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Music, bouncy castle, face painting, and carnival themed activities and fare are all just some of the fun expected to be had at an upcoming one-year celebration party for a local non-profit. GIRLS CLUB, a social group for girls who have any type of neuro/developmental differences, will be celebrating their first birthday with another one of their fun and no pressure style events that they have become known for.

GIRLS CLUB was launched in the Lower Mainland in February last year by a mom with a daughter diagnosed with autism. In August of that year the Club expanded to the Okanagan, and it now celebrates over 200 members across the two locations, with over 60 in the Okanagan alone. Membership for GIRLS CLUB is free, and no drop-in or participation fees are charged for the regularly scheduled meetups, resulting in a continually growing interest in this new resource for girls with disabilities.

“I started GIRLS CLUB Okanagan with the intention of having somewhere where my daughter could be herself and be surrounded by kids who experience the world in the same way that she does,” states Bree Cawley, Chapter Director. “The foundation of the group is based on the belief that all children wish to connect and form meaningful relationships with others. Providing on-going opportunities for kids/teens who might otherwise find it more challenging to make friends is one way to help foster these relationships” Cawley says.

The one-year carnival themed celebration is being held at NONA (North Okanagan Neurological Association) on Sunday August 19 between 11:30 – 1:30. The family friendly event is free for any GIRLS with a neurological difference, although pre-registration is requested by contacting [email protected]
GIRLS CLUB welcomes GIRLS of all abilities, levels of independence and ages. Activities at the meetups include theme parties, arts and crafts, cookie decorating, listening to music, and just hanging out and having fun. In addition, scheduled activities and outings within the community are regularly scheduled.

$26 grand raised for kids

A charity lawn bowling event raised more than $26,000 for underprivileged youth while introducing a new generation to the sport.

The three-night event saw 26 teams bowl for prizes, bragging rights, and Elevation Outdoors, which provides outdoor sports and activities to kids who might not otherwise have the opportunity.

Most often associated with grey hair, On The Lawn included live music, grub, a few cocktails, socializing and networking for young professionals. 

Over the past four years, it has has raised more than $75,000, said founder Daylin Mantyka.

"Every year this event surprises us, from seeing the event sell out in less than a week, to having the teams and sponsors show us such amazing support. It truly continues to amaze us," said Mike Greer, Elevation Outdoors' executive director

"Organizers and participants really stepped up and created a fun and memorable experience for all the participants," said Mike Gilmore of BDO, the event's sponsor.

GRM Inc. Trade Show

GRM Inc. supported the United Way at their 6th annual trade show on August 11th from 10am – 3pm. Thanks to GRM and all the prize donors, 50+ spin-to-win participants raised $1272 to support people in our community!
More pictures at: http://unitedwaycso.com/grm-inc-trade-show-spin-win-raises-funds-united-way/
About United Way CSO
For 67 years, the United Way of the Central and South Okanagan/Similkameen has served the region from Lake Country in the North, to Osoyoos and Princeton in the South. Our mission is to improve lives and build community by engaging individuals and mobilizing collective action. The United Way invests in three focus areas that support all that kids can be, move people from poverty to possibility and builds healthy people, strong communities.

Benefits of Massage

The Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy (OVCMT) and The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, British Columbia & Yukon Division (MSSOC) are partnering to host an information session on the College In-reach Massage Program on Thursday, August 30 from 5 to 6 pm at Student Clinic #200, 3400- 30th Avenue, Vernon.

OV College of Massage Therapy offers a comprehensive Registered Massage Therapy program which includes training specifically related to neurological/systemic conditions, and the use of massage therapy for management of some symptoms related to MS such as spasticity, pain and sleep disturbances. Massage therapy has been shown to be remarkably effective in managing symptoms related to neurological conditions, and for enhancing quality of life for people living with MS,“ states Debbie McLaughlin, Clinical Coordinator with OVCMT. “Throughout the program students learn the anatomy and pathophysiology of a variety of conditions and the corresponding clinical treatments. Students apply their knowledge in the clinical setting and are rigorously examined in preparation for graduation and provincial board examinations.”

A central part of the OVCMT educational experience is practicum training in the Community In-reach Clinic. The clinic offers a “win-win” situation in that participants receive treatment massage focused on their condition/symptoms, while the student therapist gains valuable clinical experience.

The information session will include details related to how the In-Reach program operates and what a community participant can expect. “The In-reach gives second year students the opportunity to hone their skills and build their confidence in a clinical setting. OVCMT student therapists incorporate thorough interview and assessment skills to provide a specifically-tailored massage treatment plan under the guidance of an
experienced RMT supervisor,” Debbie explains.

To register for the information session, please visit https://benefitsofmassage.eventbrite.ca. For questions about the session, please contact Elena Tilton, MS Society, at 1-800-268-7582, ext. 7299.

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