Skaha Matters November 2020

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Skaha Matters

Volume 12 : Issue 11 November 2020 Your FREE Monthly Community News!

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Adapting To Covid-19 Limitations By Myleen Mallach, Owner/Publisher of Skaha Matters While Covid-19 has certainly affected all of us in different ways, one local business created a way to adapt to Covid-19 limitations. The “Portable Protection Shield”, invented and built by Nic Poirier of Future Contracting in Kaleden, made it possible for The Studio to re-open safely during Phase 2. This fully mobile personal body shield is 1/3 of a circle, 4’ in diameter, 6’4” tall, with a 36” opening of mobile polycarbonate which can slide up and down from 0-13”. This design gives access for people to work through and most importantly it is completely mobile. For more information or to purchase one, please call Nic at 604-848-4545. Published by Okanagan Matters Publications 250.490.6951 Quick Facts: Skaha Matters is published every month. All residents and Up To Date businesses in Kaleden, Heritage Hills, Okanagan Falls, Skaha Estates, Weekly St. Andrews, and Twin Lakes receive an issue via Canada Post on the eCalendar! last business day of each month. Limited locations also carry copies. Sign Up Online For full advertising details, please visit Please Note: No part of this publication may be reproduced without the written consent of the publisher. No liability is accepted for any loss or damage resulting from the use of this publication. We reserve the right to refuse any submission or advertisement, and retain the right to edit all copy. Every effort has been made to make this publication as accurate as possible. All authors and advertisers are provided with a proof of their submission and their final approval must be received to be published. © 2020 Okanagan Matters Publications.

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October is National Dental Hygiene Month We’ve extended National Dental Hygiene Month to include November! According to the Oral Health Foundation, scientists found that people who use an electric toothbrush have healthier gums, less tooth decay and also keep their teeth for longer, compared with those who use a manual toothbrush. According to the Mayo Clinic, like other areas of the body, your mouth teems with bacteria - mostly harmless. But your mouth is the entry point to your digestive and respiratory tracts, and some of these bacteria can cause disease. At Okanagan Falls Center for Dentistry we take oral health seriously. Our hygienists agree that patients using electric toothbrushes have better oral health. So, we have instituted a new oral health program beginning in the month of October: Each patient having a full hygiene treatment and agreeing to a planned maintenance program will receive an electric toothbrush at their initial appointment and a new brush head at each continuing maintenance appointment.

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Helping Hand Update By Carmen Dixon, Helping Hand Chair We are starting to prepare for our 35th Annual Christmas Hamper Campaign. All of your help in the past years is greatly appreciated and we hope that together we will have the opportunity to help all of those in need in our community once again this Christmas. Of course because of COVID-19, we have all had new hurdles to overcome and for us it is not being able to hold a food drive this year. The regular toy and pajama trees will be set up at the Okanagan Falls Interior Savings Credit Union and any cash or cheque donations can be mailed to Okanagan Falls Helping Hand. For every person in need, please fill out the required registration form provided on this page and either drop it off to Okanagan Falls Pharmasave or 3 Winds Hair Design. Alternatively, you can mail it to: Okanagan Falls Helping Hand, P.O. Box 640, Okanagan Falls, BC V0H 1R0. After your registration form is dropped off or mailed, please wait for a member of Helping Hand to contact you. The member will verify your information and set up a scheduled time for your Christmas Hamper pick up.

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Name: _______________________________ Phone: _______________________________ Street Address: ________________________ _____________________________________ # ofAdults: ____ # of Children (if applicable): ____ Boys Ages: ________ Girls Ages: ________ Boys Sizes: ________ Girls Sizes: ________

FIRM Deadline Date for Registration: Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Please note that the FIRM drop off or mail in date for all Christmas Hamper registrations is December 1, 2020. Okanagan Falls Helping Hand is a registered charitable organization. Donations can be sent to Okanagan Falls Helping Hand at P.O. Box 640 Okanagan Falls, BC V0H 1R0. Tax receipts will be issued for all donations of $20 or more. We are always looking for volunteers to join our organization. Help us help others. If you would like to volunteer or have any questions, please call us at 250-486-2767 and leave a message. Thank you in advance for your kindness and generosity.

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Want To Help With Christmas Hampers? We are currently seeking local volunteers! Anyone who would like to volunteer with our upcoming Christmas Hamper program, please contact us by calling 250.486.2767, as we are already holding planning meetings for this December. Thank You For Your Support! | October 2020 | Page 3

From The Hill By Richard Cannings, MP for South Okanagan-West Kootenay I don’t usually go into the “inside baseball” minutiae of backroom politics on Parliament Hill - the battles over make-up of committees, opposition motions with poison pills, and filibusters - because, frankly, most Canadians aren’t concerned about these details. They just want parliament to work for them, especially when so many individuals and businesses are struggling through an unprecedented health and economic crisis. But, the games played by the Conservatives and Liberals that brought us very close to triggering a federal election in the past few days bear some discussion. A quick background: there are four House of Commons committees studying the details around the WE Charity scandal. In one of those committees, Liberal MPs filibustered for hours last week before adjourning the meeting to avoid answering important questions. Most MPs realize that having four committees looking in to this important but contentious subject is tying up parliamentary time and resources, and the NDP suggested creating a single special committee to study it. The Liberals accepted that suggestion but insisted that they chair the committee, which goes against the normal structure of this sort of committee. The Conservatives upped the ante with an Opposition Day motion to create an “anticorruption committee” (there’s the poison pill). Prime Minister Trudeau then went all in by declaring the vote on that motion would be a confidence vote, thereby triggering an election if the vote passed. When all we needed was a moment of cooperation to make sure that this minority parliament could function smoothly, the over-thetop brinkmanship of the Conservatives and Liberals brought us to the edge of ending the 43rd Parliament. I now have to point out that recent polls show the Liberals well out in front of the Conservatives and an election would likely return a Liberal majority government. So, we had a crazy situation where the Conservatives were praying that their motion failed, so they didn’t have to go into an election. The Liberals, on the other hand, are itching for an election (they wouldn’t have made this a confidence vote if they weren’t) and were hoping that the motion passed, even though it was highly critical of the government. As NDP leader Jagmeet Singh said, “We don’t want to have anything to do with this farce.” And so, it was left to the NDP (and the Greens) to vote with the government to keep this parliament alive. In doing so, we left both the Liberals and Conservatives perhaps a bit sadder, but wiser. We were voting against an election. The focus of the NDP continues to be on helping Canadians. This is how a minority parliament should work. We will continue to work with the other parties to get answers about pandemic spending and will immediately call for witnesses to the Ethics Committee (the standing committee best suited for this work) to continue studying the WE Charity. This will help us find out the truth behind serious questions of the government’s actions. An election would not have revealed that truth.

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I am writing this on October 22, 2020. Covid-19 remains a serious issue. Infection rates are increasing across Canada and in BC in recent weeks. Winter is coming and with it the flu season and more indoor contact generally. Public safety and prevention of spread of the virus remains a top priority. I ask that everyone do their best to stay informed on best practices Ron Obirek Director of for physical distancing and safety RDOS Area ‘D’ measures. Take a moment to research the best way to wash your hands. I have recently learned it’s more complicated than I realized. For example, the first thing we should do when we get home from being in our cars is wash our hands. If we buy fuel and we touch the gas pump or other items and then touch our steering wheel and then go into our home we may inadvertently communicate the virus without even realizing the risk. Washing hands the correct way makes a big difference. This is important for all of us. Washing wrists, between fingers, the base of our thumbs, our fingernails and cuticles all matter. I’ve learned that to wash hands properly takes about 20-30 seconds. It is a simple thing we can all do and contribute to keeping each other and ourselves safe. Similarly, wearing facemasks has a significant benefit when we are not physically safe distanced from others. Thank you to everyone for respecting the health and safety rules regarding this very serious health danger. The provincial election results are not known at the time I wrote this article, but will be known when this article is published. Congratulations and welcome to our newly elected MLAs. We look forward to working together with you. Thank you to our Legion for the excellent work done in this time of Covid-19 and helping to keep our community safe. Unfortunately, our traditional November 11th Remembrance Day Ceremony in the School gymnasium and the Parade and the public meeting and showing of respect and remembrance at the Legion will not be possible this year. The Legion is conducting a Covid-19 safe ceremony at the Cenotaph and has plans to include the school children in a respectful ceremony process. Special thanks to the Okanagan Falls Elementary School and Principal Sinclair in this regard. I ask everyone to take a moment of silence this November 11th and have respectful remembrance in a Covid-19 safe manner. We have many positive developments happening in our community. We have new members of our community who have recently purchased and chosen to locate their homes or their businesses or both in our community. I wish to extend a special thank you and welcome to all of them. One example relates to the prospect of a grocery store in Okanagan Falls. I have received very positive and encouraging information in this regard. Stay tuned for more information. Another example is the recent sale of the Sunniva site in our industrial area. Plans have commenced for a subdivision into an industrial park, which will make available development sites for businesses that require industrial zoning. We in Okanagan Falls are fortunate to have one of the largest supplies of undeveloped industrial zoned land in the Okanagan. Opportunities exist for businesses needing land for their operations. This will translate to jobs in our community. Jobs will require more housing. Jobs and people in housing will mean more customers for local businesses. We have a beautiful community. With careful planning and attention to quality, we are ready for some exciting positive new business and housing developments.

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The owner of the Okanagan Falls Hotel has also been busy with renovations and has plans to open again in the near future. Gord Goble of PentictonNow has recently published a detailed 5 part series on Okanagan Falls and has provided some interesting detail and observations regarding the many positive changes and developments that are happening right now in our community. I would encourage anyone who has not already seen the articles to take a moment to read the well written and very interesting overview of what’s happening in our community. I would like to encourage everyone to please support businesses in our community. Covid-19 has presented challenges to everyone. Our local businesses appreciate all the patronage that we give them and when we support our local businesses we all benefit. The Okanagan Falls Community Association (OFCA) continues to work on its 4 targeted areas: 1. Investment and Development; 2. Communication and Engagement; 3. Governance; and 4. Community Policing, Security, and Beautification. All who are interested in joining can email OkanaganFallsCommunity@gmail. com. Watch for notices in Skaha Matters and elsewhere. Thank you very much to the OFCA for the excellent work. I wish to welcome Gail Scott, our new Economic Development Coordinator, to our Area ‘D’ Economic Development Office. Gail brings a tremendous wealth of experience to our community. I look forward to working with her and invite everyone who is interested in meeting her to stop by the office and introduce themselves. Gail will be working with the OFCA and myself on strategic planning and budget and we will specifically be building off the excellent work done recently by the OFCA and the EDO related to the Okanagan Falls Community Development Plan that has recently has been approved by the RDOS Board as a guiding document. The work continues and I look forward to a productive 2021. The RDOS computer system, which was hacked in the summer, is coming back together, and in some instances, better than before. Special thanks to Danny Francisco the IT Manager at the RDOS. We will be putting better Internet connectivity, fiber-optic’s, and related matters on our Economic Development Strategic Plan to achieve better services related to connectivity generally. The South Skaha Housing Society continues the excellent work on a Phase 2 of the project. This is a very positive initiative that will provide more affordable housing in our community. Due to Covid-19, I will not be having a “Meeting with the Director” in November. I am working with the Legion and the Senior Centre on arrangements for Covid-19 safe meetings in the future. Yours Truly, Ron Obirek, Director of RDOS Area ‘D’ Direct: 250.328.9800 | |

FROM THE DIRECTOR For RDOS Area ‘I’ Change of MLA ~ By the time you read this, we could have a new Premier or have a continuing Premier. It was a pleasure meeting and talking with both candidates for Boundary-Similkameen; Roly Russell and Petra Veintimilla. Both candidates took a keen interest in Area “I” and I am excited to have Subrina Monteith either qualified candidate represent Director of our community. RDOS Area ‘I’ I wish to extend a heartfelt thank you Linda Larson, who retired this year after many years of public service representing the Boundary-Similkameen and the Town of Oliver. I will always be thankful for the guidance and support offered by Linda and will continue to admire her career as I have for many years. Sickle Point ~ The local ad hoc committee has met with RDOS staff and are now working towards the acquisition of Sickle Point as a natural community park. The vision is for a natural observation and conservation access point to one of Skaha Lakes treasured wetlands, which is home to many species of birds and wildlife. Visit the Kaleden Community website at under “Initiatives” to keep informed and to pledge to support the acquisition. What is the next step? RDOS will investigate moving forward with a conditional offer to purchase the land, while a borrowing bylaw will be presented to the community for assent. Borrowing bylaws are presented as a worst case scenario and will be higher than the actual tax requisition amount. This may be confusing to some residents, so staying informed to learn the fundraising efforts to show the reduction of financial impact to home owners is important information to follow. I will also update on our community Facebook page, as the pledge amounts decrease the final cost to residents prior to the assent process. Knowing how you can help? Share the link on your personal Facebook page to help draw some external funds that will be used for the purchase. If you would like donate or know anyone else interested in donating towards the purchase, please contact All foundations and large donation avenues are being approached to reduce the cost to Kaleden residents. Clarification On The Kaleden Sewer Project Questions & Answers ~ If you haven’t had the chance yet, please check out the Q&A section on the website. Register in a couple quick steps and then ask your question. The question or comment will be posted after it is reviewed and responded to by a site administrator. If you have difficulty with the website, please email Liisa Bloomfield, Manager of Engineering, at Lbloomfield@ Concern Over Development At Ponderosa Point Resort ~ Concern has been shared over a ‘proposed’ 400 unit hotel at the Ponderosa Point Resort location based on my posting on the Q&A section of the website. The posting is as follows: Q: Peak flow estimates include a buildout estimate of 400 tent/trailer units in the Ponderosa subcatchment, which seems excessive compared to the estimate of 100 units for Banbury. Why so high? A: These two properties are zoned differently - Ponderosa has a CT1 - Tourist Commercial zoning that permits tourist accommodation as a principal use, whereas Banbury is zoned CT2 - Campground

Commercial which only permits campgrounds as the principal use. The Zoning Bylaw defines “tourist accommodation” as “a building or buildings providing temporary accommodation for the travelling public, such as tourist cabins, lodges, motels, hotels, inns, or hostels, which may include common public facilities, such as an eating and drinking establishment, gift shop, personal services, or spa; but shall not include recreational vehicles, park model trailers or mobile homes.” So, given the calculations with the property size and % property coverage, a 400 unit hotel development is currently easily permitted on the Ponderosa property under the existing zoning and we needed to take this into account with the predesign estimates. As Banbury is zoned as a campground use, the area could not include the unit density as Ponderosa does. Hence, the lower overall number of units for full buildout. This statement sought to directly answer the question as to why the development numbers in our predesign report were so varied for the two locations; it was due to the different zoning types, being CT1 and CT2. When calculating the maximum buildout possible in the community with the existing zoning, the 400 unit hotel was calculated out by the RDOS consultant based on the 35% parcel coverage, with a maximum building height of 12.0 m (2-3 storeys). The maximum buildout is a standard analysis in designing sewer or water infrastructure. This information was included in the predesign report. At one of the meetings in Pioneer Park, we discussed the future plans with a resort representative. Based on the discussion, the calculated ultimate capacity for the Ponderosa Point Resort in the detailed design would not be using the potential 400 unit hotel for determining the servicing requirements in the detailed design. The anticipated future plans as discussed by the Resort will be used. In response to the recent concerns and discussion over the Ponderosa Point Resort and possible development plans, the following statement has been provided: “The owners of Ponderosa Point Resort do not have any plans for redevelopment of the property. We have not engaged in discussion with any developer or with any party regarding the sale of the property. We do not have a “hotel or other high-density development proposal for this property”, as suggested in the “To Sewer Or Not To Sewer ... ” article in the September 2020 issue of Skaha Matters. We have not prepared any proposal or even explored such development. In fact, the opposite is occurring. Owners are investing in improving the interiors of our cabins, keeping the existing footprints of the modest cabins. Ponderosa Point Resort is owned by 26 families, who each have a cabin at the resort. Many have owned their family cabin for decades, some more than 40 years. Our owner families know how fortunate we are to call this gem our summer home and want to preserve this unique resort community for future generations. Some cabins have already been passed down to the next generation, with grandchildren and great-grandchildren of the original cabin owner now enjoying summers in Kaleden. Ponderosa Point family traditions and memories run deep for many of our owner families. Any sale of the property or redevelopment plans would require a vote by all 26 owners. We have no plans to hold such a vote and have had no discussion relating to exploring this avenue. Instead, our focus is on preserving our existing family cabins for many years to come.” ~ Ponderosa Point Resort The potential development estimates used for the predesign report were high level based only on available zoning information. This development information of 400 units was not coming from the property owners, but from calculations when sizing for the ultimate capacity based only on maximizing existing zoning potential.

What’s Next? Upon completion of a successful public assent process, one of the key aspects planned to be initiated with detailed design is a Kaleden Local Area Plan. The 2016 Official Community Plan provides broad guidance for development and growth in the community. The Local Area Plan will provide future vision for the area and provides development direction that residents, landowners, developers and the RDOS can refer to as new development ideas are proposed within the area. An important concept of the plan is to show where and how new development can be integrated into the neighbourhood over time in a way that respects and enhances the existing vision and culture of the community. The Local Area Plan will be developed by the RDOS in coordination with interested and impacted stakeholders, which includes residents, landowners, businesses, community associations and developers. The plan will be created with input collected from an interactive engagement process in the community. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me. Subrina Monteith, Director of RDOS Area ‘I’ Direct: 250.486.1346 | | Relax ... Rejuvenate ... Heal


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Area ‘D’ Economic Development Office By Gail Scott, Economic Development Coordinator For those of you who already know me, I am back in the saddle which I suspect won’t surprise you. Even the Covid-19 pandemic could not keep me away. For those of you who don’t know me, I want you to know that I could not be happier to be the new Area ‘D’ Economic Development Coordinator for Okanagan Falls. I bring to the table more than 25 years of community economic and tourism development experience from working with all levels of government and private sector operations across the three western provinces. Collaborating with all the regional partners is my passion and it is my belief that it takes a strong committed community of the whole to build solid relationships that will bring about positive change for the immediate and long term future. I have been a resident of Oliver for the past 7 years. During this time, I have worked as the Managing Director for Visitor Attraction and Economic Development for Destination Osoyoos and the Town of Osoyoos and I have been actively involved in consulting and contracting my services as an Community Economic Development Specialist throughout this incredibly beautiful and opportune region. Our office is located at #1-5350 9th Avenue in Okanagan Falls. If you would like to get in touch with me, please send an email to or call 778-515-5520. Our office is located at #1-5350 9th Avenue in Okanagan Falls. I look forward to meeting you in person and to updating you each month in Skaha Matters with all the wonderful things that are happening in Area ‘D’.

Volunteer Spotlight Meet Grethe Jensen

Grethe Jensen has held the volunteer position of President of the Okanagan Falls Seniors Activity Centre for 7 years! She tells us that she has a great Board of Directors. One word of wisdom ... Learn to delegate when you are in a leadership role, as wonderful people will be there to help.

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Champions Of “Save Sickle Point” By Dianne Bersea This is the first in a monthly series of profiles initiated by the Sickle Point Park Proposal Committee. Your pledge is encouraged. Visit for more information.

Meet Ken & Margaret Hayter Ken and Margaret Hayter are champions in a lot of ways. I’ve been looking forward to interviewing them at Linden Gardens, a special environment they’ve created in upper Kaleden. They are busy people, but moments after I pull into the familiar parking lot, Ken arrives at my car door with a big smile. Together, we collected Margaret from her new glass art studio and settled into appropriately distanced chairs in the garden courtyard. I ask Ken about his family history going back four generations on these lakeside slopes. Ken counts out on his fingers and indicates, it probably is that long. He adds, “You just are ... “, suggesting deep rootedness. A new-bee by comparison, Margaret visited Kaleden with her family back in 1968. She met Ken and, as the saying goes, the rest is history. They immediately laugh, “We’re both quite different people though.” For thirty years they worked an apple orchard. Then the day arrived when Ken saw transitions ahead. “An orchard is a monoculture. It’s essentially sterile. Once soil is cultivated, it’s hard to take it back. The soil chemistry and microbe load is changed.” Ken knows that Linden Gardens can never replicate the original landscape. “It can only exist, because it’s irrigated.” I’m thankful for that. Linden Gardens offers a natural sanctuary for families, kids and nature too. As Ken points out, “Anytime I dig a pond ... frogs, salamanders, dragon flies ... pond life just appears.” Ken reflects on similar experiences as a kid at Sickle Point. “We often played there. With my buddies like Bill Sampson, we poked about in the reed beds and built forts in the trees. The shallow water was great for swimming!” But Ken is a realist. There is only so much Sickle Point can be returned to its former glory. For one thing, the huge reed beds that once filled shallows along the Kaleden side of the lake disappeared about twenty years ago. “Just disappeared? Why?” I ask, mystified. “Just disappeared, for no known reason.” This leads to another reflection.

“Fifty years ago Skaha Lake turned green.” Margaret notes that phosphates in laundry soap were the culprit. Fortunately, the removal of product phosphates solved that problem. But, this issue underlines Ken and Margaret’s concern for Sickle Point. Ken is adamant. “Wetlands are important. Wetlands manage water flows and flooding. Bulrushes clean water. Reed beds provide wildlife habitat. Sickle Point is the last naturally occurring outwash, wetland on the lake.” Does Kaleden have what it takes to save Sickle Point? Margaret and Ken both huff as if to say, “What a silly question!” Ken responds quickly, “Kaleden has a history of pulling together. In the early 80’s, donated land and community involvement created Pioneer Park. A few years later, donated land and volunteers made a fire hall possible.” He adds, “Those community values are still strong in Kaleden.” Ken has offered to help re-establish native vegetation at Sickle Point. “We’ve often made a mess of things. But, Sickle Point is an important piece we can save.” Dianne Bersea is an artist, writer, photographer, Nature Wise columnist for Penticton Western News and member South Okanagan Naturalists Society.

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Kaleden Irrigation District News By Bruce Shepherd, KID Trustee Of Consuming Interest ... KID Chair Mike Gane recently numbercrunched our long-term water consumption records with the following results. Comparing 1991-2009 yearly averages with those for 2010-2020, we have saved almost 329 million liters annually. One-third of those 20% savings are attributed to repair of leaks, with two-thirds due to your conservation efforts. Thanks, folks! Coming to the end of the 2020 irrigation season, the very dry and somewhat warmer September resulted in 66 million liters more pumped than in 2019. So, the savings seen during the cool and wet start to the 2020 season will be more than offset by the hot and dry end, with over 50 million liters more consumed by September 30 this year. As they say, there’s no such thing as an average year. A Reminder ... that irrigation season ended on October 15. If you haven’t already done so, make sure your irrigation system is completely drained. You will be responsible for repair costs, if your irrigation connection freezes. Who Ya Gonna Call? Got a problem with your water? Get in touch DIRECT with KID staff by using the emergency phone numbers that are available 24/7 on the KID’s website, and on our answering machine, and posted outside the KID office. KID does NOT monitor social media sites. And, PLEASE DO NOT CALL 911! Yes, we have had those calls. In the wake of recent major water interruptions, KID is also in the process of constructing an Emergency Alert List. Please provide the KID Office with your email address and/or phone numbers to ensure you are on this list. Didn’t Make the KID Annual General Meeting? Next month we’ll hit some highlights of the AGM. You can also check out the KID Website for more details.

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Kaleden Community Association Update

Kaleden Volunteer Fire Department KALEDEN COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION RDOS Introduces NEW Grant Funding ProgramProcess! Burn Authorization

By Glenda Livolsi The purpose of the Kaleden Community Association is to improve the conditions of our community life in Kaleden. We love to support and encourage charitable, recreational and social activities. We encourage the involvement of citizens in the development of a healthy community working side by side with the following groups: Kaleden Seniors Committee, Kaleden on Patrol, and the Kaleden Museum.

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) is introducing a new streamlined process for five Regional District Volunteer Fire Departments. At the September 17, 2020 DO YOU HAVE AN IDEA? board meeting, the RDOS board of directors adopted the Open Burning Regulations Bylaw No. 2898, 2020. Connect Kaleden residents? Summary of Changes: The Kaleden Community Association is a registered charity with Enhance opportunities for allFire Department is now included. Anarchist Mtn Volunteer the Canada Revenue Agency. Anyone can make donations to • to participate? Streamlined process for requesting burn authorization, saving KCA for community projects and receive a tax receipt. KCA has • residents time for residents and fire chiefs. also established a Kaleden Community Fund with the Community Bring neighbours together? • Electronic authorization delivered via email. Foundation of the South Okanagan Similkameen. This fund allows Removes requirement for a permit fee. people to donate toward larger projects or designate funds from • their estates. Help us make a difference in the lives of others in our • Expanded list of Prohibited Burning Materials to be consistent Kaleden Community. Contact us for more information by emailing with theCRITERIA Open Burning Smoke Control. GRANT to The RDOS is reminding residents to review burning regulations 1. Applicant(s) must be a resident of the greater Kaleden area. before completing the Burn Authorization application. 2. Grant is open to all ages. “It’s important for property owners to consider their neighbours 3. Grant activity or purpose must engage and/or connect residents of Kaleden and and the environment before burning,” says RDOS Chair Karla enhance opportunities for participation. Kozakevich. “You may want to look at other options, such as 4. Grantor funding is limited to maximum of $150.00 once a calendar year. LET’S ALL HELP TO PRESERVE SICKLE POINT. chipping taking material to the landfill.” 5. Grant application may be submitted at anytime to To access the Burn Authorization application, please visit FOR MORE INFO OR TO MAKE A PLEDGE, or in writing to Kaleden Community Association Box 136, Kaleden, BC, V0H 1K0 If you have questions, please contact your local PLEASE CONTACT: Applications may requested contacting KCA at either of theor above fire6.department viabeemail to by kaledenfi calladdresses. 8231. For further information, please call RDOS at 250-492-0237 or email KALEDEN COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION We would like to THANK the PENTICTON HOME HARDWARE Kaleden FireSmart GRANTSand AVAILABLE SUPPORT YOUR BUILDINGHAS CENTRE RONA TO PENTICTON for IDEA their generous By Linda Dahl donations and delivery of supplies to our training ground. The Annual Chipping Event held on October 17th was a big All new website for all things Kaleden! success and we thank everyone for removing over 55 loads of KALEDEN COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION burnable debris from the community.


Grant Courtesy Funding Program of the Kaleden Community Association

Throughout the winter, residents are reminded to plan their FireSmart projects for next spring. Let the FireSmart Board know how we can help. What ways will be most effective in getting your neighbourhood and other problem areas cleaned up?


Call 250-497-8231 to leave a message and contact name. Thank you to Bartlett Tree Experts for their awesome chipping crew. Thank you to EZ Bins for the bin donation. (Filled to the brim.) Thank you to the KVFD for all the support and volunteers.

Connect Kaleden residents? Enhance opportunities for all residents to participate? Bring neighbours together?


Applicant(s) must be a resident of the greater Kaleden area.


Grant is open to all ages.


Grant activity or purpose must engage and/or connect residents of Kaleden and enhance opportunities for participation.


Grant funding is limited to maximum of $150.00 once a calendar year.


Grant application may be submitted at anytime to or in writing to Kaleden Community Association Box 136, Kaleden, BC, V0H 1K0


Applications may be requested by contacting KCA at either of the above addresses.


South Okanagan Chamber Of Commerce: Benefits For Membership

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By Denise Blashko, South Okanagan Chamber Coordinator October was Small Business Month, and it was a busy one for Chambers throughout the Okanagan. There were many great training opportunities and activities throughout our valley for businesses to participate in. It was also a time for our communities to thank the local businesses and owners for being part of our towns and cities and helping to create the places we call home. Our regional Chamber group Denise Blashko, has been highlighting as many members SO Chamber Coordinator and businesses as we can to showcase the resiliency, dedication and determination of these businesses and their teams! We have compiled a fun, short video and you can find it on our website or use this link below.

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Let’s work together & support each other, as we navigate through this current health and economic crisis.

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Okanagan Falls Community We are part of a growing group of community builders in our area and we want to connect and grow a vibrant South Okanagan Association Update community. We invite you to check us out! Explore our website to By Matt Taylor, President see what businesses and non-profits we have in our backyard and get connected with us to see what our members are doing and to Exciting things are happening with our Okanagan Falls Community find out what we are working on. Association! We have picked up quite a bit of media attention It is important now more than ever to work together and support over the past 6 weeks and the response has been extremely each other, as we navigate through this health and economic crisis. positive. The full range of issues and the crossroads we are at as We thank all our members for continuing to support this community a community - as we see it - is captured very well in a 5 part series building movement and we invite other businesses, organizations, by PentictonNow. Below is the link to part 1 of the PentictonNow and individuals to consider membership with our local chamber of story, with parts 2, 3, 4 and 5 going out Monday through Thursday commerce. There are many benefits and reasons for becoming of October 19-22, 2020. a chamber member. Most important of which is that we are collectively investing in our small town communities and using the Comeback_in_the_cards_for_Okanagan_Falls/ strength of our numbers to support our local businesses, keep our One issue identified by individuals interviewed throughout the quality of life a priority, and to ensure our region continues being PentictonNow story, was incorporation. OFCA also recognized an amazing place to live, work and play. this as an issue that was important to the community, in a survey Another highly valued benefit is that Chamber Members are completed earlier this spring. A goal of the Strategic Plan is to eligible for the Chambers Plan, which is a comprehensive health provide for an informed discussion of incorporation and other forms of governance. Stay tuned! insurance plan. As a small business owner, you understand how important your By late October, all 2,000 households and businesses of Area ‘D’ employees are to you. Simply put, the right employees can “make” should have received our Okanagan Falls Community Association the company. But, it can be challenging to attract and retain the brochure. It sets out the goals for the community’s Strategic Plan, right talent. Today, top employees demand a comprehensive and also includes information on how to become an association health insurance plan. In fact, in a 2016 Canada health survey, member. 77% of respondents say they wouldn’t move to a job that didn’t May I remind you of our membership drive? We’re a very young organization, with a big task ahead of us. Your membership is include health benefits. The Chambers Plan was specifically designed with the products, essential, to demonstrate that we represent the community’s services, and administration tools to match the needs of today’s views! If you have not already done so, please respond to this small businesses. With more than 30,000 firms insured under the article and become a member. The cost is $10 per individual, Plan, it is the most popular employee benefits program in Canada $100 per small business, and $250 per large business. We accept e-transfers to or you for small to midsize businesses. can drop off your membership payment to the Okanagan Falls Brown Benefits Agency Ltd. exclusively markets the Chambers Economic Development Office, located at #1-5350 9th Avenue Plan to small and medium sized businesses in Penticton, or mail a cheque to #143-4400 McLean Creek Road, Okanagan Summerland, Naramata, Kaleden and Okanagan Falls. Their goal Falls, BC V0H 1R6. Make sure you include your name, address is to provide sound solutions and superior service to their clients. and phone number. Thank you. I look forward to you joining us. For any questions, and a no-obligation quote, please contact Don’t forget to review us on TripAdvisor & Facebook! Spencer Brown via email to

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Okanagan Falls Irrigation District News Okanagan Falls Volunteer Fire Department By Randy Perrett, Chair Water Restrictions ~ A heads up. We are seriously considering changing the format for our water restrictions next spring. Currently, we are working with an odd and even watering day format. If you live at an even numbered address you presently water on even days. If you live at an odd numbered address, you water on odd days. We are looking at a system that some of our neighbouring districts have adopted, where even numbered addresses would water Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, while odd numbered addresses would water Sunday, Wednesday and Friday. No watering by anyone on Monday, giving our reservoirs and wells a full day to fill up. It could reduce our limited supply in the summer months, and it might eliminate confusion as to what is the right watering day. We are still tossing this idea around as an option, just to let everyone know. If you’d like to weigh in, please contact us. Sign Up ~ If you want to be in the loop, sign up for alerts. You don’t have to be surprised if your water is turned off while we are working on your block. If you want to be up to date as to when and where we are flushing or fixing in your neighbourhood, sign up to our alert site. This will give you an instant update on your phone or device whenever we need to let you know what’s going on. Our most recent example was on October 7th, when we had a sudden water main break on 10th Ave. and Maple St., and had to perform an emergency shut down. All you have to do to sign up is to contact Kim at 250-497-8541 and you will be registered. Additions to our family and a sad departure ~ We recently welcomed two new additions to the Irrigation Board family. Our Chief Operator and Trainer, Sig Held, would like to kick back into a semi-retirement mode. To comply with Interior Health standards that dictate the number of operators and qualifications to support our district, we needed to bring in a new Level 2 Operator. We welcome Travis Campbell. Travis is certified as a Level 2 Operator. He has re-located with his young family from Alberta, and is a welcome addition to our district and our community. Shona Schleppe is a name you might be familiar with. Shona was with RDOS in Okanagan Falls until taking retirement last year. She is our newest Trustee and we welcome her aboard. On a sad note. Don Clark who wasn’t associated with the Irrigation District, but who played a big part in our community, passed away on October 5th. Don was a past member of Okanagan Falls Parks & Recreation. He chaired the Community Partners Group and worked with the Lions Breakfast Program. Don was my old neighbour, golf buddy, and good friend. Remembrance Day ~ Remembrance Day is next Wednesday on the 11th. We have traditionally assembled at the Legion to lay our wreaths and to pay our respects. As of now, I don’t know if we will be able to carry on as usual. Regardless, the Irrigation District will be placing a wreath. Either at the Legion, our cemetery, or somewhere else appropriate. I’d like to encourage everyone, whatever Armistice Day looks like this year to participate in some small way. Buy and wear a poppy, and salute those who gave so much for us. Water We Thinking ~ As we sail through life, don’t avoid rough waters. Sail on. Because calm water won’t make a skillful sailor. ~ Unknown

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Happy Retirement To Fire Chief Rob Oliver

Fire Chief Rob Oliver has decided to retire from the Okanagan Falls Fire Department after 39 years of service. This fireman is hanging up his boots! Moving here from Richmond, Rob married Lori Ronning on May 25, 1985. They have lived in Marron Valley, Kaleden and Okanagan Falls. They have a son named Dustin and daughter named Haley. Rob joined the Fire Department at the age of 25 with the excitement starting on March 19, 1982. Since that first day, he has shown honour, dedication, commitment and impressive levels of devotion to the Fire Department and to the community. Rob worked his way to the top going through all the levels of positions, with the Deputy Chief on July 5, 2010 and Fire Chief on November 23, 2017. Numerous awards and certificates, such as Firefighter Level 1 & 2, First Responder Level 3, Emergency Traffic Instructor, Fire Service Instructor Level 1, Electrical Hazards for 1st Responders, Emergency Response Team, Hazardous Materials Awareness, Transportation Dangerous Goods, Slope Rescue, Assistant to Fire Commissioner Instructor and several others. Retirement won’t be all fun and games. Rob and Lori have a business to run and a 3 month old granddaughter, Roman Kimberly, to coach. From the members and their families, Fire Chief Rob Oliver will be greatly missed. Enjoy your retirement, you deserve it. You paid your dues. It’s time to relax, kick back and drink a couple of Corona’s. We wish you the best of luck, SALUTE!!! A retirement party is planned for the spring of 2021, due to the Covid-19 issue. The Okanagan Falls Fire Department History column will continue next month. Remember the Veterans on November 11th. The fire siren will be blown at 11:00 am that day. We will not forget!

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Protecting & Restoring Riparian Areas*

It is also better to do high density plantings (e.g. 2 trees and 4 shrubs per 10m2), as the habitat value is higher and plants will be Submitted by the more likely to outcompete invasive species. Annual maintenance Greater Twin Lakes Area Stewardship Society of plantings, such as invasive species removal, beaver guard Protecting existing riparian habitats should always be the first repairs and supporting weak plants with stakes, will likely be priority. This approach is far more cost-effective than restoring required for at least five years, lost or damaged areas. A large body of scientific research on the Dead wood is a fundamental part of natural riparian areas. These effectiveness of riparian buffers in protecting the aquatic habitats habitats are thick with branches, trees, uprooted stumps, downed has been published. The general consensus is that, to fully protect logs and standing snags. Birds excavate cavities for nests, bats aquatic habitats from the impacts of adjacent land uses, buffers roost under loose bark, and vast numbers of insects live in the need to be at least 30 metres wide. Within this zone, it is also clear decaying wood, providing food for vertebrates. Amphibians and that the areas closest to the water are more important than those reptiles find cover under logs, and an array of plants, lichens and further out. For example, a 15 metre buffer provides much more mosses are nourished by decaying wood. than half the benefit of a 30 metre buffer. Even a narrow 5 metre Practicing stewardship on the land will protect and enhance buffer will provide important benefits for species at risk, as well as important riparian areas as we have around Twin Lakes. The land owners. benefits for landowners and our communities, as well as species at Protection of existing vegetation is especially important where risk and other wildlife, include habitat restoration, better drainage, little riparian vegetation remains intact, like along our Twin Lakes soil conservation and especially flood control. shoreline. * Excerpted from Native riparian vegetation should be established or restored pdf where it has been removed. The stewardship practices that help to restore existing riparian areas are; planting native vegetation, For more information: protecting plantings from wildlife, controlling invasive species, • leaving in place and installing large woody debris, and creating • pits and mounds. • • water-licensing-rightsworking-around- water water-planning-strategies/wetlands-in- bc

The Greater Twin Lakes Area Stewardship Society’s Virtual AGM Saturday, November 14th ~ 10-10:40 am

Native species provide the most habitat value. When reestablishing native riparian areas, early colonizing, or ‘pioneer’ species, such as willows, alder, native roses, aspen or cottonwood and other sun-loving species are likely to do best. Attempts to establish understory plants from the onset, especially herbaceous or shrubby species, are likely to fail - wasting effort and money. Planting is best done in early spring or in fall. Additional species can be added after the ‘pioneer’ species are established - this will then allow understory species to thrive.

Over the past year, we have published an article every month in Skaha Matters on locally relevant environmental topics, have arranged for ‘No Gas Powered Engines’ and ‘No Camping or Overnight Parking’ signs. There is much concern for our protected Painted Turtles. We have found a number of funding sources for turtle tunnels and fencing, and have developed contacts with government departments who would be involved in funding and installing them. Our monthly activities have been curtailed due to COVID-19, and we expect to resume in the spring with a community lake clean-up and MP Richard Cannings leading a migratory bird walk. All environmentally-minded residents in the Greater Twin Lakes Area, from Marron Valley to Sheep Creek Road, and Grand Oro to Myers Creek, as well as Friends of GTLASS, are welcome, although only members can vote.* Join Zoom Meeting dOZmdvcExhVmZJYjBLdz09

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Welcome To The Raven’s Oddities This is not your average antique store ... it’s a place where Mike Arcand, the owner/operator, shares his passion for the obscure. Over the last several years, Mike has collected antiques, uniques, and weird stuff. He now wants to share them with you. Whether you’re looking for rare LPs, military items, aviation, toys, giant crystals, or even some new and exquisite home decor, you’ll find treasures at The Raven’s Oddities that you won’t find elsewhere. Yes, you read that correctly ... the store has antiques going back to the 1800s, there’s art deco, as well as, *new* highend home decor and so much more. The constant turn over of items keeps the merchandise fresh and exciting. Mike Arcand has lived in Okanagan Falls for almost 20 years. His love and commitment to the community are evident in his choice of locations. The building that houses The Raven’s Oddities was an antique shop during the ‘70s and ‘90s. He’d love to have pictures of the building and surrounding area to display in his store, if any locals should have any old photos to share. Until recently, Mike owned and operated Contract Aero based in Okanagan Falls. The business was on Main Street for over 10 years, but Covid-19 killed aviation and hence the business. Letting the family business go was difficult, but it was also a sign to move onto something new and totally different, hence The Raven’s Oddities. Opening a new business during a pandemic has been an interesting endeavor. Investments in a plastic barrier, masks, and hand sanitizer have been made to follow Covid-19 protocols and to keep us all as safe as possible. Come visit and have a chat. Mike is always open to purchasing new and unique items for the store, so don’t hesitate to ask. Located at 1040 Main Street in Okanagan Falls, you can pop in anytime from Wednesday through Sunday between 11-5. Right now we’re accepting cash and e-transfer. Credit card transactions are being set up as we speak. Mike Arcand, with The Raven’s Oddities, is looking forward to being an asset to the community. Stop by to say “Hey!”

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An Invitation to Serve as a Member of a Local Parks and Recreation Commission. Applications are being sought for individuals interested in serving a 2 year term for their local Parks and Recreation Commission. Commissions are comprised of RDOS Board appointed local citizens (volunteers) who, at monthly meetings, provide guidance regarding the recreation services, facilities and programing. In order to be eligible to serve on a Commission, an individual must be a resident or ratepayer within the service area. Copies of the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Parks and Recreation Commission Establishment Bylaw No. 2732, 2016, are available at The Areas served by the Local Parks and Recreation Commissions are: •

Electoral Area “B” - Kobau Park

Electoral Area “E” - Naramata Parks and Recreation

Electoral Area “F” - West Bench Parks and Recreation

Electoral Area “D” - Okanagan Falls Parks and Recreation

Electoral Area “I” - Kaleden Parks and Recreation

Electoral Area “B” and “G” and the Village of Keremeos Similkameen Recreation

Any person interested in serving on a Recreation Commission can make application by submitting their name and a brief resume by mail, fax or electronically to:

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

Community Services Manager Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen 101 Martin Street, Penticton, BC V2A 5J9 Fax: 250 492-0063 Email:

Kaleden Community Drum Circle

Applications must be received by 12:30 pm on Nov 25, 2020.

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World Kindness Day ~ Nov 13 By Janet Black, Recreation Coordinator World Kindness Day is celebrated annually on November 13th. On this day, participants attempt to make the world a better place by celebrating and promoting good deeds and pledging acts of kindness, either as individuals or as organizations. World Kindness Day is a great day to begin building a new routine, which means including intentional moments of kindness, laughter and delight. It also means taking a moment to enjoy and recognize when those things are happening. The changing of the seasons and the fall equinox was celebrated Kindness starts with one. One with a Community Drum Circle in Kaleden, which was led by smile. One compliment. One cup of coffee. One conversation. special guest Barb Seiler of Your Joyful Drum (on right above). Let’s make kindness shine in our Drummers came together to create a positive vibe that resonated communities! throughout the community. A great time was had be all involved. Your RDOS recreation team challenges you to perform random If there is someone or a group you’d like to see honoured in this acts of kindness on or around November 13th. If you experience “Building Community Spirit” column, please call 250-497-8188 or such kindness, big or small, let me know! We can share your email to experience in the next edition of Skaha Matters. Please email your feedback to Page 14 | November 2020 |

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Wander through the parks and see how many riddles you and your family can guess correctly. Pumpkins and Halloween themed decorations will greet all who venture out. Kenyon Park and Christie Beach 11:00 am - 2:00 pm Rain or Shine This is a FREE event! Registration not required - please be mindful of your physical distancing. What do you call a skeleton that makes you laugh and giggle? Answer: a funny bone!

Play-Your-Way Family Gym Time As we move into the changing season, we are now offering exclusive gym time to families (or your personal social bubbles). Choose from a selection of program times and equipment themes. Let's play!

WHERE: Okanagan Falls School Gym WHEN: Saturdays, until the middle of December 11:30-1:00 pm or 1:30-3:00 pm COST: $25 per time slot

Maximum 10 people

Natural Therapies Are Critical For Optimizing Mental Health By Dr. Tamara Browne, ND Naturopathic Physician, Licensed and Registered by The BC Ministry of Health A 2015 report titled “Nutritional Medicine as Mainstream in Psychiatry” by the prestigious journal The Lancet, highlights the importance of good nutrition for the achievement of optimal mental health. The report states that “pharmacologically focused approaches have achieved a moderate reduction in worldwide burden of poor mental health; however, indicators suggest that the burden of disease attributed to mental disorders will continue to rise”. The report goes on to suggest that diet and nutrition be recognized as central determinants of both physical and mental health. As we move away from our traditional lifestyles and consume more processed foods and fewer natural foods, we tend to become overfed and undernourished. Brain essential nutrients such as B-vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin D3, zinc, magnesium, and omega-3 fatty acids are largely deficient in factory made, processed foods. The report further states that “the profound changes in dietary habits, along with tobacco use, insufficient physical activity, and harmful alcohol and recreational drug use, have resulted in an epidemic of ill health”. The expected cost of these habits to the worldwide economy over the next 5 years is US $47 trillion (a hard number to even comprehend!). Since the human brain operates at a very high metabolic rate, it is particularly reliant on specific nutrients to function optimally. Many studies have shown an association between healthy dietary patterns and a reduced prevalence of, and risk for, depression and suicide. Examples of specific dietary trends and nutrients that have been studied for their positive effect on mental health are: 1. A whole foods, low carbohydrate ancestral diet shows a strong trend towards a reduced risk for depression, particularly in people with Type 2 Diabetes. This indicates that a diet high in refined, nutrient deficient carbohydrate which can lead to metabolic imbalances, insulin resistance, and diabetes, can fuel brain inflammation and neurotransmitter imbalances leading to mental illness. Whereas, nutrient dense quality fats and proteins feed and balance our brains. (www. 2. Omega 3 fatty acids from marine sources have a wide range of neurochemical activities that benefit brain health. These effects range form neurogenesis (creating new brain cells), to anti-inflammatory actions, and positive modulation of neurotransmitters such as noradrenalin, serotonin, and dopamine. Only ocean sources of Omega-3 fatty acids contain the bioactive DHA and EPA fatty acids that benefit brain health and reduce inflammation. 3. SAMe is a sulphur containing compound that helps to regulate mood and acts safely as an effective antidepressant. It acts as a methyl-donor which increases neurotransmitter production. Betaine is another effective methylator found in high amounts in beets. 4. Zinc, an abundant trace element, has been associated with depression when deficient in the diet. 5. B-Vitamins are needed for proper neuronal function. MethylPage 16 | November 2020 |

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250-497-6681 chelationokanagan folate (B9 in the 5-MTHF form)) in particular has been associated with depression when deficient. It is often found deficient in those who respond poorly to antidepressant medication. Vitamin B6, methyl-B12 and methyl-folate are all methyl donors, helping to balance neurotransmitters. 6. Vitamin C, a hormone-like vitamin, is critical to overall health as well as brain health. Specifically, for moods, it helps balance levels of dopamine, serotonin, and adrenal stress hormones. These are all critical to brain health, stress reduction, and resiliency to stress. Research proves that high dose vitamin C therapy is effective for drug withdrawal, and more specifically narcotics withdrawal, a very difficult problem to treat. 7. Vitamin D3 is actually better termed a neuro-steroid, with data suggesting that low normal maternal concentrations are implicated in schizophrenia risk, and deficiency is linked to depression. 8. Rhodiola is an ancient adaptogenic herb, meaning it balances energy in the body and supports the body’s ability to adapt to stress. It’s unique ability to increase energy reserves and reduce cortisol has been proven in clinical trials. Rhodiola also increases neurotransmitters related to depression. The Lancet report concludes that there is an urgent need to reduce the incidence of mental disorders and that diet and nutrition are key components in the promotion of optimal mental health. The final statement in the report is, “Nutritional medicine should now be considered as a mainstream element of psychiatric practice, with research, education, policy, and health promotion supporting the new framework”. For a great documentary on this subject, watch “The Marketing of Madness: The Truth About Psychotropic Drugs”. A very compelling and well researched review of the problems with Psychiatric medications.

If you are not yet convinced that our current state of Psychiatric Medicine is in need of developing more comprehensive, nutritionally based approaches, perhaps the following statistics will help drive home the point: • In 2015, US Doctors wrote 200 million prescriptions for opioid pain killers despite the fact that there is mounting evidence of their dangers, little evidence that they help long term, and the fact that they pose a serious risk of addiction, accidental overdose, and death. • In Canada, 1/5 of our population experiences mental health or addiction issues. 70% of these start in childhood. • The disease burden to society costs 1.5 times that of all cancers together and 7 times that of all infectious diseases. Mental illness costs an estimated $51 Billion annually. • Smoking addiction causes 17% of all deaths and is the leading cause of premature death. • In the age bracket 25-34, one in eight of all deaths are related to opioid use. • There are 4000 suicides annually in Canada, which translates to 11 per day. • Promotion (the process of enabling one to increase control over and to improve one’s health), prevention, and early Intervention strategies show a positive return on investment (meaning they work). • 500,000 employed workers are unable to work each week. For specific targeted nutritional therapy for optimizing your health, visit a Naturopathic Physician. Dr. Tamara Browne practices in Okanagan Falls and can be reached at 250-497-6681 or visit

Creative Wellness Solutions By Dee-anne Jalava, Seniors Wellness Practitioner The month of November is recognized as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Awareness Month. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, or COPD, is a very common lung disease. Having COPD makes breathing difficult. There are two main forms of COPD. Chronic bronchitis, which involves a long-term cough with mucus caused by inflammation of the airways, and Emphysema, which involves damage to the air sacs in the lungs. Most people with COPD have a combination of both conditions. COPD is most commonly caused by smoking and usually affects middle-aged or older adults. Breathing problems tend to get gradually worse over time and can limit your normal activities. COPD cannot be cured, but treatment can help keep the condition under control and managed.

Alternative therapies can often aid in the management of COPD symptoms. Massage can be very beneficial to people living with COPD. Benefits of massage are immediate and will increase with regular treatments. Massage helps to increase blood flow, loosen up tight muscles and helps the body to move more freely. Massage encourages the natural drainage of the lymph, which will allow the Sources: lungs to open up more fully, thus Aucoin M, LaChance L, Cooley K, Kidd S. Diet and Psychosis: A Scoping Review. allowing you to breathe easier. Neuropsychobiology. 2018 Oct 25:1-23. doi: 10.1159/000493399. As with everyone who gets a Brogan, Kelly, MD. 2016. “A Mind of Your Own”. New York. HarperCollins Publishers. massage, it’s important to drink lots of water as this helps to flush Centre for Addictions and Mental Health (CAMH). Mental Illness and Addictions: Facts and toxins from the body. As COPD progresses, it gets more and more Statistics, Concerto C et al. Exploring the effect of adaptogenic Rhodiola Rosea extract on difficult to move around or do simple daily activities without running neuroplasticity in humans. Complement Ther Med. 2018 Dec;41:141-146. doi: 10.1016/j. short of breath. At this point, chair massage is very beneficial and easier than other types of massage as the client is seated, so ctim.2018.09.013. Epub 2018 Sep 22. Ede, Georgia. Youtube video: “Our Descent into Madness: there is not the extra body weight on the chest cavity. Modern Diets and the Global Mental Health Crisis”. Evangelou, A. et al. In vivo (Athens, Greece) Ascorbic acid (vitamin C) effects on withdrawal syndrome of heroin abusers. 14(2):363-6 · March 2000. Hung SK et al. The effectiveness and efficacy of Rhodiola rosea L.: a systematic review of randomized clinical trials. Phytomedicine. 2011 Feb 15;18(4):235-44. doi: 10.1016/j. phymed.2010.08.014. Epub 2010 Oct 30 Karrnan Pathmanandavel, Jean Starling, Vera Merheb, Sudarshini Ramanathan, Nese Sinmaz, Russell C. Dale, and Fabienne Brilot “Antibodies to Surface Dopamine-2 Receptor and N-Methyl-D-Aspartate Receptor in the First Episode of Acute Psychosis in Children”. antibodies-to-brain-proteins-may-trigger-psychosis#sthash.gvg4wKxl.dpuf(doi: 10.1016/j. biopsych.2014.07.014 Libby, A. and Stone, I. Orthomolecular Psychiatry, 1977, Volume 6, Number 4, pp. 300-308 Mao JJ et al. Rhodiola rosea versus sertraline for major depressive disorder: A randomized placebo-controlled trial. Phytomedicine. 2015 Mar 15;22(3):394-9. doi: 10.1016/j. phymed.2015.01.010. Epub 2015 Feb 23. O’Neil A, Quirk SE, Housden S, et al. Relationship between diet and mental health in children and adolescents: a systematic review. American Journal of Public Health: October 2014, Vol. 104, No. 10, pp. e31-e42 Rhonda P. Patrick and Bruce N. Ames. Vitamin D and the Omega-3 fatty acids control serotonin synthesis and action, part 2: relevance for ADHD, bipolar, schizophrenia, and impulse behavior. FASEB Journal 2015 DOI:10.1096/fj. 14-268342 Sarris, Jerome , PhD et al. Nutritional medicine as mainstream in psychiatry. Lancet Psychiatry March 2015 Volume 2, No. 3, p271–274 Shivavedi N, Charan Tej GNV, Neogi K, Nayak PK.Biomed Pharmacother. Ascorbic acid therapy: A potential strategy against comorbid depression-like behavior in streptozotocin-nicotinamide-induced diabetic rats. 2019 Jan;109:351-359. doi: 10.1016/j. biopha.2018.10.070. Epub 2018 Nov 3.

Aromatherapy is another alternative therapy that can help with COPD. Inhalation of essential oils has been known to help some people relieve their COPD symptoms. Certain essential oils that have healing properties that will assist with breathing are eucalyptus, lavender, frankincense, myrrh, peppermint, and rosemary, to name a few. Some companies, such as DoTERRA, also provide specific blends that support overall respiratory health. Creative Wellness Solutions offer three 15-minute massage routines. You can choose from a head and face, upper body, or legs and feet massage, or any combination. The price for a 15-minute routine at one of our convenient locations is only $20. We provide a convenient massage with innumerable benefits on a comfortable massage chair. You do not need to climb onto a table or remove clothing and no oils are used. We are a mobile service, so are able to come to you in your home or you can visit us at one of the locations that we visit weekly. Please call Dee-anne at 250497-5974 to arrange an appointment. Be sure to check out our website at, where you can find more information and to read any past articles you may have missed.

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Just a year ago I was writing about the award of the Nobel Prize in physics for discoveries in astronomy. This year I’m doing the same thing. This time the prize went to three scientists, one American (Andrea Ghez), one German (Reinhard Genzel), and one British (Roger Penrose). The prize was given for theoretical work showing that black holes were a possibility (Penrose), and observations that showed that there is a massive black hole at the centre of the Milky Way (Ghez and Genzel). Why? How is astronomy significant to physics? The simple answer is that the Universe is the biggest laboratory that we have. We cannot set up experiments in the Universe in the way we can in a laboratory, but we can watch events unfolding on scales that we cannot reproduce on Earth. This has been underway since Isaac Newton put forward his description of gravity 250 years ago. Astronomy tests the fundamental theories of physics. But why should anybody care? What do black holes have to do with our day-to-day existence? Certainly, these are brilliant people and they work hard, but how are they making our lives better? That’s a more difficult question to answer, but the best response may be to look back in time. One hundred years ago the structure of the atom was slowly being unravelled, and quantum physics was born. One of its most famous results was the uncertainty principle, the fact that it was impossible simultaneously to determine the position and the momentum of an electron: if you knew the position accurately, you could not know its momentum at all well, and vice versa. Werner Heisenberg won the Nobel prize in 1932 for the creation of quantum mechanics. Of course the question arose, “what does the position and momentum of an electron have to do with my daily life?” Today, we know the answer. Modern electronics is built on the principles of quantum mechanics. 60% of the gross national product of North America depends on quantum mechanics. If quantum mechanics was wrong, your cell phone, your computer, and your television set wouldn’t work. Will the discovery of the black hole at the centre of the Milky Way lead to better breakfast cereal? Probably not. Will it help us overcome global warming? We cannot tell, but we can say that better understanding of fundamental physics has been shaping our lives in unexpected directions for a very long time. Here are a few helpful website addresses: • • • The Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory is operated by the National Research Council Canada. The Observatory is located at 717 White Lake Road in Kaleden. For more info, call 250-497-2300.

The Coyotes of Carthage ~ Written by Steven Wright and narrated by Glenn Davis. MP3 Audiobook file runs 9 hours 9 minuts.

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A cynical outsider, African-American Andre Ross, is sent to a small community in South Carolina. He has been assigned to fix an election in favour of a mining company. It is the last chance for Andre to prove his abilities to his bosses. He manipulates locals into supporting a candidate the company buys. The candidate is a Caucasian redneck and comes with a religious wife. She seizes on her husband’s candidacy as a chance to spread the gospel and better her family’s lot. This book is darkly humorous as Andre and those he has to work with view each other with suspicion, and enjoyable as you wonder right up to the last minutes if Andre will win his campaign, or his soul. Well narrated. Includes obscenities. Junkyard Dogs ~ Written by Craig Johnson and narrated by George Guidall. MP3 Audiobook runs for 7 hours 34 minutes. This is the sixth book in a western mystery series of novels, which are now also a Netflix show. I had never seen or read this series previously. This story stood mostly alone, although there are passing references to events I assume happened in previous entries. This book starts with a bizarre traffic incident involving an elderly man trying to clean a chimney (it’s pretty funny) and eventually involves neo-Nazis, housing developers and drug dealers. It uses the occasional obscenity, and I found that some of the descriptions got a bit repetitive. There is quite a lot of humour in this story, but it does get a bit darker as it progresses. I enjoyed the first bit quite a lot, and the ending was over-the-top entertaining. The Nocturnal Brain - Nightmares, Neuroscience, and the Secret World of Sleep ~ Written and narrated by Dr. Guy Leschziner. MP3 Audiobook runs for 9 hours 58 minutes. We can survive longer without eating than we can survive without sleeping. Dr. Leschziner is a consultant neurologist and sleep physician based in the U.K. In this book, he shares the stories of some of his patients while explaining a bit about the importance of sleep and about various sleep disorders, some quite common and some exceptionally rare. Some of the stories are quite funny, but the over all purpose of the book is to explain a little to the lay person how complicated sleep is, how important it is and how little is known about how it actually works. Some more technical discussion of the “mechanics” of sleep and brain function are balanced against the compassionately presented individual case studies. If you are waking up before your alarm clock goes off and sleepy and ready for sleep at a regular time at night, then you’re getting enough sleep for you, there is no “normal” or “perfect” number of hours of sleep per day. If you have insomnia, you have a lot of company.

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School Trustee Report For SD67 By Kathy Pierre, School Trustee

At the September 28, 2020 School Board Meeting, the Board was provided with information on the following: 1. Interior Health Medical Officer, Dr. Sue Pollock, provided a report to the Board regarding the BC School Safety Plan. She indicated there are multiple levels of protection that schools are implementing to ensure the safety of students and staff. Measure include daily health checks, maintaining learning cohorts, physical distancing, hand hygiene, respiratory etiquette, masks at middle and high school level, visual cues such as directional arrows on floors, plexiglass, etc. Dr. Pollock indicated that there is a safety plan in place for any student/staff who might test positive for COVID-19. This includes obtaining contact information, maintaining self-isolation protocols, notification of Superintendent Manual, and working with schools to do contact tracing. Any school with a positive case will be publicly posted; however, the privacy of individual/s will be respected and held in confidence. 2. The Board approved revisions to Policy 11 - Delegation of Authority. The revisions include the use and assignment of Local Capital funds and it includes ongoing updates of all prior year capital funding use and sources that were committed to various projects. This is to ensure the Board stays current and informed about the expenditure of capital funding from year to year. 3. The Board approved revisions to Policy 17 - Accumulation of Operating Surplus and Internally Restricted Funds. The policy indicates the Board will make an effort to maintain 1-3% of approved annual budget to cover extraordinary cost pressures. The Superintendent and Secretary Treasurer will inform the Board of any operating surpluses and they will provide information on internally restricted funding and what those funds are intended for. 4. The Board approved the “Updated Schedule of Student Fees 2020-2021” as presented. School fees were reduced at all levels because of the impact of COVID-19 and the subsequent limitation on school activities and events. 5. The Board approved all 3 readings of the “Five Year Capital Plan Bylaw” regarding Capital projects that will be supported with capital funding from the Ministry of Education to include the following ... SD67 will receive: a. $65,000 to design, tender and construct a Charging Station in Summerland. The station is for the Electric Bus that SD67 is receiving. SD67 was identified for an Electric Bus Pilot Project initiated by the Ministry of Education. b. $1.2 million to design, tender and construct the Building Enclosure upgrade at Columbia School. This will include replacing the windows and redoing the exterior. c. $128,000 to design, tender and construct the Playground Equipment upgrade at Giants Head School in Summerland. d. $140,544/bus to purchase 3 new 70-75 passenger buses. $98,000/bus to purchase 2 new 24 passenger, wheelchair accessible buses. e. Additional $105,000 carbon neutral funding to support the partial purchase of an electric bus for the Electric Bus Pilot Project. 6. The Board approved the Wiltse Elementary Statutory Right of Way agreement to allow access to the City of Penticton for Electrical Service Maintenance of existing lines that cross the property. 7. The Board approved Columbia Elementary Statutory Right of Way to allow access to the City of Penticton for Electrical Service Maintenance to existing lines that cross the property. 8. The Board directed School District Administration staff to update Policy 19 - Child Care Policy to ensure that child care provisions match the renewed Ministerial Order. Page 20 | November 2020 |

9. The Board determined the schedule of trustee participation at DPAC Meetings 2020-2021. 10. Superintendent Manual updated the Board regarding a Movie that is filming in the Penticton area. Some of the filming will occur at Penticton Secondary School. 11. The Board watched a delightful “Back To School Video” that showed students learning together, while respecting COVID-19 restrictions and protocols that in place to keep everyone safe. At the October 13, 2020 Business Committee of the Whole, the Board discussed the following: 1. Superintendent Manual requested the Board consider contracting C-Shore to support the work required to renew our commitment to the communication goal of the Board’s Strategic Plan for Governance, which states “The Board will collaboratively develop and implement a District Communication Plan to improve both internal and external communication”. Superintendent Manual proposed that SD67 contract Carla Shore (consultant) to create a plan to enhance our district communication. Ms. Shore will meet with Trustees for a working session on October 22. We have allocated a maximum budget of $10,000 to complete the work. 2. Superintendent Manual requested the Board consider contracting Anne Cooper and Joan Axford to work with the Board, the new Secretary Treasurer Nicole Bittante and Superintendent Manual to update SD67 operating practices to ensure an efficient and effective Strategic Support Plan. The Board will participate in a working session with Ms. Axford, Ms. Cooper, Ms. Bittante and Superintendent Manual on November 12. The Board has allocated a budget of $9,000 max to complete the above work outlined. 3. Superintendent Manual provided an update to the Board regarding the Rural Education Enhancement Funding (R.E.E.F). In 2016/2017, the Provincial Government introduced the Rural Education Enhancement Funding to support small school communities in keeping small schools open. However, the new funding formula 2020-2021 no longer includes REEF. Now we receive a “Small Community Supplement”. This is a new component of the New Funding Formula that has been recently implemented by the Provincial Government. The District generates funding for all small schools that are 20 km away from a Secondary School. The Small Community Grant will generate an additional $549,360 in funding for 2020-2021. SD67 is currently in Funding Protection, because of our declining enrolment and the Small Community Supplement helps to keep budgets stabilized for this year. Funding Protection is reduced by at least 1.5% annually, but could be reduced at a greater rate if our enrolment increases in the district. Eventually, the discontinuation of REEF will impact SD67’s future funding and budget. For this year, we are okay. 4. Doug Gorcak, Director of Facilities, provided an update on the Summerland Gym replacement capital project. The Ministry of Education has indicated they will not commit funding for the Summerland Gym Project. Therefore, the gym replacement project will be covered through SD67 local and restricted capital from the sale of McNicol School. Mr. Gorcak submitted a gym replacement plan to the Ministry. The Ministry has requested a few minor revisions to the plan that align with local and restricted capital. Mr. Gorcak has a set timeline to get the information back to the Ministry; however, he is confident that it will proceed as planned. At the October 14, 2020 Education Committee of the Whole the following was discussed: 1. Director of Instruction, Al Beckingham, provided a report on the Equity Scan Project. Equity in Action is one of the Ministry of Education’s responses to the Report of the Office of the Auditor General (2015). The Equity Scan supports School Districts to identify both strengths and barriers impacting indigenous student achievement and success. Mr. Beckingham reviewed the framework and explained that the District has developed a

committee of indigenous partners and SD67 partners to develop a plan to support indigenous student success. The group met on October 21 to initiate the project. 2. Director of Instruction, Al Beckingham, shared the goals and framework of this year’s Indigenous Ways of Knowing Learning Series. The overall topic is Welcoming Indigenous Ways of Knowing: Learning with and from the Okanagan / Syilx Nation and will be led by Dr. Leyton Schnellert, Anona Kampe, Dr. Sara Florence Davidson, Kathy Pierre and other school district and provincial guests. In conjunction, there are 6 small inquiry groups which we are calling “small fires” - each inquiry will be led by school district staff. These inquiries include; Science, Land based learning, First Peoples Principles of Learning - Practices in the Classroom, First Peoples Principles of Learning - Intergenerational Roles, Identity, belonging and building classroom community, and Middle School pedagogy. 3. Director of Instruction, Al Beckingham, highlighted an exciting learning partnership with Literacy and Assessment expert Faye Brownlie. She will be leading this year’s learning series. 4. Assistant Superintendent Corday provided an update on revisions to the Secondary Education Calendar. With the new quarterly system (2 courses at a time) that has been implemented due to COVID-19 School Safety Plan, the current exam schedule was adjusted. Some of the adjustments include a parent interview day in October (2020), a provincial exam in November (2020), 2 exams days in January (2021), 3 exam days in June (2021). In closing, the re-start for the 2020-2021 school year is going well. Everyone is working together to ensure student and staff safety. Please remember to practice safe physical distancing and wear a mask to stay safe and healthy. Please contact Kathy Pierre at, if you have any questions regarding this report.

Kaleden Elementary PAC Update By Brad Nunes Howdy folks. KPAC would like to remind everyone to complain about the recent time change. This article does come out in the nick of time to warn you about it before 2 am on November 1st. Regardless, there is still plenty of time to get out on social media, windshield flyers, and party phone lines (now called Zoom calls I am told) to make sure everyone knows we are tired of changing clocks, but not quite upset about it enough to really make it an election issue. But yeah, clocks changing sucks ya’ll. KPAC would like to give a HUGE THANK YOU to Fairview Liquor Store. They continue to donate a portion of sales directly to our PAC. Please strongly consider purchasing your Pink Whitney from Fairview and mention that you are supporting Kaleden Elementary. You still get tipsy and we get a cut! It costs you nothing extra. They are just super generous folks! Another big big thank you to Leanne McClarty for hosting the Not Lobster Not Fest Online Auction! Our annual claw cracking hoedown was put on hiatus by a little worldwide pandemic, but we were still extremely well supported by our community. Thank you to everyone who donated items for the auction. Events like this remind us just how much love we have in the community. Keep your ears and eyes open for upcoming information on Christmas Raffle Baskets and a Cookie Dough Fundraiser. We know the bake sale was a great way to fake home baking, so we figured cookie dough was the next best thing. Lastly, our AGM will be on Tuesday, November 10th at 6 pm. Contact Karen P. to get all the deets on how to join via Zoom. Thanks everyone for the amazing support. See you in December!

Great Things Are Happening At Kaleden Elementary School! By Mrs. Haddow, Kaleden School Principal The Coyotes have been busy at Kaleden Elementary! All the staff and students have settled in nicely to their new routines this year! Although we have not been back in school for long, the students have certainly been busy inside and outside their classrooms. The students at Kaleden are exceptionally proud of the money raised during our Terry Fox appreciation week. The students raised $153.00 for the Canadian Cancer Society this year. The students did “two laps for Terry” around the perimeter of the school for our school run. We also took time to recognize Orange Shirt day. The staff and students watched videos and listened to stories to learn about the history of residential schools in British Columbia. The theme of the day was “Every Child Matters”. October was also Fire Safety month. The Kindergarten students had a visit from the Kaleden Fire Department in early October. They learned a little about fire safety in the kitchen from our local firefighters. The Kindergarten class and the Grade 1/2 class also took a trip to Blossom Fruit Stand in Summerland. They enjoyed an apple treat and then spent some time investigating in the pumpkin patch! Everyone brought home a pumpkin to carve as well! Fun times were happening at Kaleden Elementary in October!

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

Have you ever heard of an “Azoombly”? It is a Covid-friendly Assembly via Zoom. Go Falcons!


THANK YOU to the Okanagan Falls Fire Department for donating a bike, helmet and lock to promote the “Get Out Alive” Escape Plans. “Fire Chief” of the day and prize winner is Anna Olsen. Assistant Chiefs are Hunter Dennison and Tessla Verge. CONGRATULATIONS!


Outdoor learning with guest Teacher Jen - #takeahiketuesdays


Kindergarten and Grade 1 students learn “weaving with nature” with Mrs. Alexander.


THANK YOU to the Lipsett family for the donation of pumpkins for the whole school!

Okanagan Falls PAC Update By Lindsay Hainstock, PAC Vice President Love coffee and supporting the school? Read on! OurTheof orders due by December 4th (just in time for the holidays!). Call or text Robyn at 250-219-3017 with your orders and payment. The coffee is from Backyard Beans, local roasters from Summerland, and is premium organic farmer-friendly shade grown coffee in several different choices! Choices below are $16/lb (Ground or Full Beans): •

Laughing Coyote ~ A delicious espresso roast that is smooth and light in acidity. Med/dark roast. Sumatra/Mexico.

Road Trip ~ A smooth medium dark roast. Central America.

Dancing Goat ~ Deep, dark and rich with mocha tones. Brazil/Cuba.

Smooth Operator ~ Big body with a lovely smooth finish. Med/dark roast. South America/Africa.

Good Old Days ~ A full bodied dark roast that will bring you back to the good old days. El Salvador.

The Bench ~ Locals love this amazing blend. Beautiful body with a nice smooth finish. Med/dark roast. Brazil/Peru/ Sumatran/Mexican.

Shipwreck ~ A medium roast, well rounded with a smooth finish. South American.

Peruvian Swiss Water Decaf ~ Soooo good you’ll never know it’s decaf. Peru.

Wake Up Bomb ~ A dark complex morning medley to ignite your day. Med/dark roast. El Salvador/Peru/Ethiopia/ Guatemala.

Endless Summer ~ Bright flavourful blend, keep you summer shining year-round. Med/dark roast. South America/Africa

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School District No. 53 Board Report By Janice Stevens, SD53 School Trustee Happy Fall. I hope everyone enjoyed a safe and fun Halloween. We are now more than two months into a school year unlike anything we have ever experienced before. As a trustee, one of the highlights of my year is the presentation of the “school plans” by each individual school in the district. These plans were presented October 14th at the Frank Venables Theater in Oliver. This year Superintendent Young directed all administration teams to focus their plans on this year only and the effects of COVID-19. As always, I am so impressed by the level of professionalism, dedication, genuine care and compassion that our principles and vice principles have for our students and their staff. All teams reported a greater commitment to monitoring and addressing the social and emotional needs created by this upheaval. Schools are also addressing the “learning gap’ that was a result of the 6 months away. The most consistent theme of all plans involves adding more outdoor learning to their day. The district has been upgrading spaces at each school to help with this. The effects of being outside more for both students and staff is overwhelmingly positive. One thing is for certain, students are so happy to be back at school. We know this is the best place for them to be. An excellent report done by the province has highlighted the impact of school closures. Below is the link for BC Centre for Disease Control Impact of School Closures on Learning, Child and Family WellBeing During the COVID-19 Pandemic - September 2020. COVID-19_reports/Impact_School_Closures_COVID-19.pdf Following are some of the items that were discussed at the first Board of Education meeting for the 2020/2021 school year on September 30. As was announced during the summer, School District No. 53 is The Board would like to acknowledge the tremendous amount of one of three new districts to be awarded an Integrated Child and work that staff, principals and vice principals, teachers and support Youth Team. We are very proud to have been chosen as one of staff did to ensure a safe and positive start to this new school year. three school districts in the province to join the first two identified We are well into the 90 percent return rates for students in class last year. District staff met with representatives from Ministry of and still have a few “transition” students, whom we understand are Education, Ministry of Mental Health and Ministry of Children and planning to return to in-class learning. We are holding spaces for Family Development as a first step in the shift in service delivery for children, youth and families in the Okanagan Similkameen for them and looking forward to their return. In order to make the return to in-class learning as safe as possible, mental health and substance abuse services. Service delivery following are items that were purchased in addition to what was in will move to a more collaborative, wrap-around model by using multidisciplinary teams, inclusive of the school district. Ongoing place when we returned in June: funds will be available to employ a counsellor exclusive to the 40 additional hand sanitizer stations; additional plexiglass barriers, team, as well as a case coordinator and a youth substance worker. face shields and other PPE; almost 5000 disposable masks and 6000 reusable masks for staff and students; electrostatic sprayers The Board was informed that the District has received $203,601 and foggers for each school; more than $18,000 of additional in funding from the Ministry of Education. These funds are to be cleaning supplies including sanitizing wipes for every classroom; utilized by the District for increase in custodial staffing or addition and additional laptops for students who need them to support of hours, the purchase of reusable masks, cleaning supplies remote learning, short-term illness or self-isolation, or students and cleaning frequency, improved hand hygiene and computers and assistive technology to support remote learning. We will be who have received medical notes for protective isolation. reporting at a future time as to how the federal dollars that were District staff informed the Board that all schools are looking for received will be allocated. ways to resume breakfast and lunch programs in a safe way. The Board would like to thank all our learning partners for their patience and understanding, as we all work through these unique and unusual times. For more information, feel free to contact me, Janice Stevens, SD53 School Trustee, at 250-307-4245 or

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In the midst of this ongoing pandemic, 100 Men Who Care continues to find ways to provide the region’s charities with financial support. Like many businesses facing financial challenges because COVID-19 requires social distancing and different operational By South Okanagan Immigrant and Community Services Team practices, charitable organizations feel the impact as they, too, are Miriam Mandac and her son, Sealtiel Magusib, are beaming as unable to maintain normal operations. Yet they are still attempting they try out their new computer. It is new to them, but it’s not brand to provide supports to the communities they serve. 100 Men meets four times a year and each member commits to new. This happened thanks to the recycling efforts of a local computer donating $100 at each meeting. Three charitable organizations specialist, Jared Edis and his commitment to community service. from the South Okanagan and Similkameen region are chosen at To support the community, Jared refurbishes computers and random and invited to present at the meeting where they describe donates them to families that could benefit from his efforts. Jared their organization, explain how a donation would be used, whom and the families are brought together through the Community it will help and the impact the donation will have in the community. Connections program of the South Okanagan Immigrant and The 100 Men members then vote to distribute their donations to Community Services (SOICS) - a non-profit organization that has the charities, with 60% going to the charity receiving the most been supporting newcomers in the South Okanagan-Similkameen votes and the two other groups receiving 20% each. All of the money donated goes directly to the three charities. region for over 40 years.

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Adapting to a new culture and country can be challenging. More than ever, a lack of technology can make it even more challenging. Before receiving her refurbished computer, Miriam took the bus to the library to access computers. She has been preparing for an English exam, a requirement in her quest for Canadian Citizenship. The young mother shared, “I didn’t expect this much ... It’s going to be a big help, not only for me, but also for my son ... We can easily research for his assignments now ... ”. Jared has also generously donated a second computer that found a home with Uma Gunasekaran. Uma attended a free Computer Basics class at SOICS, which was taught by a volunteer, Nicole Davis. Nicole, who works full time teaching in the Business Administration Department of the Okanagan College, was motivated to teach the class because she wanted to contribute and ‘pay it forward’ as they say. Computer skills are an integral part of the Language Instruction for Newcomers in Canada (LINC) classes. When SOICS team members learned that a student did not have a computer at home to practice - the connection was made! Uma expressed, “I can now prepare to take the knowledge 100 Men met on Wednesday, September 30th using the ZOOM platform for a virtual meeting. Prior to the meeting, the group raised test (towards a driver’s license). Thank you so much.” $5,900. The group heard from three charitable organizations and This is a wonderful example of community support, philanthropy, then voted to provide Critteraid with $3,540, the South Okanagan recycling, and of course, the heart of a community - volunteers. Brain Injury Society and the Osoyoos Museum Society with $1,180 Want to be a part of the Community Connections? Connect with each. To date, 100 Men has donated $113,800 to more than 48 us at charities in Summerland, Penticton, Kaleden, Okanagan Falls, Oliver, Osoyoos, Keremeos and Princeton. For more information about the organization, how to join, and to learn about all the charities who have received support, go to the 100 Men website at You can also email with any questions. For information regarding a similar organization for women, go to, click “Programs”, then click “100 Women”. Handyman & Custom Finish Carpentry

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Like us on the SOSVC Facebook page, as stand to drift from volunteerism as a truly democratic function of we post additional information. Before volunteering, read “The our society. Volunteer Checklist - Volunteering During COVID-19”, on our Local, community-based Volunteer Centres across the country webpage. For more information or to speak with a staff member, have built connections between non-profits and volunteer seekers please email or call 1-888-576-5661. from every demographic. We continue to hold an essential recruitment role that enables volunteers to find the opportunities they are looking for and organizations find the volunteers they need. Volunteer Centres: We also do so much more. More than ever, Canada’s 170,000 non-profit and charitable organizations have turned to Volunteer An Untapped Resource Centres for answers during the COVID-19 crisis. As organizations Submitted Open Letter with decades of experience, we know that it takes expertise to We’re writing this letter, signed by aligned Volunteer Centres in a respond quickly and effectively to recruit, train, and manage robust network across the country, to speak up on how meaningful volunteers to serve clients safely. And what’s more, we know how volunteerism is enabled. to leverage the skills and interest of volunteers to build meaningful Canadians volunteer more than anywhere else in the world. Every roles that grow personal experience, and therefore, economic and year, nearly 13 million individuals contribute time to an organization social opportunity. in their community, and during the COVID-19 pandemic hundreds While some governments spent time, energy and money in of thousands more have stepped up to deliver services to those building new structures and mechanisms to recruit and deploy most vulnerable. While it’s clear that volunteerism is a powerful volunteers at national and provincial levels, local community based characteristic of Canadian identity, the role of Volunteer Centres - Volunteer Centres have been on the front-lines in realigning their the vibrant network of 200+ agencies whose role it is to facilitate existing resources; providing training and supports for volunteer this extraordinary exchange - is far from understood, or worse engagement; coordinating recovery efforts; and pulling together yet, has been ignored. In recent weeks, we have been reminded diverse partners to meet identified needs - most often without that, in many instances, governments, funders, and even some additional financial or human resources. non-profit leaders, fail to recognize the skill, resources, and We have ensured that volunteering has continued to serve a infrastructure required to keep volunteers engaged and our social vital role in our community, despite the fact that two out of three services afloat. charities and non-profit organizations have lost more than 30% of Notwithstanding a crisis, every single Canadian benefits from the revenue that allow them to deliver regular, necessary services. volunteer contributions, because of their presence in our social As we move to a post-pandemic world, the role of locally-based fabric. Even more importantly, volunteers ensure our country’s Volunteer Centres is more important than ever. In an anticipated most vulnerable community members are not left behind. This time of high government debt, limited resources, and greater has been true for decades. The time and skill volunteers dedicate community needs, the expertise of Volunteer Centres must be increase our country’s capacity in hospitals, shelters, food banks, harnessed to ensure that we uphold the integrity of volunteerism schools, festivals, community sport, among others, that if paid, that underpins our vibrant, and diverse society. would exceed more than 50 billion dollars every year. We’re up to the challenge. But volunteerism is more than human capacity, and what makes volunteerism truly meaningful is that the exchange is not one- A full list of the signatories available at | November 2020 | Page 25 way. When a volunteer gives their time, they in turn gain empathy,

Kaleden Museum ~ A History Tid Bit

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By Meredith King This column is taken from the recollections of Kaleden pioneer Ron King, who was born here in September 1915, the second child born in the community. He wrote these musings about his life in Kaleden before he passed away in 2010. These are his words, his memories, his thoughts, just as he wrote them down, run-on sentences included.

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Robert Preston

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As mentioned last month, Burton Preston moved to Kaleden in the late 1910s, along with 7 of his 9 children - George, Richard, Albert, Harold, Edith, Earl and Annie. Clara and Robert did not move with the family. Robert remained in Saskatchewan to run the farm when the rest moved west.

Helloooooo November! You’ve really snuck up on me. October brought us the opportunity to learn about the snakes in our area. Michelle Matson from TRU Kamloops led a passionate presentation at Pioneer Park, which was well received by audience Burton and Richard purchased land on Linden Avenue across from members from preschoolers and up. A highlight was spotting a Burton’s brother TC Preston, but when Richard grew homesick snake in the park and having Michelle dart into the Oregon Grape for the prairies and preferred farming to fruit growing he traded bush with her “snake catcher” to try to get a real live specimen. properties with his brother Robert. Robert, wife Hazel and two These snake researchers love what they do! Thanks to everyone children, Evelyn and Clarence, moved to Kaleden in the mid 1920s who joined us and to Michelle for sharing her knowledge and and took over the orchard and became an important part of the enthusiasm for these incredible creatures. community. Three more sons were born in Kaleden, Lawrence and Lyle (twins) and then Lloyd. Robert served the community in several capacities including being a school trustee for many years. One of his greatest contributions was as the Superintendent of the KCC Sunday School. His son Clarence would establish some sort of record for having some eight years of perfect attendance. That record becomes more understandable when you realize that his father had an even longer record of unblemished attendance. Hence it was an event of earth shattering importance when one very cold Sunday in late October, Robert was not in Sunday School and the Assistant Sunday School Superintendent was, after 10 years of suspenseful waiting and training, given the opportunity to take over the mantel of authority. Robert was working - yarding out boxes of apples to be rushed into the packinghouse in view of a forecast of a severe frost, which could finish off any fruit not hauled in before Sunday night. This was a reasonable excuse for labouring on Sunday, but it was the way in which the work was carried out that gave an understanding of the man’s character. He worked all day getting the fruit yarded out for his neighbours, Morrison, Rudd and others. His own fruit, which had been picked on Saturday stayed where they sat in the orchard until Monday morning.

Have you ever wondered about the Kaleden Seniors Committee? Who are we and what do we do? Afraid to attend one of our events because you aren’t a senior (or aren’t ready to identify as one)? Please know our activities are open to everyone and it delights us when people of all ages and stages attend, like in October. Details on the KSC can be found on the amazing Kaleden Community Website here: kaleden-seniors-committee His lifelong commitment to Sunday as a day of rest and worship could be broken to salvage his neighbours fruit, but as for his own, In short, our Committee is funded by a New Horizons for Seniors it would just have to take its chances. This one incident seems federal grant with a mandate to make a difference in the lives of to me to teach a multitude of truths about the character of our seniors and in their communities. This includes intergenerational engagement, which is why we love to see a variety of people at our pioneers. events. We plan events for the community, but we also use funds When Robert and Hazel retired to Chilliwack in the 1940s, they to buy equipment and upgrade existing community infrastructure. sold their orchard to their daughter and son-in-law, Evelyn and Do you have an idea for an activity or event? The KSC has Cecil Hayter. That same property remains in the Hayter family and funding and a paid coordinator (yours truly) who can help make has three of Evelyn’s sons and one daughter calling it home. It has things happen. Please reach out and let’s see what’s possible! changed from the 10 acre apple orchard it once was and grown into one of the most beautiful and beloved spots in Kaleden Linden Gardens. What a legacy! Robert Preston would be proud. Have a great month, Kaleden! DE










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Tune in next month for more ramblings on the intricacies of Kaleden life. To donate an item to the Kaleden Museum, please contact Meredith at 250-497-6995.

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OK Falls Heritage & Museum Society By Marla Wilson November has arrived and soon the swans will be returning to Vaseux Lake. The cool nights and warm sunny days are signs of the season. We will be dealing with Covid a bit longer, but here in the Okanagan, I feel we have done a great job keeping ourselves and our friends and neighbours well and healthy, and they are doing the same for us!

South Skaha Housing Society Update By Michael Livingstone, Vice Chair

We are pleased to have had our AGM on October 21st after big delays due to Covid-19. We have brought our board strength back up to healthy levels with two new members on our board. Thank you for stepping up to help us continue our goal of bringing affordable family housing to our community. In the middle of October, the Thrifty Boutique received a fantastic We are in the process of preparing the presentation of Phase donation. It is something we have never dealt with before and 2, which requires lots of work to be done. We are pleased that is amazing in quality and assortment. All the volunteers, the Andy Orr of ATCORR Development Consulting Inc. will again be membership and the store management are very excited about our design consultant. We will be working diligently to prepare the this wonderful donation. The shop is open for business on paperwork and permitting to allow the presentation to be made Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10 am to 3 pm. When you to BC Housing by January 15, 2021. Plans are that if all of the have time, be sure to stop by and see these items for yourself. paperwork is properly presented, we should be able to start The Museum remains closed for the winter. The Bassett House construction in the summer of 2021, finishing the 30 unit affordable is in dire need of some repairs. Secretary Sue Walker is looking family housing for Okanagan Falls in 2022. for grant funding to get the work completed, so we can open the museum again next summer. Audrey Steeves passed away at the ripe age of 99. She worked with the Okanagan Falls Heritage and Museum Society since its inception. Her knowledge of Parliamentary Procedures was always welcome and kept us on track. Condolences go out to her family. Did ja know? Back in April 1973, five local families formed a small group of horse lovers. They began negotiating with Northwood Mills for property for a riding rink to be used by local children and adults. On May 31, 1973, Northwood Mills donated approximately half an acre of land off Maple Street behind the home of Mr. & Mrs. Walter Curts Rendered drawing of proposed Phase 2 front view from Main St. looking north. for use as a riding arena. They also supplied 150 posts for the ring and a number of loads of wood chips to help keep the dust down. They also supplied a cat to level the ground. The club grew in popularity and on October 25, 1973, a pony was raffled off to the membership. The pony was won by Mrs. Joyce Sharp of Cawston. At the same time, the club applied for its charter. On May 30, 1974, a “Play Day” was held. Mrs. Joy Curts won the top award. 40 people attended the event to watch 17 horses and riders compete. On June 12, 1975, a parade was held in Okanagan Falls. The Riding Club lead the parade with President, Bill Woods, with the Canadian Flag and Vise-President Gene Carriere with the British Columbia Flag. Also in the parade, long time resident Lisle Badgley and his pony drawn cart featured a mobile “comfort station” entitled “El Potio”, which looked exactly like the little house out back. The Riding Club continued through the years to hold various trail rides, fun days. and horse shows that demonstrated the work and skills of the horses and their riders. A scrap book had been put together with all the great programs and events that were offered to the members and other locals. The last newspaper clipping in the scrap book is dated December 13, 1978. The membership enjoyed a pot-luck supper and then chose an executive of Lloyd Niddery, President, Ryan Marchant Vice President and Lynne Gill as Secretary/Treasurer. Plans were then made for next year’s events. The scrap book has much more information than I could include here. It will be in the Museum and anyone interested in it can go see it there. H&M Thrifty Boutique

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The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #227 By Beverly van Uden NOVEMBER 11th will be very different this year. We will place the wreaths at the cenotaph by 10:45 am. The Legion will have a very small Remembrance Day Service. We will live stream the service on Facebook. The Okanagan Falls Fire Department will sound the siren at 11:00 am. The Legion will not be open that day. We would have a huge problem trying to only have 50 people in the Legion. WE WILL NOT FORGET. No Meetings ~ No general meetings will be held, until we get word from Command to proceed. Meat Draw & 50/50 Draw ~ Still just Saturdays at 4 pm. Dinner will be available. Come early, as we fill up fast! Maximum capacity is 50 people. Open Hours ~ We are on winter hours - Open from 1 pm until closing 7 days a week. SOCIAL DISTANCING WILL APPLY. Memberships NOW DUE ~ Early Bird is from Oct 1 - Nov 30. Donations ~ If anyone has any cans or bottles you would like to donate to the Legion, please call Bev at 250-809-5537. Pancake Breakfast ~ Sunday, November 15th from 8-11 am. Pancakes, French toast, eggs, bacon, sausage, coffee and juice. Adults $6, children $3, and those under 3 years of age are FREE. Maximum of 50 people at any one time allowed inside the building. A BIG THANK YOU TO ALL THE VOLUNTEERS FOR HELPING KEEP OUR LEGION OPEN. Come out and support your Legion ... Become A Member ~ The Royal Canadian Legion cares for those who have served our country. We are committed to ensuring they receive the care and support they deserve. We are located at 5009 Veterans Ways in Okanagan Falls. For more information, call 250-497-8338. Facebook Page: Royal Cdn Legion - Branch 227 Okanagan Falls BC. “Where you are always welcome to join us! WE ARE A SMALL LEGION WITH A BIG HEART!”

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Ladies Auxiliary of Branch #227 Update By Denise Ashton As fall has arrived, there are still no general meetings scheduled at this point. We would like to take a moment to remember one of our long time members, Audrey Steeves, who passed away on Wednesday, September 30th. A service followed by a tea was held in her honour on Saturday, October 10th. Our Cookbook is in the final stages. Copies will be available to purchase at just $12 each, starting on November 15th. Tickets for our Remembrance Day Basket are on sale! The draw date is November 7th. Tickets for the Christmas Basket will be available on November 21st. The draw date is December 19th. While following all COVID-19 protocols, we will host our Annual Ladies Auxiliary Christmas Sale on Sunday, November 15th from 9:30 am - 2:30 pm. Due to accessibility, we have changed our venue this year to the Okanagan Falls Seniors Activity Centre. After you have enjoyed the Pancake Breakfast at the Legion, head on over to the Seniors Centre and check out our Christmas Sale. There will be a Silent Auction, Raffle, and a Bake Table. Our Cookbook will also be available for purchase, which makes a great gift idea or a stocking stuffer. For those collectors out there, through a donation we have acquired a collection of Bradford Exchange Collector Plates, which are in their original boxes with their certificates of authenticity included. As of October 30th, we will have samples on display at the Seniors Centre in their glass display case in the entry hall. (Thank you to Seniors Centre for doing this for us.) Be sure to check out the display and then come to our Christmas Sale to place your bid. We hope to have a variety of vendors once again this year. For further information and to book a table, please contact Denise at 250-485-4949. Remember, we are still holding a Saturday Meat Draw, alongside the Branch. Stop on by and you’ll be able to purchase Basket tickets from one of our volunteers participating in the Meat Draw. Plus, tickets will also be available at the bar, so just approach one of the wonderful bartenders at the Branch.

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Okanagan Falls Lions Update By Bob Wilson, Past President Well, let’s see ... we had Thanksgiving, we had an Election, and we had Halloween. Thanksgiving was quiet this year - social distancing in mind. Provincial Election - this hadn’t happened yet at the writing of the article, so we can only keep our fingers crossed. Much could be said, but this isn’t the place to say it. Halloween - again reduced activity, but a fitting follow-up for the previous item. We need to be focusing on our immediate situation. We have to be concentrating on helping each other through these difficult times. We are all we have right now. November will bring Remembrance Day and this year will be necessarily quieter than usual. The Legion is allowing the laying of wreaths, but no gathering or parade, so I have been told. Those of us, to whom the day means memory of our time in the Armed Forces, will still honour the sacrifices made by so many to give us our freedoms that we enjoy daily. We will remember them. The Lions Club is meeting only once a month for the foreseeable future on the second Tuesday - our reduced activities make this workable. The school breakfast program is being evaluated at this time and could be running again soon with some changes to operations with regard to Covid-19 restrictions. That’s about all for now. Be good to and help one another where you are able. Keep safe and stay well. Blood, it’s in you to give! The next Blood Donor Clinic will be held on November 23 & 24 at the Penticton Senior Drop In Centre from 1:30 - 5:30 pm. The Canadian Blood Services needs both donors and volunteers for their clinics. To become a donor and/or volunteer, please visit or call 1-888-2366283. When you see a volunteer, thank them. Meetings to be determined as required, but the second Tuesday works at this time. The important thing is that we are here, as we have been for some time now, and hope to be here in the coming years. Lions worldwide are continuing to help wherever they can in these trying times ... “Where there’s a need, there’s a Lion”. If you would like to join us, talk to a Lions member or call 778-4392275. Okanagan Falls Lion’s Club is online at www.e-clubhouse. org/sites/okfalls/ and



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Okanagan Falls Seniors Activity Society The Okanagan Falls Seniors Activity Society is the focus of many of our senior’s social life and is important to our community as a whole. We operate almost exclusively with members and volunteers who are our lifeblood. Without them, we could not operate. If you are a current member of our society, and have a few hours a month to spare, please consider putting your name forward to run for a position on our Board of Directors at our Board Election at our General Meeting, being held at 1 pm on Monday, November 2nd. We need you! There is lots of room for participants in current activities, but we would like to try some new activities, such as the game of Mexican Train, Majong, or perhaps Line Dancing. However, we need activity leaders, teachers, and member participants who can help us get these new activities going. If you have some special skills you would like to share, please call President Grethe Jensen at 250-497-5669. We would love to have you! Please stop in, pick up a calendar, and see all the fun things we do. During this month of November, we are hosting a workshop called “Coping with Stress during the COVID-19 Outbreak” facilitated by Elaine Hopkins. Workshops are scheduled for Monday, November 9, 16 and 23 from 2-4 pm. No drop-ins. Pre-registration only by calling Elaine at 250-804-3488 or by email to elabria.hopkins@ November Calendar General Meeting ~ Monday, November 2 at 1 pm Pancake Breakfast ~ Saturday, November 7 from 8-10 am “Coping with Stress during the COVID-19 Outbreak” Workshop (Must Pre-register) ~ November 9, 16 & 23 from 2-4pm Canasta ~ Mondays at 10 am Exercise ~ Tuesdays & Thursdays at 9 am Tuesday Bingo ~ November 3, 10 & 17 at 1 pm Evening Pool ~ Tuesdays at 6 pm Music & Coffee ~ Wednesdays at 9-10:30 am Carpet Bowling ~ Wednesdays at 1 pm Scrabble ~ Thursdays at 10 am

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

WE ARE BACK BABY! With the onset of cooler weather, we are back to worshipping at the church - the morning service starting at 10 am. With COVID-19 and social distancing restrictions, we are limited to approximately 35 people and everyone must wear a mask. There will be sanitizing stations and masks available for those who don’t have one. Please join us. 443 Lakehill Rd, Kaleden / Pastor David Ohori - 250-497-5995 Email: / FB: Kaleden Community Church - for up to date event info

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Audrey Phyllis Steeves July 25, 1921 - September 30, 2020 Audrey passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family. Besides her parents, Audrey was predeceased by her husband, Fred; son, Perry; grandson, Rob Duncan; twin sister, Kathleen and brother, George. Left to mourn her passing are her daughter, Carol Mather (James), son, Robert (Carol), daughter, Kathryn Hobbs (Wes), daughter-in-law, Elaine Steeves, son, Bryan (Kim) and son, Blair (Janelle), 19 grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren and two great, great grandchildren.

Born in Abingdon, Berkshire County, England to George and Florence Please join the Okanagan Falls United Church in a Zoom service Warrick, Audrey worked at a printing company from the age of 14 from Oasis Church in Penticton. The service is at 10 am. Church until World War II broke out. As many young women did at the at home, following directions for all of us to be safe. For further time, she joined the Women’s Auxiliary Territorial Service, working in the mess hall serving the soldiers their meals. It was there she information, please visit our website listed below. met her future husband, Fred, a soldier in the Canadian Scottish 1108 Willow St, OK Falls / 250-497-1171 / Regiment. It could be said that this handsome young soldier Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Service - On Hold! danced his way into her heart and where he led, she followed. Our Lady of Lourdes members are invited to join Holy Mass at The couple married in 1943 and she immigrated to Canada in April CTK Oliver on Saturdays at 5 pm, Sundays at 9 am and 11 am. 1945 with their daughter, Carol. Weekday Mass is at 9 am. For more info, call the Oliver Catholic In 1950, Fred, Audrey and their now young family of three, moved Church Office at 250-498-3934 or visit the website at to Okanagan Falls where they were blessed with three more 1039 Willow St, OK Falls / Father Thomas Kakkaniyil children. They had a small peach and cherry orchard in the Falls, which Fred and the children looked after while Audrey worked at St. Barbara’s Anglican Church - On Line! Sunday Services and Daily Evening Prayer now on Zoom! Ask a the Kaleden Packing House.

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Even though she was working and raising her children, Audrey became an active volunteer in various organizations in the Falls. She believed in the community and dedicated many, many hours of her time to the Falls Heritage Society, the Women’s Institute and Scouts Canada. A life member of both the Okanagan Falls Legion Branch #227 and the Ladies Auxiliary, she was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal for her selfless contributions. She served as secretary and Rector’s Warden at St. Barbara’s Anglican Church, counselled Senior Citizens, volunteered with Helping Hands, receiving their Humanitarian Award for service from 1986 to 2004. The Chamber of Commerce awarded Audrey the Citizen of The Year in 1999. Passionate about travelling, she attended many War Bride, Church and Legion Conventions, as well as performing and singing in numerous theatre productions. Later in her life, she was very proud of the fact that she had walked on the Great Wall of China, ridden a camel in the Egyptian desert and an elephant in the Malaysian jungle. Internment will take place on July 26, 2021 in the Okanagan Falls Cemetery. The family would like to acknowledge and thank Reverend David Irving, Kim and Paul Glen, Anita Halverson, Linda Horn, Mary and Don Friesen, Sharon Thompson, Okanagan Falls Royal Canadian Legion, St. Barbara’s Anglican Church congregation, Nurse Next Door home care workers and palliative care nurses, Lisa and Carmen for their support and care of Audrey during her final months. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Audrey’s name to the St. Barbara’s Church, Ladies Auxiliary, or the SPCA.

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Total - Basic Cremation ... No Hidden Costs $1190.00 + taxes (Penticton area) $1390.00 + taxes (Kelowna area)

Flowers to the Okanagan Falls community for supporting our recent Cookie Dough Fundraiser. We appreciate your continued support of our local preschool. ~ From the OK Mini School Flowers to Linda Larson, our former MLA. A thankless job well done! I appreciate all you have done for your constituents. May retirement be peaceful and restful. ~ From Area ‘I’ Director Subrina Monteith


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110-1960 Barnes St, Penticton, BC V2A 4C3

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By Lesley Luff, Okanagan Falls & Osoyoos Fish Heads to the people who dump their yard waste debris along the old Kaleden Road and on other private lands. The landfill is Credible Cremation Services is here to assist families with final arrangements whenever the need arises. Lesley has always made free and there is excellent curbside pick up. ~ From the FireSmart Board and the KVFD the effort to provide personal, seamless service to all, at a very reasonable price. Make sure you are prepared for the inevitable, as it will certainly come one day. The most thoughtful thing one can do in preparation for that time, is not to leave final arrangements to our children or other family members to handle, particularly at a time of great sadness and grief. Document all of your vital information. Make a Will. Choose an executor/executrix to carry out your final wishes. Please feel free to call Lesley at 250-493-3912 or send an email to if you have any questions, or if you would like a pre-arrangement package sent by regular mail. It is with great sadness, that we bid farewell to Linda Clare Allen of Osoyoos.

Linda Clare Allen

Time To Dream About Travel Again By Vi Creasey The time has come to turn the corner in the travel industry. A few bookings are starting to trickle in for travel this winter. If it is still to early for you to travel, you can definitely start to dream about your next big trip.

July 17, 1952 - September 15, 2020 Linda passed away peacefully in her home in Osoyoos. She was born in Tisdale, Saskatchewan to August and Clara (Bengert) Schalla and raised in Winnipeg. Linda worked in a variety of jobs in Manitoba, Alberta, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut before retiring to Osyoyoos in 2015.

To get the dreaming process started, Reliable Travel is going to Linda is survived by her son Blaine Kutcher (Raphaela), host a virtual consumer event in November. The date has yet to grandchildren Andon Kutcher, Lincoln Kutcher, Castiel Kutcher, Shia Kutcher, Aisha Mohamed, Michaela Mohamed, Knesa be confirmed. This event will be sponsored by Celebrity Cruises. We would love to have you attend; however, to do so you will Mohamed, and Kade Upton; son Jonathan Kutcher (Tanya); sister require an invitation. So, how do you get this invitation? It’s easy! Arlene Matiwy (Mike); sister Melba Doerksen; and brother Darrell Please just give one of us a call, and we will send the invitation to Schalla (Gwen); all of Winnipeg, Manitoba. you. You will require Zoom on your desktop, laptop, iPad or phone. If you don’t know how to do this, one of us at Reliable Travel will help you get that done. So, from the comfort of your home, please join us and learn about what Celebrity Cruises has to offer you. Also, there will be prizes! Reliable Travel has a group of 36 people going on a Greek Islands Cruise in October of 2021. If The Greek Islands is on your bucket list of places to go, why not join us?

Reliable Travel Vi Creasey

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There will be a small, private family memorial in Winnipeg. Linda’s final arrangements entrusted to Credible Cremation Services - 250-493-3912

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