Calm kids, resilient families
Contributed - 5:41 pm - People in Business

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By Elisa Farr

Spending the last eight years of my life deep diving into restoring my own body, mind and spirit into balance, I have witnessed the huge benefit not just for myself, but the benefit it has had for my kids and family. While offering them bits and pieces of my practice in order to help them manage their own stresses, I began to realize that there was a need to be filled in offering them their own practice in a simple and easy way.

As a mom of six kids, I know firsthand how important it is to equip our kids and families with these time honoured wisdoms and techniques, in conjunction with science based research.

Kids and families face epic levels of stress in their lives and we know, via statistics, that if kids don’t learn the skills to manage stress now, they will carry ineffective coping mechanisms with them into adulthood.

Many kids are challenged by disrupted sleep, tummy troubles, anxiety, lack of focus, fear of the unknown and more. And because we love our kids, we want to see them flourish into adulthood with the skills to manage and thrive through life’s stresses.

Our growth and evolution happen through life’s stresses and struggles, but without the skills to manage those times, life can feel heavy and like it’s spiralling downward. We can equip our kids with tools to use so that as they grow and flourish into adulthood, they don’t get dragged into the spiral of stress and its overwhelming weight. They can learn the tools in this program, so that when life events happen, they are more resilient to its effects and restore themselves back to balance more quickly and easily.

We as adults can learn alongside our children to create more opportunity for bonding with them, create a common vocabulary to share when it comes to the experiences they are having, and honouring those emotions and experiences.

By giving them the mindfulness tools and relaxation practices and making it easy for them to use, we support balanced physical and mental development. Tummy troubles can be eased, focused attention becomes evident, sleeping patterns restore, anxiety lessens, self-confidence grows and much more. The added bonus is that if you are practising with your child, the benefits are available to you too. Even simply being present with your child during the practice, can strengthen your connection with them.

I am elated to have created this program for kids age nine to 12 and their families to use together. Calm Kids, Resilient Families is super easy for you and your kids to use.

Parents and guardians will have some parent-centred info and science to help them more deeply understand how the mindfulness and relaxation works. Then parents, guardians and kids will get some short instructional videos and visuals on how-tos.

Each module will contain a new audio recording that will lead kids—and you, if you want to join in—in a restful practice.

There will be bonus ‘mindful moment’ mini-practices designed to create ‘quick grab’ tools to master in-the-moment emotions and reactions. They can include breath practices, visualizations and movement.

And because families can have full schedules, this program is self-paced, so they can pop on the recording, watch a video at their convenience and do it as often as they wish in the six months of access they will have when they join the program.

I am passionate about putting the tools of restoration and balance into the hearts and hands of all people, especially our kids, so that they may evolve and flourish with poise and confidence.

Alisa Farr is co-owner of Kelowna’s Flourish Sound and Wellness

This column was submitted as part of BWB Wednesdays

Tolko manager earns honour
Jon Manchester - 8:28 am - People in Business

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A manager at Vernon’s Tolko Industries has been recognized with a prestigious industry award during National Forests Week.

Andrew de Vries is one of two winners of the 2021 Outstanding Member of the Year award from the Forests Products Association of Canada.

The award is presented to individuals who have gone above and beyond in advancing the values of environmental stewardship, strengthening forestry communities, and supporting sector colleagues and partners.

De Vries is manager of Indigenous opportunities and government relations at Tolko.

He has more than 30 years of experience in natural resource management and Indigenous relations in Canada, the U.S., and internationally. Prior to his role at Tolko, he worked for the Mining Association of Canada and Forest Products Association of Canada.

He also worked for the North American Sustainable Forestry Initiative, leading the organization on Indigenous, conservation and community files.

“(The) Forest Products Association of Canada is supported by many talented world leading professionals working for companies across Canada. I am honoured to work with these individuals and to be considered one of their peers,” said de Vries. “Working in forestry and natural resource management has given me the great opportunity to see a huge variety of ecosystems and meet tremendous people.”

Amber Armstrong, manager of communications and stakeholder relations for Mercer International in Peace River, Alta., also received the award.

Faces of #OKGNtech
Accelerate Okanagan - Sep 20, 2021 - People in Business

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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 like this can be a challenge. Nobody panic. We’ve got a plan.

This is “The Faces of #OKGNtech,” a showcase of Okanagan tech entrepreneurs, partners, supporters and cheerleaders designed to fuel more connection, more growth and more excitement. Follow along on the blog and on Instagram at @OKGNtech to learn more about our growing community and what makes them awesome.

Meet Brian. Brian Stephenson is a partner at Pushor Mitchell LLP. When he’s not helping people close real estate deals, you’ll find Stephenson shooting hoops with his wife or working on building his own business development course.

How did you end up calling Kelowna home?

I’m originally from Barrie, Ontario, but my family moved out to Kelowna when I was young, so the Okanagan is home for me. I went to Vancouver for law school and came back to Kelowna for my family and the community. I never felt nearly a strong connection to the bigger city, and Kelowna was, at the time, an opportunity to be a bigger fish in a small pond. But that pond has gotten much bigger lately.

Where do you work in the Okanagan? 

I’m a partner at Pushor Mitchell LLP, specializing in commercial and real estate law. The work usually involves a lot of real estate-based and lending-based transactions. I also work with a lot of companies at various stages of their operation. However, my expertise on the business side is surpassed by some of the specialized individuals that we have at the firm, which is a great thing about Pushor Mitchell.

What do you enjoy most about your role? 

Now as a partner, I’m able to start making decisions that impact the future of the firm—being cognizant of how the community’s evolving and how we can continue to service their needs. For me, business development is a lens that I often look through. However, the younger group coming up through the firm is very strong, bringing in a lot of perspectives. Looking at what the senior-level people have been able to achieve has been really cool and gets us thinking about what we want to achieve for the firm as a younger group.

What advice would you give to someone interested in a job like yours? 

When you’re not familiar with an industry’s landscape or terminology, you can feel uneasy not knowing what will impress people. Now that I’ve been on the other side of the hiring table, I’ll tell you that being genuine is what impresses people. A company wants to find people who are intelligent, able to grow and an all-around good person to work with. As much as we want expertise, we need to know that you are someone we would want to spend time interacting with around the office.

What do you enjoy about the OKGNtech community?

I like that the community’s evolving. Growing up here, it was a small town with a sleepy feel. That has changed quite dramatically over the years. To be a part of that evolution and seeing the city develop and mature has been cool. Financing, collaboration and physical spaces have been exciting ways that I’ve been able to help influence that growth in my own way. With COVID, we’re starting to see new calibres of talent having access to our community and supporting its growth.

When you’re not working, what are you up to? 

I’ve been working on a course with some other professionals in town. It supports the next generation of leaders, partners and owners by offering personal and organizational business development. Once a week, we meet over Zoom and talk through various subjects to help expose them to ideas and practical implementations. It creates an interesting space to help build some best practices. So working on that or playing basketball with my wife.

The best piece of advice you often share? 

Kill them with kindness. If you try to take a more conciliatory approach and take time to acknowledge their perspective—as opposed to choosing to fight them on it—you can help ensure that the conversation is always moving forward in a positive way. There are situations where there are time pressures on people and personality can be more difficult to deal with than others, and having empathy is an extremely useful tool. But it’s not always an easy path.

Is there something you want to be remembered for? 

Whether it’s coming through for a client or being home when I told my wife I would be, I want to be known as someone who keeps their word and provides value to others. Every day I make promises to people that can have serious impacts on their lives. In my line of work, there are a lot of commitments that I make to help other people achieve a goal. If I don’t keep my word, they won’t gain a full understanding of purchasing a house, or they won’t be able to buy the house because we missed a deadline.

Gorman matriarch passes
Colin Dacre - Sep 17, 2021 - People in Business

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Eunice Gorman with her letter from the Queen to mark her 100th birthday

The last founding member of Gorman Bros. Lumber in West Kelowna has passed away less than a month after her 100th birthday.

Eunice Gorman was the first bookkeeper of the fledgling Gorman Bros. Lumber and box company, founded in 1949.

“Eunice passed away peacefully in her home, surrounded by members of her family, who were singing hymns of faith to ease her passing,” the company said on Facebook. She passed on Sept. 16.

The post said Eunice “has spent the last weeks reflecting on an incredible life lived.”

“Eunice, like the other founders, always believed that family and community were important and a favourite verse that she likes to remind us is; Proverbs 22:1 – A Good name is to be chosen rather than great riches,” said the company on social media when marking her 100th birthday.

Eunice was married to Ross Gorman, who founded the company with his brother John Gorman after an “informal chat,” according to the company’s website.

“[Ross and Eunice] worked as a team through all the ups and downs that life threw them, the loss of their orchards, the founding and building of Gorman Bros., along with Eunice’s bookstores,” the company said on Facebook. “Ross and Eunice worked hard raising 6 children, and took in almost the same number of foster children.”

The Gorman Group of Companies is now managed by Nick Arkle, Ross and Eunice’s son in law.

Voyager’s Friesen top RV dealer
Okanagan Edge Staff - Sep 16, 2021 - People in Business

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Jason Friesen poses with his dealer of the year award.

A Lake Country RV dealer has driven off with a prestigious award.

Jason Friesen of Lake Country’s Voyager RV Centre is this year’s recipient of the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association of BC’s Dealer of the Year award.

Friesen joined the family business in 2003 and since 2009 has served as Voyager’s vice-president and acting dealer principal. He has guided his team to being one of the top 50 dealers in North America for five years in a row, and Voyager also won a customer service innovation award in 2019.

“I love what I do and feel like the luckiest guy in the world to get to come into work here every day,” Friesen said. “My dad got the ball rolling here at Voyager in the ’80s and ’90s with blood, sweat and tears. That was really the hard work, and he set the tone for the company’s culture and values.

“My job since 2003 has really been to try to build on that early success and reputation. It’s an easy job to lead the amazing group of people that we have on staff here, and to help grow the business in a way that doesn’t waver from what we believe—that customer experience should be the focus.”

Friesen continues to follow the family tradition of giving back to the community by creating the Voyager Cares Initiative that recently raised more than $100,000 for local charities over a period of 16 months. The charities were chosen by the Voyager RV staff to reflect the passion of the whole team.

Friesen is now a finalist for the Canadian RV Dealer of the Year award, which the RVDA of Canada will award this fall.

DVA adds new board members
Jon Manchester - Sep 16, 2021 - People in Business

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The Downtown Vernon Association has welcomed some new faces to its board of directors.

Three new directors were chosen during the DVA’s annual general meeting Sept. 14: Jason Shortt, Russell Shortt Land Surveyors Inc.; George Wen, Welbeck Properties; Leah Martel, Castanet Media.

They join current directors Shanna Rowney of Evolve Beyond Education Solutions, Cody Walker of Nixon Wenger lawyers, and James Fradley of The Med restaurant.

“It is an exciting time for the DVA as our board and staff work strategically and with vision, integrity and dedication to serve our members,” executive director Susan Lehman said in a press release. “We are continually impressed with the high level of engagement and collaboration from our membership.

“Together, we can celebrate the DVA’s vision of a culturally and economically diverse downtown that is a desirable neighbourhood for commerce, living and leisure.”

Lehman thanked outgoing directors David Scarlatescu, Tegan Carruthers and Catherine Christensen for contributing to the DVA’s success.

The Downtown Vernon Association is comprised of more than 550 businesses covering 46 city blocks, including retail, dining, professional services, community services and health-wellness providers.

Cardew grabs chamber reins
Okanagan Edge Staff - Sep 15, 2021 - People in Business

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(L to R): President Robin Cardew, vice-president Deb White and secretary-treasurer Ryan Mackiewich.

The Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce has a new president.

Robin Cardew, who recently served as vice-president, has been elevated to the role of president. He replaced Krystin Kempton, who has completed her tenure and will now hold the past president title.

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Top row (L to R): Krystin Kempton, Jonathan Blais, Scott Durward. Middle row (L to R): Kelly Kedrosky, Shane Kohlman, Michael Molnar. Bottom row (L to R): Kennedy Raine, Kari Sargeant, Darrin Taylor.

Cardew, who is a chartered professional accountant, was elected on Wednesday during the chamber’s annual general meeting, at which time a new board of directors was appointed as well.

Deb White is the new vice-president after serving most recently as secretary-treasurer. Ryan Mackiewich, meanwhile, has moved from director to secretary-treasurer.

Returning directors are Jonathan Blais (Vegpro International), Scot Durward (Tolko) and Darrin Taylor (Axis Intervention Services), while the newcomers to the board are Kelly Kedrosky (KJB Digital), Shane Kohlman (Freshii), Michael Molnar (Restoration Lands), Kennedy Raine (Sundial Lighting) and Kari Sargeant (Castanet).

Retiring board members are Deanna Beaudoin, Roger Lamoureux, Leif Lennie, Aly Pain and Greg Stevens.

“Deanna, Roger, Leif, Aly and Greg have contributed significantly to the success of the chamber during their tenure and they will definitely be missed,” Cardew said in a press release. “We wish them well with their future endeavours.”

Star tourism find new boss
Darren Handschuh - Sep 13, 2021 - People in Business

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Cassandra Zerebeski has been named the new executive director of the Silver Star Resort Association.

The appointment, which is effective immediately, comes following a wide-ranging search for the ideal candidate.

“There was tremendous interest in the executive director position from a slate of high-calibre applicants, but ultimately it was Cassandra who demonstrated the kind of enthusiasm, ideas and solid background we believe will be an absolute asset to the association and the Silver Star community,” SSRA chairperson Dave Gibson said in a press release.

Most recently business development lead with Tourism Whistler, Zerebeski has experience in a range of leadership roles within B.C.’s hospitality sector, including with Destination Canada and Whistler Blackcomb.

A 20-year resident of B.C. originally from Minnesota, often deemed the most Canadian part of America, Zerebeski’s strong track record in sales and marketing, combined with her strategic thinking abilities and considerable drive, will be vital as she spearheads the development of the SSRA.

“Like so many people, I am a great admirer of Silver Star and the ways it has grown its year-round events roster across sports, the arts, music, food, wine, and so much more,” Zerebeski said. “I am especially enthusiastic about how it makes everyone feel like a local through its innovative and open-minded approach. Silver Star is very much international in its makeup and outlook. I look forward to augmenting this position and to working with people in the community.”

Reporting to the SSRA board and working closely with the mountain operator, relevant stakeholders and the community, Zerebeski is charged with developing and implementing a cost-effective business plan that maintains and enhances the Silver Star experience, boosts resort community vibrancy, enhances property and business values, and underpins business and accommodation success.

Memoir that will motivate
Tom Kernaghan - Sep 08, 2021 - People in Business

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“We’ll figure something out.”

We say these words all the time, but when Debra Kelly said them at the end of our first chat, to schedule our second one, I sensed they flowed from a hard-earned knowingness that runs deep beneath her friendly and confident demeanour.

Kelly is a storyteller, speaker and real estate agent who lives here in the Okanagan and in Cabo San Lucas. I can say I’ve never met a person in whom the seemingly disparate aspects of life seem so well integrated into a way of living. Now, that is. Back in 1993, Kelly’s purpose, passion and pleasures had yet to blossom from the soil of pain, fear and darkness she found herself pushing through as a single mother and expat in Mexico. Her money was dwindling, her hope was flagging and her determination was screaming, but her aim, especially for killing scorpions, was improving.

She has a kick-ass memoir for you to read. Having just finished Wait a Year, an Amazon international best seller, I can see where Kelly’s confidence comes from. She’s been through it! As a fellow storyteller who loves a cracking a good tale about life’s trials, travails and triumphs, especially one with dark humour, I can say this book will delight you, move you and leave you wanting more. And I can see how Kelly’s story will motivate others to find their voices, set healthy boundaries and design a better lives for themselves.

Kelly’s own voice is ferocious yet tender, playfully sarcastic yet disarmingly candid. Drawn from 27 years of journaling, Wait a Year takes the reader on a year’s “adventure” into the unknown, through which a lost and heartbroken Kelly staves off suicidal thoughts before ultimately seizing opportunities to create a better future for herself and her kids in Cabo San Lucas. But she goes through hell first. It’s not so much a leap of faith as a dive of desperation, revealing her true grit. The result is nothing short of inspiring, and very funny.

What a story! OK, it’s many years after that transformational period in your life. Today your children are grown, your real estate career is thriving, and your life between two countries sounds wonderful. What inspired you to bring this memoir to the world? What do you want women to feel and do for themselves?

The inspiration for writing Wait a Year had been brewing over many years, how a lifelong dream of living at the ocean inspired a crazy move to a foreign country. When I would share about how I moved to a small Mexican fishing village while plagued with suicidal thoughts, telling people about the adventure trials and antics I experienced with three young kids underfoot, people would laugh and “ooh” and “aah” about it all being so crazy. But this odd little Mexican town is where I found my voice, where I learned about forgiveness and especially how to set boundaries and carve out daily affirmations. My life was changed forever. I knew other women who had similar stories would see that there really is a way out … if they would wait a year.

Setting boundaries is an issue for many. To give us a bit of context, what were you grappling with back in 1993? You’ve described yourself as a “blackbelt in codependent recovery.”

Boundaries seem like such a simple ability, but most codependents find themselves being “people pleasers” without the ability to stand up for themselves. They fear being disliked and so they never say no. Without this basic skill for survival, I allowed myself to be overwhelmed with too many yeses and too much volunteering when I already had a full-time job—and three kids—and had nothing left to give. Learning to set boundaries saved my life. Learning to deflect guilt and put myself as a priority was the key.

Although your story is primarily speaking to women seeking courage and self acceptance, I think it’s broadly relatable. Your longing and vulnerability speak to the need for validation, redemption and love most of us feel. Your relationship with Kenny is one of the most moving examples of courage, grace and self-forgiveness I’ve read in a long time. How have other men reacted to your story?

I always love getting feedback from men who read my story. Men share that they too can relate to being so low and desperate they didn’t know a way out and found my story inspirational. They also all said how shocked they were about the kids’ father allowing me to take them to Mexico.        

Your style is both intimate and spacious, mingling present tense and past tense into a daze of determination. You leave a lot of room for the reader to ponder. The effect is hypnotic and effective, as we feel your stunned surrender to “whatever.” Talk about this inner experience and what it means. 

After weeks and weeks … and weeks of nothing going right, I finally just gave up. It was a total surrender. An epic meltdown. I didn’t know about the gift of letting go, which is a kinder gentler way of saying, “F–k it.” True grit shows up when you are at your lowest. It is an inner strength that is a part of us, and when it takes over, watch out world!

You also have a marvellous knack for interweaving light and dark; for creating sobering, hilarious juxtapositions between dream and reality; and for selecting telling details. The effect is one of hope and possibility, that life is worth living BECAUSE it is messy and worth the fight. When you look back at your younger self, what do you feel and what do you say to her?

Such a good question for everyone to look back on who they were way back when everything was going right; more importantly, to look back on who you were at your worst times. I can still see me as that young woman and feel her every hurt, her damaged spirit and feel her broken heart. I love her today. If only I knew then what I know now—my wiser self—but who would I be today if I hadn’t gone through all of life’s troubles?

The wild adventure your kids went through with you certainly keeps the reader glued to your story! There were many challenges. Looking back now, what would you say is the most positive outcome of their adaptation to life in Mexico?

The kids had no choice in that crazy adventure, but to this day they love recalling every moment of our life in Mexico. We talk often about those days and always agree those were the best years. They learned about loss and disappointment at young ages and saw their mother crying often. They learned to be “the foreigner” in their school and yet somehow managed to rise up and make friends easily. They also had to accept Kenny, their stepfather. There were some big issues around that whole dimension. Real life was happening, but we loved the simplicity of our small town beach life. They had to overcome a lot. But life is messy no matter where we would have lived.

Tell us about your work now! You do speaking engagements and lead coffee conversations on a variety of themes. What do you like most about these?

The opportunities to do book clubs or wellness events excite me, as I LOVE talking about how the smallest and easy shifts in a daily routine can change your life immensely. I love outlining a daily dedicated practice of journaling, affirmations and self-care, and how to create and experience those long-delayed dreams. I can’t wait to do more speaking engagements!

You’ve also been a real estate agent for 20 years. I find it poetic that you launched a career that paralleled your own life in a way. It must feel wonderful to help others through the fruits of your own transformation!

I love real estate sales because it is a deeply personal relationship. Helping families find their dream home is a gift! I am motivated to my own personal goals and dream big and bigger today knowing through experience that everything is possible.

I’ve read some of your blog posts. I think you have another book in you! Any plans?

Yes, I have another book planned and started. I have some titles I am working with and narrowing the storyline down. Everyone who reads Wait a Year is begging to know more about Kenny and our love story. His life alone is worthy of a book! I have journals from 1994 to present and will go through them to remind myself of the worst yet funniest expat stories.

After so many wild experiences, what still surprises you?

What surprises me most is that I have been single for 15 years and could have a written a book called The Best Worst Date Stories Ever Told.

Debra Kelly is a Peachland-based storyteller and motivator, and real estate agent.

This column was submitted as part of BWB Wednesdays

Faces of #OKGNtech
Accelerate Okanagan - Sep 08, 2021 - People in Business

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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 like this can be a challenge. Nobody panic. We’ve got a plan.

This is “The Faces of #OKGNtech,” a showcase of Okanagan tech entrepreneurs, partners, supporters and cheerleaders designed to fuel more connection, more growth and more excitement. Follow along on the blog and on Instagram at @OKGNtech to learn more about our growing community and what makes them awesome.

Meet Sepideh. Sepideh Rezania is the founder of Unrooz Solutions. When she’s not empowering her clients with JEDI-focused leadership training and strategy, you’ll find Rezania hiking through the mountains, swimming in the lake or officiating a wedding.

Where are you from? 

I was born in Tehran, Iran, grew up in Shiraz and moved to Sri Lanka when I was 18. I finished my high school degree there, got my undergrad from Portland State University and then completed my graduate program at the University of Toronto. Each degree is from a different country! When I got married, my husband and I moved back to the U.S.—first to Florida and then back to Portland, where we lived on a nice farm. We moved back to Canada in 2017.

Why did you choose to call the Okanagan home? 

My cousin was getting his PhD at UBCO, and in 2016 we came for a family reunion. I remember swimming in the lake every day on that trip. That’s what really sold me on the Okanagan. Originally being from Iran, the climate was very similar in the Okanagan. It felt like being back in my childhood. In 2017, we quit our jobs, sold our farm, put everything in the back of our sedan and moved here with our two teenagers. I don’t know if it was courage or just craziness. Maybe a combination of both, or maybe courage just sounds crazy sometimes.

Where do you work in the Okanagan? 

I am the founder of Unrooz Solutions, a local consulting firm. I empower my clients with clean energy strategy development and leadership training. We do this through a human-centric and collaborative process. I build in a lot of justice, equity, diversity and inclusion (JEDI) so that my programs are designed to leverage the perspective of the larger community.

How did you get interested in clean energy technology?

In Portland I was a program director, managing programs at a cell phone manufacturing organization for over a decade. After my kids were born, we tried to create a non-digital communication policy at home—limited TV and other electronics. I realized that I was living a dual existence. My professional time was spent in a place that didn’t reflect the way I was living my personal life. That’s when I started looking to change fields, eventually finding a position with an energy efficiency company. I’ve found a passion for working in green technologies and reducing environmental injustices that can unintentionally get into program design.

What do you enjoy most about your role? 

I really enjoy being able to work towards bringing businesses, non-profits and government entities together—encouraging collaboration. Transportation electrification is a good example of where this can happen. Where do you start? With e-bikes? Electric buses? Success means connecting that initiative with the priorities in the region. It means getting multiple perspectives at the table and finding socially just and equitable solutions to help reduce our economic and social divides.

How were you first introduced to the OKGNtech community?

When I moved, I found Accelerate Okanagan and met with Brea (Lake) and Alex (Goodhew) to talk about what was going on in the community so that I could try and find my way in. They told me about the New Year’s Kickoff event as a way to connect. I’m not normally a fan of huge parties, but I ended up meeting a lot of great people that I’m still in contact with, like Trevor Butler and Peter Robinson, who work in a similar space as me. COVID impacted my ability to continue networking, but I’m looking forward to finding more opportunities to connect with the #OKGNtech community.

The best piece of advice you like to share? 

Rapid change doesn’t stick. That’s something I’ve learned working in climate solutions. The impact we make, whether destructive or constructive, will build towards a true difference in someone else’s time. Don’t expect results right away. You need to be persistent and patient and be willing to never see the impact of your efforts within your lifetime.

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