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Community Food Resource Calendar

Community Food Resource Calendar

The Central Okanagan Food Policy Council has developed a Good Food Box in the Central Okanagan!

We focus on fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables and prioritize sourcing locally grown produce whenever possible. We purchase only the highest quality produce and strive for variety in our boxes.

Good Food Boxes are Healthy, Seasonal, and Affordable ($15).

Do you want to purchase healthy produce at an affordable price? To order online, or for more information, go to:

-Source: Donna & Betty, Outreach Urban Health, 10 September 2018

Connect Parent Group

Dates: Thursdays, September 27 – November 29, 2018, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Registration Required: Linette Sandor, 250.317.9237

Connect© is a FREE 10-week program to support parents of pre-teens (ages 8 – 12) and teens (ages 13 – 17). Parents meet in groups of 10 – 16 with two trained group leaders for 1.5 hours each week.

Co-developed over the last 10 years by the Maples Adolescent Treatment Centre and Simon Fraser University, the program focuses on the core components of secure attachment to promote children’s social, emotional and behavioural adjustment. Connect© helps caregivers understand basic attachment concepts which can then be applied across a broad range of situations and relational contexts.

After taking the group, parents report feeling less stressed and more effective in parenting; they see fewer behaviour problems and better social functioning in their child.
  • 97% of parents felt better equipped to understand their child.
  • 95% of parents felt better equipped to understand themselves as a parent.
  • 86% of parents saw positive changes in their relationship with their child as a result of applying what they learned.

-Source: Linette Sandor, Connect Parent Group Co-facilitator, Child and Youth Mental Health MCFD, 17 September 2018

Workshop: Shoplifting Prevention Program

Dates: Tuesdays, October 9, 2018 – Nov 27, 2018, 1:00 pm -4:00 pm
Location: Central Okanagan Elizabeth Fry Society, 649 Leon Avenue, Kelowna

  • Designed to assist women who have been charged with Theft Under $5000, or who have displayed shoplifting behaviour
  • Develop greater self-awareness and person responsibility.
  • Sessions will enable each woman to learn and practice skills in dealing with present and future life situations more effectively in a safe environment.
  • The sessions require active participation by all.
  • Some of the topics covered are responsibility, accountability, anger, self-esteem, grief, and boundaries.
  • The course is comprised of eight, three-hour sessions.

Referrals are required in order to set up an appointment for an intake that will include an explanation of the program, dates, time, place, answering any questions, and meeting with the facilitator. This usually takes approximately one hour.

Referrals: Tianna, 250.763.4613 ext 208, ac.sfeocnull@yrfe.hcaertuo

-Source: Tianna Dilley, Specialized Victim Services/Outreach, Central Okanagan Elizabeth Fry Society, 11 September 2018

United Way, Ramada Hotel Drive-Thru Breakfast

Date: Thursday, October 11, 2018, 6:00 am – 9:00 am
Location: Ramada Hotel & Conference Center by Wyndham Kelowna, 2170 Harvey Avenue, Kelowna
Cost: By Donation

Breakfast on the run? Join Maxine DeHart at the Ramada Hotel and Conference Centre for the 20th Annual United Way Drive Thru.

Drive, walk or bike through the Ramada Hotel driveway and make a donation to the United Way! All proceeds go towards the 2018/2019 fundraising campaign.

Pick up your breakfast bag filled with goodies & grand prizes.

Thanks to all the sponsors, contributors and volunteers who drive this event to success every year!!

-Source: United Way of the Central & South Okanagan Similkameen, September 2018

BreakOut West – Music Festival

Dates: October 10-14, 2018
Location: Various Locations, Kelowna
Cost: $15 – $30
Buy Tickets/Volunteer

Western Canada’s largest music industry event! This is your chance to discover your next favourite band. Featuring a 4-day industry conference, 60+ showcasing bands and a kick off concert with The Wild!

The BreakOut West weekend begins with the Kick-Off concert on Thursday, October 11, 2018, at the Kelowna Community Theatre. Doors open at 7:30 pm and the concert begins at 8:30 pm featuring Little Destroyer, Like a Motorcycle and Kelowna’s own The Wild!

The Showcase Festival runs Thursday through Saturday evening (Oct 12/13), and 10 of Kelowna’s best music venues will be filled with bands from across western Canada. Use your Showcase Festival wristband to hop from venue to venue and discover your next favourite Canadian act!

We need over 100 enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers to donate their time and be a part of the excitement of the 2018 Breakout West Music Conference and Showcase Festival! Enjoy new experiences, meet new friends, and have the chance to network with some music industry influencers and artists. There are lots opportunities for people with a variety of schedules, skills, passions, and interests.

-Source: BreakOut West, September 2018

Borderline Personality Disorder – Understanding and Supporting

Date: Wednesday, October 17, 2018, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: Kanata Kelowna Hotel, 2429 Hwy 97 N, Kelowna
Cost: $235
Trainer: Jody Lambert, MMFT, RCC, CCC
Register Now

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is a clinical diagnosis that is often misunderstood. The experience associated with BPD involves intense emotional and behavioural challenges for both the individual and their relationships with the people around them. This workshop’s purpose is to increase the understanding of BPD from the perspective of all those impacted, including caregivers, family members, and those diagnosed.

-Source: Newsletter, Crisis & Trauma Resource Institute Inc., 19 September 2018

30th Great Okanagan Book Sale

Dates: November 8-10, 2018
Location: Immaculate Conception Church, 839 Sutherland Avenue, Kelowna

Funds raised support Summer Reading Club and year-round children’s programming, author readings & guest speakers, FREE Movie Nights and facility enhancements at the downtown Kelowna, Mission & Rutland branches of the Okanagan Regional Library.

Tell your family, friends, neighbours & colleagues to catch the bargains and help us celebrate our milestone!

More Information

-Source: Kelowna Friends of the Library, September 2018

Cultural Plan Update: Goals & Strategies Survey

We are seeking your input on the Cultural Plan’s current goals, and how you prioritize them – and if you think there is anything missing from the goals. We also want to hear your ideas for strategies on how to work towards the goals – what can residents, organizations or the City do. Review the goals and their definitions, fill out the survey and post your ideas on strategies to help generate discussion.

The survey will be open until December 31, 2018. Take the Survey Now.

Cultural Plan 2020-2025 Advisory Group up and running
The Advisory Group made up of both internal City members, and external community members commenced their work on the update of the community’s Cultural Plan in late September. The group met to discuss the current Cultural Plan, how far we’ve come since it was published, and review and discuss some of the results from Survey #1. These members will be collaborating to provide community expertise and input into the creation and refinement of the Cultural Plan.

-Source: Newlsetter, City of Kelowna, 2 October 2018

2040 Official Community Plan: Submit your Future Redevelopment Idea

Kelowna’s Official Community Plan (OCP) is being updated and an opportunity is now available for landowners to submit ideas for future changes in land uses.

Those who are considering redeveloping a property in Kelowna within the next ten years can submit their ideas using the OCP 2040 Future Land Use Idea Generator until Oct. 31. To submit an idea, landowners simply need to outline what the property is being used for now and what kind of future development they feel could optimize the land and enhance the surrounding neighbourhood.

The City will use the information to help develop a new land use plan in spring 2019 that will guide future development and at that time, those who submitted ideas will be notified if their idea was incorporated.

“This is a rare opportunity for landowners and developers to be proactive and submit their ideas as the plan is developed,” says Danielle Noble-Brandt, Policy & Planning Department Manager. “As the OCP quite often undergoes individual amendments after its adoption, this process creates a more efficient way of getting a snapshot of future land intentions early on in the development process.”

Ideas to redevelop agricultural land or lands located outside the Permanent Growth Boundary are not being considered.

“Through Imagine Kelowna we heard that Kelowna should protect agricultural land and concentrate on growing vibrant urban centres,” says Noble-Brandt. “The Permanent Growth Boundary allows us to focus growth within those boundaries.”

The call for ideas follows the development of a new preferred growth strategy which is a more detailed look at how our City should grow by 2040 with the goals of the Imagine Kelowna community vision in mind, and will be used to guide the next phase of the OCP update which includes policy development, mapping, creating indicators and an implementation plan. For more information on the OCP update, visit

-Source: Newlsetter, City of Kelowna, 26 September 2018
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