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Thrilled with donation

The Canadian Mental Health Association – SOS branch is so grateful for the incredible donation of a 7-passenger Dodge caravan from Parker’s Chrysler.  The above photo shows the men’s group from Unity Clubhouse enjoying an outing to Tickleberry’s in Okanagan Falls.  The van also transports members to various activities in the community such as an outing to the Summerland garden, a trip to watch a Penticton Vees game, roller derby, and bowling. 

Parker’s donated the van to CMHA in 2016.  “The van also allows us to purchase groceries for the Meal’s program at Unity Clubhouse, said Executive Director Leah Schulting.  The meals program operates 7 days per week, and allows members to purchase nutritious lunches for $2 and dinners for $4.”

The association is so thankful to Parker’s for their generosity.  The van enables them to offer group activities for mental health clients, and take them to places they might otherwise not have the opportunity to visit.

Assisting in the Caribou

The Salvation Army Central Okanagan has been requested to give assistance in the Caribou to the Gustafsen Wildfire. 

Sonia Withers, Community Ministry Coordinator, is leading the team. "We never know exactly what we will be asked to do," she states. "We come prepared for anything. We can cook meals from the truck, distribute water to front line workers or set up shelter, tables and chairs for community members that need to take a rest. We also have no idea where we will be staying so we come with cots, bedding, our own snacks and assume we need to be independent."

The Emergency Disaster Truck and Trailer is a fully equipped kitchen. The trailer has a generator, tents, tables, chairs and cases of water. Once the team arrives in the Caribou and receives their assignment, they will set up and begin working.

"We are ready to help," states Patty Lou Bryant, Communications Coordinator. "In May we were feeding the front line workers that were sandbagging during the flood. Now we could be feeding the fire fighters in 100 Mile House or bringing water to the Reception Centre for those being evacuated. We are are part of the entire BC community and living out our motto--Giving Hope Today."

Caring for local families

More underprivileged families in the Okanagan are able to afford access to health facilities, child care and child and youth development programs thanks to the generosity of Raymond James Kelowna.  
Proceeds from the Raymond James 3rd Annual Christmas in November celebration supported several local charities including the YMCA of Okanagan and the Kelowna Food Bank. The carnival themed event raised nearly $55,000 with over $20,000 being donated to the YMCA’s Strong Kids Campaign.
“Having a YMCA in our community means access to health and developmental programs and services for so many families who struggle financially,” says Brendan Willis, Branch Manager of the Kelowna Corporate Branch. “We are dedicated to our community; we support the culture and people that make us proud to call the Okanagan our home.”
“This incredibly thoughtful gift from Raymond James has made a significant impact for close to 200 children in need,” said Rhonda Zakala, GM of Fund Development at YMCA of Okanagan. “Last year, the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign provided financial assistance for over 3,500 local children and families with thousands more benefitting from free YMCA programs funded by our wonderful donors. It is because of caring community businesses like Raymond James that we are able to ensure everyone has equal opportunity to participate in our programs and facilities.”

Walk for Water a success

July 8th saw 684 people join together for a common goal - to raise awareness and funds to provide water for some of the worlds most vulnerable children.  World Vision Canada brought its 6K Water Walk concept to Kelowna and it was embraced by this goal crushing 684 plus the over 400 that joined later in the day for the Dean Brody concert.  

Participants included individuals, corporate teams and teams from the faith community, proving that our community is made of individuals who care.  

The goals of World Vision Canada was 500 participants and $250,000 raised and under the banner of Love Can Kelowna and the motto of Love Can change the world, these groups and individuals raised $264,000 by the end of the event Saturday to assist with the efforts of World Vision Canada as it relates to water initiatives in developing countries.

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