Kelowna Satellite Soup Sisters and Broth Brothers
On April 11, 2011 the Kelowna chapter of Soup Sisters made its first batch of soup at Okanagan Street Food Restaurant with a full house of enthusiastic soup makers. Kelowna Women's Shelter, the recipient of the monthly supply of soup made by the community, was there to speak to their overwhelming gratefulness to be included in this amazing charity partnership. Three years later, with year in advance bookings continuing, and new interest consistently growing, the team has decided to extend their ladle to another needy local cause - Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs Youth Overnight Shelter.
After meeting with the Shelter organizer, Jennifer Paquette, Soup Sister co-ordinator Jennifer Schell was shocked to learn about the government's recent cuts to their program and to learn that this 10-bed capacity shelter was the only one of its kind in the entire Okanagan Valley. "One only needs to go downtown in the evening," Schell says, "to see the number of street kids wandering around. It is really horrible." The Shelter is thrilled to learn of this new partnership and to soon be able to offer nourishing soup made by the community simmering on stove when the kids check in (they check in at 6 pm and have to be out by 8 am). There will also be extra soup to share with their drop-in centre downtown. he The Richter Street Overnight Program is operated through the Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs. This shelter provides a voluntary resource for youth ages 13-18 that are homeless (absolute or relative) or at risk of homelessness and have no safe alternatives. The shelter operates on a first come first serve basis and accommodates up to 10 youth per evening. Males and females are housed in separate areas of the shelter.
New Soup Sister kitchen partner, Betty Cherkoui will be hosting the monthly events at her Saj Common Kitchen business which can facilitate groups of 20 to make the 60L of soup per month that the Soup Sisters plan to share with the Youth Shelter - matching the quantity that the current Soup Sisters group makes for the Kelowna Women's Shelter. Jennifer says that "they are so thrilled to be able to offer this program to the youth shelter and to feed those kids! We are also looking forward to inviting the kids to the soup making sessions - a chance to be in a room filled with loving people and to maybe even pick up some cooking tips!" "Most of all, this second location in Kelowna proves that our community has a huge heart and wants to help. What a wonderful thing we can do thanks to the Soup Sisters amazing program!" The Kelowna Soup Sisters Team already has a waiting list for the new program to start this July and are confident that it will match the bookings of their Soup Sisters #1 operation.
Saj Common Kitchen in Kelowna was created by a caterer and cooking teacher. Betty was inspired to create this space for people just like her who had struggled in the past to find a commercial kitchen to create their magic in. The common part refers to the fact that the fully equipped, approved commercial can be rented by anyone needing a kitchen space to create his or her products, prepare food or hold an event in. Offering bright, colourful painted walls and seating for 20 in Kelowna's hip Pandosy neighbourhood, Saj offers an inspiring and cozy oasis to host gatherings and/or draw culinary inspiration. Besides catering, Betty teaches Lebanese cooking classes and is a busy mother, grandmother with a high heart who has worked with homeless kids before.
For more information or to book a soup making event contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Article from http://www.soupsisters.org/kelowna_s.php
Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs announce New CEO
The Board of Directors of Okanagan Boys & Girls Clubs is pleased to announce the appointment of Diane Entwistle as Chief Executive Officer effective July 9, 2014. Diane has been with the organization since 1989 and has served as Director of Operations since 2004. During that time she provided valuable leadership and oversight to our staff team on the development and delivery of programs and services to children, youth and families throughout the Okanagan Valley. Diane has also been involved with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Canada (BGCC). As CEO, Diane's leadership will play a vital role as Okanagan Boys & Girls Clubs moves forward with exciting initiatives in the future. She has a deep commitment to the mission, vision and values of our organization and to our dedicated team of staff and volunteers. Diane can be reached at 250.762.3989 x101 or via email at email@example.com. Rod Pacholzuk, Board Chair
Rogers Raising the Grade-What a Great 2nd Year!
The Wrap up Rogers Raising the Grade party was held on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 to conclude our second year of offering the Rogers Raising the grade program. We celebrated seven wonderful youth who completed their 2 year commitment to the program and will be receiving scholarships for post secondary. The youth, with the support of their mentor and this program achieved many things such as better grades, career planning, community involvement, and great mentor relationships.
The Rogers Technology center in Rutland Kelowna BC is currently serving over 25 youth in the community, giving them the skills to excel in all aspects of their lives and supporting them throughout their time in high school. We looking forward to having more youth join the program in this coming 2014/2015 school year. Please contact Kaelyn @ 250-765-3345 for any inquiries regarding our local Rogers Raising the Grade program.
Rogers believes that every young person deserves the chance to reach their full potential. Rogers also believes that education is the key to helping young people realize this potential. This is why Rogers developed the Rogers Youth Fund.
The Rogers Youth Fund initiative is a national program designed to provide basic academic support (literacy, numeracy, and languages), tools and resources needed to excel both inside and outside the classroom. It is dedicated to helping Canada’s youth overcome the barriers they face in getting the most out of their education, particularly those who are at risk due to poverty, isolation, being new to Canada, or who face challenges at home.
Rogers Raising the Grade will provide our youth with the skills, tools and opportunities necessary to excel academically and secure their future success as productive, independent and contributing members of society. It is an interactive after-school program that allows youth to explore their personal interests, receive homework support, connect with mentors and/or tutors, interact with peers, and increase their digital literacy and plan for post-secondary education. www.raisingthegrade.ca
Kids Just Want to Have Fun! Come to Camp Arrowflight
Summer is in full swing and you might be looking for an awesome adventure for your kids. Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs Camp Arrowfilght in Armstrong provides just this opportunity. It is a chance for your child(ren) have fun while learning and growing through our weeklong overnight camp.
Experience canoeing, rock climbing, BMXing, Mountain Boarding, Geo Cashing, swimming, crafting, campfire songs and skits, good old fashion outdoor games and much more.
On the surface the camping experience is about fun and adventure but digging deeper suggests a chance to grow and develop skills and confidence for the future. It’s a chance to meet new friends, experience new challenges while learning leadership and life skills.
People raised with the camping experience will tell you summer camp isn't only about recreation. More than anything camp teaches individuals about life and how to live it positively.
Campers learn they are able to do things on their own, without their parents and learn about independence and responsibility. “They have to take responsibility for themselves, for their space, for their belongings, and their whole self-concept starts to improve.” Kate Hamilton, Camp Director.
It’s not too late to give your kids this opportunity. Visit the Camp Arrowflight page and find out more about the Camps and how to register. You and your child will be happy you did.
Craig Monley - CEO of Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs to retire
The Board of Directors of Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs hereby announces the retirement of Craig Monley, Chief Executive Officer, effective July 4, 2014. Craig began with OBGC in 1988 as Executive Director during a time when the Kelowna Boys and Girls Club consisted of only two locations in the city. Since then, he built OBGC into a valley wide organization providing a wide range of vital programs and services to thousands of children, youth and families each year. OBGC now has 33 service locations throughout the valley, from Osoyoos in the south to the communities of Falkland and Enderby in the north. Craig also oversaw development of a comprehensive array of specialized programs and services dedicated to frontline prevention and intervention for at-risk youth in our community. Operating out of the Kelowna Downtown Youth Center, these initiatives have won several National Awards of Recognition for groundbreaking work in this area. Prior to coming to OBGC Craig served as a Special Education School District Administrator and Counselor for School District 59 (Peace River South). Craig's impressive career in helping kids and families has spanned four decades. He will be missed and we sincerely thank him for his dedication and service. OBGC Board of Directors
Capital One Race for Kids Kelowna Raises Over $34,000 for Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs
KELOWNA, BC (June 1, 2014) –This year 152 participants raised over $34,000 in the 3rd Annual Capital One Race for Kids, benefiting the Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs.
Thank you West Kelowna Interior Savings!
The West Kelowna Interior Savings raised $1000.00 for the Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs Webber Road location! The fundraising efforts of the sixteen employees at Interior Savings included Purdy’s Chocolates sales, a Spring Basket raffle, and a garage sale to raise the money for children who attend the Club. The money raised will be used to purchase gym equipment, books, and games for programs. Thank you, West Kelowna Interior Savings, for your efforts and the generous donation!
May Long Weekend Bottle Drive
Need to get rid of some bottles from May long?
Let us take care of them for you!
When: May 20th- 23rd from 9:30am-5pm
Where: Downtown Jaycee’s Youth Centre
@ 1633 Richter Street
Every bag of bottles donated enters you into a draw for a $25 Kelly O’Bryan’s gift certificate!
Proceeds go toward the programs at Jaycee’s Downtown Youth Centre.
If you have any questions contact: 250-768-3940
or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Capital One Race for Kids...Not Too Late to Join in on the Fun
Thank you to McDonalds in Central Okanagan
Over $24,000 was raised in the Central Okanagan through McHappy Day. The Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs want to thank Mr Pink, Rena Krell and their amazing team for working so hard on May 7th to support the Boys and Girls Clubs as well as Ronald McDonald House.
The proceeds of McHappy Day will help Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs provide nutritious meals to children, youth and families in need .
For the first time in many generations it is likely that Canadian children will have poorer health and a shorter life expectancy than their parents. Obesity and poor health outcomes are growing at alarming rates—and are especially extreme for low-income communities in Canada—including the Okanagan Valley.
Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs work to improve the overall physical, mental and emotional health of thousands of disadvantaged children in the Okanagan. Food and nutritional health are key predictors of life-long development and success. This truth compels us to do everything we can to give our children what they need to succeed. Far too many families in our large geographic region do not have the financial means to provide regular nutritious meals for their children. Lack of food security is the single most common social issue that OBGC encounters in the more than 6,000 children and families served annually.
We provide over 3,500 breakfasts and lunches to children each month through various programs: youth centres/shelter, after-school/daycare, community kitchens, Camp Arrowflight, seasonal food hampers and our local food bank. In spite of our efforts to help feed children in need, we simply cannot meet the overwhelming demand. Thanks to the generous donation from McDonalds, we will continue to provide what is needed to our families.
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Clara’s Big Ride-Welcome To Town Events
Canadian Tire Retail and Gas+ are proud to announce a National Presenting Partnership with Bell Let’s Talk mental health awareness initiative "Clara’s Big Ride"; a 110-day cycling journey across every Canadian province and territory led by 6-time Canadian Olympic Medalist Clara Hughes. Clara will begin her journey in Toronto on March 14, 2014 and end in Ottawa on July 01, 2014 travelling a total of 12,000 kilometres. As a national presenting partner of Clara’s Big Ride, Canadian Tire Retail has the opportunity to carry out activations and garner media coverage throughout the 110-day event at five Canadian Tire stores.
Clara's Big Ride will find her in Kelowna on May 21, 2014 at 4:00pm at the Canadian Tire Store in Kelowna. Come out and say "Hi".
For more information please visit: http://clarasbigride.bell.ca/en/
Donate your Canadian Tire $$ to Canadian Tire Jumpstart
Do you remember the first time you laced up the skates, turned your first pirouette, or scored your first goal? We bet you do! We often learn the value of teamwork, make lifelong friends and realize the benefits of physical activity through participating in sport and recreation.
Wouldn't it be great if every kid could feel that same excitement? Help us give all kids a sporting chance. Donate to Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities. The smiles on their faces say it all. National in scope but local in focus, Canadian Tire Jumpstart delivers support to children through a Canada-wide network of local Chapters. Kelowna Chapter includes a variety of community leaders committed to helping kids get active, such as Boys and Girls Club, YMCA, Recreation and Culture and KidSport.
In Kelowna, the Chapter works very closely to ensure Jumpstart funding gets to children who need it most. Last year only, a record number of 1,133 local children in financial need got a chance to play thanks to the Jumpstart. That is a total of 4,988 children helped in Kelowna since the launch of Jumpstart Charities in February 2005.
Support our goal to help even more families this year and donate to the Jumpstart. It can be easier than you think! For the month of May, Kelowna Canadian Tire and its community leaders are running a Canadian Tire Money Drive. Who doesn’t have Canadian Tire money at home? And maybe some more will be found while doing spring clean-up of your home, car or winter coats. Then it is a perfect time to take it to one of our participating locations and drop off CT money in the Jumpstart donation box provided:
Kelowna Canadian Tire
Canadian Tire Gas Bar
Parkinson Recreation Centre
Capital News Centre
Kelowna Family YMCA
H2O Adventure and Fitness Centre
Okanagan Boys & Girls Clubs
All money raised will stay in the community!
Our fundraising efforts through the month of May will be celebrated with the Jumpstart Day on May 31st between 11am and 2pm at the Kelowna Canadian Tire store. Join us for a BBQ, win prizes and meet with an Olympic athlete!
Thank you for your support!
Thank you for your support!
or call 1- 877-616-6600
Okanagan Golf Course Support Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs
We are excited to have Okanagan Golf Club helping to support the fundraising efforts of the 007 Team for Capital One Race for Kids.
On Saturday, May 24th.....golfers who book their tee time and let the golf course know that they are booking in support of the Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs will be ensuring that partial proceeds of green fees will be going to our local Boys and Girls Clubs.
Book your tee time early by calling.....250-765-5955
Cally Cross 30 Day Difference
The Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs Downtown Youth Centre was fortunate enough to have Cally Closs volunteer with them yesterday as part of her 30Day Difference project (where she volunteers at a different organization each day for the 30 days of April).
Check out her blog to see what her experience was like:
We all have the ability to make a difference. Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs welcome volunteers and encourage people to get involved in a variety of ways from working directly with children, youth and families to assisting at Community Events. Contact us at 250-762-3914 to find out more about how you can make a difference too.
Connecting Through Cooking – Community Kitchen
The Martin Avenue Boys and Girls Clubs would like to announce a new program called Connecting Through Cooking – Community Kitchen. This program is an opportunity for families to learn healthy cooking skills while connecting with others. Each session participants will bring home an entrée along with either soup or muffins. Please contact the Martin Club at 250-762-3914 for details!
Westjet Takes Flight in Penticton & Helps Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs
This past weekend our Westjet Partners announced exciting news .....they are offering flights out of Penticton Airport. To add to the excitement they donated a Westjet Voucher for 2 to any Westjet destination to be raffled off at their offical announcement to the City of Penticton.
With a bus load of Westjetters assisting us, we were able to raise $1400 to help us provide the supplies and equipment needed to run our recreation and family service programs in Penticton.
We know Westjet employees and the over all company have a huge heart and their efforts to give back to the Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs and the local community is outstanding.
Thank you Westjet and welcome to Penticton!!!
The Kal Tire Skilled 4 Success Program Helps Youth Gain Employment Skills
Kelowna, BC - Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada has partnered with Kal Tire to create a national youth program called Skilled 4 Success. With a national shortage forecasted in the skilled trades sector, Skilled 4 Success provides essential pre-employment exploration opportunities, job skills training and job shadowing experiences for youth across Canada and specifically in West Kelowna and Kelowna.
Through a combination of in-Club programming and off-site field trips, Skilled 4 Success offers traditional and hands-on learning. Teens aged 13 to 18 are provided with networking and job-shadow opportunities with skilled professionals at Kal Tire stores or other work environments. There is a focus on skilled trades but teens are encouraged to explore a range of career options and identify their special talents. Skilled 4 Success teaches job search strategies, resume writing and general skills that can be applied in a range of careers.
After a successful launch of Skilled 4 Success last year, we wanted to ensure that this opportunity was made available again for the youth in our community. 22 young people participated in the past program and we hope to have the same number participating this spring.
"It's a privilege to be working with Kal Tire to offer such an anazing program to the youth in our community. This opportunity will go a long way in giving them the skills and confidence they need to be successful in their careers in the future." - Jen Carter, Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs Empowerment through Employment Program.
Anyone youth interested in participating in future Skilled 4 Success Programs can contact Jen Carter or Brianne Gale.
Jen Carter, Empowerment Through Employment Program, Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs, 778-214-0331, email@example.com
Brianne Gale, Empowerment Through Employment Program, Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs, 778-214-4134, firstname.lastname@example.org
A Special Donation
The Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs would like to specially thank Laura Golinowsky for her ongoing support of our work. In the last two years she has given generously to our organization in memory of Randy Golinowsky and Kaaaly Levan. Her kindness and generosity touches our hearts. Her contribution truly makes a difference to the lives of young people in our community.
ECO-BLAST Kids Camp and Concert Registration open!
Can you imagine 100+ kids singing ‘I am the Future’? Or dancing to ‘Up Your Watershed’? Or creating eco-art masterpieces?
That’s the power of ECO-BLAST Kids’ Camp & Concert, hosted again this summer by the Fresh Outlook Foundation and the Okanagan Boys & Girls Clubs.
JULY 14th-18th, 2014
Day camp at the Martin Avenue Community Centre, 9am-3pm
JULY 18th, 2014
Concert at Martin Avenue Community Centre, 7pm
Milestones Kelowna Gives Back to Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs and Anti-bullying Movement
Milestones Kelowna and new owners Brian and Cindy Tetlock made a decision to support the Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs Pink Shirt Day movement and surprised us with a cheque for $400 towards the Safe Club programs.
Cindy and Brian say that coming from a small town helped them truly understand how important it is to give back to your own community. They, along with General Manager, Anthony Banning and Allison Wormell, Manager of Guest Experience agreed that being a part of the anti-bullying movement in Kelowna was something they wanted to support.
"We are always to grateful for organizations and individuals who understand what we do and commit to making a difference. Cindy and Brian, the Milestones Team and their customers are terrific. We look forward to continuing our partnership with them." Richelle Lawrence, Event Coordinator
Thank you to Milestones Kelowna!
Kelowna Firefighters Charitable Association Support Anti-Bullying
The Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs were very excted to receive a visit from the Kelowna Firefighters. The children at the Martin Avenue Community Centre came together to poss for a picture with come of the team from our fire deparment. Along with the surprise of the fire truck was a cheque for $500 to support the Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs Anti-Bullyig Movement. The donation will help programs that teach leadeship, work of self esteem and empathy and help children and youth understand that everyone Belongs!
Thank you to the Kelowna Firefighters Charitable Association!
Navigation Wealth Management and Scotia McLeod Step Up to the Plate Again
Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs are so thankful for the support that Navigation Wealth Management and Scotia McLeod have providded again this year. Each year they provide a matching program for our "Live Auction".
Their generous donation of $3000 will help support programs for children and youth in areas of recreation.
Thank you to David Allard and his Associates for supporting Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs.
Rona's Pink Shirt Day Surprise
The Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs were excited to learn that the staff of Rona in Kelowna were organizing a popcorn fundraiser for January in support of February 26th, Pink Shirt Day.
To our great surprise, the staff of Rona presented a cheque in the amount of $2360. The proceeds will be used to support the Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs anti-bullying and Safe Club Programs.
"I was so excited and grateful for the donation. In fact I am sure the staff from Rona could see the shock all over my face when they handed me the cheque. Who know popcorn could amount to so much. I understand there were some generous employees who added to that amount." Richelle Lawrence, Event Coordinator.
Thank you to Rona for your amazing support of Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs.
Thank You Costco Wholesale Employees!!!
The Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs – Martin Avenue Community Centre would like to Thank Costco Wholesale employees for volunteering their time and hard work to make a difference to the hundreds of children and youth who spend time in our club.
Over a weekend of generosity, 21 volunteers organized cleaned painted and provided new furniture to make our club look amazing. Special thanks to supplies and furniture donors Costco Wholesale, Home Depot, Comet Transport, General Paint, Flashbacks, and several other private donors
Pink Shirt Day Walk February 26th
Thank everyone for participating in this year’s Pink Shirt Day Movement!
We are asking everyone who will be wearing pink of some kind to come and join us in a Pink Shirt Day Walk on February 26th. Together we want to show everyone that we will not tolerate Bullying of any kind. We are an amazing community where everyone BELONGS…..no matter what!
Invite your colleagues, friends, family….anyone you know to come out.
Ø Date: Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Ø Time: 3:00PM
Ø Location: Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs Downtown Youth Centre – 1633 Richter Street, Kelowna
Ø Activity: Walking from Downtown Youth Centre to the Sails
Ø Additional Info: Juice and Snack donated by SunRype
If you have any questions please email email@example.com
Bullying Stops with You and Me…We are the Solution!
February 26, 2014 Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs Promotes Wearing Pink to Raise Awareness
The Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs are once again joining the Provincial and National movement to celebrate Pink Shirt Day – I Belong, Bullying Stops with Me, on Wednesday, February 26, 2014.
Pink Shirt Day originated in Nova Scotia where a new high-school student was being bullied and harassed when he showed up at school wearing a pink T-shirt. In support, two young men purchased 50 pink T-shirts from a discount store and enlisted fellow students to wear the pink shirts at school to support the new student who was being bullied.
Many people believe, likely because they experienced it themselves, that bullying is a “rite of passage” for kids—required in order to deal with the tough realities of life. At Boys and Girls Clubs, we know that victims of bullying, witnesses of bullying and bullies themselves all experience the very real and long term negative impacts of bullying regardless of its forms—physical, verbal, written or on-line (cyber-bullying). We also know that there are constructive and supportive ways to help children and youth develop skills to prevent bullying and to thrive. And, we know that by developing those skills in a supportive environment, the emotional and psychological scars from bullying that haunt and shape people’s futures can be avoided.
Okanagan Boys & Girls Club kids, staff, School Districts, schools, City Councils, McDonald’s, Harmony Honda, Rona, Kal Tire, Capri Insurance, Interior Savings, RBC, Waterfront Eye Care, Tolko, Best Western, The Delta Grand, Manteo, The Bridge, UBCO and many others will be wearing pink to raise awareness and to demonstrate that we are all part of the solution to stop bullying.
We are encouraging the Okanagan communities to wear pink on February 26th to show that bullying will no longer be tolerated. “We look forward to seeing everyone in Pink on February 26th supporting the Anti-Bullying Movement. Shirts can still be purchased at your local McDonalds and Boys and Girls Clubs locations between February 19th and 26th … until supplies last”, said Richelle Lawrence, Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs Events Coordinator.
Through the proceeds of t-shirt sales, Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs are able to provide on going programs that foster self esteem, social engagement, academic success, inclusion, acceptance, respect for self and others, and connection to community—all of which are key elements of bullying prevention. Boys and Girls Clubs proudly participate in Pink Shirt Day because it promotes awareness, understanding and openness about the problem and a shared commitment to a solution.
Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs rely heavily on community support to deliver our daily Club programs. Supporting Pink Shirt Day supports everyone who has experienced bullying as well as Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs anti-bullying programs. We want to thank the Kelowna Firefighters Charitable Society and Rona who have also agreed to present a cheque on February 26th to support the work being done with the young people attending Boys and Girls Clubs in the Okanagan.
Thank You for joining our efforts to STOP bullying.
For more information about this event, or to schedule an interview or photo shoot with our Club kids, please call
Richelle Lawrence at 250-762-3989 ext 107 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Join Our Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs Community Events Team
The Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs are looking for enthusiastic volunteers who would like to become a part of our Community Events Team. This volunteer experience will give people a chance to connect with the community in a positive way providing activities and information to all those who come out and enjoy the event.
Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs participate in hundreds of events throughout the year in the Okanagan Valley. At each event we organize and run fun-filled activities for children and their families to participate in at the same time as providing information on our many programs and services offered from Osoyoos to Enderby.
We are looking for people who are energetic, outgoing, creative, enjoy socializing and connecting with children and adults and who want to assist us in sharing our message. You may be available at certain times of the year and not at other times…that’s okay, we’re flexible. You may be interested in travelling throughout the valley or would prefer to volunteer in your own community…that’s okay too, we’re flexible.
Come and join this amazing team of people helping make a difference in our communities.
For more information, contact Richelle Lawrence at email@example.com or call 250-762-3914
Thank You to All of Our Angels
The Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs have been overwhelmed by the generosity of businesses and individuals this year in their efforts to fill hampers for over 220 families in need. This year more than ever before we have had an influx of companies and individuals who either wanted to sponsor a family or come give their time.
We would like to thank our Be an Angel Campaign Partners...The Kelowna Daily Courier, Penticton Herald and Kelowna Food Bank. Without them there would not be a campaign.
Along with our obvious partners, we had several other who came to the plate.
We were excited to have 50 of the Waterplay staff agree to join us in getting things ready for our Be An Angel Hamper building day. The group arrived with much enthusiasm and kind hearts as they helped us establish a make shift store where other volunteers could come and shop for all the items to fill the hampers for our families who did not have the means at this time to fill the cupboards and load the tree with presents.
“It was so amazing to see everyone working together as a team, knowing they were helping us make a difference to children and families in our community, said Richelle Lawrence, Events Coordinator at Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs. It seemed to truly be a labour of love as they packed and toted heavy boxes, organized products, built boxes, created poster and did whatever was needed with smiles on their faces, .”
During the Packing Day we had a group of the Harley Owners from Kelowna come and give us a hand. Although they were scheduled to help for a 3 hour shift, many of they would not quit and stayed on for an extra 2 hours. Wow!
At the end of Packing Day we had a great group of young guys from the Kelowna Chiefs come by to assist us with getting things cleaned up and put away for another year. Having to do this type of volunteer work is not always feel as rewarding to people but these guys happily did all they needed to assisting us to get things cleaned and packed away. We are very thankful for their help.
Throughout the week we had over 80 volunteers come and give us a hand.
Others who contributed included:
Ø Kal Tire who donated 5 hampers this year and came out to feed the crew of volunteers on Hamper Packing Day.
Ø Aberdeen Hall Prepitory School and Fiddler Fights Cancer, Britco, Waterplay, Disney Interactive, Coca Cola, Scotia Bank in Vernon, Tundra, Knights of Pythius, Stantec Consulting, Penticton Honda Hyunda, Kinnett Club, Kinsmen in Summerland, Naramata General Store, The Monley, Albano and Welder Family all sponsored a family with food and or gifts.
We want to also thank Sears Kelowna and Rayburns Marine for their donations of toys and gifts. This added some fun to the hampers.
Thank you goes out to the following:
Santa's Sleigh Bus visits Lake Country Club!
Kelowna Transit's Santa Sleigh Bus visited the Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs' Lake Country club! The festively decorated bus, led by Rudolph, made a stop at the club where the children were able to tour the bus and have a visit with Santa! A big "Thank You" to Frank at Kelowna Transit for arranging the Santa Sleigh Bus to make the exciting stop at the Lake Country Club!
Restorative Justice Week!
Article from Castanet: http://www.castanet.net/edition/news-story-103002-33-.htm#103002
It’s Restorative Justice Week and the theme is “Inspiring Innovation".
Restorative justice is an inspired approach to resolution and I want to share it with my community.
This is a different way of looking at crime: Trained volunteers and staff provide an alternative to court (and a criminal record) for youth who commit minor crimes.
The focus is on how people have been harmed and what people can do to repair the harm done.
Communities become stronger when local individuals and organizations pull together to form solutions.
An example might look like this:
Say a 12-year-old from West Kelowna meets a friend from Winfield at the Rutland skateboard park and leaves behind some graffiti. The youth are caught on camera, identified and apprehended by the RCMP.
Both youth are first time offenders. Both youth wish they’d never done it and are nervous about what happens next.
Seeing the opportunity for the youth to learn from their mistakes the RCMP referred them to the Youth Restorative Justice Program.
The youth, guardians, RCMP and owner of the damaged property meet. Trained volunteers guide the discussion: What happened? Why did it happen? Who was affected? How can the harm be repaired?
Maybe the resolution includes: graffiti removal, writing an apology letter to the community, raking leaves, litter clean up or volunteering in a park program.
Youth are supported by program mentors to follow through with their commitments. The results are a cleaner neighbourhood, satisfied property owners and youth who have learned a valuable lesson.
It takes a community commitment to make the process work.
The Youth Restorative Justice program is a valuable asset to our community.
Poverty, mental health, drug and alcohol use, family conflict, and lack of community engagement can all lead youth to commit crimes.
Restorative justice is a wonderful tool that helps youth and the community to get to the root of the problem restore bonds and relationships.
Restorative Justice gives each person a voice and an equal opportunity to learn from each other’s concerns, opinions and solutions.
Youth learn that RCMP officers are willing to listen and help. The community sees that youth can be respectful and work with the RCMP to find solutions without being criminalized. Everyone contributes and no one is alienated.
For more information about Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs’ Youth Restorative Justice Program see the Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs website: http://www.boysandgirlsclubs.ca
Or contact The Youth Restorative Justice Program Directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Written by Lauren Ozanne, Program Coordinator with the Youth Restorative Justice Program at the Okanagan Boys and Girls Club.
Anholt’s Army is a new partnership with the Okanagan Boys & Girls Club and West Kelowna Warriors Captain Matt Anholt
Anholt’s Army is a new partnership with the Okanagan Boys & Girls Club and West Kelowna Warriors Captain Matt Anholt. 8-10 youth from the Boys & Girls Club will get to watch every Warriors home game from the special Anholt’s Army section. At the game they will receive popcorn, a free t-shirt, and they’ll meet Matt after the game.
Anholt will also run a drop-in ball hockey game every Tuesday from 6:30-7:30pm at the Boys & Girls Club on Webber Road throughout the year.
For each point Matt scores $25 will be donated to the Boys & Girls Club courtesy of his sponsors: Fender’s, Ultimate Hockey & Skate, and Shutout Sports Collectibles. Matt currently has 12 points through 18 games, and picked up 3 points in 3 games this past weekend.
“I’m honoured I can be a part of such a great charitable effort like this,” says Anholt. “I want to thank my sponsors, and the Warriors for making this possible. Obviously I have a little pressure now to go out and have a good season, but more importantly I’m just happy I can help out with the kids in our community.”
Anholt is already committed to Alaska-Anchorage for the 2015-16 season (NCAA Div.1), and will be a great role model scholastically for the kids.
“I am very proud of Matt to step up and lead our team in the community off the ice,” says Warriors Head Coach/GM Rylan Ferster. “He already plays such a strong game, this will add to his desire on the ice.”
For more information about Anholt’s Army, or about the drop-in ball hockey, please contact Andrew Deans at email@example.com
Former Employer Raises $4500 in Memory of Marissa Ginter
KELOWNA — An Okanagan community came together in memory of Marissa Ginter, a teen in who died in Kelowna early August 2013.
To help other at-risk youth get help, Ginter’s former employer, Amanda Zais, owner of Mavazi Apparel, organized an On-line Auction to raise money to support the Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs - Club 180 Program where Marissa spent many hours creating art such as painting, drawing, making collages, making jewelry; singing and dancing and making fashionable outfits from donated clothing.
This spirit and the knowledge Amanda gained about the work of Club 180 staff inspired her to solicit donations from friends, family and the community. “I didn’t know what the Boys and Girls Club actually did in our community until Marissa started working for me and talking about it,” says Amanda Zais. “Seeing what they actually do, I couldn’t believe it.” Click here for the coverage on Global News http://globalnews.ca/news/770429/a-180-for-marissa/
Over 70 local businesses donated almost 100 silent auction items and over 200 people bid on these items. The fundraiser resulted in over $4500 being donated to Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs and will be used to update and renovate the drop-in environment so that it reflects our youth and the impact that the drop in has on their lives. We will be painting, replacing furniture and creating an art station / art space in the room because this was Marissa’s passion.
Craig Monley, Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs CEO said the impromptu fundraiser was humbling. “When people get behind you and give you a push, just when you need it, you can’t help but be overwhelmingly grateful,” he says. “We appreciate Amanda’s efforts and generosity and know that Marissa’s legacy will continue to touch other youth. Her life continues to make a difference.”
The drop-in centre on Richter offers hot meals, shelter and services. A staff of 30 meets 155 different youth every month, with winter being the busiest time.
Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs Receives $25,000 Grant from The Home Depot Canada Foundation
From September 24th to 26th, Team Depot volunteers from Kelowna and area will partner up to help renovate the Kelowna Youth Shelter.
Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs is a leading provider of programs to children and youth that support the healthy physical, educational and social development for over 6,000 young people and families each year. Each center creates a safe, supportive environment where children and youth experience new opportunities, overcome barriers, build positive relationships and develop confidence and skills for life. Working alongside youth from the area, Team Depot volunteers will complete an indoor renovation projects which includes repairs to the dorms and walls, painting and the replacement of ceiling tiles that has welcomed so many youth from the area.
“We are thankful to The Home Depot Canada Foundation,” said Craig Monley, Chief Executive Officer of Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs. "
This community build project is a perfect fit for The Home Depot Canada Foundation whose focus is supporting affordable housing. The Foundation has long committed to building strong communities for families and youth-in-need. September 1 marked the 11 year anniversary of its annual Celebration of Service Campaign. The month-long campaign honours Team Depot volunteers from coast-to-coast by acknowledging their dedication to volunteerism.
“Active at all 180 stores across Canada, associates are encouraged and empowered to take a leadership role in their communities by volunteering on projects with local and national partners, just like this one in Kelowna,” said Kim Forgues, Vice President, Human Resources, Communications & Sustainability, The Home Depot Canada. “As a core value of our organization, giving back is crucial to enhance the communities we live and work in.”
The project will take place with the support of The Home Depot associates from Kelowna and area store locations and Okanagan Boys and Girls Club members at the Kelowna Youth Shelter on 1633 Richter St. Kelowna, BC.
From September 24th to 26th, Team Depot volunteers from Kelowna and area will partner up to help renovate the Kelowna Youth Shelter.
Date: Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Time 9:00am – 12:00pm – spokespeople available
Location: Kelowna Youth Shelter
1633 Richter St.
Kelowna, BC Kelowna
Who: Craig Monley, Chief Executive Officer - Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs
Derry Loughrey, Team Depot Captain– The Home Depot Canada
To coordinate a media interview or photo opportunity please contact:
Executive Team Coordinator
Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs
(250) 762 3914
Job Opportunities at Our Clubs!
Are you looking for a fun and rewarding job?
We are now hiring in our club! Excellent experience and a chance to make a difference in a child’s life. Visit us at www.boysandgirlsclubs.ca to check out the great opportunities available at the Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs!
Fire at Westbank Lions Community Hall Impacts Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs’ Westside Youth Centre
The Westside Youth Centre, a program offered by Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs, was impacted by the fire at the Westbank Lions Community Hall this past weekend. Services provided at the centre include drop in recreation, meals and snacks, Reconnect counselling and employment services. Due to the impact of the fire, the Youth Centre location will be closed for the immediate future.
Westside Youth Centre staff is committed to connecting with youth, and ensuring their basic needs are being met during this challenging time. Staff will be available to meet youth and provide a meal outside the Youth Centre in the United Church parking lot daily from 3:00 to 6:00pm. For more information contact the Westside Youth Centre cell phone at 250-870-1473, check our Facebook page and website.
Okanagan Boys & Girls Clubs staff and District of West Kelowna staff are working together to locate temporary space from which we can continue to provide services to youth in West Kelowna.
If members of the public wish to help out, they may contact Kristy Butterworth, Westside Youth Centre Director 250-870-1473 or Teresa Murray, Central Okanagan Area Director at 250-868-8541, extension 219.
23rd Annual Capri Charity Golf Classic Raises Over $50,000
The 23rd Annual Capri Charity Golf Classic was held in support of the programs and services provided by the Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs. This first class tournament was held at The Harvest Golf Club and featured 18 holes of golf on the Okanagan’s most prestigious championship golf course, lunch, dinner, prizes, and a great time in support of the kids.
This year’s tournament raised over $50,000 for the Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs. The amazing day culminated with several companies including Chutter Underwriting Services, RWAM and Telus contributing additional sponsorship towards the event.
Special thanks go out to Capri Insurance for their commitment to the Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs as well as to all the sponsors and participants who made a contribution of money or in-kind items and services.
Over 50% of kids attending the Boys and Girls Clubs come from low income families and attend programs thanks to sponsorships and reduced registration fees. Fundraising events like this tournament are essential to help support these children and youth in our community.
Michael's Craft Store Encouraging Customers to Give
Michael’s Craft Stores will be holding a customer campaign designed to encourage customers to purchase back to school items for distribution to Boys and Girls Clubs kids in the communities they are located in. Visit Michaels between July 26th and August 15th and help a young person in Kelowna with their school supplies. www.michaels.com
Best Buy Joins the McHappy Day Spirit
Inspired to make a difference too, Bruce Babiuk, General Manager of Best Buy decided he’d like to donate cameras to Camp Arrowflight when he heard about the campaign McDonalds was running to send kids to camp from the dollars raised through McHappy Day.
Bruce said he thought it would be great for photos to be taken from the kid’s perspective and generously donated 5 cameras to the Camp.
Camps offer children a once in a lifetime opportunity to learn about the environment, the importance of being part of a team and about themselves through programs and activities based on adventure and active learning. Capturing their experience through images will help all of us understand how much enjoyment, excitement and lasting impressions camp has on them.
We look forward to seeing these photos and being a part of these young people’s memory making adventure. Thanks to Best Buy for contributing to the Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs Camp Arrowflight!
In the picture: Teisha, Rena (McDonalds), Torin, Bruce, Jordan, Deepak, Kieron and Richelle (Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs)
ECO-BLAST Kids' Camp & Concert!
ECO-BLAST Kids’ Camp & Concert!
Can you imagine 100+ kids singing ‘I am the Future’? Or dancing to ‘Up Your Watershed’? Or creating eco-art masterpieces? Or picking vegetables to make salad for each other?
There are three ways you can be involved! Send your child (or grandchild) to camp, provide a scholarship for a child who wouldn’t otherwise be able to attend, and/or become an ECO-BLAST Booster by visiting www.eco-blast.org before July 26th. Watch the video of Camp Ambassador Eli Ord, and then make a donation that will provide you with many great rewards!
The Fresh Outlook Foundation’s passion is “building sustainABLE communities through conversations that inspire positive change.” To that end, it hosts highly acclaimed and hugely popular events such as the Building SustainABLE Communities conference, REEL CHANGE SustainAbility Film Fest, Thompson-Okanagan Climate Action Exchange, Breakfast of Champions, and Women 4 SustainAbility.
For more information visit www.freshoutlookfoundation.org.
AUGUST 13th-16th, 2013
Day camp at the Martin Avenue Community Centre, 8:30am-3:30pm
§ Ecological songs inspired and taught by The Artists Response Team
§ Hip-hop dance, yoga, and eco-art inspired and taught by local experts
§ Hands-on nature, urban agricultural, and cooking experiences
§ Interactive teachings on water conservation, energy efficiency, and waste reduction
§ Locally grown and/or organic lunches, snacks, and beverages
AUGUST 17th, 2013
Concert at Kelowna’s Stuart Park, 7:00-9:30pm
§ Performance of ecological songs and dances learned during the camp
§ Display of art developed by campers
§ Local sustainability groups sharing information about their causes
§ $129/child (which includes food and art materials); scholarships are also $129
§ If you need help sending your kid to camp, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
SPONSORSHIPS: Fortis BC, Okanagan Basin Waterboard, Regional Waste Reduction Office
HOSTS: Fresh Outlook Foundation, Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs
Newman’s Own Foundation donates US$40,000 to Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs
Toronto, ON, June 26, 2013 – Newman’s Own Foundation, the organization started by the late actor and philanthropist Paul Newman, today announced it will donate US$40,000 to the Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs in support of itsFood Security for Disadvantaged Children program, which provides breakfasts and lunches to children in need. The Okanagan Boys and Girls Club is one of four Canadian charities who will receive a grant as part of the Foundation’s commitment to child nutrition.
We recognize the important role breakfast and lunch programs play in the lives of disadvantaged children,” says Lisa Walker, Managing Director of Newman’s Own Foundation. “Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs fill an important need for children in communities across Canada and we are proud to support them.”
This generous donation will allow for the program to expand into the Okanagan Valley where there is an overwhelming demand for food security and will also establish Community Teaching Kitchens. ” says Craig Monley, Chief Executive Officer, Okanagan Boys and Girls Club. “We now have the opportunity to respond to that need and establish programs that will improve the lives of vulnerable children living in the Okanagan regions”.
In April 2013, Newman’s Own Foundation pledged US$200,000 to Canadian breakfast and lunch programs and invited eligible charities to apply. Okanagan Boys and Girls Club, Calgary Food Bank, Breakfast for Learning, and the Victorian Order of Nurses were chosen for their strong and innovative programming, following a nationwide selection process.
For nearly 20 years, the Newman’s Own Foundation has turned profits from the sales of Newman’s Own products into donations for charities like Breakfast for Learning. Their US$200,000 commitment to child nutrition in Canada is part of more than $370 million the Foundation has donated to date.
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About the Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs
The Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs is a leading provider of programs that support the healthy physical, educational and social development for over 6,000 children and youth and their families each year throughout the Okanagan valley. Okanagan Boys & Girls Clubs is a non-profit community-based organization, with a long history of community partnerships. We have the expertise and the experience to operate a vibrant community centre that serves as the hub of community life. This success is based on a grass roots approach to planning, where community partnership, co-operation and collaboration are the cornerstones.
About Newman’s Own Foundation
Paul Newman was committed to helping make the world a better place. To carry on his philanthropic legacy, Newman’s Own Foundation turns all net profits and royalties from the sale of Newman’s Own products into charitable donations. To date, Paul Newman and Newman’s Own Foundation have given over US$370 million to thousands of charities around the world. For more information, visitwww.newmansownfoundation.org.
Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs receives a $7500.00 Grant from President’s Choice® Children’s Charity
Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs receives a $7500.00 Grant from President’s Choice® Children’s Charity
Basic Need – Brighter Future Program
In March 2013 it was announced that $250,000 in grants from President’s Choice® Children’s Charity Basic Needs, Brighter Futures program has been given to 37 Boys and Girls Clubs across the country. Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada has partnered with President’s Choice®Children’s Charity to provide Boys and Girls Clubs the opportunity to enhance or extend their current nutrition programs or to begin a new nutrition-based program for their members through the Basic Need – Brighter Future Program.
The objective of these grants is to help support the healthy development of all children and youth. Children and youth do not always have access healthy balanced nutritional meals which is essential for young people as they grow. Good nutrition early in life, last a lifetime and Clubs play an integral role in helping children and youth learn to live a healthy balanced lifestyle.
The Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs are proud to announce that we were one of the 37 Clubs chosen to receive a $7500.00 grant, through the Basic Need - Brighter Future Program. This grant will help to enhance the current nutrition programs at the Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs Richter St Overnight Program, Club 180 Drop-In and Westside Youth Centre.
The staff and youth of the Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs would like to thank President’s Choice Children’s Charity for their generous donations. This donation will greatly enhance the nutritional programs within our centres.
MCTHANKS TO OUR LOCAL MCDONALDS
McDonald’s McHappy Day 2013 – Wednesday May 8th - raised over $13,000 for Okanagan Boys & Girls Clubs from Summerland to Armstrong
On Wednesday, May 8th, 2013 the 20th annual McHappy Day raised over $13,000 for the Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs. Fifteen McDonald’s Restaurant locations from Summerland to Armstrong donated $1 from the sale of every McCafe®, Big Mac® sandwich and Happy Meal® along with donations and other fundraisers to help raise the money in support of their local Okanagan Boys and Girls Club.
Children and staff of the Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs along with local community leaders, emergency services staff, media and celebrity guests worked alongside McDonald’s staff throughout the day in support of the event.
Proceeds from McHappy Day will be used by Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs to help send children to summer camp at Camp ArrowFlight, an 82 acre camp outside of Armstrong, BC.
At the Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs - where no one is ever turned away due to the inability to pay - money raised through fundraising initiatives such as McHappy Day is vital to help ensuring that our Clubs are able to continue providing low to no cost recreation programming for children and youth.
Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs is a leading provider of programs to children and youth that support the healthy physical, educational and social development of more than 6,000 young people and their families each year. We have been helping young people discover, develop and achieve their potential since 1959. Every day at Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs, children and youth get the help they need to learn to develop positive relationships—with peers, family, teachers and the community at large. Clubs offer programs in physical recreation, technology, the arts, personal growth and more. Many clubs also provide meals, emergency shelter, family support programs and other support to children, youth and families at risk. Our mission is to provide a good place to be—regardless of their circumstances—for children, youth and families across the Okanagan. To learn more, visit www.boysandgirlsclubs.ca
108 Participants Raise $28,000 in the 2nd Annual Capital One Race for Kids
KELOWNA, BC (June 1, 2013) – Today, 108 participants raised $28,000 in the 2nd Annual Capital One Race for Kids, benefiting the Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs.
Teams of four adults competed in a series of 10 themed checkpoint challenges in a race to the finish line. This adventure race was held in Kelowna along with 20 other cities across Canada supporting local Boys and Girls Clubs in each of these cities.
“This Amazing Race meets Minute to Win It Scavenger Hunt like event has been a great example adults having fun while changing the lives of kids in our community,” said Craig Monley, CEO, Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs.” “We are so excited by the response of our communities across the valley and the commitment people have to helping the young people and Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs in providing outstanding programs and services that help shape their future.
Designed to let participants be kids again and recreate their favourite childhood memories, the Capital One Race for Kids incorporated activities that focused the mind and challenged the body. Each team was provided with 10 clues, one for each checkpoint to identify its location, which included the iconic “Link” up with your friends and “par”take in some fun!”
“We had so much fun last year that we knew we couldn’t miss out on the event this year” said Wayne Murdock, this year’s top fundraiser. Wayne organized a raffle raising over $4500. Winners of the raffle were:
Prize #1 – Ultimate golf getaway Mitch McLELLAN
Prize #2 – Ultimate couples getaway Shirley TELFORD
Prize #3 – Hotel/Spa getaway Steve PAULS
The Race for Kids, which takes place in 20 communities including, among others, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver, Kamloops and Summerside marks the first time a Canadian not-for-profit has created a national fundraising event based on the adventure race model. Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada is making this their annual flagship fundraising event with last year being the first and including 14 cities.
The Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs would like to thank their top local sponsors whose support helped make the Kelowna Capital One Race for Kids a success: EZ Rock as out presenting sponsor, Treehouse Interiors, Mills Office Prodictivity, Towne Centre Mall, Planet Lazer and Lake City Bowling, Telus, Accent Inns, Urban Links, Okanagan Ballooning, Kelowna Gymnastix, Okanagan Chiropratic, Mei Wei Chinese Cuisine, Westjet, Coast Wholesale Appliances, Dockside Marine Centre, McDonald’s, Vital Water, Artix Centre for Arts and Technology, Welcome to Kelowna. Many more business provided prizes and supplies and we are thankful for their contribution as well.
Join us next year.
Global Roadway Maintenance Inc donates $6000 to Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs
Global Roadway Maintenance Inc held a raffle in support of the Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs selling tickets to win a BMW Z3 on May 4th. President, Garth Dietrick (see photo) donated his own car as the prize.
This exciting event raised $6000 for Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs and Shawna Mosgrave of West Kelowna walked away with a new to her car.
We are so happy with Global Roadway Maintenance’s support of our organization. The $6000 will help support kids in the Junior Golf Program at Two Eagles as well as to help purchase supplies and equipment for the recreation programs offered by Boys and Girls Clubs.
MAC's Convenience Store in Rutland Participates in Community Outreach
Balbir Singh and Gurjeet Patara, operators of the Rutland MAC's, kindly stopped by with some welcomed supplies for the Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs.
Through MAC's Community Outreach Program, Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs were given sports equipment and art supplies for the recreation and child care programs being provided to children and youth in our community. Along with the supplies, they provided some tasty treats.
Balbir said he felt honoured to give back. He was happy that this was going to make such a difference to the kids.
Thank you to the MAC's Convenience Store for their generosity!
PLAYING ON PURPOSE! When Adults Play-Kids Win
Join the Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs May 1st for a sneak peak of our newest fun-filled, wild and wacky fundraiser, “Capital One Race for Kids”. This demonstration event will feature Okanagan Ballooning with their Inflatable Obstacle Course. Experience first hand what it is like to hop, run, crawl and make your way through the maze of activities. Enjoy a hotdog and beverage on us and learn more about how you can become a part of this “Amazing Race meets Minute to Win It” type of scavenger hunt, adventure race that will help change kids’ lives in our community.
When Adults Play….Kids Win!!!
WHAT: The Capital One Race for Kids Demonstration event will showcase the fun-filled adventure race being held in Kelowna Saturday, June 1, 2013! You’ll get just a sample of the great time you will have when you join this event and learn how the funds raised through the Capital One Race for Kids will change the lives of kids in our community.
WHO: Everyone is welcome.
WHY: To showcase the newest fundraiser Capital One Race for Kids and to build awareness about Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs and Camp Arrowlight.
HOW: Come down to Stuart Park.
WHEN: 12-1pmWednesday, May 1, 2013
WHERE: Stuart Park
Someone will drive away in a BMW, but the real winners are the kids!
For a $10 donation to the Okanagan Boys & Girls Club people can get an entry into a draw for a BMW Z3.
As part of their annual Trade Show and Golf event West Kelowna based Global Roadway Maintenance has donated a BMW Z3 as the grand prize for a raffle of which all proceeds go to the Okanagan Boys & Girls Clubs.
Tickets are available for sale on May 4th from 9am to 4pm at Two Eagles Golf Course, 3509 Carrington Road in West Kelowna. The draw will take place at 4pm.
For the golf enthusiasts there’s another opportunity to support the Okanagan Boys & Girls Clubs; at the Two Eagles driving range for every $10 donation, one will get a shot to hit the designated area from 100 yards, and if successful they will receive a $5 gift card for 19 Okanagan Grill & Bar and a $5 gift card for the Pro-Shop.
If they hit the target, they will get a weekend getaway to a private unit at the Spirit Ridge Vineyard Resort & Spa in Osoyoos, BC
And last but no least, while playing a round of golf on May 4th at Two Eagles Golf Course a $10 donation warrants $20 in gifts cards when you hit the green on the 4th hole.
All proceeds will be spent in support of programs and services operated by the Okanagan Boys & Girls Clubs.
Global Roadway Maintenance provides year round road maintenance and property maintenance solutions for both private industry and government in British Columbia and Alberta. www.grminc.ca
Come out and give it your best shot!
Thank you Global Roadway Maintenance!!
Boyd Autobody and Glass Repairing Chips for Charity
Boyd Autobody and Glass is offering mobile chip repair in the valley and instead of doing it for profit they are raising money to support Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs.
Boyd will be offering on site chips, $20 for the first one and $10 for every chip after that. All proceeds go back to the Boys and Girls Clubs.
Starting in May 1st until June 30th Boyd will be in a variety of locations during the week from 10-2pm
Come out, get your windshield repaired and help support the Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs.
Thank you Boyd Autobody and Glass!
18th Annual Ken Olson Memorial Floor Hockey Tournament Thank You!
18th Annual Ken Olson Memorial Floor Hockey Tournament
On behalf of the Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs Rutland Centre, we would like thank the coaches, families, players and the many staff and volunteers who assisted in making The 18th Annual Ken Olson Memorial Floor Hockey Tournament a wonderful community event!
We would also like to extend a very special thank-you to our guests of Honour, Mr. and Mrs. Olson, Mrs. Ricciuti and Mrs. Stanton.
Finally, we are very appreciative of the support from local businesses whose thoughtful donations helped make this event possible.
A very sincere THANK-YOU to:
Best Buy Helps a Club in Need
Once again Best Buy helps support one of Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs programs.
Recently the Penticton Boys and Girls Club was broken into and several important items were taken including cell phones. Fortunately Best Buy surprised one on the staff when she went to purchase the phones. The General Manager, Bruce Babiuk, informed the clerk checking in the order that the phones were free!
The Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs are very grateful for the generosity of Best Buy who has not only donated phones and mini iPads but who have also discounted some other equipment and agreed to help with some of the technology needs of the organization. All this helps the Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs run outstanding programs for children, youth and families in the Okkanagan.
Thank you Best Buy!
Michaels Book Drive for the Boys and Girls Clubs
Michaels Kelowna has been hosting a Book Drive for the Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs and the response has been outstanding.
From March 1-31st customers are encouraged to purchase books at the store and to add them to the Book Drive bin. If you can imagine that just half a month in we were asked to come and pick up 28 boxes of books. That is two van loads.
There will be no shortage of reading and creating going on with young people in the Okanagan thanks to the generosity of Michaels and the community.
It is not too late to participate. Go into the Michaels store in Kelowna before Monday, pick up an Easter Craft while you are there and purchase a book to add to the bin.
Westside Boys and Girls Club Youth Participating in the Skilled4Success Program at Kal Tire
West Kelowna, BC – Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada has partnered with Kal Tire to create a new national youth program called Skilled 4 Success. With a national shortage forecasted in the skilled trades sector, Skilled 4 Success will provide essential pre-employment exploration opportunities, job skills training and job shadowing experiences for youth across Canada.
On March 27th and 28th, 2013 the Westside Boys and Girls Clubs youth will be undertaking a job shadow at Kal Tire. Youth will be exposed to the automotive industry and will learn about safety, customer service, and career path opportunities at Kal Tire.
Caver'z Kidz Donate $1000 to Boys and Girls Club in West Kelowna
Thursday, March 14th marked the completion of the first year of Caver’z Kidz with the West Kelowna Boys & Girls Club.
Warriors Defenseman #22 Dustin Cave began this innovative program with the Boys & Girls Club in September 2012.
Dustin received sponsorship from Ultimate Hockey & Skate, Shutout Sports Collectibles, and Francis Electrical.
With the funds he raised he was able to purchase 8 season tickets for the kids who are members there.
Each game the kids would attend they received treats at the concession, and a free Caver’z Kidz T-Shirt when they met Dustin after the game.
Furthermore, Dustin helped organize a drop-in Floor Hockey Game every Tuesday evening throughout the year at the Boys & Girls Club. By the end of the year close to 25 kids were attending.
Cave’s sponsors, and the Warriors, also agreed to donate $100 for every point he scored throughout the regular season. He tallied 8 assists this year.
Today Dustin presented a cheque to the Boys & Girls Club for $1000. His sponsors, and the Warriors, upping the amount for Dustin!
“I just want to thank the Warriors, my Sponsors, and the Boys & Girls Club for allowing me to be a role model to the kids this year,” says Cave. “It was a real treat to see the numbers in floor hockey rise as the year went on. And to meet so many young fans was a great experience for me, and hopefully them too.”
Dustin added he sees no reason why this club can’t continue and become even bigger next year!
FortisBC Earth Hour Challenge 2013
Help us win up to $4,000 in energy efficiency retrofits from FortisBC as part of their Earth Hour Challenge.
Earth Hour is Saturday, March 23, 2013 from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Mention Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs when you pledge to switch off and you’ll increase our chances of winning the upgrade.
It’s easy, just pledge online today to switch off your lights and extra electronics for Earth Hour. Even better, you’ll also be entered to win an energy saving upgrade for your home worth up to $2000.
If we win, the money could go towards much needed more efficient heating and cooling systems, help us save energy and reduce our operating costs. We can use the money we save towards our programs.
Pledge online at fortisbc.com/earthhour and remember to select Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs.
The Okanagan was Poised in Pink Yesterday in Support of Anti-Bullying Movement
Thousands of individuals and organizations throughout the Okanagan Valley participated in Pink Shirt Day in an effort to increase awareness about Anti-Bullying.
The Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs and McDonalds sold over 5000 Pink Shirts to people and companies of all variety from restaurants, financial institutions, government agencies, schools, Mayors and Councils, children, youth and parents from Salmon Arm to Osoyoos. Check out all the photos on facebook.
"We were overwhelmed by the show of support and the commitment of so many this year. This definitely has become a growing movement which really makes sense. Most of us can honestly say that we have been exposed to Bullying whether as the Bully, the Bullied or the Bystander. This is something that impacts everyone from all walks of life and from all ages. We have seen what Bullying does and how it really hurts. Every year more and more people realize how important it is to stop putting up with unwanted, aggressive behavior meant to intimidate," says Richelle Lawrence, Events Coordinator from the Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs.
A special "Thank You" goes to the following companies and individuals who really helped us make this happen:
To all of you who purchased pink shirts and wore them proudly yesterday, Thank you!!!
Best Buy Kelowna Gives a Gift of New Technology
Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs will be a little more up-to-date with technology after the kind donation of 5 Mini iPads with all the bells and whistles from Best Buy, Kelowna.
Bruce Babiak and his team from Best Buy are committed to making a difference to the children and youth of the Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs and their first donation of iPads will certainly kick start this. Along with the donation their goal is to get the Geek Squad out helping the kids set up and learn to use the iPads to their full potential.
"We are so excited to have a partnership with Best Buy. We look forward to exporing all the ways that Best Buy can impact the children and youth we work with everyday. We are happy to have the iPads and the support to use them. We hope to also offer our kids music instruction. Who knew Best Buy has music equipment and music lessons to offer," says Richelle Lawrence, Event Coordinator of the Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs.
Thank you Best Buy!
Need Homework Help? Join Rogers Raising the Grade for Free Tutoring with a Licensed Teacher!
Rogers Raising the GradeTM is an educational program of Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada, proudly supported by Rogers Youth Fund. In Raising the Grade technology centres located in each participating club, club staff and mentors help youth to discover their interests, shape career goals and plan for their future.
New Skilled Trades Training for Youth!
Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada have partnered with Kal Tire to create a new national youth program called Skilled4Success. With a national shortage forecasted in the skilled trades sector, the program provides pre-employment exploration opportunities, job skills training and job shadowing experiences for youth across Canada, including the Central Okanagan.
To find out more information about the program and how to get involved call Jarrod Stocker at the Okanagan Boys & Girls Clubs at 250-762-3914 or email email@example.com.
Penticton Youth have the chance to Get B.U.S.Y.!
Are you a Middle School Youth in Penticton? Then GET B.U.S.Y is coming to a middle school near you!
So what is it all about?
The GET B.U.S.Y (Building the Ultimate and Sensational You) program aims to enhance participant's knowledge of nutrition and active living while developing life and leadership skills. Participants will have the opportunity to create and lead physical and healthy eating activities for younger children and connect with their peers and community members.
The program will be held twice a week for 18 weeks at KVR, Skaha Lake and McNicoll Park Middle Schools in Penticton, starting January 2013. thanks to generous funding support from Boys & Girls Clubs of Canada, the Public Health Agency of Canada and Sun Life Financial this program is FREE and includes an overnight leadership retreat at our Outdoor Education Centre - Camp ArrowFlight.
For more information please contact Sloane Kusmack at 250-493-0512 Ext.122
Blue Jays Win Award for work with Boys & Girls Clubs
The Toronto Blue Jays have won an award for their grassroots charitable work to promote amateur baseball across the country.
Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs Thank All Their Be an Angel Supporters
On Behalf of the Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs, we want to thank local businesses and Individuals for their support of the Be and Angel Christmas Hamper Campaign. Your contribution brightened Christmas for hundreds of families in the Okanagan.
A special Thank You to ...
Thank You to all the Okanagan Angels
Thank you to everyone who helped support the Be and Angel Christmas Hamper Campaign in 2012. From the Kelowna Daily Courier and Penticton Herald, to the many business throughout the Okanagan who donated food and toys and the volunteers who came out to assist us in putting together the hampers for families in need....you are all amazing.
Over 220 families received a hamper making their holidays a little brighter.
“ Thank you so so much for the food hamper. This is the best Christmas gift we could have received, we are very grateful for it. Merry Christmas to everyone that helped, you are amazing. Thank you thank you!”
This is just one of many testimonials for families who received a hamper.
Your efforts make a difference!!!!
Westjet Makes A Difference in the Okanagan
We are so thankful for the generosity of Westjet in 2012. Their donation of Westjet Vouchers to use as incentives for fundraising events helped the Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs raise $8900. Not only that, local Westjet staff participated in events and provided craft supplies and food to make the events successful. The combined efforts of Westjet made a difference to the children, youth and families in the Okanagan.
Thank you Westjet!!
Lake Country & Martin Ave. Awarded Youth Leadership Program Grant for 2013!
Okanagan Boys & Girls Clubs are excited to announce that we’ve received a grant from Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada, with the generous support of CIBC, to offer a TORCH CLUB leadership program at our Lake Country and Martin Avenue Clubs in 2013.
Torch Club is Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada’s national leadership development program for youth aged 10 to 13. Torch Club offers an excellent vehicle for engaging pre-teens in a focused, small group experience that will not only help them develop their leadership skills but will also empower them to use their talent and ability to make positive change in their Club, their community and their own lives.
Torch Club members plan their own programming based on the issues important to them. It helps kids develop leadership skills and self-esteem in a respectful, diversified environment. The program also offers the opportunity to give back to others and gain a sense of responsibility that comes with making their own decisions.
Torch Club activities are focused around 5 core areas: Service to Club and Community; Healthy Choices; Team Work; Leadership; Learning for Life.
All Torch Club members will get a Leadership T-shirt and be invited to participate in a special overnight Youth Leadership retreat at Camp ArrowFlight in June with other Club youth leaders from across the Okanagan.
If you’re a member of the Lake Country or Martin Avenue Club, and are 10-13 years old WE WANT YOU! Ask your Club for more information about this program starting in January 2013.
Kelowna Knights of Pythias Support Families
The newly formed Knights of Pythias Lodge #27 of Kelowna made a generous donation of $500 to help support local families in need this Christmas. The donation will be used to buy food and gifts for Christmas Hampers given to Okanagan Boys & Girls Club families who need a little help this time of year.
Adam Hiebert came to the Martin Avenue Boys & Girls Club on Monday to present the cheque and offer the Knights' support throughout the year as well. The Okanagan Boys & Girls Clubs have been very fortunate to have received the support of the Knights of Pythias both in Penticton and Kelowna. Last year the Penticton Knights adopted a local family at Christmas and presented them with a hamper of food and gifts. Knights of Pythias Vice Chancellor Irv Dick also presented the Boys and Girls Club in Penticton with a $500 cheque to help with roof repairs.
Thank you to all the members of the Knights of Pythias for your ongoing support and commitment to help children and families in the Okanagan!
Navigation Wealth Management Invests in Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs
The Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs were excited to receive a cheque for $3300 from Navigation Wealth Management at Scotia McLeod for their contribution to this year's Capri Charity Golf Classic. The partners of David Allard, Gordon Bell, Lynette Kimmich and Tanya Mclaughlin agreed to match the dollars raised from the Live Auction and we were happy to raise $3300 with our top auction Vacation Package to the Island (Westjet Voucher for 2 anywhere Westjet flies; 2 night stay at the Prestige Resort in Sooke including dinner and spa; Fishing trip for 2 with Reel Excite Fishing Charters).
Thank you to Navigation Wealth Management for their support of Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs!
Jays Care Foundation Making a Difference in the Okanagan
The Toronto Blue Jays, through Jays Care Foundation have invested over $100,000 for baseball programming Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada to establish a Blue Jays Baseball Academy Rookie League in 15 cities and ten provinces across Canada. The Kelowna and Vernon locations were selected as part of this allocation. In addition, over $100,000 worth of baseball equipment has been provided by Jays Care Foundation, for each location to have the ability to continue baseball programming for years to come.
Jays Care Foundation partnering with Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada made baseball a reality for kids who may not otherwise have had the opportunity to participate in organized sport.
Jays Care was formed in 1992 to create opportunities for children and youth in need by helping to create programs that offer physical activity, skill building, and engagement through the sport of baseball
In Vernon, Recreation Coordinator Travis Porada hosted a baseball night throughout the summer to engage youth and children in baseball. He created a training camp within the Elements of Summer program and made connections with the Vernon Diamondbacks.
Kelowna led week-long baseball skills day camps including baseball fundamentals, scrimmages and games for children and youth. Jays Care sponsored 5 club participants to attend the Honda Super Camp held this past summer at Elks Stadium. Martin Avenue Community Centre is continuing to run Jay’s Care baseball programs on Monday’s from 3:30-5:00pm. This is a free program for children ages 5-12.
Over 106 children and youth have benefited from the Jays Care Foundation so far and we look forward to the continued opportunity to give young people the chance to learn what it takes to be a great baseball player.
Thanks Jays Care Foundation!
2012 Capri Charity Golf Classic Raises $42,000
This year's Capri Charity Golf Classic was a great success.
With 148 golfers playing 18 holes of golf at the Harvest Golf Club enjoying the warm day and fun activities, we were able to raise over $42,000.
Check out the photos on the Capri Insurance Facebook Page. https://www.facebook.com/#!/CapriInsuranceServices/photos
Our sponsors were outstanding this year including Our Title Sponsor - Capri Insurance ; Club Champion Sponsors – Telus, La Capitale, RWAM and Navigation Wealth Management; Club Hero Sponsors – Pacific Blue Cross & Grain Insurance and Club Leader Sponsors – Adams Heymen Owen, RBC and Fidelity. We are thankful to our hole sponsors as well as those that provided in-kind support.
Michaels ‘Supply Drive’ to benefit Boys and Girls Clubs!
Husky Sexsmith Mohawk Donates $500 in Sports Equipment to Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs
After working hard to cook up a hotdog feast for the community on Friday, July 13th, the Husky staff went on a shopping spree and purchased $500 in sporting equipment to give to the children and youth of the Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs.
Melissa Schmitke and Donovan Elliot from Husky had a great time filling shopping carts with soccer balls, basketballs, badminton sets, baseball bats and balls and much more.
The Husky Station has done this type of fundraiser in the past and this year decided they were going to give the proceeds to a local charity and this year the Boys and Girls Club was their charity of choice.
“We are thrilled by the generosity of the Husky Sexsmith Mohawk. There commitment to the community and to the work we do with children, youth and families is terrific says, Richelle Lawrence, Special Events Coordinator. We have several sport programs and can always use equipment.”
How The Home Depot Canada Foundation is supporting affordable housing and building strong communities for Canadians
Did you know that you can improve your community using only a paper hammer? It's true. All it takes is a few thousand people to buy a $2 "Paper Hammer" at their local Home Depot store between now and July 4th.
This year, as part of the Home Depot Canada Foundation's annual Buy a Hammer, Build Our Community Canpaign, each of The Home Depot's 180 retail locations across Canada will raise funds to support charitable partner's affordable housing and community imporvement projects.
Please visit your local Home Depot store today and buy a $2 "Paper Hammer" or visit The Home Depot Canada Foundation website to learn more http://www.homedepot.ca/foundation.
Your contribution helps the Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs.
Kal Tire's Amazing Support
This past weekend Kal Tire held their first Annual Show and Shine in Kelowna. A great event with over classic car entries 130 entries as well as a dragster and several other newer and unique vehicles.
As an ongoing supporter of the Okanagan Boys and Girls Club, Kal Tire ran a BBQ and 50/50 to raise funds for programs and services offered to our children, youth and families. I grand total of $1087 was made and the biggest surprise of the was the donation of a mini van.
We are so excited about our partnership and appreciate Kal Tire's continued giving.
Capital One Race for Kids Raises $20,000
115 Participants Raise $20,000 in inaugural Capital One Race for Kids benefiting
Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs
KELOWNA, BC(May 28, 2012) – This pastSaturday, 115 participants raised $20,000 in the inaugural Capital One Race for Kids, benefiting the Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs.
The event saw teams of five compete in a series of 10 themed checkpoint challenges in a race to the finish line. The Kelowna event was the first of 13 adventure races slated to take place from coast-to-coast over the next week in support of local Boys and Girls Clubs across Canada.
“This adventure race has been a great example of having fun, being a kid again and making a difference to the lives of others,” said Craig Monley, CEO, Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs.” “We are so excited by the response of our communities across the valley and the commitment people have to helping the young people and Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs in providing outstanding programs and services that help shape their future.
Designed to let participants be kids again and recreate their favourite childhood memories, the Capital One Race for Kids is a cross between Minute to Win It and The Amazing Race. Checkpoints incorporated activities that focused the mind and challenged the body. Each team was provided with 10 clues, one for each checkpoint to identify its location, which included the iconic “Go here to find a tsunami of a deal on stainless steel”.
Thank you to the following sponsors:
National Checkpoint Sponsors:
Local Checkpoint Sponsors:
After Party Sponsor:
And all of your in-kind and prize sponsors.
Pepsic Foods Canada Donates $1300 Worth of Lego Plus an Additional Surprise
Once a year in the Spring Pepsico Foods bring all the front line, sales operations and operations managers together for a meeting – usually around 100 people.
This year the teambuilding activity included lego and was tie in to the theme "Better Together" where we are partnering with our Beverage counterparts to ensure that our displays are “better together”. The delegates were broken into teams and were given the task to build a Better Together display using the logo.
Let's just say this much lego created much excitement amongst the children participating in our programs.
Thank you Pepsico Foods Canada!
Interior Health Pharmacy Conference Donates Tricycles
The two day Interior Health Pharmacy conference was attended by about 80 IH Pharmacy employees and several industry sponsors. Clinical pharmacists, technicians, assistants and managers heard a variety of topics relevant to hospital pharmacy practice. The topics/speakers were selected based on the practice needs of the people attending the conference so it gave everyone a chance to discuss and learn/ re-learn what is most current and pertinent in today’s hospital.
TELUS Thompson Okanagan Community Board Contribute to Future Leaders of the Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs
The generosity of the TELUS Thompson Okanagan Community Board will ensure that youth in the Okanagan have a chance to learn the skills, knowledge and values required to become future leaders and contributing members in their communities. Through their grant program the Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs received $6000 for their newest Youth Leadership and Empowerment.
The Youth Leadership and Empowerment Program will connect over 300 youth 10-16 years of age from diverse cultural and social backgrounds throughout the Okanagan. With guidance from supportive mentors, youth will plan and implement community workshops, events and educational materials to cultivate strong connections within their own community.
OKANAGAN BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS FEELING VERY MCHAPPY
On Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012 the 19th annual McHappy Day took place in restaurants across Canada. Locally McDonald’s restaurants from Summerland to Lake Country collected $1 from the sale of McCafe, Big Mac® sandwich and Happy Meal® with these proceeds going to the local Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs and Ronald McDonald Charities.
The total raised on Wednesday was a record breaking $21,218.96 in the local area. Through the amazing efforts of the McDonalds Staff, Community Partners and all of you who came out and purchased a McCafe, Big Mac® sandwich and Happy Meal® we will be able to make a difference in the lives of children in our community.
Proceeds from McHappy Day will be used by Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs to help send kids to our Camp Arrowflight. At the Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs - where no one is ever turned away due to the inability to pay - money raised through fundraising initiatives such as McHappy Day are vital to help ensuring that our Clubs are able to continue providing low to no cost Camp experiences for children and youth throughout the Okanagan Valley. Out goal is to send over 35 kids to camp through the dollars raise on McHappy Day.
Rumor has it that Ronald McDonald himself will be visiting the Boys and Girls Clubs Martin Avenue Community Centre location on Monday, May 7th at 9:00AM.
An Outstanding Display of Solidarity for Anti-Bullying in the Okanagan
On behalf of the Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs, we would like to thank you for your amazing support with yesterday’s Anti-Bullying Campaign. . This display of solidarity and the efforts to keep our children and youth safe have been outstanding. Our hope is to allow young people and adults alike to live in a world free of harm and to provide them with a feeling of security while being welcomed by others.
Individuals and organization across the Okanagan Valley including Boys & Girls Club kids, staff, school districts, McDonald’s staff, City Councils, media, and other community members came together to raise awareness and to demonstrate that we are all part of the solution to stop bullying. This year the response has been overwhelming, with over 4,000 shirts being sold in the Okanagan alone and a national shortage of pink cotton shirts! We’d love to collect stories and photos from you to showcase the day. Please feel free to forward anything to me that you feel can be shared publically.
Club Administration Office Wins $30,000 Make-over from Chase Office Interiors
No one initially thought that by entering a simple radio contest for an office make-over that we would actually win... but thanks to the perseverance of one staff member and the support of the community voting for us, the Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs won the EZ Rock Office Furniture Facelift Contest!
We are thrilled to be receiving a $30,000 office make-over from new West Kelowna based business Chase Office Interiors.
Check out our reaction to winning back in October here!
With the start of a new year, we are preparing for our new office. A great big THANK YOU to Chase Office Interiors for their support and donation to improve our workspace.
Kelowna Chief's Be an Angel Book Drive Huge Success
Kelowna, BC – January 2, 2012 – The Kelowna Chiefs would like to thank everyone who donated to the 2011 Kelowna Daily Courier's Be An Angel Campaign Book Drive.
Kelowna Sunrise Rotary Club Donation to Provide Books
Thank you to the Kelowna Sunrise Rotary Club for their generous donation to support purchasing books for our Christmas Hampers.
The Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs will be packing over 250 hampers to provide beset families with a brighter Christmas this holiday season. This donation from the Sunrise Rotary Club will ensure that each child receiving a hamper will also receive a special book as part of their hamper Christmas gifts.
Thank you so much for your support!
Raffle Winners Announced
Thank you to everyone who purchased a ticket for our annual Agency Fall Fundraising Raffle.
We sold a total 3,384 tickets raising $6,768 for our Clubs!
THANK YOU Future Shop!
Future Shop Support Shows their Commitment to Kids, Youth and our Community
VOTE to help us make a difference in Peachland
We have applied to receive funding from the Aviva Community Fund...but we need your help to even be considered! Your vote is needed to help move our 'Idea' into the semi-finals to receive a possible $100,000 to help with the Peachland Primary School Restoration Project.
The Kids / Youth A place to call home! Youth benefit most from having a place to call home, and this is exactly what the Okanagan Boys & Girls Clubs and the District of Peachland are working so hard to provide. This project is in response to the community need to provide local children and youth a central accessible location for recreation, arts, culture and social programming. The Peachland Youth Centre will also provide youth at risk with access to counseling services, food and a safe place to come for help.
Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs strive to provide children and youth across the Okanagan valley with a “good place to be”. A place to call their own, a place that they feel safe and supported, a place to have fun and to experience new opportunities, overcome barriers, build positive relationships and develop confidence and skills for life. The school will become a hub for events and activities for children and youth in Peachland.
The Community The Peachland Primary School Redevelopment Project will rejuvenate an “iconic” community heritage asset to provide more suitable and permanent space for several vitally important community services. This historic building was constructed in 1908 and has been home to generations of children until it closed 2003. There are only three public heritage buildings in Peachland, this being one of them.
In 2009, the District of Peachland Council made a commitment to keep this historic building and to partner with the Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs and the Peachland Chamber of Commerce/Visitor Information Centre for the restoration of the building, and for development and operation of community services. The renovated Primary School will become a hub for events and activities for citizens, families, children and youth in Peachland.
The school will be a place of interest and focal point within the community. BC Tourism/Visitor Information Centre and the Chamber of Commerce will meet the needs of visitors and locals alike. Tourists can stop in and receive information about Peachland, in this beautifully restored space. The Chamber Office provides information and assistance to businesses and citizens of the Peachland Community. It will be a place of interest and value to residents and visitors alike, a place where youth, community groups, clubs, and service providers can find occasional or permanent meeting space and a place to showcase Peachland’s arts, culture and heritage.
The Bats Peachland bats, previously considered a nuisance, have now become a local phenomena. It has been known that the nocturnal mammals inhabited the 103 year old Peachland Primary School for decades, however, their numbers have only recently been revealed. Peachland Primary was closed in 2003 and recent refurbishing of the historic building revealed a massive roost.
Wildlife biologist, Aaron Reid from Ministry of Environment, estimates the colony to be upwards of 2000 Yuma bats making it one of BC’s largest colonies.
Bats in the attic of Peachland Primary School have created a unique educational experience. Bats are a protected species and are now considered valuable mammals in the eco system. They can eat up to three quarters of their body weight in insects each night and mosquitoes are their choice of diet, thus explaining why Peachland is virtually mosquito free.
A visit to the Peachland Visitor Centre will show how humans and bats can successfully co-habitat. For more information and view these bats on video camera visit www.peachlandbats.ca
WHY SHOULD I VOTE?! - The Peachland Primary School Restoration Project will provide:
-A permanent home for children and youth programs and services, providing them a sense of connectedness with their peers, and with positive adult role models in their community. Community connections like these are important for children and youth and give them a sense of belonging that can help them to overcome the challenges in their lives.
-A permanent home for the Visitor Information Centre/Chamber of Commerce, which will provide assistance and services to tourists, citizens and businesses as well as provide a place to showcase the art, culture and history of Peachland.
-A permanent home for the colony of protected species Yama Bats, which will ensure that they remain a valuable part of our eco system for years to come.
Please HELP US give Peachland children & youth a place to call their own!
Kelowna is Bringing Gingerbread to Life in Support of the Boys and Girls Clubs
The 2nd Annual Gingerbread House Event would like to invite the public to a family fun day at the Parkinson Recreation Centre on November 27th, 2011. The event is in support of the Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs Cool Moves Program. The Cool Moves program promotes healthy eating and physical activity for kids. As a result of participating in games and activities of this program, participants will also gain cooperation and team building skills as well as confidence and feelings of belonging.
The core goals of the Gingerbread House Event are:
The Event has three categories to provide different challenges for different people: Open, Packaged Kit and Chef Category. The Open Category allows entrants to build their house at home and bring it to the event. The Packaged Kit is where each entrant receives and builds a packaged gingerbread house kit right at the event. It’s an excellent option for the family to come for a fun event during the day. The Chef category allows cooks and chefs to enter their creation in a bragging rights competition.
Registration in the Gingerbread House Event is available now at www.gingerbreadevent.com. Registration is $20, $25, or $30 depending on category and age. Rules and registration forms are available at our website www.gingerbreadevent.com
Want to see the houses without building your own gingerbread house? No problem, the gingerbread houses are available for public viewing from 3-6pm. Viewing is $2/adult, $1/child or free with a non-perishable food donation to the Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs Christmas Hampers.
Note to potential sponsors: There are still sponsorship opportunities available. You can get involved by: Becoming a Major Sponsor ($350+), sponsoring a Packaged Kit for those unable to afford the entry fee ($25), renting an 8’ table to display or sell your products/services ($50), or donate items for the raffle.
Westside Youth Make a Difference with Shoreline Cleanup
WESTSIDE YOUTH PARTICIPATE IN THE GREAT CANADIAN SHORELINE CLEANUP
This event was hosted by provincially-funded Youth Employment Services. Member participation in this event allowed for the youth to develop a more in-depth understanding of the conditions of their environment, and enabled them to contribute to improving our community beaches while gaining volunteer hours. The youth enjoyed a great afternoon, wrapping up their volunteer work with a fun sand castle competition!
For more information or to get involved in next year's cleanup please contact:
Special Ride to Support the Boys and Girls Clubs
Kids Go Green This Summer at Boys & Girls Clubs
Armstrong, BC - Okanagan Boys & Girls Clubs are pleased to announce that we will be running a special environmental awareness program – Be Green – for Summer 2011 in the Armstrong and Spallumcheen areas thanks to support from Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada, Future Shop and SIFE Memorial.
Interior Savings Moonlight Movies Kick-off July 14
From July 14-August 15 as the sun goes down, Interior Savings Credit Union and Okanagan Boys & Girls Clubs will be lighting up community parks from Osoyoos to Vernon with a giant inflatable movie screen and fun activities for the family.
“With the Interior Savings Moonlight Movie Tour, we are able to provide a high quality plug-and-play event to non-profit groups throughout our service area,” says Gene Creelman, Interior Savings’ VP of Marketing and Communications. “We’ve partnered with organizations in our community who are making a lasting impact in the lives of young people by helping them develop leadership and life skills. We provide the movie, the screen and the sound system and our community partners create an event to raise funds and generate awareness about their services.”
Kelowna Valley First supports Camp ArrowFlight!
The four Kelowna Valley First Bank branches held a draw at each location to send a child to Camp ArrowFlight this summer. Maddison aged 7 was the lucky winner of a 6 day-5 night overnight camp adventure this summer! Maddison is excited for her first every camp experience and will be attending the special GIRLS ONLY camp "Cow Girls" for girls ages 7-12 in August.
Camp ArrowFlight is the Okanagan Boys & Girls Clubs' outdoor centre offering a residential camp experience with day camps, wilderness excursions and overnight camping trips all year round. Our camp provides participants with the opportunity to learn about the environment, the importance of being part of a team and about themselves through programming based on recreation, adventure and experiential learning.
Overnight summer camps for all ages include swimming, rock climbing, mountain boarding, hiking and more! Camps run all summer from July 3-August 27. Camps include all meals, activities and accommodations, as well as a variety of core activities.
Why helping charities close-to-home is so vital
This year’s Buy a Hammer, Build Our Community campaign is on target to reach the July 3 fundraising goal of $750,000. We still need many more donations and purchases of $2 paper hammers, but the response thus far has been inspiring. The ongoing success of this annual campaign reaffirms that charity truly begins at home. This is one of the main reasons that The Home Depot Canada Foundation partners with community-based charities. Local initiatives are crucial—they ensure that community-specific needs are being addressed and helping the people who need it the most.
As you may know, this year each of The Home Depot Canada’s 16 different store districts have chosen to support either their local Boys & Girls Clubs or a Habitat for Humanity affiliate. This means that anyone who buys a paper hammer in their local store will assist a nearby charity and help them make a real difference in their community. And as part of this commitment to thinking locally, The Home Depot Canada Foundation will match the proceeds of the district that raises the most funds during the campaign.
Help make a difference close to your home, and build a better community with a paper hammer. To donate to this year’s campaign please visit The Home Depot Canada Foundation.
Free Family Adventure Day at Camp ArrowFlight!
2012 Family Adventure - Stay tuned for dates...
Excited about coming to camp this summer? Want to show it off to friends and family – then come check out Camp ArrowFlight and all the great activities we’ve got for you!
All ages are invited to come take a tour of Camp ArrowFlight and try some of the following camp activities:
Enjoy a delicious BBQ lunch of a hamburger, chips and drink by donation (suggested donation $5).
CLICK HERE for more information or call 250-762-3914 or 1-888-772-7751.
Volunteers Needed for 24 Hour Relay!!
The 24 Hour Relay for Kids is an annual community based fundraising event that challenges groups of people to run or walk Relay-style for 24 hours. Teams of runners and/or walkers made up of Corporate and Recreational groups collect individual pledges or organize team fundraising events to raise funds towards their collective team totals.
Volunteering at the 24 Hour Relay is incredibly fun - and you don't have to run, sweat or stay awake all night in order to take part (although working through the night is an option!).
Okanagan Businesses - Help Send Kids to Camp!
We're calling all local Okanagan businesses to Help Send Kids to Camp this summer!
Hold a draw at your business and send a Child to Camp with Camp ArrowFlight and the Okanagan Boys & Girls Clubs!
Do you believe – like we do! – that every child deserves to have the life changing experience of going to camp?
McHappy Day 2011 - Another Mc-Success!
On behalf of all of us at McDonald's Kelowna and the Okanagan Boys & Girls Clubs, thank you to all who came out on Wednesday May 11th for helping to make the 18th McHappy Day such an outstanding success! Your support is very much appreciated.
Fest-of-Ale Helps Penticton Families!
Penticton Family Outreach wants to say a big Thank You to Okanagan Fest-of-Ale for their 2010 donation to the program. The donation helped cover food costs for lunches for the families attending and supported families cooking in the Community Kitchen. Pictured are some of the families who wish to say thank-you.
Thank You BCRFA and the Taste of Kelowna
THANK YOU to the BC Restaurant and Foodservices Association for your recent donation made to the Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs from proceeds from the annual Taste of Kelowna event.
Sunday March 27th the Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs participated in the 22nd annual Taste of Kelowna at the Kelowna Curling Club. 40 exhibitors featured a great selection of food, beverage and activities all available in our City.
The Boys and Girls Clubs is fortunate to have the support of the BCRFA. To learn more about the BCRFA visit their website at www.bcrfa.com
Heroes Needed for Local Youth Who Need Help
Written by Lyonel Doherty – Oliver Chronicle
OK Sun Players Teach Kelowna Kids Some "Cool Moves"
On Monday April 8, 2011, members of the Martin Ave. Boys & Girls Club got a special work-out during their regular afterschool rec program. Okanagan Sun Head Coach Jason Casey brought quarterback Bobby Davis (#14) and all-Canadian receiver Danny Turek (#84) to meet the kids and show them some football skills and training tips.
The activity was part of a weekly program called "Cool Moves" which aims to combat child obesity and inactivity by promoting increased physical activity and healthy eating through its two components: Eat Smart and Play Cool! Through an array of Eat Smart and Play Cool activities, members benefit from increased participation in physical activities and skills for making healthy eating choices. As a result of participating in games and activities, participants gain cooperation and team building skills as well as confidence and feelings of belonging.
Camp ArrowFlight Summer Registration !
WANTED: SUMMER CAMPERS!
Want the experience of a lifetime this summer? Then WE WANT YOU! Come to Camp ArrowFlight this summer and Learn Through Adventure!
Camp Arrowflight is the Okanagan Boys & Girls Clubs’ outdoor centre offering camping and outdoor programs for children, youth and families. Situated on 82 acres in Armstrong, BC it has cabins, a lodge, dining hall, swimming pool, bmx course, archery range, rock climbing tower and more! Campers learn about the environment, the importance of being part of a team and about themselves through programming based on adventure and active learning.
Completed forms can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, faxed to (250) 762-6562 or dropped off at any Boys & Girls Club.
NEEDED: Camp Sponsors & Volunteers!
We believe every child and youth deserves the self-discovery and adventure of an outdoor experience. If you’re interested in sponsoring a child to attend camp this summer contact us at email@example.com.
Check out our SPRING Valley Voice Newsletter!
Find out what we've been up to this past winter and what we're planning for spring and summer!
Taste of Kelowna 2011 Helps Boys & Girls Clubs!
(March 28, 2011 Kelowna, BC) – The committee for the 22nd Annual Taste of Kelowna wishes to express thanks to all who made this years’ event such a success.
Bullying Prevention Resources
Bullying FACTS and RESOURCES
þ Bulling is a form of abuse. Bulling does not end when we grow up, it can be experience in your home life, work life and in social situations as adults.
þ Everyone has experienced some form of bullying in their lives, both receiving and giving:
o Name calling, verbal threats, gossiping
o Exclusion from groups
o Threats and intimidation
o Extortion of stealing of money/possessions
o Physical violence
þ Bullying is the act of intimidating a weaker person.
þ A child bullied in one place may be the bully in another so as a parent you need to recognise both sides of the bullying issue.
þ Victims feel: extreme fear and stress, loneliness, humiliation and insecurity
þ Effects can last into adulthood
þ Verbal bullying - name-calling, sarcasm, teasing, spreading rumours, threatening, making negative references to one's culture, ethnicity, race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation, unwanted sexual comments.
þ Emotional/Social Bullying - mobbing, scapegoating, excluding others from a group, humiliating others with public gestures or graffiti intended to put others down.
þ Physical Bullying - hitting, poking, pinching, chasing, shoving, coercing, destroying or stealing belongings, unwanted sexual touching.
þ Cyber Bullying - using the internet or text messaging to intimidate, put-down, spread rumours or make fun of someone, comments on Facebook.
o Change in attitude, eating or sleeping
o Fear of going to school/afterschool programs
o Lowered self-esteem
o Acting out at home
o Unexplained broken person possessions, loss of money/personal items
o Unexplained bruises, injuries or damaged clothes
o Decreased interest/performance at school
þ What PARENTS CAN DO:
o TALK to your children
o Role play scenarios and discuss how to respond
o Show interest in your children’s friends, school and social life and get involved
o Provide positive social opportunities for your child
þ IF YOUR CHILD IS BULLIED:
o Never blame you child
o Don’t promise to keep it a secret – this gives the bully power
o Get the facts
o Encourage your child to share their feelings
o Work with staff to address the problem – but avoid blaming administration
þ WHAT KIDS CAN DO:
o Hang out with friends and play in groups
o Walk to school with a friend
o Stay away from kids who don’t like you and try to avoid them
o Stay within sight of grownups when possible
o Don’t bring expensive things to school
o Practice being confident – stand tall, walk proud, make eye contact
o Tell an adult if someone bothers you – the longer you wait the harder it will be to stop
þ HOW TO DEAL WITH A BULLY
o Don’t react – stay calm
o Stand up straight and don’t show you are hurt or afraid
o Be alert and think fast to get out of situations – don’t try to fight back
o Think of ways to deal with the bully before hand so you’re prepared
o Get help from friends, teachers, family
þ If you see someone being bullied STEP-IN
o When someone steps in to help another person, 57% of the time the bullying stops within 10 seconds
o If you’re scared – get help
o Walk away – don’t give them an audience
o Be a buddy to the victim
o Speak up “don’t be a bully” might be enough to stop the situation
o Pink Shirt Day Website www.pinkshirtday.ca
o Kids Help Phone 1-800-668-6868 www.kidshelpphone.ca
o Bullying Awareness Network www.bullyingawarenessnetwork.ca
o Canadian initiative for the Prevention of Bullying www.cipb.ca
o Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada www.bgccan.com
þ Hateful comments on websites, blogs, through text messages, IM
þ Stealing passwords and sending out threatening email or IM using assumed ID
þ Creating website to target specific students or teachers
Online bulling on the RISE
þ Bullies think they can hide online – anonymity emboldens them
þ Can be crueller online than in person
þ Children don’t tell for fear of losing online privileges
þ Cyber bullies often those who have been bullied themselves
þ No safe place from cyber bullies – follows then on home computer, cell phone and visible for all world to see
SIGNS YOUR CHILD IS BEING CYBER BULLIED (same as before, PLUS):
þ Change in attitude, eating or sleeping habits
þ Fear of going to school or afterschool programs
þ Unexplained sadness or depression
þ Low self-esteem
þ Loneliness or social isolation
þ Difficulty concentrating
þ Threats to hurt themselves or others
SIGNS YOUR CHILD IS CYBER BULLYING OTHERS:
þ Aggression with parents, siblings, pets and friends
þ Low concern for others’ feelings
þ Bossy and manipulative behaviours
þ Secretive about activities around the computer
þ Has friends who bully and are aggressive
WAYS TO STOP CYBER BULLYING:
þ Talk to you child about cyber bullying
þ Encourage them to tell you if they are being bullied
þ Learn and teach your children how to “block” bullies, and forward messages to you service provider (email, internet provider, cellphone company, web host)
þ Keep your cool – don’t storm off to confront the bully. Think through your strategy
þ Work with teachers/staff to address problem
þ Teach your child that if they bully others there can be serious consequences – including legal action. Even children can be charged with libel, harassment, or hate crimes under Canada Criminal Code
þ If physical threats, call police
CYBER BULLYING RESOURCES
Microsoft Take Back the net – www.microsoft.ca/onlinesafety
Media-Awareness Network www.media-awareness.ca
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