Teacher a big hero

Homegrown hero

The next time your son or daughter comes home from school, ask them how well they know their teacher.

On a recent open house at our son’s school, Chute Lake Elementary, we not only fell in love with his teacher and how hard he worked, but couldn’t believe the effort and care that Mr. Achambault put into his work.

From his ability to remember detail about each of the kids in his class, to the collection of building and learning toys that his parents saved from his childhood and that are now made available in the classroom, this is one ordinary hero that shows up every day to make a difference in the lives of impressionable little people.

We place our kids in the care and trust of our schools for over 1,000 hours a year and its wonderful to learn of such a caring teacher.  

I think most of us can agree that teachers in our schools have a significant influence in helping shape our kids into the citizens we want them to be and to that we thank you teachers, for the joys, the tears, the breakthroughs and the extra miles, you know who you are, thank you from parents everywhere.

College kids doing it right

College kids often get a bad rap. I have a real time example of local Okanagan College students doing it right. 

On Jan.25, the Okanagan College chapter of ENACTUS, a community of student, academic and business leaders committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a better more sustainable world helped the 100 Kids Who Care Kelowna chapter.

They put on a fun, educational and impactful charity event. They not only discussed what it meant to be a leader, what community meant to them, but helped the kids in raising $1,000 for charity.

The kids narrowed down their nominations to the top three:

  • KGH Foundation’s  Joanna’s House
  • World Wildlife Fund: Living Planet initiative
  • The Central Okanagan United Way’s Child Safety Initiative 

The $1,000, which came from the kids, Odlum Brown, a campaign sponsor in the ICan app, and matching funds from the Reston James Deacon: A Living Legacy Fund, was donated to the three charities.

Make a call to save the planet

We came across one of the coolest products last week called Pela, an eco-friendly cell phone case. 

As you would expect, the case has amazing protection from drops and scratches. But it's also BPA-free, child-safe and get this, 100 per cent compostable case and plastic free packaging. The Pela team even makes  donations  to environmental initiatives from each sale.

Not only is this a made-in-Canada story, the founder is from Saskatoon and the product is made with Saskatchewan flax straw, but we hear that Pela was recently in town meeting with the UBC Okanagan lab to talk bio-polymer research and innovation. 

Sounds like another win for Silicon Valley North here in the Okanagan.

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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.

Contact Richard at [email protected]

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