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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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Summerland school club promotes healthy living

“I love young children and I have a passion for nutrition,” says Val Wright, explaining why she volunteers as coordinator of the Breakfast Club for Learning at Giant’s Head Elementary School in Summerland. A former child care counsellor in Vancouver, Val assumed her duties in 2003, seven years after she, her husband and two children moved to Summerland. “The program started in 2001 with the goal of providing breakfast for hungry children,” Val says. Under her leadership the program has expanded to include children from a spectrum of income levels and backgrounds. “I never ask why the children come,”...

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Okanagan educator spearheads program to save bees

Educator/artist Nancy Holmes is the co-founder of the Border Free Bees project; see what you can do A swarm of kindergarten kids is buzzing through the field, their excitement contagious. “I’ve found a bee,” shouts one. I don’t know if I’ve ever heard that phrase said with such genuine joy. But these kids aren’t here to goof around on a school trip; they’re here to plant the milkweed they’ve been growing all year—a favourite of local bees. And in doing so, these kids are actually playing a key role in helping to save Kelowna’s wild bees. The “queen bee”...

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Get ready for Family Fishing Weekend

June 17-19 BC residents can fish for free without a fishing licence — such programs give volunteers a chance to teach kids to fish With his face screwed up in concentration, the small boy held his fishing rod up in the air and then flung it forward, where its tip vibrated for a minute, and the bobber and hook danced above the water—but no line went out. He looked up at his dad with questioning eyes and was shown once more how to operate the reel so the fishing line would be free to snake out and drop his baited...

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Centennial blossoms at Summerland Gardens

Major events planned for 100th anniversary of Summerland Ornamental Gardens They’re less likely to be wearing long skirts and fashionable little hats, but 100 years after the Summerland Ornamental Gardens were first created, people still come to picnic on the tree-studded lawns surrounding the historic Superintendent’s House at the federal Summerland research centre. High fashion may have changed, but colourful flower beds remain an attraction, whether you’re just looking for peace amid bright surroundings, or you’re interested in learning more about plants. In 1916 it was decided that the Agriculture Canada research station, then two years old, should look...

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