence. We have assembled a strong and collaborative team of leadership and staff that are poised to lead us into the future. Tk’emlúps chief and council is exceptionally proud of the relationships that have been developed with various levels of government and the business community. We continue to advocate on behalf of our members to protect our title and rights, secure business opportunities and advance our community and organizational goals. In the Tk’emlúps organization substantial progress continues to be made in every department. Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc has committed significant resources to establish a language and culture department. Our goal is to increasethe
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knowledge, use and understanding of language and culture. The band’s planning and engineering department is proud of the movement forward in its capital projects. The long-planned upgrades to the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc water distribution system have begun at the North Reservoir site above Chief Louis Way. This project will be completed and online by the summer of 2020 and will allow TteS to expand opportunities for economic development on reserve by providing
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underserved band lands with increased access to water. A master land-use plan has been completed for a 200-acre industrial and highway commercial development on designated band lands. The 7-Mile opportunity will ultimately support the expansion of transportation corridors to and from the Lower Mainland. Tk’emlúps Development Corporation (KIBDC) has successfully completed renovations for the Business and Economic Development and Planning and Engineering offices. There have been four successful film productions that have filmed on the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc Territory. There has been revitalization of the Mount Paul Centre and success of Kamloops Race Central in developing the park. Our education department is committed to providing numerous training opportunities to ensure our members are prepared for the future.
Community services provides multiple supports to our membership. Our natural resources team are consistently on the land managing our cultural and natural resources. Housing is always looking for more opportunities for our membership. As Kukpi7, I would like to recognize the hard work of our previous and current leadership and membership for achieving all that Tk’emlúps has achieved to date. Our great team of staff has executed the community’s vision of progress and for that we are grateful. At Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc, progress and growth are possible as long as we continue to honour ourselves, our people and our lands. We are excited to see what the next decade brings for all of our communities. For more information about our community, our history and economic development opportunities, visit us online at tkemlups.ca.
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ork is now underway to prepare the site for the $34.5 million-expansion of Valleyview secondary. The project’s announcement marked the first time in nearly 20 years that a new school would be built in School District 73. With schools at maximum capacity in Kamloops, the district has set out to develop a report outlining a vision for the future of schools in the Kamloops-Thompson School District. The report, once approved, will provide the board with a platform to bring the best school facilities to our communities. The Superintendent’s committee on the future of schools has been struck and tasked with considering the question, “What does a school look like for optimal learning and achievement in the 21st century? The goal was to identify what learning spaces are required in our schools to meet and enhance the An artist’s rendering shows what the inside of the Valleyview secondary future needs of students. school expansion might look like when complete. VALLEYVIEW CONCEPT Representatives from allSECONDARY employee VALLEYVIEW SECONDARY EXPANSION DP0.1 groups as well as a delegate from each economic and efficient facilities incorporates healthy and inclusive of the district’s partner groups met management. spaces for our kids,” said Barb to begin the committee’s work by Questions the committee will Hamblett, VSS principal. developing guiding principles. consider will include asking if schools “As educators, we know how “We will need to do this together,” require outdoor classrooms, or a fully important it is to have multiple said Alison Sidow, superintendent of functioning shop to explore carpentry, gathering places for kids as well as SD73. welding and automotive skills, and change rooms and washrooms that “That’s why we have struck this how students might access music and reflect society’s current values.” committee to bring the voices of our performance space. There are currently more than 900 employees and other stakeholders to The future oriented vision for students at VSS, which has a capacity this important work.” schools in the 21st century will for 625 students. This expansion “Once the report is completed, help determine how best to use means room for all the students in parents in the community will have an the district’s limited resources and the school and the removal of the 10 opportunity to lend their voice to our establish a solid platform for the portables on the site by the time the efforts,” she said. board of education’s advocacy efforts. project is complete. This year, Education Minister When staff and some students at The addition will be built to LEED Rob Fleming sent word to boards Valleyview secondary were shown the Gold standards, and it will bring the of education across the province, cutting edge version of the expansion school’s capacity from 675 to 1,200 encouraging them to use their plans for their school in November, students. Long-Range Facilities’ Plan (LRFP) they saw a design that incorporated CHP Architects, the firm designing as a broad visioning document the best practices in school design. the expansion, unveiled renderings to determine the requirements of Instead of individual classrooms of the design concept, a video and a schools in their districts for the next that open onto a hallway there are virtual walk-through of the upcoming 20 years. learning pods with space for learning $34.5-million project. It’s a significant shift from the assistance help rooms, and more The design was presented first to previous primary purpose of the collaboration space.” staff and students for their feedback, LRFP — a demonstration of effective, “I am so pleased to see the concept following a June consultation session.
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Festivals in the city Events take place year-round
hile Kamloops is known for its tournaments, the city knows how to hold events of all sizes, including festivals, which have grown in the city in recent years, including the notable addition of the popular Kamloops International Buskers Festival. Here are a few others to plan on checking out.
KAMLOOPS WINE FESTIVAL Early May
HOT NITE IN THE CITY August
Every year, six downtown city blocks are blocked off for hot rods, customs and classic cars of all types to line the streets for Hot Nite in the City. If you’re a fan of American muscle, sport-compacts, tuners, collector and vintage cars, motorcycles, race cars and more, you’ll want to make your way downtown during this weekend. For more information, go online to hotniteinthecity.com.
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. 8. For more information, go online to kamloopsdragonboatfestival.com.
KAMLOOPS INTERNATIONAL BUSKERS FESTIVAL Late July
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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 2 to May 9 at various city venues. For more information, go online to kag.bc.ca/events.
WORDS ALIVE KAMLOOPS November
Words Alive Kamloops has more beyond the traditional writers festival workshops for writers, this event also focuses 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 Monique Gray Smith, Grant Lawrence, Yasuko Thanh, Sheena Kamal, Kevin Chong and Deryn Collier. 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 wordsalivekamloops.com.
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 23 to July 26. The event is free to attend, but gratuities to performers are encouraged. For more information, go online to kamloopsbuskers.com.
KAMLOOPS RIB FEST 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. For more information, go online to kamloopsribfest.com.
WILDLIGHTS AT BC WILDLIFE PARK December and January
Each year around the holidays, the BC Wildlife Park dazzles visitors with brilliant light displays and special attractions throughout the park. The series of family-oriented events makes for a great opportunity to enjoy winter. Other attractions at the weeks-long event include a bonfire and hot chocolate, wagon rides to the North Pole, entertainment from Uncle Chris the Clown and the Wildlife Express, a miniature train families can hop aboard for a trip around the park. For more information, go online to bcwildlife.org/eventslist.htm.
KAMLOOPS FILM FESTIVAL Early March
The Kamloops Film Festival takes place over 10 days and features about 20 films each year. Hosted at the Kamloops Film Society 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 sub-festivals, 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 horror flicks. The festival is typically held at the beginning of March each year. For more information, go online to kamloopsfilmfest.ca.
BREWLOOPS Spring and fall
It’s a beer and live music festival that says it’s here to celebrate Kamloops culture. And there’s food, too. BrewLoops events come in various forms. Sometimes it’s a bike-mounted pub crawl, sometimes it’s an evening of live music, bumper cars and a Ferris wheel. But there’s always beer, food and fun to be had. For more information, go online to brewloopsfest.ca.
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. Watch for ticket information and this year’s lineup in June or July. For more information, go online to kamloopskomedyfestival.com.
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 from across British Columbia and elsewhere in Canada. 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 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 bcchs.com/festival.html. Kamloops This Week PROGRESS 2020 | 33
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Community Futures Development Corporation of Central Interior First Nations (CFDC CIFN) promotes community economic development support services to Indigenous people within the Central Interior of British Columbia. 2020 is a very special year for us as we celebrate our 30th anniversary supporting Indigenous communities and entrepreneurs in developmental lending and business training. It is an honor to manage such a dynamic and important organization as we move forward in working with several partners throughout our province in achieving economic sustainability.
We honor the founders of Central Interior First Nations who worked tirelessly in creating our organization along with the current directors who donate their valuable time to provide their expertise in governance. Thank you to our funders at Western Economic Diversification as well as the Community Futures BC for all their support in continuing all the great work that has been started. Kukwsts’etsemc, (thank you all) George Casimir, General Manager Central Interior Development Corporation of Central Interior First Nations
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amloops is trending up. I am very pleased to be writing my third Progress column as MLA to offer reflection on the past 10 years here in the city and to look forward to the next. 2020 brings on a new decade and allows us to look back on the economic growth we have seen in Kamloops, the North Thompson and British Columbia. I am confident that this growth will continue through the next decade, and it is all thanks to the hard-working citizens that keep our economy moving. I am now more than halfway through my first term as MLA and opposition critic for the Environment and Climate Change, and what an experience it has been so far. I am very proud of the work myself and my colleagues do in Victoria. The role the opposition plays is critical to shaping policy and holding the government to account. I am also honoured to be
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able to stand up in Question Period to ask the tough questions and hold the government’s feet to the fire on behalf of my constituents. Over the past 10 years I have seen Kamloops grow in my role as city councillor, mayor and now MLA. The new patient-care tower at Royal Inland Hospital will allow staff to provide the best possible care to the people of Kamloops and its satellite communities — all while providing hundreds of employment opportunities during its construction. Kamloops continues to become a more and more attractive place to
start a small business and or a family, and because of this I truly hope RIH will continue to grow. In the past decade, we watched Thompson Rivers University go from a smaller school to a destination for young students from around the world with thousands of international students attending each semester. With this growth came an expansion not only in the programs offered at TRU but in the university’s infrastructure as well. With an evergrowing student population, I am confident that TRU will continue to expand in all areas and continue to stand out as a top choice not just for British Columbians and Canadians, but for people all around the world. While this past year we were spared from the intense wildfires we have seen recently, we faced a different type of crisis in the forestry sector. While we are still waiting for leadership from this government on the forestry crisis, I am in awe of
the resilience shown by the people in my riding who have been hit, and others all across this province who have seen mills shut down or curtailed, hundreds of jobs lost and entire communities affected. I truly hope that this government will act in a meaningful way to support these communities. As we look forward to what the next decade will look like in the region and in British Columbia, I am certain that Kamloops will continue to be that attractive place to live, work and play — and, because of this, Kamloops will continue to grow and attract new businesses in the tech sector. The energy and mining industry as well as the forestry sector will continue to support our region with incredible opportunities. The past decade here in Kamloops has been a great one. With millions of dollars invested into our community, I know the next decade will be even better.
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your produce comes from, what particular your produce comes from, what particular farm and how it is grown, is extremely farm and how it is grown, is extremely important to us and will continue to be important to us and will continue to be top of mind in our purchasing department. top of mind in our purchasing department. We will be working more closely with We will be working more closely with our import suppliers and our local our import suppliers and our local farmers to bring you more organic items. farmers to bring you more organic items. Our focus will continue to be local and Our focus will continue to be local and we want to maintain our commitment to we want to maintain our commitment to relationships with local farmers. We will relationships with local farmers. We will build on those relationships by providing build on those relationships by providing local farmers with the opportunity to local farmers with the opportunity to grow and sell organically farmed produce grow and sell organically farmed produce to our customers. to our customers. This year, we are working to reduce This year, we are working to reduce and, hopefully, one day eliminate single and, hopefully, one day eliminate single use plastics by sourcing and providing use plastics by sourcing and providing more sustainable solutions. Our first more sustainable solutions. Our first step in this journey was the launch of Nu step in this journey was the launch of Nu Bags Sustainable Solutions, our newest Bags Sustainable Solutions, our newest company, which offers zero-waste, company, which offers zero-waste, sustainable solutions to retailers and sustainable solutions to retailers and consumers. We have been researching consumers. We have been researching and considering how to reduce singleand considering how to reduce singleuse plastics at Nu Leaf for sometime use plastics at Nu Leaf for sometime and we’re ready to tackle the hard work and we’re ready to tackle the hard work behind the scenes to make it happen. behind the scenes to make it happen.
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he Kamloops Sports Legacy Fund Progress edition this year is published in conjunction with the Fundâ€™s 12th 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 with 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 investment in the Kamloops and region sport community will reach an accumulated total of $3.954 million. During this interval, 116 organizations have received grants. The 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. It recognizes that the Sports Legacy Fund
is a community resource and the reporting commits to the transparency of the allocation process Grant applications are accepted from October 1st to November 30th of each year and reviewed to evaluate the eligibility of the requests, following which an allocation process is used to determine the direction of funding for the following year. Follow up Community Impact Reports are submitted by the recipients in the December following the receipt of the funds. The process and an oversight of the Sports Legacy Fund governance structure may be reviewed by accessing the website at www. kamloopssportslegacyfund.com. Inquiries are welcomed throughout the year. The 2020 allocation of $416,112 is directed to 41 sport organizations. A number of the grants are leveraged or are matched, providing for the completion of capital projects, equipment purchases or coaching support. 2020 GRANT RECIPIENT HIGHLIGHTS The Sports Legacy Fund is unique to Kamloops and the region
2020 ALLOCATION: Kamloops Sports Legacy Fund ORGANIZATION Adaptive Sports at Sun Peaks Greater Kamloops BMX Society Harper Mountain Ski Club KamloopA Club Kamloops 2020 Canada 55+ Games Kamloops Aquatics Club Kamloops Ball Hockey Association Kamloops Beach Volleyball Club Kamloops Blazers Academic Awards Kamloops Broncos
2,800.00 Coaching Development, Respect in Sport Courses 8,594.00 Capital Project: Dock amd Boat Launch 44,769.00 Six Sport Requests: Dragon Boat Trailer in Capital Project Reserve Fund 7,250.00 Equipment: Timing 3,775.00 Jerseys and Equipment: Goalie and General 10,000.00 Capital Project: Contribution to Overlander Park Upgrade Project 1,200.00 10,000.00 Equipment: Helmets and General Gear 4,700.00 Gym Improvements: Spring Floor
Kamloops Collegiate Baseball Society
6,250.00 Equipment and Bursaries
Kamloops Dragon Boat Club
7,750.00 Capital Project: Contribution Boat Repairs and Site Upgrade 4,125.00 Capital Project: Canopy, Storage Shed and Platform
Kamloops Judo Club
15,000.00 Equipment: Contribution Competitive Mats
Kamloops Long Blades Association
20,000.00 Equipment: Timing System Contribution
Kamloops Minor Fastball Association
3,000.00 Coach Development
Kamloops Minor Lacrosse Association
5,000.00 Capital Project: Aluminium Rink Divider Boards
Kamloops Riverside Lawn Bowling Club
7,740.00 Equipment: Contribution for Greens Mower
Kamloops Rowing Club
5,254.00 Equipment: Used Boat and Trailer
Kamloops Special Olympics
Kamloops Sun Devils
Kamloops Sunrays Synchronized Swim Club
3,020.00 Equipment: Sound System and Training Aids
Kamloops Therapeutic Riding Association
2,250.00 Coaching Development
Kamloops Track and Field Club Kamloops Triathlon Club Kamloops Tsunami Summer Swim Club Kamloops Waterski Club Kamloops Youth Soccer Association KidSport Kamloops Chapter McArthur Island Curling Club PacificSport Interior BC
5,000.00 Contribution Coaching Certification for 32 Volunteers 25,200.00 Capital Projects: Asphalt Paving
Kamloops Cheerleading Society
Kamloops Interior Dragonboat Society
5,500.00 Contribution Equipment Priority List 10,100.00 Equipment: Race Arch and Swim Buoys 3,336.00 Equipment: Multiple Small Items 9,274.00 Equipment: Adaptive Sitski And Development Jumping 5,000.00 Coach Development 30,000.00 6,500.00 Equipment: Curling and Ice Maintenance 80,000.00
1,486.00 Equipment: Computer and Printer
Senior Table Tennis Activity Club
1,082.00 Equipment: Table Tennis Robot Training Device
Spirit Warriors Society
1,280.00 Equipment and First Aid Training Couse: Paddles
Team Hafeli Curling
2,000.00 Uniforms and Training: Camps and Ice Time
Thompson Blazers Major Midgets Hockey Team
5,500.00 Equipment: Skate Sharpener
Thompson Minor Midget Hockey Team
5,500.00 Equipment: Skate Sharpener
Thompson Rivers Interior Paddling Society Tournament City Derby Diversified TRU Athletic Scholarships
8,900.00 Equipment: Canoes and Paddling 3,477.00 Equipment and Jerseys 25,000.00 416,212.00
(TNRD) and has the fundamentals to operate to perpetuity by way of a diverse managed investment portfolio. There are 3 funding streams associated with the Fund and include Board initiatives, the Application Process and the Capital Project Reserve Fund. The Board initiatives are independent of the application process and include grants to 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. $75,000 of the grants to PacificSport Interior BC and the university are 100% matched. This year, 37 organizations were selected from the applicants to receive grants totaling $279,912. This ranges from $1,080 for the Senior Table Tennis Activity Club to $44,769 funding to the Kamloops 2020 Canada 55+ Games, which will impact 6 participating organizations. The 2020 allocations are listed and include contributions to capital projects, equipment purchases and coaching development. REPRESENTATIVE 2019 GRANT COMMUNITY IMPACTS The 2019 grants were provided to 36 Kamloops and Region sport organizations for a total allocation of $317,938. 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 2019 and the goal to strengthen their capacities. A representation is included for the review. ADAPTIVE SPORTS AT SUN PEAKS (ASSP) (ASSP) is a volunteer based nonprofit society. Established in 2008, it acquired registered charitable status in 2013. ASSP provides
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athletic and recreational programs to support the physical, mental and emotional well-being of persons with disabilities. The 2019 Legacy Fund grant of $5,000 was a continuation of support for the instructor certification program. The goals of Adaptive Sports at Sun Peaks are: • To provide opportunities for people of all ages living with a disability to participate in adaptive snow sports and recreation programs at Sun Peaks Resort. • To provide training and continued development of volunteer instructors to deliver these programs and facilitate a positive and safe experience for participants. • The acquisition, loan and supervision of adaptive equipment for use by participants as well as maintenance and storage of such equipment. • Coordinate fundraising and grant applications necessary to sustain the operation and growth of the program. Volunteer recruitment and retention is a critical component to the success of the Adaptive Sports at Sun Peaks programming. A key element for recruitment and retention of the volunteer instructor, along with the high quality of instruction/guiding provided is the commitment to training ASSP offers all instructors. This season, they have recruited the most instructors ever at 30. Training sessions begin in mid-November and continue throughout the season into early April. National recognition of the high number of ASSP Instructors with CSIA/CASI certification is highly regarded and provides a sought
after benchmark for other Adaptive Programs. KAMLOOPA CLUB The Kamloopa Club is located at Shumway Lake as a legacy of the 1993 Canada Summer Games and is responsible for the management of the facilities. The 3 member organizations are the Kamloops Rowing Club, Kamloops Canoe and Kayak Club and the Kamloops Waterski Club. The $11,848 2019 grant was utilized for the purchase and installation of locking roll up shutters for the clubhouse and has provided sustainability for critical infrastructure and equipment for years to come. The continued investments have provided timely and much needed support to maintain and upgrade facilities that would otherwise have been financially burdensome to the member clubs. The funding has strengthened the operational viability to sustain and grow the sports of the organizations KAMLOOPS CANOE AND KAYAK CLUB The Kamloops Canoe and Kayak Club received a grant of $9,000 as a contribution to purchase a new enclosed boat trailer. The most important impact of the trailer on the organization is that it has allowed them to safely transport a full complement of club and private boats to events held outside of the community. The old trailer was no longer large enough to carry the number of boats (i.e., 1, 2 and 4 person canoes and kayaks) required for their athletes to compete in all
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events at a regatta, resulting in the athletes not being able to compete in all the race categories they were eligible for. This was very frustrating for them. The new enclosed trailer can easily accommodate a full complement of boats and is much faster to load and unload due to its enclosed design. It also provides a much safer means of transporting boats, with respect to both the driver and the boats themselves. The previous open trailer was at risk of flipping over in high crosswinds due to the large amount of surface area created by exposed boat hulls. The security and peace of mind that the new enclosed trailer has brought to these longer trips is hard to overstate. The open trailer was also becoming an issue with their insurance provider, a situation that has been remedied with the acquisition of the new trailer. It is also more effective in protecting the boats from road debris, as well as reducing fuel consumption, as it is more aerodynamic than an open trailer.
THE FUND IS INTENDED TO SUPPORT • 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 Societies Act, are encouraged to apply for funding and will not be restricted by the application requirements.
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n the 21st century, it’s more important than ever for businesses to stay connected, especially now that they’re juggling multiple services like voice, data and cloud. And if that business has branches in different cities across Canada, they might be juggling many different service providers, and many different IT desks, trying to get everything working together. To overcome such a struggle, iTel works as a kind of network of networks. “We’re what’s called a network aggregator,” said Dan Rink, iTel’s chief executive officer. “iTel owns network assets in datacentres across Canada enabling
us to connect customers in every province.” That means that customers can rely on a single company to manage all their communication needs. iTel has grown quickly since it was founded in 2009 with revenues growing more than 180 per cent from 2015 to 2018. And they’re still working to increase their reach and improve their technology. “We’re on a mission to build the most extensive network of business communications services in the country, so we can connect businesses in ways they never thought possible,” Boros said. As an example of this, they recently
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created a hybrid communications network that spans six provinces and combines current technology with the newest network technology, providing their customers with a single nationwide network phone system, internet access and extension to two different cloud providers. Previously that sort of connection would have required six separate providers. In October of last year iTel announced an agreement with Comcast Business to dramatically expand their cross-border broadband footprint. It’s a partnership that will benefit both companies, giving each access to
vast network resources on the other side of the border. “We live in a data-driven business environment that can be difficult and time consuming for businesses to manage — especially across large multi-location networks,” said Kelly Pritchard, VP Sales & Marketing at iTel. “Organizations need to be focused on the productivity and profitability of their core business instead of managing their everchanging networks that are critical to their operations. Our partnership with Comcast Business Enterprise Solutions allows businesses to do just that.”
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“And I remember sitting and wondering, how do we combat this without being offensive?” That’s not a problem for the Noble Pig anymore, with three flagship beers and a further six rotating taps that feature new brew innovations for
Kamloops residents to sample. New for their 10th anniversary, they’ve recently started bottling their three flagship beers — their Munich Helles Lager, Belgian Pepper Ale, and Mocha Porter — so fans can enjoy them at home.
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Looking to the future, Summers said that she looks at The Noble Pig as endless opportunities and possibilities. They’ve been talking about changing their setup a little bit to accommodate some unique brews and one-off items, and they’ve been looking at ways to grow their bottling program. They’ve also been looking at ways to expand their food program to offer more products to their customers. But maybe most importantly, Summers wants The Noble Pig to be a central part of the Kamloops community. “I really would love to be one of those flagship restaurants that’s a part of the fabric of the community for a long time. And I really feel that we have the right team in place to continue to do that.”
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he Noble Pig might have been the first spot in Kamloops to dive into the craft brew craze when it opened 10 years ago, but it’s definitely was not the last — and operations manager and partner Maeghan Summers thinks that’s fantastic. “I love it,” she said. “I adore being able to go to all the different breweries and sit and have a beer and a bite and see the diversity and the different style of beers.” The craft beer industry might be on the rise in Kamloops, but Summers remembers having to train some of their first customers to try something that was outside of what they were used to. “I remember days of everyone coming in and ordering Canadian, MGD, Corona, and that was normal,” she said.
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To provide and promote culturally based, incl to enhance holistic well-being and pride
ALL OUR PROGRAMS AT THE KAMLOOPS ABORIGINAL FRIENDSHIP SOCIETY ARE FREE, CONF MINI STORAGE SITE The mini storage site is located at 48 West Victoria Street, and it is a program that services our homelessness people. It is open 7 days per week from 9:30-2:30 and is only closed on stat holidays. The storage site has 4 employees that attends to clientâ€™s needs. We provide a laundry service, showers, and public washrooms. Clients may use this address for their mail. Clients can store up to 50 lbs. of their personal belongings which are put into a plastic bag and then into a storage bin. Funded through the City of Kamloops.
ELDERS WELLNESS PROGRAM The Elders Cultural Coordinator has a unique and essential program for our Indigenous and non-Indigenous Elders who are 55 years plus. The Coordinator continues to promote our Elders physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being and healing. Our Elders are given the opportunity of having their needs met through, health & wellness, gathering and harvesting, preserving food, community kitchens, traditional cultural events, publishing an Elders calendar, traditional arts & crafts, story telling and Elders foot care. Many workshops are provided to our Elders throughout the year. Funded through BCAAFC.
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Kamloops Aboriginal Friendship Centre. The proposed program framework will provide annual two-day youth leadership conference at TRU for forty youth 16 to 24 years of age. Urban and rural Aboriginal youth in the TRU catchment area will be recommended by their schools and communities to attend. The conference will offer collaborative workshops and focus groups that will explore barriers to accessing post-secondary education, needed student mental health supports, educational exploration of programs and options, building student success, and increased mentorship opportunities with Aboriginal TRU alumni, current students, and the attending youth. Student bursaries will be presented again this year for Indigenous students graduating from grade 12 and who will be attending TRU in the fall semester, applications are sent out to all the Aboriginal Education workers in School district #73. Next conference is in May 2020. Funded through TRU.
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Team consists of a Team Leader/Family Support Worker, Family Preservation Worker, Indigenous Family Support 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. The Youth Worker on this team will develop and maintain a supportive working relationship with Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Youth at risk. Youth will be provided with information that will support them with educational, employment, social and recreational opportunities. Services may include but not limited to resume writing, community recreational activities Youth gatherings, cultural arts and crafts. Funded through MCFD.
EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
Team consists of two ECE Family Support workers, Outreach Support worker and a Nutritional Advisor. These workers provide inhome 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 participants to meet new friends and expand their circles of support. Under the Eagle’s Wing is a drop-in basis for families whose children are ages 0-6 from 10:00 to 12:00 Noon every Monday. Funded through MCFD.
HEALTH BEGINNINGS PROGRAM
The Family Support Work will work directly with Indigenous and non- Indigenous families whose children are 0-6 years old living in conditions of risk to have improved health and social development, services offered: Parent and Tot Play Group, 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. Parent & Tot Play group is a drop-in group every Thursday from 10:00- 12:00 noon. Snacks are provided. Funded through ICS.
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. Funded through MCFD.
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The logo represents native and non-native people working together to improve the quality of life for Aboriginal people. The four feathers represent the colors of all the Nations from around the world. Making, Beaded Earrings/Keychains and Ribbon Skirts. Funded through School District #73.
SUBSTANCE USE PROGRAM
Addictions Counselling Program provides oneto-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 their journey to sobriety. Funded through Interior Health.
The Roots Worker will work directly with Indigenous children and youth who are in care with the Ministry for Children and Family Development and Secwepemc Child & Family Service. The program ensures 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 with their family, extended family and Indigenous community. Funded through MCFD.
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The Cultural Education Coordinator provides culturally appropriate services that promote and ensure positive educational experiences for students through the School District #73. The Coordinator offers support and assistance to Principles, Education Counselors and Aboriginal Education Workers. The Coordinator also participates in Aboriginal grad, National Indigenous Day and cultural event held at School District #73. The following activities have been presented: Welcome Song, Drumming, Traditional Governance Past & Present, Story Telling, Residential Schools, Traditional Hunting, Community Roles, Drumming, Dream Catchers and Button Blankets, Medicine Pouches, Lanyards and Pine Needle Baskets, Rattle
The Community Research Liaison works with local community members, Health Care Providers and knowledge keepers to provide Research and Health Education Training. This project is funded by the [CIHR] Canadian Institute of Health Research for a study to offer local Traditional and Western health approaches to urban settings for prevention and management of diabetes and unhealthy weight. the involvement of local community-based individuals on their recommendations. Traditional talking circles, community gatherings and surveys will tell us what to deliver and how well the programs have worked.
AFFORDABLE RECREATIONAL COMMUNITY HEALTH PROGRAM (ARCH)
This program allows low income families to participate in all 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 through the KAFS receptionist. Funded through Parks Recs Kamloops.
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KAMLOOPS PROGRESS A NEW DECADE OF SUCCESS
Catholic schools look to the future
Students at St. Ann’s and OLPH are learning with technology
nrolment growth, day care and electronic devices are among the emerging trends at Kamloops’ three independent schools. Embracing technology is something St. Ann’s Academy is doing head on for it’s high school-aged students. Students between Grade 8 and 12 are required to carry a Chromebook with them to aid in their studies — something the soon to be 140-yearold Catholic K-12 school began just two years ago. Principal Patrick Niwa said he sees more fluidity in the way technology is used to support student learning being commonplace in the next 10 years. “We don’t think twice about bringing a pen and paper to class … and so I’d anticipate something similar with technology. We would anticipate you bringing your electronic device — whatever that may be in 10 years — where you’d bring that to class as naturally as you’d bring your pen and paper,” Niwa said. Mandating the tech was implemented to prepare students for the future, when they will expected to be proficient in using electronic devices, Niwa said. As for that 140-year anniversary, he said the school will be planning various activities. While nothing has been finalized yet, Niwa said they’re considering bringing back past events and former students to help celebrate. “We want to revitalize our alumni and invite them to come back into the school so they can be part of the celebration,” Niwa said. At Our Lady of Perpetual Help (OLPH), new technology is being integrated to keep parents better informed. “Gone are the days where we have our term report cards,” OLPH principal Christopher Yuen said. This year the school began using FreshGrade — an online platform where parents check in on their child’s grades more frequently — full-time after five years on the app/
Kamloops Catholic Schools St. Ann’s and Our Lady of Perpetual Help are each embracing technology — St. Ann’s requiring high school students to carry a Chromebook to class and OLPH making use of an app called FreshGrade to keep parents in the loop. website as on a pilot basis. But the platform is enabling the school to go beyond instantaneous reporting. “We can send images, we can send video clips we can send audio clips of a child reading for fluency. It gives them [parents] almost a window into the classroom,” Yuen said. Rather than playing catch up with their child’s educational needs, parents can now know their child’s needs right away. “If you’ve got a kindergarten
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student who’s struggling with the letters C,D and E at the end of September, I’ll give you that report card in November, but now we’re on J, K and H, so now you’re playing catchup,” Yuen said of traditional report cards. Child care programming is also trending up at OLPH. Having contracted out daycare and preschool programming for about 15 years, OLPH took the programs in-house about three years ago and expanded its offerings to include
before and after school care and a preKindergarten program. “It’s been a really great success, we’ve had really high demand,” Yuen said. He said the the programs fill a need as the families rely on dualparent incomes these days and and need child care throughout the day. In the next 10 years, Yuen said they hope to add an infant/toddler room to accommodate children younger than 30 months old as there is demand. Meanwhile, Kamloops Christian School has seen its student population increase more than 65 per cent over the past five years. Kamloops Christian School principal Sandro Cuzzetto said he believes numerous new initiatives at KCS are to thank for the enrolment increase. Cuzzetto noted KCS’s designation as a BC W.I.L.D. (Wonder, Inquiring, Learning, Doing) school by the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation for its Outdoor Kindergarten program (which now encompasses Kindergarten to Grade 5), its Industrial Arts Makerspace — consisting of metalwork, woodworking, robotics, electronics and 3D printing — a newly formed middle school program and Individualized Inclusion Program as examples. “We are very excited to see each of these initiatives grow over the next few years,” Cuzzetto said. With continued growth in the student population, Cuzzetto said he expects the school will be much bigger than it is now in the next 10 years, and KCS may need to expand to a larger building than its current location. “It is possible that we may be in a building campaign in 10 years,” he said. “Our previous capital campaign was a large success, raising $500,000 for program and interior upgrades, so we know there are people and corporations who feel that the school’s vision and mission are important and needed.”
Aberdeen Mall embraces change and it’s role in the community
Back in 1981, the population of Kamloops was 64,000. Today, it’s over 90,000. At one time, shoppers piled into coin-operated photobooths, posing for what may be their only photo that year. Today, our shoppers pose for selfies with loved ones and share them around the world. We’ve seen some big changes since Aberdeen Mall opened 39 years ago and we’re ready for even more. This year, we are unveiling some major changes to the mall. We’ve welcomed Marshalls and later this year we will celebrate the openings of Old Navy and Fresh Street Market. Renovations to the food court add space for new
food vendors. Capacity increases too, rising to 263 with new seating, tables, and bar stools. The lighting is bright and beautiful thanks to energy-efficient LEDs. The food court also features a new central cleaning station that reduces waste. You won’t find garbage cans in the food court, only a tray collection station where compost and recycling are sorted from waste. We can’t wait to show you what’s new—and we want to celebrate your successes too! We invite you to “Show ‘em what you got” by using #GotItAtAberdeen on social media. Locals can share
everything from their latest mall purchase to a hard-earned degree or a camping trip with family and friends. Participants can win prizes and may even find themselves on a billboard, bus ad, and more. Aberdeen Mall also has some surprises in store for shoppers. Follow us on social media and stay tuned for announcements throughout the year. For nearly four decades, Aberdeen Mall has been your town square; the gathering place for a community that has grown—and transformed—in so many ways. Come see what’s new at Aberdeen Mall and see what we’ve got in 2020.
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KAMLOOPS PROGRESS A NEW DECADE OF SUCCESS
Growth continuing on North Shore New buildings and businesses markers of economic success
amloops’ North Shore (The Shore) continues to evolve with the construction of two new buildings continuing over the winter months and many more slated to move beyond concept stage in the 2020 summer season. Jeremy As a community leader, the Heighton North Shore Business Improvement NSBIA Association continues to work on working and living. behalf of our residents and businesses In the past year, we celebrated the alike. opening of an innovative community We invest our energies in longhub the Xchange — a collaborative term planning aimed toward the project between TRU and the United community of the future, while Way located on Tranquille Road — working daily with our investors and and we are excitedly awaiting the developers to discuss and plan for redevelopment of the Innovation what that future can look like. Centre building to become a shining We have a passionate vision that star in finding new and innovative The Shore is both a deeply rooted ways to work, create and innovate. community thatMIK.Soc.Med.Kilt.Cash.FRONT.$10.pdf has grown positively We also welcomed long-needed through our past, and an innovative and positive influencer of the future of social housing developments to assist
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Streamlining from resource to tech
Transportation technology company evolved from resource
treamline Transportation Technologies is a company that is about as high-tech as it gets, but having evolved out of the resource sector, it’s right at home in Kamloops. “That’s where a lot of our customer base comes from,” said Dan De Palma, vice-president sales and marketing. “It’s a lot of resource-based customers with fleets and relationships that we already had.” Streamline Transportation Technologies provides businesses — generally those that are managing fleets — with a software platform that allows them to manage their business from compliance and safety
and investment and profitability standpoints. “We will send them hardware, we’ll attach our software to it and we’ll help run their fleets and give them some data and metrics to help them run their business,” De Palma said. Everything starts with a single piece of software, called Navistream, which then drives into a suite from a sister company. Streamline can then attach to other competing and non-competing platforms to the Navistream product through integration. All of this technology grew out of some very traditional industries — specifically Arrow Transportation
Systems, the parent company of Streamline. In the late 1990s, Arrow acquired a company that was running a telematics platform and began to build on that technological framework. Arrow began to run the platform in 2005 and incorporated as Streamline in 2007. Although the product was initially used internally at Arrow, staff began to realize they could spin it into its own business and began testing the market in 2015. De Palma said it has been a great success so far. “We’ve managed to compete as a
stage one startup with some of the best platforms in the world,” he said, noting the Streamline team is ready to tackle the technological changes coming to the industry no matter what they are. “Automation as the next part of our evolution is critical,” he said. “And artificial intelligence, which is critical. That’s really what we’re trying to do. Not just heavy-duty trucks, but mixed fleets, service vehicles, those types of things. “We can help those businesses through automation, through artificial intelligence — true artificial intelligence, not machine learning, as we kind of all know it today.”
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KAMLOOPS PROGRESS A NEW DECADE OF SUCCESS
Lightship grew from necessity
Creators of tech company built what they felt was needed
ometimes the only way to get the tools that you need to do a job well is to design them yourself. That idea is what brought Jaethan Reichel, Dan Erikson, and Tyler Eastman together to create Lightship Works and the Lightship application five years ago. Though they all came from slightly different backgrounds, they all recognized the requirements of field operations work. “We tried to build the thing that we wished we had in all those different jobs,” explained Reichel, who came out of oil and gas construction. Reichel describes Lightship as a field operations platform. It automates data capture, analysis and visualization, task completion and communication. Though it’s been adopted among businesses in the oil and gas sector, the most publicly visible projects
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they’ve done have been in emergency response. And just last year they announced a partnership with IBM to integrate artificial intelligence into their platform. The business has expanded
to include people in Calgary and Vancouver, and they had an office in New York for a time, but Reichel is pleased that it’s remained a Kamloops company. “The product was built here, we’ve grown here,” he said.
“From a Kamloops perspective, we’re proud of being here.” Looking ahead, Reichel said that it’s not so much financial growth that’s a driving force. Instead, it’s the way their application will continue to assist the people who are responding to emergencies. “There’s a heaviness to it,” he said. “The software that we’re building is something that people are using to respond to, in some cases, the worst thing that has ever happened to these groups of citizens.” With their growth continuing, Lightship Works is always looking for new people to add to their team, and from a wide variety of backgrounds. In fact, sometimes they don’t even know what they need until they see it. “There’s a lot of places where we’ve found someone extraordinary and we’ve made the position,” he said.
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Kelson Group Rents & Builds To Help Make Life Better Earlier last month, Kelson Group officially opened Legacy Square built on the Thompson Rivers University (TRU) campus, the second new-build construction project for the company in Kamloops. The property management and development company has been operating for over 40 years throughout B.C. and Alberta and has primarily purchased pre-existing apartment buildings to completely manage them. In the past few years however, the team has taken the opportunity to buy land, build new residential apartments, and then proudly take on the role of property manager. The company is moving strategically and quickly too to help alleviate the low vacancy rates in the city and to build for the increasing numbers of people moving to the city each year. “Our team has certainly caught the vision of our President Ron Fawcett,” said Jason Fawcett, Vice President of Operations for Kelson Group. “Ron has the ability to survey the horizon for opportunities that fit well within our areas of expertise, cast his vision to our team, and collectively we help make it happen. You only have to look at the past few years and the plans for the next decade to see how much enthusiasm and energy Ron has for our company. It’s sometimes hard to keep up to him!” In the past six years, the company has built and opened almost 400 new suites in four rental apartments developments including Wellesley Court in Abbotsford, Lexington Court in Langley, Peterson Landing in Kamloops, and Legacy Square in Kamloops. They are opening a 106-suite apartment rental building in Surrey this spring and have two other buildings currently under construction at
TRU, Liberty Pointe, a rental building and the other development will be condos for sale, another first for the company and its growth. “We are always wanting to be innovative and ahead of the curve,” said Fawcett. “Yet one thing always remains the same for our team and is the reason we do what we do: to provide apartments to help our residents live better! We know how nice it is to come home at the end of the day to a place that has the amenities you want in a neighbourhood or community of good people. We seek to build quality apartments, keep our buildings and the grounds clean and safe, plus provide excellent service to make life better for residents, and no matter what we do as a company, that will always be our focus.”
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Diversity in fitness at Kamloops gym Diverse Training Centre looks to keep clients on their toes
ith ten years in business, Diverse Training Centre has carved out a successful place for themselves in the local fitness scene. Unlike a lot of local gyms, Diverse Training Centre is focused on creating exercise programs for individual and group sessions, rather than provide a location for people to come and train under their own guidance. “The group classes are all full body, and we change it up all the time,” said Brad Young, owner and trainer. “That’s one thing that makes us a little bit different to a lot of other gyms is the routines we do are always changed up, always different. And they’re always full body. So you don’t have to worry about what day you’re coming.” Young joined Diverse Training Centre in 2013. He became part owner in 2015 before taking over sole ownership in 2018. “The personal training, obviously, that’s more tailored toward the individual’s needs,” he said. “You have a one on one consult, and then talking about injuries and goals, and right then you kind of build it around their needs.”
Brad Young, owner and trainer at Diverse Training Centre, shows Dave Parker proper workout form. Many people have difficulty starting a workout routine, especially in a group setting, because of selfconsciousness surrounding their bodies or current level of physical fitness. In those cases, Young suggests people sign up for a few sessions of one-on-one training to become more comfortable with the exercises before moving on to group sessions.
He said that group involvement can lead to a sense of community, not only when doing workouts, but sometimes even outside of the gym, as people experience their journey towards a healthier lifestyle together. “A lot of people are at their desk all day, a they’re not necessarily interacting with other people as much,” he said. “So I think a big aspect to the
success that we’ve had is making everyone feel like they’re part of the family. We have socials where people come in here and we’ll do potlucks. So I think a lot of it is about community.” He’s also looking to connect more with the Kamloops community in general, by getting more involved with community events and fundraisers. “Kamloops is a pretty good place to have a gym,” he said.
Kamloops Fit Centre grows strong Gym helps people with recovery and special concerns
t’s been an interesting journey for Artur Tumanov, owner of Kamloops Fit Centre, and his wife Svetlana Sorokina, who is the manager. The two came to Kamloops from Russia in 2009, separately but with the same destination — Thompson Rivers University. Tumanov was learning biology and environmental ecology while Sorokina pursued a degree in marketing and business administration. They met during an orientation program for international students and eventually fell in love. They also decided their passion lay in work
connected to health and well-being. “Then there was the potential to buy this business, of course we couldn’t skip on it,” Sorokina said. Kamloops Fit Centre originally opened in 2009. Tumanov was hired as a trainer in 2013 before taking over the business as the owner in 2015. Both also work at Kamloops Fit Centre as trainers. Though business originally dipped a bit following the change of ownership, Sorokina said that things have definitely picked up in the years since. “Right now we are focused on
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recovery, helping people with special concerns, people who have been to the other gyms but nobody could help them there,” she said. “For example, shoulders injuries, hips, so they are limited, but they still want to work out.” Kamloops Fit Centre provides a private environment for people looking to work with personal trainers, either on a one-on-one basis or in groups. “Everyone is welcome,” she said, but she jokes that introverts are welcome the most. “Because they want that private environment.”
She said that their focus as trainers is on smart fitness and not necessarily just building up a bunch of bulky muscle. “It’s more about how to make sure you’re getting healthier and stronger without sacrificing your health.” The next step for the husband and wife team is to develop an online program so people in other countries, or just those who can’t make it to a nearby gym, can still take advantage of the health benefits of a proper workout. “Or more introverts,” she said with a smile.
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Police kept busy as city grows
RCMP see more officers, civilian staff, potential expansion
he Kamloops RCMP detachment is growing as the city continues to do the same. The city police force has seen increases in recent years to its number of officers and civilian staffing levels. In early 2020, the City of Kamloops approved $750,000 for a study to look at physical upgrades to the Mounties’ Battle Street detachment — a facility built three decades ago and facing a space crunch due to increased staffing and changes in policing. The city is also looking into an RCMP request for a training facility, which will likely be up for discussion in 2021. Kamloops RCMP Supt. Syd Lecky, the city’s chief of police, said 2019 was a challenging year for the local detachment that saw an increase in serious calls.
The Kamloops RCMP detachment is expanding, both in terms of officers and civilian staffers. “As with the rest of the province and, indeed, the country, we have seen the landscape of policing change in Kamloops over the past year,” he said.
“Daily, officers in our detachment deal with an ever-increasing number of calls for service that include mental-health issues, illicit
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KAMLOOPS PROGRESS A NEW DECADE OF SUCCESS
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s Venture Kamloops moves into the new decade, our dedication to the economic growth of the city continues. The commitment to promote Kamloops as an excellent place for business, provide the highest quality service to local entrepreneurs and foster an environment for business success are core values of the organization. In 2019, the board of Venture Kamloops adopted a strategic plan that is supported by economic building blocks focussed on four key areas — the retention and expansion of existing businesses, the attraction of new business, the delivery of information on our community and promotion of it as a destination for skilled labour. Our business retention and expansion efforts connect existing businesses to all of the resources needed to maintain their success, and expansion when needed. These efforts are mainly achieved by one-on-one meetings with our economic development team. We encourage existing businesses to reach out for support, or to access one of our many programs. For business attraction, it is the job of Venture Kamloops to ensure the programs and resources we offer contribute to sustainable growth of our city. Gone are the days of courting large businesses with the hope they will choose your community in which
to operate. Instead, we initiate programs like VK Accelerate to support entrepreneurs looking to get into their first retail location, by connecting them to the resources needed early on. And, to ensure our city can keep up with the inevitable growth, VK Inside Track offers orientation to the Kamloops real estate market to attract developers interested in our city. Along with this program-specific information, Venture Kamloops strives to provide the community with the most up-to-date economic information on the city. Resources available on our website are consistently updated, including a custom report builder, in depth site selector information, various studies and a monthly economic indicator report that provides community statistics that are current and relevant. Along with those resources, our 2019 annual report will soon launch and provide details on Kamloops’ economic status comparable to previous years, as well as take a look
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Venture Kamloops is the City of Kamloops’ economic development arm. The organization works to bring new business to the city. at economic development activities within the region. Finally, workforce attraction and retention has been a sore point for businesses across the province, and Kamloops is not immune to this. We are focused on providing support to businesses in the area of workforce retention by leveraging community partnerships, as well as making a concerted effort to attract skilled labour. Our most recent initiative, the Balance campaign, is a media campaign aimed at attracting skilled workers to the city by promoting the attractive work-life balance enjoyed by
residents of Kamloops. Venture Kamloops has adopted an integrated approach to sustainable growth through the implementation of various programs that support resources. As we prepare for growth and change in a new decade, these are essential resources for existing business seeking to expand, new business looking to open, or developers choosing to invest. Jim Anderson is the executive director of Venture Kamloops. For more information on the organization, go online to venturekamloops.com.
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KAMLOOPS PROGRESS A NEW DECADE OF SUCCESS
Kamloops is truly a field of dreams for athletes of all ages and calibres, including these rugby players.
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he Tournament Capital of Canada is a year-round hot spot for sports in B.C. From Hall of Fame hockey players such as Mark Recchi to fledgling gymnasts such as Team Canada representative Gavin Dodd, Kamloops is a proven producer of top talent, with facilities to host every level of athletics. The B.C. Lions have held training camp at Hillside Stadium since 2010, using top-class Tournament Capital Centre facilities and neighbouring Thompson Rivers University to prepare for their CFL campaigns. Kamloops Track and Field Club athletes, some led by Olympic
bronze medallist head coach Dylan Armstrong, are among many user groups that capitalize on Hillside Stadium’s scenic facility, along with the Kamloops Broncos’ junior football team and the TRU WolfPack’s soccer squads. Down the hill is Sandman Centre, home to the B.C. Division champion Kamloops Blazers, recreational dropin hockey, Kamloops Minor Hockey Association action and the South Coast Women’s Hockey League’s Kamloops Vibe. Recent upgrades, including loge seating, are making fans more comfortable while watching those Blazers, one of the city’s best major-
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junior team in recent history. Across the river is McArthur Island Sport and Event Centre, home to the Kamloops Long Blades’ speed skaters and the Kamloops Storm junior B hockey team, among others. Mac Isle’s fields are among the best in the province, enjoyed by the Kamloops Youth Soccer Association, Kamloops Minor Baseball Association, the WolfPack baseball team and many more. Tournaments such as the Kamloops Invitational Soccer Tournament have drawn millions of dollars to the city. Sports Turf Managers Association, a non-profit, professional association
for men and women who manage sports fields worldwide, named Norbrock Stadium its field of the year in the 2018 schools and parks baseball category. The Tournament Capital Ranch fields in Rayleigh impressed players for a third straight year last summer at the National Slo-Pitch Athletics Canada Co-Ed World Series, which drew 127 teams to the city on Labour Day long weekend. The City of Kamloops is always plotting its next catch, looking to follow up on hosting major events such as the Tim Hortons Brier, World Women’s Hockey Championship and Western Canada Summer Games.
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KAMLOOPS PROGRESS A NEW DECADE OF SUCCESS
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ownhomes and condominiums are the new normal of the housing construction market in Kamloops as the need for affordable market housing becomes more and more apparent. The Kamloops and District Real Estate Association (KADREA) pegs the median price for a single-family home at $500,000 and building cheaper multi-family housing options, including townhomes and condominiums, to provide a less expensive options for homebuyers is the current trend in Kamloops’ housing market, said Rose Choy, executive officer of Canadian Home Builders’ Association-Central Interior (CHBA-CI). “With taxes, with mortgage stress tests, with interest, there’s just so many factors that are driving affordability out the
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continues on new apartment buildings on Lorne Street and Battle Street. In the U-District, one of two new apartment buildings being erected at Thompson Rivers University is complete. While there may be nowhere to go but up in the city centre, Choy said there is still plenty of room for singlefamily housing growth in places such as Tobiano. “It’s developing now. Ten years ago there was nothing,” Choy said. Another growing area is Orchards Walk in Dallas — the site of this year’s Kamloops Y Dream Home, which is celebrating an anniversary in 2020. This year CHBA-CI is celebrating 30 years in partnership with TRU building the Y Dream Home training house — 26 years with the YMCA. “It is amazing to think that this partnership, unique to our city,
has thrived for so many years and created many opportunities for young tradespeople to gain first-hand work experience on a job site,” Choy said. “We’re thankful for all sponsors and members that donate time or resources to the project each year — we couldn’t do it without them.” As the 2020s get underway, the housing construction market is trending upward, with 95 housing starts, year-to-date, as of the end of February compared to last year’s 43, Choy said, noting the bulk of that is due to multi-family development. Looking ahead to the next decade, Choy said the CHBACI believes that while there will always be single-family options available to accommodate all types of homebuyers, we can expect more multi-family options to pop up in the next 10 years.
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KAMLOOPS PROGRESS A NEW DECADE OF SUCCESS
Policy is key for Kamloops Chamber Recent municipal tax exemption helped launch project
amloops is home to a diverse business community that is fuelled by innovative entrepreneurs. As we continue to grow, we must embrace progress to remain competitive. But what do we want Kamloops to look like in the future? This is a topic our team frequently muses over while sipping coffee in a local shop. We envision a city with recreational and cultural amenities that keep our population healthy, educated and prosperous. We see vibrant corridors on the North Shore and downtown that support and fosters new talent. We foresee a robust city with strong leadership that tackles tough social and environmental issues. These are ambitious goals and
we have already begun to lay the groundwork. We are lending our support and ask the community to vote yes in the referendum for the Kamloops Centre for the Arts. We know that these types of amenities are imperative when attracting skilled-labour and top talent, while also creating a community gathering place. We helped develop key policies that will see new investment in our corridors. Most recently playing a key role in the recent revitalization tax exemption policy, creating incentives for new commercial developers to invest and build in Kamloops. This has allowed projects like The Hive, to take shape. The Hive is already 50 per cent pre-leased and will be a key contributor in creating a lively and
vibrant downtown core. We are engaged and aware of social and environmental issues that our community faces. We know that to be prosperous we must tackle these issues at the root cause and not leave anybody behind. We are meeting with key players and looking at frameworks other cities have implemented to help us determine how we can tackle these tough issues. The aspirations are high, but we are up to the challenge. We invite you to reach out to our team. Let’s meet for coffee and discuss your business needs and how we can create a prosperous community for all. Let’s get to work Kamloops. — submitted by the Kamloops Chamber of Commerce
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CELEBRATING A 50-YEAR TRADITION OF TRANSFORMATIVE EDUCATION. When we opened our doors in 1970 as Cariboo College, we made a commitment to think, plan and act differently in order to transform the lives of students. We kept this promise alive as we became University College of the Cariboo and continue to today as Thompson Rivers University. We invite you to celebrate this tradition with us throughout the year, as we mark our 50th anniversary.
Share Your Memories Are you an alum? Was your first job at Cariboo College? Did you cheer on the UCC Sun Demons? We’d love to hear your memories of the past 50 years, to share our story in a way only our community can.
Nominate a TRU Influencer Who do you think are the most influential people in TRU’s 50-year history? We want to recognize the top 50 influencers who shaped Cariboo College and UCC into the TRU we know today in terms of leadership, impact, innovation and forward thinking. Nominate your influencer today!
The Gift of Learning We’re giving back with 50+ events scheduled throughout 2020. Find opportunities like our Tap into Research bi-weekly series— featuring dynamic mini lectures on the cutting-edge research happening in Kamloops, hosted in the relaxed settings of our city’s craft breweries and coffee houses. Everyone welcome and new events are being added all the time.
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Kamloops Homecoming Weekend: SEPTEMBER 11–13 Save the date and join us on our Kamloops campus to celebrate our golden anniversary. Friday, September 11 l Meet TRU’s go-getters Connect with some of TRU’s brightest stars at our annual Distinguished Alumni Awards. Saturday, September 12 l All day celebrations Check out Open House and all-day entertainment, reunions, lectures, barbecue, a family fun zone, the unveiling of the 1995 time capsule and a legacy gift presentation. Sunday, September 13 l Cheer on the WolfPack Back the ‘Pack at the WolfPack’s alumni reunion and homecoming soccer games.
Williams Lake Homecoming Celebration: SEPTEMBER 26
Find your TRU. 1970
Founded as Cariboo College.
Move to McGill Rd campus. Opened Williams Lake satellite campus.
Amalgamated with Kamloops Vocational School.
Open Learning Institute created.
Cariboo becomes university college, offering bachelor’s degrees.
Striving Ahead: 25 Years at Cariboo celebrates students, faculty and staff.
First research chair appointed and three master’s programs launched.
TRU incorporated under Thompson Rivers University Act, and amalgamated with Open Learning Agency.
The Oﬃce of Environment and Sustainability established under inaugural director Dr. Tom Owen.
Cplul’kw’ten expands and a new Gathering Place opens in Williams Lake for Indigenous students.
TRU Law is the first new law school to open in Canada in over 30 years.
Bachelor of Engineering program launched.
Dr. Brett Fairbairn installed as TRU’s fourth president and vice-chancellor.
50th Anniversary, TRU grants 80,000th credential.
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RU was founded in 1970 — before the world’s first personal computers were released to the public. Fast forward to 2020, and TRU has awarded 80,000 credentials, offers nine graduate degrees (with more on the horizon), and welcomes more than 15,000 students on campus. Our faculty researchers and students tackle significant issues, such as what happens when nontraditional families move to countries that don’t recognize their legal status as couples or parent/child, when Indigenous patients who need health care face barriers of misunderstanding in a system that doesn’t recognize the legacy of colonialism and environmental policies that allow industries to trade their air-emission permits, which can result in pollution hot spots.
TRU is hosting community events throughout the year to celebrate its 50th anniversary. Research at TRU isn’t meant to stay in the ivory tower — it’s meant
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to help answer real questions in our community and beyond. TRU and President Brett Fairbairn are in the final stages of crafting a new vision statement — a plan outlining TRU’s vision, values, strategic goals and mission for the next 10 years. It identifies priorities like eliminating achievement gaps for students and future students, honouring truth and reconciliation rights and nurturing a relationship with the Secwépemc and designing lifelong learning to meet the changing needs of students. TRU was founded in part to provide academic and vocational programs outside of urban centres, and has become one of the province’s leading research universities and is a proud member of the Research Universities Council of British Columbia. But we are more than that. We are
different from any other university. Everyone — from those who haven’t finished high school, who are drawn to the trades, who want credit for work experience, who want to make a difference and change the world — is welcome here. That includes everyone in the community of Kamloops. To commemorate our 50th, TRU is hosting community events all year, culminating with the Homecoming Weekend celebration from September 11 to 13. (Find more at tru.ca/50.) As we reflect the things we’ve done so far, we prepare to meet the expected — but perhaps most importantly — the unexpected challenges and opportunities of the coming 50 years. — submitted by Thompson Rivers University
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TRU’s $50-million Limitless campaign is an ambitious investment in tomorrow’s leaders. Their future knows no bounds. Education empowers students on their way to greater futures, opens new worlds through research and builds better communities. These are the reasons driving Limitless, the largest-ever fundraising campaign launched by Thompson Rivers University.
Population Health Building opens, simulation labs will be outfitted with leading technology. The TRU Community Legal Clinic is increasing access to justice and the Tourism Innovation Lab is bringing out the best in entrepreneurs.
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amloops Airport is Swooping into 2020 with big plans. Airport manager Ed Ratuski said the biggest news of the year at Fulton Field will be introduction of the ultra-low-cost operator Swoop, which will be soaring onto the runway beginning this spring with flights between Kamloops and Edmonton. Four flights per week will operate from April through October and reintroduction of the Edmonton route is geared at transporting leisure passengers. “That’s the target market for that,” Ratuski said. Guest experience will also be checked at the airport this year. Expect the holding area to see new seating, in order to accommodate all of the Swoop passengers and pay-byphone parking. Some passengers forget to pay for their airport parking before hopping onboard a flight, while others get fined tickets for airline delays. A new app this year should solve that, Ratuski said. In addition, the airport will be working with the Canadian Air Transportation Security Agency to improve passenger screening. Customer service standards aim for 120 passengers to be processed per hour. At the time this article was written, Kamloops Airport was processing 85 passengers, due to a combined process that includes
Kamloops Airport, also known as Fulton Field, sees more than 350,000 passengers through its doors each year. security screening and bag checking. “With our passenger levels, it’s just not working any more.” Ratuski said he is pushing for technological improvements to improve passenger processing numbers.
Emphasis continues this year on working together with Tourism Kamloops and Tourism Sun Peaks in order to put the strongest case forward for the best air service at the airport. Kamloops Airport, located at
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Airport is coming off a record year
amloops Airport enjoyed another banner year for growth and community contributions in 2019. Thanks to strong performance from the airport’s airline partners — Air Canada, Central Mountain Air and WestJet — the airport welcomed a record 361,586 passengers in 2019, representing a three per cent percent increase over the previous year. Air service and route development discussions with airlines are always a priority. Beginning April 30, Swoop, one of Canada’s ultra-low-cost airlines, will kick off service between Kamloops and Edmonton, a route that’s long been at the top of many wish lists. Flights will ramp up to four times per week through October and airport and tourism officials on both ends of the route are encouraging locals to take advantage of the service and book now for summer getaways In fact, Swoop is offering an introductory deal for two travellers to fly one way for $123. More details are available online at FlySwoop. com. Of course, Kamloops Airport is closely
monitoring the growing impact of the COVID19 pandemic to the travel industry and general public. Before booking, travellers are encouraged to seek advice from Global Affairs Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada for the latest information on the outbreak. Airlines serving Kamloops Airport have travel advisories posted on their websites. Maintaining and developing a safe, efficient and welcoming facility is a key focus for Kamloops Airport. To that end, YKA successfully completed an expansion of the airside fire hall in early 2019, to house the addition of a second aircraft rescue and firefighting vehicle to the airport’s fleet. Several initiatives to enhance the guest experience are underway this year, including upgrades to the parking payment system, the introduction of electric vehicle-charging stations and improvements to gate area seating and preboard screening. Decidedly less glamourous, but equally important, are planned infrastructure upgrades to the terminal cooling and sanitary waste
systems — work that will be completed without impacting airport operations. Visitors to Kamloops Airport are now greeted by the iconic 419 Squadron CF5 Moose monument in its new permanent home at the traffic circle near the airport’s entrance. Refurbished and rededicated to mark the airport’s 80th anniversary in July 2019, the monument offers a warm welcome and visible tribute to the community’s legendary Moose Squadron and its relationship with the airport and City of Kamloops. As a regional connector, jobs creator and community contributor, YKA is also working to develop available land around the airport. Working collaboratively with the city, plans are progressing for the development of a hotel, as well a gas and convenience station to serve the growing Brocklehurst community, as part of the city’s development plans for the North Shore. To stay up-to-date on all things Kamloops Airport, go online to kamloopsairport.com or follow @kamloopsairport on Twitter and Facebook.
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Tourism Kamloops expects visitors Organization has programs in place to promote region
ourism Kamloops will continue working toward increasing the number of visitors to the city this year. Tourism Kamloops director of communications Monica Dickinson said the organization’s top priority in 2020 is “heads in beds” and building awareness about all that Kamloops has to offer. “I want people, especially in our province, to talk about Kamloops as a tourism destination in a positive light, a place where you want to get away to and a place that’s known,” Dickinson said. “Not only just a place, but knowing what’s actually existing in Kamloops. Knowing that our craft beer is remarkable, knowing that we have a wine industry, knowing that our downtown is quaint and has boutique shopping and great food.”
Tourism Kamloops has worked hard to take its message to the masses and will soon mobilize its visitor services. Last year, the occupancy rate was 64.5 per cent. The goal is to increase that by two points in 2020 to 66.5 per cent. In addition, the forecast revenue
growth is three per cent. In order to accomplish those goals this year, Tourism Kamloops has outlined a number of initiatives, including an expanded Luv’n the Loops program,
investing in the Kamloops Sports Council and Tourism Innovation Lab at Thompson Rivers University to support the creation of destination events and new tourism business and digital marketing — which could include promotion of the city through micro-influencers. Tourism Kamloops also plans to “mobilize” visitor services to connect with visitors in the community with use of technology. Meanwhile, one challenge for the industry presented early in the year included the coronavirus and its impacts on travel. Dickinson said part of the organization’s role is helping to navigate issues that negatively impact tourism, which have in the past included wildfires and floods. “This isn’t a new situation for us,” Dickinson said.
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Fly fisher Joel Oelrich (right) instructs Warren Polos on the finer points of casting a line at Overlanders Beach park as part of Tourism Kamloops’ recent Luv’n the Loops tour, which showed locals the many activities available in the city and region.
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So much is NEW at city’s oldest golf course At 106 years old in 2020, Kamloops Golf & Country Club is the city’s oldest golf course. Alec Hubert, who is entering his second year as general manager, thinks it’s the best.
fitting options for people to try before they buy. Their golf boards have also been incredibly popular. “It’s a great way for people to play a round of golf and try something new,” Hubert said of the mobile machines.
“The big thing about our golf course, in my opinion what sets us apart, is our conditioning,” Hubert said. “Our fairways, our greens, I think they’re probably some of the best in the interior.”
They’re also bringing back their Nine and Dine offer, which provides a deal on nine holes of golf, with food vouchers included in green fees. This will be available nightly on Thursdays through Sundays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. during their regular season, from April 17 to Oct. 5.
He said the course is very walkable as well. “It’s a treelined golf course, it’s fairly flat and there aren’t huge distances between the holes.” But there’s more than just the well conditioned, walkable course to attract players to Kamloops Golf & Country Club. They have an extensive demo program and club-
Kamloops Golf & Country Club is also host to a number of events through the year including the Mixed Open on July 25, the Gem Tournament on Aug. 8 and their flagship event, the Sunshine Amateur Tournament, on Aug. 15 and Aug. 16.
HE NEW WILLOWS RESTAURANT ELEVATED AND CONSISTENT The Willows Restaurant has transformed over the winter. With an updated kitchen and improved serving stations, Executive Chef Landon Knight is poised to take the dining experience to the next level. The Willows will feature a at Kamloops Golf & Country Club new menu with each season that will include new, healthier options along with some old favourites. They will also be catering to small and large groups for functions with a customized menu that can fit any budget and palate. Newly added, the Palmer Room is available for meetings or private functions, with room to seat 24 and fantastic views of the golf course.
2020 is an exciting year at KGCC with the return of our popular Playerâ€™s Card, just $200 gets you a free round of golf and $45 green fees anytime for the rest of the season. We have 3 skilled PGA of BC professionals on staff to assist with the right choice in golf balls, wedges, putters and to fit you for the right driver or set of irons. We have the largest assortment of demo wedges, putters & drivers of any golf course in the city and fitting carts for Titleist, Callaway and Ping. To make things even better we will match or beat large box store pricing on the equipment we sell. Apparel lines arriving this year will include Nike, Travis Mathew, Greg Norman, Foot-Joy, Dexim and a new lifestyle line called Verve. Some important dates to put in your calendar for 2020 are our Demo Day on May 2nd from 11am-3pm and our Sidewalk Sale which always has our best clear-out prices of the year, on the May long weekend. Golf has been a huge part of my life for 29 years, and helping you play your best golf is my passion! Last season I had students that decreased their handicaps by more than 6 shots after working with me and in 2020 I want that to be you. My philosophy on the golf swing is that everything is centered around the clubface and your ability to square it at impact. I base my swing teaching on helping you find your best swing, and I also believe that to play your best, you need to have a sharp short game. At Kamloops GCC we have a great short game facility with 3 different greens to practice on. This is where I can help you hone your game and enjoy the short shots! I have coaching packages focused on your development and having some fun, come see me, Iâ€™ll make you better!
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Education for the whole student: mind, body and spirit Many of our students are accepted into post-secondary programs A fantastic number are accepted into their program of choice Great percent receive scholarships or bursaries Curriculum based music and band programs Field trips, retreats and support learning
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Dedicated and trained Physical Education Teachers for Grades K-12 Integrated learning is personalized to the student and their sport Baseball Academy participation in house Many sport clubs – Swim, Track and Field, Cross Country, Soccer, Volley, Basketball, Lacrosse etc. Tournament Participation
Low Student to Academic Staff Drive Big Rewards • Every student in the front row for learning • Personalized education • Safe school environment where everyone is respected
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• Students learn to be community aware and involved • Students build deeper relationships with their neighborhoods • Sponsored gardens through Grow a Row which feeds our community food bank • Monthly non-uniform days to raise money for different charitites • Regular breakfast outreach program for the community
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• High level of engagement and participation from K-12 • Curriculum tailored to each student’s needs and learning style
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• Self-Actualization, your student reaching their full potential • Personal Growth, building self-esteem and self-respect • Belongingness, giving and receiving trust, and acceptance
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• Our first priority is each student’s success and happiness • Principal open-door policy for free dialogue between students, parents and administration • Dedicated teachers to mentor your child while they grow intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually
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• Active School Council and Parents Association (SAPA), committed to the success of the school and students • Parents are encouraged to be part of our community by many volunteering opportunities
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• Jazz Choir with performances in Disneyland and New York • Rising Stars Choir with local performances in the community • Bake Club, Art Club, Chess Club, Math Club, etc.
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• Guidance Counsellors provide career advice, academic help, and personal growth assistance • Help managing university selection, application process, and scholarship and bursary application
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Find your TRU. PROGRESS 2020: TRU School of Trades and Technology With a large proportion of BC’s skilled tradespeople retiring, trades and technology career prospects are better than ever. TRU’s School of Trades and Technology offers a full range of programs—from foundation through apprenticeship and degree options—to prepare students for the demands of an evolving economy. Streamlining apprenticeships
State-of-the-art training The 2018 opening of our Industrial Training and Technology Centre enhanced capacity by introducing new programming and increasing enrolment. With funding support from Canada’s Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund, the Province of BC and private donors, students train on the latest equipment for smooth transitions into employment. Training for employment is highest priority.
Leading sustainability Electrical students train with solar panels, future carpenters are taught green building practices, water and wastewater technicians learn to protect and treat source water, and laid-off workers find retraining options. TRU is recognized as a world leader in post-secondary sustainability, and our students will be prepared for a changing economy.
Broadening the field Kids summer camps provide early opportunities. “Youth Training in the Trades” empowers students to start programs in high school and earn dual credits. Women in Trades programs support more women joining the ranks, and off-campus initiatives bring training opportunities into communities. We believe in creating educational pathways for everyone.
TRU programs are backed by the Industry Training Authority of BC to ensure students are ready to work in the field after completing training in these popular trades, and all those we offer include: • Carpenter • Electrician • Heavy Mechanical: Heavy duty equipment technician, transport trailer technician, truck and transport mechanic • Instrumentation and Control Technician • Piping Trades: Plumber, steamfitter, pipefitter, sprinkler system installer • Power Engineer • Millwright (Industrial Mechanic/Machinist) • Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Mechanic • Welder Explore all TRU School of Trades and Technology opportunities and learn how we’re preparing students for tomorrow, today: For more information: email@example.com
We offer apprenticeship training which provides the schoolbased technical training needed to become a qualified journey person. You can complete training from foundation through apprenticeship training in Kamloops where living expenses are lower and instructors are connected with industry needs. We offer a full year of scheduled classes so you can plan your training and reserve your seat.
Glover’s Medicine Centre Pharmacy
Julie Ford PHARMACIST Julie is in her 7th 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.
A Personal Service
Since 2005 at Aaron Glover’s Pharmacy, it’s all about personalized service. Glovers is proud to say he knows 90% of his customers by name. He gets to know you and your medication needs so that your personal service is unmatched by any other pharmacy.
“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!
• Vitamins & Herbal Products • Vaccinations • First Aid Products • Home Care Products
• Kamloops Wildlife Park • New Life Mission • Canadian Cancer Society • Humane Society • Juvenile Diabetes Association • Heart & Stroke Foundation • Turtle Valley Donkey Refuge • United Way
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