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Volunteer goal blown away

Collectively, Kelowna residents shattered a goal of volunteering 150,000 hours for Canada's sesquicentennial.

In February of last year, residents and organizations were challenged to reach 150,000 volunteer hours in honour of the country's 150th birthday.

Results, released Friday, showed Kelowna shattered the goal with 210,807 hours.

“I’m really pleased that so many residents took the time out of their busy lives to volunteer in 2017,” said community and neighbourhood services manager Mariko Siggers.

“We have so many generous residents who are full of community spirit, and that’s been really special to see. I hope new volunteers have enjoyed the experience and keep it up.”

Along with hours spent volunteering, several organization also received sesquicentennial grants for funding related to 150th birthday projects.

  • Okanagan College established a 6,000-square-foot indigenous garden on campus, featuring 50 varieties of Okanagan plants, shrubs, trees and rocks.
  • The Kelowna Art Gallery brought together significant works of art from private collections throughout the Okanagan.
  • The Kelowna Dragon Boat Society, with the help of council, established a Kelowna Paddle Trail along the city's foreshore.


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