Off to El Salvador…!

We had the opportunity to donate our van so that the group led by Mr. Lalonde and Mr. Dickeson from Rutland Senior Secondary to get to Seattle. The plan is that this group of leaders in our community are flying to El Salvador to build a house for Habitat For Humanity. Good luck guys!




Kelowna: Special Olympics health screening day April 12, 2014

This got passed on to us the other day (edited), might be of interest for some of you who are wondering about participating in Special Olympics or just interested in some general knowledge about your health:

We are three medical students collaborating with Special Olympics of BC  to organize the first annual Special Olympics Healthy Athletes Screening Day.

The health fair will be held in Kelowna and is open to all athletes and community members, regardless of whether they are competing in the Games.  It is an event that promotes communication and education for athletes, caregivers, health professionals and even the community at large.  The ultimate goal of this health fair is to support athletes who live with a disability by providing a fun and safe environment to learn about health issues.
The health screenings offered include:
Fit Feet (podiatry)
Fun Fitness
Health Promotion booths:
-BMI/waist circumference
-Nutrition and hydration
-Sun safety
-Blood pressure
-Hand hygiene

When: April 12th, 2014 from 10AM to 2PM(please arrive between 10AM and 2PM)

Where: UBC Okanagan Ballroom (UNC 200). Map here:







*Who*: Anyone who is eligible for Special Olympics is welcome to visit! All ages welcome!
This event will be a great opportunity for all participants to meet health care professionals, Special Olympic athletes, and other members of the community, while learning about health issues relevant to all participants.
No need to RSVP! Please come if you’re interested in participating.

Looking forward to meeting you soon!

All the best,
Sara Treloar

…and again…!

Darren and the crew organized a day helping out Pathways Ability Society. They bought a place out in our neighbourhood and so a group got together to paint a bunch of rooms in their new space.

Thanks everybody who participated in welcoming Pathways to Rutland and working together to achieve something great.

An ad and more pictures here.


Castlegar: ExtraOrdinary Tea Party Friday, March 28

From the CCSW Program at Selkirk College in Castlegar:

Join us for an ExtraOrdinary Tea Party on Friday, March 28 in the main pit area from 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm. The Selkirk College Classroom and Community Support Worker class from Castlegar is hosting “Your Story: An ExtraOrdinary Tea Party”.

Everyone has a story! And the stories of those who move through the world differently are amazing to hear, to learn from, and to share. This annual event, planned by CCSW students, promotes awareness about living with diverse abilities, and helps to create more inclusive communities. Join us for fun, refreshments, music, simulations, alternative art activities, and surprises for all to enjoy!

For more information feel free to message us on the Classroom & Community Support Workers at Selkirk College Facebook page. Or check out the event on the Selkirk College website at .

Or give Jane Green a call at (1).250.365.1252.

Hope to see you there!

The Classroom and Community Support Worker Class of 2014

Kelowna: November 28, 2013 PLAN AGM

From the notice we had passed along from PLAN Okanagan:

Just a reminder that next Thursday, November 28th is PLAN Okanagan’s AGM, followed by the regular Families to Families Group, with a little twist, we will be having an early Christmas social after the AGM.

 We believe the greatest collective knowledge in the community is held within families  It’s this knowledge, passion, and strength that drives PLAN Okanagan and our Families to Families Group.
Are you interested in joining our team? are you interested in connecting with other families?
 If you or someone you know would like to know more about PLAN Okanagan, our Families to Families Group, our workshops, events, and what we have to offer, please join us next Thursday night, November 28th at 6:30 p.m (at the below address*).  The AGM is a fairly short meeting before the social.  Looking forward to seeing you Thursday.
* Parking is limited, please park at or near Elm St East and Braemar Street and use the walkway access to the office (the Provision Resources Day Program house.  Further information, please feel free to contact us at the number below)


Mary Bickert
Coordinator/Community Connector
PLAN Okanagan
1650 Bernard Avenue
Kelowna, BC  V1Y 6R9
250 860 2080 or cell 250 718 4165