COLIP Talk Series

I am neither for nor against anything until I fully engage with my heart then my ears and mouth get involved. – rij-

Beyond Lip Service is a talk series designed to look at the history of immigration in the Central Okanagan, what role newcomers currently play in the growth of our region and what inclusion looks like in our community. Beyond Lip Service consists of three talks on the following topics:
  • Constructing a New Frontier – before we can create a new future, we must understand our past
  • Building Community – Living well locally impacts the global village
  • Newcomers and Our Economy – How do we move forward in shaping our region so that benefits all of its residents?

January’s Talk: Constructing a New Frontier

Before we can create a new future, we must understand our past

COLIP Talk Series poster

Date: Wednesday January 25, 2017, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Doors Open: 6:30 pm
Location: Kelowna Forum, 1317 Ethel Street, Kelowna
Hosted by: Jessica Samuels

In these times of uncertainty both locally and globally, it is most important that we have open dialogue about topics that affect all our lives. We do not all have to agree but it’s through empathetic listening that we can build bridges and develop connections that will deepen our communities and enable the prosperity we all desire.

About our host:

Jessica Samuels is a communicator at heart, who believes everyone has a compelling story to tell. She has spent more than 12 years in Broadcast Journalism working in almost every aspect of the industry. Most recently, Jessica has put her communication skills to use in the non-profit sector, specifically as the Okanagan Kootenay Area Manager for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Whether it is personally, in her career, or with her wide-ranging volunteer community involvement, Jessica works to bring awareness to the causes she supports.

About our Speakers:

Bob Hayes, local historian
Bob Hayes is very involved in local history, as a Director of the Kelowna Branch of the Okanagan Historical Society, researcher and author, and as a member of various local history-based organizations and projects. He has written more than 230 articles about local history that has been published in local journals, magazines and books. In 2010, Bob retired from teaching, having worked for more than thirty years as an elementary school teacher. He volunteers regularly in a local elementary school and looks forward to the arrival of spring, so that he can again offer his museum-sponsored tours of the Kelowna Pioneer Cemetery. Bob was honoured, as a Life Member of the Okanagan Historical Society (2007), is the Central Okanagan Heritage Society awarded a Charter Member of the Kelowna & District Genealogical Society, recipient of the Queen’s Jubilee Medal (2002), and in 2016 the Distinguished Community Citizenship plaque.

Tracey Kim Bonneau, TV Producer & Journalist
Tracey Kim Bonneau is Syilx woman from the Okanagan Nation. She is a teacher, writer and broadcast journalist. She devotes the majority of her time to local grassroots community development initiatives. Her passion is to fuse innovative oral storytelling techniques with technology and new media. Her most recent successful achievement was the creation of her national television series Quest OutWest – Wild Food that currently airs on the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network and has garnered four Leo nominations for in May of 2016. Tracey’s national work in Arts policy development is driven by her dedication to advocate for equity and justice for underrepresented Indigenous artists in Canada Her hobbies include singing, gathering & preparing her traditional food of the land. Her lifelong goal is to become a fluent speaker of the Sylix language.

Mohini Singh, Councillor City of Kelowna
Bio to follow

Shannon Jorgenson, Lake Country Museum
Bio to follow

Beyond Lip Service, brought to you by Immigration, Refugee & Citizenship Canada, Ministry of International Trade, Kelowna Community Resources and the Council members of the Central Okanagan Local Immigration Partnership (COLIP).

Workshop: Foundation Funding Opportunities in the Okanagan

The Central Okanagan Foundation and Vancouver Foundation are partnering to offer an information session on their funding opportunities within the Okanagan. This will be a good opportunity to learn more about the granting programs the two foundations offer, and to ask your questions of Cheryl Miller, Director, Grants & Community Initiatives, Central Okanagan Foundation and Dave Doig, Director, Grants & Community Initiatives, Vancouver Foundation.

In appreciation of your time, breakfast or lunch will be offered at the sessions.

Registration will close Monday, January 16, 2017 at 4:30 pm. Maximum 25 registrants per session. Sessions are identical in content.


  • Wednesday, January 18, 2017, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
    Workshop is filled
  • Thursday, January 19, 2017, 8:30 am – 10:30 am
    Workshop is filled

Location: We Moved!

KCR, 620 Leon Avenue, Kelowna BC V1Y 9T2

Central Okanagan Foundation & Vancouver Foundation Logos

KCR Finds a New Home

KCR new building

KCR will be moving to a new location at 620 Leon Avenue in Kelowna. Staff currently operating from four (4) separate sites will be together, which fulfils a long-term vision and strategic plan of the Board of Directors.

We will have limited services over the holidays (December 23, 2016 – January 2, 2017), reachable by phone (250.763.8008) or email (ac.rcknull@nelle). We will reopen at our new location on January 3rd, 2017.

Services will be somewhat limited throughout the move that will begin December 21st and will be completed by January 9th.

“Bringing staff together will enhance our work culture as we all get to know one another better,” said Ellen Boelcke, Executive Director. “Working from the same site will create a larger sense of team. Departments will be more able to share information and cross-training of staff will be easier. Ultimately, this move will increase our service quality”, Boelcke added.

One location means that KCR is easier to find. Participants, service providers, funders and stakeholders will have access to all KCR staff, programs, and services. Transportation access by public transit and major thoroughfares is improved. A downtown site is more centralized within the Central Okanagan region for people traveling from Lake Country or Peachland.

“KCR has served our community for 33 years and our investment in a single location that houses all employees, volunteers and programming confirms our continued commitment to serve the Central Okanagan and beyond,” said Rob Peter, KCR Board President.

KCR Mentor Volunteer Committee

KCR Mentor Volunteer Committee

Our KCR Mentor Volunteer Committee has been created! Thank you to our volunteers: Julie, Rachel, Alexandra (with Settlement Workers Vicki Pilot and Marrianna Chen) for stepping up to host our quarterly Mentor-Mentee Potlucks. Other fabulous ideas and ways to network to come!

Our organization appreciates and gives back to our wonderful Volunteers in many different ways. If you are interested in participating in the Employment and/or Settlement Programs please give us a call at 250.763.8008.

Sponsor a Family – Sponsors Needed!

KCR Sponsor a Family

Our community needs your help this holiday season! Our Christmas Sponsorship program is in need of sponsors! You can “adopt” a family and experience the gift of giving.

The Christmas Sponsorship program started in 2006 in an effort to help brighten the lives of families that are working hard with local organizations to rise above their circumstance. These families are matched with the generosity of community sponsors to provide the Christmas that they cannot provide themselves.

Who can be a Sponsor?

A Sponsor can be an individual, group, or organization that is willing to support the families listed in the program. A sponsor is matched with a family and provided with the family’s first names and wish list. This list provides ideas for easy shopping, as well as a more personalized experience and connection between the family and the sponsor. The sponsor provides gifts for each member of the family, as well as grocery gift cards (in lieu of food). Once the hamper is completed, the sponsor drops it off at Kelowna Community Resources and we take care of delivery to families!

For more information, contact:

Lisa Ford
KCR Family Friend Coordinator
250.763.8008 ext 136

2016 Holiday Events Guide

Holiday Events Guide 2016

The 2016 Holiday Events Guide is now available for download in regular and Large Text editions. The Holiday Events Guide consists of FREE/low-cost events, community dinners, spiritual services and Christmas hamper locations happening in the Central Okanagan during the holiday season.

Also available for download is the stand-alone publication for Craft Fairs & Bazaars. Check out the publications page for the large text versions!

2016 Holiday Events Guide – Craft Fairs & Bazaars

Holiday Events Guide 2016 - Craft Fairs & Bazaars

This year, due to the popularity of this category and the number of requests we receive, we have created a stand-alone list — the 2016 Craft Fairs & Bazaars — for those who wish to print off a copy and map out their Personal Christmas Gift Shopping Route, or just scroll through the list on their phones.

For those who would appreciate a large text version, it is available on our Publications page. Look for it near the top!

KCR’s Giving Tuesday Mitten Tree

With the help of a large generous donation from London Drugs, KCR has surpassed our goal to provide Inn From the Cold – Kelowna with 150 gloves/mittens for Giving Tuesday -“National Giving Day”.

KCR Mitten Tree
A very large Thank You to Assistant Manager, John Pereira who brought in the donation!!

Mitten tree

KCR is creating a Mitten Tree in light of Giving Tuesday – “National Giving Day” on November 29, 2016.

If you are interested in giving mittens or gloves for the homeless, people who need assistance, we will be donating them to the Inn from the Cold.

This is a new Canadian movement for giving and volunteering, taking place each year after Cyber Monday. The “Opening day of the giving season, “is a day where charities, companies, and individuals join together to share commitments, rally for favourite causes and think about others. As well, Canada is celebrating the 150th anniversary of Confederation. To show our Giving spirit and, celebrate both events, KCR has set up a Mitten Tree in our reception area. Our goal is to have 150 pairs of New Gloves and Mittens by November 29th – the National Day of Giving.

Central Okanagan Flu Shot Locations 2016

Central Okanagan Flu Shot Locations 2016

Have you had your Flu shot yet? Download our 2016 Flu Shot Locations Guide to view a list of clinics, dates/hours they’re open and eligibility requirements. Includes locations from Kelowna, Lake Country, Lumby, Okanagan Falls, Peachland, Summerland & West Kelowna.

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