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UBC students GIVE BACK

This past week, UBC Okanagan students once again generously volunteered time during their reading week break to help local charities through the Pushor Mitchell United Way Day of Caring® Program. More than 55 students coordinated by the UBC Okanagan Student Experience Office donated over 200 hours of time.
Participating non-profit organizations that received help were: CMHA Kelowna, Boys and Girls Clubs, Gospel Mission, Habitat for Humanity ReStore, Living Positive Resource Centre, MCC Thrift Store, Pathways Abilities Society, and YMCA. Projects included indoor cleaning, painting, event support and resource kit creation.
About the Pushor Mitchell United Way Day of Caring®:
The Pushor Mitchell United Way Day of Caring® is a unique opportunity for employee, student or other volunteer groups to support local non-profit organizations by completing a project that the non-profit might not otherwise have the manpower or resources for. United Way coordinates the projects by matching up the charities with the volunteer teams. Last year, Pushor Mitchell Lawyers came on board as the Day of Caring sponsor and will host their 2nd year at the Spring Community Day of Caring May 4, 2018. 


Nobody should walk alone

According to a recent survey, more than 50 per cent of the Canadians affected by dementia have felt stigmatized or discriminated against; for many, it’s a lonely disease. Kelowna residents can help change this. Show them you stand with them by creating a team and participating in the Investors Group Walk for Alzheimer’s on Sunday, May 6, 2018. The Kelowna Walk will take place at Kelowna City Park at 1 p.m.

The Walk is a fun and family-friendly way to create a movement, while sending a message of inclusion and hope to the estimated 70,000 British Columbians currently living with dementia, and the people who care for them. The Walk will take place in 23 locations across the province. Each Walk is dedicated to an honouree – someone who has been affected by dementia, or who has valuably contributed to the lives of people living with the disease. The Kelowna Walk honours Allan and Bettina Collier. Participants are also encouraged to walk in honour or memory of someone in their lives who has faced dementia. One powerful way to do this is as a team.

“Teams are so integral to the Walk, and they bring a strong sense of community. Seeing people walk and fundraise to honour someone close to them who has been affected by dementia is so meaningful. We invite anyone interested in participating in the Walk to create their own team. It’s such a wonderful way to bring people in your life together, while helping to create a movement to show people on the dementia journey that they do not have to walk alone,” says Maribeth Friesen who is the Alzheimer Society of B.C.’s Regional Manager for Kelowna and the Northern and Interior regions.

The Walk aims to inspire Kelowna residents to unite to create a world without dementia. To set-up a team, simply go to walkforalzheimers.ca and follow the prompts. Need an extra incentive? Teams that raise $500 as a team by February 28 will go into a draw to win $500 worth of Amazon gift cards.

The funds raised through the event will make a world of difference to people affected by dementia in Kelowna. They will directly fund support, education and learning opportunities so people affected by dementia can live their best lives possible. Funds will also help enable research into the causes of and the cure for the disease, so we can look to a world without dementia.

By participating in the Investors Group Walk for Alzheimer’s you will truly be making a difference. By creating a team, you will create a community of courage that will change the face of the disease. Join us, and make memories matter. For more information, or to register today, visit walkforalzheimers.ca.

New stove for CMHA

The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) received a brand new stove, courtesy of the Community Foundation of the South Okanagan Similkameen.

“We were working with a fifty year old stove that had broken knobs,” said Leah Schulting, Executive Director. “Staff and clients are so happy to have a brand new, fully operational, six burner stove.” Good nutrition is essential for good mental health, and is an important factor in mental illness management and recovery.

Canadian Mental Health – SOS branch has always placed a great emphasis on the encouragement of clients to eat a balanced diet. Unity House serves nutritious meals seven days per week to people living with a mental illness. Last year staff and volunteers served over 10,000 meals to mental health clients, who are members of Unity House. Some of the meals on the menu this week are: cream of mushroom soup, lentil soup and biscuits, and chef salad and garlic toast.

This stove will allow CMHA to continue with the meals program.

$5,000 for mental health

The Frank J. Flaman Foundation demonstrated their continued commitment to improving mental health in our community with a generous gift of $5,000. 

For over 30 years, Frank J. Flaman has personally funded and helped countless charities, both locally and around the globe. In 2005, he formally established the Frank J. Flaman Foundation to expand these philanthropic efforts. The Frank Flaman Foundation is funded by Frank’s share of the profits from the Flaman Group of Companies, as well as private donations from others.

“We are pleased to be able to help improve mental health in our community. As a physical fitness focused business we strongly believe in recognizing the importance of both physical and mental health in pursuing a healthy lifestyle.” said Rob Spencer, Branch Manager Rocky Mountain Fitness. 

Mental illness indirectly affects all Canadians at some time through a family member, friend or colleague. In any given year, 1 in 5 people in Canada will personally experience a mental health problem or illness. By age 40, about 50% of the population will have or have had a mental illness. The stigma attached to mental illnesses presents a serious barrier, not only to diagnosis and treatment but also to acceptance in the community.

“We can’t thank the Rocky Mountain Fitness team and Frank J. Flaman Foundation enough for their generous donation and continued community support. It is when community members come forward in support of mental health that we can continue to break down the stigma that is preventing people from seeking help,“ said Julia Payson, CMHA Executive Director. 

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