United Way: My Story

Earlier this month the United Way kicked off their fund-raising campaign with breakfast events in both Penticton and Kelowna. Their goal this year is to raise $1.5 million for various great causes in our community. 
We have all heard of United Way but do we know what they do and how they do it? Their mission statement is:
"To improve lives and build community by engaging individuals and mobilizing collective action"
I sat down with Shelley Gilmore recently to get a more in-depth idea of what that means and how they make that happen: 



In other local event news did you know that October 1st is National Seniors Day? At the Okanagan Volunteer fair last weekend I discovered a local organisation, CARP Okanagan, and they are hosting an afternoon fashion show with a twist at the Sparkling Hills Resort. For full information on the event check out their site but here is my video interview with their Chapter Chair, Mary Ann Murphy telling us all about the event next Wednesday. 

Tickets can be bought here.
When I talked to them they also wanted me to make mention that they have been blown away by the generosity of Vibrant Vines who have been very supportive of the event. 
Special Note:  
Do you want to write about events, creatives or the great people and organizations of Kelowna? Over the next few weeks we want to mix things up so Rob Balsdon wanted to invite you to send him your potential columns for consideration to run on Castanet.
I'll be taking a few weeks off so simply send him your pitch at [email protected]
Look forward to sharing more stories with you later this fall. This week actually marks my 3rd year anniversary with Castanet. Appreciate the opportunity this column has given me to help create and promote arts and culture, creatives, and some good folks/organizations in the Okanagan.

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About the Author

Ryan Donn is a singer/songwriter, event producer, digital creative, and Councillor at the City of Kelowna

I love creating songs, which have been used by the Terry Fox Run, Kelowna’s Centennial Celebration, or heard on various local radio stations. 

In the past few years, I've focused on creating community events including Music in the Park, New York New Years, Castanet’s Free Family Skate, Talented Kids, Talented Kelowna, and others.

Originally from Scotland, I’ve lived in Kelowna for over 20 years. My wife, Kimberly, and our two daughters, Lyla and Bella, share our home with Tom (adult with diverse abilities).

In 2014, I was elected to Kelowna City Council. 

Opinions are my own, and don't represent the City of Kelowna, Festivals Kelowna or Creative Okanagan. 

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The views expressed are strictly those of the author and not necessarily those of Castanet. Castanet does not warrant the contents.

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