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VOLUME 26, NUMBER 9, JANUARY 2018

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Starting anew in 2018 by Moneca Jantzen There are certain times of the year that lend themselves to thoughts of renewal and transformation and New Year’s Day is the biggie. The onset of spring and the month of September (think Solstices) seem to be other times in the course of the year that we think of beginning something new, but neither is as compelling or tempting as the beginning of a new calendar year. The freshness of a new calendar brings notions of a clean slate. The pressure to make a new batch of resolutions is enormous whether we would like to admit it or not. It has even become fashionable to not bother making resolutions in recent years given their apparent futility. It turns out that changing our habits and learning to make better choices for ourselves takes a great deal more than a brand new calendar or daytimer. Surprise, surprise! I recently read about a couple of fellows that spent their year trying a new self-improvement goal each month only to come to the conclusion that selfimprovement overwhelmingly doesn’t stick. My bookshelf, full of self-improvement books (goals unrealized) would reinforce this conclusion. As someone who does some serious navel-gazing each holiday season, after several decades of doing so and ending up with a similar list of goals each January, I have to question what it is going to take to realize my goals. If I take the plunge and sign up for a Tony Robbins-like event, will that make things happen? I bristle at the cultish feel of this method, but maybe I need a bit of ‘brainwashing’ to have success. After half a century of trying, I should be a perfect human by now and yet I am far from it! For several years, I have done a vision board. I enjoy doing these because I am a visual person and

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Looking back to help plan ahead

A new year brings time for reflection on the achievements and lessons of the year past, and hope for what the year to come may bring. 2017 has been a busy and productive year for our Official Opposition.

My Conservative colleagues and I have been working hard to hold the Liberal Government to account. As we begin 2018, Canada’s Conservatives will continue to deliver a strong, thoughtful opposition that will stand up for Canadians in the House of Commons. It continues to be an honour and privilege to represent you – the constituents of Kamloops-ThompsonCariboo – in the House

of Commons. As always, I will continue to do my best to advance the interests of our community, both here at home and on Parliament Hill. I welcome the new year with optimism and look forward to continuing to work together to make our community, our country and our world, even better. To that end, as I prepare my Budget submission for 2018, I want to learn

more about how the government’s decisions have affected you, your family, business and community. I welcome your innovative ideas for change. Over the past years, I found our seniors community to be highly engaged and possess a wealth of knowledge that could contribute to bettering our country. Please feel free to send your ideas to me via email: cathy.mcleod@ parl.gc.ca or postage free to Cathy McLeod

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make sure patients were well taken care of, even when care providers had to improvise and make the best of limited space and supplies. Sadly another crisis continues – the opioid overdose public health emergency took more than 1,200 lives in in B.C. this year. We have successfully awarded contracts for the previously announced 73 substance use treatment beds; these include 57 support recovery beds and 16 withdrawal management beds (including four in Williams Lake with our partners Axis Family Resources Ltd.). We have also implemented mobile supervised consumption services in Kamloops and Kelowna this year. Despite these efforts a record number of people were lost this year to overdose deaths. Thank you to everyone on the frontline working to help address addiction, mitigate overdose

risk, and address the damaging stigma that persists around mental health and substance use issues. The $417 million Patient Care Tower at Royal Inland Hospital continues to move forward – this year the project team shortlisted three teams for the project and issued the Request for Proposals. Construction on the patient care tower is expected to begin in fall 2018, with the tower opening for patients in 2022. Use of MyHealthPortal continues to grow. Introduced last year, there are now more than 30,000 patients accessing their personal health information online using this secure online tool. Our relationships with Indigenous communities also continue to develop as we deepen our understanding of cultural humility and what that means in a health-care setting. We

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January

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I am not even going to pretend to “sum up” the year that is about to pass into our rear view mirror, but I’ll still share a few thoughts. I remember last year when comedian John Oliver symbollically “blew up” 2016 in a show of pyrotechnics on his show “Last Week Tonight.” To be honest, I rather enjoyed the display, and yet I’m not entirely sure that 2017 was much better than 2016. Perhaps it was even worse in many ways, out there, beyond my personal realm. For all of the reasons Oliver felt like blowing up last year, we seem to have more of the same. I suspect that as long as we have Mr. Trump in the White House, there will be mercurial sentiments all around. Nothing will feel very stable anytime soon. I do recall starting out the year obsessively observing Trump’s antics in disbelief but grew tired of it all a few months on. I’m still paying attention, just not as closely. We had a unique change of leadership provincially. Site C is a go but not without controversy. Former Mayor Milobar made the leap to provincial politics and Todd Stone is making a bid for Liberal party leadership. Locally, Kamloops seems to be chugging along at its usual glacial pace (not necessarily a bad thing I suppose) but did finally seem to resolve a few things. We have a new mayor and two new councillors. We took a wrecking ball to the old Bay/Daily News building and earned a somewhat expensive new parking

lot. The powers that be finally made a decision on AJAX and Kamloops is hopefully poised to turn over a new leaf in how it sees itself. Fingers crossed. The summer that wasn’t, proved again how charitable and friendly this community can be as the city became a centre for welcoming wildfire evacuees. The city continues to struggle with the opioid crisis along with most other communities in Canada. There are no easy answers there but harm reduction is one approach. We lost some significant community members this year to both tragedy and illness, leaving huge voids behind. On a more personal level, The Connector found a new home with my old employer from 25 years ago and I got to come along for the ride. Beyond my role at KTW working on Real Estate This Week and The Connector, I also kept my business going although at a substantially reduced capacity. I know I’m not alone there. I suspect more and more of us are going to have a “side hustle” going forward just as many people will never completely retire. I can guarantee that I barely scratched the surface of things that took place in 2017. One of my plans for 2018 is to keep a “Happiness Jar” where I jot down all the good things that happen so I have something encouraging to review next New Year’s. It’s always helpful to frame things in a “cup half full” manner rather than dwell on the negative. I have no idea what 2018 will be like. My crystal ball is out of order as per usual, but I will continue to be grateful, hopeful and aware. Happy New Year everyone! Let’s do what we can to make 2018 great.

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Little effort, lots of benefit Submitted by Dawn MacKenzie, BSW, RRP, CVRP Are you having trouble walking longer distance, climbing stairs or carrying groceries? Have you stopped skiing, playing tennis, or hiking because it’s so much more difficult than it used to be? Are you noticing difficulties with sleep and concentration? If so, you are not alone. These issues are often related to reduced physical activity, common as people age. But you can decide to change this. With your doctor’s approval, you can participate in gentle, progressive physical activity, customized to your medical condition(s), and designed to get you back to the life you want to live. You’re still skeptical? That’s not surprising; new activity can feel uncomfortable, very little is needed to feel the benefits. In fact, for inactive seniors, two 10 minute sessions daily of physical activity that feels vigorous to you will provide the following benefits: • Cardiovascular exercise significantly reduces the risk of fatal heart disease. In fact, it has been shown that six months of regular exercise can reverse or improve the biological factors that put you at risk for heart disease. • Weight-bearing activities (ie: weight training, walking, hiking, climbing stairs, tennis, dancing, and others) rebuild bone, preventing or

slowing osteoporosis, and muscle, improving circulation, brain function, and encourage the healing response. • Numerous studies are now linking physical wellness to mental health and acuity, which leads to reduced levels of high blood pressure and some cancers. Recent research suggests that as little as three months of aerobic conditioning encourages the brain to grow new nerve cells. • Poor diet and an inactive lifestyle contribute to increased C-reactive protein (CRP) levels, indicating inflammation. Inflammation is thought to be the underlying cause of almost all chronic diseases. Physical activity reduces inflammation and, when it is combined with meditation, yoga, tai chi, or qi gong, results are even better. • Physical activity helps regulate blood sugar levels, and reduces the release of stress-related hormones, providing protection from diabetes and hormone-related cancers.

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People with Type 2 diabetes need more support, say researchers By Patty Wellborn, Assistant Communications Coordinator, UBC - Okanagan Research shows the old adage ‘teach someone to fish’ instead of giving them a fish, rings true when it comes to helping people with Type 2 diabetes. The objective was to identify the behaviour change techniques used in 54 dietary interventions to determine what works when it comes to helping people control their diabetes and lose weight, explains UBC Okanagan’s Heather Gainforth, the study’s senior author. The study concludes if individuals are provided with healthy food, instead of leaving them to fend for themselves, they have a better chance of controlling their diabetes. The international collaboration, that examined more than 42 years of research and thousands of studies, involved scientists from the National University of Ireland including faculty from its School of Medicine, College of Engineering and Informatics, and the Centre for Research in Medical Devices, along with researchers in UBC

Heather Gainsforth is an assistant professor at UBC Okanagan’s School of Health and Exercise Sciences. Okanagan’s Faculty of Health and Social Development. “We systematically looked at 54 clinical trials that aim to help people with Type 2 diabetes change their dietary behaviour,” explains Gainforth, an assistant professor at UBC Okanagan’s School of Health and Exercise Sciences. “And we discovered that interventionists were using 42 different ways to help people. While there wasn’t one clear simple method, people with Type 2 diabetes were

more successful when they were provided with healthy meals and when they had frequent contact with interventionists such as dieticians.” Kevin Cradock, the study’s first author and an Irish Research Council postgraduate scholar at NUI Galway, says behaviour change techniques are methods to help people change their behaviour using a variety of techniques such as goals and planning or restructuring the environment. “Changing the food environment is one of the keys to treating Type 2 diabetes,” he says. “Before we change the food environment we need to look carefully at what it is and how it affects us.” The research team found three specific behaviour change techniques that can help individuals control their diabetes: problem solving, feedback on behavior, and social comparison. While comparing these techniques and specific components of dietary

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Exercise is only one part of Healthy Aging.

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Six tools to kick the threat of Alzheimer’s Need a better way “Eight men in their 70s stepped out of a van in front of a converted monastery in New Hampshire. They shuffled forward, a few of them arthritically stooped, a couple with canes. Then they passed through the door and entered a time warp. Perry Como crooned on a vintage radio. Ed Sullivan welcomed guests on a black-and-white TV. Everything inside — including the books on the shelves and the magazines lying around — were designed to conjure 1959.” This is a quote from a New York Times article describing the famous “counterclockwise” study on the environmental effects of aging conducted in the 1980s by researcher Ellen Langer. The results of this study were profound in that the participants showed dramatic reversal of their decline in several ways – strength, cardiovascular

fitness, coordination, agility, and even in their bone structure, after spending only five days ‘back in time.’ The study evoked much discussion. Was it because of the placebo affect? At the start of the study, the researchers had told the men they would feel as they did in 1959. Can we indeed manipulate our environment to turn back the clock on our bodies? Can we change our beliefs to reverse an otherwise downward health trend? And, if so, could we reverse the rate of Alzheimer’s and dementia? Usually we hear that there is nothing that can be done for Alzheimer’s but wait for a pharmaceutical cure. What if, instead, we were told that there is promising research demonstrating that we can reduce our risk of Alzheimer’s and other dementias through simple lifestyle and dietary changes? How can we lead a brainhealthy lifestyle and give it our best shot toward preventing, slowing down or even reversing the process of brain

deterioration? Here are six lifestyle changes to consider as Alzheimer’s prevention: 1) Movement as in regular, fun play or exercise. Mindful movement such as Tai Chi or Feldenkrais® are powerful and efficient combination tools for brain regeneration. If you have chronic pain that hurts when you move, why not try an Ai Chi class where you are weightless in a warm saltwater pool? Ahhhh... relaxing... 2) Healthy Diet as in whole, organic, nontoxic foods with plenty of vegetables and healthy fats to encourage brain health. Seek a nutritional professional that can evaluate you for deficiencies, allergies, and toxicities that could lead to inflammation in the brain. Get minerals to your brain. If you show early warning signs of dementia, be open to the ancient wisdom of herbs such as Ashwaganda, Gingko biloba, and Tribulus, now showing promise in present day research. 3) Social Engagement. Reach out to neighbours and friends. Seek group

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interventions, one thing became clear. If people are provided with healthy food and tools to help them follow their diet, they can be more successful. “Without any support, behaviour change efforts can quickly fall apart,” says Gainforth. “We need to be thinking about a better way to support people with diabetes. It may seem impractical to provide food and control the food environment. However, we need to examine the viability of providing healthy meals at the beginning of a program, followed by instruction and feedback as to how to choose, shop for and prepare these foods. Gradually, this approach may support people to prepare healthy meals independently.” Study co-author Francis Finucane says the study is consistent with their understanding that obesity and diabetes are complex neurobehavioral disorders. These disorders are strongly genetically determined and are susceptible to environmental factors. “If Type 2 diabetes is a flood, rather than encouraging affected individuals to swim harder, we should seek to lower the water level,” says Finucane, who is also an obesity physician at Galway University Hospitals. The study, published last week in Diabetes Care, was funded by the Irish Research Council. It involved scientists and engineers from NUI Galway including faculty from the Schools of Medicine and Engineering & Informatics, the Human Movement Laboratory and the CÚRAM Centre for Research in Medical Devices, along with behavioural scientists from the University of British Columbia Okanagan’s Faculty of Health and Social Development.


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This year, try making and sticking to a financial new year’s resolution

New Year’s resolutions are easy to declare but often much harder to actually keep. This year, for a resolution with real significance, why don’t you try committing to improving your personal finances? It might help you stay on target toward key goals, such as a comfortable retirement. Here are four ideas you might want to consider: 1) Understand your full financial picture – It’s important to know where you stand today in terms of your assets and debts, as well as your goals for the future – particularly as they relate to your retirement – so you can come up with an appropriate plan to help you get you where you want to go. 2) Take full advantage of your RRSP, TFSA and RESP – As part of your retirement and children’s education planning, don’t miss out on the chance to utilize these valuable savings vehicles the government has put in

place for you. As early as possible this year – and every year after that – make sure you contribute the maximum amounts you can. All three programs have the enticement of key tax advantages. With the Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP), you have an attractive structure for housing a portfolio of investments such as stocks, bonds, mutual funds and more. Your contributions can be deducted from your income, which will help reduce the amount of income tax you pay. In addition, any growth earned in your RRSP is not taxed as income until funds are withdrawn, meaning your RRSP investments grow taxdeferred so the total value may grow more quickly. You can also save and invest up to $5,500 per year in a Tax-Free Savings Account (TFSA). You can take the money out whenever you desire, no tax is paid on that withdrawal, and whatever growth occurs within the account does so tax-free. That means the TFSA can be a great supplement to your RRSP.

The Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) allows you to save and benefit from tax-deferred growth until the accumulated amount is used for financing your children’s education. Although you are not able to deduct your contributions from your income, the money you contribute can generate additional funds through the Canada Education Savings Grant (CESG), a program that adds government-sponsored contributions to your RESP. 3) Build an emergency fund – You should have some easily accessible cash kept aside specifically for emergencies. If something unforeseen happens, you want enough in your emergency fund to avoid relying on your credit cards for the necessities of life. And it’s just as important that you not tap into your retirement savings, or you could put your retirement plans in jeopardy. So you might find it’s a prudent goal in 2018 to get the equivalent of three to six months’ worth of living expenses into an emergency fund. 4) Cut your debts –

It sounds simple, but it’s difficult to achieve. Remember that every dollar that doesn’t go toward a debt payment can be applied toward your retirement savings. So this year, you might want to commit to borrowing only when necessary, shopping around for competitive rates, paying off credit card balances every month, consolidating your investing or banking in one place, and generally looking for ways to cut whatever costs you can while living within your means. Here’s one other commitment that might be the most valuable of all: If you don’t already have a financial advisor, make this year the year you get one. A qualified financial advisor can objectively evaluate your situation, suggest appropriate financial strategies for helping you achieve your long-term objectives, and maybe even help you stick to your financial New Year’s resolution. Member – Canadian Investor Protection Fund. Member – Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada.

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This time of year, we all focus on New Year Resolutions which often involve getting organized. While you are cleaning out that closet and gathering your tax receipts, consider getting a “legal checkup” as well. This has the guaranteed effect of getting ahead of potential serious consequences and therefore minimizing stress.   In the course of our legal practice, we often encounter situations that could have been dealt with much easier and much less expensively if they had been addressed prior to a conflict. A periodic review with your

friendly neighborhood lawyer encourages you to be proactive in your legal affairs. The main changes that should alert you to seek advice are marriages, divorces, births, deaths, acquisitions, partnerships, loans and sales.  Like your annual checkup with your doctor, your lawyer will canvas any change in circumstances over the past year and advise you on any additional requirements you may have overlooked due to a change in the law or that you did not identify as necessary. The lack of appropriate documentation can significantly impair your legal rights, create unwanted stress, anxiety and costs.    If you are unprepared, a short notice circumstance may

result in an adversarial situation that can take its toll on you and limit your lawyer’s ability to assist. Lawyers want to prevent or minimize adverse situations and help minimize the stress and potential

serious consequences. As well, having updated documents or appropriate insurance/ contracts/holdbacks/ collateral will avoid the associated hardship that can occur upon your family and/or business as a result. To accomplish this, we strongly urge you to meet with your lawyer for a brief review and

planning session on an annual basis. An annual legal check up will help you minimize the risk of future unexpected hardships that might arise from incomplete or outdated documents, as well as the added legal expenses required to address the impact of inadequate documents in the course of a dispute or unexpected event.  By taking these steps on a regular annual basis, you can have the peace of mind knowing that you have done the best you can to anticipate potential pitfalls and minimize the hardships that would be placed upon your family members or business partners in the event of an unexpected tragedy or misstep.  As they say - an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!

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Coping with anxiety and stress

The holiday and festive season can bring stress and anxiety to some individuals. As an example, being anxious in general when we have problems such as losing a job, problems with coworkers and so on is normal. However, anxiety disorders are more than an occasional worry and fear. Anxiety disorders can be so severe that they can immobilize a person. It can cause problems in daily activities and if not dealt with, it can get worse over time. There are several types of anxiety:

• Generalized Anxiety Disorder • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) • Panic Disorder • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) • Social Phobia (or Social Anxiety Disorder) Please do not diagnose yourself. Primary care providers and psychiatric doctors should be the ones to look into your symptoms and will determine accordingly. Usually anxiety disorders and their symptoms will last for more than six months and will significantly affect one’s daily activities and functions. There are some disorders and drugs that mimic the effects of anxiety and should be ruled out. Thyroid problems, menopause, substance abuse

(especially stimulants such as crystal meth or depressants such as marijuana which may cause paranoia) and side effects of drugs such as steroids may be similar to having an anxiety disorder. Researchers believe genetic and environmental factors are risk factors for individuals to develop anxiety disorders. Trauma, stress and family history are some of those risk factors. Stress is a normal physical response process known as fight-or-flight reaction. The autonomic nervous system will release a stress hormone including adrenaline and cortisol. When we are exposed to prolonged and excessive release of these hormones, it may cause disease states in our body. We can experience

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out food or buy groceries. Everything seems overpackaged once you get it home and have to try to recycle everything. I’m still adjusting to the new recycling routine dictated by the City of Kamloops. Making extra trips to deal with plastic film and glass hasn’t come easily. In spite of my overall lack of success in achieving goals like saving money or being more active, I still maintain that goal setting is important no matter what time of year it is. Nothing will ever change if one’s head is in the sand and we remain oblivious to our shortcomings or areas we can fine tune. Aspiring to change and improve oneself is not so much a lack of self-acceptance as it is a way of finding purpose. Similarly, we must continue to set social goals to save the planet or improve the human condition, again no matter how futile this may seem. The prospect of positive change indicates one still has hope in this thing we call life and it will be a terrible thing if we all stop trying to make things better, personally and collectively.


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Coming to grips with handrails We often wish for health and happiness for the New Year, and although I do like wishes, I have found them to be unreliable at times. While this home maintenance tip is not going to deliver health and happiness, it could prevent a trip to the hospital and much unhappiness. Stairs can be dangerous, and falls can be serious here. We should have proper handrails at stairways to make them safer. A handrail is required where there are 3 or more steps in a staircase. If the stairs are wider than 43 inches, a

handrail is required on both sides of the stairs. Keep in mind that these are the minimum requirements. If you do not have sufficient strength on one side of your body to use a handrail for assistance and safety on stairs, you might want handrails on both sides. Similarly, there is nothing wrong with having a handrail for only 1 or 2 steps. Handrails need to be at least 2 inches out from the wall or any other obstructions to give your hand clearance. You must be able to slide your hand from end to end on the handrail without having to let go and the handrail must run continuously from floor to floor. The handrail needs to be installed so it is between 34 and 38 inches above the nose of the tread and it must be

securely anchored and solidly supported. If your handrail is loose, get it fixed. The rail itself needs to have a cross-section that you can grip solidly. Round shapes that you can get your fingers and thumb the most of the way around will usually work best for most hands. Sometimes ornate railings fall short in this regard, but beauty and function are not always mutually exclusive. With the right design, you can have a beautiful and safe handrail. Handrails are a required safety feature in any home with stairs. Take a look at yours and make sure they are designed and installed correctly, and are securely anchored. I wish you a happy, healthy and safe New Year.

Protecting your hardwood from the effects of winter

You probably don’t need a reminder for how cold it is outside, but don’t forget to protect your flooring this winter season. If you have invested in hardwood for your home, taking steps to preserve your investment will help it keep performing for many new years to come. Walking around outside means that you may track unsuspecting dangers into your home, such as:

sidewalk gravel, salt, and melting snow. Hardwood floors are great for your home but they are not invincible to the outside elements and can get scratched if not properly cared for. To protect your hardwood floors this winter, follow these tips: Remove your shoes while walking in the home. Rocks and other debris can get stuck beneath your shoe, causing scratches and dents in the hardwood. For high traffic areas, consider an area rug or a quality mat. Mats are ideal in your front entryway or back door. Not only does this step

protect your flooring from debris, but it also captures any melting snow coming off of your jacket or shoes. Plus, an area rug can be a great decor accent for a space. Remember, water and wood do not mix. If there ever is a spill onto your hardwood, clean it up immediately. Your choice of cleaning products has a huge impact in your floor care. Be wary of using any product that leaves residue or acidic properties that eat away at your hardwood’s finish. Having the right tools around will save you when the time is

right. For sweeping, choose a broom with polypropylene or acrylic bristles to prevent scratches. For vacuuming, attach a brush or felt-type head for the best cleanup results. By following these steps and taking care of your hardwood, your floors will be stunning for years to come. If you aren’t sure which cleaning product is best for your flooring type, or have questions in general, give us a call or stop by. We are happy to assist you! Cheers to 2018 and making it the best year yet!

Workshops at Living Arts Studio Living Arts Studio has launched a series of “Re-skilling” and hand crafting workshops. They started last month with a few seasonal gifting crafting sessions. In the new year, they plan to do a variety of fun and informative Living Arts workshops from Airbrushing to Decoupage and Mycology to plant propagation. If any of these workshops interest you, or you have an idea or a skill that you would like to share or learn please contact the Living Arts Studio. They are looking for people wanting to share their talents, skills knowledge. Some ideas are felting, making natural dyes, life drawing, textile arts, collaging, and weavin  In the spring we will focus on urban agriculture, herbs, foraging, mycology, permaculture, preserving, planting, grafting and all things garden related. Space and materials are limited in most workshops so please get register early or call for more information. EveryOne’s Eden & The Living Arts Studio, edenquest@me.com Shelaigh at 250-852-0681.

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“Those who seek paradise on earth should come to Dubrovnik” ~ George Bernard Shaw As I passed through the gates into the walled city of Dubrovnik, Croatia, it felt as if I had stepped back through time into a medieval kingdom. My first course of action was to ascend the city’s main attraction — its aweinspiring ancient wall. Started in the 7th Century and completed in the 15th, it’s undeniably one of the greatest walls in the world. It’s a challenging 5.5 km trek around, but tremendously rewarding, with breath-taking views of the Adriatic, the vibrant terracotta roofs within the fortress and, of course, bragging rights! The wall is pentagonal in shape and boasts 40 towers, five fortresses and towers as high as 25 m. My walk on the wall was great fun and I was determined to go the distance. I was keeping a steady pace, meandering up and down and through corner towers, pausing now and then to photograph the stunning panorama, when the stream of walkers came to an abrupt standstill. Being vertically challenged, I jumped and strained to see what the hold-up was. A beefy security guard in dark sunglasses with arms crossed sternly was blocking our path. He bellowed “No cameras! No photography allowed!” Glancing down, I was star-struck to see a medieval scene being enacted in the street below. HBO was filming my favourite fantasy series Game of Thrones! I searched frantically, hoping to spot one of my favourite characters — perhaps even Tyrion Lannister. (I will confess I nonchalantly snuck a couple photos.) Despite the excitement of the movie shoot, the natives were getting restless and the throng of anxious wall walkers was backing up exponentially. The cruise ship folks were fretting about missing their sailing and meanwhile the humidity was becoming unbearable. Finally the scene wrapped up and our journey resumed. Mission accomplished, I now took a leisurely stroll through the

limestone, pedestrian-only streets of old town down the Stradun. This main thoroughfare is lined with shops and restaurants, but there are quainter, more affordable gems down the ultra-narrow side streets. There were lots of spots to indulge in a gelato or cappuccino, take a break and enjoy the ambiance. The most striking feature of Dubrovnik, known as ‘The City of Light and Stone,’ is the stunning architecture. In the main plaza alone, there’s the Baroque St. Blaise Church, the Renaissance Sponza Palace and the Gothic Rector’s Palace Museum, as well as captivating sculptures and fountains. Shopping is pricey in this unique city. I did, however, treat myself to one of the iconic ‘Dubrovnik Buttons’ — beautiful ornate silver balls crafted for generations by family jewelers and fashioned after the antique buttons from men’s uniforms — apparently a traditional keepsake given to their sweethearts when they went to sea. Dubrovnik originated as a seaport and developed into a centre of culture and commerce, building its wealth from trade and salt pans. Today, 40,000 people dwell within this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Restoration to repair damage from the elements and shelling from the 1990s Yugoslavian conflict is ongoing. More recent concerns are the rising sea level and the extreme overcrowding in the streets. Tourism to the region has exploded, with enormous cruise ships docking nearby, not to mention hordes of Game of Thrones fans. My experience exploring Dubrovnik was indeed a fantasy come true! So, dear Connector readers, whether your travels in the coming year take you around your community, your country, a medieval wall or the whole wide world, I wish you safe and joyful journeys for 2018!

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Toast the New Year with Clarinet Trios of Noble Vintage effervescent music at The Magic of Vienna

KSO features guest artist Mark Ferris, violin. The Kamloops Symphony invites you to join them in celebrating the New Year with a concert filled with effervescent music at The Magic of Vienna. There are two performances of this annual favourite;

Saturday, January 13 at 7:30 pm, and Sunday, January 14 at 2:00 pm, in Sagebrush Theatre. Joining the KSO is Guest Artist Mark Ferris, violin. He is the Concertmaster of the Vancouver Opera

Orchestra, and spent 17 years with the acclaimed CBC Radio Orchestra. Ferris has played on or been featured on dozens of successful recordings, including 2 Juno Award winning albums by the CBC Radio Orchestra and Phil Dwyer. He is also a founding member and composer for the Yaletown String Quartet. Audiences have come to expect The Magic of Vienna programme to be full of joyful, light-hearted, and effervescent music, and this year’s concert is no exception. Highlights of the programme include sparkling works by Brahms, Kodaly, Sarasate, and of course the Viennese Waltz King himself, Strauss. Tickets are $42, $10 Students (under 19), $15 TD Soundcheck members (age 19-34), and can be purchased from Kamloops Live! Box Office at 1-866-374-5483 or www.kamloopslive.ca.

Featuring a trio of KSO principal musicians: Sally Arai, clarinet; Martin Krátký, cello; Naomi Cloutier, piano. The Kamloops Symphony’s Chamber Music series continues with My Nightingale, featuring a trio of KSO principal musicians: Sally Arai, clarinet; Martin Krátký, cello; Naomi Cloutier, piano. Pairing two clarinet trios of noble vintage, this dynamic programme includes an early “hit” by Austrian composer Alexander Zemlinsky, his Trio in D minor, with a late, autumnal masterpiece of Johannes Brahms, his Trio in A minor. The concert also features the captivating but rarelyheard 7 Balkan Dances for piano

by Croatian Serb composer Marko Tajčević, and the spellbindingly evocative Cavatina at Midnight by contemporary British composer Cecilia McDowall. My Nightingale is taking place on Saturday, January 27 at 7:30 pm in the Thompson Rivers University Alumni Theatre. Tickets are $25, $10 Students (under 19), $15 TD Soundcheck Members (age 19-34), and can be purchased from Kamloops Live! Box Office at 1-866-374-5483 or kamloopslive.ca.

UPCOMING Events The Rocky Mountain Rangers in association with The Royal Canadian Legion invite you to the revival of the traditional New Year’s Levee & Open House New Year’s Day, Monday January 1, 2018, Royal Canadian Legion, 425 Lansdowne Street 1100 – 1500 HOURS “Moose Milk” Provided. Other refreshments available. Kamloops Fiddler’s Dance January 6. Enjoy cowboy two steps, waltzes, polkas, schottisches, foxtrots & more. Brock Activity Centre, 9A - 1800 Tranquille Rd. 7:30 - 10 p.m. Admission at the door. Members $6; Non-member $10. FMI 250376-2330. “Let’s Dance” sponsored by the Kamloops Social Club (formerly called ThompsonValley Activity and Social Club) TVASC: Information Line: 250-571-5111 Email: kamloopssocialclub2017@ gmail.com or kamloopssocialclub. com Brock Activity Centre, 9B 1800 Tranquille Rd. December 16, 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Music by: Reflections Tickets: $10 each. Contact for tickets: Francoise 778-220-8010 or Norma 250299-7221 or Zonia 250-372-0091

WCT - The Birds and the Bees By Mark Crawford Produced in association with Thousand Islands Playhouse, January 25 – February 3, Sagebrush Theatre. A sassy, sexy, modern comedy about beekeeping, turkey farming, and romance. Guaranteed to make you laugh out loud, and full of wonderful messages about family, relationships with grown children, and finding true love at any age. Mature Content. Recommended age: 14+. Tickets available from Kamloops Live! Box Office at kamloopslive.com or call 250-3745483. BC Winter Games take place Feb. 22-25, in Kamloops. KSO - Ashley MacIsaac One of the most celebrated Canadian roots musicians of all time, Ashley MacIsaac is bringing his hard-nosed, traditional CapeBreton style of fiddle playing to the Sagebrush Theatre stage for two nights: Friday, April 27 and Saturday, April 28, 2018. Hear his energetic Celtic pop music in combination with the full sound of the Kamloops Symphony. Tickets are $45, $10 students (under 19), $15 TD Soundcheck members (1934), and available from Kamloops Live! Box Office.


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January is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month Alzheimer’s disease is a brain disease where brain cells progressively degenerate. Alzheimer’s disease typically follows certain stages which will bring about changes in the person’s and family’s lives. Because the disease affects each individual differently, the symptoms, the order in which they appear, and the duration of each stage vary from person to person. In most cases, the disease progresses slowly, and the symptoms of each stage may overlap, often making the move from one stage to another quite subtle. There is currently no cure for Alzheimer’s disease nor can its progression be reversed. Present treatment options and lifestyle choices, however, can often significantly slow the progression of the disease.

Early stage The term “early stage” refers to individuals of any age who have mild impairment due to symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. Common symptoms include forgetfulness, communication difficulties, and changes in mood and behaviour. People in this stage retain many of their functional capabilities and require minimal assistance. They may have insight into their changing abilities, and, therefore, can inform others of their experience of living with the disease and help to plan and direct their future care. Middle stage This stage brings a greater decline in the person’s cognitive and functional abilities. Memory and other

cognitive abilities will continue to deteriorate although people at this stage may still have some awareness of their condition. Assistance with many daily tasks, such as shopping, homemaking, dressing, bathing and toileting will eventually become necessary. With increasing need to provide care, everyone involved will need help and support. Late stage The late stage of Alzheimer’s disease may also be called “severe” or “advanced” stage. In this stage, the person eventually becomes unable to communicate verbally or look after themselves. Care is required 24 hours a day. The goal of care at this stage is to continue to support the person to ensure the highest quality of life possible.

End of life People in the final months of dementia will experience increased mental and physical deterioration and eventually need care for 24 hours per day. The progressive nature of dementia means symptoms will ultimately worsen over time. How quickly this occurs varies from person to person. When the person nears death, comfort measures become the focus. As in the care of any person living with a terminal illness, physical as well as emotional and spiritual needs must be carefully considered and attended to, focusing on quality of life and comfort. Information supplied by the Alzheimers Society Canada: alzheimer.ca

Support and education workshops Heads Up: Introduction to Brain Health: January 10, 1 – 3:30 p.m. Healthy aging is important for everyone, and it is essential not to forget the health of your brain as well. This workshop encourages participants to actively engage in protecting and maintaining their brain. Learn strategies and set goals for improving the health of your mind, body and spirit. Anyone is welcome to attend. Family Caregiver Series: Tuesdays, January 16, 23, 30, February 6, 13, 6 - 8 p.m. A five-session series for family members who are caring for a person with dementia.  Learn about dementia, practical coping strategies and early planning. The Family Caregiver Series covers the following topics: • Understanding Dementia • Understanding Communication • Understand Behaviour • Planning for the Future • Self-Care for Caregivers Getting to Know Dementia – An introductory session for the person with dementia, care

partners and family members: Monday, January 22, 6 - 8 p.m.  This introductory session reviews basic information about Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias and the impact of receiving a diagnosis. Participants will learn about the Different types of support available throughout the dementia journey, including an introduction to programs and services offered by the Alzheimer Society of B.C. This session is only intended for people experiencing early symptoms of dementia, as well as family members or friends who have recently begun supporting a person with dementia. Dementia Dialogues:  Topic:  Transitions Along the Journey:  Thursday, January 25, 1-4 p.m.. Dementia Dialogues are interactive learning opportunities for family caregivers to connect with one another and increase their knowledge about dementia and caregiving skills. Each session is an opportunity to learn about a different caregiving topic followed by a guided discussion.  These informal sessions are facilitated to allow caregivers to share their experiences and to take home practical information.

Transitions along the Dementia journey: How can we survive the changes of Dementia? Understand the process of change, Learn about resources, Hear experiences from other caregivers.All workshops take place at the Alzheimer of B.C. Resource Centre, 405- 235 1st Ave. Call to register: 250-377-8200. Email: info.kamloops@ alzheimerbc.org. Cost: by donation. Please pre-register as space is limited. Programs with insufficient registrants will be cancelled. Minds in Motion® is a gentle fitness program designed for people diagnosed with Dementia, including Alzheimer’s Disease and is considered in the Early Stage of the disease. Along with a friend, family member or caregiver, participants will enjoy light exercise conducted by a certified fitness instructor, followed by activities or games and social time in a relaxed atmosphere. Light refreshments will be provided.                                                       Six Wednesdays, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Starting January 24, Tournament Capital Centre, 910 McGill Rd., Kamloops, B.C. V2C 6N6. Registerby calling: TCC 250-8283655 to register. Cost:

$30 for participant, care partner, family member or friend is free. For more information, call the Alzheimer Resource Centre 250-377-8200.

Alzheimer Caregiver and Early Stage Support Groups meet the second Thursday of the month, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and the fourth Thursday of the month, 7 to 9 p.m. at the Alzheimer Society Resource Centre, 405, 235 – 1st Ave. For more information contact Tara, support and education coordinator Alzheimer Society of B.C. at 250-377-8200.

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HOBBIES Hobbies are as varied as the people enjoying them. There is a common denominator, though, holding us together in one massive movement. That movement is creativity. Anyone giving lip service to the notion they are not creative needs to look to the heart and mind where feelings and thoughts grow. Subconsciously, we bring our heart’s desire alongside our clever mind’s ability to express our individualism, and this results in creative urges. Included in our thinking and feeling is the gift of passion. We need only unwrap this gift, discovered through life experiences, to put us on a satisfying journey. So, why don’t we? To answer the question of why we need to find our passions, we look to where the onset of creativity has taken place. Children love to play; it is in their play that they find joy and enthusiasm. A child running a toy into a pile of blocks gets excited and, during play, an innate intent—call it passion— allows creative juices to flow as the youngster restacks the blocks. It is fun! Over time, forthcoming ideas and new challenges along with appropriate reinforcement and affirmation allow a pair of busy little hands to do what comes naturally. It’s easy to say you’re not that young any more or you’re not the type, but there can be no truth to the statement if, in your own corner of the world you use your imagination and sensory gifts to work in your own fashion with illustrations, directions and patterns or from instinct… and have fun at it. Who says we don’t have talent? Who says we don’t need hobbies? Who denies they are a worthwhile path to self-discovery? Unfortunately, many of us are guilty of not taking our innate inklings seriously enough to uncover treasure troves of sweet emotions and positive thinking which result from what some call insignificant makework projects/time wasters. A fine and sometimes unexpected benefit of having a thoroughly enjoyable hobby is the explosion of deep-felt acceptance of one’s self and of one’s achievements whether or not they are quirky and impractical. Self-satisfaction and achievement magically enhance life. Observation is, in its own way, rich and pleasurable. The quiet unobtrusive pastime of people-watching takes no effort aside from finding places where people work and play and mingle. The act of observing leads to noticing others’ passion-outlets and styles. The element of enjoyment moves us quite naturally, if not surprisingly,

by Rita Joan Dozlaw into contagious inspiration. Our creative potential, found in using all our senses—seeing, touching, tasting, smelling and listening, is stimulated, and the right side of the brain knows what to do with incoming messages. We are all uniquely endowed with abilities we may have suspected we had but never knew for sure. A bonus, in the process of taking on an intense hobby, is relaxing so completely that we lose awareness of time. Another awesome reveal is the rich and challenging learning curves in the activity which serve to deepen our selfconfidence. Embarking on a creative journey exposes basic ground roots such as an urge to discover. Subtle interest, in time, can become keen interest translating to passion. From a heart-string perspective, even the most insignificant hobby may expose something about a person. Personality traits, sensitivities, intuitive strengths and courage may become recognizable to both the hobbyist and the observer. At the other extreme, the more profound, radical and/or astronomical the hobby, the less we may understand about the hobbyist. Hence, the more we seek to know so as to appreciate one another and to excitably clutch something different. A person passionately involved in what he loves to do will tell others there is nothing quite like it and, in sharing, many wonderful opportunities present themselves as worthwhile. This is especially true when engaging with someone who enjoys the same hobby. Teaching and learning through lively exchanges of ideas founded on common ground is a great deal of fun. Who could deny that hobbies bring rewards? How, with pleasure, we use our precious twenty-four hours each day makes a strong statement. Are we happy with life and the folks around us or are we marching on the spot and bored silly? Watching natural creativity mushroom now and again into this hobby or that is undeniably therapeutic and healthy. In spite of life’s ways of interfering with well-intentioned folks, in terms of time, a talent and even a hobby gone dormant can come back to life. Applaud whatever it is that you love to be occupied with, most especially if it had not previously been in your sphere of interest. The wonder of it all stirs the passion, so continue and name those labours of love. Call them what they are—virtues—and reap the blessings of your most passionate auxiliary activities -- commonly known as hobbies!

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New Year’s Day. A fresh start. A new chapter in life waiting to be written. New questions to be asked, embraced, and loved. Answers to be discovered and then lived in this transformative year of delight and self-discovery. Today carve out a quiet interlude for yourself in which to dream, pen in hand. Only dreams give birth to change. ~ Sarah Ban Breathnach

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set-up ladies who made every event look astounding with their beautiful table decorations. First impressions are always so important. The Ladies Auxiliary deserve a standing ovation as they supplied all the turkeys and dessert for our Christmas Dinner. It takes everyone including the participants to make the Seniors’ Community Centre a great place to work and play.

Seniors’ Community Centre (SCC) at Desert Gardens JANUARY 2018 Calendar of Events SUNDAY

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Our programs will all be back into full swing and we invite you to come on down to our Centre during these cold winter days and enjoy a game of cards, yoga class, table tennis or any of our other programs. Breakfast is always available after 8:30 a.m. and lunch is served daily after 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dinners are Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 5 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Remember, the coffee and tea pots are always on Monday to Friday. Check out our calendar as we are sure you will find something that piques your interest. Come on down and enjoy a visit and make some new friends. The Ladies Auxiliary Gift Shop is open daily and always has new display of items each week.  Come have a browse, you never know what you might find. The Ladies also serve a sweet and cup of tea or coffee every Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. for two toonies. Delicious! Until next month, stay warm and pop down anytime for some fun and friendship.

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EVERY WEDNESDAY 3 Coffee Club 10 am Chair Yoga 11 am Scrabble 1 pm Mahjong 1 pm Two Toonie Tea 2:30 pm

EVERY THURSDAY Toastmasters 7 am 4 Chair Fitness 9:30 Coffee Club 10 am Mother Goose 10 am (Starting January 11) Gamblers Anon 11 am Grape Vine 12 pm Table Tennis 12:30 pm SCC Dinner Party 511 pm Toastmasters 7 pm Gamblers Anonymous 7 pm Square Dancing 7 pm

EVERY FRIDAY 5 Weightwatchers 9 am Coffee Club 10 am TGIF 10 am Chair Yoga 11 am Mahjong 1 pm Cribbage 1pm

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News from the North Shore Community Centre Happy New Year! We hope you enjoyed the holidays and sharing the festivities with those you love. The North Shore Community Centre will be in full swing right away! We are excited to be able to offer many of the same activities as 2017. There are some changes this year, so be sure to check out the calendar or give us a call at 250.376.4777. I would like to highlight the winter session of the Kamloops Adult Learners Society classes that begin this month. They are offering a variety of classes from Meditation, History on Tranquille, Behind the Scenes at the Theatre to Madagascar-land of the Lemurs. Please go to www.kals.ca for more information and registration. There are also handouts available at the front desk at the North Shore Community Centre. There are no exams, no deadlines and no

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pressure. Come out and experience an environment of sharing new ideas and making new friends. There will be several types of fitness classes resuming in January to choose from. These include Zumba, Zumba Gold, Nia, Yoga, Tai Chi and Fitness Fun for Seniors. Dance with Me and Pattern Dance will also be starting up. If you like playing cards, then come on out and join the Cribbage group on Thursday afternoons. There are different groups that meet to play Bridge as well. Carpet Bowling happens on Mondays,

Wednesdays and Friday afternoons in the Dogwood Room. Please call us at 250.376.4777 or stop by and pick up an activity brochure for more information. We would like to give thanks to all of our many volunteers for all of their hard work in making the North Shore Community such a success. Volunteering is a very rewarding experience and a chance to get more involved in your community. We always need people to help with setting up dinners, working in the Maple Room, or assisting with coffee and tea service. If you are interested in volunteering, we would love to hear from you! Please give a call at 250-376-4777. Memberships in the North Shore Community Centre Society are on sale now at the office. We would like to wish everyone all the best for 2018.

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Carpet Bowling 12:45 pm Weightwatchers 5 pm Zumba Gold 6:15 pm

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Bridge 9 am 18 Diabetic Clinic 9 am Chair Yoga 11:30 am Cribbage 1 pm Tina’s Ukulele 6:30 pm Dance With Me 7 pm Bridge 7 pm

Tai Chi 9 am 22 Easy Yoga 9 am Chair Yoga 10:30 am Carpet Bowling 12:45 pm Gentle Nia 6 pm Zumba 6:15 pm

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Happy New Year The holidays are over and it is time to get organized for the New Year. This year it turns out that the first client of the year will be my mother. My mother is presently getting ready to go on the list to get her hips replaced. When we got to her home to go through Christmas items this year the first thing she said is it is time to move closer to town. While she waits for the surgery she will be able to get around easier as she lives a ways out of town. We all thought this was a great idea. Like I said last month anything not used for the holidays this year should be donated and so we started there as she did have a lot of old decor.

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My mother will not be moving for awhile yet but this was a great opportunity to start her downsizing. She would like to do the downsize mostly on her own so we would have to set her up to be able to do this without failing. As she has very limited mobility and gets tired very quickly it was decided that yes she could do a lot of the work, but in tiny bite size bits. We will be setting up an area for her to sort a few boxes at a time. In this area is a table so she will not have to bend over. On the table are the boxes to be sorted and there is also three other empty boxes for the items to be sorted into. The boxes are labeled – keep – sell – charity and then two bag holder set up for all recycle and garbage. Once she is working she will not have to move

at all to go through the boxes. This can be an issue when most people try to organize as they tend to run around the house putting

items where they belong and rarely return to the original task of sorting. Once the few boxes she has to go through have been sorted I will return to pack, keep and sell and set to the side while the charity and recycling will go straight into my truck. Then two more new boxes will go onto the table for her to sort. My mother does have

a fair bit of storage and because of that the sorting area will be in a different location. This way she will not be overwhelmed looking at the task ahead of her. Instead she only gets to see the two or three boxes I have left for her to go through. This way she will feel the sense of accomplishment each time she calls me to reload the table, which she figures I will wear out my tires going back and forth, but I’m happy to do it. I know that I will have to discuss with her as I pack the keep boxes each time; will this fit in the new home, will it be kept in storage or is it better to sell or give to someone to use it? If this step is skipped we may just be repacking boxes for storage so this will be the time for the hard decisions which will get easier each time. In small steps we can move mountains so let’s take that first step.

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A group of Kamloopsians has formed a grassroots organization to support proportional representation. Fair Vote Kamloops is preparing to engage local voters in advance of next year’s referendum on proportional representation (PR). In response to the government consultation process for the referendum announced recently, Fair Vote Kamloops is encouraging everyone to fill out the online survey using the guide prepared by Fair Vote Canada. The guide provides more context on questions which might appear confusing at first. Links to the survey and the guide are available at fairvote.ca. Fair Vote Kamloops is planning to ramp up its public activities in the new year and is looking for more volunteers. “We are just a bunch of ordinary people who all agree that First Past The Post is long past its Best Before date. Research from all over the world shows that proportional representation provides superior results: better

quality legislation, higher voter turnout, and higher voter satisfaction levels. Our country is one of only three developed countries in the world still using First Past The Post—the other two are the UK and the US, both of which are struggling democratically right now,” says Gisela Ruckert, who is coordinating the group. “We believe it’s time to evolve our democracy. Those arguing for the status quo have far deeper pockets than we do, so we are relying on people power.” Contrary to myths circulated by opponents, Ruckert maintains that rural representation will actually be improved under proportional representation. Since the major parties have significant voter support in all areas of the province, all regions of the province would elect MLAs to both government and opposition. “The interior wouldn’t be shut out of government completely, the way we are now, with all of our MLAs stuck on the wrong side of the

Legislature in a system where the opposition holds zero power”. Despite the fact that only about half of interior voters supported the Liberals, that party won all the seats in this part of the province. Under PR, this region would have MLAs in Victoria from both the Liberals and the NDP, and quite likely the Greens as well. Regional sweeps by one party would be a thing of the past. “We think opponents to PR are dead wrong on this issue. Rural representation would improve dramatically,” commented Ruckert. “When you compare how the systems work for voters, rather than parties, there’s no comparison—PR wins hand down.” Those who wish to learn more about proportional representation and the long list of benefits it offers to voters are encouraged to check out fairvote.ca and the Fair Vote Kamloops Facebook page. Messages can be sent via Facebook or to kamloops@fairvote.ca.


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Cultural Issues and the 55+BC Games Submitted by Russ Reid, Director of Zone 8 on the BCSGS Board

Revelstoke Seniors

Phone: 250-837-9456 www.revelstokeseniors.ca

JANUARY 2018 Calendar of Events SUNDAY

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5 Carpet Bowling4 9 am Coffee Drop In Senior Exercise 10 am 9:30 am Crib 1 pm

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10 Billiards 9 am Carpet Bowling Senior Exercise 9 am 10 am

11 12 Carpet Bowling 9 am Coffee Drop In Senior Exercise 10 am 9:30 am Crib 1 pm

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14 Genealogy Workshop 1 - 4 pm

15 16 17 Bingo 1 pm Carpet Bowling Billiards 9 am Bridge 7 pm Senior Exercise 9 am Darts 7 pm 10 am

18 19 Carpet Bowling 9 am Senior Exercise Coffee Drop In 10 am 9:30 am Crib 1 pm

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21 Genealogy Workshop 1 - 4 pm

22 23 Bingo 1 pm Carpet Bowling Bridge 7 pm 9 am Darts 7 pm

25 26 Carpet Bowling 9 am Senior Exercise Coffee Drop In 10 am 9:30 am Crib 1 pm

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28 Genealogy Workshop 1 - 4 pm

29 30 Bingo 1 pm Carpet Bowling Bridge 7 pm 9 am Darts 7 pm

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Lounge Open 2 pm - 7 pm

Lounge Open 2 pm - 7 pm

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Brock Activity Centre MONDAY

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Lounge Open 2 pm - 7 pm

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Lounge Open18 2 pm - 11 pm Executive Mtg 4:30 pm Crib 7 pm Darts 7:30 pm Lounge Open25 2 pm - 11 pm Crib 7 pm Darts 7:30 pm

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OFFICE HOURS: 1 PM - 4 PM • MON-FRI P: 250-374-1742 F: 250-374-1708 Secretary@kamloopslegion.com

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Lunch 11:30 am -1 pm Cribbage 1 pm Chair Fitness 1:30 pm

11 Stitchers Club 9 am Bridge 1 pm Whist 1 pm

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Chair Fitness 10 am Potluck Lunch 12 pm Canasta 1 pm

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had to drop it for lack of entrants. South Asians revere cricket and there must be a huge number who secretly would like to play. Table tennis is well attended by East Asians but only when closer to home. The Board of the BC Seniors Games Society is well aware of the need to diversify but the difficulty in doing it. The Board has approved in concept the creation of a position, so far called “Inclusion Co-ordinator.”The Board will continue to promote a policy of inviting all 55+ residents of B.C. to participate in the Games. This new person would focus on trying to understand and resolve the barriers of race, gender, religion, finances, etc. so that First nations, new Canadians, and persons of all genders feel comfortable and welcome competing in the Games, not excluded. Please understand that this is editorial on the part of a committed person and does not purport to represent the Board’s official position.

The Kamloops Triathlon Club is offering the following upcoming Clinics January 10 and 14. All ages, fees: 1 session $25. Swim, Bike, Run. Join the Kamloops Triathlon Club for a fun indoor triathlon training event. Let us show you the course and give you tips to be at your best for your race! In partnership with Runners Sole in preparation for the indoor triathlon on Sunday, January 28, Spots available: 12 https://ezregprodsvr.kamloops.ca/ ezreg/Start/Start.asp. Registration

Codes: January 10th, #279932 January 14th, #281584 Runners Sole 4x Mixed Relay January 28, 2018, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Kamloops’ Tournament Capital Centre. Have questions about the event? Contact us at kamloopstriathlonclub@ gmail.com. Registration for the 2018 event held at TCC on Sunday, January 28, 2018 from 12-4pm will open soon! Get your team & costumes ready! Visit trytri.org to find out more about this event.

ONLINE-MEDICAL CLINIC

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expenses, politically centrist, mostly heterosexual but less often monogamous, and skilled at games you’ve grown up with. The second flash may come when you are driving home to the city and bear witness to the diversity around you, albeit distributed in a series of homogeneous but very different islands. B.C., particularly the Lower Mainland, is a microcosm of the world — we live and work together, sort of, and play together, a bit. Why do differences plague us so much and seem so hard to resolve? Foreign movie productions tell us that we are more alike than different when it comes to family, friends, wants, desires. Living or travelling in other countries is less helpfulyou experience being a minority but a privileged one, so unlike many a black African’s reality in moving here. The cultural issues are so fundamental. Twice the 55+ Games has introduced cricket and

Triathlon Clinics/Events

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Chair Fitness 10 am Euchre 1:30 pm Pound Fitness 7 pm

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Office Hours: 1 pm to - 4 pm Monday - Friday

The Vernon 55+ BC Games this past September marked the 30th Anniversary of the first Games which were also in Vernon. Although there are always some hitches, the Games are remarkable for having run so well with every person in every position a volunteer, except for our two invaluable professional managers. Just imagine what it would be like to invite 3,600 people to your house, offer each one their choice of 25 different games all day long, entertain them each evening for four days, provide parking and security, etc. and demand of yourself that it be a success. Go to a Games- all around you there are people laughing and talking, meeting and greeting, healthy and happy. You feel comfortable and want to join your teammates coming up the walk. Then, just maybe, you get a flash that you fit right in because you’re white, able to afford the

6 Old Time Fiddler’s Dance 6:30 - 10:30 pm

13 Social Club Dance 7:30 - 11:30 pm

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Chase Seniors Centre

Chase Creekside Seniors

542 Shuswap Avenue • 250-679-8522

JANUARY 2018 Calendar of Events SUNDAY

Open 8:30 to 11:30 am, 1:00 to 4:30 pm

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1 Guys & Gals Exercise 8:30 am Pool/Snooker 1 pm Canasta 1 pm

Bells & Bows 10 am Bingo 1 pm

8 Guys & Gals Exercise 8:30 am Pool/Snooker 1 pm Canasta 1 pm

Bells & Bows 10 am Bingo 1 pm

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15 Guys & Gals Exercise 8:30 am Pool/Snooker 1 pm Canasta 1 pm

16 Guys & Gals17 18 Wood Carving Bells & Bows Exercise 9 am 9 am 10 am Pool/Snooker 1 pm Drop In Carpet Bingo 1 pm Canasta 1 pm Bowling 10 am Jam Session 7 pm

19 Exercise 9 am Crib 1 pm Dinner 5 pm Doors open 4:15 pm

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Glee Club 9:30 am AA 8 pm

Glee Club 9:30 am AA 8 pm

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10 Carving 9:30 am Cards 1 pm Pool 1 pm

11 Quilting 9:30 am Pool 1 pm

12 13 Tight Core Exercise Scottish Dance 10 am 9:30 am Ladies Pool 1 pm

16 Wheels to Meals noon Pool 1 pm Crib 1:30 pm

17 Carving 9:30 am Cards 1 pm Pool 1 pm

18 Quilting 9:30 am Pool 1 pm

19 20 Tight Core Exercise Scottish Dance 10 am 9:30 am Ladies Pool 1 pm

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24 Carving 9:30 am Cards 1 pm Pool 1 pm

25 Quilting 9:30 am Pool 1 pm

26 27 Tight Core Exercise Scottish Dance 10 am 9:30 am Ladies Pool 1 pm

30 Wheels to Meals noon Pool 1 pm Crib 1:30 pm

31 Carving 9:30 am Cards 1 pm Pool 1 pm

Quilting 9:30 am Pool 1 pm

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Arts Group 10 am Bring lunch!

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29 Table Tennis 1-3 pm

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Carving 9:30 am Cards 1 pm Pool 1 pm

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Lakeview Community Centre Society SUNDAY

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Phone: 250-675-5358

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Glee Club 9:30 am AA 8 pm

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Exercise 9 am Crib 1 pm

President: Ralph Lutes 250-675-5485 Hall Bookings: H. Skulmoski 250-675-2126

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Passchendaele Road, Sorrento, B.C.

Sorrento Drop-In Society SUNDAY

FRIDAY

9 Arts Group 10 am Bring lunch!

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23 Arts Group 10 am Bring lunch!

30 Arts Group 10 am Bring lunch!

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Squilax/Anglemont

Table Tennis 10 am

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Book Review By Marilyn Brown

Station Eleven Shuswap Lake Senior Citizens Society

31 Hudson Ave. NE, Box 1552 Salmon Arm, V1E 4P6 250-832-3015

JANUARY 2018 Calendar of Events SUNDAY

MONDAY

DROP-IN POOL

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Mt. Ida Painters 9 am - 2 pm

Monday through Friday 10 am - 2 pm

7 Spiritualist Church 10:30 am - 1 pm

Spiritualist Church 10:30 am - 1 pm

Mt. Ida Painters 9 am - 2 pm

Spiritualist Church 10:30 am - 1 pm

Mt. Ida Painters 9 am - 2 pm

Spiritualist Church 10:30 am - 1 pm

Painting Group 8:30 am - 2 pm

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Carving 4 9 am - 12 noon

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Lunch w/Friends

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Duplicate Bridge 1 pm

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Foot Care (by appt. only)

9 Table Tennis 8:30 am 8 Board Mtg 9:30 am Weightwatchers 8:30 am Keep Fit 10:45 am Scrabble 9:30 am Crib 1:30 pm Darts 1 pm Line Dancing 1:30 pm Line Dancing 1:30 pm Ukulele 6:30 pm Weightwatchers 5:30 pm Camera Club 7 pm

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KITCHEN RE-OPENS Table Tennis 8:30 am Canasta 10 am Ukulele 1:30 pm

Table Tennis 8:30 am 15 16 Weightwatchers 8:30 am Keep Fit 10:45 am Crib 1:30 pm Scrabble 9:30 am Line Dancing 1:30 pm Darts 1 pm Ukulele 6:30 pm Line Dancing 1:30 pm Camera Club 7 pm Weightwatchers 5:30 pm

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Mount Ida Painters ..........................Olena Bramble 250-803-9688 Tuesday Painting ...............................Ross Chester 250-832-3579 Bingo Manager ................................... Wendy Bond 250-253-3506 Hall Rentals ........................................ David Didow 250-833-0902

Potluck Dinner 5 pm

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Bingo

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Seniors’ Resource Centre - Salmon Arm SUNDAY

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Game Day 1 - 4 pm

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By Emily St. John Mandel A novel Harper Perennial 2017, 333 pages Available in book stores and through the TNRD library system

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11 Keep Fit 10:45 am Social Bridge 1:30 pm Table Tennis 2pm Crib 7 pm

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Sing-A-Long 9:45 am Canasta 10 am Whist 10 am Bridge 1 pm Line Dancing 1 pm

ON

with phosphorescent strands of sub-plots weaving in and out of a brutal story. One such sub-plot is that of Station Eleven, an imaginative world drawn by an artist, a world of undersea beings on a planet-like space station far, far away. The inhabitants themselves long to return to a life with sunshine and fresh air. Kirsten, an actor in the Travelling Symphony who was only eight years old at the outbreak of the Georgia flu collapse, protects the last manuscripts of Station Eleven. The black knives tattooed on her arms suggest she is no passivist. Kirsten and her friends relate to the motto “Survival is insufficient”, the motto from Star Trek: Voyager. Station Eleven is an exciting, wellcrafted, and thoughtful science fiction adventure, well suited to the introspection and futuregazing of a New Year. Emily St. John Mandel won the Arthur C. Clark science-fiction award for Station Eleven. She is the author of three other novels, including Last Night in Montreal. She lives in New York.

Wheels

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brother live for a time on their stockpile of water and food, but these are bound to run out. The plan is to escape their high rise apartment to follow the lakeshore. The snowstorm moving in may help them by erasing their footsteps, preventing human predators from following. Twenty years after the collapse of civilization, a troupe calling themselves the Travelling Symphony moves between isolated pockets of humanity, their caravan consisting of skeletal trucks drawn by horses. There is no electricity, no internet, no fire departments, no reliable transportation systems, and no dentistry. However, the Travelling Symphony has a beating heart: its people care for each other, and the arts. Literature, theatre, music and art are nurtured. All of this is at risk when a delusional young prophet blesses the troupe, his tone suggesting “… a trap door under every word.” The prophet and his followers track the Travelling Symphony with murder in mind. Combat is inevitable. In this version of post-apocalyptic life the standard sullen nihilistic landscape is brushed

Wills

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Immediately before the Georgia Flu annihilates most of the world The Elgin Theatre in Toronto stages Shakespeare’s King Lear. The mature lead actor, famous and yet lonely, is distracted by the three ghost-like mute children who play the roles of Lear’s young daughters. He suffers a heart attack. Of all the people on stage this night, he is likely the only one to die of natural causes. A few people connected to the dying actor, including one of a number of exwives, one of the children on stage, and Jeevan Chaudhary, a paramedicin-training who tries to help the dying actor, face a future rampant with menace, and paradoxically, a future with beauty and grace. From the emergency room of a Toronto hospital a doctor phones his friend, Jeevan, to warn him of the lightning-fast virus killing incoming patients, death in a matter of hours. Jeevan’s understanding of emergency preparedness is limited to what he has learned from movies. Fortunately, he has seen many. In what is in fact a synopsis of the book, Jeevan and his wheelchair-bound

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Recipes of the Month

Reprinted with permission and in loving memory from Eleanore Moore’s cookbook “Family Favourites, Past & Present”

Simple meals for new year

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Ashcroft-Cache Creek Senior Society

Ashcroft, B.C. 250-453-9828

JANUARY 2018 Calendar of Events SUNDAY

MONDAY

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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For those cold January nights

Beef Stew

1-1 1/2 lbs of cubed stewing beef ¼ c flour salt and pepper to taste ¼ c vegetable oil 1 medium onion quartered 2-3 carrots, peeled and sliced 1 small turnip, peeled and diced 3 potatoes, peeled and diced 4 c water, or enough to cover the vegetables 2 stalks celery diced 2 bay leaves 1/4 tsp garlic powder In a plastic bag combine flour, salt and pepper. Drop cubed beef into bag and shake to dredge cubes. In a large heavy saucepan, heat the oil. Add beef cubes to brown. When meat is well browned, place in a large pot or Crock Pot. Rinse the frying pan with one cup of the water and add to meat in pot. Add the rest of the water. Cook on simmer until the meat is partially tender (1 1/2 - 2 hours) Add potatoes, celery, turnip, carrots, quartered onion, garlic powder and bay leaves. Continue to simmer until all vegetables are tender, about 1 hour. Remove bay leaves. If you want the stew thicker, mix a little flour and cold water together, and add to the stew. Simmer until stew thickens to desire consistency. Serve with dumplings or hot biscuits. Yield: Approximately 6 servings

Corn & Salmon Loaf 1 tin salmon (drained) 1 can cream corn 1 chopped small onion 1 egg salt and pepper to taste

Mix all Ingredients together. Put in baking dish, well greased. Cover with bread crumbs and bits of butter. Bake in 325°F oven for 20 minutes or until top is golden brown.

Cut chicken into thin bite-size strips. Run warm water over frozen vegetables until partially thawed. Drain well. In a small bowl, stir together cold water, soy sauce, cornstarch and ginger. Set aside. Preheat a wok or large skillet over high heat. Add 1 tablespoon oil. Add vegetables to the wok or skillet. Stir-fry 2 minutes. Transfer vegetables to a bowl. Add remaining oil to the hot wok. Add half of the chicken and stir-fry 2 minutes. Remove chicken. Stir-fry remaining chicken 2 to 3 minutes. Return all chicken to the wok. Push chicken from the center, stir cornstarch mixture, then add to the center of the wok. Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly. Stir in vegetables. Cover and cook 1 minute more or until all vegetables are done. Serve with chow mein noodles or rice. Yield: Serves 4

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Angels among us

Sunlight danced across the grass. The earthy aroma of freshly cut grass hung heavy, grounding me in the space. I was heading back to my car after officiating the inurnment of someone’s beloved. Behind me was a circle of people laughing and crying as they remembered. As I walked past the bench, something caught my eye. I stopped and looked, but couldn’t figure out what the white object was hiding between the grey, weathered slats of the bench. I moved closer for a better look, but it remained a mystery. After a bit of prying and poking, I finally freed a small white angel strumming a lute. Escaped from some memorial arrangement, this little angel had

waited patiently to be found. I might have missed it if I hadn’t been curious enough to stop for a look. I wonder how many times we miss a glimpse of the Holy because we are moving too quickly, we are looking at our cell phone screen, or we just don’t both to stop and take a closer look.

Two years ago I took a long walk across Spain. As I followed the pilgrimage route known as the Camino de Santiago, time slowed down. I found myself observing the world more carefully as I walked, noting the sunrise, the waking

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chatter of the birds, the long off call of the cuckoo, the meandering streams, the faces of those who took my orders in small cafes. My mind stilled as I walked, and I was able to focus all of my attention on what was right in front of me – the path, the water fountain, my fellow pilgrims.

As I relate the stories of that grand adventure, I often refer to those fellow pilgrims as my angels: Gerda and Alfons, a German couple who shared their water and snacks with me on a hot, long day when my own water pack was empty; Boris, the petite

Siamese cat who crawled under my blanket and snuggled right up to the knot in my back after a long day; and Iris. On my first morning on the Camino, Iris invited me to walk with her. She was my companion, translator, and Spanish instructor for my first two weeks in Spain. That small plastic angel now resides on my home altar, nestled between a heart shaped stone given me by a friend and the candle I light before my morning meditations. It reminds me to slow down and pay attention, to be alert for signs of the Holy around me – sometimes found in the natural world and sometimes found in the very people whose paths will cross mine during the day. The new year seems a perfect time to slow down and to refocus our eyes and our hearts on what really matters. Each of us has an angel waiting patiently to be found. May this new year offer you the opportunity to stop for a closer look!

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What do you say to a grieving Murray? Do you cross the street to avoid him? If you’re like most people, you avoid thinking about death, talking about death. You may even avoid social contact with people who are dealing with a death in their family. It’s uncomfortable, you don’t know what to say, and you don’t want to say something insensitive, hurtful or just plain dumb. So, when you see Murray walking toward you, you might pretend he’s not there. Maybe

you duck into the nearest store, or cross the street, just to avoid the painful discomfort of trying to comfort Murray. I can see why you’d avoid Murray. Over the years, a lot of bereaved people have told me how hurt they felt by insensitive comments they received from well meaning friends and family following the death of their loved one. Comments like “I know how you feel”, or “It will pass with time”, or “He’s in a better place” or… wait for it… “Can I buy your house?” Yikes, with comments like these it wouldn’t surprise me if Murray ducked into the

nearest store too, rather than face ‘comforting’ expressions like these. We are so ill prepared for death in our society. No one teaches us how to deal with death or even how to discuss it. So, it’s understandable, perhaps, that we fumble around like teenagers in a drive-in (boy, there’s a blast from the past!) when we try to talk about it, or when we encounter someone like Murray. So, what might you do when you see Murray heading your way? What can you say that won’t leave you feeling like a dolt, or that won’t leave Murray feeling hurt or angry? How about

Old habits die hard I had choices about what to write for this New Year column. Both November and December were challenging for me. I went on safari to Africa and saw survival of the fittest up close and personal. Ten days after my return, my mother died at the age of 99 after a vivacious life lived fully to the very end, when she decided her heart was tired of beating and feeling. Then, immediately following, I had a life crisis when I “code blued’ in emergency in response to a lengthy and excruciating procedure. When I woke up, I did not know what had happened to me and I did not see a bright light. But thinking about my life and questioning what I’m doing with it came to the forefront, knowing I’m going to die (Ouch) and I don’t know when. What a way to leave 2017 behind. This quote crossed my path and I realized I will be kept alive a bit longer to experience life’s challenges until “I get it.” I don’t do very much unless it’s seems to fit this purpose. It’s a road

The purpose of life is to discover your gift. The work of your life is to develop it. The meaning of life is to give your gift away.” ~ David Viscott less traveled, it’s a hard road, it’s a road where you seem to meet a lot of people going the other way and limited few going yours. So in 2018, to meet my purpose I have to change old habits that no longer serve me well and go upstream at the same time in a world of New Year’s resolutions. Little voices in my brain will tell me what and what not to do though they no longer make sense, or fit the purpose I have discovered. New habits are hard to maintain, inner and outer voices say you don’t have to exercise every day, practice mindfulness, take time for yourself, look after your body in a way you never have, say no to someone who needs you when you’re needing yourself more, allowing down time for pleasure, joy, fun and entertainment, write useless poetry or make

art, and do something with no purpose other than renewal. So we gravitate to people, places and patterns of behaviour that are comfortable even though they no longer serve us well. We are so scared of being selfish, not realizing we can give better if we replenish ourselves. I admit the toughest habit to develop is selfrespect and caring for myself; I was raised in a family where for the first 11 years of my life, finding enough food was our family’s major task. But at the beginning of a New Year, changing habits is hard, changing thinking is hard, and having compassion for ourselves as we work through this process is hard. But when we feel the urge to backtrack, it’s important to return over and over to our purpose. I hope in time, I’ll reach for things that are good for me and towards the positive change that fits the meaning of my precious life. But the only way to get there is that we are going to have to endure a time of difficulty, our bodies, hearts, and minds need time to absorb a new way of doing things as we stay true to our vision of a new way.

something like this: “I’m glad to see you Murray, I heard about Alice, and I was sad to hear about it.” Three facts. No platitudes. No sage advice. No offers to buy his house. Just heartfelt simplicity. Murray might respond by telling you how he’s feeling, about how Alice struggled, about how he stood by her side. He might shed a tear. He might tell a funny story about her. Who knows what he’ll say? But you can bet he’ll appreciate it if you simply listen. It’s worth a try, perhaps, the next time you run into Murray. If you do, please let me know how it goes.

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Groups Kamloops Parkinson Awareness Group: We meet at 1 p.m. on the 3rd Wednesday from September through June at Desert Gardens, 540 Seymour Street. Contact Rendy at 250-374-0798 FMI. Excelsior Rebekah Lodge No.23: General meeting second Tuesday of every month 7:30 p.m. Regular meeting fourth Tuesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. 423 Tranquille Rd. If you have kidneyrelated issues and questions, and would like to chat with someone who has been there, the Kamloops Kidney Support Group is here for you. We meet on the second Saturday of each month at Romeo’s Kitchen in the Coast Kamloops Hotel and Conference Centre, 1250 Rogers Way. You won’t get any medical advice from us, but we are here to share our experiences, whether you may be pre-dialysis or on dialysis, a kidney donor

or a recipient, a family member, or anything in between. FMI call Edna Humphreys at 250-3766361, Dorothy Drinnan at 250-573-2988, or Margaret Thompson at 250-819-3135. Kamloops Antiques, Collectibles and Heritage Club meets on the second Thursday of every month. September – June at Heritage House on Lorne Street, Riverside Park 7 p.m. Guests and new members welcome. FMI call: 250-3720468 Bernice or 250-377-8364 Joyce. The Kamloops Family History Society invites you to join us at the Heritage House in Riverside Park on the fourth Thursday of each month from 7 - 9 p.m. (September to May, except December) Mutliple Myeloma Support Group for Kamloops and Region. Meetings will be scheduled at the Kamloops Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre once an agenda is in place for a meeting and/or a speaker have been arranged. If you

are interested, please contact one of the following people and provide us with your email address (or phone number) and we will notify you of future meetings. Bob T.: ridgerunner@telus.net 250-376-3292; Anne E. akevenrude@shaw.ca 250-372-8077; Bob H. rhamaguchi@shaw.ca 250-374-6754. Municipal Pension Retirees Assoc. meets Sept. 19, 9:30 a.m. in the CSI activity center, Brock shopping center. Join us to talk to other retirees, meet former coworkers and have a voice about your MPP Pension. FMI call Jean 250-374-1191. St. Paul’s Cathedral Thrift Shop 360 Nicola Street is open Fridays 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sept. to June. Handicapped access from the alley between Nicola and St. Paul. Ukulele fun every Monday from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Plura Hills United Church, 2090 Pacific Way or every Tuesday from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Cottonwood Centre, 730 Cottonwood Ave.

All levels of experience are welcome at both venues. FMI visit our website at ukuleleorchestra ofkamloops.com or phone 250-376-5502. Aberdeen Lions Club meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month at noon. Meetings are held at 9-A 1800 Tranquille Rd. New members welcome. Call 250-828-1765. The Afternoon Auxiliary to RIH Thrift Seller is open Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Located at 146 Victoria St. We welcome you to come shop, donate or volunteer. Alzheimer Caregiver and Early Support Stage groups meets the second Thursday of the month, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and the fourth Thursday of the month, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Alzheimer Society Resource Centre, 405, 235 – 1st Ave. For more information please contact Tara Hildebrand, support and education

coordinator Alzheimer Society of B.C. at 250377-8200. Army Navy & Airforce Veterans in Canada - Unit 290. We are a non-profit organization dedicated to helping veterans and the community. We are located at #9-177 Tranquille Rd. Contact information: 250-554-2455. We still have our Tuesday night free bingo starting at 4:30 p.m. and our Wednesday darts starting at 1:30 p.m. We have our karaoke on Friday nights at 7:30 p.m. and on the weekends we have our meat draws on Saturdays and Sundays at 3 p.m. Brock Central Lions Club meets the first and third Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. Meetings are held at the Centre for Seniors, 9-A 1800 Tranquille Rd. Call 250-371-0115. Canadian Cancer Society, Cancer Connection a source for cancer info can be accessed at 1-888-9393333.

Council of Canadians meets at 5.30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of every month at the Smorgasbord Deli, 225 - 7th Ave. Please join us. Call Anita or Dalton at 250-3770055 or 250-377-0055. You can also visit kamloopscanadians.ca. Chronic Pain Association of Kamloops meets the last Wednesday of each month at noon at People In Motion, 182B Tranquille Rd., for resources, support and fellowship. There is parking in the back. Call Ashley at 778257-1986 or email ash.westen@gmail.com. Tuesday afternoon cribbage takes place at 1:30 p.m. at McArthur Park Lawn Bowling clubhouse, next to Norbrock Stadium. Come for crib, coffee and good-company. Free parking. Call 250579-0228, 250-5798259 or 250-376-0917. Diabetes Support: There are two support groups in Kamloops. RiverBend (760 Mayfair St), last Tuesday/mo., ph: 778-470-8316 for

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Groups details; and, Hamlets (3255 Overlander Dr.), first Monday/mo. (except July & Aug.), ph: 250-579-5707 for details. Open to all and features monthly speakers. Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 3453 7 Auxiliary welcomes you, 755 Tranquille Rd. Join us. Cribbage Monday at 2 p.m.; Wii Bowling Tuesday at 2 p.m.; Horse Races Wednesday at 4 p.m.; Darts Thursday at 7 p.m.; Wii League Friday at 6 p.m.; Meat Draws Saturday at 3 p.m.; Meat Draws Sunday at 3 p.m.; Karaoke Sunday at 7 p.m FMI 250-376-4633 Do you enjoy singing in harmony and a great variety of songs? Kamloops Happy Choristers invites new members who are 55 and over for a social atmosphere and a chance to sing for senior residences and

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public concerts. We meet every Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Heritage House. For more information call Sharon at 250-579-9505. Kamloops Duplicate Bridge Club meets at Heritage House every Monday at 7 p.m. Beginner and open games. Every Tuesday at 7 p.m. for intermediate games. Friday 12:30 p.m. open game. Thursday at 7 p.m., at Cottonwood, intermediate and open games. Upcoming Lessons: Beginner lesson starting Sept. 3 ­Aileen Specht aileenspecht@shaw. ca. Play of the hand: Brenda Mathews classes start Jan. 2018. FMI sit website kamloopsduplicate bridgeclub.ca Kamloops Elks Lodge #44 meets at 7:30 p.m. every second Thursday of each month at 784-B Victoria St. We have served the community since 1920.

You are invited to come and meet the members. New members are welcome. The hall is also available for gatherings, meetings, etc. For any inquiries please call 250-3722737 or 250-573-4632. Kamloops Floor Curlers meet Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Heritage House, top floor, Riverside Park. New members always welcome. Free parking for members. No special equipment needed. New teams are drawn each day. There are two games and coffee each day. The group runs all year. Call Kay at 250-376-0917, Kay at 250-828-0819 or Liz at 250-372-5493. Kamloops Heritage Model Railroad Club meets on the first Friday of each month at 7 p.m. Come and investigate a great hobby. Call 250-5543233 FMI.

Kamloops Prostate Cancer Support Group meet at 10 a.m. on the third Saturday of the month at The Seniors Activity Centre, 9A-1800 Tranquille Rd. Phone 250-376-4011 or email larubekam1947@ gmail.com Kamloops Stamp Club meets at 2 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at Mt. Paul United Church, 140 Laburnum. Contact 250-314-1021. The world famous Kamloops Rube Band practices on Monday evenings (except holidays), 7:30 p.m. at the Kamloops Yacht Club, 1140 River St. New members with playing experience are invited to drop by and join the band, having fun with music. For more information, please call Terry Phillips at 250-3741606. Kamloops Stroke Recovery Group, a support group

for people who’ve suffered a stroke and their caregivers, meet the second, third and fourth Thursdays of the month from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The group also offers a speech software program to help those with speech recovery. To confirm dates of meetings, location and other information, call Shona at 250-320-1348. Kamloops United Church Thrift Store has come home to 421 St. Paul Street. Contact number: 250-372-3020. We are located in a brand new addition to the church. North Kamloops Elks Lodge #469, #102-1121 12th St., 250-376-2924 (leave message). Meet the third Tuesday of the month at 7.30 p.m. New members welcome. Crib tournaments every Wednesday, 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m.

The Kamloops Breast Cancer Support Group meets the 3rd Monday of each month at 7:15 p.m. We currently meet at the Yoga Loft on Seymour Street at 4th Avenue. The support group is for all women at any stage of their breast cancer journey whether newly diagnosed or years out of treatment. Ping-Pong - Table Tennis Ping-Pong is billed as a “brain sport.” It is also said it could be the elixir of youth and it brings a lot more to the table. We are a nice group of players and we meet Tuesdays 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Thursdays 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the beautiful renovated Desert Garden Community Centre, 540 Seymour St.We welcome more players.Drop in fee is $2. Having fun is something we did all the time, why change with age? FMI call 250-372-3965.

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