Volunteers are the heart of the Canadian Red Cross. More than 17,000 volunteers share their time and skills to help others every day across Canada as part of the largest humanitarian organization in the world. Apply to become a volunteer The Red Cross has opportunities for you to give back to your community, meet new people, and gather new experiences. We offer a variety of volunteer positions involving both shorter and longer-term commitments, and requiring a range of different skillsets. We truly could not do the work we do without volunteers and we need them at all levels, including...Read More
Vernon’s historic city centre is buzzing with the kind of renewed vitality that attracts residents and draws visitors.
Recent construction projects update and blend with familiar streetscapes, taking advantage of easy access to the host of retail outlets, restaurants, pro-fessional services, arts and cultural venues already available.Read More
With your help the Okanagan Rail Trail will soon become reality, transforming a discontinued CN rail line into a 48.5-kilometre trail connecting communities from Coldstream to Kelowna. Local governments, with assistance from the province, acquired the scenic corridor in 2015, providing the opportunity to create a sustainable recreational and transportation legacy. Now it’s our turn (individuals, organizations and businesses) to raise the money to complete development. Since fundraising began last May, over 3,300 donors have stepped forward. Contributions have come with inspirational stories: from a 95-year-old donating 95 metres to an 8-year-old selling lemonade to fund her metre of...Read More
Since 1967, the Downtown Vernon (DVA) has worked to promote Downtown Vernon as a unique and dynamic destination for entertainment, goods and services. We encourage people to shop local, support local businesses and participate in community events. Through a variety of programs and services the DVA works to strengthen the economic vitality of Downtown Vernon. The DVA is not a stand-alone organization, nor a function of the City of Vernon. We are a Business Improvement Area (BIA) created by the businesses within our boundaries and funded by a commercial tax levy on properties within the BIA. This levy ensures a secure...Read More
When Okanagan College announced plans to renovate and expand its trades training complex—a $33-million project—with the goal of creating one of the most sustainable post-secondary education facilities in North America, the College knew that support from the community would be crucial. The Okanagan College Foundation launched the Bright Horizons, Building for Skills Campaign in October 2014 to help raise the $7 million ($5 million for capital costs, plus another $2 million for equipment and program support) needed to top up the provincial government’s commitment of $28 million. The response to the campaign in its early stages has been overwhelming,...Read More