I have lived in Oliver most of my life, since I was 9 years old. My family has been very involved with the community, from the International Horse Show, Hockey, Curling Club, and many organizations we belong to.
I have been a volunteer in the community since I was in my late 20’s. I was involved with the Miss Oliver “Youth Ambassador” program for 20 years. On the committees for family days, sunshine festival, curling club, figure skating, and most recently I am co-president of the Oliver Rotary Club. I have been involved with the Oliver Business Association since 2009 and the past 3 years on the committee for the Art Walk.
In the last 7 years on council, I have been the liaison with Okanagan Regional Library, RDOS, Oliver Tourism, Chamber of Commerce, Spirit of Oliver, Art Walk.
I, with the help of a group of people have revitalized the Emergency Services. We have a very strong team going forward who are trained and ready to handle any disaster. It became clear to me how important an ESS team was to the community after the fires in 2015. We as a community had no resources and were relying on other communities for support.
Next Four Years
My time on council has been very interesting and at time challenging. But I do believe that with struggle and dedication comes a great deal of growth. We have been very focused on our infrastructure, with the upgrades of Fairview and Station Street and I want to see us continue with our upgrading, this is vital to a community’s survival. Continue with more sidewalks and the completion of the new park by the Coast hotel. The new sidewalks around the school and the completion of Fairview and Gala parks, have made the area very welcoming and safe for walking.
The opening of the new hotel was a great asset to our community and downtown and have been very excited to be part of the momentum. I am a strong believer that if we are open minded and welcoming to new business ventures, the community will benefit greatly.
We need to continue to lobby the Federal Government for the funding to repair and relocate our Gallagher Lake Siphon.
As for the 2 RCMP members we have been allocated we continue to push the government to have them sooner than later. In the interim I believe that council can increase the budgets and hours of our Bylaw officers to have more coverage on the roads and in the neighborhoods at night.
I look forward to continuing my work for this great community. I believe strongly in its wellbeing and future. We are very lucky to live in this community and in this valley.
They have 5 children and 17 grandchildren. He was named the Good Citizen of the year in Surrey and the recipient of the Queens Golden Jubilee Award. Jim had his own business for over 25 years, sold the business and thought early retirement might be nice but wasn’t meant to be.
When he moved to Osoyoos, he knew he would get involved and joined the South Okanagan Chamber of Commerce, became the treasurer. A director of Community Futures Okanagan Similkameen, Rotary Club of Osoyoos as Foundation Chair, to name a few. I chose to run again for my second term to make a difference in the community I believe this an honor and privilege to help direct the way the town could be shaped.
Two important things that I would like to see move forward is to encourage a regional swimming pool and advance affordable housing.
Low risk associated with case of pneumococcal disease in Oliver
Interior Health is aware of a recent case of pneumococcal disease with associated meningitis in Oliver and would like to reassure residents that there is no identified risk to the public or health care workers at this time.
Interior Health has worked closely with the BC Centre for Disease Control and through testing has determined that this is an isolated case that is not connected to the Okanagan meningococcal outbreak last year.
Pneumococcal disease is an infection caused by bacteria and can result in many types of illnesses, including: ear infections, sinus infections, pneumonia and meningitis in severe cases. Pneumococcal disease is generally not severe, and is most common in children under 5, individuals who are immunocompromised or individuals over 65.
At this time, vaccines and antibiotics are not required for those who may have been in contact with this case. The best way to prevent the spread of bacteria is to wash your hands frequently throughout the day, especially after coughing or sneezing, cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue, and to seek medical attention if you are feeling unwell.
If you experience symptoms that you are concerned about – including fever, headache, stiff neck, or vomiting – call HealthLinkBC at 8-1-1 to speak with a registered nurse, visit your doctor or nurse practitioner or visit a walk-in clinic. If symptoms are severe, visit your local emergency department.
Fall Art Show and Sale “flows” with art
Overflowing with creativity, Oliver’s 35th annual Fall Art Show and Sale welcomes art lovers -NEXT- weekend. The multimedia arts event includes photography, fibre art, three-dimensional art, watercolours, oils, acrylics, mixed / other media, and two categories for youth. In the competitive portion, a flood of 113 works have been entered. This year, the theme is “Go with the Flow”. In addition, three special exhibits are featured.
The Fall Art Show and Sale spans two days, Saturday September 29 (3 – 9 p.m.) and Sunday September 30 (12 – 5 p.m.), at the Oliver Community Centre, 6359 Park Drive. The event shares the same weekend at the same venue as the Cask and Keg and Festival of the Grape. Admission is by donation, with a draw to win a tempting wine fridge or a work of art.
Saturday’s visitors can vote for their favourite in each media category, and for overall “Best Interpretation of the Theme”. As excitement bubbles up for the awards show, the classy quartet Jazz Out West keeps the evening flowing smoothly. The live music and dessert reception begin at 7 p.m.
Twenty-eight winners will be presented with their quail trophies beginning at 8:30 p.m. Saturday. Honorable mentions will also recognize meritorious work.
Sunday’s admission is through a Festival of the Grape ticket only. Patrons of the grape who visit the Community Centre will discover artistic creativity flowing, not just wine. The popular wine fridge draw continues. Stroll the exhibit and find the award-winning artwork, marked with rosettes.
Many works of art are for sale both days. The show attracts participation from established professionals and gifted newcomers alike. It is also a chance to meet the artists, and learn a little about their work.
In addition to the art competition, both days also feature special displays by local artists. CreateAbility, a program dedicated to making art accessible, will exhibit work by diversely-abled adults. The RipOff Artists are ten talented artists, each working in their own medium, dedicated to “ripping off” a dead artist’s work in their own style. This year, the RipOffs recreate the colourful “Three People Singing” by indigenous Mexican artist Rufino Tamayo. A tribute to John Salsnek, a renowned Willowbrook painter who passed away last year, will also be mounted.
The Fall Art Show and Sale is an annual presentation by the Oliver Community Arts Council.
Leza Macdonald and Diane Gane featured in photo above.
Thanks to the Kiwanis Club of Oliver, a new bariatric bed for very large patients is being purchased for South Okanagan General Hospital. Kiwanis members Allan Close (centre left), Rosemary Pritchard and Leonard Gebhart (right) present a cheque for more than $22,000 to Interior Health’s Sara Evans (left) and Carey Bornn of the South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation.
In September of 2013, I was honoured to be elected to Town Council in a by-election and re-elected in November of 2014. I am a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, on the executive of the Knights of Columbus and a volunteer for the Christmas Food Hamper Drive.
My Council duties include being appointed as Council’s liason to the Oliver & District Heritage Society, Oliver Parks & Recreation Society, Food Action Committee, Child & Youth Committee and School District 53. Recently, I completed the requirements and received Level 1 Certification from the Local Government Leadership Academy for competencies needed to effectively manage & lead communities.
I will continue the work being done by Council to lobby the Provincial Government for 2 more RCMP officers for Oliver. I will push to substantially increase our Bylaw enforcement budget in order to enable Bylaw Officers and/or a Security Contractor to work with the RCMP on overnight patrols and surveillance while continuing to provide support to the Oliver Crime Watch group.
Council must continue to lobby the Federal Government for much needed funding to repair Oliver’s damaged irrigation canal at the Gallagher Lake Siphon.
I will push for further improvements to our network of roads and sidewalks and support efforts to enhance Oliver’s image as Canada’s Wine Capital through Downtown Revitalization and continuing improvements to Station Street.
I would like to see the completion of planning and construction for a new park on Fairview Road adjacent to the Oliver Coast Hotel.
The long, hot summer nights may be in the rearview mirror for the Okanagan valley, but the drag racing season is far from over.
Wine Country Racing Association (WCRA) volunteers are hard at work, getting set for the annual Car Club Challenge. The 9th installment of the valley-wide rumble is on the horizon. The weekend of September 22 and 23 is sure to be full of fun for fans and racers alike.
Four car clubs from all over British Columbia will converge upon Richter Pass Motorplex to slug it out, and see which club has the best racer and best car. The winning club takes home the trophy and the prize money.
This is the event that draws in more cars than any other for WCRA. The sense of levity and competition among the drivers is nearly palatable, creating an energy charged atmosphere that all can enjoy.
New drivers are welcomed. Wondering what your car can do? Wondering if you have the stuff to pull up to the starting lights? Wonder no more. Registration is available on Saturday afternoon. Gates open at 9 a.m. on Sunday. Bring your car in early, in order to pass through a safety inspection. Plenty of friendly folks are willing to coach you through the basics.
Go to www.winecountryracing.ca for more information. New drivers (never before registered) you can fill out your information online, to save a bit of time during registration.
$10 gets you in the front gate (12 and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult.). Grandstands are available or bring your own lawn chair. There are concessions are available on site.
The very idea of ‘fair’ is a tricky one. When something is deemed to be fair, someone has decided that there is no unjust advantage to any of the parties involved. Hmmmm? Not many situations can make that standard. Someone is not quite agreeing that the decision is fair. So full on, completely fair is a rare situation. When we both want the bigger piece, one cuts them, the other chooses first, is that fair?
We see declarations of ‘fair trade’ which is supposed to mean that we in the richer part of the world pay a ‘fair’ price to suppliers in the poorer part of the world. An example is coffee growers. So, is it fair to pay them the wages a farmer can earn here in Canada? Is that what we provide to them? Is it fair to pay the few who supply us a better price than the farmer adjacent to them? This fair thing is just not obvious
I know a guy who often says the word ‘fair’ in conversation. He is a very economical sort, even only uses initials for his name. I guess I can say ‘fair’ to that, since it is his name and he is not cheating or anything one could call ‘unfair’. When he says ‘fair’ it is a yes vote from him. It means he agrees and he usually says it when we are debating and I have made a point he has decided to accept. Fair? Fair. I like him
Fair is, in my experience, neither crystal clear nor easy. Is it fair that I am over six feet tall and many other men are shorter? Is it fair that one person have a high IQ and another person a high EQ and yet another neither or both? I am guessing that it all kind of works out, somehow. All have ‘something’ that could be deemed an unfair advantage, in some circumstances. So let me assert, that it is all fair. What we have is fair
Some will wail that life is not fair. Well, no, life is not fair. Who made that up? Are hurricanes fair? Is it not more about how we deal with things that makes them acceptable or not? To be fair it can be really helpful to balance our thinking, well, judgments, about whether something is fair and whether we can let it be. When we do let it be, fair can be about preference, aesthetics and beauty. Would that be fair enough?
So far we have given attention to:
Mayor Sue McKortoff and challenger Doug Pederson
Mayor Ron Hovanes and challenger Martin Johansen
School Trustees Rob Zandee and Rachel Allenbrand – acclaimed
School Trusteee candidates Casey Brouwer and challengers Brenda Dorosz and Penny Duperron – two to be elected
Osoyoos council positions: 4 to be elected – challengers Meyers Bennett, Jane Long, Kenny Music, Shelley McIntrye, Egon Nielsen and Brian Harvey – no word from incumbents
Oliver council positions: 4 to be elected – challenger Aimee Grice has been heard from – nothing from the incumbents
Water Councillors in Osoyoos and Oliver – nothing
RDOS Area C Director – No incumbent – Rick Knodel has been heard from – nothing from his challenger Randy Toor
RDOS Area A Director – Incumbent Mark Pendergraft elected by acclamation
Nothing will be printed after Thursday September 27 in this regard as we move into stories based on ODN questions.
A Parks Canada staff member Sarah Boyle said a preliminary park boundary will be ready in November regarding a proposed national park in the South Okanagan and Similkameen.
Project manager Boyle was before the regional district board on Thursday, where she said public consultation throughout the region will begin in November and last until January.
Boyle said Parks Canada will be hosting several public information sessions in that timeframe and that information on the park plan will be posted online in November — and will be taken down 90 days later, she added.
Exact dates and locations for public consultation sessions haven’t yet been determined.
A memorandum of understanding is then expected to be signed in August of 2019, Boyle said, between Parks Canada, the B.C. government and the Okanagan Nation Alliance, to give the park plan a formal green light.
Parks Canada said August park boundaries are currently focused on areas around Mount Kobau and the South Okanagan Grasslands protected area.
“Right now I’m working with our GIS folks in getting updates on property identification numbers,” Boyle said Thursday. “I can’t present that map and give you an idea until we get that figured out at the tripartite level, which will be coming shortly.”
She said it’s hoped the national park would be open by 2020 or 2021, but noted it would take 12 years after that for the park to be fully operational. A national park
The national park plan has long been divisive in the South and Okanagan and Similkameen, and several board members shared concerns that have commonly been heard.
“We’re gunna lose our agricultural land. We have approximately 10,000 acres in the Agricultural Land Reserve… That’s my biggest concern, we’re losing agricultural land all over B.C.,” Cawston director George Bush said.
“The other concern,” Bush continued, “is that the local government is kind of being left out in the consultation, and that’s where I’d like to be included.”
In response, Boyle said the federal, provincial and First Nations governments are working on a strategy to ensure they can work with farmers, particularly cattle ranchers.
Boyle asserted that existing cattle leases on Crown land would be honoured and that no expropriation of land would take place anywhere in the region if the national park goes ahead.
My name is Sue McKortoff and I want to continue being the Mayor of Osoyoos!
I am qualified after serving as a Town Councillor for 3 years, and the Mayor for the past 4 years. As the Mayor, some of my responsibilities include being a Director on Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen (RDOS), Highway 3 Mayors and Chairs Coalition, Southern Interior Development Initiative Trust (SIDIT), Okanagan Basin Water Board (OBWB), and International Osoyoos Lake Board of Control (IOLBC).
I was employed as a Primary teacher at Osoyoos Elementary School for 34 years, and am active with the 1-to-1 reading program. I continue to volunteer for Soroptimist International of Osoyoos and Osoyoos Festival Society.
During the last 4 years, I have enjoyed working with a positive, energetic council, and a professional Town staff. Council has been proactive in dealing with new town infrastructure, policing issues, keeping our secondary school open, planning our Town Center Renewal, providing more trails and playgrounds, and completing a study on a Community Health Center.
We are a world class tourist destination and a designated Resort Municipality, 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 know that the RMI program will continue for the next 3 years.
I am an organized, energetic, team player and a positive leader. I take the time to listen and I will continue to educate myself on the variety of local issues that are important to our community.
Please support me to continue working for our beautiful TOWN.
Brian Harvey has a thirty-five year family history in Osoyoos, and has lived here full-time since 2014. “Our community is very special to me and I wish to contribute to its growth and well-being and am well-qualified to do so.”
Brian brings to this campaign many years of experience that will enhance his effectiveness on Council. With over twenty years of engineering, management and business experience in the telecommunications industry, he was responsible for development, investment strategy and creation of strategic partnerships.
He was called to the bar of the Law Society of Upper Canada in May 2007, and served eight years with the Department of Justice Canada as Counsel in the Civil Litigation Section. This position allowed him to gain knowledge of legislative process, administration and policy development. He is currently practicing law in Osoyoos, specializing in contract matters, wills and estates.
I decided to run for Council this year as I feel I have the time, experience and dedication to be a valuable asset to the team and to the Taxpayers. I understand the Community and the South Okanagan thanks to my involvement with the local Rotary Club, Director Destination Osoyoos, and Past President of the Chamber of Commerce.
My biggest asset in having been on council in a similar size town for two terms where we had the same type of problems where the main street was a Highway and the majority of the community lived outside the town boundaries so the town taxpayers taxes were paying to maintain the arena, library and other facilities. I understand that you can run on a single concern but once it has been past or defeated you have another four years to serve and it is not always fun sitting in for long hours finishing the budget and trying to decide which water line needs to be replaced so I understand the commitment
I am a very positive person as I have been involved in the Dale Carnegie course and have completed Ironman Canada so understand you need to be disciplined and need to be able to listen to the taxpayers concerns as you are representing them and sometimes you may not agree but you need to bring their points to the Council table.
Currently I look after a Commercial book of business which goes from Penticton to Princeton including Osoyoos so I know a lot of the other City Councilors in those communities which I think is very important to be able to look not just the towns concerns but the South Okanagan as we share a lot of resources.
I have owned and operated many businesses over the tears including a Subway, Your Dollar Store for More, Vitamin Store, Insurance agency so understand the businessmen’s concerns as well as the renter and home owners we own a place in Osoyoos and Mt Baldy. I think I have the qualifications to sit as a Councilor for the town of Osoyoos and on October 20, 2018 I hope you get out and vote.
By ROY WOOD
With the hiring of a new staffer and a major capital funding campaign on the near horizon, the Desert Valley Hospice Society (DVHS) continues to expand its role as the leader in hospice and end-of-life services in the South Okanagan.
Executive director Donna Gordan told ODN in an interview this week that the society is formulating its capital program right now. The short-term goal is to provide one bed at the Osoyoos support and care facility to offer “respite” for care-givers.
“Respite means that when primary care giver – a spouse or a child — wants to go out of town for a week or a weekend, the patient could come here and have 24-hour care,” said Gordan.
Eventually, she said, she hopes to see four to six beds at the facility, which currently offers hospitality suites for relatives visiting elderly relatives in care in Osoyoos, Oliver or Okanagan Falls. The building also contains a massage room, complete kitchen, living are, craft room and offices for staff.
Gordan came to the DVHS a little over a year ago from a fund-raising job with the Canadian Cancer Foundation in Edmonton.
She is the “chief funds developer” at the society. And making the job a perfect fit was her “experience with death and dyeing. I assisted my mom with her end-of-live journey. She was 94 and passed away from pneumonia. … I was her primary care giver for a month while she was on her journey.”
The position that will be open shortly is a “hospice volunteer program director.” Society president Lois Brummet is currently filling the role in a volunteers capacity. The job description and pay scale have t be approved by the board before the search can begin.
For an organization that runs mainly on volunteers, it is a vital role. Programs provided by the DVHS from Okanagan Falls to Osoyoos include:
Supportive care day program – On Thursdays from 10 to 3 for people with chronic or serious illness gather at the centre for socialization, activities, lunch and social-emotional care;
Palliative massage – Trained volunteers offer massage to clients and care-givers;
Acute Care – Volunteers visit patients at the South Okanagan General Hospital and provide support;
Grief Support – Trained volunteers and staff provide one-on-one grief support, education and referrals;
Volunteer Training – Twice a year, 36-hour training programs are conducted for would-be volunteers;
Let Your Life Speak – Clients share stories and messages. Volunteers conduct interviews and create paper or digital files to share with family and friends;
NAV Care – Seriously ill people are assigned navigators to support them through the health care system and finding community resources;
One-to-one support – Volunteers offer support in homes, care facilities or hospital. Social companioning and respite can be part of the service, as are end-of-life vigils;
Tuck-in program – A Thursday afternoon phone call to clients to ensure they have medications, equipment, supplies and care in place for the weekend.
The annual budget for the society is about $150,000, of which 75 per cent comes from fund raising.
In November the society will hold its 12th annual Celebration of Sharing Hands. It’s a wine and cheese fund raiser at the Frank Venables Theatre in Oliver, including silent and live auctions and a bake sale.
Another long-time event is the annual Hike for Hospice in Oliver and Osoyoos.
And making its debut this year in January will be the Hootenanny for Hospice at the Legion in Osoyoos.
The DVHS was created in 2006 by a group of 11 women from Oliver and Osoyoos. In 2007 it became a registered charity.
The society continues to evolve. Brummet told ODN that the board has not yet a “complete governance board … we are still a working board.”
Brummet recently received the BC Hospice Palliative Care Association’s 2018 Award of Excellence for her work and dedication to hospice palliative care.
(Vote for only one system)
- The current first-past-the-post voting system (FPtP)
- A proportional representation voting system (PR)
If British Columbia adopts a proportional representation voting system – which of the following voting systems do you prefer?
(Rank in order of preference. You may choose to support one, two or all three of the systems.)
- Dual Member Proportional (DMP)
- Mixed Member Proportional (MMP)
- Rural-Urban Proportional (RUP)
Voting will be by mail-in ballot during the voting period (October 22, 2018, to 4:30 p.m. on November 30, 2018)
Shelley and her husband relocated to Osoyoos 2017. British Columbia raised – she is glad to settle into the Okanagan.
Taking on a major home renovation of a local historic property when she moved, Shelley has recently started working in Osoyoos.
She enjoys being apart of our growing community through fundraising, and volunteering. Shelley is a candidate for town council.
She will be focusing on transparency through open dialogue, community and honest practices. Shelley has the energy to ensure council is fair and consistent with the residents of Osoyoos.