The Desert Valley Hospice Society is dedicated to supporting excellence in Hospice Palliative Care and end-of-life services. Through our Volunteer Programs, we assist people nearing end-of-life and their families by providing supportive services delivered by highly trained Hospice Volunteers.
We are seeking a motivated and compassionate individual with excellent leadership skills to join our Organization as the Executive Director.
Located in the Supportive Care Centre in Osoyoos, BC, and reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director (ED) will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for Desert Valley Hospice Society’s staff, programs, expansion, and execution of its mission.
The Executive Director will develop, maintain, and support a strong Board of Directors by overseeing the day-to-day operation of the society. Along with building and maintaining relationships through formed partnerships, the selected candidate will expand local revenue generating and fundraising activities to support existing program operations as well as support future program opportunities.
Responsibility will encompass refining all aspects of communications (from web presence to external relations) with the goal of creating a stronger brand, as well as utilizing external events, presentations and other opportunities to build a stronger local presence.
The ED will be thoroughly committed to Desert Valley Hospice Society’s mission. All candidates should have proven leadership, coaching, and relationship management experience.
Specific requirements include:
•Previous experience in an Executive Director role is a must (preferable in a not-for-profit society)
•Unwavering commitment to quality programs
•Excellence in organizational management with the ability to coach staff, manage, and develop high-performance teams, set and achieve strategic objectives, and manage a budget
•Past success working with a Board of Directors with the ability to cultivate existing board member relationships
•Strong marketing, public relations, and fundraising experience with an emphasis on grant writing
•Strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills
•Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable, and innovative approach to business planning
•Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people
•Passion, idealism, integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven, and self-directed
Interested parties are asked to submit a resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline: March 31, 2017
Welcome Dr. Huber
After five decades of providing dentistry to the Oliver community, Dr. Peter Jones is retiring. Thank you Dr. Jones for your service in the dental field and for your remarkable dedication to your patients and our community. We wish you, Cynthia and your family well.
Welcome to Dr. Lance Huber, who is taking over for Dr. Jones. Dr. Huber grew up in Prince George and has been practicing dentistry in the Central Okanagan for several years. He looks forward to working in Oliver and meeting patients. Dr. Huber begins working at Dr. Jones’ office at 6050 Main St. in Oliver on March 15th. Current and new patients are warmly welcomed: 250-498-2220.
Nature said “Let’s party!” And the invitations went out.
“I’ll dress in red, the Tulip said. It’s bound to be most arty.”
“Yellow is for me:, said Ms. Daffodil picturing herself as the life of the party.
Iris decided she would wear purple.
The Sweet Peas blushed and stood up for flight, with their varied colours, they knew they could dance all night.
The Cherry trees were ready – all perfumed and pink,
The bees were buzzing thinking about a drink!
Miss Mouse skittered about in a cloak of shiny brown,
At the party, she hoped a “MR.” would soon be found.
The sun beamed warmly to assist with the Spring ball.
The preparations were complete when The Great Gardener smiled down on them all.
Kelowna – The trial for one of the accused in the murder of Roxanne Louie is expected to open in Kelowna on Monday March 20 with jury selection.
Grace Robotti is facing a second degree murder charge in connection to Louie’s death.
Grace’s co-accused and her brother, Pier Robotti, already completed his trial. The verdict is sealed in a publication ban to protect the integrity of the second trial.
Penticton – A dangerous offender hearing for a well-known South Okanagan criminal is set to start in May.
The hearing for Ronald Teneycke is set to run May 8 – 26.
After pleading guilty to several charges last April relating to a July 2015 crime spree in the Oliver area, Teneycke has yet to be sentenced, as prosecutors seek dangerous offender status.
The label is one of the most serious sentences that can be applied to a person, as it allows the court to give an indeterminate jail sentence, and up to 10-years of supervision if the offender is ever released.
Edwin Findlater awarded the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award
Findlater is retired Canadian Forces Veteran. He continues to be active within The Royal Canadian Legion. He has held every position on the Executive including a six year term as President and for the past 12 years, has been the Branch’s Service Officer. He has been the British Columbia and Yukon Chairman for the past 11 years and has served on the Command=s Administrative Committee. Mr. Findlater visits sick and infirmed Veterans and drives them as far away as Kelowna and Penticton for medical appointments. He has participated in the local school’s Remembrance Day service for the past 20 years and for the past six years has led the local Remembrance Day service in his community. Mr. Findlater represents The Royal Canadian Legion on the province’s Operational Stress Injury Stakeholder Advisory Committee and since 2005 has been a member of the Client Advisory Committee for Veterans Affairs. He is a founding member of a committee who is researching the feasibility of Veteran and Senior housing on Legion property in Okanagan Falls. Mr. Findlater was recently awarded the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award.
If you are trying this for the first time, do not use a kettlebell (kb). Use nothing & then progress to a shoe or something else to balance on the kb hand, then you can progress to using a kb once you have the movement pattern figured out.
Lying in the fetal position, grab on to the kb & assist with other hand.
Roll onto back then press the kb.
Keep knee bent on same side as kb, other leg goes down.
Sit up to elbow.
Sit up to hand.
Lift hip up off the floor.
Bring straight leg back to kneeling position.
Hip hinge to upright position.
Reverse movements step by step back to starting position.
Things to think about:
Keep shoulders down & away from ears.
Maintain a solid back.
Look at KB until you are in the upright kneeling position.
Slow & controlled throughout.
Exhale with each progression to help stabilize your spine.Inline image 1
It is more difficult for me to describe an exercise in words than it is to give instructions while demonstrating, so if you have any questions or concerns, feel free to ask me. Sorry for all the background clutter in the pictures… it’s been cold outside.
Movement is Medicine. Practice makes Permanent.
On Sunday, March 12, 2017, Mr. Michael (Mike or Mikey) Gordon Crowhurst of Oliver passed away peacefully after a long illness at the South Okanagan General Hospital at the age of 74 years.
Mike will be fondly remembered by his loving family including wife Val; sons Mark (Val), Paul and Sean (Mandy); brothers Robert (Lisa), Stuart (Linda) and Ian; grandson Casen; granddaughters Angela (Matt), Sarah (Dave) and Ashley (Randy); great-granddaughters Shania, Taylor and Olivia; great-grandsons Quinten, Dylon and Payton as well as sister-in-law Gill (Alex) and family
Over the years, Michael worked as a systems analyst for G.C.O.S, was a Café owner and worked as a Community Living Support Worker.
Michael deeply enjoyed golf and golf vacations, watching soccer and hockey on T.V. and genealogy.
A memorial service will be officiated by Rev. Pieter la Roux at 1:30 P.M. Saturday April 8, 2017 at the Oliver United Church followed by a reception in the church lower hall.
Donations are gratefully accepted for the South Okanagan General Hospital or the Penticton Regional Hospital.
Condolences and tributes may be directed to the family by visiting www.nunes-pottinger.com
My father-in-law hated the word WOW! Every time he heard the expression he would go into a rant about the poor use of the English language and how so many people could just not express themselves properly. However, there are times when we are so overwhelmed by emotion that words cannot express how we feel and the only word we can think of, to express the tumult inside us is wow.
My first experience of this overwhelming emotion was at the birth of each child. For hours I had been overtaken with the most indescribable pain, the word labour is well used for this experience. Then suddenly there is the explosion of the baby screaming it’s way into the chilly world, complaining loudly of the sudden expulsion from it’s cosy home. The newborn is laid across your chest and the enormity of emotions is truly overwhelming.
Ask any woman to come up with one word at this moment. Chances are she can’t. The outpouring of love for this tiny creature is immense, but it is more than that. You have felt this tiny piece of life growing and making itself know to you for many months but the reality of what motherhood involves does not really hit you until that moment when you hold her in your arms. The enormity of the task before you.
You are totally responsible for the welfare of this little one, you know you would kill to defend her and give your own life to protect her, such is the overwhelming emotion of this moment.
Apart from the delivery of four children, I have known several other truly overwhelming experiences.
About twelve years ago Dave and I went on a camera safari to Kenya. We spent two weeks travelling over rough tracks in a Nissan van. The vehicle was built to seat ten but we were lucky enough to only have two other passengers and the guide, for much of the trip. The roof of the vehicle could be raised about two feet so we could stand up and hang our heads out to get really up close views of the animals.
We were able to park within ten feet of a leopard who was lying down but keeping an eye on some small deer. The deer were just a few feet away from the leopard but were munching on leaves and grass quite unconcerned of the fact that one of them could be his dinner. We were close enough to see the texture of the beautiful fur of the big cat, thick and luxurious, the thick tail with a slight movement at the end, indicating that he was not truly resting but just biding his time.
Another wonderfully scary moment was when a heard of about twenty elephants just split apart and walked by both sides of the van. Each of us could have touched one of these enormous beasts, had we put out a hand and we were well aware of the fact that they could have squeezed us and the sardine can we were sitting in, to the size of a flattened car in a junk yard.
However, the truly ‘wow’ moment of the trip was when we were near to a grassy hill and a pride of lions crossed in front of us. Over the hill they came, first a magnificent male followed by his female entourage, behind them came seven young males, not yet wearing the mane of an adult male. Up last, limping along, came an older obviously injured male. Nineteen lions in all, not ten feet in front of us, each one staring straight ahead, intent on where it was going. Each one of us held our breath, desperate not to spoil the moment by talking. What is there to say at a time like that, we were all just overwhelmed with emotion.
The last truly wow moment I experience was several years ago on a cruise ship. We were heading to Australia, a 21 day trip. It was part of Dave’s bucket list to experience an eclipse at sea. The day dawned clear and bright and the eclipse party of about eighty all were up on the top deck, setting up telescopes and cameras on tripods, ready to record the event.
Most of the other passengers were just cruising but had been told of the expected event so, about a half hour before first contact the deck was filled with passengers. The whole event takes over two hours but the exciting part, when the moon completely blocks the sun is just a couple of minutes. By the time that totality of the blackout of the sun, was reached most of the crew had also come on deck.
There are a couple of seconds just before the moon completes it’s coverage of the sun when there is a brilliant flash from one side. This is called the diamond ring effect, as this is exactly what it looks like. Standing there as over four thousand people breathed “WOW” at the same time was a marvellous experience.
It is a silly word. It really means nothing. My father-in-law was right, there are so many words in the English language in which we can express ourselves, but sometimes life can be so overwhelming that all we can manage is ‘WOW’ and, somehow, that says it all.
Most of us will have heard the expression: wipe the slate clean. The following illustration demonstrates how that expression originated.
Many years ago school children were provided with a thin stone slab as a writing surface. It was called a slate and you wrote on it with a slate pencil. Martin DeHaan told of a time when he had used the slate to draw a horrible picture of the teacher. Just then the teacher came walking towards him. Quickly he grabbed the moist sponge hanging beside his desk to erase what was on the slate. The evidence was gone in one swoosh of the sponge. How he loved that sponge.
There is an even better eraser. Did you know that, according to scripture, God can and does have a record of every word, action and even the thoughts of our minds? We can’t remove them. But the grace of God offers us an opportunity to wipe away the record of our negative words, deeds and thoughts. Isaiah wrote that though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow. The slate can be wiped clean because Jesus death on the cross has paid for that to be possible. That is an act of grace: getting something good when we deserved something bad. It’s available.
Grateful for grace,
Moderator Cheryl Halsted is flanked by NDP candidate Colleen Ross (left) and Liberal MLA Linda Larson at a forum Friday at the Osoyoos senior centre.
By ROY WOOD
Why has BC lagged behind the rest of the country in eliminating medical insurance premiums was the first question fired at MLA Linda Larson at an election forum in Osoyoos on Friday.
Incumbent Larson and NDP challenger Colleen Ross faced off in front of about 40 people at the senior centre. The event was sponsored by the BC Retired Teachers Association.
Larson pointed out that the Liberal government has promised to cut Medical Services Plan (MSP) premiums by 50 per cent at the end of this year and to eliminate them eventually.
In fact, the recent provincial budget pledged to cut in half premiums for households with annual incomes under $120,000.
Larson argued that while the other nine provinces may not charge MSP premiums directly, they nonetheless collect money needed to fund medical services through “hidden taxes.”
Ross said the NDP platform promises elimination of MSP premiums as soon as it to elected to government.
In a related question, an audience member asked why seasonal flu vaccines aren’t free for everyone in the province rather than only for seniors, children and people with certain health problems.
Ross said that in other jurisdictions, such vaccinations are free to everyone who wants them ad they should be free in BC as well.
She got little argument from Larson, who told the questioner, “I agree with you,” but admitted she doesn’t know why the vaccines aren’t free.
In response to another health question, this one about why there s such a doctor shortage in the South Okanagan, Larson said the province has opened seats in medical schools and is “training doctors as fast as we can.”
She pointed out that in the recent past the need for doctors in the area was met by a large influx of physicians from South Africa, to the point where that country tried to stem the outward flow. “This area was very well served” by South African doctors, she said.
Ross used a question about why there isn’t a walk-in clinic in Osoyoos to tout her party’s emphasis on a “team approach to health care.” At the centre of it, she said, would be clinics where teams of nurse-practitioners, physiotherapists and others would work together to provide health care more efficiently and without the automatic involvement of a physician.
Larson agreed that walk-in clinics can be a benefit, but pointed out that such facilities are the creations of doctors, not the provincial health ministry.
Many young doctors, she said, like to work in walk-in clinics because the hours are shorter and more predictable than in regular practice. “We can encourage (such clinics),” she said, “but we can’t mandate them.”
Key to the Liberal government’s campaign leading to the May 9 general election is the notion that it is the party that creates jobs. Larson mentioned at least twice that “200,000 more people are working in BC” than were four years ago.
She said “there are lots of good jobs” in the Boundary-Similkameen riding, pointing to 450 miners in Princeton, 250 corrections officers at the new provincial jail near Oliver and large numbers employed at lumber mills in Grand Forks and Midway.
As well, she said, agriculture has grown and “tourism is number one and always will be.”
Larson accused the New Democrats in the legislature of being against “every single” job-creating initiative put forward by her government.
Ross countered that her party supports jobs, “just not the sort of jobs the Liberals want.”
She pointed specifically to the Site-C dam proposal for the Peace River in northeastern BC. She said the dam is not needed for electricity and will put farmers out of work when it floods their farmland.
She said an NDP government would redirect the emphasis on resource-based jobs and concentrate on retraining for value-added jobs and providing incentives for young people to start small businesses.
Ross used the jobs discussion to plug her party’s position in favour of a national park in the South Okanagan, which Larson has opposed.
Ross said a national park would provide between 500 and 700 jobs for the region.
Friday’s was a civil if someone icy affair. The candidates didn’t once address each other directly and avoided contact coming into and leaving the meeting room.
Larson is a former councillor and mayor in Oliver. She has a long list of volunteer and community involvements and has been a small business owner. She was first elected to the legislature in the 2013 general election.
Ross is an organic farmer and a town councillor in Grand Forks. She has a long history of involvement in national and international agriculture organizations, including a stint as the “women’s president” of the National Farmers Union.
Photo submitted by Kendi Clearwater
Job Fair put on by Work BC at the Sen Pok Chin gymnasium Thursday
35 Employers attended and about 300 job seekers! It was a very successful day.
Many people were interviewed on the spot, some set up interviews to follow, and employers all took in resumes and spoke with some very talented people.
To go is to begin moving toward an objective or destination. When I go away, I leave you, maybe on a holiday. When you tell me to go away it usually means you really don’t want me around and you may even be annoyed. ‘Go baby, go’, is meant to encourage you. ‘Go for it’ means I have confidence you will be successful and I believe in you. Go easy means yes continue but gently.
Go to (that place with the fire and brimstone) means I no longer respect your input, don’t want to hear your comments and definitely do not want you around me. Yet, to be the ‘go to’ person is a complement meaning that if I have a question about a particular topic, you are the one most likely to have the answers. The ‘go to’ person is the expert, and, this is important, and, is willing to share their know how
Where do you go? That is different to, how goes it? ‘Go on’ can mean, continue or it can mean, ‘you can’t be serious, you must be kidding me’, and it can also mean ‘go away’. Actually, ‘go’ can mean go away too, and can, by itself, mean a lot of the other things mentioned so far. One famous use of the word is in the phrase you will readily recognize, ‘to boldly go…’, even though it is, apparently, bad grammar.
Let us ‘go forth’ is kind of sacred invitation to join me and support some kind of advancement, maybe of each other, maybe of a cause, maybe simply a statement of continuing in life, but with optimism for sure. It also says that though we go forth together, you gotta do your own ‘going forth’ and I will do mine. It is both a statement of solidarity, in that we joined in our common goal, and belief you can do your bit
Go is the opposite of stop. Or is it? Isn’t ‘go away’ a pretty close cousin to ‘stop it’? Go can be good in many ways, suggests movement, progress, that kind of thing. Yet, what if I go ‘down spiral’, go too far, go crazy ballistic? Sounds like there are times when a dose of ‘stop’ could be really helpful to a ‘go’. For me, I like ‘go’, feels like getting out of a funk, starting a new thing, an act of courage. What about for you?
Update from RCMP
On 2017-03-16 at approximately 8:20 pm Oliver RCMP responded to a single motor vehicle accident on Hwy 97 at Road 7. The driver and passenger sustained minor injuries. Alcohol and speed were a factor in the incident and a number of charges are being pursued.
Time : 845pm Thursday
Location: South of Rd 7 – Highway 97
Vehicle diverted off highway into an orchard
No fire apparent
Police and ambulance on the scene
No report on injuries, tire brake marks indicate car failed to negotiate the corner
•Coquihalla Highway – Hope to Merritt
•Highway 3 – Hope to Princeton via Allison Pass
•Coquihalla Highway – Hope to Merritt
•Highway 3 – Hope to Princeton via Allison Pass
•Highway 3 – Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass
•Coquihalla Highway – Hope to Merritt
•Highway 3 – Hope to Princeton via Allison Pass
•Highway 3 – Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass
SENIORS’ FORUM WITH Provincial ELECTION CANDIDATES
10 AM Friday, March 17th
at Oliver Community Centre – in Room 2
3 PM – Friday, March 17th
at Osoyoos Seniors’ Centre (by the lake)