“We moved here to raise our family. We’re both professionalsand were able to find rewarding careers that still allow us thequality of life we want for our children. We love it here!”Christina Anabo, Marketing ProfessionalWelcome to VernonWelcome to Vernon, the hub of the North Okanagan and the oldestincorporated city in the Okanagan Valley. A trading centre even before itsincorporation in 1892, Vernon has always been known for its business andindustry.Today, cattle ranching and wheat production have been replaced with abroader agricultural base, forestry and an ever-expanding service industry.What remains the same, however, is the strong work ethic and a feeling ofcommunity.Vernon is proud to be home to the Okanagan Indian Band, one of sevenbands of the Okanagan Nation. The band’s history dates back hundreds ofyears, prior to the arrival of the first European settlers. As a result, its historyand culture play an important role within the community.With a population approaching 40,000 and a business community that isconnected, committed and focused, economic opportunity awaits.Vernon has so much to offer; isn’t it time you called it home?This guide provides an introduction to Vernon. Please refer to the websitewww.vernon.ca for further information on all Vernon has to offer.
LifestyleEnvironmentFor many, living in Vernon is an easy choice tomake. A vibrant community with an entrepreneurialattitude, Vernon offers a small-town feel with bigcity conveniences.Residents value Vernon’s many amenities – anexciting cultural scene, a strong business base, abroad variety of recreational opportunities and thefeeling of community. It’s a place where people takepride in getting involved, helping out and makinga difference.Vernon’s close proximity to three lakes, anabundance of parks and trails and locally grownfood add to its appeal. It’s also strategically locatednext to major transportation routes and postsecondary facilities and boasts excellent healthservices and a wide array of businesses. Combined,these attributes make Vernon a great place to raisea family, run a business, or both.Add in the mild climate, the community programsand the beauty of the North Okanagan thenconsider all the possibilities… is there anywhereelse you’d rather be?Whether it’s preservation of local beauty, abroadening global perspective or just a need todo what’s right, Vernon’s residents take theenvironment seriously.Ongoing “green” initiatives take place throughout theyear, ensuring Vernon’s sustainability and dedicationto the environment. Residents actively participate ina Blue Bag and Clear Bag recycling program as well asrecycling programs for Christmas trees and prunings.In addition, the City of Vernon hosts variousenvironmental events, like Earth Day, Clean AirDay, Rivers’ Day, Bike to Work Week and the annualSustainability Awards.Many local organizations also play an active role inensuring a sustainable environment. With mandatesto protect the land, water, wildlife, even local foodsources, these groups keep the environment topof mind and at the forefront when it comes todevelopment, preservation and education.It is easy being green, particularly when the entirecommunity is committed to making Vernon asustainable and environmentally friendly placeto live.Information ResourcesFood Action Society of the North Okanagan:www.foodaction.caCity of Vernon: www.vernon.ca/sustainabilityNorth Okanagan Parks and Natural Trust:www.nopnat.comSustainable Environment Network Society:www.sensociety.orgAllan Brook Nature Centre: www.abnc.caInformation ResourcesTourism Vernon:www.tourismvernon.com“My son and I moved to Vernon from the Ukraine in 2009because my husband is from here. I really like the nature inVernon, everything from the mountains and the lakes to thewonderful smells. And there are so many animals! I’ve neverseen so many in my life! ”Yana PalutovaSilverstar Mountain/ Don Weixl
Cultural Diversity/Faith GroupsI mmigrationDuring the last census in 2006, Vernon’s populationnumbered nearly 36,000. Approximately 12 percent was made up of people who had emigratedfrom outside of Canada. Immigrants from theUnited States, Central and South America, Europe,the United Kingdom, Africa, Asia, the Middle East,Australia and New Zealand had all chosen Vernon astheir new home.First Nations people make up approximately five percent of Vernon’s population. Half of the band’s 1,688members live on the reserve, while the other half livewithin the community.As a result, numerous cultural groups exist, providingpeople with opportunities to meet others and sharefamiliar customs and traditions. In addition, morethan 70 churches and places of worship are locatedin Vernon and area, representing a wide variety ofreligions and faiths.Information ResourcesCan We Help You Directory: www.canwehelpyou.ca• Faith Groups• Multicultural Organizations• First Nations Groups• Gay and Lesbian OrganizationsPeople immigrating to Vernon can have many oftheir questions answered by the Vernon and DistrictImmigrant Services Society. This non-profit societyoffers many services for newcomers, immigrants,refugees, visible minorities and first-generationCanadians, helping with their settlement andintegration into Vernon.Services are offered in a multitude of languages, andrecommendations can be made to link newcomers tonecessary community services. Staff and volunteersprovide assistance with citizenship and immigrationapplications, accreditation of diplomas and degrees,coaching for certificates and licenses as well astranslation and interpretation.English as a Second Language and EmploymentService programs are available. Newcomers areencouraged to use the resource centre whichprovides internet access, a job-posting board andlabour market information. Numerous workshopsare also scheduled and staff can help with foreigncredential recognition, career planning and provideinformation on self-employment.Lisa Chambers TorrieInformation ResourcesCitizenship and Immigration Canada: www.cic.gc.caVernon and District Immigrant Services Society:www.vdiss.comCity of Vernon:www.vernon.ca/doorway/docs/immigration.pdfWelcome BC: www.welcomebc.ca
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