Merritt Herald March 28, 2024

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City waiting on provincial cash as clock for Ottawa’s $46M ticks away

The City of Merritt has received a $46.5 million commitment from the federal government to build new dikes to protect the community from flooding following the devastating atmospheric river of 2021, but it could be all for naught unless the province is willing to pony up another $21 million.

The federal funding was approved in January through the Disaster Financial Assistance Arrangements program. It would fund the construction of two dikes as part of the city’s flood mitigation plan.

But the federal funds can only be administered with provincial guidance, and that’s where things get complicated for municipal officials in Merritt.

Sean Strang, the city’s director of flood recovery and mitigation, said the federal commitment could vanish if the land needed to build the dikes is not acquired by the municipality.

However, Strang said neither the federal funding or recently announced community emergency preparedness funding from the province can be used to acquire the land.

“Of course, we can’t build anything, we can’t use anything, can’t put rock down

until we’re able to buy the private land underneath the proposed structure,” he said.

“The funding approval for the dike construction — if it doesn’t get done within five years of the disaster, and it’s not extended, then the province doesn’t get reimbursed by the feds, and the provincial government has to pay the whole $46 million.”

Strang said funding for the land acquisition hasn’t been identified in the province’s budgeting process, but the city will be meeting with ministry officials to discuss next steps.

He said the dikes damaged in the 2021 atmospheric river event can’t be rebuilt because they are no longer up to B.C. code — meaning the city can’t erect new dikes or rebuild its old ones.

According to Strang, 1,270 properties are currently in Merritt’s floodplan — putting thousands of residents and homes at potential risk if waters rise.

Merritt Mayor Mike Goetz said the city is looking for funding for the required land from the province. He said he’s hoping Victoria comes through so that the $46-million contribution from Ottawa does not go to waste.

“We’re working with all levels of gov-

ernment to get confirmation so we can get that money flowing and get those dikes fixed,” he said

Goetz said he is confident the funding for land acquisition will come, saying Minister of Emergency Management and Climate Readiness Bowinn Ma has been “very involved,” while he hasn’t yet heard from Nathan Cullen, minister of water, land and resource stewardship.

In a statement to Castanet, the Ministry of Emergency Management and Climate Readiness said provincial staff would be meeting with city officials later this month.

“Recognizing the City of Merritt’s need for funding towards land acquisition to proceed with dike repairs, staff from the Ministry of Water, Land and Resource Stewardship and the Ministry of Emergency Management and Climate Readiness have a meeting with city officials later this month to explore the next steps,” the ministry said.

“Currently, local governments are the lead in decisions to move people, buildings and infrastructure from hazard-prone areas to reduce future risks, and this is not covered by existing federal funding mechanisms.”

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New affordable homes for Upper Nicola

Twenty six new affordable rental homes opening at Síyáʔ [see-ya] Place in Upper Nicola.

Located on Lot 142 Douglas Lake Rd., Síyáʔ Place is the result of a partnership between the Upper Nicola Band, the Provincial and Federal Government, BC Housing, and Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC).

“We are grateful for our partnership with the Province, through BC Housing, Indigenous Services Canada and the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation,” said Chief Dan Manuel, president of Upper Nicola Band Housing Society.

“To our members who will be housed in this amazing safe, secure and affordable project, we say: Welcome home.”

Síyáʔ Place will consist of 12 separate buildings offer-

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No policy exists in B.C.

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has committed more than $63 million to flood recovery and resiliency in Merritt, including rebuilding the Middlesboro Bridge, securing interim housing and providing disaster financial assistance.

“Merritt has also applied for the federal Adaptation, Resilience and Disaster Mitigation, and Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund programs. A decision has not yet been announced by Canada on this funding,” the statement from the ministry said.

Strang said part of the difficulty is that, as far as he is aware, B.C. doesn’t have a policy that outlines a land-acquisition process for flood mitigation work.

“B.C. is almost alone in this,” he said. “Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Quebec, Ontario, all of those provinces have previous policy and previous programs talking about land acquisition for flood mitigation.”

In a statement to Castanet, B.C.’s Ministry of Water, Land and Resource Stewardship said the province works directly with communities on their needs on a case-by-case basis, as each community has a locally developed flood manage-

ment plan.

“As climate weather events lead to increased flooding, the province is reviewing its role in supporting community-led land acquisition to reduce flood risk,” the statement said.

The ministry announced a new flood strategy plan on Wednesday, March 21, to help municipalities reduce risk and respond to extreme flooding events.

The plan focuses on assessing flood risks with floodplain mapping, increasing communication with local and First Nation governments, better preparing for floods and response and helping with flood resilience.

“I’m hopeful and happy to see that they have a commitment to executing things like our plan, but again, we need to see that there’s action and money behind the plan,” Strang said of the announcement.

“That’s a good start, but it doesn’t address the land component of it. So they’re telling people, ‘Hey, here’s a bunch of money for building dikes,’ but haven’t answered the basic question of where do you put them.”

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ARNOLD: New of ce, same dedication

Dear Readers, Change is a constant in life, and as we journey through it, we often find ourselves faced with decisions that mark the beginning of a new chapter. Today, I write to you with a mix of nostalgia and excitement as we announce a significant transition for the Merritt Herald.

For those of you who have been following our journey for some time, you may be aware

of our longstanding presence at 2090 Granite Avenue. It has been a home to the Herald, a hub of community news and connection, for as long as many of us can remember. Personally, having joined the Herald family in 1994, I’ve spent countless hours within those familiar walls, witnessing the ebb and flow of our town’s stories.

However, as with any business, we must adapt to the changing needs of our community and industry. It is with this in mind that we have made the decision to move our office to a new location: 1951 Garcia Street, above Merritt Printing and Stationery. This move is not just about changing addresses; it represents our commitment to evolving with the times while maintaining the essence of what makes the Herald so cherished by our


One might wonder why such a move is necessary. The truth is, we no longer require the same amount of office space that served us well in the past. With advancements in technology and changes in how we operate, we’ve found that we can thrive in a more streamlined environment without sacrificing the quality of service you’ve come to expect from us.

Now, some of you may be concerned about accessibility, especially for those with mobility issues. Rest assured, we have taken this into careful consideration. While our new location is upstairs, we are implementing a buzzer system to ensure that anyone who requires assistance can simply ring the buzzer, and we will be there to assist them promptly. Your comfort and convenience remain our top priorities.

As we bid farewell to our old location, let us carry with us the fond memories and cherished moments that were shared within those walls. But let us also embrace this new chapter with open arms, for it represents growth, adaptability, and a renewed commitment to serving you, our loyal readers, with the same dedication and passion that has defined the Herald for decades.

Change can be daunting, but it is also an opportunity for growth and renewal. I invite you to join us on this journey as we embark on this exciting new chapter together. Same great service, just a new location.

Thank you for your continued support and trust in the Merritt Herald.

Warm regards,

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MITRA: Easter, the story continues

You Gotta Have FAITH

Easter 2024 is just around the corner.

To the faithful, the Easter faith assures that in Christ’s resurrection God has already overcome the power of death and sin.

The old life is gone and a new resurrected life has began – a life of gratitude and joy, a life in which the Holy Spirit sets us free to love God and our neighbours.

During and long after Easter, every Christian believer is called to be a witness to the resurrection of Christ. We are called to go and tell. As disciples of the risen Christ, we are called to live into the joy and freedom of the new creation and to share the Gospel with anyone who needs to hear it.

What happens after the days of Easter celebration each year depends on the believing Christians.

God’s redemptive purpose for the world will prevail through those who answer the resurrected Christ’s call to follow Him and carry on His mission.

The good news is that we are not alone to carry on the Post-Easter mission of Christ. In a broken and fearful world, the Holy Spirit gives us the courage to pray without ceasing, to witness among all people, to unmask idolatries in church and culture and to work with others for justice, freedom and peace.

That’s how the Easter story continues long after Christ’s resurrection event.

Giacomo Puccini who wrote great operas, including Madame Butterfly and La Boheme, was stricken with cancer in year 1922. He decided to

write one more opera, the Turandot.

One of his students asked, “But suppose you die before you finish it?”

“Oh, my disciples will finish it,” Puccini replied confidently.

Puccini died in 1924 and his disciples did finish his last opera. Franco Alfano, his best friend, worked from sketches left by the composer and completed the opera which many consider to be his best work.

The premiere took place in Milan. Arturo Toscanini, one of Puccini’s best students, was the conductor.

The performance began and continued to the point at which Puccini’s work had abruptly ended.

Toscanini paused and said to the audience, “Thus far the master wrote…and then the master died.”

He then picked up the baton and shouted to the audience, “But his disciples finished his music!”

As Christian believers, we are charged with the task of finishing the music, the melody and direction of which we can discern in the acts of God in history and in the life and teachings of Jesus. God, in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ is making all things new. What happens next is up to us.

So let us go and tell. We are called to carry on the Easter story. God calls us to live beyond our fear of death and any leftover doubts about the reality of a resurrection life.

The women at the tomb on the first Easter morning were terrified and amazed. Yet they went to Galilee, saw the risen Christ, and proclaimed the good news to others.

Now it’s our turn and opportunity to carry on the Gospel story.

As Christians, we are called to take risks, to make ourselves vulnerable in love, to share with the strangers, to dare to challenge any unjust power.

God is calling us to live beyond our fears and


In the resurrection story, God showed us His amazing life-giving power. We know that the story of our life with God will have a joyful ending. Just as Jesus went on ahead to Galilee to where the first disciples lived their everyday lives, Jesus has promised to be with us.

We know His presence in very real ways where His story is proclaimed and where the bread and wine are shared as the signs and the seal of His risen presence in and among us.

But we will also find Him in moments of despair or need here in this present world. We don’t need to be afraid because God’s love is stronger than sin and death.

Christ is alive and is in and among His people – forgiving, healing, empowering, and calling each of us to follow until His promised final return.

Narayan Mitra is the Pastor of Merritt Baptist Church, 2499 Coutlee Ave. He can be reached at

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Byelection: Get to know Yvette Baxter

that she can help the community.

With the byelection quickly approaching, it is important for voters to become familiar with the people that are running to fill late Coun. Claire Newman’s position at city council.

Born and raised in Merritt, Yvette Baxter is one of the four candidates running for city councillor.

Baxter has decided to put her name in the poll once again, the first time being during the 2022 Civic Elections.

“I decided to run for city council probably right after the floods,” she said. “I thought maybe if I became a city councillor, I can help the City of Merritt keep going forward and moving forward to the future because I want to raise my children here. This is where I grew up.”

On running for city council for the second time, Baxter said that she still believes

With a longtime experience in early childhood education, Baxter highlights the importance of youth engagement so Merritt can keep prospering.

“They should be seeing themselves in this town, not feeling ‘let’s leave this town’, because this town needs to have a future. If everybody wants to leave, it’s not going to have a future,” she added.

nity can get more involved – and working on making sure that residents feel secure.

“People are still scared that the water treatment plant is not going to be sustainable for long, because a lot of the infrastructure is deteriorating and we are building more buildings,” Baxter added. “If we have another flood, will it be safe? And a lot of people are coming to me and they’re like these are the issues.”

work for everyone in the community.

“You have to do what’s best for the majority, so that Merrittonians can keep moving forward. So you can’t vow ‘ok, this person didn’t vote for me’, you have to always think about what’s best for the community and what’s best to keep moving forward,” she said.

“So we need to keep moving forward and we got to involve the younger generation, so they can have a passion and love this town just as much as I do.”

Baxter said that a few of her priorities include working more closely with the local Indigenous bands, an entertainment venue such as a theatre – so youth and the commu-

She added that whoever takes the seat will need to catch up on “what has already been passed, what’s going to be passed and what is already in the process.”

“You’re gonna have to hit the ground running and figure out where you can go,”

Baxter said.

Baxter assured that if elected, she will

In her point of view, Merritt is one of the smartest communities shes ever seen and will be able to make a good choice for themselves.

“I love this community. It’s part of my heart and I swear it’s half my DNA. Every single time I crossed over the hill and I see the lights all over the town I’m home. This is where I belong.”

The Herald will be interviewing all candidates prior to the byelection on April 20.


Tuesday, April 3, 2024:

Ben van der Gracht

250-374-3344 ext 244

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Wednesday, May 8, 2024:


A public budget presentation will be made to interested stakeholders at the Merritt School Board Office and live streamed (instructions to be provided on the school district website news feed). Representatives from our rights holders, schools’ Parent Advisory Council (PAC), District Parent Advisory Council (DPAC), teacher and support staff unions, principals, and members of the public are invited to attend this meeting to review provincial funding, district projections for enrolment, as well as provide more specific infor mation regarding the district’s annual budget Stakeholder groups and members of the public are welcome to outline their priorities and provide input into the budget planning process The meeting will commence at 5:00 PM

First reading for the new Budget bylaw will be presented at the Open Board Meeting, May 8, 2024, 6:00 PM with second and third readings scheduled for the Open Board Meeting, June 12, 2024, 6:00 PM.

Representatives from stakeholder groups or members of the public will also make a presentation to Finance Representatives in private if they so desire Individuals or groups interested in making such a presentation must contact the Secretary Treasurer at drichardson@365. sd58 bc ca by April 12, 2024, to arrange a meeting, supported by a written submission.

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Band members expected to move in April

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ing a variety of one-, two-, four- and five-bedroom homes. Of the 26 homes, two are fully accessible and nine are adaptable.

Operated by the Upper Nicola Band Housing Society, band members will begin moving into their new homes in April 2024.

“I am proud to be working with partners like Upper Nicola Band to provide more intergenerational housing options, so people can live where they grew up, close to their community and culture,” said Ravi Kahlon, B.C. minister of housing.

“As the first province to fund on-reserve housing, we’re building thousands of safe, comfortable homes like this in partnership with Indigenous organizations and governments. I look forward to seeing how these new homes will benefit the community.”

Síyáʔ Place is a part of a $19 billion housing investment by the Provincial Government. Since 2018, approximately 1,560 homes have been opened or under construction through the Building BC: Indigenous Housing Fund (IHF).

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6’1 / 175lbs

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Birthdate: 2005-03-06

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Birthdate: 2004-02-03

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Birthdate: 2005-05-05

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Birthdate: 2004-09-22

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Birthdate: 2005-07-18

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Birthdate: 2003-03-23

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Birthdate: 2005-02-12

Home town: Grafton, MA, United States

6’2 / 190lbs

Birthdate: 2004-06-01

Home town: Nashville, TN, United States

6’3” / 204lbs

Birthdate: 2005-10-23

Home town: Mill Bay, BC Canada

5’11 / 165lbs

Birthdate: 2004-01-21

Home town: Kelowna, BC, Canada

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Birthdate: 2004-06-20

Home town: Ottawa, ON, Canada


5’11 / 145lbs

Birthdate: 2006-01-05

Home town: Norwell, MA, United States



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Birthdate: 2003-05-29

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Home town: St. Clements, ON, Canada


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Birthdate: 2006-03-02

Home town: Langley, BC, Canada



6’1 / 185lbs

Birthdate: 2005-06-22

Home town: Waterdown, ON, Canada


5’11 / 165lbs

Birthdate: 2005-10-07

Home town: Yellowknife, NT, Canada


6’1 / 187lbs

Birthdate: 2004-03-01

Home town: Orleans, MA, United States


5’9” / 165lbs

Birthdate: 2004-12-08

Home town: North Vancouver, BC, Canada



6’2 / 202lbs

Birthdate: 2004-04-02

Home town: Maribor, Slovenia


6’5 / 198lbs

Birthdate: 2004-09-07

Home town: Wainfleet, ON, Canada

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By-Election 2024

Public Noticeisgiven to theelectorsofthe City of Merritt that an election by votingisnecessary to electone Councillor forthe remainder of thefour-year term ending November 2026.

GENERALVOTING will be open to qualified elec tors of theCit yofMerritton:

Nominations Received

PUBLICNOTICEISHEREBYgiven to theelectorsof theCit yofMerrittthatthe personsnominated as c andidatesand forwhomvotes will be received are:


BA XTER YvetteCit yofMerritt

COGHILL Peter Thompson-NicolaRegional District –Electoral Area A

LITTLE TONNorma Jean City of Merritt

PHILLIPS MJ City of Merritt

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If youare notonthe List of Registered Elec tors,you mayregister at thetime of votingbycompleting the required applic ation form availableatthe votingplace Toregister youmus tmeetthe followingqualific ations:

• be 18 year sofage or olderongener al votingday, April20, 2024;and,

•a Canadian citizen [landedimmigrant s, permanent resident sand corporationsare noteligible];and,

•a resident of BC foratleast 6monthsimmediately before theday of registration[at timeofvoting ]; and,

•a resident of theCit yofMer rittthe dayof registration; and,

•not disqualifiedunder the LocalGovernmentAct or anyother enac tmentfromvoting in an elec tionand notother wise disqualifiedbylaw.

To register,residentelector smus tproduce two[2] piecesofidentific ation [atleast onemus thaveyour signature] to provewho youare andwhere youlive. Pictureidentific ation IS NOTnecessary


Toregister as aNon-residentPropert yElector youmus t:

ANCE VOTING will be open to qualified elec tors of the Cit y of Merritt on:

Wednesday, April10, 2024 |8:0 0am-8:0 0pm

Wednesday, April17, 2024 |8:0 0am-8:0 0pm

ING BY MAIL is available for qualified elec tors of the Cit y of Merritt If you wis te by mail, you must obt ain an applic ation to receive a mail ballot package It is your nsibilit y to ensure that your completed ballot is delivered to the Chief

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•be18years of ageorolder on generalvoting day, Saturday,A pril 20,2024; and,

•a Canadian citizen [landedimmigrant s, permanent resident sand corporationsare noteligible];and,

•a resident of BC foratleast 6monthsimmediately before theday of registration[at timeofvoting ]; and,

•a registered ownerofrealpropert yinthe City of Merritt foratleast 30 days immediatelybeforethe dayofregistration; and,

•not be entitledtoregister as aResidentElector in theCit yofMer ritt; and,

•not disqualifiedunder the LocalGovernmentAct or anyother enac tmentfromvoting in an elec tionand notother wise disqualifiedbylaw

In addition, forNon-residentPropert yElector s:

•the only personswho areregistered owners of the proper ty,eitherasjoint tenant sortenants in common, areindividualswho arenot holdingthe proper ty in tr us tfor acorporationoranother tr us t.

•ifmorethanone person is registered ownerofthe propert y, only oneofthose individualsmay,withthe written consentofthe majority of theowner s, register as aNon-residentPropert yElector

Non-resident Proper ty Elec tors must producet wo pieces of identification(at leas tone with asignature)to

proveidentity,and must also bringevidencethatyou are entitledtoregister in relationtothe proper ty,including : •proof of ownershipofthe proper ty (a recent TitleSearch);and

•writtenconsent (formavailable from City Hall) signedbya majority of allthe owners,ifthere aremultiple owners of thepropert y, st ating that you arethe oneowner whoisdesignatedasthe Non-resident Proper ty Elec torfor that proper ty You mayonlyregister as aNon-residentPropert y Elec torinrelation to onepiece of proper ty regardless of howmanyproperties youown in Merritt .Ifyou ownpropert ywitha corporation,noneofthe owners of thepropert yare eligible to vote


Until theclose of generalvoting on April20, 2024, acopyofthe List of Registered Elec tors will,upon signature,beavailable forpublicinspection at City Hallduringregular office hour s, 8:00 am to 5:45 pm Tuesdaythrough Friday,excepts tatutory holidays

Omitting Personal Information from theLis t: Elector smay reques tthattheir addressand other informationbeomittedfromorobscuredon, the List of Registered Elec tors to protec ttheir privac yor security.Contact theCit yofMer rittfor more details.

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Documentary “Dirt Relations” to be screened at Nicola Valley Institute of Technology on April 4.

starting a nonprofit aimed at reconciliation,” said Schoen. “But this particular film really is about the bond that three guys with very diverse backgrounds can form when they come together to reach a Kenneth Wong REPORTER@MERRITTHERALD.COM


Doors will be open at 6 p.m. and the film will be screened at 7 p.m.

Directed by Matt Clark, the film tells the story of Tom Eustache, a Secwepemc man and member of the Simpcw First Nation; Patrick Lucas, an eighth generation Canadian from Courtney, B.C.; and Thomas Schoen, a first generation German immigrant; and how their friendship formed through the Indigenous Youth Mountain Bike Program (IYMBP).

“The film is about a friendship of three men with very diverse backgrounds, it’s about




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“Also fostering community and reconciliation”

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common goal.”

Schoen met Lucas in the Xatśūll First Nation. Schoen was doing a presentation on mountain bike trails and Lucas was working with the Xatśūll First Nation as a community planner. “Patrick had this idea of starting an organization that later developed into the IYMBP,” said Schoen. “As soon as we started talking and he mentioned the idea of creating this nonprofit, I instantly knew he was onto something there.”

Lucas and Schoen then became co-founders of the IYMBP where they then went on to work with the Simpcw First Nation where they met Eustache, the public works maintenance manager for the Simpcw First Nation. Eustache went on to become a director for the IYMBP.

The IYMBP has assisted over 38 First Nations communities develop mountain bike trails across B.C.

Schoen believes trail building and mountain biking can tear down barriers to create a more inclusive and harmonious society. “If we’re building a trail, shoulder to shoulder, Indigenous, non-Indigenous people, at the end of the day, after seven, eight hours of hard manual labour, digging in the dirt with a pick and a shovel, you don’t think about the nationality or ethnicity of the person that stands besides you, you’re

Do you live in a communit y that was impacted by the 2021 BC Floods?

just sharing the pain of the weather, the rain, the mosquitoes. So it really brings you together as humans, as individuals,” said Schoen.

Schoen also believes that much of Canada’s conflict and reconciliation can be tied to recreation. “It’s quite interesting if we look at the relative recent history, the last 30-40 years, most of the major conflicts between settler Canadians and Indigenous population can be traced back to recreation,” said Schoen, citing the Oka Crisis over a golf course, Sun Peaks standoff over a ski hill, and Gustafsen Lake standoff over fishing access.

Schoen highlights the importance of coming together for a common goal. “We grew up in completely different environments and different financial backgrounds… and yet we formed this strong bond and friendship that’s been lasting years and year and years and that is because we have common goals,” said Schoen. “In our case, it’s getting kids on mountain bikes, building more trails, but also fostering community and reconciliation.”

The Merritt Otters Swim Club

is looking for coaches to join our team for summer 2024. Flexible opportunities from full time to part time!

Seeking energetic & motivated coaches for the Merritt Otters Swim Club

Details: Our club is looking for enthusiastic, organized, experienced leaders who can coach and help swimmers with stroke technique and general swimmer development. We have approximately 40 - 50 swimmers each summer of all ages, experience, and skill level. Our club is a mixture of social and competitive swimmers We compete regionally and provincially, have a dedicated executive, and an indoor pool for training There are also various opportunities and facilities available for dryland training in the community.

Location: Merritt BC is a small community of 10 000 in the Southern Interior, 45 minutes from Kamloops and an hour from Kelowna. There are hundreds of kilometers of trails for hiking, biking, and ATVs and beautiful lakes in every direction for paddleboarding, fishing and swimming Summers are sunny and typically warm

Term: Summer 2024 Season (beginning of May to August 23, 2024) Spend weekends visiting various cities and towns in the region for swim meets which begin around the beginning of June Full-time commitment is preferred, but we are willing to work with successful candidates to determine a schedule that meets the needs of the coaching staff and swimmers

Responsibilities & Expectations: Our coaches will have the willingness and ability to lead a diverse group of swimmers Coaches will be responsible for planning and executing swim practices for swimmers with a variety of abilities and mentoring junior coaches. FLEXIBLE OPPORTUNITIES FOR FULL TIME OR PART TIME!

Salary: The Merritt Otters Swim Club offers a competitive salary, dependent upon experience and certification. Other incentives may apply.

Experience: Previous coaching experience preferred. As we are dependent on ‘Summer Jobs Grants’ to partially fund coaches, preference may be given to post-secondary students continuing with education.

Requirements: Coaches must consent to a Criminal Record Check.

Head Coach: Level 1 NCCP or Equivalent, Water Safety Instructor / Swim BC/s I CAN SWIM Coach Designation preferred. Previous Coach training and experience is preferred. Training available for the right candidate!

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Back-to-back losses over the weekend for the Cents


The Merritt Centennials have now lost three in a row, after dropping a 5-2 on Friday, March 22, against the Penticton Vees and a 7-3 on Sunday, March 24, against Salmon Arm Silverbacks.

Friday, March 22 – Penticton Vees 5, Merritt Centennials 2

The Merritt Centennials hit the ice on March 22 against the Penticton Vees at the South Okanagan Events Centre in Penticton.

Penticton found the back of the net early in the game with a goal by Callum Arnott, who scored his twentysixth goal this season just over a minute in.

Merritt rebounded with a goal of their own to tie the game with Ray Hamlin (4) shortly after.

Late in the first period, Billy Renfrew (19) and Thomas Pichette (18) added two unanswered goals for the Vees.

Penticton ruled the second period with a powerplay goal by Larry Keenan (6), setting the score 4-1 at the

end of the period. The Vees had 17 shots in the second period alone, almost equaling the Centennials’ game total.

Early in the third period, Merritt’s Charles-Thomas Larochelle (12) found the back of the net during a power play.

During the last minutes of the game, Billy Renfrew (20) crowned the Vees’ victory by scoring an empty-net goal in the 5-2 win.

Sunday, March 24 – Salmon Arm Silverbacks 7, Merritt Centennials 3

The Centennials hit the road once again for their second away game this weekend as they faced the Salmon Arm Silverbacks.

In the second away game of the weekend, the Merritt Centennials fell against the Silverbacks in a 7-3 loss.

Cole Longacre (5) put the Silverbacks on the board in the opening frame, with the only goal scored during that period.

During the first few minutes in the second period, the Merritt Centennials tied the game with a goal by

Charles-Thomas Larochelle (13).

Shortly after, Ryan Gillespie added another one to the score for Salmon Arm, making the score 2-1. Silverback’s Nathan Mackie (10) found the back of the net, increasing the home team’s advantage in the game.

The Cents added another goal during second period as Charles-Thomas Larochelle scored his fourteenth goal this season.

The Silverbacks shortly scored two unanswered goals with Cole Cooksey (20) and Riley Ashe (6) by the end of second period.

The final period was marked by a goal from the Cents, as Easton Ryan scored his twelfth goal of the season, setting the score 5-3.

JJ Monteiro added two empty net goals by the end of third period, crowning the Silverback’s 7-3 victory.

The next time the Merritt Centennials hit the ice is on Thursday, March 28, as they face the Cranbrook Bucks and Saturday, March 30, against the Prince George Spruce Kings, both at Nicola Valley Memorial Arena.

Nicola Valley Junior Native Hockey packs the rinks

Laísa Condé


Hockey fever took centre stage at the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena and at Shulus Arena over four days.

The Nicola Valley Junior Native Hockey Tournament drew hundreds of B.C. players and parents for a weekend of competitive hockey action.

The annual tournament has taken place for 34 years, with the exception of three years during the COVID-19 pandemic.

It provides an opportunity for young Indigenous athletes to engage with hockey in a competitive and fun way.

The four-day tournament saw over 20 teams join in on the action, with local teams and teams from the surrounding areas.

The results of the tournament are:

- U9 Division

First place: Pukaist Lil Chiefs

Second place: Grizzlies

Third place: Lil Blades

Fourth place: Sylix Sharpshooters

- U11 Division

First place: Sylix Sharpshooters

Second place: Cariboo Hose Hawks

Third place: Colts

Fourth place: Tomahawks

- U13 Division

First place: The Benchwarmers

Second place: Sylix Sharpshooters

Third place: Broncos

Fourth place: Lower Nicola Warriors

- U15 Division

First place: Wildhorse Industrial Hawks

Second place: Skeetch Coyotes

Third place: Chase Golden Eagles

Fourth place: Sylix Sharpshooters

- U18 Division

First place: Wildhorse Industrial Hawks

Second place: Thunderbirds

Third place: OK Stingers

Fourth place: Alkali Lake Renegades

A18 THURSDAY, March 28, 2024 Have a sports story tip? Tell us about it by calling 250-378-4241 or emailing


Hockey fever took over at the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena and at the Shulus Arena during the 34th Annual Nicola Valley Junior Native Hockey Tournament. Photos/Laísa Condé

invites you to our ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

March 28, 2024 at 6:30 pm at the Civic Centre, room 4

NVFB Society members, and people interested in becoming members, are urged to attend. The more members we have signed up – the better our qualifications for grants to help us build our new facility! Membership is not onerous – the fee is just $5 00 and there is just the one meeting a year However, for those who wish to be more involved, we do have openings on our Board of Directors that need to be filled

Refreshments will be served. Our Annual Per for mance Review will be available Lear n about our proposed plans/dreams/wishes for our new facility that we will be building on our recently-acquired property!

THURSDAY, March 28, 2024 A19
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Tea, a train-tastic event

were quite concerned.”

Friends of the Library hosts Newcomers Tea and Train Celebration Event.

On March 23, approximately 66 people came to the library to enjoy tea and snacks with their neighbours and watch the library’s model train.

Put together by the Merritt Railway Club, the electric train runs right underneath the ceiling with intricately designed scenery of the Thompson-Nicola region.

When outside of city hall, Mayor Mike Goetz is also a member of the Merritt Railway Club, working on the project for two years. “The design of it was a lot of work,” said Goetz. “We built it and they break it, and they build it and they’d break it, and finally they approved this design because we have people standing underneath that they

According to Goetz, the train at the library is “one of the largest G scales indoor in Western Canada, if not all of Canada.”

The Merritt Railway Club ensured that all the details along the track are period correct. “Doug (Strand) did a beautiful job of doing all the scenery,” said Goetz.

“The old train station used to sit right on this spot, the circumference of the building is the exact same size as where the train is, that’s why we decided to put it up there,” said Goetz. “This train was designed from Spencer’s Bridge all the way to Princeton so this is what it would have looked like.”

After the success of this year’s and 2023’s Newcomers Tea Event, Friends of the Library hopes to host this event annually.

Crossroads Community Church

2990 Voght St. • 250-378-2911

Service Time: Sundays 10:00 a.m.

Merritt Baptist Church

2499 Coutlee Avenue (at Omre)

Sunday service 10 am, Phone (250)378-2464

Merritt Lutheran Fellowship in St. Michael's Anglican Hall • 250-378-9899

Service Time: 3rd Sunday each month 1:00 p.m.

Sacred Heart Catholic Church

Corner of Jackson & Blair • 250-378-2919

Mass Time: Sundays 9:00 a.m.

St. Michael’s Anglican Church

1990 Chapman St. • 250-378-3772

Service Times: 2nd and 4th Sundays only - 10:00 a.m.

Trinity United Church

Corner of Quilchena & Chapman • 250-378-5735

Service Time every Sunday - 10 am

Somang Mission Community Church (SMC)

1755 Coldwater Ave. (The Cadet Hall)

Sunday Service Time: 4:00 pm • 250-280-1268

Nicola Valley Evangelical Free Church

1950 Maxwell St. • 250-378-9502

Service Times: Sunday 10 am

COMMUNITY Do you have a community story idea? Tell us about it by calling 250-378-4241 or emailing Kenneth
REPORTER@MERRITTHERALD.COM Merrittonians and newcomers joined for the Newcomers’ Tea and the Train Celebration event at the Merritt Library.
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KevinPatrick O’Flynn

March1,1957 ~January30, 2024

KevinPatrick O’Flynn passedawayafter a courageous battle of alifetimeillnessinMerritt, BC at theNicolaValleyHospitalsurroundedbyhis family

Kevinwas borninQuesnel,BCtoAudrey (Ward) & DavidO’Flynn andwas considered themiddlechild of siblings.Throughouthis lifehelived in many places across WesternCanada, leavinga bright impression with everyone he cameincontact with.Kevin married thelove of hislife, Suzette (Aspinall) on December28, 1996 in Merritt, BC; having twochildrentogetherKayla MarieDawn(July 22, 1990July 14, 2005) andBrandi Lee-Ann.

He wasa manknownfor hishuge heart, contagious laugh, amazing senseof humour (with allsorts of ribbing andpractical jokes);hecouldsee thepositive in everything andeveryone,aswellasbeing agreat husband, provider, protector, father,brother,uncle,papa, even asecond dadtomany. Kevin’sfamily wasthe centerofhis world, with friends aclose second; he always hadtime forhis girls, andextendedfamily.Hehad many lifelong friends that he lovedlikebrothersand sisters. Hisannualfishingtrip(s) createdmanyamazing memories along with the many tripsawayfromhomeworking.

Kevinworkedinthe roofing industryfor most of hisworking life, he knew everything therewas to know about roofing anddid it betterand/or faster than men much youngerthanhim…he wasknownas‘Thee Roofer ’!

KevinissurvivedbySuzette,his belovedwifeof35years, hischildren–Brandi O’Flynn (StevenBrazeau)Jamie Ebel (Renee Burnett),and Nathan Poittris.In addition, hisgrandchildren–RykerLowey,Caelan Twan,Ryderand Savannah Ebel,Ethan Poittris,Bobbi Poittris andHudsonPoittris;along with hisgreatgrandchildrenbyEthan –Sequoiaand Saylor Poittris.Kevin will be reunitedwith hisdaughter KaylaMarie Dawn O’Flynn,his parents, sister,brothersand friends whopassedbeforehim.

Kevinwas ahuge believerthatevery child deserves theopportunity to play sports;inkeepingwith hiswishes, thefamily requeststhatinlieuofflowers, donations be made to theCanadianTire‘Kids JumpstartProgram’orany program that promotes kidsports

Thefamily also wishes to acknowledge theirheartfeltappreciationfor theshortterm supporttheyreceived fromthe Nicola ValleyHomeSupportprogram andthe PalliativeCareprogram.Inaddition, thecompassion andsupportreceivedfrom Merritt FuneralChapel.

AtraditionalNlaka’pamux pele7was held at thefamily homeimmediately following hispassing; however,due to medical issues at that time andupcoming medical issues,wehavetoplana CelebrationofLifeata laterday in Quesnel (details TBD).

Thankyou foryourunderstanding

Ronald Leslie Tiessen

February 29, 1952-March18, 2024

It is with greatsadness that we announce thepassing of ou sonand brother, Ronald Lesl Tiessenat72years of age.

Ronwas predeceased by father,JohnT iessen, sister Sandra Kapelari (T iessen),and brother DavidT iessen.

Ronwill be forever remembered by mother Doreen Tiessen, KenT iessen (Sandra),DennisT iessen(Eileen), Brenda Irving (Jim), Brad Tiessen (Suzanne)alsonumerious nephews& nieces andfriends

Thankyou,doctors,nursesand staffatMerritt Hospital forlookingafter Ron.

Therewill be no service, at requestofthe family

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Maria Cecilia McCauleyWoodward

Mar.12,1943 -Mar.24, 2024

“It is with great sadnesstoannounce the passing of Maria Cecilia McCauley-Woodward. Maria dedicatedher life to raising her 5children, her grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

Shewas born on the Ranch beside Spaxomin reserve, Douglas Lake.

Maria wasagreathunter,grewuparound horses, and wasknownfor being areal heavy hitter with the DouglasLakeGirls baseball team

Maria is predeceased by hermother MinnieCharters, and father JoeMcCauley. Brother Clarence &August McCauley, and nephews August McCauleyJr. &Clifford Shackley.Son-in-law Gordon White & Clifford Graw. Great Granddaughter CynthiaJoesph.

Survivedbyher sister Olive Sabo &David McCauley.Children

Catherine Graw, MichaelWoodward, Georgina Woodward, Ellen White, Amanda Lamothe. Her 21 grandchildren &18 great grandchildren.


Company: Lower Nicola Indian Band

Development Corpor ation

Location: Merrit t, BC

Reports to: Forestry Manager & Logging Supervisor

Deadline: Friday April 12, 2024

LNIB Development Corpor ation is currently looking for a Profes sional Logging Tr uck Driver to tr anspor t logs locally. We of fer competitive rates, benefit s, and a pension plan and are commit ted to a safe and respec tful work environment.

The successful candidate will have::

• a Clas s 1 Driver ’s Licence with Air Br akes Endorsement

• previous profes sional driving experience – log hauling

• a clean Driver ’s abstract with no suspensions

• to complete necessar y paperwor k, including accurate elec tronic logs

• to perfor m preventative maintenance (greasing and washing tr uck)

• to represent the company in a profes sional manner when dealing with client s

• a fir m commitment to safety

• a positive at titude

Physical Demands:

Hey there, go-getters and multitasking champs! Merritt Herald, the community cornerstone since 1905, is on the hunt for a Sales Dynamo/Office Ninja to spice up our crew. If you’re all about hustling, acing a zillion things at once, and have the hunger to win, hit us up!



• Channel your inner sales maestro and charm your way into selling ad space at Merritt Herald.

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• Dive into Accounts Receivable tasks like a boss

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• Competitive compensation with commission opportunities

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Maria passed peacefully on the eveningofSunday,March 24th, 2024 in Merritt.She celebrated her 81st birthday 12 days before, on March 12th.”

Help Wanted

Scw’exmx Community Health Services Society Employment Opportunity


As an LPN/Medica office assistant you will be responsible for providing administrative support to ensure the efficient operation of the medical office. You will support the doctors and patients through a variety of tasks related to patient care management, organization, and communication


Medical Office Assistant Duties:

• Organize and schedule appointments

• Update and file medica records and insurance reports.

• Assist during medical examinations and minor procedures

• Produce and distribute correspondence memos, letters, faxes, and forms.

• Prepare and clean treatment rooms and medical instruments.

LPN Duties:

• INR Lab result follow up as per doctor orders

• Intramuscular injections: B12, Depo, Methotrexate

• Minor procedure assistance


• LPN designation. Experience as a Medical Office Assistant would be an asset.

• Knowledge of Office & Medical procedures

• Excellent time management skills and ability to Mult-task and prioritize work

• Social perceptiveness and service oriented

• Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Competitive salary and full benefits

E-mail Resume and References to:

Position requires employee to frequently stand, walk, twis t, bend, reach and kneel. Employees must be able to lift 50 lbs above shoulder height

Work Environment: Work is outdoors in rough terr ain and under ex treme weather conditionsand in environmentally sensitive area at times.

Probation Period: This position is subjec t to a 3- month probationary period, at which time the succes sful candidate will be entitled to enroll in the Company’s benefit program and pension plan

Please forward all cover letters, resumes and suppor ting documents to General Manager, Don Gossoo via email:

• A chance to be part of a historic and community-centric organization

• Opportunities for career advancement

HOW TO APPLY: Interested candidates are invited to submit their resume and a cover letter highlighting their relevant experience to publisher@ Please include “Sales Person/Office Admin Application - Merritt Herald” in the subject line.

At Merritt Herald, we believe in fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace. We encourage candidates from all backgrounds to apply.

Join us in continuing the legacy of Merritt Herald as we navigate the future together!

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