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Call for Ambassadors

BC Culture Days invites BC artists to apply for the 2017 Ambassador and Awards Program. Winners will receive $1,000 towards their role as a BC Culture Days ambassador in their community.

The Culture Days Ambassador acts as a spokesperson for BC Culture Days and as a community mobilizer throughout the summer leading up to the Culture Days weekend (September 29-October 1, 2017). Culture Days is a national celebration of arts, culture, and heritage, inviting the public behind the scenes to discover the world of creative people in their community. Last year, 658 free activities were offered in 60 communities across the province, giving British Columbians an opportunity to take part in hands-on, interactive arts and cultural activities for the whole family.

The BC Culture Days ambassadors play an important role in engaging the community leading up to the Culture Days weekend. They are involved with outreach to artists and cultural organizations, promotion to the public, production of a Culture Days activity, and acting as a spokesperson for their arts and cultural community. "My work helped people to look at what they do and see it as important and not isolated. Our culture here is varied, but Culture Days brings it all together under one sky," says Lori Knorr, 2016 BC Culture Days ambassador from Smithers.

Applicants to the program must be: individual artists residing in BC (amateur or professional), available to act as a spokesperson in their community during the months of August and September 2017, and able to present an activity over the Culture Days weekend. BC Culture Days ambassadors require strong communication skills, comfort with social media, and previous community engagement experience.

Eligible artists are encouraged to visit BC.CultureDays.ca to complete the online application form.

Submissions will be juried by members of the BC Culture Days Steering Committee. Winners will be awarded $1,000 (includes ambassador honorarium + activity budget). Deadline: March 31, 2017.


Easter Seal donation

The Kelowna Lioness; made up of 29 local ladies aging from their twenties to their nineties, have fund raised another $3,600.00 totalling $7,000.00 for the Easter Seal Camp in Winfield.

The Lioness fund raise money by doing bake sales, Christmas cookie platter sales, catering and selling goods at the trunk sale at the KLO campus of Okanagan college.

The Lioness are dedicated to providing funds to help those who may not be able to afford to go to camp.  The Lioness are proud to support the camp which is focused on children’s abilities not disabilities. Camp Winfield hosts about 200 kids with disabilities each summer. The camp’s scenic Okanagan Lake views, waterslide, and mini-golf course make it unique and a fantastic place to spend a summer.

Strong neighbourhoods

Neighbourhood clean ups, boulevard beautifications, little free libraries – these are just some of the ways neighbours in Kelowna have come together to enhance their neighbourhoods with support from the City of Kelowna’s Neighbourhood Grant. Applications are now open for summer grant projects. Deadline to apply is Friday, March 3.
Through the City’s Strong Neighbourhoods Program and with support from the Central Okanagan Foundation, the Neighbourhood Grant provides up to $1,000 in matching funds to support resident-driven projects that foster neighbourhood connection and engagement. It is designed to empower residents and neighbourhood-based organizations to make their neighbourhoods even better places to live, work and play. In 2016, 15 neighbourhood grants were awarded, engaging more than 1,600 residents in leading or participating in neighbourhood enhancing projects.
In 2017 only, to honour Canada’s 150th anniversary, an additional $500 is available for projects that show support for one of the City’s Canada 150 themes, which include celebrating cultural diversity and freedom, honouring the history of our region and empowering youth to shape the community that they desire.
To apply for a Neighbourhood Grant or view past grant projects for inspiration, visit kelowna.ca/neighbourhoods. For details on the City’s Canada 150 themes, visit kelowna.ca/canada150.

InspireHealth Rain Walk

The InspireHealth Rain Walk will take place on Sunday, March 12, 2017 from 9am – 12pm at the Rotary Centre for the Arts in Kelowna for supportive cancer care.   With the support of the community and generous sponsors, last year's inaugural event in Vancouver generated $72,000 to support the cause.  This year the aim is to raise $20,000 for programs and facilities in Kelowna and $165,000 organization wide to support individuals living with cancer and their families.  

The Rain Walk is a 2.5km route along the Waterfront Park to the Sails before returning to the Rotary centre for the Arts.  To sign up for the event, individuals register at www.inspirehealth.ca/rainwalk and seek sponsorship from friends and families.  The early bird deadline is February 26th for $30 to participate in the walk or $50 which includes an InspireHealth custom designed umbrella.  There will be healthy food and beverages served, along with free swag bags, exciting raffle and silent auction items, and inspirational speakers.

“InspireHealth plays an important role in supporting those living with cancer along with their families and friends.” says Ashley Phillips, InspireHealth’s clinical counsellor.  “Receiving a cancer diagnosis can be a very scary thing. We help patients focus on survivorship by improving their health and well-being. There are many helpful things one can do, such as good quality sleep, exercise, wholesome foods, and creating time to relax, regardless of one’s prognosis. We are grateful to our local community who chose to support us, especially with the many worthy causes available.”  This year, Orthoquest Pedorthics and Rehabilitation Inc., Kelowna Kinesiology by Orthoquest, Quality Greens, Wesco Distribution, KelownaNow, Saje, Kelowna Professional Fire Fighters Charitable Society, and KingFisher have chosen to support InspireHealth’s Rain Walk. 
To sign up for the event, go to www.inspirehealth.ca/rainwalk.

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