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Ordinary-Heroes

Docs backing less fortunate

Cracking backs for the holidays

A holiday season holler to Dr. Kevin Holroyd and his volunteer team of local chiropractors who are donating their services to the Kelowna Gospel Mission every Wednesday at 12:30 p.m.

The team of local back docs includes Dr. James Whillans, Dr. Ken Adams and Dr. Keegan Johnston. 

The treatments are much needed for Kelowna’s less fortunate population and the physical treatments are just the start with patients often seeing emotional and spiritual benefits as a result. It’s great to see locals applying their skills to those in need and giving people a reason to feel energized this holiday season.

Think outside the box and maybe you and your company or family can use yours skills to help those in need in December.

Get Your Kicks

We can’t help but say thank you to all the volunteer soccer coaches who spend countless hours during the winter months chasing balls and soccer crazed kids up and down the turf fields at the Capital News Centre.

On a recent Tuesday at 430 p.m., we counted more than15 coaches and 100 boys and girls having a blast in the Central Okanagan Youth Soccer Association’s  Indoor soccer program that runs November through spring.

Kids have a chance to play multiple weekly games and practice their skills through a COYSA program led by Dante Zanatta, technical director for Kelowna United FC.

Not only does the program keep kids fit during the snowy winter months, but it gives local kids an edge when the regular season resumes in April.

Red-nose Rudolph

A huge thank you to the volunteers in ICBC’s Operation Red Nose Program.

The program, which offers holiday season revellers a safe and sober ride home, is available in over 100 communities throughout seven provinces in Canada.

Since the program came to B.C., it's grown from two host groups to 11, serving 19 communities and providing over 94,100 safe rides home. 

In 2017, between Nov.24 and Dec. 16 (on most Fridays and Saturdays) and on New Year's Eve, the service is available in the following B.C. communities:

  • Abbotsford/Mission
  • Burnaby
  • Chilliwack
  • Delta/Richmond
  • Kamloops
  • New Westminster
  • North Shore (North Vancouver and West Vancouver)
  • Prince George
  • Ridge-Meadows
  • Tri-Cities (Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Belcarra and Anmore)
  • Williams Lake

In 2016, 3,747 dedicated volunteers gave 5,448 rides to get people and their vehicles home safely while raising $150,674 for their local charities. Here at Ordinary Heroes, we would love to see this program come to the Okanagan in 2018.

Let’s step up and volunteer to bring it here.

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About the Author

Richard James Deacon is a passionate philanthropist and volunteer and is dedicated to making a lasting impact on the community. Richard has been a director on a variety of not for profit boards across Canada, but is most proud of his role as the founder of 100 Kids Who Care Kelowna, as a co-creator of The Ron+Clair Deacon Leaders Pay It Forward Program, being a Scouts Canada Beaver leader and coaching his son in Central Okanagan youth soccer.

Richard, his beautiful wife, MaryAnn, and their young sons, Reston and Parker, along with golden retriever Buddy live in Kettle Valley and they love to travel the planet extensively. What they love most about Kelowna is that everybody says hi to each other and it still has that small town feel.



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