Trades Training $$$
Skilled-trades students in the Central Okanagan School District will benefit from a three-year, $15-million investment by the B.C. government to support youth trades programs with the purchase of new trades-training equipment.
School District 23 is receiving $178 thousand dollars over the next three years for the purchase of equipment including routers, plasma cutters and laser engravers.
Apprenticeship programs are one of the best ways for British Columbians to gain the skills and training they need to succeed in their chosen career.
It is estimated 80% of training takes place on the work site and 20% takes place in the class.
The New Capri
You are invited to help shape the Capri Landmark plan.
The Capri Landmark neighbourhood (the area between Gordon and Spall, and Highway 97 and Springfield) is one of Kelowna’s major employment hubs and is growing to be an attractive location for apartment living.
Development interest in the area is high, which is why a plan for growth in the area is needed.
There are three opportunities for conversation.
Find the times and places up on our news blog.
Join the City of Kelowna to help build a plan for this urban centre’s future:
· Sunday, April 9 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Parkinson Recreation Centre lobby
· Monday, April 10 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Landmark 6 lobby
· Wednesday, April 12 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Capri Centre Mall by the Independent Grocer
· April 4-17 online at getinvolved.kelowna.ca/capri-landmark
Some topics the public engagement will touch on include strengths and opportunities, transportation, public spaces, neighbourhood identity and wishes for the future of the area.
After this first phase of engagement is complete, concept plans for the area will be drafted. The public and area stakeholders will have further opportunity this summer to narrow the choices down to a preferred option. A final round of public consultation will see the preferred plan refined and finalized. The final plan will be brought to Council for endorsement near the end of 2017.
For more information and to get involved in the planning of this growing urban centre, visit kelowna.ca/planningprojects > Capri Landmark Urban Centre.
Highway Line Paint
Spring cleaning…and spring painting…
Following the wrap of a successful project to test the durability and reliability of new and existing highway line paints, the ministry will be taking action to improve line visibility throughout the province using a more durable and longer-lasting formula.
To improve durability, the ministry will be using a new high build paint formulation that allows for a thicker application of line paint.
This paint has tested well on highways that undergo daily and rigorous highway maintenance activities.
In addition, crews will start using a new premium glass bead to improve the retro reflectivity of the lines.
The ministry will spend an additional $1 million applying the new high build paint and premium glass bead to key locations on some of the province’s busiest highways including Highways 1, 3, 5, 16 and 97.
It’s a big week for some local students.
It’s Allocation Week, the time of year when the Central Okanagan Bursary and Scholarship Society’s (COBSS) generous donors allocate more than $450,000 to grade 12 students across the district.
Bursaries and scholarships are a positive way to celebrate or remember someone while giving back to the community.
The Province is providing over $628,000 to support a two-year pilot project for the viticulture technician diploma program at Okanagan College, developed in partnership with the BC Wine Grape Council.
The pilot project will see 20 students begin their studies this fall toward a two-year viticulture technician diploma.
The diploma is designed to provide hands-on, theoretical and practical knowledge that will allow students to eventually work as part of a vineyard management team.
Scotiabank KGH Foundation
Each year in Kelowna, hundreds of youth reach the Emergency Department at Kelowna General Hospital suffering from issues relating to their mental health.
Thanks to the generosity of Scotiabank, the most vulnerable of them are receiving better care during their stay in hospital.
Scotiabank presented a gift of $10,000 to the Kelowna General Hospital Foundation to directly support the Adolescent Psychiatric Unit (APU) at KGH.
Since opening in 2005, the unit has supported over 900 youth who will, on average, stay from two to three weeks.
The most common diagnoses are anxiety and depression.
Safe Digging Month
April has been declared “Safe Digging Month” to create awareness of smart and safe digging practices.
Telecommunications, water mains, sewer lines and, in some cases, electricity lines are buried beneath the ground and out of the public eye so it is important to “click before you dig.”
Following safe-digging protocols helps prevent injuries, damage to infrastructure and inconvenient outages.
Across Canada April is Dig Safe Month.
Kelsey Pride Parade
Big weekend at Big White…including a fabulous parade.
Our Okanagan athlete extraordinaire, Kelsey Serwa will lead this year’s Pride Parade as Grand Marshall this Saturday.
The Parade is actually on skis from the village to happy valley starting at 11.
It’s just one piece of a weekend of activity for Peak Pride.