Owner Ken Campbell at the Nk’Mip Campground in Osoyoos with business manager Katrina Gatrina
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Council compensation close to the average; more info sought on health/dental benefits
By ROY WOOD
Oliver council members would like to know what other jurisdictions provide their elected representatives in health and dental benefits.
The question came up as council reviewed a study from town staff regarding what mayor and councillors in jurisdictions of similar size receive in annual compensation. Oliver’s mayor and council stipends are close to the average of the towns surveyed.
However, several jurisdictions, including Osoyoos, provide their council members with medical and dental coverage. Oliver does not.
The study is part of an occasional review of council remuneration. The last one was done in 1996.
Oliver’s mayor and council receive annual adjustments to their compensation based on the rate of inflation as indicated by the Consumer Price Index.
According to the report from chief administrative officer Cathy Cowan, “The yearly CPI adjustment has kept the remuneration for mayor and council in line with other communities of similar size.”
Councillor Larry Schwartzeberger pointed out that the discussion was around future councils and that any increase in annual stipends or improvement in benefits would not come into effect until after the Fall 2018 civic election.
The public discussion of comparable remunerations was in stark contrast to the process under which members of Osoyoos council gave themselves a raise last summer.
Following discussion at a closed meeting and based on a report that has not been made public, Osoyoos council increased councillors’ stipends by five per cent and the mayor’s by 15 per cent.
At the time, Osoyoos Mayor Sue McKortoff advised a reporter that if he wanted to look at the comparables he could “find the information by phoning people in (the) other communities.”
Asked why her council decided on a closed process rather than a public one, McKortoff said: “I don’t know why. It was just brought up at one of our meetings (and) could we have a look at what other communities were paying their councillors and their mayor because we seem to be doing a whole ton of work. …
“It was just decided among the five of us, and we asked to have a report brought back on this. … We didn’t think (a public study) was necessary.”
On Monday, Oliver Water Councillor Rick Machial pointed out that “Osoyoos council used the high school (closing crisis) as an excuse (for the pay increase).” He wondered whether, now that the crisis has passed, they would roll it back.
According to the report to council on Monday, Oliver’s councillors and mayor rank very near the average of the 10 communities surveyed.
Mayor Ron Hovanes receives an annual stipend of $26,792 and the four councillors get $14,289. The average for mayors is $26,144 and for councillors $13,880.
In Osoyoos, McKortoff receives $27,142 and the four councillors get $16,549. As well, the five elected members are entitled to a health and dental benefits package.
The council committee directed staff to broaden the report to include information about what other jurisdictions provide by way of health and dental coverage.
Hovanes observed that offering a better benefits package might help attract younger people with families to run for civic office.
Staff will also provide more information on stipends in other communities for the position of acting mayor. Each member of Oliver council serves one three-month term per year as acting mayor and occasionally find themselves filling in for Hovanes.
Only Oliver and Osoyoos councils include water councillors. Their annual stipends are $5,358 and $4,338 respectively.
On June 24th, 2017 at 1:45 pm Oliver RCMP responded to a report of a theft of a 2015 Nissan Titan from the 5000 block of Hwy 97 . Upon police arriving on scene police were also made aware that the family’s beloved Bulldog, Ellie-Mae, was inside the stolen vehicle.
A call was made to all surrounding RCMP detachments and extensive patrols were conducted by both Oliver and Osoyoos RCMP members. The vehicle was spotted by Oliver members later that evening but fled from police at a high rate of speed.
The community pulled together and began searching for Ellie-Mae. Thankfully, Ellie-Mae was located on June 25th by local residents; she was unharmed but no doubt a little shaken up.
On June 26th at 9:00 am the stolen Nissan was located abandoned on the outskirts of Oliver.
Once again, another example of the amazing and caring community we have here. People who did not even know Ellie-Mae or her owners stepped up to the plate and began searching; because of them this story had a happy ending.
Oliver RCMP is continuing to investigate the incident and urge anyone who may have information to please come forward. You may call Oliver Detachment 250-498-3422 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.
prepared by: Cpl. Christina TARASOFF
with thanks to : “Arte” Johnson (Rowan and Martin)
with thanks to Castanet
A local (Penticton area) waste management company believes something stinks about the way the City of Penticton awarded the contract for the community’s residential garbage and recycling pickup.
At last week’s regular meeting, council followed the advice of public works manager Len Robson and handed the seven years contract for residential waste pickup to (BFI) Waste Connections, the multinational giant that held the previous contract.
This, despite the fact that the Waste Connections bid came in more than $100,000 above the bid from Appleton Waste Services, which is based in Okanagan Falls.
“It’s very disappointing to see that the City of Penticton has decided to go with more of the same, for more money,” Appleton Waste Services owner David Appleton said.
Appleton’s bid, $992,895 per year, was the lowest of the four companies that applied through the RFP process, yet it scored in a tie for last place, tied with another losing company that was nearly twice as expensive.
Waste Connections won the contract with a higher bid, $1,098,305 per year, due in part to their existing track record and previous experience in the field, according to Robson.
“If you deal with a smaller company that is making ends meet, they don’t have the depth of company, they can run into contractual challenges or obstructions where they want more money for different service that you implement,” he told councillors last week.
That’s a point Appleton calls “utterly ridiculous.”
Although the company has been in business just four years, Appleton says his firm has grown “at least tenfold” since they purchased Okanagan Waste of Summerland at launch. He is also a former vice president of Waste Services Inc., which has since merged with the very same company he lost the Penticton contract out to.
“The contract from 10 years ago… I put together the bid that was last accepted by the city of Penticton for this very work,” he said. “The assertion by Len that we don’t know anything about this cart collection is utterly ridiculous.”
Appleton also points to a larger residential collection contract he holds with the City of Edmonton as proof that his company is more than experienced enough to handle the task locally.
The local business owner claims Robson is putting too much value on his preexisting and several-year-long working relationship with the big company when scoring the proposals.
“Having worked for the big companies in this business before at a pretty senior level, I know how it works,” Appleton said. “I unfortunately don’t have the budget to pay municipal affairs directors hundreds of thousands of dollars a year to go around and try to make these things happen, like what what we are seeing right now, to push guys like me out of these markets.”
Robson’s report to council last week indicated that qualifications, experience, resources of the firm and past performances/references account for a total of 20 per cent of the scoring. The proposal itself is weighted to 50 per cent, while price fills out the remaining 30 per cent.
“Obviously I’m close with Waste Connections, because I’ve been working with them for seven years, so I know the people, I know the service that’s been provided,” Robson told Castanet on Monday, acknowledging his previous interactions with the company play a part of the decision.
“If the company is a challenge to work with, or has not provided the services I expect, that would impact things,” he added, refusing to comment on if that was the case with Appleton Waste Services.
He also refuted Appleton’s complaint that beyond a “curt” two-minute phone call, the local company never got a chance to explain or address any perceived problems with their proposal.
“When a clear proposal comes in, you know, that they know, what they are getting into,” Robson said, admitting they usually take the submitted paperwork at face value when it comes in.
“If they are local, it should show in the proposal, it should show in the pricing, it should show on the whole submittal, it should naturally come out,” he said, cautioning giving against municipalities preferential treatment to local business.
“A company might reside here, but does very little business here, and all of a sudden you are handcuffing them” when they pursue contracts outside the community by encouraging other cities to do the same, he said.
Robson says he is open to speaking with Appleton to provide a detailed breakdown about where exactly his proposal fell short.
Oliver’s backbone – by Pat Whalley
Oliver is a very small community with a very big heart. The backbone of the community are it’s various service clubs and community groups. The Gleaners, is a huge group of volunteers from our own and many other communities who come to Oliver for a few days in summer. Instead of spending all day basking in the sun or swimming in local lakes, these volunteers chop and dry fruit and vegetables at the Okanagan Gleaners facility. The dried soup mixes are then sent to third world countries for distribution to hungry people with a limited amount of access to food. Truly a lifesaver to thousands of hungry people.
Nearer to home is the Food Bank. These volunteers purchase and distribute boxes of food to those who cannot afford to buy their own groceries due to loss of employment or such a poor wage that it is a choice of paying rent or buying food. I am pretty sure that there are lots of proud people who will not take food from the food bank as they feel it is rather shameful to be in need, but isn’t that what community spirit is all about, people helping people,
There are so many worthwhile groups in our town, the Kiwanis who work so hard to provide scholarships, and make donations wherever they feel help is needed. They also help out the Aktion club which is a large group of special needs people who, due to the Kiwanis, enjoy a much richer quality of life. One hard working member of the Kiwanis collects thousands of cans and bottles, every week, from hotels and individuals. She then takes them to the bottle depot and gets cash which she turns in to the group to buy team uniforms for every sport that they are involved with. This great group of people have a very rich life which includes so many different sports and activities, all under the watchful eye of coaches and other workers. However, all the Aktion Club meetings are ran by the members themselves and they truly learn to be useful members of the community.
The Rotary, Legion, Knights of Columbus, Lions and Elks and so many more clubs who help out at home and overseas to provide a better quality of life for people who otherwise may miss out on a lot. Think also of the hundreds of people who assist at youth groups, cadets, scouts, youth ambassadors and similar, just to make sure that the young people of this town get as much out of life as is possible.
I know it is a bit of a nuisance when every week there is some fund raiser or other taking place, all for very worthy causes but also biting into our grocery money, it seems that everyone has their hand out for some good cause. Personally, I think of it as insurance, maybe if I can donate some time for other’s needs and welfare then, should I fall into dire straits, maybe someone will be there to help me.
As a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, the main goal of our fundraising is to help people who suffer from cancer. We are related to the Masons who also have cancer as their main charitable objective. The men buy and maintain the Cancer Van. There are actually many of these vehicles in BC, four of them in the Okanagan Valley, and they do a daily run to the various cancer clinics. The south Okanagan van picks up patients from Osoyoos to Peachland and takes them to the cancer clinic five days a week for treatments. No charge is made for this service and the drivers are all volunteers. The drivers are mainly Masons, but anyone interested can help out with a days driving. This service makes a very scary disease easier to manage and, as most treatments last for six or seven weeks, having free transport is a big help.
The Eastern Star raise funds through teas, dinners and barbecues. The bbq’s are usually for a specific purpose like the one a couple of weeks ago to raise funds for a Buy Low employee who was very sick. Unfortunately this man succumbed to his disease but the funds raised were passed to his partner to use for necessary expenses. On July 1st, as we all celebrate /Canada’s 150th birthday, we will be holding a bbq, at Buy Low to raise funds for the South Okanagan Women in Need. This service should hot be necessary but unfortunately it is very much needed.. So many unfortunate women have to leave their home due to violence or other abuse. Quite often they have to leave in a hurry taking their children and very few belongings and they need a safe place to live while they decide what to do. The safe house is that place to go to find shelter and assistance.
Please help us help them by buying a hot dog and making a donation. 10.00am until 2.00pm on Canada’s birthday, outside Buy Low. The store is generously donating all supplies for this so please come and have lunch with us and be thankful that you are not one of those women who need your help.
Parliament has risen, and it feels very good to be back in British Columbia for the summer. Ottawa is gearing up for the big Canada Day festivities for the 150th birthday of our country, but I can honestly say I would rather celebrate here in our mountains and valleys.
On Saturday, I drove across the riding from Penticton to Castlegar. This is always a beautiful route, but seemed especially so on a sunny, hot summer day. Boxes of fresh, ripe cherries lined the stands between Oliver and Osoyoos. The wildflowers in the Kettle Valley were spectacular, blanketing the green grasslands with yellow, white, blue and pink. The snows of Old Glory Mountain were perfectly reflected in Nancy Greene Lake, and the Columbia River rolled full and blue past Castlegar.
Canada is obviously more than postcard mountains and lakes. It is also the people who live here, each working to give themselves and their families a good life in this rich land. It is sometimes not easy. I was in Castlegar on Saturday to attend the memorial service for Chrissy Archibald, killed in the recent terror attack in London. A thousand people gathered to support the Archibald family; as one friend said to me, “We are so fortunate in these valleys to have such strong communities that come together at these times.”
So let’s celebrate our communities. And let’s celebrate our spectacular country. Whether you climb a mountain, swim in a lake or just relax at home reading a book in the warm sun, enjoy Canada Day. Enjoy the whole year, it’s a special one for our country. It’s a good excuse to make a special effort to explore parts of Canada you haven’t been before—even if those parts are close to home.
But remember that not everyone is celebrating. The last 150 years for Indigenous Peoples has been a painful time of colonization. Take this opportunity to learn from the indigenous community, learn the full history of Canada. We have come a long way in the last few decades, but true reconciliation is a journey we all have to make. Together we can build an even stronger Canada, a fairer Canada, where everyone has real opportunity, and everyone can enjoy the natural bounty of this land.
By ROY WOOD
In a narrow three-to-two decision, Oliver council moved into the world of modern waste collection Monday, approving a staff recommendation to adopt an automated-cart system starting next summer.
In July 2018, homeowners will be provided with three wheeled containers for their refuse: one for garbage; one for recycling; and one for garden waste. The carts are designed to be left near the roadway so that a truck with a lifting device can mechanically collect the contents.
The central issue of contention at Monday’s council meeting was whether to switch to the automated carts or to continue with the current manual system.
Councillors Petra Veintimilla and Jack Bennest voted to stay manual while Councillors Mo Doerr and Larry Schwartzenberger preferred the carts. Mayor Ron Hovanes broke the tie in favour of modernization.
The issue came to council as staff is working with other jurisdictions to finalize a new seven-year contract for refuse collection with Waste Collections of Canada (WCC, formerly BFI Canada Inc.) According to chief administrative officer Cathy Cowan, WCC needs a year to order required new equipment. The current contract ends June 30, 2018.
Cowan told council that WCC was the best of four bids submitted for the seven-year contract between it and Oliver, Osoyoos, Penticton, Keremeos, Summerland and the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen.
Schwartzenberger said: “The cart system seems to be the future.” He asked if it’s possible that Oliver might be the only jurisdiction selecting that option.
Cowan said Penticton has decided to go with the automated cart system. The RDOS and the town of Osoyoos are staying with manual collection. Summerland has yet to decide and Keremeos will be covered by the RDOS decision.
She said RDOS cited capital costs as the main reason for deciding against automation. In Osoyoos, she said, public reaction to a test of the automated system was very negative.
Her report said that surveys done by the RDOS indicated “that most people (in Oliver) would be okay with the program if pricing didn’t change or there was a minor change. Some concern was raised with respect to the storage space (for the carts) and winter conditions, but most people in the town do not have long driveways.”
Arguing against the cart option, Bennest asked: “Don’t we want to reduce the amount of garbage? If the (garbage) container is bigger than one bag, we’ll be increasing the amount of garbage.”
According to Cowan’s report, there will be no increase in the annual $110 residential collection fee as a result of the new contract, which is worth $261,095 per year to WCC. The capital cost of the carts is included in the contract price.
The contractor is responsible for the purchase, delivery and maintenance of the carts including fixing broken ones and replacing those that are stolen.
Garbage carts will have a capacity of 120 litres while recycling and yard waste bins will be 240 litres each.
Congratulations to all!
Ahmad AL Louaissi wins this year Quilt.
Carson Bibby could not be in Oliver to get his award, instead he sent a video and had his Mom pick up his award.
Kenzie Harrington took home 6 awards!
Tatum Brogan receives the Order of the Eastern Star Bursary from Pat Whalley.
ODN apologizes for the error previously published
11:30 am Monday
7000 Block – Tucelnuit Drive
Driver and passenger to SOGH for a check up
Police, fire and EMS on scene
What happened is undetermined. Truck heading south, failed to negotiate a curve, hit power guy wire, went down a side street with abrupt end – landed in a field.
Fortis BC has restored power to the area
Former National Team basketball player and SOSS legend Spencer McKay brings his “Nothin’ But Net” basketball camp back to Oliver for the 17th year in a row. Complementing his 2014 Basketball BC Hall of Fame honour, McKay was recently inducted into the University of Victoria Sports Hall of Fame, and is currently the lead assistant coach for the mega-talented UBC Thunderbirds.
McKay on returning to Oliver for the 17th summer: “I’m really happy that we’ve been able to keep this camp going for so long. As a kid, I would have loved to have world-class players come to Oliver to teach basketball, but you had to go to Vancouver or the US for that, so it wasn’t cheap and there would be 150 kids in the gym. I think it’s also really cool that we’ve been able to keep the cost of the camp so low compared to other camps around the country, and that is largely in thanks to the support we receive from generous organizations like Oliver Kiwanis. You simply don’t get this level of instruction for the price anywhere else.”
NBN has featured many incredible basketball players and coaches over the years, and this summer is no exception; McKay brings with him one of the most athletic and exciting players in the country, 6’6″ All-Canadian guard Jordan Jensen-Whyte of the UBC Thunderbirds. In August Jordan will be representing Team Canada at the 2017 FISU Games in Taipei, Taiwan, and will be pursuing a professional career in Europe in September. A favourite among kids all around Vancouver, Jordan is also an experienced camp coach and can demonstrate basketball skills at the very highest level.
Says Spencer, “We are extremely excited to have Jordan on the NBN staff this summer. He’s not only a fantastic basketball player, but he’s also a very good coach. More importantly, he’s just an awesome guy and the kids will really enjoy learning from him.”
NBN has always been about bringing the best basketball players and coaches BC has to offer to McKay’s hometown of Oliver, and Jensen-Whyte is one of the very best the camp has ever featured. McKay continues, ”It’s a unique chance to watch and learn from one of the top players in the country- opportunities like this don’t happen in small towns very often. Our philosophy has always been: bring the best talent to Oliver and make it fun and affordable for everyone.”
NBN is July 4-7 @ SOSS Gymnasium. It’s only a week away and filling up quickly!
Call 250-498-9408 or email mbasso.sd53.bc.ca for more information.
Fire reported to be close to: 4898 Eastside Rd, Penticton – reported and fire department dispatched at 10:48 pm Sunday.
These are new strikes or fires
Not fires of note (indicating larger)
Penticton fire: The fire is just south of city limits, north of the Heritage Hills subdivision, and appeared to witnesses to be a few hectares in size.
Summerland fire: No growth overnight to a small wildfire in the Garnet Valley area, between Peachland and Summerland
Today Clearing this morning. Wind becoming northwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 this afternoon. High 30. Humidex 33. UV index 8 or very high.
Tonight Partly cloudy. Wind northwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light this evening. Wind becoming north 20 gusting to 40 after midnight. Low 13.
Tue, 27 Jun Mainly sunny. Wind becoming southwest 20 km/h late in the afternoon. High 28.
Night Clear. Low 13.
Wed, 28 Jun Sunny. High 26.
Night Clear. Low 12.
Chris Pasin Wins Pharmacy Innovation Award!
A south Okanagan pharmacist ( Oliver’s Remedy Rx) has been recognized by the BC Pharmacy Association for tackling the issue of misuse and abuse of prescription pain killers.
Chris Pasin has seen the devastating effects first hand in the south Okanagan.
“We see people who have a job but have a bad back, and they start on a narcotic, and it goes from I can’t handle going to work anymore to I need more pain pills, he said. “And it turns into a real unfortunate situation.”
Pasin is the first pharmacist in the province to offer medication reviews in a retail setting by meeting with patients and talking to their doctors about better ways to treat chronic pain.Some people lose their lives by accidently overdosing on the powerful drugs prescribed by their doctor.
Pasin said a middle-aged Oliver man recently died from what’s believed to be an accidental overdose on Oxycodone used to treat chronic back pain.
Pharmacist Chris Pasin recently received the Ben Gant Innovative Practice Award. This award is presented to a pharmacist who has demonstrated significant innovation in their respective practice and/or the profession. The pharmacist’s innovative program or practice must be recognized by an outside organization, government, fellow professionals, public, or the College of Pharmacists of BC.
The Ripoff Artists are cashing in on Canada’s 150th birthday! See them at work at the Quail’s Nest Arts Centre July 11 through the 15 between 9 am and 3 pm. There will be a Confederation High Tea reception to open the show on Monday July 10 from 6 to 8 pm.
This year, the larcenous bunch decided to ransack the entire art history of this great country. Their challenge is right on the money! The entire group will use the ten-dollar bill with our first Prime Minister, Sir John A. MacDonald, as their image. Then, because this cunning gang can never do anything simple, each Ripoff Artist will do it in the style of a different Canadian artist. Enid Baker will render Sir John in the style of Ken Danby, Tara Hovanes is inspired by abstract painter Guido Molinari, Kurt Hutterli will use Jack Shadbolt, Terry Irvine is moved by Tom Thomson, Barbara Levant will work in the style of Joane Cardinal Schubert, Norberto Rodriguez de la Vega is honouring Daphne Odjig, Marion Trimble will follow Emily Carr, JoAnn Turner will emulate Myfanwy Pavelic, Russell Work is excited by Greg Curnoe’s art, and our Guest Artist Bethany Handfield will show us Sir John A. as he might have been painted by Maude Lewis.
And as an extra trick, each artist must somehow include “150” in their piece. Can they do it? Come to the Quail’s Nest during the week, and find out! The final reveal of all the purloined Canadian artistry takes place at 3 pm Saturday. Drop in during the week to see their progress, and find out about the artists they’ve chosen to plagiarize, uh, emulate.
VICTORIA – Gwen Barlee, a defender of wild animals and advocate for enhanced endangered species legislation in British Columbia, has died.
The Wilderness Committee, where Barlee worked, said she died Thursday.
She was 54.
The daughter of former NDP cabinet minister and B.C. historian Bill Barlee, who died in 2012, Barlee grew up in Penticton.
Gwen was national policy director at the Wilderness Committee since 2001 and the organization said in a statement she was an invaluable member of the leadership team, guiding many environmental campaigns
I don’t know about other people but I was brought up with the habit of recycling, in those days it meant being poor.
My grandma was one of the best recyclers around, nothing was ever wasted and one of her favourite phrases was that to waste anything was a “sin”. My gran was very big on “sin” and it was a phrase used quite often.
Whatever the weekend’s meat was, it would appear several times in various guises. Monday it would be sliced and served cold, on Tuesday it would be made into rissoles, a kind of patty with all sorts of other things ground in to make it stretch. On Wednesday the bone from the joint would be made into soup which would last over to Thursday, when dumplings would be added to make it go further. As there was no fridge in grandma’s house, boiling the soup would kill bacteria, as we never got sick.
String was used much in those days and always kept for future use. As there was no tape around, string would be used for fastening up all parcels from the butcher, who tied meat in brown paper and string, as did the grocer with the butter he formed into blocks with his two wooden paddles. Brown paper was smoothed and neatly folded for future use and string rolled into small balls and stored in THE DRAWER.
Every home had the drawer, it was the catchall of all household necessities. The hammer, the screwdriver, the pen, thumb tacks, used and rerolled bandages and just about anything else in a household where there was just one of everything.
Bread, when not home made, came in white paper bags, which were neatly smoothed and folded, sliced bread came in wax paper which was always reused to wrap sandwiches for workers. Bread itself was always used to the last scrap, the first couple of days would be used fresh, the third and forth day was toast, left over crusts would be cubed and made into pobs. Pobs was a disgusting mixture of cubed bread, a knob of butter and hot milk. Grandma and most of my younger cousins thought this was a delight, I thought it was second only to offal, another of grandma’s gourmet offerings, on my list of disgusting foods.
Grandma’s home knit sweaters were handed down from myself to all the other girl cousins, when it had done the rounds of all the family it would be unpicked and re-knitted into something new. Clothing would be cut up and made into new clothes for smaller family members. Luckily, I was the oldest girl and had nobody to pass down to me so I enjoyed being the first person wearing grandma’s creations. When coats and other heavy clothing items were definitely not fit to be worn, they were cut into strips and made into rag rugs for the floor.
Sheets were used and constantly laundered until they wore thin. They would then be cut down the middle and the two outside edges would be sewn together. This would mean a less worn area would now would be in the centre so the resewn sheet was good for another few years. Worn collars on mens’ shirts would be unpicked and resewn onto the shirt, with the worn side now underneath.
In those days many grocery staples were delivered to the store in bulk and bagged for re-sale. Sugar, rice, dried fruits and most other dry goods were packed in blue paper bags with a cellophane window, to view the contents. All were in one pound bags and the bags emptied into various jars and tins, once taken home. Clean bags and jam jars were taken back to the store to be refilled. A penny would be knocked off future purchases in return for the recycled bags. Vegetable peelings were given to a neighbour who raised chickens, he in return would knock a couple of pennies off the price of his eggs.
For some reason, these were called the good old days. Recycling was not done to keep garbage from growing into enormous piles, but because it was the only way many people could survive. In today’s world of plenty, we waste so much, grandma would shake her head in dismay and declare it a sin. I think she is right.
Harry Tymofichuk August 10, 1926 – June 22, 2017
On Thursday, June 22, 2017, Mr. Harry Tymofichuk of Oliver passed away at McKinney Place Extended Care, peacefully into the arms of Jesus at the age of 90 years. He was predeceased by his beloved wife Rose; sister Mary and brothers Alex and Nick.
Harry will be fondly remembered by his loving family including brothers Peter and Walter; sister Nancy; children Donna (Terry), Gary (Dianne), Linda (John) and John (Shelley); grandchildren Leah (Ryan), Scott (Stephanie), Jeff (Melissa), Derek (Taryn), Jason (Breanna), Brad (Tamara), Ray (Sabrina), Lisa (Dayton), Emily (Andy), Marci (Mike), Amy (Jonathan) and Gage; 13 great-grandchildren and special friend Doris.
Harry was a very well respected funeral director with over 40 years of service to families. He started in Lloydminster before moving on to Dawson Creek, Kelowna, Kamloops, Penticton and Oliver.
He was always very active in his community and church. Harry was a member of the Knights of Columbus 3rd and 4th Degree, serving many offices including District Deputy. He was a long time Royal Canadian Legion Member after serving active duty with the Royal Canadian Navy during World War II; a Rotary member (receiving the Paul Harris Award), Kinsman, K40, Sage Valley Voices and the Catholic Church Music Ministry.
Harry and Rose travelled and saw the world with many friends on trips to Europe, Australia, Mexico, Hawaii and the Holy Land. Harry enjoyed singing, woodworking, fishing, playing in the band Bill and the Border Boys and entertaining the community with Four of a Kind.
The family would like to thank the wonderful people at Heritage House and McKinney Place, the Doctors, nurses and staff at SOGH as well as all who have sent condolences and well wishes.
Donations are gratefully accepted for Highway to Healing, Po Box 905, Oliver, BC V0H 1T0.
Prayers will be recited at 7:30 P.M. Monday June 26, 2017 at Christ the King Catholic Church.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Fr. Neil Lustado at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday June 27, 2017 at Christ the King Catholic Church. Interment and committal will follow at the Oliver Municipal Cemetery with a reception hosted by the CWL in the church lower hall after the interment.
Condolences and tributes may be directed to the family by visiting www.nunes-pottinger.com
Arrangements entrusted to Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service & Crematorium, Oliver & Osoyoos.