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PENTICTON WESTERN NEWS January 26, 2011

SOWINS cooks up support for seniors

The South Okanagan Women in Need Society is partnering with Oasis United Church to offer free lessons in healthy inexpensive cooking, as well as growing food, preserving, sewing and basic computer skills. The pilot Wisdom and Energy (WE) project pairs older women with younger women on limited incomes. They get together to share what they know. In doing so, they also build contacts and friendships. The goal over the next year is to get 80 women taking part on a regular or drop-in basis. The call is out for both participants and skills mentors. Isolation is often a problem for regional women with few resources, said SOWINS executive director Eleanor Summer. “The germ of the idea is seeing lonely older women and younger women at their wits’ end with too many responsibilities, and young single moms. “We hope the older women and younger ones make linkages and support each other outside of this ... One hundred per cent of these women are living very close to the bone.” The program began in November at the Oasis kitchen and sessions are 9 a.m. to noon Mondays and Tuesdays. As cooking sessions continue for newcomers, WE will also add sessions for sewing, crocheting and knitting. “It’s very fluid,” said Brenda Wasnock, one of the coordinators. “People don’t have to commit. They can come a few times, or every week.” In the spring, interested women will start a garden at Oasis, where a garden plot is in the works. Next summer, participants will then pool their knowledge to can and preserve their produce. In the fall, the focus turns to social media networking and basic computer skills. The way the cooking component of WE works is older women teach younger ones how to put together simple dishes. They eat together, and take home the rest to their families. Then participants are expected to pass on what they learn to at least two friends, a concept similar to British chef sensation Jamie Oliver’s “Food Revolution” initiative.

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NANCI GRANDY (left), Peggy Whitley and Margaret Enns display their cooking chops. The three are co-ordinators for the Wisdom and Energy project which brings together older and younger women on fixed incomes to learn basic cooking, canning, preserving, sewing, gardening and computer skills. The initiative of SOWINS and Oasis United Church hopes to reach 80 women in 2011. Participation is free of charge.

Women interested in learning to sew will recycle castoffs from WINGS Thrift Store to make shopping bags, pet beds and other items. Half the proceeds go to the women themselves. The other half goes to SOWINS in aid of regional women and children facing domestic abuse, and will be sold at WINGS.

The Wisdom and Energy program is funded through a one-time federal New Horizons grant for the first year. Summer will be seeking further funds to continue the project beyond 2011. For more information about Wisdom and Energy, contact Dorie Wright at 250-493-4366 ext 104.

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Seniors play active role in education KRISTI PATTON

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There is a bit of a generation gap between Kara Gilfillen and her big sister, not that she notices. Every Thursday the Grade 1 student at Parkway Elementary has a smile that lights up the room when her Big Sister volunteer from the Concorde retirement home comes to school. “Today, I forgot it was Thursday. So I was really happy when I found out we were doing crafts,” said an enthusiastic Gilfillen. An initiative between the South Okanagan Big Brothers and Big Sisters and the Concorde retirement home connects children and seniors to the benefit of both. Every Thursday seniors come to Parkway to get involved in two different programs, a one-onone reading program and another where seniors spend time with the kids making crafts. “I love it,” said Diane Keith, who was setting up to read with one of the students. “You see the children work so hard and how much they improve over time. It is the most rewarding thing I have ever done in my life.” The teachers see the impact as well. Wendy Allan, education assistant of a Grade 1 and Grade

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LOUISE JOHNSON listens as Miranda Raposo reads from her book during the one-on-one assistance program at Parkway Elementary School.

2 split class at Parkway, said it brings big benefits to the kids having special one-on-one time and gives them something to look forward to. The mentoring is done in eight-

week blocks and the reading program goes throughout the school year. Other elementary schools in Penticton also participate in the programs with the seniors. Deb Lougheed, life enrichment

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PENTICTON WESTERN NEWS January 26, 2011

Interior Health offers tips for a safe 2011

A new year is upon us and Interior Health wants to remind you there are many things that can be done to help make 2011 a healthy and safe year for you and your family. TAKE STEPS TO PREVENT FALLS: In the BC Interior falls are the leading cause of injury, hospitalization and death, as well as traumatic brain injury. Exercise and losing weight will improve your balance and strength to help you avoid or cope with falls. Stairs are the most frequent site of severe falls. Careful attention to stairway design, visibility and handrails can dramatically reduce your risk. For more information visit http://web. me.com/bldguse/Site/Checklist_ for_Stairways.html. TALK TO SOMEONE IF YOU ARE HAVING TROUBLE COPING: If you feel depressed, anxious or stressed it’s usually helpful to talk about it. Avoid alcohol or other drugs, keep physically active, take action to deal with outstanding issues, and remember that most problems you are facing now will soon improve. Your family doctor and/or counsellors at your local health unit are available to help. PROTECT YOUR HEAD — WEAR YOUR GEAR: Use a helmet for sports such as downhill skiing, snowboarding, skating, skateboarding, kayaking and cycling.

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MARLIES VERBOEKET braces for the flu shot she received from Linda Tibando in preparation for the flu season. Interior Health recommends seniors get their flu shots every winter.

QUIT SMOKING: Tobacco has many harmful effects, and causes 28,000 hospitalizations and 5,000 deaths a year in B.C. Quitting is the single best action you can take for your health and the benefits begin almost immediately. For more information visit www.hc-sc.gc.ca/ hc-ps/tobac-tabac/index-eng.php.

IF YOU DRINK, DO SO SAFELY: Watch your intake — regularly drinking more than two standard alcoholic drinks a day for men, and more than one for women, can harm your health. Binge drinking of more than three drinks for women and four for men on a single occasion increases risk

of death, injuries, interpersonal violence, suicide, high blood pressure and other diseases. No alcohol is safest when operating vehicles and during pregnancy and breastfeeding. WASH YOUR HANDS OFTEN: Germs can spread easily through contact with any surface. Once

you get germs on your hands, they are spread by simple acts like rubbing your nose or your eyes. Regular hand washing can help avoid picking up and spreading colds, flu and other viruses. GET YOUR SHOTS: Immunize your children, get your flu shot every winter and a tetanus shot every 10 years. For more information, check www.immunizebc. ca. EAT A HEALTHY DIET: Choosing foods low in salt and fat and avoiding drinks high in sugar will help you maintain a healthy weight and reduce the risk of conditions such as high blood pressure. Fruits and vegetables are an essential part of a healthy diet and play an important role in prevention of disease. Contact HealthLink BC at 8-1-1 for information and to speak with a dietician. GET ACTIVE: There is a direct link between physical activity and lifelong health. Weight bearing activity such as walking and carrying groceries improves your bone strength and increases resistance to injury. Exercise helps prevent heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity. LEARN ABOUT YOUR MEDICATIONS: Always ask your doctor or pharmacist about possible side effects of all your prescription and other medications.

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A few simple steps can lead to better health IZAYANA PINEDA For the Western News

This year, take steps — literally — to improve your health Making and keeping a new year’s resolution to get active is especially important for seniors, who receive the greatest benefits of any age group from regular physical activity. Most importantly, it’s never too late. In his 2010 report on the State of Public Health in Canada, chief public health officer Dr. David Butler-Jones identified daily physical activity and good nutrition as key to preserving the health of seniors and preventing premature death. “Even physical

activity that is not initiated until later in life, if it is maintained, still results in significant health benefits,” Butler-Jones observed. Health benefits include: improved overall function and independence; better mental health; greater fitness; and prevention or management of heart disease, high blood pressure; osteoporosis, stroke, obesity; and colon/breast cancer. By maintaining cardiac fitness, muscle and bone strength, joint function and flexibility and coordination, regular physical activity also helps seniors maintain their independence and ability to fully engage in and enjoy life. It is inactivity, not age, which leads to many of the infirmities associated with old age. Therefore, it is seniors who

have the most to gain from being active. According to current statistics, there is a lot of life left to enjoy as a senior citizen. At age 65, the average Canadian man can expect to live another 18 years and the average Canadian woman can expect to live another 21 years. Regular exercise not only helps seniors live longer, but ensures more of those years will be healthy and enjoyable. Yet, despite evidence that show the benefits of regular exercise, statistics from a 2008 study indicate the majority of Canadian seniors are physically inactive. Of those 65 and older, 50 per cent of men and 64 per cent of women reported performing little or no regular exercise.

If you fall amongst the 57 per cent of Canadian seniors who do not exercise, the start of a new year is the perfect time to take action. According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, even moderate daily exercise can bestow health benefits. All that is required is at least 30 minutes of brisk physical activity every day: walking, swimming, bowling, dancing or whatever you might enjoy. According to the Agency “few factors contribute as much to successful aging as having a physically active lifestyle.” Izayana Pineda is the recreation co-ordinator with Sun Village Retirement Residence.

Nutrient deficiencies can be common for seniors Geriatric obesity is predicted to increase by epidemic proportions in the next two decades. Despite this, vitamin and mineral deficiencies are also on the rise. In fact, recent research shows that overweight and obese adults are more likely to have low levels of a number of micronutrients compared to normal-weight adults. Researchers in Toronto found that the geriatric residents in long-term care facilities did not receive adequate nutrition even when their diets were based on Canada Food Guide recommendations — even when residents consumed all that was provided. Those aged 55 and above who are low in nutrients have an increased risk of developing chronic conditions such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, and Alzheimer’s. Researchers concluded that seniors require full-spectrum vitamin and mineral supplements to treat and prevent malnutrition. Elders are

most often deficient in B vitamins (especially B12), vitamin D, calcium, zinc, iron and vitamin A. The good news, however, is that diet and supplementation can make a difference. The B vitamins are extremely important for healthy nerves, energy production, metabolism, mental function and to help with stress. Up to 10 to 15 per cent of adults aged 65 and older have a vitamin B-12 deficiency which can mimic Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, early Parkinson’s disease, and chronic fatigue syndrome, and also increase the risk of stroke, heart attack, and cancer. Vitamin D is necessary for maintaining normal cellular growth and function, regulating bone formation, healthy immune function, proper phosphorous level and calcium metabolism. The Canadian Cancer Society also recommends vitamin D supplementation for the prevention of cancer, supplementing with 1,000 IU of vitamin D daily. Eye and skin

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Estate can create lasting legacy at hospital JANICE PERRINO For the Western News

How do you minimize the tax implications when doing your estate planning? Good advice is as easy as contacting your legal representative or a financial advisor. We asked Doug Stratton, CLU of Apple Planning Services Inc., Dundee private Investors Inc., a wealth management company for his opinion about leaving clear directions in your will. “It’s a good idea to leave clear directions to make charitable donations through your will so you will help to minimize your estates tax bill. Meaning that your estate can deduct those gifts from your final tax return and in turn, pay the government less tax. Many individuals have large amounts of tax owing due to deferred capital gains on their non-registered investments (this could include but is not limited to investment real estate, the family cottage, stocks, business interests etc.) as well as all the funds remaining in registered accounts (RSP and RIF) if there isn’t a surviving spouse. I have found that given the choice, most people choose to minimize taxes to the lowest number legally possible. The government has given them the tools to do so should they wish to take advantage of them.” So what does it mean to make a donation to your favourite charity. In our case every donation that comes to our South Okanagan Similkameen (SOS) Medical Foundation from an estate gift is handled with extra special care. We know this person gave us their final gift, in many cases it was the most profound gift of their life and because we’re unable to thank them personally, we make sure their wishes are honoured and their gift is well spent. We have many incredible stories of how estate gifts have been used over the years. A few years ago, the SOS Medical Foundation received $75,000 from a gentleman who liked to make yearly donations toward the hospital. We really wanted to find a special piece of equipment to purchase with his estate donation. Finding out what the hospital needed; was easy as every year Penticton Regional Hospital provides a wish list totaling between $3 - $6 million dollars of equipment desperately needed but not government funded. The surgical department wanted to

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A PATIENT is prepared for imaging work using the current CT scanner at Penticton Regional Hospital. The new, $1.7 million scanner will arrive this spring after the Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation reached its fundraising goal through generous community support.

replace outdated equipment used for colonoscopies. We were able to purchase five scopes allowing us to do more colonoscopies than ever before. The first day in use, the new equipment was able to identify several cases of non-cancerous polyps before they became cancerous. Months later we were able to qualify for a special program for providing more government funding for screening colonoscopies in a controlled study to check for any abnormalities that may lead to cancer. Was this an important purchase? We sure think so. The BC Cancer Agency quotes that colorectal cancer kills three people every day in British Columbia, making it the second leading cause of cancer death in the province. However, if detected early, treatment is over 90 per cent successful. The estate gift received to buy the equipment didn’t get any media coverage. No one knew what that one person provided for their hospital. Clearly, the number of lives affected every week is astounding. In three months the Penticton Regional Hospital will unveil the new CT Scan

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machine purchased with the help of donations to the South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation. The medical staff studied all of the benefits from the different types of CT scans available and

the one they picked is extraordinary. The ability to diagnosis quickly, safely and above all accurately will make a tremendous difference towards a better quality of life for the more than 11,000 patients every year who will need a CT scan. Almost $350,000 from various estate donations has been directed towards the purchase of the new CT Scan. Without the estate donations, the purchase of the CT scan may have meant many more months waiting for this important and vital piece of equipment. There is a saying that if you save just one life, you have changed the world forever. An estate gift used for critical care medical equipment will save many lives. It is certainly a profound legacy to leave a gift for your hospital that will benefit your family, friends and community. If you would like to consider making a donation to your favourite charity as part of your estate planning, talk to your financial or legal advisor. Your gift will be treasured for years to come. At the South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation we can’t tell you about every donor, how they lived, their families or their life work, we can tell you about their generosity, their dedication to the people in the community and above all their thoughtfulness when giving such a special final gift. Janice Perrino is the executive director of the South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation.

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Ten principles for living in retirement JUSTIN WHITE For the Western News

Like everyone, you hope for a comfortable retirement. That’s why you should put money away for your retirement. But once you reach retirement, which financial and investment strategies should you follow to help yourself enjoy the lifestyle you’ve envisioned? You may want to consider these 10 principles to serve as a road map on your journey toward retirement: 1. Map out your goals. Although the word “retirement� means something different to each person, everyone shares the need to enter retirement with a strategy in place. Accordingly, you’ll find it helpful to write down what you want to do in retirement. Then you can determine how you’ll pay for it. As a starting point, list all your income sources (such as your RRSP and other savings) and your expenses (such as mortgage, utilities, food and travel). 2. Plan for a long and fulfilling retirement. You could spend decades in retirement. Keep this type of longevity in mind when you create investment strategies for your retirement. 3. Start smart with your spending. Obviously, you don’t

want to outlive your resources, but withdrawing too much in the early years of retirement could put you in a difficult position down the road. 4. Inflation doesn’t retire. If you spend 25 years in retirement, prices could more than double, assuming a three percent annual inflation rate. Investments with growth potential can help fight inflation. That’s why you might find it’s important to own equity investments, even in retirement. 5. Prepare for the unexpected. Unexpected financial issues relating to your family or health can crop up during your retirement years. To prepare for them, make sure you have set aside adequate “cash� reserves. If the market has a few bad years early in retirement, you can withdraw money from cash and short-term securities rather than your investment principal. 6. Don’t “reach� for yield. To boost your cash flow, you might think about investing in high-yield bonds or in stocks that promise abnormally high dividends. Try to resist this temptation. You can find other, more prudent investment strategies for adding to your income during your retirement years. 7. Maintain a healthy portfolio. Health-care costs are a

major concern for retirees. Take steps, such as exercising and maintaining a healthy diet, to keep yourself in good shape. At the same time, strive to maintain adequate health insurance. 8. Keep retirement from being taxing. Many retirees have investments in both registered and non-registered accounts. There should be a strategy in place to withdraw from these accounts in a tax-efficient manner. To manage your tax situation effectively, consult with a tax advisor. 9. Define your legacy. Work with a qualified legal advisor to make sure your estate plans and the appropriate documents and arrangements — beneficiaries, will, power of attorney, etc. — are up to date. A proper estate plan can help ensure your wishes are carried out exactly as you intended. 10. Remember your annual check-up. Consult with your financial advisor at least once a year to make sure your investment strategies are still on track. As you near retirement, or if you’ve just retired, put these principles to work. It will take some time — but it’s worth the effort. Justin White is a financial advisor with Edward Jones.

A checklist to help snowbirds beat the winter blues JUSTIN WHITE For the Western News

Many “snowbirds� are heading south for the winter. If you plan to escape Canada for the winter, be certain your financial life is in order before you go. There are two critical elements to ensuring you’ll be in good financial shape: Make sure your affairs at home can be managed in

your absence and arrange access to cash and financial services while you’re away. Electronic banking and investing — whether through automated teller machines, the Internet or telephone — make all of this easier than ever. But you still need to prepare. Here’s a checklist to get started: ARRANGE BILL PAYMENTS: Take inventory of bills that must to be paid while you’re gone. Among others, these include credit

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cards, loans, income and property taxes and membership dues and subscriptions. Make sure you can pay them while outside the country or arrange for someone to take care of them for you. Internet banking is a great way to keep track of expenses and bill payments. And don’t forget unexpected bills that may show up in your mailbox. ENSURE ACCESS TO CASH: If you’re wintering in the U.S. or another country with easy access to international networks through ATMs, a bank card may be all you need to get cash. But take a backup in case your card gets lost. If you spend time in the U.S., you can open a U.S. dollar account at a Canadian financial institution that will allow you to write cheques. In fact, you may want to consider holding U.S. dollar investments that can provide you with income in U.S. dollars while you’re there. ENSURE ACCESS TO FINANCIAL ACCOUNTS: You might need to make investment or banking transactions while you’re away, or monitor accounts. If you’ll have Internet access, make sure you’re registered for online financial services, or use automated telephone services. If electronic access isn’t possible, make other arrangements with your financial institutions or have someone manage your affairs. PUT INVESTMENTS IN ORDER: Meet with your financial advisor to determine whether your portfolio is in good shape. And

make arrangements for investments that will mature while you’re away, such as Guaranteed Investment Certificates (GICs), term deposits and bonds. Also, be sure your advisor knows how to contact you. COVER YOUR LEGAL BASES: Your powers of attorney should be up to date in case something happens to prevent you from managing your affairs. Have a current will in place, and let someone know where your legal documents are kept. Also, be aware that from a U.S. legal perspective, you must have resided in Canada for at least 183 days within a calendar year to be considered a Canadian (and not a U.S.) resident. BUY HEALTH INSURANCE: When you’re out of the country, medical insurance is a must. Without proper coverage, your financial life could be thrown into turmoil if you become ill or are the victim of an accident. Even a brief illness in a foreign country can put you deep in debt if you don’t have adequate insurance. The older you get, the more complex and costly insurance can be so ensure your needs are being met with the policy you select. With your financial affairs in order, you can have a relaxing winter free of snow and worries. Justin White is a financial advisor with Edward Jones.

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MUSIC TO THEIR EARS — Dave Shunter, leader of the Penticton Rube Band, presents $240.35 to Christine Simmons of The Salvation Army. These funds were raised during last year’s Mall-Pub Crawl. The band has been raising money for Penticton charities for 35 years and have played over 800 gigs in 125 venues.

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as to how best to provide that support. Generous individuals and groups donate to the Community Foundation because they believe in providing long term lasting support for the charities they believe in. The foundation accepts these donations and invests them, usually in perpetuity, with the proceeds of investment being granted annually to local charities. The original capital contributions are not touched, thus ensuring support for charities long into the future. With an endowment fund of more than $5.7 million, the Community Foundation is now in a position to grant between $150,000 and $200,000 to local charities, every year, forever. And that’s assuming the endowment fund receives no further donations. It is not difficult to imagine the long term impact that can be achieved as the fund continues to grow. Future growth of the endowment fund will come from a variety of sources including, of course, direct donations of cash. However, more and more donors are considering a planned gift to the foundation such as a gift of life insurance or a bequest in the donor’s will. Gifts of life insurance are particularly interesting because of the massive potential for tax savings based on the value of the donor’s policy. For more information please call Aaron McRann, executive director, at 250-493-9311 or visit our website www.cfos.net. Aaron McRann is the executive director with the Community Foundation of the South Okanagan.

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NEW FIRST VICE-PRESIDENT Corey Van Meeteren of the Penticton branch of the Royal Canadian Legion unfurls the colours at the Main Street office Thursday. The new executive is looking ahead to positive new year.

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With a new board in place and a provincial convention scheduled here in the summer, this year looks like it will be an active one for the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 40 in Penticton. According to the Legion’s new first vicepresident Corey Van Meeteren, the board will be looking to attract a larger turnout at Legion events in 2011. “We hope that we can bring the people back to the Legion,” said Van Meeteren. “For instance, right now, you don’t need to be a veteran to sign up for a membership.” Membership, he said, costs $40 a year, which goes to help keep the building open. According to Van Meeteren, the Legion has seen about a 35 per cent decrease in liquor revenues since the provincial government tightened up rules, reduced the allowable breathalyzer limit and increased penalties surrounding impaired driving. “The new laws for drinking has kept people away,” said Van Meeteren. “And the ones who do come out, just have one drink. But it is a problem for everyone all over the city.” Van Meeteren said the branch is excited about hosting a provincial convention in June.

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PENTICTON WESTERN NEWS January 26, 2011

Seniors On The Go Cancer society shows appreciation for volunteer efforts The Canadian Cancer Society, Interior Region, and Penticton unit president Marlene Gawley hosted a volunteer appreciation luncheon recently at the Penticton Golf and Country Club. Gawley issued a very special thank you to all the volunteers in recognition of the many hours donated in support of the society and its programs. She noted that each volunteer makes a difference and she feels honoured to be part of a group that is so motivated. The Canadian Cancer Society is a national, community-based organization of volunteers, whose mission is the eradication of cancer and the enhancement of the quality of life of people living with cancer.

Local programs supported by office volunteers include: QCancer Information Service, Cancer Connection, Financial Support Program (Phone 1-888-939-3333) Q Southern Interior Rotary Lodge, Kelowna (Phone 250-712-2203) Q Wig and Breast Prosthesis Banks (Mirror Image Room Penticton 250-4909681; Breast Prosthesis Bank 1-888-9393333) Q Volunteer Drivers Program (Phone 1-250-712-1101) QCamp Goodtimes (Phone 1-604-6757141) Gawley hoped that all volunteers would leave the luncheon feeling that the soci-

ety’s appreciation had been shown. The afternoon concluded with entertainment by The Springs Line Dancers, two members of the Peach City Cloggers and a Christmas choir tribute by the Peach

Blossom Chorus (part of the Sweet Adelines International). Special thanks to the “worker bees” responsible for luncheon arrangements: Vickie Biddlecombe, Lois Fedorak and Beverly Rice.

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Old notions of work and retirement are changing, and a pilot project taking place in the South Okanagan wants to make use of skills of those 50 years and older. The area was one of 14 communities chosen across the country, the only in B.C., to participate in a website tool that assists Canadian workers between 50 and 65 in getting employment. Third Quarter connects Canadians to businesses and organizations that need the maturity and skills that come with years of experience. It helps older Canadians, who want to stay in the workforce or have left through retirement or other circumstances, find jobs. “This area was chosen because of demographics. There is the whole notion that when baby boomers retire there is going to be a huge gap,” said Michou Szabo, South Okanagan co-ordinator. “There is going to be a shortage of labourers, so we are trying to get employers to think differently around retaining people that are in their third quarter, and also, what a great resource we have in people that are retired or semi-retired. They bring maturity and experience and can act as mentors.” Registering with www.thirdquarter.ca, individuals will have their experience and skills assessed. These will then be presented to attract employers, either in business or volunteer organizations. Szabo said it is an opportunity for a person who might have always tinkered with cars but was an accountant by trade to go back into the workforce as a part-time mechanic helper in a shop. “People are not just a product of their work history, rather they bring a whole bunch of skills that they might not even

think they do have. Some people just pigeonhole themselves. For instance, I was an accountant and that is who I am. Maybe they were a Boy Scout leader or organized the hockey tournaments. They have a lot more different skills than they think,” said Szabo. Joe Morelli, general manager at Days Inn in Penticton, said he wants to take advantage of the website when the tourist season gears back up. Already about 70 per cent of his staff fall in the third-quarter age group. He added this also helps with retention because most young workers are moving away to go to school or seek other opportunities in Vancouver or other cities, where the thirdquarter age group are looking for a job that fits into their life. “They have life skills and are awesome employees. Their scheduling is fairly easy, they are not tied to children at home or have as many commitments at home because they are retired,” said Morelli. “Most of these people don’t want to do five days a week, they want four or three. This allows me to employ more people and they aren’t dealing with a job stressing them out five days a week.” Third Quarter is a two-year national project led by a partnership consisting of the B.C., Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Atlantic chambers of commerce. Funded by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada and with contributions by the four chambers of commerce, the project will run until April 2012. Already, the South Okanagan website has 180 people signed up. “We want to let businesses know we are out there. These are people that are willing to work part-time and casual. That pool of third-quarter people are a great resource to go to,” said Szabo.


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