SPOTLIGHT: Farmers Market Program Funding Increase!

Hey everyone, here is some great news coming from our colleagues at Services to Adults with Developmental Disabilities (STADD) – thanks for passing along!  Check it out:

Funding increase for low income residents and expectant mothers to access weekly coupons in fresh fruits, veggies and eggs at local farmers markets

Media release here:

Participating farmers markets:

Program description here:



SPOTLIGHT – Are you ready? Emergency Preparedness Week (May 6 – 12)

With the weather heating up and wildfire season around the corner, the Central Okanagan Emergency Operations has sent around an email for Emergency Preparedness Week.  This is taking place May 6 – 12, feel free to pass along the information below!

Central Okanagan Emergency Operations: Are you ready? Emergency Preparedness Week (May 6 – 12)

Are you ready? Emergency Preparedness Week (May 6 – 12)

When an emergency strikes, you and your family may only be given a moment’s notice to stay safe.

May 6 to 12 is Emergency Preparedness Week in Canada and with the Central Okanagan Emergency Operations Centre already up and running on behalf of local governments to support localized incidents, it’s a reminder that there is no better reason to prepare your family to respond to any emergency than now.

“Concerted efforts across the region have been made since March to place protective measures to mitigate the risk of flooding. We learned a lot last year, and don’t want a repeat of the damage that was done to our beautiful region,” says Regional District of Central Okanagan Board Chair Gail Given. “Residents can do their part by ensuring they prepare themselves, their families and properties for potential emergencies. Together, we can all protect our communities.”

The six Central Okanagan governments, with support from provincial agencies, have been closely monitoring creek, stream and lake levels and have placed temporary and permanent measures to protect public infrastructure: brush and debris removal from creeks, placement of bladder dams and sandbags, building up berms and raising some pedestrian pathways. Also, 15 self-serve sand and sandbag locations have been made available across the region for residents who are in vulnerable areas or who have previously experienced freshet flooding. For locations visit

The Province has lowered Okanagan Lake levels. Properties along Okanagan Lake are currently not at risk of flooding and the lake is not anticipated to be a concern at this time.

To help residents get prepared, the Central Okanagan Emergency Operations program’s website,, lists a number of tips and links to useful resources. Visit the Be Prepared page to help you and your family develop emergency plans and ‘Grab and Go’ kits. While on the website, subscribe to receive email notices to have the most up to date information in the event of an active emergency in the Central Okanagan delivered to your inbox.

“We want residents to know that whether it’s a potential flood or wildfire or other emergency, those who prepare their families in advance, by knowing the risks, making a plan and getting a kit, aren’t left scrambling when an evacuation order is issued,” emphasizes Chair Given.

Consider what you’ll do in any emergency. Review your family emergency plan and think about how your family will communicate with each other if you are in different locations or are separated.

Join the conversation: follow, like comment and share with us on Facebook ( and connect with us on Twitter (

A selection of emergency preparedness pamphlets is also available at the Regional District of Central Okanagan office (1450 KLO Road in Kelowna) and the main Kelowna Fire Hall (2255 Enterprise Way).


Connect with the Central Okanagan Emergency Operations:

Website | Facebook | Twitter

This email was sent to using GovDelivery Communications Cloud on behalf of: City of Kelowna · 1435 Water Street · Kelowna, BC V1Y 1J4 · 250-469-8500  


WEST KELOWNA: Run Through the Vines – May 13th

Check out a great Mother’s Day event option – thanks to Mary at PLAN Okanagan for the details and poster!

Please join us in West Kelowna for Run through the Vines on May 13th, sponsored by Denise Martell of World Financial Group

Race starts at 3623 Glencoe Road, West Kelowna at Off the Grid Winery and proceeds to Kalala Organic Winery and Ciao Bella Winery
Walk, run, or wheel … stop along the 2 km or 4 km “race track” for wine tastings and refreshments.

​Race starts at 9 a.m. but please arrive 30-60 minutes ahead of time.​

​Register on line at ​

​   (Eventbrite)​

​See you on May 13th!

Mary Bickert
Coordinator/Community Connector
PLAN Okanagan
1650 Bernard Avenue
Kelowna, BC  V1Y 6R9
250 860 2080

The purpose of PLAN Okanagan is to create safe and secure futures, in community, for people with disabilities and their families.



Thanks to Mary with PLAN Okanagan for passing this along!  Please share!

PLEASE SHARE WITH ANYONE YOU THINK MIGHT BENEFIT FROM THIS WEBINAR (This is meant to reach people in BC outside of the Greater Vancouver Area)
Together with Plan Institute we are hosting a free Wills, Trusts, and Estate Planning webinar for those who support someone living with a disability.  In this webinar, estate-planning attorney Brendan Pooran will explain:

  •      Why and how to write and update a will when there is a family member with a disability
  •      Ways to which to ensure your loved one with a disability is protected when family passes away
  •      The types of trusts available for people with disabilities, including the differences between discretionary and Non-discretionary, Testamentary and Inter-vivos
  •      The various tax rates differences between Trusts, including recent federal changes, and their implications
  •      The roles and responsibilities of Executors and Trustees
  •      Tips for finding the right lawyer for you and your family

The webinar will also feature a live Q & A session during which a local lawyer will be available answer questions.
We would like to invite you to share this event with your networks and those who you think may benefit from this resource.  The webinar can be attended by computer from anywhere.
To register for this webinar, please click here or call 604-439-9566


SPOTLIGHT: BC Government to Compensate All Woodlands Survivors

Thanks to Charisse at Pathways for passing along this news from Inclusion BC:

The provincial government announced plans over the weekend to compensate former residents of Woodlands who had been excluded from a 2010 settlement because they were born after 1974. The government also announced plans to raise settlement amounts to $10,000 for all survivors. Read the government news release here:


CASTLEGAR: LA FIESTA! Celebration of Diversity – Mar. 26th

Hey everyone, come check out La Fiesta! This free event is an inclusive celebration of diversity.  It is the Education Assistant & Community Support Worker program’s 12th annual event, and it is happening TODAY (March 26) from 12 – 2 pm at Selkirk College’s Castlegar Campus Pit. Come by and check it out!  We look forward to seeing you there!