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Newsome Creek Grant Request Denied

By Barbra Fairclough

A December 2020 application by the

Columbia Shuswap Regional District

for a $6.3 million grant to deal with the

ongoing erosion threatening homes and

property along the banks of Newsome

Creek in Sorrento, has been denied.

A 2019




the CSRD,

showed extensive


work would

be required

to stabilize

the slope in

the affected

area. The

CSRD has

been lobbying

the provincial


to fund the project, however,

suitable funding programs did not exist

or were not available for this project.

Since 2016, runoff in the creek has

degraded the steep banks to the point

where it is undermining the foundations

of several homes and posing a risk to

other properties. Every spring, increased

water flows in the creek take an additional

toll on the stability of the banks. Runoff

from the creek also creates additional

strain on the Sorrento Water System due

to increased sediment levels near the water


At the 2020 Union of BC Municipalities

conference, the CSRD was made

aware of a possible funding opportunity


the Building

Canada Infrastructure


- Rural

and Northern




Area C Director


Demenok has

been working

directly with

residents trying

to find solutions.

He said

he was pleased

Selina Robinson, BC’s Minister of Municipal

Affairs and Housing, advised the

CSRD of this funding opportunity at a

meeting held during the Union of BC

Municipalities convention in September


The BC Ministry of Municipal Affairs

has confirmed the program had received

significantly more applications

Caen Road: View looking upstream (south) showing

the undercutting and debris (May 3, 2018)

Photo Credit Westrek Geotechnical Services Ltd.

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Newsome Creek Grant Request Denied

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than could be funded and the project

has not been accepted for funding.

“Erosion at Newsome Creek is a

serious issue and a cause of considerable

anxiety to residents in that area,”

said Derek Sutherland, the CSRD’s

Team Leader, Protective Services. “We

want to help find workable solutions to

deal with this safety issue. The CSRD

Transportation Investment


The final phase of the Kicking

Horse Canyon Project near Golden to

improve safety, widen and realign the

highway will inevitably require traffic

disruptions and, at times, full highway


Extended (multi-day/24-hour) closure

is in effect until 6 am on December


Exceptions are for the Thanksgiving

holiday long weekend, which will be

free of stoppages altogether from noon

October 8 to noon October 12.

has other grant applications currently

in progress and continues to explore all

possible sources of funding for this mitigation


The Newsome Creek Action Committee

will be meeting with CSRD representatives

in very early October to

consider follow up to this decision.

Google Earth imagery showing the lower reach of Newsome Creek below Highway 1.

The view is to the south. Contributed by Westrek Geotechnical Services Ltd.

Highway 1 Closed Until December 1

A detailed traffic management plan

has not yet been prepared for December

2021 and beyond, but outside of the

Christmas-New Year’s period, the daily

norm is likely to be 30-minute stoppages

between 9 am and 3 pm and between

8 pm and 10 pm, along with overnight

closures from 10 pm to 7 am.

Road closures due to Kicking Horse

Canyon Project construction apply only

to the 4.8 kilometre construction zone

in the canyon itself. The Trans-Canada

Highway from Castle Junction to Lake

Louise, Field and Beaverfoot will be

OPEN even during overnight closures.

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The Director’s Scoop

News of Note from the CSRD

Paul Demenok Director, Electoral Area C (South Shuswap)

Cell: 250-517-0810

The Pro’s and Con’s of Incorporation

The Community Consultation phase of the Sorrento-Blind

Bay Incorporation Study has been paused given concerns

about safety in large public gatherings. A great deal of

information has been assembled by our consultants to date,

and all is available on the CSRD website. My role isn’t to

suggest how you should vote, should we have a referendum,

but rather is to help you make a fully informed decision. I

participated in both the Governance Study and this Incorporation

Study as a non-voting member, and in both cases it’s

important to note I played no role in selecting the members of

those Committees. This article is based on reports from those

studies. So, let’s start with the Con’s:

CON: Your taxes will increase

The consultants have used $400,000 as per BC Assessment

as the value of a typical home; for this home the following

tax increases are projected if incorporation occurs, for the

first 5 years:

Year $ Increase %Increase

SLE Cedar Hts Sorrento

2022-23 -$1.19 -- -- --

2023-24 $65.18 3.3 3.3 3.1

2024-25 $70.40 3.5 3.3 3.1

2025-26 $76.14 3.6 3.4 3.4

2026-27 $81.19 3.8 3.6 3.5

These figures from the Tax Notices do not reflect significant

new spending or inflation, but rather assume that

spending will continue largely as is. (Note-the 5-year average

tax increase for Area C from 2017-21 is 3.7%)

These figures do include costs for policing, roads, new

municipal office, mayor and council, grants-in-aid, planning,

bylaws, building inspection, utilities, parks and recreation,

and administration staff, and increases to reserves,

subject to approval of mayor and council. By 2027, reserves

on account at a new municipality are projected at

$14,728,000, including about $6,000,000 for roads upgrades,

maintenance and repairs. If your home is worth

more or less than $400,000, your taxes would adjust accordingly.

(tax notices are posted for homes with $600,000

BC Assessment value on the CSRD website; note that market

value often differs from BC Assessment). Should most

homes experience increases in value due to market conditions,

this doesn’t necessarily translate to tax increases.

The primary factor driving tax rates is the budget and tax

requisition as approved by the local government. In any

scenario, the BC Home Owners’ grant still applies.

These figures do not include costs for a local police detachment.

The decision to build a new detachment would

be made by the municipal council based on community input

sometime after 2026. It should be noted if a new council

is elected under a mandate of reducing property taxes,

these figures could be reduced. Similarly, if a new council

is elected based on a mandate of new services and amenities,

these figures could be increased. The point is that this

decision would be made by a locally elected Council in

consultation with the community.

CON: Incorporation would create another layer of

bureaucracy and cost.

This concern is understandable, however, because

there would be no duplication of services or staffing between

the CSRD and the new municipality it really is not

the case. A new municipality would take over responsibilities

for governance and services currently managed by the

CSRD, as well as the costs. If incorporation occurred, the

CSRD would need to reduce its staffing as a result of reduced

workload and funding, and we would not pay taxes

for these staff and services to the CSRD. (Area C currently

funds about 32% of all tax dollars at the CSRD.) A mayor

and 6 councilors would form the municipal decision-mak-

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ing body following election in October 2022. Costs include

an annual salary of $30,000 for a mayor and $13,000 per

councilor as these are typical salaries in BC. There are no

benefits or pension plans involved. There would be 15 staff

in the new municipality, and all these costs are factored into

the Tax Notices.

CON: We would lose our rural way of life.

This point is open to a wide range of interpretations,

definitions and opinions. When we are able to meet again,

I would suggest that this would be a useful question to ask

of mayors from communities that have already incorporated

when they participate in a public panel discussion as part of

the community consultation process.

CON: Under incorporation non-profits would lose

their grants-in-aid and/or tax exemptions for community


Tax exemptions for non-profit groups, while not automatic

in municipalities, are provided each year as permissive

exemptions by all municipal councils, including those

in Salmon Arm, Sicamous, Revelstoke and Golden. It’s reasonable

to assume that non-profits receiving tax exemptions

now would receive these same exemptions in a new municipality.

Non-profit organizations benefit from grants in both

electoral areas and municipalities, subject to approval by

Board or Council. Budget projections for a new municipality

have included identical grant-in-aid funding levels as per

the CSRD Area C budget.

I hope this helps clarify things and provides you with

some good information. Note at time of writing, there are

over 50 frequently asked questions about incorporation addressed

on the CSRD website, so please take every opportunity

to get your questions answered. As well, small community

groups are offered an opportunity to meet as a small

group, either in person, or online, with our consultants to

review the key facts coming out of this study. If you wish to

have a small group meeting, please don’t hesitate to contact

me, or register for this on the CSRD website.

Next month in this column, I’ll address some of the

more important benefits, or pro’s of incorporation.

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Blind Bay Memorial Hall Community Hub Since 1907

Recognizing Supporters of South Shuswap Scoop

By Barbra Fairclough

Construction of a community

hall at Blind Bay and Ingram

Road began in earnest in the fall of

1907. The land donated by Harry

Baines in 1905 meant the community

would have a new hall. With

enthusiasm and muscle, men felled

and trimmed trees into logs. All

trails led to the new hall. Working

their teams of oxen, logs were

hauled from their farms to the donated

land. As work progressed the

women fueled the hard work with

large batches of stew made in wash


People came from all around

the area and work bees continued

through the winter. Folks came for

days at a time.

With more settlers coming into the area, the need for a hall

became evident and the building of the hall brought people together

from all parts. There was an enthusiasm and excitement

meeting neighbours and forging new friendships.

Maureen Croft-Steen, a current

day custodian of the stories of the

Blind Bay Hall says, “The area has

quite a story and I hope we don’t

forget it.”

By March 1907, the hall was

finished and with 150 settlers attending,

the hall opened to the

community. Harry Baines’ death

revealed the transfer of the hall

property to the district did not happen

as expected. The new owner

Mr. Durham who had purchased the

property around 1949/50 had other

plans and so the hall was demolished.

New Years Eve party at the first Hall. Photo Courtesy Blind Bay Community Society

The community was not without

a hall for long. Student numbers

had outgrown the nearby Blind Bay Schoolhouse (1913)

and in 1950 the schoolhouse closed and amalgamated with the

new Carlin School. Originally Mr. Norm Mclean donated the

land for the Blind Bay School and when the school closed, Mr.

Len Reedman purchased the schoolhouse for $1 and it then became

the Blind Bay Community Centre. Once again there was

a place to gather.

The new community

centre was active over the

years. When the Blind Bay

Painters needed a place

to get together outside of

friend’s kitchens, they began

meeting up at the old

schoolhouse hall.

Maureen Croft Steen

shares that over time it

was apparent the one room

schoolhouse did not have

the amenities to keep up

with the ever growing

use. So, in 1978 the Blind

Blind Bay Painters at the school house/community hall.

Photo Courtesy Blind Bay Community Society.

Bay Community Society

formed and began planning

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for a new hall on the same site to meet

the ever increasing needs of the growing


After planning and organizing by

the volunteers, construction of a new

community hall begin in 1979. Volunteers

brought their time and dedication

and with local business support and donated

materials, the work began.

May 1980 the Sorrento and Blind

Bay Fire Departments came together

to burn down the original schoolhouse

building. This cleared the way for the

opening of the new community hall and

in October that year, a new hall officially


The society dedicated the Blind

Bay Memorial Hall to the pioneers and

residents who came before.

With over 200 people attending, the

opening of the hall was no small affair.

Mr. Ed Fountain, then president of the

Blind Bay Community Society commenced

the ribbon cutting alongside

Mr. Len Reedman, the eldest born person

in Blind Bay on that day. MLA Bill

Knight attended and MP Nelson Riis,

called back to Parliament, phoned the

day prior to offer his good wishes and

gifted the hall a Canadian flag.

During the opening Mrs. Doris

Syms revealed a plaque of 180 names

of those who had passed since the first

families moved into Blind Bay. Mrs.

Syms was the eldest living person in

Blind Bay at that time who had resided

there continuously. She came to Blind

Bay as a little girl and never left.

Life at the hall filled with activities

bringing people together from the first

wedding and reception in 1983 of Margaret

McFie to James Howard to social

groups like Ta’lana Twirlers to the

Blind Bay Painters that have found their

home at the hall for years.

The Blind Bay Hall remains a

place for residents to come together. In

modern days, the hall is home to the

GT Dragon Boat Society, the Lakeview

Probus Club, Blind Bay Painters,

among others.

A bright spacious space with modern

conveniences and a view of the

lake, the Blind Bay Hall is perfect for

families or friends to gather for family

reunions, weddings, or private functions.

2013 marked the dedication of the

Reedman Gallery in the lower floor.

Volunteers worked to create this space

as a home for the Blind Bay Painters

Art Show and Reedman Gallery Artist

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and Artisan Collaborative.

The hall honors the hundreds of people

of Blind Bay who have contributed

their dedication, hard labour, planning and

vision to meet the social and community

needs of the residents.

The volunteer board of the society is

continuing with the traditions and work to

host a variety of workshops and events for

everyone to enjoy. The Blind Bay Hall has

been an anchor in the community where

friends and neighbours can come together.

“Since the very beginning the hall has

always played a vital role in the community,”

says Agnes Nykiforuk, President of

the Blind Bay Community Society.

Blind Bay Memorial Hall, 2510 Blind

Bay Road


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South Shuswap Chamber

Our Motto: “A Head for Business, A Heart for Community”

By Karen Brown

We Invite You to Become a Chamber Member

The South Shuswap Chamber has received recognition

for its many notable accomplishments over the past few

years. We are proud to report that over 90% of the area businesses

are with our membership and each year, we retain

94% of our membership. We’ve long been recognized in

the province as the ‘Chamber of Change’, due

to our virtual model of delivering Chamber services.

We strive to meet the needs of our business

and non-profit sectors through promotion,

education & advocacy.

Here’s What You Get for Your Full


• Complimentary Landing Page on Chamber


• Complimentary Business Listing on All

Tourism Kiosks;

• Complimentary Business Listing on 3,000

Tourism Maps Distributed in the Shuswap;

• Feature ‘New Member’ Social Media Listing on the

Chamber’s Social Media Pages;

• Access to All Social Networking Events;

• Voting Rights at the Annual General Meeting;

• Opportunity to Serve on the Board of Directors or on

Chamber Working Committees;

• A Preferred Rate for Educational Workshops;

• Receipt of a Bi-Monthly Newsletter;

• Access to Chamber Benefits Plan (ask us about it!)

Membership Fees 2022 - Individual Member $89, Non

Profit Group $89. Partnered Membership (Non-Voting)

$89, Full Membership (1 to 5 Employees) $139, (6 to 24

Employees) $179, (25+ Employees) $209.

South Shuswap Businesses Receive Rural

Business Advice

Robyn Cyr, Rural Business Advisor, is

working with our area businesses as part of

the relief and recovery initiative grant offered

through the Economic Trust of the Southern Interior.

This is a free service to our business owners.

Email Robyn:

Do You Have News to Share?

Follow this link to our

online registration page If you have news that you’d like to share with

the membership for our bi-monthly newsletter –

perhaps a recognition or award, by all means let us know.

We’d love to share your news items or events!

Get in Touch With Us at

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By Barbra Fairclough

The Columbia Shuswap Regional

District (CSRD) and the Ministry of

Municipal Affairs made the decision

on September 15, to pause the Sorrento-Blind

Bay Incorporation Study Community

Engagement process.

The latest directive from Interior

Health is that no more than fifty persons

can gather without proof of full vaccination.

A discussion panel and two open

houses that were scheduled for late

September and early October were designed

for a larger community attendance.

This decision was made after

canvassing members of the Incorporation

Study Committee and the Ministry

of Municipal Affairs.

There are hopes of resuming in

person engagement events in late January


New dates will be advertised publicly

and promoted through the CSRD

website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

platforms so stay tuned.

Information about incorporation

is located at the CSRD Incorporation

webpage where you can find all documents

and information here in one

place. Even though public meetings

have been postponed you can still access

information on the CSRD website

incorporation page.

Over the course of the incorporation

study, residents have put forth

their questions and their answers are

posted under “Frequently Asked Questions”

on the CSRD website. Any

questions you submit are all answered

by the consultant.

Frequently Asked Questions Have Answers

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Are there any communities in BC

that have incorporated only to then decide

to return to be incorporated? Why

is the boundary for a new municipality

different from the boundary for Area

C1? Would residents in a new Sorrento-blind

Bay Municipality continue to

receive the Homeowner Grant that they

receive today in electoral Area C? These

are examples of the some of the questions

you can find answers to on the Frequently

asked Questions page on the

CSRD website.

Click on the “submit your question”

button, submit your question.

For incorporation study documents,

go to the Study website or you can review

hard copies of all the study documents

at the South Shuswap Library

Branch in Blind Bay, the Sorrento Centre

in Sorrento and the CSRD Office in

Salmon Arm.


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Eagle Bay Fire Dept.

Front Row (L to R)– Curtis Hebson,

Leon Kozak, Lise O’Brien, Jeremy

Wozniak, Mike Tolpa, Ken Beyer

Middle Row – Al Shirley, Tracy

Lemieux, Paul Perry, Nigel Collett

(Captain), Robert Warner, Cathy

Maralia (Training Officer), Gloria

Howells, Henry Schnell

First Step – John Edmonds (Deputy


Top Row – Alan Rendell (Fire Chief)

Shuswap Fire Dept.

Front Row (L to R) Cameron Crowie,

Brandon Jacobsen, Jerid Crowe,

Captain James Kermack, Don Mitchell

Middle Row – Walter Singer, Chris

Whittaker, Captain Frank Samuel,

Training Officer Jeremy Denny

Back Row – Duty Chief Tyler Barrett,

William Denny, Gary Cherry, Kyle

Lessard, Chief Gary Hoult

Missing – Eric Terry, Austin Knopf,

Tyson Shewchuk, Devon Gardner,

Kathy Werkman, Dave Upshall,

Carson Hoult, Quade Mitchell, Quinn

Mitchell, Kieth Rackel, Jr. Cadet

Mathew Denny

Tappen Sunnybrae Fire Dept.

Left to right- Steve Janz, Ryan

Campbell, Matt Porter, Lesley Tessier,

Will Porterfield, Jeremy Hachey, Steph

Szunega, Steve Smyrl, Kara Slous,

Owen Bonnell, David Ruten, Amber

Whelpton, Zach Hall, Luke Simmonds,

Rob McGee, Mark Stott, Ron Boruta,

Nick Snoek, Marc Zaichkowsky

Missing - Ryan Gray, Al Potter, Glen

Boyes, Chinook McLean, Norm Gray,

Micah McLean

White Lake Fire Dept.

Left to Right: Bryan Griffin (Chief),

Jayson Tracy, Lester McInally (Hall

Captain), Brian De Winter, Marcus

Wheeler, Dylan Taylor, Tony Smith,

Mike Borkent, Emily McIsaac (Training

Officer), Jesse Young, Sophie Randell,

Gary Winram, Alan Cook (Captain),

Lynn Mazur (Deputy Chief).

Missing - Mike Barlee, Mike Barrie, Nic

Deibert, Keesha Friesen, Scott Reiter,

Jabin Zuidhof -JFF

October 2021

By John Edry, Deputy Chief Eagle Bay FD

What an eventful summer it has been. Nothing says teamwork

like grabbing a bunch of firefighters from all over the

CSRD, greater BC, Canada, and even internationally, and putting

them together to work towards a common goal. There

were a significant amount of forest fires this year in BC and

I felt very fortunate to be part of such an amazing team that

worked to contain them.

I was deployed out to the Lytton fire on July 1, 2021.

Thank you, Local Firefighters

By Jo Anne Malpass

South Shuswap firefighters pictured

here not only worked to keep our communities

safe during this summer’s devastating

fire season, but many also volunteered

to help protect other communities

around the province.

These people are your neighbours,

friends or family who go out in dangerous

situations, suit up, drive the fire

trucks, respond to a variety of scenes,

raise funds for their communities and

maintain their Fire Stations, all with the

professionalism gained through extensive


An Eagle Bay FD Facebook post

says “These are the people who leave the

dinner table without touching their meal,

the people who get up from their warm

bed in the middle of the night, the people

who stop whatever they’re doing to answer

the call so we can all sleep soundly

knowing help isn’t far.

These are the people who love their

community so deeply that they give their

precious time to volunteer, fundraise,

train and practice to make their community

a better and safer place.”

Columbia Shuswap Regional District

teams responded to seven significant fires

in the Shuswap this summer, Bews Creek

(Malakwa Area), Three Valley Lake,

White Rock Lake, Hunakwa Lake (Seymour

Arm), Momich Lake, Two Mile

Road (Sicamous/Swansea Point) and

Crazy Creek Gorge Fire (Queest Village/

Pete Martin Bay), said Derek Sutherland,

Manager of the CSRD Protective Services.

The CSRD also sent apparatus,

Structural Protection Units and crews to

assist on fires outside our area. These include

Tremont Creek near Logan Lake,

Sparks Lake near Kamloops and Barriere,

and Lytton.

“In all we sent 39 firefighters on 22

deployments specifically for structure

protection and wildfire response. Protective

Services responded to seven engine

requests, 5 water tender requests,

and all three of our SPUs were deployed

throughout the season.” 11 CSRD fire departments

sent apparatus and/or firefighters

to support the local and provincial


Along with protecting other communities,

local fire departments helped contain

wildfires in our area and monitored

others nearby to keep residents informed.

One example of this was August 10

when Eagle Bay Fire Department responded

to a smoking burn pile on private

land off a forestry road above Eagle

Bay. The smoke had been reported to BC

Wildfire by a concerned resident. This

burn pile was outside of the EBFD fire

Part of an Amazing Team Deployed to Lytton

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When the team I was with first arrived, it was like a scene

from a post apocalyptic movie. If you have seen any of the

images from the area, you know what I’m talking about, but

pictures only go so far. Seeing it in person really takes your

breath away. If I found it this emotionally intense to see the

devastation, I can only imagine what it was like for those who

call Lytton, home.

Upon arriving in Lytton, we were sent to meet with the


protection area. Required approval was

quickly sought and given by BC Wildfire

to action this incident. EBFD was able to

extinguish the smoldering burn pile and

prevent any spread to surrounding areas.

Wildfires near White Lake and Tappen-Sunnybrae,

but outside fire protection

areas, were monitored by local

firefighters until they were classified as


A statement from the CSRD in September

said “It has been a tough, anxiety-ridden

time for many of our residents

and we wish to thank everyone for their

patience, kindness and understanding.

Citizens of the Shuswap pulled together,

supported each other, and pitched in

wherever they could − working tirelessly

to make the best of difficult situations.

We want to thank all those who offered

their support and encouragement

to the BC Wildfire teams and fire crews,

our local CSRD firefighters and their municipal

counterparts, the hard-working

volunteers with our Emergency Support

Services Program, those working in the

Emergency Operations Centre and all

other emergency personnel. The messages

of gratitude from the public were truly


Thank you to all our firefighters for

answering the call.

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Come and Meet the Team!

Jim, Chuck, Ton & Gar y

Part of an Amazing Team Deployed to

Lytton continued

(continued from pg 11) imum 12-hour shift and roll

local Fire Chief. The community

was very apprecia-

our assigned tasks. At the end

out as a team, ready to take on

tive of our presence and very of our shift, we’d head back

generous with their support. to base camp, have a shower,

a meal, and crash for a few

We were offered meals prepared

by some local community

volunteers, always next day.

hours ready to start again the

abundant and with smiles and The support of my local

stories to share. Throughout

our involvement, the Fire nary as well. When a few of

fire department was extraordi-

Chief, with the help of the local

community, would drive use some additional supplies,

us deployed realized we could

around to all the units deployed

and bring refreshments and they arranged to have ev-

we contacted our departments

and offer support, encouragement,

and gratitude. What a at base camp. Comments of

erything delivered out to us

humbling experience. A community

that had seemingly were also readily forthcom-

support and encouragement

lost so much, had not lost its ing.


First and foremost, in the

As the fire continued to minds of everyone, was the

move through the region, I safety of all involved. There

became increasingly aware were some intense moments

of the resources it takes to every day of my deployment

undertake an event such as but because our team had the

this. Forestry, Structural Protection

Units, Firefighters, er, we knew we could rely on

training and worked togeth-

Air Support, RCMP, BCSP- each other and persevere. I’m

CA, Operations, Base Camp honoured to be a member of

personnel…the list continues

to grow. The whole event the training offered, and to

the CSRD, to have access to

seemed very well coordinated. share that training by helping

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Regional District Supports Community Service

By Barbra Fairclough

Twenty Non-Profit Organizations

(NPO) have been awarded a $5000

grant-in-aid by the Columbia Shuswap

Regional District (CSRD).

Thirteen of which located in or operate

within the South Shuswap are

Blind Bay Community Society, Carlin

Hall Community Association, Cedar

Heights Community Association, Eagle

Bay Community Association, Notch Hill

Town Hall Association, Sorrento Lions

Club, South Shuswap Health Services

Society, South Shuswap Transportation

Society, Sunnybrae Community Association,

Sunnybrae Seniors Society, White

Lake Community Hall Society, White

Lake Residents Association and North

and South Shuswap Community Resources


On April 15, 2021, the CSRD

Board approved up to $100,000 of the

COVID-19 Safe Restart Grant funding

be allocated to eligible community

non-profit organizations to a maximum

of $5,000 per organization in accordance

with Policy F-37 “COVID-19

Safe Restart Electoral Area Grant-in-

Aid Funding”.

The Board designated these funds to

ensure the continued and future viability

of organizations delivering core community

services and those delivering critical

community-based supports to vulnerable

populations, due to operational

issues and fiscal pressures as a result of



On November 3, 2020, the CSRD

received a $645,000 COVID-19 Safe

Restart Grant to support local governments

in dealing with increased operating

costs and decreased revenues for established

services due to the COVID-19


In March 2021, the CSRD received

additional funding in the amount of

$344,000. This funding is subject to

strict reporting requirements to ensure

optimal transparency on the use of these

funds and there are significant limitations

on what the funds can be used for.

The Policy F-37 “COVID-19 Safe

Restart Electoral Area Grant-in-Aid

Funding” was developed with those limitations

and reporting requirements contained

within the Policy. Applications

were received up to June 30, 2021.

The full $100,000 was allocated at

the August 19th board meeting to 20 eligible

applications from organizations

that met all the requirements under the

policy. The board report of August 19th

indicated that “The Board recognizes the

value to the electoral areas of non-profit

organizations and charities maintaining a

local presence, and that a contribution by

the CSRD may support continued community


This support is timely and important

to all the non-profits that received funds.

Work in maintaining volunteers, fundraising,

and managing efficiencies in operating

is daunting during changing pandemic


Non-profits operating facilities such

as community halls have an added layer

of operational responsibility managing

facilities. Larry Stephenson, Director

with the South Shuswap Chamber shares

“Halls with reliable income sources will

fair better but halls depend on revenue

sources of regional, provincial, and federal


During 2019 the South Shuswap

Chamber of Commerce conducted a survey

of non-profit organizations that were

located in or focused their work in the

South Shuswap. Sixteen organizations

responded and of the respondents they

represented 135 board members, 851

volunteers, and 2,260 organization members.

Of the sixteen organizations reporting

the total contribution to the community

is $2,657,078. Extrapolated for all

40 NPOs (today NPOs are approximately

50) that becomes $4M.

The investment of $5000 grant will

assist NPOs bridge to a later date when

pandemic conditions have evolved, and

folks can gather more easily in greater

numbers. Many of the halls continue

to upkeep their facilities while juggling

the everchanging landscape of operating.

Visit the south Shuswap Chamber website

and see “Associations and Societies”

in the member directory.

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Notes from the CSRD Board Meeting

By Jo Anne Malpass

Sorrento Blind Bay Park Parking

Repaving - The Columbia Shuswap

Regional District Board at its September

meeting, approved spending

$60,000 from the Electoral Area C

Community Works Fund allocation for

additional asphalt resurfacing of the upper

parking lot at Sorrento Blind Bay


A report from Ryan Nitchie, Team

Leader, Community Services, says

Dawson Construction Ltd. provided the

lowest bid and was awarded the resurfacing

contract for the tennis and sport

court. Staff has recommended that additional

paving works be completed to the

upper parking lot area to take advantage

of preferred pricing provided by Dawson,

which has mobilized equipment

and has an asphalt production plant in

the general area at this time.

The condition of the asphalt parking

surface in the upper parking area

of the park is in extremely poor condition.

In the summer, the upper parking

area is used for parking, and in the winter

season (when weather conditions

permit), the area is flooded to create an

outdoor skating rink.

The CSRD expects the work on the

sports court will be complete and ready

for use, beginning October 4.

Shuswap Tourism - After a

Shuswap Tourism meeting of elected

officials, the District of Sicamous has

decided to stay in the Shuswap Tourism

service for another year. CSRD Director/Sicamous

Mayor Terry Rysz said

after discussion with other mayors and

directors, the District of Sicamous is

comfortable with giving it another year

to see if deliverables are advantageous.

BC Ambulance – The Board received

a letter from Ross Hayward, a/

Assistant Deputy Minister Health Services

Division in response to its concerns

about reducing service to the rural

ambulance system. Hayward wrote

that an announcement on July 14, 2021

includes the conversion of 24 rural ambulance

stations to 24/7 ALPHA stations

to enhance ambulance coverage

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for these communities. “You will be

pleased to know that Golden, Revelstoke

and Sicamous are all included in

those 24 communities. This will result

in a total complement of eight full time

positions at each station at the end of

the conversion process.” The start date

for this new model to be implemented

is November 1, 2021. Chair Kevin Flynn

thanked board members and other

regional districts for being assertive on

this issue and voicing their community’s


Development Variance Permit –

The property owner at 2231 Sunset

Point Road in Blind Bay is proposing

four variances on setback requirements

to construct an addition to an

existing accessory building, a detached

single car garage. The Board

approved issuance of the permit.

Electoral Area C Official Community

Plan Amendment & South

Shuswap Zoning Amendment Bylaw

- 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 approved third reading

of the OCP Amendment Bylaw. The

board also approved third reading, as

amended, for the zoning bylaw, which

includes the requirement of a Section

219 Covenant regarding pedestrian

access and the preservation of greenspace.

Before the amendments are

brought back for adoption by the

Board, next steps include registering

the Section 219 Covenant, comment

and approval from the Ministry of

Transportation as it is adjacent to the

highway and then board approval of

a development variance permit to be

presented at future board meeting.

Lakes Zoning Amendment Bylaw

- The applicant would like to rezone

a portion of the water-access only

foreshore at Aline Hill, to match the

zoning for the rest of this shared interest

development and allow for these

three shares to be able to install or replace

a dock for access. A special regulation

would also allow for a fixed dock

or floating dock. The Board approved

first reading and referred the application

to a number of agencies and First

Nations for comment.

Advisory Planning Commission –

resignations from the Area C APC were

accepted from Ashlee Kingsbury and

Ted Vlooswyk.

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Thank you to the Voters

By Mel Arnold, MP Elect

North Okanagan-Shuswap

I would like to thank the voters of the North Okanagan-Shuswap

who entrusted me to continue serving as Member

of Parliament. Election campaigns require much work

and commitment and I thank the many grassroots volunteers

who helped drive our campaign across the finish line. I also

thank my best friend and life partner, Linda, for supporting

me every step of the way.

Although I was one in the majority of Canadians who

opposed an election call, it was heartening to see citizens

engaged by voting and mobilizing in support of campaigns

of their choosing. Our democratic process and right to vote

are important, even in an election that is ill-timed or unnecessary.

I thank everyone who voted and volunteered and the

candidates who put their names forward to provide voters

with choices.

Throughout the election, I heard from thousands of residents

of the North Okanagan-Shuswap who shared their concerns

and priorities with me. What I heard at doorsteps, in

emails and on the phone was that Canadians didn’t want an

election- they wanted the government to do its job and lead

our nation out of the pandemic.

Young families and seniors shared their concerns about

rising costs and inflation that are driving affordability out of

reach for so many Canadians. Employers weathered by the

past 18 months shared their challenges in hiring workers and

workers related how local housing and rental markets make

it difficult to settle here to work. The heat domes and wildfires

this summer demonstrated the need for climate action

and many residents expressed their expectation that emission

reductions be achieved.

As MPs await the resumption of Parliament, I am engaging

with Indigenous and local governments to further define

needs and priorities of communities across our region. I expect

the federal budget to be released in March and I will be

developing a pre-budget submission in the coming months

to submit to the government and guide my advocacy as your

MP in the coming year.

I also wish to highlight that on September 30th Canada

marked our first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

I supported the establishment of this day because I believe it

can support Canada’s pursuit of reconciliation if we use this

day to consider how we can strengthen our personal understandings

of history and commit to actions that support reconciliation

and healing in the relationships between Indigenous

and non-Indigenous Canadians.

In the coming Parliament, I will continue to press the

government to accelerate implementation of the calls to action

of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission released

in 2015 and take other steps necessary to support reconciliation.

Regardless of which candidate you voted for, I am committed

to listening to all constituents and fighting for legislation

and policies to deliver results for our communities.

My staff and I are here to serve you. If you have input

to share or if we can assist you in navigating federal government

services, you can reach us by phone at 250-260-5020

or my email at

October 2021

Eagle Bay Fire Department

By Jeremy Wozniak

To everyone affected by this year’s fires, we are all most

definitely still thinking of you. For all of you who came together

with various levels of support, offering living spaces to displaced

families, generously donating different wildfire funds

and the clerks at the tills passing them along, food and clothing

banks, the front-line workers, and volunteers… Thank you!

As far as our fire protection area stretches, we only had one

small fire on the BC Wildfire map dashboard. Hats off to summer

timers and locals alike for their vigilance and awareness in

keeping us all safe. This September held one call out to a motor

vehicle incident. As much as we work hard to prepare for

an incident, the less the better. At the time of writing this, the

fire ban has been completely lifted allowing for category 2 and

3 fires. Please be proactive and diligent while working on burn

piles that have been piling up all summer.

My name is Jeremy, and I am the newest recruit at the hall.

My wife, children and I bought property in Eagle Bay last year

and moved in this spring. I joined with the fire hall to be a part

of and contribute to our new community and what an amazing

decision this is turning out to be. And who didn’t wish to ride

in the big red shiny truck with flashing lights and sirens to help

in an emergency? Well, the sandbox just gets bigger as we go.

The other recruits and I are getting all the technical and hands

on training we can handle. We are learning important fire prevention

and management, first on scene risk analysis and procedures

and how to work with this brilliant diverse TEAM of

achievers to accomplish our two main objectives: preserve life

and stop damage to important structures.

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Heading into autumn I would like to bring up

a few safety notes. When the clocks change to fall

back an hour is also a good time to change batteries

in smoke and Co2 detectors. High vis reflectors are always

a cool addition to any Halloween costume. Keep your bedroom

doors closed at night to eliminate fire, smoke and heat spreading

in that direction. Fire will find the path of least resistance.

And lastly, NEVER throw water onto a candle! Hot wax is

flammable, and the water will only spread it up and out to oxidize

resulting in a dangerous fireball.

We with sadness accepted the resignation of one of our

long-standing members Peter O’Brien from the Department at

the end of August. Peter had been very active with the department

and will be greatly missed.

Thank you, Nigel, for letting me in on this special part of

your world and writing this month’s article.

“The only thing standing between you and your goal is the

B S story you keep telling yourself as to why you can’t achieve

it” -Felix Baumgartner-

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

are provided.

You can keep up to date on lots of fire related and fire department

news on our ‘Eagle Bay Fire Department’ Facebook

page or on Instagram. You will also find links to more information

about current burning regulations and the CSRD’s

FireSmart initiatives.

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Decibel Coalition Readies for Transport Canada Meeting

By Barbra Fairclough

The Shuswap and Mara Lakes Decibel Coalition Society

(SMLDC) attended Transport Canada Canadian Marine Advisory

Council virtual public meeting on April 14th. One of the

issues discussed was the regulation of illegal exhaust systems

for pleasure craft.

Gary Milne of SMLDC shares that pleasure craft leave

the manufacturer compliant at 75dB or lower but altering the

exhaust systems can change decibels to 85dB or higher. He

suggests speed and sound come hand in hand.

With a goal of bringing peace and tranquility to people

who love the Shuswap and Mara Lakes, the Decibel Coalition

expects a three year trajectory to achieve results of their


Over the course of the summer volunteers on Shuswap

and Mara Lakes have collected several decibel readings with

accompanying video that will be brought to a planned virtual

public meeting in November with Transport Canada at the

Canadian Marine Advisory Council. This presentation will be

from a national coalition of cottage owners, community associations

and boating groups organized by Safe Quiet Lakes.

Safe Quiet Lakes was formed in 2011 by representatives

of lake associations in Central Ontario and works collaboratively

with lake community stakeholders to promote safe

and quieter lakes. The meeting in November will assist in

conveying local interests from across the county to promote

change in existing legislation in Small Vessel Regulations


Gary Milne says lake traffic was different this year due to

the smoke from wildfires. “Despite this we have managed to

collect enough information to present at the meeting in November.”

The dates for the Marine Advisory Council meeting

are between November 23 and December 1. Milne says more

details will follow when the date and time of the presentation

is scheduled.

Milne says they are working closely with the RCMP marine

division regarding issues of enforcement and the coalition

has completed research on enforcement models in other

jurisdictions. Half a dozen models of successful enforcement

in Europe and the states have been reviewed and some like

Wisconsin have had regulations and enforcement in place for

several decades.

Milne has been publishing blog updates on the petition

website. You can find a new one once every month or so. The

petition, “Noisy Boats on Shuswap and Mara Lakes.” will be

updated as new information comes in.

At the end of October Milne will make available a survey

for anyone interested. Watch for this on the blog postings.

For information contact Alan Drinkwater,,

or Gary Milne, garyjamesmilne1@gmail.


Petition link at

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Post-pandemic Future Requires Strong Economic

Recovery Plan

By Greg Kyllo, MLA for Shuswap

Throughout the pandemic, people

here in the Shuswap and across

the province have made sacrifices

to keep our fellow British Columbians

safe. These sacrifices have always

been driven by the dream of building

a brighter future — a future without

a pandemic, and one that will see our

businesses and communities return to

the ‘normal’ we once all enjoyed. Even

though the challenges of COVID are

still all around us, British Columbians

are pressing government for a plan to

lead us into a stronger and brighter future.

With inflation hitting an 18-year

high and B.C.’s forecast deficit being

estimated at $4.8 billion, we know

that the economic challenges from this

pandemic will be with us long after

COVID is behind us. British Columbians

are looking to the Premier and

his government for a concrete economic

plan that will lead B.C. into its

post-pandemic recovery but frustratingly,

this plan is still missing.

B.C. still has 17,400 fewer private

sector jobs and 12,600 fewer full-time

jobs compared to pre-pandemic levels.

What’s more, the hidden unemployment

rate — which includes people

who have given up looking for work or

have worked fewer hours — remains at

9.6 per cent, showing more and more

British Columbians are giving up on

finding stable employment as they

struggle to find things like affordable

housing and childcare.

These individuals are out of luck

on those fronts too, because the NDP

has fallen well short of its commitment

to build 114,000 new units of housing

in 10 years — constructing just 5,269

units over four years. Meanwhile, the


promises of a $400 renters’ rebate and

universal $10-a-day childcare have

fallen by the wayside.

If the Shuswap and other B.C.

communities are to make a full recovery

from the impacts of the pandemic,

we need an economic plan that promotes

skills training, builds a skilled

labour force, and offers British Columbians

the supports they need to confidently

return to the workforce — like

childcare, affordable housing, and rental

supports. Only then can we build

back our economy and create a strong

post-pandemic future for everyone.

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South Shuswap Health Services

By Caroline Coveyduc

Coming this Fall, the South Shuswap Health Services Society

operating as Copper Island Health and Wellness Center,

in partnership with a local Pharmacist, will launch a healthy

aging program for seniors in the South Shuswap.

This community outreach program will involve educational

seminars on various health-related topics including

COVID-19 as well as diet and nutrition. There will also be

sessions on computer literacy and volunteer led programs to

help seniors with physical activity

and socialization. For

more information regarding

locations and dates and times

of events to come, please visit

the South Shuswap Health

Services Society Facebook

page or website (http://sshss.


The South Shuswap

Health Services Society

would like to recognize Copper

Island Fine Homes as

they generously donated

$10,000 to the Society at a time

when it was desperately needed.

These funds helped in the development of a medical clinic and

offset the losses suffered due to COVID-19 and the barriers to

fund raising it caused. We are truly grateful for their contribution.

We thank Greg and

Tracey and team for their

support and welcome Marcus and Sylvia to our


On October 18, 2021, at 6:00 PM, SSHSS and CIHWC

will host a meeting to discuss access to seniors’ resources and

health care. The current study for the Blind Bay Sorrento incorporation

is an important one and this is an opportunity for

the community to discuss the need of the community and how

the type of governance

we have, may impact

the future of our communities

in the South

Shuswap. Allen Neilson,

of Neilson’s Strategies

is doing the incorporation

study for

AREA C. He will be in

attendance to answer

questions and provide

information to provide

the facts regarding

incorporation. There

Copper Island Fine Homes generously donated $10,000

to South Shuswap Health Services Society

will be limited seating at

the Shuswap Lake Estates Community Centre for those who

would like to attend in person and access via zoom for those

who would prefer to participate via zoom. To register, call

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The Heart of Our Community

By Celia Dyer

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed

citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that

ever has.”

The well-known quote attributed to anthropologist Margaret

Mead greets everyone who comes to the Sorrento Health

Centre. It was a guiding principle in the early years, when the

dedicated folk who dreamt up the idea of a Community Health

Centre worked to make their vision a reality.

This poster-worthy inspiration has been around for decades

but as I read the phrase on a recent visit, I was struck by

its relevance, even today.

A few days ago I was in Zoomland, talking with two researchers

from UBC who are conducting a study on “how rural

communities have been affected by disruptions such as

COVID-19 and wildfires and how they’ve demonstrated resilience”.

I wasn’t entirely clear on how I might best contribute

to their inquiry but as the conversation moved along, I heard

myself sharing stories of various endeavours in our community

that work to make life easier, safer, healthier, more fun and

more connected for all of us.

The researchers from the big city were visibly impressed

with the many and varied groups who devote energy to community

causes and help our area thrive.

I was able to tell them about:

The South Shuswap Transportation Society and the service

they provide to seniors and others who need to be driven to appointments

and elsewhere.

The community meal program coordinated by the Sorrento

Centre and the ongoing important contribution of the Sorrento

Food Bank,

The many health services provided by the Sorrento Health

Centre and the South Shuswap Health Services Society,

How our local Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with

the Arts Council for the South Shuswap, initiated the Market

by the Bay this summer to support local businesses who were

hit hard by the pandemic,

How our many local community halls have used their

creativity to continue to stay active and serve their members

during these difficult times,

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250-675-3661 or email All Covid restrictions

and requirements will be followed.

Copper Island Health and Wellness Centre is located at

#10 - 2417 Golf Course Drive, Blind Bay, B.C., and offers

various services. These include weekly Mobile Lab Services

from Life Labs, taking place twice a week from 8am to 12pm,

Tuesdays and Thursdays (appointment only at this time).

We also offer Foot Care Services taking place every second

Wednesday. For more information or any questions regarding

Seniors Services, please call us at 250-675-3661 or visit our

website We welcome new members and volunteers.


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How there are several different local seniors’

organizations who provide valuable

contact and connection with many of our residents…

…and I could have gone on and on…

A spreadsheet from the South Shuswap Non-Profit Network

tallies over 40 local groups involved in volunteerism in

our area. No wonder the researchers were impressed!

A recent accounting by the Conference Board of Canada, a

not-for-profit think tank that studies economic trends, suggested

that volunteerism in Canada is valued at nearly 56 billion

dollars or is worth approximately 2.5% of our GDP.

But we all know that the heart of community is priceless.

What I learned in talking with the researchers from UBC

is that resilience isn’t some kind of armour you put on in a

time of crisis, it’s a foundation you build long before the crisis

hits. And then when you need to pull

together as a community, you’re well

equipped to do so.

As for news from the Sorrento Health

Centre, we will soon have two Nurse Practitioners

delivering primary care. We are

excited to announce that Lyndsay Lazzarotto

will be joining Theresa Walters as of

February 2022. We will make another announcement

in the future when we begin

Lyndsay Lazzarotto

Nurse Practitioner accepting new patients.

And, as always, if you’re interested in being a part of this

important community organization, please feel free to phone

Celia at 250 675 2346. We would be happy to talk to you

about becoming a member of our Board of Directors.

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AGM - via ZOOM

MONDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2021 @ 7 pm

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN on this 29th day of

September, 2021 that the Annual General Meeting

for the Sorrento Memorial Hall Association will take

place on Monday, October 25th, 2021 at 7:00 pm.

TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that the membership present at

the AGM will be requested to consider, and if thought

fit, to approve the following two Special Resolutions:


Purposes be rescinded and replaced with the following:

The objectives of the Sorrento Memorial Hall Association

shall be to increase and broaden the opportunities for

the residents of Sorrento, and more broadly, the South

Shuswap, to participate and enjoy in sports & recreation,

arts & culture, education & advocacy or any other

activity that fosters a sense of community, belonging

and pride in Sorrento and the South Shuswap region.


Bylaws 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17,

18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25 and further footnoted

provisions: 3, 4, 5 be rescinded and replaced with

proposed bylaws dated for reference October 1st, 2021.

All Sorrento Memorial Hall members in good standing are

invited to attend to review financial statements for 2020, to

discuss and vote on the Special Resolution presented and

to take part in the election of the 2021/22 Board of Directors.

Due to COVID restrictions, the meeting will be held via

Zoom. Pre-registration to attend the AGM is required. Email

the association at: for

the Zoom link to access the AGM meeting on October

25th. A full set of the existing Bylaws to be repealed and

the proposed Bylaws to replace will be sent to members

at the time of registering for the Annual General Meeting.


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Sorrento Centre – Time to

Give Thanks

By Mary Scheidegger

October is month in which we are reminded to give

thanks for the year past. Despite the pandemic and wildfires,

we at the Sorrento Centre are grateful for our life and work in

the Shuswap.

As the leaves are turning and drifting down to carpet the

ground with their golden glory, we look towards the coming

months with anticipation of cozy blankets of white snow and

plaid wool, often accompanied by hot chocolate and quiet reflection.

Now that the busy-ness of the tourism high-season in the

Shuswap has come to an end, we are also taking a breath and

reflecting upon the past summer and all we have to be grateful

for. Despite the challenges of extreme weather and fires

and the plague, we were able to welcome more guests than

the year before.

We are grateful to know that for many guests, summer

memories were filled with the laughter of children and the

splash of water. Friends old and new gathered around campsites,

finding shade on comfortable benches beneath mighty

maples, relaxing on the swim dock, sharing memories and

laughter and delicious meals.

But we are also reminded that not all the guests we

served this summer joined us for summer fun and vacation.

Not everyone we cooked for is living with the comforts so

many of us enjoy. We are ever so grateful to have been able to

welcome and nourish them, one and all.

In June, our festival field was transformed to a mobile

vaccination clinic as truckloads of tents and personnel and

medical supplies rolled in. We are grateful to have the facilities

and the space to offer vital health services to our neighbours

and friends.

Not long after that, the terrifying and aggressive forest

fires raged around us. We were humbled deeply and very honoured

to be a safe and comfortable sanctuary for neighbours

who left behind home and livelihood when evacuated. We are

grateful to know we were able to offer cozy beds, nourishing

food and human comfort during a time of great distress.

Simple, cherished words from one of our evacuated

guests read: “just a short note to express heart felt gratitude

for the great hospitality that was shown to us at our recent

stay at your resort.”

We are grateful for the opportunity to provide for vulnerable

neighbours and offer meaningful employment for young

people. Our commercial kitchen was busy seven days a week

this summer preparing breakfasts, lunches and dinners for not

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Moving Theatre Performing Arts and

FACES at the Arts Council for the South

Shuswap are pleased to announce that we

are offering a Musical Theatre class for

students aged 8-14 at the FACES studio

in Tappen.

This 3-semester class will run on

TUESDAY nights 6:00 – 7:30pm starting

on Tuesday, October 19 and will culminate

in fully-staged musical production

of “The Big Bad Musical” on the weekend

of May 13-15, 2022.

Moving Theatre Performing Arts

partners, Kelly Coubrough (Musical Director)

and Lynette Lightfoot (Choreographer)

just completed a Summer Musical

Theatre camp with the Shuswap Theatre

and we are excited to bring their expertise

and enthusiasm for Musical Theatre to the

South Shuswap. The cost for this program

is $299 for the year.

Registration is limited to 20 students,

so register early to ensure your place at

Kelly Coubrough

(Musical Director)

Lynette Lightfoot


Sorrento Centre

continued from page 22

only our paying guests, but for people

who are hungry in our region. As of the

end of August, more than 50,000 tasty

and nutritious meals had been prepared

and delivered daily to those in need in

Salmon Arm since last spring. Perhaps

you have seen our white van zipping

down the highway – give a honk and

wave next time!

As a gathering place for all, right

here in the heart of Sorrento, we are

grateful to be a hub to and contribute in

meaningful ways to some of the health

and social needs of our community.

Mostly, we are grateful for all our

neighbours and that we are grateful to

be a part of this amazing community -

for almost 60 years now! What are you

grateful for?

Mary Scheidegger is Communications

Manager at the Sorrento Centre:

• Available Suites from $2050 per month

• Home Cooked Meals

• Housekeeping

• Social Calendar

• 24-7 Staff

• Assisted Living Services Available

24 The South Shuswap Scoop October 2021

Fall Garden Clean Up Prevents Bear Encounters

By Barbra Fairclough

In a survey published in October 2020 by Dalhousie University

in partnership with Angus Reid BC, 51% of respondents

reported growing at least one fruit or vegetable at home

and 17.4% said they started during the pandemic. With this

widespread and growing interest in growing food, bear proofing

your yard will help ensure you reap your harvest.

During late summer and early fall months, bears are active

preparing for winter during a stage of “hyperphagia.” Hyperphagia

is a period of excessive eating. During this time,

they are extremely food motivated and

may consume up to 20,000 calories daily.

Bears will move in search of easily

available food sources.

Garbage is the number one bear attractant

in BC. Fruit is the second highest

reported attractant. During hyperphagia

when bears are highly motivated

to find food late harvest apples ripening

during September and October can be a

rich and abundant source for calories for

hungry bears.

Garbage can be tucked away into

a shed away from the interest of bears, a fruit tree cannot be

moved. This makes it a predictable and consistent source of

food. Timely fall garden maintenance can decrease sources

of attractants for bears before problems develop.

Removing windfalls daily and picking fruit just prior to

ripening keeps the area clean and less attractive for bears.

This has the added benefit of also reducing attractants for other

wildlife. If you do not want the work of timely harvesting,

pruning to prevent flowering will significantly reduce the

amount of fruit produced. Prune trees when dormant.

Vegetable gardens with a bounty of vegetables can also be

an easy food source. A well maintained electric fence can help

keep your late harvest winter vegetables available into winter.

Be sure and remove any vegetables left after harvesting that

will not make it to the dinner table. Guidelines on how to build

an electric fence are on the WildsafeBC website at https://

Some communities develop a local fruit/ vegetable exchange

or gleaners’ program to assist in harvesting and making

food available to others. Working within your community you

can identify a network of interested volunteers.

With Halloween comes porch

pumpkins. WildsafeBC suggests

leaving your carved pumpkins

out only during daytime and

tucking them indoors overnight.

Remember to maintain your bear

proofing approach to discarding

the pumpkin.

Small hobby farms with livestock,

chicken coops, apiaries

and food plants have a variety of

Garbage is #1 bear attractant

attractants. An electric fence energized

both day and night and

keeping animals inside at night can be beneficial in reducing


During summer there is abundant natural food sources for

birds. WildsafeBC notes that a kilogram of sunflower seeds

has eight thousand calories- about twenty times the caloric reward

a bear would get from grazing the same weight of wild

clover. When bears are active during fall remember to keep the

pet food indoors and refrain from putting the birdfeeder out

until winter when natural bird food is less abundant.

Report wildlife conflicts to Conservation Officer Service

at 1877 952 7277.

For more information on how to reduce conflict withbears

and other wildlife encounters contact Julia Helland, WildSafe-

BC Columbia Shuswap Coordinator, at columbiashuswap@

“Like” WildsafeBC Columbia Shuswap on Facebook

What was the witch’s favourite

subject in school? Spelling.

What’s a witch’s favorite makeup?


October 2021

Business Scoop

Coach’s Corner – The Importance of Gratitude

By Paul Abra,

Motivated Coaching

“Make it a habit to tell people, thank

you. To express your appreciation sincerely

and without the expectation of

anything in return. Truly appreciate

those around you, and you’ll soon find

many others around you. Truly appreciate

life, and you’ll find that you have

more of it.”—Ralph Marston

Gratitude is the quality of being

thankful and the readiness

to show appreciation and

return kindness. By expressing

our thanks and

showing appreciation we

are addressing one of the

deepest human needs—

that of being appreciated. We all want

and need to be recognized and appreciated

for our efforts no matter how modest

they may seem.

Receiving gratitude, helps people

experience more positive emotions, enjoy

good experiences, see improvement

in their mental and physical health, and

strengthens relationships. Within a professional

work setting, stimulating these

four areas will increase staff engagement.

Organizations rely on everyone’s effort

and attitude. Although people may

do their job, doing it with a positive attitude

and sense of ownership is optional.

Recognizing and appreciating how

people are going about their work, reinforces

the contributions they are making

and solidifies their engagement. Tom

Peters, author of many leadership titles

including In Search of Excellence, places

saying, “Thank You” in first and second

place of his 51 pieces of commonplace

advice to help create and sustain the

foundation for a successful organization.

“Who does not thank for little will

not thank for much.”—Estonian Proverb

In their book, Leading with Gratitude,

authors Adrian Gostick and Chester

Elton, present the argument, supported

by extensive research, that practicing

gratitude leads to increased employee

morale, efficiency and productivity. All

of which lead to engagement. They emphasize

“seeing” those things, small and

large, that deserve our thanks

and making sure we “express”

our gratitude often and as

close to the event as possible.

When you take the time to

notice what people are working

on and accomplishing and

then thank them for it, you are expressing

your gratitude and showing them that

their efforts are helping the project or

business succeed. This gratitude needs

to be clear and authentic and needs to

mention the specific action or outcome to

which you are referring.

What are ways in which you can express

your gratitude? How can you make

gratitude a habit in your business?

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing

it is like wrapping a present and not

giving it.” —William

Arthur Ward

Rob Marshall

is the Executive

Director of


Futures Shuswap.

For more small

business tips and

resources, visit

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Do we even need

Halloween anymore?

I’ve been wearing

a mask and eating candy

for over 14 months...


26 The South Shuswap Scoop October 2021

Rail Trail Receives BC Active Transportation Grant

Media Release

A $500,000 grant towards the Shuswap North Okanagan

Rail Trail will support preliminary work of the 19.8 km

section of the rail trail from Sicamous to Mara, allowing the

public early access to this part of the trail.

The Columbia Shuswap Regional District (CSRD), Regional

District of the North Okanagan (RDNO) in partnership

with Splatsin te Secwépemc, will use BC Active Transportation

provincial grant funding for an Early Access Safety

and Asset Protection project which will begin development

of the preliminary 19.8 kilometre rail trail corridor. Contributions

from the CSRD Electoral Area E and District of Sicamous

Economic Opportunities Fund were used to leverage

grant funding.

The Sicamous-to-Mara application was submitted in July

to address rock scaling, road crossings, bridge decking, safety

signage, preliminary grading, and erosion mitigation. This

funding will allow a portion of the corridor to open for early

access and exploration prior to the final finished Shuswap

North Okanagan Rail Trail.

“We know that people are enthusiastic about using active

transportation as an affordable, safe, climate-friendly and enjoyable

way to get around,” said Rob Fleming, Minister of

Transportation and Infrastructure. “That’s why we’re making

these investments in safe bike routes, walking paths and other

local active-transportation infrastructure. This program is

one of many ways we’re working to create more liveable and

better-connected communities across B.C.”

Increasing the accessibility of active-transportation networks

and other green modes of transportation is central to

Move. Commute. Connect., B.C.’s comprehensive strategy

to make local transportation safer, greener and more accessible

for all British Columbians. Over the next three years,

$36 million has been committed to the Active Transportation

Infrastructure Grants program, with nearly $13.7 million in

funding awarded in 2021.

(Continued on page 27)

Habitat for Humanity Kamloops

is now accepting applications for new housing in Blind Bay, BC

Four lots are being developed. Each lot will be developed with one of the two home plans below.

Lot #11 thru #14 at 2872 Golf Course Drive, Blind Bay, BC

Habitat for Humanity Kamloops is happy to continue to work towards building

attainable housing within our entire region. For more information or to fill out an

application online, please visit our website at: or

email John Rose at:

October 2021

(Continued from page 26)

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The Shuswap North Okanagan Rail trail looking north

along Mara Lake. Photo Credit: Jacob Brett

“With this recent announcement, we have now secured

more than $1.2 million in grant funding and $200,000 in

corporate and community donations, “ said Alex de Chantal,

Fundraising Strategy Coordinator. “Incredibly this was

all accomplished in under a year! The early success of the

Capital Fundraising Campaign shows there is significant

support from the community, and various levels of government,

to get this rail trail built. However, we’re not done

yet. Significant fundraising dollars are still needed to reach

our $8 million goal. I am grateful to the CSRD Board and

Electoral Area E Director Rhona Martin and District of Sicamous

council for their ongoing support of the rail trail and

for using Economic Opportunity Funds. I applaud Splatsin,

CSRD, and the RDNO for their leadership and commitment

to building this section of the rail trail.”

There are also exciting developments happening further

south, with the Trails of the Okanagans Society making great

progress towards development of their section of trail from

Kelowna to Osoyoos.

For more information or to donate,

visit www.ShuswapNorthOkanagan-

Do you own waterfront property on

Shuswap or surrounding lakes?

Stay informed with SWOA

Shuswap waterfront owners are faced with new and changing

regulations from all levels of government.

• We successfully lobbied local and provincial governments to

allow for larger docks.

• We advocate for waterfront owners rights and keep our

members informed of their responsibilities

• We continue to monitor the activities on the Shuswap Watershed

Council and stress responsible use of taxpayers dollars

• We actively support local and provincial efforts to prevent

the introduction of Zebra and Quagga mussels to BC.

• Our board members have over 300 years of experience on

the Shuswap, and are familiar with issues like the new

changes to the Federal Fisheries Act

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

buoys and their removal

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

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

with information on lake regulations associated with living and

building on the lake.

Shuswap Waterfront Owners Association

go to and click JOIN SWOA

For more information email


Located on the beautiful Shuswap

28 The South Shuswap Scoop October 2021

The Board of Education of

School District No. 83

(North Okanagan- Shuswap)

PO Box 129 ~ 341 Shuswap St. S.W. ~ Salmon Arm,

BC, V1E 4N2 ~ Phone: (250) 832 2157


Reconnecting Community -

at Eagle Bay

By Cathy Wolf

We continue to face some

delays in moving the “Park”

agenda forward, however,

re-opening the hall is moving

ahead on a number of fronts

and will take us some way toward

rebuilding community

connections and fostering community


Health requirements are

clear at this time, and we will

be abiding by them. Margaret

McCormick has posted the

latest information stating that

“Most activities at the Eagle

Bay Hall are exempt from the

Public Health Order regarding

gatherings and events that

require proof of vaccination.

This is because most activities

involve less than 50 participants.”

The exception

to this

is fitness class

which does require

proof of

vaccine and

follows requirements


single and second

doses. With that information,

we are moving forward

with activities in the hall that

run throughout the weekdays.

Of particular note is the

children’s group that meets on

Friday mornings. They have

had a number of parents and

children attend and are planning

a Halloween party for the

end of October. It is great to

see so many children playing

in the hall and arrangements

are being made for toys and

tables, as well as books, crafts

and games, to be part of their

Friday morning time together.

They will be decorating

the hall and looking for “trick

or treat” activities that involve

community members. Stay

tuned for more information on

that front.

While our September Coffee

House was cancelled, we

do plan on having a rousing

session October 23. Seating

will be limited to 45, including

musicians. Dessert will be

available and of course, coffee

and tea will be

provided. Hope

you can attend.

We have also

received a temporary

food license to host an

“Ol’ Fashion Ham Bake” in

November. There will be two

sittings, each limited to 40

guests, one on Saturday, November

20 starting at 5:00,

dinner at 6:00 and another,

Sunday, November 21 starting

at 12:30. Lunch is served

at 1:00. The bar will be open,

50/50 tickets will be available.

There are raffle prizes,

and entertainment from “The

Hamsters” for our after-dinner

delight. Tickets will go on

sale in November. Mark your


Regarding the

development of

the Eagle Bay Park

this fall, we have

just been notified

by the CSRD that

due to the federal

election, grant announcements


the province have been halted.

And so … now that the

election is over, what will

forthcoming and when?

Those are questions we have

left with the CSRD. Needless

to say we are more than

ready to start this work and,

as you know from the state of

our current outdoor area, we

have been helping significantly

with demolition. More and

more boards are disappearing

from the tennis court and

the old skate change room is

now missing its roof and one

wall. The doors are still there.

I take some consolation that it

might serve us better to have

the work completed in the early

spring rather than start and

stop over the winter. We will

continue to check in with the

CSRD and keep you posted.

Hope to see you at the

Coffee House or at the “Ol’

Fashion Ham Bake”. Thanks

to those who are buying memberships.

We appreciate your

support and your participation.

October 2021

Fright Night in White Lake!

White Lake Fire Department

By Dawn Clarke

It is a Ghouls Night

Out, a Field of Screams,

a Spooktacular Sunday.

A Pumpkin Fest…….

take your pick, it’s all

happening at the White Lake

Fire Department’s Halloween

Special. Known in the area

for a fun Halloween event, and

despite the Covid necessity of

scaling down the celebrations,

the annual White Lake event

will not disappoint.

The White Lake Fire Hall

is the venue on Sunday October

31, 6-8pm, when a drive

thru parade will provide a

scary, spooky, ghoulish event

to haunt visitors on Halloween

night. Firefighters in weird

and wonderful costumes will

be ensuring grave tales and

spooky happenings fill the evening

with haunting memories

of a special Halloween.

For those creative souls

who want to demonstrate their

spookability and artistic

cutting, how about a

pumpkin carving competition

with prizes for

the scariest and most

individual entry? You

can use your own pumpkin

or if you need one, pick one

up at the Fire Hall on Tuesday,

26 October between 7 and

9pm. Drop off your competition

entry, with your name and

phone number, at the Fire Hall

on Sunday 31, between 12 and


For those with a sweet

tooth, there will be candy, all

donated by residents, so nobody

misses out on the fun.

White Lake Fire Department

prides itself on supporting

the community and

is looking forward to making

this Halloween extra

special in these demanding

times, and to welcoming

young and old to enjoy a

‘Fright to Remember’.

Any plans today Sam?

Just the usual--gonna place

a single strand across where

humans walk at face level!

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I n r e s p o n s e t o t h e m o s t r e c e n t p u b l i c h e a l t h

o r d e r , t h e C S R D h a s d e c i d e d t o p o s t p o n e t h e

p l a n n e d c o m m u n i t y e n g a g e m e n t p r o c e s s . T h i s

d e c i s i o n w a s t a k e n a f t e r c a n v a s s i n g m e m b e r s o f

t h e I n c o r p o r a t i o n S t u d y A d v i s o r y C o m m i t t e e a n d

c o n s u l t i n g t h e M i n i s t r y o f M u n i c i p a l A f f a i r s .

A l l p u b l i c e v e n t s w i l l b e r e s c h e d u l e d o n c e t h e r e i s

a s a f e e n v i r o n m e n t f o r p e o p l e t o g a t h e r a n d

d i s c u s s t h i s i m p o r t a n t i n i t i a t i v e .

T h e C S R D w i l l c o n t i n u e t o u p d a t e F A Q s a n d w i l l

r e l e a s e a d d i t i o n a l i n f o r m a t i o n a t r e g u l a r i n t e r v a l s

d u r i n g t h e f a l l .





The Candy Trail Map is LIVE

By Rebecca Taylor Goode

What started as a way to

let our kids safely enjoy trick

or treating, has grown into a

wonderful way to spread joy in

our community. Thank you to

everyone who participated last

year and for the encouragement

to make it an annual tradition.

If you will be handing out

candy this year and want in the

action again, here’s how:

Send your name and address



Stock up on candy.

Make sure to let us

know if you’ve gone all out on

the decorating. We’ll give you

a special icon on the map so

people can swing by and check

it out.

Please make sure to get

your info in no later than October


Thanks to Thomas Goode

- IG Wealth Management for

once again being our map


Happy Halloween everyone!

There are already several

homes in the Blind Bay area

participating. See the map at



Tutors Needed

The Literacy Alliance of the Shuswap Society (LASS)

wants to help seniors in the South Shuswap gain the

computer skills needed to condently and safely use


If you are a computer user you can help - no need

to be a computer expert!

Commitment is one hour a week for 6 to 8 week


Contact Sierre Allison at

250-463-4555 or

for more information

on this rewarding

volunteer opportunity.

30 The South Shuswap Scoop October 2021

White Lake Triathlon- A Huge

Community Success

By Sarah Zuidhof

Community, physical activity,

and the beautiful surroundings

of White Lake

were celebrated on Sunday,

Sept 12 at the White Lake Triathlon.

The event began with

the call of the loons echoing

over the lake, welcoming all

70 participants to the area.

Some participants completed

all three events (swim, bike,

run) while other participants

were divided into teams and each took

one sport to complete.

Brook and Nico Glanville

The White Lake Triathlon was created

with the goal of building community

in a fun and active way. One of its main

goals was to attract community members

who had never tried a triathlon to

participate in a community event and in

a new sport. One of those participants

was Diana Robertson from Eagle Bay.

This was her first triathlon in 23 years

and she was so thankful to have a goal

to accomplish. Another participant was

Emily McIsaac, one of the White Lake

Shuswap Better at Home

“A little extra help for seniors to remain

confidently in their own homes”


• Check-in calls & friendly visits

• Light housekeeping

• Transportation to appointments

• Resource, referral, and information

Staff, Volunteers and Contractors have been

carefully veed and trained for your security

Central Intake 250-253-2749

Emily McIsaac and

Sophie Randall


The White Lake

triathlon raised

$1400 to give to the

White Lake Residents


for the development

and maintenance of

recreational facilities

in the White

Lake community.

The community rallied

together with incredible

volunteers of all ages.

Local seniors were handing out

food bags to athletes, teens were

patrolling the waters on kayaks

and the White Lake Fire department

was directing traffic for the


We had amazing volunteers.

Their infectious energy and positive

spirit is what we cherish

about living in this community.

The spirit of the White Lake Triathlon

is what makes this event unique from

other triathlons in the area. Participants

were encouraged to cheer each other on

Bikers: Skylar Zuidhof, Elliotte Anderson, Brynn

Zuidhof, Piper Zuidhof, Kiara Zuidhof

White Lake volunteers

Sprint Swimmers

and to thank their volunteers. And this

spirit was evident throughout the day

with strangers encouraging each other to

keep going and stay strong. “One of the

biggest highlights is seeing families

and teams participate together,”

states Mel Brandsma. There

were 10 teams that participated

with a different person taking on

either swimming, biking or running.

The White Lake Triathlon

committee would also like to acknowledge

the generousity of the

local community sponsors like

Kintec, Skookum, Active Chiro-

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Funded by the Government of BC. Income based service fees may apply

October 2021

Great Art on the Green

By Susan McLeod

Great art, great weather, beautiful location, good food and

drinks, great music . . . these were just a few of the comments

overheard at the Art on the Green event held Saturday, August 28.

Karen Brown of the Arts Council of the South Shuswap started

the day off by introducing the Committee responsible for putting

Art on the Green together – Susan McLeod, Lorrie Kelsey,

Don Chambers, Cynthia Blacklock and Rose Collin. The ribbon

was cut and a steady stream of people followed. Over 400 visitors

strolled along the exhibits on Cedar Heights Golf Course to meet

the artists showcasing their work. Many were fortunate to purchase

their favorite piece.

Special thanks in no particular order go out to: ACSS for their

financial aid; Lorrie Kelsey for providing her painting of the golf

course as background for our print media; Joyce Sotski for generously

donating her graphic art skills in designing our posters and

brochures; Hucul Printing for their printing services; Brian Waddington/Russ

McLeod for manning the delivery of art displays to

their sites. Of special note, Leigh Cotterill for the loan of his Gator

and CHCA for the loan of their unit.

Lorraine McCulloch for stepping in

last minute to help man the Host Kiosk.

16+ volunteers who donated their time

to decorate, help set-up, provide breaktime

for the artists, and stick around

to assist in take down. Gord Oh’s and

Crystal’s Baked Blessings for their delicious

offerings throughout the day.

Gord and Linda Shea from CHCA for

running the Wine & Beer Garden. Peter

Blacklock and his Ukulele Band for

providing their unique brand of joyful


So many contributed to make this

event a success on which to build on for

next year, plans that worked and areas

needing improvement. The Committee

looks forward to working with CHCA

in improving handicap access to the golf


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Susan McLeod, Lorrie Kelsey, Cynthia Blacklock,

Don Chambers.

Missing from photo – Rose Collin.


White Lake Triathlon

continued from page 30

practic, SASCU and the Blind Bay Village


“It was so good to be a part of a

community event again,” stated Keith

Hepburn, the head timer for this event.

“It’s been a really long time.” He, like

many others left the White Lake Triathlon

invigorated from the celebration of

community and activity.

32 The South Shuswap Scoop October 2021

By Judi Kembel

We are very sorry to report the passing of one of our valued

members. Lion Hannelore Wiesenthal of Chase passed

away September 17, 2021 after a short illness. She will be

sorely missed.

The Sorrento Memorial Hall has been home to the Sorrento

Lions Club since 1973. Several

members got together on September

18 to clear the compound of

weeds and do a general tidy up.

The Sorrento Lions Club hosts

Halloween parties for the youth,

Senior’s Christmas parties and

Father’s Day Pancake Breakfasts

as well as assisting with Remembrance

Day services at the hall.

On October 25, the Sorrento

Memorial Hall Association will be

holding its Annual General Meeting

– please watch for notification in

your local papers. This year, the majority

of the current Hall Board of Directors,

all volunteers, are stepping down and replacements will be

needed. If you are interested in helping or volunteering, please

try to attend or contact them at sorrentomemorialhall@gmail.

com .

All residents and property owners, 18 years of age or older

in the Sorrento & Blind Bay Fire Protection District (West

– Little River Road; South – Notch Hill; East – Codd Road

Sorrento Lions Club

(East of Carlin School) and North – Eagle

Bay Road (up to and including McArthur

Heights), you are all free (no membership

fee) members of this hall.

We are currently holding our weekly meat

draws every Friday from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm for ten meat

draws and the 50/50 draw at 7:00

pm at the Copper Island Bar and

Grill. Tickets are $1.00 each and

good for all draws. Come early

to ensure a seat. All COVID

protocols and restrictions are being

followed. The new owners

will be continuing the Fish and

Chip Friday night special and we

look forward to seeing you there

again. On October 1st, we held a

draw for 10 turkeys, just in time

for Thanksgiving dinner.

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 .

If you are interested in helping your community, please

consider joining our club as either a member or a “Friend of

the Lions” volunteer. We meet on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of

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

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

and would like more information about becoming a Lion,

please contact the Sorrento Lions Club at our email address: . We would love to hear from

you! Check out our website at


Lion’s work party at the Sorrento Memorial Hall.

L to R are Lions Brian, Judi, Maureen, Terry,

Wayne, Trudy and Bailey.

Form Rentals Available


Where does a ghost go on vacation? Mali-boo.

What is in a ghost’s nose? Boo-gers.

October 2021



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Heating & Cooling Dealer

The newest oldest resident of Notch Hill, Anna Bergen,

moved to Sorrento from Burns Lake in May. Her family

and friends gathered to celebrate her 100th Birthday

on Saturday Sept 25 th at her home on Davies Road

where she resides with her daughter and granddaughter.

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LASS Release

Seniors in the Sunnybrae area will be able to access free

one-on-one computer support starting this fall. The

Literacy Alliance of the Shuswap Society (LASS),

in partnership with the Sunnybrae Seniors Hall will

be offering free computer tutoring sessions for seniors.

Cyber Senior’s programs match a volunteer tutor with

a senior learner who then meet for one hour a week for 6 to

8 weeks and focus on becoming comfortable with technology.

In addition to the Sunnybrae program Cyber Seniors

sessions also run in Blind Bay, Salmon Arm, Enderby and


Artistry - A Unique Artisan


By Jean Toker

This year, the Artistry

Christmas Gift and Bake

Sale at the Blind Bay Memorial

Hall will offer a great

selection of special items

for your home decorating as

well as that special something

for yourself, family or

friends. At this time of year,

the search is on for unusual

and unique items made by

local Artisans and we have

just what you are looking


Imagine putting a oneof-a-kind

item under the tree

for someone special in your

life, Whether it is a specialty

soap, handcrafted wooden

bowl, box or sign, a wonderful

handmade fabric wrap,

silk scarf, or unique jewelry,

a beautiful purse or wallet,

homemade cards, stained

glass or a lovely painting,

you will find something to


There will be many new

items to decorate your home

in the spirit of the season.

Welcome your guests with

signs, wreaths, wonderful table

and tree decorations and

find something at the bake

sale to put on your newly

decorated table.

Come down to Blind

Bay Memorial Hall at 2510

Blind Bay Road. Take time

to talk to the Artisans and

watch a demonstration of

weaving by Sharon Eliason,

a weaver from Armstrong.

We have a wonderful community

rich with very talented

individuals. Make some

new friends or visit with

your neighbors over a cup of

coffee and enjoy the friendly

atmosphere at this years’


For everyone’s safety,

Covid19 protocols will be


Artistry is open November

13 and 14 from 10am to


Cyber Seniors Computer Program at Sunnybrae Seniors Hall

LASS is currently looking for volunteer tutors who are

able to commit one hour per week to help local seniors

with basic computer skills such as how to use

a mouse, how to set up an email account, how to

search for information on the Internet, or how to use

an iPad or tablet.

If you are interested in this rewarding community volunteer

opportunity with the Sunnybrae Cyber Seniors program,

or would like to sign up as a student, please contact

Sierre Allison, Cyber Seniors Facilitator, at 250-463-4555 or

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We’re back!! Within all

COVID guidelines, but very

glad to be able to again offer

programs and events. Some

of our regular programs have

already started.

Like a friendly game of

Canasta or Crib? Join us every

Monday afternoon from

1 pm – 4 pm. Don’t know

how to play? Don’t worry.

We are a friendly group and

are happy to show newbies

the ropes. Everyone is welcome.

Fee for non-Cedar

Heights members is $5.

Carpet Bowling is also

underway every Wednesday

afternoon at 1:30 pm on the

lower level of the Centre.

The competition here is very

friendly and much laughter

can be heard when games are


Our avid Snooker players

meet every afternoon, except

Wednesday, at 1 pm on

the lower level. All equipment

is provided. Come by

and check us out.

Keep Fit and Sit and

Be Fit classes began October

4 and are held Monday,

Wednesday and Friday. Currently

our regular Keep Fit

classes are full. There are a

few spots left in Sit and Be

Fit. Cedar Heights Community

Association membership

is required to enroll in any of

our Keep Fit classes. If you

are interested in the Sit and

Be Fit classes, see the website

for more information.

Need some dessert on

hand for your fall get-togethers?

Our Annual Apple Pie

Fundraiser is on! A nine-inch

unbaked apple for $10 can

be pre-ordered by calling or

emailing Gloria (gloria16@ or 250 675-0036).

These pies sell out so don’t

delay in placing your order.

Pies can be picked up at

the Centre October 19 from

3-4:30 pm or October 20

from 4-6 pm.

We are celebrating Octoberfest

on October 29th

with a Smokie dinner and

a movie The movie is “My

Father” with Anthony Hopkins.

Dinner is $10 for one

smokie; $15 for 2 smokies.

The movie is $5. Everyone is

welcome. Dinner tickets are

on sale Tuesday’s and Thursday’s

till October 21. Just

want to come to the movie?

Drop-ins for the movie are


At Cedar Heights we

believe we all play a part

in keeping each other safe

during this pandemic. We

will adhere to the provincial

health guidelines. This means

participants in our program

or events will be required to

show proof of vaccination

and must wear masks at indoor

activities. We appreciate

your understanding.

More information on the

programs and events can be

found on our website

A very Happy Thanksgiving

to everyone. Be kind.

Stay safe.

October 2021

School Start Up and

COVID Update

SD83 Release

Superintendent of Schools Donna Kriger

said she is happy to report SD83 had a smooth

start up with staff and students returning to clean, safe

schools. “I would like to once again thank all the staff who

worked diligently over the summer months to improve and

clean our facilities.”

The first meeting of the new school year for the Board

of Education of School District No. 83 (North Okanagan-Shuswap)

in September was a “hybrid” with trustees

and staff in-person at the District Education Support Centre

(DESC) and interested participants joining online via livestream.

“It’s been gratifying to see our students return to inclass

learning and we have heard from our principals how

great it was to see high school students being able to work

outside of cohort groups and elementary students out playing

with their friends and classmates during break times,”

reported Kriger.

“As you are aware, many of the restrictions we experienced

with COVID last year have been loosened. I believe

we all understand the importance of providing students with

opportunities to participate in extracurricular activities.

I’m pleased to report that extracurricular opportunities can

be enjoyed by students despite continued challenges with

COVID-19. We are still taking preventative health and safety

measures which were developed by Provincial Health

Officials and the Ministry of Education.”

These include the daily health check, mask wearing indoors

for all staff and visitors as well as students in grades 4

to 12, including at their desk and on school buses. She added

there have been multiple schools impacted with COVID

exposures across the district. “When we are notified by Interior

Health, our principals and vice principals collect the

information necessary for the health authority to determine

next steps.”

“Around the issue of COVID, I’d like to thank our

partners in Health for making vaccination clinics accessible

for our communities and caring for those impacted by

the virus. Given the situations we experienced with unauthorized

individuals entering our schools last week, I’d like

to also thank parents and guardians for their understanding

and support. Our school staff and PVPs did an excellent job

of ensuring that students were well cared for during a challenging


Later in the meeting Culler reported to the Board that

SD83 will be receiving two grants under the COVID-19

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Recovery Plan, one with a mental health focus and

the other with a health and safety focus. The one time

COVID-19 Recovery Plan grant of $470,845 is to help

address the impacts on students and staff of isolation and

stress because of the pandemic. The one time health and

safety grant of $183,168 is to help support the safe return

to B.C. schools with necessary cleaning, disinfecting,

hand hygiene resources, ventilation, and personal protection

equipment supplies.

Enrolment - SD83’s projected enrolment last spring

was around 6,500 students. Kriger said she is pleased to report

that the current enrolment is 6,674, which is 174 students

up from the projections.

Kriger also noted that the district currently has 676 students

enrolled in the Education Outreach Program. There

are 54 enrolled in kindergarten to Grade 8 (which would be

full time) with the remainder taking courses at the Grade

9-12. Of these approximately 115 are full time and the remainder

are enrolled in a “brick and mortar” school and

picking up a course or two.

A recording of this meeting is available on the school

district website.

T y Rajewski


Cell: 250-463-9797

Office: 778-442-5420


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By Liz-Ann Munro Lamarre, Dental Hygiene Provider

Access to dental maintenance matters: even smart people

often don’t know what happens inside their mouth until symptoms


Faulty beliefs followed precisely can make situations

worse. Take the common belief that “gum recession is caused

by people who brush too aggressively”: If you were told that,

perhaps the person telling you did not go to science school.

Here is what actually happens:

Plaque is a mix of food leftovers, minerals and 4-500 families

of bacteria who regularly live in the human mouth, who

settle at gumline where the juicy flesh is.

After 24 hours, the plaque hardens into apartment buildings

for bacteria, who produce products that are uniquely

theirs. This activates the immune system, whose job it is to

know what is “self” and “not-self”, because plaque is definitely

“not-self”. Gingivitis shows as extra blood vessels which bring

immune cells charged with “search and destroy” mandates to

chemically break down stuff on your teeth, exactly as with a

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splinter in your finger.

The bone that holds the teeth is alive and cells build and

break down in balance called “bone remodelling”. By-products

of gingivitis cause the cells that break down bone to work faster,

resulting in a net bone loss.

With bone leaving, we see root surface exposed, but gum

recession is not actually a thing: it is the BONE that is leaving,

and then bone is gone, it is gone. See? People who avoided

brushing their gums created conditions for recession. Prevention

means keeping the gums – especially under the gums –

very clean.

One might ask: “How come I’ve been coming here for

years, doing exactly what you told me to do, and now I am suffering

from irreversible bone loss?” “Receding gums” sounds

less threatening, and more like something you yourself could

be blamed for. But there is no need to accept that!

For more information contact Liz-Ann at Smile Mission

Oral Health Outreach Society (SMOHOS), visit

or call 250 832 6692

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Carlin Hall Community


By Jane Stephenson

Crisp air and changing

colours indicate autumn

is here. Add some blue

skies and sunshine and

we have a little icing on

the cake!! Beautiful!

The Board of Directors

is pleased to announce

that some programming will

be returning starting in the

month of October. See the

website calendar for specific

dates and details.

There is still a pandemic,

and the PHO requires that

all who enter Carlin Hall will

show their proof of vaccination.

Masks will be required.

The first coffeehouse is

scheduled for October 2 at

7:00 pm. While this event

will have taken place prior to

the SCOOP distribution date,

the following information

will be helpful to readers as

they plan to attend any events

in the future. Please be reminded

that the coffeehouse

dates remain on the first Saturday

of each month.

The audience size will be

limited. Purchasing of tickets

will be online through the

website link at

There will be no tickets available

at the door.

The coffeehouse format

is changing this year.

There will be 3 acts playing

for approximately 15 minutes

each. A short intermission

will take place and there

will be a ‘feature band’ entertaining

for 30-40 minutes.


CIANS: If you are interested

in being part of a coffeehouse

evening, please contact Diane

Jewell ahead of time at 250

517 0861. Diane will schedule

you on a certain date/



MITTED. Thanks so much

to everyone for your cooperation

with this as our volunteers

work to ensure things

can run as smoothly as possible.

Tickets for the coffeehouses

are $5, goodies

and coffee will be available,

as well as 50/50


New memberships

are now available via our


Cost is $20. The expiry date

for current memberships is

September 30, 2021.

Larry and Jane Stephenson

are returning to conduct a

weekly acoustic music workshop

for beginner musicians

or those with experience who

enjoy playing at a slower

tempo; allowing them to try

some new things or perhaps

learn a new instrument. Participants

will gain an understanding

of how to play basic

melody, chords, rhythm,

along with getting a feel for

playing in a ‘jam’ environment.

This is a great opportunity

to learn in a relaxed,

supportive atmosphere. The

cost is $50 for a 10-week session

and takes place Tuesday

evenings from 7-9 pm. New

participants are welcome! For

further details please contact

Larry or Jane at 250 675


The Wednesday evening

intermediate jam is starting

in October. This jam group

is always eager to welcome

new participants into the fold.

Diane Jewell will answer

any questions you may have.

She can be reached at 250

517 0861. The format will be

Wednesdays from 7-9 pm and

will be either a 10-week session

for $50 or 8-week session

for $40.

The promise of music,

entertainment, learning,

and social gathering has us

all looking forward to sharing

time together again. If

you are able to join in, we

would be thrilled to see you.

Best wishes for a safe, joyous


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Notch Hill Natter

By Anna-Marie Eckhart

Hello from the Natter. As the

shorter days and cooler evenings have

now arrived, we are awarded with the

abundance of vibrant colors from the fall leaves and foliage

here in the South Shuswap.

September 18 was also a colorful day for the Notch Hill

School House. The school was host to its first Fundraising Art

A Thon. Artists young and young at heart had classes of an

hour long to paint to their hearts’ desire. At the end of the day

the paintings were professionally photographed and live auctioned

off on Facebook, with the proceeds of $1,670 going to

the Restoration and Revitalization of the Notch Hill School


The Notch Hill Town Hall Association would like to

thank their community supporters who contributed to the successful

fundraising event. Frankie’s Pizza, Lighthouse Market,

Bounce Radio, A Mixed Bag of Art, Meikle Studio, Crooked

Creek Photography, and for all the volunteers who gave their

time and helping hands.

The last Notch Hill Town Hall Board Meeting of the year

was held September 13. NHTHA General meetings will resume

March 28, 2022. The annual AGM date has been set for

April 4, 2022. The Notch Hill Heritage Rentals will resume

Wedding, Family Reunions, and Community Rentals May 1,


The NHTHA would like to thank the CSRD for the Grant

in Aid of $5000 to be used for operational costs occurred for

the hall in 2022. With the loss of most fundraising revenue

this year, the hall will now be able to open its doors again to

its community and guests in 2022.

A fall clean-up for the Notch Hill Community park

grounds is scheduled for Saturday October 23, 2021 at 10 am.

Bring your rake and coffee. Volunteerism at its best!

A Christmas Market is planned for November 6 at the

Notch Hill Town Hall. The Shuswap Market Group will return

with their array group of local artisans, home based businesses,

and of course your favorite vendors.

Always welcoming new members or

volunteers at the hall. Annual membership


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Re: Exercising Kindness and Respect

One of my greatest joys as a Canadian

is our country’s people. On the world stage,

we are admired for being a nation filled with

kindness and respect and we are friendly.

We come from such diverse and different

backgrounds, all influenced by a number

of things as we grow – our family values, our

culture, our religion and the people who we

choose to surround ourselves with. All of

these influencers create a Canadian mosaic

of citizens with differing viewpoints and opinions.

Aren’t we lucky to live in a country and

in a time where we are free to express those

varying viewpoints? Certainly, but here’s the

point I’d like to make today.

One of my greatest concerns is the polarization

on some of these views and the

ways in which we choose to express our

opinions. Sadly, we’ve turned to publicly

shaming or intimidating others who have a

differing view from our own. It’s commendable

for people to have passion and conviction

behind their opinions but the way in

which these views are expressed is becoming

unkind and disrespectful. As a society,

I’m concerned that we are becoming rather

mean and this worries me, especially during

such a vulnerable time. The COVID 19 pandemic

and its lingering effects on peoples’

families, businesses and communities is astounding.

Who thought we’d still be dealing

with this almost two years later? It’s playing

on people’s dispositions and the effects are

starting to show.

I’ve noticed a disturbing trend where

one feels it’s okay to use social media to lash

out. Social media has allowed some to become

rather brave (and I use that word in a

very loose sense as in actual fact, it’s cowardly).

Using their keyboards, thereby alleviating

the need to meet face-to-face, they feel

free to attack their fellow citizens, their community

leaders and others who may have a

differing view.

Opposing viewpoints is healthy and

fosters better decision making. It keeps us

balanced as a society. However, using one’s

words to intimidate or to shame others because

they think differently? That’s simply

wrong, unkind and disrespectful.

So here’s the reason for my letter today.

Our electoral area is exploring a change in

governance model and one of the options

being explored is incorporation. I anticipate

this is going to be a strongly debated topic

in our community and yes, my concern is it

could become a heated point of contention

between families, neighbours, friends and


To that end, I have a request to make of

all who live in the South Shuswap. Please

remind yourselves that when all is said and

done, regardless of the outcome of any impending

referendum on the matter, we will return

to being friends and neighbours. In the

name of community, can we all agree to exercise

kindness and respect and go into this

with an open mind? I encourage you to educate

yourself on the facts of incorporation by

following the CSRD incorporation study website:

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A Mixed Bag of Art

By Rayna Vanderhoek

A Mixed Bag of Art would like to send

out a big thank you to all who contributed

to making the first fundraiser for the

Notch Hill School House a success.

We had an Art-A-Thon on September

18 in the School House. Wow was it

fun, and well received. The age groups

ranged from 8 to adults. They had 1 and

1/2 hours to paint a painting; all the artists

were able to paint whatever they wanted.

Photos can be seen on A Mixed Bag of Art

Facebook group. Thank you to all 28 participants,

everyone enjoyed themselves

and really enjoyed painting in the school.

Thank you to the Lighthouse Market

for the much-needed ice, Frankie’s pizza

for supplying all the wonderful pizzas,

Monica and Lily Seys for donating cake

pops, yummmm! Thank you to all who

donated their time, it took many hands,

young and young at heart.

Thank you to Anna-Marie Eckhart and

the Notch Hill association for their help,

Jonathan Cox of Crooked Creek Photography

who photographed all the paintings

and Patrick and Bounce radio for help in

getting the fundraiser info out.

We will be hosting another Art-A-

Thon in the spring. Watch for the announcement.

We only have room for 10

painters per time slot.

Next month we will have a new author

for the column. Jo-Ella Cox has volunteered,

look forward to her updates on

what’s happening in the studio. Thank you,

Paige, for your dedication to the art studio;

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Shuswap Overland Adventures

By Jason Lutterman

The annual trade is taking place,

where we exchange the long sunny days

for the brief brisk ones. Red flannel

jackets take place of our favourite shirts,

and we can make our return to the backcountry.

The forest full of life, a motley

of colors and smells, while the fresh

scars of the wildfires reveal what took

place over the last few months.

We left the shoreline in the same

fashion as always - early, caffeinated,

and enthusiastic. We had decided last

minute to take part in the Adams Lake

Fishing Derby and neither of us had

probably slept much as we tried to find,

inventory and clean our gear. Ask any

Same But Different

View of scorched trees from fire at the edge of Momich

busy guy if he knows where his things

are and he’ll tell you. Don’t ask him to

show you because they aren’t where he

said and now you have to help look for


I’ve fished this lake countless times

by myself and I favour the same few

spots. My companion, also with years of

experience and a list of spots unknown

to me, guided us down the lake.

With a maximum depth of 1499ft

and spanning 63 kilometres, no matter

how much you fish this lake there will

always be room for new opportunity. As

we made our way to the islands, not paying

much attention to our lines, I heard

that sound. The one any obsessive fisherman

is hearing in his head right now,

the slow creak of a reel begin to spool

off the line and the torsion of the rod as

it takes a bow.

We had our first fish of the day and

as I brought in the net, I was surprised

at what lay in it, a Kokanee. I had never

caught a Kokanee in this lake before

though I’ve heard about it. Kokanee are

land locked Sockeye Salmon

and during their spawn resemble

the green and red Sockeye

we all are familiar with, while

this one was solid chrome with

a black dorsal and gums.

We carried on past Rocky

Pt to the mouth of the Upper

Adams and began to see

the black trees on the edge of

the Momich. The charred and

scorched remains of the wildfire.

Again, we caught another

fish but still no Rainbow Trout

to weigh in, we had until 5 pm

to make the scales at the derby.

We decided to return nearly

to the other end of the lake to a

spot I frequent. Throttle down through

the white caps, we made our way back. I

had mentioned a large rock on the shoreline

that I used as a landmark and right

as we passed it the line took a dive, I

began to reel, then the line beside me

took a dive. A “double header”, we both

began to reel and one after another we

caught Kokanee after Kokanee.

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Adams Lake


5 O’clock came and we had nothing

to weigh in with a 2lb minimum but

neither of us cared, we made our passes

until the water became calm again and

the fish clued in to what we were doing.

While we didn’t return home with a

trophy, we didn’t need one. This is our

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Clubs & Organizations

Arts Council for the South Shuswap

Karen Brown 250-515-3276

Blind Bay Bridge Club

Vicki 250-675-2141,

Blind Bay Community Society


Blind Bay Painters

Trudy Grigg cell 403-934-0503, home


Blind Bay Garden Club

Susan 250-835-2351 or

Donald 778-490-5008

Carlin Country Market

Angela Inskip 250-833-2094,

Carlin Elementary Middle School PAC

Angela Inskip 250-833-2094,

Chase Fish & Game Club

Helen 250-679-8019

Copper Island Health & Wellness

Centre 2417 Golf Course Dr. Blind Bay

Market 250-675-3661

Copper Island Seniors Resource

Services (CISRS)

(beside Spinnake r Cafe) 250-675-


CRIMESTOPPERS 1-800-222-8477

CSRD Area C Director

Paul Demenok 250-517-0810,

Emergency Support Services

Cathy Semchuk and Tom Hansen 250-



Eagle Bay

4445 Eagle Bay Rd., Chief Alan Rendell,


Sorrento Hall #1

1164 Passchendale Road,

Chief Gary Hoult 250-675-3555,

Sorrento Hall #2

2505 Greer Rd., Chief

Gary Hoult 250-675-4441,


3732 Sunnybrae-Canoe Point Rd.,

Chief Marc Zaichkowsky


White Lake

3607 Parri Rd., Chief Bryan Griffin


Fire Services CoordinatorA

Sean Coubrough 250-833-5955


Debbie Edwards,

GT Dragon Boat Society

Susan Eisenberger 250-803-6864,


South Shuswap Health Services

Society Sue McCrae 250-675-3661,

Sorrento Health Centre


Sorrento Health Centre Society

Eldene Lindberg 250 675 4168

Lions Club / Web:

Sorrento Lions Club - Lions e-Clubhouse

Neighbourhood Emergency Preparedness

Cathy Semchuk and Tom

Hansen 250-833-5927

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

Notch Hill Cemetery Society

Louise 250-253-5776


Acciona Infrastructure Maintenance Inc

- 1-866 222-4204, Vernon Moti


Okanagan Regional Library (ORL)

South Shuswap

Leigh Schaffer 250-675-4818, Blind Bay Market

Shuswap Better at Home

Central Intake 250-253-2749,

Shuswap Community Foundation 250-


Shuswap Emergency Program

Cathy Semchuk and Tom Hansen 250-


Shuswap Hospice Society

250-832-7099, 250-675-2568


Shuswap Lake Aero Modelers

1-866-293-3851, /

Shuswap Theatre Society

South Shuswap Chamber of Commerce

Karen Brown 250-515-0002,

Shuswap Volunteer Search & Rescue

Luke Gubbles 250-803-1095,

Shuswap Tennis

Shuswap Waterfront Owners Association

(SWOA) /

Sorrento Drop In Society 1148 Passchendaele

Rd. 250-675-5358

Sorrento Food Bank Tina Hysop


Sorrento Lions Club Sorrento Memorial

Hall, 1150 Passchendaele Rd.

Sorrento Minor Ball

Geoff 250-804-6923,

South Shuswap Canada Day Committee

Tammy Packer 250-463-2495

Victim Services

Guy Ramsay 250-679-8638

White Lake Community Hall Society

3617 Parri Road, 778-231-8810,

White Lake Residents Assoc. -

(WLRA) /

White Lake New Horizons Seniors

Club - Tim Hoy 250-835-2141


1164 Passchendaele Rd

(parking lot of Fire Hall #1)

Recycling depots

Tappen Co-op

4828 Trans Canada Hwy

Wed, Thu & Fri Noon to 4pm

Sat & Sun 10am - 4pm, Stat Holidays Closed


Transfer Stations


4290 – 20th Ave SE

April 1 to Oct 31 Daily 9am - 5pm

Nov 1 to Mar 31 Daily 9am - 4pm

Christmas, New Years &

Remembrance Day Closed


2281 Skimikin Rd

Fri to Tues 10am - 4pm

Stat Holidays Closed

October 2021

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Community Events Calendar


Annual Apple Pie Fundraiser - Cedar

Heights. A nine-inch unbaked apple can be

pre-ordered by calling or emailing Gloria

( or 250 675-0036. Pies

sell out so don’t delay. Pick up at Cedar Centre

October 19 from 3-4:30 pm or October

20 from 4-6 pm.

Textile Landscapes – With Catherine Nicholls

at Sorrento Centre. Oct. 17 to 22. Four

day workshop exploring textile techniques

and design activities inspired by landscape.

FMI Sorrento Centre website

SS Health Services - Oct.18 at 6:00 PM,

Shuswap Lake Estates Community Centre

and via Zoom to discuss Seniors’ Resources

& Health Care. Allan Neilson, of Neilson’s

Strategies will be in attendance to answer

questions regarding incorporation. To register,

call 250-675-3661 or email sshealthss@

Fall clean-up Notch Hill Community

grounds - Saturday October 23 at 10 am.

Bring your rake and coffee. Volunteerism at

its best. FMI Notchhilltownhall1910@gmail.


Coffee House – Eagle Bay Hall October 23

at 7pm. Seating limited to 45, including

musicians. Dessert available and coffee and

tea will be provided. FMI gaetaneshirley@

Kids Rock Painting - Oct. 23, 11am to 1pm

at Eagle Bay Hall. FMI contact Lise at

AGM Sorrento Memorial Hall Association -

Mon, Oct. 25 at 7:00 pm via Zoom. Pre-registration

required. Email

for the Zoom link. See ad

page 22.

Candy Trail Map - If you will be handing out

Halloween candy this year and want in the

annual event, send your name and address

to or Thomas. before Oct. 29. Special icon on

map for decorated homes. Map at https://

Octoberfest at Cedar Heights - October 29.

Smokie dinner and a movie “My Father”

with Anthony Hopkins. Dinner tickets are on

sale Tuesdays and Thursdays till October 21

at Cedar Centre. Drop-ins for the movie are


Weekly acoustic music workshop – Carlin

Hall. Beginners or who enjoy slower tempo.

Learn how to play basic melody, chords,

rhythm, along with getting a feel for playing

in a ‘jam’ environment. FMI Larry or Jane at

250 675 5426.

Intermediate jam sessions – Wednesday 7

– 9 pm at Carlin Hall. is starting in October.

FMI Diane Jewel 250 517 0861.

Children’s Halloween Party - at Eagle Bay

Hall, Sat. Oct. 30th. Please sign up as space

is limited. Residents encouraged to come

and see children in their costumes and hand

out candy. FMI and to register contact Jen at


Halloween Drive-Thru Parade - Sunday Oct.

31, 6-8pm at White Lake Fire Department.

Pumpkin carving contest. Supply your own

pumpkin or pick one up on Tues. Oct. 26th

from 7-9pm. Drop off your carved pumpkin

on Sun. Oct. 31st between 12-3 at the Fire

Hall. Candy donations can be brought to

the Fire hall any Tuesday between 7-9pm

before Oct. 26 or contact Lester at 250-803-

5230 for more information.

Blind Bay Painters: every Tuesday 9:00am -

3:00pm. Contact Trudy (250)253-0320

Christmas Market - November 6 at the

Notch Hill Town Hall. The Shuswap Market

Group will return with their array group of

local artisans, home based businesses, and

of course your favorite vendors. FMI

Artistry Christmas Gift and Bake Sale - Blind

Bay Memorial Hall Nov. 13 and 14 from

10am - 3pm. FMI Maureen (250)675-2844

“Ol’ Fashion Ham Bake” – Eagle Bay Hall.

Two sittings of 40 guests, Sat, Nov. 20 starting

at 5pm, dinner at 6pm and Sun., Nov. 21

starting at 12:30, lunch at 1 pm. The bar will

be open, 50/50, raffle prizes, and entertainment

from “The Hamsters”. FMI Cathy Wolf,

LASS Free Computer Training for Seniors -

One hour a week for eight weeks. Volunteer

tutors and learners decide what devices,

programs and skills they want to work on.

Sessions are at the South Shuswap Library

with an on-site supervisor. If you would like

to learn to use a computer, tablet or cell

phone. Call Sierre Allison 250-463-4555 or

email to sign up as

a learner or tutor. Starting October 13. See

ad on page 29.

South Shuswap Library - Virtual Family

Story Times until Dec. 1 Tues 10:30 – 11am,

Weds 11 – 11:30am. Register online.

Stories, rhymes and songs for the whole

family. Virtual Pyjama Story Time Weekly

on Tuesdays, Sept. 21 to Nov. 30, 6:30 to

7:15pm. Books, songs and rhymes. Recommended

for children 3 to 6 years but all are

welcome! Register online at

FMI 250.675.4818

Lions weekly meat & 50/50 draws - every

Friday from 5 to 7pm for ten meat draws.

50/50 draw at 7 pm at Copper Island Bar

and Grill.

Shuswap Skating Club - launching this fall

and aim to offer skating opportunities for

all ages and levels in our communities. FMI

FACES Registration Open - for fall in-person

dance, music and art lessons. Register at

Copper Island Health Centre - Call 250-675-

2196 for a Doctor’s appointment. Mobile

Lab Tues. & Thurs. 9am to 1pm. Foot Care

Wednesday. The Smile People Dental Clinic,

3rd Fri. of month. 250-675-3661 all other

services appointments and resources..

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

Bay Marketplace

Sorrento & Area Health Centre - Dr. Terry

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

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


The Smile Mission Dental Clinic - Dental hygiene

days offered at Copper Island Health


Centre in Blind Bay. Call for an appointment

250-833-9923. Read the advertorial on page

41 for more info.


Fall Market - Tsútswecw Provincial Park -

Oct 9-11 from 10am to 3pm. Spend a full

day enjoying great food, lively music and

handmade art. The Interpretive Cabin will

be open. There will be activities, displays

and games. Fun for the whole family. See

ad on page 5

Spooktakular Mini Golf - Oct 28-30, 6pm to

9pm at Scotch Creek Fun Centre. Book your

tickets at

Bingo at NS Community Hall - every Monday

except on holidays. Doors open at 6:00

pm and Bingo starts at 7:00 pm. People

must wear masks and show proof of vaccinations.

Lions Club Meat & 50/50 Draw. Saturdays

3 to 5pm at the Hub. 10 meat draws plus


Thrift Store - St. David’s Church at Celista

every Wednesday from 10 am. until 2 pm.

Closing the end of October. Lots of great



The Big Fall 50/50 - Support the Chase and

District Fish and Game Club with their online

2021 fundraising 50/50.


Salmon Arm Toastmasters - meet every

Thursday 7 - 9pm at the Okanagan College

in Salmon Arm. Members are empowered

to develop communication and leadership

skills. FMI

Dancing with the Shuswap Stars - live

streamed on Friday, November 19. Proceeds

to Shuswap Hospice Society. FMI or to

vote for your favourite dancer, go to www.


Tsuts’weye Lunchtime Connections - 2nd

& th Tues. from 12:00 - 1:00 pm. On-line

workshops to help you with your business.

Register: FMI go to

Tsuts’weye Fall Workshops - An Investment

in Learning pays the Best Interest. The fall

workshop series offers something for everyone!

Register: See ad on

page 38.

Claim Your Creativity - Oct 5, 12, 19 / Dark

Art of Pricing - Oct 21 / Business Start-up

Bootcamp (7 week series) starts Oct 25 /

Securing your Digital Self - Nov 5, 12, 19

/ HIring & Retaining for Success - Nov 2 /

Wellness: Recovery & Resiliency - Nov 18,

25, Dec 2. FMI go to

See ad on page 33.

CSRD Board Meeting - Thursday, October

21, 10:00 am. Pre-register at www.csrd. Agenda available approximately one

week in advance of the meeting.

ONLINE Guided MEDITATION Classes - Tues.

& Wed. 7 - 8:15 pm / Topics vary. Register


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word. $2 for box-around. Single column Classified Display Ads: $12.00 for the first inch, then $2.25

per 1/4 inch thereafter. Email ads to or Call/text 250-463-2611. We

accept cheques and email money transfers for payment.


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

Vernon 250-542-2425


Soles Footcare

Call Vanna 250.574.9969


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Free Professional Quotes


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Winter RV lot rental in

Shuswap Lake RV Resort,

Celista. Lower level, close to

showers. Full water, sewer, and

electric hookup. Call Kathy



(250) 675-4818 #1 - 2425 Golf Course Drive, Blind Bay Market

Tues. 10am to 6pm - Wed. 10am to 5pm

Thurs. 10am to 3pm - Fri. 10am to 5pm

Sat. 10am to 5pm

CLOSED: Sun., Mon. & Statutory Holidays

Industrial Sewing and




We are looking for someone to

JOIN our Canvas Man Team!

Duties include:

Sewing, patterning

& cutting material, working

with various tools & materials.

Wages based on experience.

Candidates should be hard

working, fast learning,

able to work in a fast paced

environment and reliable.

Located at Captain's Village Marina

Email resume to:


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Community Hall Information

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

Blind Bay Memorial Hall

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

Memorial Hall & Reedman Gallery

Carlin Hall

4051 Myers Rd. Tappen,

To book call Marcha Adams 250-835-8577

Cedar Heights Community Association

2316 Lakeview Drive, Blind Bay 250-675-2012

Eagle Bay Community Hall

4326 Eagle Bay Rd.

Hall rentals: 250-675-3136

Notch Hill Town Hall

1639 Notch Hill Rd. Pres. Anna-Marie Eckhart

250-804-3374 Check us out on Facebook

Heritage Rentals - Marianne Romyn 250-835-4721

Notch Hill Hall Events - Amy Berry 250-804-1806

Shuswap Lake Estates Community Centre


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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