What's on this week is that every parent, school-aged child, college and university student is getting ready for school starting. While looking for various events to promote in this weeks column I found this amazing new initiative launching at UBCO this fall.
Simply the UBCO Student Union, for vetted businesses and students they will cover the first 40hrs of a students employment. I caught up with their president, Tom Macauley to hear more about this new program.
The Student union is essentially offering to fund up to 40hrs of those who are partnered through the program.
As Tom noted above his goal is to see long term relationships and employment/economic benefits to those who take the time to make the connections in the community.
The site is still under development but to find out more go to www.CampusCommunity.ca
On Saturday September 12th UBCO is hosting a Street Fest at Kerry Park from 3-8pm. Click here for more details.
The second annual West Kelowna World Music Festival arrives this Saturday. This festival features a jammed packed Interior Savings Kids Zone, two headline acts to make you dance from Vancouver, food vendors, and best of all it's all free. The event happens this Saturday at Memorial Park (behind the Johnston Bentley Pool) and runs from 5-9:30pm.
5:00pm Stan Jack
5:30pm Sister Speak
7:00pm Ezra Kwizera
The Interior Savings Kids Zone features:
- A petting zoo
- Obstacle course
- Facepainting by Christine Turpin
- Great Way Martial Arts Demonstration
- Westbank Museum
- Mr Brownnose signing and making balloon creations
- WFN Sncewips Heritage Museum
- Bubble tent by Centre Culturel Francophone de l'Okanagan
- Toss games
- Kelowna Museum
- Mini Kids activities by Kelowna Community Resources
For more information check out the official event page:
Find the Facebook event page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/502265873275895/
Event Sponsors: City of West Kelowna, Interior Savings, Gorman Brothers Lumber, Rotary Club of Westbank, Westbank First Nations
Media Partners: 99.9 Sun Fm, Castanet, Westside Weekly
What do you do with a problem that you can't google? If you were a company on the brink of extensive growth but lacked the skills to know the best next step to evolve or fine tune your product where would you turn?
Well I think the majority of us don't know about a small but extremely effective non-profit in Canada called Mitacs.
Their mandate is simply to connect universities with the world.
From my point of view it's becoming pretty obvious that one of the economic drivers in our community that is not yet reaching its full potential is our communities connection with UBCO. We need to make more connections between our University and business community especially in a way that creates new patents for companies to expand their market reach with. Somehow I feel that our collective image of UBCO is simply the place where students go and that image needs to evolve. UBCO features some of the top experts in various fields and, guess what, they are looking for local connections within their fields of study or expertise.
This fall I'll be spending a significant amount of time trying to unearth just what type of gems can be uncovered at UBCO because I also feel like I'm in the dark on much of what goes on in the growing community of over 10,000 students and faculty.
Today let's focus on Mitacs, a non-profit, that does two very simple things:
1) Connect businesses, non-profits, start-ups to the minds and research potential at UBCO
2) Covers 50% of the cost of getting the answers to problems that you won't find on google by connecting you with grad students that can work on solving problems.
A quick scan of their websites (https://www.mitacs.ca/en/search?keys=okanagan) shows that there are already lots of local companies taking advantage of this option including software companies, safety liners for hockey helmets, wood working companies, etc.
I'm not the expert so if you want to dig further I'm going to suggest two things watch my interview above featuring Jennifer Tedman Jones from Mitacs and go to their website (perhaps even send them an email)
If you are looking for events this week I have two to suggest for you that you will absolutely love:
1) Buskers on Bernard, Thu, Aug 13th, 7-8pm
During August there is ample opportunity to dance the night away to the sway of some salsa or latin dance music.
5 places to Salsa this August in Kelowna (and West Kelowna):
1) Every Tuesday night during July and August, for over 5 years, a group of friends have set up a small boom box and danced below the bear in Stuart Park. It's probably the most grass roots gathering you will find in this list and open to anyone to simply drop in and start dancing.
Here is an interview with Nathan Lundgaard who was one of the key founders of the Salsa Tuesday gathering:
2) Every Thursday the Rotary Centre for the Arts offers a drop in Salsa lesson and dance for all skill levels. It's held in the Sun Fm Dance Studio and kicks off at 8pm, $5 cost and their tag line is "no need to bring a partner".
More information here: http://www.rotarycentreforthearts.com/coursereg/dropin.html#salsa
3) Aug 19th the City of Kelowna free community dance program, Dancing in the Park, will offer salsa at Stuart Park from 7-8:30pm. Full schedule here: http://www.kelowna.ca/CityPage/Docs/PDFs//Sport%20and%20Recreation/Neighbourhood%20Programs/2015_DancinginthePark_Flyer.pdf?t=023534353
4) Twisted Salsa Saturdays, Aug 8th at the Habitat, 8pm, $10 at the door. More details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/692620377509710/
5) Mazacote, Latin Salsa Dance band, are coming from Vancouver to play a free show at the West Kelowna World Music Fest on Aug 22nd. The show will also feature the always popular Ezra Kwizera who recently headlined the Canada Day event in Kelowna before the fireworks.
FB event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/502265873275895/
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