Celebrating a community treasure

Vernon is my home town. I was approached to help with the creation of a science centre for the North Okanagan. Little did I know what was in store. The Okanagan Science Centre was born through the inspiration of a man by the name of Bill Sim and his spirit is still behind each and every display.

I recently had the pleasure to visit the Okanagan Science Centre to recognize a corporate financial contribution from the Royal Bank. I was astounded! The number of displays has increased exponentially over the years covering a broad array of scientific exploration.

I understand that last year there were over 5,000 visitations to the centre, including many classes from our local schools.

The residents of Greater Vernon should be very proud of this wonderful facility.

We really owe a debt of gratitude to Sandy Dixon and her team of enthusiastic workers for their focus and dedication to the centre for making it what it is today.

And to Kevin Aschenmeier, who has been with the centre since its inception. Kevin has a remarkable understanding of all things scientific and has an innate ability to communicate his knowledge. Special thanks should be communicated to the board of directors who have volunteered their time and energy to help develop this wonderful community facility.

Finally, we need to recognize the financial support that has been provided over the years from numerous companies throughout the Okanagan.

We need to also recognize the contribution provided by various federal and provincial agencies that have incubated the centre into something amazing.

In addition, we should never forget the financial and operational support and commitment that has been available to the centre over the years from the City of Vernon, the District of Coldstream and the Regional District of North Okanagan. Many thanks.

But most importantly, I as a Vernon native would like to extend my gratitude to all of my fellow residents of Greater Vernon for supporting the Okanagan Science Centre over the last 20 years.

It is a marvelous community facility, and… if you have not seen it lately, take a tour, you will be pleasantly surprised.


Gerry Garbutt, founding member