Todd Kunz
Apr 15, 2021
From EMS, give us an annual report on the status, challenges of emergency health services in Osoyoos
Business Meeting
Apr 22, 2021
5th Thursday of the month, usually a social
Apr 29, 2021
yet to be determined. ( a museum tour is being considered.)
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We meet In Person
Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Elks Hall
8506 92 Ave
Osoyoos, BC V0H 1V0
Mailing address: Box 695, Osoyoos BC V0H 1V0
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Rotary Club of Osoyoos Zoom Meeting March 18th, 2021
Guest Speaker: Gina McKay, Planning & Development -Town of Osoyoos
Gina advised that the feedback from the public survey focused on community access to affordable housing, economic development, and parks and recreation. Affordable housing is most important for the service industry because jobs are not being filled as there is no place to stay. Another comment was that people want to see increased usage of the airport, and here there is good news because the Airport Society recently received a government grant to pursue a couple of avenues. Others want an Aqua center and an increased trail system around town.
Forty-four percent of respondents indicated 4 story buildings are sufficient, which is the current standard but 55% suggested decisions for building over that may be on a case-by-case basis. Gina indicated a full draft of the plan as a result of the feedback will go to Council once all the Town departments have reviewed it.
Currently, 54 Condo units on Peanut Pond will be built that includes 28 secondary suites; this will help with rental shortage. Application for the first four buildings have been approved. Another condo development on Lakeshore Drive will have 63 units. Phase 2 in Meadowlark Place (across from the Firehall) has 26 homes and phase 3 that is adjacent to include 15 entry level duplexes. On Olympic View Drive 19 units have been approved. Gina indicated that there are 6 areas identified for affordable housing and there are 4 applications into the Town.
Other happenings in the town
A film crew will be here in April filming for two weeks. Lots of action on main street with new businesses opening up. A new business going in where Unity was, and on 85st a café featuring ice cream and cupcakes. A new Tack and Feed store went in across from AG Foods, a Hot Yoga studio on 85 Street and a new Russian style restaurant will also open up.
As part of the Town Centre renewal plan, 85St will be transformed into a pedestrian sitting area. From Main Street to the Pharmasave alley way, 85 street will be blocked off to vehicle access and become a place where people can gather for picnics etc. The Town will put in tables and potted plants to make is ascetically pleasing and functional. Gina hopes this change will occur for the May long weekend.
Rotary Club of Osoyoos Zoom meeting February 4th, 2021
Guest Speaker: Marieza Tarr, ED, Desert Sun Counselling
After attending a workshop called “Trauma Practices during COVID”, Marieza shared some disturbing trends. The RCMP report that they have a 900% increase in domestic violence calls. Desert Sun services have had an increase of 100 – 150 people accessing services. These statistics mean that the demand overall for services is at a premium and Desert Sun Counselling has been busy modifying and increasing services to meet this demand.
The Community Kitchen program has been re-vamped to meet the needs of increased vulnerable seniors and families. The Community Kitchen program typically helps out 70 – 75 clients but now its up to 150 – 180 and delivers between 150 – 200 meals per week. Transportation is also provided when necessary. The Safe Home program saw between 1 – 2 women per month now it is up to 4 – 7 women seeking refuge. And because of the rise in domestic violence, it has put a strain on long term residential options because women are staying longer due to the pandemic as there is no place to move to.
Even an increase in youths requiring safe shelter and mental health services has been seen. It is difficult to keep up with the demand for Youth agreements with Social Services that would support a bed, school and money. Typically, these youths spend short times in foster care for a variety of reasons and because of the lack of available housing they end up back out on the streets homeless.
Last November Desert Sun received a grant from Community Assessment to provide support services to vulnerable, isolated seniors that are living at home. One of the programs developed out of that grant, The Men’s Shed had to shut down due to COVID. The Coordinator is presently working on changing the focus to keep up the support to this vulnerable population. There is also a partnership with Oliver to provide a Cold Shelter to those living on the streets. The advisory committee is currently seeking a place for the shelter.
Marieza advised the program at the Prison has gone online to teach parenting skills to the inmates. Teaching about trauma and addiction and how it has shaped their lives becomes difficult with this platform modality.
On a happier note, Marieza indicated their Empty Bowls Challenge fund raiser was a huge success. An anonymous donor stepped forward and matched the first $25,000. The total amount raised was $73,000 in donations all on line. Previous years the amount raised has been closer to $25- 27,000.
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