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Submitted by Doreen Olson of Save Sickle Point Committee

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The Save Sickle Point Committee invited a small group representing First Nations, local, federal, and provincial governments to gather at Sickle Point on January 18, 2021 to share information about the historical and ecological importance of Sickle Point and explored ideas on working together to conserve the land. Save Sickle Point Committee members Doreen Olson and Randy Cranston joined Chief Gabriel from the Penticton Indian Band (PIB), Karla Kozakevich, Chair of the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) Subrina Monteith, Area “I“ Director, MP Richard Cannings and MLA Roly Russell to discuss the land which has been identified as sensitive habitat and an important Indigenous cultural and heritage site.

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Chief Greg Gabriel said, “It is good that we have gathered with common interests to move forward working together to conserve this important and majestic site.” The RDOS is currently conducting an alternative approval process to purchase the property for $2.5 million and the Save Sickle Point Committee is actively fundraising to purchase the property. “This fundraising will reduce the cost of borrowing to the Kaleden taxpayer. Currently, individual pledges total $286,050 and growing daily” said Cranston. “Grants and applications to other funding have been applied for and we are expecting to hear the results soon.” Newly elected Boundary-Similkameen MLA Roly Russell said, “It’s exciting and hopeful to come together as a group of diverse partners with the shared goal of protecting Sickle Point. Having the Penticton Indian Band together with the Regional District, MP, MLA and the Sickle Point group all keen to work together to create a positive outcome certainly feels remarkable!” If the Regional District is successful in purchasing Sickle Point for the community, uses for the property will be explored by the Regional District, PIB and the communities within the Kaleden Parks and Recreation Service Area. “Purchasing Sickle Point will prevent development and preserve and protect critical habitat for species at risk”, says RDOS Electoral Area “I” Director Subrina Monteith. “The protection of this site will allow for continued use of this area for future generations.” Federal MP Richard Cannings commented, “Sickle Point is one of the last natural pieces of land left on a lakeshore in the South Okanagan and I’m excited to hear of an effort to keep it natural.” “The Save Sickle Point Committee is proud to be working together with local leadership and the community to preserve Sickle Point for future generations”, said Randy Cranston. The results of the Alternate Approval Process will be released by the RDOS in February. For more information about the alternative approval process, please visit www.rdosregionalconnections.ca. For further information about the Save Sickle Point Committee, or to make a pledge, please visit www.kaledencommunity.com/sicklepoint.


From The Hill

By Richard Cannings, MP for South Okanagan-West Kootenay In late November, the federal government introduced a new climate action accountability act, then followed that on the last day of the fall session with a climate action plan. These are longawaited initiatives. In the decades since climate change was identified as the number one issue facing the globe, through pacts at Kyoto, Copenhagen and Paris, Canada has never had a real plan to tackle this crisis, nor legislation that ensures that governments take necessary action. In 2006, the NDP introduced climate accountability legislation that passed through the House of Commons, but was killed by unelected Conservative Senators. Since then, nothing. Canadians are ready for this. In recent polling, two-thirds said they want Canada to be one of the leading countries in the world in the shift toward clean energy. 90% think we need a strategy to help sectors be more competitive in this emerging green economy. The new climate action accountability legislation calls for five-year checks on whether Canada is on track to meet climate targets. Unfortunately, it puts the first of those checks ten years from now. Experts tell us that the next decade is the most critical for action so why wait until that is over before seeing how we’re doing? We need to have a mandatory target for 2025. The Liberals say their climate plan will allow us to exceed their 2030 target - which is a good thing because that target, originally set by Stephen Harper, would not get us close to our Paris commitments. The one measure that has garnered a lot of attention is a decision to continually step up carbon pricing until it reaches $170 per tonne by 2030, increasing the price of gas by about 27 cents per litre. This would signal to consumers that the cost of fossil fuels will continue to rise and that shifting to other energy sources would save more and more money. It’s not a normal tax in the usual sense in that the funds raised are generally returned equally to consumers independent of how much they paid in. The Parliamentary Budget Office review of the federal carbon pricing system found that “most households will receive higher transfers than amounts paid in fuel charges” and “lower income households will receive larger net transfers than higher income households”. Carbon taxes do expose some sectors to unfair competition when exporting to countries without such taxes, such as the United States. There are ways to deal with this, especially trade-legal border adjustments that reduce or eliminate the difference. I’ve been calling on the government to bring these in and I’m happy to hear that they are now considering these measures. The federal carbon pricing is for provinces without similar taxes. British Columbia has had a carbon tax since 2008 and since then has had one of the healthiest economies in the country, while per capita emissions have decreased. And if $170 per tonne sounds like a lot, Sweden charges its citizens $177 per tonne, resulting in a decrease of 27% in carbon emissions and a GDP increase of 83% since their carbon tax was introduced. While the carbon tax will only get us part way to our targets, economists consider it the cheapest way to reduce emissions. Other measures will be needed, and the government proposes spending $15 billion in the coming years on various initiatives to do that. While it is clear that $15 billion is nowhere near enough, and a lot depends on provincial cooperation, the plan does present - at last - an opportunity for Canadians to engage in this most important discussion on our future.

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By Roly Russell, MLA Boundary-Similkameen This week, I was able to drive through our spectacular riding for the first time, since being sworn in as your MLA. Watching the sunrise over the Okanagan Valley reminded me just how lucky we are to live here. My trip was to meet with Chief Gabriel of the Penticton Indian Band, MP Cannings, Area “I” Director Monteith, RDOS Chair Kozakevich, and members of the Save Sickle Point Committee to recognize the cultural and ecological value of Sickle Point. It is always exciting when an opportunity arises to come together and work towards a shared goal. There is a great deal of enthusiasm to work to help raise funds to protect this site, working with local, federal, and First Nations governments. As you are likely aware, the Regional District is currently assessing support for a potential service area to enable the project; our conversations revolved around opportunities to raise funds to lessen the potential burden on local taxpayers. While the AAP asks for borrowing up to $3.5M, the objective from all parties would be to raise funds to ensure the final number that needs to be borrowed is actually much, much lower. Last week, I was able to join the South Okanagan Chamber of Commerce for a casual discussion on local business vitality, and was happy to share some of the supports that are being offered through the Small and Medium Business Recovery Grant offered by the BC Government. Changes have recently been made to make the grant even more accessible. If you manage or own a local business, please investigate this opportunity and consider applying. Our communities have done a fantastic job supporting small businesses over the past year, yet we know that help is still needed. Remember to support local whenever possible! As mentioned, I have a new office in Grand Forks that will be open to the public soon. I committed to being present across the entire riding, and while COVID presents some wrinkles to that engagement plan, I still plan to be engaged, whether in-person (when safe), virtually (just reach out!), or otherwise. Please continue to get in touch with your questions and concerns, and I look forward to spending more time physically in the South Okanagan once the pandemic settles!

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FROM THE DIRECTOR For RDOS Area ‘I’ Sickle Point ~ Area ‘I’ residents should be aware of the AAP process to ask residents of the Kaleden Parks and Recreation Service area if they wish to purchase Sickle Point property with a borrowing bylaw up to $3.5M with an accepted offer of $2.5M. Residents and property owners of the service area have until February 8th to hand in Subrina Monteith their objection form. An AAP is asking Director of for formal feedback on the project RDOS Area ‘I’ where 10% of the residents objecting could put the bylaw to referendum or postpone. Just like any project in a rural community, residents come together with common interests on a project. The Save Sickle Point committee is exactly that, a group of residents asking for the community of Kaleden and surrounding communities, to join them in their efforts to conserve Sickle Point for generations to appreciate. What I’ve heard in many conversations is that residents may not wish taxation, but support conservation of the property while taxation is one option. The discussion around Sickle Point in the community has offered many discussions on our community vision and other potential projects. I’ve had many conversations with residents all around Area ‘I’, regarding strategic planning for our communities. Many project ideas have been discussed and I welcome new ideas to be presented. An idea is a vision, but isn’t a reality unless dedication and funding arrive at the table together. Area ‘I’ is a diverse area with many satellite communities with different challenges and opportunities. We are only as strong as we are together.

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RCMP Community Report New Year, Old Scams

Over the past few months, a popular scam that has been circulating is where you get a call from the police demanding payment for fines or bail money or other police related services. They have even managed to clone the local police phone number, so it shows up on your call display making the call look even more legitimate. The caller usually threatens you with an arrest, if you don’t pay the amount requested. They typically will ask for payment in gift Twin Lakes ~ The LNID conversion study will be presented to the cards or bitcoin, but can also ask for credit card or a western union LNID and RDOS board soon. Residents in the service area should money transfer. As I have said before, the police don’t request hear more in the next few months. payment for fines, warrants, or such over the phone and the police Apex ~ For those who own property at Apex, a borrowing Bylaw certainly don’t take gift cards or bitcoin as payment. and Fire Service Establishment Bylaw will be at referendum on The police are not the collection agency for Revenue Canada, March 27th. Watch for notices in Apex Matters or for mail out utility companies or any other business. The police do not arrest information coming soon from the Regional District and the Apex you without a warrant or reasonable and probable grounds that Fire Brigade Society. you have committed a criminal offence. If the police do have the If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me. authority to arrest you, they arrest you and take you before a justice or judge, who then decide whether you can be released or held in Subrina Monteith, Director of RDOS Area ‘I’ Direct: 250.486.1346 | smonteith@rdos.bc.ca | www.rdos.bc.ca custody. For some offences, the police can simply release you to attend court on a later date. You seldom have to pay any money unless it is in relation to bail, and then it is paid to the court in cash. Kaleden Community Association Update Sometimes bail can be paid to the police after court hours, but that is done in person in cash and a detailed receipt will be issued by the By Glenda Livolsi police at the time. At no time will the police accept gift cards, western THANK YOU to all the Kaleden residents who have donated their union transfers or bitcoin as payment for bail or anything else. bottles and cans to the Kaleden Bottle Depot. Total proceeds Why are gift cards often requested by these scams artists? The collected for 2020 was $23,397 and KCA’s share was $6231. A big reason is that gift cards are not easily traced and can be easily thank you also to all the volunteers who helped sort these bottles redeemed for merchandise or services that can be exchanged for and cans thru the rain, snow, and sunny afternoons! cash. The scammers simply have you give them the numbers off Kaleden Community Association would like to remind residents the cards and they are in business. that their support is appreciated to help preserve Sickle Point. To There is still a lot of unknown about the type of year 2021 will be make a pledge, please contact chair@kaledencommunity.com or in regards to COVID-19 and such. However, one thing we know for more information go to our website KaledenCommunity.com for sure is that in 2021 there will continue to be different version of Please everyone ... be kind, stay safe and stay healthy. time practised cons and scams. No matter the year, these scams will all have the same goal, to get you to part with your money, identification, or both. All new website for all things Kaleden! If you are a victim of a scam, contact your local police and report it.

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Kaleden Irrigation District News

Champions Of “Save Sickle Point”

By Bruce Shepherd, KID Trustee

By Dianne Bersea

“Grave” Matters ~ Many may not know that KID owns and operates Kaleden’s Cemetery. How did KID get into this business, you might ask? Well, KID is actually an Improvement District, and was one of the first Improvement Districts, created by the Province in the 1920s (KID was incorporated in 1922) to publicly manage several large irrigation systems in the Okanagan Valley. Improvement Districts filled a service gap by providing some basic local services in areas outside municipalities, and were gradually given specific responsibility for services other than water, such as fire protection, sidewalks, streetlights, and in Kaleden’s case, the cemetery. The Kaleden Cemetery, located at the south end of Linden Avenue, is believed to have had some unknown persons interred there prior to the first known burial of an infant King in 1906. This property was originally owned by F.W.H. (Billy) King. In 1935, a Declaration of Trust for this property was signed by three trustees: James Cameron Goodwin, Thomas Harold Preston and James Ronald (Ron) King. In 1965, at the request of surviving trustees Preston and King, KID accepted responsibility for the care and maintenance of the cemetery, and the property title was transferred to KID. This community service was subsequently added to KID’s Letters Patent (basically a job description specific to each ID). Not surprisingly, the natural setting overlooking Skaha Lake has become an increasingly popular spot to “stay forever”. The sale of grave spaces has been restricted to residents of Kaleden who either resided or owned property within the boundaries of the KID service area for at least two years preceding the purchase of a plot, or owned property or resided within KID boundaries for at least five years. Plots in both the Main Section and the Cremated Remains Section may be reserved. For more details, please visit the KID website. KID staff plan to scan all the existing cemetery records into a database, which would simplify retrieval and perusal (it’s a surprisingly thick “file pile”). Another improvement project in the works is to upgrade the cemetery’s entry gate. Two different styles have been proposed; see the two photos below for examples of each (note - they won’t be this fancy, probably more like the Pioneer Park entrance). Which would you prefer (or do you have another suggestion)? KID staff and Trustees are conducting an informal poll as to preferences and would like to hear your opinion! We also would welcome any historical tidbits about our cemetery.

This is the forth in a monthly series of profiles initiated by the Sickle Point Park Proposal Committee. Your pledge is encouraged. Visit www.kaldedencommunity.com/sicklepoint for more info.

Meet Marjorie Field-Robinson

Marjorie is a child of nature. Family rambles in the natural spaces of The Netherlands, and her home city of Amsterdam introduced a lifelong passion. “Every Sunday in summer my parents took us children to the sea for a picnic at the shore-side dunes. Wednesday afternoons my mother set aside for a visit to Vondel Park, the largest park in the city, filled with trees, shrubs, ponds and swans. We played and walked everywhere!” The Amsterdam Forest, a revered national park known for its wooded areas, offered another popular place to explore. Not surprisingly in a nation of cyclists, as a teenager Marjorie cycled to school. Not just a short jaunt, but a ten kilometre ride through the tulip fields near her new home of Hillegom. “I even detoured to make sure I saw all the colours.” That deep appreciation for nature remains a big part of Marjorie’s life. “I love the Okanagan ... Kaleden especially. I love the weather. I can cycle almost all year. It’s quiet. I can be in the garden.” A recent convert to the Okanagan from Calgary, Marjorie’s life in Canada began in Montreal where she met her husband Patrick, a pilot. Their airline careers eventually led to a travel agency business for Marjorie, and took them many places with homes in Toronto and eventually Calgary. Although Marjorie loved the mountains and outdoor life of Southern Alberta, she has really taken to the South Okanagan landscape. “The mountains are not so high. We have a partial view of the lake. I’m walking everyday.” “And I was so impressed with the welcome package from the community. A wonderful map of highlights and trails really started me off. I now know all the viewpoints like Sickle Point, Alder Road, the KVR.” “I’ve walked by Sickle Point almost everyday.” She has also taken many people to the point. “For a time we had a seniors walking pole group (Marjorie is a certified walking pole instructor), and we’d go by there every Friday. We’d just walk in, sit down and listen.” As a flute player, Marjorie’s is especially attuned to nature sounds. On outings with her walking buddies, she’s instituted a two minute silence. “We sit down and really look and listen. It’s really enriched our hiking experience.” When she noticed a For Sale sign on Sickle Point, she felt saddened. “I always knew someone might build on it, but I hoped it would never sell. There’s often swans there in winter. I’ve heard By the way, KID also owns a number of ‘orphaned’ properties, new bird songs. It’s so beautiful and peaceful.” primarily due to the dissolution of the original Kaleden Development Corporation. One such is the steep triangular piece between Oak Then there were reports of an offer and the disruption as the KVR and Tamarac Avenues, which was used last year for a FireSmart access was torn up for service installation. Later, new For Sale demonstration cleanup; another was the old dump site at the top signs appeared. of Dogwood Avenue, which was donated recently to the Kaleden “I had to get involved. I’d love to see Sickle Point restored to a more natural state with native plants and limited access. A narrow Fire Department for use as a training ground. turn-stile perhaps. Maybe an interpretive trail, a board walk.” 250.497.5407 | k.i.d@shaw.ca As others have done, Marjorie has made a pledge and hopes that Office Hours: 9-12 Mon/Wed/Thur a larger organization can step in to make Sickle Point a protected 119 Ponderosa Avenue V0H 1K0 reality.

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Kaleden Volunteer Fire Department By Linda Dahl

Straight Talk About Sickle Point

Submitted by Penny Dean, Jennifer Strong and Nora Walker

While most agree that conserving natural areas is important, there are many questions surrounding the RDOS’s push to purchase Electrical Burns ~ These burn injuries occur when Sickle Point. There are 1,816 taxpayers in the Kaleden Parks and a person comes in contact with an electrical current. The types of Recreation (Kal-Rec) Service Area being asked to approve a new damage vary depending on the voltage and length of exposure. borrowing Bylaw of up to $3.5M, which would begin repayment in Check out the Amps to Zap (A-Z) tips on keeping safe from 2022. The amendment to Bylaw 2914 reads: “The annual maximum electrical burns at ameriburn.org. Below is an example of many amount that may be requisitioned for the cost of the service shall great tips available on this website. not exceed the greater of $415,463 or $0.7195 per thousand dollars of net taxable value of land and improvements in the service area.” The RDOS’s tax increase estimate for properties assessed at $500,000 to $1,000,000 is $124 to $249 for loan repayment on $2.5M, totalling between $310 and $620 for Kal-Rec taxes, paid annually for 25 years. Additional costs could include interest, park development, maintenance, bylaw enforcement and property taxes. Neither RDOS staff nor the Save Sickle Point (SSP) group have stated if Sickle Point will be a conservation area or public park. One participant of the last RDOS virtual town hall on January 13, 2021 said her neighbours are concerned with view not conservation. The South Okanagan Conservation Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) deferred a $450,000 grant application by SSP for several reasons including: “High cost for a small property - an island terms of connectivity values; not significant matching funds Kaleden Sewer ... Its Time To Do It Right in secured - not much detail with respect to other funding sources By Colleen Pennington being sought; and, there needs to be clarification regarding the Did you ever hear the expression, if you are going to do something outcome of a establishing a service.” do it right. Well, its time to ask did the RDOS deliver a sewer In a press release on January 19, 2021, the SSP has obtained pledges for $285,050 of the accepted offer of $2.5M, which is only proposal that is right for Kaleden. 11.4% of the total loan. There are no guarantees that pledges Kaledensewer.ca, the RDOS website, suggests the key benefits will become donations. If the Alternate Approval Process (AAP) are environmental ... “Reduced leaching of contaminants; Reduced is successful the only guaranteed funding will be from taxpayers. algae blooms; Improved surface and groundwater quality; and, Sickle Point remained undeveloped for more than 30 years despite Protect the natural environment and support wildlife habitats”. many attempts to develop it. The Province has strict riparian and Good reasons ... with a flaw. By reaching only a 129 residences and wetland regulations, protecting Sickle Point. one resort, the project as designed will not achieve those benefits. The community is focused on a pandemic, economic hardship, Hundreds of homes with septic systems circle Skaha Lake: costs for Kaleden water/sewer and Twin Lakes water issues. We Heritage Hills with 250 homes; Skaha Estates with 84 homes; face an uncertain financial future and echo TAC concerns. There and other rural properties. The Kaleden Irrigation District alone are many reasons not to fund the purchase of Sickle Point. services 550 homes. In addition, water flows down through our Please complete and return your Elector Response forms lake too, thus bringing the effects of septic systems from homes in before 4:30 pm on Monday, February 8, 2021. communities surrounding Okanagan Lake. Response Forms ~ https://rdosregionalconnections.ca/18662/ The majority of homes on Skaha Lake with septic systems are left widgets/74275/documents/46326 out of the Kaleden Sewer proposal. How could bringing sewer to a handful of select homes deliver any real substantive benefits to our Taxation Costs ~ https://rdosregionalconnections.ca/18662/ lake or improving our recreational activities? But, it’s a start. Right? widgets/74275/documents/47055 RDOS Sickle Point Electronic Town Hall on YouTube ~ https:// Kaledensewer.ca also says, “The RDOS and the community www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhzDd0CEg2A&feature=youtu.be have been planning this upgrade for a long time.” With over a decade of work on Kaleden sewer, we are missing the mark if TAC Minutes ~ https://www.rdos.bc.ca/assets/BOARD/ environmental leadership is the goal. To actually show leadership Agendas/20201217AgendaPackage.pdf and commitment to the environment, the RDOS needs to revisit Referendum and AAP Document Library - https:// rdosregionalconnections.ca/aap/widgets/74275/documents the service area immediately. To get real benefit, Kaleden people cannot stay quiet. We can insist For comments, email concernedtwinlakescitizens@gmail.com. they use our $6.6M grant to build as much of the main network Relax ... Rejuvenate ... Heal along our key roads and set a stage for everyone to get sewer. 250.497.8806 We can insist that more than a token few get to vote. We can insist on more than vague promises, over a decade old, that one day a sewer will come for all.

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More significantly, ask this question, if there is no real benefit to the environment, then does the Kaleden sewer benefits dwindle to development and density? For direct contact with the author, email colleenpenni@gmail.com. Page 6 | February 2021 | SkahaMatters.com

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Sickle Point Questions & Answers Submitted by Evelyn Kansy of Save Sickle Point Committee The Save Sickle Point Committee is working hard to raise funds for the purchase of Sickle Point, located just north of Kaleden adjacent to the KVR. The goal is to raise the full $2.5 million that is needed; however, we realize that might not be achieved and a portion may come from the Kaleden Parks and Recreation tax bill to cover the shortfall. Below is a chart with the amount potentially needed for different amounts starting in the tax year 2022 .

Yearly Taxes for a House Assessed at $500,000 Figures Provided by the RDOS - www.rdos.bc.ca Borrowed amount over 25 years. Shortfall of

$500,000

Debt Servicing Fee, Including Provincial Collection Fee

$24.90

$1 M

$1.5 M

$2 M

$49.80

$74.70

$99.55

What Will The Future Use Of Sickle Point Be? The purpose in saving Sickle Point is to conserve the sensitive ecosystem that is located there. It is not to become a park like Pioneer Park. There will be consultation with the public as to other potential uses, which have to be inline with the original goal as a nature park. www. kaledencommunity.com/sicklepoint Why Could We Lose The KVR Trail If The Property Is Privately Owned? Presently, there is no vehicle access to Sickle Point property. The Provincial government has allowed for vehicle access along Sickle Point for any future residence. This means that cyclists and pedestrians will have to share the trail with vehicles. If Sickle Point becomes a nature park, the KVR Trail will be secure and no vehicles will be allowed.

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Why Are People Pledging To Save Sickle Point? The following quotes are from people who have given permission to use their quote and names. • “We are pledging, because it is the right thing to do in a climate and environmental emergency.” ~ Bill W. of Coquitlam What Are The Fundraising Efforts? • “The unique piece of Skaha Lake shoreline contributes to the • Crowdsourcing ~ In early February we will start a campaign biodiversity of the area and beyond. It is precious and must be with Wayblaze. This is the same company with which preserved.” ~ Carolyn B. of Penticton Naramata raised over $1 million to support the purchase of • “Sickle Point is the last untouched riparian area on Skaha parkland. Lake, and is home to many wildlife that depend on that • Corporate Sponsorship ~ We are contacting businesses very specific variety of habitat to be able to survive. If Sickle requesting donations. We have a letter ready to provide Point is developed, it is to the detriment and well being of businesses with information. If you would like to help and Kaledenites and riparian wildlife alike. Sickle Point should be have contact, or work, or have done business with a company prevented from being developed at all costs and be retained we would gladly provide you with the sponsorship letter to as a conservation area to be enjoyed by all the community.” ~ give to a local business. Micaela W. of Kaleden • Save Sickle Point Facebook has reached over 63,018 • “To protect habitat for fish and wildlife. To protect our natural people with over 8,878 post engagements alone in the last 30 landscapes; the lakes and landscapes attract people and days. Living Brightside Ent. have several initiatives for driving investment to this region. We must protect the remaining pledges such as webinars, on-line events and themed posts. wetlands and low elevation habitat to maintain the function These initiatives continue to drive pledges. of our ecosystems. These systems provide clean water and • Grants ~ We continue to research and apply for various support our livelihoods - farming, vineyards ranching, and grants locally, provincially and federally. tourism.” ~ Scott B. of Kelowna “I believe sickle point is an important riparian and wetland • Government ~ We have and continue to lobby the provincial • area of Skaha Lake that should be preserved. With the entire and federal governments with requests for funding. If you development happening in our valley, I think it a valiant goal would like to help, please write a letter to Hon. George to save at least some small areas of ecosystems that often Heyman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change suffer rapidly under changes in environment and habitat loss. Strategy, ENV.Minister@gov.bc.ca and copy it to our local We are all in this together after all!” ~ Naemi F. of Kaleden MLA, Roly Russell, roly.russell.MLA@leg.bc.ca. If you would like to write other Provincial Ministers or would like some hints If you would like to pledge and received a tax receipt when the for your letter, see the ‘download letter writing information’ tab pledge becomes a donation, please complete the form found at at www.kaledencommunity.com/sicklepoint. www.cfso.net/sickle-point/ SkahaMatters.com | February 2021 | Page 7


FROM THE DIRECTOR For RDOS Area ‘D’

concerns brought to my attention previously. My goal is to help MOTI and AIM better hear and understand our concerns and again ask for action to get these concerns addressed. I will continue to HAPPY VALENTINES DAY! Welcome ask the RDOS Board and our two MLA’s to assist us in this regard. Together, we will make sure they hear our concerns and we will to February. ask for better outcomes. We all know some of these issues have I am writing this on January 20, 2021. been outstanding for a long time. My goal is to bring attention to Covid vaccinations have been done the issues and on behalf of our community and ask for results. in our area. I encourage all who are able to get the vaccination to get the The Vaseux Lake Stewardship Association has been successful in vaccination at the earliest possible obtaining a grant from the South Okanagan Conservation Fund, opportunity. The vaccinations are the which will assist in obtaining necessary information regarding result of years of hard good science options and costs related to fixing the sedimentation problem Ron Obirek work. We will all benefit as the in Vaseux Lake. This is a big issue that relates to water quality, Director of vaccinations are delivered ... and the milfoil, salmon fishery, wildlife habitat and related environmental RDOS Area ‘D’ concerns that impact all of us in the South Okanagan. sooner the better. Thank you to everyone for continuing to be respectful of health Recently (at the December 3, 2020 RDOS Board meeting), we and safety rules regarding this serious COVID-19 health issue. were successful in obtaining a motion of the Board supporting The South Okanagan was hard to get by the virus and sadly a letter of request to the provincial Minister of Municipalities to many in the Oliver area died. My condolences to all the families provide necessary funding, so that members of our community and members of our community who were directly affected. The can get answers to important questions that relate to governance vaccine brings new hope. Until we have this pandemic under good options looking forward. More information on this issue shall follow control, I encourage all to continue following the health and safety in this year. It is important for community members to get accurate guidelines set out by Dr. Bonnie Henry. I want to extend a special information and have questions answered, so that they can be thank you to all the first responders and healthcare workers who better informed when they make their own decisions. A reply has show up for work every day in these difficult times, providing kind not yet been received. I will follow-up with our MLA’s and provide and compassionate care to others. Included in this group, and further reports in upcoming Skaha Matters. not to be forgotten, are all the care aids and housekeeping staff My coffee meetings are suspended until it is safe to reconvene. and custodians and people who work providing food and clean Until we can meet again in person, and as always, I welcome bedding and important services to those who are in care. They phone calls at 250-328-9800 or emails to robirek@rdos.bc.ca. too are heroes working under incredibly stressful and difficult Yours Truly, circumstances. Better days are coming. In the intern, we all need Ron Obirek, Director of RDOS Area ‘D’ to do our best to follow the public health and safety rules. Direct: 250.328.9800 | robirek@rdos.bc.ca | www.rdos.bc.ca Last month, I thanked many community groups and members and I’m certain I missed many others who deserve thanks. I wish to extend a special thank you to the Skaha Estates Irrigation District and local strata for all the good work they do in their community and to remember once again that they came to the rescue of the residents most affected by the Christie Mountain Fire, providing necessary water to the numerous Fire Department crews that came from near and far to help protect the homes of so many. The generosity and prompt offer of assistance deserves special attention and appreciation. Likewise, all the Fire Departments that came to help and also the City of Penticton, which also provided additional water. And last but not least, the Okanagan Falls Fire Department, which was early to arrive and worked so diligently in cooperation with others providing excellent service as they always do. 2021 has begun and there will be much work ahead, as we look forward to a post COVID-19 return to regular activities and economic recovery. I recently expressed numerous concerns regarding road safety and maintenance issues to the new District Manager of Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MOTI) for our region, Erik Lachmuth, when he and AIM Manager Rick Wright appeared before the RDOS Board on Thursday, December 17, 2020. Today, I am asking all of you for help. Please provide me by email any concern you have with road safety or maintenance issues. I will forward same on to Erik Lachmuth. I have raised concerns regarding snow removal and road maintenance and safety issues in Upper Carmi, along East Side Road., McLean Creek Road, Highway 97 and Cedar Street, Highway 97 and 10th Avenue, 7th Avenue speed limit reduction and rumble strips and changing to one-way, safety concerns at the flashing light in the centre of Okanagan Falls and other road related issues. 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Okanagan Falls Volunteer Fire Department Fire Department History Continues ... By Rini Van Uden On October 7, 2006 at 1:52 am, a Ford Bronco II was found to be upside down and on fire by the boat launch on Main Street. Witnesses reported a couple of individuals exiting the car and disappearing. The fire was extinguished and the RCMP investigated the incident. On November 22, we received a call for a report of a woman who got locked in her root cellar by a one year old on Allendale Road. Upon our arrival, our crew unlocked the door and released her from captivity. On December 2 at 3:12 am, we responded to a structure fire on McLean Creek Road. Upon arrival, it was noticed that a chimney fire had spread to the ceiling through the wall above the fireplace mantel. When the wall was opened from the outside, flames were seen on the header above the fireplace. The gable end and attic was checked and secured. There was a good amount of smoke on the ceiling and scorch marks above the mantel. On April 12, 2007 at 9 am near 1366 McLean Creek Road, a 1996 Freightliner rolled over due to his wood waste load shifting. The truck’s 80 gallon tank sprung a leak caused by the accident. The Environmental Department was notified and responded. Most of the fuel was collected with five gallon pails. On May 8 at 8:33 pm, we responded to an MVA on Oliver Ranch Road. The patient had to be extricated from his Pontiac Solstice. While the first responder attended to his injuries, the patient said his name was Fred Flintstone. Alcohol may have been involved. To be continued ... The Okanagan Falls Fire Crew wishing everyone a Happy and Loveable Valentine’s Day.

Budget ~ Right now we are working on our budget for the coming year. It gets complicated as we try to figure out where our funds will best be spent. We also have to look ahead and try to determine where we will need to budget for up coming projects in the district this year. This includes future development in the district and to take care of what needs to be done now. Lots of balls in the air. I call it mental gymnastics. Keep you posted. Master Plan ~ Our engineers have almost completed a Master plan for the District. Once we sign off on it, the plan will steer where we upgrade and provide for new development in Okanagan Falls. It will give us a clearer direction as to where we need to focus. Summer Student ~ We are checking out grants that would allow us to hire a student for the summer months. These grants usually work out to a cost sharing between the Government and the employer. It could be a win/win situation. A student could assist us outdoors with lawn cutting, fire hydrant keep up and other outdoor jobs that take our operators from irrigation tasks. Indoors, a student could take on data entry that will update our files online. So far, we have applied for two grants and we will keep our fingers crossed. We would love to participate in the program and welcome any help we receive. We tend to take things for granted, this might include a student grant. Centennial Park ~ It’s a little too early to plan for summer in the park just yet. It’s our hope that rules will be relaxed and that we can welcome back “Music in the Park” and the Markets to Centennial Park this year. We miss you guys. Water We Thinking ~ “Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.” ~ Babe Ruth

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Until We Travel Again By Diane Chatfield While you won’t be traveling in the next month or two, that doesn’t mean you should stop the travel inspiration from coming. When you begin to plan a trip and map out what you’re going to see and do, it keeps you positive. Having something to look forward to is a great way to fight off the blues. There are so many different types of vacations. Think about what is going to curb that wanderlust you’re feeling right now. Is it going to be a tropical holiday? Or, maybe you want to go on a safari in Africa! Or, maybe you want to get your scuba diving certification and head to Australia! Maybe it’s something even smaller, like a destination that you just haven’t been to before. The options are endless. This is also a great time to buckle down and save money for your future travels, since we’re not out social-spending. Many museums are currently closed, so many of them are offering virtual tours. In fact, Google has teamed up with over 2,500 museums and galleries to bring you online exhibits. From the British Museum in London to the Guggenheim Museum in New York to the Musée d’Orsay in Paris ... you can find it all on Google Arts & Culture. Maybe now is the time to do something with your travel photos. If you’re anything like me, you have a ton of travel photos just sitting on your computer or your phone, waiting to be printed. Yet, they never actually get printed. Now is the time to get those printed and used for something creative. Whether it be a scrapbook of a trip, a travel journal, hanging them on your wall, or creating a cool display for your room ... get creative! There’s something special about looking back on photos of past trips and walking down memory lane. Visit Reliable Travel on Facebook and let us know where you are dreaming of heading when travel is once again safe. Let us know how you are curing wanderlust from the comfort of your home. Remember, we will travel again and Reliable Travel will be here when you are ready!

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Whether it’s our businesses, relationships or communities, everyone works at getting the New Year off to a good start! The same is true for the individuals serving on the Board at Okanagan Falls Community Association. The new ‘welcome / come again’ signage for Highway 97 should be in place by the time this is read. These will be visible coming down Waterman’s Hill to the north of town, and just before Tickleberry’s to the south. Thanks to all who commented on drafts shown in earlier editions! We’ve been able to meet with Area ‘D’ Director Obirek and RDOS staff to consider a range of budget possibilities. Not everyone is excited by budgets and accounting, but several members have considerable expertise and experience in this area. The sessions were informative for all participants and we thank RDOS staff for providing the opportunity. Ever wondered WHAT the Okanagan Falls Community Association is up to? And, WHO exactly we are? Or, WHY we are doing ‘any of this?’ To find the answer to these and other questions about the Association, register and attend our Annual General Meeting of Members! Membership is $20 per person for the balance of 2021. Corporate memberships are also available. You Are Invited

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Area ‘D’ Economic Development Office By Gail Scott, Economic Development Coordinator With the increase in daylight hours comes the dreaming of family vacations, summer fun and outdoor adventure. For those of you who have yet to visit www.visitsouthokanagan.com, I highly recommend you do so. Visit South Okanagan is a collaborative initiative that was launched last year and involves each of the South Okanagan communities. I love the look and feel of this site. The graphics are wonderful and each community has its own spotlight for promoting activities, events, places to go, and things to see. The socio-economic benefits of tourism to our community and surrounding region are huge. There is no denying its impact and when this sector is threatened due to health concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic, travel bans, and potential provincial border closures, it causes even greater financial and emotional concerns for new and existing local businesses and those families that operate them. Even before COVID-19, Canada’s economic growth was looking subdued, with few industries possessing strong growth outlooks. Tourism had gained attention among policy-makers and other stakeholders as representing a sector with significant growth potential, particularly nature-based tourism. For the South Okanagan, outdoor nature-based tourism stimulates business creation, influences corporate location decisions, boosts spending at local businesses, increases property values, reduces medical costs by encouraging exercise, and generates tax dollars. A recent tourism survey (Conference Board of Canada, Sept. 2020) found that domestic tourism (the act of travelling for business or leisure within one’s home country) historically comprises more than 80% of tourism spending in Canada. More importantly, the survey also indicated that among those who made plans to travel, 43% decided to include outdoor nature-based activities in their plans. In 2019, the majority of BC’s visitation was domestic; 74% of all visitors to BC were Canadians. These domestic visitors contributed 49% of tourism revenues in our province. Most tourism businesses buy goods locally, hire locally, and retain their profits locally. Here in the South Okanagan, we will need to capitalize on all activities that can provide strong economic growth while still remaining relatively safe from COVID-19. Outdoor nature-based tourism is well-positioned to provide a boost to economic activities as users can easily physically distance. It also provides mental health benefits, which are needed in a time when people are still being encouraged to stay home and may feel isolated. Current trends across the world indicate that nature-based tourism activities are going to play a key role in reviving both the tourism sector and the overall economy. The take away in the short term is the need for a well-coordinated marketing effort and clear guidelines on how to stay safe during the time of COVID-19 without having to limit domestic travel. This is where www.visitsouthokanagan.com comes in.

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Health & Vitamin D: What You Need To Know About Prevention And Protection By Dr. Tamara Browne, ND Naturopathic Physician, Licensed and Registered by The BC Ministry of Health

In non-equatorial regions of the world, this is the time of year when peoples’ tissue levels of Vitamin D are at their lowest. This is due to lack of UV light exposure throughout the winter months. For at least 6 months of the year in Canada, our skin’s production of Vitamin D is almost non-existent. This puts us at risk of developing infections and chronic illnesses due to the wide-ranging health benefits of Vitamin D. In the past, Northern folks discovered that if they consumed certain foods such as cod liver oil and fatty fish during the winter months, they remained healthy and developed fewer illnesses. This is largely due to the high Vitamin D, Vitamin A, and Omega-3 fats in these foods. Very few foods contain appreciable amounts of these vital nutrients, and so these foods were held sacred. Unfortunately, the initial recommended “normal” Vitamin D serum values were produced from flawed interpretations of North American population studies in the 1970s. “The perceptions drove the science; the science did not drive the perceptions” (Dr. Bruce Hollis). In these early studies, normal American populations averaged Vitamin D serum level of 68 nmol/L and those with biliary cirrhosis were averaging a critically low values of 16 nmol/L. However, lifeguards, who arguably mimic adequate sun exposure, averaged 161.5 nmol/L (in retrospect perhaps this should have been considered normal, yet the 68 level was taken as “normal”). Further evidence shows that humans exposing full skin surface in tropical climates have values in the range of 112.5-155 nmol/L, those living on northern latitudes are often in the less than 50 nmol/L range, and those living in northern climates who take 4000 IU D3 daily are in the 80-100 nmol/L range. Preliminary research strongly supports the recommendation for supplementing 4000 IU Vitamin D3 daily to significantly improve overall survival in cancer patients. For instance, Dr. Bruce Hollis and colleagues, at the Medical University of South Carolina, studied a group of men with early stages of prostate cancer who were put on active surveillance, which means doing nothing but check the progress of the cancer once a year. Typically, this type of cancer will advance with time. However, what Dr. Hollis and his team found with biopsy comparisons, was that most of these cancers improved with adding just one therapy: taking Vitamin D3 orally at a dose of 4000 IU daily. That is a phenomenal result. Vitamin D supplementation is very safe. Research shows that the only potential adverse effects occur with intake levels above 10,000 IU daily, which can cause high serum calcium levels and may lead to kidney stones. As it turns out, this risk can likely be reduced when Vitamin D is balanced with Vitamin A and Vitamin K2, which are also fat-soluble vitamins involved in calcium metabolism. (Chris Masterjohn, Ph. Presentation “Resolving the Vitamin D Paradox: Are Vitamins A and K Required to Render Vitamin D a Heart-Protective Nutrient?”). A traditional whole food, ancestral diet including seafood, typically ensures a full compliment of fat-soluble vitamins are consumed. Unfortunately, our modern, processed food diet does not. With this in mind, it seems prudent to keep daily Vitamin D3 supplement levels around the 4000 IU dose. To test your Vitamin D level, have your doctor order a serum 25-Hydroxy Vitamin D. Here are the numbers to watch for:

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Infectious disease prevention and severity of symptoms by various mechanisms. For instance, it has been discovered that Vitamin D turns on genes that boost production of antimicrobial peptides called cathelicidins which destroy viruses, bacteria, and other germs. It has also been found that the immune systems’ T-cells known as killer cells rely on Vitamin D to become active. T-cells are vital for the immune system to identify and destroy foreign pathogenic microbes. It has been elucidated that Vitamin D affects 5-10% of the human genome and is critical for the functioning of every cell in the body (all 35 trillion cells). Therefore, it widely protects us from developing disease in general. The evidence strongly supports daily supplementation with Vitamin D as an adjunct to protect from a broad range of illnesses. Adults who live in northern climates should supplement with 4000 IU Vitamin D3 daily from October 1 to May 31. During warmer summer months, when possible, gradually increasing moderate sun exposure over most of the skin surface is recommended. Start with less than 20 minutes sun exposure daily and build gradually to prevent burning. Avoiding burning the skin is imperative for protection from developing skin cancer. When in doubt, have your Vitamin D tested to ensure your levels are adequate. Although Vitamin D is not a stand-alone treatment and needs to be evaluated in the context of the whole person, it is becoming understood that it is a very important nutrient for the prevention of serious infections and chronic illnesses. For evidence-based advice about optimal, individualized nutrient dosing, seek the advice of a qualified Naturopathic Doctor. DE

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Try the ORL Reads - Best Fiction Books of 2020. See the list and order from our website! Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone! For the month of February Thank you to our “Friends of the Library” for hosting our silent stop in at your local library to pick up a romantic book to read, or auction and thank you to all who participated. All proceeds to our local branch. We are hoping to have a book sale later this year, movie to watch - don’t forget the popcorn! all dependent on COVID of course. We will keep you posted as The Okanagan Regional Library has prepared a “Winter we get closer to this possibility. We are happy to welcome new Program Guide” containing many choices for online programs volunteers as members. Please contact the library for more including; Family Storytimes, Puppet Shows, Abstract Painted information regarding volunteer opportunities. Hearts, Okanagan Trivia, Coding Club, Art Explorers, Window Bingo Challenge, and even a Memoir Writing Method Workshop. Winter Bingo! Check out and read books from the Okanagan All FREE! You can pick up the Winter Program Guide at any of Falls Library to complete a BINGO - vertically, horizontally, or the ORL libraries. Just register online at orl.evanced.info/signup/ diagonally. Return your BINGO card to a library staff member by Calendar to get the Zoom link info for ALL these programs and more. March 3 to get a bookmark. With every BINGO you get on your card, you’ll be entered in a grand prize drawing! BINGO cards Keeping our libraries safe and open to serve the public is available at the front desk for kids and adults! important to the ORL staff and our patrons. Just a reminder that masks are mandatory and must be worn in all ORL libraries. If Membership Benefits ~ In addition to the immense selection you’ve forgotten your mask, please ask a staff member for a of fiction and non-fiction books, magazines, newspapers, and disposable mask to wear. Customers must also sanitize their reference materials available at your local library branch, your hands when entering the libraries. Please return all items in the library card gives you access to: • Great library programs for every age. outside book drop, not to the circulation desk. • Free in-branch Internet access at computer workstations as Thank you for your co-operation! From Glenda Livolsi, Librarian. well as free Wi-Fi. The Kaleden Library • Hundreds of feature films and television series on DVD. “Gingerbread House • New music CD releases, and a huge collection of CDs for Colouring Contest” winner most music genres. was Natalie Kedge! • Thousands of Audiobooks. A growing collection of digital books for both adults and Congratulations Natalie, • children. hope you had a lot of fun making the gingerbread • eMagazines, eNewspapers, eMovies and a multitude of house with your family online resources for research and for enjoyment. over the holidays. • Public libraries throughout the province - when you show your ORL card and get a BC Library OneCard. • A variety of services for members who have print disabilities, or who are living in remote areas of our region, or who want materials in other languages. Have a free hot dog on us! • The opportunity to suggest a book, magazine, DVD, or other Monday, February 15, 11:00 - 1:00 material you would like the ORL to include in its collection. Family Day Weekend Register online (or stop in to any library branch) to sign up for your At Kaleden Community Church with all Covid-19 protocols followed. FREE library card today and rediscover your library! Wishing everyone a Happy February! Lynn Warfield, Community Librarian, and Tracy Brightman, Assistant Community Librarian. 101 Linden Avenue - 250-497-8066 Tuesday 1 - 5 pm / Thursday 1 - 8 pm / Friday 1 - 5 pm

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“Take & Make” Card Kits By Janet Black, Recreation Coordinator

What better way to tell someone you care than a hand made card? RDOS Recreation has partnered with the Penticton and District Community Arts Council in offering ‘Take and Make’ Valentines Day card making kits. There are many benefits to giving hand crafted greeting cards. You are making someone happy by showing you are thinking of them, which makes you happy and it is fun too. We have a variety of age appropriate packages, each kit unique. It also comes with a video link that offers some artistic tips, while you are getting crafty. Kits will be distributed directly to Okanagan Falls and Kaleden Elementary Schools. You can also pick up at the Okanagan Regional Libraries or the Okanagan Falls Community Centre (call 250-497-8188). Delivery is an option too. If anyone is decluttering, your Recreation department will always happily accept donations of random craft supplies for this or future programs. Happy Valentines Day! Page 14 | February 2021 | SkahaMatters.com

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Active living, art, music and more. In-person yoga and tai chi classes have returned to RDOS facilities. Also offering virtual and takeand-make program options. Try snowshoeing! RDOS Recreation is now offering rentals and orientations to the activity.


School District No. 53 Board Report

January Highlights From Okanagan Falls Elementary School

By Janice Stevens, SD53 School Trustee Happy New Year. I, for one, have enjoyed the pleasant weather that January has provided. Frankly, it is only fair considering the year we have just finished. Students and staff have now settled back in their respective routines and the business of the school districts has continued. The first Board of Education Meeting for School District 53, 2021 is on January 27. As a result, I have no Board Meeting updates in timely fashion for this issue. The Board, however, attended the Finance and Facilities and Education Committee meeting on January 13, 2021. The following was discussed. OPERATIONS 2020/21 Enrolment ~ As of December 31st, schools reported enrollment of 2,313.00 FTE (Full Time Equivalent), which is an increase of 13.50 FTE from September 30, 2020 enrolment of 2,299.6875 FTE. December 2020 YTD Financial Statement ~ Total revenue for the 6 months ended December 31, 2020 was $12.43 million. Total expense for the same period was $12.45 million, resulting in a deficit of $52,519.00. Transition Students ~ These are enrolled in the district, but have chosen to participate in online learning at home because of Covid-19. At the beginning of the school year, we had 155 students across the district who enrolled in remote learning. In January, preliminary numbers show that we still have 138 students who have not returned to the ‘bricks and mortar” classroom. Most students have returned to their schools and while the transition students only represent about 4% of our student population, we still need to close the learning loss that some of these students may experience. Facilities Update ~ Director of Facilities Sansome provided an update on the “outdoor learning” spaces structures that are underway at schools in the district. A silver lining, if you will, of Covid-19 is the emphasis (and funding!) on creating outlearning spaces and opportunities for our students. Some schools have opted for the sunshades, others like Okanagan Falls Elementary will have a more permanent wood structure. More good news on this project expected in the spring. Amended Annual Budget ~ We reviewed the draft amended budget that will be presented for approval and filing with the Minister of Education at the February Board Meeting. Small Community Supplement ~ For information purposes, secretary Treasurer Paliappa provided some details about how the small community supplement funding for school districts is provided. Education Committee Meeting: The board heard from Director of Inquiry Marcus Toneatto regarding the Aboriginal Report 2015/16 - 2019/20 HAWD (How are we doing?) report. There were some very positive and encouraging results. A particular highlight was the graduations rate for our aboriginal students showing an increase of 54% to 67%. Children who will be five years old by December 31, 2021, may begin their first year of Primary Full Day Kindergarten in September 2021. These will be children who were born in 2016. Parents or guardians may register these new students from Monday, January 18 to Friday, March 12, 2021. Parents MUST bring a birth certificate to complete registration. For more information about registration, please call Okanagan Falls Elementary School at 250-497-5414. 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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Inspirational Rock Painting ~ Look for our rocks in the park and at the start of the KVR Trail. Skating ~ Divisions 4 & 5 improve their skills at the Oliver Arena Division 2 Project ~ Flat Stanley learns about Okanagan Falls WOW! Check out our new stage curtains! Can’t wait to use them! Thanks OKF PAC! Thank you to Pharmasave for sponsoring our Spirit Teams for January!

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Okanagan Falls PAC Update By Lindsay Hainstock, PAC Vice President If your Backyard Beans Coffee is starting to get low from Christmas, fear not (or become a scary mean person, because you ran out of coffee) ... We have planned out the next few coffee order due dates to plan your fixes. Coffee orders will be due March 2 and June 1. Contact Robyn Verge at 250-219-3017. We also have another fun and easy way to help support the school as you do your regular shopping, FÜNDSCRIP! Every gift card you purchase through Fündscrip pays a portion to our school at no extra cost to you. How does it work: Step 1 - Visit www.fundscrip.com; Step 2 - Set up account and log on using code S7RS7A (OKF PAC); Step 3 Purchase gift card(s) for your everyday or as a gift for family/friends; Step 4 - Shop as usual - with cards from over 240 retailers (includes places like ESSO, Winners, restaurants, grocery stores, etc.) to choose from, there is no need to change your shopping habits. Finally, a stage call and huge thanks to the lovely PAC members, Principal Karen Sinclair, and RDOS Rec Coordinator Janet Black as the new stage curtains have been installed. They look great! Our next online PAC meeting will be Thursday, February 11th, 6:30 pm via Zoom. Email us at okfpac@gmail.com, if you wish to partake in the meeting and need to be sent the link. SkahaMatters.com | February 2021 | Page 15


School Trustee Report For SD67

Supperintendent Todd Manuel presented a letter from the City of Penticton requesting to conduct a Youth Homeless Survey By Kathy Pierre, School Trustee targeting students 12 and up. The Board approved the City of At the January 12, 2021 Business Committee of the Whole, the Penticton’s request. Board discussed and reviewed the following: Superintendent Todd Manuel provided information on the newly Secretary Treasurer, Nicole Bittante reported on SD67’s Capital established SD67 anti-racism education working group in Assets as at December 30, 2020. She explained Capital Assets Summerland. Trustees and members of SD67’s partner groups include Local Capital Budget of $2,129,526; Bylaw Capital of were invited to participate on the working group. $2,275,784; and Ministry Restricted Capital of $9,092,474. Superintendent Todd Manuel provided a briefing on the District • Local Capital includes the funds maintained by SD67 for the Strategic Plan. Superintendent Manuel asked the Board to sale of school property (McNicol School). $1,780,000 from the consider refreshing and extending the current Strategic Plan Local Capital has been earmarked for the Summerland Gym to 5 years. The Strategic Plan was established in 2017. At that Replacement Project. time, the Board debated whether the Strategic Plan should be 3 • The Bylaw Capital includes school upgrade projects approved or 5 years long. Superintendent Manuel has asked the Board to by the Ministry of Education. The school upgrade funding consider extending the Strategic Plan for an additional 2 years. is approximately 85% expended with most of the projects The Board will discuss the recommendation at the January 2021 completed. This includes projects such as Naramata School Board of Education Meeting. roofing, Summerland Middle GEO Engineering, etc. Until next month, stay safe and healthy. • The Restricted Capital is controlled by the Ministry of Education. The Ministry has approved the allocation of Please contact Kathy Pierre at kpierre@summer.com, if you have $8,200,000 of the Restricted Capital for the Summerland Gym any questions regarding this report. Replace Project. Secretary Treasurer, Nicole Bittante, provided a brief overview of School Site Acquisition Charges, because several Trustees inquired about the purpose of School Site Acquisition Charges and when they apply. The School Site Acquisition Charge is a charge per dwelling unit paid by residential developers. The charge is collected by local government and is transferred to school boards to help them fund new school sites needed as a result of new residential developments. This exists mainly in Urban districts (Surrey for example) with substantial growth and development where a new school is needed. Currently, the above does not apply to Penticton, as residential development is low. Secretary Treasurer, Nicole Bittante, provided a brief update on the recent Media Release regarding the Ministry of Education’s final approval to proceed with the Summerland Gym Replacement Project. The Project will include a gym with a capacity for 650 students, a new weight room and new entrances. The project will begin the design phase in the next few months and is anticipated to break ground in Fall 2021. Secretary Treasurer, Nicole Bittante, provided an update on the 2020-2021 Amended Annual Budget. The Amended Budget will be discussed at the January 2021 Board of Education Meeting. Ms. Bittante explained a small decrease in the Ministry of Education Kaleden Elementary PAC Update Operating grant revenue of $76,206 resulting from enrollment By Brad Nunes changes, enrolment decline, funding protection was less and loss Hello again everyone. This February, we have both Valentine’s Day of summer learning as it was cancelled due to COVID-19. AND Family Day. So love your family, as well as your significant At the January 13, 2021 Education Committee Meeting of the other. And while we are at it, let’s just, you know, love everyone! Whole, the Board discussed and reviewed the following: I think we should give that a shot ... at least this month. I mean I Director of Instruction, Al Beckingham, provide a brief presentation picked a short one, and it isn’t even a leap year, so let’s give it a on the Foundation Skills Assessment Process. A few School try shall we? Districts have sent letters to the Ministry of Education requesting the cancellation of the FSA for this year, due to the barriers Our KPAC meeting will be Zooming to you Live at 6 pm on Tuesday, resulting from COVID-19. The Foundations Skills Assessment is February 9th. Parents, check your email for the link. As with all a Provincially mandated annual assessment of all BC Students Zoom meetings, pants seem to be optional and kids yelling in the in Grades 4 and 7 to assess reading, writing and numeracy. The background are required. purpose is to provide districts and schools with information on Feel like you are bursting with energy and have no place to put it? student performance and it supports decision making regarding KPAC will find ways to bind your enthusiasm to a worthy cause. We interventions, planning, resource allocation, curriculum and are looking for volunteers and ideas on how to provide hot lunch, policy research. The assessments are marked by teachers and as well as other interesting activities to help keep our kids healthy, administrators in SD67 and then a second time by teachers and active and engaged, while we are still riding out a pandemic. We administrators from around the Province. The Board discussed would love to hear what you have for ideas, so please either reach that other Districts are requesting the cancellation of the FSA for out to our chair Lindsay, OR join the Zoom meeting this month. this year. For now, the FSA will proceed as planned. Once again, thank you Kaleden for your constant support. Much love and lots of chocolate! Happy February everyone! Page 16 | February 2021 | SkahaMatters.com


January Highlights From Kaleden Elementary School By Principal Diane Haddow All the students have settled in nicely after our Winter Break! •

P.E. classes enjoyed floor curling in January. The rocks were on wheels, so there was no need to head to the rink to go curling! See photos below.

Kaleden’s latest Spirit Day was held on January 21! A “Stop, Drop and Doodle” day was planned for everyone. Prize draws took place throughout the day for craft kits. A big thank you to the RDOS for donating a number of craft kits for our prizes!

Ms. Severide’s class took part in a letter writing project for the seniors in Kaleden. Students wrote letters to seniors in the community and they were distributed in food hampers that were put together by the church over the holidays. The students hope to continue writing more letters in the coming weeks!

Kaleden Elementary says ‘goodbye’ to Mrs. Sandy Woodford, our library assistant, as she is retiring at the end of January. All the staff and students at Kaleden elementary wish Mrs. Woodford all the best in her retirement! We will miss you!

We’ve Come A Long Way By Tom Landecker I’m an engineer, with a degree in electrical engineering. In my last year at University, I was looking at jobs in industry, until I noticed an experiment run by a fellow student. He was using a very simple radio telescope, just a piece of wire stretched between two wooden poles, but discovering profound things about the Universe. I was hooked, fascinated by this simple experiment at the cutting edge of science. I built simple antennas shaped like funnels to gather signals from the cosmos. They were a little more complicated than a single piece of wire, but still very simple. My “observatory” was a tent. The results of my measurements were not stored on a computer, they were written by a chart recorder, a machine that moved a strip of paper under a pen. The chart recorder wrote if I hovered over it, but its ink often dried up in the middle of the night. I had a choice stay up all night and get some data, or sleep soundly and wake up to a pile of chart paper with nothing written on it. Those experiments seem very simple now, but even those were built on a lot of technology. It was the time when transistors were replacing vacuum tubes. Transistors let us make our equipment smaller and more reliable, and we could make trustworthy measurements of much weaker signals. Radio astronomy, and all of astronomy, has continued to ride the wave of new technology. New technology opens new possibilities, and we’re never standing still. Our observatory in the White Lake Basin is now 60 years old (the ribbon was cut in June 1960). The first telescope was the “big dish” 26 metres across (85 feet). It’s been in steady use over all those years. We have increased its sensitivity by at least a thousand times, and that trend will continue long into the future. How can an old telescope still be at the forefront? The answer lies in new, cutting edge technology, and in computer technology. The new receiver at the focal point of the big mirror will operate in a refrigerator, at minus 250 degrees Celsius. It will detect weaker signals. New computer techniques will allow longer, deeper observations. We are renewing our Synthesis Telescope too. First operating in 1972, it has been upgraded over the years. Its last renovation was in 1995, a long time ago now. The new telescope will be gathering forty times as much data as the old, addressing new challenges for the community of astronomers in Canada and around the world. Here are a few helpful website addresses: • www.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/eng/solutions/facilities/drao.html • www.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/eng/publications/nrc_pubs/tapping/ • https://chime-experiment.ca The Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory is operated by the National Research Council Canada and is located at 717 White Lake Road in Kaleden. For more information, please call 250-497-2300.


South Skaha Housing Society Update

By Michael Livingstone, SSHS Chair

A new year and a new proposal to add to our holdings. As we wait for the approval for phase 2, which will be for families, I am happy to pass on what is happening at South Skaha Place. The affordable seniors living complex in Okanagan Falls is full and has been for the last year. Covid and all. Most of the start up issues have been identified and corrected. We continue to have our monthly meeting via Zoom, which has been very successful. We currently have 2 vacancies on our board. To be a member of the Board of Directors of South Skaha Housing Society, you must be a member of the Society, which is open to residents of RDOS Areas “D” and “I”. Having the will and drive to help our communities grow and become the best place to live, will make you a good fit for our board. If you are interested and are prepared to put some time and effort, please contact us at sshsbod@gmail.com

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South Okanagan Similkameen Volunteer Centre By Wendy Weisner, PhD, Executive Director Register as a Leader in the Non-profit sector at www.volunteercentre.info Individuals who should register are those who: would like to know more about what a leadership role on a non-profit involves; are interested in learning about upcoming virtual board training opportunities; are considering joining a Board of Directors; would like to join a Board of Directors; are currently are on a Board of Directors; and, would like to participate in preparing a “Getting Ready” Guide for new board members. Newsletters sent to you will include: updates on where Board Directors are needed in the Community; training opportunities for the various aspects of Governing on a Board; information on helping with specific board issues; and, gathering feedback on Leadership issues. It will always be your choice whether to join a board, the information you provide us is private. Healthy Volunteers - Healthy Communities publication provides tools for volunteers to help cope with changes in their lives and to stay healthy and keep involved. Make sure to download your copy from the website or email info@volunteercentre.info to receive it. Mark your calendar for Wednesday, February 24 for a Zoom Conference from 11:00 am to 12:00 noon. Everyone Welcome! Register by email to info@volunteercentre.info. Zoom orientation is available for those who request it. Register on the SOSVC Website as a volunteer to receive updates on volunteer needs. Like us on SOSVC Facebook, as we post additional info. Before volunteering read the Volunteer Checklist Volunteering during COVID-19, on our webpage. For more info or to speak with a staff member, email info@volunteercentre.info or call 1-888-576-5661. www.volunteercentre.info Page 18 | February 2021 | SkahaMatters.com

Okanagan Falls Lions Update By Bob Wilson, Past President Hello again and welcome to 2021. We’ve had a month to try it out and so far it’s pretty much the same, but hang in there, the world has seen much worse and yet here we are. I received the following from an old classmate in Vancouver (1961 grads) and forward it to you, hopefully to be received as a humorous anecdote: For everyone who is afraid of getting the Covid vaccine, because you don’t know what’s in it ... how long have you been eating fast food and hotdogs? Also, did you know that when you boil a funny bone you get a laughing stock? Now that’s humorous! Little to report again this month. The club held a zoom meeting on January 12, normal activities discussed and continued. School breakfasts are ongoing so far and will continue as long as we are allowed to do so. We discussed the possibility of a second day during the week, but await information from the school. Over 50 students are attending the Thursday meal as of Dec/Jan and are giving thumbs up, which gives us incentive to carry on as long as we are permitted to, within the prevailing limitations. Lion Mike Livingstone and his volunteers are there every Thursday morning “early” ... Thanks everyone for your involvement and time. Everyone out there keep safe, sane and isolated as much as possible until this plague gets under control. It’s difficult, but so was it for Europe in the 15 and 1600’s - same fears, did you sneeze! Blood, it’s in you to give! The next Blood Donor Clinic will be held on February 19 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. We usually meet once a month, with hopes to resume that soon. Okanagan Falls Lion’s Club is online at www.e-clubhouse. org/sites/okfalls/ and www.facebook.com/okanaganfallslionsclub.

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Ladies Auxiliary of Branch #227 Update By Marla Wilson

The Ladies Auxiliary remains to be very quiet. There will be no general meetings till the “all clear” sounds. The Legion is no longer holding their Games and Meat Draws, because of the social distancing required. Hopefully, as spring turns into summer, we can all start interacting again. Everyone in the Auxiliary is well and a little bored. We are accustomed to being more active then we presently are, but ... this will pass. Then the Bingo people will be bingoing, the cooks will be cooking, the Meat Draw will be running, and all will be back to normal. Stay well!

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Okanagan Falls Seniors Activity Society By Linda Rich

2021 started out with our Centre still closed due to Covid-19 Provincial Health Regulations. Hopefully, these regulations are No Pancake Breakfast in February. lifted soon, and we can resume our regularly scheduled activities. No General Meeting to be held, In the interim, we are open in a limited capacity, while waiting for until we get word from Command. the go ahead to open fully. Saturday Dinner ~ We will be • Membership ~ Thursday from 10:00 am until 12 noon. hosting dinner every Saturday Membership is open to those 50+, and for those wishing to starting at 4 pm until further notice. renew. Open Hours ~ We’ll be open • Library and Book Exchange ~ Wednesday and Thursday from Wednesday to Saturday from 2 10:00 am until 12 noon. Donations of books and puzzles are pm until closing. Closed Sunday, gratefully accepted! Meet Wednesday Bartender Mike Monday and Tuesday. • Board ~ We need members to serve as Vice President, Meat Draws & 50/50 Draws ~ On hold until further notice. Secretary and several Board positions. If you have a few hours Donations ~ If anyone has cans or bottles you would like to per month to volunteer to sit on our Board, please contact donate, please call Bev at 250-809-5537. President Grethe Jensen at 250-497-5669 or Treasurer Linda Rich at 250-497-8713. Membership is Now Due ~ If anyone is looking for a way to support our Legion, become a member. Anyone over 19 can be a • Income Taxes ~ Income tax preparation and filing, under the Legion member. Apply in person or online at legion.ca. The cost is Community Volunteer Income Tax Program, will be available $50/year, which works out to $4.15/month. this year by appointment only. Details coming soon! Giving Back ~ The Royal Canadian Legion is the largest non-profit volunteer organization in Are you over 50? Just $20/yr to join! Canada. In 2019, we donated almost $26,000 Enjoy activities. Meet new people. Get out and have FUN! back to our community and surrounding Become a member of the OK Falls Seniors Society! community organizations. For more information, call Grethe at 250.497.5669. We would like to wish everyone a Happy Valentine’s Day! OK Falls Heritage & Museum Society Facebook Page: Royal Cdn Legion - Branch 227 Okanagan Falls BC. By Marla Wilson 5009 Veterans Way, Okanagan Falls. For more information, please Here we are in middle of winter and the weather hasn’t been too call 250-497-8338. We are a small Legion with a BIG HEART! bad so far. Hopefully, we can be inoculated by the spring and can return to a more active and social lifestyle. Till then, we just gotta be good and take care of ourselves and our friends. It hasn’t been easy, but we’ve done a great job at it here in the Okanagan. By Beverly van Uden

The swans on Vaseux Lake have been practicing social distancing for the last few weeks. They seem to be in pairs and keeping away from the flock. Keep it up swans, it’s a good reminder. The sheep aren’t so careful.

Better at Home is a non-medical program helping seniors remain independent in their homes. We will be offering the following services in Okanagan Falls: • Housekeeping • Transportation Please contact 250-495-6925 and/or email bah@desertsun.ca to discuss details.

The society executive chose not to hold an AGM this year. All the last year Executive officers agreed to stay in place for another year. Secretary Sue Walker applied for some grant money to do some upgrading on the Bassett House. She was awarded the funds requested, so the Society can get to work right away to do the necessary repairs on the building before spring. Shop Manager Noreen is planning a Big Bag Sale of winter stock. Since Christmas, quite a few donations have come into the shop, so there is a great selection of clothing to choose from. The Bag Sale will start on Wednesday, February 17. This year, the bag will cost $6.00 and the procedure of filling the bag is the same. Many thanks to Noreen and our great staff of volunteers who work in the store. They are a great bunch. I do not have a “Did’ja Know” story for this month. I’ve spent a lot of time staying home and I didn’t get into the Heritage Office to get a history for you. So, next month it will be a humdinger or something. H&M Thrifty Boutique

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Nature Trust British Columbia Chats With GTLASS Submitted by Jennifer Strong of the Greater Twin Lakes Area Stewardship Society What is the history of Nature Trust British Columbia (NTBC) land acquisition in the South Okanagan? The Nature Trust of British Columbia’s first land acquisition in the South Okanagan was at Vaseux Lake in 1983. This 64 hectare parcel was purchased to secure habitat for Bighorn Sheep. It is dominated by grasslands and antelope-brush, and supports critical habitat for a number of species at risk including Western Rattlesnake! Since then, The Nature Trust of BC has protected 4,692 hectares (11,595 acres) in the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen. Is NTBC property public property? Most land protected by NTBC is private land. There are some exceptions, including a small number of licences and leases on Crown land. There are a few ways in which NTBC obtains ownership; land purchase, land donation, as well as a combination of purchase and donation. Why is this area important to protect as conservation land? Biodiversity! Biodiversity is short for “biological diversity”, this refers to the number, variety and variability of all living things. BC is home to more than 50,000 species making it the most diverse province or territory in Canada! The Okanagan is a biodiversity hotspot, as it supports many rare species and ecosystems not found anywhere else in Canada and in some cases, the world. The Okanagan is also home to a growing human population, land development, intensive recreational activities and a thriving agricultural sector, which reduces the ability of our remaining natural spaces to function and support not just wildlife, but also us. What are the activities the public can do and cannot do on NTBC property? Each NTBC property is assessed individually and a public access policy is implemented. NTBC decisions are based on public safety, potential for environmental impacts/conflicts, land management capacity, as well as our land acquisition and land management partners. Approximately 75% of NTBC conservation lands (by area) in the Okanagan are open and available to the public for non-mechanized access - that is, no motorized vehicles are allowed. Activities include bird watching, followed by hiking, and nature interpretation. Some NTBC conservation lands are also open to hunters and anglers following property guidelines and applicable provincial regulations. To reduce environmental impact, NTBC does not allow motor vehicles, mountain bikes, camping, nor fires. Dogs are welcome as long as they are leashed and under control by their owners. Is there any kind of research being done on NTBC property? NTBC conducts ecological condition monitoring, including a photographic monitoring program. There are also permanent vegetation monitoring plots located in the White Lake Basin. NTBC provides support to university students needing access to conservation lands in order to complete their research. You may have seen the ‘snake crew’ on the roads and in the sagebrush near White Lake. We see cattle on NTBC property. • Why are there cattle grazing on NTBC property? NTBC operates two biodiversity ranches at White Lake Basin and at Okanagan Falls in the South Okanagan. The principle goal of each is to conserve the diversity of the native species and ecosystems within the context of a viable working cattle ranch. • Is this the norm for conservation areas? No, this is not the norm. When NTBC first considered this initiative after purchasing the White Lake Ranch in 1996, there were no examples in Canada and we had to look to the United States to find similar initiatives and examples.

How is this managed for conservation of the ecosystems? The day to day operation of the biodiversity ranches falls to our ranching partners. Each ranch has a comprehensive management plan and grazing management strategy that aims to integrate livestock management with species at risk protection and habitat conservation. We are continuously making adjustments and refinements as we gain more knowledge and experience both in how we ranch and as new biodiversity information becomes available. Are there specific areas close to NTBC property you would like to obtain to be part of NTBC holdings? Expanding existing conservation complexes is the most efficient way to add resiliency and strengthen our conservation lands and efforts. So, when one of our neighbours is considering selling their land, we would encourage those folks to first reach out to NTBC to see what a conservation land acquisition could look like for them. • What does NTBC look for in assessing interest in purchasing property? There are four priority regions within the Province where NTBC focuses its land acquisition efforts, the West Coast, the South Coast, the Okanagan and the Kootenays. These are based on finding from Taking Nature’s Pulse: The Status of Biodiversity in BC, and on Biogeoclimatic Ecosystem Classification (BEC) zones considered to be of conservation concern: Coastal Douglas Fir, Bunchgrass, Ponderosa Pine, Interior Douglas Fir. NTBC has developed an ecological assessment tool that helps rank a property against our existing conservation land portfolio. It uses data layers to evaluate a property for 7 criteria, such as endangered species, wetlands, proximity to existing conservation lands etc. • Is there a reason NTBC hasn’t purchased Sickle Point? NTBC has a database of over 100 potential land acquisitions across BC. We use our ecological assessment tool to help prioritize these opportunities, and select the most ecologically significant land conservation opportunities. The Sickle Point property has come up several times, usually from a member of the public. NTBC recognizes that Sickle Point has both ecological and recreational value. However, there are other properties in the region, which have even higher ecological values at a lower cost per hectare. In addition to donations, how can people assist NTBC in their conservation work? Donations are always welcome. I think one of the easiest ways people can support NTBC is by sharing our story! Please visit and follow the Nature Trust of BC on social media; it is very easy to like a Facebook post, or share an Instagram photo, which goes a long way to showing you support our conservation work! E: tlstewardship@gmail.com W: sustainabletwinlakesbc.ca/gtlass Advertise Your Business Here.

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Kaleden Museum ~ A History Tid Bit By Meredith King

Kaleden’s Get-it-Done Spirit In light of the present proposal to purchase Sickle Point, I thought it would be a good idea to highlight the volunteer spirit that has existed in this community since its inception, the initiatives it has spawned and the benefits it has accrued for all of us. From the very beginning, this has been a take-care-of each other community. During WWI, many men enlisted to serve and left their families and orchards behind. The community rallied behind those men; tended their orchards, watered their trees, picked their fruit and supported their families. In the early years, and especially after the collapse of the Kaleden Development Corp, all of the community work was done by volunteers; the water board, packinghouse board and school board. Hundreds of hours for the benefit of all. In the mid 1940s, E.N.M. Vernon’s will left the proceeds from the sale of his home and five acre orchard to provide the initial funds for a recreation centre for the children of Kaleden. The community organized in 1949 to support the initiative. Debentures were sold, an architect donated his expertise to design the building, materials were donated or suppliers sold them at cost, 2 carpenters volunteered their labour full time for 4 months to build the hall, volunteer labour was provided by many orchardists and by 1950 the Kaleden Community Hall was finished. The property and structure belonged to Kaleden through the Hall Board, which has become the Kaleden Community Association (KCA). In the mid 1950s, the recreation commission was born. For the first year it was just 1 volunteer organizing kids activities. In 1956, 2 more volunteers were recruited and that same year they negotiated a $5/year lease for a small slice of beach north of the packinghouse where the present beach is located. In 1957, an outdoor basketball court was built through the initiative and conniving of these volunteers. In 1958, BC’s Centennial, the government offered $.40/person if each person in the community would donate $.60. The kids were organized to canvas every household in the district, including the White and Twin Lakes areas. A total of 296 inhabitants including men, women and children contributed so the commission had almost $300.00 to spend. It was decided to improve the beach area. Sand was donated, as well as the equipment to transport it and the rocks to build the groynes to retain the sand. The positioning of the rocks and sand was done by a legion of volunteers. Kaleden’s beach was built by volunteers and $300.00. The Kaleden Recreation Commission and the Kaleden Community Association have faithfully served this community since then and provided thousands of volunteer hours. In 1966, the Kaleden Volunteer Fire Department was formed by ten men. The Hall Board (KCA) helped finance a fire pump, hoses and a nozzle and housed the gear. Operations were covered by donations and then a $5.00/household fee was asked for and received. Later, Len Swales donated a flat bed truck, which was equipped with a 300 gallon holding tank and the fire pump was added. In 1969, a plebiscite was organized to ask for $22,000 to purchase a fire truck, build a fire hall and buy equipment. The ratepayers declined and the department dissolved. The volunteers never gave up. A short time later, 46 residents each paid $125.00 to purchase and operate the fire truck. In May of 1972, a new plebiscite was organized and this time Kaleden voted with 77% in favour and the new Kaleden Volunteer Fire Department was born. They now form an integral part of this village and volunteer many, many hours of community service and one only has to think back to 2019 to appreciate their contributions.

The next major volunteer project was the development of Pioneer Park. In 1985, the property was to be sold to a developer to build an apartment block. The RDOS suggested that Kaleden purchase the tiny slice of land which held the beach. At a community meeting, a resident suggested that Kaleden should see if it could raise the funds to purchase the whole property and develop a park. The motion was passed and a newly formed committee swung into action to convince taxpayers that this project, though costly, was essential and they had to do it in a hurry since the borrowing vote was to happen within a month. A house-to-house canvas was initiated and despite a small group of naysayers the vote passed with a resounding 74% majority. Over the next year, an extraordinary number of volunteer hours were spent by the two committees, planning and organizing, and the temporary borrowing was soon paid off by donations and local fundraising events. To cover development costs a BC government grant of $107,000 was approved, but this grant came with the condition that local contributions must account for a sum twice the amount of the grant. Over the next two years, the community again rose to the occasion. Debentures, volunteer labour, donated materials and machine time all counted as part of community contribution. Businesses stepped up and donated many hours of trucks and heavy equipment operation. In 1987, volunteers built the change rooms and many volunteer hours went into the building of the tennis courts. In 1988, the final stages included rolling out sod, planting trees, weeding, preparing flower beds, building fences and shovelling sand on the beach. All this by volunteers, too numerous to mention, who were involved in everything from the ground up. It was a monumental task and what was accomplished was absolutely amazing. Over the years, improvements have been made to the park. Twice the children’s playground has been installed. In 1992, automatic sprinklers were put in. In 2008, a covered picnic area was built, then later a commemorative arch was installed and a sidewalk, picnic tables and benches added. Over the past few years, an accessible, heated, year round washroom was constructed and every year a skating rink is built. All this through the efforts and donations of volunteers. To complete this tribute to volunteers and volunteer work, I must mention that the library was begun by volunteers, the library building was built by debentures and volunteer labour, the church was built and financed by volunteers, the HUB is run by volunteers and supported financially by community donations, the seniors committee is run by volunteers, the Tennis Club has operated and been supported for years by volunteers, the bottle depot is operated by volunteers raising money for non-profit groups in the community and most recreation clubs at the hall are run by volunteers. The museum, the church groups, even the board of KID (our most vital, local governance body), are all run and supported by dedicated individuals who care about the health and welfare of this community. Time and time again the residents of Kaleden have donated their dollars, service, time, personal and business resources to develop and support this community. Without the amazing entrepreneurial get-it-done spirit of Kaleden residents, the gems of our community would not exist. No park, no hall, no beach, no tennis courts, no fire department, no library, no church, no recreation commission, and no community association. As the decision to support or not support the purchase of Sickle Point comes to a head, I hope the same can-do spirit which has embodied this community over the past 112 years will come alive again. I hope that our citizens will be as forward thinking as our predecessors and get behind this amazing conservation project that will benefit this community for generations to come. SkahaMatters.com | February 2021 | Page 21


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Our wonderful mom passed from this world into heaven January 2, 2021 at the age of 87. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her sisters, Margaret and June, and nephew Glen Overton. Left to miss her, but celebrate her life, are husband Leslie, children Ron, Kathleen Grant (Jamie), Chris Romses (Don), Raymond (Leah), and Robert, Grandchildren Christina, Michael, Sage, Hailey, Bobby, Kara, Kayla, and Karlee, her beloved sister Jo, and nieces and nephews Janet, Nancy (Alan), Pam (Dale), Mark (Nancy), Karen and Reva. Born in Penticton, mom was the youngest of 4 daughters born to William and Dorothy Hall of Olalla. As a small farming family, they faced many hard times during the war years, but she remembered that anyone in need who knocked on their door never left empty handed. After graduating from Keremeos High School, mom moved to Victoria where she worked in the parliament buildings for 2 years. Married to our father in 1955, they relocated to the Okanagan and in 1966, bought a piece of property and built their home. As well as being a wife and mother to her 5 children, she became ‘mom’ to many of their friends who continue to remember her with great affection. Mom was also partner with Les in the well drilling company they began in the late 60’s. After retiring, they devoted their time and energy into expanding their garden and supplied their friends and family with the fruits (and veggies!) of their labour. After Leslie’s relocation to the Westview care facility in 2019, mom continued to live in the home they had built, tending to her loving family until her passing. Our family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to long-time friends, Bob and Heather Pearce, for their thoughtfulness and generosity in our time of grief. We also want to gratefully thank and acknowledge the wonderful care aides who tended to mom in her last weeks with such love and compassion, as well as palliative nurses, Liza, Carmen, and Sadie. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. Interment will take place on May 17, 2021 in the Keremeos Cemetery. Condolences and tributes may be directed to the family by visiting www.nunes-pottinger.com

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