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What you need to know about COVID-19

A new coronavirus called COVID-19 has caused an outbreak of respiratory infections. The symptoms of COVID-19, which can include dry cough, fever, sore throat and headache, are similar to other respiratory infections, including influenza. The number of cases worldwide is changing quickly. There are confirmed cases of COVID-19 in B.C. and Canada; however, all efforts remain focused on containing the spread of the virus. For the latest information on COVID-19, including the number of confirmed cases and links to information for travellers, visit the BC Centre for Disease Control. You can also follow them on Twitter for realtime updates.

Team Brown: Kamloops’ Own By Amber Vanderwal, special to The Connector

Prevention

Proper hand washing, covering your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, and staying home when you’re sick is the best protection.

Symptoms

Reported signs and symptoms include: fever, new cough, and difficulty breathing. If you think you have the symptoms of COVID-19, please stay at home and call 8-1-1, or your family doctor/nurse practitioner. People without symptoms, or those with mild symptoms who can be managed at home, should not be tested. The exception is health-care workers with COVID-19 infection who have recovered and require a negative test prior to returning to work.

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How Interior Health is responding to COVID-19

Our teams are working closely with the Ministry of Health, the BC Centre for Disease Control and other health system partners. We have plans in place for how to respond to cases in our communities and at our sites, and we have been taking all recommended precautions at IH facilities. We are sharing information with the public as soon as it becomes available through local media, IH’s social media channels, and on interiorhealth.ca. Still have questions? Visit these sites for trusted information and contact HealthLinkBC / 811 if you have symptoms Call 1-888-COVID19 (268-4319) if you would like more information BC Centre for Disease Control BC Ministry of Health Government of Canada’s travel advice COVID-19 self-assessment tool The Public Health Agency of Canada or through their telephone information line at: 1-833-784-4397.

Back row (L to R): Coach Allison MacInnes, Fifth Dailene Pewarchuk Front row (L to R): Skip Corryn Brown, Third Erin Pincott, Second Dezaray Hawes and Lead Ashley Klymchuk. Photo contributed. The 2020 Scotties Tournament of Hearts, Canada’s national women’s curling championship, was held from February 15 to 23 at Mosaic Place in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. Representing B.C. at the tournament was Kamloops’ very own, Team Brown! Nufloors Kamloops is a proud sponsor of Team Brown and connected

with them to reminisce on their tournament highlights, the importance of community, and a sneak peak of what’s next for the team. Why do you curl? Corryn: I curl because I love the sport and the people. I love to compete and play on a team. The feeling of winning is indescribable and I love to continue to chase that

feeling and the feeling of defeat makes me hungry to improve and come back better and stronger. Dezaray: I curl because I love the competition and love the game. Curling has introduced me to some of the most amazing people I consider family and has given me opportunities that I will forever be grateful for.

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Support the Arts Submitted by Susan Wolf, Kamloops Arts Council

Editor’s note: At the time of printing, the City of Kamloops has indicated that the referendum will be postponed given the developing situation related to the COVID-19 pandemic. While the date of the referendum may change, the Kamloops Arts Council’s support of the arts in our community will not. Humans are creative beings. It is woven into our DNA. Communities are knitted together through acts of art. Family histories are passed down through stories told around the fire, women come together to weave quilts and tapestries, we dance to celebrate or simply blow off steam. We wouldn’t be where we are today without the constant curiosity and imagination that created our clothing, shelters, foods and tools. Art isn’t elitist, it is what we are. The vote on the proposed Centre for the Arts is this month. This project is intended to bring people together and add vibrancy to our community. As with everything, there are those who are for it and those against. Often what people are against is not being included in ‘community’. There is a vision of what ‘art’ is that some people don’t relate to. They may not go to the ballet but will attend their favourite country music or heavy metal concert. They may never step into the Kamloops Art Gallery, but will drop hundreds or thousands of dollars on a painting of their prized horse, or a family portrait. Some consider a performing arts center elitist and have stated that lower

income people won’t have access. Tickets for a Western Canada Theatre production are $33 per ticket. Adult tickets for the Kamloops Symphony are $45. The Pavilion Theatre will offer for people to see certain performances by donation. The list of reasonably priced arts activities in our beautiful city is endless. The arts groups in our community make every effort to make the arts accessible to everyone. The nay side also lists the cost of construction and maintenance as one of the top reasons against the performing art centre and worry it will become a financial burden on the community. Kamloops Centre for the Performing Arts Society projects there will be no anticipated increase in municipal tax. Twenty-five to forty million dollars is to be raised through private donation, including the generous donation provided by the Fawcett Family. What often isn’t factored in is the economic benefits that are brought to the community through artistic events. The Chamber of Commerce projects the centre will create 565 full-time jobs and bring in 2.9 million annually. Nearby bars and restaurants usually experience a boost in sales before and

after concerts and performances. This isn’t always true for sporting events, which can draw business away. It’s common for people to purchase a new outfit or accessory for cultural events benefiting retail outlets. Money is spent on local advertisements, costumes and set supplies are often purchased locally, not to mention employment opportunities for administrators, cashiers, and performers. Consider also, the cost of going out of town to see acts that aren’t accommodated here. Someone may easily spend $30-$100 on an event in town, but not be able to afford travel and accommodations to attend events in Kelowna or Vancouver. Alternately, arts events visitors from out of town who will spend money on hotels, restaurants, gas, souvenirs and other activities over a weekend or longer. The arts and the Centre for the Arts, are meant to enhance and build community and are worthy of our support. Whichever way the vote goes on April 4th, remember that arts are a valued part of this community and encouraging growth in this sector can only lead to great things.

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Volunteers make the world go ‘round Ironically, National Volunteer Week is coming up on the week of April 19 - 25 and it is time to applaud this country’s volunteers. In most cases we will have to accomplish this virtually this year until the COVID-19 pandemic is under control. The in-person events, handshakes and hugs are going to have to wait. In the meantime do give a shoutout to your favourite volunteers on social media if you can. Send them a personalized thank you explaining how they made a difference in your life or those around you. Nominate that superstar volunteer you know for a local or national award. Send them a gift card to their favourite restaurant or coffee joint so they can enjoy a reward once things return to some kind of normal. And if you yourself are a volunteer, give yourself a pat on the back. Bottomline, make sure you thank these tireless heroes that make so many of our lives better all year long. If you watch closely, you will see they are busy still doing their thing even during this current pandemic. Our social media feeds are buzzing with messages of offers for help and dozens of people leaping to the aid of others. It is a beautiful thing and is one of the most important ways that will help us all get through these difficult times together. The illustration below shows just how much value is derived from volunteering on a regular basis. In extraordinary times, the value is nothing short of exponential. Enormous thanks to all of the volunteers in our community for all that you do. You make such a difference to the overall health and vitality of our growing city. We hope you get the recognition you deserve along the way. #NVW2020

Uncertain times

As always, I wonder what my voice can actually add to the social discourse. In these times of uncertainty and in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic my words truly do feel useless, but I suspect we all feel quite powerless right now and if nothing else we can commiserate and support one another. My two cents In my lifetime, I think MONECA JANTZEN this is probably the singleEditor most daunting world event that has hit this close to home. While we don’t really know what will happen during and following this big social experiment of social distancing and self-isolation, we have to hope for the best. Sometimes I feel like we are trying to swat a fly with a sledge-hammer but I also believe we are doing the right things and hope it will be enough. As such I’m hoping to be part of the solution, not the problem. I am laying low through this and luckily I have been able to do my work from home. My 82-year-old mother lives in an in-law suite in my basement so I have extra incentive to conform to these new protocols. Neither one of us is eager to be exposed to COVID-19 let alone help spread it around. I share everyone’s anxiety about what these measures are doing to the economy and our healthcare system, not to mention the individuals and families directly impacted by the virus. I’m happy to see our various levels of government being proactive. We are wise to heed their advice and seek out the help we need when appropriate. It is also a pleasure to see people reaching out to help others with various grassroots efforts such as the local “care-mongering” groups cropping up on social media. Besides all of the government press releases and websites offering links and numbers to services, there are real people looking to help. In most cases it is just a matter of reaching out and asking. I’m hoping that beyond the doom and gloom we all manage to find a silver lining or two along the way. Ideally, the best aspects of human nature will prevail and we will actually help each other more than harm and above all maintain a sense of humour and spirit of compassion. May we find new ways of staying connected. It is my hope that we will keep ourselves and our families safe and healthy, support our kids through trying and anxiety-inducing times and ultimately support our local businesses and community organizations when all is said and done. Kamloops has always proved to be a community capable of coming together in the face of disaster and I trust this time won’t be any different. Let’s also thank all of the people still out there working on the frontlines—truckers, healthcare workers, retail employees, etc. They are our true heroes. In April we typically pay tribute to our volunteers. We should do that also, every chance we get. When social media and the newscast is too much to bear, do get outside for some fresh air and sunshine if possible. Reach out to your network for help if you need it. Even in times of social distancing, people still care and arrangements can be made to get people what they need. Maybe even some toilet paper! No matter what happens, please don’t despair. As for The Connector, I must admit that this edition has proven most challenging. It has been a bit like playing whack-a-mole trying to fill the paper with content. Many businesses and organizations had to pull or change their ads and columns at the last minute. I will have to beg our readers to be forgiving. There may be dates or events listed that are no longer valid. Events are being cancelled or postponed and organizations and businesses are being closed or reducing access. We have done our best to keep up with the changing situation but it is our recommendation that you confirm the state of affairs as you go. At the time of printing no events are going forward until further notice. Perhaps there will be more virtual offerings as we go forward, i.e church services, concerts and the like. Kamloops This Week and other sources will be better prepared to keep you current and we apologize in advance if anything we’ve printed seems out of date or irrelevant. Let’s hope that May or June is a little less uncertain and our social experiment in the face of COVID-19 has the desired results. Take care, stay well and be kind to one another.

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Gleaning Partnership Feature: Family Tree Centre

By Sandra Frangiadakis, KFPC Food Action Lead

The Gleaning Abundance Program (GAP), going into its seventh year, has become a mainstay of the Kamloops harvest season, and is relied on by fruit-tree owners, gleaners, and recipient agencies to help see that our local abundance is harvested and shared with people in our community who need it. One of the most rewarding parts of the gleaning program is delivering fruit to our recipients. People are always glad to see us and are appreciative of the variety of fresh fruit that we bring them over the course of the season. When we started out, there were only a handful of agencies on our recipient list. Over the years, we have connected with many more organizations in our community that provide

services to food-insecure populations. We now deliver fruit (and sometimes vegetables) to over 20 different local organizations and we discover new partners to connect with each year. We often make these connections through conversations at our monthly Kamloops Food Policy Council network potlucks. Family Tree Centre has been on our recipient list for several years now and is a regular stop on our downtown delivery route. The Centre is operated by the Kamloops Family Resources Society, whose mission is to support families to overcome challenges. When you walk in the door of their downtown centre, it feels like you’re just dropping in on a friend. It’s a busy place and there are usually several moms and kids playing, having a snack, or just hanging out. The staff have created a warm and welcoming environment that really feels like a home. Their Drop In Program runs Monday to Thursday from 9 - 4 and Saturdays from 9 - 1:30. Children and parents experience a safe, non-judgmental social setting that offers a healthy hot breakfast and lunch, clothing and baby equipment exchange, free bread, take home food bags, circle time, and craft time.

Visitors can also access a variety of professional programs and services during their drop in, such as Baby’s Headstart, Infant Development, Drug and Alcohol Counselling, Living in Balance Recovery Program, and more. Family Tree also oversees a Mothers for Recovery Mentorship Program and a peer-led Mothers for Recovery Support Group which runs Friday mornings from 9 - 11. The mentorship program brings together mothers who are at least one year clean and sober from all substances with women who are new to recovery. Life-skills workshops are facilitated by the mentors, staff, and community professionals. Successful workshops have included Healthy Boundaries, Healthy Female Relationships, Post-Acute Withdrawal Symptoms, Healthy Parenting, and Relapse Prevention. On-site childminding is provided for these groups. The gleaned fruit we bring is often baked into cobblers, crisps, crumbles,

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or just made available fresh for folks to take home. The staff have also set up garden space in the back where they plant vegetables and herbs to help offset food costs and enrich their lunch offerings. Food insecurity is an ongoing challenge for families experiencing poverty, dealing with addictions, and managing other health issues. Having a safe, welcoming space to take their kids for a healthy snack or a meal can mean a lot to a struggling parent. The comments left on the Family Tree Facebook page show that they provide a much-needed and muchappreciated service. We know that household food insecurity is an issue of poverty that needs to be addressed at a higher political level, but in the meantime, we are grateful that there are places like Family Tree Centre to support struggling families and help parents feed themselves and their kids.

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Can you improve your relationship with money?

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In your life, you will have all sorts of relationships – with your family, your

friends, your co-workers, and even with civic groups and charitable organizations you support. But have you ever considered another key relationship – the one you have with money? Of course, this type of relationship has several aspects, such as saving, spending and investing. And your fellow Canadians clearly face some challenges in these areas. For example, in a recent survey conducted by the financial services firm, Edward Jones. Almost 80 percent

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business owner can take so it is important to have the structure correct. Revising a corporate structure after incorporation is costly and time consuming. There are certainly resources out there to reserve a name or get an incorporation number with the BC Registry, but that is not all it takes to be ‘incorporated.’ That is just the government agency registration requirement. “Incorporation” also involves (at minimum) establishing an appropriate share structure for your company that will serve its purposes now and into the future, allotting or issuing shares and meeting the purchase requirements, establishing the articles of incorporation and ensuring each share class has appropriate rights and restrictions to qualify for the tax advantages and business planning that required incorporation in the first place, creating and maintaining the minute book and producing the

required resolutions and registers. Lawyers and accountants work together during incorporation and throughout the year to make sure the company is properly established and meets the requirements of all important relationships the company will have – with lenders, CRA, insurance companies, bankers, landlords, suppliers, registries and the courts. With the proper structure, your company will be ready for expansion when you are and will protect what you have worked so hard to build. When the time comes to acquire future assets, take on investors or partners, buy other businesses or equipment for growth or sell or pass the company to other family members, the process will all depend on what framework was established when the Company was first created. If it is not done properly at the beginning, an incorrectly incorporated

company will hold up the growth or the sale and cause expensive delays while the company structure is altered to meet the future needs. It could delay contracts, loans, purchases and create difficulty with the CRA. A little advice and planning goes a long way – incorporating is an important step that needs to be done right. You get the quality of services that you pay for – why not have the peace of mind that all you have worked hard for was correctly set up and maintained? Doing the incorporation yourself is not worth the risk and the cost when time is of the essence to hire professionals (usually on a rush basis) to fix mistakes and redo what could have been done fairly inexpensively at the beginning and with regular maintenance.


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Over the past week our pharmacy has been receiving requests from patients for medication refills without a clear understanding of the regulations around renewals and emergency refills. This happened after Minister Adrian Dix and Public Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced that patients could get their prescriptions “without a doctor’s note” to help relieve

the burden on doctors’ offices. The following is the position of pharmacies in British Columbia: British Columbia’s community pharmacists are committed to remaining available to patients in need during this COVID-19 outbreak, as we have been for other public health crisis in the past. We remain steadfast in helping alleviate the burden on other parts of the healthcare system and providing an adequate supply of medication for patients, who are being asked not to visit doctors’ offices for their prescription needs. Over the past 24 hours, many patients have been directly visiting pharmacies, generally for one of two reasons: They require an adequate supply of their regular

medications in order to selfisolate; or they have run out of their regular medications and need more. While pharmacists are committed to ensuring every patient has an adequate supply of medication, they remain bound by existing regulations when providing medications without a new prescription. The following represent some of the criteria pharmacists must follow: Patients must already be taking the medication or have an existing prescription for their medication. Pharmacists cannot provide a new medication to a patient without a previous doctor’s prescription. Generally this service is provided for medications used to treat chronic conditions. Patients who have an

expired prescription can have that filled by a pharmacist. The pharmacist will work with the patient to determine the appropriateness and the amount of supply to provide them. Patients who have run out of their medication or need more, should call ahead to their regular pharmacy to determine whether a

pharmacist can provide the additional supply. Patients are encouraged not to stockpile medications. Pharmacists aim to make sure all patients have access to their medications, so they are generally not providing more than a 30-day supply to support those who are self isolating.” Pharmacists are the most

accessible front line health care professionals. Please get to know your pharmacist just like your Doctor so when you need them they can serve you better. I hope this is helpful as we go through the COVID-19 pandemic throughout Canada and rest of the world.

Seniors Advocate asks the public to look out for the elderly during COVID-19 pandemic B.C.’s Seniors Advocate Isobel Mackenzie is asking all British Columbians to look out for the elderly in our community. “While the provincial health officer has advised that most people who contract COVID-19 will experience mild symptoms, it is a more serious illness for the elderly, and we need to ensure that people who are not feeling well refrain from close contact with seniors and those who have underlying health conditions. We also need to support seniors to ensure they are properly washing their hands, cleaning surfaces they come into contact with, limiting their exposure to others in the community who may be ill and practicing social distancing for the time being,” said Mackenzie. “Seniors living in the community often depend on care workers, family and

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friends to assist them with everything from taking their medications, grocery shopping and cooking meals to more complex personal care needs. These seniors may find that some of the people they rely on may be feeling unwell and it is recommended that person refrain from direct contact until they feel better. That is why, now, more than ever, it is important for all of us to look out for our elderly friends, neighbours and family members living in the community,” added Mackenzie. The Seniors Advocate is asking all British Columbians to contact their elderly friends, family, and neighbours who might need some extra help and see how that person is doing. “It could be anything from helping a senior get some groceries, taking out

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their garbage, bringing over a cooked meal or bringing them up to speed on the latest COVID-19 recommendations from our provincial health officer. These are things we can all do to help, and they are important measures to

keep seniors who are living in the community healthy and to reduce anxiety both for seniors and for their family members.” The Office of the Seniors Advocate (OSA) has a toll-free information and referral line for seniors

or others looking for community resources not related to health care. “We have a toll-free number that people can call to find out about community resources that might be available, and we have just partnered with bc211 to expand our

hours of operation,” stated Mackenzie. Seniors with non-medical related inquires can phone the OSA’s toll-free number at 1-877-952-3181. For medical questions, please phone 8-1-1.

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Alzheimer Society of B.C. to retool Annual IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s

The Alzheimer Society of B.C. is enormously proud of its IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s, which has been an instrumental fundraiser to support people affected by dementia. The event is an opportunity for people to remember and celebrate people in their lives who have been affected by dementia, while raising funds to support people living with the disease today and to enable research into the causes and cure for the disease. While the event is always held the first Sunday in May

and last year’s event saw more than 20 communities across B.C. gather together, given the current news surrounding COVID-19, the Society is announcing that the group walks will be unable to be held in Kamloops and elsewhere as planned. “Our first priority is the safety of our participants, staff, volunteers and their family and friends,” says Cathryn France, the Alzheimer Society of B.C.’s Director of Resource Development. “The IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s is our

biggest fundraising event of the year and the funds raised allow us to provide critical programs and services. We are committed to coming together and having this event go ahead in a different way, perhaps virtually. Please stay tuned for more information, but keep May 3 free in your calendar.” This decision was informed by the latest recommendations from the Public Health Agency of Canada and the BC Centre for Disease Control. “We are so grateful to the generosity and support of all of our volunteers, participants, sponsors and donors who have contributed to this event so far,” says Cathryn, “Due to your tireless energy and contributions, together, we make a real difference to people in our province affected by dementia.” More information about the IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s and how you can attend will be available within the coming weeks. Even though it will

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look different, the event will undoubtedly remain a chance to honour and celebrate people affected by dementia. The Society’s First Link® dementia support activities provide support and education for people who are affected by dementia – and it will be crucially important for British Columbian families affected by dementia to feel connected and supported in the coming days.

While the in-person programs and services have been postponed, the Society is increasing its phone outreach via support calls and has extended the hours of its First Link® Dementia Helpline which, effective immediately and permanently, will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. to provide evening service in English. The Mandarin, Cantonese and Punjabi support will continue to be available between 9 a.m.

and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. • English: 1-800-936-6033 • Cantonese and Mandarin: 1-833-674-5007 • Punjabi: 1-833-674-5003 Visit the Society’s website (www.alzheimerbc.org) for more information about dementia, including information about upcoming webinars, newsletters and emails.

Changes to protect seniors receiving care Interior Health is making changes to long-term care and community programs and services to protect those most vulnerable to COVID-19 and address potential pressures on the acute care system. The changes include: • Temporarily suspending inter-facility transfers (moving individuals from one care home to another), except in circumstances of intolerable risk. Clients’ place on the wait list for transfer will not be impacted by this change. • Prioritizing admissions to long term care from acute care over those from community where possible. • Temporarily suspending all adult day programs. • Temporarily suspending in-facility respite care, except in circumstances of intolerable risk and for those who require palliative (end of life) care. These changes will enable health care staff to focus on increased surveillance and infection prevention protocols and prevent the spread of COVID-19 to our vulnerable seniors. Current clients will be contacted directly by Interior Health staff to discuss alternate services and supports where appropriate.

Individuals or families who have questions should speak to their care manager or contact their local home health office. Interior Health recognizes the challenges facing individuals and families and will do everything possible to support them through this unprecedented time. Visitors to long-term care Interior Health, along with all other B.C. regional health authorities, is restricting visitors in long-term care to essential visits only. Essential visits include compassionate visits for end-of-life care and visits that support care plans for residents based on resident and family needs (e.g., families who routinely visit to provide assistance with feeding or mobility.) As is always the case, individuals who are sick or are feeling unwell should avoid visiting any care home. Note: As of March 21, Interior Health has no COVID-19 outbreaks in our long-term care homes. COVID-19 testing is currently included in all testing done for respiratory illness in long-term care facilities. For the latest COVID-19 information visit the BC Centre for Disease Control website: http://covid- 19.bccdc.ca/


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everything organized SHAWN FERGUSON Everything Organized

this takes some planning as I’ve explained in the past. Have your boxes and bags and everything else you will need to walk into the area and stay there. But wait— you forgot that you need some garbage bags and tape prior to starting this project so off to the stores to get some supplies right? At this time it’s more important than ever

to make your lists to maximize your outing so that you spend the least amount of time as possible in crowds and to conserve your resources. Prior to going out make a list of where you’re going and what you need. This is not something to do 10 minutes prior to leaving but instead spend some time to maximize your outings.

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If you are older or have a weaker immune system this is a great time to ask for assistance from friends or family or reach out to a service that can assist you to get supplies still employing social distancing methods. Lists will help you keep yourself on task in a time when so much is happening to distract us. If everyone spends some time thinking prior to running out the door we will be

better off in the days to come. Lastly please don’t mass buy supplies as this is just hurting your neighbours who will now be without the needed items which will increase their stress in this time of uncertainty. I’m not saying to not be prepared for a week or two but keep it within reason to allow everyone to get supplies. People are buying more than normal

to minimize trips but some are going too far and this just makes it more difficult for everyone to gather their week’s supplies. At this time we are still able to help you if would like assistance with downsizing, transitions and organizing as we do have all required protective gear for everyone involved, but this will be on assessment of each situation as need. Best wishes to all.

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Hardwood floors are beautiful and also require some extra TLC. If not done properly, mismanaged cleaning can damage a gorgeous hardwood floor. In general, it is important to clean your floor with a specific hardwood flooring solution, which you can find at your local flooring store. You want something that is safe for you, your pets, and won’t leave a residue. Using the appropriate flooring solution (sprayed onto a dry mop cloth), vacuuming, and sweeping it regularly is all you’ll need. Cork floors and laminate floors are lovely but still require extra care when cleaning to make sure they last in beauty and value. For both, avoid putting the solution directly on the surface; spritz a damp cloth lightly and clean as you go. Dry mopping and vacuuming will go a long way.

Carpet plays by a different set of rules. You’ll want to vacuum at least once a week and more often in those heavier traffic areas. The frequent vacuuming helps your carpet live longer by preventing the build-up of particles that can eat at the carpet fibres. If you have a plush carpet, take your time and do multiple passes. Despite your best efforts, your carpet will be a place of accidents and spills. When taking care of a spill, blot — don’t rub — the area with a cleaning solution. In addition, steam cleaning your carpet is essential to keeping it looking fresh and new. We’d recommend steam cleaning annually for a family of four. If you have questions on how to clean your floor or what solutions to use, let’s talk more about it. You can reach us at 250-372-8141.

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held in Grinrod at the end of September each year. Over the years, we have donated approximately $40,000 plus one large screen TV, a DVD player, several DVDs to the children’s lounge plus 11 smaller flat screen TVs and 11 DVD players for individual children’s rooms. For all of these units we had generous help from two local electronics stores in supplying these units. The KSRA is blessed with a very active membership.

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In today’s society with the needs for full disclosure and accountability of the Automotive Industry, we as consumers want to know what benefits or measures are in place to protect us with our 2nd most major purchase, a vehicle. CAMVAP (CANADIAN MOTOR VEHICLE ARBITRATION PLAN) is a cross-Canada program that you can use to resolve disputes with a manufacturer about defects in your vehicle’s assembly or materials, or how the manufacturer is applying or administering its new vehicle warranty. Disputes are resolved through binding arbitration. This plan covers most domestic and imported passenger cars, light trucks, sport utility vehicles, vans

and multi-purpose passenger vehicles purchased or leased in Canada, as long as the vehicle is the current model or one of four previous model years. They have been involved in over 9,400 cases since 1994, with 214 resolved in 2018 alone and 1900 buy-backs since its inception. In the USA they have a similiar process created by the Federal Government called the “Lemon Law” while in Canada, participation is voluntary by the automotive manufacturers. Even though it is not legislated, the decisions are binding. Campaigns A campaign can be stated as “a customer satisfaction initiative.” If a manufacturer notices an item or component that is not up to their expectations for function or durability, owners of that vehicle may be contacted. If a person brings a concern to the attention of a participating dealership and if that fault is recommended by the manufacturer to be repaired it will be done free of charge in most cases, subject to mileage

and the age of the vehicle. Some people think this is some kind of secret hidden warranty ----- FALSE! Anything you wish to know, especially regarding outstanding “Campaigns” can be easily checked with the dealership or manufacturer. If your concern is on the list, they will be most happy to fix it. Recalls A recall is different from a campaign. Even though they are initiated by the manufacturers, they are monitored and evaluated by either Transport Canada, for safety related items or Environment Canada for emissions related concerns. Recall notices are, by law, sent out to every owner of the applicable vehicles as identified in the Manufacturer’s Customer database. It is highly recommended that when purchasing a used vehicle less than 15 years old, you contact the manufacturer and let them know that the vehicle ownership is now yours. Recalls usually last the lifetime of a “road worthy vehicle” and can be found independently

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A selection of photos entered into Kamloops This Weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s monthly photo contest over the past several years.

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TEAM BROWN: Kamloops’ Own Continued from page 1 What does local sponsorship mean to you and why does it matter? Corryn: We would not be able to curl without local sponsorship. A curling season is very costly especially with travel out of province. We have been very fortunate to have some great companies behind us throughout our curling journey. Partnering with local companies also allows us to get to know those who are sponsoring us and how we can make their investment more worthwhile. Representing locally owned companies also helps the economy thrive at a local level. We are proud to wear so many great local company’s logos on our jackets! Erin: Local sponsorship is a huge reason why we are able to do what we do! I think supporting a local team like us is a great way for a business to show potential customers that they are community minded. And in the same token, we are honoured to represent where we are from so being able to do that in the form of wearing a local businesses logo on our jackets is awesome. What was the highlight of your time at the 2020

Scotties Tournament of Hearts? Corryn: The highlight of the Scotties for me was probably receiving our Scotties necklaces. Receiving that necklace is something I have dreamt about since I was a little girl. The necklace is a symbol of accomplishment for making it to the Scotties and I will cherish it forever! Erin: There were so many highlights and pinch me moments throughout the week! As a kid you dream of being there. Getting that first Scotties win in our very first game was such a cool experience. Other things like getting our Scotties necklaces or being marched into the arena during the opening ceremonies are also highlights for sure. Ashley: Ashley: The whole Scotties event was amazing. I don’t know if I can pin point one highlight. I would say though, every time we got marched onto the ice it gave me goosebumps. Dezaray: Wow…The Scotties. Just being there was a dream come true! I would say the ultimate highlight was getting presented the necklace. This is something that as a little girl and watching the Scotties I have always dreamt of getting.

To me, it’s a symbol of accomplishment. However, the first slide over the hearts on the ice was a pretty incredible feeling too! What is the biggest takeaway from your time at the Scotties and/or this year’s curling season? Erin: I think just knowing we belong at that level. We had several games at the Scotties that came down to the last rock against worldclass teams like Homan, Jones and McCarville, teams that have been there many times. Ashley: My biggest take away is that Team Brown can play against the top teams in Canada. What’s next for Team Brown? Corryn: Team Brown is looking forward to another busy season! We have our goals set on returning to the Scotties and building upon what we accomplished in Moose Jaw this year. We are also hoping to lock up a spot at the Olympic Pre-Trials or even Trials if really perform well. We are planning to do more out of province tournaments that will further help to improve our game

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Ian Williams Vintage Canada, 2019, 448 pages. Available in book stores “The truth is that wherever a man lies with a woman, there, whether they like it or not, a transcendental relation is set up between them which must be eternally enjoyed or eternally endured.” C. S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters. This quotation precedes the novel’s events. Part One, set in the late ‘70s, consists of two main characters, XX and XY. Each character alternates with the other as the narrator relates the circumstances central to the novel. For each of them their first chapter consists of one sentence only. The sentence attributed to XX, the woman: “Both of their mothers were dying in the background.” The sentence attributed to XY, the man: “Both of their mothers were still alive in the background.” As in any hospital, the lack of privacy forces the man and woman to hear intimate details of the dying- but- still-alive mothers. The visitors can

not avoid each other. XX, or Felicia, is only a year or two out of high school. She and her mother are from an unnamed Caribbean island, and have been living together in Toronto in the cramped rented quarters of “a Christian lady.” In the hospital Felicia tries to soothe her unconscious but restless mother while XY, or Edgar, a white middle-aged businessman, smokes his cigarette and contemplates how to situate himself so that his calves show to best advantage when Felicia returns to the room. Although it is Felicia who dismisses Edgar initially as unattractive and annoying, the two become involved to the point that Felicia (mistakenly) thinks he has asked her to marry him. Their baby, nicknamed “Army,” is raised by Felicia on her own. The mayo sandwich in Army’s lunch kit is symbolic of the frugal lifestyle of the mother and son. The teen-aged

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Army constantly hustles for money. He sets up a barber service in the garage of the place they rent from a “Mr. O,” a man suffering from a divorce and an “ex” whom he constantly talks about. A barbeque, a fitness facility, and other short-lived businesses occupy Army until Heather, the daughter of “Mr. O,” comes to her dad’s for the summer break. The black door between the upstairs landlord and the downstairs tenants must be unlocked by both sides in order to open, a foreshadowing of sexual tension between the two young people. The title “Regeneration” can be interpreted in a variety of ways. The new generations are the result of a series of factors, all unpredictable, often messy, and sometimes heart-breaking. The novel treats the characters with gentleness while ruthlessly unveiling flaw after flaw. Ribald and raw humour, with an emphasis on the absurdity

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bodies with legs set farther back and large feet, make it awkward for them on land. Of the Troup, Mergansers are distinctly identifiable due to their elongated bills, bodies and tufted crown feathers. Buffleheads are the smallest with distinct white, pie shaped marking on their head. Continued on page 18

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Games that can challenge the Brain Games are as popular as ever. For evidence of that, one need look no further than his or her own smartphone. The number of hours people spend playing games on their smartphones and tablets might surprise even the most ardent players. According to the mobile research firm Apptopia, between May and July of 2018, mobile users spent a whopping 3.38 billion hours playing the wildly popular strategy game “Clash of Clans,” making it the most popular smartphone game in the world during that time period. Games might be seen as a way to unwind, but some games can potentially do more than merely provide a way to escape the daily grind. Brain teasers, riddles and crossword puzzles are just some of the types of games that can help people engage and challenge their brains while still providing a bit of escapism. An organization in Michigan aims to help locals adopt healthier

lifestyles, notes that the following exercises, games and platforms can help men and women challenge their brains in unique ways. • BrainHQ: According to Posit Science, which created the system, BrainHQ (aarp.brainhq.com) is a system of training the brain that was developed by neuroscientists and other brain experts. The BrainHQ platform includes various brain training exercises with hundreds of levels that can help people improve their brain function, including memory and retention. • Writing in the Stars: Similar to a crossword puzzle, this game provides a list of nine words to users, who must then find the six words that connect to from a six-point star before they can move on the next level. Available at www.happy-neuron.com, Writing in the Stars aims to help users improve their logical reasoning. • Private Eye: With a goal of helping users improve

their focused attention and concentration, Private Eye (happy-neuron.com) asks players to peruse a grid full of intricate layers and symbols in an effort to find the item that does not belong. • Braingle: With more than 200,000 members, Braingle (braingle.com) is a popular online community where users can go to access brain teasers, trivia quizzes, IQ tests, and more. Users even rank the games, allowing novices to find games that might help them hone certain skills or ease their way into challenging their brains with games. Millions of people across the globe play games every day. Though players often play games to have fun, they might be helping their brains without even knowing it. A search for brain games online will unearth many other options worth exploring including luminosity.com and others aimed at children as well.

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are used to determine every move, as you must use the appropriate coloured key to unlock the same coloured door tiles. I have played this game with my 10-yearold brother, my 13-year-old sister and both my parents many times. We all enjoy the strategic gameplay that is simple enough that kids can play it on their own but we can also play it as a family. The best feature of Keys to the Castle is the replayability. The board consists of tiles that you arrange differently each time you play, so you never play the same game twice. The other thing I like is that it is not a long game to play. You can pick up the box, set it up, and play the game all in 15 minutes. We usually end up having so much fun we end up playing multiple games and it turns into a “best three out of five.” If you’re looking for a new fun family game, I would highly recommend trying this one out. It is also super affordable at only $19.99! games online will unearth many other options worth exploring including luminosity.com and others aimed at children as well.


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5 ways to engage with our elders— safely Grandparents and seniors can share wisdom and a lifetime of experience with the young people in their lives. Expressing gratitude for such lessons is a great way to show the seniors in your life, whether it’s a grandparent, mentor or family friend, how much they’re appreciated. Some seniors live alone, while others may be living with their adult children and grandchildren, offering care and support to help make the household function. Whether grandparents, aunts and uncles or older friends live close by or elsewhere, there are many ways for their loved ones to show them how much they care. 1. Become pen pals. Seniors may have limited mobility or opportunities to get out of the house. Receiving mail, an email or phone/video calls are ways to connect with the outside world. Regularly communicate with a grandparent or other senior, sharing tales of daily life and key moments that will bring them joy. Chances are they’ll return the favour with a letter or other messages of their own. 2. Explore technology together. Younger generations can introduce seniors to available technology that can bring them closer. This may include digital assistants that enable them to share videos, tablets to send email or access social media, mobile phones for calling and texting, and anything else families can customize to their needs. 3. Offer virtual companionship or employ social distancing if in the same household or outside. Spending time with younger generations can motivate seniors to stay

active and engaged. Have games and activities at the ready or simply provide a listening ear. 4. Shop and run errands. Help aging loved ones perform the tasks that they may not be able to tackle on their own. This can include picking up groceries or prescriptions or taking them to appointments. Simple work around the house, like doing laundry or light clean-up, also can be a big help. 5. Start a hobby together. Develop a hobby that seniors and young people can enjoy together if you live in the same household. Watching classic movies, painting ceramics, or gardening are just a few of the many hobbies that seniors can enjoy with their young loved ones. Long distance hobbies one could share might include collecting stamps or learning photography together or these days possibly playing a computer game like Scrabble or Words with Friends together depending on how technically savvy your elder happens to be. There are many ways to bridge the generation gap and spend meaningful time with aging loved ones and it is worth getting creative on how to accomplish this during the current health crisis. Perhaps the most challenging group to reach will be our loved ones currently in the care of seniors’ facilities where the access has become necessarily restricted. Inquire at the facility if there is a way to have a video chat, phone call, to send a letter or small gift during this time. Your loved ones will take heart in knowing that you are thinking of them.


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We, at the Senior’s Community Centre @ Desert Gardens have the feeling that Spring is in the air. Flowers are sprouting and the birds are returning. What joy! It’s so nice to see everyone getting outside and enjoying the sunshine, making them feel happy, bounce in their step and more anxious than ever to get together with their friends in our Oasis Café. In light of COVID-19 and the broad attempts to minimize the spread of the virus, all of the activities at Desert Gardens will be suspended until further notice. See details below. When we do resume regular activities we encourage you to come out and get re-acquainted with

old friends and perhaps meet some new ones. Here are some of the activities that you can return to or try once things go back to normal, hopefully sooner rather than later. Toastmasters usually meets every Thursday morning @ 7 a.m. and Thursday evening @ 7 p.m. We will also be introducing a new program. It is called “Mexican Train” which a spin off of dominoes. This will eventually happen every Saturday at 2 p.m. Once things start up again you can enquire about booking a room(s) for a meeting or that special occasion. Give us a call at 250-372-5110. We would at this time

like to congratulate the new Strata KAS1911 Council and we look forward to another great working year together. We from the Seniors’ Community Centre would like to wish everyone a very Happy Easter and lots of sunshine and flowers. Take good care of yourselves and your family and neighbours during this exceptional time. Enjoy the warmer weather and be safe. We look forward to seeing you all again once the pandemic is behind us. IMPORTANT INFORMATION 1. The Senior’s Community Centre @ Desert Gardens AGM to be held March 31, 2020 will be cancelled until further

notice. Notices will be posted once we are able to re-establish a date. 2. The Senior’s Community Centre @ Desert Garden will be closed until further notice. A message will be left on our phone line regarding re-opening. Definitely closed until April 6, 2020. This includes closure of all activity programs, meal programs and dinners. We are very sorry for the inconvenience this may cause. Hopefully we will see you all sooner than later but the main thing is that we follow social distancing and self-isolating protocol in order to minimize how many of us get sick. Take care at this difficult time.

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50th Annual Easter Parade put on Pause As many other organizations, the Kamloops Chapter of the Vintage Car Club of Canada has had to cancel the annual Easter Parade. It is most unfortunate that our Parade will not be happening as this would have been our 50th annual Easter Parade. To date we have never before missed a year since its inaugural running in 1971. At this point, we do not know if we will try to run the Parade later this year or wait until 2021 and try, once again, to present our 50th annual Parade at that time. We thank all of our sponsors, attendees and spectators for your support over the last 49 years. We have offered some photos from last year’s parade before social distancing was a thing. We wish everyone well during this difficult time and hope that our vintage cars will be back on the roads soon. Dick Parkes, 2020 Easter Parade Marshall Kamloops Chapter, Vintage Car Club of Canada

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Pochards (Ring-necked, Scaup, Canvasbacks and Redheads) though classified in the same family, have very different diets. Canvasbacks are known for their incredible ability to open their jaw while excavating for aquatic plants. Redheads probe for similar provisions, yet are not as equipped for digging. Scaup are the carnivorous creatures of the bunch, gleaning amphipods while cruising beneath the surface of the water. While all these birds submerge to acquire food or escape predators, using mainly their feet for propulsion and movement (often in a circular rowing motion) their small wings

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing and self-isolation rules, most, if not all, activities in these calendars will be cancelled or postponed. To confirm status of programs, please check with the organizations.

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How can you keep yourself and others safe during these challenging times? Just how serious is the COVID-19 virus and what does “social distancing” entail? With so much information out there about the coronavirus, from wellmeaning but unfounded advice making the rounds on the internet to the nonstop news coverage, it’s hard to find a balance between staying calm and safe, but realistic. I hear comments that there is no reason to panic, another coronavirus (SARS)

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spreading it to others. Many businesses and non-profits are getting creative with the “keep to yourself” kind of shift in behavior and practices, while balancing people’s desire to connect. For instance, some Kamloops churches are offering online worship services. Businesses are opening early for an hour so senior shoppers have a chance to navigate safely with fewer crowds. Neighbours are helping neighbours out with grocery pickups for those who are unable to do it themselves. My office also remains open to help those who need assistance with any federal government programs (like pensions, immigration, and tax issues), but we are no longer taking face-to-face meetings to try to keep staff and constituents safe from the spread of COVID-19. We are still available by phone in Kamloops: 250-851-4991 and email: cathy.mcleod. c1@parl.gc.ca, so feel free to reach out if we can help.

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made the rounds in 20022003 and we prevailed, that many people die from the flu every year anyway, so what makes this so different? COVID-19 is spread much more readily between people, and there is no available vaccine yet but scientists are working hard, so it is up to each one of us to take steps to keep ourselves and others healthy. This means we must cut back on social interactions as much as possible – don’t shake hands, avoid gatherings of groups of people — stay home as much as you possible. Sorry, no more square dancing for now, folks! It also means we must cover our mouths if we sneeze or cough, wash our hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, and try not to touch our faces. And if you are exhibiting symptoms of this respiratory illness – fever, cough or difficulty breathing – please follow the steps to selfisolate for 14 days to avoid

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Zone 8 55+ folk want you at the Games Submitted by Linda Haas

Ever notice the older we get, the more we’re like computers?

We start out with lots of MEMORY and DRIVE, then we become outdated and eventually need some of our parts replaced... While some seniors find working with computers frustrating, others recognize their utility; familiarity should not breed contempt! Look under Zone 8 on the www.55plusbcgames.org website for upto-date information on playoffs, minutes of the last meeting, and contact information for executive, sport event coordinators, and area reps. It’s time to prepare for the fun and excitement of the 55+ BC Games in Richmond, September 15-19, 2020. Zone 8 participation info must be received by your coordinator or zone 8 registrar by June 18 latest, with forms, membership, registration, and participation fees needed by then or by playoff dates. It is important to let the sport coordinator know if you want to take part, since interest dictates whether playoffs need to be scheduled. You may try out for more than one event, but you may only participate in one event at the Games. Welcome to our newest Coordinator for Bridge: Maxine Sealock, 250-320-0248, sealockb@telus.net.

Thanks to the outgoing coordinator, Bill Lee. We have keen lady curlers in Zone 8, but where are the men? Men teams need to hurry hard to give equal gender representation in Richmond! Please contact Paul or Janet Quesnel: 250-453-9665 or jpq@coppervalley.bc.ca as soon as possible. Please note that the following may have been postponed or cancelled. As of press time we had not been apprised of any changes: To promote interest, and hopefully new participants in this or next year’s Games, there are two upcoming Give It a Try Days. Riverside Lawn Bowling Club invites you to come out and give lawn bowling a try. On April 25th and 26th at 10 a.m. or 1 p.m., you will receive a short lesson and then play a game. For more information and/or to register, please call Bruce or Laurel at 250554-5177. You can also visit the web site: kamloopsriversidelawnbowlingclub.com What’s more, Dragon Boat 55+ welcome you to join them for a free session Wednesday, May 6th in partnership with the Kamloops Interior Dragons (KIDS), who will provide a paddle, PFD, coaching and one-on-one instruction at the Pioneer Park Boat Launch. Register for Session 1 (5:00-6:00 p.m.) or Session 2 (6:00-7:00 p.m.) online at Kamloops.ca/PerfectMind Due to the corona virus outbreak, we have postponed our fund-raising lunch which had been scheduled for April 16. We will advise if the lunch can be rescheduled before summer. The April 16 meeting at 10 a.m. at the Chief Louis Centre, Tk’emlups Indian Band, on Shuswap Road is going ahead unless the facility remains closed at that time. Thank you for your patience. Remember, the 55+ BC Games motto is: For Life, Sport and Friends. Stay well!

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing and self-isolation rules, most, if not all, activities in these calendars will be cancelled or postponed. To confirm status of programs, please check with the organizations.

Seniors on Hudson

31 Hudson Ave. NE, Box 1552

Salmon Arm, BC V1E 4M6 | Phone: 250-832-3015 E-mail: drop31@telus.net

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Remember, we will also trade UP or DOWN to get you the unit you want!

Are you concerned about: • Strangers coming to your home • Length of time to sell your unit • The right price to ask Don’t • Legalities of selling want to consign? • Wasting your free time We’ll • Clean-up & detail costs buy your • Etc., etc., etc. unit!

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COVID-19 UPDATE Impact on scheduled surgical procedures

Interior Health (IH) is working in partnership with the Ministry of Health and the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) to respond to COVID-19. Along with other agencies and health authorities, IH has pandemic plans in place and is prepared to adjust capacity as required. As part of this planning, and following direction from the Ministry of Health on March 16, IH will immediately begin postponing non-urgent scheduled surgeries. It is important to note that urgent and emergency procedures will not be impacted.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing and self-isolation rules, most, if not all, activities in these calendars will be cancelled or postponed. To confirm status of programs, please check with the organizations.

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IH recognizes the significant impact of postponing surgeries. However, this is a necessary step to ensure we have enough hospital capacity for those affected by COVID-19, should we see a rapid increase in demand like other countries have experienced.

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Interior Health also has frequently updated information on our website: www.interiorhealth.ca.

We are a home that offers an active social life, nutritious meals and a carefree lifestyle. For more information on our unique, home-style assisted living residence, call or email activecare1607@gmail.com.

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Some surgeries, including those related to cancer and scheduled caesarean sections, will not be impacted. Patients will be contacted to confirm date and time.

The BC Centre for Disease Control is the recommended resource for provincial information that is accurate and current: http://www.bccdc.ca/. Information is being updated frequently on the site and individuals are encouraged to check back regularly (eg. daily).

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Patients with scheduled surgeries will be contacted by an IH booking clerk. In addition, for gastrointestinal and endoscopy procedures, patients may be contacted by their surgeon’s office. Patients should wait to be contacted directly about their procedure.

Interior Health will assess this action over the coming weeks and will advise patients when their procedure has been rebooked.

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While circumnavigating the globe in the 1990s, Canadians, Janet and Barry Clark charted a special lap to South Africa. It was early September and in the Southern Hemisphere that meant it was time to welcome spring. They flew from Indonesia, across the Indian Ocean, to the southern coastal city of Cape Town. After three days of sightseeing around the city and waterfront, where they celebrated over scrumptious seafood dinners, they were anxious to embark on adventure packages to the popular tourist areas of the Mother City, as Cape Town is often called. In a rented car, they toured Zulu villages and farmland before following their guide books to Timbavati Game Reserve/bush camp bordering Kruger National Park. Breathtaking safari experiences got them up close to the ‘big five’ creatures roaming the veldt. On their last night in camp, they dined on wild meat and fresh fruit shishkabobs around an out-door fire pit—while a pride of lions crept through the outskirts of the camp! Driving through the Valley of a Thousand Hills offered respite and magnificent landscapes. For a rest, they stopped at the ruins of an ancient castle and Barry climbed its tower. The boy in him shouted over the countryside, “I’m the king of the castle.” “That’s way too high for me!” Janet called as she shielded her eyes against the glaring sun. Soon they were singing their version of Willie Nelson’s hit, ‘on the road again…goin’ places that I’ve never been,’ as they headed for the helicopter company they’d day-

dreamed about. Showing up on the tarmac of ‘Sky Bird Helipad Tours’, things got real for Janet. Her fear of heights surfaced and she had to physically and psychologically will her legs to walk toward the beast and take the huge steps into the body of the bird. “It’s safe, Jan, don’t worry,” Barry encouraged her to let her guard down. Instructing them on the necessity of keeping the over-sized earphones on, the pilot warned, “The noise level inside a heli cabin is deafening… and you’ll want to communicate.” Once they were strapped in and buckled securely, the inertia of the chopper swaying as it lifted vertically startled them. The experience was very different from a jet liner’s take-off and liftoff along a runway. The pilot flew his big bird over the coastal city, the scenic parks and the reserve for free-roaming big game. Then, he took them over the panoramic scenes of historic estate homes and vineyards in Durbanville Winelands. Finally reaching the coast, the rhythmic surges of dangerous tides and powerful waves in the expansive sea left the couple gripping each other’s hands. Appearing like frenzied paint strokes over a canvas washed in authentic tints, the colours of sea-green dazzled like emeralds. Beyond the rugged coast, the chopper hovered over Robben Island, a world heritage site historically renowned since the 1960s when the late Nelson Mandela suffered in the brutal prison system there. “Sometimes in this area we catch glimpses of whales in the shelter of this bay,

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but…” the pilot pointed ahead at the rain clouds… “Not today.” He was silent as the flight became choppy. Janet experienced a rush of adrenalin which turned into a slightly sick stomach. It settled down, though, when the pilot ordered his bird to behave. They all laughed at the metaphor. The sky bird rounded the Cape Peninsula over two great bodies of water—the Atlantic and the Indian Ocean. Soon, the beaches, rolling hills and meadows morphed into jagged cliffs. Mesmerizing rock formations and sharp peaks sculpted by time and weather rose into the sky. Several minutes later, the sky bird ascended the plateau of one of the most recognized mountains in the world. Chiselled out by the Creator of the universe, the flat two-mile stretch over the topside of the range was, in 1503, named ‘Table Mountain’. Known as one of the seven natural wonders of the world, it was designed over centuries by severe weather patterns and, like two chairs up to a table, it was flanked by Devil’s Peak and Lion’s Head. As the chopper hovered over back-side cliffs, an unseen hostess drew the curtain of clouds apart and exposed the sparse vegetation and ground rock formations on the table top. In near-gale-force winds, the chopper leaned to allow passengers better sighting of the extraordinary mountain shrouded in fog by the south-easterly wind. Clouds responsible for creating the illusion of a white tablecloth draped with Mother Nature’s ethereal flair floated over her table’s terrain. Even more riveting were

views of the cascading waterfalls; for, arching over and around them, rainbows reached up from nowhere, descended nowhere and left illusive pots of gold hidden among rocky ledges. Suddenly, windows of the chopper became spattered with drizzling rain as though the Creator held a watering can above the bird and the spectacle. Magically, more shimmering rainbows glowed in the sprays. “Oh my goodness, this is incredible,” Janet gasped when she saw the moody iconic landmark transformed and calmed by spears of sun rays filtering through the bows and through clouds as they parted. “I’ve been up here when storms thunder in the atmosphere in one area and sun shines strongly in another.” The pilot looked over his shoulder as he spoke. Then, at 3,500 feet above sea level, he suggested the pair turn and check out the view behind them. When he reminded them it was springtime while, in the Northern Hemisphere, it was autumn Janet was intrigued. Considering a Canadian spring, she mentioned the Greek word for April is ‘Aprilis’ which means opening of a bud. “Looking down on the clouds separating, they’re likened to petals opening,” she asserted. “There is, happening here, a divine visitation by the mother of nature… and only when you’re poised at this profound banquet table like a big migrating bird in spring can you feel her enormity and power. At this table,” she suggested poetically, “… there are refined and delectable courses to indulge in.”

Important updates regarding the Kamloops Symphony and COVID-19 In accordance with directives from public health authorities, and the ongoing developments surrounding COVID-19, the Board of Directors of the Kamloops Symphony has made the following decisions regarding our future activities: Barb’s Used Book & Music Sale – March 21 to April 5, 2020 Keeping in mind the welfare of all patrons and particularly our volunteers that re instrumental to running the semiannual sale, this Spring 2020 edition has been postponed indefinitely. This crucial fundraiser for the KSO will be remounted at a later date, once administration receives clarity on when it is socially responsible to do so. The Kamloops Symphony wishes to thank all volunteers who had already committed to shifts, and Total Concept Developments Ltd. for their ongoing support of this event. An Evening with Eleanor Wachtel – April 3, 2020 This fundraising event has been cancelled, with hopes to reschedule it sometime in the fall in conjunction with a future Book Sale. All ticket holders have been automatically refunded. Luminous Voices – April 11, 2020 This concert has been officially postponed. Out of respect to all the musicians involved, including the KSO Chorus and choral students from the

Kamloops Interior Summer School of Music and School District 73 Honour Choir, the Kamloops Symphony is making a commitment to reschedule the concert either in its entirety or in part for a later time. We unfortunately cannot commit to a specific date as of now but are having open discussions with all those involved to determine what might be possible. In the coming days, all ticket holders to this concert will be given options as to what they wish to do with their tickets. We ask that all ticket holders await direct communication before calling the Kamloops Live Box Office, as they are currently experiencing a high volume of phone calls. Sense of Wonder – May 2 & 3, 2020 At this point, our May 2nd & 3rd concerts, A Sense of Wonder in Kamloops and Salmon Arm are currently on hold until we have further developments. Ticket sales have been suspended. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we determine the best course of action through this ever evolving and unpredictable situation. We also wish to thank all advocates of the Symphony and the Arts in Kamloops for your continued support. Our priority remains the health of all our patrons, artists, crew, and stakeholders, and we urge everyone to take precautions in monitoring their wellbeing.

ANNOUNCEMENT

We are pleased to announce that Soll & Company and Cates Ford Epp have recently merged to become Cates Ford Soll & Epp LLP. Our new office is located at: 300-272 Victoria Street, Kamloops, BC V2C 2A2 You can reach our office by phone (250)372-1234, fax (250)828-6697, or email at info@cfselaw.ca. Thank you for your continued support during this transition. Our best wishes go out to all our clients in 2020. Important notice to existing clients of Cates Ford Soll & Epp LLP: The partners in a limited liability partnership are not personally liable for the negligent acts or omissions of another partner or an employee unless the partner knew of the negligent act or omission and did not take reasonable steps to prevent it. Each partner is personally liable for his or her own actions, and the partnership continues to be liable for the negligence of its partners, associates and employees. Accordingly, there is no reduction or limitation on the liability of the partnership.

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Colouring outside the lines REV. LEANN BLACKERT Wild Church

She laughs as she sets six bottles of wine on the counter.

www.connectornews.ca “I’m out of wine and now that we’re supposed to stay in I thought I’d better stock up,” she says to the clerk and laughs. “Just in case you have to close.” “That’s nothing,” he replies. “There was a woman in here earlier who bought $1000 worth of wine.” “What? That’s crazy,” she says. “Yes,” he responds, “and all I could think about as I was helping her with it was that this would be enough money to pay my rent this month.” Toilet paper, meat, tissues,

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COMMUNITY CHURCH 344 Poplar

A Place to Belong!

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Sunday Service 11:00 am Sunday School 11:45 am

Kamloops United Church

Please check out our website for any upcoming events

250-554-1611 www.kamsa.ca

www.kamloopsunited.ca 421 St. Paul St. • Sundays 10 am Rev. Dr. Michael Caveney

Mt. Paul United Church

www.mtpauluc.ca 140 Laburnum St. • Sundays 10 am

Plura Hills United Church

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soup. There’s nothing like a medical scare to bring out the hoarder in us. A virus reveals itself in China and within weeks it is carried beyond national borders into the wider world. With this COVID-19 pandemic we are experiencing the unimaginable. The world is slowly shutting down as people are selfisolating. Restaurants, stores, schools, everything, including the economy. The numbers of reported cases continue to climb. It’s a global illness and a global crisis. It’s also an interesting opportunity to choose how we will respond. This is the kind of event that calls us to look beyond ourselves – to look beyond our own pantries – and to see that we truly are all interconnected. A friend who is going to school and works as wait staff in a restaurant shares her anguish. She was just laid off and has no idea when – or even if – she will have a job when this settles down. Another friend teaches music lessons. She, too, is dependent on this income, and while some of her clients have moved to online lessons, others have cancelled, leaving her with a big deficit. One woman buys $1000 worth of wine while a store clerk wonders if his job will

Kamloops Catholic Parishes Holy Week 2020 SACRED HEART CATHEDRAL 255 Nicola Street – 372-2581 • Chrism Mass Tuesday ...........10:00am • Holy Thursday ........................7:00pm • Good Friday services .. 3pm & 5:30pm • Holy Saturday (Easter Vigil)....8:30pm • Easter Sunday 8:30am, 11:30am (No 6pm) HOLY FAMILY PARISH 2797 Sunset Drive – 372-0205 • Holy Thursday .........................7:00pm • Good Friday services ..............3:00pm • Holy Saturday (Easter Vigil)....7:00pm • Easter Sunday ........................10:30am SUN PEAKS Sun Peaks Grand Hotel No Easter Mass

OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HELP 635 Tranquille Rd – 376-5541 • Holy Thursday ........................7:00pm • Good Friday services ..............3:00pm • Holy Saturday (Easter Vigil)....8:30pm • Easter Sunday ..........8:30am, 10:30am ST. JOHN VIANNEY PARISH 2826 Bank Rd – 579-8711 • Holy Thursday ........................7:30pm • Good Friday services ..............3:00pm • Holy Saturday (Easter Vigil)....8:00pm • Easter Sunday ........................10:30am BLESSED SACRAMENT Chase • Easter Sunday ....................... 4:00pm

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Viruses &Vino last long enough for him to be able to afford his rent for one more month. Tucked away in a corner of the Gospel of Matthew is a verse that recommends we do unto others as we would have them do unto us. This pandemic invites us to stop, to look around, to consider carefully the choices we are making and how they might impact others. If we choose to clear out the meat department of the local grocery store, what will others do for their meals? If we hoard hand sanitizer, what will our elderly neighbours do to protect themselves? This planet is righting itself.

Virtual Church Services during COVID-19 Pandemic

OUR LADY OF LOURDES Mt. Todd Rd. Heffley Creek - 579-8711 • Holy Thursday .....................5:30pm • Good Friday services ...........5:30pm • Easter Sunday .......................8:30am ST. JOSEPH’S 200 Chilcotin Rd. – 372-2581 • Easter Sunday .......................1:00pm HOLY TRINITY UKRAINIAN CATHOLIC CHURCH 109 Tranquille Rd • Holy Thursday .....................6:00pm • Good Friday services ...........3:00pm • Holy Saturday (Easter Vigil).9:00am • Easter Sunday .......................8:00am

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Churches around town have all had to cancel in-person services during the COVID-19 pandemic due to government orders demanding adherance to social distancing rules. A number of places of worship have made the move to provide some of their programming online including the Kamloops United Church and St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church. Others are considering their options. For more information, contact your clergy or church administration for more information or see the article on “Virtual Faith” in Kamloops This Week of March 20, 2020.

The Hamlets wish to take this opportunity to thank those many volunteers who make a difference in the lives of seniors.

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A happy, dedicated team of daily volunteers support the shop. We enjoy lots of turnover of great merchandise daily. Best buys in town! All funds raised go toward supporting downtown community outreach sponsored by Kamloops United Church.

The horribly polluted air above China has cleared off. The murky, muddy canals of Venice are clearing. Green house gas levels over Italy have dropped dramatically. Around this planet, the natural world is righting itself. I wonder if humanity will take this moment to right itself. To see the clerk behind the till as someone living on the edge? To consider the tip we leave after our meals as necessary to that student’s livelihood? To maintain our YMCA/YWCA membership despite closures so staff can continue to be paid and essential programs continued? To pay for our music,

language, art lessons so the instructor stays afloat? We have an opportunity to truly make a difference in the lives of others at this time. What will you do to celebrate our interconnectedness and make a positive impact? In our household we operate on a whisper of wisdom a friend taught us: ask for what you need and offer what you can. This is the time to practice this. Do you have a need? Are you struggling? Ask for help. Do you have enough that you can offer help? Can you live with less wine? Less meat? Less of anything so that you have more to share with others? Be bold. Think outside the box. Let’s move our society out of a “me first” attitude into an “us together” paradigm. What an Easter resurrection story that might be! Thanks for reading. I’m off to pay (by e-transfer from my home office) for that fitness class that’s been cancelled so my instructor doesn’t lose all her income this month. Rev LeAnn Blackert is in ministry with the new Wild Church in Kamloops (wildchurchbc.org), where she works with Michele Walker and Lesly Comrie. LeAnn loves the return of robins and green grass and compassion. She enjoys long walks through local parks, connecting with others in the natural world, and the wild hills that surround Kamloops.

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Part II: What exactly happens during the ‘Arrangement Process’?

ask drake DRAKE SMITH Funeral Director

Last month we discussed part one of the arrangement process. It deals with gathering Murray’s Vital Statistics information so we can register his death, produce the cremation or burial permit and Murray’s Death Certificate. Every funeral home in B.C. asks the same questions in Part 1, although perhaps in different ways. For example, I like to encourage Alice and her family to take her time telling us about Murray, his occupation, and his life. Murray’s not just a number, he’s a human being. So, although gathering his vital statistics may seem a bit dry to some it isn’t to us. We enjoy hearing about Murray’s occupation, his early, middle or later life experiences, or even why he went by his middle name (Murray) rather than his first name (Engelbert)! Part two deals with honouring Murray’s (and your) wishes during the coming days. This part of the process is key, because the way the funeral home and funeral director handle this part can determine how Alice feels about Murray’s arrangement, about the funeral director, and about funeral homes for years to come, perhaps for the rest of her life. Over the years a number of clients have described their previous experience with some funeral homes: some felt manipulated and ‘upsold.’ Many people felt overwhelmed. It’s unacceptable to manipulate people or try to upsell them at a time like this. But it’s understandable for people to feel overwhelmed with part two of the arrangement process. Alice is asked to choose the casket or cremation container for Murray’s body to be placed in prior to cremation. Then she needs to choose an urn. (Side note: we give an urn away rather than send Murray home in a cardboard box). Then

Alice needs to decide if there will be a service for Murray? If so, what kind of service? Open casket? Closed casket? Memorial Service? Celebration of Life? Graveside? The questions keep coming: “When would you like the viewing? What about the obituary for Murray? Flowers at the service? Reception with food? Powerpoint tribute? Musicians? Which cemetery plot? Church involved? Minister or celebrant? Limousine? Service folders? Guest book? Clothing for Murray? The eulogy? Headstone? Plant a tree in Murray’s honour? How about a dove release? Or balloons?” Overwhelmed yet? Bear in mind, Alice and her family were probably overwhelmed before they even set foot inside the funeral home. They probably hadn’t slept much lately and they were emotionally drained because of Murray’s death. They were also probably quite fragile. Perhaps it was hard for them to make clear, rational decisions. There’s a trend away from the Arrangement Process - Part II, described in the paragraph above. Some funeral homes retain the ‘traditional model,’ but nowadays most of the people I see (over 90 percent) just want Murray cremated and they’ll organize the gathering themselves. Usually they call it a Celebration of Life. I almost never attend these gatherings. There’s a bit of work involved for the family and friends but it usually saves Alice and her family considerable money. We give Alice some helpful tips (pick up a copy of Drake’s Guide to the Last Goodbye: How to Hold a Celebration of Life. It’s on our website at DrakeCremation.com or come by to pick one up at no charge.) When I ask Alice and her family how the Celebration of Life for Murray went – the one THEY organized - they always tell me it went well. In fact, they’re kind of proud of themselves. And they should be! In closing I should note that we still do have clients ask us to organize and attend a service for Murray and we take great care with these people too. But times are changing!

Art for the Heart, Soul and Spirit

The inside story WENDY WESEEN

Readers will think I have an ego as big as a hot air balloon. I’m not telling you about my art achievements to boast but I’d be lying if I didn’t say there’s ego involved. When isn’t there? But it’s a healthy part of my ego and that’s my story. I like to think I have confidence that my opinion is an informed one. These days its common to spout off opinions whatever they are. It’s like a sacred right. We believe we are entitled, believe we are being honest and stating what is best usually for someone else.

But all opinions are not equal. Some have little knowledge to back them up. Very little data, very few facts, based only on beliefs that pass through our personal blindness with personal prescriptive lens or point of view we hold as a result of our own unique experiences. I wanted to establish my credibility about expressing an opinion about the Performing Arts Centre and the eventual (now postponed) referendum. In March, I attended the Art Exposed Exhibition opening at the Old Courthouse. I was stunned by the quality and size of the crowd that attended the opening. Ten years ago I was involved when this annual juried show was introduced. The planning committee that year worried no one would exhibit. They knew it takes great courage to exhibit. Artists think of their work as lovingly as they do their children, want people to love them too, and want the audience to recognize the

labour of love that goes into creating them. Art of all genres has been a major passion in my life and frankly it’s seen me through very challenging times. I’ve been making art, studying art and social research about the arts and art education for 40 years. I consume it, volunteer for it, donate to it, and organize it. In 1993, I won the Lescarbot Award given by the federal government to a person who made an outstanding contribution to the culture and art of their community over a substantial period of time. When I graduated with a fine arts degree, I won the university art silver medal. Over many years I have taught numerous classes to all ages of people, and have mounted multiple solo and group exhibitions. I have traveled the world witnessing great art, and wept in front of it. I have seen what art and creativity does. I see and have experienced how creativity strengthens mental health; have seen

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children flourish who need to learn skills they found difficult in a regular school setting and finally see the sheer joy of accomplishment of a creative project. Thus I have been actively hoping Kamloops votes in favour of the PAC. The world is very challenged by COVID-19. It’s hard to think in terms of anything else right now. I‘m hoping when we recover we will not lose sight of the other things in our lives. April is both poetry and earth month. I know the benefits of art to mental health and education and am a committed earth activist. My passions are connected to each other. I urge people to vote on the referendum when it finally happens. I want you to remember in anxious times, we need to have joy outside a beleaguered and anxious world. At times like this, when challenged, it’s good to remember that in the middle of the muddy water, there is a pink lotus to find.

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Happy Easter National Volunteer Week It’s time to applaud this city’s volunteers

A time to celebrate and thank Kamloops 1181 registered volunteers and the many unregistered volunteers who work hard everyday to make Kamloops a great city.

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GROUPS

EDITOR”S NOTE: Clearly in light of the ongoing threat of COVID-19 absolutely none of these meetings will be proceeding as listed and should be considered cancelled. Nevertheless, we have included the listings so that readers can still contact the various groups that may be offering alternatives during this unprecedented time of social-distancing or in case one just needs more information or support.

The Kamloops Parkinson Awareness Group meets the 3rd Wednesday of most months at Desert Gardens (540 Seymour St) at 1 p.m. We do not meet in December, July or August. Meetings are open to anyone suffering from Parkinson’s Disease, care partners or people with an interest in the disease. For more information, call Rendy at (250) 374-0798.

be available. For further information contact Connie at 250-852-3218.

The Kamloops Ostomy Support Group meets the 1st Tuesday of most months from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. This is a group for ostomates and their support persons. Enhance your quality of life through interaction with others who live with an ostomy. FMI: Edie at 250-819-0945. Join us as we continue our search in Genealogy! The Kamloops Family History Society meetings take place at Heritage House in Riverside Park on the fourth Thursday of each month from 7 to 9 p.m. (September to May, except December) coffee and pastry will

Kamloops Social Club provides activities & get-togethers for members to socialize, have fun and make new friends. Our monthly dances are open to the public. Other activities for members include potlucks, appie nights at various pubs, dining out, hiking, easy-terrain bike rides, snowshoeing, X-country skiing & other social get-togethers proposed by members. Our themed potlucks are in September, December and March. Meetings followed by a social are every other month at 7pm at the Oddfellows Hall, 423 Tranquille Rd. We welcome new friends to join us. FMI, check our website: www. kamloopssocialclub.com. or call Bonnie at 250-3198510. According to the Canadian Organ Replacement Register, there were 40,289

Canadians (excluding Quebec) living with endstage kidney disease at the end of 2018, an increase of 35 per cent since 2009. If you are someone who has been impacted by kidney disease, the Kamloops Kidney Support Group is here for you. We meet on the second Wednesday (10 a.m.) and the second Saturday (9 a.m.) of every month at Chances (Barside Lounge and Grill), 1250 Halston Ave. There isn’t anything formal about KKSG. We have breakfast and talk about life and kidneys. You won’t get any medical advice, but we will share our experiences and offer our support, whether you are pre-dialysis or on dialysis, a kidney donor or a recipient, a family member, or anything in between. FMI, call Edna Humphreys at 250-3766361 or Dorothy Drinnan at 250-573-2988. Kamloops Floor Curlers meet Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Heritage House, top floor,

Riverside Park. New members always welcome. Free parking for members. No special equipment needed. New teams are drawn each day. There are two games and coffee each day. The group runs all year. Call Kay at 250-3760917, Kay at 250-828-0819 or Liz at 250-372-5493. Kamloops Street Rod Association meets: Dec 4 - A&W Valleyview, Dec 11 - A&W Northshore, Dec 18 - A&W Valleyview. FMI call Rae at 250-374-5251 or Brian at 250-851-0586. Excelsior Rebekah Lodge No.23: General meeting second Tuesday of every month 7:30 p.m. Regular meeting fourth Tuesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. 423 Tranquille Rd. Multiple Myeloma Support Group for Kamloops and Region. Meetings will be scheduled at the Kamloops Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre once an agenda is in place for a meeting and/ or a speaker have been arranged. If you are interested, please contact one of the following people and provide us with your email address (or phone number) and we will notify you of future meetings. Bob T.: ridgerunner@ telus.net 250-376-3292; Anne E. akevenrude@ shaw.ca 250-372-8077; Bob H. rhamaguchi@shaw.ca 250-374-6754. The Afternoon Auxiliary to RIH Thrift Seller is open Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Located at 146 Victoria St. We welcome you to come shop, donate or volunteer. Alzheimer Caregiver and Early Support Stage groups meets the second Thursday of the month, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and the fourth Thursday of the month, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Alzheimer Society Resource Centre, 405, 235 – 1st Ave. For more information please contact Tara Hildebrand, support and education coordinator Alzheimer Society of B.C. at 250-377-8200. Army Navy & Airforce Veterans in Canada Unit 290. ANAVETS by the river is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping veterans and the community. We

are located at #9-177 Tranquille Rd. Contact info: 250-554-2455 anavets290.ca. The club is open 7 days a week. On Wednesdays fun darts starts at 1 p.m. and welcomes everyone. We have our karaoke on Friday nights at 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday meat draws at 3 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Council of Canadians meets at 5.30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of every month at the Smorgasbord Deli, 225 - 7th Ave. Please join us. Call Anita or Dalton at 250-377-0055 or 250-3770055. You can also visit kamloopscanadians.ca. Tuesday afternoon cribbage takes place at 1:30 p.m. at McArthur Park Lawn Bowling clubhouse, next to Norbrock Stadium. Come for crib, coffee & good company. Free parking. Call 250-579-0228, 250579-8259 or 250-376-0917. Do you enjoy singing in harmony and a great variety of songs? Kamloops Happy Choristers invites new members who are 55 and over for a social atmosphere and a chance to sing for senior residences and public concerts. We meet every Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Heritage House. For more information call Sharon at 250-579-9505. North Kamloops Elks, #102-1121-12th St. 250-376-2924. Call us and see what we do. Meeting at 7 p.m. 3rd Monday of each month. Crib-Tues & Wed, 7 p.m. Everyone welcome. Kamloops Heritage Model Railroad Club meets on the first Friday of each month at 7 p.m. Come and investigate a great hobby. Call 250-5543233 FMI. Kamloops Stamp Club meets at 2 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month (except July) at Southwest Community Church, corner of Summit and Hugh Allen Drives (go south on the 5A). FMI 250-314-1021. The World Famous City of Kamloops Rube Band practices every Monday

(except holidays), 7:30 to 9:30 pm at the Yacht Club, 1140 River Street. Anyone interested in ‘unplugging’ and wanting to interact with people instead by having fun with music is invited to join the band. No auditions - all skill levels are welcome, although having a sense of humour will prove to be a great asset. Check out the web site kamloopsrubeband.org and find us on Facebook. FMI please call Terry Phillips 250.374.1606 Kamloops Stroke Recovery Branch meets at Riverbend Seniors Community at 10:30-1 p.m. on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Wednesday of the month. Email: kamloops strokerecovery@gmail. com or phone Ashley at 604 376-7552. Kamloops United Church Thrift Shop, 421 St. Paul St. To volunteer, call 250-372-3020. New items daily, great prices! Different specials every day, Check us out. The Kamloops Breast Cancer Support Group meets at Kamloops United Church - Ponderosa Room the 3rd Monday of each month at 7 p.m. The support group is for all women at any stage of their breast cancer journey whether newly diagnosed or years out of treatment. St. Paul’s Cathedral Thrift Shop 360 Nicola St is open Fridays 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sept. to June. Handicapped access from the alley between Nicola and St. Paul. Kamloops Antiques, Collectibles and Heritage Club meets on the second Thursday of every month. September – June at Heritage House on Lorne Street, Riverside Park 7 p.m. Guests and new members welcome. FMI call: 250-372-0468 Bernice or 250-377-8364 Joyce. Diabetes Support: There are two support groups in Kamloops. RiverBend (760 Mayfair St), last Tuesday/ mo., ph: 778-470-8316 for details; and, Hamlets (3255 Overlander Dr.), first Monday/mo. (except July & Aug.), ph: 250-579-5707 for details. Open to all and features monthly speakers.


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Volunteer Opportunities

GROUPS cont’d Interior Authors Group Interested in writing? Maybe you’d like to join us. We’re people who love to write in all styles, forms, and genres. We’re aspiring authors, veteran authors, and everything in between. If you want to learn more about the craft of writing, or about publishing and selfpublishing, or anything else related to writing, come check us out. Meetings are the second Wednesday of every month except July and August, 6:30 pm at North Shore Community Centre (in Cottonwood Manor), #307-730 Cottonwood Ave. Driving directions: North on Tranquille, left on Poplar, right on willow, left on cottonwood. FMI visit interiorauthorsgroup. wordpress.com/about/ or look for Interior Authors Group on Facebook. Or contact Elma 250 3741750, elmams@shaw.ca The Kamloops Tai Chi Club is a member–driven non profit group. We meet Tuesday evenings, 7-8:30 p.m., St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, 1136 6thAve. Experience the benefits of tai chi and qigong: increased flexibility, balance and agility. To join our class, email: kamloopstaichi@ gmail.com Kamloops Prostate Cancer Support Group meet at 10 a.m. on the third Saturday of the month at The Seniors Activity Centre, 9A-1800 Tranquille Rd. Phone 250-376-4011 or email larubekam1947@gmail. com Kamloops Garden Club meets on the 4th Wed of the month, Feb through June & Sept through Nov at 7 pm - Heritage House, 100 Lorne St (Riverside Park). We host a wide variety of garden related activities, everyone welcome to attend. Contact Judy at 250-374-4181 FMI or visit Facebook.com/ kamloopsgardenclub. Ping-Pong is billed as a brain sport. It is also said it could be the elixir of youth and it brings a lot more to the table. We meet Tuesdays 7 to 9 p.m. and Thursdays 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Desert Garden

Community Centre, 540 Seymour Street. We welcome more players. Drop in fee is $2. Having fun is something we did all the time, why change with age? FMI call 250-3723965. Kamloops Elks Lodge #44 meets at 7:30 p.m. every second Thursday of each month at 622 Tranquille Rd. We have served the community since 1920. You are invited to come and meet the members. New members are welcome. The hall is also available for gatherings, meetings, etc. For any inquiries please call 250-312-2584 or 250573-4632. Senior Curlers - 50+ curlers are welcome at McArthur Island Curling Club. If you once a curler, you will be surprised to see the various curling adaptations that allow people of all ages to curl. It is easy to stay active, make friends and have fun. If you have curled before, it is time to get back into it. If you are a new curler, you may want to try the “Learn to Curl” Program or talk to any of our experienced curlers for a “try it”. Spares are also needed. Senior curlers curl Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Call Dan or Toni at 250 3764104 or Brenda 250 5795775 or Ken at 778 4704402

VOLUNTEER KAMLOOPS – Admin. Assistants – An Admin Assistant volunteer is needed to help in our office. Duties includes phone calls, filing, minor cleaning, using a database, and more.

KAMLOOPS ARTS COUNCIL – Board Members – Board members are needed to serve two-year terms from August to July with the Kamloops Arts Council. There are up to 12 directors elected by members or appointed at the annual AGM. Current board needs include people with fundraising and financial skills, human resources, volunteer and member engagement, communications and marketing, etc. Board members meet the third Tuesday of each month from 6:30-8 p.m. CANADIAN CANCER SOCIETY – Run Director

– Volunteers are the community drivers in every Run site in Canada. Together with a committee of likeminded individuals, you will raise funds for breast cancer research and support programs through the Canadian Cancer Society CIBC Run for the Cure. Planning and organizing the Run takes time, passion and creative thinking. In partnership with volunteers and staff, you will be part of something truly extraordinary in your community. KAMLOOPS ELIZABETH FRY SOCIETY – Volunteer Legal Services Receptionist – Volunteers will provide

a variety of reception and clerical duties for the Legal Services Office.

ASK WELLNESS SOCIETY – Bicycle Mechanic Instructor – Volunteers will meet at the Maverick with clients from various community supports and guide them in building and maintaining bicycles. MS SOCIETY OF CANADA – Volunteer Committee Chair – The volunteer will lead the MS Walk Committee, provide support and leadership to the committee members, and delegate duties and ensure assigned projects are successfully completed. Other responsibilities required.

OVERLANDER – Trinity Care- Volunteers will Assist in short stay 4-bed area community hospice. Responsibilities include 1-1 Visiting, Reading to Patients, Preparing Coffee/Light Refreshments. Volunteers must be Reliable and Responsible, able to work as a team, and willing and able to take Hospice Training (30+ Hours) which will be offered at no charge. Must be 19+ to volunteer. FOR THESE AND MANY OTHER POSITIONS PLEASE APPLY ONLINE AT: www.volunteerkamloops.org 250-372-8313 We are a non-profit charity supporting community volunteering. Volunteer Kamloops acknowledges the support of the Province of British

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Kamloops Chapter of the Vintage Car Club of Canada meets at 7:30 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of each month (except July, August and December) at the Hal Rogers Center, 2025 Summit Drive. Contact number 250 3203038. Anyone with an interest in vintage vehicles is welcome to attend. The Connector would like to feature your group! Please send a photo and a short write up describing the activities of your group to editor@connectornews. ca. Submissions will be published as space permits. Changes to your regular listing should also be emailed to editor@connectornews. ca and again, listings are published space permitting. If your listing doesn’t appear one month we will do our best to cycle it back in the next.

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Improve your hearing If you’re experiencing hearing problems, you’re not alone

Hearing loss impacts all aspects of your life Hearing plays a major role in our quality of life, from our emotional well-being and physical health to our careers and leisure activities. Yet millions of people who have hearing loss let it go untreated, despite research showing links between untreated hearing loss and increased risk of falls, depression, anxiety, hospitalizations and even dementia.

Hearing loss impacts EVERYDAY LIFE More than anything else, hearing keeps us connected to the world around us. Whether it’s communicating with friends and family, interacting with colleagues, enjoying a recital, movie or TV show, or waking up to birds singing outside your window, when you hear better, you simply live better. But when hearing is impaired, those connections, interactions and moments can be muted and strained, which has an impact on our quality of life. • Missing a grandchild’s first words or a family dinner story • Feeling left out of a conversation or a good joke • Limiting once-fun social activities • Feeling less independent, less confident and less secure • Frustrating loved ones with constant requests to repeat what was said • Not living life to the fullest because hearing loss is holding you back

Why is it important to IMPROVE your hearing? Treatment of hearing loss has been shown to improve: • Communication in relationships • Intimacy and warmth in family relationships • Ease in communication • Earning power • Sense of control over your life • Social participation • Emotional stability. Source: Better Hearing Institute

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