W.L. Seaton Grade 12 students jump for joy as they celebrate graduation.

W.L. Seaton Grade 12 students jump for joy as they celebrate graduation.

Year in Review – May 2011

A look back at the events and news that shaped 2011

  • Jan. 1, 2012 8:00 a.m.

Colin Mayes sweeps the polls and is re-elected as Okanagan-Shuswap MP, joining a Conservative majority. Meanwhile the NDP makes history as they form official opposition in Parliament.

RCMP divers recover a body inside a red Cadillac from Okanagan Lake. The vehicle appears to have left Westside Road and entered the water north of Bear Creek Provincial Park.

The B.C. Nurses Union protests overcrowding at Vernon Jubilee Hospital as the 148 acute care beds are not enough for the 160-190 patients the hospital routinely cares for. Demands are made to finish the two shelled in floors in the new patient care tower to help deal with the constant influx of patients.

The Vernon and District Women’s Centre is forced to close its doors due to ongoing funding issues. But the services continue to be provided through other agencies and programs.

The Vernon Vipers lose the Royal Bank Cup championships 2-0 to the Pembroke Lumber Kings in Camrose, missing their opportunity to earn a record seven national championship titles.

Despite their recent loss, Vernon Vipers owner Duncan Wray is presented the Freedom of the City award for his role helping to lead the team to so many victories, garner community pride and help put Vernon on the map.

A male victim is shot in the shoulder after trying to flee an attempted robbery outside of the 7-Eleven on 39th Avenue. It was later determined that the suspects and victim knew each other.

The B.C. Dragoons celebrates its 100th anniversary, since the squadron formed in Vernon in 1911. A marble statue was later erected at Kelowna International Airport to commemorate the Dragoons’ history.

A Kelowna Rugby team is forced to abandon its school bus as the vehicle catches on fire on Highway 97 near Oyama Road.

Min Sidhu is named Woman of the Year by the Vernon Women in Business for her excellence, dedication and inspiration of her personal and professional lives.

Search and Rescue teams scour the banks of Cherry Creek in Cherryville for a man who is believed to have gone missing after jumping into the creek to rescue his dog. Less than a week later, a search begins in Shuswap River for a 17-year-old Enderby teen after he went missing.

Plans for a new downtown Vernon mural are unveiled in honour of local potter Axel Ebring.

Sandiego band Switchfoot rocks the Wesbild Centre with many of its Grammy award-winning album hits.

American-based retailer Target announces plans to convert the Village Green Centre’s Zellers to a Target store in 2013.