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Determination and hard work pays off RADIUS and the BC Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation have partnered to present ten individuals under the age of 30 with this year’s BC Social Innovation Youth Award in Vancouver. The awards celebrate those who have shown leadership and ingenuity while working towards creating positive social change within their communities. This year, one of the nominations was for Krystian Shaw, the founder of The Kamloops Self-Advocate Newsletter. He was nominated by Jolene Glover, his support worker from Inclusion Kamloops. The award includes $1000.00 for each recipient. On February 8, Krystian attended the Summit Meeting in Vancouver, which included a presentation and award ceremony. “Krystian is so excited to be recognized for doing something that he loves. As his mother, I am very proud of him,” says Linda Shaw. “Krystian was born with mental challenges and it was thought that he would never learn to read or write. His determination to beat the odds led him to be founder and contributor to his newsletter at the age of 27. He is fluent in his
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Todd Stone and Terry Lake were presenters at the Streamline Transportation Technology press conference at 348 Tranquille Rd on Friday, February 10. Streamline Transportation Technology are experts in transportation, logistics and technology solutions, and those at the press conference were told of the many ways this company could be useful to businesses in and around Kamloops.
Comedy show proceeds will benefit ASK Wellness Infernol Art Productions is proud to present Mark Hughes and his Fringe Show: “Tragedy + Time Served = Comedy” on Thursday, February 23. “How much time am I doing?” is a question that Mark Hughes, a comedian from Vancouver, has asked in different contexts at different points in his life. Shining a light on the path from his dark and grim past of street life, addiction, and prison to the introspective and playful present of stand-up comedy—never stopping along the way to observe taboos, Mark has written and produced a Fringe Festival One-Man Act entitled “Tragedy + Time Served = Comedy”. After all, how can your life be taboo? Mark will both horrify you with his experiences as well as show the many similarities between his life and yours, and how many of us are affected by similar circumstances all while still entertaining with his warm and sharing personality. Everyone who watches this show will walk away with
a new respect for those afflicted with addiction issues. British Columbia, including Kamloops, is currently facing a tragic crisis with Fentanyl causing over 26,000 suspected overdoses and killing more than 914 people throughout 2016 in BC, with more than double the deaths in Kamloops in 2016 compared to 2015. There is a need to raise awareness of this crisis to the public, support those in the frontline - the first responders, emergency workers and community support groups like ASK Wellness, and bring help to those suffering from addictions and issues leading them to be at a high risk of death. Portions of the proceeds of this show will go towards the Overdose Prevention Sites in Kamloops run by ASK Wellness that offers referral supports and wrap-around services to those in need of help and those most at risk during this crisis. “...through telling his story, fights to help us all understand the roots of neglect, emotional damage, and
systemic dysfunction. He offers us a greater understanding of the challenges we as a society face in what we value, and the insane ways that we respond to people who have been steered into harmful directions by the vagaries of life...this is an experience that few will forget or fail to be moved by.” – Plank Magazine “Tragedy + Time Served =
Comedy” is happening on Thursday, February 23 at The Blue Grotto, 319 Victoria Street, with doors opening at 7:30pm and show starting at 8:30pm. Tickets are available at kamloopslive.ca or in person at The Blue Grotto. This is a 19+ event. You can find Mark Hughes on Facebook as Mark B. Hughes or on his website: markhughescomedy.com
2017 BC Social Innovation Youth Award – continued from front suggestions for daily activities to stay healthy; there was also a great soup recipe, jokes and inspirational quotes that made for a relaxing and refreshing read. Each of the contributors, just like Krystian, have succeeded in life beyond the limitations that doctors and other professionals have set for them. Krystian is a great example; he is proving that anyone can succeed with self-determination and a strong support system. Krystian Shaw is truly an inspiration and a most deserving recipient of the 2017 BC Social Innovation Youth Award. Want to learn more about the newsletter? Refer to the Kamloops Self Advocate Newsletter/Diverse Abilities Facebook page. For more information about Inclusion Kamloops services and volunteer options, refer to their website inclusionkamloops.ca. Rikie Greenwood, freelance
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Remember that time Donald Trump took a meeting with Kanye West and the internet went bananas? Although, let’s be honest—the internet community tends to get fired up and frothed at the mouth every few seconds, like a pinball machine all lit up in the corner of a dark bar. I follow many tabloid pages on social media, in the hopes that when I need a break from “the real world” my newsfeed is flooded with frothy inconsequential news stories. Not quite the case anymore. Times have certainly changed, considering the political climate. I want to avoid political diatribes. Do people want to hear it? Am I someone’s break from the “real world” and I’m harshening their buzz? I hear the trolls lurking under the bridges of the comments section saying otherwise. At the recent Golden Globes, Meryl Streep used her Lifetime Achievement award acceptance speech to reference the dangerous actions of an unnamed politician. (Guess who?) Someone who provokes an “instinct to humiliate, when it’s modeled by someone on the public platform, by someone powerful, it filters down into everybody’s life, because it kind of gives permission for other people to do the same thing. Disrespect invites disrespect. Violence incites violence. When the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose.” That’s fair. In fact, it’s obvious. Haters cry, “shut up and entertain us Streep, dance monkey, dance!” I’m paraphrasing of course, but then again—surely someone somewhere said that along the way. Imagine, using your profile and popularity to
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Soccer Quest has become an associate member with BC Soccer. The membership process was started back in July 2016 and approved by the BC Soccer Association board in January 2017. This membership now allows Soccer Quest to enter BC Soccer sanctioned events and tournaments. Soccer Quest has been operating in the BC Interior and Kootenay areas for the past 16 years and has built, owned and operated three indoor facilities, one in Nelson and two in Kamloops. Its staff have been the head coach and technical director for both Nelson and Kamloops Youth Soccer organizations, coaching facilitators for BC Soccer for the grass roots program and licensing programs and presently employ a staff of eight coaches, four of whom are licensed and full time in the game. Formerly partnered with the Vancouver Whitecaps, Soccer Quest is responsible for bringing the Whitecaps academy program into the Kootenay area and presently has 1400 members indoor and approximately 1,000
participants in its spring and sum- Academy tournament in mer programs. Kamloops on March 24 and 25 The Soccer Quest Academy will at the Tournament Capital Centre be hosting its first Development turf field for girls and boys in age
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DWC heading to India and Guatemala Developing World Connections (DWC) has two teams headed to India in March. One group is going to the Rajasthan area to build a water-retention structure to help farmers in one of the most parched areas of India. The other is going to Nainatal in the north, where a women’s shelter that was started by previous teams will be completed. Both trips offer you a chance to make an impact. The Rajasthan team will work with DWC’s partner Sahyog Sansthan, heading out to a nearby village daily to build a water-retention structure that will hold back monsoon rains long enough for them to soak deeper into the aquifers and replenish wells. The Nainatal team will complete the third and final storey of a women’s shelter that will serve 400 villages in
northern India. and even walls that have These trips are typically rusted through. You will two weeks in length and either help build a cinder-block home during include in-country food, in-country ground transyour time in San Miguel Duenas and renovate tin portation, in-country accommodation, prohouses or you will pitch in on completing a comgram costs and a substantial direct donation munity centre kitchen. to the in-country partner. Leader Tom Rankin. You will be lead by team It does not include airleader Tom Rankin. In fare. However, the entire cost paid Tom’s words: “Working alongside through DWC is 100% tax deduct- locals who are watching change take place before their eyes added ible, including airfare. Join Developing World a very meaningful dimension to Connections in San Miguel Duenas, the journey. Having a great group Guatemala, April 15 to 29. DWC’s to share the camaraderie, curiosity, objective is to help the poorest learning, fatigue and the challenge people in a small Guatemalan town of new food, only enhanced the called San Miguel Duenas. Many experience.” of the people in this town live in For more information on these tin houses. Conditions in these and other upcoming trips go to homes are dismal. DWC teams their website at https://develophave gone to replace leaky roofs ingworldconnections.org
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This year’s Runners Sole 4x Mixed Relay Indoor Triathlon was once again a huge success. The organizers thank everyone who came out to participate, volunteer, or cheer on those who put their heart in to it. The costumes were great, and the competition was fierce. Watch for all the photos being uploaded to the Kamloops Triathlon Club Facebook page, and soon to be uploaded to their KTC website. This year saw a total of 21 teams take part and compete in the Relay. Teams were made up from seasoned athletes to those new to triathlon. A pro team took the overall best time at 1:21:33, and a soloist who raced all four legs finishing in 1:31:17. Congratulations to all the amazing athletes.
The costumes are always a highlight of this race. This year there was a variety of unique and well thought out costumes which were fun to watch. Congratulations to Dread the Red for the best Team Spirit, Cops n Bobbers as the Spandex Superheroes, and Les Incompetents for being the most resilient and winning the Straight From the Heart award. Kamloops Triathlon Club’s next event will be the annual Spring Sprint Triathlon and the Kids of Steel Triathlon being held on the same day at Brock Pool on June 11, 2017. Relay teams are welcome for the Spring Sprint! A number of training opportunities for swimming, running, and cycling can be found on their website at www.trytri.org
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84th Annual Performing Arts Festival February 26 – March 19 In its 84th year, Kamloops Festival of the Performing Arts is ready to celebrate the successes of over 1500 regional performers and participants from the ages of five to ninety for three weeks in Kamloops. Week One includes Junior and Senior Piano and Speech Arts. Week Two features Voice and Instrumental sessions. Week Three is packed with Strings, Guitar and Harp at the same time as Sagebrush Theatre comes alive with Dance: Ballet, Modern, Stage and Street genres. Singers, speech artists, musicians and dancers receive positive feedback from highly qualified adjudicators in a workshop-style setting. The public is
invited to attend the competitive sessions as well as the Honours Concert on Sunday, March 19 at 2pm in the Sagebrush Theatre. Programs for the 84th Kamloops Festival of the Performing Arts are available at Lee’s Music, Long & McQuade and the Kamloops Symphony offices. At the local festival, participants have the opportunity to be recommended by the adjudicators to advance to the Performing Arts BC Provincial Music Festival hosted here in Kamloops from May 28 to June 1. Stay tuned! Play your part! To become involved as a volunteer, supporter or donor, go to kfpa.ca.
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Blazers sign Kyrell Sopotyk The Kamloops Blazers goals, second in rookie scoring announced that they have signed and 12th overall in the scoring 2001-born prospect Kyrell Sopotyk race. Sopotyk, who is a fifthto a standard WHL education con- round pick, joins forward Connor tract. Sopotyk is from Zary and defenseman Quinn Schmiemann as Aberdeen, SK and is playing this season with the third player from the Prince Albert Mintos the 2016 WHL Bantam of the Saskatchewan Draft that the Blazers Midget AAA Hockey have signed. In other League. “Kyrell has news, the Blazers had an impressive and Spokane Chiefs season,” commented swapped draft picks. General Manager, Stu The Blazers sent one MacGregor. “He has of their two fourthshown a scoring prowess. We look round picks in 2017 to Spokane forward to his continued develop- in exchange for fifth and sixth ment, and for him to push for a ros- round picks in 2017. ter spot next season.” For ticketing information, The 5’8” and 160lb forward is please contact Ticketing & among the top goal scorers in Promotions Coordinator, Missy the league with 25 goals, nine Cederholm by phone at 778-471assists and 34 points in 34 games. 8068 or by email at mcederholm@ He is second in the league in blazerhockey.com.
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The judge’s tie At a clearance sale, the wife of a federal district court judge found a green tie that was a perfect match for one of her husband’s sports jackets. Soon after, while the couple was vacationing at a resort complex to get his mind off a rather complicated cocaine conspiracy case, he noticed a small, round disc sewn into the design of the tie. The judge showed it to a local FBI agent, who was equally suspicious that it might be a ‘bug’ planted
by the conspiracy defendants. The agent sent the device to FBI headquarters In Washington, DC for analysis. Two weeks later, the judge phoned the Washington office to learn the results of their tests. “We’re not sure where the disc came from,” the FBI told him, “but we discovered that when you press it, it plays ‘Jingle Bells.’”
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Live entertainment, monthly dinners and more! ■■ Social Ballroom Dancing for terrified beginners to experienced dancers in the Dogwood Room, Cottonwood Manor, 730 Cottonwood Ave. on Thursdays. Lesson at 6:30pm. Feb 16: foxtrot westchester, Feb. 23: foxtrot society. Dance 7 to 9pm. Drop-in fee. FMI contact Dance With Me Kamloops at 250-377-3743 or dancewithmekamloops.com. ■■ Big Little Science Centre Feb 18: Static Electricity Show. Exploration Room is open 10am to 4pm with over 140 different exhibits to enjoy. 655 Holt Street. FMI visit blscs.org. ■■ Chances - Tue. Feb. 14: Valentine’s Day dinner with Lindsay May from 5 to 9pm. For reservations call 250-554-1030 local 30. Live entertainment from 8 to 11pm on Fri. Feb. 17: The Angie Heinze Band; Sat. Feb. 18: Lindsay May. Jam Night every Wed. with Jim Cochran and Crew from 8 to 11pm. 1250 Halston Ave. ■■ Kamloops Track and Field Club’s Gary Reed Indoor Meet on Feb. 17 and 18 at Tournament Capital Centre. FMI: call 250-851-2512. ■■ Excelsior Rebekah Lodge #23 events: General Meeting on Feb. 28 at 7:30 pm, 423 Tranquille Rd. ■■ Used Book and Craft Supplies Sale at North Shore Community Centre, Tues, Feb 21 to Fri, Feb 24 from 9 am - 4 pm. ■■ Monthly Friday Dinners at the Ukranian Orthodox Church, 5 to 7 pm, 1044 8th St. Feb. 24, Mar. 31, Apr. 28, May 26. FMI call 250-5788266 or 250-376-1978. ■■ Mamma Mia Party fundraiser for BCSPCA new shelter, Feb. 24 at 6:30pm The Coast Hotel Conference Centre. Tick-
epic improv! (L-R) Peter Navratil, Brooke Ballam and Jeff Daniels perform a scene in The Freudian Slips’ past comedy show “Star Wars Improv”. The troupe’s next show “Dungeons & Dragons (Mission Improvable)” is taking place on February 18 at the Stage House Theatre, 422 Tranquille Road. Doors open at 7:30pm and the show starts at 8:00pm. Tickets are available at the door or online at www.chimeratheatre.com.
ets available at Kamoopslive.ca, 250-374-LIVE or by contacting Judy Basso at 250-851-5247. ■■ St. Paul’s Cathedral Lecture Series: Sun. Feb. 26 at 7pm: “For Those Supporting Refugees: Lessons from North American Indigenous Experience.” Mon. Feb.27 from 10am to 12pm: “Ancient Benedictine Spirituality: The Case for a Dispersed Canadian Community”. Donations accepted. 360 Nicola St. FMI phone: 250-372-3912 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. ■■ Western Canadian Indoor Championship Series RC Racing at Tournament Capital Centre indoor basketball courts Mar. 3
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