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New Soroptmist Int.

Organizers of a new Soroptimist club announced today that they will hold an informational meeting on February 27, 2018 at The View Winery, #1-2287 Ward Road, Kelowna, from 7pm to 8:30pm,open to women who are looking for opportunities to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment.

The club will be part of Soroptimist International of the Americas, a global volunteer organization for women with over 30,000 members in 21 countries and territories. Soroptimists volunteer their talents and energy to help women and girls live their dreams every day by giving them the resources to create positive change—for themselves, their families and their communities.

The Soroptimist mission is exemplified by its major project, the Soroptimist Live Your Dream: Education and Training Awards for Women. Each year Soroptimist gives more than $1.7 million to women who need to improve their job skills through education and training. Most are single moms and many are domestic violence survivors.

The club is being organized by Kim Bush, former Western Canada Region, Secretary, who said members of the new club will carry out Soroptimist’s Dream Programs, including the Live Your Dream Award and Dream It, Be It: Career Support for Girls, in the local community “Our club will offer opportunities to participate in programs that change lives, as well as to develop lifelong friendships and a network of global connections,” said Colleen Penrowley, Western Canada Region Membership Chair. “The name, Soroptimist, means ‘best for women,’ and that’s what our club will strive to achieve.”

Please join us on this evening to find out more about Soroptimists and the opportunities it offers while enjoying complimentary wine tasting provided by The View Winery For more information on Soroptimists check out their website www.soroptimist.org


UBC students GIVE BACK

This past week, UBC Okanagan students once again generously volunteered time during their reading week break to help local charities through the Pushor Mitchell United Way Day of Caring® Program. More than 55 students coordinated by the UBC Okanagan Student Experience Office donated over 200 hours of time.
Participating non-profit organizations that received help were: CMHA Kelowna, Boys and Girls Clubs, Gospel Mission, Habitat for Humanity ReStore, Living Positive Resource Centre, MCC Thrift Store, Pathways Abilities Society, and YMCA. Projects included indoor cleaning, painting, event support and resource kit creation.
About the Pushor Mitchell United Way Day of Caring®:
The Pushor Mitchell United Way Day of Caring® is a unique opportunity for employee, student or other volunteer groups to support local non-profit organizations by completing a project that the non-profit might not otherwise have the manpower or resources for. United Way coordinates the projects by matching up the charities with the volunteer teams. Last year, Pushor Mitchell Lawyers came on board as the Day of Caring sponsor and will host their 2nd year at the Spring Community Day of Caring May 4, 2018. 

Nobody should walk alone

According to a recent survey, more than 50 per cent of the Canadians affected by dementia have felt stigmatized or discriminated against; for many, it’s a lonely disease. Kelowna residents can help change this. Show them you stand with them by creating a team and participating in the Investors Group Walk for Alzheimer’s on Sunday, May 6, 2018. The Kelowna Walk will take place at Kelowna City Park at 1 p.m.

The Walk is a fun and family-friendly way to create a movement, while sending a message of inclusion and hope to the estimated 70,000 British Columbians currently living with dementia, and the people who care for them. The Walk will take place in 23 locations across the province. Each Walk is dedicated to an honouree – someone who has been affected by dementia, or who has valuably contributed to the lives of people living with the disease. The Kelowna Walk honours Allan and Bettina Collier. Participants are also encouraged to walk in honour or memory of someone in their lives who has faced dementia. One powerful way to do this is as a team.

“Teams are so integral to the Walk, and they bring a strong sense of community. Seeing people walk and fundraise to honour someone close to them who has been affected by dementia is so meaningful. We invite anyone interested in participating in the Walk to create their own team. It’s such a wonderful way to bring people in your life together, while helping to create a movement to show people on the dementia journey that they do not have to walk alone,” says Maribeth Friesen who is the Alzheimer Society of B.C.’s Regional Manager for Kelowna and the Northern and Interior regions.

The Walk aims to inspire Kelowna residents to unite to create a world without dementia. To set-up a team, simply go to walkforalzheimers.ca and follow the prompts. Need an extra incentive? Teams that raise $500 as a team by February 28 will go into a draw to win $500 worth of Amazon gift cards.

The funds raised through the event will make a world of difference to people affected by dementia in Kelowna. They will directly fund support, education and learning opportunities so people affected by dementia can live their best lives possible. Funds will also help enable research into the causes of and the cure for the disease, so we can look to a world without dementia.

By participating in the Investors Group Walk for Alzheimer’s you will truly be making a difference. By creating a team, you will create a community of courage that will change the face of the disease. Join us, and make memories matter. For more information, or to register today, visit walkforalzheimers.ca.


New stove for CMHA

The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) received a brand new stove, courtesy of the Community Foundation of the South Okanagan Similkameen.

“We were working with a fifty year old stove that had broken knobs,” said Leah Schulting, Executive Director. “Staff and clients are so happy to have a brand new, fully operational, six burner stove.” Good nutrition is essential for good mental health, and is an important factor in mental illness management and recovery.

Canadian Mental Health – SOS branch has always placed a great emphasis on the encouragement of clients to eat a balanced diet. Unity House serves nutritious meals seven days per week to people living with a mental illness. Last year staff and volunteers served over 10,000 meals to mental health clients, who are members of Unity House. Some of the meals on the menu this week are: cream of mushroom soup, lentil soup and biscuits, and chef salad and garlic toast.

This stove will allow CMHA to continue with the meals program.

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