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Category: Okanagan Women

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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Local Ballerina Soars into First Place at Performing Arts BC

You might think Clare Fleming has wings tucked into her shoes, the way she effortlessly flies into the splits mid-uthorir. But no, there are no wings, just hours and hours and hours of training tucked under her belt that helped her soar to the top at the Performing Arts BC Provincials. This was Clare’s fifth trip to compete at provincials and she did Kelowna proud by being declared the winner in the most advanced Ballet III category. “It was such a great experience,” said the 17 year old ballerina, “getting to dance with dancers from all across the province.” The competition...

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In Person: Anna Warwick Sears, water watch

“Water binds us together, as humans and with all other species, as shared inhabitants of our watery planet,” says Anna Warwick Sears, executive director of the Okanagan Basin Water Board. “This bond is the link to our future.” When someone has this kind of passion for what they do, they are bound to succeed. When that passion includes water conservation, water improvement and wetlands, you know we’re in good hands. Born in the United States, Anna moved to BC at age six, but lived as an adult in California. In 2006 she returned, and the Valley gained a strong...

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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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In person: Christine Lefaivre, rainbow of hope

Brain injury is no black-and-white matter for Christine Lefaivre Her therapy brings colour back into the lives of the brain injured. After more than two decades of working with recovering patients, occupational therapist Christine Lefaivre has published her groundbreaking treatment, the Lefaivre Rainbow Effect, in a new textbook. Sharing knowledge has always been part of Chris’s career path, whether with her patients or fellow professionals. Following her graduation from the University of Alberta, she began treating neurological patients at Kelowna General Hospital and instructing at Okanagan College. She moved on to develop new programs at the Kelowna Mental Health...

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