Archives for May 16, 2012
Last year when Joyce Kuzyk was presented with the 2011 Janette Robbins Award, the Sport BC Presidents’ Award was also given. This award from Sport BC recognized 44 volunteers from all different sports in 22 communities in BC. It honours the commitment and spirit of volunteerism given by an individual over many years.
Kuzyk says “I have been involved with the club since 1970 and still am curling.”
“The ceremony was held in Richmond on March 8th but I received the award at the Oliver Curling Club AGM on May 8/2012.”
The presentation is done one year after the winner is announced.
Congratulations to Joyce .
Joyce was president of the Oliver Curling Club from 1993 to 1998, then again from 2002 to 2010. During her presidency, the Oliver club applied for a grant in 1993 which would see the club receive a geothermal system. Then in 2003, the club was able to secure a federal / provincial infrastructure grant in order to put in new cement curling sheets which meant the only Olympic-size club in the Okanagan Valley. At this time, the club didn’t have enough money to complete the job so Joyce and her executive were able to sell $27,000 worth of debentures to the club’s members. And, due to fiscal management all of these debentures were paid off within 5 years.
In order to save the club even more money, she helped paint the lockers, bathrooms and the boards in the ice area when the construction was being done.
Picture submitted by Arvie Bourgeault – seen at right in the picture above.
Over 60 people turned out for this free event that was co-sponsored by the Friends of the Oliver Library. This two hour workshop featured mini- sessions with eReader users, each who had a different type of device (the Kobo, the Sony, the Nook, the Kindle and the IPad). Attendees had a chance to see how they worked and then learn how to download free ebooks from the ORL site.
The workshop was a great success and we are already planning a follow-up workshop for June.
Seems that a small picture story on Sunday has stirred a hornet’s nest of opinions – about events and how they are covered by ODN.
Oliver Daily News tries to cover the events, stories, happenings, views of our area (OK Falls to Osoyoos – and sometimes further afield). It is not a journal, it is not a newspaper – it comes out of the mind of one person who has a lot of friends and contributors. Thank God for the latter.
BUT – please think of it as the Internet – a commodity somewhere between a message board/a chat room and an old time “party-line”. It can be funny, it can be serious, it can be what you make of it.
If you have an opinion – put your full name to it. If you have strong opinions be prepared to take some reaction to those views that you might not like.
If you are fair in your criticism it will appear fair – as it does for hundreds and hundreds of comments.
Should ODN, which is growing in readership, change the way it does business – switch gears because of some statements about professional journalism etc.? – Don’t think so.
The picture of a group of people on motorcycles and a picture of a sign was a statement from my mind as I drove along a highway. It was not a story – it was not great photography. It was a statement that some people at the Falls and in Oliver have taken exception to. The picture story is gone as is my prerogative.
Did I learn a lesson? Yes. Will I change the way to operate ODN? No.
I urge you not to take what you read here or anywhere else with so much seriousness. It’s part of life – and your opinions and mine are just a fleeting moment in our own inner “ether”.
Have a good day.
72 small lockers will be obtained and placed in gym change rooms for males and females and groups of students will use these during class times. This will prevent items from backpacks going astray.
Students and parents are encourage to look to other options if heavy loads and backpacks are causing problems with students.
The option of closing the West Gym and putting lockers in at a huge cost was eliminated meaning that no class space is lost to programming.
Vice-Principal Tracy Harrington says the meeting went well and everyone had an opportunity to discuss the temporary problem.
Once the east wing is constructed and the school re-opens in the fall of next year – all of these locker problems will be behind the students and school.
Principal Cate Turner writes: “we have a good compromise. Instead of installing lockers in the small gym (expensive, disruptive), we will install ‘mini-lockers’ (like the ones that you find in community pool change rooms) in both the boys and girls change rooms. That way they can lock up their valuables during PE class. We will also have an application process for the 68 lockers we actually have – we will make decisions based on textbook load etc. For any parents or students who don`t get a locker through that process, the school will offer to buy them a `rolling backpack`. “
From Chris Yerburgh – President of Oliver Legion:
On Friday, 4 May the Oliver Legion held a Veterans Dinner to honor the WW 2 and Korean War Veterans and all the former peace time members of the Armed Forces. It was attended by approximately 100 Veterans, members and guests. Invited guests were our local MLA, John Slater, the Mayor of Oliver, Ron Hovanes, the Oliver RCMP Detachment Commander, Sgt Ken Harrington and the South Okanangan and Smilikameen Zone Commander, Rick Lundin.
The guests were introduced by the President, Chris Yerburgh and grace was said by Chaplain Ray Turner. Back Ground music was provided by local entertainer, Micki Spillett. The dinner was a buffet style roast beef dinner – Air Cadets from the local 232 Bighorn Squadron assisted in serving and clearing tables wile a few cadet “Moms” washed dishes along with other volunteers following the meal.
Toasts were made “To the Queen” by Don Bousfield, “to the fallen” by Frank Krepps and “the Office of the President of the United States” by Ray Turner.
Recognition was made to all categories of Veterans, ie WW 2, Korean War, Peacekeepers,NATO veterans and others who served in the Canadian or Allied Forces.
All the guests addressed the group, mostly by thanking all the Veterans for their service to our Country to help maintain the freedoms we have to-day.
The cooks, servers, air cadets and other volunteers were recognized for their hard work..
Special thanks was giiven to Bertha Williams, Branch Poppy Chair, who was ther main organizer of the dinner.
Why is the Federal Government reducing services right now when young veterans need it the most?
In response to recent media coverage regarding military suicides and the Government’s proposed medical services cut backs, the Legion’s BC/Yukon Command is fighting for public recognition of the importance of intervention for our military serving members suffering from mental trauma and PTSD.
For years the Legion has been filling the gap where services for veterans are lacking. We know firsthand how hard it is for veterans and their families trying to cope with mental issues resulting from military service.
There is no question that the Federal Government provides certain levels of benefits and programs. However, these only go so far and the need is far greater than we are made to believe. The Legion is directly working with Veterans to transition them back to health and back into the community.
In the absence of a tailored, responsive, and comprehensive continuum of care for our returning military, the Legion in BC/Yukon has been making a powerful, practical difference by offering one-of-a-kind programs, with life-changing impact.
Veterans Transition Program (with UBC) …for Veterans Suffering Post-traumatic Stress
Military Skills Conversion Program (with BCIT)
…for Veterans Re-entering the Marketplace
..for Homeless Veterans
The Legion does NOT receive any Government funding for these programs!
These three programs are made possible by virtue of our ongoing fundraising. In 153 communities throughout British Columbia and Yukon, Legion volunteers contribute over 600,000 hours a year. More and more of those service hours are now focused on engaging the new generation of veterans and trying to help them transition back to their families.
Legionnaires and Ladies Auxiliaries know firsthand that military families bear more than their fair share of the load when one of their own serves in the Canadian Military. We fundraise, we reach out, and we provide a second family of support for them. Many of our members are not military related themselves, but they are with us because they care.
There is a tremendous need in our veteran community right now. From the veterans who are homeless to the silently suffering 26 year-old who doesn’t sleep anymore, it is the responsibility of all Canadians to reach out to them.
Stepping up to the perceived stigmas of post-traumatic stress, to the plight of homelessness, and to the rejections of re-entering the workforce – this is what The Royal Canadian Legion is doing in British Columbia and Yukon for a new generation of veterans returning from overseas duties.
The Royal Canadian Legion BC/Yukon is speaking up for those who have served this country with honour when we say they should get more services, not less. The cost to society will be borne by us all for years to come.
A large crowd of visitors, staff, board members, politicians, and reporters assembled for this outreach event.
Desert Sun Counselling and Resource Centre offers the following programs:
Women and Men’s Counselling and Safe House for Women
Children and Youth Counselling
Community Action Program (CAP)for Children and Mother Goose Program.
Community Kitchen and Garden
Contact 250-498-2538 for more information or email firstname.lastname@example.org for an information package on services.
Photo and story contributed
The APC of Rural Area C was challenged by Director Allan Patton and Regional District staff to review and approve three housekeeping changes to policy that included:
1. Development Approval Information
2. Temporary Use Permits and
3. Watercourse Development Permit Area Guidelines
The new policies were reviewed with the help of Planner Malcolm McNaughton. At the end of a 2 and a half hour discussion – all members of the APC had a clear understanding of the changes and endorsed and forwarded them off to Penticton for approval by the entire RDOS Board.
These amendments are related to recent legislative changes, court decisions, changes stemming from the review of other electoral area bylaws as well as improvements identified by staff.
This was the first meeting of the APC with its new chair Bill Michael who replaced the late Harold King.
See details below on how you can obtain one of these bike for your child or yourself.
Oliver Crime Watch is having their Annual Bike and Garage sale this Saturday, May 19, from 9 am – 2pm. It will be held at the Oliver Cadet Hangar.
Bikes and Bargains Galore. Donations accepted. 250-498-0654