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Okanagan Men’s Shed sharing their talents

Call them men of purpose. Now they're looking for projects. A group of retired and semi-retired Kelowna men has launched a pilot project called Okanagan Men's Shed -- based on a popular movement that began in Australia -- to put their talents to work on projects large and small, helping out non-profits and community groups with building and renovation projects, keeping their skills sharp and providing an opportunity to get together and share their talents. Aided by a $22,100 federal New Horizons grant, and supported by Interior Health, the registered not-for-profit Okanagan Men's Shed has already tackled a few seasonal projects for seniors' groups. Now they're looking for more members and more projects to put themselves to work. The group aims to keep busy. "We don't want to sit around in meetings. When you have some project to work on, call me," says Art Post, Okanagan Men's Shed president. "We're experts in making dust and noise," says member Wade Bottorff. "We have a lot to offer and we need to get the community involved." So far, the small group has done a few work-working projects, but wants to expand its expertise through wider membership. They have worked with the Hawthorn seniors' residence, United Way, Seniors’ Outreach Society, Kelowna Community Development Society and the Uptown Rutland Business Association and are seeking to assist more organizations. They also meet to discuss...

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Seniors Get a free Health Assessment at the Y

Free Health Assessment Friday, October 17 8 am-2 pm Kelowna Family Y at 375 Hartman Road For Tom and Verna Woods, the Kelowna Family YMCA is a place where seniors can stay motivated and get the help they need to maintain their independence and health. “The people, atmosphere, and camaraderie here make us want to come,” says Verna during her regular Monday morning visit. “As you get older, you often have a lot of stress in your life–pains, operations and so on—being able to come here and work at my own speed allows me to build up the strength to...

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New farmers’ market funds support healthy living for seniors

Lower-income families, seniors and pregnant women will continue to have easier access to healthy, locally grown food, thanks to an additional $750,000 investment in a successful farmers’ market coupon program, Health Minister Terry Lake announced today. “Eating fresh, nutritious food is a big part of staying healthy and avoiding chronic illness,” said Lake. “But, for those most in need, accessing affordable, local foods can be a challenge. This program makes the healthy choice easier and helps improve the health of B.C. families.” The Farmers’ Market Nutrition Coupon Program provides coupons that can be used like cash at participating markets...

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For Passionate Skiers Over 50, Big White Kicks Off Master’s Ski Week

Big White Ski Resort is laying out the white carpet with an itinerary specifically designed for passionate skiers aged 50 and over. From February 2 to 7, 2014, the Master’s Ski Week is filled with skiing, seminars, wine tasting, après high tea, sleigh rides and more. “Big White is all about families, young and old; we believe in making the resort welcoming, fun and inclusive for every one of all ages and all abilities,” says Michael Ballingall, Senior Vice President of Big White Ski Resort. “Master’s Week is one where we welcome guests over 50 to come out and enjoy some...

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