Columnists


Leaders come in different shapes
Myrna Selzler Park - Oct 26, 2020 - Columnists

A frustrated sigh whooshed from my frozen lungs. My older son raced up the snow pile to push his brother down the hill. Jumping up and down, he beat on his chest, “I’m the boss.” “No, I get to be boss,” my youngest yelled as he tackled his prancing brother. The chatter of children arguing […]

You’re staying for how long?
Contributed - Oct 21, 2020 - Columnists

This COVID thing has brought on several questions and old memories. When I was growing up many families on our block, right in town, did not have indoor plumbing. Instead they had an old fashioned out-house, with a moon cut into the door for light, at the back of the lot. In one of my […]

Don’t make colour blind hires
Myrna Selzler Park - Oct 19, 2020 - Columnists

Most companies are colour blind when they hire. Sure, they grab the good ones but often put them in the wrong job. But colour-coding people in the right jobs can keep companies out of the red—and their employees happy and productive. Count on this: there will be a colour clash if a green is forced […]

Faces of #OKGNtech
Accelerate Okanagan - Oct 13, 2020 - Columnists

A strong community can promote new ideas and ensure accountability. It can also act as motivation, support and even provide a little friendly competition. The power of community is undeniable, and the Okanagan tech community is no exception. Our community is strong and growing with record speed, and maintaining connections through a period of growth […]

Organic wine fantastic option
Shannan Schimmelmann - Oct 09, 2020 - Columnists

Wine should not be an afterthought when making healthier choices for ourselves and for the planet. The same principle of sustainability and reducing our footprint on the planet regarding shopping for food applies to drinks. Part of the sustainability solution is to choose local. For the Okanagan Valley, we are fortunate to have a multitude […]

You’re stronger than you think
Contributed - Oct 07, 2020 - Columnists

By Cindy Maki It was a clear, warm evening of the bear visitation on the summer solstice. A small group of friends and a watchful dog gathered outside around a campfire to connect and share conversation as life rolled through pandemic times. What’s important about this so far is the gathering and connection. Part way […]

Colleagues see time differently
Myrna Selzler Park - Oct 06, 2020 - Columnists

I raced down the highway, desperately trying to make the 2 p.m. commitment I’d made to meet a friend at a restaurant 35 kilometres away. Too unrealistic of a to-do list, with too unrealistic estimates of time for each task, meant I was leaving 10 minutes late. It was 1:50 p.m., and my GPS said […]

Faces of #OKGNtech
Accelerate Okanagan - Sep 30, 2020 - Columnists

A strong community can promote new ideas and ensure accountability. It can also act as motivation, support and even provide a little friendly competition. The power of community is undeniable, and the Okanagan tech community is no exception. Our community is strong and growing with record speed, and maintaining connections through a period of growth […]

Four-day work week? Not yet
Troy Media - Sep 30, 2020 - Columnists

By Paz Gomez The COVID-19 pandemic has ushered in a wave of demands to fix every inconvenience of life by government decree. The four-day work week, an old darling of social engineers, has made a comeback as governments pick up the pieces of locked-down economies. On June 15, the rural District of Guysborough, N.S., started a nine-month […]

Rainbows in your office
Myrna Selzler Park - Sep 29, 2020 - Columnists

Turning the office “colours” into a rainbow requires the skills, insights, and patience of a Van Gogh. Or a cat herder. To recap: There are four colours—red, yellow, green and blue—within the language of colour, and they all see the world so differently that sometimes it’s difficult to believe they come from the same planet. […]