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Author: Susan McIver

Helping Syrian refugees find their way in a new world

As seen in our pages. Diddy Evans (centre) felt powerless as she watched the horrors of the war in Syria unfold. “Then I found an opportunity to do something for people who have endured so much,” she says, explaining why she volunteers with a group helping Syrian refugee families in Summerland. In spring 2016, the Summerland Refugee Sponsorship Group welcomed the Al Abdulrahman and Al Sheblaqe families, bringing the number of Syrian families in the town to three. e local United Church sponsored the Al Betar family in 2015. Evans is part of the team helping Adnan and Hadya...

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In Person: Janice Perrino & the power of politics

Janice Perrino’s advice to any woman thinking about running for elected office is “Just do it.” Two terms as Summerland’s mayor, preceded by six years as a councillor, has given Janice first hand insights into women in politics. “I didn’t have a lot of confidence that I could win either as councillor or mayor, but I wanted to so badly,” she says. Fuelled by her hallmark determination and hard work she succeeded each time. Once in office a politician is faced with a steady stream of issues requiring decisions. “I try to get all the facts, listen to all...

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Cynthia Kereluk ~ Criteraid

Cynthia Kereluk and Paul Rodgers, Summerland’s beauty queen/rock legend couple, lend a helping hand to animals in the Okanagan and around the world. “I love animals and I love my hometown of Summerland,” says Cynthia. Winner of the 1984 Miss Canada title, she later became…

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