19 years at the helm – now sues for breach of agreement


Seen at RDOS with Mayor Jakubeit

Seen at RDOS with Mayor Jakubeit

Penticton Councillor Judy Sentes was employed with the Okanagan-Similkameen Neurological Society from August 1994 until her retirement on July 8, 2013.

Sentes claims in court documents that she entered into an agreement with the society whereby she would receive a payment upon retirement.

She was hired as the Executive Director (Chief Fundraiser) but agreed to receive less pay than other professionals working at the OSNS.

She relied on the agreement to provide a retirement payment. According to the document, that agreement has since been lost along with other important records.

In May, 2013, the society’s board approved a finance committee’s recommendation of a retirement payment to Sentes in two parts, a lump sum coupled with monthly payments aimed at assisting her with continued health benefits coverage.

The lump sum payment, payable in January 2014, was $12, 829.59 and the monthly payments equaled $198.53, until such payments reached a maximum of $12,115.24.

Her claim in courts states the society failed to make the lump sum payment and terminated the monthly payments required by the agreement in July, 2014.

With files from Castanet

October 25 2012 Penticton Western

“The friendships, the partnerships have been truly phenomenal. The generosity people have continues to overwhelm me. They hear about the need and they respond,” said Judy Sentes. “These children are our future and it really is important that we give them all of the support and intervention we can so that they can be the best they can be.”

This will be the 33rd anniversary for the telethon raising funds for the OSNS. Sentes recalls when she first started they were raising $85,000, she said now they raise upwards of $300,000

Chamber selects Entrepreneur 2015



Entrepreneur of the Year

Greg Wheeler – Remedy Rx Oliver – (pictured middle with Matthew Street-Eastlink)


South Okanagan Chamber of Commerce

Executive for the new year selected

President Brian Highley – OK Sun Magazine (picture right)

John Powell – Okanagan Falls Economic Development
Linda Buhler – Color Me Healthy
Sara Amos – Amos Realty
Tracy Lydiatt – Great Bear Enterprises
Grant Storzuk- South Okanagan Physiotherapy/Wellness Centre
Don Brogan – Walnut Beach Resort
Eileen McGinn – Director Sales and Marketing
Cheryle King – CLR & Associates


Small Business Award

nunes22Nunes Pottinger Funeral Services – Oliver

Large Business

keeler22Vintage Hospitality Management – Oliver (Dave Keeler)

Best Workplace Environment


Osoyoos Credit Union – (Michelle Quail)

Brewski at Apex attracts Oliver craft beverage providers

‘Brewski’ -An Apex Mountain Resort Craft Beer, Cider and Spirits Festival

The Gunbarrel Saloon at Apex Mountain Resort is the venue for the 2nd Annual Apex Brewski event on Feb. 14th. “Brewski, a celebration of craft beer, cider and spirits, is a great fit with the Apex après ski vibe. It is the perfect event for those interested in sampling these flavourful, hand-crafted beverages and visiting the mountains, whether they are here to ski, board, snowshoe, or just breathe in the fresh winter air”.

“Last season, locals and visitors alike told us that our first annual Brewski event was one of the best events ever held at Apex.

The craft beverage providers participating this year include: * Dubh Glas Distillery (Oliver), and Firehall Brewery (Oliver)

The Brewski event runs from 6 – 9pm with a special after party from 9pm – midnight at the Gunbarrel Saloon & Restaurant.

Author and journalist Simma Holt has died

simma  holdSimma Holt, CM (née Milner, born March 27, 1922)   former member of the Canadian House of Commons has died at the age of 92.

Born in Vegreville, Alberta, she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1944 from the University of Manitoba. That same year she joined The Vancouver Sun as a reporter, feature writer, and columnist.

In the 1974 election, Holt was elected to the Canadian House of Commons as the Liberal candidate for the British Columbia riding of Vancouver Kingsway. She was defeated in the 1979 election and the 1980 election.

In 1996, Holt was made a Member of the Order of Canada for her “lifetime commitment to assisting those suffering from injustice, persecution and poverty”.

After purchasing what turned out to be one of Vancouver’s notorious “leaky condos” in 1999, Holt waged a publicly vocal, seven-year legal action seeking financial compensation for repairs.

Credit Vancouver Sun

Credit Vancouver Sun

Selected bibliography

Terror in the Name of God: The Story of the Sons of Freedom Doukhobors (1964)

Sex and the Teen Age Revolution (1967)
The Devil’s Butler (1972)
The Other Mrs. Diefenbaker (1982), a biography on Edna Diefenbaker.
Memoirs of a Loose Cannon (2008), personal memoirs

Event Saturday January 24

Celebrate a lifetime love of learning today by taking some time to read with your family.  Cherry Lane Shopping Centre will be holding an event from 10 AM – 3 PM for kids to develop their love of reading, and will be handing out a free book to each child.
Family-reading Family Literacy Day is a national awareness initiative created by ABC Life Literacy Canada in 1999 and held annually on January 27 to raise awareness of the importance of reading and engaging in other literacy-related activities as a family.  For more information, visit www.familyliteracyday.ca
** Family Literacy Day is actually January 27th – but this event is Saturday is ahead of schedule which confuses

Sunshine at Visitors Centre

The Oliver Visitors Center. A lovely area landmark, the CPR station opened in 1923 to serve a branch line of the historic Kettle Valley Railway that facilitated shipments of local perishable fruits and vegetables to Vancouver. The renovated building now serves as the Visitor Center.

Photo by Paige Riley

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Family Literacy Day Fun at the Oliver Public Library

January 27 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Come and celebrate Family Literacy Day with our Family Lego Fun Time. Families are encouraged to drop in, build together, read together, participate in our contests and enjoy all the fun things the library has to offer! All library activities are free of charge.

Vicky White

Everything it seems is going up – park facts

•All BC Parks user fees are inclusive of taxes, making it easier for families to plan and budget for their BC Parks visits.

•User fees at BC Parks are generally lower than those of most private campsites in the province, and competitive with public sector campgrounds in other jurisdictions.

For example: Camping at Cultus Lake Provincial Park will cost families $35/night for a campsite with up to four adults, whereas a nearby private operator charges $35-$45/night for a tenting site for two adults, with an additional $10 charge per adult.

◦A private operator on Shuswap Lake will charge $30 – $60/night, and BC Parks charges $32/night for a campsite with up to four adults.

•There are 1,029 provincial parks, recreation areas, conservancies, ecological reserves and protected areas in B.C., covering more than 14 million hectares or approximately 14.4% of the provincial land base.

•One of the largest park systems in the world, British Columbia has the highest percentage of its land base dedicated to protected areas of all provincial Canadian jurisdictions.

•B.C. provincial parks receive over 21 million visits each year.

•In 2014, more than 133,000 reservations were made through Discover Camping, the province’s camping reservation system, – almost a 10% increase from 2013.

•Discover Camping opens at 9 a.m. (PST) March 15, 2015. Prices reflected on the Discover Camping website will be updated prior to this date to incorporate the new fee structure.

Seeking talks

nara one22CUPE will seek renewed discussions with Church representatives of the United Church after hearing the Naramata Centre will close with the loss of many workers.

“We have 30 employees on strike and on a picket line at the Centre for over eight months. This dispute has always been about fair treatment of loyal employees and we will seek fair treatment as part of any closure of operations and discussions on the future of the property,” said Tom O’Leary, CUPE National Servicing Representative.

CUPE has had a 40-year relationship with the Naramata Centre – as a loyal user and promoter of the facilities and a representative of employees there since 1994. “This is a very sad day for CUPE members, the community and all involved in Naramata. We hope that we can work constructively with the Church to move forward from here.”

The strike started in May 2014 in response to the church centre’s plan to replace loyal, long-term staff with lower-paid, non-union positions.

In November, CUPE filed an application to have the United Church and Naramata Centre recognized as a common employer in a bid to bring the church to the bargaining table and take responsibility for its workers. That application remains in front of the Labour Relations Board.