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The Okanagan celebrates First Nations wellness on June 21

On June 21, First Nations and Aboriginal peoples across BC, their partners and the general public will celebrate wellness at 160 National Aboriginal Day of Wellness events. Over 20,000 people are anticipated to take part in wellness-focused, community-organized events. “We’ve seen great interest in the June 21 Day of Wellness events as an opportunity for First Nations communities to celebrate their health and culture, and showcase the strength and resilience of their peoples and Nations,” said Joe Gallagher, CEO of the First Nations Health Authority. “We encourage all health professionals to attend events as an opportunity to learn more about First Nations, and to celebrate First Nations health, wellness, culture and resilience.” “Indigenous peoples are survivors. Our peoples endured assimilation policies, Indian Residential Schools, alienation of our homelands, and lost access to fish and game," said Grand Chief Doug Kelly, Chair of the First Nations Health Council. " The Day of Wellness Events serve as a powerful ways to celebrate our survival  and to seek physical, spiritual, emotional, and mental wellness. Let us build on our resilience and heal ourselves through celebration of wellness events.” Okanagan Valley events include: Metis Community Services Society of BC Address:  201-2949 Pandosy Street, Kelowna BC V1Y 1W1 Event description: 2017 Central Okanagan National Aboriginal Day Celebration - Metis Community Services Society hosts an annual NAD event that is held at Stuart Park (downtown...

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Sculptures enhance permanent legacy of former UBC student

Student’s father creates bronze deer in memory of his son Two bronze deer now grace the grounds of UBC’s Okanagan campus, a gift that will forever stand as a legacy to former undergraduate student River Sidley. River died suddenly in 2014 and received a posthumous Bachelor of Science degree in June 2015. The artwork, “Pair of Deer” was created by River’s father David, a sculptor from Rossland, BC. The family, grateful for the experience their son had at the university, donated the bronze sculptures as a way of commemorating River’s memory. “In appreciation of UBC Okanagan, and in honour of River, I decided to install these sculptures on the campus,” says David Sidley. “Hopefully, they will be enjoyed for years to come and remind people of my son who probably would have made a name for himself here as well.” The bronzes, which were conceived in Rossland at the artist’s studio and then cast in Kelowna, were installed in the campus courtyard in time for June’s convocation celebrations. “UBC Okanagan gratefully welcomes David Sidley’s beautiful artwork to the campus,” says UBC Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal Deborah Buszard. “The sculpture is a moving tribute from a parent to his departed son. River felt at home on this campus and we were honoured to choose a prominent location for the work as a reflection of the Sidley family’s embrace of our...

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Kelowna residents weigh in on Agriculture Plan

Kelowna residents and local farmers are reminded of an opportunity to review the draft Agriculture Plan at an upcoming public information session. Wednesday, June 21 4-6:30 p.m. Reid Hall, Benvoulin Heritage Park (2279 Benvoulin Road, Kelowna) Those unable to attend the public information session are encouraged to provide their feedback online until June 30 at getinvolved.kelowna.ca. The Agriculture Plan focuses on the community’s farm area to discover practical solutions to challenges, identify opportunities to strengthen farming and ultimately contribute to agriculture and the community’s long-term sustainability. This project is funded in part by the Real Estate Foundation of BC...

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Okanagan Centre for Innovation recognized as Best in BC

Centre awarded Stan Rogers Memorial Award The Okanagan Centre for Innovation was announced winner of the Stan Rogers Memorial Award at the British Columbia Economic Development Association Summit this week in Victoria, B.C. The award recognizes the major project that has had the most significant impact on a local economy in B.C. each year. Successful projects demonstrate a mixture of public and private investment and create significant employment and community building opportunities. Previous winners include City of Surrey’s Innovation Boulevard and Chilliwack’s Canada Education Park. The Regional District of Central Okanagan’s Economic Development Commission was pleased to work with the Kelowna...

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