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Year: 2017

Millennials gain competitive edge through YMCA employment programs

Many millennials feel lost when it comes to career planning and entering the work force. The YMCA of Okanagan is investing in this group by offering free youth employment programs to eligible individuals under 30, granting them a competitive advantage in today's labour market. “We believe that building a solid foundation in one’s career is crucial for the success of individuals and of our community,” says Jen Pont, YMCA youth employment supervisor. “Of our last training group, 11 of 12 students were hired before the program even ended.” These extensive four and fifteen week programs support youth with building...

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Pelmewash Parkway transferred to Lake Country

The District of Lake Country and the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure have signed an agreement for the transfer of ownership of Pelmewash Parkway. “Although we’ve had our share of challenging natural disasters and emergencies that have impacted many in our community lately,” said Mayor James Baker, “everyone agrees that the Pelmewash Parkway corridor will be a significant public asset which will really define Lake Country. We appreciate the support from Norm Letnick in helping us to work through the transfer agreement process with the province.” It was four years ago when the new alignment of Highway 97 was...

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Tedx Kelowna speakers wow sold out crowd

The 2017 TedxKelowna event was held at the stunning Quails' Gate winery property to a sold out crowd. Speakers included Ft. McMurray Fire Chief Darby Allen. After decades of fighting fires, first in his native England before immigrating to Canada, he climbed the ranks to become the Fire Chief at Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. In his talks, Darby draws from his career to share guidelines for effective emergency response planning and management, as well as offers timeless tips on how to remain a calm, stoic and quick-thinking leader in urgent situations. The crowd also heard from Ulrike Bahr-Gedalia, president and CEO...

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Air quality impacted by smoky skies

Residents in communities across Interior Health affected by fires burning and resulting smoky skies should be aware that smoke conditions and local air quality can change due to the unpredictable nature of fires. Some individuals may be more sensitive to the effects of smoke from forest fires, such as those with heart or lung conditions. These individuals should watch for any change in symptoms that may be due to smoke exposure. If any symptoms are noted, affected individuals should take steps to reduce their exposure to smoke and if necessary see their physician or local walk-in clinic. People with...

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It was a P-A-R-T-Y this weekend in Kelowna

Superstars Dean Brody and James Reimer rock for World Vision Superstars Dean Brody and James Reimer joined a crowd of over 700 this weekend for the #LoveCanKelowna event. Together, participants raised over $263,000 for clean water projects, ensuring that 5,280 more children will now have access to safe water. Deputy Mayor Gail Given kicked off the event by proclaiming, "Saturday, July 8, 2017 has been declared World Vision Canada Love Can Kelowna 6K Walk for Water Day." "One of the things we want to highlight is that many people in the developing world have to travel long distances every day to...

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