Archives for October 25, 2014
Grade 12 student Teija Anderson and grade 10 student Tatum Brogan scored the goals, with goalies Sierra Callander and Sally Lee sharing the shutout.
SOSS will host the AA High School Provincial Championships in two weeks here in Oliver.
This is a GREAT bunch of girls who represent our community well!First game – SOSS 2-0 over Summerland
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Second game – same score different competition
Team picture Janette Van Vianen
Arms picture and banner Lesley Magnus
I am very pleased to put my name on the election slate for Mayor of Osoyoos, I am qualified to take on this responsibility after serving as a Town Councillor for the past 3 years. This was a very positive experience for me, working with an interested, energetic council, and a cooperative professional town staff. I continue to learn about town by-laws and policies, the local government act and the community charter, and it is an ongoing priority of mine to read and learn as much about municipal government as I can.
I have lived in Osoyoos for 46 years, was married to Mel and we raised two children- Ryan and Kirstin. I worked as a Primary teacher at Osoyoos Elementary School for 34 years, and I continue to be involved there as a 1-to-1 reading volunteer and as the school liason for the Osoyoos Art Gallery committee. I also volunteer for many community and service groups. Presently I am a member of Soroptimist International of Osoyoos, Market on Main, and the Osoyoos Festival Society, where I recently served as the Chairman of July 1-Cherry Fiesta for 10 years. I was awarded Osoyoos Citizen of the Year in 1992, Osoyoos Volunteer Leadership Award in 2007 and the South Okanagan Leadership Award in 2009.
Green and blue, my favourite colours, make us think of healthy blue waters and green trees. Our lake, our water and our tree fruits, grapes and ground crops are of paramount importance in all planning.
Job creation is very important to our community, so we can continue to prosper. Prospective investors need the facts about working here. What are we good at? We are a world class tourist destination, due to our climate, our warm lake and our positive attitude- giving credence to our logo “Canada’s Warmest Welcome.” Tourism is a huge economic driver and we are pleased to have Destination Osoyoos looking after both tourism and economic development.
Businesses will be pleased to know that our tax rate is 1.6 times the residential rate, the 7th lowest in BC, according to a recent article in the Vancouver Province. Council has recently held a public hearing concerning our zoning bylaws, and we have given 3rd reading to a business friendly amendment to commercial off street-parking regulations.
I feel that I am well qualified to become the mayor of Osoyoos. I am an organized, energetic and positive leader, and a team player. I have the time to listen and I will continue to educate myself on the variety of local issues that are important to our community. Please give me the opportunity to continue working for our town. On November 15, please vote for me, and elect Sue for Osoyoos mayor.
Our Board and district staff will be recognizing retirees and long service employees on Wednesday, October 29th at the Watermark Beach Resort in Osoyoos. This is our first year for recognizing long service employees with more than 10 years of service in the district, and will be an annual event with the retirement celebration.
Our learning forum, held in Keremeos last week, was on secondary trades and dual credit programs in the district as well as the Yes-2-It In the Classroom program. This year the program will be running in conjunction with the Industry Training Authority’s Yes-2-It Trades Exploration Program under the direction of Boyd Turnbull and other journeymen. All grades 6 and 7 students will build, plumb and wire a wall. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to explore the trades and to ponder the trades as a career. Thank you to Rod Kitt for this informative presentation.
The next learning forum will be held on November 12th at Oliver Elementary School and the topic will be children and youth anxiety. We invite parents and any interested community members to attend. Anxiety in our students is of great concern to all of us and we are trying many different approaches at school to support students with anxiety issues.
An agreement was reached with the teachers’ union (SOSTU) to make up the August 26, 2014 school plan day at an evening session on October 14th, 2014 in Oliver. The evening was attended by almost 200 teachers, education assistants and administrators and was facilitated by Linda Kaser, co-founder of the Network for Inquiry and Innovation in BC. The evening engaged schools to reflect on their inquiry work and to make plans for this school year. Schools also revisited their school inquiry questions and learning plans. It was wonderful to gather as a district learning community with lots of enthusiasm and positive energy for the new year of learning together. On October 15th Dr. Kaser worked with staff at Osoyoos Elementary and Osoyoos Secondary schools in a focused discussion about their inquiry work and directions for this year.
The Learning Improvement Fund (LIF) and Teacher Education Fund (TEF) process has now been finalized. For 2014/15 the district received $467,723 in Learning Improvement Funds to support class complexities and learning needs. This consisted of $374,178 Teacher Education Funds to be used for additional teacher time and $93,545 in support staff priorities for classrooms These resources will have a positive impact on classrooms in our district.
District staff provided an update on enrollment at the Board of Education meeting and the data showed an overall decrease of about 75 students in the district in comparison to September 30th, 2013. This is concerning to the Board but the good news is that we are still above student numbers projected for this year and our schools are staffed according to projections. We are awaiting final enrolment numbers which are still changing; final numbers are required to be submitted to the Ministry by the end of the month.
Southern Okanagan Secondary (SOSS), Oliver Elementary, Osoyoos Elementary and Osoyoos Secondary students attended We-Day on October 22nd in Vancouver. We hope that this day inspired another year of change by students in our district. We-Day is tied to the year-long We Act program which offers
educational resources, campaigns and support materials to help turn the event’s inspiration into sustained action. Through We Act, students commit to taking on one local and one global action to better the world, earning their way to We Day next year.
Trustee elections will take place on November 15th along with other municipal elections. In this district three candidates were nominated for two trustee positions in Oliver. The Board of Education is disappointed that trustee candidates were not invited to participate in the All-Candidates meeting in Oliver. We feel that this sends a message to communities that trustees are not valued and are not active participants in local government elections. Trustees in the communities of Keremeos/Cawston, Okanagan Falls and Osoyoos were elected by acclamation.
A basketball field trip for SOSS students and their coach, Mo Basso, was approved at the last Board of Education meeting. The basketball players will be travelling to Oahu, Hawaii in December to play basketball against local teams. This will be a great team building experience for them and we are sure that they will have lots of fun. Best of luck to all of you!
Should you have any questions, please contact me at 250-498-1333.
Marieze Tarr, Chairperson
School District No. 53 (Okanagan Similkameen)
Sunday October 26th 10-2:30
Planting native trees and shrubs at the road 22 information kiosk
The South Okanagan Similkameen Conservation Program (SOSPC) and the Okanagan Similkameen Stewardship Society (OSSS) are planting native trees and shrubs around the road 22 information Kiosk. We have already spent a few days at the site removing invasive weeds and planting some native plants. Come on down and see the improvements, get your hands dirty and know that you are helping the environment! Refreshments will be provided, bring a shovel and a reusable cup!
Served 3 terms in this century.
Presently serving on the Oliver Parks and Recreation Society as town representative
Experience with Okanagan Regional Library board (finance chair), Oliver Heritage (Museum and Archive) representative. Member of Oliver Elks, Royal Canadian Legion and the SO Chamber of Commerce.
Raised and schooled in Oliver – left for 15 year broadcasting career – returned in 1984. Thirty years as community worker/businessman.
Four questions posed to all candidates from ODN: Is homelessness, poverty, low income an issue and what could a Town Council do about it?
Yes they are an issue and I think the local food bank event each Wednesday shows the amount and regularity of the need. Town council is not charged with the care of the homeless or those in need but all elected officials must be aware or be made aware and advocate for change in our social safety nets. I believe Oliver has a good low income housing stock and system – with little or no “sleeping on the streets” community. Support local charity and keep the dollars in Oliver.
At least one report says employees and management in municipalities are paid more than provincial government employees on average – what would you do about it?
This report may be flawed as a number of organizations have stated that opposing view. Quality workers and professional management come at a price. It’s a competitive market to attract new employees. It is however the job of each council to hold the costs down, engage in tough bargaining, and find ways of settling issues and wages without following the lead of other cities. One fact escapes many people. The higher the compensation for ALL workers – the more money there is to fuel the economy. If everyone was paid a minimum wage – would you need banks.
Main Street and Centennial Park – do you think the Town could take a leadership role in enhancing “our look” to the outside world travelling by?
Yes. The look down town is starting to upset me and many others and it is time to act. Council has the power and resources to become an active partner in the downtown. Consistent leadership is needed to make this happen. Council has stated it plans to make changes on Station Street with park improvements. Time to act.
What unique subject is on your mind – suggestions for Oliver’s future?
The town cannot do it all. It needs partners. RDOS, School Board, business, community leaders and everyone who lives here. We can do more and should use our energy and dollars to make our small part of the world – better, greener, safer and prosperous. I believe you will see more park space, walking trails, more hike and bike routes in the next 4 years and this council is committed to it. We need to find a way to deal with apathy and complacency. We must engage our community – seek new ideas and approach the future by thinking outside of the rut.
Vote for consistency. Vote for leadership. Vote for a better Oliver.
The South Okanagan Rehabilitation Centre for Owls (SORCO) has been looking after the bird named ‘Tiny’ along with several of his extended Raptor family members (Hawks, Eagles, Osprey and Falcons).
Ray Putnam, of SORCO, says this year has seen a dramatic increase in injured birds coming to the rehab centre for treatment.
“This has created a significant increase in medical care and food costs,” he explains. “It takes about one dollar a day per bird for these two items alone. So, for an average 3 month stay, they cost about $100.”
Putnam jokes the birds cannot pay for their room and board but the issue of funding for the centre is no laughing matter.
“SORCO is a non-profit organization, run by volunteers, and we rely on public donations to operate.”
Those donations often come in via the internet but recently someone hacked the SORCO website and it had to be shut down and completely rebuilt.
A costly expense to the centre.
“It means another expensive project and no funds are coming in.”
For Tiny to be released back into the wild SORCO is putting out a plea to the public, asking for donations.
If you would like to help Tiny and his family please mail a cheque to:
or call Ray Putnam (250-763-4480 or email@example.com) to make a donation via cash, cheque, Visa or MasterCard.