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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.
the slope in
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
Area C Director
to find solutions.
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
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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News of Note from the CSRD
Paul Demenok Director, Electoral Area C (South Shuswap)
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
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
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,
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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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
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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
• 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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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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!
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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
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
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
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
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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
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,
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
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,
“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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Part of an Amazing Team Deployed to
(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
We would be briefed daily, to protect this wonderful community.
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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-
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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OCTOBER 3 TO 9
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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• 5 MILLION LIABILITY
• UTILITY SERVICE
• STUMP GRINDING
• LOT CLEARING
• BOBCAT SERVICE
• 75’ WORKING
CERTIFIED UTILITY ARBORISTS/BC
FALLER CERTIFICATION AND
50 YEARS EXPERIENCE
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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
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Thank you to the Voters
By Mel Arnold, MP Elect
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
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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
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
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, email@example.com,
or Gary Milne, garyjamesmilne1@gmail.
Petition link https://chng.it/dgxjBFVc at Change.org
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Post-pandemic Future Requires Strong Economic
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
AREA C. He will be in
attendance to answer
questions and provide
information to provide
the facts regarding
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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for Shari to receive a
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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
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
The community meal program coordinated by the Sorrento
Centre and the ongoing important contribution of the Sorrento
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,
South Shuswap Health Services
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250-675-3661 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 sshss.ca. We welcome new members and volunteers.
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NO JOB TOO SMALL OR TOO LARGE
Finishing ● Bathrooms ● Kitchens ● Additions
Sun Decks ● Full Exterior Cladding
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
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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SORRENTO MEMORIAL HALL ASSOCIATION
NOTICE OF ANNUAL
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:
MOVED AS A SPECIAL RESOLUTION that the Society’s
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.
MOVED AS A SPECIAL RESOLUTION that the Society’s
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: email@example.com 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.
Sorrento Centre – Time to
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
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
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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Arts Council for the South Shuswap
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Submitted by Jacquie Middlekoop
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
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
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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
Mary Scheidegger is Communications
Manager at the Sorrento Centre:
• Available Suites from $2050 per month
• Home Cooked Meals
• Social Calendar
• 24-7 Staff
• Assisted Living Services Available
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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
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
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@
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What was the witch’s favourite
subject in school? Spelling.
What’s a witch’s favorite makeup?
Coach’s Corner – The Importance of Gratitude
By Paul Abra,
“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
is the Executive
For more small
business tips and
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a mask and eating candy
for over 14 months...
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Rail Trail Receives BC Active Transportation Grant
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
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.
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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: www.habitatkamloops.com or
email John Rose at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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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,
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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
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.”
is fitness class
which does require
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
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
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
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.
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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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
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
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
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White Lake Triathlon- A Huge
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
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in the White
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
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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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,
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.
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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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org .
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:
email@example.com . We would love to hear from
you! Check out our website at http://e-clubhouse.org/sites/sorrentobc/
Lion’s work party at the Sorrento Memorial Hall.
L to R are Lions Brian, Judi, Maureen, Terry,
Wayne, Trudy and Bailey.
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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
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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Cedar Heights Community
Where neighbours become friends
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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
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
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@
telus.net 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
More information on the
programs and events can be
found on our website cedarheightscommunity.ca
A very Happy Thanksgiving
to everyone. Be kind.
School Start Up and
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,”
“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
“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
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. https://sd83.bc.ca/
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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
Dental Maintenance Matters
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 –
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 http://www.thesmilepeople.ca/
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. carlinhall.net
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 carlinhall.net.
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.
**A NOTE TO ALL MUSI-
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/
time. NO DROP IN PER-
FORMERS WILL BE AD-
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
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
The promise of music,
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
1639 Notch Hill Rd, Sorrento BC,
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR
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
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;
we hope you enjoy your new adventure.
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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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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
backyard, your backyard, this is the trophy.
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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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Blind Bay Community Society
Blind Bay Painters
Trudy Grigg cell 403-934-0503, home
Blind Bay Garden Club
Susan 250-835-2351 or
Carlin Country Market
Angela Inskip 250-833-2094,
Carlin Elementary Middle School PAC
Angela Inskip 250-833-2094,
Chase Fish & Game Club
Copper Island Health & Wellness
Centre 2417 Golf Course Dr. Blind Bay
Copper Island Seniors Resource
(beside Spinnake r Cafe) 250-675-
CSRD Area C Director
Paul Demenok 250-517-0810,
Emergency Support Services
Cathy Semchuk and Tom Hansen 250-
4445 Eagle Bay Rd., Chief Alan Rendell,
Sorrento Hall #1
1164 Passchendale Road,
Chief Gary Hoult 250-675-3555,
Sorrento Hall #2
2505 Greer Rd., Chief
Gary Hoult 250-675-4441,
3732 Sunnybrae-Canoe Point Rd.,
Chief Marc Zaichkowsky
3607 Parri Rd., Chief Bryan Griffin
Fire Services CoordinatorA
Sean Coubrough 250-833-5955
GT Dragon Boat Society
Susan Eisenberger 250-803-6864,
South Shuswap Health Services
Society Sue McCrae 250-675-3661,
Sorrento Health Centre
Sorrento Health Centre Society
Eldene Lindberg 250 675 4168
email@example.com / Web:
Sorrento Lions Club - Lions e-Clubhouse
Neighbourhood Emergency Preparedness
Cathy Semchuk and Tom
Hansen 250-833-5927 firstname.lastname@example.org
North/ South Shuswap Comm. Resource
email@example.com, Leigh 250-515-4682
Notch Hill Cemetery Society
Acciona Infrastructure Maintenance Inc
- 1-866 222-4204, Vernon Moti
Okanagan Regional Library (ORL)
Leigh Schaffer 250-675-4818,
firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Shuswap Lake Aero Modelers
email@example.com / www.slams.ca
Shuswap Theatre Society
South Shuswap Chamber of Commerce
Karen Brown 250-515-0002,
Shuswap Volunteer Search & Rescue
Luke Gubbles 250-803-1095,
Shuswap Waterfront Owners Association
info@SWOA.ca / www.SWOA.ca
Sorrento Drop In Society 1148 Passchendaele
Sorrento Food Bank Tina Hysop
Sorrento Lions Club Sorrento Memorial
Hall, 1150 Passchendaele Rd.
Sorrento Minor Ball
South Shuswap Canada Day Committee
Tammy Packer 250-463-2495
Guy Ramsay 250-679-8638
White Lake Community Hall Society
3617 Parri Road, 778-231-8810,
White Lake Residents Assoc. -
(WLRA) firstname.lastname@example.org / www.wlra.ca
White Lake New Horizons Seniors
Club - Tim Hoy 250-835-2141
1164 Passchendaele Rd
(parking lot of Fire Hall #1)
4828 Trans Canada Hwy
Wed, Thu & Fri Noon to 4pm
Sat & Sun 10am - 4pm, Stat Holidays Closed
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
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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
(email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
AGM Sorrento Memorial Hall Association -
Mon, Oct. 25 at 7:00 pm via Zoom. Pre-registration
required. Email email@example.com
for the Zoom link. See ad
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Thomas.
Goode@ig.ca 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 Notchhilltownhall1910@gmail.com
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 email@example.com 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 www.orl.bc.ca
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
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
https://sshss.ca/calendar/ Located at Blind
Sorrento & Area Health Centre - Dr. Terry
Clare is avail. on Mons & Tues. Call 250-675-
2167 to book an appt. with the Dr. or Nurse
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 www.shuswaphub.com.
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. Chaseanddistrictfishandgame.rafflenexus.com
SALMON ARM & AREA
Salmon Arm Toastmasters - meet every
Thursday 7 - 9pm at the Okanagan College
in Salmon Arm. Members are empowered
to develop communication and leadership
skills. www.salmonarmtm.com. FMI firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
ONLINE / WEBINARS etc.
Tsuts’weye Lunchtime Connections - 2nd
& th Tues. from 12:00 - 1:00 pm. On-line
workshops to help you with your business.
Register: email@example.com. FMI go to
Tsuts’weye Fall Workshops - An Investment
in Learning pays the Best Interest. The fall
workshop series offers something for everyone!
Register: firstname.lastname@example.org. See ad on
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 https://tsutsweye.ca/
See ad on page 33.
CSRD Board Meeting - Thursday, October
21, 10:00 am. Pre-register at www.csrd.
bc.ca. 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 email@example.com 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
Call Vanna 250.574.9969
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Winter RV lot rental in
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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
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We are looking for someone to
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Wages based on experience.
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Email resume to:
Community Hall Information
Please check with your local community hall for more information about future events
Blind Bay Memorial Hall
2510 Blind Bay Rd. 250-675-3139
firstname.lastname@example.org Facebook: Blind Bay
Memorial Hall & Reedman Gallery
4051 Myers Rd. Tappen, www.carlinhall.net
To book call Marcha Adams 250-835-8577
Cedar Heights Community Association
2316 Lakeview Drive, Blind Bay 250-675-2012
Eagle Bay Community Hall
4326 Eagle Bay Rd. www.eaglebayhall.ca
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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