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Med students helping Nepal
Colin Dacre - Feb 06, 2017 - Get Involved

A Naramata-raised woman is one of eight first-year UBC medical students travelling to Nepal this spring to organize the largest public health screen in the country’s history. The five-week trip is the third year for the UBC Sickle Cell Project, which is trying to get a handle on the prevalence of sickle cell disease in […]

Nominate a civic hero
Jon Manchester - Feb 03, 2017 - Get Involved

Time is running out to nominate someone for Kelowna’s Civic and Community Awards. The deadline to nominate outstanding artists, athletes, volunteers, environmentalists, businesses and volunteer organizations is Feb. 17. The 42nd annual awards recognize the talent, dedication and generosity of the men and women who brought recognition to Kelowna in 2016. Categories include: Sarah Donalda Treadgold Memorial Award […]

Paying it forward
Darren Handschuh - Feb 02, 2017 - Get Involved

It started in Italy many years ago, and now it has arrived in Lumby. It’s called the suspended coffee movement and the idea is simple: customers pay a little extra and purchase a coffee, tea or other item for someone in need. Euan Harron, with Millie’s Restaurant, said Lumby resident Katy Salter originally suggested the […]

Emergencies generate cash
Okanagan Edge Staff - Feb 01, 2017 - Get Involved

SilverStar Mountain Resort’s second annual Emergency Services Day fundraiser for Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation generated $13,000 for the hospital’s Emergency Department on Jan. 21. “Last year, there were more than 44,000 emergency room visits at VJH,” said Sue Beaudry, with the VJH Foundation. “The dedication from SilverStar Mountain Resort and the emergency service groups who […]

Credit union celebrates volunteer
Okanagan Edge Staff - Feb 01, 2017 - Get Involved

A West Kelowna man is the first volunteer selected by Valley First Credit Union for a significant donation to charity on his behalf. Valley First is launching a program in celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary, which will see 15 volunteers from the Okanagan recognized for their work in the community this year. The credit union […]

$7,400 raised for Pathways
Okanagan Edge Staff - Jan 31, 2017 - Get Involved

A fundraiser in honour of a local business woman’s son has raised $7,400 for Pathways Addictions Resource Centre. Colin Parker lost his battle with addiction in October 2016, spurring his mother Janet Parker, owner of Parker’s Chrysler in Penticton, to begin a fundraising campaign. The Parkers committed $100 for every vehicle sold and $10 for every […]

Business expo back
Okanagan Edge Staff - Jan 31, 2017 - Get Involved

Okanagan College’s annual business expo and employment fair is back for its tenth year. This year, the expo will feature more than 50 businesses from across the Okanagan and beyond, with many of the participating firms hiring. The event will take place Feb. 1 at Okanagan College’s Kelowna campus, at the atrium of the Centre […]

Telus supports Rail Trail
Okanagan Edge Staff - Jan 31, 2017 - Get Involved

The Okanagan Rail Trail got a financial boost from Telus recently, when the company donated $1,550 to the trail through its “Fibre for Good” program. Through the program, Telus customers who signed up for Optik TV can designate a location charity to receive $25 from Telus. Last fall 62 Vernon customers selected the rail trail, […]

Hall of Fame feeding kids
Colin Dacre - Jan 31, 2017 - Get Involved

For the second year, the B.C. Hockey Hall of Fame has made a sizable donation to the Breakfast Learning Club in Penticton. The program feeds kids at Columbia, Queen’s Park and West Bench Elementary schools. Hall of Fame Executive Director Bruce Judd said they also sponsor the hockey program in one of the schools, “and […]

Money for great ideas
Jon Manchester - Jan 23, 2017 - Get Involved

Got a great idea for a community project? The United Way’s Gennext program and the Central Okanagan Foundation for Youth are teaming up again to offer $2,000 youth initiative grants to deserving projects. “It is inspiring to see the drive and passion today’s youth have to make meaningful differences in our community,” said Molly Raposo, the […]