Dec 3, 2013 / 9:32 am
You’ve heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday (how could you not with all of those advertisements?!) but new this year is a Canadian movement for giving and volunteering – GivingTuesday!
What is it?
Deemed the “opening day of the giving season”, GivingTuesday is all about charity and a time for charities, companies and individuals to join together to share commitments, rally for their favourite causes and think about others.
What’s the point?
After two days that are good for the economy, now we have one that’s good for the community! GivingTuesday celebrates and encourages donations and volunteering activities that support all charities and non-profit organizations.
For more information and to learn how you can help and spread the word, visit www.givingtuesday.ca.
GivingTuesday is proudly supported by Okanagan Chapter (Forming) of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
Nov 26, 2013 / 9:49 pm
The Kelowna Community Music School (KCMS) proudly presented it’s annual “Canada Music Week” concert at the Mary Irwin Theatre on Sunday.
35 young performers presented their “all Canadian” original compositions to an adoring and devoted audience of parents, relatives and the general public.
From romantic “Chopinesque” to contemporary rock ballad, some of these young artists competed for the chance to be commissioned to write another original piece to be presented next year.
Most notable about this concert was the high standard of musicianship and the honouring of Canadian composers, both student composers and established professionals. This is the music of our time.
The commissioned composers from the 2012 contest were: Oscar Kelly Weber, Cate Hanlon, Victoria Moore, Daniel Adria, Molly Shea and Samuel Shea. The winners of this year’s Composing Contest were: David Linge, Mabel Ihas, Tova Galvagno, Luka Lukic de Bakker, Oscar Kelly Weber, Albina Gross, Ella Ryan, Molly Shea, Samuel Shea, Chloe Davidson and Jericho Taetz.
KCMS would like to thank composer Anita Perry for her work with our student composers at two workshops and for adjudicating the Composing Contest this year.
We are proud of the wonderful work our teachers do with the students in preparing for this annual concert and thank all of them for their commitment to Canadian music.
Nov 26, 2013 / 9:27 pm
Students at Our Lady of Lourdes Elementary School in West Kelowna had a blast celebrating some Christmas spirit while filling and delivering shoeboxes full of school supplies, necessities, and small toys to children in underprivileged countries around the world.
The Operation Christmas Child program is a charity run by an international organization called Samaritan’s Purse, which encourages children to fill a shoebox gift for a needy child at Christmastime.
This year, Our Lady of Lourdes School collected 147 shoeboxes!
Each of the boxes passed one-by-one through each student’s hands as they wound their way around the gym and out the door, into the back of a van, to be eventually shipped overseas.
This process gives the students a concrete illustration of how their contributions make a difference.
Nov 22, 2013 / 11:11 am
This year’s Salvation Army Christmas Kettle campaign will be “ringing in” with a fun filled celebration at the Kelowna Walmart store starting at 10am until noon on Friday November 22.
Teams of local celebrity personalities will be helping fill the kettles with some friendly competition as together they join in to kick off the 2013 Kettle Campaign.
The Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Campaign is one of Canada’s largest and most recognizable annual charitable events.
Major Ron Cartmell shares, “The money raised during our Christmas Kettle campaign allows us to help families in the Central Okanagan throughout the year with a number of community programs for families, single mothers, sports and after school programs for children and youth, Emergency Disaster Services as well as our Emergency food bank.”
Along with the local celebrities and community partners ringing the bells, there will be visits from local team mascots, hot chocolate, music and a ton of Christmas spirit!
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