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Sun Life Dunk for Diabetes

Over 11 million Canadians are currently living with diabetes or prediabetes. With that in mind, Sun Life has teamed up with the Toronto Raptors, NBA Canada and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada to operate Sun Life Dunk for Diabetes. The program is an innovative type 2 diabetes awareness and prevention initiative that encourages kids at 50 Boys and Girls Club locations across Canada to learn healthy habits through basketball- inspired fitness challenges, nutrition education, encouragement from Raptors players and Sun Life advisors, and exciting Raptors prizes. 

Through a contribution of almost $20,000 Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs Kids have been participating and  learning about the importance of physical activity and eating healthy. Through weekly challenges they can earn a Raptors-related prize! They also get healthy snacks, join in fun activities and learn about diabetes.

We are celebrating the end of the program. Based on challenge metrics, the top participants from each participating Boys & Girls Club will celebrate their dedication to the program, hard work and success.


Community Giving Event!

On Wednesday, March 6th , the Shuswap’s newest women’s networking group, Shuswap Women Who Wine hosted their third quarterly Community Giving event. The Event was held at the Salmon Arm Legion and was attended by 48 members of the community. MC Patrick Ryley entertained guests with a combination of bluesy and upbeat tunes, and even surprised the Women Who Wine with a song especially for them.

At the Shuswap Women Who Wine’s Community Giving Event in December they asked attendees to nominate organizations for this event. The Canadian Mental Health Association Shuswap Revelstoke, the Second Harvest Food Bank and the Salvation Army Lighthouse Shelter were the three organizations who received the most nominations and were invited to participate in last night’s event. Representatives from each of these organizations attended the event to pitch a local project that they are looking to fund. Each of the 48 attendees contributed $100 to a donation pool and then voted by secret ballot after hearing about all three projects. In the end, the Canadian Mental Health Association Shuswap Revelstoke received 80% of all donations to help fund their Suicide Prevention and Awareness programs in the Shuswap this year, specifically their Lantern Walk which will be held on September 11, 2019. The Salvation Army Lighthouse Shelter walked away with 10% of the pool to help cover the costs of replacing the mattresses in the shelter and a new commercial grade washer and dryer. The Second Harvest Food Bank also received 10% of the pool to help fund their Milk Program that provides extra milk each week to the families they see who have kids at home. If you are interested in helping any of these organizations complete their projects, or are looking to volunteer, please reach out to them directly.

The Shuswap Women Who Wine would like to thank the Salmon Arm Legion, Patrick Ryley, all members,
attendees, and sponsors for making this Community Giving Event a success. If you are interested in
joining this monthly women’s networking group or would like to nominate a local organization for a
future event, please visit www.womenwhowine.ca, find us on Facebook or email [email protected] Our next Community Giving Event will be held on June 14th , 2019 at the Salmon Arm Golf Club.

Booze Losers unite

Cheers to nearly 230 booze losers across the province who gave up alcohol throughout February and raised an amazing $70,000 for innovative cancer research and care at BC Cancer.

Lose the Booze participants pushed alcohol aside for 28 days, skipped happy hours and traded their merlot for mocktails in an effort to change the story for British Columbians facing a cancer diagnosis.

“We raise our glass and thank each participant for their tremendous support,” says Sarah Roth, president and CEO of the BC Cancer Foundation. “You are helping create a brighter future for so many families across our province impacted by cancer.”

Marco Carlone, Kelowna resident and the head of medical physics at BC Cancer – Kelowna, took part in the challenge with his team, the “Interior Sober Spirits,” and personally raised over $1,400 for the cause.

Over the past five years, Lose the Booze has raised $310,000 for the BC Cancer Foundation. With one in two British Columbians facing a cancer diagnosis in their lifetime, Lose the Booze support has helped propel cutting-edge research breakthroughs andensure people across B.C. have access to the latest enhancements in cancer care.


Wtfast sponsors club

Students from the McWilliams Innovation Centre will be competing at the 3rd Annual Sumobot competition on March 6 with some new technology, thanks to a $5000 donation from wtfast. wtfast is a local technology company focused in the on-line gaming industry and employs over 20 staff both locally and internationally.

This year, more than 250 students from local schools will be competing for top spots in Sumobot. Sumobot wrestling is where two robots battle in an elevated circular ring, with the winner being declared after one is pushed out of the ring. Students design, build and program their robots independently having to meet specific size and weight restrictions. The robots are programmed to run autonomously with no external remote controls used.

Four teams from the McWilliams Innovation Centre, a small inquiry based SD23 school will be participating in this year’s event. “We are very grateful for the donation that wtfast has granted our school’s robotics program." says August Beetlestone, the head robotics instructor at McWilliam’s Innovation Centre. "It has allowed us to replace our older, outdated robotics equipment that we have been using. Our students now have a more enriched learning experience and the opportunity to work with the best and most up-to-date technology.”

Since 2011, the robotics students at McWilliams Innovation Centre have collected over 25 trophies, placing 1st through 3rd in Western Canada. They have been learning how to computer program, design, and build various robotic creations for the purpose of competition. These competitions include Search and Rescue, Soccer, Sumobot, and theme based mini-challenges through Skills Canada.

"In 2016, a small team from our school travelled to Leipzig, Germany to compete at the World RoboCup Championships. This is the largest annual competition worldwide. Our middle school students competed in Search and Rescue with one of our teams placing 9th in individual team challenge, and 7th in the combined team challenge. For our first international experience, I'd say the teams did very well," recounts Beetlestone.

Through these experiences, students learn to work in highly collaborative environments, developing solutions to a wide variety of real life simulations.

"It's interesting. This is the first generation of students exposed to technologies once reserved for graduate students in university. Who knows where these students' skills and technological literacy will be by the time they are in university." Quips Beetlestone. "With the continued advances in technology and the medical sciences, I think we will see a day in the near future where artificial robotic limbs will look and feel natural for people who have lost a limb due to an accident, and wheel chairs will become things of the past as robotic exoskeletons are developed to help give people back their full mobility. If anyone is going to help get us there, it will be this next generation who has been given a head start in these fields,” says Beetlestone.

About wtfast

wtfast is the Gamers Private Network (GPN) – a global network built exclusively for the transmission and delivery of online game data. Launched in 2009, the wtfast GPN was designed exclusively for gamers and the eSports market. With six patents granted and partners including HiNet, a subsidiary of Chunghwa Telecom in Taiwan, Singtel in Singapore, ASUS and MSI, wtfast protects against packet loss and improves ping times, saving seconds; which can mean the difference between winning and losing in the gaming world. With advisors including Nolan Bushnell (Atari), Emil Mouhanna (AWS), Jens Hilgers (ESL/BITKRAFT), and Dima Polyak (Riot Games, Super League Gaming), wtfast is committed to providing the best connection for gamers worldwide.

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