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RDOS helps chip trees

Agriculturists removing trees or vines this Fall should contact the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) by October 7th for a free chipping quote. The RDOS provides assistance to growers in the south Okanagan and Similkameen Valleys removing agricultural trees.

Burning trees is a common source of air pollutants in BC valleys. Smoke from fires contains particles that can harm lungs. 

The RDOS has been assisting growers chip agricultural trees for the last decade. Chips can be used onsite to help retain moisture and add nutrients slowly to the soil. Air quality has been significantly improved by having growers chip instead of burning.

To help extend the program, the grower pays only one quarter (1/4) of the cost of agricultural tree chipping. The RDOS pays the remaining three quarters (3/4) of the cost. All the money paid by growers goes to allowing more properties access to the chipping program. 

Agriculturists can request a free quote by contacting the RDOS at 250-490-4203, toll free 1-877-610-3737 or e-mail [email protected] The chipping contractor will visit the property and discuss the work with the grower. To ensure work is completed this Fall growers should contact the RDOS by Friday October 7th for a free quote. Agriculturists calling after that date can still access the program but work may be completed in 2017 depending on availability of the chipper.

Importance of mental health

2016 marked the second year of Primaris’ Charity Golf Tournament and partnership with the Canadian Mental Health Association. The tournament, which has now raised a grand total of $147,200, supports local mental health programs and supports, equipping people with the necessary tools to prevent and recover from mental illness.

“Choosing CMHA as our charity of choice was founded in our belief that we can be advocates of awareness and support for mental health initiatives. By bringing together people who share the same belief, who may have experienced the need for support, we can be the catalyst for open communication about mental health,” states Donna Markin, General Manager of Primaris Orchard Park Shopping Centre.  “As an employer, as a business and as a community member, I am thrilled with the money we were able to raise for CMHA.”
The amount of money raised this year amounted to an astounding $77,000, even surpassing the $70,200 raised last year; 100% of which will stay in our local community.  “We are thrilled to be recipients of this generous donation,” says Shelagh Turner, Executive Director of CMHA Kelowna.  “At a time when grant dollars are shrinking, we rely on donations more than ever to continue our work.”

Mental illness is a serious health problem in Canada affecting relationships, education, productivity and overall quality of life.  Approximately one in five Canadians, or 20 per cent of the population, will experience a mental illness during their lifetimes.  Mental illness costs the Canadian economy an estimated $51 billion annually.

Fortunately, CMHA offers the promise of a better life for many individuals living with mental health issues. 

Power of a common goal

Stacy Dikareva is our latest Volinspire volunteer of the week.

What inspired you to volunteer?

I was first inspired to volunteer as a teenager when my favourite high school teacher passed away unexpectedly from cancer. Following that, I got the opportunity to volunteer for the Canadian Cancer Society's Goodtimes program. This was a remarkable experience where I learned that volunteering is not only a valuable contribution, but can also teach you a great deal about yourself. I made invaluable friendships with people I would have never crossed paths with otherwise.

What cause are you most passionate about?

Some of my nearest and dearest causes include promoting mental health and well-being, reducing weight bias, and ending gender violence. We have all experienced either one, or all, of these issues – or at least know someone who has been affected by them. As a society, these issues not only cost us money (e.g. health care costs, loss of productivity, etc.), but they cost our loved ones as well. I’d like to help change this.

Who do you volunteer for?

Previously, I have volunteered with the Canadian Cancer Society, YWCA, Canadian Obesity Network, and Calgary Communities Against Sexual Abuse. Currently, I volunteer with the Canadian Mental Health Association.

What does a typical volunteer shift look?

My volunteering role is centered on helping out with the weekly housing workshop hosted by The CMHA. My role includes helping clients find available housing resources and interacting with people from all walks of life.

What impact have you seen volunteers make?

Volunteers can be incredibly powerful; they help build organizations from the ground up. I really believe that one of the most valuable contributions someone can make to this world is to give their time. What a cause lacks in funds can be made up by a collective contribution of expertise, time and knowledge. I have seen this come into effect numerous times. We can be incredibly impactful when we work together toward a common goal.

Most memorable moment volunteering?

I have been fortunate to have many memorable experiences. I think the ones that have left a lasting impression have been moments where I learned something about myself, likely because I was challenged to step out of my comfort zone.

How can people get involved?

The Canadian Mental Health Association has dozens of amazing projects on the go. You can help support them by donating, volunteering, promoting their endeavours and speaking up about mental illness. Every voice counts!

Is there anyone else you would like to recognize?

Every organization I have volunteered with, including the CMHA, is run by amazing people, dedicated to their respective causes. There would be simply way too many people to name here. All of them have helped me become a better friend and volunteer.

– Do you know an inspiring volunteer? Nominate them for a volunteer spotlight.


Making a dent in hunger

On Saturday, October 1st from 1pm – 5pm, Craftsman Collision and Save-On-Foods are teaming up with The Salvation Army to ensure that no families go hungry this fall, by hosting a day long food drive. Craftsman Collision is pledging to match every item donated, which means that for every can donated by a participating customer, two cans of soup will make it onto a shelf at local Salvation Army Family Services units which work to serve the communities to which they’re a part of.  

The Salvation Army has seen an increase in demand in every British Columbia community this year, as more families have come to rely on their services to put food on the table.  On top of that, many food banks throughout the province have had trouble stocking the shelves, with fewer businesses and individuals being able to part with food donations in these difficult economic times.

In 2015 Craftsman Collision’s ‘Make a Dent’ campaign raised over $40,000. 

Upon entering participating locations, customers will receive a shopping list of ideal non-perishable food items to shop for and donate. The hope is that when the drive is complete, each location will have donated enough food to fill a Craftsman Collision courtesy car.

Shopping list of suggested items of need include:
Canned Fruit 
Meat (ham, tuna, salmon) 
Macaroni & Cheese
Peanut Butter
Canned vegetables
Hamburger Helper
Toilet Paper
Instant noodles
Canned baked beans
Pasta / Tomato Sauce

Save-On-Foods Lakeshore Centre
Save-On-Foods Westbank

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