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Author: Dona Sturmanis

Rearview – Self-employed by Dona Strumanis

I  promised Laurie, my editor, I wouldn’t joke about working in pyjamas when she suggested I write about being self-employed for this particular edition of Rearview. Yet, here I sit at a very odd hour of the night eating Italian wedding soup and contemplating whether I should don the plaid flannel onesies (right tartan) or the cream silk and lace lounging outfit to write this. Well, in truth, I went to bed after the soup. I woke up still in the T-shirt and leggings I slept in last night because I wanted to get up early and finish editing the...

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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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Golf Tech

By Dona Sturmanis with Deanna Merrick One golf swing can cause a major mood swing. On a single hole, your drive might plummet you into the depths of misery, yet five minutes later, after a great putt, you’re invincible and on top of your world. This happens whether you’re just learning the game or have a single digit handicap. Helping to keep golf skills (and associated moods) on the upswing, technology advancements have a profound impact on the industry. Gadgets have been developed that run the gamut from improving your swing to pinpointing the exact location of the pin on a...

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Snowshoeing: Adaptive Adventures at Sovereign Lake

Disability is no barrier to outdoor experience As seen in Free Download Cris Adaptive Adventures breaks down outdoor barriers for people with disabilities,” says Dawn Widdifield, executive director of the non-profit society. “We empower individuals to push their limits and adventure to places they never imagined possible.” Hiking, cycling, paddling, Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, parasailing, rock climbing and even ziplining are some of the enticing year-round outdoor programs offered by Kelowna’s CRIS (Community Recreational Initiatives Society) Adaptive Adventures. The programs are designed for people with physical challenges such as quadriplegia, cerebral palsy and amputation, or developmental, cognitive or emotional disorders....

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In Person: Simone Orlando, crafting a new role with Ballet Kelowna

Simone Orlando, new artistic director and CEO of Ballet Kelowna, has been a professional dancer and sought-after choreographer. She also has a particular affiliation with Ballet Kelowna, having created three ballets for the company. “I have been a part of the company’s history, so it feels quite natural to be part of its future,” she says. Through Ballet Kelowna she plans to support and mentor young professional dancers as well as offer master classes and workshops for local youth. “It’s important for young aspiring dancers to be exposed to and have the opportunity to interact with a professional company.”...

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