South Shuswap Scoop July 2021


Free monthly community newsletter serving the South Shuswap and surrounding area

64th Edition July 2021


Located on the beautiful Shuswap

A Life Saved with New Shuswap

Life Ring Stations

By Rob Sutherland

The Royal Canadian Marine Search

and Rescue (RCMSAR) Shuswap Station

106 has initiated another life saving measure

on the Shuswap by installing the first

two of ten “Life Ring Stations” at Silver

Sands Beach in Sicamous.

Life Rings have traditionally been

used and required on many vessels sailing

both the Shuswap and on the big water

at the coast and around the world to save

those who

have fallen


It is

a life saving





in the water



hold on

to until

they can

be saved.

Most, including the

ones installed in Sicamous,

have a lanyard

attached to them so the person in distress

can be dragged back to the safety of the

boat or in our case, the beach or dock. That

nearly eliminates the need for someone to

get close to a panicked drowning victim

who may drown the rescuer as a result.

The District of Sicamous CAO, Evan

Parliament, was ecstatic and did not hesitate

at all in approving the installation at the

beach. We had not even had those two installed

when RCMSAR was confirming the

location of two “Kids Don’t Float” Kiosks

(PFD/Lifejacket Loaner Stations) along the

river in Enderby and they got wind of the

initiative. They immediately said “yes” we

want two. Those two were installed at the

end of June in Tuey and Belvedere Parks

(Enderby) along with the Kids Don’t Float

Kiosks. The location of the six remaining

Stations have

yet to be confirmed

but will

approach all

towns around

the Shuswap

if they do not

contact us first.


for the material

cost (approximately


per Station) of

the project was

shared by Station

106 (25%)

Photo courtesy RCMSARand

the Boating

Left to right is Dennis Harris, Rob

Sutherland, Dave Harvey and Al Poole

Safety Contribution

Program of Transport

Canada (75%). Station 106 volunteers,

led by Deputy Station Leader, Doug Pearce,

provided all the 100+ hours labour to build

the Stations and install them, while Bayview

Homes of Sicamous provided free access

to their carpentry shop and equipment.

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(Continued from page 1)

Shuswap Station 106 is hoping this

will catch on and one will be eventually

located at every beach, marina, boat

ramp and even private residences along

the lake. The proceeds of any resulting

donations will go directly to the Station

Boathouse Project to protect their assets

and centralize training in one location.

If anyone is interested in any of the life

saving initiatives supported by RCMSAR

Shuswap Station 106 they can email the

Station Leader, Rob Sutherland, at

and if you’re interested

in any of their other activities,

including volunteering with the Station,

check out

Postscript: Melanie and Chris Dewitt

are owners of Dewitt Dairy Farms

in Sicamous and on the evening of June

By S/Sgt. Scott West,

Salmon Arm RCMP Detachment

The Salmon Arm RCMP received 6

complaints of theft from vehicles or attempted

theft from vehicles in the Blind

Bay area the night of June 9/10, 2021.

In addition, one vehicle was stolen

from that same area.

Taken from vehicles were personal

items, change, electronics purses

and wallets. In one case tools from

a trailer were stolen.

As is often the case, Credit

Cards and Bank Cards associated

to these thefts have been used

in retail stores in Salmon Arm and

the Okanagan Corridor. The culprits that

are believed to be responsible for using

stolen cards as they traveled in what the

investigator believes is the vehicle which

was also stolen.

Investigators are following up on information

at this time but would like to

remind the public of the following:

25, 2021, Melanie posted this message

on FB.

“Royal Canadian Marine Search and

Rescue Station #106 Shuswap deserve

a big shout out on a job well done. My

husband went down to the public beach

after milking to cool down and ended up

saving a poor kid. But it was because the

district put a life preserver on a rope that

Chris was able to help so quickly and

safely. He said the young kid looked like

he was just about done when he got the

life preserver out to him and pulled him

in. So glad my husband is so hot (lol) and

thank you to the Royal Canadian Marine

Search and rescue Station #106 Shuswap

for having the safety tools easily available.”

Crime Spree - Blind Bay overnight

‐ Do not leave valuables in your vehicles

over night.

‐ Lock your vehicle or trailer when

not in use.

Stunting on the


On June 26 at approximately 1:00

am, a patroling RCMP Constable located

a vehicle doing donuts on the Trans Canada

Highway at the intersection of

Tappen Valley Road.

The vehicle appeared to flee

up Tappen Valley Road and was

pulled over.

The driver, a 17-year-old

male from the area, was issued a

traffic ticket for stunting, driving without

due care and attention and received a 12-

hour driving suspension as the result of

his consumption of alcohol. The vehicle

was also impounded for a period of time

to be determined by the Superintendent

of Motor Vehicles.

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The Director’s Scoop

News of Note from the CSRD

Paul Demenok Director, Electoral Area C (South Shuswap)

Cell: 250-517-0810

Survey Shows Community is Unhappy with Roads

A big thank you goes to the 303 people who responded to

the survey about our roads and road maintenance; of these, 287

came from the South Shuswap and 16 were from outside this

electoral area. The bottom line is that a strong majority of respondents

are unhappy with the quality and maintenance of our

roads. Here’s a summary of the results:

The first question asked if the road contractor effectively

communicated road conditions using a variety of methods.

Only 21% thought this occurred often or regularly, another

29% didn’t know, and 50% thought this occurred never, seldom

or only sometimes.

The next question asked if you ever contacted the road

maintenance contractor directly; 45% said they have never contacted

the contractor, and another 20% said they seldom did so.

Question 3 asked if the contractor prioritizes their work to

deal with safety issues; only 18% thought this occurred often or

regularly, 82% said this occurs never, seldom or sometimes.

When asked if the highways and sideroads are maintained

in a manner to facilitate efficient movement of people and

goods in the summer 16 % answered never, 61% said seldom

or sometimes, and only 23% noted often or regularly. The quality

of road sweeping this spring was rated as very poor or poor

by 37%, while 23% thought it was good or very good. Overall,

36% said that summer road maintenance was unsatisfactory

and only 14% said it was good or excellent.

A third of respondents felt that winter road maintenance

enabled safe driving conditions, while 66% rated it as never,

seldom or sometimes. Overall 59% indicated that winter road

maintenance was unsatisfactory or fair, while only 29% said it

was good or excellent.

When asked to rate the overall quality of our roads and

their maintenance 53% noted they were poor or very poor

while only 11% thought they were good or very good. When

asked about the responsiveness of the contractor, only 6% indicated

they were very or extremely responsive, while 40% indicated

they were not at all or not so responsive.

There were many verbatim comments about our roads

in this survey and the need for resurfacing and better maintenance.

There was general frustration expressed about the

MoTI and/or the contractor and their lack of attention or responsiveness

to various road issues. I will be passing on the

results of this survey to MoTI.

It is important to note that the MoTI assigns priority ratings

to road maintenance items such as snow removal using a

5 point scale from A to E. “A” roads are major highways like

highway 1, “B” roads are secondary highways like highway

97 or 3, “C” roads are major side roads and school bus routes

like Balmoral, Blind Bay or Eagle Bay roads, leaving “D”

and “E” rated roads as those side streets that many of us live

on. During a major snow storm, it may be several days before

plows appear on “D” or “E” roads. In the interim, local traffic

packs the snow down to solid ice on these side roads; the

plow, when it arrives can only remove the snow layer on top

of the ice and deposits a lot of sand over the ice base to ensure

reasonable traction. That’s why we have so much sand on our

side roads, and this in turn, creates a problem for sweepers.

In 2021, CSRD Area C paid $1,543,247, or about $188.00

for an average $400,000 home, in BC Rural taxes to Victoria.

These taxes, which increase each year, are intended to

fund our local roads maintenance and repairs. A question that

should have been asked in the survey is whether we are receiving

a reasonable return for these taxes. I’ll leave it up to

you to decide.

Unlike municipalities, electoral areas pay the BC Rural

Tax each year and there is no accumulation of reserve funds.

Road maintenance has been at the forefront of discussions

during the Blind Bay-Sorrento Incorporation Study, and there

is a detailed service sheet on this topic on the CSRD website.

I would encourage everyone concerned with our roads to read

this document to gain a better understanding of the options

available to us.

The opinions expressed here are those of the author and

do not necessarily represent those of the CSRD Board or staff

or the Sorrento-Blind Bay Incorporation Committee.

July 2021

Bastion Creek Logging

Moratorium Request Denied

By Barbra Fairclough

At the April board meeting of the Columbia Shuswap Regional

District (CSRD), the Board supported writing a letter to

the Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations

and Rural Development (MFLNRORD) “requesting a

logging moratorium be placed on the proposed cut blocks in

the Bastion Creek Community Watershed until a full risk assessment

study is completed, and we understand the mitigative

steps that need to be taken.”

Catherine Spanevello representing the community at Bastion

Creek made a presentation to the board outlining a request

for support. In her report she stated that cut blocks K0WG,

K5M7 and K5M8 descend into the boundary of the watershed

above the “deeply incised” slopes on the northern side of the


She outlined that both the BC Timber Sales Terrain Stability

Report (Azimuth), Hydrologic Assessment (MJ Milne) have

not adequately evaluated the watershed for community risk values.

This was supported by an addendum to her presentation

completed by a retired geoscientist. The addendum report stated,

“there has been no analysis of debris flow hazards and risks

by a qualified professional familiar with debris flow processes

using currently established methods in BC.”

In a June 3 letter received at the June CSRD board meeting,

Gerry MacDougall Regional Executive Director under direction

from Katrine Conroy, Minister of FLNRORD responded

to the moratorium request, denying it and stating that “Given

the considerable measures to ensure operations can be conducted

in a safe manner, a moratorium is not considered necessary

at this time.”

The letter references four studies previously conducted in

support of this. The Bastion Creek Watershed Channel and Debris

Flow Assessment- March 2000- Don Dobson- Dobson Engineering,

Hydrologic Assessment- Bastion Community Watershed-

August 2018- Michael Milne Project Hydrologist. Terrain

Stability Assessment CP 177 Bastion Creek Community Watershed-October

2018- Onsite Engineering. Cut Blocks K0WG,

K5M7 and K5M8 Bastion Creek Area Terrain Stability Assessment-

April 2020- Azimuth Engineering.

The letter goes on to state the Bastion Creek Channel and

Debris flow Assessment is being updated by Don Dobson this

summer 2021 and the timber sale is being considered for between

summer and fall 2021 depending on the completion of final

planning work.

“BC Timber Sales has amended the proposed boundaries

and harvest timing of the planned cut-blocks in response to

community concerns and professional recommendations.”

At the June CSRD board meeting, Chair Kevin Flynn confirmed

that he had received a call from FLNRORD to update

him on the process. Flynn stated, “I’m comfortable that the process

is being extended in time frame and there is going to be

additional geotechnical work done prior to any logging starts.

There is no moratorium but there is significant acknowledgement

of concerns.”

The board supported a motion by Director Demenok, seconded

by Director Martin that Chair Flynn write a letter requesting

the full results of the report prior to any logging taking

place and to request a map indicating revised cut block boundaries

compared to previous. Director Demenok requested that

copies of all previous reports be made available to the directors.

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• Decks, Fences, Out Buildings

• Lot Clearing, Site Preparation

• Driveways, Drainage, Culverts

Area E Director Martin noted “They may be changing the

time they are harvesting but the next freshet or two or three

freshets down the road you have a lot of snowpack or heavy

rainfall and that is when damage is done. We have seen that in

action around the CSRD many times so I will be interested to

see what they come up with.”

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2nd Storey Painting Service

Recognizing Local Business Supporters of South Shuswap Scoop

Loni Mancini with Yukon and Dawson

By Barbra Fairclough

Twenty years ago, when Loni Storey

started 2nd Storey Painting Service, it

was a natural progression. Having worked

in the installation department in home improvement

with major retailers for several

years Loni honed her painting skills

by working on renovations and found she

had a great eye for detail. Demand for her

painting skills began to outstrip her regular

job and she decided to make the leap. She

launched 2nd Storey Painting Service and

has not looked back.

Now she is Loni Mancini and lives

with her husband in Sorrento on a small

acreage where they moved from the coast

in 2018. The business is named after her

maiden name and Loni says, “the name

just stuck.”

Loni works exclusively on interior

paint jobs from kitchen/bathroom cabinets,

furniture refinishing and color consultation.

Residential work is varied and Loni

says every job requires something different.

When a potential client calls, Loni

will take the time to ask some initial questions

and listen to find out what they are

looking for. This gives her an idea of what

the job may entail. She will then usually

arrange a sight visit to discuss with the client

some of the aspects

of the work requested.

A site visit is when

details of the job can

be identified. Choosing

color can be daunting

for some folks but Loni

can sift through the options

and assist the client

in homing in on a color

palette that achieves the

look they want. “Most

people will choose neutrals

generally,” says

Loni,” There is usually

something in the home

that color can be married

with such as countertops

for a balanced look.”

Priorities and emphasis usually present itself

once she is in the client residence discussing

client needs.

Loni says everyone is different with

color. Some people need time to narrow

down decisions. Loni uses Benjamin

Moore paint. “Sometimes though you have

to go with what paint brand is available.”

says Loni. And sometimes clients have

a specific request for a particular brand.

Loni likes the Benjamin Moore palette.

When she is working on a job, Loni

says she thinks of it as if she was painting

her own place.” If this were mine,

what would I do?” She is also big on service

preferring to ensure clients are happy

even with the smallest of jobs. “Even a

tiny job can end up being a whole house

down the line.” In some cases, Loni has

painted the homes of more than one generation

of families over time as the family


Loni can work from pictures to do a

quote but it is not ideal. Sometimes pictures

can help but it is best to meet people

and get a feel for their needs and the


Quotes are free and painting jobs

are scheduled on a month to month basis,

sometimes smaller jobs can be fit in

between larger jobs when there are a few

days between. Call Loni and get answers

to all your questions and find out how she

can work with you to get your painting

completed. Loni 250 253 8351 or

Interior by Second Storey Painting

Photos Credit :Loni Mancini

July 2021

Notes from the CSRD Board Meeting

By Jo Anne Malpass

Amanda Krebs, School Board

Chairperson, School District No. 83

(North Okanagan-Shuswap), attended

the June Columbia Shuswap Regional

District Board meeting to discuss the

school board’s long range facilities plan.

Krebs said a motion was passed for staff

to work on the two high school in Salmon

Arm option, in principle, which gives

them the ability to come up with a plan

that makes the most sense from the feedback

received and addresses the concerns.

Chairperson Krebs explained that the

staff working group will come up with a

plan, come back to the school board with

recommendations and then that goes back

to consultation before a final decision is


When asked about the possibility of

a high school in Sorrento, Krebs said that

is in the long range plan but it isn’t on the

5 year capital plan yet. The school board

doesn’t have any land in Sorrento and

the Ministry looks at it more seriously if

the school board has the land. The CSRD

Board asked what can be done to assist in

getting a high school located in the Sorrento

or Blind Bay area. Krebs said she

will ask staff and we will get back to the

Board with how they can partner up.

Krebs also talked about the stress on

facilities with projected enrolment increases.

SD83 is “definitely not the only

school district with the problem of having

facilities in poor condition,” but it all

takes money.

Moratorium on Bastion Creek

Logging – In response to a request from

the CSRD, Gerry MacDougall, Regional

Executive Director, Ministry of Forests,

Lands, Natural Resource Operations

and Rural Development said the Ministry

will not impose a logging moratorium

on the Bastion Creek area. There is

an update on the Bastion Creek Watershed

Channel and Debris flow assessment

being completed this summer. “I would

also like to note that BCTS has amended

the proposed boundaries and harvest timing

of the planned cut-blocks in response

to community concerns and professional

recommendations.” Director Demenok

asked that the CSRD receive copies of all

the reports referenced in the response letter

as well as the copies of both the original

and amended cutblock boundary area


Construction of the Enderby-Splatsin

Test Section – The Board

approved a joint application to the Canada

Healthy Community Initiatives grant

in the amount of $250,000 to build a test

section of the Shuswap North Okanagan

Rail Trail (Sicamous to Armstrong) corridor

in 2021.

Grant in aids - Area C - $4,555

Sorrento Village Farmers Market (vault

toilet operations) and $766 SAS Dry

Grad 2021.

Agricultural Land Commission

Non-Farm Use – The CSRD Board is

forwarding an application from Eagle

Bay Mercantile to the Agricultural Land

Commission recommending approval.

The applicant is seeking approval for

Non-Farm Use in the Agricultural Land

Reserve to allow permanent commercial

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Notes from the CSRD Board Meeting


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use of a portion of the subject property that has been operated

as a grocery store since 1972. They would also like to expand

this commercial use to include a service station, additional

parking, storage and sale of agricultural supplies. The store

predates the ALR but since part of the property is in the ALR,

it is considered nonconforming and could not be rebuilt if it

burned down. Approval from the ALC would allow the existing

and proposed uses to be permanent.

OCP & Zoning Amendments - The owners of 1302

Trans-Canada Highway and 1295 Notch Hill Road are applying

to amend the Electoral Area C Official Community Plan

Bylaw No. 725 and the South Shuswap Zoning Bylaw No.

701 to allow increased density for a future residential development

fronting Notch Hill Road and a commercial development

fronting the Trans-Canada Highway. The Board gave second

reading and added requirements to provide amenity/outdoor

space and a statutory right of way for the public for non-motorized

traffic between the Trans-Canada Highway and Notch Hill

Road prior to future development. CSRD staff will arrange for

a public hearing.

Lakes Zoning Amendment - This application proposes

to rezone the foreshore adjacent to 39 properties in Bastion

Bay in Electoral Area C from FM1 to FR1. If approved

the proposed rezoning would allow for the placement of 1 private

mooring buoy and one swim platform for each of the 39

semi-waterfront properties. A special regulation is also proposed

to be added to the FR1 Zone that would permit 1 dock

per semi-waterfront property for the Bastion Bay subdivision

only. A public hearing will be held.

Chamber News

By Karen Brown

Chamber Launches New


We are proud to present

the South Shuswap

Chamber of Commerce’s

rebrand designed by Kari

Wilkinson of Toliver Design!

The icon is reflective of

the South Shuswap region

with Copper Island, the lake,

mountains, and sky. The introduction

of the golden yellow

hue is reflective of Shuswap

Tourism’s regional colouring

scheme. It represents sand,

sun, sunsets & relaxation. The

complimentary azure blue

contrasts nicely and provides

a calming water element. We

look forward to rolling out

this new look in future marketing


Market by the Bay

Now Open

The South Shuswap

Chamber, in collaboration

with the Arts Council for the

South Shuswap, has launched

a summer initiative to assist

businesses, food producers,

non-profits and artisans regain

traction after COVID.

Market by the Bay, an

evening community market

hosted on the waterfront at

Centennial Field each Thursday

from 6:00 to 8:30 pm is

already drawing great crowds.

Over 70 vendors and exhibitors

are taking part including

wineries, farms, artisans,

community organizations and

more. Market-goers are enjoying

the open-air and wonderful

variety of products available

for sale each week. Live

music buskers provide ambience

and set the casual, laidback

tone of the evening. Car

club enthusiasts have joined

the weekly gathering and

starting on July 8, a Craft Beer

& Wine Garden will be added

to the mix.

If you are interested in

exhibiting on the field at this

weekly market, please contact

Karen Brown: manager@

Our Ambassadors are

Hard at Work!

Payton & Morgan, our

two summer ambassadors,

were busy stocking the Visitor

Information Kiosks at the end

of June with Shuswap Tourism

Vacation Planners and

Guides. Be sure to check out

the kiosks for all information

and activity info!

Western Gateway Visitor

Adventure Passports Due to

be Released

Look for our Visitor Adventure

Passports at local

stores and in our Visitor Information

Kiosks starting in

mid-July. They will point you

and your family in the right

direction for an AMAZING

summer in the Shuswap this



July 2021

By Nigel Collett

We hope everyone is enjoying the summer already and finding

quality time anew to spend with family and friends.

Eagle Bay Fire Department is at the ready if we’re needed

and the recent heat has raised the concern of wildfires. As of

June 30, all open fires, including campfires,

are prohibited throughout the province

of British Columbia.

We had two callouts this past month

on the same night! A truck drove into a

ditch just before Eagle Bay Camp late in

the evening. Luckily it came to rest without

spilling any fluids and we were able

to leave it for the tow truck since it wasn’t

impeding traffic. On the same night we received

a report of what could have been a

burn pile in the 4200 block of Eagle Bay

Road which we couldn’t locate but were

happy to check for, given the risk level.

We had a great turnout of members since I

am sure some had already called it a night.

Along with firefighters from across

the region, I recently attended a weekend

Interior Fire Operations course at the

Fire Services Centre in Salmon Arm. This

involved putting on full gear including

breathing apparatus and entering a burn building consisting of

a number of seacans with fires lit inside, to conduct fire attack,

search and ventilation operations. An intense weekend in the

heat which was challenging to stay hydrated, but they have full

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recovery facilities and safety onsite to ensure no one

is at risk of overextending themselves. Although we

run through the scenarios at weekly practice ahead

of the course, it isn’t the same thing as doing it with

real fire! I learned a great deal with the support of my team and

instructor. With 16 firefighter trainees,

there are as many technicians and instructors

to ensure the weekend runs smoothly.

Eagle Bay’s annual Food Drive for

the Sorrento Food Bank will have happened

by the time you read this. Thank

you to all those who donated food and

also supported local vendors. It gives a

good feeling knowing that the community

always steps up when asked to help


Eagle Bay Fire Department welcomes

anyone who would like more information

– please contact Alan Rendell 250-

517-0429. He will be happy to answer any

questions. Practice is on Tuesday evenings

at 7pm for 2 hours, all equipment

and training is provided.

You can keep up to date on lots of

fire related and fire department news on

our ‘Eagle Bay Fire Department’ Facebook

page. If you don’t follow us on Facebook, we also share

on Instagram. You will also find links to more information about

current burning regulations and the CSRD’s FireSmart initiatives.

Firefighters at exterior fire course at the regional

centre. Paul Perry from Eagle Bay took part.

Photo by Michelle Beaudry


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"For all your bbq & summer eats...

hit the deck with olive us!"

Would you call them two piers or a paradox?

What Are Your Questions

About Incorporation Study?

By Barbra Fairclough

The Community Engagement

process is set to begin

mid July 2021 and to continue

uninterrupted until mid-October

2021. The consultant recommended

providing information

in a variety of formats

through a variety of methods.

The Community Engagement

phase of the Incorporation

study will be multi faceted.

A two-page mail-out will

be delivered to every household

in the Incorporation

Study Area before the end of

July 2021 listing all the ways

in which residents can get informed.

The first open house

(virtual) will be happening

sometime around mid-August,

the consultant told the Scoop.

Stay tuned for new information

as dates are announced.

Questions from the public

will have a response from the

consultant and will be available

on the CSRD FAQ page.

What are your questions?

● Would roads receive a

higher level of maintenance

than at present?

Local roads would become

the responsibility of the

new municipality if residents

chose to incorporate. The new

Council, guided by input from

the community, would set the

service standards to achieve.

The new Council would also

be responsible for paying for

all local road maintenance, upgrade

and development using

local property tax revenue.

● To what degree should the

Incorporation Committee

make service decisions that

would normally be made by

the council of a new municipality?

The Study Committee

does need to make assumptions

regarding staffing and

other costs that would be incurred

to enable a new municipality

to provide the same

range and level of services that

are provided to Sorrento and

Blind Bay today. In all cases,

assumptions are suggested by

the Committee’s consultants

based on practices in place in

other municipalities, and research

on the specific services

in question.

In general, the Committee

should not make assumptions

related to significant changes

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in the range or levels of service

provided, the establishment

of major new services

or facilities, the withdrawal

of the future municipality

from inter-governmental

cost-sharing arrangements

(in cases where such arrangements

would not automatically

be rendered unnecessary by

a service of the municipality),

or major changes to existing

land use patterns and development

policies. Decisions in

these types of instances would

be made by, and should be left

to, the new municipal council.

● Why isn’t there more information

for residents regarding

the two electoral


As its name suggests, the

Incorporation Study is focused

primarily on the implications

of incorporation for

the residents of Sorrento and

Blind Bay. In all of the Service

Sheets being developed

for the study, however, the

service, governance, and tax

impacts associated with the

Two Electoral Areas option

are also identified.

It is important to remember

that the Two Electoral Areas

option — that is, the division

of Electoral Area C into

two Areas C1 and C2 — is the

default option that will occur

only if the electors of Sorrento

and Blind Bay choose to remain


● What would incorporation

mean for garbage collection?

It is assumed that local

services such as fire department,

garbage collection, etc.

would become services of the

new municipality. That said,

it would be up to the new municipal

council to determine

if it will provide a mandatory

garbage collection service

or not. If they decide to do so,

then the rules of the municipality

would apply. However,

some municipalities do not

have a mandatory garbage

collection service, rather leaving

it to a private contractor

to offer a garbage collection

service to the municipality’s


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South Shuswap Transportation Society


Monday July 26 th 7:00 till 8:30 pm

Shuswap Lake Estates Lodge

You are invited to attend this

meeting and learn more about our

non-profit volunteer driving service

Dr. Melany Dyer, an expert on community health and

preventive medicine will talk about how to restore

your health and wellness in a post-pandemic world.

Our board members and volunteer drivers will be on hand to answer

your questions about becoming a volunteer and our

electric car, the Chevy Bolt will be on display

For more info:

South Shuswap Rides

Helping Others

By Paul Demenok

Since starting its door-todoor

transportation service in

January, the South Shuswap

Rides program has been very

busy helping others in our

community. Our group of 10

volunteer drivers have driven

people to many destinations

including Salmon Arm, Chase,

Sorrento, Kamloops, Vernon

and Kelowna.

Most of our trips are

linked to medical appointments,

but some have used it

for shopping and other household

errands. It’s quite gratifying

to hear the thanks and

compliments our riders have

made about our service. For

those who are unable to drive,

the South Shuswap Rides service

has been invaluable!

We have maintained full

compliance with Covid-19

safety protocols, which include

a Lexan screen between

the driver and passenger,

wearing of face masks, satisfactory

completion of a Covid

screening questionnaire and

disinfection of the car after every

ride. Our drivers have also

received driver safety training

to help ensure that passenger

safety is a top priority.

The Chevy Bolt purchased

and operated with

grant assistance from SAS-

CU, the Shuswap Community

Foundation, Tirecraft, the

CSRD and Launch Construction

has performed very well.

I would say that the drivers

have been very impressed with

this car and its features.

We are now planning to

hold our first Annual General

Meeting, and have recruited

Dr Melany Dyer as a special

guest speaker. The AGM

will be held at SLE Lodge on

Monday July 26 at 7:00 pm

and all are welcomed to attend.

Dr Dyer’s topic is “A

Post-Pandemic Primer on Restoring

Your Health and Wellness”.

The South Shuswap Rides

service is now looking for additional

volunteer drivers as

our service is expanding with

more calls for rides. If you are

interested in helping others as

a volunteer driver, please plan

to attend our AGM where a

brief drivers’ information session

will be held. In the interim,

if you have any questions,

please don’t hesitate to call

me at 250-517-0810, or Bryan

Lowes at 778-389-4636.

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Fire Services Coordinator

Honoured with Provincial Award

CSRD Release

COVID-19 restricted

training opportunities for many

fire departments around the


But Sean Coubrough, the

Columbia Shuswap Regional

District’s (CSRD) Fire Services

Coordinator, wasn’t

about to let a global pandemic

interfere with the development

of the CSRD’s firefighters.

For his efforts, Coubrough

has been named the BC Fire

Training Officers Association’s

2021 Trainer of the Year.

While the award is usually

presented at the organization’s

annual convention, a COVID-

19-safe ceremony was organized,

without Coubrough’s

knowledge, at the CSRD office.

“While this may be a surprise

announcement, it isn’t

surprising at all that Sean has

received this prestigious honour,”

says Charles Hamilton,

Chief Administrative Officer

of the CSRD. “We extend our

congratulations to him on this

well-deserved recognition of

his efforts.”

The Trainer of the Year

Award is in recognition of

outstanding achievement in

fire service training, including

developing and applying

new ideas, creatively using resources

and having the highest

quality of work.

During the pandemic,

Coubrough converted the

CSRD’s in-person training

program into online sessions

through Zoom, often hosting

more than 100 firefighters at a

session. These were then converted

into video training modules

accessible to firefighters

at anytime through a YouTube


Coubrough also made his

program available to other fire

departments throughout the

province. Many have picked it

up and are now using it to train

their own members. He was

also instrumental in training 70

recruit-level members from the

CSRD’s 13 fire departments

to the BC exterior firefighting

standard, or above, since the

beginning of 2020.

Coubrough has served as

the CSRD’s Fire Services Coordinator

since 2015.

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Armstrong, BC

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CSRD Fire Services

Coordinator Sean

Coubrough receives

the BC Fire Training

Officers Association’s

2021 Trainer

of the Year Award

from Brian Ulle, First

Vice President of

the BC Fire Training

Officers Association,

at left, and Jack

Blair, from the Office

of the Fire Commissioner,

at right.

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SWC Release

Several water quality monitoring organizations are ready

and willing to respond to an algae bloom in the Shuswap watershed

this summer if the need arises.

The Shuswap Watershed Council (SWC) recently facilitated

the development of a regional algae bloom response

plan for the Shuswap watershed. The plan complements and

builds upon a provincial protocol for cyanobacteria response.

The plan outlines regular water quality monitoring activities

of up to 10 different organizations, including local

governments, local First Nations, the Columbia Shuswap Invasive

Species Society, First Nations Health Authority, BC

Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, and BC Parks.

Depending on where and when an algae bloom may occur,

any of these organizations could collect water quality samples

to help authorities understand the potential public health risk

or ecological implications.

“We need a collaborative approach to monitoring algae

blooms,” explains Erin Vieira, program manager for the

SWC, which is a partnership of many of the aforementioned

organizations. “Our current reality is that a single agency

can’t do it on their own.”

“Shuswap Lake is the primary source of drinking water

for the City of Salmon Arm, and many residents in the surrounding

area. It goes without saying that we have to protect

the health of the lake,” explains Rob Niewenhuizen, Director

of Engineering and Public Works for the City of Salmon Arm.

“The City has shared resources and assisted in collecting water

samples and performing visual monitoring of the lake

during past algae bloom events.”

Of particular importance is the risk that cyanobacteria,

also known as blue-green algae, can pose to public health.

Under certain conditions, these types of algae can produce

microcystin toxin which is harmful to people, pets, and livestock.

If water quality conditions are unsafe during a bloom,

Interior Health Authority would require notices to be posted

at the affected sites.

The Shuswap algae bloom response plan comes on the

heels of an announcement by the BC Ministry of Environment

and Climate Change about a new website, Algae Watch

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Swimming Not

Recommended at

Sunnybrae Beach

CSRD Media Release

Sunnybrae Beach has been placed on

a swimming advisory due to unacceptable

E.coli bacterial counts found in recent

routine water samples.

The beach is not closed, however, Interior

Health is advising that due to the

elevated water sample results, the public

should be made aware of the increased

risk of swimming at Sunnybrae Beach,

which is located at 3580 Sunn ybrae Canoe

Point Road, Tappen.

Swimming is not recommended at

this time.

Follow-up water samples are being

taken and the advisory will be rescinded

once samples show acceptable bacteria

levels. The water at Sunnybrae Beach is

routinely tested on a weekly basis.

Interior Health reports there can be a

number of reasons for elevated levels including

wildlife, such as geese, causing

an increase in bacteria levels. The weather

can also play a factor, with heavy rains

washing contaminants off the shore and

into the wate​r or temperature increasing

bacterial growth.

Sunnybrae Beach Park will remain

open, but users are advised against swimming

due to the elevated risk. Young children,

for example, tend to ingest a lot of

water when they are at the beach so they

are at higher risk.

This advisory is only in place for the

Sunnybrae Beach area and does not affect

the CSRD’s Sandy Beach or Pebble

Beach in Blind Bay.

Please continue to check the CSRD

website and social media for updates on

the status of the beach. For further questions,

contact the CSRD at: 250.832.8194.

Information can also be found at

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By Jo Anne Malpass

On July 5 in the Kamloops Fire District, there were 64 active

fires ranging from new and under control to out of control

and fires of note.

In the South Shuswap, there have been a few spot fires

in the Tappen-Sunnybrae area, none spreading more than .02

hectares before being listed as under control or out. Local fire

departments have been closely monitoring these fires.

The fire danger rating (the risk of a wildfire starting) is extreme

for most of the Kamloops Fire District. Open fires of

Early Wildfire Season

any size are prohibited.

With continued hot dry weather and the chance of lightning,

BC Wildfire Service is reminding the public that they

must stay clear of firefighting aircraft and active wildfires. This

includes the operation of watercraft and drones.

To report a wildfire or irresponsible behaviour that could

start a wildfire, please call as soon as possible. 1-800-663-555

or cell *5555. If you have the BC Wildfire app on your phone,

it will give you the latitude and longitude of your current location,

along with current information about fires near you.

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Two new business advisors

are serving the North

Okanagan-Shuswap region

as the province begins implementing

a re-opening strategy

to help businesses recover

from the economic fallout of

the COVID19 pandemic.

The consultants are excited

to provide support to assist

with grant applications, digital

marketing strategies, financial

planning, business planning,

and other areas of business development

as they move forward.

7 communities in the

region submitted a funding

application to ETSI-BC (Economic

Trust of the Southern

Interior) to hire these advisors,

who will be available to work

with business owners in Armstrong,

Chase, Enderby, North

Shuswap, South Shuswap, Sicamous

and Spallumcheen.

Robyn Cyr has been involved

in Economic Development

and Tourism Development

for the past 20+ years,

working for Community Futures,

Local Government, and

Indigenous communities in

Squamish, Williams Lake, and

the Shuswap region. In 2019

she left her role as Economic

Development Manager for

the Columbia Shuswap Regional

District, which included

the management of Shuswap

Tourism and the Columbia

Shuswap Film Commission, to

start her own business - Brabyn

Business Solutions. She

is now working directly with

local communities on business

development and business

recovery projects. Robyn

is passionate about the communities

in the region and also

sits as a director on the Splatsin

Development Corporation,

the Shuswap Trail Alliance,

the South Shuswap Chamber

of Commerce, and the Skmana

Ski Club. Robyn’s knowledge

of the region and experience in

business development are an

asset to the project: “We know

July 2021

that the communities in our

area are no strangers to disaster;

fires and floods and have

laid the groundwork for effective

business development

strategies and this program is

moving quickly to ensure all

businesses are receiving adequate


Janet Doyle is a marketing

and media specialist with

over 20 years of experience in

digital communications, drawing

on knowledge built over

a colourful career that spans

across Canada. Her community

focused approach is genuine;

she loves discovering the

local charm of each destination

and is looking forward to

working with local business

owners to ensure they receive

the personalized advice they

need to navigate the quickly

changing world of social media

and marketing. Her experience

working in rural communities

across Canada gives her

a practical understanding of

the common problems faced

by rural businesses: “I’m looking

forward to working with

them to creatively address

their unique challenges and

help them build a successful

online presence that will prepare

them for full recovery.

These destinations are world

class; our region is second to

none in beauty and what we all

crave - open space. We expect

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the next few years to see explosive

growth as international

travellers return, and we want

businesses to be ready to capture

that market.”

The business advisors will

be out in each of the communities

over the next 9 months

to work with local business

owners on their individual

business development requirements.

Both Janet and Robyn

are looking forward to connecting

with business owners

and collaborating with other

regions on solutions to ensure

businesses are supported in

sourcing the support that they

require to reopen and take advantage

of new opportunities.

For more information on how

the program can help your

business email Janet Doyle or

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Shuswap Staycation Contest

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By Barbra Fairclough

In May, ten Shuswap area businesses, including two teen

owned businesses partnered to host the Ultimate Shuswap Staycation

inviting folks to share why the Shuswap is a great place

to visit. To enter you simply “Like this Post” on Facebook (FB).

The contest was so popular it attracted a fake FB account

and to protect contestants, the contest was shut down earlier

than planned but it did not seem to dampen enthusiasm.

Monica Seys of Shuswap Marine said that the contest was

a resounding success with over 1000 comments. This is the second

year of the contest and it was decided to expand and have

participating businesses from a wider geographical area. It has

worked out well. The contest ran through May-June. Monica

said there was an interest in having an interactive component

with contestants. She confirms contest partners are thrilled with

the response from the community.

The winner of the competition is the Jonker family from

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Protecting Our Waters

By Mel Arnold, MP

North Okanagan-Shuswap

As summer comes into full swing, boaters and other water

users from near and afar are taking to our local lakes and rivers

for much-needed downtime. We are truly blessed with the waters

of our region and as we enjoy the summer, I hope we can

all be mindful of what we can do to help protect our waters.

Populations of invasive clams were confirmed to be in

Shuswap Lake last fall. Although these clams may not represent

as severe a threat to local ecology and economies as other invasive

species like zebra and quagga mussels (ZQM), the confirmation

of these invasive clams and potential arrivals of other

species are serious matters that require our attention and action.

Since the discovery of invasive clams in Shuswap Lake, I

have connected with Indigenous communities, concerned landowners,

local MLAs and the Government of BC to discuss the

discovery of this invasive mollusk and how the province is responding.

I have also continued to fight at the federal government

level for increased resources to protect BC’s waters. There

needs to be a strong response to the invasive clams now in

Shuswap Lake and all levels of government must work together

to prevent the damage that ZQM could wreak on our region

and province.

An Okanagan Basin Water Board study estimated that an

introduction of ZQM could cost the Okanagan region alone $43

million annually in lost revenue (e.g. tourism), increased maintenance

of aquatic infrastructure and irreversible ecological

damage. If ZQM get into Lake Okanagan, the likelihood of other

nearby lakes like the Shuswap being infested would increase

significantly as would the permanent damages and annual costs

for local communities and ecosystems.

ZQM reproduce very quickly and have ruined many beaches

in North America by littering them with razor-sharp shells.

Private infrastructure like docks and public infrastructure like

water intakes and effluent outfalls are quickly rendered inoperable

by ZQM colonies and habitats of aquatic species including

salmon are damaged.

As the COVID-19 pandemic has shown, an ounce of prevention

can be worth a pound of cure, but only if the preventative

actions are delivered. Considering the level of federal resources

supporting aquatic invasive species (AIS) prevention

in BC, the Trudeau government is failing to take the threat seriously

like their lackadaisical response to COVID-19 that allowed

the virus to enter Canada.

While I continue to press Ottawa for resources to expand

inspection and treatment sites on BC’s borders, we can all

be active in another means of prevention- public education. I

would encourage all residents of the North Okanagan- Shuswap

and beyond to visit to learn how you can

help spread the message and not invasive mussels.

We have so much to be grateful for here in the North

Okanagan- Shuswap and our waters deserve our protection. I

hope you will join me in protecting our waters for the future by

preventing the spread of invasive species!

I wish you and yours a safe and happy summer!

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Near You

By Barbra Fairclough

Julia Helland, Coordinator for Wildsafe Columbia Shuswap

has been busy connecting and collaborating with community

leaders and organizations throughout the Shuswap to educate

residents on preventing human wildlife conflict. She has been

making plans for a

busy season. Wherever

you find Julia

she can answer your

questions about different

types of wildlife

such as cougars,

deer, bears and more.

Early in the season

she has been

introducing campgrounds

to the Bare

Campsite Program

Julia Helland, Sicamous Farmers Market

Photo Courtaesy: Wildsafe BC

which was piloted

last year. The program

provides clear guidelines

and resources for campsite operators to maintain a safe

campground for people and wildlife. It is based on the program

introduced in the national parks in the 1990s designed to ensure

that no wildlife attractants are ever left unattended.

Julia has visited folk’s door to door in Sicamous, Sunnybrae

and White Lake. As well you will see her booth at Market at the

Bay July 15, August 5, and August 19. You can also find her at

the Sicamous Farmers Market July 16, August 13, September 10.

On July 10 at 10:30 am she will be offering a Bear Spray

Workshop at the White Lake Community Hall in conjunction

with the Shuswap Trail Alliance. During the workshop, participants

will have a chance to practice with inert bear spray.

Julia has been meeting people in the community and has

done some door to door education at Sicamous, White Lake, and

Sunnybrae. She is looking forward to being available at popular

trailheads in the area. Watch for upcoming dates.

Julia will also be at the Swansea Point Community Barbeque

Open House July 24 and at the Eagle Bay Fire Department

Open House August 7.

The Wildsafe Ranger Program is offered to youth in the

community so kids can learn how to have a safe and respectful

relationship with wildlife. This program will be offered in the

fall in schools however it is still offered throughout the summer

through community organizations or other local groups within

the coverage area of the program.

The White Lake Resident’s Association (WLRA) is excited

to be involved with the project. Nick Najda, Vice President of

the WLRA, says, “The community have told us they have experienced

bear interactions and sightings recently. So having more

folks aware of the risks, and appropriate behaviours, can help

keep both the animals and people safe. Our plan is to be hosting

a workshop for kids over the summertime and there is interest in

continuing community education and awareness programs into

the fall.”

If you are a youth group leader or teacher and would like

information, be sure to speak with Julia about how you can take

advantage of the program.

Feel free to contact Julia by phone or email, 403 559 6628,, or messaging. Dates and locations

of where she will be working will be posted on FB Instagram

and Twitter @wildsafebc.

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1 Sicamous Boat Launch .......................................Sicamous

2 Old Town Bay Boat Launch ...............................Sicamous

3 Canoe Beach Park ................................................Canoe

4 Downtown Salmon Arm Boat Launch .........Salmon Arm

5 Sunnybrae Community Park ............................Sunnybrae

6 Herald Provincial Park ........................................Sunnybrae

7 Harbour Road Boat Launch ..............................Blind Bay

8 Sandy Beach Community Park ........................Blind Bay

9 Markwart Road Boat Launch ...........................Sorrento

10 Shuswap Lake Provincial Park .........................Scotch Creek

11 Magna Bay Wharf Road Park .............................Magna Bay

12 Memorial Park Boat Launch ..............................Chase

13 Oxford Road Lake Access ...................................Swansea Point

14 Beswick Road Community Park .......................Seymour Arm

15 Bristow Road Boat Launch .................................Celista

16 Coming in 2021: Belvidere Park .........................Enderby

17 Coming in 2021: Tuey Park ..................................Enderby

18 Coming in 2021: Shannon Beach ......................Eagle Bay





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Karyn Bruschinsky and Ian Morrison are the new owners of

Shuswap Lake Golf Course at Blind Bay. Karen and Ian come

here from the Lower Mainland, taking ownership in early spring

of this year, returning to the Shuswap area where Ian grew up.

Karyn and Ian are excited about continuing the Barker

Family’s legacy and starting new adventures at Shuswap Lake

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Blind Bay Community and serves its members, patrons, charities

and local businesses alike. This will remain the same.

Shuswap Lake Golf Course at Blind Bay offers 18 holes

of championship golf designed to offer a first-class golf experience,

no matter what level your game is. We designed a golf experience

that lets you play comfortably at your own pace.

Golf our beautiful, professionally designed par 71 championship

course offering well bunkered, undulating greens.

Scratch golfer? You will love it. 20 handicap? You will

love it. Just learning? You will love it! This par 71 continues

to surprise and challenge even the most frequent player. Hone

your skills on our practice facility, which boasts an updated

driving range with grass and mat tee boxes, two practice greens

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Shuswap Lake Golf Course is dedicated to providing a

first-class golf and social experience. A lifestyle course that is

one of the most enjoyable and respected in the area. We welcome

you to experience this unique lifestyle.

Enjoy great food indoor or on the enlarged outdoor patio at

Duffer’s Den Grill and Lounge. Duffer’s now features breakfast

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RV’ing? Overnight parking for self-contained units is

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Our well stocked pro shop carries brands such as Under

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South Shuswap Health


By Sandra Reutlinger

We are ‘berry’ happy to announce

that once again this year,

the Sorrento Village Farmer’s Market

has partnered with us to ‘lettuce’

run the BC Farmer’s Market Nutrition Coupon Program. We

make a great ‘pear’. This ‘un-beet-able’ program allows those

who qualify with the ‘require-mint’ of being low income, pregnant,

indigenous, or senior, to receive free coupons to use at

the Sorrento Farmer’s Market for fresh produce every Saturday,

‘grain’ or shine Throughout the summer we will ‘cherry’

on with our mandate to help support health and wellness in our

communi-‘tea’ by giving out nutritional information and ‘reci-peas’.

We really ‘ap-peach-iate’ how the Sorrento Farmer’s

Market donated money ‘bok’ into the program so that we could

provide even more coupons to those in need.

We are ‘grape’-full to the Blind Bay Bunch for ‘raisin’

funds for us by putting on The Wine Vault fun-raiser. Thanks

a ‘bunch’ to all those who participated and donated. You’re all

pretty ‘rad-ish’. If you ‘carrot’ all about the health and wellness

of our community, this is a ‘kale’ to action: We are doing

a membership drive and by becoming a member you can

‘turnip’ to support our efforts as there is ‘mushroom’ for added

health and allied services. If you have some ‘thyme’ to donate,

we are always looking for volunteers to ‘turnip’ and help out

with various things.

The health and wellness of our communities is a big ‘dill’

for us and over the years we have built a ‘salad’ foundation of

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putting the infrastructure in place to be ready for a permanent

doctor or nurse practitioner to come. We have ‘bean’ fortunate

to be able to run a walk-in-clinic on a temporary basis and look

forward to being able to do again when there is a doctor willing

to come to this area. We are ‘rooting’ for that to happen again

before too long.

The mobile lab which runs Tuesdays and Thursdays from

8:00am - 12:00 has now ‘planted’ itself in our community and

will hopefully expand to more days but that still ‘romaines’ to

be seen. Foot care is available on Wednesdays to help those

toenails that are here today, be gone ‘tomatoe’.

In case you ‘plum’ forget how to reach us, just call: 250-

675-3661. You can also find us at and on Facebook

and ‘Insta-yam’.


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A Leader with a Vision

Sorrento Health Centre


in behind the Petro-Can &

Home Restaurant

By Celia Dyer

How does a community grow from having no medical provider

to running a thriving Health Centre? At the start, the Sorrento

Health Centre was blessed with a core group of dedicated

people who were determined to bring a primary care

practitioner to their community.

One of those people, Marilyn Clark, served as the

Health Centre’s President for six years, from 2013 to

2019. This year, after serving two years as Past President,

Marilyn has decided to retire from the Health Centre


She has always been so much more than a Director. She

was a founder of the Health Centre, she provided outstanding

leadership throughout its growth, and she was a mentor to other

Directors who took on leadership roles under her guidance.

The depth of volunteerism in this community is impressive.

And it’s not just people giving of their time. That contribution is

often accompanied by years of experience and a high degree of

skill and talent.

Such is the case with Marilyn.

Before moving to Sorrento, Marilyn had various occupations

including the running

of two local newspapers

while raising her

three children. She then

went to work for

the City of Vancouver

and became

a pension

guru, initiating

workshops and helping

people understand the

intricacies and potential

of their pension plans.

Such was her expertise

Marilyn Clark

that she was sought after by both UBC and the BC Nurses Union

to facilitate pension workshops throughout the province.

She was promoted to Director of Human Resources for the

City of Vancouver and in this management role, she developed

strong relationships with many of the unions representing workers

in different sectors.

In fact, the CUPE local that represented outside workers

made her an honorary member. On display in her home is an

axe presented to her at her retirement by the Vancouver Fire Department

and the Vancouver Firefighters Union.

When asked how she was able to forge such unlikely friendships,

she replied: “The thing that I learned is that everybody

sees things from their own perspective. And they’re usually

both right. But somewhere in the middle is the truth.” She has

a natural ability to look for solutions rather than be tripped up

by problems. A valuable talent when it comes to workplace relations!

After a long career in Human Resources, Marilyn, and husband

Phil, moved to the Shuswap. Seeing the potential for a

Farmers Market, Phil suggested to Marilyn that she start one,

which she did, and she ran it for 11 years. Locals couldn’t

imagine Sorrento without its Farmers Market now; it has be-

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come an integral part of our summer culture. But that’s Marilyn;

bringing opportunity to life.

One of Marilyn’s retirement plans was to become involved

in health. Shortly after coming to Sorrento, she became a public

representative on the College of Registered Nurses and then

was appointed to the Health Professions Review Board. In this

role, she reviews decisions made by the regulatory branches

of various health professions in BC. She has just been given

a new five-year mandate to serve on the HPRB; a testament to

the trust this body has in her professionalism and ability.

It’s not surprising that Marilyn would join the effort to establish

permanent, primary care service in Sorrento. In 2013, a

group of diligent and committed citizens applied for, and were

successful in acquiring, a Nurse Practitioner through the NP-

4BC program. The practitioner was in place, but the long-term

vision for a Community Health Centre still needed to be realized.

The challenge was a perfect fit for Marilyn: a keen interest

in public health, exceptional organizational skills and experience,

a unique ability to bring various groups together and an

unwavering commitment to her community. With the community’s

support and Marilyn’s leadership, a facility was made

available and finances were secured. Patients started coming

and today they number around 900.

She says of this community: “We have remarkable people

here, with great enthusiasm to contribute. I have always

thought, people may not know what you did, but what matters

is what you’re doing now.”

A recent peek at the notes from our first AGM years ago

revealed the clarity of Marilyn’s vision. After highlighting

early successes, she mentions the next goal: the funding of a

second Nurse Practitioner. Work is underway to achieve that

goal which will help us provide the scope of primary care that

our community needs and deserves.

So what adventures lie ahead? She says it’s time for a

new edition of the family cookbook; there’s digitizing her travel

journals and perhaps another trip across Canada. She and

Phil have done it five times but always via a different route.

We would expect nothing less from Marilyn, than to take

the road less traveled. And that has made all the difference.

We are forever grateful to have had a trailblazer like Marilyn

at the helm; we will take her lessons with us on our own next

adventures and we wish her all good things as she says farewell

to her Community Health Centre after many years of dedicated


Reminder: Dr. Terry Clare, our locum physician, is available

for appointments on Mondays and Tuesdays throughout

July (except July 6) and on August 16 and 23.

Call (250) 675-2167 to make an appointment.

Happy summer and stay cool!

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Finishing ● Bathrooms ● Kitchens ● Additions

Sun Decks ● Full Exterior Cladding


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Looking Forward at Eagle Bay

By Cathy Wolf

The Annual General

Meeting (AGM) of the Eagle

Bay Community Association

(EBCA) was held on June 13.

Members braved some rain to

attend an important meeting

that saw a number of changes

to the Community constitution

and by-laws.

The constitution was

aligned to comply with Canada

Revenue Agency’s requirement

for the EBCA to

become a charitable organization.

In addition, the position

of past president was approved

along with changes to

the date and time of AGMs in

the future and an elaboration

for the role of directors on the

Board. You will be able to

view our revised constitution

and by-laws on our webpage


Tom Dalton also joined

the Board as a new director.

We welcome his expertise

in financial matters along

with his enthusiasm to roll up

his sleeves and participate in

community events. Tom has

always been a great supporter,

serving up meals at Eagle

Bay Day, Hamsters’ Dinner

Theatre or the Harvest Dinner,

attending past AGMs and

joining in wherever a helping

hand was needed. As we

look forward to reopening

the hall fully this fall, Tom

will add his voice to how the

Community Association can

contribute to the wellbeing of

residents. “I am grateful for

this opportunity to join directors

to further their legacy. I

am also looking forward to

reconnecting with the residents

of Eagle Bay, to the

commencement of the revitalization

construction, and

a return to full operations at

the Eagle Bay Community

Hall in the very near future.”

Thanks Tom for stepping up.

We believe we will have a

busy year ahead.

Shortly after the AGM,

consent was granted by Canada

Revenue to have the Eagle

Bay Association become

a registered charity. This is

great news and the long wait,

some 16 months, has paid

off. What this means to our

members is that tax receipts

may be issued for donations

to the Community Association

and that capital projects

Tom Dalton joined the Board as

a new director.

can move forward as we are

able to raise funds for them.

As many will know, we have

put together a capital budget

plan that sees some need

and opportunity for changes

to the hall as the Eagle Bay

Park moves forward this fall.

Becoming a registered charity

also opens up opportunities

to work with the Shuswap

Foundation and broaden our

outreach to residents and

members who contribute to

that organization. In short,

being a registered charity will

add to the ways we can work

to provide amenities that continue

to build safe and active

community to live and visit.

As we look forward, residents

will continue to have

new ways of working and

planning activities and events

while improving on facilities

that bring us as a together as

a community. We welcome

your participation and hope

that as we revisit past activities

and consider new ventures,

you will join in to set

direction and offer support.

July 2021

By Karen Brown

Music in the Bay, the live summer concert series held on the

waterfront in Blind Bay, is returning. The popular weekly event

was sorely missed by the residents of the South Shuswap so organizers

are pleased that they are able to salvage most of the music

season this year.

“Receiving the go-ahead from the province that we were entering

Step 3 in our recovery process which allows for outdoor

gatherings up to 5,000 people was what we needed to hear to

bring back Music in the Bay”, says Rhys Laug, President of the

Arts Council for the South Shuswap, the host organization that

presents Music in the Bay each year. Laug adds “We will be

off to a later start this year, sometime toward the third or fourth

week of July, but the community should be able to look forward

to at least six great weeks of live music”.

Complimenting the live music is Market by the Bay, the

Music in the Bay Resumes

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popular outdoor community market also located on Centennial

Field in Blind Bay so attendees can take in both the market

and the live music each week. The market is a collaboration

between the Ats Council and the South Shuswap Chamber of

Commerce. Karen Brown, Executive Director for the Chamber

shares “We’ve been pretty astounded at how many exhibitors

have expressed interest to be a part of the market. It’s always

been a vision to combine a market with Music in the Bay and

it seems 2021 is the year that we can make this happen”. She

adds “We hosted a soft opening of the market on June 24th and

the response from the public was amazing. People were just

grateful to be out and about, mingling in a safe way and experiencing

that sense of community again”.

Market hours are 6:00 to 8:30 pm each Thursday on Centennial

Field. The live music starts at 6:30 each week and runs to

8:00 pm. Bring your chairs and blankets folks!



Community Hall

By James Clark

It’s been a long time coming but

we are looking forward to welcoming

you back to the Sunnybrae Community

Hall! The hall is now open and available

to rent.

For all updates, please head to the

Booking & Rentals page on our website


Any inquiries can be sent

to sunnybraecommunityassociation@ or give Robbie a call at 250

835 8657. All visitors and events will

be subject to the BC Covid-19 PHO

Orders at the time of your event. This

includes indoor and outdoor capacity

limits as we move through the stages

of the BC Restart program.

In other news a big congratulations

to the Sunnybrae Seniors Society

and all their volunteers for successfully

renovating the exterior of their

Community Hall and creating a beautiful

outdoor garden space full of vibrant

colour. Great to see so many contributions

from volunteers and Shuswap

businesses and on that note, we’d like

to say thank you too, for coming together

and supporting these Community


We will hopefully have more announcements

as the year moves forward.

Stay tuned for more familiar announcements

as things come back into

our lives... things like the Sunnybrae


Stay safe, stay cool, stay hydrated!

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Sorrento Centre - a Gathering Place for All

By Michael Shapcott, Executive Director

For nearly 60 years Sorrento Centre has been part of the

South Shuswap community. The wooden sign and shaded driveway

beside Sorrento Elementary School are almost unnoticeable

as you drive by. Look for our sign because just

down that driveway is one of the area’s hidden

gems. We are here, still vibrant, still growing,

still welcoming.

When hundreds of neighbours drove down

that driveway to discover Sorrento Centre for

the first time at the Interior Health mobile immunization

clinic set up on-site in June, many

exclaimed “I had no idea you are here!”. And

yet here we are! Another mentioned, “I think

you are a private church camp, right?” Yes, and

no. Sorrento Centre was indeed founded by progressive

visionaries within the Anglican Church

of Canada in 1963. Since then, the centre has

grown from offering church-based training to its

current role as a gathering place for all.

Summer in 2021 was officially welcomed

at an outdoor solstice gathering with

Secwepemc story-teller Kenthen Thomas and Wild Church BC,

and then two cycling groups from all over BC gathered for cycling

adventures and friendship, camping, and in the comfort of

our lodges. Quilters and musicians, dancers, and artists converge

at Sorrento Centre for retreats and courses every year. During

our busiest weeks, children make bubbles, tie-dye and play on

the beach while their parents attend courses. That’s a win for everyone!

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Every Wednesday in 2021 all summer long, the community

gathers for yoga on the beach. Imagine rolling your mat out

in the evening sun, with the lake lapping the shoreline close by

as you stretch and move guided by Lisa from Gratitude Yoga

studio. Visit for

details. At other times in the week, quiet meditations

are led by in-residence Buddhist-practitioners

under the beautiful trees on our 24-acre

campus. A walking labyrinth, a babbling fountain

in the meditation garden, and an impressive

outdoor chapel overlooking the lake offer many

spaces for spiritual growth.

If you have out of town guests this summer

and are looking for somewhere for them to

set up camp nearby, visit www.sorrentocentre.

ca/camping. Our family-oriented site has serviced

RV sites, tent sites in the forest (including

those with a view of Shuswap Lake), or maybe

“glamping” in one of the cozy cabanas. Take

advantage of several playfields, a large private

beach and a swim dock. If camping isn’t what

your family is looking for, we have comfortable

lodge rooms too.

We at Sorrento Centre are proud of our traditions of warmth

and inclusion in our welcome and generosity in our hospitality,

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Notch Hill School Celebration 100 years

By Barbra Fairclough

Another chapter of the story of the Notch Hill School was

told on June 25th when residents came out in record heat to enjoy

a celebration of the Notch Hill Schoolhouse 100 year anniversary.

Anna Marie Eckhart President of the Notch Hill Town Hall

Association and volunteers welcomed guests while standing

in the shade of the maple trees the children planted during the

school year 1936-37.

Miriam Leggett was the schoolteacher the final year the

school was open in 1971-72. Her story tells of having to stop

teaching for the sound of the train going by, then resume once

the train had passed. True to her story as Anna Marie was addressing

guests with a few welcoming words a train ambled by

and reminded every one

of the intimate history of

the CPR railway to the

establishment of Notch

Hill. Many of the students

at the school were children

of the families that

worked for the railway.

A cake cutting followed

with local pioneer

Anita Walters doing

the honors. Anita and her

husband Keith have been

long time members of the

Notch Hill Town Hall Association.

Walter was Anna Marie Eckhart welcomed guests


student in 1937-

38 and was part of

the planting that

the children did of

the Maples that today

provide shade

for guests attending

the celebration.

The church

and schoolhouse

were open with

original items

on display. The

Notch Hill Town

Hall was also

open with a walk

through display of

historical items that

told the story of the

Notch Hill Pioneer Anita Walters, School

Teacher Miriam Leggett, NHTHA President

Anna-Marie Eckhart

schoolhouse and the community at Notch Hill.

A silent action was held with the many items donated for

the occasion. Beverly Olinyk was the highest bidder of the

commemorative Notch Hill Schoolhouse quilt made and donated

by Anita Walters.

The auction raised over $1000 and several who attended

became new members. Some people came with their own stories

of the school. Anna Marie and the volunteers would like to

thank the Blind Bay Village Grocer for donating the cake, everyone

who offered their donations and came out to celebrate.




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Reedman Gallery Art and Gift

Show and Sale

By Jean Toker

July/August 2021 the Reedman Gallery hosts the Art and

Gift Show and Sale for the fifth year. The Blind Bay Memorial

Hall continues to support art in the community with the wonderful

Gallery space in the lower level which they first made

available in 2016 for the Local Artists and Artisans. This provided

a wonderful place to display a variety of work in a Gallery


2020 proved to be a major stumbling block with Covid

19 disrupting all our best efforts, however, this year 2021, the

group is once again ready to open to the public with appropriate

health protocols in place for public safety. We are excited

to welcome everyone back to see the wonderful art and gifts

that have been created this past year. We look forward to welcoming

you all back for another visit this summer.

Each year there are new members to the group as some

Artists leave and new ones take their place. This ensures that

there is always something new and exciting to see. We have

fibre artists, quilters, potters, sculptors, woodworkers, and

painters in every medium including oil, acrylic, alcohol inks,

watercolours, and mixed mediums.

This beautiful Shuswap area provides inspiration for our

Artists and Artisans year-round. We are thrilled to have the

Reedman Gallery Space to show residents and visitors to the

area this year’s creations. Our members will be changing up

the displays regularly so there is always something new to see.

We invite you to come in to browse and visit with the

Group members. A rewarding part of being a member of this

group is meeting and conversing with our many visitors from

all over the world. We have had the privilege of discussing our

art with visitors from New Zealand, Australia, England, Scotland,

Germany, Holland, Brazil, and Japan the United States,

as well as many others.

The Gallery is opening this year on Thursday, July 22nd

and will be open Thursday to Sunday until Sunday August 8th.

Hours are Thursdays 4 pm to 8 pm, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday

10:00am to 4:00pm.

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The Blind Bay Memorial Hall is located at 2510 Blind Bay

Road, right across from the Bayside Marina right in the heart of

Blind Bay.

The Gallery is air conditioned for your comfort, and there is

ample parking available in our lot, or you might just stop in after

a pleasant stroll or bike ride along Blind Bay Road. We look forward

to seeing you.

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Where neighbours become friends

By Shaunne Letourneau

IT’S OFFICIAL. We are able to open our outdoor sports

programs. Everyone is welcome to drop-in and play a round

of golf, get 2 to 4 friends together and play pickleball for a

couple hours or come by the Bocce Courts and give this outdoor

bowling a try.

Pickleball has regularly scheduled play and visitors are

welcome to join. Open mixed play is from 8-10 am Monday,

Wednesday and Friday and from 10-12am Monday to Saturday.

Want to play in the evening? Join us every evening except

Wednesday between 6 – 8 pm. Cost/person to play for

two hours is $7.

Want to give Bocce a try but not sure how to see if a

court is available and want more information about the rules

of play? This is a fun family activity and we have two courts

that can be booked. Go to

and click on Bocce on the front page; scroll down to the date

you are interested in and sign up! Rules are available from the

Greeter at the Kiosk found on the upper-level parking lot. The

fee is $7/person to play. Balls are provided.

Out of town (and local!) guests are welcome to play a

round on our golf course. This is a great course for family

play, beginners or those wanting to practice their short game.

No need to book a tee time and adult and child golf clubs

are available for rent for $5. Price to play 9 or 18 holes is the

same – a very reasonable $10 for adults. Children 12 and under

play for free when accompanied by a paying adult.

We’ve had our first post-COVID event! Our members

were welcomed back June 19 with a Beer and Burger event.

While we still had to restrict number of attendees due to

COVID, it sure felt great to be able to get together again. Fifty

of our members visited in their small groups and enjoyed a

burger or smokie on the front lawn. The event was sponsored

by the Cedar Heights Board and they did a fine job cooking

for the crowd.

Please check our website (www.cedarheightscommunity.

ca) for upcoming events, including sports tournaments. Many

are now in the planning stages and our event and program coordinators

are looking forward to welcoming members and

friends to a variety of activities at the Centre.

Have a safe and happy summer.

Arts Council for the

South Shuswap

By Jacquie Middlekoop

Market by the Bay

Market by the Bay hosted

by the South Shuswap Chamber

of Commerce kicks off in

the South Shuswap Thursday,

June 24th! Located at Centennial

Field in Blind Bay, this

vibrant market features over

70 local vendors. The exciting

Bodega Row features wine,

beer, ale and cider vendors.

Other vendors include artists,

artisans, crafts people, food

and drink vendors, community

groups, health and wellness

groups, recreation providers,

and clothing vendors. Come

on down every Thursday

night this summer from 6:00

PM to 8:30 PM and enjoy

background music from local


Art on the Green

Art on the Green is a

showcase of beautiful works

by local artists and artisans

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in our community. Visit the course at the

Cedar Heights Centre on August 28 from

10:00 am to 7:00 pm to see pieces in all

different mediums including painting,

pottery, fibre arts, photography, jewelry

and glasswork.

Shuswap Culture

Shuswap Culture is THE go-to calendar

for many area events and happenings

in the Shuswap! There is so much to

be enjoyed including markets, live music,

art displays, car shows, fundraiser events

and community celebrations! Check out

the calendar at

If you are a local organization that

is hosting an event this year, please visit

event-submission-form/ to have your

event uploaded to the SC Calendar.




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Paul Jackson is a year round resident of the North Shuswap.

With 28 years as a Professional Financial Planner, Paul is well suited to

help his clients with all of their Financial Planning needs. He uses a Model

Portfolio approach to investment management and would love to discuss

his process and track record with you!

Proven track record with Model Portfolio investing

Fee Based Advisor with a very reasonable fee structure

Independent (not tied to one institution)

Strong tax knowledge

Licensed in both BC and Alberta


Lowering Barriers to Accessing Dental Care

By Liz-Ann Munro Lamarre,

Dental Hygiene Provider

Lowering barriers to accessing dental care is a great idea,

with lukewarm reception: people don’t believe true barriers to

accessing dental care apply to them, and those who do think

there is nothing they can do about it anyway.

Most dental professionals are motivated to increase access

to excellent preventive dental care.

It is easy to see financial barriers to dental care: The perception

of high cost (associated with pain), having to take

time off work/school/care duties, and the yearly increase in fee

guides causing the cost of scaling to be up by some 50% in the

last decade. We are the people you love to hate...

On the other hand, what can be really expensive is meeting

a dental professional for the first time while being in pain

from a tooth. First appointments are typically more costly due

to the diagnostic procedures and examination required before

treatment, even without extra emergency fees tacked on.

And yet – what are the true costs of dental care? Without a

lot of x-rays, a first dental hygiene appointment typically costs

between $200 and $300, with maintenance appointments typically

between $100 - $200. Improved oral health means ability

to go longer between maintenance appointments. A preventive

dental maintenance cost of about $700 for the first year is

fairly common.

This buys not just stability – oral health – but your ability

to improve and keep your own oral health.

In comparison, smoking half a pack a day can cost over

$200 a month, that is $2400 a year.

So, booking for preventive dental care is a good thing,

much more cost-effective than repairs.

If you book with a charity which uses the funds generated

to help others with financial barriers, then you and someone

else are helped at the same time!

For more information contact Liz-Ann at Smile Mission Oral

Health Outreach Society

34 The South Shuswap Scoop July 2021

Hidden Places

Treasures Where the Wildfires Burned

Amanda Kilborn - special delivery

By Jerre Paquette

Amanda Kilborn started her life in

Cambridge Ontario and moved to B.C.

in 2017, starting out in Tappen, then

in Blind Bay. As a young girl, she often

shopped with her mom, cruising up

and down the aisles, tempted by all the

treats. But, unusually, it was not the fruits

or candies that she insisted her mother

buy—it was mushrooms! Weird, yes?

But that preference served her very

well in the end and led to her role as a

highly creative food producer that benefits

both her and those of us who love

exciting and nutritious natural foods—

and if you live close by you may be lucky

enough to enjoy her special way of delivering

fresh creatively designed breads,

cinnamon buns, and much more. Don’t

despair, though—you can find her and her

creations at the Sorrento Farmers’ Market

every Saturday during the market season.

From a very early age, it was natural

for her to want to go beyond store supplies

to fruit picking, often right in her

back yard and neighbourhood—blueberries,

raspberries, apples, cherries, and

just “things that grew sort of wild outside,

things that grew on a bush or tree,

that weren’t just sitting in boxes in food

aisles.” But she wasn’t yet aware she

didn’t need to be always looking up to

find good wild foods: she could look to

the ground for her very favourite food—

the mushrooms. That awareness would

happen later.

Ultimately, she learned that finding

all the “various ways of bringing food

and the outdoors into my life” would

make her so much less dependent upon

others while, ironically, introducing her

to a whole new social community.

It’s not surprising that early in her

life she identified herself as a food explorer

and picker. Her childhood heritage

style home and garden provided

ready access for her and her father to apples,

raspberries, blueberries, rhubarb,

and more—in her mind “wild food”. She

soon became a regular ‘picker’ right at

home and a bit beyond, in the local bushes

where she discovered others who fan-

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cied themselves as pickers, a discovery

that perhaps prepared her for the wild

food camps she would eventually discover

upon leaving Ontario.

Amanda recalls that

her first true “adventures

of food foraging

started in northern BC

and the Yukon picking

morel mushrooms,”

a preoccupation she

brought with her to the


Foraging in the notso-well-known


camps provided her

with a unique social life,

too, up in the hills far

away from cities. These

camps were built by opportunistic

food hunters

on burnt-out wildfire

sites favoured by morel


Her experience hunting for “natural

treasures” resulted in her determination to

make it a full-time operation for herself.

She replaced her traditional 9-5 job with

her preferred lifestyle of a forager/cook/

salesperson/marketer. She now viewed

food as simultaneously nurturing, communal,

and commercial.

The morel mushroom camps enabled

a lot of people to take charge of their

own lives. Amanda and her new-found,

diverse companions foraged for the

foods that mattered to them, developed

their own unique recipes, shared them

with whosoever they wanted, and joined

in special conversations that wouldn’t

likely surface anywhere else for them.

In a sense, foraging in B.C.’s various

hidden places led to the discovery

of unexpected treasures, including people

keen on differentiating themselves

in unexpected ways. Wild food worth

its weight in gold brought not only them

all together. The commercial food buyers

were well aware of this unique food

chain supply: they were right there, in

the camps, waiting for the foragers to

sell as much of their bounty as they

didn’t need for themselves. Amanda

turned this into a full-time business.

Today, her foraging takes her about

an hour’s drive from

Blind Bay and she

takes her unsold foraged

wild foods home

to prepare for her family

and to sell at our

local farmers’ market

in Sorrento. She

doesn’t stop there,

though—she developed

special cooking

skills, unique recipes,

and a website that features

her bounty of

foraged foods, her recipes,

some of her stories,

and an opportunity

for all of us to buy

her wild foods and amazing

breads you just won’t

find in the big food outlets (see her creations

at https://forest-and-food-fixation. And, of course, you’ll find

expressions of Amanda’s own personality

and creative talents stirred right into her

foods or baked into the beautiful buns and

crusts of her breads.

Morel Mushrooms

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Wills & Estates

Conveyancing * Family Law

Chase office is open Thursdays

by appointment only

#4 - 834 Shuswap Ave


If my body was a car,

I’d trade it in for a

newer model.

Cause everytime I

cough or sneeze,

my radiator leeks and

my exhaust backfires.


My Living Will

Last night, my kids and I were sitting in the

living room and I said to them, I never want

to live in a vegetative state, dependent on

some machine and fluids from

a bottle.

If that ever happens, just pull

the plug.’

They got up, unplugged the

computer and threw out my wine!!

36 The South Shuswap Scoop July 2021

Business Scoop - e-Commerce Reality

By Rob Marshall

In this fast-changing world, people

are becoming increasingly computer-savvy.

It’s hard to come across anyone these

days who hasn’t purchased something online

during the last month. Gone are the

days when some seniors didn’t have a cell

phone, let alone a smartphone. Seniors today,

especially amid the current pandemic

are learning to live, at least a little, in the

Cloud. And some are embracing it with

verve. Younger seniors of course grew up

in the age of the computer – a professional

65-year-old will have been using computers

for most of his or her career.

The reality is that with the Cloud, the

sheer level of consumer connectedness of

your customers is staggering. The internet

and particularly social media is affecting

the way we all decide what, where, when,

and from whom we buy. Go into any store

and you will see someone with their cell

phone checking product reviews and prices.

If you are not managing your company’s

online presence, then it is managing

your business. All businesses, even micro-enterprises,

have an online presence.

The question is, who is controlling that

presence? Is it you, or is it your customers?

Worse still, could it be your competition?

The retail world is shrinking; our customers

can just as easily check prices in

Ontario and Hong Kong, as they can with

your competitor next door. Considering

the amount of time we are being forced to

spend at home these days, the online buying

trend is in full flood. Most of us have

a website, but if that’s all we have then

it’s like riding a Tsunami wave on a Boogie


On an unadjusted basis, retail e-commerce

sales reached a record high in December

2020, increasing by over twothirds

(+69.3%) year over year to $4.7

billion by the end of 2020. In comparison,

total unadjusted retail sales increased

5.9% on a year-over-year basis in December.

E-commerce accounted for 7.8% of

total retail trade in December – the largest

share since May 2020. The rise in e-commerce

sales coincided with an uptick in

the number of retailers reporting shutdowns

in December.

The pandemic

has distorted the e-commerce trend

a little, although it is still trending upward

despite a small drop at the beginning

of the year. On an unadjusted basis,

retail e-commerce sales were up 92.0%

year-over-year to $3.1 billion in February,

accounting for 6.8% of total retail trade.

The share of e-commerce out of total retail

sales was 1.3 percentage points lower

in February. This was in response to more

brick-and-mortar stores being allowed to

open their doors to in-person shopping. On

a seasonally adjusted basis, retail e-commerce

fell 5.7% in February.

What can you do?

So, e-commerce is growing but it is

still only a fraction of total retail sales.

You have time to build an effective e-commerce

strategy. It’s a lot like a business

plan and a marketing strategy combined,

but focused on your online presence. First,

you need to analyze your competition and

your customers and check out their online

presence. Know your market. How

are they promoting themselves, how are

they purchasing? Widen this out and look

at what your industry’s leaders are doing.

Consider how you will manage supply and

distribution if you begin to sell online. Review

your brand – does it work as effectively

in an online environment?

In this article we can only touch on

some of the areas you need to look at, but

we urge you to Google, “10 Tips to develop

a successful e-commerce strategy” by

Sarah Barkan. It will give you a good head


Rob Marshall is the Executive

Director of Community Futures

Shuswap. For more small business tips

and resources, visit



July 2021

Citizens Encouraged

to Participate in

Internet Speed Test

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CSRD Release

The federal government may think

your Internet speed is good. But what

do you think?

Many BC communities, including

those in the Columbia Shuswap Regional

District (CSRD), have raised concerns

that the federal data on broadband

Internet speeds may not accurately reflect

the speeds experienced in homes,

businesses, and other locations.

This data is important because it is

used to determine eligibility for connectivity

funding programs to improve


A key step in this process is to

identify which communities in BC have

noted inconsistencies between the 50/10

Mbps Internet speed that federal maps

indicate should be available, versus actual

Internet speeds currently experienced

by residents and businesses in the


CSRD residents, businesses and

community stakeholders can help ensure

the correct data for Internet speed

is recorded by taking part in a simple

Canadian Internet Registration Authority

(CIRA) test.

CSRD Directors are encouraging

all residents to take part in the speed

test. The more responses received from

different locations across the region, the

more accurate the broadband Internet

speed data will be. The test can be taken

multiple times in multiple locations, as

Internet speed may vary.

The speed test can be accessed at

Columbia Shuswap Regional District

Directors stress how important this

issue is to the region, as access to highspeed

Internet services improves access

to healthcare, education, culture, public

safety and economic activity.

The CSRD already has data showing

local Internet speeds are lower in

some areas than the federal data indicates.

With the full support of the

Board, the regional district is participating

in the independent study being

conducted by the Ministry of Citizens’

Services, Union of BC Municipalities,

and Northern Development Initiative

Trust. Information and data analysis

will take place this spring and summer

with reporting of study results expected

in fall 2021.

Blind Bay Memorial Hall Open for

Activities Events

By Barbra Fairclough

The hall is open! Blind Bay Painters are back on Tuesdays and if you are an instructor,

we have room for yoga, dance, or exercise group. Please give Agnes a call if

you are thinking of hosting your group and need a place to meet.

For weddings, birthday, reunions, or gatherings you will find the Blind Bay Hall,

conveniently located and spacious. Message on FB online or call Agnes (250 253

5200) to find out how the Blind Bay Memorial Hall will fit with your plans. Bookings

are coming in now that pandemic guidelines are changing, call early to avoid


38 The South Shuswap Scoop July 2021

Our Visit To The Iconic Shark Shack And Some Fun Facts! …

By Margaret McCormick

The news that the Shark Shack, the iconic floating

restaurant in Cinnemousun Narrows was up for sale

made the news! Owner Geoff Lightle told us he

definitely had his fifteen minutes of fame back in

May when the realtor released the details of the offer.

Global BC, MSN and the Georgia Straight among

multiple other media picked up the story.

Keen to find out the story behind the story, (and make

sure that despite the sale the Shark Shack would remain in

the Shuswap) we jumped in our boat and headed to the Narrows

on Opening Day to

meet with Geoff and enjoy

some Shark Shack

Shuswap hospitality.

Perhaps surprising

to readers, although we

have lived on the lake for

five years, this was our

first trip to the Shack although

not for want of

trying. Every time we

had ventured near the

floating restaurant, we

were thwarted by boat parking

and Geoff told us that is their biggest challenge!

Originally opening in 2008 as Upper Deck Subs, the business

at that time was a single barge with an order window and

simple sandwich kitchen on the lower deck, with the upper deck

just for seating. When the Lightle family bought the business a

number of years later, they made many upgrades including

adding the accommodation barge, upgrading the kitchen

and the upper deck bar and eating area we know and

love today. Geoff took over from his parents four

years ago and has steadily been making further tweaks

and improvements to ensure that guests and staff all

have a great experience. We learned that he has even become

somewhat of a retail expert choosing all the really fun

Shark Shack logo products that are for sale in the cute gift store.

When asked why the Shark Shack is up for sale, Geoff

was honest in his appraisal that he felt he has taken the Shack

as far as he could and

he would love to see a

new investor evolve the

family vision. Geoff

has another very active

commercial greenhouse

business (don’t

forget the SS is seasonal

operation) which is

also requiring more of

his time. As far as he

is concerned, the Shark

Shack is here to stay in

the Shuswap and he’s excited

to observe its future under new ownership.

Until then, he’s happily running the show with capable support

from his team including Chef Brody who has a stake in the

business and is passionate about providing the best food he can.

You can just imagine how challenging it is to create and cook

Aerial photo of the Shark Shack at Cinnemousun Narrows taken with Margaret’s Drone

July 2021

on a barge with supplies and storage

a premium. When we stopped

in to visit the immaculate kitchen,

we were greeted by an all Canadian

staff heralding from Ontario, Alberta

and of course BC. Everyone was

super excited about the new menu

and we were told we MUST try the

new Surfers Sandwich, house chicken

(freshly made), served on toasted

rye bread with arugula,

roasted red pepper,

Monterey Jack cheese

and house made basil


Fun Facts About

the Shark Shack

Sited as Canada’s

Only Floating Restaurant

(we know, the Mc-

Barge keeps re-surfacing

but nothing yet!).

• All staff live on board

in close but comfortable

hostel style accommodation and

head to shore on their days off.

• Over 50% of staff return annually

citing it as the best job ever (we

met the lovely Steph who is enjoying

her 4th year on the SS).

• When docking and undocking

you are met by concierge style

skilled deck hands who give even

the most beginner operator confidence.

• The Shark Shack chef Brody has

been with Geoff for a number

of years and loves creating new

menu items (check them out!!).

• The Shark Shack is anchored by a

10,000 lb cement block!

We absolutely loved our first

visit to the Shark

Shack and we believe

that regardless

of ownership, it

will continue to be

a memorable part

of Shuswap life delighting

guests from

all corners of the

Shuswap and the


Further information

is available on

their website https:// and Instagram


You can find Taste of the

Shuswap on Instagram @TasteoftheShuswap

and on our website

Please follow along with us!

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Play to Create at

A Mixed Bag of Art

By Paige Romyn, age 13

We can choose our lives or at least

certain aspects, why not choose to create. At

AMixedBagOfArt you can find your voice in your

art. Kids create the most amazing pieces, let your

child come in and create. Enjoy the fun, feel the

joy of getting messy with sketch/paint.

The students have been working in

watercolour and on landscapes, referencing

from photos (the goal is to stay focused and be

mindful). The challenge set out last month was

graphing an image to enlarge it for the sketch,

this helps to focus on one area at a time, making

it less intimidating. Students then have the

freedom to paint the image with watercolours or

acrylic paints.

Joke for the month: If you pour ice on

a hotdog, does it become a chili dog?

Look for us at the Blindbay

Market in July and August, Thursdays 6:00 to

8:30 pm


40 The South Shuswap Scoop July 2021

Volunteer Joan O’Brien is retiring

• Available Suites from $2050 per month

• Home Cooked Meals

• Housekeeping

• Social Calendar

• 24-7 Staff

• Assisted Living Services Available

Carlin Hall

By Jane Stephenson

IT’S HOT! It’s getting hotter. By distribution

time, we hope this heat wave will have

broken. We will have to remind ourselves of

these temperatures when winter whining begins!


The Carlin Hall Community Association

held its AGM on June 27, 2021. There is always

business to attend to and Zoom meetings

are no different.

However, this meeting

had a very special moment. Joan

O’Brien, long time Tappen resident, Carlin

Hall Board member, volunteer extraordinaire,

and creator of the best coffeehouse culinary

selections in the province (maybe even the

whole country), made the decision to retire.

Joan is one of the founding members of the

Association and has a vast knowledge of

the history of Carlin Hall. Her contributions

over the years have helped make

Carlin the welcoming place that it remains


She leaves huge shoes to be filled

and her insights and guidance at our

meetings will be missed. The Board and

Association members thank Joan for the

many hours of volunteer time she has so

generously given to Carlin Hall.

Following the review of the agenda

items, the slate of directors for the upcoming

year was established. The directors

for 2021/22 are: Don Cavers, Diane

Jewell, Larry Stephenson, Tori Jewell,

and Randy Baytaluke.

The Board is looking forward to

sharing some event news as soon as possible.

With Covid protocols changing,

the Board is optimistic that by August

and into the fall, we will all be able to

meet at the Hall to share in some much

needed/wanted live music events and

gatherings. Do stay tuned and follow

along at You can check on

the status of possible events on Facebook

and Instagram as well.

Lastly, there have been two music

Jam groups at Carlin Hall for many

years. Beginners and beyond have

shared their time, meeting new friends

and developing a further love of music.

The Board is hopeful that these groups

will be able to continue in person in the

fall. These folks have been incredibly

supportive; especially during the pandemic

restrictions. Their donations for

the virtual coffeehouses, all of which

have gone to keeping bills paid, are appreciated

more than they know. The

Board is grateful to each and every one

of these members. Thank you.

Until next time, continue to be safe,

stay well, and look after one another.


July 2021

By Judi Kembel

We are happy to announce that our weekly meat draws will

resume on September 3 at the Copper Island Bar and Grill. We

look forward to seeing you there again.

Beginning July 3, we will be serving up our famous pancake

breakfasts every other week at the Sorrento Farmers’ Market.

The cost will be by donation for pancakes, sausages and


We will be holding our annual Garage Sale at the Sorrento

Memorial Hall from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm on Saturday August 7.

A cheque presentation was made to the South Shuswap

Health Centre Clinic on June 8 in the amount of $1,000.

We were also

pleased to present

Sorrento Elementary

School with a

cheque for $1,100

on June 25 for

their new sensory

movement decals.

The indoor sensory/movement

path is like a circuit

that students

will go through

using a variety of

movements to develop

motor skills

Cheque presentation made to the Sorrento

Elementary School. Pictured are Lion Wayne

Kembel, Principal Jodi Garries,

and Lion Judi Kembel.

Sorrento Lions Club

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like balance, hand-eye coordination, and spatial

awareness. The activities give children a brain

break, helping them to sit still and focus for longer

periods of time in the classroom.

We would appreciate any ideas our community may have so

that we may continue serving you the best we can. You can send

your ideas to .

Please – our club is aging and we really need new members.

If you are interested in helping your community, please consider

joining our club. We meet on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the

month (September to June) at 6:45 pm at the Sorrento Memorial

Hall. If you are over 19 years of age (male or female) and would

like more information

about becoming

a Lion, please

contact the Sorrento

Lions Club at

our email address:

We would

love to hear from

you! Check out

our website at

Cheque presentation to the South Shuswap Health

Centre Clinic. Pictured are Lion Judi Kembel,

Sue McCrae, Lions Hans Schmidt

and Wayne Kembel.

sorrentobc/ .


42 The South Shuswap Scoop July 2021


Re: A Response to a Letter to the Editor

In the June Scoop a letter to the Editor claimed the Provincial

Offer for a new municipality in our area was not enough.

While I certainly respect and listen to public opinions, let’s be

sure the facts are correct. So here are factual corrections to that


1. The letter writer says the $6,000,000 offer is “petty change”.

According to the Assistant Deputy Minister, this offer is

much better than those made to other communities considering

incorporation. Over 30 municipalities in BC have accepted

a similar or lesser offer from the Province to incorporate.

2. The offer for road resurfacing is $1,400,000, not $700,000

as noted in the letter. This will result in 24 km or about 1/3

of our paved roads rated as poor or very poor being resurfaced.

3. In the letter funds are deducted from the Provincial Offer,

because they are for roads. But, we pay BC Rural taxes for

road maintenance which for the incorporated study area is

about $800,000 annually. With MoTI managing our roads

for 5 years and with the elimination of the BC Rural Tax for

the incorporated area, we are receiving services that would

cost us $4,000,000, for free. Instead of sending these funds

to Victoria, after 5 years a new municipality will have over

Do you own waterfront property on

Shuswap or surrounding lakes?

Stay informed with SWOA

Shuswap waterfront owners are faced with new and changing

regulations from all levels of government.

• We successfully lobbied local and provincial governments to

allow for larger docks.

• We advocate for waterfront owners rights and keep our

members informed of their responsibilities

• We continue to monitor the activities on the Shuswap Watershed

Council and stress responsible use of taxpayers dollars

• We actively support local and provincial efforts to prevent

the introduction of Zebra and Quagga mussels to BC.

• Our board members have over 300 years of experience on

the Shuswap, and are familiar with issues like the new

changes to the Federal Fisheries Act

• We continue to keep our members updated on the status of

buoys and their removal

A two year membership of $50 will help you to stay current on

issues, give you access to expert advice and to the SWOA website

with information on lake regulations associated with living and

building on the lake.

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$6,300,000 in reserve accounts for road maintenance.

These funds will allow for further road improvements we

couldn’t do otherwise.

4. It’s true 98% of our current tax base is residential; but, a

good way to attract new businesses is to reduce commercial

tax rates, an option available to incorporated municipalities,

but not to Regional Districts. Our commercial tax

rate is higher than neighbouring municipalities.

5. The letter claims we will have additional expenses for water

and sewers, a Police Station, fire hall and municipal

building. The facts are we already have 2 fire halls in our

area funded locally and don’t require more at this time. Incorporation

status has no effect on whether we have sewers,

and we already fund our water services. The RCMP

pays a lease back to the City of Salmon Arm for their

building; so, this may be a revenue source over the long

term rather than an expense. For a community of 4700 it

would be preferable for police to respond locally to calls

rather than drive from Chase or Salmon Arm. A new municipal

hall is factored into the municipal financial projections,

as are increases in fire, water and parks reserves. By

the end of 2027, reserve funds in a new municipality will

be $13,779,000. This is more than sufficient reserve funding

for a new municipality, including a new hall.

6. The letter suggests there is no land for commercial development

in our area. In fact, there are hundreds of acres of

non-ALR land in our area.

7. The letter suggests the workload representing Area C is

too much for one director. The fact is that Area C is one of

the most populous electoral areas in BC with 8000 people

and yet we have the same vote in non-financial matters

as an electoral area with 400 or 500 hundred. We contribute

about 32% of taxes collected by the CSRD, but only

have 9% of votes for non-financial and 15% for financial

matters, so we are significantly under-represented. The

question all of us need to consider carefully is whether our

community would be better off with a local Mayor and

Council and dedicated staff versus remaining in the Regional

District as an electoral area based on the facts.

8. Finally, at the June 3rd meeting revised Tax Notices

showed with the Provincial Offer factored in, that property

tax on an average home in Cedar Heights in year 1 was

$1.19 less with incorporation than with the default option

of splitting into 2 electoral areas.

Again, I would strongly encourage everyone to participate

in the upcoming community consultation process and to

get all of the facts before you decide on how you’re going to

vote. You can find all of the information on the CSRD website,

and more will be forthcoming soon in the Scoop and


The opinions expressed here are those of the author and

do not necessarily represent those of the CSRD

Board or staff or the Sorrento-Blind Bay Incorporation


Paul Demenok

What`s the SCOOP in your neck of the

woods? Let us know!

Email at or

Call at 250.463.2611

Call at 250-515-2830

July 2021

Shuswap Overland Adventures

The Lower Flume

By Jason Lutterman

Normally I like to start an article by

sharing a thought, or a quote.

Something simple to break the ice

and bring us together but sitting here

staring at a thermometer with no room

left to rise, I’ve drawn a blank. My only

thought is I need to be outside and closer

to the water. I get so wrapped up in looking

for new trails and hidden gems that I

forget about some of our landmark trails.

It was to my benefit that when I mentioned

we should get our packs and head

out that the reply was “lower flume”?

The Lower section of the Historic

Flume Trail was a perfect choice.

While the upper section seems to get

most of the attention, the lower portion

of the trail is a true underdog.

The trail brings both hikers

and obsessive fly fisherman

together. There are countless

places along the trail to

access the river. Though this

time of year the flow is strong

and the water levels high and

like anywhere near water,

caution is a good thing to carry

with you.

Today the rod and reel

stayed home and the dogs

came along. Every bend in the trail was

like seeing an old friend, spots I had long

forgotten about looked better than they

ever had. I have developed a bond with

that river, it has hosted countless moments

and memories for me that will

outlast anything money can buy. Sitting

on the riverbank where old cache

pits and pit houses used to sustain the

Secwepemc people through the frigid

winters. It’s a world class moment to

wade in the waters with native pictographs

painted on the rocks and the remains

of a pit house as your backdrop.

Yet 15 minutes from my door this

is a common reality. Our goal was to

visit the bay at the west end of one of

the trails. The last leg of the trail before

the bay is as scenic as it gets, white water

pushing by as the mossy trail breaks

into smooth rocks wrapped in tangled


A small wooden bridge leads down

into the bay where you can look back

at the trail and a bench built in just the

right spot to see everything. A place

I’m sure that if it could speak would

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have many stories to tell. I know right

now you’re picturing it in your head but

why not make the 15 minute drive and

see something you‘ll never forget. Grab

a leash, a backpack and forget the rest of

your obligations at home. It’s time to hit

the trail.

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Community Events Calendar


Bear Spray Workshop - White Lake Community

Hall at 10:30 am on Sat. July 10. Hosted

by WildSafeBC and Shuswap Trail Alliance.

How to avoid an encounter with wildlife,

what bear spray is, and practice using inert

spray. Advanced registration required:

Walk in Mobile Immunization Clinic -

July 9 & 10 for first doses. Shuswap Lake

Estates, 2404 Centennial Drive, Blind Bay,

11 am - 6 pm.

Spy Camp - July 12 - 16, 9 am to 12 pm for K-

12yr olds at River of Life Community Church.

Games, crafts, snacks. To register: https://

1st Annual Shuswap Fishing Derby on July

17, 6:30 am to 3:30 pm. Catch and Release

Rainbow Trout only. For more information,

tickets and registration,

See ad on page 19

Red Cross Swimming Lessons - Sessions for

preschool to level 10 at Shuswap beaches.

FMI, to see schedule or to register, go to

South Shuswap Library - Summer Reading

Club 2021: Crack the Case this summer.

FREE. Register online at or

pick up your package in branch. Complete

all challenges and enter to win a grand prize.

Take Stella the dog on an adventure. Show

us with a poster, video or picture collage on

what you and Stella encountered this summer.

Please have submissions in by August

20. Take and make bags will be available for

weeks of July 10, 17, 24, 31 and Aug. 10.

Supplies limited to 25 bags per week. First

come first serve. Weekly contests and prizes

to be won.

Pancake Breakfast - Sorrento Lions will be

serving up their famous pancake breakfasts

every other Saturday at the Sorrento

Farmers’ Market. By donation for pancakes,

sausages and juice.

Reedman Gallery Arts and Crafts Show and

Sale - July 22- August 8, Thurs 4-8, Fri, Sat,

Sun 9-4pm, 2510 Blind Bay Road (Blind Bay

Hall). Contact Maureen for details 250 675

2422. See ad on page 26.

South Shuswap Transportation Society

AGM - July 26, 7 to 8:30pm at Shuswap

Lake Estates Lodge. All are welcome to

learn more about non-profit volunteer

driving service. Guest speaker Dr. Melany

Dyer. FMI See

ad on page 12

Music in the Bay - Live concert series at the

waterfront in Blind Bay, resumes 3rd or 4th

week of July. Thursdays at Centennial Field,

6 to 8pm. In connection with Market by the

Bay. Bring a lawn chair. See Market by the

Bay ad on page 4 and Music in the Bay ad

on page 10

Adventure Passport- A guide to the west

end of Shuswap Lake. Offers a variety of

activities and experiences. Look for this in

mid-July at the Chase Visitor Centre and

the Visitor Kiosks throughout the North and

South Shuswap.

Garage Sale - Sorrento Lions Club at Sorrento

Memorial Hall from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm

on Saturday August 7.

Art on the Green - Juried art event. August

28, outside at Cedar Heights golf course.

Also looking for volunteers. FMI

Copper Island Health Centre - Call 250-675-

2196 for a Doctor’s appointment. Mobile

Lab, Foot Care, Dental Clinic and more.

Keep up to date by checking our calendar at Located at Blind

Bay Marketplace

Sorrento & Area Health Centre - Dr. Terry

Clare is avail. on Mons & Tues. Call 250-675-

2167 to book an appt. with the Dr. or Nurse

practitioner. Acupuncturist, Elanie McLeod,

seeing patients in June on Wed and Fri by

appointment. 250-833-5899.

AA Meetings - Blind Bay: Sat 10am at

Our Lady of the Lake Church. Sorrento-Online

Zoom Meeting, Mon 8pm FMI



Garage Sale - July 10 and 11, 9:00 am - 4:00

pm. All proceeds to N.S. Historical Society

and N.S. Community Association. Large

variety of items. 3730 Zinck Rd.

Car Cruise - Interior Car clubs cruising to the

Scotch Creek Hub for lunch. July 10, noon to


Colossal 50/50 Online Lottery - North

Shuswap Lions in support of trails & pathways

on the North Shuswap. Win up to


Live Music at the Hub - Music Game Night

with Angie Heinze on Thursdays at 5pm.

Henry Small & Friends Wednesdays at 6 pm,

Cod Gone Wild July 9, 6-8 pm, Liz Blair - Live

with John Treichel July 10, 5 pm, Jan Kudelka

& Jon Treichel. An evening with Janis Joplin

July 16, 5 pm, Richard Graham’s Backbeats

July 23, 6 pm, Visit

for details.

Interpretive Walk-About tours - Tsútswecw

Provincial Park, Each Weds. to Aug. 25.

Tours are free, donations are welcome. Interpretive

cabin now open, Sat. Sun. Wed.

Fri. & holidays. Jerry’s Ranger Program,

every Weds. 1 to 3pm. Salmon Sunday from

1 to 3pm.

Lakeview Community Centre Society Raffle

- Electric bike, portable BBQ and a helicopter

ride. Buy tickets now. 1000 tickets.Tony 778-

765-1506 or Darla 250-299-2158 or


Aug. 14 at 2pm.


Nature Nurture and Nine - Join us for a

full day retreat and enjoy a mix of yoga,

golf, culture, relaxation, and Shuswap

inspired cuisine at Quaaout Lodge and Spa.

For booking inquiries contact mmutch@ Patio GraCnd Opening at

Quaaout Lodge & Spa on July 8th. For more

information and reservations, contact 250-

679-3090. See ad on page 23

Tuesday Night Live at Safety Mart Foods in

Chase- This second annual live music event

on Tuesdays in August from 6 to 8pm at

Safety Mart Foods in Chase (observing and

pending Provincial Health Officer advisory

on Covid-19 restrictions).Aug 3: Rollie and

band, Aug 10: Mountain Mamas, Aug 17:

David Allan & Lorn McCausland, Aug 24:

Henry Small & band. More news to come in

August Scoop.

Chase Minor Hockey registration open.

FMI contact Amanda at amandakozak@

Chase Curling Club - Interested in curling

this fall? Contact Janice @ 250-679-4471


Pioneer Day - July 11 at R.J. Haney Heritage

Village 8am to 2pm. Come dressed in costumes

from the era and enter the costume

contest for prizes! Old-fashioned races and

games like toss eggs and tug-a-war, old-fashioned

midway games, wagon rides, petting

zoo, and more. Admission at the gate.

Villains and Vittles Dinner Theatre - Shows

every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday

evenings in July and August and a special

matinee performance on Thursday, August

19 at R.J. Haney Village. Check-in starts at

5:00 pm. Home-cooked dinner with all the

pioneer fixings. FMI or to reserve your tickets,

call 250-832-5243.

Annual Car Show - Aug. 8, 8:30am to 2pm at

R.J. Haney Heritage Village. over 100 classic

cars, entertainment, food and fun for the

whole family.

Summer Shoe Box Fun - Wednesdays until

Aug. 12, 11 am to 1 pm at Ross Street plaza.

Free activity and fun surprises for kids.

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


Tsuts’weye Workshops - Register: info@ FMI about upcoming workshops

and business support go to https:// Lunchtime Connections -

2nd & 4th Tues. of the month from 12:00

- 1:00 pm.

CSRD Board Meeting - Thursday, July 15,

10:00 am. Pre-register at

Agenda available approximately one week in

advance of the meeting.

Altered States II - broadcast on the ROOTS

andBLUES website on Aug. 13 and 14 starting

at 7 p.m. No tickets required.


Tuesday & Wednesday, 7 - 8:15 pm / Topics

vary. Register at:

CSRD Learn how you FireSmart - Watch 30

minute online webinar. Pre-register at www. 1-888-248-2773 See ad

on page 31.

Fresh Trax - 16-week business launching pad

for youth age 15-29. Explore your self-employment

options and get your business

going. Learn more & apply for first intake


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Clubs & Organizations

Arts Council for the South Shuswap

Karen Brown 250-515-3276

Blind Bay Bridge Club

Vicki 250-675-2141,

Blind Bay Community Society


Blind Bay Painters

Trudy Grigg cell 403-934-0503, home


Blind Bay Garden Club

Susan 250-835-2351 or

Donald 778-490-5008

Carlin Country Market

Angela Inskip 250-833-2094,

Carlin Elementary Middle School PAC

Angela Inskip 250-833-2094,

Chase Fish & Game Club

Helen 250-679-8019

Copper Island Seniors Resource

Services (CISRS)

(beside Spinnake r Cafe) 250-675-


CRIMESTOPPERS 1-800-222-8477

CSRD Area C Director

Paul Demenok 250-517-0810,

Emergency Support Services

Cathy Semchuk and Tom Hansen 250-


Sorrento Recycling Depot

1164 Passchendaele Rd

(parking lot of Fire Hall #1)

Community Hall Information

Please check with your local community hall for more information about future events

Blind Bay Memorial Hall

2510 Blind Bay Rd. 250-675-3139 Facebook: Blind Bay

Memorial Hall & Reedman Gallery.


Carlin Hall

4051 Myers Rd. Tappen.

To book call Marcha Adams 250-835-8577.

Cedar Heights Community Association

2316 Lakeview Drive, Blind Bay 250-675-2012

Copper Island Health & Wellness Centre

2417 Golf Course Dr.

Blind Bay Market 250-675-3661


Eagle Bay

4445 Eagle Bay Rd., Chief Alan Rendell,


Sorrento Hall #1

1164 Passchendale Road,

Chief Gary Hoult 250-675-3555,

Sorrento Hall #2

2505 Greer Rd., Chief

Gary Hoult 250-675-4441,


3732 Sunnybrae-Canoe Point Rd.,

Chief Marc Zaichkowsky


White Lake

3607 Parri Rd., Chief Bryan Griffin


Fire Services CoordinatorA

Sean Coubrough 250-833-5955


Debbie Edwards,

GT Dragon Boat Society

Susan Eisenberger 250-803-6864,


South Shuswap Health Services

Society Sue McCrae 250-675-3661,

Wed, Thu & Fri Noon to 4pm

Sat & Sun 10am - 4pm

Stat Holidays Closed

Recycling Depots

Sorrento Health Centre


Sorrento Health Centre Society

Eldene Lindberg 250 675 4168

Lions Club / Web: Sorrento

Lions Club - Lions e-Clubhouse

Neighbourhood Emergency Preparedness

Cathy Semchuk and Tom Hansen


North/ South Shuswap Comm. Resource, Leigh 250-515-4682

Notch Hill Cemetery Society

Louise 250-253-5776


Acciona Infrastructure Maintenance Inc -

1-866 222-4204, Vernon Moti


Okanagan Regional Library (ORL)

South Shuswap

Leigh Schaffer 250-675-4818,

Shuswap Better at Home

Central Intake 250-253-2749,

Shuswap Community Foundation 250-


Shuswap Emergency Program

Cathy Semchuk and Tom Hansen 250-


Shuswap Hospice Society

250-832-7099, 250-675-2568


Eagle Bay Community Hall

4326 Eagle Bay Rd.

Hall rentals: 250-675-3136

Library (ORL) South Shuswap Branch

Blind Bay Market. 250-675-4818

Notch Hill Town Hall

1639 Notch Hill Rd. Pres. Anna-Marie Eckhart

250-804-3374. Check us out on Facebook

Shuswap Lake Estates Community Centre



250-675-2523, Many more events on webpage

Sorrento Drop in Society

1148 Passchendaele Rd. 250-675-5358

Tappen Co-op Recycling Depot

4828 Trans Canada Hwy

Sorrento Lions Club

Sorrento Memorial Hall, 1150 Passchendaele Rd.

Sunnybrae Community Hall

3595 Sunnybrae Canoe Point Rd.

Hall Rentals - Rob Milne: 250-835-8657

Sunnybrae Seniors Hall

3585 Sunnybrae Canoe Pt. Rd.,

Maddie Welch 250-803-8890

White Lake Community Hall

3617 Parri Road 250-803-4616

DISCLAIMER – The information in this publication is carefully gathered & compiled to ensure maximum accuracy. The South Shuswap Scoop 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.

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Shuswap Lake Aero Modelers

1-866-293-3851, /

Shuswap Theatre Society

South Shuswap Chamber of Commerce

Karen Brown 250-515-0002,

Shuswap Volunteer Search & Rescue

Luke Gubbles 250-803-1095,

Shuswap Tennis

Shuswap Waterfront Owners Association

(SWOA) /

Sorrento Food Bank

Tina Hysop 250-253-3663,

Sorrento Minor Ball

Geoff 250-804-6923,

South Shuswap Canada Day Committee

Tammy Packer 250-463-2495

Victim Services

Guy Ramsay 250-679-8638

White Lake Community Hall Society

3617 Parri Road, 778-231-8810,

White Lake Residents Assoc. - (WLRA) /

White Lake New Horizons Seniors

Club - Tim Hoy 250-835-2141

Wed, Thu & Fri Noon to 4pm

Sat & Sun 10am - 4pm

Stat Holidays Closed

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Email ads to or Call/text 250-463-2611. We accept cheques and email money transfers for payment.


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Scooters, walkers, wheelchairs,

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hospital beds. Free Screening for

obstructive sleep apnea,

treatment and follow-up. CPAP

masks, parts, and accessories.

Respiratory therapy equipment

and home oxygen. Located in

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Soles Footcare

Call Vanna 250.574.9969

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