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Safety training sponsorship

The Kelowna & District Safety Council Society is pleased to announce the immediate start up of their Safety Training Sponsorship Program thanks in part to a $10,000 grant from the City of Kelowna!  This new Program is part of KDSC’s commitment to address the safety training needs of individuals with limited financial ability to participate; children and teens from low income families, new immigrants and refugees and low income seniors.  

KDSC is now accepting referrals from community agencies in the City for senior drivers on low incomes who need their licenses in order to maintain their independence and quality of life and would benefit from a driving assessment or refresher lessons, for new immigrants and refugees who require their Canadian driver's licenses in order to become independent and more employable and for young drivers who could greatly benefit from taking a graduated licensing program but who cannot afford it.  (The graduated licensing program is 50% subsidized).  

KDSC is also accepting referrals for children from low-income families for Babysitter Training (which assists children with the ability to earn money and teaches how to care for infants and younger children, including siblings), Home Alone Training (with the number of school-aged children left home alone after school or walking home alone on the rise), First Aid levels 3 and 4 for children aged 8 through 12, Online Safety Smarts and Bicycle Safety Training.   
 
“We believe everyone has the right to be safe in their own homes and communities, and with the generous support of our sponsors, we are now able to provide opportunities for people to participate in safety training, regardless of financial circumstance” said Ayn Lexi, Executive Director at KDSC. Eric Ledding, President of the charity agrees, “Working together we are able to provide life-saving safety training to residents of the Okanagan, making our homes and communities a safer place to live, work and play.”
 
If you are interested in accessing any of this training and you are considered low-income, you can request any community-serving agency in Kelowna to make a referral for you. Some of our referring partners include; Kelowna Community Resources, the Boys & Girls Club, the Women’s Shelter, Schools, Immigrant and Refugee Services, senior serving organizations such as Fernbrae, Interior Health, Legion Clubs, Now Canada Society, the Salvation Army, Mamas for Mamas, and the Elizabeth Fry Society. Any community serving agency can call KDSC to inquire about the Program and to obtain referral forms.
 
KDSC is also looking for corporate sponsors for the program. If you are interested, please call KDSC at 250-765-3163, or email us at [email protected] to discover the many benefits of providing sponsorship to the children, teens, seniors and new residents of the Okanagan. 
 
KDSC was established in 1980 and has since been providing quality children’s safety, driver and motorcycle training to the people of the Okanagan. We’re in the business of saving lives!



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Calling all seniors

Seniors over the age of 50 are invited to take a free health assessment with the Okanagan YMCA. The assessments take place at the Kelowna Family Y on Friday, October 27 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and at H2O Adventure and Fitness Centre on Friday, November 3 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Elaine Gillmore, is an H2O member, and has participated in four health assessments and actively recruits members for YMCA senior and health programs. After her first assessment, she realized she had good upper body strength but needed to improve on her balance.

“These assessments provide the chance to recognize and correct minor problems before they have the chance to escalate,” said Gillmore.

“We are constantly impressed by the vitality and energy of our senior population and encourage everyone to aspire towards the healthiest version of themselves.”

Assessments are typically 45-60 minutes long, evaluating a variety of health measures that contribute to one’s overall health.

Some of the tests include agility, blood pressure, cardiovascular health, muscular strength, balance and more. 

Registration is required and space is limited. To reserve your spot call 250-491-9622 ext. 211.

Learn more about YMCA seniors programs at ymcaokanagan.ca.



World Polio Day

Tuesday, October 24 th is World Polio Day

The 700 Rotary Clubs in Canada will be in one way or another promoting the eradication of Polio.

The Penticton-Okanagan Rotary Club (7am meeting at the Sandman Inn) will be having 2 survivors from the 1950 Polio Epidemic in Canada, Lloyd Higgs a member of the club and guest speaker Harry McWatters.

The Rotarian Magazine for October states that of July 2017 there were only 8 reported cases of Polio in the world, the lowest number in history. Rotary has committed to raising $50 million per year over the next three years, an amount the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has committed to matching 2 – 1.

If you are thinking of Giving a Donation to the Eradication of Polio this year, why not consider making the donation at our Tuesday Oct. 24 th meeting.



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Peacock Sheridan donates

On September 29, Peacock Sheridan’s Brent Peacock and Grant Sheridan presented a cheque to Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs in the amount of $3,170.00. The funds donated by Peacock Sheridan Group are the result of a successful fundraising promotion where $10 was donated to Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs for every goal scored by a Kelowna Rocket in the 2016/17 Season.
 
Peacock Sheridan will continue the fundraiser for the 2017-2018 season making it the third season supporting the children and youth of the Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs. 
 
“These kinds of initiatives organized by community partners are much appreciated. The funds raised help us ensure we have the needed supplies, equipment and resources to support the children and youth in our community”, says Richelle Leckey, Community Engagement Coordinator for Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs.
 
Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs are so grateful that Peacock Sheridan has chosen Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs as their charity of choice, and would also like to thank the Kelowna Rockets for their contribution (and goals!).
 
Together we are giving young people in the Okanagan a “Great Future”.



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