Kalamalka Rotary announces $185,000 in local area donations

Dream Auction

Kalamalka Rotary has announced $185,000 in grants to 15 area organisations in the categories of Community Health, Environment and Parks, Athletics and Recreation and Arts and Culture. Funds were raised at the club’s annual Dream Auction held in November each year. 

“Applications from community groups are accepted following the Auction and awards made in the following months,” according to club President, Dr. Carmen Larsen, who continued, “Kal Rotary has a long history of providing much-needed support to community needs and this year’s diverse applications illustrate that ongoing need.”

In the area of Athletics and Recreation, Kal Rotary has committed $10,000 to purchase an equipment transport van for the Community Recreational Initiatives Society, $40,000 to the Lavington Community Association to build a roof for the Jeffers Park Skating Rink, $10,000 toward the Vernon Ski Club cabin upgrade and $15,000 to Vernon Search and Rescue to purchase winter protective equipment for their 80 volunteer members. Grants also include $4,000 for the Vernon Rowing and Dragon Boating Club for dock expansion to accommodate club growth and regattas.

Under Environment and Parks, the North Okanagan Cycling Society received $22,900 toward construction of a new 4 km intermediate-advanced trail in Kal Provincial Park and $15,000 committed to the Allan Brooks Nature Centre toward a Discovery Room HVAC and boiler system upgrade.

In the category of Arts and Culture, the Vernon Music School will receive $10,000 for their ongoing Smith House Music School renovation project and O’Keefe Ranch and Interior Heritage Society $10,000 to aid with restoration of the O’Keefe Mansion verandah.

Successful Community Health applicants include the Schubert Centre which received $9,800 to purchase a new furnace for the Seniors Centre and Brain Trust Canada which was awarded $3,400 to purchase a laptop and desktop computer. The Vernon Restholm Association was the recipient of $8,500 for adjacent BX Creek bank restoration.  The Archway Society for Domestic Peace was awarded $6,000 for their child-centered family therapy room upgrade, and the Vernon Senior Citizens Recreation Society (Halina Centre) received $3,400 to purchase a recumbent cross trainer exercise machine.  $17,000 was provided to the Vernon Centre for Assisted Community Living (Venture Training) toward purchasing a wheelchair accessible van.

“The number of applicants grows each year Kal Rotary is grateful to the merchants and individuals who donate goods and services to the Dream Auction and to the generous supporters who attend and purchase these items,” says Rotarian, Mike Nolan, in charge of local donations.  Without them none of these important community initiatives could be supported.”