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Editor’s Message Past President’s Message OMRA Directors List In the Works
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Special Features Who better to make comment on the results of the civic election than past president Ron Hallick?
It seems like there’s been so much going on this fall. I know the Kelowna election really captured my attention with so many candidates, some of whom I know personally. I talked to a few of them and, for the most part, they had a waitand-see attitude about the results, with no real predictions about their chances of winning due to so many running. One friend of mine, a seasoned civic political type, also said, “How could I possibly know who to vote for? I don’t know who most of these people are!” A very recent treat for me was enjoying Hot Holiday Homes, the fundraiser for Ballet Kelowna. Friday night a group of us toured exquisite residences decorated for Christmas, a number of which are in Kettle Valley. The homes and the decorations were stunning. The owners were very gracious to let all these people to traipse through their houses--shoeless of course (we put our footwear in red bags from Remax, one of the sponsors). In this issue of the Okanagan Mission Review, you’ll find some pretty interest-
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.
Extra copies of this publication are available at the Okanagan Mission Library while supplies last. This and archived editions are available for download at www.omra.ca
Riding for a Cure
Keep your family well read.
ing content. I was particularly drawn to Rand Zacharias’s profile of the equestrian Ramsay family as well as his article on the late Primrose Upton, who wrote the centennial history of the Okanagan Mission. Deanna Merrick writes about Kelowna Minor Hockey, of which many participants live in our area. Interior decorator Karen Tostenson shows you how to light up a room to beat winter gloom. Life coach Lori Pinnell gives you some tips on how to keep your spirits up in the cold season. Teri-Lynn Rootham shares winter fitness pointers. And Annie Pope tells you all about the many activities at the library. Len McFarlane in his column In the Works examines the increase in the number of students at Okanagan Mission schools and how they were accommodated. And of course, who better to make comment on the results of the civic election than past president of our neighbourhood association Ron Hallick? Enjoy the holidays and have a happy winter. Dona Sturmanis
Publisher: Len McFarlane for the Okanagan Mission Residents’ Association
Winter at the Library
Meet the horse-riding Ramsays.
Crime Prevention Tips
Life on the Ice
Artists of St. Andrew’s
Lady of the Lake
Stay safe over the holidays. Light up your life inside.
Discover Kelowna Minor Hockey. Celebrating the centennial through art. Meet mysterious Primrose Upton. Keep moving in the cold. It’s a good time for transformation.
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Lynda and Daryl Ramsay take a stroll through Mission Creek Ranch, home of the Kelowna Riding Club. Please see the full story on page 8.
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Okanagan Mission Residents’ Association Membership PO Box 29138, Kelowna BC, V1W 4A7
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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.
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Library Report | by Annie Pope
Okanagan Mission Residents can be extremely proud of our turn out during this election.
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ticed by the candidates. They define our community as one which recognizes the importance of how this democratic exercise can send a clear message to council that we have a voice which must be heard and respected. What will this unprecedented change in council mean for the city? Well, one thing is certain in this writer’s mind. I am looking forward to good governance for the
for the first time places eighth or seventh, well behind the successful incumbents. This election of the new candidates, Gerry Zimmermann, Gail Given, and Colin Basran respectively, won the top three spots, while incumbents Robert Hobson and André Blanleil finished fourth and fifth. An upset like this will serve to encourage all councillors to consider the views of their constituents most seriously, which is a direct result of an active and engaged electorate. Okanagan Mission Residents can be extremely proud of our turn out during this election. City wide the turn out was 33%. Judging by the numbers we bested that averLengthy line-ups were consistent all day on Saturday age by several points. November 19 at the Okanagan Mission Community Hall. At Okanagan Mission next three years. With the large increase in we recorded 2962 votes for Mayor, while voter turn out and the surprising number Glenmore’s Watson Road polling station, of changes in councillor seats there will be recorded 3036. great expectations from our newly elected Gerry Zimmermann topped the polls representatives. with 18,857 votes, more than 5000 votes Okanagan Mission Residents Associaahead of second place candidate Gail tion will endeavour to meet with our new Given. Okanagan Mission gave Zimmermayor and council in order to form a good man 1852 votes, while Glenmore Valley working relationship, and we will invite counted 1970. Robert Hobson received Walter Gray and the new councillors to 1516 votes at Okanagan Mission and 1319 communicate regularly with their constituat Glenmore Valley. The Mayor and the ents on the pages of the Okanagan Mission top thirteen Council candidates had their top vote count at Okanagan Mission Hall or Review. In this fashion we can all look forward to getting to know our new city Watson Road. council. These large numbers do not go unno-
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winter at the library You’ll find free activities to keep the whole family well-read over the cold season.
The bright, cozy fireplace and deep wing chairs welcome you as you enter the Mission branch of Okanagan Regional Library. And there is a lot more going on inside the library this winter, from favourite nursery rhymes for your newborn to e-books for your grandma. Tiny Tots Times
Programs with rhymes, songs, fingerplays and stories for the very young set continue through mid-December and recommence in January. At Babytime for newborns to 11/2 years on Tuesdays, bond with your baby and introduce language. Toddlertime on Wednesdays is for 11/2 to 3-year-olds when you will interact with your toddler to encourage their curiosity. Storytime for preschoolers 3 to 5 years old on Thursdays is for you to enjoy fun with your preschoolers as they get ready to read. All these programs for the youngsters and their parents or caregivers run from 10:15 am to 10:45 am, and are free and drop-in, with no registration required. Fun & Games Night
This program is offered at the library the first Thursday of the month from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Families, teens, and everyone who would like to play some old-fashioned board games are welcome to join us for Scrabble, chess, and lots
more games for all ages. You could also bring along your own game if you wish.
Staff member Kim Klonteig reads to a captivated audience of over 25 toddlers on a Tuesday morning.
New at the Mission library is the Wednesday Afternoon Book Club, the second Wednesday of the month from 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm. Check out a copy of each month’s title to read ahead of time and then come to the library for a good discussion beside the fire. If you missed the first couple of months, please join us for the December 14th selection, E.M. Forster’s A Passage to India. The list of titles for the new year is on the Mission library branch web page: www.orl.bc.ca/branches/mission where you will also find information, dates and times for all the programs at the Mission branch. Read by E
If a lot of our patrons at the Mission branch of Okanagan Regional Library already have an e-book reader, we are sure many more of you will be getting one for Christmas this year! Just as for print material, there is no charge for borrowing e-books from the library. The library’s website, www.orl.bc.ca, will show you how to download items to your e-reader. In the e-books and digital media box, click
on Library to Go, where you will find the catalogue of available titles. The MyHelp! box is a good place to start if you are new to the whole process and don’t have a 15-year-old nearby to call on for help! Due Date Alerts
The latest innovation at Okanagan Regional Library, one requested a great deal by our patrons, is pre-notice of the coming due dates of checked-out items. An e-mail alert will be sent three days before the due date. To sign up for this pre-notice option, simply come to the branch and the staff will enable this courtesy notification in your record. The change must be done in the branch as we will need to verify your identity. Holiday Closure
We are sorry that we will be closed from December 23rd through January 2nd, along with all branches in the library system. We will re-open on Tuesday, January 3rd. We look forward to seeing you both before and after the closure, and in the meantime all the staff send best wishes for the holidays to everyone. Annie Pope is the head of the Mission Library Branch in the Capital News Centre on Gordon Drive. She may be reached at 250-764-2254.
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riding for a cure
Photo by: Spring Photography/Kathy Williams
ate ride of a For the Kettle Valley family of Lynda, Daryl and Melissa Ramsay, it’s been lifetime - dressage, 3- Day quite a ride. Lynda, Daryl and Muffin at Mission Creek Ranch. Eventing and Lynda’s love affair with the equestrian Jumping in the world of the equestrian. life began at the age of three; for Daryl mid-October of this year—Lynda received the tall, lanky, recently-retired contractor the news from her doctor. She was the life of the cowboy seems only natural. Life Changes cancer-free. The ride for Lynda’s cure had Daryl and Lynda met in the late 70s and By the mid 2000s, unexpected obstacles reached its destination. were married in 1979. Lynda was living in started to crop up in the family’s ride of At present, Lynda is a licensed Equine England, but after the wedding, moved to life. Both Daryl and Lynda lost their moth- Canada Dressage judge and 3-Day Event her new husband’s homeland in western judge while continuing to coach and teach ers in quick succession, Melissa’s health Canada. Melissa was born in 1984 - and privately on the ranch. The family volbecame a concern and Lynda was diagshares her parents’ passion for riding. nosed with breast cancer. Decisions were unteers much of its time to the Kelowna Their son, Garrett, born in 1980, rode as a quickly made - and the family regrouped Riding Club (KRC). small child, but then found vehicles more and dedicated their lives to one another. to his liking. In 2008, the Riding Club Involved in In 1988, Lynda construction busi- Movie Production was to ride Vicness was quickly As we chatted, Daryl strode in, arriving tory Hill into the sold, a lease on from Coldstream Ranch after rounding Olympic arena, but Mission Creek up some cattle and horses. His chaps the horse came up Ranch was signed slapped against boots and a broad smile lame and Lynda’s - and the whole shone from beneath his well-worn cowboy Olympic odyssey posse moved onto hat. ended. the ranch. They “This summer we had some unexIn 1990, the trio also founded “Ride pected visitors and spent a great deal of arrived in Kelowfor the Cure” time working on the next installment of na’s Okanagan which raised funds the Flicka movie serial,” said Lynda in our Mission and their and awareness for interview in the break room of the ranch’s lives were filled the B.C. Cancer barn. “Daryl did a great deal of consulting with Daryl’s conFoundation, and for the cross-country courses, I helped struction business ran for two years. with coaching and they even gave me a Melissa Ramsay riding Vader at a recent Dressage competition. and a shared love D & L Equine small part as a judge in the movie.” for horses. The Services, the famSherri Paiement, president of the Mission Creek Ranch and Kelowna Riding ily’s remaining business, became a part Kelowna Riding Club, also sat comfortably Club were at the heart of the family’s busy of the cure in the battle they now faced. chatting with several other women at the schedule. With their move, Lynda quickly The Kelowna Riding Club’s members table. began training and coaching other future rallied around Lynda, B.C.’s Volunteer of “Many of our members rode as extras hopefuls in what, for many, is the passion- the Year in 2008 - and after five years, at for Flicka 3,” claims Paiement. “The 8 Okanagan Mission Review | Winter 2011
For this famly, saddling up brought positive changes.
Photo by: Spring Photography/Kathy Williams
Community Profile by Rand Zacharias
shooting of the movie was quite extensive and took much of the Riding Club’s, and the ranch staff’s, schedule over the course of shooting.” The movie will likely be out around Easter and should bring more attention to the KRC, Okanagan Mission and Mission Creek Ranch. The added revenue helped fund the club’s continuing needs. “Forty thousand dollars was required this year alone to bring in new riding surfaces for the KRC’s three outdoor riding arenas,” said Paiement. “We aren’t funded by the city, but do have much support from businesses and our 120 to 160 members. We are constantly trying to raise funds with auctions and fundraisers to bring in money for our
Lynda riding Carys and Daryl riding Monty with companion Chogeese travelling together along Mission Creek Greenway on a bright and sunny fall day.
twenty-six and rides her own horse...Daryl and Lynda ride together along Mission Creek...and Grandpa likes to cook supper for the whole family. For this equestrian family, being back in the saddle is a constant joy - a celebration of life.
considerable costs.” You can go see the KRC’s full schedule of events, membership applications and much more at www.kelownaridingclub. net or for your horse business, try the Ramsays’ website at www.dlequine.com For Daryl, Lynda and Melissa Ramsay life has become a very precious riding tour. Melissa, who was once told she wouldn’t see her twentieth birthday, is (THURS) Jan. 19th
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o Be sure to check and lock your doors and windows when you leave your home. o Do not display your Christmas tree and gifts in a window visible from the street. Criminals may be tempted to smash the window to steal packages or plan a break-in. o Use indoor/outdoor light timers when you are away. o If you are away, ask a neighbour to take in your mail and newspapers and clear your walks and driveways of snow when needed. If necessary, discontinue mail and newspaper deliveries. o When going out in the evening, turn on lights and a radio or television so the home appears to be occupied. o After Christmas, do not leave empty gift boxes by the garbage. This is an advertisement for thieves. Collapse the boxes or cut them up to conceal the items. Please remember to recycle. The following are some tips for your car:
o Park in well-lit areas of the shopping mall parking lot. o Do not overburden yourself with packages and bags. o Keep your vehicle doors and windows closed and locked. o Lock gift packages in the trunk of your car. If you have an SUV, use a blanket to cover purchases. o Check the back seat before entering your car. o Never leave your car running unattended. For more information on crime prevention programming for the City of Kelowna, please visit the Mission Community Policing office at 4065 Lakeshore Road. Hours of operation are Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to noon. Colleen Cornock is the Community Policing Coordinator of the Kelowna RCMP Detachment. 10 Okanagan Mission Review | Winter 2011
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Illuminated Interiors Sometimes the smallest changes have the biggest impact. When it comes to decorating, nothing could be closer to the truth. At this time of the year, small changes here and there in your decor can be just the ticket to infuse warmth and vitality to an otherwise cold and dreary winter. In fact, you’ll be astonished at what can be pulled together in less than an hour or even moments before your dinner guests are due to arrive. Now, we’re not talking about a full bathroom renovation here or replacing worn flooring, but it’s surprising how something so simple as muted lighting strategically placed throughout your home can transform it. Light Up a Room
Luminosity is the key to making any home inviting – especially during the darker winter months. Let’s take the din-
ing table for example. To create a simple, fresh centre piece with plenty of impact, simply pick up a small, lush green tropical plant, set it in a favorite vase or silver urn and cluster around several creamy pillar candles of varying heights. Then layer it up by adding in items of interest – faux pears, glass balls, collectibles, tiny river stones, foil wrapped chocolates for nibbling on – use your imagination. For extra reflection, set the whole works on a mirror laid flat on the table. Dim the overhead fixtures, light the candles and voila – instant impact! And since we’re on the subject of lighting, here are a few more designer tricks to make your home feel cozy when the temperature outside suggests otherwise. Replace regular light switches with dimmer switches in the kitchen, powder bath-
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room, dining room and front foyer. This allows you to set the mood and monitor the degree of brightness. When you wish to leave the kitchen for the evening, gently subduing the lights will encourage guests to mingle elsewhere. It’s also a pretty effective way to downplay kitchen clutter in order to deal with it later. Another must-have for this time of the year are the inexpensive plug-in electrical timers. When the last ray of winter sun disappears in the late afternoon, these handy little devices automatically bring
Finally, one of my favorite ways to infuse atmosphere in a room is from the floor up. Yes, the floor. It’s not complicated. By placing a low wattage (25 watts) floor or clip spotlight near a leafy plant or behind a big comfy chair in the corner of the living room, you instantly add
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Community Report | by Deanna Merrick
Life on the Ice Many Kelowna Minor Hockey players, volunteers and staff hail from Okanagan Mission.
Volunteerism is part of the very fabric of a dynamic community. Nowhere is this exemplified better than Kelowna Minor Hockey Association (KMHA), which has been the springboard for some of Canada’s best young hockey players. Kelowna Minor Hockey has been around since the mid 1950s and over the years, thousands of kids have honed their skills and love of hockey from within the association. This year, about 1,300 young athletes are members of a recreational or rep team. There are boys, girls and mixed teams in the association. About 500 kids from the Okanagan Mission area alone play on those teams. They’re on the ice from age five through 18. “KMHA brings hockey to life for the
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little kids,” says KMHA president Leonie Popoff. “They’re happy and motivated… This was the second time on skates for the 5-year-old on the right. they just play their best and hardest every day! Many stay in the program right has more than its fair share of hockey hethrough high school. ” roes, including a number of NHL players Corrinne Reid, director of KMHA and prospects. hockey operations, is an Okanagan Mis“Josh Gorges is a star player with the sion resident who has presided over the Montreal Canadiens. Curtis Hamilton is smooth operation of this major undersigned with Edmonton and Kyle Beach taking for a decade. The number of volunteers needed to run this association with Chicago. We’ve probably got 20 or more kids playing Junior A and is monumental. Each year, B hockey, and quite a few guys about 500 people donate their are playing in Europe,” he says. time and skills to KMHA, doWhile hockey can be an ing everything from coaching expensive proposition for any to fund raising and hosting infamily, KMHA’s annual fees are ternational tournaments. Last low compared to the rest of year, Kelowna Minor Hockey B.C. There is also a program was recognized as British Leonie Popoff called Athletics for Kids, which Columbia hockey association can help financially, along with of the year. various other programs which offer aid to In rinks across the city and in Okanagan Mission, kids fill the ice from the wee families. The kids aren’t the only ones who hours of early morning. They are learning discipline, team work, sports skills and life benefit from life on the ice. As Popoff says, talk to any hockey parents and they’ll skills they’ll be able to use for decades to come. Most importantly, they’re having a tell you about the fast friendships that are formed while they cheer on their kids ball doing it! from the stands. Both the rep teams and recreational “The people in Kelowna Minor Hockey league are city-wide, giving young people are like a tight knit family. Everyone the chance to become fast friends with rallies for a family in need. Lifelong friendkids from other parts of the community. ships are created.” Hockey is a passionate element of our national culture, a sport in which kids Deanna Merrick is a freelance writer dream big and work hard. Head Coach who lives in Okanagan Mission. Trevor Erhardt points out that Kelowna
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On 25 February St. Andrew’s Anglican Parish at 4619 Lakeshore Road will end its year long centennial celebrations by celebrating the artistic creativity in the parish. Parishioners will exhibit their work in areas such as the visual and literary arts, photography, quilt making and music. The public is invited to view the exhibition which will open at noon. The connection between religion and the visual arts in particular will be the topic of a lecture by Dr. Robert Belton, Associate Professor of Art History in the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies at UBC, Okanagan Campus. The lecture, which is also open to the public, will begin at 7:00 pm and will be followed by a reception. Kenneth Phillips is the Acting Dean of the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus. He is also a member of St. Andrew’s. Okanagan Mission Review | Winter 2011 15
The most visible of her efforts was towards the restoration of Father Pandosy’s mission.
Community Profile | by Rand Zacharias
lady of the lake Primrose Upton was far more than just the author of the Okanagan Mission’s centennial history.
In recent years, the Okanagan Mission Review has published many profiles, with the realization that everyone has a story, and we’ve seen historical pieces that were written by, or used quotes from a lady named Primrose Upton. It got me wondering who this lady with the very proper name was, whose presence kept popping up in the chronicling and preservation of the history of the Okanagan Mission. As was the tradition for Scottish clans, her family named her after many relatives. She was born Dorothea Primrose Anne Helen Borthwick Walker, after her father
and brother rowed her labouring mother, Dorothea M. Walker... namesake of the elementary school...to Kelowna General Hospital during high water on Lake Okanagan towards the end of June, 1915. This lady of the lake was born on June 22. Her comprehensive list of accomplishments are topped by the commissioned centennial retrospective she wrote in 1958 - The History of Okanagan Mission. However, because of her many interests her life was filled with many high points. These were revealed in a short excerpt she wrote in the Okanagan Historical Society’s 35th Report called “My Own Story” - only three years before her early passing. An Eventful Early Life
With her mother, Dorothea Walker.
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Primrose documents the chores of growing up on the family farm and a deep love for both her father and mother. The estate became known as Parson’s Pleasure because the Archdeacon Thomas Greene would camp on the family’s lands during warm Okanagan summers. Primrose was an accomplished track star who also participated in softball, grass hockey, swimming, diving and tennis. After graduating from high school, she worked in a
Primrose Upton, 1915 - 1975
local packing house for four seasons to save for a trip to Europe in 1937. She also trained at home to become a professional stenographer. When she obtained such a position in London, however, she found the meagre pay of one pound a week cutting into her travel funds. Primrose managed to scrimp and save to continue her journey to the family homeland of Scotland and then on to Austria where she experienced Hitler’s Anschluss first hand. “I’ll never forget the look on the faces of the frightened refugees from Czechoslovakia who joined the train at Munich,” she wrote. She’d seen Jewish peasants being persecuted by authorities and had grown very concerned about the antiSemitism she witnessed. Primrose made career transitions with ease - from legal firms, to medical clinics, and finally to training in the pioneer days of Canadian radar for the RCAF in Ottawa, after which she was stationed in Halifax and Vancouver. She also played the piano
A bridesmaid in 1933
and had a showing of watercolours during a session of B.C. Parliament.
put on by our two unmarried aunts at the Thomson home.” Two children, Patricia Anne and Valerie Primrose, arrived in 1947 and 1949. Primrose began writing and serving in various positions for the Okanagan Historical Society, including as president for three years, and ultimately becoming an honorary life member. Major Upton passed away from cancer after only 21 years of marriage on December 6, 1967. After being asked for nearly a decade, Primrose went to work for the Kelowna Museum. Among her duties were changing exhibits, presenting to visitors and cataloguing contents. The most visible of her efforts was towards the restoration of Father Pandosy’s mission. In 1966, she was appointed chair of the committee of the Okanagan Historical Society attempting to create a “pioneer
With brother William John Dalziel Walker.
living” type of museum on the modern day site. Primrose’s involvement began in the mid 1950s along “with seven gentlemen and Pandosy’s Knights of Columbus - the Mission’s remnant buildings could easily have been lost forever in 1954, when the owner, Karl Sorensen, wished to tear them down,” reported Alice Lundy in the 2010 summer edition of the Okanagan Mission Review.
A Return to Her Roots
Primrose died at 60 in 1975.
She married locally, at St. Michaels and All Angels Church in 1946, to Major Terence Bligh Upton of the Rocky Mountain Rangers and Seaforth Highlanders of Canada. He had served in Kiska, Italy, France and Holland; records state he was “wounded on the Western Front.” The couple settled in Okanagan Mission, hiking, researching, writing, recording pictographs and enjoying family. Brenda Thomson, a cousin by marriage, remembers, “They were always a very active and exciting couple, and they were older than my husband, Gifford, and me. One of the few memories I have is the excitement they created upon arriving at the annual Christmas morning gatherings
“I can’t remember what happened to Primrose,” says Brenda Thomson, “but looking back, she wasn’t very old and passed away a year before her mother who was well into her 90s.” Perhaps it is appropriate that the woman who drifted into life on high water simply drifted out of it at the end in a mysterious way. Her writings give us touching, unique memoirs of a pioneering place. She wrote in her final years, “One way or another the Lake looms very much in my memory. I loved all its different moods....”
Rand Zacharias is a Kelowna journalist and book author. Okanagan Mission Review | Winter 2011 17
Fitness Report | by Teri-Lynn Rootham
keep moving in the cold Winter offers lots of enjoyable opportunities for physical exercise.
winter months more fun. Your legs will get a new challenge and using poles will add a great upper body workout. Cross-country or downhill skiing will improve Building a snowman is a good family exercise. your cardiovascular fitness. Build your endurance and muscle strength with the high intensity of even get you more fit! Resistance training, a cardiovascular routine and stretching downhill skiing. Or, enjoy cross-country skiing and work your total body with very will prepare you for those summer sports. Staying active will minimize seasonal little stress on your joints. Sledding is a great activity for the whole depression and irritability which affect some individuals. Instead of hibernating family. Increase the fitness factor by runat home, it is great to get out and start an ning back up the hill, towing your kids exercise plan at your local gym. in their toboggan or giving your child a Shovelling may not rank as a favourite piggyback ride. winter activity but it is a great way to get a Get building after a snow fall. Make a full body workout. This cardio blaster can snowman or gather a big mound of snow be taxing on the body so make sure you and create a fort. Start with try shovelling when the snow is light and the doorway and begin to fluffy. Use a shovel that fits you correctly, tunnel into a great creation. All that shovelling and moving lift with your legs, not your back, and try to toss snow directly in front of you to snow around will be a great avoid twisting which causes extra strain on workout! your back. Walk in your neighbourExercise will keep you looking great hood and explore holiday but it also elevates your mood, gives you lights once darkness falls. Or try hiking familiar trails as they a dose of Vitamin D and prevents seasonal affective disorder. will become interesting again Don’t let the cold weather stop you with a layer of snow. from getting outdoors! Move indoors and continue to stay warm. This is a Teri-Lynn Rootham is the owner and great time to concentrate on personal trainer at Kettle Valley Fitness a maintenance program that will help you stay in shape and and may be reached at 250-764-0476. Skiing is a good option for cardiovascular exercise.
A cup of hot chocolate and your favorite TV show may entice you to stay indoors during the colder months but here are a few activities to keep you moving this winter. Skating improves endurance, balance and co-ordination for all ages! There are plenty of public skating times available at ice skating rinks. Ramp it up with interval training: fast skating for 20 seconds, alternating with a moderate skate for 10 seconds, then repeat. This will provide a greater challenge for those glutes and quads! And, when you take off those skates you can do a bleacher workout such as step ups, push ups or triceps dips. Snowshoeing is an activity that is easy to learn and great for beginners! Trade your sneakers or boots for some snow shoes. The fluffy white snow will make
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These grade 12 students boarded three buses in front of their Gordon Drive school on Monday morning, September 19, 2011, to begin a trip of a lifetime.
In the Works by Len McFarlane
Okanagan Mission Secondary School Sept. 2010 - 1075 students Sept. 2011 - 1040 students
our schools are Alive and well In Okanagan Mission we are witnessing the effects of the “echo-boom” generation as we watch the end of a massive wave of students leave Okanagan Mission Secondary while a second wave of students enter our primary grade classrooms. The crest of the wave is particularly high this year due to the introduction of full day kindergarten (FDK) to all schools throughout British Columbia. These demographics caused a major stir last fall when Okanagan Mission parents recognized the effect that FDK would have on our 3 elementary schools; Dorothea Walker (DWE), Anne McClymont (AME) and Chute Lake (CLE). Chute Lake Elementary School seemed to be facing the most significant population growth. To add to the dilemma the high demand for French Immersion in Okanagan Mission was creating a classroom shortage at Casorso Elementary School. Several options were reviewed through a consultation process between School District Staff and parents with the final solution as follows: Dorothea Walker Elementary School Sept. 2010 - 337 students Sept. 2011 - 419 students
One modular classroom was added which provided enough space to reintroduce the popular French Immersion
It was a ‘welcome’ change for the parents of these Dorothea Walker students to have the French Immersion program moved from Casorso Elementary.
program here. This relieved the overcrowding situation at Casorso Elementary. As of September 30, 99 French Immersion students from kindergarten to grade 3 have been comfortably accommodated at this school. The catchment area for the DWE French Immersion program will be limited to students who reside south of Mission Creek, which means that any new kindergarten French Immersion students will be accepted at this school from the AME, CLE & DWE catchment areas only. Next year the program will expand to K - 4, the following year to K - 5 etc.. Chute Lake Elementary School Sept. 2010 - 473 students Sept. 2011 - 498 students
Two new modular classrooms were added which increased the available space by 66 seats. This accommodated CLE’s change to full day kindergarten. As of September 30 all of these seats were full plus an additional 28 children had to be redirected to Anne McClymont. This was anticipated as it is normal to have new and late registrations over the summer. This affected new students at all
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grade levels from kindergarten to grade 7 as the classes filled up. Where possible school district staff tried to make sure that students who start at a school are able to finish at the same school. One example of this was the Phillips family who, last year, were concerned that their three children would be split up into separate schools. “All 3 girls are attending Chute Lake Elementary in grades 7, 5 and kindergarten.” says Christy Phillips, “and love being in the same school together because we can walk to and from school as a family.”
As of September 30 the enrolment numbers were down by 35 students. However, anticipating the upcoming wave of students from our elementary schools, the Ministry of Education has recently announced their support for a 300 seat expansion at OKM Secondary. This will eventually provide permanent seats for all of the students currently housed in portable classrooms on the site. The next few months will be critical as School District staff compile a large volume of preliminary data to complete a feasibility study and to fine tune its parameters. All aspects of the project must be scrutinized including enrollment projections, capacity of the addition and the preparation of building concept plans to name just a few. Once the feasibility report is submitted and approved, it must be followed by a
133 OKM Secondary grad students and 39 chaperones gather at Rogers Pass on Sunday, September 25, 2011 to celebrate the end of their epic 6-day hiking journey.
design development plan, working drawings and construction tenders. Building construction would be the final stage of the project which could take anywhere from 18 to 24 months. Assuming that all goes smoothly and efficiently we can expect the building to be occupied by September 2014.
to Lake O’Hara in Yoho National Park. It has since become an annual tradition, unique to OKM Secondary and has been allowed to grow with the school’s population, thanks to strong support from staff and parents. This year’s group did their school proud. We will have more information on their Right of Passage in our spring edition.
The Lake “O” Expedition
That’s what it started as 35 years ago when a couple of dozen OKM grad students were taken on a grueling 6-day hike
Len McFarlane is an Okanagan Mission Resident and publisher of the Review.
Anne McClymont Elementary School Sept. 2010 - 459 students Sept. 2011 - 505 students
The old Anne McClymont Primary School building was re-opened over the summer which put 5 more classrooms into the operational pool. As of September 30 this building was hosting 103 kindergarten to grade 1 students. This arrangement also opened up space across the street at the elementary school to accommodate those new and late registrations from adjacent schools as those home schools filled up. Okanagan Mission Review | Winter 2011 21
Your health report | by Lori Pinnell
A message from STEVE THOMSON
Well-being in Winter This is the perfect season for contemplation and personal transformation.
* Create positive Change * reduce stress
ing, and clearer decision making. These shifts result in a greater sense of connection, peace and well-being.
* awaken your spirit * discover Clarity and purpose Winter naturally offers a quieter time.
The transformation begins with inquiry and contemplation. Ask yourself these questions in the two major areas of needs in your life. Remember to just listen and observe what arises and do not judge them right or wrong. You may want to journal your experience of the inquiry and your answers. Are your basic physiological needs being met: o Are you eating nutritious foods regularly? o Are you getting enough rest? o Do you have a balance of work, rest and time for renewal? o Do you have any aches, pains or discomforts that need looking after? o Are you getting enough exercise and sunshine? o Are your environments, home and work, safe and supportive? If your basic needs are not being met, how can you fulfill your higher potential?
you act from your essence with these people? How are you at choosing those whom you are connecting with? o What do you do that brings you joy or creativity on a regular basis? o Do you create time for contemplation or spend time in nature? Notice what is present and what is missing and dedicate yourself to acting on one of these in each of the two areas. Observe how you are being with them, the feelings and qualities that come up.
Are your “higher” needs being met, those that expand your life as a human being in relationship to others and yourself: o Are your relationships supportive and based on trust and respect? Can
Lori Pinnell is a certified transformational life coach and holds a master’s degree in transpersonal studies. She operates InnerWorks Consulting at her home in Kettle Valley.
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lori pinnell ma, bmgt., ba, ryt 200
Many bemoan the arrival of winter, apart from those anticipating fun on the slopes of Big White! Summer offered us relaxation and play; the fall offered time to organize and return to the routine of life. The winter offers its own special gifts, often overlooked because we believe that the short days, looming grey skies, long nights and restrictive weather create an environment that we wilfully survive in anticipation of spring, instead of embracing and welcoming it as an integral season of our own personal evolution. Winter naturally offers a quieter time. With decreased hours of sunlight, we notice that our energy levels also shift and there is an innate desire to slow down. The decreased temperatures also encourage us to spend more time indoors hunkering into the comfort of our homes. Instead of viewing this time as isolating, we can recognize that this is the perfect time for quiet reflection and an opportunity to listen to our inner voice. Spending time contemplating where we are in life, what has meaning and what doesn’t. What motivates us to use this time for personal transformation? Transformative experiences can offer us profound and positive internal shifts that change the ways we experience and relate to ourselves, others and the world. These positive shifts can show up in feelings of decreased stress, a greater understanding and compassion for others, less reactive behaviour, a sense of purpose and mean-
I would be pleased to meet with you to discuss any issues or concerns you have regarding the Provincial Government. Please call the office for an appointment and I will do my best to accommodate you. Or, feel free to send me an email at the address noted below. Province of British Columbia STEVE THOMSON MLA KELOWNA MISSION
Office: 250-712-3620 E-mail: email@example.com
Winter provides the opportunity to turn our focus inwards and create the stillness that can offer transformation. Profound transformative experiences can occur in the mundane, every day experiences.....we only need to make the space for those to happen. Opportunity is in the season of darkness to create that space, the stillness, to open up to moments of personal positive transformation.
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