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A night of musical mayhem

Bumbershoot Theatre is pleased to announce the addition of a last-minute fundraising performance, 'A Night of Musical Mayhem' this Wednesday, December 13. 

While the theatre produces 6 mainstage productions every year, this performance is a one-night-only special with a twist.

Imagine going on stage to perform a musical you’ve never rehearsed with fellow actors you’ve never met. A wild adventure for all! 

The audience finds out the show the night of the performance. The actors will have received their scripts and roles just 24 hours before and will take the stage to perform without any rehearsals - all for a good cause. A fun night of entertainment for actors and audience alike as musical mayhem ensues! 

Bumbershoot Theatre is located at 125-1295 Cannery Lane, Kelowna. Doors will open at 7pm for a 7.30pm performance on Wednesday, December 13, 2017.


TRU announces donation

Thompson Rivers University is excited to announce its largest corporate donation this year. The Trans Mountain Expansion Project (TMEP) is gifting the university $500,000 to go toward bursaries for students in trades, social work, human service, research and environmental science.

The announcement was made at the TRU Foundation Awards ceremony, which highlighted a commitment made in April of 2015, when the university and Trans Mountain signed a Community Benefit Agreement. That agreement called for a contribution of $500,000 to go toward the previously mentioned programs of study.

“This investment by Trans Mountain Expansion Project will support endowments in a wide range of programs and aligns with TRU’s commitment to student success and increasing research capacity. The awards created through these endowments will provide student awards in perpetuity. Industry is an important part of our economy and our community and this will set up future generations for success,” said TRU President and Vice-Chancellor Alan Shaver.

The Community Benefit Agreement Program is a commitment by Trans Mountain to invest in communities that might be impacted by construction in the project corridor. The company recognizes its project could result in training opportunities, which is why it is supporting students in trades, technology and environmental programs.

“We have built a strong partnership with TRU throughout our many years of working together on education programs and community initiatives,” said Hugh Harden, Chief Operating Officer, Kinder Morgan Canada Limited. “As part of our Community Benefit Program, which aims to provide direct benefits to local communities along our pipeline, we are very proud to invest in education and training opportunities for students in B.C’s Interior.”

The contribution breaks down as follows:

School of Trades and Technology: $200,000 in bursaries

$10,000 granted annually in amounts of $1,000 to $4,000, based on financial need and GPA
Full-time students enrolled in Foundation Trades in instrumentation, electrical, heavy duty mechanic, pipefitting and welding
Preference given to students from Trans Mountain Pipeline communities

Faculty of Education and Social Work: $100,000 in bursaries

$5,000 granted annually in amounts of $2,500 to two students, based on financial need and GPA
Full-time students enrolled in TRU’s Faculty of Education and Social Work studying social work or human service Preference given to a single-parent student, and/or someone from a rural community planning to return to work in a rural area post-graduation

Faculty of Science Applied Research: $100,000 in bursaries

$5,000 granted annually in amounts of  $2,500, based on financial need and GPA
Full-time undergrad students enrolled in TRU’s Faculty of Science, studying in the area of applied research in math, computers, physical science or engineering Preference  given to students with a focus in applied mathematics and from Trans Mountain Pipeline communities

Faculty of Science: $100,000

$5,000 awarded annually based on financial need and GPA
Full-time graduate students enrolled in TRU’s Faculty of Science, specifically studying environmental science Preference  given to students with a focus in environmental reclamation and from Trans Mountain Pipeline communities

Awards celebrate students

If she had not won the Co-op Student of the Year Award, TRU Tourism Management student Michelle Davies would have to work more and study less. Because of this award, she’s able to push herself to a higher level of achievement while studying in her final year.

“Academically, the awards and scholarships I have received motivate me to work harder and achieve more as a student. Personally, these awards and scholarships say ‘I believe in you, your hard work and dedication is worth it, keep doing what you’re doing,’” she said before meeting the donor of her award at the TRU Foundation Awards ceremony Thursday.

“The funds I receive mean I can be more dedicated to my studies and have more time to give back to my campus and community. It is a powerful act when a complete stranger believes in you.”

Davies is one of 610 students who received bursaries and scholarships at the ceremony in the university gymnasium. Donors and students got to meet face-to-face as cheques were exchanged for gratitude and stories from the classroom.

A total of $672,603 was handed out at this year’s ceremony, an increase of $50,000 from last year. The university has also added 30 new awards from one year ago, 20 of them are endowed.

That brings the total amount dispersed by the TRU Foundation since April 1 of this year to $1,085,995 that went to 822 students.

“The TRU Foundation Awards ceremony is a special time for our university and our students. For the students, it is a wonderful opportunity to meet and thank the donors who so generously support them; for TRU, it is a reminder of the great support this community provides to our institution,” said TRU President Alan Shaver.

“All of these students have made great personal and financial sacrifices to improve themselves by obtaining an education. These students no doubt believe that a TRU education will not only change their lives, but will allow them to make a substantial contribution to their community as well.”

The TRU Foundation has been supporting students and the university for 35 years, during which time the endowment portfolio has built up to more than $20 million, said TRU Foundation Vice-Chair Greg Garrish.

Last year alone, the TRU Foundation raised $4.4 million for students, buildings and research at TRU.

“This could not have happened without the continued support of our donors and the hard work and efforts of the volunteers and staff team,” he said. “Today is the day our group works for all year and the reason donors contribute to the TRU Foundation – to be able to provide financial support to students in the form of scholarships and bursaries.”

Award highlight

The Trans Mountain Expansion Project announced it is giving the TRU Foundation $500,000 to go toward bursaries for students in trades, social work, research and environmental science. The gift marks the largest corporate donation to TRU in 2017.

The contribution breaks down as follows:

School of Trades and Technology: $200,000 in bursaries
Faculty of Education and Social Work: $100,000 in bursaries
Faculty of Science Applied Research: $100,000 in bursaries

Faculty of Science: $100,000


World AIDS day

December 1st and Dec 1st-7th 2017 have been officially proclaimed “World AIDS Day” and “Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week” by Mayor Colin Basran. Representatives of Living Positive Resource Centre, REL8 Okanagan and Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society met with the Mayor to receive the proclamation.
“World AIDS Day, which is also the launch of Aboriginal AIDS Awareness week in Canada, is a time for communities around the world to come together and acknowledge the progress that has been made in the fight against stigma, discrimination and criminalization as well as to honor those we have lost along the way.” says Candice Berry, Executive Director of Living Positive Resource Centre.

“Today we stand together as a community to honour over thirty-nine million of our fallen heroes who have died from AIDS. They represent all cultures, ethnicities and creeds, AIDS does not discriminate. Today we also stand together to recommit to our goal of normalizing life for all people living with HIV through Peer support and positive, collective action.” says Andrew Ehman, Chairperson, REL8 Okanagan.
Living Positive Resource Centre and REL8 Okanagan will commemorate World AIDS Day 2017 and  Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week 2017 with their free and public event WORDS & AIDS.  This event will take place Saturday night December 2nd at the Kelowna Art Gallery, 1315 Water St. from 7pm to 9:00pm  donations collected at this event will be used to support those living with HIV/AIDS.
WORDS & AIDS - An opportunity for our community to read and share ‘words’ to reflect on the impacts of HIV/AIDS and honor those who are no longer with us, celebrate the accomplishments of our community and support those who are currently living with HIV/AIDS while building general awareness for World AIDS Day and Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week locally. The evening will start with a ceremony and then continue with readings of stories, poems, songs, prose, fiction and truth telling. 
Scheduled readers: This year we have many talented writers, readers & performers from throughout the Okanagan including: Michael V. Smith, Laurice, Sheila Kerr, Mitch Hunter, Nagata Prescott and Candice Berry.
About Living Positive Resource Centre:
Living Positive Resource Centre is a Kelowna based non-profit that specializes in HIV, Hepatitis C & other STBBIs. Through prevention, education & support services we strive to create a vibrant community of persons from diverse backgrounds in which all are empowered to live well & to their full potential.

About REL8 Okanagan:
​REL8 Okanagan is a peer based service organization for people of all ages, genders, and sexual orientations who are living with HIV. REL8 now has three Chapters in the Interior of BC providing Peer support on a local level with more on the way. We exist to help people living with HIV become the best possible versions of themselves through Peer support, education, self-care and social activities.
Community Sponsors:
This years’ sponsors include: Kelowna Art Gallery, Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society, Staples, Starbucks – Rutland Crossing, Mosaic Books, UBCSUO Pride Resource Centre, Kelowna Now and Wild Kingdom.

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