Barry Gerding

More than $2 billion in private scholarships are available each year to deserving students for filling out some paperwork, writing an essay or two and occasionally being interviewed in person or over the phone. (Mangostock/Dreamstime.com photo)

Kelowna student awarded Canada-wide scholarship

The $5,000 Horatio Alger Association of Canada award recipient Madison Delaurier attends Rutland Secondary School

More than $2 billion in private scholarships are available each year to deserving students for filling out some paperwork, writing an essay or two and occasionally being interviewed in person or over the phone. (Mangostock/Dreamstime.com photo)
COVID creature characters featured in new video by Kelowna resident that attempts to bring a little humour to counter the fear and uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. (Contributed)

Kelowna man’s music video confronts COVID stress with humour

Power guitar tune combats pandemic uncertainty

COVID creature characters featured in new video by Kelowna resident that attempts to bring a little humour to counter the fear and uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. (Contributed)
Vernon husband and wife Jan (top) and Ken Waldon (with B.C. Lt.-Gov. Janet Austin), were among 44 provincial recipients of the Governor General’s Sovereign’s Medal for volunteerism. The awards were presented at a special ceremony earlier in September in Victoria. (Government House Victoria photos)

Fintry heritage site champion loses battle with illness

Ken Waldon was the leading proponent behind the creation of Friends of the Fintry Provincial Park Society

Vernon husband and wife Jan (top) and Ken Waldon (with B.C. Lt.-Gov. Janet Austin), were among 44 provincial recipients of the Governor General’s Sovereign’s Medal for volunteerism. The awards were presented at a special ceremony earlier in September in Victoria. (Government House Victoria photos)
Mussel inspection sit set up at B.C.-Alberta border. (Contributed)

Okanagan Basin Water Board calls for stronger invasive mussel protection

Letter sets out six recommendations for environment minister George Heyman to consider

Mussel inspection sit set up at B.C.-Alberta border. (Contributed)
The City Park dock in Kelowna was underwater due to rising Okanagan Lake flooding in 2017. (OBWB photo)

Okanagan facing extreme flooding risk

Water board calls for updated Okanagan Lake level management

The City Park dock in Kelowna was underwater due to rising Okanagan Lake flooding in 2017. (OBWB photo)
Every new portable added to a Central Okanagan school adds a $250,000 cost to the school district budget. (File photo)

Central Okanagan School District to seek greater public advocacy support

Trustees want ministry of education to address ‘dire straits’ regarding school space crunch

Every new portable added to a Central Okanagan school adds a $250,000 cost to the school district budget. (File photo)
Mara Lake is one of the significant water resources across the Okanagan-Shuswap region that will fall under increasing sustainability pressure as the anticipated population growth for the region continues in this century. (File photo)

Osoyoos mayor continues as Okanagan Basin Water Board chair

Sue McKortoff will serve her third consecutive term as water board chair

Mara Lake is one of the significant water resources across the Okanagan-Shuswap region that will fall under increasing sustainability pressure as the anticipated population growth for the region continues in this century. (File photo)
The cost of a post-secondary education can be a stressful burden facing first-year students. (Contributed)

Grants ease post-secondary fiscal stress facing Kelowna students

Knowledge First Financial gives out $1.5 million to first-year students across Canada, with 67 recipients in Kelowna

The cost of a post-secondary education can be a stressful burden facing first-year students. (Contributed)
The future of Rutland Middle School is hanging over how the Central Okanagan School District addresses rising enrolment issues in the Rutland community. (File photo)

No readily accessible options for replacing Rutland Middle School

Central Okanagan Public Schools confront rising enrolment issues in Rutland community

The future of Rutland Middle School is hanging over how the Central Okanagan School District addresses rising enrolment issues in the Rutland community. (File photo)
The administrative headquarters for Central Okanagan Public Schools in Kelowna. (File photo)

Teachers feel safe in Central Okanagan public schools

School board discussion allays any workplace fears

The administrative headquarters for Central Okanagan Public Schools in Kelowna. (File photo)
An initiative to learn more about the Lunar New Year was embraced by students at Hudson Road Elementary in West Kelowna. (Contributed)

Central Okanagan school briefs: Promoting inclusivity in the classroom

February is Inclusive Education Month at Central Okanagan public schools

An initiative to learn more about the Lunar New Year was embraced by students at Hudson Road Elementary in West Kelowna. (Contributed)
The increased use of cellphones by school students has raised concerns about potential exposure to brain cancer. (Contributed)

Radiation risk to Central Okanagan students presentation rejected

School trustees not open to hearing from Dr. Devra Davis with the Environmental Health Trust

The increased use of cellphones by school students has raised concerns about potential exposure to brain cancer. (Contributed)
Floyd Dryden Middle School, Jan. 11, 2021. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire)

Ecole KLO Middle students given most suspensions in Central Okanagan School District

Mount Boucherie Secondary accumulated 99 student suspensions for the year

Floyd Dryden Middle School, Jan. 11, 2021. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire)
Rutland Middle School's future is a key component that needs addressing with the anticipated student enrolment growth facing Rutland area schools. (File photo)

Enrolment crunch options for Rutland schools

Central Okanagan Public Schools seeks public input for long-term plan strategy

Rutland Middle School's future is a key component that needs addressing with the anticipated student enrolment growth facing Rutland area schools. (File photo)
The south end of Okanagan Lake. (File photo)

Funding sought for Okanagan Lake management study

Okanagan Basin Water Board pushing for water level regulatory review

The south end of Okanagan Lake. (File photo)
The Central Okanagan Board of Education meets twice a month at the school district administration boardroom. (File photo)

School briefs: Outdoor classroom approved for Ellison Elementary

The $12,000-plus project has the support of Central Okanagan Board of Education.

The Central Okanagan Board of Education meets twice a month at the school district administration boardroom. (File photo)
Laurel Square is located next to the Laurel Packinghouse in Kelowna’s Cultural District. (Contributed)

Laurel Square enhances Kelowna’s Cultural District

Green space reflects agricultural history next to Laurel Packinghouse.

Laurel Square is located next to the Laurel Packinghouse in Kelowna’s Cultural District. (Contributed)
Grade 6 class students at Watson Road Elementary had an opportunity to learn about woodworking by building their own toolboxes. (Contributed)

Toolbox project rewarding for Central Okanagan students

Initiative benefits high school and elementary school classes

Grade 6 class students at Watson Road Elementary had an opportunity to learn about woodworking by building their own toolboxes. (Contributed)
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Study: Embrace national long-term care standards

Call to direct public funding only to public and non-profit long-term care providers

Stock photo from Unsplash.com
Events that help bring tourism industry businesses and service providers together to share promotional ideas is one of the key functions of the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association. (Contributed)

Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association president of Glenn Mandziuk temporarily steps aside

There is a new president and chief executive officer at the helm…

Events that help bring tourism industry businesses and service providers together to share promotional ideas is one of the key functions of the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association. (Contributed)