Kal Rotary raises more than $90K
The club’s annual Dream Auction went online this year due to COVID-19, raising $70,000 in its first six weeks. As a final fundraising push, volunteers held a two-hour drive-thru donation collection in Vernon Nov. 21.
Armed with a hockey stick and ice bucket, volunteers with the Kal Rotary Club stayed social distanced while collecting cash.
“We’ve been really amazed at the community involvement so far,” said Brian Reid, chair of the 2020 Dream Fund.
In total, The Kalamalka Rotary Dream Fund raised $91,3198 to support local and international organizations.
Cooper the border collie gets a calendar
Famous Lumby dog Cooper, an eight-year-old border collie, will now grace the pages of his own calendar.
Cooper’s lovable mug is widely known by locals – so much so that some have suggested to his owner Jerry Mason that Cooper could have his own calendar. When Mason took up the idea, he thought he’d get around 10 or 20 requests.
Having greatly underestimated the demand for his pup’s portraits, he had his work cut out for him.
“I’ve now got orders for 110 calendars,” he laughed, adding that requests came in from as far as Red Deer. “This is ridiculous!”
Roof raised at rink
The final support beam went up over the weekend over top Jeffers Park’s multi-purpose pad in Lavington and installation of roof panels began Tuesday, Dec. 1.
The summer sports court and the outdoor ice rink in winter is a beloved community asset and the addition of a roof will extend the length of both seasons while preventing weather to affect play, improving recreation opportunities year-round.
Lavington Community Association’s (LCA) Raise the Roof campaign saw support from Coldstream and the Regional District of North Okanagan Area D to the tune of $60,000.
National magazine dubs Vernonite a health hero
Alison Houweling, a harm-reduction counsellor at the Cammy LaFleur Street Outreach Program, joins the ranks of doctors, health policy leaders and health information scientists – to name a few – in Best Health Magazine’s list recognizing Women of the Year.
The list Best Health calls non-exhaustive but “hella impressive” points to some of these women, the “everyday heroes who put extraordinary effort into our best health.”
Houweling, who is also the manager of education and community programs with Turning Points Collaborative Society (TPCS), may be best known for her work through the clinic.
“What she does contributes to the health of this community in ways that most people will never realize,” said TPCS communications manager Josh Winquist.