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oodbye Summer. It is with mixed feelings I watch you ride oﬀ into the sunset. We had a fabulous time, you and I. I shall always cherish our long walks on the beach at Kalamalka Lake, the rewarding hike to the top of Margaret Falls, the trek along the Kootenay section of the Trans Canada Trail, our heavenly glamping weekends at Mabel, Echo & Hidden Lakes, Summerland and Penticton. Alas, Summer, it is time for me to let you go. My love for you has not died, but Fall is knocking on the door and I must let her in. That, dear readers, is my tribute and farewell to summer. I hope you had a great one too! I expect Fall will be equally kind, oﬀering up delightful opportunities and adventures. It is after all, the season of bounty and harvest – and back to school. With the dawning of autumn, it seemed appropriate that we should have an educational theme in this issue. Our cover shot comes from photographer Caitlyn Chapman, who told us, “I had a great time pulling together a beautiful autumn look tied in with light and set that created a classroom feel: Our Okanagan Fall 2015 Woman is a chic, modern, classy, confident teacher, standing in front of her class, ready for a new year! The jewel tones in the clothing and makeup combined with the modern take on a classic schoolhouse hairstyle (the braid!) executed in the classroom feel of the chalkboard and apple make for a beautiful Fall 2015 cover!” We agree! For more information on the photographers and the models featured in this issue, please visit our website. Because every woman has a story! In Nelson Mandela’s words, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” With that in mind, freelancer Shannon Linden brings us a story about a very diﬀerent and progressive pre-school. She met with three Okanagan women who founded Building Blocks, “a preschool oﬀering a comprehensive learning environment – and an on-site chef who prepares plated meals and nutritious snacks for the students.” Read their story on page 6. Writer Laura Gosset tells us about the Room to Read program and interviews three women on very diﬀerent career paths, who discuss how post-secondary education impacted their lives (page 16). I still consider graduating from university as a single parent, adult student one of my proudest accomplishments. Postsecondary education gave me the confidence and critical thinking skills necessary to succeed in business. It helped me understand that though I may not agree with all ideas, I can at least hear them and give them consideration. One of my favourite quotes about education comes from Aristotle: It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. Oh dear, I can tell September has arrived. I’ve gone all philosophical! I hope you have a fabulous autumn!
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“It’s been proven by scientists that we do the majority of our learning before the age of ”
ren’t preschool kids amazing? The way they explore their environments, soaking up information like little sponges, showering adults with their enthusiasm. “It’s been proven by scientists that we do the majority of our learning before the age of five,” explains Brie Remes, Director of Operations at Building Blocks Educational Childcare, located in Kelowna. “That’s when kids have the ability to consume so much information, laying the groundwork for future learning.” Ripe for intellectual and social development, early childhood is also rife with rebellious independence. Eager to share what they’ve learned, toddlers and preschoolers are just as apt to refuse to eat dinner. Every parent has been there— their three-year-old throwing down her carrots and demanding mac & cheese (preferably from a box with the initials KD emblazoned across the front). While picky eating is a right of pediatric passage, experts suggest it is a temporary stage and if parents can persevere, oﬀering a variety of nutritional foods, children will learn to make healthy choices. Research shows kids will eat more fruits and vegetables if the food is presented in an interesting way, but show us a working mom who gets to the grocery store on a regular basis, let alone arranges her produce in a rainbow. That’s why Remes conceptualized her school with more than reading and writing in mind. In terms of decisions parents make on behalf of their child’s welfare, “Education and nutrition are huge,” she says. Capitalizing on that, Building Blocks oﬀers a comprehensive learning environment—and an onsite chef who prepares plated meals and nutritious snacks—every day.
HOW TO BUILD A PRESCHOOL
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“When I tell people I’m a chef and that I work at Building Blocks, they don’t understand— are the toughest critics!”
A WONDERFUL WAY TO WRAP UP THE YEAR, THE TEAM AT BUILDING BLOCKS PUBLISHES AN ANNUAL COOKBOOK FEATURING CHEF CHERYL’S KID-FRIENDLY, PARENT-APPROVED DISHES. PHOTO BY WENDY MCALPINE
to allow children to raise the bar and to prepare for kindergarten and their academic careers.” Which is not to suggest tiny kids get crammed into intimidating rows of desks. Learning is presented through a balanced approach including play, parallel play, and structured learning. Kids study science, especially the human body, an endlessly fascinating subject. “My four-year-old son, Maris, said to me, ‘I can see a stirrup bone in your ear. That’s the smallest bone in your body, and by the way, your femur is the largest,’” Remes says. Business partner and Director of Administration, Laura von Krosigk, says her daughter, Becca (also four), can name several famous artists, thanks to the artist of the month curriculum. “Emily Carr is her favorite,” the proud mom says, adding that learning included a trip to the museum and a meeting with the curator of the art gallery. “She talks about Michelangelo. The kids got under the tables and painted upside down to learn about the Sistine Chapel.” With a background in marketing and accounting, von Krosigk adds valuable skill to the administrative team but says it’s her parenting experience that matters most. “I do have a background as a parent,” she says, laughing. “And sending kids to daycare and knowing your kid is well cared for and happy is everything.” Full to capacity, a second location of Building Blocks is set to open in Kelowna this fall. Clearly parents are buying into the center’s balanced philosophy and breathing a sigh of relief at suppertime, too. 8 OKANAGAN WOMAN FALL | 2015
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When Chef Cheryl came on board, dazzling parents and merrily nourishing kids, Building Blocks became complete. A foodie since she was just five-years old, Cheryl Foort was destined to make her living making meals. “My mom tells me I made peanut butter and jam sandwiches at my kitchen station and taught people how to prepare them,” she says, grinning. “I just love to feed people.” After apprenticing at the Harrison Hot Springs, Foort worked in various restaurants including Earl’s, and then three years at Kelowna’s Coast Capri Hotel. “Even the Food Network teaches me,” she says, “but I’ve learned the most here. When I tell people I’m a chef and that I work at Building Blocks, they don’t understand—kids are the toughest critics!” Insisting it’s a misconception that kids won’t eat spice and flavor, she prides herself on flavorful food with diﬀerent textures. One of her favorite tricks is processing nine diﬀerent vegetables and slipping them into dishes. Lunch includes meals like spaghetti and meatballs, salmon with broccoli and brown rice, butternut squash soup and grilled ham and cheese sandwiches, all of them plated. “I believe kids deserve to eat well like they would in a restaurant,” she insists. Of course harried parents can’t always coordinate Canadian Food Guide approved meals (let alone properly present them) and that’s why so many love what chef Cheryl brings to the table. With no lunches or snacks to pack, parents can rest assured their kids have eaten well for the better part of the day.
“We have parents who say, ‘Oh my kid will never eat that,’ when it comes to something like chili,” Von Krosigk says, “but you would be amazed. If chef Cheryl made it, the kids eat it—and ask for it at home!” Never forgetting the philosophy of balance, Foort makes super healthy meals all week but everyone looks forward to fun Fridays. “We have treats, like tater tots.” Perhaps no one appreciates the chef’s talents more than Director Remes: “I can’t cook,” she says. “Cheryl sends me home with leftovers.” For this team of women, all three of whom balance children with careers, Building Blocks is more than their workplace—it’s the culmination of a dream to oﬀer a unique program for Kelowna families and the foundation of a growing enterprise. While Remes says she lost many nights sleep back in 2007, when the Women’s Enterprise Center first backed her business plan, her vision has been rewarded with the current expansion. For von Krosigk, it’s a career that combines her business and accounting skills with her parental care while Foort says the work saved her life. When daughter Torie was just nine months old she was diagnosed with a stage-four brain tumor and declared palliative. Several surgeries and seven years later, Torie is a delightfully inquisitive and happy child who benefited from the Building Blocks program while her mom enjoyed a renewed sense of purpose. --Three women building a solid foundation for future generations to do great things.
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A KELOWNA BOOK CLUB WITH A DIFFERENCE BY: SHANNON LINDEN
Our love of literature is matched only by our passion for wine and a good time!
As summer slips away and September prances in, the LOL welcome the cooler season, alight with sunshine and the promise of another year of shared reading. We are fifteen friends, now embarking upon our fifth season, meeting monthly to discuss literature, sip sumptuous wine, and dine upon delicacies. We’ve got an amazing line up of books in store from September to June. Read our reviews in Okanagan Woman and meet us online. Log into my newly launched blog: Books, Blood, and Baking at shannonlinden.ca. There you’ll find my musings on our current novels (books) plus my pieces on what’s trending in health and medicine (blood) and some great recipes from my humble kitchen and our LOL meetings (baking). Here’s a look at a couple of novels we wrapped up with last spring. Join us this fall to see what’s next, won’t you?
BEING MORTAL: MEDICINE AND WHAT MATTERS IN THE END BY ATUL GAWANDE
In Being Mortal, bestselling author and physician, Atul Gawande, explores the concept of what medicine can do to improve life and how his profession might better help patients die. With a doctor in our midst, the LOL were very privileged to get a personal perspective from Gail Plecash, a primary care physician with a brilliant mind and compassionate heart. This book is a must for every medical student, and a gift for all of us. “Although Gawande writes about his approach to his patients facing end of life issues, he brings up very important issues that all of us should consider. First, he illustrates the natural tendency for a trained clinician to cure. In some instances, the drive to control disease overrides the focus on quality of life issues. Physicians are trained to fix the sick, so it is difficult to offer nothing but words of comfort. This palliative approach is almost foreign to training received in medical school. Secondly, he shares his own self-reflective journey. This allows him to explore what the patient really wants. He approaches the patient with four key questions. These questions deal with the patient’s understanding about what is going on, then explore what the patient’s journey will look like through his or her eyes. I applaud Gawande’s approach, as he sees healing as not just about medical/surgical intervention, rather more about the broader world that his patient sees. Gawande is a true healer—he listens well to patients’ stories. They’re lucky to have a physician with such a comprehensive approach to healing, even though they may be suffering from incurable disease.
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“A FINE BALANCE IS NOTHING SHORT OF BRILLIANT. IT IS A BOOK THAT WILL NOT JUST OPEN YOUR HEART, BUT CHANGE IT”
ABY ROHINTON FINE BALANCE MISTRY LOL member, Kathy Martyna, picked this book, in part because her own travels in India moved her so deeply. She’s just as passionate about this epic novel, set in the exotic country. This is a book not to be overlooked despite its many reviews warning of unending misery and suffering, and endless victimization of the characters. Neither should you be dissuaded from reading due to its length or politically chaotic setting during the Ghandi scandal in India. Yes, all those things are true, and yet A Fine Balance is nothing short of brilliant. It is a book that will not just open your heart, but change it. Laying out the lives of four characters from different economic and social layers in the city of Bombay, Rohinton Mistry weaves a story of birth and death, love and tragedy, sorrow and joy, justice and tragic injustice. Dina Dilal is a bright and beautiful young woman introduced to a rare level of freedom through a loving father’s care and a marriage of her own choosing. Widowed early, in middle age, she is forced to fight for that freedom in the male dominated society of 1970’s India. Maneck Kohlah, a student from the country studying refrigeration in Bombay—a city he finds harsh and impersonal—becomes a boarder in Dina’s small home. Ishvar and Omprakesh, both tailors, are an uncle and nephew team from the lowest caste who are the only surviving members of their
families after a ruthless government cleanup. These unlikely four are brought together, their lives gradually becoming interwoven, so that they become like family. Through — SHANNON LINDEN masterfully written words and wickedly funny, insightful observations of daily ritual, Mistry brings us into their worlds, making their lives palpable and real. The reader becomes witness to the unveiling of the truth that life is to be cherished. Not just the good and the beautiful, but every aspect of it, including its endless difficulties, injustices, tears and heartache. I was magically transported to India, coming to deeply care for the most tragic figures I’ve ever encountered in all my reading. The underlying theme is this: Those that are fortunate enough to dissolve the borders that keep us separate, finding the common bond of humanity between all the different layers of who we are –those are who survive, finding joy, even in misery. Conversely, failing to connect is the equivalent to having a part of your existence amputated, which in turn makes those same miseries unbearable. We get a glimpse of higher and purer humanity, and an understanding of the fine balance between hope and despair.
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LEFT TO RIGHT: TERRY BEAUDRY LIZ SAGE STACY TOBER
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n 1998, John Wood - an overworked, burnedout Microsoft executive - escaped to Nepal for a much needed backpacking getaway. While hiking the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas, he toured a typical Nepalese school. Wood was appalled, not just by the dilapidated schoolhouse, but the library for the school’s 450-plus children - an uninviting, empty room with no chairs, no shelves and, most shockingly, no books. The books were so precious they were kept under lock and key to protect them from damage by the children. It was a ratty collection of about twenty 16 OKANAGAN WOMAN FALL | 2015
backpackers’ discards, including a steamy Danielle Steel romance and Lonely Planet Guide to Mongolia.
World change starts with educated children When the Headmaster saw Wood’s reaction to the library, he uttered a line that would change John’s life: “Perhaps, Sir, you will someday come back with books.”
A few months later, Wood did indeed return with 3,000 books on rented yaks...and the seeds of an idea were born! In 1999, Wood quit his lucrative career at Microsoft to found a charity that would be called Room to Read. To date, this non-profit organization has created a network of 17,534 libraries and 1,930 schools, distributed 15,641,734 books, published 1,158 local language books and funded more than 31,636 girls’ scholarships throughout Asia and Africa. Room to Read focuses on developing literacy skills and the habit of reading among boys and girls
in primary school. The charity also recognizes the many unique barriers to education facing girls in the developing world and supports them to complete secondary school with the skills they’ll need to succeed in school and life.
Thanks to education, 10 Million children have beneﬁtted This year Room to Read is reaching a major milestone. By the end of 2015 - thanks to education, 10 Million children in the developing world will be the first in their families to finish school. To celebrate this kind of impact, Room to Read has developed an initiative called: “Thanks to Education”, which encourages all of us to share our gratitude for the role education has played in shaping our lives. Okanagan Woman joins this celebration by talking to three local women who wish to share how their own education has impacted their lives. TERRY BEAUDRY, B.Ed, M.Ed Assistant Superintendent of the Central Okanagan School District
finally the Assistant Superintendent - her current position with the Central Okanagan School District. Another powerful female force in Terry’s life was a teacher - Mrs. Della McClaren, who taught Grades four/five at Raymer Elementary. She remembers her as “an amazing teacher who pushed the envelope... and inspired my lifelong love of reading.” Flash forward to Terry opening Anne
McClymont Elementary School in her capacity as Principal! She was entrusted to hire a teacher/ librarian and, by sheer serendipity, Mrs. McClaren applied for (and was awarded) the position. “It was full circle...I am incredibly grateful to her for being a life mentor and I remain in awe of her gifts as a teacher.” On being a teacher herself, Terry says, “Each and every day, you have the opportunity to change a life.”
“EACH AND EVERY DAY, YOU HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO CHANGE A LIFE.”
“Thanks to education...I’ve had the opportunity to make a difference to children (including my own), by influencing them to aspire to higher learning.”
Growing up, Terry Beaudry was surrounded by inspirational women touting the importance of education. She describes her mother as “the most resilient person I know.” From humble Aboriginal roots, her mom spent years in a residential school in Saskatchewan and spoke only French when they moved to Kelowna. Terry’s two grandmothers were also instrumental in her upbringing and neither had English as their first language. ”They worked hard all their lives and learned English with the support of friends and through reading comics and Eaton’s catalogues.” Terry smiles at the memory. “One of my grandmothers had a saying that education was something no one could take away from you!” These three women, who did not finish school themselves, played crucial roles in motivating Terry to pursue education and her dream of becoming a teacher, then a Vice-Principal, Principal, Director of Instruction (K-12) and
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“MANY COUNTRIES WOULD NOT ALLOW A WOMAN TO DO THIS JOB. I WAS SENT FOR A MONTH TO PANAMA TO DO WORK ON AN AIRCRAFT AND I WAS ASKED OVER AND OVER BY THE MEN WE WERE WORKING WITH WHY I WAS NOT MARRIED WITH CHILDREN.”
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“Thanks to education...I have a well paying, gratifying trade that traditionally has been male oriented.”
While Stacy was completing her Associate Arts Degree, she worked on the assembly line at the Western Star Truck plant. It was there she discovered she had acumen for all things mechanical. “I looked into different mechanical trades and found I was probably not big enough for Heavy Duty work,” recalls this petite, 5’3” brunette. ”I also heard it was difficult as a female to get an apprenticeship in car mechanic shops.” So, when she learned of the opportunities in the aircraft maintenance trade from co-workers at Western Star, she thought it was the perfect fit. She enrolled in the first class of the Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Course oﬀered at Okanagan College and became the first female graduate of that program. Hired by Kelowna Flightcraft (now KF Aerospace) in 2005, she spends most of her working day in “Heavy” aircraft maintenance. She explains: “When a plane is due for a ‘tuneup’... we tear the aircraft apart and fix anything we find in our inspections. Then we put it back together again and send it on its way.” Stacy is thankful for her education and Canadian good fortune. “Many countries would not allow a woman to do this job. I was sent for a month to Panama to do work on an aircraft and I was asked over and over by the men we were working with why I was not married with children.” Now married to hubby, Jon, she says children will be in their future “sometime” and she hopes to be a role model, passing her passion for education to future generations. 18 OKANAGAN WOMAN FALL | 2015
TERRY BEAUDRY AT HIGH BROWSE BOOKS IN KELOWNA. PHOTO BY WENDY MCALPINE
LIZ SAGE, BPH E,CEP,MACP Exercise Physiologist, Entrepreneur, Counsellor
“Thanks to education... anything is possible.”
At the tender age of three, Liz Sage immigrated to Canada from Scotland. But shortly after arriving, her mom and dad separated. By default, her father and older brother loosely assumed the duties of her parenting. “School saved my life,” the fifty-five year old recalls. “Literally.” When her father physically assaulted her, forcing her to leave home before completing high school, it was a teacher/coach who encouraged her to finish her education, pursue her dreams and even helped her secure funding to attend university. “Teachers and coaches became my family. I went on to graduate with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Exercise Physiology.” Liz explains. “Having my degree gave me confidence to find my place in the world and I was eager to share my new found knowledge with everybody.” And share she did! As a single mom of two young boys, she launched TEAM Fitness Inc., the
“HAVING MY DEGREE GAVE ME CONFIDENCE TO FIND MY PLACE IN THE WORLD AND I WAS EAGER TO SHARE MY NEW FOUND KNOWLEDGE WITH EVERYBODY.”
first personal training business in the Okanagan – now twenty years young! This energetic dynamo lives her own philosophy: “It is never too late to aspire to personal growth.” At fifty, she returned to school to obtain her Masters in Counselling Psychology through distance learning – while at the same time continuing to run her business and train clients. “I often found many clients’ physical success was hindered by their emotional wellness...I needed more knowledge to help them overcome emotional barriers that prevented them from being at their physical best.” Liz Sage considers herself an “Agent of Change” – physically, emotionally and mentally. And with two diﬀerent, but symbiotic skill sets, she can now oﬀer her clients a completely unique approach to life coaching – all thanks to education!
For more information about Room to Read (including volunteer opportunities), email the local Chapter at Rtr.firstname.lastname@example.orgLocal or go to www.roomtoread.org
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PERFECT PUMPKIN PIE CHEESECAKE In the summer 2015 issue of Okanagan Woman Magazine, we published a recipe for cherry cheesecake. One of our subscribers whipped it up and brought a few slices to the ofﬁce. T’was fabulous! So I’m on a bit of a cheesecake kick these days. Here’s a recipe for pumpkin cheesecake, which I was lucky enough to be served last Thanksgiving – and with any luck, this Thanksgiving, too! Easy to prepare and easy to devour!
FILLING: 4 (8-ounce) blocks cream cheese 1 cup granulated sugar 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin-pie spice 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom 4 large eggs 1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin TOPPING: 2 tablespoons brown sugar 1 tablespoon butter 1/3 cup chopped hazelnuts
1. Preheat oven to 325°. 2. To prepare crust, combine first 3 ingredients in a medium bowl, and toss with a fork. Press mixture into the bottom of a 9-inch spring form pan coated with cooking spray. Set aside. 3. To prepare filling, beat cheeses with a mixer at high speed until smooth. Add 1 cup granulated sugar and next 6 ingredients (through cardamom), beating well. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Add pumpkin; beat well. Pour mixture into prepared pan. 4. Bake at 325° for 1 hour and 20 minutes or until center of the cheesecake barely moves when the pan is touched. Remove cheesecake from oven; run a knife around outside edge. Cool to room temperature. Cover and chill at least 8 hours. 5. To prepare topping, combine brown sugar and butter in a small skillet over medium heat; cook 3 minutes or until mixture melts, stirring occasionally. Add nuts, stirring to coat; cool to room temperature. Crumble and sprinkle over cake.
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THEY ROSE to the TOP
GLORIA MORGAN SERVED TWO TERMS AS CHIEF OF THE SPLATSIN BAND
Men have always dominated the local political scene, but several women have been making inroads to leadership positions. The “old boys” legacy of Okanagan municipal politics cannot be denied, but these women have campaigned their way to the top, inspiring many more who will follow in their footsteps.
OKANAGAN WOMEN IN POLITICS BY DONA STURMANIS
JANICE PERRINO, SUMMERLAND MAYOR, 2008-2014
DOROTHY TINNING, PENTICTON MAYOR, 1986-1990
“I have the memory of this experience for the rest of my life and for my children’s history. I am so lucky and so honoured to have been given the chance”
“I was very proud to contribute to important decisions regarding quality of life for the citizens of Penticton for seven years both in the short term, and the long term”
She was drawn to politics when she was young— Janice Perrino was class vice-president in both middle and high school. Living in Summerland, she was attracted to the arena again because she knew she could help promote her community. “I was disappointed to think of our beautiful Summerland as the second class cousin to Penticton and West Kelowna.” Janice had been a Councillor, run for Mayor in 2002 and lost. She topped the polls when she ran for Councillor again in 2005, won when she ran for Mayor in 2008, and again by acclamation in 2011. She retired at the end of her term December, 2014. Altogether, Janice spent six years (two terms) as Councillor, and six years as Mayor. “Once I got into office, I realized our community suffered from all the same issues as the major cities,” says Janice. “There was a lot more work than just promoting Summerland.” The former Mayor is proud her two Councils worked hard to keep taxes low and that projects were done on schedule and budget. There are a few accomplishments, however, that top the list. “The road improvements, new sidewalks and beautiful boulevards make me smile every time I go uptown. Seeing that our RCMP have a new detachment is such a good feeling. We started the new library that will open later this year.” And those are just some. “I have the memory of this experience for the rest of my life and for my children’s history. I am so lucky and so honoured to have been given the chance.” 26 OKANAGAN WOMAN FALL | 2015
It was suggested to Dorothy Tinning that she run for political office because of her involvement in the community. “When my children were young, I was involved with a group of women who organized a speaker’s bureau at Penticton Okanagan College for at-home moms and other interested citizens,” says Dorothy. “It was a great success.” Daycare was provided for the two-hour time period. “The speakers themselves generated all sorts of follow-up discussions, and later a small number of the participants also started a book club.” And that was just the beginning. Dorothy’s community involvement over the years has included everything from chairing the Okanagan College Advisory Committee, Penticton campus, to being a Director for the Regional District of the Okanagan-Similkameen. Elected Penticton City Councillor in 1983, Dorothy became Mayor in 1986. Certain highlights while in office stand out for her: establishing a first class water filtration system, with shared funding from the provincial and federal governments; a superb addition and renovation to the Penticton Convention Centre; and a successful proven economic development plan. Dorothy also participated in “protecting and conserving public open green space for the enjoyment of all, through policy and plans for Skaha Lake Park, and Okanagan Lake Park, as well as the KVR Trail through the city.” “I was very proud to contribute to important decisions regarding quality of life for the citizens of Penticton for seven years both in the short term, and the long term,” says Dorothy, who for the last decade has worked as a full-time professional artist.
DOROTHY TINNING (LEFT) AT THE RECENT OPENING OF HER ART EXHIBITION AT THE OMEGA GALLERY, VANCOUVER.
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ADVICE FOR WOMEN
ENTERING MUNICIPAL POLITICS GLORIA MORGAN:
“Determination, enthusiasm, humility, respect, focus, willingness to work hard and work long hours, a ‘warrior’ attitude. Attitude is everything! Go to the front of the room and be seen and heard.”
GLORIA MORGAN, SPLATSIN CHIEF, 2001-2006
SHARON SHEPHERD, KELOWNA MAYOR, 2005-2011
“I knew when I was about five years old that I wanted to seek out justice, in whatever form that took”
“I knew there were lots of challenges around growth in our city”
“I knew when I was about five years old that I wanted to seek out justice, in whatever form that took,” says Gloria Morgan. Eventually, she was an RCMP officer, a lawyer, and a federal adjudicator. Her father was Chief and Councillor of the Splatsin Band for a long time. “He served the people and they say that he was the ‘last good Chief’, she says. “I always knew that I would seek the position of Chief, and in 2001, my brother phoned me and told me that I had been nominated to run for Chief. Fate had its way, and I was elected Chief for two terms.” Gloria wanted to be as good a Chief as her dad. “I wanted to be fair and to develop the community so everyone felt that they were treated fairly. I truly wanted to serve the community and be approachable and transparent.” Some of her proudest moments as Chief included the first Remembrance Day Ceremony held in the community, and the inter-community “tea socials” that were held between the ladies of Splatsin and the nearby City of Enderby. “We also created a stable financial environment and enhanced the relationship between Splatsin and the surrounding communities.” In the two terms she served, Gloria felt most rewarded by the improved relationship between the Splatsin Band with the City of Enderby. “In retrospect, I enjoyed the power that the position of Chief held, the power as the top leader in the community to move the community forward.”
Growing up in Revelstoke, Sharon Shepherd had a father and an uncle who were both mayors. Her own entry into civic politics was via a Kelowna neighbourhood association, of which she became head. It wasn’t until her children were older, and with her husband’s support, in 1996, the former pharmacist decided to run for council. Roll forward three terms as Councillor to 2005 when she was elected Kelowna’s first and only female Mayor for two terms. “I knew there were lots of challenges around growth in our city and some of my priorities revolved around protecting our agriculture lands and heritage as well as advocating for the environment and the importance of our air and water shed. Sustainability became my goal which to me meant balancing the need for a healthy economy, while protecting the environment, dealing with social issues and promoting the arts and culture.” Sharon finds it hard to identify her proudest accomplishments through 15 years as politician and five as a neighbourhood advocate. “I had so many.” They range from planning of Stuart Park and opening with the ice rink and Bear sculpture by the lakeshore, to bringing in the International Children’s Games, to a heritage protection plan and the planning of the new downtown Bernard Avenue. In her political career, she served many positions ranging from Central Okanagan Regional Director to Air Quality Chairperson. Since being in office, Sharon has been the recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and the Kotler United Way Humanitarian Award.
“Time management, being able to multitask, being a good listener, fair-minded, and calm. Accountability and transparency in decision making. Family support, stamina. Stick to your principles, always be informed and have accurate information.”
“Just do it! Sign up, register and jump in with all you’ve got to give. So what if you lose – you might win! Have a strong, supportive family and don’t take yourself too seriously.”
“Be sincere and trustworthy. Communicate clearly and effectively. Work with committees and boards [etc.]; take the time to know about all the aspects of your community.”
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ADMIT IT! When some well-intended individual tries to pawn off some of the excess squash from their autumn harvest,you cringe - just a little. It’s not that you don’t like squash in small doses, but really - what am I supposed to do with all that squash?
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This is the perfect vegan recipe to serve to non-vegans. Proof positive, that a vegan diet is not just boring lettuce and nuts. This is absolutely fabulous! INGREDIENTS 1 medium butternut squash, peeled, cubed & roasted 1/2 cup uncooked short grain brown rice (yields: 1.5 cups cooked) 1-2 tsp olive oil 1 cup chopped sweet onion 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 red pepper, chopped 1 tsp salt, or to taste 2 tsp ground cumin, or to taste 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper, or to taste One 15-oz can black beans,drained and rinsed 3/4 cup Daiya cheese 4 tortilla wraps (large or x-large) Toppings of choice: (avocado, salsa, vegan sour cream, spinach/ lettuce, cilantro, etc)
DIRECTIONS 1. Preheat oven to 425° F and line a large glass dish with tinfoil. Drizzle olive oil on squash and give a shake of salt and pepper. Coat with hands. Roast chopped butternut squash for 45 minutes or until tender. 2. Cook brown rice 3. In a large skillet over medium-low heat, add oil, onion, and minced garlic. Sautee for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Now add in salt and seasonings and stir well. 4. Add chopped red pepper, black beans, and cooked rice and sauté for another 10 minutes on low. 5. When squash is tender remove from oven and cool slightly. Add 1.5 cups of the cooked butternut squash to the skillet and stir well. You can mash the squash with a fork if some pieces are too large. Add Daiya cheese and heat another couple minutes. 6. Add bean filling to tortilla along with desired toppings. Wrap and serve. Leftover filling can be reheated the next day for lunch in a wrap or as a salad topper. Makes 4 burritos or 3.5 cups of filling SOURCE: OHSHEGLOWS.COM
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INGREDIENTS 1 three pound spaghetti squash, halved lengthwise and seeded 3 tablespoons olive oil 1/4 cup sliced almonds 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice 1 tablespoon honey 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin salt and black pepper 4 scallions, thinly sliced
1 2 3 4
DIRECTIONS Heat oven to 400° F. Place the squash on a rimmed baking sheet, drizzle the cut sides with 1 tablespoon of the oil, and turn cut-side down. Roast until tender, 40 to 50 minutes. Meanwhile, spread the almonds on a second rimmed baking sheet and toast in oven, tossing occasionally, until golden brown, 6 to 8 minutes. In a medium bowl, stir together the lime juice, honey, cumin, the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil, 1 teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper. With a fork, gently scrape the strands of squash flesh into the bowl and toss with the lime juice mixture. Sprinkle with the almonds and scallions. Serves 4 SOURCE: REALSIMPLE.COM
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THE BEDROOM – YOUR HEALTH ZONE These mattresses are the Ultimate in Sleep Luxury….like floating on a cloud. Made with pure natural silk, wool, cashmere and cotton in the comfort layers, no foam is used at all. It takes only 14 minutes for our Canadian brand name mattress factories to build their mattresses… Millbrook Beds have no less than 18 man hours in the building of each of theirs. Now in reading this, you may assume that the prices on these fine sleep sets are out of reach in the price department….they are hand made after all. Nothing could be further
What is the one thing we do all the time without thinking about it? We breathe! What do we do every night so that our bodies can recover? We sleep! Your bedroom should be an oasis, sheltering you from all we are bombarded with during the day. It should be clean and fresh. We should surround ourselves with more natural things and limit the toxins that are slowly poisoning us over time. When you sleep on a Millbrook Bed, you are sleeping on nature, sustainable and natural. Your body will breathe fresh air all night, your skin will be laying on materials derived from plants and animals, and your sleep will be blessed by the handmade quality of these fine beds, made with
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was employed at SFU in finance and then became an assistant to the director of records in the Registrar’s oﬃce. Subsequently, she created a company that oﬀered accounting for small business and non-profit organizations. Providing a service for non-profit gave Karen a good understanding of how important are volunteers and funding. “Without volunteers and funding non-profit organizations would not exist.” With that in mind, when Karen and her husband moved to the Okanagan in 2004, she began to look for volunteer opportunities. It was 2006 when she found a good fit with the North Okanagan Therapeutic Riding Association (NOTRA). “I was excited to be able to combine my love of horses with my passion for helping people.” In 2008 she accepted a paid position as an instructor. “To me it was a natural transition.” Working at NOTRA meshes Karen’s interests and skills nicely. “In this position I am able to tap into my professional training and experience. My certificate is a huge plus.” Karen explained that Kinesiology can be defined, in a nutshell, as the study of human movement, and “…that really helps me work with special needs riders.” The combined expertise of being a volunteer, student, businesswoman and instructor encouraged Karen to take yet another step in January of this year. “I am working towards my certification as a “Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) International Certified Riding Instructor.” The program is designed to teach horsemanship and riding skills while adhering to international PATH standards. Obtaining certification is a fairly rigorous process. There are on-line courses, a test for horsemanship, completion of mentor hours, and an assessment of the participant’s skill level. “Three of the things I love about this program are that it is designed for success, it is non-competitive, and it is supportive.” For Karen, becoming an oﬃcial instructor is the “the icing on the cake” towards working with people who have emotional and physical challenges. “The training and requirements to achieve this goal provide me with the additional skills and knowledge to work in an equine
setting with people who have special needs. One of my professional goals is to assist people to remain as healthy and fit as possible.” “And the health and well-being of the horses is important”. The ones in the NOTRA program come from a variety of backgrounds. Some of the time they are donated, or leased, and between programs may go back home or be fostered. “Our senior is Rosie. She is a pony who just turned thirty and you should see her enthusiasm for her work. These gentle souls are truly the backbone of our organization. I have learned how integral horses can be to the therapeutic process. The relationship you can create with these animals is unbelievably rewarding”. When all is said and done, Karen said that watching the riders thrive provides her greatest fulfillment. “It’s the smiles on their faces, seeing their joy, and the positive influence the horses provide. I feel they give me back more than I give them.” Dependent on each individual’s challenges, riders make diﬀerent gains through therapeutic riding. “We have a middle-aged man who sustained a traumatic brain injury and was told by a doctor he would be sitting in a wheel-chair sipping through a straw for the rest of his life. With therapeutic riding added to his regime, he now rides in a controlled environment and can sit to a trot. His dedication and commitment is an inspiration to all who volunteer with him.” And Karen is inspired to continue her role of helping people improve to be “the best they can be”. “I have a passion for learning and trying to implement quality of life for myself and others.”
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“I HAVE LEARNED HOW INTEGRAL HORSES CAN BE TO THE THERAPEUTIC PROCESS. THE RELATIONSHIP YOU CAN CREATE WITH THESE ANIMALS IS UNBELIEVABLY REWARDING”
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Launch is a one-hour informal showing that will preview new work from Ballet Kelowna’s 2015/16 Season and provide a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the Company’s daily training and rehearsals, as well as the choreographic process. The showing will include exciting pieces from accomplished Clifford E. Lee Choreography Award winners Gabrielle Lamb and Ballet Kelowna’s Artistic Director and CEO, Simone Orlando. Hosted by Ms. Orlando, Launch invites both new and long-time Company supporters to interact with the dancers during a live creative process. “We want to share how we create new movement,” says Orlando. “The audience will witness a new piece come together right before their eyes.”
LAUNCH Wednesday, October 28, 2015 from 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Mary Irwin Theatre, Rotary Centre for the Arts 421 Cawston Avenue, Kelowna Admission is by donation at the door – ALL ARE WELCOME!
BALLET KELOWNA DANCERS MARK DENNIS, VALENTIN CHOU AND JULIE PHAM PERFORM ALONGSIDE SAEKA SHIRAI AND BRIGHTON COLLINS IN GABRIELLE LAMB’S GLAS. PHOTO BY: DON LEE
Don’t miss Launch, an intimate opportunity to get “upclose-andpersonal” with Ballet Kelowna— Interior BC’s only professional dance company!
Visit www.balletkelowna.ca or call 250-762-6105 to learn more about Ballet Kelowna and to purchase tickets for the 2015/16 Season. Under the artistic leadership of Simone Orlando, Ballet Kelowna fulfills its mission to bring excellent, inspiring and memorable dance and community outreach programs to British Columbia and the Canadian west.
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NO STOPPING LIZ BORRETT BY CAROLINE ALLEN
AT AGE 76, THIS SLIGHT, 5 FOOT 5 INCH WOMAN TIES UP THE LACES OF HER SIZE 9-1/2 RUNNING SHOES AND TURNS INTO A HUMAN DYNAMO. ON APRIL 20, 2015, SHE RAN THE BOSTON MARATHON (42.2 KM) FOR THE THIRD YEAR IN A ROW (WITH A TIME OF 4 HOURS, 26 MINUTES, 36 SECONDS) THEN, JUST 6 DAYS LATER, SHE RAN THE BIG SUR MARATHON IN CARMEL, CALIFORNIA (WITH A TIME OF 4 HOURS, 20 MINUTES, 37 SECONDS) TO WIN FIRST IN HER AGE DIVISION IN BOTH MAJOR MARATHONS.
“Well, there usually aren’t many people in my age category,” states Liz modestly. Born in Armstrong, BC, on February 9, 1939, Liz Borrett was one of 15 siblings. Her parents owned a farm, so Liz had plenty of opportunities to work on her core strength and fitness.
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“I FEEL FORTUNATE TO BE AS HEALTHY AND ACTIVE AS I AM. ATTITUDE IS ALSO A WONDERFUL TOOL.” — LIZ BORRETT
TO DATE, LIZ BORRETT HAS COMPLETED 11 MARATHONS AND 41 HALF MARATHONS.
“A lot of people don’t know how to move out of their loneliness. I was determined not to be one of them.”
WHY DOES LIZ CONTINUE TO
“The girls were expected to help with the rrunners. unners. I also wondered how I might do in a race if “I run because it is the easiest way harvesting alongside the boys. Dad always kept one for me to stay fit,” declares Liz, “and I were better prepared.” field free to serve as a kind of community sports also because of the supportive network So in 2003, Liz joined a running club, attended a field. There were enough brothers and sisters in our of friends I have found in my fellow marathon clinic, and then mostly ran the Vancouver own family to make up at least 2 teams,” Liz says with runners.” Marathon, with a time of 4 hours and 47 minutes. a laugh. When asked to divulge the secrets of Many more races would follow, some local, and Liz later trained as a psychiatric her running ability, Liz is not sure she has some in exotic places, such as nurse and worked for 25 years any secrets. Boston, New York, Disneyworld, at Kelowna General Hospital. “My accomplishments are normal and Kilimanjaro, Africa. In 1959, she married orchardist for me. There is longevity in my “I ran the Boston Marathon Allan Borrett. They were together family. I have no medical issues and for the first time in 2013, the “I RAN THE BOSTON for 40 years and parented 2 sons. take no medications other than vitamin year of the bombing. I was in MARATHON FOR THE “Although physically active, I supplements. I feel fortunate to be as the finisher’s chute receiving FIRST TIME IN 2013, THE my medal, when I heard an never considered running during healthy and active as I am. Attitude is also those years”, Liz says. a wonderful tool.” YEAR OF THE BOMBING.” explosion and saw a cloud of When Liz retired from nursing To date, Liz has completed 11 white, with a black centre,” in 1997, she and her husband had marathons and 41 half marathons. She describes Liz. “A short time plans to spend their retirement years travelling. plans to go hiking in Italy at the end of later, there was a second explosion. I was concerned “We had a wonderful year together and managed August. There is no slowing her down. that my sons would be worried about me. They were to take several memorable trips, but then Allan relieved when I arrived safely at our meeting point.” unexpectedly passed away in 1998, at age 63,” says Liz. Liz shares candidly about this pivotal time in her life: “When someone suddenly finds himself or herself alone, it is easy to slip into depression and give up the things that keep you mentally fit. A lot of people don’t know how to move out of their loneliness. I was determined not to be one of them.” Liz sought friendship and support through volunteer work. In 2002, she attended a planning meeting for an arthritis fundraiser and, incredibly, found herself registering for the “Joints In Motion Marathon” to be held in Hawaii in December 2002. “I am still not sure how that happened,” says Liz laughingly. “I was 63 years old. I wasn’t all that • Chemical Peel • Coolsculpting • Lipodissolve • CO2 Laser • Hair Removal • Microdermabrasion interested in running. The carrot was the trip to Hawaii.” Dr. Corrina Iampen, MD, CCFP Liz mostly walked this first marathon and finished Diplomat of American Board of Phlebology the race in a time of 6 hours and 35 minutes. She raised an astounding $4,000 for the Arthritis Society. laser & vei n rej u venat ion “By this time,” says Liz, “I had gotten a taste of the wonderful camaraderie and support found amongst LAS ER & VEIN REJU VEN AT IO N 2 5 0 -7 6 8 -5 3 5 5 2 4 4 8 D O BBIN RD . WEST K EL OW NA
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OKANAGAN ARTIST Master Artist:
Roberta Grewcock Robertagrewcock.com Master artist Roberta Grewcock has lived in the Okanagan since 1977 and the first piece of art she sold was to Okanagan College in 1985. Today her art hangs in galleries around the world and she has been recognized as a Master Artist for the intellectual beauty of her contemporary art. Recently she was also awarded the Nelson Mandela Human Rights Award. In January 2015, eight of Roberta’s paintings were displayed in a SOLO EXHIBIT, in Palermo Italy at the “Sant E’lia Palace” and her painting “PASSION” was hung in the” WONDER ROOM” in Palermo, the very place where renowned Russian abstract artist Wassily Kandinsky exhibited his work in the early 1900s. She has shown her art in Barcelona, New York, Paris, China, Germany and Italy. Currently, Roberta has 13 paintings hanging in the Atrium of the Rotary a Centre for the Arts.
ROBERTA WAS RECENTLY HONOURED WITH THE NELSON MANDELA HUMAN RIGHTS AWARD
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