Whitevalley Community Resource Centre Legacy Fund ~ Touching Lives”in our Community ~

Whitevalley Community Resource Centre is a not-for-profit organization that has been committed to making a positive difference in Lumby, Cherryville and surrounding areas since 1989. The organization offers vital services through a variety of programs to all members of the community from infants to seniors and in 2011 handled over 12,000 phone calls and/or walk-in to the office in downtown Lumby. We continue to make every effort to meet the needs of the community and retain the essential services necessary to keep the community healthy. We invite you to visit our web site (www.whitevalley.ca) for an overview of our programs and services and to view our Resource Centre video.

We are now providing an opportunity for individuals, groups, corporations and foundations to help sustain the tradition of community service through the Centre. A Legacy Fund, built from charitable contributions, will ensure an ongoing income and responsive community services for years to come. Whitevalley’s Legacy Fund is an exciting initiative to create an endowment fund to ensure that the future needs of the communities we touch are met. In our ever-changing world there is little about the future that we can be sure of, but the need for social services and programs is one of them. With this in mind, the Centre must not only raise funds for our current needs, but it also strives to ensure that future needs of our community can be met. Choosing to contribute to the Whitevalley Community Resource Centre’s Legacy fund will assist us in sustaining the tradition of service.

As a way of thanking our donors and to publicly recognize the gift, the Resource Centre has designed a “Legacy Tree”which will serve as a way to pay tribute to individuals, community groups and businesses who have supported our organization and the community with a gift. All of our donors are appreciated and there are several ways that Whitevalley Community Resource Centre will recognize their support. For more information regarding the organization or the Legacy Fund call the office at (250) 547-8866 or visit the website at www.whitevalley.ca.

~ We Can Get By With A Little Help From Our Friends
Every individual has unique talents, skills, experiences, beliefs, and values. Because of these qualities, every person has something to offer.

Do your family and friends comment on how creative you are? Do people tell you how committed you are? Then Whitevalley Community Resource Centre would love to hear from you.

The Centre offers services and supports for residents of Lumby, Lavington, Cherryville and surrounding areas. Whitevalley’s programs, services, and supports are available through a wide variety of funding sources, however, the day to day costs associated with “keeping the doors open” are not always covered by this funding – hence the creation of the Legacy Fund. The Legacy Fund was developed to provide long term and ongoing income to ensure the operation of the Centre well into the future.

You can be part of this important initiative by getting involved in the Legacy Fund fundraising committee. The time commitment is a few hours a month or a simple drop in to a meeting once a year to provide some feedback and to share your ideas, you could also simply drop us an email with your ideas. You can contribute as little or as much as you want, but we hope you will consider some participation in the committee.

Please contact Dawn at 250-547-8866 or email dawnf@whitevalley.ca on how you would like to be involved with the Legacy Fundraising Committee.
~ Camping for a Cause – Wonderful Success

Over the hottest weekend in over 100 years, Mayor Acton camped and fasted at the entrance to the Village. His only sustenance over the weekend was water – a lot of water!

There was a steady flow of visitors as the Mayor camped from 5pm Friday to 5 pm Sunday to bring attention to the issue of “Going Without”.

“I haven’t had much time to myself”, he said of residents dropping by.

“There’s been a lot of great discussion about the issue and how Whitevalley Community Resource Centre helps out in the community.”

WCRC services include counselling for adults and families, addictions counselling, after school activities, Kid’s Zone in Cherryville, summer day camp, toddler programs, senior’s drop-in, Good Food Box and internet access.

The campout led to over $2400.00 being raised. But beyond the funds, Acton says the focus of his campout was to increase awareness.

“I wanted people to realize how lucky we are to have these services and how we need to support them and our neighbours,” he said.

For more information about the Legacy Fund campaign, or to donate, call 250-547-8866 or go to www.whitevalley.ca.

Whitevalley Community Resource Centre would like to thank every person who took time to come out to support the Mayor and make donations, and most of all a BIG thank you to our Mayor, Kevin Acton!

~ Kineshanko’s Honour Their Loved Ones
Our sympathy goes out to The Kineshanko family who have suffered two losses in their family within a three week period.

As devastating as this has been for them, the family has come together to ensure their family members are not forgotten. Joanne Kineshanko came into the Whitevalley Community Resource Centre in December and donated $10,000 to the Legacy Fund. Each of her family members who have passed on will have a leaf “In Memory” on the Legacy Tree. There will now be leaves “In Memory” for Joanne’s husband, Terry, her mother, Flo Nayki, her brother-in-law, Grant Kineshanko and her mother-in-law, Mavis Kineshanko.

Many families encourage donations in lieu of flowers at a loved one’s funeral, and see it as a fitting way to honour those close to them while supporting a worthy cause.

By making a donation to Whitevalley Community Resource Centre’s Legacy Fund, donors are not only giving a gift of remembering a special person, but they are helping to ensure the continuity and quality of the necessary programs and services to the communities of Lumby, Cherryville, Lavington and surrounding areas.

For more information, please contact the Whitevalley Community Resource Centre office at 250-547-8866.
~ Lumby Lions Donate to Legacy Fund

Standing from left to right, Elsie Campbell, Maurice Richard, Ev Milne, Verne Abney, Mike Takahashi, Gord Conway, Marlene Stark, and Bev Laurence - Kneeling from left to right Kevin Acton, Joanne Kineshanko and Paul Fisher

The Lumby Lions dropped down to the Whitevalley Community Resource Centre on Monday, April 20th to present Whitevalley board members with a cheque for $5000.

The money will go directly into the Legacy Endowment Fund. The Legacy Fund Campaign was established in 2012 with a goal of $800,000, which will allow the centre to more easily maintain day to day and long term operations.
For over twenty five years Whitevalley Community Resource Centre’s staff, board and volunteers have “touched lives” by providing support and services for children, youth, adults, couples and families living in the communities of Lumby, Cherryville and Lavington. As a not for profit agency we have also worked hard over those years to keep the doors open while continuing to be a support to the community as a whole. Fundraising and writing proposals for programs, projects and services is ongoing...

The goal of Whitevalley is to continue to touch lives in the community through the Legacy Endowment Fund. A BIG thank you to the Lumby Lions for their generous donation to this important endeavour!
~ What if... Village of Lumby
For over twenty five years Whitevalley Community Resource Centre’s staff, board and volunteers have provided support and services for children, youth, adults, couples and families living in the communities of Lumby, Cherryville and Lavington. As a not for profit agency we have also worked hard over those years to keep the doors open while continuing to be a support to the community as a whole. Fundraising and writing proposals for programs, projects and services is ongoing...
Likewise doing our best to sustain our existence through our Legacy Endowment fund remains not only constant but now is a priority.

The question – “What if Whitevalley wasn’t here?” has come up a few times over the years.
Community members have ‘wondered’ with us..what it might be like without Whitevalley Community Resource Centre? What would the RCMP, Charles Bloom, J.W. Inglis, Cherryville and Lavington Elementary, Crossroads, Saddle Mountain, White Valley Community Recreation Centre, the parents, the children, and the grandparents do if the Centre was gone? We thought we would ask people for some input!

When asked “What if Whitevalley wasn’t here?” we received the following from a councilor at the Village of Lumby.

"First, let me declare my bias. I worked for many years at WCRC managing the financial side of the organization. However, that wasn't the important part of the organization. It was the social side where the greatest impacts were made. Programs for children as young as six months with their moms, teens, adults and families, as well as seniors. Programs ranging from food (Good Food Box, Community Garden), shelter (Home Handyman), employment (Fish Habitat Enhancement, volunteer development, resume writing, job info), counselling (Family Support, students, Mental Health), and community support and development (Community Pride, Seniors programs, volunteer organization fair at Lumby Days).

The board of directors represent a cross-section of our community who understand its needs. Governments at all levels trust WCRC to deliver low cost, high-quality programs. Our community has developed and grown because of the quality services provided by WCRC.

Family Counselors at the Centre can provide – free of charge – individual, couple or family support. Our counsellors are aware of and will refer to all programs which are available in the community. A Volunteer Co-ordinator is available to help find volunteering opportunities in the community.

We are reaching out to you to let you know you can help us to make a difference and ensure that Whitevalley will be here for your children and your grandchildren, your friends and their families.

You can pitch in and help out – volunteering in a variety of ways or you can make a donation – big or small monthly or make a single contribution. Please make your cheque or money order payable to Whitevalley Community Resource Centre, Box 661, Lumby, BC, V0E 2G0, or donate online at www.whitevalley.ca. (tax receipts are available for contributions greater than $10 )

For more information check out the Whitevalley.ca and/or drop by the Centre at 2114 Shuswap or call 547 8866 for details about services and supports available.
~ What if... Practicum Student
For over twenty five years Whitevalley Community Resource Centre’s staff, board and volunteers have provided support and services for children, youth, adults, couples and families living in the communities of Lumby, Cherryville and Lavington. As a not for profit agency we have also worked hard over those years to keep the doors open while continuing to be a support to the community as a whole. Fundraising and writing proposals for programs, projects and services is ongoing...
Likewise doing our best to sustain our existence through our Legacy Endowment fund remains not only constant but now is a priority.

The question – “What if Whitevalley wasn’t here?” has come up a few times over the years.
Community members have ‘wondered’ with us..what it might be like without Whitevalley Community Resource Centre? What would the RCMP, Charles Bloom, J.W. Inglis, Cherryville and Lavington Elementary, Crossroads, Saddle Mountain, White Valley Community Recreation Centre, the parents, the children, and the grandparents do if the Centre was gone? We thought we would ask people for some input!

When asked “What if Whitevalley wasn’t here?” we received the following from a Masters level counseling student completing her practicum at Whitevalley Community Resource Centre.

When I first started my practicum at Whitevalley I was overwhelmed by just how much a small community centre does. From the programs for parents, kids and seniors in the area to the advocacy and counselling services Whitevalley strives to ensure that the needs of the community are met. The staff and volunteers with Whitevalley are passionate about making their community a happy, healthy place to live. They are continually striving to do more and fill a need when it arises. I am not sure what would happen if Whitevalley wasn’t here but I am sure glad that it is as it offers people a safe and inclusive place where they can receive help, advice, resources or information on almost everything.

As a student my experience has been more than I could have imagined. I felt welcomed right from the very beginning. The experience and education I received was invaluable and I am thankful I had this opportunity. The staff at Whitevalley were always available to help me with any questions I had or information I needed. I have no doubt that completing my practicum at Whitevalley has helped to shape me into a better counsellor and person. Thank-you to everyone who gave me a kind word or smile and welcomed me into their community. I valued every moment of my experience.

Family Counselors at the Centre can provide – free of charge – individual, couple or family support. Our counsellors are aware of and will refer to all programs which are available in the community. A Volunteer Co-ordinator is available to help find volunteering opportunities in the community.

We are reaching out to you to let you know you can help us to make a difference and ensure that Whitevalley will be here for your children and your grandchildren, your friends and their families.

You can pitch in and help out – volunteering in a variety of ways or you can make a donation – big or small monthly or make a single contribution. Please make your cheque or money order payable to Whitevalley Community Resource Centre, Box 661, Lumby, BC, V0E 2G0, or donate online at www.whitevalley.ca. (tax receipts are available for contributions greater than $10 )

For more information check out the Whitevalley.ca and/or drop by the Centre at 2114 Shuswap or call 547 8866 for details about services and supports available.
~ Cherryville Seniors Society Connects with Legacy Fund

Lynne Frerich, President of the Cherryville Seniors Society presents a cheque to Gay Jewitt, Executive Director of Whitevalley Community Resource Centre
Cherryville Senior Society cooked up some delicious lasagne for everyone in attendance on January 21st, and allowed Whitevalley Community Resource Centre to present on the work done through the centre and the continuing efforts to raise funds for the Legacy Fund. The Society has been a big supporter of Whitevalley Community Resource Centre and has already contributed to the Legacy Fund, but it was still a wonderful surprise when Lynne showed up in early February with a cheque for $500 to the Legacy Fund on behalf of the Society. The Cherryville Senior Society offers a home cooked supper on the third Wednesday of every month at the Cherryville Hall from September to April, at a cost of $10.00 per person. For more information on how you can get involved in the community or how you can leave a lasting Legacy contact Whitevalley Community Resource Centre at 250.547.8866 or visit www.whitevalley.ca
~ What if... Cherryville Elementary School Principal
For over twenty five years Whitevalley Community Resource Centre’s staff, board and volunteers have provided support and services for children, youth, adults, couples and families living in the communities of Lumby, Cherryville and Lavington. As a not for profit agency we have also worked hard over those years to keep the doors open while continuing to be a support to the community as a whole. Fundraising and writing proposals for programs, projects and services is ongoing...
Likewise doing our best to sustain our existence through our Legacy Endowment fund remains not only constant but now is a priority.

The question – “What if Whitevalley wasn’t here?” has come up a few times over the years.
Community members have ‘wondered’ with us..what it might be like without Whitevalley Community Resource Centre? What would the RCMP, Charles Bloom, J.W. Inglis, Cherryville and Lavington Elementary, Crossroads, Saddle Mountain, White Valley Community Recreation Centre, the parents, the children, and the grandparents do if the Centre was gone? We thought we would ask people for some input!

When asked ‘What if Whitevalley wasn’t here?” we received the following from the Principal at Cherryville Elementary School.

I often think about the old saying that, “It takes a village to raise a child.” For several of our families, Whitevalley workers are important members in that village. They connect families with resources that help provide basic necessities of life. As a result, kids come to school with shoes, jackets, full bellies and are ready to learn. Without the support of Whitevalley, some families would struggle to access these resources, and for the children of our supported families, achieving success in their learning would become secondary to staying comfortable. The counselling support that some students receive at school from Whitevalley workers also helps kids work through challenges that can hinder their learning. In addition, we often hear that Whitevalley is a comfortable place for all community members to access resources, and if Whitevalley is unable to directly support a request, the workers are always willing to help people find the resources they need.


Family Counselors at the Centre can provide – free of charge – individual, couple or family support. Our counsellors are aware of and will refer to all programs which are available in the community. A Volunteer Co-ordinator is available to help find volunteering opportunities in the community.

We are reaching out to you to let you know you can help us to make a difference and ensure that Whitevalley will be here for your children and your grandchildren, your friends and their families.

You can pitch in and help out – volunteering in a variety of ways or you can make a donation – big or small monthly or make a single contribution. Please make your cheque or money order payable to Whitevalley Community Resource Centre, Box 661, Lumby, BC, V0E 2G0, or donate online at www.whitevalley.ca. (tax receipts are available for contributions greater than $10 )

For more information check out the Whitevalley.ca and/or drop by the Centre at 2114 Shuswap or call 547 8866 for details about services and supports available.
~ Valley First Donated to Legacy Fund

Marlene Stark, the Branch Manager of Valley First in Lumby presents a cheque for $1000 to Paul Fisher co-chair of the Legacy Fund.

Valley First was contacted in May of 2014 to see if they might be willing to invest in the Legacy Fund. As they were already committed to several causes throughout BC, they weren’t sure if they could do anything, but would keep the Legacy Fund top of mind. So, it was a wonderful surprise to have a cheque for $1000 donated.

Valley First has been a big supporter of Whitevalley Community Resource Centre programs. This presentation marks their first donation to the Legacy Fund.
~ What if... a new staff member

For over twenty five years Whitevalley Community Resource Centre’s staff, board and volunteers have provided support and services for children, youth, adults, couples and families living in the communities of Lumby, Cherryville and Lavington. As a not for profit agency we have also worked hard over those years to keep the doors open while continuing to be a support to the community as a whole. Fundraising and writing proposals for programs, projects and services is ongoing...
Likewise doing our best to sustain our existence through our Legacy Endowment fund remains not only constant but now is a priority.

The question – “What if Whitevalley wasn’t here?” has come up a few times over the years.
Community members have ‘wondered’ with us..what it might be like without Whitevalley Community Resource Centre? What would the RCMP, Charles Bloom, J.W. Inglis, Cherryville and Lavington Elementary, Crossroads, Saddle Mountain, White Valley Community Recreation Centre, the parents, the children, and the grandparents do if the Centre was gone? We thought we would ask people for some input!

When asked ‘What if Whitevalley wasn’t here?” we received the following from a new staff member.

Whitevalley has given me so much in such a short amount of time. I began working at Whitevalley as a shy, anxious and nervous person. Right from the first day, the staff and counsellors welcomed me with open arms. Not only is this group a great, professional team, they’re also some of the nicest people I’ve ever met. Every person who works at Whitevalley has helped me in some way. They helped me furnish my first home, overcome some anxiety issues, become more mindful, and even helped me with my career path.

If Whitevalley wasn’t here, I’m afraid I would still be a shy, anxious, nervous person.


Family Counselors at the Centre can provide – free of charge – individual, couple or family support. Our counsellors are aware of and will refer to all programs which are available in the community. A Volunteer Co-ordinator is available to help find volunteering opportunities in the community.

We are reaching out to you to let you know you can help us to make a difference and ensure that Whitevalley will be here for your children and your grandchildren, your friends and their families.

You can pitch in and help out – volunteering in a variety of ways or you can make a donation – big or small monthly or make a single contribution. Please make your cheque or money order payable to Whitevalley Community Resource Centre, Box 661, Lumby, BC, V0E 2G0, or donate online at www.whitevalley.ca. (tax receipts are available for contributions greater than $10 )

For more information check out the Whitevalley.ca and/or drop by the Centre at 2114 Shuswap or call 547 8866 for details about services and supports available.
~ What if... Illness

For over twenty five years Whitevalley Community Resource Centre’s staff, board and volunteers have provided support and services for children, youth, adults, couples and families living in the communities of Lumby, Cherryville and Lavington. As a not for profit agency we have also worked hard over those years to keep the doors open while continuing to be a support to the community as a whole. Fundraising and writing proposals for programs, projects and services is ongoing...
Likewise doing our best to sustain our existence through our Legacy Endowment fund remains not only constant but now is a priority.

The question – “What if Whitevalley wasn’t here?” has come up a few times over the years.
Community members have ‘wondered’ with us..what it might be like without Whitevalley Community Resource Centre? What would the RCMP, Charles Bloom, J.W. Inglis, Cherryville and Lavington Elementary, Crossroads, Saddle Mountain, White Valley Community Recreation Centre, the parents, the children, and the grandparents do if the Centre was gone? We thought we would ask people for some input!

When asked ‘What if Whitevalley wasn’t here?” we received the following from a client.

Whitevalley provided me the opportunity to gain back my independence after a lengthy illness.

My counsellor helped connect me with the Peer Support Group through the Lumby Christian Church and I was a participant in the Anxiety Management course, and also in the Connect Parent program.

At the start of my illness, I was helped financially through the generous donor of a Good Food Box for a year and the Family Christmas program allowed me to celebrate Christmas with my children.

I now volunteer at several organizations in Lumby, which is allowing me to regain my confidence as well as update my skills. Without Whitevalley Community Resource Centre, I fear I might still be housebound.


Family Counselors at the Centre can provide – free of charge – individual, couple or family support. Counsellors also offer group support – in the way of Parenting Programs, Stress Management and Men’s anger management and grief groups. We are fortunate at this time that with two masters in counselling students on board and there is a minimal wait list for service.

We are also very fortunate that there are many caring individuals living and working in the area that take a sincere interest in the “health and well-being” of our community and that make a real difference! Many of the institutions and organizations in our community depend on each other to help individuals in their daily activities. However, the need for our services continues to grow while our funding remains the same. We are reaching out to you to let you know you can help us to make a difference and ensure that Whitevalley will be here for your children and your grandchildren, your friends and their families.

You can pitch in and help out – volunteering in a variety of ways or you can make a donation – big or small monthly or make a single contribution. Please make your cheque or money order payable to Whitevalley Community Resource Centre, Box 661, Lumby, BC, V0E 2G0, or donate online at www.whitevalley.ca. (tax receipts are available for contributions greater than $10)

For more information check out the Whitevalley.ca and/or drop by the Centre at 2114 Shuswap or call 547 8866 for details about services and supports available.
~ What if... JW Inglis

For over twenty five years Whitevalley Community Resource Centre’s staff, board and volunteers have provided support and services for children, youth, adults, couples and families living in the communities of Lumby, Cherryville and Lavington. As a not for profit agency we have also worked hard over those years to keep the doors open while continuing to be a support to the community as a whole. Fundraising and writing proposals for programs, projects and services is ongoing...
Likewise doing our best to sustain our existence through our Legacy Endowment fund remains not only constant but now is a priority.

The question – “What if Whitevalley wasn’t here?” has come up a few times over the years.
Community members have ‘wondered’ with us..what it might be like without Whitevalley Community Resource Centre? What would the RCMP, Charles Bloom, J.W. Inglis, Cherryville and Lavington Elementary, Crossroads, Saddle Mountain, White Valley Community Recreation Centre, the parents, the children, and the grandparents do if the Centre was gone? We thought we would ask people for some input!

When asked ‘What if Whitevalley wasn’t here?” we received the following from Maggy Badgero, Principal of JW Inglis Elementary School.

When asked to think about JW Inglis Elementary without Whitevalley Community Resource Centre, I couldn’t even begin to imagine it. Whitevalley has its finger on the pulse of the community. So much about life is “being connected” and that is what Whitevalley ensures for our students.


Everyone will face challenges in their life at one time or another, but when a child needs support or is in crisis, it is that much more compelling. Whitevalley provides counselling services for our students. Those services can come in many forms: support for anxiety, grief, depression, social skills and more. There are times when providing for the child within the school setting just isn’t enough. That is where Whitevalley can give support where the school cannot. They can go into the home and support the whole family.

Our students love to work with Sharon, Niki, Charlie and Sandra. The children appreciate the time they spend with them and the skills they learn. They know that these dedicated counsellors will help them and that they care.

There are times when families may be facing financial challenges. No one ever expects to be in that position. At times Whitevalley has been able to help with school supplies, winter jackets, gloves and mitts, Christmas baskets, whatever it takes to make sure students will be successful and feel good about themselves.

Keeping the services connected in Lumby is something Whitevalley does really well. There is so much caring and so many services in this wonderful town. Whitevalley gets these groups together so we can put a face to a name when we are in need of a variety of supports.

Family Counselors at the Centre can provide – free of charge – individual, couple or family support. Counsellors also offer group support – in the way of Parenting Programs, Stress Management and Men’s anger management and grief groups. We are fortunate at this time that with two masters in counselling students on board and there is a minimal wait list for service.

We are also very fortunate that there are many caring individuals living and working in the area that take a sincere interest in the “health and well-being” of our community and that make a real difference! Many of the institutions and organizations in our community depend on each other to help individuals in their daily activities. However, the need for our services continues to grow while our funding remains the same. We are reaching out to you to let you know you can help us to make a difference and ensure that Whitevalley will be here for your children and your grandchildren, your friends and their families.

You can pitch in and help out – volunteering in a variety of ways or you can make a donation – big or small monthly or make a single contribution. Please make your cheque or money order payable to Whitevalley Community Resource Centre, Box 661, Lumby, BC, V0E 2G0, or donate online at www.whitevalley.ca. (tax receipts are available for contributions greater than $10)

For more information check out the Whitevalley.ca and/or drop by the Centre at 2114 Shuswap or call 547 8866 for details about services and supports available.
~ What if... a client story

For over twenty five years Whitevalley Community Resource Centre’s staff, board and volunteers have provided support and services for children, youth, adults, couples and families living in the communities of Lumby, Cherryville and Lavington. As a not for profit agency we have also worked hard over those years to keep the doors open while continuing to be a support to the community as a whole. Fundraising and writing proposals for programs, projects, and services is ongoing...
Likewise doing our best to sustain our existence through our Legacy Endowment fund remains not only constant, but now has become a priority.

The question – “What if Whitevalley wasn’t here?” has come up a few times over the years.

Community members have ‘wondered’ with us.. what it might be like without Whitevalley Community Resource Centre? What would the RCMP, Charles Bloom, J.W. Inglis, Cherryville and Lavington Elementary, Crossroads, Saddle Mountain, the parents, the children, and the grandparents do if the Centre was gone? We thought we would ask people for some input!

When asked ‘What if Whitevalley wasn’t here?” we received the following from one of our clients.

I was in the middle of a personal crisis and went to see my physician in Vernon. She immediately recommended I call the Family Resource Centre in Vernon, which I did as soon as I got home. Yes, they could help me, but not for 3 months. I was devastated, I needed a job, and I needed help. However, in order to proceed, they needed my phone number and address, which I provided. When the woman heard Lumby, she suggested I call the Whitevalley Community Resource Centre. I was able to get in that very week. My counselor discussed the benefits of volunteering at Whitevalley Community Resource Centre to help update my skills. I also was able to meet with Aram of Community Futures, who works out of the Centre, for some help with my resume and job search. I am pleased to be well on my way to a better life with a full time job.

Family Counselors at the Centre can provide – free of charge – individual, couple or family support. Community Futures is in the Whitevalley office every Wednesday and Friday to provide help with employment through the WorkBC program.

We are also very fortunate that there are many caring individuals living and working in the area that take a sincere interest in the “health and well-being” of our community and make a real difference! Many of the institutions and organizations in our community depend on each other to help individuals in their daily activities. However, the need for our services continues to grow while our funding remains the same. We are reaching out to you to let you know you can help us to make a difference and ensure that Whitevalley will be here for your children and your grandchildren, your friends and their families.

You can help by – volunteering in a variety of ways or you can make a donation – big or small, monthly or a single contribution. Please make your cheque or money order payable to Whitevalley Community Resource Centre, Box 661, Lumby, BC, V0E 2G0, or donate online at www.whitevalley.ca. (tax receipts are available for contributions greater than $10 )

For more information check out the Whitevalley.ca and/or drop by the Centre at 2114 Shuswap or call 250.547. 8866 for details about services and supports available.

~ What if... a local business

For over twenty five years Whitevalley Community Resource Centre’s staff, board and volunteers have provided support and services for children, youth, adults, couples and families living in the communities of Lumby, Cherryville and Lavington. As a not for profit agency we have also worked hard over those years to keep the doors open while continuing to be a support to the community as a whole. Fundraising and writing proposals for programs, projects and services is ongoing...
Likewise doing our best to sustain our existence through our Legacy Endowment fund remains not only constant but now is a priority.

The question – “What if Whitevalley wasn’t here?” has come up a few times over the years.
Community members have ‘wondered’ with us..what it might be like without Whitevalley Community Resource Centre? What would the RCMP, Charles Bloom, J.W. Inglis, Cherryville and Lavington Elementary, Crossroads, Saddle Mountain, White Valley Community Recreation Centre, the parents, the children, and the grandparents do if the Centre was gone? We thought we would ask people for some input!

When asked ‘What if Whitevalley wasn’t here?” we received the following from Judy Phillips, the owner of the Lumby IDA Pharmacy.

At times, as the only Pharmacist in Lumby, I have found that good health is often times more than medication. With the ease of a telephone call, or in some cases a visit to the office, I am able to refer patients to Whitevalley. With the co-operation of the counselling team we are able to work collaboratively to get the patients back on the road to good health. Without Whitevalley alongside not only would the individual be impacted in a negative way but the situation would likely tax the resources of our community in many ways. Whitevalley Resource Centre has mitigated over and over again situations that were critical and have saved lives. There is no price tag that could possibly cover the benefits that result from this agency.

Family Counselors at the Centre can provide – free of charge – individual, couple or family support. Counsellors also offer group support – in the way of Parenting Programs, Stress Management and Men’s anger management and grief groups. We are fortunate at this time that with two masters in counselling students on board and there is a minimal wait list for service.

We are also very fortunate that there are many caring individuals living and working in the area that take a sincere interest in the “health and well-being” of our community and that make a real difference! Many of the institutions and organizations in our community depend on each other to help individuals in their daily activities. However, the need for our services continues to grow while our funding remains the same. We are reaching out to you to let you know you can help us to make a difference and ensure that Whitevalley will be here for your children and your grandchildren, your friends and their families.

You can pitch in and help out – volunteering in a variety of ways or you can make a donation – big or small monthly or make a single contribution. Please make your cheque or money order payable to Whitevalley Community Resource Centre, Box 661, Lumby, BC, V0E 2G0, or donate online at www.whitevalley.ca. (tax receipts are available for contributions greater than $10)

For more information check out the Whitevalley.ca and/or drop by the Centre at 2114 Shuswap or call 547 8866 for details about services and supports available.
~ What if... RCMP

For over twenty five years Whitevalley Community Resource Centre’s staff, board and volunteers have provided support and services for children, youth, adults, couples and families living in the communities of Lumby, Cherryville and Lavington. As a not for profit agency we have also worked hard over those years to keep the doors open while continuing to be a support to the community as a whole. Fundraising and writing proposals for programs, projects and services is ongoing...
Likewise doing our best to sustain our existence through our Legacy Endowment fund remains not only constant but now is a priority.

The question – “What if Whitevalley wasn’t here?” has come up a few times over the years.
Community members have ‘wondered’ with us..what it might be like without Whitevalley Community Resource Centre? What would the RCMP, Charles Bloom, J.W. Inglis, Cherryville and Lavington Elementary, Crossroads, Saddle Mountain, White Valley Community Recreation Centre, the parents, the children, and the grandparents do if the Centre was gone? We thought we would ask people for some input!

When asked ‘What if Whitevalley wasn’t here?” we received the following from Corporal Henry Proce.

If WCRC wasn't there, we would lose one of our closest partner agencies in the Community. For the past decade we have worked closely with WCRC by referring those in need to them. When our expertise falls short, it has always been a comfort to know that WCRC can step in to counsel and assist those folks in crisis, whatever their issue might be. WCRC have included the police during their monthly board meetings as well which has given us a window on what's happening in the community and offered us an opinion at the table. If Whitevalley wasn't there, Lumby and area would miss a key component of what makes this Village a great place to live and work.

Family Counselors at the Centre can provide – free of charge – individual, couple or family support. Counsellors also offer group support – in the way of Parenting Programs, Stress Management and Men’s anger management and grief groups. We are fortunate at this time that with two masters in counselling students on board and there is a minimal wait list for service.

We are also very fortunate that there are many caring individuals living and working in the area that take a sincere interest in the “health and well-being” of our community and that make a real difference! Many of the institutions and organizations in our community depend on each other to help individuals in their daily activities. However, the need for our services continues to grow while our funding remains the same. We are reaching out to you to let you know you can help us to make a difference and ensure that Whitevalley will be here for your children and your grandchildren, your friends and their families.

You can pitch in and help out – volunteering in a variety of ways or you can make a donation – big or small monthly or make a single contribution. Please make your cheque or money order payable to Whitevalley Community Resource Centre, Box 661, Lumby, BC, V0E 2G0, or donate online at www.whitevalley.ca. (tax receipts are available for contributions greater than $10)

For more information check out the Whitevalley.ca and/or drop by the Centre at 2114 Shuswap or call 547 8866 for details about services and supports available.
~ What if... CBSS

For over twenty five years Whitevalley Community Resource Centre’s staff, board and volunteers have provided support and services for children, youth, adults, couples and families living in the communities of Lumby, Cherryville and Lavington. As a not for profit agency we have also worked hard over those years to keep the doors open while continuing to be a support to the community as a whole. Fundraising and writing proposals for programs, projects and services is ongoing...
Likewise doing our best to sustain our existence through our Legacy Endowment fund remains not only constant but now is a priority.

The question – “What if Whitevalley wasn’t here?” has come up a few times over the years.
Community members have ‘wondered’ with us..what it might be like without Whitevalley Community Resource Centre? What would the RCMP, Charles Bloom, J.W. Inglis, Cherryville and Lavington Elementary, Crossroads, Saddle Mountain, White Valley Community Recreation Centre, the parents, the children, and the grandparents do if the Centre was gone? We thought we would ask people for some input!

When asked ‘What if Whitevalley wasn’t here?” we received the following from Bryan Out, Principal at CBSS.

What would CBSS do if Whitevalley wasn’t here? I don’t think I really want to think about that one. Charlie, Niki and Sharon (our WCRC School Support Workers) play such an important role for our students and without them our school community would lose a very key support system. Anxiety, stress, depression, peer issues, home issues, drugs and alcohol are all examples of road blocks that some of our students face on a daily basis and these can have a direct impact on their learning and success at school. With the ongoing support of Charlie, Niki, and Sharon students learn strategies to manage their road blocks and see success. Without this team, not only our students but our school counsellors would also be impacted as they would not have the necessary time to handle these student issues, which in turn would lead to more students not being successful at school. This team of three are fantastic champions for our students and provide the necessary support and guidance to help students be successful at school and be on the road to making more positive life choices. Without them, our students lose out.


School based outreach workers with offices at J.W. Inglis, Charles Bloom Secondary School and Crossroads can provide free of charge counselling on drug alcohol and social issues. They also run programs such as Connect Parent, Roots of Empathy, Grief Support, and other programs as needed in our schools and community. Students and/or parents are welcome to contact our counsellors and there is a minimal wait period.

Family Counselors at the Centre can provide – free of charge – individual, couple or family support. Counsellors also offer group support – in the way of Parenting Programs, Stress Management and Men’s anger management and grief groups. We are fortunate at this time that with two masters in counselling students on board and there is a minimal wait list for service.

We are also very fortunate that there are many caring individuals living and working in the area that take a sincere interest in the “health and well-being” of our community and that make a real difference! Many of the institutions and organizations in our community depend on each other to help individuals in their daily activities. However, the need for our services continues to grow while our funding remains the same. We are reaching out to you to let you know you can help us to make a difference and ensure that Whitevalley will be here for your children and your grandchildren, your friends and their families.

You can pitch in and help out – volunteering in a variety of ways or you can make a donation – big or small monthly or make a single contribution. Please make your cheque or money order payable to Whitevalley Community Resource Centre, Box 661, Lumby, BC, V0E 2G0, or donate online at www.whitevalley.ca. (tax receipts are available for contributions greater than $10)

For more information check out the Whitevalley.ca and/or drop by the Centre at 2114 Shuswap or call 547 8866 for details about services and supports available.
~ What if... a client

For over twenty five years Whitevalley Community Resource Centre’s staff, board and volunteers have provided support and services for children, youth, adults, couples and families living in the communities of Lumby, Cherryville and Lavington. As a not for profit agency we have also worked hard over those years to keep the doors open while continuing to be a support to the community as a whole. Fundraising and writing proposals for programs, projects and services is ongoing...
Likewise doing our best to sustain our existence through our Legacy Endowment fund remains not only constant but now is a priority.

The question – “What if Whitevalley wasn’t here?” has come up a few times over the years.
Community members have ‘wondered’ with us..what it might be like without Whitevalley Community Resource Centre? What would the RCMP, Charles Bloom, J.W. Inglis, Cherryville and Lavington Elementary, Crossroads, Saddle Mountain, White Valley Community Recreation Centre, the parents, the children, and the grandparents do if the Centre was gone? We thought we would ask people for some input!

When asked ‘What if Whitevalley wasn’t here?” we received the following from a client.

Whitevalley Community Resource Centre helped me get back on my feet after I left a physically abusive relationship.


I, along with my two children were financially dependent on my partner, which meant that when I left, I left with no source of income. My counselor was able to get food for us through the Food Bank, and then advocated for me in order to receive income assistance, and find a place to live.

My children had seen a lot in their short lives and the impact could have been negative, but they both received extensive counseling as well. I am proud to say that both my children have grown up to be successful business people and I am living a happy, independent, healthy life.

Family Counselors at the Centre can provide – free of charge – individual, couple or family support. Counsellors also offer group support – in the way of Parenting Programs, Stress Management and Men’s anger management and grief groups. We are fortunate at this time that with two masters in counselling students on board and there is a minimal wait list for service.

We are also very fortunate that there are many caring individuals living and working in the area that take a sincere interest in the “health and well-being” of our community and that make a real difference! Many of the institutions and organizations in our community depend on each other to help individuals in their daily activities. However, the need for our services continues to grow while our funding remains the same. We are reaching out to you to let you know you can help us to make a difference and ensure that Whitevalley will be here for your children and your grandchildren, your friends and their families.

You can pitch in and help out – volunteering in a variety of ways or you can make a donation – big or small monthly or make a single contribution. Please make your cheque or money order payable to Whitevalley Community Resource Centre, Box 661, Lumby, BC, V0E 2G0, or donate online at www.whitevalley.ca. (tax receipts are available for contributions greater than $10)

For more information check out the Whitevalley.ca and/or drop by the Centre at 2114 Shuswap or call 547 8866 for details about services and supports available.
~ Cherryville Days Supports Whitevalley...

Cherryville Days 2014 celebrated with a fundraiser for Whitevalley Community Resource Centre.

The Community of Cherryville donated $1,326.75 from the concession stand as part of their $2,000.00 per year donation commitment.

Cherryville Days which started in 1963 had a theme for 2014 of "Elvis and the 60's".

Whitevalley Community Resource Centre supports the community of Cherryville with all their programs in Lumby, and also offers several programs in Cherryville including counselling and family supports, School Based Outreach Program, Backpack Project, Silver Lake Kid's Camp, Early Childhood Development Table, Parents & Tots, Parenting Isn't Easy, Mountain Kids, Kid's Zone, and Community Pride.

A big thank you to all the volunteers, who cooked and served the food, and everyone in attendance who enjoyed the delicious food, for making this generous donation possible.

Volunteer Cooks at Cherryville Days – l to r - Bill Lywood, Constable Ted Bowen, and Dave MacPherson

~ The Lives We Touch - An Open Letter to the Community of Lumby...

I want to thank the counsellors and staff of whitevalley and the people in this community for all the help and support I have received in raising my granddaughter. I have received little help from the parents of this lovely little girl. Christmas, Easter and Lumby Days have all been awesome! Thank you to everyone for all your acts of kindness.

The counsellor I have been working with has been so supportive through the good and the bad.

A big thank you to the Lumby Food Bank for all your wonderful gifts each month and to everyone who gave to us through the Christmas holidays. Also a special thanks to the Lumby Thrift Store for helping us have such a beautiful place and warm clothes over the winter.

Christmas, Easter and Lumby Days have all been awesome! Thank you to everyone for all your acts of kindness.

~ The Lives We Touch - A young adult...

Each day a wide variety of people walk through Whitevalley Community Resource Centre’s doors. Sometimes it is someone looking for a resource i.e.) where to call about landlord tenancy information or wondering where they might go if they needed a new birth certificate… Other times they may be at the Centre to sign up for a Good Food Box or to donate some books to our free book shelf, to let us know they have a dresser or sofa to donate or to sign their children up for the Kids Space After School program or a youth activity. Other times it is a youth, parent, senior ...or others seeking individual or family support during a challenging time in their lives.

The following was written by a young adult who received support from one of Whitevalley’s Counsellors ~

“The person who has influenced me most in my life is my Whitevalley support worker. I have been seeing her for the majority of my high school career. She has taught me everything from what it takes to think positively to what it takes to become the best person I can be. I have worked with her through lots of stress related problems. I really enjoy her company and she never makes me feel unequal or different from the rest. I really like how she treats me with respect and the way she helps me the best she can, even though it may be difficult.

If I hadn’t met my support worker, I would probably have a hard time trying to talk to somebody about my troubles because I sometimes get nervous talking to my parents about certain situations fearing that they would get angry or judge me. I know that they never would do something like that, but sometimes, I feel like the issue is that bad that I feel anxious and ashamed to say anything.

I see my support worker every week and catch up even if everything is going well. The one thing that she taught me is that even if people are making fun of me and tell me I’m useless, it doesn’t mean that I can’t grow up feeling like I mean something to the world. I KNOW that I mean something to the world and that I am useful in many ways. I don’t always have to listen to what others have to say, especially if it is something negative. I know that I am much better than that.

My support worker has really helped me out and I am proud that I got the wonderful chance to meet her and to become a positive client. I have learned so much from her that I will carry with me for a lifetime. I can now show others what it takes to become a positive, successful individual who has loads of potential and who can have the capability to do anything as long as you believe.

My life would not have been the same without my support worker and I am glad that I can share her professionalism and support with others who are looking for a confidential, helpful, kind and all out wonderful person. I share everything with her and don’t worry that she will tell other people and it makes me a more positive person knowing that she is on my side.

The one who is there

To help me through

The one who hugs

And listens too.

She is around in times of need

To dry my tears

To help me believe

I can do anything if I just try

And you know what? Sometimes, I do need to cry

But that won’t stop me

Because I know

That I am unstoppable!!

Many of us are faced with ups and downs through the course of our lives and when someone reaches out for a hand it is reassuring that community is there to help. And… what can often happen is at some time in the future, those same individuals are able to help someone else. Together, “supporting the health and well-being of our community.” For more information about Whitevalley Community Resource Centre, please call 250.547.8866, or visit www.whitevalley.ca

~ Swan Lake Motors Continues Legacy Fund Support...

Whitevalley Community Resource Centre’s Legacy Fund received a $1,000.00 contribution from Swan Lake Motors.

Sid and Cecilia Skerritt were on hand to present the cheque to Gay Jewitt, the Executive Director for Whitevalley.

Swan Lake Motors continues to be a strong supporter of the Legacy Fund. “Whitevalley Community Resource Centre is a not for profit agency that knows how to stretch their dollars,” commented Cecilia. “Part of our mandate for charitable contributions is to know the money is being used for the people of the community, and we are very comfortable with how Whitevalley Community Resource Centre uses their money.”

The contribution to the Legacy Fund will help to ensure continued services and programs to the communities of Lumby, Cherryville, Lavington and surrounding areas.

For more information on the programs and services offered through Whitevalley Community Resource Centre or how you can make contributions to the Legacy Fund, please call 250.547.8866, drop into the office at 2114 Shuswap Ave, Lumby or visit their website at www.whitevalley.ca.

~ PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE - Legacy Fund Springing Ahead!...

Whitevalley Community Resource Centre’s Legacy Fund is springing ahead!

Executive Director of Whitevalley, Gay Jewitt, describes the donations as “steady”. “We will keep working towards our goal of $800,000, and we are grateful for the donations we have received.”

David Bosomworth and Doris Squair kicked us over the $50,000.00 mark and were excited to come out and update the thermometer for our Spring Ahead campaign.

Whitevalley Community Resource Centre continues to provide a wide range of services including counselling for adults and families, addictions counselling, after school activities, Kid’s Zone in Cherryville, summer day camps, toddlers programs, cooking classes for those on a budget, seniors drop in, health information for seniors, internet access and support of the Good Food Box.

In our ever changing world there is little about the future that we can be sure of, but the need for social services and programs is one of them. With this in mind, the Resource Centre created the Legacy Fund to ensure that future needs of our community can be met.

Once the goal of $800,000 is reached, the income generated will ensure the operation of Whitevalley Community Resource Centre well into the future.

For more information about Whitevalley Community Resource Centre or how you can become a part of this exciting and important endeavour, check out our new video at www.whitevalley.ca, drop by our office at 2114 Shuswap Avenue, or give us a call at 250.547.8866.

http://www.vernonmorningstar.com/news/258687781.html

~ Kineshanko Family Continues Legacy Fund Support...

The Kineshanko Family continues to support Lumby and the surrounding communities with their annual donation to the Whitevalley Community Resource Centre’s Legacy Fund.

The Kineshanko’s, longtime residents of Lumby, are closely tied to the community through their business, Kineshanko Logging.  Joanne and her family committed $25,000 to the Legacy Fund over five years, starting in 2012.  The contribution is in memory of Terry Kineshanko who passed away in 2006.

Joanne , co-chair of the Legacy Fund, continues to encourage us all to donate to the Legacy Fund, no matter the amount, as she knows small donations can add up to a huge sum when many people are making the donations.

The Legacy Fund is an endowment fund which will be used to ensure the future needs of our community can be met through the programs and services of Whitevalley Community Resource Centre.

If you would like to make a donation or would like more information, please stop by our office at 2114 Shuswap Avenue in Lumby, or call 250.547.8866.

~ A Birthday to be Remembered ~

Denise Radomske celebrated her 65th birthday with a gift to last a lifetime.

When family and friends approached Denise about her birthday, she was quick to let them know she did not want anything…party included.  After much badgering, she finally relented, on the condition there be no cards or gifts.  Denise believes she has everything she needs, and thinks cards are a waste of paper.

The invitation was sent by e-mail with the request for no gifts or cards.  However,  the attendees could make donations at the party to the Whitevalley Community Resource Centre’s Legacy Fund.

At the party Denise placed a donation box in the washroom, so no one would feel pressured to give.    Denise understands the concept of “many droplets fill the bucket”, and knew her guests contributions would allow her to make a sizeable contribution to the Whitevalley Community Resource Centre Legacy Fund

~ Legacy Fund Breakfast Meeting ~

“You can judge a nation by the way it treats its most vulnerable citizens”- Aristotle

“A nation’s greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members.” –Mahatma Ghandi

“The moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; those who are in the shadow of life, the sick, the needy and the handicapped.” –Hubert Humphrey

Whitevalley Community Resource Centre kicked off their 25th year celebration on January 23rd with a Legacy Appreciation Breakfast.

The breakfast featured presentations by Legacy Team members and donors.  Legacy Co-chairs, Joanne Kineshanko and Paul Fisher, spoke about the programs and services offered through Whitevalley and the importance of the Legacy Fund to ensure the continuation of these programs and services.

Legacy donors, Judy Phillips, Kevin Acton, and Dave Bosomworth, all shared why they chose to support the Legacy Fund, and the importance of Whitevalley Community Resource Centre to the health of the community.   Dave ended his speech with the following challenge, “I ask you all to remember the core values of a healthy community regarding its most vulnerable and to invest your charitable givings in Whitevalley Community Resource Centre, because it is here for all of us and is an investment that is sure to give back”.

To all the friends and supporters in attendance, the message was loud, clear, and consistent… contributing to the Legacy Fund is an investment in this community’s future.

If you would like more information, please call 250-547-8866 or visit www.whitevalley.ca.

 

~ Mayor Kevin Acton Camping for “Community”

“One of the marvelous things about community is that it enables us to welcome and help people in a way we couldn’t as individuals. When we pool our strength and share the work and responsibility, we can welcome many people, even those in deep distress, and perhaps help them find self-confidence and inner healing.” –Jean Vanier, Community And Growth

Mayor Kevin Acton spent from 5 p.m. Saturday to 5 p.m. Monday in a tent at the Lumby Village entrance to help raise awareness of the need for the Village and surrounding areas to pull together to help achieve the $800,000 goal of the Whitevalley Community Resource Centre’s Legacy Fund.

The Mayor described his camping experience as comfortable, but did note Highway 6 is busy 24 hours a day. He went on to say the community turnout was incredible, and he enjoyed having a chance to speak to so many people about the importance of Whitevalley Community Resource Centre and the correlation it has on the health of our community. Kevin was pleased to accept in excess of $1000 in donations on behalf of the Legacy Fund.

Funding for the basic services and programs available through Whitevalley Community Resource Centre have been sufficient. The Legacy Fund is being created to help with the shortfall around the fixed costs –rent, utilities, the annual legislated financial audit, computers, office supplies, etc.

The goal of the Legacy Fund is to provide an $800,000 endowment fund;WCRC will use the growth of the fund to cover the shortfall they now struggle with on an annual basis.

Whitevalley Community Resource Centre’s programs and services include counselling services, the Community Pride Youth Employment Program, Cherryville Parents and Tots, Kid’s Space & Kid’s Zone, Lumby Summer Day Camp, Lumby Community Garden, Water Restoration, Senior’s Drop In, Senior’s Connect and Senior’s Services and ultimately benefits every member of our community directly or indirectly.

To quote Dave Bosomworth, “It takes a Village to raise a Child” and “It takes a Whitevalley to raise a Village.” Dave is a big supporter of the Legacy Fund, and backs his belief of “charity starts at home”, with an annual donation to Whitevalley Community Resource Centre Legacy Fund.

With the support of the area residents, Whitevalley Community Resource Centre’s programs and services will allow us all to continue living in an atmosphere of acceptance, support and “Community”. If you weren’t able to make it out over the weekend and would like more information or would like to make a donation, please call 250-547-8866 or go to www.whitevallley.ca.

Whitevalley Community Resource Centre would like to thank every person who took time to come out to support the Mayor and make donations, Larry Fox of Fox Signs for donating his time and materials to update the Legacy Fund sign, Dave Bosomworth for stopping by to share his beliefs about the community, MLA Eric Foster and Janice for showing their support, and most of all a BIG thank you to our Mayor, Kevin Acton.

Watch the CHBC news clip here

~ The Lives We Touch –a client story …

Each day a wide variety of people walk through Whitevalley Community Resource Centre’s doors. Sometimes it is someone looking for a resource i.e.) where to call about landlord tenancy information or wondering where they might go if they needed a new birth certificate… Other times they may be at the Centre to sign up for a Good Food Box or to complete a Lumby Food Bank –Christmas Hamper Form, to donate some books to our free book shelf, to let us know they have a dresser or sofa to donate or to sign their children up for the Kids Space After School program or a youth activity. Other times youth, seniors and families call in or drop by and request counselling support. The following is a story about John and Bruce (the names have been changed) who received support from Whitevalley and the community.

It was when my only child was 6 months old that I was first introduced to Whitevalley Community Resource Centre. My daughter, now four, was born with severe disabilities and as a single mother I was inundated with the numerous doctor and specialist appointments that were now part of mine and my child’s lives. When she was born we stayed at hospitals for weeks at a time. I had to learn to be a different kind of parent and learn how to address all my child’s medical needs at home. She needed much medical attention and as she survived from month to month I was told that her life expectancy was two years of age at best. The constant worry of caring for my child and all the medical involvement was overwhelming at times. Through the Child and Youth with Special Needs team I meet a worker from Whitevalley and that worker has been in our lives ever since.

 My child will never develop like most other children. I will not see her walk, talk, feed herself or other milestones that are so dear. Although I have learned to accept this for the most part, the support of the worker has helped me through the tough times. We talk about parenting issues in relation to my daughter’s disabilities and development and focus on the quality of care for my child and myself. The worker supports me in managing the complex medical schedule including attending some meetings and providing transportation to meetings. The worker makes sure that there is financial support, accommodations and transportation when my child and I need to attend medical meetings at B.C Children’s Hospital and Sunnyhill Health Centre in Vancouver, which has been up to five times in one year. I had support in finding preschool, child care subsidy and as a nurse to help out at home and at preschool. My worker has linked me to many different resources that have become valuable to mine and my child’s life.

Through the relationship that has been built with the Whitevalley worker and the support I receive I am able to focus on and enjoy my role as a parent of a child with a severe disability and not center on all the secondary duties that overwhelm my role.

Many of us are faced with ups and downs through the course of our lives and when someone reaches out for a hand it is reassuring that community is there to help. And… what can often happen is at some time in the future, those same individuals are able to help someone else. Together, “supporting the health and well-being of our community.”

~ Lumby Lions Support Continues!

Lumby Lions Vice President, Marlene Stark (right) proudly presents the newest member of the Whitevalley Legacy Committee, Vanessa Thibeault and daughter Annabell with a check for $1,000 to support the Whitevalley Legacy Fund. “The Lumby Lions have always had an interest in the social health of the community”, says Marlene, “That is why it was really an easy choice to once again support the Centre”. When asked why she chose to support Whitevalley by joining in the Legacy Fund effort, Vanessa said “I fully believe that it takes a village to raise a child and I also believe that once that child grows to be an adult it is then their turn to take care of that village. This is what I believe the Legacy Committee stands for and why I have joined.” There are many opportunities to support Whitevalley and the community! Whitevalley has many volunteer positions – in Whitevalley’s office, in one of our programs or one of the many other worthwhile organizations such as the Museum. And the Lions, who also support the Lumby Food Bank, the Library Summer Reading Program, School Backpack Program and the Saddle Mountain Seniors’Residence, are always looking for new members with new ideas for the betterment of our community and the club. So if you have a desire to make the community a better place, why not check them out. For more information about the Whitevalley Legacy fund or to offer your talents at one of the volunteer opportunities in the community, call Whitevalley Community Resource Centre at 547-8866.

 

~ KPMG-LLP

 

 

Dave Adams, office managing partner of KPMG LLP, proudly presents Kimberley Hutton, Whitevalley Board and Legacy Committee member $500 towards the Whitevalley Legacy Tree Fund. KPMG is a strong community supporter and appreciate the value of the services provided by Whitevalley to area residents.

~ The Lives We Touch…Mary

Each day a wide variety of people walk through Whitevalley Community Resource Centre’s doors. Sometimes it is someone looking for a resource i.e.) where to call about landlord tenancy information or wondering where they might go if they needed a new birth certificate… Other times they may be at the Centre to sign up for a Good Food Box or to complete a Lumby Food Bank –Christmas Hamper Form, to donate some books to our free book shelf, to let us know they have a dresser or sofa to donate or to sign their children up for the Kids Space After School program or a youth activity.

Other times youth, seniors and families call in or drop by and request counselling support. The following is a story of how we and others in the community supported one couple who lived within our community.

(please note the names and circumstances have been changed to project the privacy of those we have supported )

Mary was sent our way by one of the local doctors. Her elderly husband was in the hospital and she was distressed as she didn’t feel she could care for him at home any longer. She didn’t know what to do and was ‘afraid’ to answer the phone as she is worried the hospital would bring him home and she can no longer manage. Mary spent some time with one of Whitevalley’s counsellors and during that time it is recognised that Bill is a war vet and some additional supports were available to him.

In the meantime – later that day we have a call from the VJH – Community Response Team expressing concern over a patient and their spouse –who they are not able to reach by phone. They had considered phoning the police but first wondered if we knew the senior lady and if we may be able to confirm she is all right. It turns out it was Mary that they are worried about and we are then able to reassure them she was fine and also express some of her concerns. They too did not know that Bill was a vet and are pleased to hear some supports could be put in place.

We were able to contact Mary and accompany her (to alleviate her anxiousness) to a meeting with the hospital staff to plan for Bill. A social work practicum student continued to support Mary and Bill until additional supports were put in place through Veteran Affairs – assisting with transportation, paper work and relocating to a home which was more suitable to their current health needs. One of Whitevalley’s Counsellors provided emotional support as needed during this transition.

Many of us are faced with ups and downs through the course of our lives and when someone reaches out for a hand it is reassuring that community is there to help. And… what can often happen is at some time in the future, those same individuals are able to help someone else. Together, “supporting the health and well-being of our community.”

~ The Lives We Touch…Beth

Each day a wide variety of people walk through Whitevalley Community Resource Centre’s doors. Sometimes it is someone looking for a resource i.e.) where to call about landlord tenancy information or wondering where they might go if they needed a new birth certificate or to use a computer. Many come in to sign their children up for the Kids Space After School program or a youth activity. Other times community members come to the Centre to offer to volunteer, sign up for a Good Food Box, to donate some books to our free book shelf or to let us know they have a dresser or sofa to pass on to someone else. And at times those who walk through our doors have hit a ‘bump in the road’and could use a hand…

The following is a story written by a member of our community (the names have been changed) who benefited from being a “part of the team”~ Having just moved to the area from another country with my husband and daughters I was looking at getting more information on what activities there are for non school and school aged children so I dropped in to Whitevalley. I received information on the After School Program which my daughter enjoyed very much. And as a family, we also participated in the Community Garden. My daughter and I also volunteered to help out with the garage sale, which was a lot of fun. I was also a stay at home mom and had some free time while my youngest was at pre-school, so I decided to volunteer one day a week in the main office.

Being able to volunteer at Whitevalley, I was able to see a lot of the resources that people used that Whitevalley helps provide for everyone. Counseling is a big part of Whitevalley, but there is so much more. There is the After School Program, and Summer Day Camp for a very reasonable price for parents who are working. They help out with the Good Food Box by accepting payments; it’s for anyone to purchase once a month for $15. There is also a computer for public use and a library full of books and an free book shelf. If you need help finding a job, WorkBC is there twice a week and they will assist with that. There are the Parent and Tots programs (Cherryville and Lumby), if you are a stay at home mom join this group! It is so much fun and you get so much information on parenting. There is also Seniors Drop In where seniors get together for a meal or games.

There is so much going on at Whitevalley that I’m pretty sure unless you work there you don’t know all the things they do and could be missing out on something you would benefit from and/or really enjoy. I would encourage everyone to come down and get information on what Whitevalley Resource Centre has to offer.

Together, “supporting the health and well-being of our community”while touching the lives of others.

~ Castle Cheese connects with community ….

Castle Cheese’s Paul Boyko and Lynn Klinger present Ross Gordon-WCRC Board and Legacy Committee member with a donation to the Legacy Fund.

You might not know it but Castle Cheese has been operating in Lumby for the past eight years and employs twenty five local residents, including a previous Whitevalley employee, Lynn Klinger. When Castle Cheese found out Whitevalley Community Resource Centre had started a Legacy Fund to ensure its continued success in the community they knew they wanted to be a part of it.“The donation hit close to home for me”, says Lynn “Having had the opportunity to work for Whitevalley, I know first hand how important the Centre is. Castle Cheese made a donation on behalf of an anonymous donor – and then Castle Cheese matched the donation. “I am fortunate to work for a company who wants to support and be part of the community. They recognize the benefits Whitevalley provides and how many lives they touch.

”For more information on how you can get involved in the community or how you can leave a lasting Legacy contact Whitevalley Community Resource Centre at 250.547.8866 or visit www.whitevalley.ca

~ The Lives We Touch…Sonya

Each day a wide variety of people walk through Whitevalley Community Resource Centre’s doors. Sometimes it is someone looking for a resource i.e.) where to call about landlord tenancy information or wondering where they might go if they needed a new birth certificate or to use a computer. Many come in to sign their children up for the Kids Space After School program or a youth activity. Other times community members come to the Centre to offer to volunteer, sign up for a Good Food Box, to donate some books to our free book shelf or to let us know they have a dresser or sofa to pass on to someone else. And at times those who walk through our doors have hit a ‘bump in the road’and could use a hand…

The following is a story written by a member of our community (the names have been changed) who reached out for some support ~

My name is Sonya. I was referred by my Dr. to get some help. The doctor suggested going to Whitevalley Community Centre. My husband and I have been married for 30 yrs. He came to me one day and said that he was interested and in love with another woman. She treated him with respect and listened to him. He felt that he didn’t want to lose me either. He still loved me also. He was confused and I believe was hoping I was like the other woman and would give him an ultimatum. I didn’t do that.

I was having anxiety attacks, felt like I was the cause of our marriage almost breaking up. I was so heart broken but I also couldn’t or wouldn’t give up on us.

I was connected to a counselor and was pleased that they called the next day and an appointment was set. The counselor helped me to feel at ease right away. There are other counselors at Whitevalley but the one who helped me was the best choice for me, they felt and I totally agreed.

I talked a lot and cried a lot. Then was given suggestions on how I might look at things differently. Positive thoughts and action instead of negative thoughts or action.

If the Centre was not here, we would have to go to Vernon and that is too far to drive. I don’t think I would go as often and wouldn’t be in as healthy a mind set.

We need to use this Whitevalley Centre, There is a lot more to it than just counseling, I have so much more than I realize. After talking and crying, getting over the anger I was shown a different way of thinking or interpreting things said or done. My husband and I had both taken each other for granted and need to get and find the reasons that made us love each other. Make him feel like #1 again.

Getting support was a big step for me. I didn’t feel that I needed it but at the same time I was losing my husband. I made the choice to call. I am so glad I did. Everything is handled so discreetly. Was made to feel comfortable and I was put in contact with an awesome counselor.

She made me look at things differently, gave me exercises to do. I had to remember what my strengths were and to look after myself first. Then things would fall in place.

I realize things take time. I am still in counselling and things are getting better between us.

Thank you to all the people at Whitevalley Community Centre. You are a great asset to this community.

Many of us are faced with ups and downs through the course of our lives and when someone reaches out for a hand it is reassuring that ‘community ‘is there to help. And… what can often happen is at some time in the future, those same individuals are able to help someone else. Together, “supporting the health and well-being of our community “while touching the lives of others.

~ “Touching Lives”…

Judy Phillips, our local pharmacist, was raised in a community smaller than Lumby with a mixed farming background, so she already knew the value of the

rural life when she moved to Lumby in 1994. At that time, she recalls that running the Lumby IDA drug store was a challenge since she was still raising two young children but the size of the community, its beauty and the networks she formed were very important to her.

Working as a pharmacist in a small community gives Judy a finger on the pulse of the town’s health. For example, as the only pharmacist, she sees the inter-generational legacy of some genetic illnesses. She also sees the importance of non medical disease prevention: exercise, fresh air and, at the end of a day, “a hug”. “Stress is everywhere in our society “says Judy, “In fact it is one of the fastest growing health care issues so we are profoundly lucky to live in Lumby where there is less stress than in a larger city.”

Judy decided to donate to the Whitevalley Community Resource Centre legacy fund because she sees the agency as part of the health resources of the village, “Whitevalley is a huge fruit-basket, meeting the needs of every demographic. In a big city, community services would not be so visible or accessible.”

If you, or someone you know, is interested in supporting Whitevalley’s Legacy fund; or if you wish to hear more about it, please contact one of the committee members – Paul Fisher, Joanne Kineshanko, Geoff Bevan, Ross Gordon, Lynne Frerichs, Marlene Stark, Robin LeDrew, Christine Lishman or Yvette Nagy; call Whitevalley Community Resource Centre at 547 8866; check out or web site –whitevalley.ca or stop by and see the Legacy Tree at 2114 Shuswap Ave and pick up an information package.

~ The Lives We Touch…Helen

Each day a wide variety of people walk through Whitevalley Community Resource Centre’s doors. Sometimes it is someone looking for a resource i.e.) where to call about landlord tenancy information or wondering where they might go if they needed a new birth certificate… Other times they may be at the Centre to sign up for a Good Food Box or to complete a Lumby Food Bank –Christmas Hamper Form, to donate some books to our free book shelf, to let us know they have a dresser or sofa to donate or to sign their children up for the Kids Space After School program or a youth activity.

Other times youth, seniors and families call in or drop by and request counselling support. The following is a story about Helen (the name has been changed) who received support from Whitevalley and the community.

This last month the Centre had the privilege to providing support to one of our Senior community members. We received a call from a local business that an elderly woman had called looking for help after she saw their advertisement in the Lumby Valley Times. This lady lost her husband just before Christmas and found herself deeply depressed and isolated. She had stayed in a small residence a ways outside of town without proper heat or running water since December. When she called for help, she said she “was done” however fortunately she was willing to try one more time for “help”.

We invited the community member to bring Helen in to Whitevalley to see if we could help. Helen cried as she shared the story of her ordeal since December with one of the counsellors. She had been trying to cook using an old wood stove and while keeping herself warm. Helen’s health was quite poor and following some emotional support, medical attention was the first step. We then provided Helen with food for the night and then followed up with a phone call to Interior Health for additional support.

Centre staff continued to monitor ensuring heat and food were in place and were also able to secure some gently used clothing and warm shoes from the Community Thrift Store.

Three days later Helen moved in to a senior’s residence where she is provided with hot meals and medical care when needed. The Center also assisted Helen with getting financial assistance through SAFER (rental assistance) , and the donation of a new “refurbished ‘bed located by a local business.

With team work, community support and a network of services Helen sleeps in her own room, has new friends and is no longer alone with her grief.

Many of us are faced with ups and downs through the course of our lives and when someone reaches out for a hand it is reassuring that community is there to help. And… what can often happen is at some time in the future, those same individuals are able to help someone else. Together, “supporting the health and well-being of our community.”

~ Legacy Funds Support Local Kids!…

“This is really a valuable program in the community”, said Jo Anne.

Kids Space had been offered in our community for over eight years! The program not only provides after school social opportunities for children but also childcare for some parents who might need it.

The children are very busy with games, crafts, outdoor and gym activities. This winter we have taken trips to the ice rink for public skating but new to our program this year is snowshoeing! We have gratefully been allowed to use the snowshoes at JW Inglis for a different type of outdoor exercise.

“It is important to see this program continue to be available to as manychildren that need it”, said Paul who along with Jo Anne have decided to automatically contributed monthly to Whitevalley’s Legacy fund.

If you, or someone you know, is interested in supporting Whitevalley’s Legacy fund; or if you wish to hear more about it, please contact one of the committee members – Paul Fisher, Joanne Kineshanko, Geoff Bevan, Ross Gordon, Lynne Frerichs, Marlene Stark, Robin LeDrew, Christine Lishman or Yvette Nagy; call Whitevalley Community Resource Centre at 547 8866; check out or web site –whitevalley.ca or stop by and see the Legacy Tree at 2114 Shuswap Ave and pick up an information package.

~ The Lives We Touch…John

Each day a wide variety of people walk through Whitevalley Community Resource Centre’s doors. Sometimes it is someone looking for a resource i.e.) where to call about landlord tenancy information or wondering where they might go if they needed a new birth certificate…Other times they may be at the Centre to sign up for a Good Food Box or to complete a Christmas Hamper Form, to donate some books to our free book shelf, to let us know they have a sofa to donate or to sign their children up for the Kids Space After School program or a youth activity.

Other times youth, seniors and families call in or drop by and request counselling support. The following is a story about John and Bruce (the names have been changed) who received support from Whitevalley and the community.

John (18) was referred in grade 11 to a Whitevalley counselor as his parents had noticed he was a little ‘low’ and had been so for some time. The counselor worked with John’s parents, school personnel and John to help him to be as successful as possible and to graduate. This past year however, John’s younger brother Bruce expressed concern for his older brother who was now living in Vernon and hoped the counselor might be able to help. John was living in some shared space, was unemployed and at times had been on the streets. The counselor visited John at his residence and was sorry to see how his life had changed. He was living in a very run-down apartment, had no food and little hope. After some contact with his family (who were very glad to again be in contact with John) and an appointment with a psychiatrist, John was diagnosed with a mental health concern.

Whitevalley was able to connect John with Interior Health’s EPI (early psychosis intervention) program designed for youth and CMHA – to assist with securing improved housing. They also took John to Vernon Disabilities’advocacy worker to assist with getting disability benefits.

During this time Whitevalley was also able to support the family and John through the time needed to put supports in place and reassure John’s brother that his concerns were heard and he could go on with his schooling without it being worried.

Many of us are faced with ups and downs through the course of our lives and when someone reaches out for a hand it is reassuring that community is there to help. And… what can often happen is at some time in the future, those same individuals are able to help someone else. Together, “supporting the health and well-being of our community.”

~ Kineshanko Family Supports the Community …

This week, the Kineshanko family presented Paul Fisher – Co Chair of Whitevalley’s Legacy Committee, a cheque to the Whitevalley Community Resource Centre’s Legacy fund in loving memory of “Grampa Shanko”.

Joanne and the family, including the little ones, the youth, their parents and the grandparents have been actively involved in the community for many years. Joanne has been a strong supporter of Whitevalley since its inception.

“As a member of the Board of Directors, Whitevalley has been a part of my life for 22 years. I strongly support the services and programs offered to the community of greater Lumby and Cherryville. So many lives have been touched since the doors were opened in 1989.”

“My husband, Terry Kineshanko Sr., left an amazing legacy,” said Joanne, “and it is because of that legacy that Kineshanko Logging is able to make a commitment of a minimum of $5,000 a year for the next five years.”

Joanne urges everyone in the North Okanagan to support the Whitevalley Legacy Fund and buy a leaf on the tree. “Together we can make a difference and reach our goal of $800,000 in the next five years.”

If you, or someone you know, is interested in supporting Whitevalley’s Legacy fund; or if you wish to hear more about it, please contact one of the committee members – Paul Fisher, Joanne Kineshanko, Geoff Bevan, Ross Gordon, Lynne Frerichs, Marlene Stark, Robin LeDrew, Christine Lishman or Yvette Nagy; call Whitevalley Community Resource Centre at 547 8866; check out or web site –whitevalley.ca or stop by and see the Legacy Tree at 2114 Shuswap Ave and pick up an information package.

~ The Lives We Touch…Couple

Each day a wide variety of people walk through Whitevalley Community Resource Centre’s doors. Sometimes it is someone looking for a resource i.e.) where to call about landlord tenancy information or wondering where they might go if they needed a new birth certificate… Other times they may be at the Centre to sign up for a Good Food Box or to complete a Lumby Food Bank –Christmas Hamper Form, to donate some books to our free book shelf, to let us know they have a dresser or sofa to donate or to sign their children up for the Kids Space After School program or a youth activity.

Other times youth, seniors and families call in or drop by and request counselling support. The following is a story contributed by a couple who received service at Whitevalley ~

My husband and I were in crisis mode. After 18 years of marriage I discovered my husband had been having an emotional affair with another woman for the last 3 years.

My first instinct was divorce, but after several weeks of sleepless nights, crying, screaming and arguments, we decided we needed some individual counseling as well as couples counseling. As much as what we were going through hurt, we did not want to give up on our marriage.

My husband and I wanted to save our marriage, but we also wanted to make it stronger to ensure there would never be another infidelity. However, we both knew we didn’t have the tools to do it on our own.

We then made the decision to call on the Whitevalley Community Resource Centre.

The intake process was completed within a day, and I had an appointment with Viviane for 3 days later. My husband called the next day and he was able to get in within the same time frame.

I was relieved to find someone to talk me “off the cliff”. Whitevalley provided a safe place to talk, cry and realize I had played a part in my husband’s infidelity. My husband was able, through the individual counseling, to realize why he had turned to another woman, and even though it wasn’t a physical relationship, the hurt he had inflicted on our marriage.

After several weeks of individual therapy we started couples counseling. We were given several exercises to do, which included sharing a good memory from our past every night before we went to bed, pulling out old photos, looking back and remembering why we fell in love in the first place, and re-reading our wedding vows.

Through the couples counseling, we had to individually make a list of past hurts and forgive each other in order to move forward. This was a very important part of the healing process because after 18 years of marriage, we each carried a lot of baggage.

Now rather than accusations, bringing up past hurts, or simply not communicating because it was easier, we have learned healthy communication skills.

We both still see Viviane, and anytime I feel the need to unload, I know I can call and either go down to Whitevalley or simply talk to Viviane on the phone.

I believe our marriage would have ended without the help provided through Whitevalley, and instead my husband and I are looking forward to sharing all the days that we will be given to share. Whitevalley saved our marriage and renewed our love for each other.

Many of us are faced with ups and downs through the course of our lives and when someone reaches out for a hand it is reassuring that community is there to help. And… what can often happen is at some time in the future, those same individuals are able to help someone else. Together, “supporting the health and well-being of our community.”

~ Village of Lumby endorses campaign …

Providing stability for community resources has the full support of Lumby’s civic leaders. Council members endorsed the Whitevalley Community Resource Centre’s fundraising project Monday….

~ Touching Lives …

Jamie Sockman, Terri Deuling and Judy Stewart are touching the lives at the Good Times Together Parent, Caregiver and Tot group. They recently joined a group of moms to teach them the wonderful art of knitting.

“I remember knitting with my grandmother when I was young,”says Kyna Milliken. The opportunity to learn again or for the first time is a wonderful gift from these generous volunteers.

You too can Touch a Life” and help support the health and well-being of our community. By telling others about the services and programs available, offering to volunteer, making a donation to a program, or by contributing to the Whitevalley Legacy Fund you can make a difference. A donation to our legacy campaign will help us to continue the tradition of service in our area.

For more information about the Whitevalley Community Resource Centre’s Legacy Fund you can check out www.whitevalley.ca or call 250-547-8866.

~ Cherryville Family Supper Held …

 

 

Cherryville’s Family Supper was a huge success. We would like to than the volunteers for their time, and the fantastic dinner. The supporters from Cherryville all the way to Vernon. As well as the individuals and businesses who donated to the silent auction.On Friday the 23rd of November we had only sold approximately 60 tickets, and then by 4 p.m. on November 25th all 200 tickets had been sold out at the door. We would like to apologize to anyone who had to be turned away.

Thank you to everyone for their generosity. Your efforts helped us raise $3000 for the Whitevalley Community Resource Centre, $500 of which will be contributed toward a bronze leaf on the Whitevalley Legacy Tree.

~ The Lives We Touch…Jane

Each day a wide variety of people walk through Whitevalley Community Resource Centre’s doors. Sometimes it is someone looking for a resource i.e.) where to call about landlord tenancy information or wondering where they might go if they needed a new birth certificate… Other times they may be at the Centre to sign up for a Good Food Box or to complete a Lumby Food Bank –Christmas Hamper Form, to donate some books to our free book shelf, to let us know they have a dresser or sofa to donate or to sign their children up for the Kids Space After School program or a youth activity.

Other times youth, seniors and families call in or drop by and request counselling support. The following is a story of how we and others in the community supported one couple who lived within our community.

(please note the names and circumstances have been changed to project the privacy of those we have supported )

Jane, a single parent has been a client for over three years. The Ministry of Children and Family Development and the local schools have worked alongside to support Jane and her two children. Jane has lived in poverty for many years and has an addiction. At times her children have little supervision or support and clothing and food has been limited.

Whitevalley Community Resource Centre was able to provide counselling support to both children (one originally at the elementary and the other at the high school) and at times were needed to respond to a crisis when identified by the school or the Ministry of Children and Family Development.

With the help of the community we were also able to ~

  • Provide school supplies to the children via the Back Pack project
  • Provide a Good Food Box on occasion when groceries were a challenge
  • Ensure she was signed up for a Food Bank Christmas Hamper
  • Ensure her teenager was on the Lumby Teen Christmas Bureau list

Over the past year Jane has attended treatment for her addiction. She continues to live in poverty as she has serious health issues, a disability and is unable to easily seek employment. One of her children has completed high school, moved to Kamloops and is gainfully employed. The second child –now a young teen, has a much more stable home and a mom he can count on to do her best.

In addition we were recently able to support Jane in successfully applying for low income housing in Vernon, assist with moving arrangements and securing funds from the Ministry of Social Housing to make the move possible.

This move not only improved the size and quality of the home Jane and her son are living in but will reduce the cost of living enough to allow for better food security. Living in Vernon (where transportation will be easier) has also helped Jane and her son access social, recreational and training resources.

Many of us are faced with ups and downs through the course of our lives and when someone reaches out for a hand it is reassuring that community is there to help. And… what can often happen is at some time in the future, those same individuals are able to help someone else. Together, “supporting the health and well-being of our community.”

~ Shirley Groff –a frequent visitor to the Lumby area has committed …

 

$100 a year for the next 5 years to Whitevalley’s Legacy Fund! “I have watched Whitevalley grow and change along with the community for over 20 years and I can see they are making a difference. I have children and grandchildren living in the community and although I can’t afford to make a huge donation, I think that every bit helps and $100 a year I can manage. I want them still to be here for my family if there comes a time they need some support.”

~ The Whitevalley Community Resource Centre has deep roots …

 

and now it’s turning to the public so it can branch out and flourish for years to come…

~ Bob and Elizabeth Wilkinson are an energetic couple who are very focused on their community…

The Wilkinson’s have been residents of the Lumby area for over 30 years. Bob has volunteered with the Senior’s Drop in Program at Saddle Mountain for 13 years and Elizabeth often helps out with the Wellness Days, Spring Fling and Fall Ball.

Bob and Elizabeth have chosen to donate $100 in memory of a frequent visitor to the Senior’s Drop in. Bob fondly remembers Devi as a “character” who always livened up the place. “Flowers are nice but there is no lasting memorial” said Bob. This is why when the opportunity presented itself, Bob and Elizabeth made the donation to the Legacy campaign for the Whitevalley Community Resource Centre. The donation serves a double purpose –providing a lasting memory of Devi and helping a worthwhile program in the community.

In recognition of their generous donation, a plaque commemorating the donation in memory of Devi will be added to the Legacy Tree in the lobby of the Resource Centre.

~ We (Swan Lake Motors) are a Vernon based business with customers coming from all over the Okanagan…

 

We have great belief in family and community and choose to support organizations that pay special attention to those aspects of the caring profession. My

family and I have spent our lives in small independent businesses. We understand the struggles faced when your operation exists on limited income. You learn to be innovative with your resources and not for profit organizations live with the same challenges. I had the opportunity to be part of the Whitevalley Community Resource Centre’s team (as a social work student and as a project employee ) over the period of a couple of years. The staff and volunteers always put quality delivery of service first stretching each dollar as far as possible. Money was stretched but never the standard of care. I know the $1000 we have donated towards the Legacy Tree will be well spent. Many Lumby and Cherryville residents have made their way to our offices and it is with gratitude that we give back to your community.

~ Local club adds another leaf to the Legacy Fund Tree….

Did you know the Mabel Lake Community Club (MLCC) has been around for 78 years. It was started on May 1, 1935.

The club originally focused on residents of the Mabel Lake area by providing New Years Eve dances, toboggan parties, outdoor skating, ball games, a Fall Fair, Turkey Bingo, and a Christmas Concert. It was a way to support the local community, everyone worked together to provide each other with a social outlet where friends and family could spend quality time together.

Although the dynamics of the community have changed since it was first started, today the Community Club is still focused on supporting the residents of the area. That is why the Mabel Lake Community Club has donated $5000 towards the Whitevalley Community Resource Centre’s Legacy Fund. “One of the Club Executives proposed we donate to the Legacy Fund and leave a lasting legacy from the Mabel Lake Community Club” says Brian Jones, President MLCC, “we have always been supporters of the Resource Centre and this seemed like a perfect initiative for the Club to donate to. We felt that it helped everyone from babies to seniors and everything in between.”

For the first time ever, Whitevalley is providing an opportunity for individuals, groups, corporations and foundations to help sustain the tradition of community service through the Centre. An $800,000 legacy fund, built from charitable contributions, will ensure an ongoing income and responsive community services for years to come.

Donor
Amount
Shirley Groff
$500
Ken Klassen
In confidence
Nick Hodge
In confidence
Bob & Elizabeth
Wilkinson
$100
David
Bosomworth
$13,000
The
Radomske's
$100
Doris Squair
and Friends
$150
Swan Lake
Motors
$1,000
Joanne and
Paul Fisher
In confidence
Future Forest
Management
$100
Dennis Joe
$100
Cherryville
Communmity
$500
Mabel Lake
Community
Club
$5,000
Sheardown Family
In confidence
The Nagy Family at Nagy Cylinder Rebuilding Ltd.
In confidence
Lumby IDA Pharmacy
In confidence
KPMG LLP
$500
Castle Cheese
In confidence
Gilbert's Auto Parts
In confidence
Tracy Mann
In confidence
Lumby Lions
$6,000
Jacqueline (Jackie) Hansen
In confidence
Bell Lumber and Pole – In honor of Wayne Pollard
$1,000
Albert Gallon – In memory of Barbara Gallon
In confidence
In memory of Wayne Pollard
In confidence
In memory of Cecile Gordon
In confidence
Burton and Donna Rutley
In confidence
David Bosomworth
In confidence
Mayor Acton Campout 2013
$1,298
Ouellette Family
In confidence
Dennis and Grace Patterson
In confidence
In loving memory of Clifton Edwards
In confidence
Watkin Motors Ford
In confidence
Monashee 50+ Club
In confidence
The Rutley Family
In confidence
Joyce Taylor
In confidence
Rotary Club of Vernon
In confidence
Emily & Owen Kineshanko
500
In memory of Art Chambers
In confidence
Kineshanko Logging Ltd.
In confidence
Car Dealers Association
In confidence
Bottle Bin Depot
In confidence
In loving memory of Frank and Desta Kadla
In confidence
In loving memory of Adam Keating 1978-2013
In confidence
Olena Bramble
In confidence
Lavington Ladies Work Group
In confidence
Brian and Penny Jones
In confidence
Valley First, Lumby Branch
In confidence
Kevin's Campout 2015
$4,499
Anonymous
$3,390
In loving memory of Fred Lishman
In confidence
In Mememory of Bertie van der Mark
In confidence