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From the editor | Dona Sturmanis

Regular Features

SHIFTING INTO SUMMER It was a real treat to see the Father Pandosy statue revealed in its rightful final location in Pandosy Mission Heritage Park on May 26. The weather was perfect, very sunny and bright; the cookies and coffee, with real cream, delicious; and the guests in attendance, relaxed and convivial. It has been a long journey home for this father figure, his creator Crystal Przybille and many other organizations and people who helped to make the monumental statue possible. It should also be remembered that the Okanagan Mission Residents Association provided $5000 towards the Father’s creation. Check out our story on page 16. Starting this spring issue of OMR, we welcome new contributor Sharron Simpson with her column the Simpson Files, which will offer up commentary on regional development and politics with colourful dashes of history and anecdotes that only she can provide. As many of you know, the Simpson family has played a key role in the development of Kelowna and Sharron has deep roots in the Okanagan Mission. She’s known for her long history of community involvement and as a publisher and author. Her latest book is The Kelowna Story: An Okanagan History

Editor’s Message OMRA Directors’ List In the Works

(Harbour Publishing, 2011). There are a number of stories in this edition that I have found particularly interesting. Tanya Bakala, proprietor of the Mission Dance Centre, has a dramatic and inspiring personal and professional history. She is profiled here by Rand Zacharias. It’s also of note to see former Kelowna fire chief Gerry Zimmermann back in the spotlight. Known for his role in overseeing the management of the 2003 Okanagan fire, he is now preventing fires of a different kind as a Kelowna city councillor. Regular contributor Deanna Merrick sat down and had a chat with him for us. Don Dobson’s profile on Mission Creek really caught my attention. He has employed his professional expertise as a senior water engineer to chronicle the important natural significance of this waterway that many of us have taken for granted. You’ll also note from Kathleen Rowe’s article that there are a surprising number of recreational opportunities for all ages offered in different locations in the Okanagan Mission by the City of Kelowna this summer. So there’s no reason to be lazy this summer; have fun instead! - Dona Sturmanis

The material contained within this newsmagazine does not necessarily reflect the views of the OMRA Board of Directors. It is for information purposes only and, while it cannot be guaranteed, it was obtained from sources believed to be reliable. Publisher: Len McFarlane for the Okanagan Mission Residents’ Association

Extra copies of this publication are available at the Okanagan Mission Library while supplies last. This and archived editions are available for download at

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Special Features AGM Report


Great Garage Sale


Tanya Bakala


OMRA members discuss concerns. Over 1200 visitors got good deals. A glimpse at a dance teacher’s life.

Fab Five


Mission Creek


Pandosy Sculpture


The Simpson Files


OK Mission Recreation


Councillor Zimmermann


East Kelowna wineries welcome visitors. Learn more about our community jewel. The Father figure comes home. Our new columnist shares her views. Fun City-offered summer programs. Gerry’s back...wearing a different hat.

Please direct all advertising inquiries to Dona Sturmanis at 250-765-9151. Fall newsmagazine deadline August 12

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Okanagan Mission

AGM Report | by Sharron Simpson

April OMRA AGM This year’s annual meeting provided a forum for important Okanagan Mission concerns. An audience of close to 100 people at the Okanagan Mission Residents’ Association April 30 AGM proved once again that this is one of the city’s most engaged and active citizen’s associations. With Mayor Walter Gray as guest speaker and director Ron Erickson in the chair, board members presented a number of reports.

project could proceed in 2013, if funding becomes available from senior levels of government. Community consultations are currently underway.

Residents’ Association

the development of Dehart Park. Since no funding is available, nothing is likely to happen in the foreseeable future. Mayor Gray’s Main Points

In his comments, Mayor Gray reaffirmed that he sees Kelowna’s Official Director Mark Thompson provided Community Plan as a “roadmap and not each attendee with a handout identifying a bible.” Improved transportation to the “20 Reasons to Support a Ward System,” Capital News Centre/H20 Adventure & with the intent of generating a city-wide Okanagan Mission, Not ‘The Mission’ Ron Hallick discussed the Association’s discussion to review the benefits of imple- Fitness and the Upper Okanagan Mission were noted, though efforts to ensure he acknowledged the area is referred that “developing to by its historia transit culture cally correct name, in the Mission will Okanagan Mission, take some time.” and not, as is all too His final comments frequently the case, were in response to The Mission. Opporquestions about the tunities to enhance Kelowna Mountain the community’s development. heritage, such as Ron Erickson chaired a well-attended OMRA Annual General Meeting at the Gray noted that no through signage, Okanagan Mission Community Hall on Monday evening, April 30, 2012. application has yet will be pursued. been filed and he reaffirmed his commitment to both the menting such a system. In an interesting Lakeshore Road Bridge; OCP and provincial review process for rebuttal, Mayor Walter Gray enumerated Back to Drawing Board recreational areas. his reason for opposing wards, includThe challenges of dealing with the Two new directors answered the call ing that it encourages parochial thinking City of Kelowna were highlighted in a from director Mark Thompson for more and deal making among councillors and report from Len McFarlane concerning female representation on the board and results in a neighbourhood focus instead the Association’s involvement in design residents Melissa McCall and Brenda Sbroof considering the city-wide implications discussions for the new Lakeshore Road zzi were subsequently nominated. Two of decisions. Gray did, however, think it Bridge. Numerous concepts have been other residents, Wanda McMechan and presented, safety audits conducted, traffic was a worthwhile topic for discussion. Kelly Roth also put their names forward studies undertaken, along with innumerafter the meeting. able hours of community consultations. Dehart Discussions After feedback from OMRA and other Ron Erickson reported that little Sharron Simpson is a Kelowna pubcommunity groups, the original concept progress has been made over the past two lisher, author and the Okanagan Mission plan has gone back to the drawing board. years in discussions with city staff conThere is, however, still a possibility the cerning the widening of Dehart Road and Review’s new columnist. Ward System Possibility Pondered

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City Council Contact List


Good communication with people can make a difference in the way you live in your community. Similarly, the following people know that in order to vote on matters in your best interest they must hear from you.

OMRA Directors 2012 - 2013

Mayor Walter Gray


Councillor Colin Basran 250 575-4535

Councillor André Blanleil 250-862-0592

Councillor Maxine DeHart 250 469-8865

President Mark Thompson


Past President Kerry Lomax


Vice President Mark Ranger


Secretary Brenda Sbrozzi


Treasurer Peter Pugsley


Directors Ron Erickson Ron Hallick Melissa McCall Wanda McMechan Robin Tracy Wayne Wolfe

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Mission Creek forms the northern boundary of Okanagan Mission but it has a far different course today than it had in 1938. There are few people in this community that know the life history of this waterway better than Don Dobson. Please see the full story on page 14.

Councillor Gail Given 250 469-8677

Councillor Robert Hobson 250 469-6224

Councillor Mohini Singh 250 469-8949

Councillor Luke Stack 250-878-4990

Councillor Gerry Zimmermann

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Anyone living in Okanagan Mission who makes a minimum donation of $10.00 to the Association will become a member as long as the member remains living in Okanagan Mission. Name: Address: Postal Code: Phone: E-mail:

Mayor and Council

I would consider becoming a director of OMRA

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Commumity Report by Brenda Trainor

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The Kettle Valley Neighbourhood Garage Sale took place on Saturday May 5 and was another success this year with over 1200 people visiting the 80 families who hosted garage or yard sales. Among the people who visited our yard sale were residents from West Kelowna, Black Mountain and Duck Lake. They all enjoyed themselves and found some good deals. While my husband Niall attended our sale, I wandered down some of the streets and took the time to chat with some neighbours and visitors. What impressed me was how many households shared their garages, driveways or front lawns with friends that lived outside of Kettle Valley. Some households were even fundraising for charities, including one for Africa, one for World Vision and one for Beagle Paws Rescue. Over $4100 was raised for charities during the five-hour sale. Starting on my own Tulameen Road, nine-year-old Isaac from across the street was out earlier than me, setting up his family’s items along with his parents. Two other neighbours were sharing another driveway. One said that the community spirit happening was reminiscent of their earlier days living in Britain, where there were car boot sales set up in school yards or vacant fields on Sundays. A little further down the street, my friend Vera was with her grand-daughter

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Mike with daughter Katie selling their 30-year-old console record player.

Julia selling lots of toys and dolls. Vera emphasized this was a good community event and she was happy to offer things at a great price, so that others could enjoy them as they have. I met a group of three ladies meandering through Tulameen Park. Leslie, who lives on Curlew just outside Kettle Valley, had a stroller in tow and was shopping with her mom and sister, while her husband was selling items at Len and Wendy McFarlane’s garage a couple of blocks away. A hop over to Ptarmigan Street led me to another group sharing a driveway. Janna had already got rid of half of the items she and her family brought up the hill to sell. My last stop was at a home where three generations were involved in the sale. Mom Donna said, “People arrived early, and things went fast.” Grandmother had baked lots of Ukranian scuffles, crescentshaped pastries with cinnamon and sugar. I couldn’t resist bringing some home. The popular Kettle Valley Garage Sale is held every year on the first Saturday in May. See you next year on May 4, 2013. Brenda and Niall Trainor are Kettle Valley residents.

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she was the oldest female student ever accepted into the National Ballet School postgraduate program, finishing as an archaic 24-year-old. Tanya’s early life brings to Tanya at work in the studio at the RCA dance studio. mind the heroine Florence talents to teaching. in the musical Chess—both having to flee She began her instructing career in their birthplaces at a young age—Tanya Germany, then the Czech Republic, fled with her parents at gunpoint. The later across Canada, and finally settled in family hoped they would be able to leave Kelowna. Her choreographic high points Czechoslovakia bound for Canada. The include the Montreal Fringe Festival, the only child and her parents fled in SepMusic Hall in Toronto, Vancouver Kiss tember, 1968, a month after the Russian invasion, arriving in Toronto. Tanya’s enig- Project, and Hamilton Place with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra. Among all matic father who was both an accountant of the Kelowna performances, Tanya’s and an artist/actor passed away in 2001. Presently, Tanya lives with her two young personal favourite was working with daughters and her mother lives next door. Rosemary Thomson and the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra. Besides performing ballet, modern/ Since 2003, the Mission Dance Centre contemporary and jazz styles, she also and Mission Dance Company have seen studied flamenco with the famed pairing the petite, svelte dance master create of Susana and Antonio Robledo. and produce events featuring a variety At age 26, she quickly acquired a contract as a soloist at Detmold Landestheater of artists—musicians, actors, singers and dancers. in Germany. She continued performing “I tend to get lost in the music,” she throughout Europe for four years as a balsaid in a recent interview, “and people lerina but ultimately turned her time and have been so accepting of my interpretaPhoto by: Rand Zacharias tion of pieces ranging from classic to contemporary to flamenco.” Anyone can enjoy the Dance Centre located in the Rotary Centre for the Arts (RCA) in Kelowna. The recreational classes are for all ages, along with a full program of pre-professional classes. “Presently, we have about 100 students,” says Tanya, “but I continue to invite the highest level of instructors of all dance styles—and we get those—many performers and instructors live right here There is a welcoming environment for these students at the Mission Dance Centre.

For Kettle Valley resident Tanya Bakala, life is a dance...a magical dance. She has performed around the world, but for her life isn’t about the destinations—it’s about joy during the journey. She is the backbone, and proprietor, of the Mission Dance Centre in Kelowna. Instructing others to learn how to dance has always been one of the Czech-born dancer’s dreams. Trained at the National Ballet School in Toronto as a dancer and instructor— she started at age 11—but quit on her dream at 15—as her instructor was “old school” and rode the promising talent with extreme prejudice. “It nearly broke my spirit,” she claims. She returned to a normal life until the age of 21 when her mother took her to watch a performance of the National Ballet of Canada—she fell in love with the dance once more. Imagine at 23, studying ballet with a room full of peers...aged 15. This was the path for Tanya. “It was the most humbling period of my life,” states the instructor. “I was an enigma...some of my own instructors thought I was much too old to be striving for a career in ballet.” At the time,

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“Dance is the movement of the universe concentrated in an individual.” - Isadora Duncan

in Kelowna.” Unlike her own difficult early education, Bakala provides a caring and nurturing environment where students have the opportunity to learn professional conduct, correct technique, quality and fluidity of movement. “If you can learn the flamenco,” she says, “you can learn almost any dance. It’s the passion that one brings to the floor, the beat within you.” It continues to be a magical journey for the dancer who fell in love with her life’s work...twice. After producing the annual spring performance of Dance Artistico, Tanya

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A Teacher on “Pointe”

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Community Profile | by Rand Zacharias

The cast of Cinderella at the Mary Irwin Theatre in May 2012.

and her staff are working hard to prepare auditions for next year’s students entering Mission Dance Centre. MDC also produces a Christmas show every year showcasing excerpts from the Nutcracker and favourite Christmas tales. There will be two sessions for dancers this summer, one in July for recreational students and one in August for the Pre-Professional Perform-

ing Program with both Tanya Bakala and other exciting guest teachers will teach in both July and August. You can learn more about dancing through life by visiting their website at Rand Zacharias is a Kelowna journalist and book author.

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So you think you can publish! The Okanagan Mission Review will be looking for a new publisher in the new year. The primary qualification will be a good working knowledge of page layouts, preferably with Adobe InDesign. Good writing skills are important and there would be a preference for residency in Okanagan Mission. If you are interested, please write to Len McFarlane at for more information.

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In the Works | by Len McFarlane

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interesting times The type and effective use of the schools our children attend may all change.

Several major projects that will affect us for many generations to come are in various stages of planning and development which means that some big decisions will be made over the next few months. Lakeshore Road Corridor

The City of Kelowna’s infrastructure planning department is still moving forward with a revised design for the new bridge. As was reported in our spring edition, the GSPF (a provincial gas tax initiative) application was unsuccessful in 2011 which provided a window of opportunity to review earlier design concepts and receive more public input. This was achieved through a public stakeholders’ workshop in January and a recently concluded online survey which received approximately 650 responses. Both initiatives were used to compile public opinion on the values residents would like to see included in the design of the bridge and the overall Lakeshore Road project. A new GSPF application was completed by Infrastructure Planning engineer Peter Truch on May 31. A positive outcome will assist in the funding of the project, but the results of the application’s success may not be known until next year. More details will be provided at an open house to be held in the fall.

On May 28 teacher Ed Schnellert spoke about the vision of a visual and performing arts theatre for Okanagan Mission.

New Middle or Elementary School

Population growth projections for Okanagan Mission over the next 20 years indicate the need for approximately 715 more student spaces. Since our community is one of the few in Kelowna without the advantages of a middle school, the district board is considering this as one of the options for a new school in their long term plans. The other option is to build another elementary school. An open house discussing the merits and concerns of a middle school was held on May 10. The audience was given an opportunity for feedback. The district has two appropriately-sized site options: one in Kettle Valley and one at The Ponds. Okanagan Mission Theatre

It has been talked about for years, but now it’s decision time. Since the provincial government has taken the first step towards a major expansion of Okanagan Mission Secondary School, there is a window of opportunity to have a community theatre incorporated into the plans. A public presentation was held at the school on May 28 promoting the need for an on-site facility to accommodate its strong visual and performing arts programs. Concept drawings were presented along with a budget estimate of 3.5 million

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dollars, but in order for the theatre to be incorporated into the expansion plans, the district needs to have a financial commitment by June 30. OMRA is showing commitment and leadership to this community project with an immediate donation of $5000. For more information on the vision and the passion behind it go to:

Len McFarlane is an Okanagan Mission resident and publisher of the Okanagan Mission Review.

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Mission Creek is a jewel in our community that has suffered as a result of past decisions.

Community Profile | by Don Dobson

A 1972 agreement gave Mission Creek flood control responsibilities to the province.

Don Dobson

mission Creek: a brief history Photo 1 - Kokanee preparing to spawn

sion Creek also supports a major Kokanee and rainbow trout fishery (Photo 1). Anecdotal information suggests that historic Kokanee runs may have been in the millions of fish; so many returned to the creek each fall it reportedly “ran red with fish”. Unfortunately, as the population in the valley increased, so did the stresses on the fishery, and the number of fish declined such that the number of returning Kokanee numbered in the thousands, not millions. Today as a result of major efforts by governments and local interest groups, the numbers are gradually increasing once again. Geologically speakBuck Mtn. Jubilee Mtn. Big White ing, most of the valley floor in the City near Gre ysto the lake was created ke P late by Mission Creek. As au the creek emerged Ideal Reservoir from the valley wall at McCulloch Reservoir Gallagher’s Canyon in Mission Creek Rutland, it deposited Watershed boundary Little White much of its sediment (approx.) load creating a large Photo 1 - Kokanee preparing to spawn depositional fan that Gallagher’s Canyon today extends to Okanagan Lake. As sediment was deposited, the creek formed new channels that gradually developed the flat valley floor that we see today. The braided channels not only distributed high Figure 1 - Mission Creek Watershed

Mission Creek is the largest tributary stream flowing into Okanagan Lake. The catchment has its headwaters on the Greystoke Plateau east of Kelowna and has an area of 860 square kilometers. The watershed ranges in elevation from approximately 344 meters at Okanagan Lake to 2,137 meters at the peak of Jubilee Mountain (refer to Figure 1). Mission Creek contributes approximately 20% of the average annual inflow into Okanagan Lake. Flows in the stream range from lows of less than 1 cubic meter per second in the late fall to highs in the 85-90 cubic meters per second during the spring

freshet. Flows in the creek are dominated by runoff from melting snow in the spring. Annual average precipitation for the Mission Creek watershed is approximately 710 millimeters whereas the average for the valley floor is in the range of 380 millimeters. The Black Mountain and South East Kelowna irrigation districts supply irrigation water for approximately 4,000 hectares of agricultural lands, and domestic water to a population of approximately 26,000. In addition to being a very significant source of inflow to Okanagan Lake, Mis-

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flows across the fan but they also provided abundant habitat for fish. As settlement increased in the area these flat lands were initially developed for agriculture and now homes as the City grew. With development came pressure to “control” the creek and to limit the impacts from spring floods. In 1938 it is estimated that the average width of the creek ranged from 60 to 80 meters and the channel length from Rutland to the lake was approximately 30 kilometers (Figure 2). Today, the average channel width is approximately 31 meters and the length has been reduced to 11 kilometers as a result of the construction of dikes that contain the flows to a single channel (Figure 3). Flooding during spring runoff is a concern to the City and the province. Although the construction of dikes has reduced the risk somewhat, there remains the need for the City to be vigilant each spring for debris jams that might cause damage. The creek also transports a large volume of gravel known as bedload from the upper reaches downstream to the fan each freshet (spring flush). This bedload settles out in the lower sections of the creek from the KLO Road Bridge to the lake. Since the channel is now confined to a single channel between a set of dykes, as the bedload settles out, it fills in the channel, raising the bed and decreasing the channel’s capacity for water. Unless this gravel build up is removed by dredging, the risk of flooding

Figure 2 - Lower Mission Creek natural channel pattern from 1938 air photograph

Figure 3 - Lower Mission Creek single channel from 2009 air photograph

will increase. Unfortunately the sections of channel that need to be dredged are also Kokanee spawning and rearing habitat and the gravel removal can affect the productivity. In 1972, the province directed the City of Kelowna to expand the City boundaries. The expanded area would include, in addition to other streams, Mission Creek within the new City. The City was well aware of the flooding issues along Mission Creek and negotiated an agreement that required the province to continue to be responsible for flood control on the creek within the City. This agreement is still in force. Although there are dikes in place where required along most of the channel, in 2011 the City determined that there was a

potential risk of flooding near Lakeshore Road where there was a gap in the dikes. Since the 2011 snow pack was above normal and the flood risks were high, the City, with assistance from the Provincial Emergency Program, constructed emergency protection works to prevent possible flooding. In the spring of 2012 with the province providing the funding, the City undertook to complete the construction of permanent protective works at this location on behalf of the province. Mission Creek has multiple values to the community. In addition to providing water for irrigation, domestic use and fish and wildlife habitat, the creek provides very high recreation values with a walking Continued on page 17

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Photo by Rand Zacharias

Commumity Art Report | by Rand Zacharias

pandosy comes home On Saturday, May 26th, Father Charles Pandosy returned home to the Pandosy Mission Heritage Park. The more than two-year process of creating the lifesized likeness of the windblown Oblate missionary was complete. As it is with all was complicated. For the sculptor Crystal Przybille (pronounced shi-bill) and all of the various organizations from the Okanagan Historical Society (OHS), Westbank First Nation, Oblate Missionaries of Mary Immaculate (OMI), to lawyers, federal and local government departments and representatives, the creation of the Father Pandosy sculpture’s journey has also been complicated.

Valley as a foreboding of things to come for the First Nation Syilx tribe of the Okanagan. Przybille found this a conundrum: How does one commemorate the arrival of many cultures with this intrusion upon the existing culture? Enter the wind, the Artist Crystal Przybille with her life-size creation. coyote, the black bear, Father Pandosy was a tall man at 6’ 8”. the Saskatoon berry, to the agricultural perspective in the work, bitter root and the salmon...representations of respect for the culture of the Syilx and Coyote represents a spiritual leader in Syilx culture.” people (also known as Okanagan First The turbulent times of Euro-Canadian Nation) who exist here now, existed at the progress during the last half of the 19th time of Pandosy, and long before EuroThe Ember of an Idea century are well represented with the pean settlement in the Valley. Przybille lived near the the Pandosy wind flowing through the robe, Hudson’s “I recognized the subject was compliMission heritage site over a decade ago, Bay blanket and hair and beard of Pancated, and I deeply wanted the artwork when she first had the concept to create dosy as depicted in the 6’ 8” statue. With to inspire contemplation of more than a statue of the wandering priest. About five years ago, she discussed the idea with simply one-sided, Euro-Canadian history. I closer inspection, the stylized forms of the didn’t want to ignore the fact that though four core spiritual elements of Syilx belief, Chris Fabbi, the caretaker of the Pandosy settlement and land pre- as revealed to the artist by Liman and Mission. In late 2009, emption meant progress Derickson—representations of fire, water, Fabbi discussed with OMRA contributed $5000 towards the sculpture project. for some, it meant devas- earth and air—can bring deeper contemCrystal the possibility of plation. The howling coyote and growling tation for others,” states realizing this concept as part of the upcoming 150th anniversary of Przybille. “I met and continued to consult bear show the strength of a people...along with the turmoil of the times. with Elder Delphine Derickson and Rethe heritage site. search Curator Gayle Liman of Westbank Funds had to be raised, research had First Nation to discuss Syilx perspective to be done, information gathered...and The Water of Understanding most importantly, a design decision...what on Pandosy and the era he lived in. They The combination of representing the helped paint a more rounded picture of would this commemorative piece look power of one personality with the spiritual the subject, and we discussed symbollike? touchstones of the many before should ism that I could utilize in the sculpture. not be lost while viewing Kelowna’s newTogether we narrowed this down to the est art display. The Wind of Respect Coyote, or Sen’Klip, was a teacher The personality of Pandosy is as much a Four Food Chiefs, and Coyote. The Food sent by God in Syilx tradition—Pandosy touchstone for the Euro-settlement of the Chiefs evoked a hunter-gatherer balance 16 Okanagan Mission Review | Summer 2012

“I recognized the subject was complicated, and I deeply wanted the artwork to inspire contemplation of more than simply one-sided Euro-Canadian history.” - Crystal Przybille

was sent to teach, and learn, by his culture. The flow of communication did occur, at times with turbulence, at other times, with calm. However, this rapid era of growth in settlement and pre-emption unveils a lesson with the creation of this sculpture—the need for communication and understanding to flow in balance—a lesson often overlooked—in the past and in the present. The Return to Earth

Over the last two years, there were several locations considered for the sculpture. For almost a year, it was understood that the sculpture site would be in the arboretum near the Capital News Centre off of Gordon Drive. It seems appropriate that with final wrangling regarding location, land allocation, federally-funded artworks, tape had to be encountered. However, the final resting place of the impressive, interpretative wandering priest resides near his own final resting place—and on ground that he would find familiar. Crystal Przybille has tried to find common ground for all those who view the work in the future with the realization that the past has influenced our present, and the present will influence the future. Rand Zacharias is a Kelowna journalist and book author.

Through the efforts of the Friends of Mission Creek and the Mission Creek Restoration Initiative there is new hope that some of the lost areas can be restored.

Continued from page 15 and cycling path along Mission Creek known as the Greenway. The development of the Photo 2 - Mission Creek in a near natural state Greenway was initimunity that has suffered as a result of ated in 1996 through the efforts of the Friends of Mission Creek Society that is a past decisions that resulted in the loss of partnership including the Central Okana- channel capacity and the loss of habitat. Through the efforts of the Friends of gan Land Trust, the City of Kelowna, the Mission Creek and the Mission Creek ResRegional District of Central Okanagan, toration Initiative there is new hope that the Okanagan Nation Alliance, the Westsome of the lost areas can be restored so bank First Nation and the BC Ministry of that the natural wonders of the creek and Environment. In 2002 the Mission Creek Restoration its flora and fauna can be enjoyed by ours and future generations (Photo 2). Initiative was formed. It includes a range of stakeholders from the local, provincial I would like to acknowledge the assisand federal governments, non-governtance from Todd Cashin, Environment ment organizations and First Nations. Its & Land Use Branch, City of Kelowna goal is the restoration of the section of who provided information on past and the creek from the East Kelowna Road future changes to the creek and also Bridge to Okanagan Lake. Photo 2 and Figures 2 and 3. The objectives of the initiative are: to - Don Dobson reduce the risk of flooding; address the species at risk protection and recovery, Don Dobson, P.Eng., has devoted increase fish habitat and spawning areas; more than 40 years to issues surroundinclude First Nations cultural enhancement, increase biodiversity, and enhance ing water resources in British Columthe greenway. The intent is to restore and bia and has been instrumental in the development and implementation of enhance in-stream and riparian habitat watershed protection guidelines. He is through the use of setback dikes that currently a senior water engineer with would provide a wider stream cross-secUrban Systems in Kelowna. tion and increase channel capacity. - Len McFarlane Mission Creek is a jewel in our comMembership Special: • 60 dollars for 60 days

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Community Report | by Sharron Simpson

The simpson files Traffic Ties, Nellie’s Cottage and ‘Security’ for Council.

I’m delighted to have this opportunity to join the columnists who write for the Okanagan Mission Review and share my perspective of the Okanagan Mission community, the goings on at City Hall, and then add a dash of local history. Though I’m now an ‘outsider’, my roots in the area are deep – all the way from Swaisland Road, with its new-to-me speed bumps, to Stellar Drive where we trekked across the road and up the scraggy hillside to what has become the elegant Kettle Valley community; and then the years my family lived on both Lakeshore and Hobson Roads. It’s a pretty familiar area. Changes and Challenges

As I drive along the streets cleaned of their winter debris and past the gold green willows weeping over the Michaelbrook fairways, I also note the profound changes - the new Ponds development which scales the hillside where remnants

of the 2003 fire are still $400,000 will be spent on improvements to City Hall. evident; and the Quarry community layered up another hillside; Remembering the Operatic Nellie Duke and Kettle Valley with its new school, Spring and summer inevitably bring shopping centre, and the playground that increased activity in the real estate market draws families from all over town. with lots of choices for prospective buyThose changes are countered by some ers: a few are foreclosures, several are of the same ol’, same ol’. Traffic challeng- impressive lakeshore homes; some are es for those trying to get onto Lakeshore tear-downs, soon to be upgraded; and a Road from both Bluebird and Collett few infill lots that were once horse pasRoads and compounds the problem with tures are ready for new homes. One of the the twice-daily bottlenecks at the schools. more interesting sales at the time of this The proposed new Lakeshore Road writing is the Eldorado Road house once bridge/infrastructure project should help owned by Nellie Duke. if funding is allocated, as currently proHelen Mary (known by all as Nellie) posed, in 2013. Since the first stage of the Duke was a unique character and rememplan reconfigures the road from Richter to bered as being more than a little eccentric. Lexington, it is hoped that the frustrations Born to English parents in India in 1899, around Bluebird Road will be alleviated. Nellie lived in various countries before The bigger problems further south may arriving in Okanagan Mission in 1945. She just have to wait until the Richter/Barnaby needed a home so scrounged building Road redevelopment happens some time materials and built the Tudor recreation in the future. of an English cottage herself. Rumour

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In 1945 Nellie Duke built this Tudor style house on her own using leftover materials.

has it that she either couldn’t figure out how to add an interior stairway or she forgot it during construction. The result, as the real estate listing notes, is a set of “rickeddy [sic] old stairs” at the back of the house. Originally built next to the Eldorado Arms Hotel on the lakeshore, the house was moved a few years later to a lot offered by Dorothea Walker, whose family owned much of the surrounding area. As a watercolour painter with a theatrical bent, Nellie supported herself by giving lessons, occasionally picking fruit, and frequently arriving at the homes of her various friends at mealtime. She took part in the Kiwanis Music Festivals with songs from her operatic repertoire, which left the adjudicators aghast as they tactfully tried to ease her off stage. Nellie’s house is not on Kelowna’s Heritage Register and it’s hard to imagine this unique remnant of OKM history will survive much longer.

velopment considered by council which then turned it down. Since there was little neighbourhood context for such a massive project – it was a good decision. However, the same council had little problem approving a $400,000 improvement to city hall, which would offer mayor and council “great security” in the inner sanctum of the building. I couldn’t help wonder, “security” from what, and whom? These elected officials serve at the “pleasure” of the electorate – since when did they need increased security? In my view, the mayor’s office should be just inside City Hall’s main entrance and elected officials should be readily available to all the electorate. The optics of both the timing and the project aren’t good. I’d love to have a conversation with our readers: Concerns? Comments? Opinions? Please let me know at

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It’s summer. Time to get active outside.

Round up your family, friends and neighbours then head outdoors this summer for some energizing fun & fresh air! Check out our Summer Activity & Program Guide for tons of great opportunities in the Mission. These activities and many more are coming to your area this summer: Art in the Park Bootcamp at the Beach Camp Girlz Drama Camps Pilates Fuzion in the Park Preschool Summer Camp Sportacular & Fun Seekers

Community Recreation Report | by Kathleen Rowe

Choose from a myriad of programs for all ages from tots to seniors offered by the City.

Summertime Fun is Everywhere! Summertime fun is waiting for you and your family and will be offered by City of Kelowna Recreation and Cultural Services throughout the Okanagan Mission area. Did you know that activities for every member of the family are available in your neighbourhood?

Louise Lambert. There will be children’s and adult tennis lessons at Kinsmen Park as well. Cedar Creek Centre in Kettle Valley offers a wide variety of programs by enthusiastic instructors and the Centre is available for rentals too. City of Kelowna programs offered for summer are:

The Park and Play crew at Kettle Valley’s Quilchena Park.

Here are some of the locations in the Okanagan Mission and South Pandosy areas:

The popular Park and Play program is coming to Quilchena, Kinsmen and Redridge Parks in July and August. Bring the family down to your neighbourhood park for some active, family fun. The Park and Play team will be there to

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assist with lots of games and activities. Pilates Fuzion will take place in Osprey Park on Thursday mornings throughout the summer, and Art in the Park will teach your child to capture nature on paper at Kinsmen Park and the bird sanctuary. Painting in the Vineyard at Camelot Winery will get you out in the beautiful summer sun to capture some Okanagan landscapes with renowned local artist

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Playschool Summer Camps for 3 1/2 to 5 year olds, Monday to Friday, 9:0011:00 a.m. throughout the summer. This program will allow your child to socialize and experience new things in a fun-filled atmosphere with a different theme each week. Ballerina Princess Camp & Dance Express will get your youngsters moving to the beat and encourage their creative expression. Hoga will energize and refresh you as you hike and do yoga moves, enjoying the spectacular sunsets while you relax and recharge. The free Neighbourhood Walk series offers two hikes this summer. On July 14, trek the Gold Creek Canyon CN Trail in Okanagan Mountain Park and August 25, explore the Angel Springs Trail. Angela, our walk leader, will take you into areas you may not have been before and is very knowledgeable about local flora and fauna. At the Okanagan Mission Activity Centre (OKMAC) at Sarsons and Hobson Roads (beside Sarsons beach), the Okanagan Mission Senior Society uses the Cen-

Angela will take you on two free hikes this summer as part of the Neighbourhood Walks Series, one to Okangan Mountain Park and the other to Angel Springs Trail.

tre to host activities such as Duplicate Bridge, Cribbage and monthly social dinners with entertainment just to name a few. Membership is only $5 per year. Pick up a copy of the Active Living Guide for the Older Adult to find out what’s happening throughout Kelowna. There are also multi-age programs offered this summer at OKMAC such as: Yoga for all abilities and Bootcamp at the Beach to keep you in shape and Four Season Gardening, Photo Mamas & Creative Soul to nourish your mind and soul. Arthritis Fitness and Qi Gong are gentle exercise classes to energize and relax at the same time. There will be T-Ball, Kick & Run Soccer and Toddlers in the Park for your preschooler at various parks in the Okanagan Mission area. These active programs will give your child a taste of how much fun sports can be and they will learn the value of teamwork and exploration. The Kinsmen Fieldhouse & Media Centre in Mission Sportsfield will have a variety of summer camps available for children 8-12 years old. New this year

are Drama & Art Camps as well as Fun Seekers, Camp Girlz, and a half-day Sportacular Camp. Each week will provide a fun action-packed place for your child to meet new friends and experience some great summer activities. Evenings will offer some fitness and dance class options for the whole family. Learn all about horses at the Equestrian Camps held at Trapalanda Farms and get your golf game tuned up with lessons from the pros at The Golf Centre. There are lots of interesting and fun activities planned in your neighbourhood this summer! Register early to avoid disappointment. For a complete listing of summer programs offered by the City of Kelowna, visit Questions/comments can be sent to Kathleen at Kathleen Rowe is the community recreation coordinator for Recreation & Culture, City of Kelowna. For questions or comments, phone 250-469-8798 or e-mail:

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Councillor Profile | by Deanna Merrick

A message from STEVE THOMSON

putting out fires in a new political way We’ve got a vision and we’re going to stick with it. * Create positive Change

Zimmermann is quick to note his appreciation of the City of Kelowna staff. “It’s a strong knowledge pool. They’ve hired really good people. I’m pleasantly surprised by the number of younger people in some of the higher level jobs... they think globally, openly. We let them do their jobs, evaluate their recommendations and often agree with them.” Zimmermann reflects on his first six months in office, calling it a very interesting time. He says his fellow council members are a strong and respectful group.

First Six Months “Very Interesting”

Zimmermann says his first six months in office have been a huge learning curve. “You really learn to see the big picture,” he says. “In terms of developments, there are decisions such as where it should be, what it should look like. Transit is another important thing. You may see buses that are partly empty, but in order to build up the service, you have to stay with it. We find ourselves looking at the future a lot. RCMP and public safety is a priority, too.”

A Council that Focuses

“We don’t always agree but there is no animosity. People feel free to state their opinions on the big issues. We examine all sides of an issue and reach consensus. It’s a focused, decision-making council,” he says. “We’ve adopted the long-term plan. We’ve got a vision and we’re going to stick with it.” Zimmermann’s busy schedule includes positions on the Regional District of the Central Okanagan; the Okanagan Basin

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Water Board and the Library Board, amongst others. Zimmermann has the energy of a young guy as he tackles all of the challenges of a busy city councillor. To round out his life, he works on his hobby farm and vineyard. He also loves to cycle and is participating in three major races this year. When he’s not in Kelowna, this father of three can be found travelling with his wife and friends anywhere from Croatia to the Philippines. He makes a point of mentioning his gratitude for the support he received from the people of Kelowna during the last municipal election. “I want to thank the people of the Okanagan Mission for supporting me. I was very honoured by that. And I appreciate the work of the previous city council, who initiated many of the things we are working on now.” Deanna Merrick is a freelance writer who lives in Okanagan Mission.

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