Katie Eaton, Recreation Program Manager
Free Community Movie Night (Spiderman 2)
We had a family movie night on Friday, September 26th that was a great success — approximately 250 people attended. Concept audio set up the screen and audio equipment for this event. Overall feedback from the Community was excellent.
Scareview — Our Annual Hallowe’en Event is on Friday, Oct 315t from 6:00pm-8:00pm this year. I’m very excited to announce that The Super Cooligans will be providing some great entertainment for families through the duration of the event (band performance, kids karaoke and dance along)
Oliver Light Up – will be taking place this year (Fri, Nov 28). We are looking for donations to support the fireworks.
Last month we encouraged new people to join in and take part in our recreation and fitness programs that we offer at the community centre. We ran a “Try It” week from September 15-19 which brought in over 150 participants.
Sun Fun – We have received one Canada Summer Jobs grant for a leader
Fall 2014 programs are underway — Lights Camera Action, Arty Smarty, Little Chefs and Floor Hockey at Tucelnuit are all full with a waitlist.
Our Hip Hop programs were not successful this season; we hope to see kids in the next session set (Jan 2015). The Oliver Dance Studio is currently offering a variety of successful dance classes, creating less of a need in the community for those services through the Community Centre.
SD 53 Early Dismissal Days — OPRS contract staff & SOSS Link students will come together and support parents and students at Oliver Elementary School and Tucelnuit Elementary. Parents were very satisfied with the variety of recreation activities and crafts that we offered last year. We look forward to staffing 2014/2015 upcoming ED days.
Carol Sheridan, Manager of Parks and Recreation
All parks staff contracts are now finished, relief hours will be available throughout the winter season for extra cleaning after hall events and support during tournaments at the arena.
Three new Skate Attendants were hired to handle skate shop duties as well as ice patrol during weekend public skating sessions and special events at the arena. The 2014/15 Skate Attendants are Colin Grant, Sukh Brar and James Wheeler.
Annual performance evaluation meetings with all office and facility staff (permanent and part time) will take place before Dec 31st.
On Oct 3 we received a certified cheque in the amount of $1000.00 from Joe Dixon. After processing this payment, $975.37 is still outstanding from the 2014 bookings and no deposit has been received for 2015. Both June 6 and June 7th 2015 races in Oliver are being marketed on the Outback Events website and registrations have already been accepted.
Emergency procedures for ammonia leak and arena evacuation have been updated to be closer to industry standard and will be provided to Facilities staff posted in the arena and the week of Oct 20. A request was made to the Oliver Fire Department to assist in a practice evacuation drill at the Oliver Arena on a Thursday night this winter.
Still in communication with service providers about our salt water/chlorination system for the Oliver Pool, as soon as I have options to present it will be on the agenda.
A meeting with fitness professionals regarding the reconfiguration of the weight room took place on Friday Sept 12. Priorities for equipment needs were identified as well as potential locations for equipment to allow maximum use of the space available.
The weight room formal hours of operation has been established and posted for all members. Members with a key can access the weight room 6:30am-10:00pm 7 days a week. Drop-in visitors are welcome to use the weight room during regular office hours. The exterior doors to the weight room are being padlocked at night and unlocked first thing in the morning by facilities staff. These hours of operation are based on staff schedules as well as the hours that the gym actually sees use by members.
Park washrooms were closed for the season on Tuesday Oct 14th. Based on requests from the community for year round washroom access at Lion’s Park, a portable toilet will be in place over the winter.
The arena operation is going very well, users are very happy with the quality of the ice and the facility overall. JP from Visual Telecom will be spending some time prior to the end of the year identifying what repairs/replacements are required to provide a better sound quality at the arena.
All of the parties involved in the major hall electrical upgrade have finally made contact and a date for work should be established by Oct 22. A letter informing user groups and program instructors was sent earlier this month warning of the potential closure of the hall, meeting rooms and weight room during the upgrade and a follow up communication will be made confirming the dates once scheduled.
Festival of the Grape was held at Community Park on Oct 5th and was an incredible success. The event was very well organized and in my opinion had the best physical set up of tents and vendors to date. Kudos to the organizing committee.
The official “unveiling” of the new name/sign for the building being leased by the Okanagan Portuguese Club will be taking place on Sunday, October 19th at noon. The club has been very good about opening their space to other community groups for meetings and programs and I think the new name of the building will do wonders to further how the community views the building as well as the OPC.