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
a life saving
in the water
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
yet to be confirmed
if they do not
contact us first.
for the material
per Station) of
the project was
shared by Station
Photo courtesy RCMSARand
Left to right is Dennis Harris, Rob
Sutherland, Dave Harvey and Al Poole
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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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 email@example.com
and if you’re interested
in any of their other activities,
including volunteering with the Station,
check out www.rcmsar106.ca.
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
“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
‐ 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
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)
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.
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
“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
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
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Interior by Second Storey Painting
Photos Credit :Loni Mancini
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
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
Grant in aids - Area C - $4,555
Sorrento Village Farmers Market (vault
toilet operations) and $766 SAS Dry
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.
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
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
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
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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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
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
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 general, the Committee
should not make assumptions
related to significant changes
in the range or levels of service
provided, the establishment
of major new services
or facilities, the withdrawal
of the future municipality
(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
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
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: www.southshuswaprides.ca
South Shuswap Rides
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
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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Honoured with Provincial Award
training opportunities for many
fire departments around the
But Sean Coubrough, the
Columbia Shuswap Regional
District’s (CSRD) Fire Services
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,
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
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
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CSRD Fire Services
the BC Fire Training
of the Year Award
from Brian Ulle, First
Vice President of
the BC Fire Training
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Shuswap Algae Blooms
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
(www.gov.bc.ca/algaewatch) which is an educational resource
for the public to become more informed about algae blooms
and to submit observations of algae blooms throughout BC.
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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
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 water or temperature increasing
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 interiorhealth.ca
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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
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
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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
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
that the communities in our
area are no strangers to disaster;
fires and floods and have
laid the groundwork for effective
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
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none in beauty and what we all
crave - open space. We expect
the next few years to see explosive
growth as international
travellers return, and we want
businesses to be ready to capture
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
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Shuswap Staycation Contest
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
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
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 dontmoveamussel.ca 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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WildSafe in a Neighborhood
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
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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
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,
firstname.lastname@example.org, 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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Scotch Creek 10
City of Salmon Arm
Seymour Arm 14
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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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surrounding areas. For many years it has been a key part of the
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
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Scratch golfer? You will love it. 20 handicap? You will
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Shuswap Lake Golf Course is dedicated to providing a
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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
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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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Fresh Produce, Plants / Flowers,
Baking, Preserves, Cool Crafts & More!
You can’t get more local than your Farmers’ Market
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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 www.sshss.ca and on Facebook
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A Leader with a Vision
Sorrento Health Centre
in behind the Petro-Can &
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
workshops and helping
people understand the
intricacies and potential
of their pension plans.
Such was her expertise
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-
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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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
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
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.
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!
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
For all updates, please head to the
Booking & Rentals page on our website
Any inquiries can be sent
gmail.com 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
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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,
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 www.sorrentocentre.ca/yoga 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,
respecting current public-health protocols. Sorrento Centre is
part of your community. Why not drive down the driveway and
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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
for guests attending
were open with
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
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
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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Cedar Heights Community
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 www.cedarheightscommunity.ca
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
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
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 www.shuswapculture.ca
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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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
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 www.thesmilepeople.ca
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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
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-
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
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
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,
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,
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
square.site). 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.
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Chase office is open Thursdays
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If my body was a car,
I’d trade it in for a
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
If that ever happens, just pull
They got up, unplugged the
computer and threw out my wine!!
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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
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 beyourfuture.ca
IT IS SUMMER
ON THE LAKE!
to Participate in
Internet Speed Test
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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
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
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
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
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
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
of ownership, it
will continue to be
a memorable part
of Shuswap life delighting
all corners of the
Shuswap and the
is available on
their website https://
www.thesharkshack.ca/ 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
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
40 The South Shuswap Scoop July 2021
Volunteer Joan O’Brien is retiring
• Available Suites from $2050 per month
• Home Cooked Meals
• Social Calendar
• 24-7 Staff
• Assisted Living Services Available
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 carlinhall.net 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.
HAPPY B.C. DAY
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
School with a
cheque for $1,100
on June 25 for
their new sensory
The indoor sensory/movement
path is like a circuit
will go through
using a variety of
movements to develop
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 firstname.lastname@example.org .
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
a Lion, please
contact the Sorrento
Lions Club at
our email address:
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.
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR
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
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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
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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
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
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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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, www.shuswapfishingderby.com
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 https://bcsrc.ca 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 www.southshuswaprides.ca 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
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 email@example.com
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
https://sshss.ca/calendar/ Located at Blind
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
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 www.shuswaphub.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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@
quaaoutlodge.com 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
Chase Minor Hockey registration open.
FMI contact Amanda at amandakozak@
Chase Curling Club - Interested in curling
this fall? Contact Janice @ 250-679-4471
SALMON ARM & AREA
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,
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
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
CoDa - Sun 7:30pm United Church Cedar
ONLINE / WEBINARS etc.
Tsuts’weye Workshops - Register: info@
tsustweye.ca. FMI about upcoming workshops
and business support go to https://
tsutsweye.ca/ 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 www.csrd.bc.ca.
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. rootsandblues.ca
ONLINE Guided MEDITATION Classes -
Tuesday & Wednesday, 7 - 8:15 pm / Topics
vary. Register at: www.kmcfv.ca
CSRD Learn how you FireSmart - Watch 30
minute online webinar. Pre-register at www.
csrd.bc.ca/firesmart 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, email@example.com
Blind Bay Community Society
Blind Bay Painters
Trudy Grigg cell 403-934-0503, home
Blind Bay Garden Club
Susan 250-835-2351 or
Carlin Country Market
Angela Inskip 250-833-2094,
Carlin Elementary Middle School PAC
Angela Inskip 250-833-2094,
Chase Fish & Game Club
Copper Island Seniors Resource
(beside Spinnake r Cafe) 250-675-
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
firstname.lastname@example.org Facebook: Blind Bay
Memorial Hall & Reedman Gallery.
4051 Myers Rd. Tappen. www.carlinhall.net
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
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
3607 Parri Rd., Chief Bryan Griffin
Fire Services CoordinatorA
Sean Coubrough 250-833-5955
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
Sorrento Health Centre
Sorrento Health Centre Society
Eldene Lindberg 250 675 4168
email@example.com / Web: Sorrento
Lions Club - Lions e-Clubhouse
Neighbourhood Emergency Preparedness
Cathy Semchuk and Tom Hansen
North/ South Shuswap Comm. Resource
firstname.lastname@example.org, Leigh 250-515-4682
Notch Hill Cemetery Society
Acciona Infrastructure Maintenance Inc -
1-866 222-4204, Vernon Moti
Okanagan Regional Library (ORL)
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
Eagle Bay Community Hall
4326 Eagle Bay Rd. www.eaglebayhall.ca
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
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Shuswap Lake Aero Modelers
email@example.com / www.slams.ca
Shuswap Theatre Society
South Shuswap Chamber of Commerce
Karen Brown 250-515-0002,
Shuswap Volunteer Search & Rescue
Luke Gubbles 250-803-1095,
Shuswap Waterfront Owners Association
info@SWOA.ca / www.SWOA.ca
Sorrento Food Bank
Tina Hysop 250-253-3663,
Sorrento Minor Ball
South Shuswap Canada Day Committee
Tammy Packer 250-463-2495
Guy Ramsay 250-679-8638
White Lake Community Hall Society
3617 Parri Road, 778-231-8810,
White Lake Residents Assoc. - (WLRA)
firstname.lastname@example.org / www.wlra.ca
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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Residential, Land and Recreational
Toll Free: 855.431.4313
Toll Free Fax: 888.377.4313
Scooters, walkers, wheelchairs,
bathroom safety, stair-lifts,
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
Salmon Arm 250-832-2431 and
Call Vanna 250.574.9969
Serving the Shuswap &
24 HOUR SERVICE
FOUND - Have you lost a 14 foot
Seafly Sailboat?? We have found
one on Shuswap Lake. Call Jerry at
We are offering a
to the right person wanting
in the woodworking world
Also looking for
Seasoned Cabinet Makers
Please apply in person at
3818 Kenwood Gate,
HOUR + TIPS
Come and Join our
CLEAN TEAM !
• Lakefront resort in N. Shuswap
• Saturdays 8-4 pm
• (possible $200 day)
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We Make Cleaning FUN!
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Landscaping • Decks & Fences
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Let us help you with
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Shuswap Raised P.O.L. Hens
Ready for pick-up
Sept. 15 – Sept. 30, 2021
”Rockettes” – Barred Rock Layers
E-Mail or call for Complete
Information & Photo
Wanted - to buy old wood
windows, doors, ladders, crocks,
suitcases, furniture, tools, trunks,
tubs, signs, antlers, pumps,
taxidermy, advertising, barrels,
scales, farm & cowboy items.
Must be reliable and have experience
Please send resume to
Scotch Creek - 4113 Squilax
Anglemont behind the Hub,
9:30 to 1:30 pm
Celista Farmers Market at
North Shuswap Community
Hall, 9am to 1pm
Market by the Bay at Centenni-
al Field in Blind Bay, 6 to 8pm
Chase Home Hardware Field,
10 am to 2 pm
• Sorrento Shoppers Plaza
1240 TCH, 8am - noon.
Leashed pets welcome.
• Dockside Market at Squi-
lax General Store 10am
- 1 pm. Live music on the
• Ross Street Plaza, Salmon
Arm. 9am to 1pm
• She Shed Night Market
- 4850 10A Ave. Salmon
Arm. 5pm to 9pm
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