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Comedy for Agur Camp

Agur Lake Camp and Kelso Entertainment Agency hosted a Comedy Night Fundraiser at the Centre Stage Theatre in Summerland on September 5th.

Headlining the show was Tim Nutt with opening acts Roger Dugas & Jordan Strauss.  The evening was a huge hit within the Summerland community raising over $2,300!  All proceeds go back to the camp.  

Photo attached: Chris Kelso, Debbie Schneider, Rich Crawford, Janice Mallory, Bernie McCallum & Kelly Kelso.


Habitat for Humanity happy

Andrea Manifold, Chief Executive Officer of Habitat for Humanity Okanagan, was delighted to receive a cheque from the Emil Anderson Construction Charitable Committee.

“A big thank you to Dilworth Homes. We are very grateful for their immediately response to our request for support with the renovation costs of a Habitat family home. This contribution will help HFHO to provide a safe environment for a family with very specific requirements.”

About Habitat for Humanity Okanagan
Habitat for Humanity Okanagan is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity Canada, a for-impact, non-profit housing organization. Habitat for Humanity’s model empowers families to invest in home ownership. We build strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter because we believe every family should have safe, decent, affordable housing. For more information, please visit www.hfhokanagan.ca

About Emil Anderson Construction
Habitat for Emil Anderson Construction was founded by Mr. Emil Anderson in 1938 and was initially located in Ontario. In 1950 EAC established the Company’s Head Office in Hope, BC. From this base in Hope, they developed into a multi-faceted construction operation and expanded geographically to Saskatchewan in the east and California in the south. While maintaining a reputation as one of the major highway builders in the industry, the Company expanded into hydro projects, tunneling, major earthmoving, dam construction, mining, bridges, land development, residential housing, and highway maintenance.

Pictured in the photo Andrea Manifold, Habitat for Humanity Okanagan CEO and Emil Anderson Charitable Committee

Beyond the Bell receives!

Through the Intact Foundation Better Community Program, and in partnership with CapriCMW Insurance, $7,500 was donated to the YMCA of Okanagan’s Beyond the Bell program to help vulnerable children keep pace with their peers in school.
YMCA Beyond the Bell is a fully funded after-school program offered at George Pringle Elementary school, providing academic and social supports to at-risk children who are struggling in school. “The 2017 BC Child Poverty Report Card cited that West Kelowna had the highest child poverty rates ranging between 30 – 40 percent,” says YMCA Senior Child Care Manager, Danielle Miranda. “Kids of low-income families are often at a six month academic disadvantage entering kindergarten, and commonly fall behind since they don’t have access to the early reading or pre-school education that other kids might have had.”
Donors like Intact and CapriCMW Insurance have enabled the YMCA of Okanagan to continue offering Beyond the Bell, now entering its fifth year, to identified at-risk students. This program is set apart from any other after-school education program by its focus on additional homework help, health and social development, its measurable outcomes, and its 1 to 5 ratio of educators to children.

Over the past 5 years, Beyond the Bell has helped 148 children read at or above their grade level
85% of the participants teachers feel that the student is showing improvement in reading while 73% of students are showing improvement in math
78% of students are participating more in class and showing more confidence while 76% are showing new social skills

To support the program, please call Rhonda Zakala at 250-491-8672 for more information.
Photo: An amazing $7,500 was donated to the YMCA’s Beyond the Bell program through the Intact Foundation Better Community Program in partnership with CapriCMW Insurance. The donation will help vulnerable children keep pace with their peers in school. Pictured l-r: Harry Blumenthal, Intact Regional Vice President; Robin Durrant, CapriCMW Insurance Co-Chairman; Rhonda Zakala and Sharon Peterson, YMCA of Okanagan; and Andrew Kemp, CapriCMW Insurance.


Rotary donates to KidSport

A $5,000 donation from the West Kelowna Daybreak Rotary has arrived just in time for the West Kelowna KidSport Chapter.
Autumn is a busy season for applications to the non-profit organization that provides subsidies to families who need assistance enrolling their children in sports. West Kelowna KidSport helps residents living in the City of West Kelowna, District of Peachland, Westbank First Nation and the surrounding rural areas on the Westside.
At the end of the 2018/2019 season, KidSport’s coffers were down to just $600. With an average funding application of $150 - $200, the remaining money would not have gone far. When West Kelowna Daybreak Rotary heard of the predicament, they offered a $5,000 donation for each of the next three years with the hope that others would also support West Kelowna KidSport.
The Westside’s community chapter is very grateful to West Kelowna Daybreak Rotary Club and all who contribute to ensure every child in our community has a chance to play organized sports.
Other annual donors include the City of West Kelowna Employee Fundraising Committee, which gives to various local charities each year. The committee donated $1,300 for 2019.
Mayor and Council also help children access sports via their non-cash grants in aid program each year, by waiving or subsidizing field, ice and community centre rental fees to keep recreation more affordable for Westside families. The non-cash grants in aid in the 2019 Budget totaled $310,314.
To donate or inquire about West Kelowna KidSport, or about access to recreational programs in our community, please call West Kelowna Chapter Coordinator and City of West Kelowna Recreation Supervisor Kevin Bourchier at 778-797-8813.

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