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Volume 12 : Issue 12 December 2020 Your FREE Monthly Community News!

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3 WINDS HAIR DESIGN Wishing Everyone a Merry Christmas and a Safe & Happy New Year! WE’RE HERE TO SERVE YOU IN 2021! From Linda, Debbie and Mary 837 Main St. Okanagan Falls

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We are well underway preparing for our 35th Annual Christmas Hamper Campaign. All of your help in past years is greatly appreciated and we hope that together we will have the opportunity to help all of those in need in our community once again this Christmas. Of course because of COVID-19, we have all had new hurdles to overcome and for us it is not being able to hold a food drive this year. The regular toy and pajama trees will be set up at the Okanagan Falls Interior Savings Credit Union and any cash or cheque donations can be mailed to Okanagan Falls Helping Hand. For every person in need, please fill out the required registration form and either drop it off to 3 Winds Hair Design or Okanagan Falls Pharmasave. Alternatively, you can mail it to: Okanagan Falls Helping Hand, P.O. Box 640, Okanagan Falls, BC V0H 1R0. After your registration form is dropped off or mailed, please wait for a member of Helping Hand to contact you. The member will verify your information and set up a scheduled time for your Christmas Hamper pick up. If you need a registration form, please call 250-486-2767. Please note that the FIRM drop off or mail in date for all Christmas Hamper registrations is December 1, 2020. Okanagan Falls Helping Hand is a registered charitable organization. Donations can be sent to Okanagan Falls Helping Hand at P.O. Box 640 Okanagan Falls, BC V0H 1R0. Tax receipts will be issued for all donations of $20 or more.

We are always looking for volunteers to join our organization. Greetings from the Economic Development Office. We are Help us help others. If you would like to volunteer or have any working with the South Okanagan Chamber of Commerce, as well questions, please call us at 250-486-2767 and leave a message. as a number of local wineries, on this exciting event for the Best Thank you in advance for your kindness and generosity. Decorated Businesses for the holidays. Watch as the Businesses Light Up after December 1st. Cast your ballot by December 16th via the ballot box located at the Okanagan Falls Economic Development Office (#1 - 5350 9th Avenue) or the Okanagan Falls Esso (1009 Main Street). All ballots must be received by December 16th. The Top 3 Peoples Choice Awards will receive a selection of excellent local wines. In addition, the South Okanagan Chamber of Commerce will donate one enhanced 2021 membership for the 1st place winner. For more information, please contact Deb at the Economic Development Office at 778-515-5520 or dmorrow@rdos.bc.ca.

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ATTENTION: Okanagan Falls Families & Seniors! The Okanagan Falls Helping Hand is here for you! Whether you are a regular hamper receiver at Christmas, or just finding yourself in a bit of a pinch due to COVID-19, we are here to support you with: •

Emergency Food Hampers ~ Delivered to your door.

Pick-up and Delivery of Groceries ~ Can you order online? We will pick-up and deliver to your door.

Self-isolating or in quarantine after returning home? We are here to help you get what you need without you needing to leave your home.

Do you need help or know someone who does? Call 250.486.2767 and leave a message. Your call will be returned.

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We are currently seeking local volunteers! Anyone who would like to volunteer with our upcoming Christmas Hamper program, please contact us by calling 250.486.2767, as we are already holding planning meetings for this December. Thank You For Your Support!


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Light Up Okanagan Falls PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD Vote for the Best Dressed Business for the Holidays See article by RDOS Economic Development Office People's Choice Award winner will receive a 2021 South Okanagan Chamber of Commerce enhanced membership. Top three winners will receive local wines.

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Wishing Everyone A Happy & Safe Holiday Season!

“Kaleden Cares” Christmas Hampers are provided by the HUB, Kaleden Community Church (KCC), Kaleden Elementary School and generous community members, to families and individuals in our Kaleden neighbourhood. If you, or someone you know, needs a Christmas Hamper please call KCC at 250-497-5995 before December 15, 2020.

Thank you for your support.

If you would like to donate cash or non-perishable food items (including toiletry items, coffee, tea and Christmas candy/chocolates) please drop them off at the church, school or library before December 15th. Please make cheques out to KCC.

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Kaleden Seniors Committee Update By Eryn Wiedner, KSC Coordinator

At the time of this update, new province-wide restrictions affecting us all from the Provincial Health Officer (PHO) are being digested. While quite clear in their description, they are limited to the upcoming two weeks. One thing I’ve learned during this pandemic is that things change quickly and sometimes we need to adapt and refocus on short notice. So, time will tell what we can and can not do as we shift into winter. As of now, the Kaleden Seniors Committee is planning the first annual Progressive Winter Outdoor Market on December 12th from 11 am - 3 pm. This COVID-friendly Christmas event is designed to showcase local artists, crafters, bakers, winemakers, brewmasters located throughout Kaleden for your shopping pleasure. A map will be provided (printed from home or picked up at the church on market day) showing all the vendor locations. Shoppers will drive throughout Kaleden discovering all that is on offer. Check out the poster in this issue of Skaha Matters and please do RSVP to the Facebook event and share and invite all of your friends. This is our chance to support all of our local creators! At the end of November, the KSC fairies frolicked throughout the streets of Kaleden delivering Poinsettia cheer. We hope the flowers bring smiles to your faces throughout this month. Finally, our annual wreath making event, which was limited in numbers this year, filled up in a matter of days. Thank you to everyone who showed interest in this event.

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Airline Industry By Richard Cannings, MP for South Okanagan-West Kootenay The airline industry has been hit hard by Covid-19, as travel restrictions put a stop to flight plans. Air Canada alone has cancelled thousands of flights, pulled out of eight regional airports and laid off 20,000 people - half of its workforce. Air travel is essential in such a large country as Canada, and it is nowhere more important than in the BC Interior. And, while travel restrictions are an essential tool in the fight against this pandemic, we have to plan for the future to make sure air options are available when people need to travel long distances quickly and safely. It’s been the cutbacks on regional routes to smaller airports such as Castlegar, Trail and Penticton that have had the biggest negative impact across Canada. These cuts have made travel very difficult for local passengers trying to do business or visit family across the country. Air Canada has pulled out of Castlegar altogether and has greatly reduced flights into Penticton. WestJet has cut back service to Penticton, as has Pacific Coastal in Trail. Passengers have not only been affected by the reduction in flight options, they’ve been left high and dry by airlines that cancelled flights, often with little or no warning. The airlines have then refused to provide refunds to these passengers, instead giving them a voucher for future travel that may be difficult or impossible to use after whole routes have vanished. Travel agents haven’t been fully refunded for cancelled bookings. As passenger numbers have plummeted, other services are directly impacted in a cascading series of impacts. Nav Canada, the agency that runs traffic control towers across the country has seen its funding cut drastically and is now studying whether to close towers at certain airports. Low passenger numbers directly affect the viability of small airports. The airport at Castlegar is owned and operated by the City of Castlegar, and 80% of its funding comes from passenger fees paid by airlines. When Air Canada pulled out of Castlegar (and shows no sign of returning any time soon) that source of funding vanished. Castlegar managed to convince Coastal Mountain Air to begin service to that airport, but it is unclear how long that arrangement will be viable. Airline travel in the BC Interior has always been challenging. Castlegar has invested a lot of money and time over the past few years in developing solutions to its problem of air travel reliability in winter. They are close to a solution for that issue, but now all that investment is at risk if Nav Canada closes the tower there and if Air Canada doesn’t restore full service. Until the spectre of the Covid-19 pandemic has been eliminated, the number of people wanting to or able to travel will remain low. Even after a vaccine is available it might take months or years for public confidence to return. So, what can be done to maintain these airline and airport services? I have been talking to passengers, airline executives, airline associations, airport associations, airline pilots, travel agents, the executives of Nav Canada, and of course local leaders about these issues. It is clear that significant government sectoral support is needed to help all aspects of the air travel industry. This has been done in other countries around the world. But, there must be strings attached to that support. As I’ve said in the House of Commons and made clear during my meeting with Minister Garneau, any government funding for airlines must be contingent on passengers receiving full refunds for flights cancelled by the airlines. And, we must ensure that funding goes to reviving lost service, not to shareholders and airline executive pay. Page 6 | December 2020 | SkahaMatters.com

Merry Christmas! The holidays are a wonderful time of year to celebrate with loved ones and reflect on everything we have to be grateful for. As we do, let's remember that many of our fellow Canadians are struggling. Please, take some time to reach out to them. Let's work together to build a fairer, more inclusive Canada. From my family to yours, have a merry Christmas, and a safe and happy New Year.

Richard Cannings, MP Penticton Office: 301 Main St, Suite 202 250-770-4480 Richard.Cannings.C1@parl.gc.ca


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It has certainly been a year like no other. Policing, like everything else, had to adapt to operating in the Covid world. Measures were quickly put in place and are still in place to protect the front line officers and staff to ensure that the communities we serve continue to receive police service. Much like other emergency services, our officers on the front line do not have the opportunity to ask their clients the routine Covid screening question to see if they have the virus or make them sanitize their hands or wear a mask. Many police clients often don’t provide their real name, never mind tell police if they are not feeling well or have been in contact with somebody with Covid. Most of us have now experienced the mask wearing issues ... the fogging of glasses, the sliding up and down, the fit behind the ears, and such. Imagine how well these masks stay on and protect when a police officer is wrestling with a less than willing criminal that they are trying to apprehend. While most of these criminals prefer to socially distance themselves from the police, the very nature of their DNA and lifestyle makes this impossible. Policing is still very much a hands on business when it comes to dealing with criminals and victims, even during Covid. Safety for everyone is always a police priority and Covid has added yet another safety concern to the list of concerns that police deal with on a daily basis.

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Monthly MLA Report By Roly Russell, MLA Boundary-Similkameen

Community Policing has had to adapt its delivery of police programs and initiatives as well. We can no longer attend or hold large events or meetings. Instead, we meet online, over the phone, on webinars, or attend one on one while observing Covid protocols. We often say Covid has taken the ‘Community’ out of Community Policing, as we cannot get out in the community as we once did. However, if you have an issue or concern, please call me at 250-490-2374 or email me at rick.dellebuur@rcmp-grc. gc.ca and together we can see what can be done.

I’m honoured and humbled to have the clear mandate from our riding to serve you. Thank you. I am keenly enthusiastic about what we may be able to accomplish for our area, and look forward to the conversations ahead!

Rick Dellebuur, South Okanagan Similkameen RCMP Community Police Direct: 250-490-2374 // Crime Stoppers: 1-800-222-8477 or sostips.ca

Top of mind for me are the mental health impacts that are on the horizon - for us all. I suspect all of us have a sense of what pandemic burn-out feels like. Going into winter, where the nights are longer and socializing with friends and family is a typical centerpiece of many of our lives, it’s important to keep these impacts of isolation in mind. Thus, I’ll ask that we all put some thought into who might be feeling the burden a little more than the rest; then reach out with a phone call, a video chat, or a hand-written note. Brightening someone’s day, and just being able to listen, may make a world of difference.

It’s early morning while I write this, just after new orders from Dr. Henry have been implemented. It’s been an unpredictable year, but these regulations are no surprise - the upward case trends around the world clearly demonstrate the risk that surrounds us. At their core, the new orders and recommendations are simple: Covid will no doubt make this Christmas more challenging, just as we need to travel less, we need to improve our mask-wearing it has made 2020 a challenge. practice, and we need to socialize less. Perhaps if transmission I would like to wish everyone a Safe and Healthy Christmas with rates drop sufficiently, these regulations may loosen up by the the hope that 2021 will allow us all to meet, greet and share as we holiday season. But if new case rates continue to climb, I expect that we will see such regulations continue. once did.

Wishing you the best this holiday season.

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People are asking what is on top of my immediate to-do list. I’m eager to jump into policy and program development, but at the moment my top priority is trying to define a model that really ensures that all of our communities have regular opportunities to connect and engage. We’re trying to define a model that gets my office into all of our communities. If anyone has brilliant ideas, please don’t hesitate to let me know. Finally, big thanks are due to my predecessor, Linda Larson. Linda has dedicated years of her life to serving our communities and we owe her our gratitude. We are in ongoing conversations to ensure that the transition is as smooth as is possible and your needs are met. Be safe, take care of yourselves, and take care of each other. I’m looking forward to working with you! May your holidays be full of wonder and compassion.


FROM THE DIRECTOR Area ‘D’ Economic Development Office By Gail Scott, Economic Development Coordinator For RDOS Area ‘D’ Christmas is just around the corner! I want to take a moment and thank everyone for their patient and kind efforts in being thoughtful of the needs of others in this unusual year of Covid-19. Best wishes for a Merry Holiday Season to one and all. Special thanks to the Okanagan Falls Economic Development Office staff Ron Obirek for the excellent work done this year Director of and specifically thank you for taking RDOS Area ‘D’ another step forward in our Christmas Light campaign. We will be adding lights to our waterfront parks. We are also working on power to the Okanagan Falls Heritage Trestle Bridge and a plan for lighting up the bridge in the future. Also, thank you to the Okanagan Falls Community Association for the excellent work being done generally and specifically on initiatives related to the Christmas season. And, a special thank you to Kelly and Kate for their wonderful work on the Main Street Christmas Light Up Campaign. I am writing this on November 21, 2020. Covid-19 remains a serious issue. There is lots of good news regarding vaccines and treatment protocol improvements. In the meantime, however, infection rates are increasing across Canada and the world. We all need to be mindful of what we can each do to help prevent the spread of this disease. Public safety and prevention of spread of the virus remains a top priority. Hopefully by the time you read this, the infection rates will be decreasing again, because of good public efforts and safe practice. The most important thing we can all do is avoid public contact with others. This will be especially stressful and difficult in the holiday season. Wearing face masks when in public and hand washing are other important things we can all do to help prevent the spread of the disease. These are small, although inconvenient, things we can all do. If only it were so simple to prevent death from a car crash or a cancer or a heart attack. Our collective action can prevent deaths that don’t need to occur. Thank you to everyone for respecting the health and safety rules regarding this very serious health danger. I would like to encourage everyone who can to please support businesses in our community. Covid-19 has presented challenges to everyone. Our local businesses appreciate all the patronage that we give them and when we support our local businesses, we all benefit. Work is continuing in our community for a grocery store to reopen. I believe a grocery store is an essential services in our community and I ask everyone to support this effort in any way they can. Thank you to the RDOS staff for winterizing our washroom in Kenyon Park, so that it can now remain open all winter long as a public amenity. Due to Covid-19, I will not be holding a “Coffee Meeting with the Director“ in December. As always, I welcome phone calls and emails any time.

It’s been one year this month since the Area ‘D’ Economic Development Office re-opened its doors to service the community of Okanagan Falls. Much has happened in this past year. It has been a year of change and year of progress. I mentioned in the November issue of Skaha Matters that I had joined the RDOS staff in the position of Economic Development Coordinator, Area ‘D’ on October 15th. The past Economic Development Coordinator, Robin Irwin, did an excellent job of moving a number of initiatives forward which has made it easier for me to jump in with both feet and continue the progress. Deb Morrow who joined the office one year ago is a treasure and a pleasure to work with. She has been so helpful in providing me an in-depth understanding and knowledge of Okanagan Falls past and current, as well as connecting me with everyone I should get to know and work with in town. Deb has a passion for supporting the local community and is an essential link to coordinating this office with those dedicated and valued non-profit volunteer groups. This past month has been an exciting and busy time for the office. We have been working hard to bring about a positive community and economic development reflection on Okanagan Falls; from meeting with CBC’s ‘Still Standing’ program researchers to hopefully become one of the selected communities they will showcase this coming year on CBC; to collaborating with the ‘Visit South Okanagan’ campaign to highlight the beauty of our region in order to encourage more visitation and increase tourism dollars spent in town and at our fabulous wineries during the off seasons; to meeting with the Interior Savings Credit Union to explore possible options, opportunities, and solutions to their announcement of reducing their service hours to one day a week scheduled for the New Year; to addressing the community’s need to attract a long term best practice model of a local food, etc. vendors market; to gathering together a number of local resources to spearhead and launch a ‘Spirit of Winter’ Campaign in order to brighten our world in the face of this second round of the Covid-19 pandemic; to getting up to speed and implementing first steps towards those identified action items prioritized in our new 2020 Okanagan Falls Economic Development Strategy & Recovery Plan; and last, but not least, to delivering business support services to potentially new and existing investors and developers. I want to thank all the local small businesses and community organizations that have agreed to participate in our ‘Spirit of Winter’ campaign. I want to encourage our local residents to follow the latest Covid protocols to safely enjoy the lights and activities that are being planned this month. Don’t forget to cast your ballot for your choice of Okanagan Falls’ Best Decorated Business at the Okanagan Falls Economic Development Office or the Okanagan Falls Esso. I also want to recognize and thank volunteers, Kelly and Kate Kask; Janet Black, Okanagan Falls Recreation Coordinator; the South Okanagan Chamber of Commerce; and many of our local wineries for helping to make this special time of year extra special. Wishing you a Very Happy, Healthy, and Safe Holiday Season.

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Time Flies ... we’re entering our 9th month of Covid-19. On second thought, let’s instead think about Christmas! A couple of neat things happening this year. A group effort planned “The Spirit of Winter, with various Covid-friendly festive events throughout Okanagan Falls. (See their full page ad.) The RDOS is again putting up some lights in Kenyon Park - they may even get some lighting to the KVR Trestle! There’s a small, but growing display in Lions Park. And, wait for it ... rumour has it we may have a pyrotechnical display to celebrate New Year’s Eve! No doubt there’s more, and all in keeping with the efforts and traditions of so many in previous years. Okanagan Falls will look special this Christmas! The Okanagan Falls Community Association has initiated a request for a cost/benefit/engagement study for the community. It’s probably a safe bet that no one really wants another study, but this one is necessary to get the facts on this issue so that later on the community can make an informed decision. Bob Daly’s letter elsewhere in this edition of Skaha Matters provides a good explanation of this next step. A number of positive comments were received on the draft ‘welcome/farewell’ signs proposed for Highway 97 to the north and south of town. These were all taken into consideration and plans are underway to get this positive addition installed this winter. As well, local businesses will be invited to purchase ‘banners’ to be hung by Fortis on power poles throughout the community. These will have a consistent and attractive theme, and carry the business’ name. Fortis tells us there’s only room for 18 of these, so hopefully there will be enough to go around! Wishing all a safe, healthy Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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An Informed Governance Decision For Okanagan Falls By Bob Daly Should Okanagan Falls become an incorporated community or should it remain part of an unincorporated area under a regional district form of governance as it has since regional districts were established in 1965? This is a question that goes back many years in the history of Okanagan Falls. The issue of governance was raised in 1989, and after a comprehensive study and a vote, the community rejected incorporation. Nineteen years later this question was again raised through a citizens committee led by Area ‘D’ Director Bill Schwarz in 2008, and again by the community and Area ‘D’ Director Tom Siddon in 2012. In each case, the Okanagan Falls community was asking to be able to compare services the community receives and the costs of those services under a regional district form of governance with the same services and costs that would be borne as an incorporated community, to assess the advantages and disadvantages of each form of governance, and finally to make an informed decision through a democratic voting process whether to incorporate or not. The ability to make those comparisons was dependent on a comprehensive study authorized by and funded by the provincial government and despite the efforts of both Director Schwarz and Director Siddon, and in spite of community support for the study, the process was stopped at the provincial level and the community’s efforts to make an informed decision of governance were thwarted. A 2016 Governance Study looked at ways of improving services to Electoral Area ‘D’ (including Okanagan Falls); however, incorporation was not a consideration in the study. It is now 2020 and once again the Okanagan Falls community is showing interest in the question of governance and especially about the future of Okanagan Falls. An incorporation study, funded by the province would provide the community with the comparison of services, costs, advantages and disadvantages to make an informed decision of whether to incorporate or not. It is a recognized part of the process used by other communities that are considering this option, and a necessary prerequisite for an informed decision. Regardless of which side of the incorporation issue people within the Okanagan Falls community stand, they should have an opportunity to base their opinions on facts, and the incorporation study is the key to getting those facts. It is important that the people of Okanagan Falls let their Area ‘D’ Director Ron Obirek know that they support this study (robirek@ rdos.bc.ca), so that they can gain the knowledge necessary to make an informed decision of whether or not incorporation should be part of Okanagan Falls’ future.


FROM THE DIRECTOR For RDOS Area ‘I’

Subrina Monteith

Wow, its December already! 2020 flew by with lots happening from Covid-19 to wildfires, we sure had one full year. I’d like to thank everyone for doing your part to keep our community safe during this unique year. Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy Healthy New Year.

Sewer Extension Update ~ Staff continue to work on the Kaleden Sewer extension project with the revised bylaw being presented to the RDOS board in the near future. Once the bylaw is reviewed by the RDOS board, the province will review the bylaw before approving a service area specific referendum in Spring 2021. Do keep informed by accessing information on www.kaledensewer.ca. Watch for an upcoming Virtual Town Hall meeting early in 2021. If you have site specific questions, please be in contact with staff now, as this is the time to have those questions addressed. Director of RDOS Area ‘I’

Sickle Point Acquisition Through The Kaleden Parks and Recreation Service ~ Kaleden Community Association (KCA) continues to work with RDOS on the next steps on the acquisition of Sickle Point. In the very near future, communication will begin with residents within the Kaleden Parks and Recreation service area. Assent is being conducted through the Alternate Approval Process (AAP). An AAP is being used for a few reasons including the restricted timeline, due to the nature of the property sale and cost to hold a referendum. The process will be 30 days of consultation where residents can register objections by filling out a form that will be available online at www.rdos.bc.ca ending early February 2021. Some key things to remember: • The borrowing bylaw for Sickle Point is listed at the maximum amount of anticipated land costs, as secured funding needs to be assured before RDOS can make an offer and remove finance conditions. The bylaw is more than anticipated, yet needs to have certainty to move forward. • There is an pending offer to purchase Sickle Point. Due to the process of a court ordered sale and RDOS requiring approval from ratepayers to put an offer of the land the RDOS board may look at other options to acquire the land, which include expropriation for parkland use. • KCA has been actively fundraising with the support of an ad hoc committee of residents who have been talking to foundations and donors but without an accepted offer, it is challenging to have large sums of money donated. Having a successful AAP will give RDOS the authority to place an offer on the land and KCA the opportunity to approach foundations for funds to reduce the costs for ratepayers. • The goal is to have the majority of the costs paid by donations. Keep informed on the amount of donations received at www. kaledencommunity.com. The amount raised reduces the impact on ratepayers of the Kaleden Parks and Recreation service area. • Support the fundraising efforts and watch for ways to get involved. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me. Subrina Monteith, Director of RDOS Area ‘I’ Direct: 250.486.1346 | smonteith@rdos.bc.ca | www.rdos.bc.ca Page 10 | December 2020 | SkahaMatters.com

Kaleden Irrigation District News By Bruce Shepherd, KID Trustee Didn’t Make the KID Annual General Meeting? Most didn’t. Only four persons attended the AGM, so we can but assume that the majority of ratepayers are satisfied with how KID has been operating! But just in case COVID or some other reason kept you from attending, here are some highlights: Staffing Changes ~ Following the resignation of Manager Taylor Dean in late June, adjustments were made to the schedules and duties of Cheryl Halla (now Administrative Manager) and Mike Snair (now Operations Manager). Paul Oaks joins the KID team in late November in the newly-created Water System Operator position. Mike and Cheryl are to be commended for their willingness to step up and assist the Board in finding a more efficient and effective way to run KID. Two Trustee positions were up for election, and Dave Libby and Bruce Shepherd were re-elected by acclamation. Water Charges ~ There was a 2.9% increase in domestic water rates in 2020. For domestic properties up to ¼ acre, rates rose to $484.95. The agricultural rate was $199.25 per acre. The Interior Health Authority Levy increased in 2020 to $144.50 from $134.50; this Levy will continue to increase by $10.00 each year until 2025. How Do Our Rates “Rate”? ~ The North Okanagan Regional District recently compiled residential water rates for various Okanagan water utilities in 2020. Adding in data provided by the Okanagan Falls Irrigation District, KID was in the middle of the pack (seventh lowest out of 16 Okanagan utilities). Interestingly, four systems operated by RDOS (Sun Valley, Naramata, Willowbrook and West Bench) had four of the five highest water rates, topping out at over $1,720/year. System Repairs ~ Repairs will be undertaken this winter to replace the faulty main valve in the pumphouse. To do this, sections of the distribution system will need to be drained. At that time, KID will also install all the connections required for the new treatment plant (these costs will come from the IHA Reserve Fund). As water service will be disrupted during this work, KID will advise ratepayers once the specific timing is known. Ensure that you will be contacted by providing KID with your email address and/or phone numbers ASAP. Your information will be added to an Emergency Alert List, which also will be used in the event of any other water emergencies. I’ll cover more AGM highlights in the next issue. In the meantime, you can find the complete reports that were presented at the 2020 AGM on the KID website. Check it out for more details. And, on behalf of the KID Board and Staff: May We All Have A Safe and Happy Holiday Season & A Healthy 2021!

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Kaleden FireSmart By Linda Dahl We are lucky to live in an area that allows us to continue with outdoor activities throughout the winter months. It’s a good time to prune up those low lying tree limbs, remove dead branches and shrubs, and start a plan for Spring FireSmart activities. Perhaps have a talk with your neighbours and plan a common boundary to clean up together. The FireSmart Board can help. Call us at 250497-8231 to have an assessment done or to borrow tools. Also, ask about possible funding options.


Champions Of “Save Sickle Point”

contacts and approaching granting organizations. “It’s a big job.” Ken concurs, “When Renee goes off to a Sickle Point meeting, I By Dianne Bersea never know when she’ll get home.” This is the second in a monthly series of profiles initiated by the They’ve also made a financial commitment. “We’re pleased to Sickle Point Park Proposal Committee. Your pledge is encouraged. have contributed a substantial pledge to the Sickle Point Fund,” Visit www.kaldedencommunity.com/sicklepoint for more info. Renee indicates. Or as Ken says, “We’re putting our money where our mouth is.” Renee agrees, “It’s important for people to show Meet Ken Maclean & their concern.” Renee Halo Martin “We’re at the end of the road Has there been any pushback or question about the community near the Kaleden Cemetery”, taking on this campaign? Ken and Renee indicate, “None at all!” Renee informs me. On the In fact, they both sense strong momentum for a Sickle Point sunny afternoon selected for nature park. Final word from Renee, “I’m confident the Kaleden our profile interview, I arrive community can pull this off.” appropriately masked and Dianne Bersea is Nature Wise columnist for Penticton Western News. lawn chair in hand. Renee All new website for all things Kaleden! and Ken pull some chairs into a shady area among www.KaledenCommunity.com trees just beginning to show Courtesy of the Kaleden Community Association a hint of fall. Most recently of Calgary, these folks have been happy residents of Kaleden for twelve years. In the process, they’ve created a Kaleden Community Association Update By Glenda Livolsi beautiful retreat overlooking the south end of Skaha Lake, with special pride in their Merlot and Guwertztraminer vines that drape 2020 has been an interesting year ... unusual events, cancelled or the slope toward the lake. postponed plans and programs, but we have endured and are all When I ask what inspired their support for the Sickle Point Park looking forward to better times in 2021. proposal, their reasons are clear and heartfelt. The Kaleden Community Association directors are happy to report “Sickle Point has been part of our life since we arrived”, Renee that the bottle depot has been very profitable this year. Our total for affirms. “The local natural areas, trails and the lake are what we’re 2018 was $3083, 2019 was $3284 and so far as of mid-November all about. Our dog Lucy loves to walk the Sickle Point KVR. We’re we are at $5816 and still counting! also paddle-boarders. I love paddling around the point. There’s so Over the past year, KCA has supported 5 small grant programs: much to look for ... songbirds, the beavers ... the sandhill cranes pollinator gardens at the Library and the Kaleden Irrigation building; and pelicans in migratory season ... carp and bass in the water.” interviews with Kaleden residents; equestrian signage for our Is outdoor activity a newer interest? “Not at all”, Ken confirms, community; and provision of hot chocolate, coffee and donuts to “We’ve always been outdoors people”. Further evidence ... their all the hard working people who helped fill up and place sandbags professional careers began with first degrees in the biological around the perimeter of the basketball court at Pioneer Park. sciences before they went on to study medicine. Ken is a retired Hopefully next Spring 2021 we will have a bike rack and a bench physician and Renee a retired medical geneticist. installed at Pioneer Park for the community and tourists to use. “We love our wild critters”, Renee adds. “Always have.” Kaleden Community Association directors would like everyone How did they react when Sickle Point seemed destined for to please remember to be kind, and wish everyone a “safe and development, perhaps a five-unit condo? They felt deeply sanitized holiday season” for 2020! disappointed. “Up in arms would be more accurate”, Renee states. As Renee points out in her own Sickle Point article in the October Skaha Matters, the South Okanagan Similkameen Biodiversity Conservation Strategy designates Sickle Point with the highest Grooming by Gail ~ 20 Years Experience level of conservation importance. To make sure I understand that COVID-19 Safety Protocols In Place! level of concern, Renee is clear, “Sickle Point is #1. 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There is no denying that this has been a long, tiring and trying year for many. It has changed how we all socialize and a challenge to do some of the simplest of things. The KVFD has had to adjust in many ways too and we are extremely grateful that our community has taken Covid precautions seriously. It has helped keep us all safer. As we enter 2021, we wish you all a Happy Holiday and New Year. Stay safe, please wear your masks, wash your hands and keep SkahaMatters.com | December 2020 | Page 11 your gatherings small.

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Volunteer Spotlight

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Meet Doug Atkins

By Randy Perrett, Chair

As of December 2020, Doug Atkins has officially volunteered with the Okanagan Falls Volunteer Fire Department for 40 years! Thank you Doug!

Volunteers ... Making A Difference

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We don’t normally share our correspondence with the community. This year with things not being normal, I thought it a good idea to share with you all a recent letter that the Trustees and staff sent north. Dear Santa: This year we may not see you in person in Okanagan Falls, so we thought we’d play it safe and we would write to you just in case we don’t see you face to face.. First of all. Thanks for the truck. It was on our wish list last year. The boys love it. It’s awesome! Next year it would be nice if we can play in the park more. We’re thinking Centennial Park. A washroom would be good, and maybe we can spruce up the band shell at the same time. Right now we’re kind of lonely. We could use some new friends and neighbours in the community. Hopefully some folks will move in. Maybe downtown, or up in the old Weyerhaeuser property. We don’t want to be too greedy, but we can always use new tools

Fire Department History Continues ... and the latest in computer upgrades. On September 21, 2005 at 12:30 pm, a two vehicle MVA occured between the Bed & Bale and the north curve on Hwy 97 north of Okanagan Falls. The head-on collision was so severe that jaws were needed to remove both drivers. Both drivers had fractured legs. Kaleden Fire Department assisted. A structure fire was reported on October 9 at 4909-10th Avenue at 3:48 pm. The occupants were preparing for Thanksgiving dinner. The cause was found to be electrical and minor damaged was caused in the kitchen area with smoke damage through the home. On April 10, a fire swept through a consumer electronics fair in Victoria Park, Meerut India killing 65 people and injuring 150 others. An estimated 2,000 people were at the fair when the fire broke out. The fire took place on the last day and last hour of the five day event. In all, the fire spread within 5 minutes with three large tents were destroyed. On June 17, 2006, a Ford pick up truck was on fire at the corner of Sun Valley Way and Oliver Ranch Road. Before the truck came to a stop, it knocked over the stop sign. The cab and motor got most of the damage from the fire. In this small village, there was a rare 4 vehicle accident at the corner of 10th Avenue and Main Street on June 24. A total of 9 occupants were in those vehicles with 6 of them transported to the hospital, mostly children. Traffic had to be diverted for a couple of hours. On June 29 at 2:29 pm, we received a call that the Grey Hound bus was on fire at 9th Avenue and Willow Street. There were 15 passengers on board. It turned out that the belt got burnt and some minor wiring damage by the motor. There were no injuries. On July 17 at 5225 8th Avenue, a report of a structure fire came in with 4 trucks and 18 members attending. The home received extensive damage caused by electical issues brought on by having a grow-op in the basement. No injuries or fatalities occured. The plants and paraphernalia were removed and placed into a police cruiser and disposed of. The fire department remained on the scene for 5 hours in case of flare ups. On August 31, Okanagan Falls firemen assisted Kaleden Fire Department with a 2 vehicle MVA about 2 km east of Twin Lakes on Hwy 3A. We had to extricate one driver of the vehicle by removing both doors and the centre post, then using a spine board to move the patient out. To be continued ... The members at the Okanagan Falls fire crew wish everyone a Merry & Safe 2020 Christmas with a Prosperous 2021 Year. Page 12 | December 2020 | SkahaMatters.com

We have all tried to be good this year. We flush regularly, we wear masks and we try to make new friends. This year we got closer to our colleagues in Kaleden. And, we’ll try to stick to our budget. We’d just like to wish you, Mrs. Clause, your elves, and all of our friends and neighbours in Okanagan Falls, good health and good luck in the coming year. A Merry Christmas from all of us at the Irrigation District ~ Randy, Bob, Ted, Marj, Shona, Kim ,Sig, Liam, Travis, Peter and Leesa.

Water We Thinking ~ Never worry about the size of your Christmas Tree. In the eyes of children, they are all 30 feet tall. ~ Larry Wilde

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100 Hikes Up Peach Cliff

How many times have you hiked up Peach Cliff in Okanagan Falls to check out the beautiful view? Ang Marcinko made a goal in late April 2020 to hike up Peach Cliff 100 times before the end of this year. On November 1, 2020, she achieved her goal! Her determination and strength go above and beyond, encouraging and motivating others to challenge themselves along the way. Ang is forever thankful for everyone who joined her on hikes up Peach Cliff and friends who were cheering her on! 100 hikes ... and counting. What will Ang do next? (Photo by Alisha Hardy)


Let’s Warm Up Our Winter! By Denise Blashko, South Okanagan Chamber Coordinator Well, things are looking different for our communities this holiday season and thankfully there are many wonderful people in and around our communities that are planning many fun and safe activities to bring some cheer to our days! We want to do our part too and we invite you to join in on a couple of activities that we are putting together. Denise Blashko, Help us brighten up some store windows SO Chamber Coordinator by taking on our Community Colouring Challenge! We will be displaying the works of art in the former IGA/ future grocery store location. This is for all ages and we encourage everyone to take some time to relax and colour! Colouring pages will be available for pick up and drop off at the Esso on Main Street. Be sure to follow all safety protocols posted. (Feel free to use your own colouring pages from home, if you have your favourites.) Please drop your finished artwork off at the Esso by December 18th, so we can put them on display! Remember to write your name and phone number on it and whether you are over 18 or under 18. Everyone will be entered into a random draw to win some fun prizes! Feel free to colour multiple pages, so we can fill up the windows and create a beautiful community display. (We will keep it to maximum 3 entries per person for prizes) We also invite you to join in and help our Winter Search Party for Wandering Wildlife from December 19th to January 3. We will need the help of our families and children for this one! Great opportunity for families to head outside and take a closer look around Main Street. Details and clues for this can be picked up at the Esso on Main Street on or after December 19th. If you drop your answers back off to the Esso by January 3, you will be entered for your chance to win some wonderful family friendly prizes. Details for both of these activities can be found at www.sochamber.ca. There is so much wonderful energy in Okanagan Falls and a big shout out to everyone who is getting involved and helping to make the community a better place. We look forward to getting some fresh air, walking around town with our ‘safe bubble’ and checking out the decorations and adding to the positive energy in town. Happy Holidays, Support Local and Stay Safe everyone - on behalf of all the team here at your South Okanagan Chamber of Commerce.

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Welcome to The Raven’s Oddities. It’s not your average antique store. It’s a place where Mike Arcand, the owner/operator, shares his passion for the obscure. Over the last several years, Mike has collected antiques, uniques, and weird stuff. He now wants to share them with you. Whether you’re looking for rare LPs, military items, aviation, toys, giant crystals, or even some new and exquisite home decor, you’ll find treasures at The Raven’s Oddities, that you won’t find elsewhere. Yes, you read that correctly ... the store has antiques going back to the 1800s, there’s art deco, as well as, *new* high-end home decor and so much more. The constant turn over of items keeps the merchandise fresh and exciting. Come visit and have a chat. Mike is always open to purchasing new and unique items for the store, so don’t hesitate to ask. The store is located at 1040 Main Street in Okanagan Falls. You can pop in anytime Wednesday through Sunday from 11-5. They now accept credit cards, e transfer, cash, and debit. Remember masks are now mandatory. See you soon. Mike Arcand, with The Raven’s Oddities, is looking forward to being an asset to the community. Make sure you stop by to say “Hey”. For a Chambers Plan quote, please contact Spencer Brown at spencer@brownbenefits.ca

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A Long Overdue Park For Heritage Hills

Honour Box Self Serve

By Susan Lychak Ten years ago, in September of 2010 at a meeting of approximately 90 residents of Heritage Hills called to discuss issues of concern in the neighbourhood, the subject of a neighbourhood park was raised. It was obvious to the residents at that meeting that Heritage Hills should have had a neighbourhood park as was promised by the original developer, but it had not happened when the subdivision first went in and nothing had been done since to put that right. A Community Association was formed, a Board of Directors elected, and a Parks Committee established. In the next two to three years, negotiations went ahead with the RDOS and developer to acquire and develop the lands needed for our park, but many hurdles were still to be overcome. During the following years, with the tremendous support and contributions of many dedicated residents, the Community Association worked with the RDOS, the developer and our Area ‘D’ Director at the time (Tom Siddon), to acquire the land which should always have been a neighbourhood park. The Association Parks Committee, chaired by our present Area ‘D’ Director, Ron Obirek and its members, put in thousands of hours of work to raise the money needed to develop the park, which included applications for grants to both the Provincial Gaming Commission and Fortis BC. An application to the Gaming Commission for $220,000, with a matching amount from Director Siddon from the Gas Tax Funds was successful, as well as a donation from Fortis BC for $10,000. The land which was needed for the park was, at that time, a dumping ground for the developers and contractors who had been building the first phase of Vintage Views Strata, which overlooked the proposed park land. The first priority, therefore, was to get this cleaned up. Once this phase was complete, the park started to appear as a viable project and excitement started to build in the community, as they watched their park transform slowly from an unsightly dumping ground to a bare piece of land with spectacular views over Skaha Lake and surroundings. In early October of 2018, approximately 40 residents volunteered to help the RDOS Parks staff lay the sod on the playing field at the park. It was a massive undertaking, and everyone put in many hours of back-breaking work to get the job finished by the end of the day. Photos were taken to celebrate the event and a sense of ownership was beginning to grow, as shown below.

There was still a lot to be done, but the RDOS had a schedule which was shared with the residents and everyone watched as pathways were paved, solar lighting installed, playground took shape, and the pavilion erected. Page 14 | December 2020 | SkahaMatters.com

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On July 1st, 2020, a “Soft Opening” of the park was held in the new pavilion and over 90 people attended in rather inclement weather to celebrate with free hot dogs and drinks provided by the Community Association. They picnicked on the playing field, the children played on the newly opened playground, and there was a festive air to the day. It had finally happened! Today, the park sports an extensive children’s playground, a fullsized, irrigated playing field, a beautiful pavilion for special events, public washrooms and park benches and picnic tables, which residents are able to donate and have a plaque inscribed. (Monies from the benches and picnic tables go back towards further park development). Many benches have already been donated by residents of Heritage Hills and Vintage Views and our park is used daily by numerous residents who walk their dogs, bring their children to play, or just sit and delight in the spectacular views over Skaha Lake and surrounding orchards and vineyards. This park will be a living legacy for all future residents of this area to enjoy. “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” ~ Margaret Mead (1901-1978), American cultural anthropologist/author/speaker. Thank you to everyone who helped to make this park a reality.


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Crump! By Tom Landecker On May 21st 2019, a signal was received by two LIGO telescopes on opposite sides of the United States and by the Virgo Telescope in Italy. It came from the collision and merger of two black holes, one 85 times and the other 66 times as massive as the Sun. This drama played out so far away that the signal sped across the Universe for 7 billion years before hitting those telescopes. And, the signal? It was a burst of gravitational waves. When two massive objects orbit each other, some energy is lost to gravitational waves. Einstein predicted the existence of gravitational waves in his Theory of Relativity 100 years ago, but the first hard evidence of their existence came only in the year 1974. A gravitational wave is a ripple in the space-time fabric of the Universe. Passing by (and through!) the Earth, the ripple will cause tiny fluctuating changes in the size of everything, you, me, your breakfast table. Everything substantial will be moved. Gravitational wave telescopes pick up these tiny ripples. Laser light is sent down a long dark tunnel, bounces off a mirror 4 kilometres away, and bounces back and forth between mirrors until it has travelled 1200 km. Passing gravitational waves change the distance between the mirrors by a tiny amount, and so change the arrival time of the light, by an amount that is still tiny, but can be measured. Each telescope has a North-South tunnel and an EastWest tunnel. Operating independently, they fix on the direction of incoming signals. Separate telescopes on opposite sides of the continent eliminate local events (a passing truck, an earth tremor) which might shake the telescope, and a separate telescope in Italy ensures that only genuine astronomical signals get through. The two black holes spiralled around each other, steadily losing energy. The detected event is the moment when they merged. If you add 85 solar masses to 65 you get 150, but only 142 solar masses remain. 8 solar masses of material was converted to energy. That energy is the energy detected here on Earth 7 billion years later.

Creative Wellness Solutions By Dee-anne Jalava, Seniors Wellness Practitioner Changing of the seasons is upon us again. We are heading into winter with cold days and long nights. When winter comes, it is very common for people to be less active and spend more time indoors. Spending more time indoors increases our chances of getting colds and the flu. When you get a massage, it encourages the flow of your lymphatic system and your white blood cells, thereby strengthening your immunity. The more white blood cells you have, the better you’ll be able to fight infections. Massage is also great for our muscles. It helps to warm them, so the blood flows easier and it relaxes tense muscle tissue. Massage will help those sore muscles after shovelling snow on your walk or driveway. Another great reason to get a massage is that it feels so great! Feeling great improves your mood and mental state and you will sleep better. With the Christmas season upon us, we would like to wish everyone a very merry and safe Christmas and hope the New Year will be a better one. If you’re looking for a wonderful gift for someone special, gift certificates are available. Creative Wellness Solutions offer three 15-minute massage routines. You can choose from a head and face, upper body, or legs and feet massage, or any combination. The price for a 15-minute routine at one of our convenient locations is only $20. We provide a convenient massage with innumerable benefits on a comfortable massage chair. You do not need to climb onto a table or remove clothing and no oils are used. We are a mobile service, so are able to come to you in your home or you can visit us at one of the locations that we visit weekly. Please call Dee-anne at 250-4975974 to arrange an appointment. Be sure to check out our website at www.CreativeWellnessSolutions.com where you can find more information and to read any past articles you may have missed.

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The event of May 21st last year was a step along the road to forming a super-massive black hole. At the very centre of our Milky Way galaxy lies a black hole containing something like 4 million times the mass of the Sun. That’s the accumulation of billions of years of the process that was detected in May last year. The discovery of that black hole led to the 2020 Nobel prize in Physics (see last month’s column). Here are a few helpful website addresses: •

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Enjoying our first snowfall in October this year. (Photo by Angi Lobos-Taylor)


Myers Cocktail: The Health Benefits Of Nutritional IV Therapy By Dr. Tamara Browne, ND Naturopathic Physician, Licensed and Registered by The BC Ministry of Health Clinical and scientific research is mounting to support the use of intravenous nutrients for a wide range of health problems. Intravenous Nutrient Therapy, also often known as the Myers Cocktail after its founder Dr. John Myers who used this therapy extensively in his practice until his death in 1984, has been providing a multitude of health benefits in many doctors’ clinics for decades now. The rationale for these benefits lies in the chemistry of various nutrients in the human body, the fact that most people are found to be nutritionally deficient in one or more vital nutrients, and the positive health effects of nutrient repletion. IV administration of nutrients can achieve blood concentrations that are much higher that with oral administration. This allows for beneficial effects such as the antiviral, anti-histamine, immune enhancing, mood and energy boosting effects of IV Vitamin C, which are much more vigorous than with oral Vitamin C alone. Along with high doses of Vitamin C, the Nutritional IV may contain various other nutrients depending on the particular needs of the patient. These include magnesium, calcium, trace minerals, and the various B-Vitamins. Consistent results have been identified in several illnesses, the most well studied of those being: asthma, migraine and tension headache, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, arthritis, anxiety and depression, cardiovascular disease, colds and flu, sinusitis, seasonal allergies, hives, athletic performance, narcotic withdrawal and addiction recovery in general, muscle spasms, and menstrual pain. Significant health improvements can also be achieved using this therapy in any chronic inflammatory disease, due to its powerful anti-inflammatory effects. Science is reaching the conclusion that inflammation is a major contributing factor in almost all chronic disease states. This combination of nutrients acts in the short term to calm down over active inflammation and in the long term to repair damaged cells and tissues. In essence, it arms the body with the basic

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Audiobook Reviews By Kilmeny MacMichael I Will Send Rain ~ By Rae Meadows and narrated by Emily SuttonSmith. MP3 audiobook runs 8 hours 3 minutes. Also available as CD audiobook and book.

“Building Community Spirit” The intention of this column is to share inspirational stories, or even a quick photo, to show that community spirit is alive and well.

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This relatively recently published story follows a farming family in Oklahoma as the long droughts of the 1930s grind on. Turning to religion for comfort, the husband believes he receives a divine call to build an ark for his family, while the two women of the house mother and daughter - fall into love and deceit, while the young son grows increasingly ill from the dust. And all around them, their land and community is literally blowing away. Although I didn’t find the family drama plot itself intrinsically interesting, the details in this story are quite enthralling. I recommend this story to fans of historical fiction. The Weight of Night - Glacier Mystery Series, Book 3 ~ Written by Christine Carbo and narrated by R.C. Bray and Sarah MolloChristensen. MP3 audiobook runs 13 hours 49 minutes. Also available as book. Human remains are discovered in Glacier National Park, as a forest fire closes in. The story is told from the alternating view points of a park police officer and a crime scene investigator. The crime scene investigator has something she feels she needs to hide about her past - and about her sleep disorder. Then, when a child goes missing, the FBI are called in. The Feds are quick to suspect a member of the off-grid community, although the park police have their doubts. I didn’t realize this was part of a series while listening. A few obscenities. A Touch of Stardust ~ Written by Kate Alcott and narrated by Cassandra Campbell. MP3 audiobook runs 10 hours 48 minutes. Also available as CD audiobook, e-book and book.

Community Spirit was at its best in Kaleden on November 14th. The community pulls together every year to get the outdoor ice rink ready in hopes this will be the best winter skating season yet! Many families and other members of Kaleden and surrounding area (estimated 45 people) gathered to fill sandbags and place them along the basketball court to form the boundaries. A safety plan and contact tracing was in place, along with all other Covid-19 protocols. Thank you to Steph Wiedner, the lead volunteer for the rink this year, Doug’s Homestead for providing smokies, KCA for supplying hot cocoa, coffee and donuts, the RDOS for the sandbags, twist ties, and six shooter. Great job everyone!

A relatively light new adult romance and drama revolving around the epic production of the epic film Gone with the Wind in 1939. Julie, a young, somewhat naïve young woman from Indiana arrives in Hollywood in hope of becoming a screenwriter. She is, rather improbably, quickly hired by actress Carole Lombard as a personal assistant. But Julie sets off in pursuit of her writing dream, with the help of Lombard and (real-life feminist icon) Frances Marion, and starts making her way in a largely male world. She also falls If there is someone or a group you’d like to see honoured in this in love with a jaded, Jewish, studio fixer who fears for his family in “Building Community Spirit” column, please call 250-497-8188 or Europe. As insular Americans do their best to ignore the menace email to rdosrec@rdos.bc.ca. of Nazi Germany, Julie faces her own prejudices and fears. Much classic Hollywood rumour, lore and glamour is related in what was obviously a lovingly-researched book. Well-narrated. There are some obscenities used in this book. Delirium - Delirium Series, Book 1 ~ Written by Lauren Oliver and narrated by Sarah Drew. MP3 audiobook runs for 11 hours 42 minutes. Also available as e-book and book. Sarah Drew injects a lot of excitement into her narration of this Young Adult dystopian-romance story. In this alternate-dystopian vision of the United States, love is considered a dangerous destabilizing disease, a hard border with “the wilds” is not far away, and (perhaps this bit is not fiction) surveillance is expected. All citizens must have an operation at about their 18th birthday, which ensures that they will never be bothered by love. Our teen hero Lena can’t wait - until she meets a boy, and begins to question everything she has tried so hard to believe about her world. While there is some romantic involvement as the story progresses, I found this to be more a story about dystopia and questioning society and deciding what part to play in it then about romance. Uses a few relatively mild obscenities. Page 18 | December 2020 | SkahaMatters.com


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Friends of the Library (F.O.L.) 2nd Annual Silent Auction ~ On now until December 15th. Come and help the F.O.L. by bidding on Tuesday 1 - 5 pm / Thursday 2 - 6 pm / Friday 1 - 5 pm some great items. Bids end December 15th. All proceeds to aid The Kaleden Library is having their annual Gingerbread House library programming, including the Summer Reading Club. Coloring Contest! A child may stop by the library and pick up At this time, the library is currently in the Browse & Borrow Stage. a coloring page. Use your imagination and have fun! All entries We are following strict guidelines and are doing our very best to have to be at the Kaleden Library by Tuesday, December 15th. keep you and our staff as safe as possible. Things can change The winner will be notified on December 18th ... the prize is a very quickly and we are following and implementing safe protocol Gingerbread House Kit to make with your family! for all. I’m sure quite a few of us will be staying close to home over the Due to Covid-19 restrictions, we are offering some great programs Christmas holidays. Why not get caught up on that book you were virtually for both children and adults. Please visit www.orl.bc.ca for always going to read, but never had the time? Start your ordering more information. now for the Christmas Holidays, as our last van is on Wednesday, Don’t know what to read? Why not check out one of our adult or December 16th. The Kaleden Library will be closing their doors child themed Grab & Go Bags. There are 5 items in each bag. at 5 pm on Tuesday, December 22, and re-opening on Tuesday, You might find a new author or an old favorite that you may have January 5, 2021. The book drop will be closed, as no items will be forgotten about. due until after January 5th. Did you know? The Okanagan Regional Library was established in Our website never closes, so visit orl.bc.ca to access free online 1936 and is now the 16th largest library system in Canada, serving resources, such as eBooks, eAudiobooks, comics, magazines, over 400,000 residents through 31 branches. newspapers, movies, music, manuals, classes, tutorials, Wishing you all a safe and healthy Christmas Season from the databases and much more. Okanagan Falls Staff! It has been a difficult year with Covid-19 and we just want to say THANK YOU to all our Kaleden Patrons who continued to support Advertise Your Business Here. Next the library over the past 9 months. We hope your holidays will be Neighbours Helping Neighbours. Deadline filled with joy and laughter through the New Year. Stay safe, be kind to all, and keep reading! skahamatters@telus.net 250.490.6951 Dec 15-20 Merry Christmas and a very happy, healthy New Year from Glenda Skaha Matters SkahaMatters.com | December 2020 | Page 19 and Lynn at the Kaleden Library.

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Blue nitrile gloves and foggied up glasses. No toilet paper and faces in maskses. Staying inside and no gatherings. These are a few of my pandemic things! Merry Christmas everyone. While my Michael Eyzenga usually festive mood may be dimmed a little, let us keep each other 778-220-8288 34 - 8300 Gallagher Lake Frontage Road in our hearts this holiday season. Things may not be normal, but Oliver, BC V0H 1T2 mountainvalleyph@gmail.com there is still so much joy and love to spread around. I am excited for the creative ways we are all going to get our jingle on, while HONESTY ~ INTEGRITY keeping each other safe. It is my great pleasure to introduce your 2020/2021 KPAC November Highlights From executive! At the helm, we have Lindsay Slobozian with Taylor Hilchney as her first Lieutenant. The master purser is Lauralee Kaleden Elementary School Majeau and the keeper of the logs is Ange Schaffrick. Our next By Mrs. Haddow, Kaleden School Principal KPAC trip on the good ship Zoom will be on December 8th at 6 pm. 1. Students honoured veterans in Canada and around the Login details will follow. world in an assembly held inside their classroom. Students We want to say thank you to everyone who supported our online learned about the history of Remembrance Day and had auction and cookie dough fundraiser. These were both big the opportunity to present to the other students via video successes. Everyone needs to pat themselves on the back. recordings in the classrooms. Many students completed art Our amazing raffle baskets will be displayed online starting projects in honour of Remembrance day. December 1st. Keep your eyes on the Kaleden Facebook page. Details on how to purchase tickets (and you will really want to get 2. The Grade 1/2 class and the Kindergarten class presented “Poppy Poppy” to the other students during our Remembrance tickets) will be found there. day assembly. Mrs. Morezewich’s Grade 3/4 class presented We also want to throw a huge thank you to Ange for arranging our “Last Night I had the Strangest Dream” by Ed McCurdy and hot lunches! As the chief sandwich maker in the house, I can say I the Grade 4/5 classroom presented facts on Indigenous really look forward to Fridays. Big thumbs up! veterans to the other classes. Ms. Severide’s Grade 2/3 class So, everyone please have an amazing holiday break. Thank you put together a class book on the 6 senses of PEACE based to the amazing staff at KES, and to all you parents out there, for on the book “What does Peace Feel Like?” by V. Radunsky. dealing with such a crazy year. And, to the community, we feel your amazing support every day. Merry Christmas everyone and 3. Ms. Anona Kampe, Indigenous Cultural Coordinator for SD67, visited the school for two story telling sessions. The students we will see you in the New Year. listened to the story of the Four Food Chiefs in the library.

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The students brought in food donations in support of the 10,000 Tonight food drive campaign that is being organized by Princess Margaret Secondary and Penticton Secondary. All the students were encouraged to bring in a non-perishable food item to donate to the bin.


School Trustee Report For SD67 By Kathy Pierre, School Trustee

At the October 26, 2020 School Board Meeting, the Board was provided with information on the following: 1. Superintendent Manual reported on student enrolment from 2017-2020 to explain enrolment trends over the past 4 years. For September 2020, student enrolment declined by 145 students at the elementary level; enrolment increased by 45 students at the middle school level; and enrolment decreased by 34 students at the secondary level. Also, student enrolment increased by 138 in the Distributed Learning Program. The significant increase in distributed learning enrolment at Connect Ed is attributed to Covid-19 and parents seeking home learning options for their children. Due to Covid-19, the District allowed parents a flexible return program option, if they were uncomfortable sending their children back to school in September. On September 16, there were 298 participants who opted for the Flexible Return Program. On October 26, there were 154 students in the Flexible Return Option, as many of the students have returned to school. The International student program had a drastic enrolment decline due to Covid-19. Currently, there is 31 students in the program generating 21 FTE. It is expected that 17 Japanese students will leave mid-year. As of September 30, the current funded FTE count is 5539. The projected budget for 2020-2021 is based on 5525 FTE; thus, we have a positive increase of 14 FTE for this school year. We are happy to note the spring staffing process has matched the current enrolment needs. 2. There is an increased focus on health and safety in all schools across the district. This includes additional noon hour supervision, increased counseling and youth worker time from K-12, increased touch point cleaning, additional busing to accommodate the Secondary School schedule. 3. District Director of Instruction, Al Beckingham provided an update on Indigenous Education. In October, the District signed the Local Education Agreement with the Penticton Indian Band. The LEA is a tuition funding agreement between the Band and the District. Also, Mr. Beckingham provided an update on the Equity Scan Project that was launched in October 2020. The Equity Scan Project is a strength based approach to addressing barriers for indigenous students. Also, Mr. Beckingham provided a brief update on the “Indigenous Ways of Knowing-Okanagan Syilx Nation Learning Series”. To date, there has been 2 Pro D days focused on indigenous topics. Over 70 educators and staff have participated in the workshops. 4. Director of Instruction, Al Beckingham provide an update on district “literacy instruction and support” opportunities for 20202021. Faye Brownlee is scheduled to continue the strength based literacy instruction and assessment professional development opportunities with SD67 for K-2 teachers. She will provide support to 67 teachers this year. 5. The Board received an update on the Career Education Program. Currently, there are 21 students enrolled in apprenticeship programs. The programs include welding, electrical, heavy duty mechanics, aircraft maintenance, carpentry, automotive, and refrigeration. There are 7 students working as apprentices while in school. Also, the district is exploring the development of a “Women In Trades” opportunity for the near future. 6. Remembrance Day Ceremonies occurred in schools across the district in November. Due to Covid-19, parents and the public could not participate in school wide ceremonies; however, school staffs creatively developed awesome virtual assemblies and did various activities in their schools to commemorate our veterans. 7. The board watched a video from Trout Creek Elementary School entitled “Growing As Learners”. The video showcased students talking about a 109 kg pumpkin they grew at the school.

$100 REWARD: RRD Poison Kiteboard Lost in Kaleden on November 6. Please call 250-231-2954 if found. 8. The board watched a video presentation from KVR Middle School featuring a school wide project encouraging students to write “Halloween Short Stories”. Ms. Ryan, the school librarian, wrote and developed a video skit of a Halloween story to launch the short story project. The video showcased interviews with students who submitted a short story. 9. Students from Princess Margaret School and West Bench School were recognized for student artwork for October. The West Bench students’ artwork consisted of visual arts mediums, which included pastels, water colour paints, and apple stamping. At the November 17, 2020 Business Committee of the Whole, the Board discussed the following: 1. Secretary Treasure, Nicole Bittante, provided an update on the federal and provincial safe school grants. SD67 received $1,009,391 in September 2020. The funding is intended to be used for the increased costs attributed to Covid-19. In January 2021, an additional allocation of up to $1,009,391 is expected depending on the full expenditure of the first allocation. Also, we received a Provincial grant for $484,147. The funding has been used for increased janitorial cleaning, increased school counseling supports, increased cleaning products, face masks, plexiglass barriers, etc. 2. Director of Facilities, Doug Gorcak, provided a brief update on the Summerland Gym Capital Project. We are waiting for approval on the final submission to the Ministry of Education. However, a request for bids for the design and construction of the gym has gone out with a closing date of December 1, 2020. At the November 18, 2020 Education Committee of the Whole, the Board discussed the following: 1. The board watched “Virtual Tour” video of Columbia School. Principal Trevor Robinson took us on a virtual tour and showcased all of the great things that happened at Columbia School since school start up in September. Well done Mr. Robinson! 2. Alicia Moura and Assistant Superintendent Jason Corday provided an update on the Teacher Mentorship Program. We watched a video featuring teachers from SLMS who are currently participating in the program. Mr. Corday explained the mentorship program benefits new teachers, teachers with new teaching assignments, and teachers who are new to the district. The program provides support, opportunities for collaboration, mentoring, check ins and team teaching to name a few. A typical mentorship involves 1 mentor with 2-3 mentees. 3. Kevin Epp and Assistant Superintendent Jason Corday provided an update on the “Remedy Pilot” Program. This program applies to teachers who have more than 2 designated students in their classroom. In 2017, a protocol agreement with the Ministry of Education was established outlining remedy time compensation. The agreement stipulates that teachers are entitled to 180 minutes of extra time per month per designated student to plan for specialized needs. Teachers on calls are utilized to support the classroom teacher. 4. The Board would like to welcome Nicole Bittante to SD67. She is our new Secretary Treasurer. Ms. Bittante is coming to us from SD71 (Comox Valley). Until next month, please remember to practice safe physical distancing and wear a mask to stay safe and healthy. Please contact Kathy Pierre at kpierre@summer.com, if you have any questions regarding this report. SkahaMatters.com | December 2020 | Page 21


School District No. 53 Board Report By Janice Stevens, SD53 School Trustee

Hard to believe that we have finally arrived at the final month of a very long 2020! I am sure everyone is looking forward to the holiday season and more time to spend with our families. Every year school districts are required to file average class size information to the ministry of Education. These are the Averages for School District 53: Kindergarten -17.0; Grades 1-3 - 18.9; Grades 4-7 - 23.0; and Grades 8-12 - 18.0. Here are some additional highlights from the recent report from Administration for School District 53. Transition Students ~ The district has 147 ‘transition’ students. Transition students are students from families who were hesitant to send their children to school under the current pandemic for a variety of reasons, but plan to return at some point if and when they are more comfortable. Schools indicate that they are expecting more families to return to in-class instruction over the next few weeks. This number represents approximately 5% of our school population. School Traditions and Events ~ The board would like to recognize school administration, teachers, and support staff who continue to find ways to hold important events and traditions in schools, while adhering to rigorous safety protocols. Our schools are safe places to learn, connect, and thrive. District Innovation/Initiatives ~ Mental Health Grant: This funding is being granted to school districts as part of a 3-year Ministry of Education plan to support mental health and substance use challenges for all children and youth. The grant provides an opportunity to focus efforts on building school capacity to align services and supports for school districts and schools to develop, enhance, and maintain the knowledge, understanding, skills, and resources to support mental health promotion and wellbeing in school communities, while also considering the needs of Indigenous children and youth. Last year, the grant was $30,500, this year it is $55,000. The intention of this funding is to support the development of evidence-based, inclusive mental health and wellbeing activities (universal or targeted for students, families, educators), promote adult wellbeing and provide resources to support SEL, Trauma Informed Practice, and Mental Health Literacy. This grant also supports districts in their work to engage with Indigenous Rights holders and Partners within the district/ school community. Some examples of past and current uses for

this grant in SD53 include: Speakers/workshop costs for educators/ support staff to learn more about Social Emotional Literacy, Trauma Informed Practice, Mental Health Literacy; Release costs for educator/support staff training; Resources/sensory supportive furniture for CALM Rooms; Stationary bikes to support selfregulation; Professional books for educators; Children’s books to support SEL programs; Canadian Mental Health Association 1-day workshop for all employees; Canadian Mental Health Association 3-session series workshop for students and parents; After school Yoga sessions for staff; After school Yoga sessions for students; Outdoor learning resource bins; and School/Educator Mini Grants: Schools/educators submit a proposal for use of funds. Need to meet criteria of mental health grant use. Very well received. Sexual Orientation Gender Identity (SOGI) ~ SOGI inclusive education in SD No. 53 continues this year with a school SOGI lead having stepped up in all our schools. 3 educators attended the recent 3-day virtual SOGI Summit where a variety of excellent speakers were highlighted. Our first SOGI-lead meeting will be held on Monday, November 16th, as our district continues to ensure all students feel safe at school and diversity is not only accepted but celebrated. OPERATIONS ~ 2020/21 Enrolment: As of October 31st, schools reported enrolment of 2,304.875 FTE, which is an increase of 5.1875 FTE from September 30, 2020 enrolment of 2,299.6875 FTE. At October 31st, there were 152 students transitioning through YouLearn (September 30 - 155 students). October 2020 YTD Financial Statement: Total revenue for the 4 months ended October 31, 2020 was $6.51 million. Total expense for the same period was $7.06 million, resulting in a deficit of $549,118. The deficit situation will reverse as the district receives larger portions of annual funding as the school year progresses. SOFI Report: The Statement of Financial Information Report for the fiscal year 2019-20 is now complete. The report lists, amongst other items, trustee remuneration, employee remuneration and vendor payments. This report is to be submitted to the Ministry of Education by December 31, 2020. Wishing all our students, their families and school staff a wonderful and safe holiday season! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. See you in 2021. For more information, feel free to contact me, Janice Stevens, SD53 School Trustee, at 250-307-4245 or jstevens@sd53.bc.ca.


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Okanagan Falls PAC Update By Lindsay Hainstock, PAC Vice President If you go out in the woods today, you’re in for a big surprise. If you go out in the woods today, you’ll see kids of every size! For school is not contained anymore, to 4 walls, a desk, a roof, and a floor, for Covid needs space, we have a great place, for learning outside!

November Highlights From Okanagan Falls Elementary School By Principal Karen Sinclair 1.

Students each painted a poppy on a rock and laid their rock at the Cenotaph.

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Remembrance Day Azoombly ~ Ms. Keyes’ class - Light a Candle for Peace.

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Ms. Morhart’s class participated in the Candlelight Ceremony at Okanagan Falls Memorial Cemetery.

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Snow ~ Students enjoyed it a lot!

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Then the snow went away and out came the hoolahoops!

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Okanagan Legends ~ “How names were given” - A coyote story ... Who is that coyote?

(Teddy Bear Picnics might happen too!) That is right, Okanagan Falls Elementary teachers and staff have taken to the outdoors for learning opportunities and the results have been great! Even when we do kick Covid-19 to the curb someday, this is a direction the school would like to continue growing towards and PAC would like to support it by helping to fund projects that will facilitate outdoor education. We wanted to share the vision for future funding with this community that has been so great supporting the many fundraising efforts of our little school, so you can know what the money is going towards. The school has also added a friendly competition between classrooms in the school to “do good” and practice safe habits! If there are any local businesses out there that would be interested in sponsoring one of the monthly rewards to the winning classroom, please give Ms. Sinclair a call! Our next on-line PAC meeting will be Thursday, December 3rd, at 6:30 pm. Email us at okfpac@gmail.com, if you wish to partake in the meeting and need to be sent the link.

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Young Virtual Tutors Volunteer To Help Local Elementary School Students By South Okanagan Immigrant and Community Services Team Virtual tutors are young volunteers from the South OkanaganSimilkameen, other parts of British Columbia and some are from as far away as Pennsylvania and even Brazil. These tutors are happy to give an hour a week to support the learning of young students from various communities in the South Okanagan. The South Okanagan Immigrant and Community Services (SOICS), a non-profit organization, ran an in-person Homework Club in the past. However, with Covid-19, the need for learning supports accessible from home became an immediate need. “It fits nicely into my schedule, one hour a week, helping a young elementary school student”, admits Larissa, one of the virtual tutors. The demand for the program increased exponentially with school closure in spring 2020, and is still on the rise. Many immigrant families do not have the capacity to help their children with homework for various reasons, but mostly, due to lack of the English language proficiency and busy, irregular work schedules, often on the frontline. Virtual tutors (high-school and university students) responded to this need with excitement to share their love for learning. The SOICS team helps the families set up the online platform for interactive communication between their children and tutors. “I noticed how my son’s confidence increased thanks to the tutoring sessions”, happily shares one of the parents, Sandeep Kaur. This program attracts a lot of young people and SOICS team is excited about the increased diversity of their volunteer team. “The young adult mentors love the fact that they can contribute an hour a week to a child’s well-being without hours of preparation”, shares Warren Edis, SOICS Community Connections Coordinator. Are you interested in helping children with the homework from the comfort of your home? With just one hour a week, you can make a positive change in the lives of these kids and foster a love for learning. Please connect with us at admin@soics.ca.

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South Okanagan Similkameen Volunteer Centre Update By Wendy Weisner, PhD, Executive Director Wishing You a Joyous Holiday Season Your support is appreciated. Donations ensure that volunteers are aware of where to go to help those in need. Donations ensure that all volunteers remain connected to their community, including those that are vulnerable themselves and rely on their volunteer work to help them cope. It’s easy. Donate now, or via www.volunteercentre.info, or write a cheque and mail to 102-696 Main Street, Penticton, V2A 5C8. Charitable receipts are provided.

Give The Gift of Creativity By Kim Palmer, Executive Director Are you looking for a unique gift that supports the local community? Are you hoping to give experiences, rather than things? The Okanagan School of the Arts (OSA) has wonderful arts programming available! Physical distancing will be a priority at all classes, so you and/or your loved ones can create and connect safely.

On Sunday, December 6, we will be offering a wet felting workshop in the upper hall of the Elks Lodge (343 Ellis Street, Penticton). Each participant will complete their very own nuno felted scarf, learning how each fibre reacts with the others, while creating a beautiful piece. Participants will learn to add texture and the unique Opportunities To Help Out characteristics of this amazing medium, working with a variety of Hoodoo Adventures is organizing a standing still drive through wool types. The skills learned in this class could be applied to parade on Dec 13 from 5-7 pm at the SOEC in collaboration with make felted wall hangings. No experience is necessary. the City of Penticton. Volunteers are needed for: set up during the Starting Tuesday, January 12, the Elks Lodge will also host day; hand decorating during the day; and helping with traffic control the OSA’s “Introduction to Printmaking”. Participants will learn during the event from 4:45-7 pm. To help out, contact Nathalie at various techniques and use famous relief methods to make cards 250-492-3888 or events@hoodooadventures.ca. and other works of art. This course will run for four consecutive The Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Campaign 2020 - Be a Tuesday evenings. Bell Ringer! Every dollar donated stays right here in your local If you’ve always wanted to learn calligraphy, stay tuned! community. Each year, towards the end of November through the Participants will use a broad-edged pen to learn elegant 16th month of December, The Salvation Army hosts its Christmas Kettle century script in four weeknights. The instructor will provide all the Campaign Fundraiser. These funds are necessary for the work of materials needed for this weekly workshop, taking place at the The Salvation Army not only at Christmas time, but the whole year Elks Lodge. Dates will be announced soon. through. Ready to get involved? Call us at 250-492-6494 or email We have something for everyone! Whether you’re looking to try us at pentictonkettlecoordinator@shaw.ca. something new or expand your skills, we want to keep the arts Osoyoos Farmers Market is operating 5 markets this winter at alive and thriving in your everyday lives. the Sonora Centre in partnership with the Town of Osoyoos. By volunteering with our organization as a Board member, you will Pre-registration is required for all programming, and spaces are meet and work with a wonderful group of local entrepreneurs, local limited. More info at www.okanaganschoolofthearts.com/courses. community volunteers, and be part of a growing popular activity Providing creativity and connection for for locals and tourists to meet up to buy directly from the farmer or Penticton and surrounding communities artisan and hear some live music. Call Janis at 250-689-4101 or 778-718-5757 or info@osarts.ca email osoyoosmarketonmain@hotmail.com.

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Check out these organizations for their virtual volunteer roles: Penticton Access Centre - Newsletter: 250.493.6822 Seniors Wellness Society - Wellness Calls: 250-487-7455 Okanagan Falls Weekend Penticton Seniors Drop in Centre - Social Media: 250-493-2111 Winter Market Cancelled Salvation Army - Social Media: 250-492-6494 South Okanagan Brain Injury Society - Wellness Calls: 250-490-0613 Due To Stricter Covid-19 Protocols University of Victoria Self Help Program - Coaching: 604-946-0521 By Elaine Chernoff Multiple Sclerosis Society - Interior Regional Council Member: 250-314-0773 The Grand Opening for the Okanagan Falls Weekend Winter Market, which was held on Saturday, November 14th and Sunday, South Okanagan Similkameen Volunteer Centre Society November 15th, was a huge success! Over 300 people from across Register on our website to receive updates on volunteer needs. the region attended this festive two day event. This number was Like us on the SOSVC Facebook page, as we post additional unexpected and overwhelming for the both the event coordinator information. Before volunteering, read the The Volunteer Checklist and supporting volunteers. More volunteers were scheduled for - Volunteering during Covid-19, on our webpage. For more info or the following weekends, but unfortunately, we had to cancel it. to speak with a staff member, email info@volunteercentre.info or During the first weekend, strict Covid-19 protocols were in place, call 1-888-576-5661. www.volunteercentre.info including hand sanitizing, signing in, social distancing, wearing a mask, and limiting the number of shoppers in the building. However, because of new Covid-19 restrictions further limiting the number of people indoors, along with having to close the doors for one hour to sanitize the building and studios after every 50 shoppers through the doors, we had no choice but to close down the market all together. Thanks to Linda of the Seniors Centre and Cindy from Public Health who interpreted the volumes of Covid-19 protocols and helped me through the process. SkahaMatters.com | December 2020 | Page 25


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Judson Findlay Having related the anecdotes of Catherine Findlay, I must tell you about the youngest and most well known member of the Findlay clan - Jud. He was the first of the Findlay family to arrive in Kaleden. He came with his brother-in-law-law, James Ritchie, in 1906, when the concept of Kaleden was still an idea in Ritchie’s imaginative brain. Jud was living in Summerland with the Ritchies when his parents and sister arrived in 1910. They purchased 15 acres in Kaleden and Jud was put in charge, while the family remained in Summerland until their home at the top of the hill was completed in 1913. They were busy years for Jud. He not only planted trees and tended the orchards, but he also drove a team, hauling cement, one load per day, over the narrow, rutted road from Penticton, to be used in the construction of the hotel and store. During this time, he met and then in 1914 married, Iva Simpson, daughter of one of the earliest pioneer families. He and Iva raised a family of seven; Alfred, Ray, Shirley, Evelyn, Lorne, Marie and Ken. In the true Findlay fashion, he told of the reason that he and Iva had to marry. One day he was walking along Oak Street and Iva and her cousin, Marjorie, were walking towards him. All of a sudden a small gust of wind blew up the edge of Iva’s skirt and Jud caught a glimpse of Iva’s ankles. He knew at once that he was compelled to marry her and salvage her reputation. Such a gallant gentleman! He continued hauling between Kaleden and Penticton until 1932, when the rail line was completed and most of the fruit was shipped that way. During that time, as the fruit industry grew, he went from a team to a Model T Ford truck with solid rear tires, to a Chevrolet Baby Grand, a Federal and finally a 1927 International, hauling much of Kaleden’s fruit crop to the rail head in Penticton. While doing that, he would pick up groceries in town for residents in Kaleden and he was well known to old timers who regularly sat on a bench outside of Sam Clark’s shoe repair shop. The following story was told by one of them. Jud was walking past them one day when he was accosted by a street person, who put the bite on him for a handout. Jud drew himself up to his full five feet, glared at him and admonished, “ Look, this is my side of the street - if you want to work this block you had better work this other side”. The man, amazed at the degree of regimentation which had taken over the panhandling industry complied without further objections. With the advent of the railway completion in 1932, Jud sold out and went to work in the Kaleden packinghouse, where he worked, mostly as chief shipper, until he retired in 1960 at the age of 72. As well as his job, Jud served for several years, starting in 1919, as Secretary of the School Board and was involved in most of the sporting activities in the community. In Manitoba, he had excelled in soccer, lacrosse and hockey and here he added baseball, softball, badminton and virtually any other sport available. Jud passed away in Feb 1989 a few months short of his 101st Birthday, having lived in Kaleden continuously since 1910. A true pioneer. Tune in next month for more ramblings on the intricacies of Kaleden life. To donate an item to the Kaleden Museum, please contact Meredith at 250-497-6995.

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Support The Sickle Point Purchase By Eva Durance of Penticton

The campaign on the part of the Kaleden Community Association to purchase the Sickle Point sandspit/wetland property, and to have it protected primarily as wildlife habitat, is most commendable and should be widely supported, especially with pledges of money. As the last remaining such wetland/marsh area on Skaha Lake, the Point is extremely important for a great variety of wildlife both great and small. When restored to its former riparian-thicket/marshland glory, it would be invaluable as wildlife habitat. The destruction of almost all the Cottonwood, Willow, Ponderosa Pine, and other vegetation on the Point many years ago should never have been allowed and the replanting that was belatedly required somehow never got beyond the token level. According to reports by biologists even 20 years ago, 86% of the valley bottom wetlands and marshes are either gone, mostly filled in for various human uses or severely degraded. At the same time, 80% of wildlife native to the Okanagan and Similkameen Valleys depend on wetlands, marshes, and associated riparian vegetation for all or part of their livelihood, thus their means of survival. We are not the only species on the planet, nor the only one that deserves appropriate ‘homes’ in which to live, raise our young, and have productive lives according to how our species views that. Supposed ‘balance’ these days means humans appropriate 99% of the resources and, grudgingly in many cases, ‘allow’ other species the remaining 1%. Clearly, this is not ‘balance’. While a small area such as Sickle Point may seem too little too late in light of the huge decline of such critical habitat in our area, any additional amount of it is helpful if protected, restored when necessary, and maintained in perpetuity primarily for the use of wildlife. This does not, however, preclude some controlled use by people who appreciate the need for a low human profile in such areas. The Kaleden Community Association (of which I am not a member as I live in Penticton) is currently taking pledges to assist in purchasing Sickle Point when that stage is reached. The pledges are registered with the South Okanagan Community Foundation. You can make a pledge either at www.kaledencommunity.com/ sicklepoint or www.cfso.net/sickle-point/.

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Protecting The Greater Twin Lakes Area’s Water, Land, Air And Inhabitants Submitted by the Greater Twin Lakes Area Stewardship Society Wendall Shuster from the Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory excited us all in February with his talk at the Okanagan Falls Library, From Shooting Stars to Black Holes. In March, Al Peatt, RPBio, FAPB, Executive Director of the Southern Interior Land Trust, helped us all appreciate the importance of the riparian areas on our Okanagan Lakes, during his presentation, Love your Lake! With Covid-19 restrictions and safety in mind, our monthly events were paused, and GTLASS continued to publish an article each month in Skaha Matters providing information and raising awareness of our exquisitely beautiful land and the many rare, endangered and protected species with which we share the Greater Twin Lakes area. In April, we learned that fat can get you places! Most birds which fly long distances increase their fat reserves to 50% or more of their total body weight. With 10% body fat, a bird can be expected to migrate 500-750 km, whereas a bird with 50% body fat can usually fly 3,000-4,000 km. May’s article showed us that providing outdoor enclosures for our feline companions keeps them and wild birds safe. In June, we learned that in an average year in BC, in vehicle-animal collisions, 3 people are killed, 570 motorists are injured, $700,000 is spent on highway clean-up, 6,100 animals are recorded as killed, and 18,300 animal deaths are unrecorded. We can help by slowing down and watching carefully for wildlife on and near roadways. July’s article showed how dumping garden waste or branches containing soil, seeds, or even small plant fragments can cause a new infestation that spreads rapidly and can be difficult or impossible to eradicate, and may cause landslides, increased fire risk and water pollution. What was the most surprising thing you learned doing the August Twin Lake Trivia challenge? September’s article showed us why we should love bats! They eat a lot of mosquitos and other pests, and provide awesome fertilizer! Intact riparian areas help mitigate flooding and provide homes to endangered species, as we learned in October. In November, we learned how to protect and restore our riparian areas. Many more people have been seen enjoying the outdoors since the pandemic, which has been a terrific opportunity to talk with people about respecting lands owned by Nature Trust BC and by other private owners. Working with the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure (MOTI) , GTLASS responded to concerns of the community and arranged for two No Camping No Overnight Parking signs to be posted at the Twin Lakes boat launch and at the corral, as well as new No Gasoline Powered Engines signs at the Twin Lakes boat launch, with another due at Trout Lake. Community members have expressed concern about our protected Painted Turtle road fatalities. In response, we researched the best solution with MOTI and Ministry of Forests (MFLNR). Signs are rarely effective according to MFLNR’s biologist, who suggested tunnels and fencing; however, these are very costly. We have a list of funding sources and invite all of

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you who are concerned to work with us to write effective grant applications. In the new year, GTLASS will host a migratory bird walk in April with MP Dick Cannings, Covid-19 situation permitting, and will continue our monthly events. We will host a road-side clean up in the spring and plan to work with Nature Trust BC, removing unnatural debris from their lakeshore. The Greater Twin Lakes Area Stewardship Society, a registered non-profit society, continues to protect nature in our region by providing information and opportunities to speak with experts while experiencing nature at its most fascinating and beautiful, right outside our back doors! “When you bring your attention to a stone, a tree or an animal, something of its essence transmits itself to you. You can sense how still it is and in doing so, the same stillness rises within you. You can sense how deeply it rests in being, completely one with what it is and where it is, in realizing this, you too come to a place or rest deep within yourself.” ~ Eckhart Tolle Email us at tlstewardship@gmail.com or visit sustainabletwinlakesbc.ca/gtlass

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The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #227 By Beverly van Uden

Above Left - 2020 Remembrance Day Cenotaph. Above Right - President Rini Van Uden presenting Phil Garbutt with a 50 year Legion Life Member Award. Phil enlisted in the Canadian Army on November 7, 1958. He was stationed in Germany. His training weapon was FNC1 7.62 semi-automatic. Phil retired from the military on November 7,1961. No Pancake Breakfast in December. No General Meeting to be held, until we get word from Command. Open Hours ~ 1 pm til closing, 7 days a week with social distancing. Meat Draw & 50/50 ~ Currently on hold, due to Covid-19. Will resume on Saturdays at 4 pm, with dinner available, when possible. Membership is now due. If anyone has cans or bottles you would like to donate to the legion, please call Bev at 250-809-5537. A big thank you to all the volunteers! Come out and support your Legion ... Become A Member ~ The Royal Canadian Legion cares for those who have served our country. We are committed to ensuring they receive the care and support they deserve. We are located at 5009 Veterans Ways in Okanagan Falls. For more information, call 250-497-8338. Facebook Page: Royal Cdn Legion - Branch 227 Okanagan Falls BC. “Where you are always welcome to join us! WE ARE A SMALL LEGION WITH A BIG HEART!” From all of us, have a very Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year!

Ladies Auxiliary of Branch #227 Update By Denise Ashton

As winter arrives, there are no general meetings scheduled at this time. We wish our members and families remain healthy and safe. Our Cookbook is now for sale at a cost of $12 each. Please contact Iris Moldowan at 250-497-6785 if you wish to purchase a copy. Our Cookbook is filled with lots of yummy recipes and would make a wonderful stocking stuffer. On November 7th, we held our Remembrance Day Basket Draw. Congratulations to the winner, Aranka Majoras. On November 15th, we held our Ladies Auxiliary Annual Christmas & Bake Sale from 9:30-2:30. We also held a Silent Auction with some interesting articles. Our venue this year was the Seniors Activity Centre. Thank you once again to the Centre for the use of their facility, and to Joan and Jillian for providing coffee and drinks, as well as a lovely hot toasted sandwich. Thank you to all the vendors who participated. Our Saturday Meat Draws have been cancelled for the time being, due to Covid-19 restrictions. We will keep you posted on the return of our Meat Draws when possible. Unfortunately, we have also had to cancel our Christmas Basket Raffle, also due to Covid-19.

OK Falls Heritage & Museum Society By Marla Wilson December is here, along with the swans from up north back on Vaseux Lake, and the Big Horn Sheep are down from the mountain tops. Every year there seems to be a few more than the year before. Seeing all the wildlife makes the drive from Gallagher Lake to Okanagan Falls very pleasant for me. I was asked to remind Heritage & Museum Society members that memberships are due. Membership is still $15 a year. Memberships can be paid at the H&M Thrifty Boutique. Please give your name along with your payment. The Thrifty Boutique has been very busy on the open days, which are Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. The shop will close on December 19th and not open again until January 6. Have a Great Christmas and stay well. Did ’ja know? In 2017-2018, I worked at the Heritage Society on Saturdays, taking interested people on an historic tour around Centennial Park in Okanagan Falls. There is so much there and the histories were fun and informative. One day, we had a tour come out from Penticton from a Seniors Residence to the Heritage Park. They had brought their lunch and ate on the covered patio behind the log house. When they were ready to return to Penticton, I climbed on the bus with them and told the driver to turn left at the fire hall and drive around Centennial Park. I would talk about the history as we went. We got as far as the Blasted Church and the bus broke down. It was a very warm day and the bus was getting more unpleasant without the cooling system working. Then, along came Eleanor Walker, who had been in the Seniors Centre. I asked if she could open the church, so we could take the people off the bus and into the church where it was more comfortable. The history I learned that day always stayed with me. At some time around the turn of the century, Pauline Johnson had decided to go to Fairview to do a reading of her poetry. She was called the Poet Laureate of Canada. Pauline was born in 1861 in Ontario, the daughter of a Mohawk Chief and his English wife, and died in Vancouver in 1913. She is buried in Stanley Park. Her collection of writings is extensive, including poetry, books and plays. In Fairview, there was the Community Hall and the Church that could hold the audience for her performance; however, there were no seats to sit on. One man had an old yellow pine tree on his property, so he cut it down and made seats for the audience. Those seats are now the pews in the church today. There is also a very unique baptismal fount in the church. The fount was made by Carl McNaughton, a son-in-law of Mr. and Mrs. Jim Christy. He built the fount out of an old juniper tree. The size of the structure indicates that the tree was really old. Many thanks to Eleanor Walker for sharing this story with me. H&M Thrifty Boutique

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Okanagan Falls Lions Update By Bob Wilson, Past President It’s the end of November and we are headed for Christmas 2020, unlikely that it will be the same as other years have been, but hang in there and stay separated and safe. This too will pass. The Lions School Breakfast Program is up and running with a number of necessary safety changes. Lion Mike Livingstone wants to thank Home Hardware Osoyoos and Penticton stores for their assistance and donation of a plastic shield for the serving area, it’s nice to have community businesses participating in our activities and projects. Following the Nov 12 breakfast, Okanagan Falls Elementary Principal Karen Sinclair did a survey of classes and we went from 25 to 56 students for breakfast the following week. Thanks to Mike and his volunteers for all your time and dedication to this project. With the new Covid restrictions, watch for changes. Not much more to report at this time, we are still (so far) meeting once a month on the second Tuesday to maintain continuity, we will see what happens with restriction updates as we go. Everyone stay as safe as you can through this month and the club would like to wish all a “Merry as possible Christmas” and “A Hopefully Happier New Year!” Blood, it’s in you to give! The next Blood Donor Clinic will be held on December 24 at the Penticton Senior Drop In Centre from 1:30 - 5:30 pm. The Canadian Blood Services needs both donors and volunteers for their clinics. To become a donor and/ or volunteer, please visit www.blood.ca or call 1-888-236-6283. When you see a volunteer, thank them. If you would like to join us, talk to a Lions member or call 778-4392275. Okanagan Falls Lion’s Club is online at www.e-clubhouse. org/sites/okfalls/ and www.facebook.com/okanaganfallslionsclub.

South Skaha Housing Society Update By Michael Livingstone, Vice Chair We are working ourselves closer to the day that the paperwork will be submitted for Phase 2 of our housing project. As anybody who has ever prepared a form for the government knows, all the dotting of i’s and crossing of t’s have to be done. We are at that stage where we are ensuring that all permits, zoning and allowances are correct. Some zoning amendments are working through the system for the projected submission date of January 15, 2021. All we can do is wait for the processes to be completed, and when we have the appropriate approval we will then get the go ahead to begin building.

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Closure ~ Another month into this pandemic and the latest order from the Provincial Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, has further restrictions. What this means is that we must cancel all activities and events and the Seniors Centre is closed until December 7th or until the restrictions are lifted. Sadly, this is what must happen to slow and stop the spread of this virus. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact President Grethe Jensen at 250-497-5669 or Vice President Linda Rich at 250-497-8713. Membership ~ If you are over the age of 55, please consider becoming a member in our organization. There are many benefits offered to our members. For only $20 per year, you can participate in a range of regularly scheduled activities. Our members can access our large library and exchange books and puzzles. If you wish to join our society, please talk to a board member or phone Vice President Linda Rich at 250-497-8713 to either take out a membership or renew for 2021. Officers ~ The society had its annual election of officers at the General Meeting in November. We still need nominations for some key positions, including Vice President and Secretary, and more board members. Our organization operates almost entirely with member volunteers and without your participation, it is difficult. If you are a member with a few hours a month to volunteer, please consider stepping up and serving on our board.

Are you over 50? Just $20/yr to join! Enjoy activities. Meet new people. Get out and have FUN! Become a member of the OK Falls Seniors Centre! For more information, call Grethe at 250.497.5669. SkahaMatters.com | December 2020 | Page 29


LOCAL CHURCH DIRECTORY Kaleden Community Church (KCC) - Live?

Sunday Service at 10 am ~ Please check for live or virtual options. Progressive Winter Market ~ December 12. See notice to right. Christmas Eve Service ~ Outdoors or virtual. See notice to right. 443 Lakehill Rd, Kaleden / Pastor David Ohori - 250-497-5995 Email: kaledenchurch@gmail.com / FB: Kaleden Community Church www.kaledencommunitychurch.org - for up to date event info

Okanagan Falls Community Church - Live?

Sunday Service at 10 am ~ Please check for live or virtual options. Jon Manlove will be speaking on December 6, 13, 20 & 27. Christmas Eve Service - Hopeful for reserved seating only. For more info or reservations, email dianesch@telus.net by Dec 21. 1356 McLean Creek Rd, OK Falls / Office: 250-497-5131

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Kaleden Community Church PROGRESSIVE WINTER MARKET – Saturday, Dec 12, 11-3

KCC will be participating in the outdoor market sponsored by the Kaleden Seniors Association. We will have several craft tables and be selling ‘chili & buns’. So drop by and have lunch while you browse. Market maps will be available on site.

CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES – Thursday, Dec 24 KCC will be holding a Christmas Eve service, outdoors or virtual. Please watch our website - kaledencommunitychurch.org for up-to-date information.

Please join the Okanagan Falls United Church in a Zoom Sunday Service at 10 am from the Oasis Church in Penticton. Church at home, following directions to be safe. More details on our website. Merry Christmas and a New Year of Hope and Wellness. 1108 Willow St, OK Falls / 250-497-1171 / www.okfallsunited.ca

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Service - On Hold!

Our Lady of Lourdes members are invited to join Holy Mass at Christ The King Oliver. Services may be on hold, due to Covid-19. Christmas Eve Mass at 5 pm, 7:30 pm & 9 pm. Christmas Day Mass at 9 am & 11 am. For more information, call the Oliver Catholic Church Office at 250-498-3934 or visit www.ctkoliver.org. 1039 Willow St, OK Falls / Father Thomas Kakkaniyil

Kaleden Cares Christmas Hampers If you would like to donate cash or non-perishable food items including toiletry items, coffee, tea or Christmas candy, please drop them off at the church, school or library before December 15th. Cheques should be made out to KCC.

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Flowers to the new owner of the small cabins on 7 Ave and Main St. You’ve turned an eyesore into an eye treat for the town! ~ From Angi LT & Matt T. of Okanagan Falls Fish Heads to those who have let a houseboat reside in the reeds at the northwest end of Skaha Lake. The plastic that may end up in this biodiverse land mass is enough to make fish or fowl choke. Double fish heads to whomever has allowed this to happen. ~ From Claudia L. of Kaleden Fish Heads to the businesses in Okanagan Falls who put their signs so far out that you can’t see the oncoming traffic unless you pull out dangerously far. ~ From Gail D. of Okanagan Falls

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If you require help, information, or just need to know how to proceed when a death occurs in the family, or you wish to make your pre-arrangements, feel free to call Lesley at 250-493-3912 or send an email to Lesley@crediblecremation.ca. During this difficult time, and with families wishing to get together for the Holidays, we can only stress the importance of maintaining the recommended guidelines, which are set in place to protect everyone from catching or spreading the virus. Our thanks to everyone who supported us throughout 2020, and we wish all a Happy and Healthy New Year. Credible Cremation Services 250-493-3912 or email Lesley@crediblecremation.ca

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Evelyn Murphy of Okanagan Falls, BC formerly from Sydney Forks, NS passed away peacefully on November 14, 2020 at the age of 88 years. She will be sadly missed by her loving husband Peter; son David, Sydney, NS; daughters Shannon Murphy, Lake Havasu, AZ and Erin Murphy (Mike) of Okanagan Falls, BC; her only and most cherished grandson Kyle (Jen) and great- grandson Tanner. Also surviving her is her sister Gladys Prince, Jackie and brother-inlaw Bobby McCallum, Okanagan Falls, BC and brother Jim Prince (Sharon), Courtenay, BC. Evelyn was sadly predeceased by her parents John and Genevieve Prince, Sydney, NS and brother Kevin, Okanagan Falls, BC. Evelyn spent most of her life in Cape Breton, where she worked at the Sydney River Woolco shoe department. Evelyn was an active member of the East Bay Legion Branch #151 Ladies Auxiliary, as well as the Red Cross Emergency Services. She and Peter eventually made the big move to Okanagan Falls, BC to retire where they could enjoy the sun, beaches, fresh air and the abundance of fruit. She was involved with the Emergency Services of Okanagan Falls and volunteered every year for Ironman Canada. She loved gardening and spending time at the Okanagan Falls beach, where they had their own little spot to relax. There will be no service as per her request. To send condolences to the family, please visit providencefuneralhomes.com.

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