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SilverStar raises

SilverStar Mountain Resort presented a cheque for $540 to the Arts Council of the North Okanagan on Thursday.
The funds were raised at a SEISMIC Spring Mountain Festival event called Culture and Cocktails, held at the mountain on March 25.

SilverStar raised over $500 in funds by donating a percentage of each ticket sold to the event, while the artists themselves raised thousands for the Arts Council through donating half of their earnings made during the live paint-off and art auction.

"The Arts Council of the North Okanagan was thrilled to be a part of the inaugural SEISMIC Mountain Festival!  We had an absolute blast putting on the Culture and Cocktails event," said Sheri Kunzli, marketing and program coodinator, ACNO. "Artists and attendees alike are still raving about it and even more people want to jump on board for next year! SilverStar provided a dream team to work with and everything from their customer service to their custom cocktails was top notch.  It is with much gratitude that we thank SilverStar for helping us expand arts and culture activities in our community."

Culture & Cocktails featured an intimate evening with some of the Okanagan's best artists, as well as a live paint off, custom cocktails and canapes. Over 20 artists/artisans had their works on display throughout the night.
"At SilverStar Mountain Resort we believe that supporting our community is a priority," said Chantelle Deacon, media relations & sponsorship manager, SilverStar. "The arts play such an important role throughout our community and we will continue to support our local Art Council as much as we can."
"We definitely will be hosting another event at next years SEISMIC Festival in support of the Arts Council, which we are certain will be even more successful than the last one."
SilverStar Mountain Resort is home to Gallery Odin, the highest altitude art gallery in Canada. The gallery is open to the public during the mountains summer and winter seasons.
For more information visit skisilverstar.com.


Stronger Together

WHO: Stronger Together Kelowna, volunteer co-chaired by postpartum depression survivors.

WHAT: A one-of-kind event to be held at the Rotary Centre for the Arts Kelowna on June 2, 2019. The
event will feature a screening of the groundbreaking postpartum depression documentary “When the
Bough Breaks”, followed by a panel of speakers and experts. Goody bags available to the first 100 ticket
holders, as well as chances to win several door prizes including a $1,000 shopping spree to Orchard Park
Shopping Centre.

WHEN: Sunday, June 2, 2019. Doors open at 11:00 am, film to begin at noon.

WHERE: Rotary Centre for the Arts, Kelowna, 421 Cawston Avenue.

WHY: We are Stronger Together. We realized that when we were open about our experience with
postpartum depression, other people felt the courage to be open too. We wanted to build up that
community and create an event for women and families who are suffering or have suffered with
postpartum depression where they could feel safe and supported in their experience. Stronger Together
aims to erase the stigma and provide education about postpartum depression by screening a powerful
documentary and sharing stories of survivors and experts. We are offering a first-of-its-kind event where
attendees can see that they are not alone, and against postpartum depression, we are #strongertogether.

As the area of postpartum depression lacks resources and funding for support, we are thrilled to be
fundraising in support of Canadian Mental Health Association Kelowna for its women’s and family programs.

Youth led projects receive

This spring, the Central Okanagan Foundation for Youth (COFFY) and United Way’s GenNext contributed $9,500 to support five youth led projects based in the Central and South Okanagan.
These grants are available to young people up to age 25 who are partnering with an organization to create  positive change in their local community. A committee comprising of youth representatives from the Central Okanagan Foundation and GenNext Kelowna representatives met in late March to review the applications  and make funding decisions. The awards ranged from$1,500 to $2,000.
“United Way is so proud of our youth board, GenNext, who help fund and evaluate these applications each year,” says Jude Brunt, Community Investment Manager of United Way SIBC. “The learning process is two way and it’s so empowering to see youth leadership championing other local youth, for their community spirit and great ideas. United Way is involved in many initiatives across the valley and this is one of our favourites, as we see how much community impact can be achieved with relatively small amounts of money and a whole lot of youth passion!”
The Youth Initiative Grant recipients for 2019 are:
·        Green Screen, Enactus Okanagan College (Kelowna)
·        More LGBTQ+ Friends, Etcetera - The Bridge Youth and Family Services & Okanagan Boys and  Girls             Clubs (Kelowna)
·        YAAC Mental Health Week Campaign, Foundry Kelowna (Kelowna)
·        Mural Project-Foundry, OneSky Community Resources (Penticton)
·        Silver Surfers, Enactus Okanagan College (Kelowna)
“These grants encourage community members who are 25 and under to get involved in important issues   like the environment, inclusivity and mental health. The projects and the review process help inspire the passions of younger people in our community,”says Joanne Carey, Coordinator of Grants & Community Initiatives at  the Central Okanagan Foundation.
An example is the Green Screen Project –which sees students from Enactus at Okanagan College work with middle school students in Kelowna to collect un-used technology and re-distribute it to people who need it.
“Project Green Screen focuses on environmental sustainability and repurposing neglected technology. With the involvement of youth from schools in the community, we are able to teach the importance of re-using and recycling technology. The funding received from the Youth Initiative Grant will allow us to refurbish a greater amount of technology. This will further provide more technology for those unable to gain access to the technology they need.” says Isaac Hossmann, the student project manager ofthe Green Screen - Enactus Project.
Youth Initiative Grant funding will be available again in the winter of 2019. For more information, visit:


Valley First for BrainTrust

Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union, is providing continued funding to BrainTrust Canada’s “E-BrainTrust” program to support innovative education and prevention initiatives for concussion and brain injury throughout the Okanagan. This investment in education allows BrainTrust to increase its community presence, strengthen its tools, and increase the quality of its programs.
“We are pleased to continue this partnership with BrainTrust Canada that allows them to continue to focus on education for diverse audiences, both in the area of supporting those with brain injury and concussion, as well as prevention” says President Paulo Araujo.  “It’s programs like this that really help our members and communities thrive.”
“Investing in education is so important to bring awareness to the community about concussion and brain injury,” says Mona Hennenfent, CEO of BrainTrust Canada. “We are the only organization that supports those with brain injury in the Okanagan, and this funding allows us to do some more to improve the lives of those with concussion or brain injury, as well as prevention for youth who are at the greatest risk for injury.”
About BrainTrust Canada
BrainTrust Canada’s mission is to bring the issue of brain injury to the forefront, maximize the potential of those who have been affected by brain injury, as well as to reduce preventable brain injuries.  Visit www.braintrustcanada.com for more information on the organization, follow us on Twitter: @braintrustCAD or like us at facebook.com/braintrustcanada
About Valley First
Valley First is a premier provider of banking, investment and insurance services for residents and businesses in the Okanagan, Similkameen and Thompson valleys. As a division of First West Credit Union, B.C.'s third-largest credit union with 53 branches and 39 insurance offices throughout the province, Valley First brings innovative products, an extensive branch network and local decision making to the banking experience. Visit valleyfirst.com for more information. Follow us: Twitter: @valley_first and Facebook:  www.facebook.com/valleyfirst

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