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Year: 2015

UBCO: Community Engagement

A highly-popular presentation from a celebrity Canadian astronaut. A well-attended public festival at Kelowna’s downtown park. A project using art to generate knowledge and interest in endangered native bees. An award-winning author’s talk dispelling the mysteries of Alzheimer’s. A school district science fair with 300 student participants. These are just a sampling of the tremendous number and variety of community engagements in which UBC Okanagan participates. A common idea about universities is that they are isolated institutions where academics secretly carry on obscure research and have no connections to the surrounding world. Our regional university, UBC Okanagan, is the...

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GOOD LIFE: Taster’s Choice Okanagan Falls

Showcasing a varied selection of grape varieties and wine styles produced by Okanagan Falls Wineries. The five star rating system stressed the value for price (pre-tax). Stag's Hollow 2013 Tempranillo Okanadan Falls, Okanagan Valley 1/2 $25.99  Produced from fruit grown in 3 Okanagan vineyards, including 1/3 Stag’s Hollow estate vines planted in 2006, spicy, complex Tempranillo sports richly-textured blackberry, plums, pipe tobacco, vanilla, leather, paprika and smoky oak. Calls for grilled lamb, pork. Nobel Ridge 2012 Estate Meritage Okanadan Falls, Okanagan Valley  1/2 $17.30 Dynamite red blend boasts ultra-ripe, supple plum, blackcurrant and black cherry fruit and intriguing nuances of cocoa,...

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Okanagan College receives $250,000 from The Joyce Foundation for trades bursaries

A major gift from The Joyce Foundation will soon open doors to education and help make dreams a reality for scores of current and future students at Okanagan College. The $250,000 donation will be used to create entrance bursaries and augment existing financial aid for students in the College’s Trades and Apprenticeship programs. “This gift represents a tremendous investment in the future of many students in our region,” says Okanagan College’s President Jim Hamilton. “We are very grateful to The Joyce Foundation for enhancing our efforts to make trades training accessible for a diverse array of learners. “This support...

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The Canadian Culinary Championships set for February

Kelowna, home of The Canadian Culinary Championships is set to host award-winning Chefs from across Canada for a weekend-long “Celebration of Canadian Excellence” from February 5-6, 2016 as part of the illustrious Gold Medal Plates. Kelowna’s Gold Medal Plates reflects the culmination of a long, thrilling and at times gruelling series of The Canadian Culinary Championshipspresented by Deloitte competitions held in 2015 in Canadian cities from coast to coast to result in eleven Gold Medal award-winning Chefs. Converging in Kelowna in February, the ‘best of the best’ will compete in The Grand Finale to determine Canada’s 2016 Gold Medal...

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Shopping Through the Generations

Are you a bargain shopping Boomer or a search savvy Millennial when it comes to shopping? Perhaps you’re more in line with a Gen Xer who buys what they like, or a brand loyal shopper from the Silent generation. We interviewed people up and down the Okanagan Valley to see how they fit in with their generation when it came to shopping habits and trends. The Silents  70 - 95 year olds with an eye on value. These shoppers have seen enough to know what they like and are very brand loyal. They also look more for value and...

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