Saw the two kids dash into the water just before I took this.
East side road Skaha Lake.
2 km track for 11th annual Marathon Challenge at Oliver Elementary School.
For the last 20 school days students have been practicing and understanding the effort and commitment to exercise and how it relates to healthy outcomes.
Yes ….always a treat or two to make the day perfect.
My name is Caitlyn Bennett, for the next year I’ll be working as the Food Action Coordinator for the Town of Oliver. I will be working alongside our many community partners to start the implementation of the Food Secure Oliver plan.
As part of our community engagement strategy, I want to try something new! I’ll be posting regular informal updates for the community here on Oliver Daily News. I hope the community can engage with the materials posted here; I will share local information and spotlight different aspects of the Food Secure Oliver plan.
To start it off, I want to introduce myself to the community. I had the pleasure of growing up in Oliver and working in local tourism each summer. I have spent the last 4 years, in Calgary double majoring in Communications and Media Studies and Political Science. It was there that I developed an interest in Food Security. I volunteered with the Campus Community Kitchen a unique campus club that taught participants how to cook a healthy meal at a student friendly cost, at the end of each meal students could take home leftovers and the recipe. In 2016/2017 I co-coordinated the UCalgary branch of Meal Exchange, a national non-profit that connects students with information on food insecurity, and local resources to help reduce it. Together we ran a food drive style fundraiser on Halloween known as ‘Trick or Eat’ this event required a huge marketing campaign and culminated in a door to door costumed food collection competition. This year with the Humanitarian Alliance I had the opportunity to help plan and emcee the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Conference held on our campus. My involvement in these groups was invaluable, I learned many tangible skills such as event planning, management, and marketing. But most importantly I developed a passion for work and research that helps unite people with sustainable, local, affordable, and ethical food sources in their community.
I am looking forward to the year ahead and cannot wait to get started on this project within our community.
You can find the full plan at www.oliver.ca
For any questions on Food Security in Oliver, I can be reached at FoodSecure@oliver.ca
Publisher: Caitlyn has promised a series of reports to be published on ODN over the next ten months.
Following is a brief report of items discussed at the May 23, 2018 Board of Education meeting.
District staff reported that on May 15/16, 2018, approximately 20 Grade 10/11 students travelled to Vancouver to attend the BC Youth Technology Summit with lead teacher Rod Kitt. From all reports, there was a lot exposure to even more opportunities and paths in the tech sector for these students which is very exciting for their future endeavours.
September 7, 2018 will be an additional non-instructional day to support the implementation of the new curriculum. The Ministry of Education, through legislative changes, set the additional non-instructional hours to support educators implementing the new curriculum.
In a cooperative effort with SD 53, South Okanagan Teachers Union, and the South Okanagan Principals Association contributing funds to bring in George Couros to work with us for the day. Couros is a leading educator in innovative teaching, learning and leadership. He has done extensive work and speaking on the topic of innovative student learning and engagement. Mr. Courus will set the stage in a morning keynote address around changes occurring in education and in today’s classssroom and why they are important for today’s learners and tomorrow’s educated citizens.
Trustees, parents and community members are invited to join the keynote portion of the day from 8:30-10:00 am in the Frank Venables Theatre.
Moving forward with the new curriculum, there are a few areas of focus. As schools prepare to transition from Planning 10 and Grad Trans 12 to the new Career Grad Program, the district is taking steps to support our schools and teachers with this redesign. We have met with teams from other districts to collaborate on what opportunities may be possible in our context with these courses.
A second area where we must support our schools and teachers due to some major changes is with the revision of the English curriculum from Grades 10-12. The three secondary schools have plans in place on how they will be offering choice within the English classes for next year.
The required numeracy assessment that is now part of the new graduation program was offered at SOSS and OSS in January of this year as these schools chose to pilot the first writing. All our secondary schools, including YouLearn, will now be offering this exam to Grade 11 students in June. Starting next year, students in Grades 10- 12 will have the opportunity to write this exam up to three times, so they may improve their score.
The first year of being a SOGI district has been a successful one. Though there is still much work to do, the first-year goals of increasing inclusivity and safety for all students by becoming more openly accepting of students with gender identity and sexual orientations that might be non-traditional have been met. Schools have embraced the need to create a culture of inclusivity and tolerance that is safe for all students. We appreciate the support across our district from trustees, parents, staff and students.
Rob Zandee, Chairperson
School District No. 53 (Okanagan Similkameen)
2018-05-29 14:16 PDT
File # 2018-18664
Thomas BRYDGES has been arrested on the Canada Wide Arrest Warrant in Oliver, BC.
An officer working general duty in the area spotted BRYDGES and recognized him from Bulletin fanned out by Langley RCMP. He was co-operative with the arresting officer and taken into custody without incident. His motorcycle has been towed in Oliver.
The Attempt Murder investigation will continue and Langley RCMP investigators will provide the details to the BC Prosecution Service for their consideration.
Thank you to our media partners for their swift response to assist with this investigation and arrest.
Cpl. Holly Largy
Spring is a great time to rid yards, sheds and storage rooms of unwanted items, and the saying “one person’s junk is another one’s treasure” rings true this Saturday at the Oliver Arena where Oliver Parks and Recreation will be hosting a Community Garage & Plant Sale. The event on June 2nd is a chance to check out multiple family garage sales under one roof and the proceeds from table rentals and the BBQ sponsored by Kevin’s No Frills will go to the Oliver Small Wheels Park project.
The project is an effort to revitalize the current skatepark facility that was built in 2000 in Lion’s Park by a committed group of residents in memory of Joel Waines, an avid skateboarder who died tragically at the age of 16. The park is in desperate need of repair in order to keep the legacy of the space alive. In March a Public Input Workshop hosted by New Line Skateparks was attended by approx. 25 youth and adults, who provided valuable ideas to be used to create new concept designs. The designs were released for the first time on an open house at the skatepark in Lion’s Park on Sunday May 27th. These plans will also be on display at the Garage Sale event on Saturday and feedback forms will be available for people to submit input concepts.