Shuswap Magazine - Fall 2021

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it's time to be kind

no matter what side of the fence you're on

surviving | blooming | learning

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Getting to the Party






Shark Ecology

Cultural Happenings





The Era of Worker Choice SAEDS

VRS Seniors Communities ANDREW TINDER

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ecology OC Advanced GIS grad Sarah Gravel dives deep By OKANAGAN COLLEGE


hen Sarah Gravel decided to sign up for geographic information systems (GIS) training, she was looking to broaden her skills in a way that would serve her Master of Marine Biology degree in a productive way. Now she is using those GIS mapping skills to understand the effects of climate change on sharks, rays and other fishes, along with developing models for population growth rates among those creatures. Okanagan College’s Advanced GIS Certificate program teaches students to structure, manage and analyze data within a map. The maps we’re most familiar with highlight the cartography of an area – things like oceans, roads or mountains. GIS maps take that information one step deeper with a data component. For example, using GIS, we can explore a map of the ocean further by being able to access information on water temperature, depth or oxygen profiles.

“As part of a marine biodiversity and conservation lab focusing on shark ecology and physiology,” says Gravel, “we work with species distribution maps and global analysis of data on sharks and factors relating to their trade, ecology and conservation.” “My GIS learnings have allowed me to work on developing models of maximum population growth rates based on trait data relating to the animal’s metabolic physiology: environmental temperature and oxygen profiles, species maximum body size and the depth at which they live in the ocean.”


The models that Gravel can now create help visualize these patterns of population growth, potentially predicting the maximum rate at which a breeding population can replace itself with new offspring. Gravel was drawn to the Advanced GIS program at Okanagan College after speaking with instructor Shelley Desautels. “I realized that this program offers similar learning to what other colleges offered in half the amount of time,” says Gravel. The online program also offers flexibility and allowed Gravel, currently residing in Vancouver, to complete this training alongside her master’s studies at Simon Fraser University. “I’ve been very busy, but the compressed format over a relatively short period of time made it manageable for me,” she says. “Our program allows students to be job-ready in five months,” says Desautels. “When I’m teaching, my focus is on ensuring students are ready for industry employment. They have the skills to be hired into roles in a wide variety of fields, including forestry, government or mining.” “GIS is unique because it is a specialization that opens up possibilities within many different industries,” says Desautels. “For example, a student may use their GIS skills as a way of expanding their skills in a field they are passionate about, while others may use it as a way of exploring and working within multiple industries.” Gravel is still deciding where her interests will take her. “I plan to apply for GIS analyst jobs in marine science and conservation after my master’s program is complete. Eventually I would like to work as a conservation biologist for NGOs, or as a marine scientist for bigger organizations, such as National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, modeling the effects of climate change and habitat degradation on marine life. I am also interested in working in coastal conservation and planning. And it is a dream of mine to land a job that allows me to scuba dive, as I am an avid diver.” On June 22, Gravel graduated with an Advanced GIS certificate in a virtual convocation ceremony with 600 other students in the Continuing Studies department. To learn more visit call 1.888.831.0341 or scan QR below.

cultural happeninGs Pride Project Salmon Arm Pride Project is an in-person and virtual festival scheduled for October 18 to 24, 2021, and includes the whole community in celebrating, educating, and bringing awareness of the 2SLGBTQ+ community through the arts. This year’s focus is Breaking the Binary, and will include an exhibition at the Salmon Arm Art Gallery, a pop-up shop downtown at 31 Hudson Avenue NE, a downtown window display, Pride weddings, storytelling, dance, theatre, and more. Virtual events and episodes will be featured online through the Salmon Arm Art Centre’s YouTube channel, ensuring inclusivity for all.

Why did the Arts Council start the Pride Project? Every three years the Arts Council selects a specific focus, such as climate change, Indigenous relations, or youth. This focus informs our exhibitions, community outreach, and special projects. We are currently in Year 2 of a focus on Inclusivity, Diversity, and Equity. As part of this focus, the Arts Council created the Salmon Arm Pride Project, which is led by a committee made up of representatives from the 2SLGBTQ+ community, health and education, and arts sector workers. It is a collaborative venture with the goal of including the whole community in furthering 2SLGBTQ+ awareness, visibility, and acceptance, using the arts as a binding force. The Salmon Arm Pride Project supports the community by fostering safety, inclusion, and acceptance. This doesn’t just benefit some members of our town, but everyone. Watch for Pride Project information on Instagram and Facebook @ SalmonArmPrideProject, as well as

BC Culture Days

Kevin Tobin, Artistic Director

BC Culture Days is presenting RE:Generate, a virtual video series highlighting five BC communities and their arts organizations working toward recovery following the pandemic. Salmon Arm was selected as one of the featured communities, and the arts sector got right to work creating videos about the behind-the-scenes of some favourite arts events. Roots & Blues, Theatre On the Edge, Celebrate Shuswap, The Wharf Sessions, and the Art Gallery’s Sound Machines will all be presented virtually on the BC Culture Days website and on YouTube beginning October 15, 2021. Follow @bcculturedays on social media for information.

R&B ARTISTIC DIRECTOR More than seven years ago, we welcomed Peter North to the helm of ROOTSandBLUES. Over his time as our Artistic Director, Peter has taken charge and led us through a string of successful festivals and a pandemic that moved not one but two festivals online. It won't be the same without you, Peter, but from all of us, thank you for everything you have done for the Society, our fans, and to help smooth the transition to welcome our new AD, Kevin Tobin! Kevin has more than 20 years of industry experience under his belt, 18 of which leading the Saskatchewan Jazz Festival!

We're thrilled to have Kevin on the team and look forward to Kevin's leadership en route to the 30th annual Salmon Arm ROOTSandBLUES next summer!!



worker choice


The last two years have given everyone a lot to think about. It has been a time to assess what a lot of us truly value and what we want to do with our time. There’s never been a better time to contemplate your next career move and capitalize on exciting employment opportunities. It's an unparalleled time to find awesome local jobs right here in the Shuswap! The Shuswap job market You don't have to drive or walk very far in our region right now to see a “help wanted” sign. Potential employers are looking to fill a wide range of jobs from seasonal to fulltime, entry-level to skilled, and everything in between. The workforce demand is ramping up in across all sectors including accommodation, food services, construction, healthcare, manufacturing, agriculture, retail and many others. Jennifer Beckett, manager of the Salmon WorkBC Centre, says she has never seen so many job postings for the Shuswap. There’s no doubt today’s employment market is in the job seeker’s favour! Where do I apply? Normally this is where job seekers try to play it safe, applying only for jobs that require the skills they already have or skills they feel they lack formal training or relevant experience for. Avoid this limiting mindset and don't be afraid to think outside the box and apply for a position you have always wanted, but perhaps previously felt unqualified for. Keep in mind that many companies hire based on attitude and aptitude and will happily train you on the job. Being a team player or a people person will give you a real advantage in most careers, and a willingness to learn will take you far. WorkBC Centres offer many self-serve resources to anyone who is looking for a job. These include access to computers with software programs to create resumes and 6



Contemplate your next move for you because this is the time to find local career opportunities

prepare to find your

perfect job 1. Get clear on what you want

cover letters, printers and photocopiers to make copies of resumes, letters and other work search documents. WorkBC Centres are available in Salmon Arm, Sicamous and Chase. Check online at for locations, hours and current job postings. The was created by local human resources professional, Robyn Jespersen, is an online talent hub, serving the B.C. interior. Job seekers can check out the job board, which lists work opportunities across the region. Meanwhile, employers can post job openings and build their brand as an employer of choice in the community, simply by adding their business logo and profile to the landing page. Find a local business that aligns with your skills and interests and visit their websites and social channels to see if they’re hiring. Job seekers can check out the Salmon Arm Economic Development Society website,, and search the online business directory, which lists all Salmon Arm businesses. Link through to those that interest you, and do your research! Learn more about training and retraining opportunities The BC Labour Market Outlook suggests most job openings in B.C. over the next 10 years will typically require some level of post-secondary education or training. With small class sizes and 150 recognized programs, Okanagan College is a great option. For more support related to post-secondary planning, trades training, and financing your education, visit WorkBC’s training and education supports at Training-Education.aspx Employers have opportunities too If you are you a business looking to hire, Salmon Arm Economic Development Society (SAEDS) can help. SAEDS has a mandate to support and provide services to existing businesses, attract new businesses to the community, and assist in developing strategies and programs to foster prosperity in our community. “We want to help employers find grants and other supportive employment programs so they’re successful in meeting their workforce needs. Supports such as wage subsidies and co-op programs that are relevant to their industries. If you're not sure where to start, schedule a no-cost meeting with one of our business advisors so we can help point you in the right direction,” says Business Support Coordinator, Jocelyne Johnson. Make the most of this opportunity! Employ the resources that are available to you and find your perfect fit in the Shuswap.

Before starting your job search, take the time to reflect on your strengths and weaknesses and the type of work you enjoy doing. 2. Research your target companies Once you know what you want, find those great companies that are hiring and understand what they are looking for. 3. Tailor your resume to each job Make yourself an obvious fit. Include the words from the job description in your resume (provided you have that experience, of course). 4. Build, cultivate, and utilize your network of contacts Leverage your network – all the people you know – to help you make the right contacts and introductions. 5. Don't limit yourself to online applications Don’t be afraid to take a direct approach and contact companies that interest you directly! Bonus: Prepare for all job interviews The more prepared you are for the interview, the more comfortable you'll be – and the more likely you'll be to succeed.

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We’re so lucky for the food in the Shuswap that everyday should be a day to give thanks. With Thanksgiving around the corner, it’s time to plan the annual feast. By LOUISE WALLACE RICHMOND

Since normal, as we know it, has seemingly been turned on its head more than once these last 18 months, maybe it’s time to take a new approach to a traditional meal. Here are a few ideas to consider:

Start with a Walk in the Forest The Shuswap is home to hundreds of kilometres of trails. Why meal plan sitting in your kitchen when you can get out in the forest, go for a hike and appreciate the very nature that brings us our bounty.

Visit your Local Farmers Market


t s f e e v a r S a Dress it Up Your Way

Add your own flavour to the meal by making your own dressings and spice mixes.

Fewer Sides Means Fewer Dishes Consider a one pot dinner to save on dishes. Less time at the sink means more time to visit.

Keep Dessert Simple What could be better than sweet and fresh local fare. Fresh made pies, local fruit and artisan cheese comes to mind.

Drink Local

Choose from local and seasonal ingredients at your local market. It’s fresh, nutritious and supports local farming.

Say cheers with Shuswap wine, beer and cider.

Seek out Local Producers

Here’s what we’re planning. How about you?

Our farms produce local dairy, eggs, poultry, beef and pork. This growing region produces some of the tastiest food you can find anywhere. Seek them out at your favourite grocery store, farm market or farm gate sale.

What are Your Menu Ideas? Spicy butternut squash soup with fresh local cream. Turkey pot pie with local root vegetable. Garden salad with homemade dressing. Fresh plums and grapes with local cheese. A selection of local wine, beer and cider consumed in moderation.

All served with a healthy serving of gratitude for our front line workers on the unceded territory of the Secwépemc.

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why didn’t I make this move Years Ago? Finding new worth at VRS Seniors Communities by ANDREW TRINDER, Director Of Operations, VRS Communities Seniors Living.


n my previous life, now feeling like a lifetime ago, I used to operate high end hotels, clubs and resorts. I was happy. I thoroughly enjoyed my chosen career, which started in London, moved to obscurity for a while in Andorra. I then followed the high life in Bermuda for more years than I should have, surrounded by turquoise waters, wealth and fame (others, not me). I escaped and moved to Victoria in 2007 initially to run the Aerie Resort and Spa, before I was hired by VRS communities to operate Ross Place Seniors Community. Honestly, I did not know if it would be a good fit for me, but decided to try.

“We never know what life has to offer if we stay within our comfort zone. Stepping into something new, whether it’s a new career or residence, can bring an even better future than you imagined.” – Andrew Trinder

“Do I want someone else to cook my meals, and will it be to my taste?”, “Will I be interested in attending all these activities they are telling me about?”. My best advice is this – we never know what life has to offer if we stay within our comfort zone. Stepping out into something new, whether it’s a new career or residence, can bring an even better future than you imagined. You just have to give it a try. Ten years later, what I hear from so many of our residents is the same response I had, “Why didn’t I make this move years ago?”.

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From the moment I walked through the door, I loved it. I was surrounded by wonderful people and felt a sense of worth. Right then, I knew I would never be going back to hotels. That was ten years ago and I asked myself the question: “Why didn’t I make this move years ago?” Having now welcomed and gotten to know thousands of seniors who have chosen to move from their home into a community living setting, whether Independent or Assisted Living, I now recognize they're all faced with similar questions (albeit more important than a career choice). “Do I want to change my lifestyle?”, “Do I want to live in a community?”, “Will I like the other people living there?”,


navigation requires each individual salmon to know where they are where they want to go when they want to leave when they want to arrive

scientists don’t know for sure, but the hypothesis is that Salmon use the Earth’s magnetic fields to orient north-south (inclination) and eastwest (declination) A celestial compass (sun and polarized light) A back up magnetic compass An internal calendar synchronized with daylight (endogenous circannual rhythm) As described in Pacific Salmon Life Histories (Groot and Margolis, 1991)


getting to the party

on time Salmon Navigation


dult pacific salmon spend several years feeding on prey in the Pacific Ocean. We all know every 4 years they return to their natal rivers to arrive at the spawning grounds. Most spawners (80%) arrive within a 2 week period.

Our Salmon decide if they are going to a party this fall. They need to plan when they have to leave to get there. Just as the kids are getting out of school, Sockeye Salmon leave the big blue ocean to spawn near Stuart Lake, a distance of 1200 km from the mouth of the Fraser River. Chinook Salmon leave the big blue ocean, travel up the Fraser and then “hang a right” at Prince George, travelling another 300km to spawn upstream of Rearguard Falls, an elevation gain of almost 1 km. Those headed to the Shuswap? They don’t need to get ready until August. Salmon know the way to the ocean, they know when it’s time to spawn. They know how to get to their natal river AND they frequently take a different oceanic route – they may take the Georgia Straight north to the North Pacific, but take the Juan de Fuca Strait when they return to spawn. The big blue Pacific Ocean is estimated to contain some 714 million km3 of water (50% of the world’s oceanic water). You can put all the landmasses on earth in the Pacific Ocean and there is still room for the Arctic Ocean. IT’S BIG (and Mariners report it to be black not blue).

It turns out Salmon have navigation superpowers and make Siri seem like a kid's toy. Salmon are able to navigate through the river system, identifying their natal stream by their sense of smell. You can smell the plants along your favourite river or stream; these plants contribute to the smell of the water. However, the smell molecules from the Fraser River will be too dispersed in the Pacific Ocean. The hypothosis is that Salmon use daylight, the magnetic field of the earth and their internal sleep and wake cycle to direct the route on their journey.

You are invited to: Tsútswecw Park for the Chinook Party in September and the Sockeye Party on Thanksgiving weekend.

No superpowers required!



BAC K to SCHOOL You're never too old to learn


You’re never too old to learn something new and with kids back at school, maybe it’s time to take up that challenge yourself. New skills and experiences are key to our cognitive and mental health plus, it’s a great way to meet new people whether online or in person. In the Shuswap, there are plenty of opportunities to learn new things from cultural tours, to art lessons, wine tasting tips to lawn bowling lessons. We list a few for your consideration here. Quaaout Lodge offers a one hour Tour the Lands session featuring teachings about the Shuswap traditional landmarks and Secwepemc history. Call to book a reservation. How about a new sport? Learn to curl, play tennis or join a bowling league. It’s a simple as a quick call to your local club to see if they have lessons for beginners. Chances are they’ll be as pleased to hear from you as you are to have a new activity on your roster. Okanagan College has extensive Continuing Education programming from academic upgrading, computer skills, trades and apprenticeship options, business planning, to wine, beer, spirits and food appreciation. Some are online, others are offered face to face. Sign up at

In Salmon Arm, the Shuswap Maker Space at the Innovation Centre downtown has a host of great courses for all age groups from Introduction to 3D Printing to Woodshed 101. Visit for details. Of course, the Okanagan Regional Library is all about knowledge. Don’t miss out on their virtual and in-branch Adult and Seniors workshops. Connect with people around favourite books or movies, crafts, computing and even ancestry. Many small businesses also offer workshops. Watch for events posted on social media and you could learn to paint furniture, make a candle, sculpt, sketch, box, climb and more. Tsuts'weye Women's Entrepreneur Network has a great fall line-up of workshops to suit a wide range of interests for women in all stages of their business. Available free of charge to Shuswap business women. Get details at The Salmon Arm Recreation Fun Guide is published and available online at Perhaps Tango lessons are on your bucket list. Olé! Sign up today! Please get informed and respect the necessary health protocols. Together we can stay safe, stay active, learn something new and have fun this Fall.

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kindness by CREATIVE 55 Since the beginning of the pandemic we have all had to navigate our way through difficult choices made with little information. Through all the frustration, the worry, the panic and the sadness we have come this far and still there are choices before us. Along with these choices come realities – economic, political and social. An economy that needs to be re-opened and a vaccine passport system that supports that re-opening. As these systems slowly become implemented into our society, our personal choices become that much harder. How do we choose going forward? Do we choose to resist? Do we choose to become angry with a system that can feel unfair? How do we choose to express that anger? Do we demonstrate? Do we raise our voices? Or do we give in to the anger and frustration that we feel and vandalize a business owned by someone who disagrees with our choices? Do we choose to vent our anger at someone on the front line of a local business, perhaps a young employee who is tasked with enforcing a mask mandate or a vaccine passport system? Local businesses will also be faced with a choice. Do they enforce mask mandates and social distancing or do they risk being fined? Do they enforce the passport system or face penalties for not? They're caught, just as we all are, between a rock and a hard place. As we move forward, there are some choices that we can make easily, no matter what side of the fence one finds oneself. Choose love over hate. Choose understanding over anger. But, above all, choose kindness.


Learning Interest



The Tsuts’weye Fall workshop series offers something for everyone! The best part — these workshops are offered free of charge to Shuswap business women. What’s the catch? There is limited seating - so you need to sign up early! Get full details online at

Creative Content with Ashley Doan WORKSHOP SERIES: September 24, October 2, October 8, 9AM - 11AM Are you haphazardly creating content in your business? Having a plan, process, and strategy can make creating digital content (blogs, social media, videos) easier and more effective at attracting and nurturing the right customers for your business.

Claim your Creativity with Tammy Thielmann WORKSHOP SERIES: October 5, 12 & 19: 9AM - 11AM



Join Tammy in learning about healthy boundaries, beating imposter syndrome and letting go of guilt so that you can freely enjoy, create and GROW your soul-centered business!

Dark Art of Pricing with Andrew Gregson WORKSHOP: October 21, 4PM - 6:30PM Pricing is not accounting, it is marketing! Learn how to use your Value Proposition; the importance of 3; how to sell your price; and how to avoid discounting.

Business Start-up Bootcamp with Brandi Butts 7 WEEK WORKSHOP SERIES: Mondays starting October 25: 6PM - 8PM Turning your idea into a real business is tough, especially when you don’t know where to start. Start-up Bootcamp exists for just that reason, providing you with the tools and support to get your business off the ground. You don’t have to do it alone.

Securing your Digital Self with Toren Huntley WORKSHOP SERIES: Friday, November 5, 12 & 19: 9AM - 10:30AM This workshop will give you simple and actionable information to protect your data in the modern world. Learn about password management; data backups and firewalls.

Hiring & Retaining for Success with Robyn Jespersen WORKSHOP: Tuesday, November 2: 12PM - 3PM Learn about trends, best practices and tips on developing a resilient strategy for hiring, onboarding and retaining your workforce. Are your HR practices keeping up?

Wellness: Recovery & Resiliency with Kristy Ware WORKSHOP SERIES Thursday, November 18, 25 & December 2 6PM - 8PM Overcoming burnout - and how to prevent it in the first place! Feed your body - move your mind. Self-confidence is a learned behaviour, it’s not something you’re born with. Supported by

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Salmon Arm's Top 20 Under 40 program is off to an inspiring start! With seven honourees already announced, it's clear that Salmon Arm offers everything a person needs to make waves in the Shuswap and beyond. Being named a “Top 20 Under 40” honouree is not just about being a successful business owner (although many of the recipients are), it's also about building a life in the Shuswap that contributes to the economy, labour market and community alike. There is no single path to success, and that is clearly highlighted in the diversity of those nominated. GAME CHANGERS & SUCCESS MAKERS This initial group of game changers and success makers include a diverse group of young trail blazers. • Rosy Mounce, a commercial insurance agent who takes pride in helping small businesses thrive. • Thomas Briginshaw brings his adaptability and creativity to the Literacy Alliance which helps over 1000 children learn to love books.




• Kaitlyn Fraser is a cannabis and partnership building maven, who is rocking the male-dominated cannabis industry. • Blake Lawson seamlessly builds his business life alongside his family life, and knows a good team is key to success. • Jenna Robins is a marketing and social media maverick, who empowers women by focusing on flexible work environments so they can thrive in a creative industry while raising a family. • Tori Jewell is an Indigenous educator and a familiar face of the vibrant cultural scene. • Chad Cameron is a father, firefighter, and exterior finishing leader in the booming housing market. This dynamic group come from many different beginnings; they find common ground is in their dedication to the community and the teams around them. Whether their success is defined through growing a business, tapping into innovation, overcoming obstacles, or uniting people through music and medicine, the Top 20 Under 40 honorees are game changers worth knowing! For more info on our winners and to see all future names, visit

October is fire prevention month

Stay safe at home FIRE SAFETY TIPS: • Install smoke alarms and test and clean them regularly. A great idea is to ensure you test your alarms and change the batteries twice a year in spring and fall, on the same day the time change takes place. •M ake sure you have smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas. • Talk with family members about a fire escape plan. If there is a fire.... • Get out! Go to a planned meeting place. • Stay out! Don't go back inside for anything or anyone. • Call for help! Get to a phone and call 911. IMPORTANT FACTS: • Clear Driveways: The fire department will do its utmost to reach you during an emergency with its firefighting equipment, but the responsibility to keep driveways accessible is yours. Please keep your driveways clear of snow and obstructions so that emergency vehicles can reach your home. If you have a nearby fire hydrant, keeping it free of snow can speed up the firefighting response. • House Numbers: All homes within the CSRD should have a house number. Emergency vehicles depend on those numbers for reference during a response. Please ensure your house number is visible and can be clearly read from the street. If you are unsure of your house number or an official number has not been assigned to your home, please contact the CSRD to obtain a house number. • Chimney Fires: Chimney fires are still the most common of fire calls. Please ensure that your fuel is dry and your chimney is cleaned regularly, especially if wood is your primary heating fuel. • Kitchen Fires: These are also common and often result from leaving the stove or oven on while unattended. Always be present when cooking. Be sure to have a fire extinguisher located in your kitchen. • Don't wait to call 911: If a fire starts in your home, remember to call 911 immediately. Lost time can result in the fire department's inability to save a burning structure.

Reduce Wildfire Hazards Learn how reduce wildfire hazards around your home and property and take the steps to create defensible space to reduce your fire risk. For more information visit:

Vaccine passport


September is a time of transition for the Shuswap. It marks the end of the summer season and a roll into fall. Children return to school, farmers prepare to gather their harvests, and many of our tourism businesses and operators begin to wrap up their busy season. As fears and anxieties over the spread of COVID and the Delta variant continue, September will also see B.C. bring in another measure to help keep our gathering places and communities safe — vaccine cards. Beginning September 13, British Columbians will need to present proof that they have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to attend restaurants, sporting events, and other higherrisk social and recreational events and settings. Starting October 24, proof of both doses will then be required. British Columbians will be given a vaccine card in either a printed format or by collecting their digital QR code after they have registered online. Those without access to a computer and printer can get their card by calling 1 833 838-2323 at the ‘Get Vaccinated’ call centre and get their printed copy mailed to them. There has been some confusion around the issue of people who can’t get vaccinated for medical reasons and why there aren’t exemptions in place for them from the vaccine card program. At first, the government indicated that there would be no exemptions whatsoever, but now they are indicating that they might make accommodations in “extremely rare cases.” Our caucus wrote to Premier Horgan earlier this month seeking clarification on this issue and we will continue to press government for an answer as we wait for a response. We support the public health orders and encourage everyone to get vaccinated as soon as possible to keep our communities safe. My office will be ready to help address any questions and concerns the people of the Shuswap may have about immunization or the BC Vaccine Card and I will work closely with government to ensure they offer British Columbians the support, information, and resources they need to make the transition to this program as seamless as possible. Since the start of the pandemic, the vast majority of British Columbians have followed the guidelines and done everything asked of them, and more. Between the wildfires and COVID-19, our community has taken action in one way or another to keep our neighbours and neighbourhoods safe, and I truly cannot thank you enough for everything you have done to overcome the challenges of this difficult year.

Greg Kyllo

M.L.A. Shuswap Critic - Labour CONSTITUENCY OFFICE 202A - 371 Alexander St. NE Salmon Arm, BC PHONE: 1.877.771.7557

@gregkylloshuswap @KylloGreg


U gROw giRl The U Grow Girls are survivors. They are deeply committed to their mission, which is why 60% of profits are donated to fund the 5-day holistic Time To Heal Retreats developed by Crystal Wood. The retreats are fully funded for participants.


20,000 blooms for a cause A Social Enterprise using fresh-cut flowers to raise funds for women who have survived sexual abuse

Taking the first steps towards healing was the scariest thing for me, since enduring my abuse. If survivors aren’t given the opportunity to heal as a gift, chances are they will never take it; I'm living proof of that. - CRYSTAL WOOD

Survivor, Director of Time To Heal Retreat & Co-Founder U Grow Girl

A family farm on a mission by KARI WILKINSON

U Grow Girl is a social enterprise cofounded by Crystal Wood, Leha Marshall and Justin Marshall. It was created by survivors for survivors of sexual abuse, with a goal to create an inclusive community for adult survivors of child sexual abuse (CSA) centred around healing and empowerment. 1 in 4 women experience sexual abuse before the age of 18. Given that 79% of survivors never disclose their abuse, these numbers are said to be much higher. That's a lot of women to help! The trio believe that when you heal a woman, you heal a community - and when you heal a survivor, you heal future generations - helping to break the cycle of abuse. As survivors themselves, both Leha and Crystal know what it means to live with the trauma of CSA. Far too many women experience CSA, and they often carry their trauma in secrecy with little to no support. They want survivors to know they see you, believe in you and are here for you. It's time for you to heal.


The family is new to the area; they moved here in the spring of 2019. Obsessed with flowers, Crystal, Leha, and Justin, along with help from their families, got busy preparing their flower fields and barns to grow and harvest over 20,000 organic blooms. Summer 2020 arrived, and they were eagerly anticipating launching their flower sales at local farm markets. They attended 4 markets before the season ended for them, as flowers were deemed non-essential under the Provincial Health Orders.

A really quick pivot to online sales got them through the past year. Year two has been frought with more challenges, with markets closed or postponed again due to the pandemic, wild fires and smoke. Thankfully - they have been allowed to move to the Downtown Salmon Arm Market at Ross Street Plaza - where they will be selling floral bouquets through the Thanksgiving Weekend. "We love our new community and all of the incredible support. It's hard to speak about sexual abuse, especially child sexual abuse, but when we come together in support of one another, it gives us hope that we can make a difference." says Leha Marshall. They also planted 4,000 haskap berry bushes on their farm in 2019. The owners at Shuswap Cider Co. have bought their haskap berries for a brand new Haskap Apple Cider available by the litre! And they've sweetened the deal even more by donating one dollar from every litre sold to the U Grow Girl Time to Heal Retreats. Covid-willing, they hope to host their first Time To Heal Retreat in the Spring of 2022. After two years of dedicating herself to every and any type of therapy or healing practice she could find, Crystal Wood has created a You Tube channel to share what worked and what didn't, and to offer advice and guidance on ways to find healing within your own heart. If you are inspired by their story, visit them online at They offer a variety of artisan products, hand blended tea, organic seedlings and flower subscriptions.

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AN OPPORTUNITY TO HELP While supplies last, fill your Shuswap Cider Co. growler with Haskap Apple Cider! $1 from every litre sold goes towards Time to Heal Retreats.



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