Charity joke book hot seller
Rob Gibson - Apr 11, 2024 - Get Involved

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A Kelowna doctor who self-published a joke book to help raise money for the KGH Foundation says sales have gone so well he’s looking at doing a second run of books.

Dr. David Goldberg says he’s having a hard time keeping up with the demand for Jokes You’ll Love to Tell.

“As soon as I drop the books off they are selling out. Every time I order 100 books from Amazon, I deliver them to Mosaic and the (hospital) gift store, and before I can order the next 100, those ones are gone. That’s just a repeating pattern.”

Now the good doctor is trying to figure out a way to share his book across the country and add comments in a second edition on the power of laughter between the jokes.

“I’ve been in contact with a distributor who thinks they can distribute this book right across Canada. But in doing so you have to be able to produce a significantly large number of copies.”

Dr. Goldberg says he’s raised approximately $2,000 for the KGH Foundation so far, and he’s been paying to self-publish the book on Amazon out of his own pocket. If he moves to another publisher, he expects publishing costs to rise significantly.

“As a self-publisher, I’m entitled to print 1,000 books under that contract. After that, I have to pay the same amount anybody else does on Amazon to get them. The distributor needs more than 1,000 books before they will commit to a second print run.”

Dr. Goldberg says he’s been inspired by the success of his first effort but is struggling to navigate the publishing world.

“The second edition is going to have some additions that I believe will be useful. This book generated many questions that explore the connections between humour and health care. As I attempted to answer those questions, I realized that I use humour in my daily dispensing of medical advice.

“I’ve been in general practice for 35 years. Over that time, I’ve had enough humorous medical experiences to fill an entire book.”

Jokes You’ll Love to Tell is Dr. Goldberg’s first effort at writing and publishing a book. He wrote down jokes he’s used over the years and put them all in the 167-page book full of jokes. For the second edition, Dr. Goldberg says he could use some advice from someone with publishing experience.

“I’m a doctor, not a writer,” he said.

Despite that, as he gets closer to hanging up his stethoscope, Dr. Goldberg says he is interested in branching out and would like to talk to people who can help him navigate editing and publishing. Of course, he’s always ready to hear a joke.

The good doctor can be reached at [email protected].

Kinsmen plan big weekend
Okanagan Edge Staff - Apr 10, 2024 - Get Involved

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Kinsmen members will be flocking to Kelowna during the first weekend of May when the local chapter celebrates a significant milestone.

Kinsmen Club of Kelowna will be celebrating its 80th anniversary on May 4, and it will also be hosting the District 5 KINvention, which will take place May 3-5. Kin Canada’s District 5 consists of Kinsmen and Kinette clubs from B.C. and Yukon.

The main event of the 80th anniversary celebration will be a banquet at Okanagan Community Mission Hall on Saturday, May 4. It will have a circus theme, and the hall will be decorated to look like a three-ring circus. Former Kin, family of Kin, any past friends and partners of the Kinsmen Club or anyone who has been the beneficiary of the Kin’s generosity in the past are invited to attend.

The rest of the weekend will be full of events to celebrate the B.C. and Yukon clubs. There will be a golf tournament and barbecue on Friday, a costume parade and the anniversary celebration on Saturday, and the governor’s banquet on Sunday night.

And since it is the Kinsmen Club, members will spend the weekend giving back to the community. This year’s project is the Rise Memorial at Knowles Heritage Park, which will honour the five people killed by the crane collapse in downtown Kelowna in July 2021. Kinsmen members will decorate dozens of tiles to be installed along the benches of the site later this year.

More information about the KINvention and tickets to the anniversary celebration can be found on the Kinsmen Club of Kelowna website here.

OneSky seeks board members
Casey Richardson - Apr 10, 2024 - Get Involved

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OneSky Community Resources has put out its annual call for South Okanagan-Similkameen community members to join its board of directors.

The non-profit organization has a decades-long history of offering social services for people and families of all ages throughout the region, and relies on the help of volunteers with a wide range of skills throughout the year.

“We would love to hear from you if you have experience in professional services and business, advocacy, and government relations, fundraising and social programming or community development,” according to a press release.

“When seeking board members, we also look for a diversity of applicants, including underrepresented, minority, and marginalized communities.”

Executive director Tanya Behardien said board members are “critical” to the success of the organization. Current board chair Steve DeVito has found the experience invaluable.

“Being on the OneSky board for six years as well as current board chair, I would like to invite passionate individuals who are eager to make a difference in our community to step forward and lend their expertise, vision, and dedication to our organization,” DeVito said.

The role of the board is to provide “vision and strategic direction to over 40 diverse social and health programs in South Okanagan-Similkameen communities.”

Anyone interested can click here for more information and an application.

Turning tickets into food
Okanagan Edge Staff - Mar 27, 2024 - Get Involved

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UBCO continues to turn annoying parking tickets into something that helps the community.

The Kelowna university’s parking services recently conducted its biannual Food for Fines program, where students who receive a parking ticket on campus can pay for the first half of the fine by donating a food item. The food collected goes to UBCO’s Pantry, a food bank located on campus and operated by Students’ Union Okanagan.

The university runs the program in November and February, and the students are getting involved. It received a record number of donations in November and then broke the mark in February. In all, the two periods of food donation resulted in $5,680 in parking fines being forgiven.

“In November we received 1,765 items, which was a new record for the single largest food donation to the SUO Pantry,” UBCO parking services manager Jeff Joyce said in a press release. “However, that record didn’t last long, as our February contributions totalled more than 1,925 items.”

The Pantry opened in 2019 and helps feed students who need a little help. More than 100 students use the space each day, and between 40 and 50 access the hamper program weekly.

“With various programs spanning the year, we rely greatly on campus partners as well as off-campus donors to keep our shelves filled,” Students’ Union Okanagan food security and nutrition manager Stephanie Patterson said. “Parking Services’ Food for Fines program has had a huge impact on our ability to keep our stores up and occurs at a time when donations tend to decrease. We are so grateful for all their hard work and their creative way to ease students’ financial burden.”

Bannock tacos to raise funds
Okanagan Edge Staff - Mar 26, 2024 - Get Involved

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If you or your business is looking for lunch on the final day of the work week, Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society has you covered.

The non-profit society, which provides programs and services to all peoples in various life stages, is having a bannock taco fundraiser on Thursday (March 28).

All proceeds from the fundraiser will go towards Ki-Low-Na’s elders program. Tacos are $12, while drinks are just $1.50 and chips are only a buck.

You can choose from beef or bean tacos, and you can place your order by calling 250-763-4905.

Bennett gives to Sally Ann
Okanagan Edge Staff - Mar 22, 2024 - Get Involved

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(L to R): Westside Salvation Army’s Lenetta Parry, West Kelowna Real Canadian Superstore manager Miguel Lopes, Gary Bennett and Westside Salvation Army Captain Jennifer Henson.

The Gary Bennett Family Fund recently gave a nice little boost to The Salvation Army locations in the Central Okanagan.

The fund donated $3,000 worth of President’s Choice Superstore gift cards to both the Westside and Kelowna divisions of The Salvation Army.

“The Gary Bennett Family Fund has been an ongoing, loyal supporter of the Salvation Army’s fight against poverty,” Westside Salvation Army Captain Jennifer Henson said in a press release. “They continue to step up year over year, and we can count on their generosity at our most challenging times.”

The gift cards will be spent at the local Real Canadian Superstores to purchase much needed shelf stable, healthy and ready-to-eat food items, offering customized support to where the most urgent need is.

The Gary Bennett Family Fund also supports Kelowna’s youth through a school breakfast program, its Gateway Scholarships and Strive Scholarships, and provides aid to Central Okanagan Community Food Bank.

“Both the Kelowna Salvation Army and the Westside Salvation Army do an amazing job at giving so much back to our community,” Bennett said. “We know they are good stewards of our donations, and their programs and services are something we are proud to be a part of.”

To donate to The Salvation Army, visit either location online at www.westsidesa.ca or www.kelownasalvationarmy.ca.

Big White donates to shelter
Colin Dacre - Mar 22, 2024 - Get Involved

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Big White Ski Resort has donated $6,910 to the Kelowna Women’s Shelter thanks to proceeds from Women’s Ski Day on March 9.

The second annual celebration was hosted by Olympic gold medallist Kelsey Serwa and featured an array of events and fundraisers.

“It’s truly heartwarming to see our community come together for such a meaningful cause,” Big White CEO Peter Plimmer said in a press release.

“This event not only allows us to share the joy of skiing but also to make a real difference in the lives of those in need. We are honoured to support the Kelowna Women’s Shelter and look forward to fostering our relationship with the shelter and the community.”

Shelter executive director Michelle Dickie thanked the resort for the donation.

“It will have a huge impact on our programs and services, and our ability to support everyone who is experiencing or has experienced domestic abuse,” she said.

Serwa, one of Big White Ski Resort’s ambassadors, shared her excitement about Women’s Ski Day, particularly noting the special post-ski yoga session led by Taylor Morrice, owner of Our Yoga Space.

“We were truly spoiled,” Serwa said.

RBC donates to hospital
Josh Dawson - Mar 19, 2024 - Get Involved

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A $50,000 donation to the Royal Inland Hospital Foundation will be used to hire a clinician care co-ordinator, a role the foundation said will address the needs of Kamloops-area youths with mental health and substance use concerns.

The donation comes from the RBC Foundation through RBC Future Launch, with the goal of supporting RIH’s Parkview Child and Adolescent Mental Health Program.

“RBC remains committed to driving more equitable prosperity within our communities,” RBC social impact and innovation vice-president Mark Beckles said in a press release. “This includes partnering with health-care providers to enable access to mental health services and resources for youth when and where they need it.

“Through our partnership with the RIH Foundation, the RBC Foundation will help to unlock these important resources in the Thompson Cariboo Shuswap region.”

The RIH Foundation said it has matched the donation with the aid of additional donor support.

According to the hospital’s foundation, there is an urgent need for accessible care and support services for youth with mental health and substance use disorders, with one in five youth struggling with mental health.

“RIH Foundation acknowledges the profound and enduring difference this gift will make in the lives of adolescents, youth and their families in our region,” RIH Foundation CEO Heidi Coleman said.

The Parkview Child and Adolescent Mental Health Program is an outpatient crisis stabilization mental health initiative for youth. RIH said the programs plays a pivotal role in the region.

Swinging with the Stars shines
Brayden Ursel - Mar 11, 2024 - Get Involved

Hundreds of people filled the Delta Grand Hotel in Kelowna on Saturday evening for the 15th edition of the Swinging with the Stars fundraiser for Central Okanagan Hospice Association.

“We are celebrating 15 years with Swinging with the Stars, and the energy here is absolutely crazy,” COHA executive director Natasha Girard said. “We are so proud of our community for coming with us on this journey for 15 years, and tonight we have an amazing six teams who are going to show all of their hard work and dance the night away on the dance floor.”

Girard said the fundraiser has brought in more than $3 million for the Central Okanagan Hospice Association since 2010, and the money raised this year will go towards its grief and bereavement program. She said COHA is experiencing unprecedented demand for the number of individuals accessing their services, including children, youth and adults.

“The money this year is going towards helping to support those individuals, to enhance access for individuals, as well as build volunteer capacity and educational opportunities,” Girard said.

“To help our community build tools that they can use themselves to be supporting individuals, whether they are in their workplace or at home, to be able to build confidence for individuals as well.”

Aside from fundraising since October, six teams spent a number of months practicing their dance routine, all bringing their own personal flair to the dance floor.

“Oh my goodness, we have quite the lineup this year of six teams, and all the dances are different. I think that’s what makes it so unique, is that all the dances bring such good energy and good diverse music and moves and upbeats. That’s what gets the energy moving in the room,” Girard said.

“We know that it takes vulnerability to be a part of this event, and it’s not easy to get up in front of 550 people to dance, so we really commend and we are so proud of every dancer who comes on board to push through their vulnerability because they believe in our community and they believe in what the Central Okanagan Hospice Association does.”

With a goal to raise $600,000 this year, Central Okanagan Hospice Association is still accepting donations online. Visit its website to make a donation.

Swift tickets up for grabs
Okanagan Edge Staff - Feb 27, 2024 - Get Involved

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You could end up with a pair of Taylor Swift tickets in your hands if you attend a charity concert coming up in Kelowna next month.

James Barker Band, along with Kelowna’s Dawson Gray, will perform a charity concert on Sunday, March 10, at Prospera Place. All funds raised from the concert will go towards Team Love Birds, which is competing the night before in the Swinging with the Stars event to raise money for Central Okanagan Hospice Association.

As for Swift, the connection is this: Everyone who purchases a ticket to the James Barker Band concert will be automatically entered in a draw for two tickets to see Swift at Vancouver’s BC Place on Dec. 6.

“We’re thrilled to bring together an evening of incredible music for a cause that truly matters,” GSL Group general manager Mike Strawn said in a press release. “The James Barker Band and Dawson Gray are sure to captivate the audience, and with the added incentive of a chance to win Taylor Swift tickets, we hope to make this event even more memorable for everyone involved.”

Tickets for the March 10 concert are available through Select Your Tickets.

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