North Shuswap Kicker April 2021


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279th Edition April 2021

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Seniors Resource Centre Coming

to the North Shuswap

By Jo Anne Malpass

The North Shuswap will soon have a

Seniors and Community Resource Centre,

a place to help seniors stay active and

connected to their community and to each


As part of the North Shuswap Health

Centre Society mission to promote the

health and well-being of the community,


Chair Lorna

Joy Pawluk

and executive

director Gail


have been

working on

this project for

a long time.

The Society

plans to hold

the grand

opening on

June 17. The

resource centre will be located in the third

unit of the health centre/pharmacy building

in Scotch Creek with the entrance at

the rear.

The resource centre will offer fun,

friendship, connection and education, said

Lorna Joy. They plan to offer educational

workshops on a variety of topics.

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room includes a full kitchen and quotes

are coming in for cosmetic upgrades and

the construction of a handicap accessible

washroom. The Society has applied for

infrastructure grant funding and is doing

fundraising for the project. This area will

also be available for rent to community

groups looking for a meeting space.

Dr. Dinesh Mistry purchased unit 3

of the building,

which includes

a front area

where he plans

to open a holistic


practice and

this separate

area with its

own entrance

at the back.

He helped the

Society with

identifying the

needs of seniors

and is on board with using the space for

the resource centre.

To transport seniors unable to drive

to the resource centre, the Society has

purchased a 10 seat (plus wheelchair) bus

from the Chase Community Foundation

Society. This will be used to transport

seniors to the resource centre but also for

senior group trips to events at other North

Ron Wilkinson (left) of NS Health Society accepting the bus

keys from Blaine of the Chase Community Foundation. NS

Health Centre Society photo.

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Seniors Resource Centre Coming

to the North Shuswap continued

Shuswap locations. The Society sends

a “huge thank you to our good friends

at the Chase Community Foundation

for working with us to make this dream

come true.”

Debbie Lunden moved to the

North Shuswap two years ago and has

a background in community gerontology,

which focuses on keeping healthy

seniors active. She was the activity

coordinator at a centre in Ontario

and will be one of the Health Society

volunteers working at the centre. She

has many ideas for activities including

games, crafts, dancing and monthly

lunches. The Society is hoping to offer

things like seniors’ yoga, a chance for

people to share their stories “Your Story

Matters” and an on-site computer to

use for training purposes. Other programs

will be developed in response to

evolving needs and requests of resource

centre members.

Many decisions remain to be made,

including what days and hours it will be

open, but on June 17 from 1:00 pm to

4:00 pm, there will be hotdogs, raffles

and prizes. Information and yearly

memberships for people age 55+ will be

offered that day for $25. Membership

will include discounts on lunches and

bus trip prices. Anyone wishing to make

a donation toward the Raffle Table can

contact Debbie at deblunden69@gmail.

com to arrange a pick up.

The Society is looking for more

volunteers for the resource centre and to

drive the bus. Bus drivers would need

the proper drivers license and pass an

RCMP criminal record check.

Donations to the health society can

be designated to go toward the North

Shuswap Seniors and Community

Resource Centre (NSSCRC). The

Kicker will have updates on progress at

the resource centre in the next issues.

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Scotch Creek Bridge Maintenance Closures

By Jo Anne Malpass

AIM Roads has announced overnight

closures of Scotch Creek Bridge

for maintenance work, from Monday to

Thursday each week, April 19 to May


The nightly closures will

be from 9:00 pm to 12:00

am and 12:30 am to 4:00

am. The bridge will be open

to vehicles from 12:00 am

to 12:30 pm during maintenance.

Pedestrian crossings

will be on the hour each hour

and emergency services will

always be accommodated.

The announcement says

traffic control personnel will

be on site to direct traffic as

required. Please do not enter

the work area unless directed.

A Construction Speed

Zone of 50km per hour will be

in place for the duration of the project

for the safety of road users.

There will be a noticeable deviation

in deck height between the old and

the new deck planks as well as at the

asphalt transitions.

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Bulletin (NSCA) ................... pg. 50

Calendar of Events ............. pg. 65

Classifieds .......................... pg. 66

Chamber News ................... pg. 18

Fire News ........................... pg. 19

First Responders ............... pg. 44

Health Centre Society ......... pg. 37

Historical ............................. pg. 56

Lakeview Centre .................. pg. 51

Letters to the Editor .......... pg. 60

Lions Club News ................. pg. 45

RCMP News ........................ pg. 7

Sidekick .............................. pg. 10

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By Editor Jo Anne Malpass

It didn’t take long for the five-day

COVID clinic at the North Shuswap

Community Hall to fill up, with residents

hearing about it through word of

mouth and Facebook posts.

There are plans to hold another clinic

here in the future but no details yet.

An Interior Health media person told the

Kicker “there remains work to be done

on adding clinics if they are filled up.”

The clinic held on March 18 for seniors

over 80 also filled up quickly.

Interior Health says it is taking a

community specific approach to immunize

communities with small populations,

and barriers to accessing larger

immunization clinics, such as long-distance


This clinic at

Celista from April 6

to 10 is for residents

18+ from Seymour

Arm to Scotch Creek.

The IH website says

Lee Creek residents

18+ are eligible for

the community specific clinic at Art

Holding Memorial Arena, 221 Shepherd

Ave, in Chase, scheduled for Mon, April

12 to Wed, April 21.

The North Shuswap Health Centre

staff requested and encouraged Interior

Health to hold this clinic on the North

Shuswap. Volunteers from the community,

North Shuswap First Responders,

Anglemont Fire Department and North

Shuswap Health Centre Society will be

on hand to assist at the community Hall.

Depending on whether there are

three or four people giving the shots,

300 to 400 people could be immunized

over the five-day clinic here. The

North Shuswap COVID Clinic Full

Photo: Interior Health website

March 18 clinic filled up at 64 people

with three people giving the shots, but

it sounds like they were trying to get a

fourth person for the community specific


In this country, getting the COVID

vaccine is a choice everyone gets to

make for themselves. Do your research

and decide what is best for you. Not

everyone is choosing to receive it, for

personal reasons or because of their

individual health issues. For example,

there is limited information about the

safety of the COVID-19 vaccines in

people who have weakened immune

systems or autoimmune conditions, according

to the Mayo Clinic, and there is

no research on the safety of the vaccines

in pregnant or breastfeeding


When another clinic

is lined up for the North

Shuswap, it will probably

have short notice, but the

Kicker will post updates

on its Facebook page.

Residents can register for a vaccine

appointment at community specific clinics

by calling 1-877-740-7747 between

7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., PDT, seven days

a week. Only residents of these communities

will be registered for ‘community

specific’ clinics. Your home community

will be confirmed when booking.

When booking, you will need to

provide your legal name, date of birth,

postal code, personal health number

(PHN) from the back of B.C. driver’s

licence, BC services cards, or BC Care

Card, and current contact information,

including an email address you or your

family checks regularly.

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Kickin’ it up with Jay

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Jay Simpson- Director, Electoral Area ‘F’

(North Shuswap & Seymour Arm )

Columbia Shuswap Regional District

Email: 250-517-9578

As comes spring, so comes our out

of town guests; those who already have

places here, and those who just wish.

They bring with them their spending

in local businesses and their happy

attitude (who doesn’t like getting out to

the lake?). They may also bring ruin to

the Shuswap if they’re not careful.

I’m talking about invasive species.

If they happen to be coming from places

east, especially Manitoba or Ontario,

or the States, they could be transporting

the means of our destruction. I’m

talking about Zebra Mussels or Quagga

Mussels. I hope you’ve

heard of the devastation

these little mollusks can

bring to a lake; covering

the shoreline, clogging

water intakes, fouling the

bottom of boats, bringing

a tourist Mecca like

the North Shuswap to its

knees. This past summer

invasive clams have been found in a

small areas of Sunnybrae and Canoe.

CSISS (the Columbia Shuswap

Invasive Species Society) is monitoring

the situation, but, once in the lake,

they are very difficult to get rid of,

virtually impossible.

So what I’m getting at here is that

we have to be somewhat responsible

ourselves. Sure, the boats that bring

these invasive species to our shores

are from out of province, but some of

those boats are brought by friends who

Fire Roasted Mussels

live out of province. We need to keep

this top of mind, and remind them that

they come here because the Shuswap is

a beautiful, clean lake, and they need to

take care not to bring unwanted critters

with them. The mantra is Clean, Drain,

Dry. For more information visit the

CSISS website:



And now on to some good news!


Ok, that’s not great news, in itself,

but planning and preparation for one

is critical, to reduce

damage and destruction.

The CSRD has received

$250,000 to continue the

FireSmart Assessments

of your personal home/

buildings. This program

has trained personnel

visiting your home and

making suggestions as

to how you can make your home safer

in the event of a wildfire. Should you

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Kickin’ it up with Jay continued

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Shuswap. We are one of 2 CSRD areas (there are 6 in total)

to receive this study. Details haven’t been finalized yet but we

will be looking for local residents to participate in a committee

with the FireSmart people and others, to prepare a plan

of action to reduce damage and destruction should a wildfire

occur in our area. Given our geography, stretched along the

lake for 90k or so, it is certainly within the realm of possibility

that we will encounter a wildfire situation at some point.

Preparation and planning is one way that we can be sure we

minimize damage or loss of homes, buildings or… life.

One other study that we’re bringing to the North Shu this

year is to determine emergency evacuation routes, for at least

some of our communities. Initial targets are Seymour Arm,

Anglemont and Scotch Creek. These communities represent

the hardest to reach, and highest population groups, respectively.

I’m excited to bring these studies

to the North Shuswap and to get these

projects started. I anticipate some great

community participation so we get the

best plans possible. Keep an eye out for

your chance to get involved.

Let’s see, what other good news is

out there… Well, Little Shuswap Lake

Band has given their permission to control

mosquitos in Scotch Creek (Hilliam

Rd area) this year. That is excellent

news! If you’re happy about this don’t

hesitate to tell them, a quick email to will let them know

you appreciate this. I’m still waiting on

information from BC Parks but I have a

good feeling about that. If I get confirmation

on that I’ll let you know on FB.

We’re coming out of this Covid

thing, slowly but surely. We’re making

some plans for safety in the North Shu,

we’re determining the future housing

needs of our community, and moving

towards planning our growth for the next

10 years or so. I say, things are looking


Drop me a note if you have any


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CRIMESTOPPERS 1-800-222-8477

By Sgt. Barry Kennedy

Aylmer Road Events:

1) Interrupted Theft

- On March 1, 2021 at

approximately 6:00 am,

Chase RCMP responded

to a report of an attempted

theft on Aylmer Road. The

complainant stated that he

saw a male, wearing a high

visibility vest, attempting to

hook a tow strap to a damaged

Ford F350, which was

parked on the side of the

road. The complainant yelled

at him and the male departed

in a dark coloured pickup

with a second male who was

driving. The complainant

managed to memorize the

license plate, as they drove

off. Police records indicate

that license plate was

reported stolen from Chase

in the fall of 2020. Patrols

made around the area for the

suspects were unsuccessful.

2) Found Dirt Bike - On

March 6, Chase RCMP were

contacted after a dirt bike

was found abandoned on

private property in the area

of Aylmer Road in Chase.

Police have been unable to

track down the owner. If

you are missing a dirt bike,

please contact the Chase

RCMP Detachment to claim

it. Be prepared to provide

proof of ownership and quote

file number 2021-492.

3) Arson - On March

7 at 11:06 pm, Chase

RCMP were advised of a

suspicious fire on Aylmer

Road at Whitfield Landing.

Police and the Chase Fire

Department attended and

located a canister of gasoline

on fire in the middle of the

road. The fire was quickly

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extinguished, with no damage

to persons or property.

While the fire was clearly

human caused, the motive is


Dog/Person Kerfuffle

On March 5 at 1:09 pm,

Chase RCMP were advised

of an assault that had just

occurred in Anglemont. The

complainant, a 49-year-old

male from Blind Bay, reported

to police that he and his

small dog were attacked at

a park by a male and his big

dog. The complainant said he

didn’t know the male, but he

did obtain his license plate—

literally—by ripping it off the

vehicle. Police attended and

observed that both the complainant

and his small dog

had injuries consistent with a

person/dog attack.

Police were able to track

down the other male based on

his license plate. The male, a

53-year-old from Anglemont

(for simplicity, we’ll refer

to as the respondent) was

cooperative with the police

investigation and provided

a slightly different version

of events. The respondent

explained that he had his

dog off-leash because he

was the only person at the

park. When the complainant

arrived with a small dog,

the big dog ran up to greet

them. The complainant

asked whether the big dog

was violent, and then (rather

oddly) stated that he was

violent, subsequently kicking

the big dog in the chest. As

the respondent was trying to

leash his dog, somehow both

dogs and both males became

inadvertently tangled in dog

leashes, with the entire party

collapsing in a big pile on the

ground. Eventually, the parties

did manage to get untangled;

after that, the respondent

helped the complainant

find his glasses and keys. The

complainant then ripped the

license plate off the respondent’s

car and departed. The

matter is still under investigation

and charges are being


Residential B & E

On March 5, Chase

RCMP were advised of a

residential break and enter,

and theft in Celista. The

complainant reported that

the break-in had occurred

sometime within the last 24

hours. Items stolen included a

Dyson upright vacuum (with

red trim) and a black and

grey Century lock box. The

residence was examined by

Police and several fingerprint

impressions were obtained.

The investigation is ongoing.

Assault in Vehicle

On March 11, at approximately

5:40 pm, Chase

RCMP were advised of an

assault in progress on Pine

Street near the Skate Park.

The complainants reported

that a dark coloured PT

Cruiser was stopped in the

middle of the road, with the

occupants punching each

other. Police responded immediately,

but the vehicle had

left before they arrived. The

complainants advised that a

female had exited the vehicle

and walked away, but she did

appear injured. They were

able to provide a direction

of travel and an excellent

description. That information

allowed Police to quickly locate

the female and check on

her well-being. She refused

any assistance from Police

and would provide no information.

Patrols made around

the area for the vehicle were

unsuccessful. A suspect was

later identified and a warrant

will be requested.

This incident may have

been disconcerting for the

witnesses. Chase RCMP

would like to encourage

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anyone who may be struggling to process this event (or any

traumatic event) to contact Chase Victim Services at 250-

679-8638. Victim Services is available at that phone number


Check on Child

On March 11, 2021 at approximately 7:00 pm, Chase

RCMP received a request for a well-being check. The

complainant reported that she got into an argument with her

ex-boyfriend and he departed with their toddler in a vehicle.

She expressed concern that her ex could not care for the child

properly. The child was later located, safe and well, by family

members at a relative’s house.

Seymour Arm Suspicious Activity

Chase RCMP have been made aware of suspicious activity

and possible break and enters in Seymour Arm. A suspect

has been identified; however, police cannot move forward

with the investigation until the victims report the thefts to

police. Second-hand information, while often helpful, is

insufficient for criminal charges.

We invite you to the

Virtual Town Hall Meeting

with Area F Regional Director


Jay Simpson

April 20th at


Closures Start at

Kicking Horse Canyon

(Hwy 1)

By Jo Anne Malpass

Overnight full closures

of Highway 1 at Kicking

Horse Canyon just east of

Golden have begun as crews

work to convert the last

4.8 kilometres of narrow,

winding two-lane road to a

modern four-lane standard.

Overnight full closures

will continue through to April

10, 2021. The highway will

be closed between Golden

and the project limits west

of the Kicking Horse Rest

Area at the following intervals.

Evening Full Closure

from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

(MDT) and Overnight Full

Closure from 10:00 pm to

5:00 am (MDT), reports BC

Transportation Investment


During these periods,

TransCanada Highway traffic

will be routed via Highways

93S and 95, which will add

up to 90 minutes to travel


Please note that there

will be no closures or

stoppages due to construction

during the Easter long

holiday weekend, from

Thursday, April 1 at 12:00

noon (MDT) until Tuesday,

April 6 12:00 noon (MDT) to

ensure limited impact to motorists

over the long holiday


Work on Phase 4 of the

construction project will

require a month-long full

closure of Highway 1 from

April 12 to May 14. Roadside

signage will provide advance

notification of the closure and

alternative routes will also

have signage. This closure

will allow crews to proceed

with work that cannot be

carried out safely during

shorter interruptions, such as

major excavation, piling and


For more information

about the Kicking Horse

Canyon Project, please

visit kickinghorsecanyon.

ca. If you have questions or

comments about construction

and traffic, please call the

24/7 construction information

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been operating excavation

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Like many of us, as a youngster

Jason would sometimes

go to work with his dad, a

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Jason took on more of the

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has 7 excavators, a bulldozer,

a skid steer and numerous

dump trucks. Stobbe

Excavation has a staff that

numbers up to 17 during

busy seasons and offers

service to customers over

a large area, including the

North Shuswap and Eagle


Cris Stobbe is not only

Jason’s wife but also his

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Jason Stobbe believes in

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for his family and for his

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it is important to include local contractors/tradesmen

whenever possible.

By using local products and workers,

Jason builds relationships with people

who are familiar with the area and allows

for a sharing of knowledge, both

personal and professional. Stobbe

Excavating looks to provide a necessary

service to customers and to be a

part of a growing community.

The Stobbe family, which includes

Jason, Cris and their 3 sons, love

spending time in the North Shuswap,

both working and living. They have

had a seasonal home in Scotch Creek

for many years. They love to hang

out with friends, enjoying boating and

the beach. Jason and the boys enjoy

hunting in the fall, leaving Cris to

spend some quiet time all to herself.

The family likes to travel, most often

in the winter to warm climates, but

also to out-of-the-way places closer to

home, with no interruptions. Being a

part of a business that is Go, Go, Go!,

real down time is a must!

Stobbe Excavating equipment

bears a flame logo. This first started

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skid steer which zipped along, so it

received a flames/Stobbe logo. People

commented that it reminded them of

the Hot Wheels logo. Ironically, not

long after, Jason sold his “cool” car

and bought…a dump truck!

If you have an excavation job on

your agenda, give Jason Stobbe and

Stobbe Excavating a call. Jason is

always happy to chat and will give

you his expert opinion on how best to

complete your project!

The Kicker would like to thank

Jason and Cris Stobbe and Stobbe

Excavating for their continued advertising

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Civilian Investigation

Clears Chase RCMP


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By Jo Anne Malpass

The Independent

Investigations Office (IIO) of

BC has completed its investigation

of a Chase RCMP officer

in the matter of an injury

to female and has determined

there are no “reasonable

grounds to believe that the

officer may have committed

an offence under any enactment

and therefore the matter

will not be referred to Crown

counsel for consideration of


A decision from Chief

Civilian Director Ronald J.

MacDonald, Q.C. reports

that “Shortly after midday

on October 2, 2020, Chase

RCMP received a call about

a young Indigenous female

having thrown herself in front

of a vehicle on Pine Street.

While making patrols for this

person, the Subject Officer

(SO) stopped and spoke with

the Affected Person (AP),

who appeared to match the

description of the female. AP

did not seem to be impaired

nor in any distress. She did

not wish to speak with police

and denied being the person

involved with the complaint.

She then walked away.

Approximately five minutes

later, police received a report

that a female had jumped

off the Pine Street Bridge.

Officers attended and noted

that this female was the

same female spoken to by

police. Because of the recent

interaction between AP and a

police officer, the Independent

Investigations Office (IIO)

was notified and commenced

an investigation.”

AP’s injuries included

multiple fractures, including

in her pelvis and spine,

as well as lacerations and

internal abdominal and other

injuries. She has required significant

treatment, including a

six-hour surgery to repair the


AP told the IIO that

on the day in question she

initially tried unsuccessfully

to drown herself in a creek.

She said she then jumped out

in front of a passing vehicle

in a second suicide attempt.

She stated she did refuse

assistance but suggested to II0

investigators that the officer

lacked the proper training to

deal with such situations.

“When SO encountered

AP on the street, the only

information he had was that

a young indigenous woman

had fallen, jumped or perhaps

pretended to jump in front of

a passing vehicle. He had an

incomplete description, the

only useful part of which was

that the person was said to be

in socked feet, without shoes.

In those circumstances, without

more specific information

about an actual intent to cause

herself harm, he had no lawful

grounds to detain AP if she

did not wish to stop and talk

with him.”

“In law, SO was permitted

only to approach her and

attempt to speak with her,

which is what he did. It is

clear that she too acted within

her rights in refusing his

assistance and telling him, in

no uncertain terms, to leave

her alone.”

“The evidence indicates

that SO was affected emotionally

by the incident, and may

well have second-guessed his

decisions after the fact. That

is to be expected. However,

this does not make those

decisions unreasonable,

and certainly does not raise

them to the level of criminal


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Urbanics Consulting

Ltd. has been awarded a sole

source contract to undertake

Housing Needs Reports for

Electoral Areas B, D and F

(North Shuswap).

The Columbia Shuswap

Regional District Board

awarded the contract at their

March 18 meeting for a total

cost of $45,000 plus applicable

taxes. Gerald Christie,

Manager Development

Services, said the CSRD successfully

obtained a Union of

BC Municipalities (UBCM)

grant for the full amount.

The report to the board

says “It is through the

Housing Needs Reports

projects that housing data

is collected and analyzed,

gaps identified, demographic

trends recognized, and allows

for existing and long-term

housing issues and opportunities

in the community

to become more clearly


Undertaking housing

research projects of this

type require a thorough

understanding of census and

demographic data collection

including the ability to

conduct a robust data analysis.

The project also requires

an in depth understanding

of the provincial Housing

Needs Reports legislation,

reporting regulations, local

government housing issues

and policy, and an ability

to effectively communicate

and conduct qualitative data

collection with community

members and housing-related


Staff are of the opinion

that it is appropriate to

award a sole source contract

to Urbanics Consulting

Ltd. given their significant

housing needs reporting

experience including their

recent excellent work on

the Housing Needs Reports

completed for Electoral

Areas C and E. Further, staff

note that Urbanics has local

knowledge of the area, has

illustrated an in-depth understanding

of the provincial

reporting requirements, and

has proven that they have the

capacity to complete such a

technical and detailed project

on-time and on-budget, most

notably during a provincial

health emergency due to the

COVID-19 pandemic.”

Upon awarding of the

contract to Urbanics, the

project will begin immediately

with the collection

of quantitative data and

analysis followed by public

engagement opportunities

later this summer as appropriate

and in consideration of

provincial health orders and


Christie told the board

that during the study for

Areas C and E, Urbanics

went out in communities,

did interviews and met with

stakeholders and organizations

involved with housing

in their communities. There

was also an on-line survey to

allow more engagement to


The project is anticipated

to complete in late fall 2021

with a presentation to the

Board; UBCM grant criteria

requires the project to be

completed by February 2022.

In other business at the

CSRD meeting,

White Lake Fire

Department was named

CSRD fire department of the

year. Chief Bryan Griffin &

Deputy Chief Lynn Mazur

attended by zoom to receive


Nutrition Program –

The Board will be sending

a letter to the Honourable

Adrian Dix, BC Minister of

Health thanking him for his

support in 2020 for the BC

Farmers’ Market Nutrition

April 2021

Coupon Program and asking

him to support it again in

2021. Working through

health services and food

banks, coupons were provided

to lower income people to

purchase fresh fruits, vegetables,

cheese, eggs, nuts, fish,

meat and herbs direct from

farmers at local farmers’


FireSmart Coordinator

Sole Source Contract

Award – The Board entered

into an agreement with

1477556 Alberta Ltd. for

the provision of FireSmart

coordination services for

all Electoral Areas for a

12-month term commencing

April 1, 2021 and expiring

on March 31, 2022, for

a total cost not to exceed

$85,000 plus applicable

taxes and in accordance

with the terms of the grant

received from the Union of

BC Municipalities through

the Community Resiliency

Investment Program. 2021.

Len Youden is the lead

consultant of 147556 Alberta

Ltd. and has been providing

the service to CSRD over the

past two years.

Staffing Increases – The

board approved the addition

of a full-time Plan Checker

position for development

services building department

and a full-time human resource

coordinator position.

Mattress and Car

Seat Recycling Program

Contract Awards - The

Board entered into an agreement

with Shuswap Enviro

Solutions for the provision

of mattress recycling and

hauling services at $30 per

unit for Falkland, $25 per

unit for Salmon Arm, $30

per unit for Scotch Creek,

$26 per unit for Sicamous,

$27.50 per unit for Skimikin

and $30 per unit as a back up

for Revelstoke; and for car

seat recycling and hauling

services at $8 per unit,

plus applicable taxes, over

a three-year term effective

April 1, 2021, with an

optional two-year extension.

The Board also entered into

agreements with three other

recycling hauling companies

to serve areas within the


Ben Van Nostrand,

Team Leader, Community

Services, reported that since

2014, over 35,000 mattresses

have been collected and

recycled from CSRD refuse

(continued on page 16)

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Contract for Housing Needs

Report Awarded continued

(continued from page 15)

disposal sites. In 2019, the

CSRD was approached by

a recycling firm, Shuswap

Enviro Solutions (SES) from

Lumby to provide the CSRD

with an alternative mattress

recycling service. The CSRD

has conducted a trial with

SES during 2020, inspected

their processing facility, and

are confident that they can

provide the mattress recycling

services required at a

significant cost savings and

a reduction in overall carbon

emissions from the current

methods. SES collects

mattresses from the landfills

and transfer stations in the

Shuswap and processes them

at their facility in Lumby.

The CSRD continues to haul

mattresses collected at the

Golden Refuse Disposal Site

to the facility in Calgary and

Revelstoke mattresses are

hauled to Hope.

Search and Rescue

Grant-in-Aid Amendment

Bylaw – The Board approved

an amendment to increase

the maximum annual tax

requisition by 25% for the

Search and Rescue contribution

of financial aid service

in Electoral Areas C, D, E,

F, District of Sicamous and

the City of Salmon Arm. The

CSRD has been providing annual

financial contributions to

the Shuswap Lifeboat Society

which operates the Royal

Canadian Marine Search and

Rescue RMCSAR) program

since 2016. The group

provides rescue service for

medical and marine emergencies

on the lakes and serves as

the ambulance for remote and

water access only communities.

In 2020, RMCSAR

ran 40 missions saving 19

lives. RMCSAR is volunteer

driven with 46 team members

supporting the operation. In

October 2020, the Society

attended the CSRD Board

meeting as a delegation

requesting additional funding

towards the debt servicing of

a permanent on-water facility

which would be used as their

base of operations. This

allows for an increase in the

grant amount but Jodi Pierce,

Manager, Financial Services

said it doesn’t necessarily

mean the society will need

that much next year.

Grant in Aid Area F

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Society received $3,000

toward a mobile interpretation


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By Jo Anne Malpass

A contract for Evacuation Route

Planning services was awarded to Red

Dragon Consulting at the Columbia

Shuswap Regional District board meeting

March 18.

Derek Sutherland, Team Leader,

CSRD Protective Services told the

Kicker that on the North Shuswap

“we will be producing more detailed

plans for Scotch Creek, Anglemont and

Seymour Arm. Dorian Bay (Adams

Lake), Lee Creek, Celista, St. Ives will


The sole source contract agreement

with Red Dragon Consulting Ltd. is for

a total cost not to exceed $24,380 plus

applicable taxes. Sutherland’s report

to the board says the CSRD received

$24,380 in grant funding from the

Community Emergency Preparedness

Fund in February 2021 to provide evacuation

route planning activities to the

Shuswap Emergency Program’s electoral

areas. The grant includes provisions

to compile community specific information

needed to adequately coordinate an


“Community specific evacuation

planning builds stronger more resilient

communities by allowing them to act

quickly when required, minimizing the

effects of disaster. Paul Edmonds is

the lead consultant with Red Dragon

Consulting and has experience in drafting

similar types of plans for other local

governments within British Columbia.”

The project will focus in on highrisk

areas of the Shuswap and create

specific route plans for those communities.

Sutherland explained community

selection was based on the risk designation

assigned by BC Wildfire. The work

will develop “toolkits” of information

that are critical during an evacuation.

These toolkits will be used by the emergency

operations centre to develop a tailored

plan for evacuating the community

during a hazard event. By doing this

work in advance of an emergency, the

emergency responders will only need

to integrate the specifics of the hazard

event with the pre-determined information

from the toolkit to come up with an

effective strategy for evacuation.

Area C Director Paul Demenok

asked about the high-risk areas and

what evacuation options will be considered.

Darcy Mooney, head of CSRD

operations said a preliminary report was

done in 2019 and this takes a deeper

dive into that report and focuses on

high-risk areas, considering land, air

and water evacuation routes and muster

stations. During the process, there will

be consultation with community leaders,

Neighbourhood Emergency Program

leaders and fire departments but input

from the general community won’t be


Sutherland explained that because

of limited funding, the planning will

focus on 10 communities in CSRD rural

areas that would most benefit. It’s an

all-hazards plan, considering any disaster

event that would create the need for

an evacuation, including fire, flood and

train derailment. It would identify areas

to stage equipment. If the area was cut

off, the options for water or air evacuation.

What logging roads are available

and what resources would be needed to

open them up in a hurry? It will look at

specifics of each community and what

local resources are available if any

events happen.

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Chamber News

Angela Lagore, President - 250-320-2012

By Angela Lagore

How does beautification

help businesses and how

does it build a community?

Beautification is a key

aspect to community development.

When a community

looks clean and tidy it

makes a statement that we

care about the place we live


A visually appealing

community increases property

values, attracts businesses,

and improves the

neighborhood’s image. It is

proven that a clean-inviting

community draws people in.

Whether it’s tourists, buyers,

investors or visitors, our

image of our community is

what sets the tone.

As a chamber we are

consistently trying to increase

and/or maintain business

in our area and more

importantly create a positive

image that we are open and

ready for business!

Some of our community

beautification projects in the

past have included roadside

clean up, sign cleanup,

flower boxes, flower

baskets, mowing along the

highway, and encouraging

residents and business owners

to tidy and beautify their

spaces. The chamber also

has a responsibility to be advocates

for our community,

by keeping in contact with

our contracted road maintenance

AIM as well as our

area Rep. Jay Simpson for

funding to make these types

of improvements viable.

Our current beautification

committee has been

working on various projects.

One of their ideas is placing

murals on the side of

some commercial buildings

showcasing images from the

historical society or perhaps

year round- all season

activities. There is still a lot

to discuss with various business

owners and of course

community input. In general

It would have a common

theme, be tasteful and create

a story throughout the North


Other projects include

adding some self watering

planters to continue up the

lake, along with continuing

to plant our flowers in the


They are planning to

add benches and maps at

each beach access point, this

will create spaces for people

to enjoy nature, the lake and

provide peaceful spots for

exploring our beautiful back


They are also looking

at cleaning up Rose Clifford

(continued on page 19)

April 2021

Park, adding grass and trees and

cleaning up the parking situation.

With everyone doing their

part, creating beautiful spaces no

matter the size, it really does show

that we care about our community

and all the beauty it has to offer. If

you would like to join one of our

committees, volunteer and create a

change, please feel free to contact

the chamber for more information.

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Fire News

By Anglemont

Fire Chief

Graham Lucas

North Shuswap

Fire Departments

have recently returned to in-person

practice at their fire halls after

months on zoom.

All departments have recently

responded to burning complaints

such as burning hazardous materials

like building materials, plastics,

asbestos etc. and fires that are creating

toxic smoke. Scotch Creek/

Lee Creek responded last month to

someone burning which got out of

control and Celista provided mutual


When lighting any fire, you

should be aware of what you can

burn, how large the fire will be and

if a permit is required. It is your

responsibility to look after the fire

after you light it.

All North Shuswap departments

are looking for new members.

Did you know all CSRD

firefighters are paid on call volunteers?

Yes, you are paid to attend

any training that is required and

to attend call outs. Anglemont

currently has 27 members on our

department, and we are looking for

3 more to join our team. Once we

reach 30 members, we will only be

accepting new members when an

opening exists.

If you have any questions

please feel free to call your local

fire chief in Scotch Creek, Celista

or Anglemont. Phone numbers in

the clubs and organizations page of

the Kicker.

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By Jo Anne Malpass

Zebra mussels have been detected

in a variety of moss /

algal ball products for

aquariums or water

gardens sold in western

Canada, including

BC, said a Province

of BC news release

March 9.

These products,

which are often sold

as “Marimo Moss

Balls”, are species of

green algae typically

purchased for aquariums

to improve water

quality. Moss balls

can also be purchased


Anyone who has a

moss ball in their aquarium

is being asked to inspect the plant

for invasive zebra mussels now that the

highly invasive species has been found

in a number of locations throughout the


Robyn Hooper,

Executive Director

of the Columbia

Shuswap Invasive

Species Society

shared that “Zebra

mussels, and its

‘cousin’ the Quagga

mussel, pose a

major threat if

they are released

or escape into a

lake or river. The

mussels will wreak

havoc on aquatic

ecosystems, drinking

water quality,

salmon populations

and fish habitat, hydro-power facilities,

underwater infrastructure such as pipes,

intakes, etc.

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They multiply rapidly and are

nearly impossible to eradicate. It’s estimated

that it would cost $43M annually

to taxpayers and property owners to

deal with the effects of Zebra mussels

in BC. The mussels aren’t currently

known to be in the environment in BC,

and this discovery of Zebra mussels

in aquarium plants is a new discovery.

There is a significant concern that improperly

managed aquarium contents

could result in the mussels escaping to

a creek, river, pond or lake.”

In early March, conservation

officers conducted more than 600 inspections

at retail aquatic pet and plant

stores and found zebra mussels in moss

balls at multiple locations, including

Terrace and the Lower Mainland.

People have also reported finding the

mussel-infested moss balls in their

aquariums across western Canada and

several U.S. states, says the Province

of BC release.

The Conservation Officer Service

(COS) is investigating how widespread

the problem of mussel-infested moss

balls may be in the province. This

includes notifying stores that may potentially

have contaminated moss balls

and advising them of disposal options.

Any contaminated moss balls have

been seized.

To protect the Columbia Shuswap

and BC from a potential invasion of

Zebra mussels, Moss balls can be

safely disposed of by placing them in a

sealed plastic bag and putting them in a

freezer for at least 24 hours, or placing

them in boiling water for at least one

full minute and then let cool.

After this, place the moss ball and

any of its packaging in a sealed plastic

bag and dispose in the trash. Do not

flush moss balls down the toilet or put

them in the compost. Once the moss

balls have been removed from the

aquarium, do not dispose of untreated

water down the drain or into any residential

water system or waterway.

Water from all water changes during

this period should be treated by adding

25ml of bleach per litre of water that has

been removed from the aquarium, letting

it sit for at least 15 minutes prior to disposing

the treated water down the drain.

Filter media being changed should also

be disinfected by soaking it in a bleach

solution for 15 minutes prior to being

sealed in a plastic bag and disposed of

in your household trash. More information

on how to treat aquarium contents

and water is available at: https://www2.


The COS is working with ministry

science experts, Canadian and U.S.

counterparts, industry retailers and

distributors to help prevent any potential

spread of invasive zebra mussels. To

date, there has been no reported introduction

of live zebra mussels into B.C.

lakes or waterways.

Anyone who finds zebra mussels

can call the Report All Poachers and

Polluters hotline at 1 877 952-7277 to

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By Jo Anne Malpass

The Columbia Shuswap Regional

District board has approved the 2021

budget and $8,886,788 will be collected

in property taxes on the North Shuswap

this year, with $3,636,292 of that going to

the CSRD.

Provincial School tax takes

$3,224,104, Provincial Rural Tax

$874,254, Police tax $121,515,

Thompson Nicola Regional Hospital

District $766,400, Okanagan Regional

Library $238,234 (paid from CSRD

budget), BC Assessment Authority

$72,977 and a Provincial collection fee of


The increase in tax from Area F for

the CSRD is $17,053 or about 1%. The

portion going to the Province increases

from $3,945,836 in 2020 to $4,219,873

which the CSRD budget breaks down

to an increase of $38.08 to the average

residential home.

The average residential assessment

value has increased to $340,761 from last

year’s $325,796. The basis for this is the

2021 assessed value of residences on the

North Shuswap is $1,567,499,579 divided

by the 4,600 residences equals $340,761.

CSRD Area F budget cost items over

$100,000 are General Government and

administration $240,264. Electoral Area

administration $103,430. Development

services $246,964. Area F Community

Parks $453,330. Fire Protection $864,569.

Building inspection $112,470

Some of the line items where there

is a reduction in cost from last year

include -$18,711 for Administration Cost

Allocation and IT, -$5,833 Electoral

Area General Government, -$17,049

Community Parks and -$17,000 Grantin

aid. Increases include $10,186 for

Development Services, $9,199 for Area F

Building Inspections, $31,804 for Scotch

Creek/Lee Creek mosquito control,

$6,139 Community Parks-Rose Clifford

and $4,000 for grant to Shuswap Search

and Rescue.

The total budget for all CSRD services

in 2021 is $44,932,057, a reduction

of 4,201,558 from the 2020 budget of

$49,133,616. Along with the $17,209,763

collected in property tax throughout the

CSRD, other CSRD income includes

sales and user fees, return on investments,

transfers and grants from other

governments, Community Works Fund

Agreement and BC Hydro - grants in lieu.

The total for staff salaries is

$6,741,000 an increase of $472,00 from

2020, which includes new positions,

collective agreement increases, and increased

costs in WCB, CPP and Pension.

The two new positions are a plan checker

for development services and a human

resource coordinator.

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Making the North

Shuswap More Resilient

to Wildfire

By Len Youden

Last month, we announced

the CSRD was

successful in obtaining

increased grant funding

to expand our existing

FireSmart program. Specific

to the North Shuswap, we

received a grant to develop

a Community Wildfire

Resiliency Plan (CWRP).

A CWRP is the result of

collaboration between the

BC Wildfire Service and the

BC FireSmart Committee

to make communities more

resilient to wildfire. Wildfires

are a natural phenomenon

with potentially devastating

impacts. Studies have shown

that individual property owners

and communities who

adopt FireSmart principles

stand a much better chance

of preventing loss and damage

from wildfires. We often

hear of the ‘Miracle Home’

that was completely undamaged

when all other homes

around it were destroyed.

Science has shown this is

less of a miracle and more

a function of combustion.

Our understanding of these

factors has increased dramatically

as more research is

conducted before, during and

after wildfires. From these

destructive events, comes

knowledge that can prevent

future disasters.

The CWRP process

for the North Shuswap will

begin this spring. The objectives

of a CWRP are:

• Increase the community’s

capacity and understanding

of wildfire risk,

• Foster collaboration

across boundaries and


• Expand education of

FireSmart principles.

As a resident or property

owner, your participation is

key to the overall success

of this resiliency plan. The

single biggest way you can

participate is through educating

yourself and by working

to make your own property

FireSmart. FireSmart homes

and communities are fire


We have a number of

resources for citizens to learn

more about reducing individual

and neighborhood risk.

Visit the CSRD FireSmart

web page. From there you

have access to a number

of informative articles and

documents. Just this week

we added a 30-minute webinar

to increase your level

of awareness on risks and

show the resources available.

You can also request a free

FireSmart Home Assessment

where a local fire professional

will provide you with

detailed recommendations

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to reduce your individual property risk. We can do plans

and assessments for groups of neighbors who want to work

together to reduce neighborhood risk.

A final thought, I would like everyone to consider is,

with the geography and vegetation in our regional district,

we are at risk to wildfire. All too often, people focus on fuels

in the surrounding hills, but the biggest factor that each

resident can address is their individual property. This is also

the most efficient and impactful for individual homes. Don’t

accept the misconception that if a wildfire comes through

our area there is nothing you can do. Make your home or

neighborhood that fire break. Learn how and start now.

For more information on FireSmart in the CSRD or

the CWRP visit: or email

Non-Food Vendors Allowed

to Return to Outdoor

Farmers’ Markets

By Larissa Lutjen

On December 3, 2020,

farmers' markets in British

Columbia were ordered to

adhere to Covid-19 Public

Health Orders restricting market

activity to food vendors

only, which affected some

local craft vendors and artisans

who planned to

participate in indoor

markets before


As this

summer season

neared, market

managers around

the province

were concerned

that this restriction

remained in

place. On March

19, markets received

the good

news that non-food vendors

could now return to outdoor


Over the winter, farmers'

market societies around the

province had written to government

officials and a petition

on had garnered

more than 9000 signatures

asking that the restriction be


In a letter to constituent

markets, the BC Association

of Farmers' Markets Executive

Director, Heather O'Hara,

pointed out that “many

markets are not financially

viable without their full

vendor mix”. The manager of

the Salmon Arm Community

Market, and a vendor at the

Sorrento Village market,

Susan Washington, stated in an

interview that removing nonfood

vendors from outdoor

markets made

little sense in

the first place

as the outdoor

setting made

farmers' markets

at least as

safe as indoor

retailers which


open. She

stated that not

being able to


in Christmas

markets had taken a toll on

local crafters and artisans.

The new Public Health

Orders restrict indoor market

sales to “food for human

consumption, flowers, plants,

seeds and compost” but outdoor

markets can once again

include non-food vendors.

Outdoor markets must continue

to keep vendor stalls 2

meters apart and keep traffic

moving in one direction. The

Sorrento Village Farmers

Market opens for the season

on Mother’s Day weekend.

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26 The North Shuswap Kicker April 2021

C7îstkteñ Winter House

Under Construction

By Jo Anne Malpass

A C7îstkteñ Winter House is under construction in

Tsùtswecw Provincial Park beside the Adams River along the

Wade Road hiking trails section.

The project is a partnership initiative between the Little

Shuswap Lake Band, Neskonlith Band, Adams Lake Band,

BC Parks, and the Adams River Pictograph Project Group, a

spokesperson for the Ministry of Environment, BC Parks told

the Kicker.

Once completed, the operational winter house will be

made available for use by Indigenous Peoples and Park

visitors alike. Use will include “hosting school groups, educational

gatherings, special events, and celebrations such as

the internationally significant quadrennial Sockeye Salmon


A Kekuli or winter home is a dwelling built into the

ground and covered by logs, soil and grass. They were used

by the Secwepemc people as winter dwellings and housed

many families. To live comfortably in their environment, the

Secwepemc lived in permanent pit houses (winter homes), in

the winter and portable lodges in the summer months. Winter

villages were always located by waterways.

BC Parks said the primary goal of this project is to

strengthen the partnerships between First Nations and BC

Parks. The project was initiated out of the desire to expand

on the existing Tsútswecw Park Indigenous cultural heritage


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The BC Parks

License Plate Program

is funding the C7îstkteñ

Winter House in

Tsútswecw Park with

support from project

partners. “To date the

License Plate Program

has supported the

project to the tune of

$200,000 and the BC

Parks Capital Program

has also maintained

an open capital project

for ancillary improvements (i.e. picnic

tables and washrooms).”

Partners have also contributed time

in the planning, site assessments, and

design reviews, said BC Parks. Several

years of monthly meetings and consensus-based

decisions with designated

member representatives of the Little

Shuswap Lake Band, Adams Lake

Band, Niskonlith Band, archaeology

assessments and site development work

have culminated in this design.

“Local Indigenous Elder and Band

Member guidance was paramount in

finalizing a location and design for

the C7îstkteñ Winter House. Shared

traditional knowledge on the use and

materials of Winter Homes was key to

creating a final design.”

In additional to the traditional elements,

the final design also incorporates

some modern comforts such as a structurally

engineered foundation, vaulted

post and beam ceiling, comfort seating,

wood heating, moisture wicking ceiling

Kicker staff drone photo - construction starts

membrane and drainage mat, and LED


Traditionally, winter homes were

made by digging out a deep pit. Support

poles were placed in the pit vertically

and lashed with cross beams in the

shape of a dome. Posts would be bound

together using wet rawhide so that when

it dried it would tighten and secure the

structure in place. The next layer was

made from cedar bark, deer hides, or

woven rush mats, followed by another

layer of sod with grass. When finished,

the kekuli looked like a grassy hill.

In order to facilitate completion

of the C7îstkteñ Winter House project,

public access to the Wade Road Hiking

Trails will be intermittently closed.

Construction activities both on, and to

and from the site will make the area

unsafe for public use. For specific dates

and closure times, refer to signage

posted at the Wade Road trailhead.

Please obey all posted signs and closure


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28 The North Shuswap Kicker April 2021

Funding Allocated

for North

Shuswap Pathway

Engineering Study

By Jo Anne Malpass

Funding for an engineering study

on three sections of a parallel active

transportation pathway for the

North Shuswap was approved by the

Columbia Shuswap Regional District

Board in its 2021 budget.

The North Shuswap Pathway

Team has been working on this project

since May 2020, with a vision to one

day have a non-motorized pathway

from Skwlax to St. Ives to allow for

the safe travel from park to park and

from homes to work and shopping. It

mapped out potential routes along the

Squilax-Anglemont, held an on-line

survey and has met with strategic partners,

including the CSRD.

Ryan Nitchie, CSRD Team Leader

of Community Services told the

Pathway Team that he is currently looking

at options for engineering and design

services to complete survey work,

preliminary design and cost estimates.

He said he is hopeful that a purchase

order will be issued to an engineering

firm around the third week of April.

At a Pathway Team meeting last

fall with CSRD operations manager,

Darcy Mooney, the team was told the

project needs to be “shelf ready” before

the CSRD can apply for any federal

or provincial grants, which can cover

much of the capital and planning costs.

This requires an engineering report

with cost estimates. The cost of hiring

an engineer would need to be in the

2021 budget.

The engineering report would

contain the results of a field survey and

would identify costs and obstacles to

the three sections chosen as starting

points, based on community feedback

and data collected by the team

that these sections may be easiest to

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accomplish. The three sections

are Bristow Road to Ross

Creek Park, Ross Creek Park

to Lakeview Park and connecting

paths within Scotch Creek.

Pathway Brochure - The

Team has also had a brochure

printed which explains the

project and includes a map of

the North Shuswap divided

into seven potential pathway

sections. The Team sends

thanks to Eric Seymour for the

graphic design and to Shuswap

Community Foundation for

providing $300 in funding

to print over 600 brochures.

Brochures are now available at

Sunnyside Supermarket, Ross

Creek Country Store and The


Small Grants NOW

Available from Shuswap

Community Foundation

Press Release

Applications are

now open for Responsive

Neighbourhood Small Grants,

for projects that help build a

sense of community.


Neighbourhood Small Grants

is based on a simple but

powerful idea – that everyone

is a valuable member of

the community and that we

all have something to share.

Responsive Neighbourhood

Small Grants (NSG) provides

grants of up to $350 for

residents to strengthen their

community by bringing people

together, sharing skills and

knowledge, celebrating


and increasing

people’s sense

of belonging. Projects must

stay within guidelines for

physical distancing. And yes,

a grant means you don’t need

to pay back this funding — no

matter the outcome.

Through partnerships

with The Vancouver

Foundation and Downtown

Salmon Arm, Shuswap

Community Foundation is

able to provide funding to

local residents with ideas

to bring people together.

Projects can include anything

from potlucks, art workshops

and block parties to

neighbourhood beautification

and habitat restorations,

anything in compliance

with the Provincial Health


True to the grassroots

spirit of the program, each

Responsive Neighbourhood

Small Grant will be awarded

by Shuswap residents themselves.

Local volunteers will

review the ideas submitted

and decide which ones to


Applications for

Responsive Neighbourhood

Small Grants are open

throughout the year.


Neighbourhood Small

Grants are one way that the

Community Foundation

amplifies the power of

community by supporting

the strength, resiliency and

creativity of


“When people

feel a sense

of connection and belonging

to their neighbourhood, they

are more likely to be engaged

in activities that make it a

better place to live.” adds

Roger Parenteau, Manager

at the Shuswap Community



Neighbourhood Small Grants

help connect and engage

residents in their community

regions through co-funding

partnerships with Vancouver

Foundation and Shuswap

Community Foundation.

For more information

on the Responsive

Neighbourhood Small Grants

program, and to apply online,

visit www.shuswapfoundation.

ca or email

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Internet connectivity has

had a major impact on the

lives of Canadians and as

time goes on, the worldwide

web is playing an expanding

role in many facets of our


Twenty-five years ago,

most of us used the internet

for simply sending emails or

searching for information, but

now we use the web for much

more. Over the past year,

Canadians have been using

the internet more than ever

as limitations of the ongoing

pandemic have required

us to adapt by using webbased

platforms to connect

with friends and family,

to work from home and to

introduce small businesses to


As our adaptation

evolves, technologies and

software are also quickly

evolving to make internet-based

activities like

e-commerce more user-friendly

and efficient. The

very idea of offering goods

and services in a virtual marketplace

would have seemed

outlandish a couple decades

ago, but the world has certainly

changed and so have we.

For many Canadians,

especially those in rural and

semi-rural communities, the

benefits and opportunities of

the internet are not accessible

to them because they cannot

connect to high quality internet

services. The absence of

strong and dependable internet

connectivity is a persistent

problem in communities of

the North and South Shuswap

that impedes economic development

and other opportunities

for communities.

In 2014, the Conservative

government launched the

Connecting Canadians

Program with dedicated funding

to provide all Canadian

communities with equitable

levels of internet connectivity.

At that time, the federal

government recognized that

all Canadians needed to have

quality internet connection to

access the growing benefits

and opportunities of e-commerce

or teleworking.

Shortly after being

elected in 2015, residents

of the North and South

Shuswap drew my attention

to the persisting challenges of

accessing internet services in

their communities and I have

repeatedly raised these gaps,

along with other community

needs, with the federal

government. While some

improvements in connectivity

have been delivered to some

residents in the region, there

are still many who do not

have good connectivity. This

is why I continue to advocate

for federal support that will

help all residents of the North

Okanagan-Shuswap achieve

optimum internet connections

because this is overdue.

My Conservative colleagues

and I also recognize

that Canadians deserve

quality services at fair prices.

The federal government has a

role to play in overseeing the

development of infrastructure

and pricing of services that

can be determining factors of

whether Canadians and small

businesses succeed or not.

The proposed purchase

of Shaw Communications by

Rogers Communications raises

many questions about competition,

expansion of service

and pricing and I am happy

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to see the Competition Bureau is reviewing this proposal.

Conservatives are also pushing for Parliamentary committee

hearings on the proposed Rogers-Shaw transaction

in an effort to ensure ordinary Canadians are best served

through competition, affordability, and jobs in Canada’s

telecommunications sector.

As your Member of Parliament, I will continue to

advocate for accessible, reliable, and fairly priced telecommunication

and internet services for every constituent,

small business and region that needs them.

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the North Shuswap

A Glimmer of Hope as

Vaccination Begins in


By Greg Kyllo, MLA for Shuswap

The third week of March was quite the week for

British Columbia. After a year plagued by the stress of a

global pandemic, increased social isolation, loss and grief,

we have begun to feel hope as vaccination appointments

started to be scheduled that Monday. That morning, B.C.

residents over the age of 90 and Indigenous elders 65 and

older were eligible to book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment

– to the relief and joy of many.

Unfortunately, the initial vaccine rollout was not as

flawless as one would have hoped, as the first day saw

the TELUS call centres contracted by government struggle

as they received 1.7 million calls on opening day.

Thankfully, as the week progressed, the system improved

and British Columbians were better able to make appointments.

With the recent announcement of the next phase

of our vaccine rollout, I was thrilled to learn that many

of Shuswap’s most senior and elderly residents were able

to receive a vaccination appointment and get immunized,

and that many more vaccinations are soon to follow.

The bungled start to the rollout on Monday truly

revealed the importance of an online booking option.

While other provinces and jurisdictions have successfully

implemented online systems, it is frustrating that this easy

and accessible online option is not currently available to

all British Columbians across health authorities. I implore

this government to quickly and efficiently implement

an online booking option for vaccine appointments


With hope on the horizon, but COVID-19 variants

cases still increasing daily, I encourage all those eligible

for a vaccine in the Shuswap region to call 1-877-740-

7747 between 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., seven days a week,

to make an immunization appointment. Together, we will

begin to heal and regain a sense of normalcy.

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32 The North Shuswap Kicker April 2021

Just a few hours of your time

will make a difference

Clean-up Days


May 7 & 8

Special garbage bags will be available for registered

volunteers to pick up at either Ross Creek Store or

Scotch Creek Bottle Depot.

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These Are the Helpers in

Your Neighbourhood

By Larissa Lutjen

April is Volunteer

Recognition month, which is

ironic considering that most

volunteers don't seek out

recognition. Some volunteers

have official titles, and we

see their names in the Kicker

associated with events they

are organizing or causes for

which they are advocating.

Others are busy in the background,

also making a difference

but getting a bit less of

that recognition. I canvassed

some friends and came up

with three lesser known local

helpers who shared their

stories and some

thoughts about

our community.

Julia Houston

is a familiar face

to many because

she has worked

at the grocery

store in Scotch

Creek for about

15 years. Over the

last year this has

meant wearing a mask for

hours at a time, a situation

she describes as tiring and

challenging because, as she

put it, “effective communication

is hard in a mask”. Julia

is also one of the longest

serving volunteer fire-fighters

in the North Shuswap

having put in 18 years of

weekly training sessions and

additional weekend courses.

When I spoke to her, she was

getting ready to take an online

course about fire causes

and investigations.

Moreover, Julia has a

garden where she grows

raspberries, tomatoes,

cherries, asparagus and

more, which she is known to

share with friends. Having

good contacts in her neighbourhood,

she routinely

checks in on friends when

the power goes out after a

storm to make sure everyone

is OK. Because of this

she is working on starting a

Neighbourhood Emergency

Program through the CSRD's

emergency management

operations. As a grandmother

she also helps out with her

grandkids and spent some

time as a One to One reader

at the school.

When asked what she

would choose if she had

the power to wave a magic

wand and bring something

to the community that would

make it better, she had two

immediate thoughts: a drug


centre and


housing. She

spoke about

people she

knows who

have had

tragic life


and are living

in rough

conditions unable to afford

a proper home and people

she sees who are addicted to

drugs. “There are few jobs

out here”, she explained,

“and it is so easy to hang out

and do drugs”.

When I phoned Alice

Brideau to ask about her

volunteering she was a bit

surprised that her name had

been suggested. After running

a local cleaning business

and doing bookkeeping

work for many years she has

spent a lot of her energy lately

helping friends and taking

care of the Community

Centre built and maintained

by locals in Lee Creek. When

a community member and

good friend was dying of

cancer several years ago she

helped out when she was

needed, driving and bringing

food for him. And for the last

Julia Houston

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Alice Brideau

Photo contributed

ten years she has been helping a friend

living with cancer. While her friend was

undergoing chemotherapy, she needed

to travel to Kelowna every week so

Alice volunteered to be on the road by

5am every Monday morning and be

at the bus station in Kamloops every

Friday afternoon.

Twice this winter she had to rush

the same friend to the Emergency Room

after surgery complications. “She pretty

much saved my life,” her friend told

me, “she has been there so many times

and does so many great things for our

community.” With Covid throwing a

wrench in everything Alice made sure

that several neighbours were able to get

to the store and to appointments, even

if that meant driving through a snowstorm.

As part of the group that began

the Friday Nights Live concerts, she

managed the paperwork and the bookkeeping.

Through her role as Secretary-

Treasurer of the Lee Creek Arts and

Sports Society she is, as one neighbour

put it, “always the first to arrive and the

last to leave” on Community Centre

clean up days. In the fall of 2019 she

helped organize a silent auction to raise

money for Willy Gaw's family after he

passed away from cancer.

When it comes to helping out, Alice

feels that, “If you can spare the time and

do the job why not do it?” In terms of

what she would do with her magic wand

to improve the community she mentioned

practical ideas like improvements

to the road where she lives and for the

building she takes care of. In addition,

she would bring in some form of shuttle

bus service so that older people and

people who are too sick to drive themselves

in the North Shuswap could get to

specialist appointments.

Don Devine moved to the North

Shuswap more recently after a long

career in helping jobs. As a paramedic

for 32 years in Vernon and Vancouver

he enjoyed the confidence he felt from

tackling difficult situations and the

drive to work harder when things went

sideways. After moving on from that job,

he started working with the Canadian

Union of Public Employees. 12 years

later unaddressed trauma, in particular

from things he dealt with as a paramedic,

in his words, "exploded," and he had to

seek help to deal with Post Traumatic

Stress Disorder. Luckily his employer,

CUPE, was very supportive and got him

the funds needed to cover treatments

which allowed him to recover.

After retiring from CUPE and

moving to Scotch Creek, Don still felt

the urge to help others and he and his

wife Delcie have become active local

volunteers. Don took the training and

licencing to become a First Responder

and is in his fourth year of being

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These Are the Helpers in Your

Neighbourhood continued

(continued from page33)

involved as a dispatcher, responder, and

currently as the Vice President of the

society. If you need to borrow medical

equipment through the First Responders,

Don is the person you will talk to. He

has also played Santa (don't tell the

children!) and helped with last year's

Winter Festival organized

by the Chamber of


When asked what

he would do to make

life better in the North

Shuswap he immediately

replied “improvements

to the medical

well-being of people,

a stronger, more capable

system of care for

everybody”. With many

years of experience in the

medical system he says he watched rural

medical care slowly improving but then

things went downhill fast. He pointed to

the Community Paramedicine program,

Don Devine

Photo from Kicker archives

which is currently in 99 communities

around the province, including the

North Shuswap through Chase, as an

example of a positive program that is

allowing people to stay in their home

as they deal with medical issues and

improving paramedic staffing levels

in small areas. Between

the overdose crisis and

Covid, Don says, people

and the sheer number of

ambulances available are


Recognizing every

local volunteer would

fill an entire Kicker but

between those who put

their names forward for

the more visible jobs and

those who quietly keep

organizations running for

years and make a difference simply by

being kind and generous neighbours, the

North Shuswap benefits greatly from the

work of volunteer helpers.

April 2021

Volunteering with First Responders

By Jo Anne Malpass

Anyone who has had to call 911 for an ambulance

knows the sense of relief when well-trained

North Shuswap First Responders arrive.

Kath Rowbotham felt that calming effect when

her husband John was ill and she had to call 911

many times. “I know how it made me feel when

somebody showed up.” When you are worried

about your husband and don’t know how to make

things better, 45 minutes is a long time to wait for an

ambulance, she said. First Responders would show

up and make everything better.

“The big thing from my experience is just

having another body there to take some of the load.”

Along with patient care, responders direct the ambulance

in and are in contact with BC Ambulance with medical

information, so paramedics are prepared when they arrive.

Kath was born in San Francisco, and she and John lived

in California until 2004. Kath teasingly said to her husband

one day, we could go to Edmonton to live closer to our

nieces and nephews and he said okay. After just six months

in Edmonton, over winter, they decided BC was where they

wanted to be. John was born in BC and wanted to come

back. They looked around and one day found a home in

Anglemont and three days later, it was theirs. “I can’t imagine

living anywhere else.”

“John enjoyed every minute that we had here. We had

quality of life, maybe not quantity.”

After John died 10 years ago, Kath went from a life of

taking care of someone else and then there is just yourself.

She decided now was the time to pay back other people in

the neighbourhood.

She became involved with the First Responders, first

with the board and then two responders asked if she could

take over dispatching. It is hard to dispatch and respond to

a call at the same time. After dispatching for a while, she

started going out on calls as a volunteer, “just to pick up

paperwork and that sort of thing, traffic control, whatever

was needed by the first responders to keep them safe.” Then

she thought, “maybe I could do this.” Two years ago, she

took the training with four others. “We will be friends for

life.” The training runs for two weekends and Kath found it

physically difficult but very rewarding. Just a year ago, she

also joined the Anglemont Fire Department as their medic.

The First Responders are planning to get back to in-person

training by May. They practice twice a month at Celista

Fire Hall. They have been doing Zoom to keep up their

knowledge, that week they were learning electrical safety

from BC Hydro, but are looking forward to working as a

team to practice muscle memory type things.

First Responders cover from Adams River bridge to

the end of St. Ives. They like to have a minimum of two

responders to every call. Right now, there are 14 certified

responders, but when they get back to in-person training,

they will be looking for more recruits.

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Most of the current

responders are retired

individuals from a wide

variety of backgrounds.

Although some have medical

backgrounds, that is not a requirement.

“We take anyone

who is willing to help their

neighbour in a very intimate

setting,” says the first

responders’ brochure. If you

are over 18, in reasonably

good physical condition and

pass a RCMP criminal record

check, you can be a First


It takes a person who

knows teamwork, who

has the initiative to learn,

broaden their skills and

knowledge, Kath said. “You

don’t need a medical background,

we train you. My

background is community

health education and psychology

and then I became

an accountant. And they

were able to train me.” First

responders train for a variety

of situations and re-certify

every three years. Three

of the local responders are


“I got into it because I

needed to repay the goodness

that was done for us.

It is very fulfilling. There

are times when it is a tough

call, but we have a really

good support system backing

us up. This is a phenomenal

community.” First

Responders don’t talk about

their calls with other people,

but friends and family help

and responders are there for

each other.

Responders work closely

with the fire departments and

other organizations in the

Shuswap. BC Ambulance

dispatches them but then a

local dispatcher takes over

the call, gets the details,

knows which responders

are going out on the call

and stays in communication

with the responders and BC

Ambulance. “If there is an

issue with a patient, if we

need police or fire, whatever

we need, our dispatchers

manage the call.”

“I was on a call the other

day and it was in a precarious

position and we needed

some bodies to help carry

this person to the ambulance.”

Anglemont Fire

Department was called, and

they were there. The Fire

Departments and the CSRD

management are 100%

behind working as a team,

she said. Along with lift assists,

during a motor vehicle

accident response if the road

is busy or there are concerns

like gas leaking, “we need

that big red truck to slow

down traffic.”

After John died, Kath

got involved in many

volunteer opportunities but

then decided she needed to

focus on where her passion

is, with first responders and

the fire department. She also

kept her involvement with

St David’s Church and their

thrift shop, which she hopes

will be opening this year.

First Responders are

hoping for a training session

in the fall but once they get

back to in-person training,

“it is good for people to

come out, meet us, see what

we do and maybe go out on

a call with us.” If you are

interested in seeing what the

first responders do, call Kath

at 250-318-0317.

April 18 to 24 is

National Volunteer Week in

Canada, a time to celebrate,

recognize and thank volunteers

for the important work

millions of individuals do

across Canada.

April 2021

A Word About COVID-19

Immunization from Dr.

Domino Bucarelli

The Whole Community Vaccine

Clinic behind held April 6 – 10 is FULLY

BOOKED. Please stay tuned as we work

to get more Vaccine Clinic Days for the

North Shuswap.

The COVID-19 vaccination rollout is certainly well

underway across British Columbia and the individual health

districts, including Interior Health. Some of you may have

already received your first dose or have your first dose

scheduled as I write this. With summer just around the

corner, I, for one, am looking forward to the possibility of

spending time with my friends and family on the North

Shuswap. While having a first dose of the COVID vaccine

makes this possibility much more likely, for the moment, we

must continue to follow Dr Henry’s guidance which includes

wearing a mask, frequent hand washing, physical distancing

and staying home when sick even if you have been vaccinated.

There are several reasons why these measures are still in

place, including:

• It takes our body about 2 weeks to gain protection from

the COVID vaccine. If you contracted COVID before

you received the vaccine or within the 2-week period

following the vaccine, you may still get sick and spread

the virus.

• The vaccine won’t stop everyone who receives it from

getting COVID-19. For those who were vaccinated but

still get COVID, it is much less likely they will end up

becoming very ill and require hospitalization.

• A small number of people won’t develop immunity from

the vaccine and, as such, can still contract the virus and

spread it to vulnerable individuals.

Now, of course, as the year rolls on and more people

become vaccinated, these measures may change, but for the

moment, I hope you will join me in continuing to follow

the guidelines in place to help to continue to protect our


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80-year-old scrapbook provides insightful look

at Shuswap history

The Scotch Creek Bridge, photo by Erskine Burnett

courtesy of the Enderby and District Museum and Archives

By Jim Cooperman

Over 80 years ago, Erskine Burnett,

a farmer from Coldstream, had the same

idea as I had, to write a book about the

geography of the Shuswap. The result was

a scrapbook journal called “The Shuswap

Country,” which is filled with his black and

white photos and stories about the places

and people he visited painstakingly typed on

pieces of paper that he cut to size and pasted

on the pages. Multiple copies were made using

carbon copies of the text, and these were

given to family and friends. The Enderby

Museum has two original copies and most of

the photos and the album can be found on an

online archive called ARCABC.

Beginning in approximately 1937, Burnett travelled

extensively throughout the region meeting with local

residents, visiting farms and businesses, hiking, fishing and

with a guide adventuring into the alpine by horseback. He

also used many of the same photos for another scrapbook

entitled “The Inland Empire.” His accounts include poetic

and humorous descriptions of the areas visited and events

he attended that together with the images provide a wonderful

historical record of what the Shuswap was like then.

“The Shuswap Country” is divided into twelve sections

that describe each of his journeys throughout the region,

including trips to the nearby communities of Kamloops,

Armstrong and Vernon. His goal for the project as stated in

the Foreword was to “…induce others to enter and to enjoy

this great natural playground” that is also “…something of

an inspiration as well.” He described the Shuswap as “…a

land of wide river valleys and many-armed lakes, bordered

by long forest-clad ridges.”

The late 1930s was a period of transition, as the world

emerged from a long bout of economic depression, highways

and bridges were being built and communities were

beginning to grow again. Some of the original settlers were

still alive and Burnett interviewed a few of them. Tourism

was in its infancy and most visitors came to the Shuswap to

fish and they stayed in either lakeside cabins or in the new

auto camps.

Most every small community had its own general store

and community hall, and for those next to the railway line

there was a train station. Burnett made sure to explore all

the side roads, visiting sawmills, farms and businesses

along the way. For example, in Turtle Valley he headed up

the hillside to take in the vista and encountered a flock of

several hundred sheep. Sitting down with sheepherder Tony

Gibson, he asked how the ewes know which lamb is theirs

and Tony replied, “it was through a sense of smell, as each

one had a distinctive smell.”

At Notch Hill Burnett observed the pusher engines

used to assist the trains over the divide between Chase and

Tappen and noted, “The trim appearance of the station and

the adjoining flower beds suggest that the big company is

not altogether a soulless corporation.”

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Here is what Burnett wrote about his visit to the North

Shuswap, “Scotch Creek is crossed on a rustic bridge. We

walked up east bank for some distance and noticed that attempts

had been made to wash gold from the gravel of the

banks. There is a good deal of settlement along the north

shore of the lake. The first centre reached being Celista,

where Messrs. Brown and Smith have a store and post office.

High up on the plateau to the north lies the Crowfoot

range, one of the best summer pasture grounds in B.C. It

is reached by a trail starting from Magna Bay.”

During his visit he noticed a number of orchards and

noted: “While apples do well here and irrigation is do necessary,

distance from transportation and competition from

the larger fruit-growing districts have been discouraging

features.” He also joked how the names of the settlements,

“…smack of high adventure on the Spanish Main.”

You can learn more about this remarkable scrapbook

journal and view more of the photos on my blog site,

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Captain Poole on the Sorrento Ferry that was in use for years

after the bridges were built due to the poor quality of the roads,

photo by Erskine Burnett courtesy of the Enderby and District

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Local Real Estate Market


By Jo Anne Malpass

The Association of Interior Realtors reports a 150%

increase in sales for February in the Shuswap/Revelstoke

area and an almost 68% decrease in listings, compared to

February 2020. For the central Okanagan region, which

includes Shuswap, 749 properties ranging from empty

lots and recreational to homes and commercial sold in

February, compared to 315 in February 2020. Bare lot

sales increased by 414.29%.

On the North Shuswap, realtors are wrestling with the

same situation. The Kicker talked to several local realtors

and they all had similar stories about a shortage of listings

and quick sales at higher prices, with many receiving

multiple offers.

Local RE/MAX realtor Krista Barker said things

started picking up in the last part of 2020. Last year,

173 residential and recreational properties on the North

Shuswap sold through MLS listings, compared to 133 in

2019. By mid-March this year, there had already been 53.

At Caravans West Resort, with 382 sites, there were 54

private and MLS sales last year, compared to an average of

12 a year. There have already been 14 or 15 sales this year

and, when offered, they are selling quickly.

In mid March, there were only 44 residential/

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recreational properties on the North Shuswap listed for

sale. Buyers are waiting and things are selling in a few

days, she said.

Cynthia Bentley has been a realtor with Century 21

Lakeside at Scotch Creek since 2005 and has seen booms

in the real estate market but this one is quite exceptional.

The last big boom happened in 2006 to the early part of

2008 but this time she has been busy all the way through.

There is very low inventory in all types of real estate and

supply and demand drives prices up. Prices have definitely

risen since even the fall, she added.

Asked for her opinion on why this is happening,

she said people still want to go get away and go somewhere.

With travel restrictions and difficulties getting into

campgrounds, they are looking for recreational property

so they can do that. “We have a lot of people who have

discovered us, and we don’t have the speculation tax so it

makes us quite desirable.”

Another contributing factor is that quite a few of the

buyers she has been dealing with have been working from

home. “They have been told by their employers that it is

going to continue so a lot of people are thinking, if I can

work from home, I can live anywhere so why not move to

the Shuswap, because it has so much to offer.” People are

discovering we do live in the best part of the world.

COVID has also perpetuated early retirement or

semi-retirement. “You factor all those things together, it’s

a huge buyer impact on the market.”

Because other areas are experiencing much the same

boom as we are, people who are considering selling and

buying a full-time residence somewhere else are worried

they won’t be able to find a place to live. Those thinking

of selling and then renting are finding there is a shortage

of rental properties. So, even though the price point is

really high and the market is strong, sellers are deciding

maybe not at this time.

Both Krista and Cynthia said they think this trend

will go all of this year and maybe into 2022 but there

are many factors that could influence the market. Once

COVID is behind us for a solid year or two, not just in

this country but in other countries and people feel secure

about travelling to other places, things could slow down.

A rise in interest rates would also affect the market.

Retiring Century 21 Realtor Al Christopherson said

he expects it to last for quite some time. “Normally people

who would sell, are thinking it’s better to not sell my

safe haven because I just might need it myself. “Most of

our buyers, and that is still Alberta and BC, are looking

for safe haven but there isn’t anything for sale.”

Cynthia said this boom is good for the local economy.

“I believe with the number of lots that are being sold,

there will be a lot of building going on.” This will also

support local retail and service businesses. Krista agrees

there are positives but worries about the difficulty for

younger families to get into recreational properties. A

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Saturday April 24

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By Paul Jackson

Certified Financial Planner

Happy Easter, April is upon us!

That means longer days, higher temperatures,

things starting to grow and of

course Easter. In normal times, Easter

is an important holiday involving

Church services, festive family meals,

Easter egg decoration, and gift-giving.

This year of course will be modified, as

with everything we have experienced in

the past year.

Speaking of Easter Eggs, in this article

I thought I would share something

fun about investing. At least, I think

it’s fun. It might have you “hunting”

in your basement or attic for hidden


I have collected and invested in

Sports Cards on and off nearly my

entire life. There have been peaks

and valleys in the Sports Card market,

no different than other “markets”.

However, in this year of Covid, two

things have thrown flames on the fire

to create a significant resurrection of

the Sports Card Market. Those two

ingredients are spare time on our hands

and for many people, extra money. We

are not able to go anywhere or spend

any money. So, people have re-ignited

their passion for Sports Cards, or found

a new hobby.

The days of going to Sports Card

“shows” are not gone. Those days

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Easter Egg Hunt

will come back. This is one of the fun

aspects of the hobby. But today, there

are so many ways to buy/sell. There

is eBay, Facebook, Auction Houses,

Online Groups doing breaks and trades.

You can even purchase Sports Cards

and other Alternative Assets such as

Art and Video Clips in the form of

NFTs (Non Fungible Tokens). This is

crazy stuff built upon Blockchain technology

where you can own outright, or

a fraction of, Art or Sport Card, among

other things.

Some of the values of this stuff is

mind boggling. For example, an NFT

crypto collectible based on soccer star

Cristiano Ronaldo sold for $289,920 in

mid-March. This is a collectible that

you cannot even hold in your hand.

It is virtual! It will be interesting to

see how this technology pans out. Is

it a fad with hints of FOMO (Fear of

Missing Out), or is the wave of the

future in this space? Time will tell.

In the non-virtual world, you may

want to dust off those boxes in your

Grampa or Gramma’s attic. Just in

this past year many records have been

set for many Sports Cards we maybe

grew up with. In January of this

year a 1952 Micky Mantle graded a

9 by PSA (Professional Sports Card

Authenticators) sold for $5.2 Million!

A 2018 card of Luka Doncic, a young

basketball star, sold for $4.6 Million.

He barely shaves yet, let alone being

in the Hall of Fame! More down to

earth, we can look at some Hockey

Players many of us grew up with. For

example, a PSA 10 Wayne Gretzky

Rookie sold for $1,290,000. If you

drop down to a PSA 7, the value is

around $12,000. But still, that is huge

considering many of us put them in

our spokes to sound like a motorcycle

when we were kids.

The innocence of the hobby unfortunately

is not ever going to be as it

was. Nevertheless, this Easter, if you

want to hunt for something, check out

the attic and see what you find! Just

think twice before you let the kids put

that cardboard in their spokes!

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April 2021

Tech News

Your phone is You

John Seymour

Lakeside Technical Solutions

In case you haven’t

noticed, our world is rapidly

moving towards a totally

smartphone –centric society.

Smartphone technology has

progressed to the point where

our phones have literally

become a part of our being

and, whether we like it or not,

a near absolute necessity in our


This is especially true

among the younger generation,

many of whom were born into

this ‘new’ world and have

never experienced life without

smartphones. Others who have

watched this phenomenon play

out over the last several years

and maybe resisted at first,

have come to understand what

is happening and many are

now participating in varying

degrees. As time rolls on, it

seems more and more apparent

that there is no stopping this

train so we might as well get

on board.

Of course it’s not just the

smartphone that prompted this

revolution but rather the combination

of the smartphone and

the Internet. This collaboration

of technologies has effectively

created a new way of life

for the human species. It has

completely changed the way

we interact with each other and

with our world.

I have been involved with

technology for going on 45

years and have watched the

evolution take place firsthand.

Many of you will remember

when the first cell phones

became available in the 80’s.

They were big clunky things

that (sometimes) allowed you

to make a phone call wirelessly.

Pure magic! It wasn’t until

I’ve reached an age

where my train of

thought often leaves the

station without me!

1993 that cell phones

became more than just

phones by adding a pager

function, a full keypad with

letters for note taking and

a calendar. Wow! Cameras

were added in 2002 and in

2003, Internet services such

as email and web browsing

were integrated into the cell

phone by a Canadian company

called RIM (Research

in Motion). It wasn’t long

before Google and Apple

jumped on that bandwagon

and the modern smartphone

was born.

Today there is very little

that you can do with a computer

that you can’t do with

your Smartphone. In fact, as

time marches on, there are

becoming more and more

things you can do with your

Smartphone that you can’t

do with your computer. One

major example that comes to

mind and is relatively new

would be the ability to pay

for merchandise with your

smartphone. Many retailers

now accept smartphone payment

at the checkout. Both

Apple and Android phones

have the ability to use this

technology which is considered

to be more secure than a

debit or credit card. The Apps

are Apple Pay for iPhone and

Google Pay for Android if

you would like to give it a


Who knows what the future

will bring and what form

it may take but it seems clear

that this ‘connected’ world is

here to stay.



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Historical Happenings

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By Loretta Greenough

It has been a while since I have written an article for

the Kicker. Unfortunately, like many other organizations

our meeting and general business has been put on hold

because of the health restrictions of Covid -19. Hopefully

with the vaccinations coming, things will slowly open and

allow us to once again plan events.

In the meantime, we have been busy putting together

Shuswap Chronicle Volume 12. It is now at the printers.

Thanks to the writers of the articles, our editorial board

and my proofing friends. Look for it in the stores and at

the historical society in the near future.

Last year we did not do a Spring Clean Up at the N.S.

Cemetery. This year we have set Saturday April 17th between

9:00 am and 12:00 p.m. as cleanup day. (Not if it is

pouring rain.) Please bring rakes, wheelbarrows, shovels

etc. and coffee and goodies for yourself. I believe we can

keep our distance and manage to tidy up the place.

We are pleased to see people are still enjoying the historical

notes that we place in our geocaches. Come spring

we will once again check each cache to make sure they are

in good condition.

We also hope to have a small library by the museum

where one can take books for a donation to the museum.

They do not need to be returned.

Also keep your eye open for a multi garage sale

coming up in May. The proceeds of the garage sale will

go towards the N.S. Historical Society and also the N.S.

Community Hall. More to come in the May Kicker.

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Happy Easter from the North Shuswap Lions Club. Our

Club has recently expanded our Community Youth Fund

Family Financial Assistance program. In addition to assisting

parents who have their children involved in arts, athletic or

cultural activities, parents may also apply for financial

support to help pay transportation costs for a child

attending the services of a tutor.

Parents are invited to our Club’s website at

php or “Google” North Shuswap Lions Club. Open

the link entitled Lions Community Youth Fund

Financial Assistance. This page gives all the details

to explain the help that is offered to support arts,

athletic or cultural activities as well as the new tutor program.

In addition, it also gives the criteria you need to meet

to receive an Esso Gas Card. For each category of financial

assistance there is a specific application form that needs to

be completed and forwarded to Marlene Kergan, our Club

Treasurer at or mailed to Marlene

at 7656 Mountain Drive, Anglemont B.C. V0E 1M8


Have you bought your on line 50/50 ticket in support of

the North Shuswap Health Centre Society. Deadline is midnight

Wednesday, June 30 with the winning draw

Thursday, July 1 at 12:30 p.m.

Tickets are $5 each and bought in bundles of

$10, $20 and $50.

Go to

for all the details.

Now that the vaccination roll out is happening

it won’t be long before Dr. Bonnie will be easing

up on the restrictions. Now is the time to make

a post pandemic resolution to join the North Shuswap Lions.

For details on joining the most dynamic service organization

in the area, contact our President Tom Price at 250-574-6104.

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48 The North Shuswap Kicker April 2021

Anglemont Ladies Golf

By Bev Shea

Spring is here, the golf

course is open, and I think

a number of our Anglemont

Estates Ladies are ready to

get their clubs out and tackle

the course.

Our Ladies group does

not start officially until about

mid-May. We still have to

have an executive meeting

to come up with dates for

the official opening, fun

days, championship,

etc. But, meanwhile a

number of golfers will be

showing up on Tuesdays

and Thursday at 1:00 pm,

putting some groups together

and having fun. Anyone

who is interested

just show up

by 12:45. This

would be a good

time for people who have

been thinking of joining to

come out and give it a try.

We will be very happy to

meet you.

As the Kicker is celebrating

volunteers this

month, I thought it was a

great time to acknowledge

the dedicated volunteers

who keep our club going.

Firstly, Doris Hunter who

is our captain. Doris puts

many hours in behind the

scenes planning fun events,

gathering prizes and most

importantly encouraging our

members. Then we have our

executive led by President

Jan Wojciechowski who is

assisted by Past President

Brenda Buffel, Vice President

Betty Loree, Treasurer Karen

Freeman and Secretary Bev

Shea. We also have a new

social committee this

year led by Pari Majcan

who will be assisted

by Pam Watters, Gail

Wedgewood and

Dawn Petrie. We still

have room for more

volunteers, especially

an assistant


and a Handicap

Chair. Bev Shea will return

as Rulerella for one more

year. Without these volunteers

I don’t think our club

would exist and I know it

wouldn’t be nearly as much


very much. I look forward

to seeing you again soon

when once again we will be

keeping out head down and

following through.

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get on that last



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Anglemont Men’s Golf

By Gerry Shea

The Anglemont Estates

Golf Club opened on March


Men’s night is the same

as last year, shotgun start at

5:00 pm every Thursday.

The first Men’s club

Thursday night will

hopefully be April 22,

ending on September 9.

The club spring meeting

is scheduled for May 20.

A Double

Elimination Match

Play Tournament

(starting June 3) and

the Club Championship

on August 28 and 29 are the

competitive highlights of the


New members are

always welcome and lots

of weekly prizes are available

to the players. We are

grateful to the many sponsors

who kindly donate

prizes to the club.

Opening day also means

the start of the Tuesday and

Wednesday morning

senior men’s

golf. We play

from March

30 to about the

middle of October.

Start times are 10:00

am March, April, and

May. The walk is

a bit more than

a mile and the

up and down

terrain is a good


For more information on

the Anglemont Estates Men’s

Golf Club, phone Gerry Shea

at 250 955-0365 or Craig at

the Anglemont Estates Golf

Club (250 955-2323).


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North Shuswap Community

Association Membership 2021

Thank you very much for your support!

$10.00 Single Fee $20.00 Family Fee

Optional Donation

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Phone Number ______________________

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Please Mail to:

North Shuswap Community Association

5456 Squilax-Anglemont Hwy,

Celista, B.C. V0E 1M6

North Shuswap Community Association

By Loretta Greenough

and Pat Bauer

This winter has been

kind to us. It feels like

spring is just around the corner.

Everyone will be busy

doing yardwork and the

North Shuswap Community

Hall will be no exception.

We have tentative set April

24 at 9:00 a.m. as outdoor

clean up day. (Cancelled

if pouring rain.) Please,

bring your rakes, wheelbarrows

etc. Also please bring

your own chair, coffee and

refreshment. We think we

will be able to keep two metres

distance while we work.

We must keep in mind the

safety of everyone.

Thankfully, vaccinations

have begun in the

North Shuswap. The hall

was used to vaccinate the

over 80’s on March 18 and

has been booked for April 6

to 10 for more vaccinations.

Unfortunately, like last

year, we will not be sitting

at the Scotch Creek Market

to take our yearly membership

dues. We will be

putting a drop box at Scotch

Creek Market for renewals.

You can also mail to

North Shuswap Community

Association, 5456 Squilax-

Anglemont Rd., Celista,

B.C. V0E 1M6 or make an

e-transfer to

If you do an e-transfer

please add your name,

address, and phone number

in the comments.

Membership is $10.00

per person and $20.00 per

family. Membership is important

for keeping the hall

running and whenever we

apply for grants. We greatly

appreciate all the community


The board would like to

give a thanks to Ed Elmes

for looking after the benches.

He has replaced them

for the spring and summer.

We would also like to thank

Tod Wilson for looking after

our security system for the

past number of years.

Be kind, Be calm, Be


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5456 Squilax Anglemont Rd.

Celista, BC, V0E 1M6

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Membership fees: $20/family, $10/individual

April 2021


Anglemont and Surrounding Area

By Denise Meier

Happy Spring


It’s time for the Easter

Bonnets to come out, and

for the little Easter Bunnies

to lay their eggs. I may be

dating myself with the Easter

Bonnet idea, but it is always

so exciting to greet the


April 18 – 24 is

Volunteer Week. Lakeview

Centre is totally run by

volunteers without whom

we would not exist. I got

involved at The Centre with

some neighbours who were

planning to start Bingo

there. In the past five years

I have met and worked with

so many people that I may

never have otherwise had the

opportunity to meet. I have

discovered that people love

coming together to make

things happen, it just takes

contact. So to all our volunteers

– past, present, and

future – here is to you and all

you do!! I look forward to

being able to open the doors

and celebrate community,

neighbours, and the post

Covid reality, whatever that


Thanks to the CSRD’s

Fire Smart program,

Lakeview Community

Centre will have a chipper

and bin at the Hall from

April 13-15. Residents are

encouraged to bring their

yard waste for safe and appropriate


Fire Smart representatives

will be on hand to help

us learn about how to keep

our property and homes safe.

Lakeview Community

Centre continues to be


We would like to thank

all who have renewed or

joined for the first time.

We are especially grateful

to those who have made a

charitable contribution. Bob

Ewart, our Membership

Director, reports that we

have 74 members, with more

coming in every day. You

can find our membership

form on our webpage at

Financial contributions

can also be made and tax

receipts can be issued. We

prefer payments are made

online via e-transfer to the

Lakeview e-mail address:

Any other

inquiries should be directed

to Tony Hudson at 778-765-

1506. If you have ideas

for new activities, clubs or

events, or would like us to

do something that we used

to do, please let us know. As

soon as it’s safe, we will reopen,

with a renewed focus

on our members.

Thanks for keeping us

afloat, and stay in touch.


The North Shuswap Kicker




North Shuswap Awards of

Excellence 2020 Nominees are:

Retail Business

Captains Village Marina

Home Hardware


Ross Creek Country Store

Scotch Creek Market and

Sunnyside Market

Service Business

Advantage Gutters

Charlotte Hall Property


Dave Edwards Drywall

Destree Landscaping

Diamond Cut Property


Jimco Towing

Nichol Contracting

North Shuswap Kicker

The Hub

Rachel Tuma-Wilson Massage

Non-Profit Organization

Anglemont Fire Dept Assoc.

North Shuswap Chamber

North Shuswap Food Bank

North Shuswap Health Centre

North Shuswap Lions

Sammy’s Forgotten Felines

The Adams River Salmon Society

Tourism Business

Adams River Rafting

Anglemont Marina

Captains Village Marina

Caravan’s West Resort

Celista Estate Winery

Eco Treats

The Adams River Salmon


The Hub

Quaaout Lodge


Al Christopherson

Angela Lagore

Charlotte Hall

Holly Anderson

Kim Pfau

Jay Simpson

Jim Dingeldein

Ted Danyluk



Angela Lagore

Charlotte Hall

Cynthia Bentley

Darla Miller

Jim McLean

Ralph Payment

Sharon Toews

Organizing Committee: Amanda Chypiska, Jo Anne Malpass & Debbie Seymour

We would like to congratulate the nominees and

we wish them all the best of luck.

Vote for your choice of nominee

in one or all categories.



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Proposed Low Income Seniors

Housing Complex for Chase

Village of Chase Release

The Village of Chase was approached

by Oncore Seniors Society

(Kamloops) in 2020 wishing to discuss

the potential of building a housing

complex in Chase for low-income seniors.

After reviewing several locations,

a decision was reached by Oncore to

approach Mayor and Council about the

potential to lease a portion of the Arena

lands for such a development. Most

Chase residents know that the Arena

Lands are owned by the Village and

leased to the Recreation Centre Society.

Village staff members met on site

with the President of the Recreation

Centre Society during that same time to

discuss the proposed development and

how it might affect the Arena operations.

Parking was identified as a very

important part of the Arena operations,

and it was confirmed that if the Seniors

housing project were to proceed, that

the remaining lands would provide the

required number of parking spaces for

the Arena under the Village’s Zoning


Council was approached in

September 2020 and agreed to Oncore

using a portion of the Arena lands.

Oncore then had to complete their

application for funding to BC Housing.

A decision on that funding has not yet

been made.

The proposed seniors housing

would have up to 40 units, potentially

housing approximately 80 people. The

Village of Chase recently completed a

Housing Needs Assessment report, and

low-income seniors housing was identified

as a priority form of needed housing

in Chase.

Covenant - Currently there is a

covenant on the Arena Lands which

reserves the lands primarily for recreation

purposes and for the benefit of the

community. The covenant was placed

on the lands when the Thompson Nicola

Regional District purchased the lands in

the 1980’s from the Recreation Society

for $15,000. The TNRD subsequently

donated the land to the Village of Chase.

If the seniors housing development goes

ahead, the portion of land on which it

will sit will need to be subdivided off

the main parcel of land. At that time,

the covenant will remain on the main

portion of the lands and will not apply

to the lands used for the housing


We ask anyone with any questions

regarding the proposed seniors housing

development to contact the Village

office at 250.679.3238 and ask for either

Sean O’Flaherty or Joni Heinrich.

Artist rendering of proposed complex - Photo supplied by Village of Chase

April 2021

Word on The Lake Writing


By Jo Anne Malpass

Word on the Lake

Writers’ Festival is going

Virtual this year from Friday

evening, May 7 through

Sunday, May 9, 2021.

Information from the

Shuswap Association of

Writers and their website

says the festival will include

the Shock Theatre, Cafe

Lit, and Askew’s Writing

Contest Awards


Festival registrants

can attend

all the public

events and

Master classes,

workshops and

one on one Blue

Pencil sessions.

Sessions include both

skill development workshops

and open forums with

presenters based on questions

and answers in a relaxed and

intimate setting.

“Workshops cover the

gamut of everything you

ever wanted to know about

writing in any genre, including

song writing. No matter

what your writing experience

or age we have a place

for you.” Workshop topics

include A Writer’s Guide to

Editing, Life Story Writing:

Finding the Extraordinary

in the Ordinary, Creating

Believable Stories and Use

your verbs, advice to emerging


“Book a free interview at

the Blue Pencil Café by April

23. Published authors and

industrial professionals will

look at your work and offer


The first-ever virtual

awards ceremony for the

Askew’s Word on the Lake

Writing Contest will be on

May 8 from 5:15 to 6:15

pm. With the cancellation of

the 2020 Word on the Lake

Writers’ Festival and the

traditional Saturday night

banquet, this year’s ceremony

will feature award presentations

for this year’s and

last year’s writing contest

winners, in the fiction, nonfiction,

and poetry categories.

You’ll be able to meet the

winners and enjoy readings

from the 2020 and 2021


Word on

the Lake




features 12


The keynote

speaker will be former

Victoria Poet Laureate and

Canadian People’s Poet,

Linda Rogers, a journalist,

novelist and songwriter. The

winner of numerous national

and international awards and

past President of the League

of Canadian Poets and BC

Federation of Writers, she

has lectured at UBC and

UVic and has a Master’s

degree in Canlit.

Virtual Café Lit on

May 7 from 7:00 pm to

10:00 features readings by

Arianna Dagnino, David A.

Paulsen, Fay Arcand, Karen

Lee White, kc dyer, Linda

Rogers, Michael Slade,

Richard Kemick, Sarah de

Leeuw and Sylvia Taylor,

and a musical interlude by

Blu & Kelly Hopkins.

To register go to www.

Registration closes

at midnight, April 30, 2021.

For more information,

Contact Kay Johnston

Shuswap Association of

Writers at

Specializing in

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April 25 is Parental

Alienation Awareness Day

(PAAD) in the USA, Canada

and Bermuda.

This awareness day was

created as a part of global

awareness campaign about

parental alienation. Parental

alienation is described as

“behavior by a parent, or an

adult a child trusts, such as

a grandmother/father, aunt,

uncle, etc., whether conscious



that could



in the relationship

between a

child and

a parent.”


known as Hostile Aggressive

Parenting, the behaviour

displayed can be mild and

temporary but also extreme

and ongoing. Obviously.

any kind of behavior that

is displayed as a result of

parental alienation can be

damaging upon a child and

could have potentially life

long consequences should

the behaviour of both carer

and child not be recognised

and effectively addressed.

Not to be confused

with Parental Alienation

Syndrome which relates to

the behaviour of the child,

Parental Alienation focuses

on the adult’s behaviour.

Parental Alienation

Awareness Day recognised

on April 25th aims to

highlight to care givers the

effects that PA could have

on children and educate

adults in order to identify

signs that either they or

others are behaving in a

manner that could affect

the children in their care.

Parental Alienation usually

involves one care giver

attempting to turn a child

against another often with a

view to persuade the child

that they wish to exclude the

other parent from their life

permanently. Typical types

of behaviour displayed by

parents can include constantly


belittling the

other; limiting

the other’s contact;


the child from

discussing the

other parent;

creating the

impression that

the other parent

dislikes or does

not love the child; or trying

to force the child to reject

the parent to make the former

partner a former parent

as well.

The idea of PAAD

belongs to Sarvy Emo from

Canada. Emo introduced the

observance of the day in the

late 2005 with the original

date on March 28. This date

was changed to April 25 for

marketing reasons and was

put into practice in 2006.

With awareness comes

education, and with education,

comes the power to

stop the mental and emotional

abuse of children. - Sarvy


To find out more about

this awareness day, visit

one of the many dedicated

websites aimed at raising

awareness of the behaviours

that could have a long-lasting

effect on our kids.

April 2021

The North Shuswap Kicker


Spring has Sprung

and That Means Baby


By Margaret McCormick

We just love this time of

the year for so many reasons

including longer days,

less snow, Easter treats but

mostly because spring means

so many new beginnings,

especially for our farmers.

We are extremely fortunate

here in the Shuswap

to have so many wonderful

local farmers who work

tirelessly to grow us all kinds

of delicious

fruits and


meats and

cheeses, eggs

and brews.

At the moment

our social

feed is filled

with delightful

photos of baby

chicks, pigs

and calves

as well as


buds and it is

all getting ready for Farmer’s

Market Season!

Sustainable and healthy

practices are rooted in our

farmers DNA and many

of them have achieved

accreditation that helps to

tell us their story and what

we can expect from their

food. Keenan Family Farms

is one example, a young

family with five children

who traded their busy city

life and successful careers

to seek out a more fulfilling,

self-sustainable life in

the country. Their primary

business is pork with a side

of laying chickens. Their

farm is Certified Animal

Welfare Approved by AGW

Photo Credit: Reverent Acres

which is the

only label that

guarantees animals are raised

outdoors on pasture or range

for their entire lives on an

independent farm using truly

sustainable, high-welfare

farming practices. www. . We

are regular customers, and

we love them!

We recently “spotted”

Spotted Moose Farm preparing


fields for

early greens

and we can’t

wait for those

first sweet,

tasty shoots.


young family

who decided

to move

back to the

land out of a

shared desire

to provide


their family, and their

communities with natural

foods and medicines. Spotted

Moose is also one of Chef

Whittaker’s “go to” farms

when searching fresh local

product for his menu at Jack

Sam’s Restaurant at Quaaout

Lodge. “Grown simply with

sunshine, soil, water and

love”, lucky North Shuswap

residents can sign up for

their Community Supported

Agriculture (CSA) weekly

subscription service. The

rest of us can find them at

farmers markets or their farm


You many not yet have

heard of Reverent Acres

(continued on page 57 )


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Our last month’s article is a door

latch. Congratulations to our draw

prize winner Andy Finnen. You will be

receiving our $25 prize.

I honestly have no idea what kind

of door this latch belonged to. It may

have been an interior/

exterior door but could

just as likely have belonged

to a cupboard or

storage box of some sort.

It may have been part of

a system that included a

locking mechanism, or

simply been a way to open

something. It is brass but

door handles and knobs

have historically been

fashioned from metal,

glass, wood, bone, or

whatever material was

handily available.

We have been

employing doors as

a means to keep out

weather, animals

and other predators,

since at least 3000

B.C. Coverings have

included a large array of materials, just

like doorknobs. Cloth, skins, wood

slats, solid wood and metal have all been

used and still continue to be used in

some cases, along with additions such as


Hinges make it possible not only

to remove the barrier of a door easily,

they also add to the

security. These too

have seen changes

over time. Strips

of hide, bark, cloth




and finally metal

have all been presses

into service to

allow for opening

and closing without

needed to lift a

barrier in and out

of place. I love

it when a certain

historic inventor frees Cinderella from

the locked dungeon by removing the

pins in the hinges and lifting the locked

door out of the way, in one of my favourite


Locking mechanisms on doors are

another category all together. The two


call/text 250-515-2830

Or drop answer in one of our drop boxes at

Scotch Creek Market, Sunnyside Supermarket

in Celista, or Ross Creek Store in Magna Bay.


most common kinds are

Mortise, with one hole cut

in the door for installation,

and Tubular, which has 2

separate holes cut in the

door, one to house the dead

bolt mechanism. The first

patent for a door locking

mechanism was issued

in 1878. How did people

“lock” doors before this?

Presumptively, I am

going to say that an

actual bolt was used. It

was a bar that dropped

into a slot or one that

slid across from the

door into the wall.

Early on in time, or for

those lacking funds or

knowhow, a latch and

string mechanism was

used in smaller residences

(i.e. not at the local castle). It is

here that the phrase “on the latch” came

about. It meant that the door was not

secured and one was welcome to enter.

Like most things with historic ties,

doors, knobs, handles, hinges and locks,

have had a very interesting journey

through time. I have only touched on

a few points here, but highly recommend

you do some surfing of your own

if you want more information. Better

yet, when possible, visit a museum such

as the Chase and District Museum and

Archives where you will find knowledgeable

curators who can answer your

questions and if not, who can direct you

to sources which will.

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Spring has Sprung continued

(continued from page 55 )

but take one look at their

Instagram feed and you’ll

fall in love with their photogenic

water buffalo. Yet

again, a young urban transplanted

family, Reverent

Acres grows premium BC

water buffalo which is lower

in fat and cholesterol than

beef. It is packed with protein,

iron, omega 3, vitamin

B12 and is high in zinc,

which is important in increasing

white blood cells to

fight off infections. Reverent

Acres cares deeply about the

product they raise so much

so they named their farm to

symbolize a reminder and

acknowledgement of the

gifts they have been given.

You’ll find Reverent Acres

at the Salmon Arm Farmer’s

market and to learn more

These are just three of

the many amazing local

farmers that call Shuswap

their home. What is common

among every single

farmer we have met is that

they each grow with passion

for the land and for

the quality of product they

produce. Please continue

to support your local farmer

and keep your eye out for

baby animals!

You can find Taste of

the Shuswap on Instagram


and on our website www.

Please follow along with us!

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58 The North Shuswap Kicker April 2021

What’s Sprouting in

the Garden

By Rachelle Horvath

Horvath’s Herbs & Friendship Garden

Volunteers in the North Shuswap come in

many shapes and sizes.

Each person has their own reasons from which they

come to this space in their life. For me it is a small phrase,

“You Get What You Give “. Reaching out and assisting

another for no reason other than to share.

There are many hidden volunteers amongst us. A

hidden volunteer is that walker who picks up the piece of

garbage that is in their foot path. Spring is here and while

coming home from across the bridge, I saw three different

can collectors. My mom called them recyclers, the hidden

volunteers, and she sure was right. Along with their bag of

treasures they usually have a bag for the garbage. I know I

see many walkers who do the same. Earth cleaners are the

hidden volunteers we tend to not notice. They make a huge

difference in regards to litter pollution.

Making a difference no matter the size of the deed, the

physical feeling of satisfaction actually triggers the body and

releases more feel-good hormones. One’s self esteem and

over all well being is affected when one becomes involved in

something that connects to the heart.

Through the years, the volunteer hats have changed

so many times over for me. Some I can say were far more

fun to me, than the many who the service was provided

for. For several years I had the honor to drive an articulated

bus replica go cart at the weekly market. I came dressed in

my driver’s uniform and gave rides with all funds going to

charity. It was the best three hours on a Wednesday evening

anyone could spend. All my employers from the time I was

a young teen always took into consideration the time spent

as a volunteer. Colleges and Universities see the sense of

community and self assertiveness you bring.

I asked my son, “why do you volunteer?” and he replied

“To see the joy on the faces, to hear a story from an individual

that I can see needs to release something they keep

in, to be appreciated and feel the sense of normality and


Paying it forward is a wave that travels the world at

astronomical speed. Create a community where kindness

is contagious, find your passion or niche that makes your

heart soar. It brings great gratitude and appreciation for one’s

situation. No matter the position, a volunteer has the power

to change the world.


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School News

By Jan Penner

As this article is written, we are in

the midst of Spring Break. With the end

of March and beginning of April, we are

starting our last term of the school year.

It has been a year since our students

and staff had to shift to on-line learning.

Everyone managed this difficult and upending

task, though few were happy with

it. We are very thankful that this year, we

are returning to our classroom for face-toface

learning and interaction. Hopefully,

by continuing to follow the safety measures

we have in place, we will move

through to June in class, with the potential

for a “regular” start-up for the new year in


Speaking of September, if you have

a child who is or will be 5 years old by

December 31, 2021, please contact the

school to register them for Kindergarten.

Also, if you know of anyone moving into

the area with children in K-8 levels, please

have them contact the

school to alert administration

of their arrival. When

planning for classes, it is extremely helpful

to have a clear idea of the number of

students that will be expected.

With the warmer weather, more

instruction and learning will be taking

place outdoors. Some will be on the

school grounds, some at the beach and

some will involve walking tours. Please

continue to observe speed limits and

be cautious around the school zone, or

when you see students in proximity to

the road. We stress road safety with

our students, but driver caution is much

appreciated. We have made numerous

safe road crossings this year and we wish

to thank drivers for their slower speeds

and willingness to wait and assist classes

by stopping traffic.

Here’s to a wonderful Spring North

Shuswap. Go Cougars!

Celebrating Music in Pandemic


Prepared by Susan Wolff,

Shuswap Music Festival Board

The Pandemic has forced some

innovative changes to the annual April

Shuswap Music Festival. There will be no

Gala Concert showcasing talented young

musicians and no choirs, ensembles, and

duets. Despite that, the central focus of

the Festival continues--a supportive learning

experience for young musicians. The

Festival board has organized an event that

offers an opportunity for students to perform

and receive the constructive critique

of professional and acclaimed musicians,

while respecting COVID protocols.

Going 'virtual' is the approach. Many

regional festivals throughout BC and

across Canada are offering scaled-down

virtual festivals. For the Salmon Arm

festival, videos of young musicians performing

at home in piano, strings or vocal

will be uploaded to YouTube and sent to

the adjudicators. Adjudicators respond to

each entry by email. Provincial Covid-19

protocols allow schools to offer band

programs. This enables bands to perform

at their respective schools and be adjudicated

in person.

The role of the adjudicator is key

to the learning process. The Shuswap

Music Festival's reputation for engaging

high calibre professional adjudicators

continues. Joel Stobbe, a cellist with an

impressive performance experience in

Europe and currently a teacher at the

Langley Community Music School, is

the Strings adjudicator. Maureen Hollis,

the Senior Piano adjudicator from Surrey,

regularly presents master classes and

workshops for teachers and students.

Cynthia Goddard is the Junior Piano

adjudicator. She has instructed at several

music schools in BC, accompanied visiting

artists from around the world, and

currently coaches chamber ensembles.

Winston Noren, the Vocal adjudicator,

is a faculty member at the distinguished

Mount Royal University Conservatory in

Calgary. He is a teacher, soloist and conductor.

Gordon Waters, Band adjudicator,

has extensive experience as a conductor

of symphony orchestras, a performer

in symphonies and Jazz/Swing groups,

and as an educator with over 25 years as

Supervisor of Music Instruction in School

District #83. Discover more about these

impressive musicians on the Festival


Although there will be no Gala

Concert, videoed performances of the

winners of awards and scholarships can

be viewed through a link that will be

on the highway in Celista

Let us live today

in Christ’s resurrection light.

Let us live by

God’s law of love;

extending mercy,

compassion and joy.

Let us share the gifts

God has given;

practicing generosity,

hospitality and love.

Let us live as

Christ would have us live;

bringing freedom,

justice and hope.

(by Christine Sine)

For what’s coming up,

contact Sheena Miller



see our website

posted on the Festival website at the

end of April. Visit the website at www. As in previous

years, adjudicators will recommend top

performers to advance to this year's virtual

BC Performing Arts Festival scheduled

for June 2-5.

The Pandemic has significantly

impacted the Shuswap Music Festival,

but it has not deterred the Festival Board's

commitment to educate young musicians

and encourage excellence in their musical


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Having read the above-mentioned article, I have a

number of comments. Telus in the form of Mascon has

a fiber network and also wireless network connections.

The wireless connection is 6MB down 2 Mb up on a

good day, for the last 10 years there have been quite a

few interruptions in service because none of the relay

stations in the Shuswap have a backup power system,

I have a generator which allows me to run my house

plus more. But the Mascon (Telus) relay station doesn't

so I don't have internet or phone service. The Mascon

help desk advises me to change to Telus Wireless hub,

fine in the winter not too many users, summertime it is

so so slow because the tourists also use it.

And sometimes a car hits a roadside pole, and

everything is out.

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grants so everyone can start cabling,

just when Spacelink is rolling out not

only in Canada but across the world,

it's called competition, and now it's

coming Telus, Shaw and others are

promising things that should have

been done years ago, as long as they

get a large chunk of the cash.

Instead of having more wires

strung along the road, give all the

people who haven't been connected

to the fiber system, a grant to purchase

a Spacelink dish and give 4

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Then the federal government can

spend a large part of the $1.75B on

things that are really needed.

Yours Kindly

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Al Christopherson Retires

In response to your March issue

article, I remember very well when

Al leant a very supportive hand to

the beginnings of the Friendship

Dinner…Enjoy your retirement Al

and make the best of every “lazy”


Vera Gottlieb


April 2021

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17. Conciliator

19. Male deer

20. 3 in Roman numerals

21. More prudent

22. Spirited

23. Weblike

25. Shorthand

27. Mineral rock

28. New innovative businesses

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34. Bumbling

35. Caviar

36. Send forth

37. Sharpshoot

38. A splitting tool

39. Aspire

40. Mongrels

41. Woman's sleeveless undergarments

42. Makes ready

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45. Tall structure

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52. Spelunked

54. Holiday drink

55. Mongolian desert

56. Sketcher

58. A jaunty rhythm

59. Nosed (out)

60. Apollo astronaut Slayton

61. Type of sword

62. Tiny balls strung together

63. At one time (archaic)

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26. Adhesive strip

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40. Mouths

41. Tint

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50. Leer at

51. Voice Over Internet Protocol

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57. Citrus drink

Puzzle 1 - Easy

Puzzle 1 - Medium

National Siblings Day April 10

Answers on page 71

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Contact Us at


Try this for a change since it can take a real cheap steak and make it very tender. I

tried this one out on steaks like round, top sirloin and any other cheap cuts I could

find. This recipe will do two steaks about a total of 1 3/4 or so pounds. Also another

easy recipe if you like an Asian twist. Try the first then take the meat out and use the


1. Beef Steak Tenderizer

• 1/2 cup each of coca cola,

• 1/2 cup soya sauce.

• 1 tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice

Mix well, place meat in a ziplock with it and burp

out all the air. This will help keep it covered and

needs less turning. Twelve hours minimum.

After marinating, grill steak to your favourite


2. Asian Flank Steak Marinade

• 1/3 cup soy sauce

• 1/3 cup brown sugar

• 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes

• 1/2 tsp fresh ginger, grated

• 2 tsp fresh garlic, minced

• 1 tsp sesame oil

Marinate at least 4 hours at room temperature.

Got a favourite

recipe you would

like to share?

Email it to

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stronger. (9) A close bond with a sibling during middle and old age is correlated with positive mood and overall health.

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Adams River Salmon Society..

Anglemont Estates Waterworks

After Hours emergency 1-877-996-3344

Regular hours 250-832-8194

Anglemont Ladies Golf.. Bev Shea 250-955-0365

Anglemont Men’s Golf Club.. Rob MacDuff 250-505-2781

Artistic Community.. Lynn Erin 250-955-6234

Arts Council for the South Shuswap.. Karen Brown 250-515-3276

AWE Society..

Baseball Club.. Melissa Bischoff,

Blind Bay Garden Club.. Susan 250-835-2351

Camp Grafton.. Judy MacPherson 250-374-5115


North Shuswap.. Angela Lagore 250-320-2012

South Shuswap.. Karen Brown 250-515-0002

Chase.. 250-679-8432

Chase Fish & Game Club.. Helen 250-679-8019


Lakeview Community Centre

Hall Bookings.. Tony Hudson 778-765-1506

NS Community Association.. Pat Bauer 250-955-6463

Hall Bookings.. Kim Morgan 403-819-0863

Seymour Arm Comm. Assoc.. Bob Reimer 250-833-7610

Sorrento & Area Community Association (SACA)..

Barry Stokes 250-675-3306

Country Kids Play School.. Alanna Stearns 250-679-3005

Country Gardens Garden Club.. Chris Trueman 250-955-6467

CRIMESTOPPERS 1-800-222-8477

Crowfoot Snowmobile Club.. 250-682-3350

CSRD - Area F Director.. Jay Simpson 250-517-9578


Anglemont.. Graham Lucas 250-318-7157

Celista.. Roy Philips 250-804-3349

Scotch Creek/Lee Creek.. Colton Barker 250-253-2020

Skwlax.. Paul Gamble 250-679-4472

Fire Services Coordinator.. Sean Coubrough 250-833-5955


North Shuswap.. Phyllis Shrum 250-955-2949

South Shuswap.. Debbie Edwards,

NS First Responder Society.. Catherine McCrea,

Girl Guides.. 1-800-565-8111

Heart & Stroke Foundation of BC & Yukon..

Cynthia Bentley 250-955-2222


NS Health Centre Society.. Lorna Joy Pawluk 780-721-2293

North Shuswap Health Clinic.. 250-955-0660

Chase Medical Clinic.. 250-679-1420

Chase Health Centre.. 250-679-1400

SS Health Services Society.. Sue McCrae 250-675-3562

Sorrento Health Centre.. 250 803-5251

Sorrento Health Centre Society.. Marilyn Clark 250-675-2449

Historical Society.. Loretta Greenough 250-955-6431

Imai Ball Park Foundation.. Brian MacDuff 250-955-0981

Lions Club.. Tom Price 250-574-6104

Needle Bugs Club.. Gerry Kendall 250-955-6279

Notch Hill Cemetery Society.. Louise 250-253-5776

NS Art Group.. Alison Elmes 250-955-2588

NS Cemetery.. Doug Prigmore 250-955-6454 or

Loretta Greenough 250-955-6431

NS Christian Fellowship.. 250-955-2545

NS Craft & Needlework Club.. Gerry 250-517-7111

NS Elementary School.. Paul Rosman 250-955-2214

Okanagan Regional Library

North Shuswap.. Lee Carreiro 250-9555-8198

South Shuswap.. Leigh Schaffer.. 250-675-4818

Parents Advisory Committee.. Sabrina Beyerly 250-955-2214

Parks Commission Contact.. CSRD 1-888-248-2773


Magna Bay.. Alan Nunn 250-679-2565 or 604-522-3346

Scotch Creek.. Mary Stewart 250-955-2967

St. Ives.. Miki Andrejevic 780-405-5571

School District # 83 Trustee.. Marty Gibbons,

Seymour Arm Snowmobile Club.. Markus Schrott


Shuswap Community Foundation.. 250-832-5428

Shuswap Environmental Action Society..

Jim Cooperman 250-679-3693

Shuswap Hospice Society.. 250-832-7099

Shuswap Lake Aero Modelers.. 250-515-2731,

Shuswap Needle Arts Guild.. Gerry 250-517-7111 or

Sharon 250-832-4588

Shuswap Rock Club.. Pat or Gail Bowden 250-675-2849

Shuswap Theatre Society..,

Shuswap Volunteer Search & Rescue.. Luke Gubbles


Shuswap Waterfront Owners Association (SWOA)..,

Skmana Ski club..,

South Shuswap Canada Day Committee..

Tammy Packer 250-463-2495,

Taoist Tai Chi.. Judy 250-679-5425

Victim Services.. Guy Ramsay 250-679-8638

Whittlers Club.. Marian Zackery 250-955-0359

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Electronic 50/50 Draw NS Health Centre -

10,000 tickets. Starts March 1. Deadline midnight

June 30. Draw July 1, 12:30 pm. Tickets


See ad on page 7.

Chipper & Bin at Lakeview Community

Centre - from April 13-15 operated by

Anglemont FD. Residents are encouraged to

bring their yard waste for disposal. Fire Smart

representatives on hand with information on

how to keep our property and homes safe.

COVID Community Specific Clinic FULL

- The April 6 to 10 community clinic is

fully booked. Watch for updates on Kicker &

Health Centre Facebook for updates about

future North Shuswap clinics.

Spring Clean Up at the N.S. Cemetery -

Saturday April 17 between 9:00 am and 12:00

p.m. (Not if pouring rain.) Please, bring rakes,

wheelbarrows, shovels etc. and coffee and

goodies for yourself.

Virtual Town Hall Meeting - with Area F

Director Jay Simpson April 20, 6:30 pm.

Sponsored by NS Chamber. To register for

Zoom meeting, email info@northshuswapbc.

com See ad page 9.

North Shuswap Community Hall Clean-up

- April 24, 9:00 am for outdoor clean up day.

(Cancelled if pouring rain.) Please, bring

your rakes, wheelbarrows etc. Also please

bring your own chair, coffee and refreshment.

We think we will be able to keep two metres

distance while we work. We must keep in

mind the safety of everyone.

Community Awards of Excellence - Vote

for North Shuswap nominees in a variety of

categories. Vote from April 1 to 25. Go to or Chamber Facebook

to vote. See nominees on Page 51.

Anglemont Estates Golf - Anglemont

Men’s Golf nights start April 22 at 5:00 pm every

Thursday. Club spring meeting scheduled for May

20. Senior men’s on Tues and Weds 10 am. FMI

Gerry at 250 955-0365. Ladies’ official start is

mid-May but going out in April for fun on Tues and

Thurs. Anyone interested, arrive at 12:45 pm.

Become a Lion - Please consider joining this

vibrant NS Lions Club; couples and individuals

are invited. Meat draws will start up when

public health orders lift. FMI please contact

Tom Price at 250-574-6104 or talk to any Lion


Doctors/ Labs in the Clinic - To book for

lab work and for doctor appointments, call

NS Health Centre at 250-955-0660 or check for doctor dates, clinic

services and availability of doctors to accept

phone visits. See ad on page 37

Strong Start NS School –Please note

Fridays instead of Thursdays. Free drop-in

program for children from 0 to 5 years old.

FMI call school. (250) 955-2214

Country Kids Playschool Celista - Taking

registrations for September 2021. 2 mornings

per week - Mon. & Wed. 9:00 am - 12:00 pm.

To register, go to

Volunteers Wanted - Are you 19 years of

age or older? Are you looking for a community

cause to support in the North Shuswap?

Can you commit to a few hours a month? NS

Health Society is looking for you! Apply at

Introduction to Indigenous Tourism –

Workshop April 27 – 30, Quaaout Lodge for

Indigenous entrepreneurs who have considered

exploring a business opportunity. Open

to women and men from the Indigenous

communities of Adams Lake, Little Shuswap

Lake, Neskonlith, and Splatsin. Register by

email to

North Shuswap Roadside Cleanup - May 7

& 8.Just a few hours of your time will make a

difference. To register as a volunteer: Charlotte

250-517-8329. See ad on page 32

9 Hole Golf Event NS Health Centre - June

26 at SLE Golf Course. 3rd Annual, Prizes,

Silent Auction. Limit of 72 entries. Sign up on

Canadahelps at: FMI, contact

Kim at See ad on

page 53.


Red Cross Stay Safe Course - For children

9 & over. Thurs. May 6, 3:30 - 5:30 pm at

South Shuswap Library in Blind Bay. Register


Red Cross Babysitting Course - For youth

11 & over. Two day course Thurs. May 20

& 27, 3:30 to 6:00 pm. at South Shuswap

Library. Register at

South Shuswap Library - Open for “Browse

and Borrow” service. Computers are available.

Curbside Pick-up for those who need

it! Order online and

pick-up in the branch. PJ Story Time - Put

on your P.J.’s, bring your mask and enjoy

the fun. April 27 from 6:00-6:45pm. Pre-registration

required due to limited numbers

during COVID-19 restrictions. No drop-ins.

Please register at Mother

Goose - songs, rhymes and fingerplays!

Friday, April 9, 16, 23, 30 and May 7 and

14, 9:15-10:00am. Please bring your mask!

Pre-registration required at

Online stories, songs and events offered to

all ages. Online registration is required to

access Zoom link information for ALL online

programs. Please include your email. Check

out all the great programs at

and register online at


The Smile Mission Dental Clinic - Dental

hygiene days offered at Copper Island Health

Centre in Blind Bay. April 16. Call for an

appointment 250-833-9923.

AA Meetings - Blind Bay: Sat 10am at Our

Lady of the Lake Church. Sorrento-Online

Zoom Meeting, Mon 8pm FMI 1-855-339-



Al-Anon - Wed 8pm at Senior Resource Centre

and Thu 12noon at First United Church.


Narcotics Anonymous - Mon 7pm at Crossroads

Church. 1-866-778-4772

CoDa - Sun 7:30pm United Church Cedar

Room. 1-855-339-9631

SASCU Board of Directors Election - Vote

in-branch Apr 6-10 /online Apr 6-17 See ad on

page 19.


Shuswap Virtual Music Festival - April 12 to

30. Celebrates music students and amateur

musicians by providing opportunities for

learning and performing. FMI

Tsuts’weye Workshops -

Tsuts’weye Women’s Entrepreneur Network

- taking application for the third intake of a

business recovery and expansion program

to assist mature businesses led by women.

Begins Monday, April 12 - 1pm to 4pm and

is every Monday for 6 months, excluding

holidays. FMI

Reframe for Confidence! - Free workshop.

Transform fear, set goals, etc. 8 weeks starting

May 6. Register: See

ad on page 36

Lunchtime Connection - April 13 - 12 Noon - 1

pm. Guest is Marg McMaster of Adam Integrated.

Send a message to info@tsutsweye.

ca and you will be sent a unique zoom link to

join the session.

FMI and more workshops, go to

Word on the Lake Writers’ Virtual Festival

- May 7 – May 9. Register at

until April 30.

Includes workshops and public events: Café

Lit, Shock Theatre, and Askew’s Word On

the Lake Writing Contest Awards Ceremony.

Book a free interview with a published author

to look at your work at the Blue Pencil Café

by April 23.

CSRD Board Meeting - Thursday, April 15,

9:30 am. Pre-register at

Agenda available approximately one week in

advance of the meeting.

CSRD Let’s Talk Firesmart - Wednesday,

April 28 at 7pm. Free Zoom presentation

followed by Q&A. Pre-register at www.csrd. See ad on page 36


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Celista, Anglemont, St. Ives

April 2021

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Anglemont Carpet Cleaning /

Assured Quality General Contracting

/ North Shuswap Junk

Removal. Bryan Wagar



MANURE (rotted)






Reading Tutoring

Boost your child’s confidence

with fun & interactive sessions

Linda Rightmire

Literacy Specialist

K-12 Teacher, LART &

University instructor

Zoom Lessons

Now Available



Point-of-Lay Hens

ready by June 1st 2021

“Production Reds” – lay for 3

years - large brown eggs Pre-Order

& Deposit Guarantees Availability.

North Shuswap Lake

(250) 955-6145

Complete Information


Dry cedar kindling

Great for wood stoves & camping.

(778) 866-8687

Sofa bed & chair green and

beige tones excellent condition/

hardly used Pick up in Celista BC


Avon with Debbie

Have you thought about Mother’s

Day yet? Take a look at my online

Avon store for great gifts, at

debbiewest or call 250-574-0007

for a brochure.



Call Keith at 250-574-6558

Wanted - occasional cat/house

sitter for two very nice cats in St.

Ives. Call (403) 710-8385

to apply.

Wanted - to buy old wood

windows, doors, ladders, crocks,

suitcases, furniture, tools, trunks,

tubs, signs, antlers, pumps,

taxidermy, advertising, barrels,

scales, farm & cowboy items.

250-577-3357, Pritchard

Wanted: used older boat trailer

for 16’ row boat Must be in working

order and should have papers

Contact Uwe phone







with or without


Please call




Looking for


to rent in the


Please call


In search of a rental property

for a single retired lady and small

dog. Can be long or short term

located between Lee Creek and

Anglemont. Do you have a winterized

park model, trailer, cabin or

home? Contact @ or

call 8074885547.




Adams Lake

(Bush Creek) Park

We are looking for a



♦ The host would stay on-site at

the park from mid-June until

Labour Day.

♦ Duties would include mostly

evening park patrols and light

cleaning duties

♦ Adams Lake Park is a rustic

campground with no power or

running water.

♦ The host must have their own

self-contained RV.

To apply please send

Cover Letter and Resume to

Housekeeping Positions. Caravans

West RV Resort is seeking

seasonal full time Housekeepers

to join the team that provides

professional care for the buildings

in the park. Works starts immediately

at $16/hr. Duties include

cleaning clubhouses, laundromats,

washrooms and assisting with

various projects. Experience is

preferred, but will train qualified

candidates. Must be eligible to

work in Canada and have a satisfactory

Criminal Record Check.

Need to work with minimal supervision.

Please email Resume to or

submit Resume to Caravans West,

3980 Squilax Anglemont Rd,

Scotch Creek BC

V0E 1M5



Must be reliable and have experience

Please send resume to

Its been a long winter but we’ve

had it better than most, we spent

a lot of time with our grandkids.


Lake Park

• 323 5spd, 167,700 kms

• Summer driven only

• All maintenance records

• Comes with new winter tires

• No Rust

• Amazing Gas mileage

ONLY $2,800




For Sale: 0.27 acre lot on Meadowcreek

Cresc., Celista. Lake

view, Septic system installed.

Call Terry 236-586-6855


check us out at

(250) 955-0701

is accepting applications for

for Shower Building Cleaner:

• June till September

• Approx. 4 hours/day

• Cleaning supplies provided

Please send resumes to

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• F/T & P/T shifts available

• Retail or cashier experience


• Must be 19 yrs or older

• Friendly, personable

• Wage negotiable based on


• Shifts start June 2021

Email resume to


Karen Mack - The Cleaner

250 463 3400 Hiring Local

Cleaner North Shuswap will train,

Permanent Part Time $35/HR

The Canvas Man


If you have a car and a valid

driver’s license,


Call or email us:


We’ll decide if you’re

worth keeping around

Classified Ads

$7 up to 25 words; .20 ₵ each add’l word. Display ad, First inch is $12

then $2.25 per 1/4” after (pls tx). Drop ads at one of our boxes: Scotch

Creek Market, Sunnyside Supermart in Celista, Ross Creek Country Store in

Magna Bay or 7320 Estate Place, Anglemont BC, V0E 1M8.


May Deadline - April 18 * must be paid in advance*


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Competitive Wages


Part time

Saturdays plus

occasional weekday

Equipment & supplies provided

We appreciate reliability

& quality results.

Energetic retired adults welcome!

Greg/Cheryl 250-955-0080

Scotch Creek Cottages

Scotch Creek

Shuswap Lake

Provincial Park

is accepting applications for

for the following positions:

(must have drivers license)

• Day/Night Park Patrol

• Janitorial

• Gate office

• Grounds Keeper

• Store / T-shirt painting

• Kayak/Paddle Board Rentals

Please send resumes to

is looking for someone to join

our team who can help with

daily ‘handyman’ duties:

• Daily repairs (tables, toilets,

bridges, etc)

• Trail maintenance

• Small septic/water issues

• Chainsaw work

• Some on-call duties

The ideal candidate would have

knowledge in construction and small

repairs, be able work alone and as

part of a team. Must be physically fit

and be able to walk long distances.

Must have driver’s license. A boat

license and Chainsaw certificate would

be an asset.

To apply please send resume to

$25 per



Come and Join our

Clean Team

• Lakefront resort in N. Shuswap

• Saturdays only

• Training provided

All Covid safety protocols in place

We Make Cleaning FUN!

Call Patti

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Name & Address:

Tel #:



Cash _______


Ch. #_______

Month(s): ______________


Total # OF WORDS: _____________

Basic Charge: 25 Words = $ 7.00

Additional words: ____ x .20 =______

Box your ad:(check) $ 2.00

Total Cost per month:



(# of months) $______ x ($/month) _________ = $__________

April 2021

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APRIL 12, 1929 – SARDIS, BC.

MARCH 12, 2021 – SALMON ARM, BC.

Margaret Baile, beloved wife of Jake Ootes,

of Celista, BC, passed away on March 12,

2021 at the age of 91 at Hillside Village in

Salmon Arm, British Columbia.

Marg was born April 12, 1929 in Sardis, BC.

She spent her first few years on her parents

dairy farm in Chilliwack overlooking the peak

of Mount Cheam. The depression dealt a

devastating blow to the family when milk

prices plummeted and they had to give up

their farm. Marg never forgot her farming

life and was determined to someday return

to that lifestyle. The family moved to the

isolated gold-mining town of Bralorne, in

the interior of B.C. Several years later they

moved to Vancouver. There Marg graduated

from John Oliver High School and enrolled in

the University of British Columbia from

which she graduated with Bachelor Degrees

in Arts and Social Work. For many years she

worked in social work specializing in foster

care and adoptions.

She married Blake Baile, a Canadian military

officer, and they moved to posts in Petawawa,

London, and Trenton/Bellville, Ontario,

and Montreal, Quebec, where Marg continued

her social work. They also served two

tours in Germany and spent two years in

Ismailia, Egypt where Blake commanded the

Canadian forces contingent of the United

Nations. Their work carried them to the

middle eastern countries of Syria and Israel.

Following Egypt, their final posting was

Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. In 1990

Marg was divorced and eventually married

northern magazine publisher and politician,

Jake Ootes.

In Yellowknife Marg started and built Arctic

Art Gallery, eventually to become the largest

fine art gallery in the Northwest Territories.

A number of her featured artists went on to

become well-known Territorial and Canadian

artists. Marg’s keen eye and her natural

talent to market and promote artists earned

national respect. She was appointed to the

Board of Governors of the National Art Gallery

of Canada, in Ottawa, and served on the

board for three years. Marg sold Arctic Art

Gallery in 1999 to Arctic Co-ops and her

Yellowknife main street store became Northern


In 2005 Marg and Jake retired and moved to

Celista, British Columbia. Marg’s energies

shifted to managing their 160-acre farm and

helped to develop an award winning winery,

Celista Estate Winery. Marg’s passion became

her flower gardens --- peonies, tulips,

daffodils, irises. Her legacy is the everlasting

beauty she created on their property.

Marg and Jake are grateful to the individual

North Shuswap caregivers who provided inhome

help over the past two years; to the

support of the North Shuswap Better At

Home Program; to St. David’s Church and

the North Shuswap Christian Fellowship. For

the past five months Marg was a resident at

the Good Samaritan Hillside Village in Salmon

Arm. Enough words can’t describe the

superb staff contribution to the care, comfort

and well being provided to Marg. A

special thanks is extended to family Doctor,

Victor De Kock of Kamloops.

Marg was always overjoyed to have visits

from her children and grandchildren. In

2017 she was ecstatic to become a great

grandmother. Besides her loving husband,

Jake, Marg is survived by daughter, Dr. Marcia

Baile of Gabriola Island, BC; son, Geoff

Baile (Connie) of Vancouver and his children

Erin and Alex; Colin Baile (Liz) of

Yellowknife, and their son Harrison, daughter

Tanis and great-grandson, Jordy; and

step-son Luke Ootes of Victoria. She was

predeceased by her parents: Rose May

(nee Kerr) and Bernard Leslie Harrison; and

her sister Marie Orla Harrison.

A Celebration of Life has been held at Bowers

Funeral Service in Salmon Arm, British

Columbia on Tuesday, March 16 at 2 p.m.

The Memorial service has been streamed

online and can be viewed at the attached link:


In lieu of flowers the family requests that a

donation be made to the Alzheimer Society of

British Columbia.

Online condolences may be sent to Margaret’s

family through her obituary at

DISCLAIMER – The information in this publication is carefully gathered & compiled to ensure maximum accuracy. The North Shuswap Kicker cannot, and

does not, guarantee the correctness of all information furnished them, nor the complete absence of errors or omissions: therefore, no responsibility for same

can be nor is assumed. Press releases and reports from community organizations and businesses are encouraged but may be edited to fit available space.

We reserve the right to refuse any ad or item that conflicts with the intent of this paper. Articles, advertisements and design in this publication may not be

reproduced in any way without prior permission of the author. ERRORS AND OMISSIONS: Advertising is accepted on the condition that, in the event of a

typographical error, the portion of the advertising space occupied by the error will not be charged for, but the balance of the advertisement will be paid for

at the applicable rate.

70 The North Shuswap Kicker April 2021


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@n^r_w PETER @i]hholz

@pril 10th, 1960 -

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It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of

“Andy” Andrew Peter AICHHOLZ, age 60, of Anglemont, BC, on

February 3rd, 2021.

Andy suffered a major coronary event doing what he absolutely

loved, sledding, ripping it up at “The Burn” on Crowfoot


Andy is survived by his mother, Anne Aichholz, his wife “Shari”

Sharilea Aichholz, his son, Michael (Jen) Aichholz, his daughter

Andie Aichholz, grandsons Brody & Clayton, mother-in-law Joan

Ditchfield, sister-in-laws, Linda Ditchfield & Sue (Richie) Cannon, as well as numerous extended

family. He was predeceased by his father Erich Aichholz, father-in-law Edward Ditchfield.

Andy was born in Germany while his father was stationed with the Canadian Airforce. He spent most

of his childhood travelling between Germany & various bases across Canada until his family settled

in Edmonton in the mid 70’s. It was there that he met his wife, love of his life & soul mate Shari.

Andy was an accomplished hockey player & extremely proud to have played semi-pro in Germany

before he started his career in finance.

Andy was very community orientated. He was a Director for the Business Association, Recreation

Development Committee, Chamber of Commerce, Golf Course & was Chairman of the Economic

Development Committee. He served on the Competition Committee & was the Equipment Manager

for the World Freestyle Ski Association in Fernie. A highlight for him was the 2010 Olympics when he

was the Equipment Manager of Freestyle at Cypress & witnessed Canada’s first gold metal on

Canadian soil! He was a member of Search & Rescue, Bikers

Against Bullying & served many years as a coach in minor Hockey.

Being an outdoor enthusiast, Andy was an avid skier, golfer, hockey

player, biker & of course sledder. Another passion was restoring

antique cars. Andy & Shari loved to travel & found a second home in


After his retirement at 50 he joined the Anglemont Fire Department

and was a proud member until his compromised health no longer

allowed him to continue a few years ago.

Andy was an amazing Son, Husband, Father, Grandfather, Son-inlaw,

Brother-in-law & friend. He will be remembered for making the

most out of life every single day & for his unselfish acts of kindness.

He was an instant friend to all he met whether abroad or at home.

We are overwhelmed with the impact he had on others and the

support they have given in the days since his passing. He will be

forever loved & missed.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date due to the current situation.

Please leave a memory for the family at: Dignity Memorial - Funeral Homes, Cremation and Cemeteries

In lieu of flowers please donate to the Canadian Diabetes Association or Heart & Stroke Foundation.

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Anglemont Waterworks

After Hour Emergencies


Scotch Creek

Open Friday to


8am - 2pm



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1 pm - 5pm


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Serving Kamloops, Thompson & Nicola Valleys, and the Shuswap

Engineered Aluminum Patio Covers

Aluminum & Glass Railings


Enjoy your deck year round with a Brentwood Patio Cover

• Renovations, New Construction & Repairs

• Continuous 5”, 6” & Fascia Gutter

• Custom Gutter Systems for Snow Load

• Heat Trace Installation




Serving the


for 23 years

Ken Goertzen

Licensed Residential Builder

Cell. 250.833.2824


• Hot Food Takeout

• Breakfast/Lunch /Dinner

• Pizza

• Groceries

• Frozen Meals To-Go

• Gas/Boat gas

• Diesel

• Propane

• Laundromat

• Lotto





(250) 679-3980

Serving Nor th Shuswap, Chase, Sorrento

Quality Comes First

April 2 & 3 Turkey Dinner

April 9 & 10 Roast Beef Dinner

April 16 & 17 Stuffed Pork Chops

April 23 & 24 Swedish Meatballs

April 30 & May 1 Turkey Tetrezzini

Take out or Dine in

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• Clothing • Family Camping

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