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Planning for successful aging
Contributed - Jan 18, 2021 - Think Local

“Aging is not lost youth, but a new stage of opportunity and strength.” This quote, from American feminist Betty Freidan, summarizes the focus of researchers in UBC Okanagan’s Faculty of Health and Social Development who have an unwavering goal to support successful aging. “By 2036, it’s estimated that adults over the age of 65 will […]

Championing children at school
Contributed - Jan 14, 2021 - Think Local

Karine Veldhoen isn’t your typical school principal, but that’s not unexpected, because Willowstone Academy, the school she leads, isn’t your typical school. Most mornings you will find Mrs. V greeting students by name with a warm welcome at one of the school’s entrance doors as they arrive. As Willowstone’s chief learning officer, and a mom […]

Fighting for a healthier earth
Contributed - Jan 12, 2021 - Think Local

Soil is essential for life, playing a vital role in the Earth’s ecosystem. Yet, today one-third of the Earth’s soils are degraded from agriculture, pollution and climate change. “Our Earth is not a renewable resource,” says Miranda Hart, a professor in the Irving K. Barber Faculty of Science at UBC Okanagan, who studies microbes that […]

KAP Cleaners offers its secrets
Contributed - Jan 08, 2021 - Think Local

Kerri Kedziora is the Okanagan’s Queen of Clean, and now she wants to share her expansive knowledge with others in the industry. Kedziora owns and operates KAP Cleaners and Assistant Services, a successful and respected cleaning company that offers old-fashioned, deep-down, thorough cleaning of residences, businesses and vacation rental properties. Unable to keep up with […]

We are all Stronger Together
Contributed - Jan 07, 2021 - Think Local

It’s tough dealing with physical health issues like diabetes or chronic pain. Managing mental health can also be a struggle during the winter, especially for those trying to parent or care for others while keeping themselves grounded and healthy. It’s easy to feel alone. Throw a global pandemic into the mix, with people in isolation, […]

Start 2021 on positive note
Contributed - Dec 16, 2020 - Think Local

After a year of serious ups and downs, 2021 could be the fresh start you are looking for. “During uncertain times, education is the best investment for the future,” says Yvonne Moritz, Okanagan College’s associate vice-president of education services. “Our communities are incredible places to live, work, play and learn, and Okanagan College has been […]

Paul’s Moving does it right
Contributed - Dec 15, 2020 - Think Local

If there is one industry where overkill is a good thing, it’s the moving business. Unfortunately, the bare minimum is done on too many occasions and belongings end up either broken, damaged or lost. That is not the case with Paul’s Moving and Labour Service, a family owned and operated business that now has a […]

Eldorado ready for holidays
Contributed - Dec 11, 2020 - Think Local

If there were ever a time that Hotel Eldorado at Eldorado Resort belonged to Kelowna and Kelowna alone, it would be now. Eldorado Resort is one of the premier tourist attractions in one of the country’s top tourism destinations, which welcomes guests from near and afar year-round. Now more than ever, due to the COVID-19 […]

Your home away from home
Contributed - Dec 09, 2020 - Think Local

The Okanagan is home for many people. It is also the home away from home for many more. The reasons why people live and play in the valley are plentiful, from the lakes to the mountains to the wine to the weather, and it’s why The Vaults has decided to create even more space in […]

Carbon monoxide deadly serious
Contributed - Dec 08, 2020 - Think Local

There are more than 300 deaths and nearly as many hospitalizations due to carbon monoxide poisoning each year in Canada. The heartbreaking part is most of those deaths and poisonings could be avoided with annual professional maintenance of the fuel-burning appliances that cause such catastrophes. Carbon monoxide detectors are a must in each home, and […]