Museum delegates in Kelowna
Okanagan Edge Staff - 10:12 am - Get Involved

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The movers and shakers of B.C.’s art and culture scene are in Kelowna at the moment for the BC Museums Association Conference.

The conference, which was organized by the Kelowna Art Gallery and Kelowna Museums Society, started Sunday and will wrap up Tuesday. More than 170 delegates have congregated in the Okanagan to discuss innovation and technology, social justice issues and climate change.

“Galleries and museums play an important role in educating the public, and it is important that we stay at the forefront of cultural and social change,” Kelowna Art Gallery executive director Nataley Nagy said in a press release. “Our sector has long shared the stories, artifacts and artworks of world cultures, from ancient Egypt and Rome to the Renaissance.

“As we move towards reconciliation in Canada, it is very important that cultural organizations be prepared to share indigenous culture, and to have the skills to do that in a respectful way.”

More information can be found at the event’s website.

Cash to do some good
Okanagan Edge Staff - Oct 16 - Biz Releases

Interior Savings is once again giving away $10,000—in $100 increments—to those who vow to do something good with it.

As part of the credit union’s annual Day of Difference, which is Thursday, it will be looking for 100 people who will take $100 and make a difference in their community.

Residents from Clearwater to Osoyoos can go online Thursday and tell Interior Savings what they would do with $100. Credit union officials will then decide by Nov. 1 which 100 people will be given cash to make a difference in their community.

“We’ve seen incredible enthusiasm around this program, and each year participants continue to impress us with their ingenuity and heart,” Interior Savings CEO Kathy Conway said in a press release. “We’ve seen children taking the initiative to help the homeless. We’ve seen teachers involve entire classrooms in deciding how to make an impact. We’ve even witnessed participants grow their $100 into so much more by encouraging co-workers, friends and family to get involved.”

The $10,000 giveaway isn’t the only good Interior Savings will be doing on Thursday. It will also be sending employees out into their respective communities to do acts of good, and it will serve up treats for members at its locations.

Students’ blood wanted
Okanagan Edge Staff - Oct 10 - Get Involved

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UBC Okanagan and Okanagan College are teaming up in an effort to get as much blood as possible donated over the final two weeks of October.

The two post-secondary institutions, in collaboration with Canadian Blood Services, are holding two, week-long blood donation events. The first donation event will help fill open appointments at the Kelowna fixed blood donor centre. They hope to collect 500 blood donations combined.

UBCO will also set up blood donation events starting on Oct. 24, and transportation options will be available for students.

Big money for KidSport BC
Okanagan Edge Staff - Oct 09 - Get Involved

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Triple O’s helped to raise more than $80,000 for KidSport BC last month.

The restaurant chain donated a loonie from every combo it sold throughout the province during its ninth annual KidSport Day on Sept. 28.

Kelowna residents raised $7,291 of the provincial total, which will help underprivileged kids participate in team sports.

Gala to help new moms
Okanagan Edge Staff - Oct 05 - Get Involved

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The Greater Westside Board of Trade is holding its third annual West K Women of Influence Holiday Gala next month.

The event is being held in support of the Central Okanagan Food Bank’s Tiny Bundles program, which specifically supports pregnant mothers and families with babies under the age of one.

The gala will be held on Friday, Nov. 16, from 6 to 11 p.m. at Shannon Lake Golf Club’s Courses Restaurant. It will feature a three-course dinner complete with wine, live music from Room to Dance, a live auction, door prizes and a silent auction.

In addition to regular monthly hampers, Tiny Bundle participants also receive weekly nutritional support, advice twice a month from a local nurse, milk and eggs for pregnant and/or nursing mothers, fresh fruits and vegetables, diapers, baby cereal, baby formula and baby food.

Tickets for the event can be found here.

Skevik helps young skiers
Okanagan Edge Staff - Oct 05 - Get Involved

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It’s almost ski season, which means it’s time to start thinking about what you’re going to put on your boots to soar down the mountain.

Local ski manufacturer Skevik will be displaying its wares on Saturday at Triumph Coffee in downtown Vernon. The goal is to obviously sell a few pairs of skis, but also to raise awareness and fundraise for the Silver Star Freestyle Club.

From Saturday until Jan. 8, customers at Triumph Coffee will be able to add $1 to their bill to be entered to win a pair of custom Skevik skis. Every cent of the proceeds will be donated to the SSFC to help with athlete development and travelling for competitions.

Dealerships join fight
Okanagan Edge Staff - Oct 04 - Get Involved

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The Wyant Group’s six Okanagan dealerships will be donating a portion of every new and used vehicle sold and serviced to the Canadian Cancer Society during the month of October.

This marks the third year in a row the group of dealerships has conducted the initiative, and they raised more than $18,000 for breast cancer research over the last two years.

The participating Wyant Group dealerships are Porsche Centre Kelowna, Jaguar Kelowna, Land Rover Kelowna, Kelowna Volvo, Audi Kelowna and Vernon Hyundai.

“Everyone knows someone who has been touched by this disease,” Wyant Group founder and CEO Vaughn Wyant said in a press release, “and after two successful years of supporting this initiative I am pleased and confident we can continue to do our part and make a difference.”

Mingler to support grads
Okanagan Edge Staff - Oct 02 - Get Involved

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The Central Okanagan Bursary and Scholarship Society, also known as COBSS, is holding an event in two weeks to help students who are planning to pursue a post-secondary education.

A wine and cheese mingler is slated for Wednesday, Oct. 24 from 5 to 7 p.m. at The Forum, which is located at 1317 Ethel St. in Kelowna.

COBSS matches graduating students with bursary or scholarship money that is available. The group assists hundreds of kids each year and plays a role in helping them land more than $400,000 in scholarship and bursary cash.

More information on the non-profit society, which has been in operation for 45 years, can be found here on its website.

KidSport Day on Friday
Okanagan Edge Staff - Sep 24 - Get Involved

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Triple O’s is back with its ninth annual KidSport Day later this week.

A loonie from every combo sold on Friday at the 41 Triple O’s locations throughout B.C. will be donated to KidSport, a community-based sports funding program for disadvantaged children.

Triple O’s has raised $350,000 and helped 875 kids in the last eight years through KidSport Day. This year, Triple O’s is aiming to help 250 local kids in need and raise more than $100,000.

Donations are welcome in the days leading up to KidSport Day, and Triple O’s will have its new dish—the Stadium Burger—as part of the big day. It’s a burger and an all-beef hot dog all in one bun.

Drive thru, help United Way
Okanagan Edge Staff - Sep 17 - Get Involved

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Penticton’s Lakeside Resort will host the 2018 United Way Drive Thru Breakfast on Thursday morning.

When you drive up and donate, you will receive a hot breakfast sandwich, Tim Hortons coffee and a bag loaded with goodies valued at $50 or more. Some of the prizes include a Summerland wine and golf package, a B.C. Lions weekend in Vancouver and a Vancouver Canucks jersey signed by Daniel Sedin.

There will also be special bags for kids, treats for dogs, window washing, newspapers and more to round out the experience.

The breakfast will take place between 6:30 and 9 a.m.

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