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Win-Win for Kelowna band Fields Of Green and Rally4Life

Fields Of Green partners with Rally4Life Charity to hold “Stoves for Life” fundraiser Concert on Oct 17th at the Rotary Centre for the Arts.

After having just out performed more than 300 other bands to win the renowned Fox Seeds competition in Vancouver, local Indie band Fields Of Green are among the favorites to repeat their winning ways in the prestigious PEAK Performance Project. With $102,700 up for grabs there is plenty of motivation and one of the most important components of the demanding competition involves hosting a successful fundraising event. That is why the band has chosen to work with local Charity Rally4Life who have just had a Guinness World Record confirmed for their Advocates Flight4Life project. They completed the longest powered para-glider journey at 8,215 km around Australia to raise money for children dying from unsafe drinking water and inadequate sanitation.

On Oct 17th, Fields Of Green will be headlining a concert event to raise money for a Stove project, based in Guatemala. In that impoverished country one in five children dies before the age of five, largely due to respiratory illness caused by unsafe family cooking stoves. Working with charity partners FeViva, a safe, efficient stove has been developed that will greatly reduce this horrific infant mortality rate.

“We hope to create some synergy” says Rally4Life President, Jackie Jenning-Bates. “My kids went to school with the band members and I have been a long-time fan. I am so thrilled about all that is happening for them at the moment and feel very honoured that they have chosen to work with us. If we can help create some momentum and co-host a hugely successful event with them it will go a long way towards helping their chances in the Peak Performance, and the biggest winners will be the children in Guatemala. I really look forward to Kelowna coming out in droves to support this talented young band.”

Johnny Jansen, drummer with the band, has twice been to the rural region of Guatemala that will benefit and the children there have stolen his heart. “It adds so much real meaning to this event because I have seen first-hand how hard life is there. 70% of the population struggle to survive on less than $2 a day, and really in comparison we have so much. It really is a privilege to be in a position to help.”

Meanwhile Fields Of Green will soon set off on a whirlwind tour with Juno winning band The Arkells as part of the prize package from the Fox Seeds competition. They are well on their way to success, so make sure you come and see them while you still have the opportunity. The evening will also include performances by the Bjorn Kriel Band and Van Damsel.

Where: Rotary Centre for the Arts (421 Cawston Avenue, Kelowna)
With: Special guests Van Damsel & Bjorn Kriel Band
When: Wednesday, October 17th – 5:30 PM (Meet and Greet) 7:30 PM (Show)
How Much: By Donation (min $10)
For: Everyone

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Swimming the Salish Sea: Part 2 – Success!

Miss Part 1? Catch up!

Phred, Paul, Mike, Leora, Denise, Connor (our coach’s son who swam in to the finish with us) and Tracy celebrate swimming across the Georgia Strait.

It’s hard to describe the feeling of hitting land after spending almost 11 hours swimming or cheering on your swimming teammates. On Saturday August 11th, the OMSC Lake Monsters completed a roughly 35 km swim from Sechelt on the mainland to Nanaimo on Vancouver Island. It took us 10 hours and 46 minutes. We were swimming alongside another team from Victoria who eventually pulled out of the swim when we hit rough currents and were told that we might not make it. Even when given the bad news we were determined to go on and we made it! We actually made it! We owe so much to our Navigator John Dafoe and our boat Captain Ann Clemence. They made it possible for us to complete the swim.

Paul, Phred, Denise, Mike, Tracy, and myself each swam one hour shifts and rotated through until we were able to complete the swim. Although we had good weather, there were some big waves in the middle of the straight, along with the strong current that put us in danger of not being able to complete the swim. It was a day that required us all to battle our own physical and mental demons.

The MVP awards of the day go to Phred and Tracy. Phred was swimming with severe tendonitis in his elbow. Even though he was in pain, he was more concerned about letting down his team than about his own discomfort and didn’t tell us until afterwards just how tough the swim had been for him.

Phred dives off the boat for his shift in the water

And Tracy not only had to deal with the worst of the currents when we got close to Nanaimo, she also had to deal with suddenly being a tourist attraction to the people on the Nanaimo ferries! The boats came in close for a good look at what we were doing, which meant that she had to deal with some considerable boat roll whenever they came by!

The ferry comes in close for a look at the crazy swimmers!

After my nerves about encountering sea life, we were pretty much left alone, some seals checked us out from their spots sunning themselves on nearby islands and a few jelly fish were spotted, and I heard some dolphins at one point during my swim but we never spotted them (which did play a little havoc on me mentally to be able to hear them but not see them!).

I can’t speak for my teammates, but completing the Salish Sea swim had a huge impact on me and my confidence. I realized that I could tough it out mentally and physically, even when my arms were screaming and sore during my second shift, I was able to push myself beyond anything I thought I was capable of. And being out in the middle of the strait, not knowing what sea life was around me or below me, was pretty scary. I realized I had to just shut down all thoughts of my fears and concentrate on each stroke. I’m not a natural athlete, and no one who looked at me would think I was, but I proved something to myself on Saturday about my abilities.

So I ask you, if a chubby girl like me can swim the Georgia Strait, and attempt the English Channel next year, what could you be doing that you aren’t?

I get ready to jump in for my first shift of swimming.

Something that you can do, is help us with our fundraising goals for the Y Strong Kids Campaign. As part of our journey towards the English Channel we’re raising money for the campaign that allows underprivileged children access to all of the Y programs (including swim lessons) and gives them memberships to the facilities. Swimming the Georgia Strait was our first challenge in our fundraising efforts, but we’ll continue to challenge ourselves between now and the English Channel next summer. If you would like to help our team and help the children please go to our team fundraising page here. Any amount of money that you could spare would be greatly appreciated!

(All photos provided courtesy of Angelique Duffield at

2nd Annual Naked Ziplining for Charity

Yes, you heard it right, naked ziplining for charity, and the second annual at that!

Last year us girls of the SS Rodeo Roller Derby team fundraised, and took it all off on the lines at ZipZone Adventure Park, raising money for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. 8 girls participated raising a total of $1500.00.

This year we’ve put out a call to try and get 100 ladies to participate, hoping to raise a minimum of $10,000.00 to donate to the foundation.

On June 21st we will take to the lines at ZipZone Adventure Park in Peachland, BC.  If you’re interested in donating to the cause, please contact us:

There are also a few more spots open for females wishing to participate, follow the link to sign up:

ZipZone Adventure Park

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among Canadian women (excluding non-melanoma skin cancer), and one in nine women is expected to develop breast cancer in her lifetime.  Help us raise money for breast cancer research in the hopes of one day finding a cure for this terrible disease.

See you on the lines!

Wheels for a Cure – This Weekend!

Wheel’s For A Cure is a non-profit society that is preparing for its 2nd Annual Event!

In our inaugural year we raised over $5000 for the Canadian Cancer Society! It was a successful weekend and we look forward to bigger and better things to come for our May 4th, 5th and 6th 2012 event.

The purpose of the tour event is to raise funds specifically for Prostate Cancer. All monies raised will be put towards research, information, support and financial assistance and the Canadian Cancer Society Souther Interior Rotary Lodge located beside the Kelowna General Hospital.

2012’s event is going to be a two day road tour that will travel through and stop at many Okanagan communities. Vehicles will be of show standard and be attending from all parts of Western Canada. Participation for this year’s event is limited to 125 vehicles so book early to avoid being disappointed.

You will get the chance to meet our sponsors along the route. Check out the Agenda page to see what events are being planned.

Garage Sale for Charity! Saturday, April 28

Century 21 Assurance Realty Ltd. is the proud sponsor of Easter Seals Camp Winfield. Join us this weekend to help raise money and send a kid to camp! Drop by your unwanted items for our charity garage sale, and help out a great cause.  Someone’s trash is another’s treasure! THANK YOU!

Where: Century 21 Assurance Realty Ltd. (251 Harvey Avenue)
When: Saturday, April 28, 2012 — 8am—4pm
How Much: Free
For: Everyone

Seriously Groovy People In Penticton!

Ya, it’s true. I totally had the best seat in the house.

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Jolene Hayter at the 2011 Penticton Community Holiday Gala

Jolene Hayter directed me to The 2011 Penticton Community Holiday Gala that took place this past weekend. She would also be performing so I totally thought this to be a sweet gig for my first Awesome Okanagan spot. It turned out to be just what I was looking for. The catered dinner, fashion-show, live-art and silent auction was presented by PEAK Entertainment & Superfly Industries of Penticton with a goal of promoting local businesses and artists as well as raising much needed cash for the South Okanagan Children’s Charity.

“We really are surrounded by great music here in Penticton, there is a lot of local talent from all different genres. We just want to expose that to the rest of the South Okanagan”, explains Jonny Five of Superfly Industries.

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R - Jonny Five of Superfly Industries. L - Joey Krom of PEAK Entertainment

Jonny Five and his partner Joey Krom of PEAK Entertainment are two young dudes with a serious passion for making cultural waves in Penticton – a seemingly sleepy little city.

The 2011 Penticton Community Holiday Gala featured live music from the uber-talented Jolene Hayter, a young woman not even out of high school who is already taking her passion, drive, and ambition to heights surprising of someone twice her age. Being crowned this past summer as the 2011 Miss Penticton Queen Valvadette the 64th was a childhood dream of hers. She’s since won a speech writing competition which landed her a trip to NYC this summer to check out the United Nations Assembly. Ya. She’s 17. She hardly has her driver’s license and she’s sitting at a table with hundreds of people from across the globe discussing issues that plague our world today.

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Artist Johann Wessels was on site painting a picture to be put up for auction. Click here to check out his website.

AND her music and performance skills will blow your mind. Ya – you’re going to the next galaxy baby. Sweet and sultry renditions of Norah Jones’ “Come Away With Me” and Sinead O’Connor’s “Nothing Compares to You” came flowing from Jolene at the Holiday Gala and held the audience completely captive; bound by her vocal range, musicianship, and the ambiance of the venue – The Penticton Community Holiday Gala at the Penticton Yacht & Tennis Club was a truly perfect venue for such an amazing young lady.

“I think it’s important to live in a place where there’s always something fun going on, where the local businesses are unique and welcoming, and where a visitor can tell right away that there’s something special in the air.

We throw music events because we want to bring smiles to peoples faces. With the Gala event, we wanted to take the joy and happiness of this time of year, and extend it to families that may be suffering through hardship. With that goal in mind, we were eventually led to the South Okanagan Children’s Charity”, explains Krom.

They weren’t the only ones who thought it a fabulous idea to support the SOCC just before Christmas – the support from the Penticton business community was substantial. With silent auction items from Hands Free Therapy.

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Very cool outfit by Red Bag Clothing. Also find them downtown Penticton. Clothing with a conscience!

Yoga Studio & Spa, Church And State Winery, Bar One, Without A Doubt, Sunkissed Tanning, Willowhill Wines, Freedom Bike Shop, Last Call Liquor Store, City Centre Health & Fitness, Staples, Burger 55, Shear Expressions, and Oslund Jewellers – its obvious the supportive community of Penticton wanted to jump on this bandwagon!! There were also generous donations from Art Knapp, Fabricland, Rona, and Wal Mart for decorations and stage equipment. Holy man, Penticton rocks.

“One of our main challenges overall I think is that we would like to expose music of one demographic to another-I’m not saying it will not happen, but it will take some time. A new challenge to us may be trying to put on amazing shows that appeals to more of the community, and find specific venues that will be advantageous for our niche markets. We like to draw in the right target audience more effectively, however would like to make our social scene warming to everyone. Working around the stereotypes based on some of the music we listen to and appreciate, and wanting others to enjoy it”, states Five.

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Two beauties showing off the beautiful goods from FRUV Freedom Wear. Find them downtown Penticton. All clothing is designed and made in Canada!

In my opinion the DJ’s that were also on hand that evening had that completely under control. Bustin the groove at different points as the night pushed on, and also during the fashion show we saw DJ Parmley, DJ OhmZ, and DJ Shakes mixing tracks and creating the vibe that would ebb and flow seamlessly throughout the night.

All in all, the event kicked ass and I can’t wait to see more of what PEAK Entertainment and Superfly Industries have up their sleeves!!

Until next time, keep in mind:

“Duct tape is like the force. It has a light side, a dark side, and it holds the world together.”

♥Jaimie Miller

MAC Supporting the LPRC for World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day is held on December 1st each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day and the first one was held in 1988.

An estimated 65,000 people (or more) are currently living with HIV in Canada, an it’s estimated that between 2,300 and 4,300 new HIV infections occur in Canada each year. More than 25 million people between 1981 and 2007 have died globally from the virus, making it one of the most destructive pandemics in history.

Today, many scientific advances have been made in HIV treatment, there are laws to protect people living with HIV and we understand so much more about the condition. But despite this, people do not know the facts about how to protect themselves and others from HIV, and stigma and discrimination remain a reality for many people living with HIV. World AIDS Day is important as it reminds the public and Government that HIV has not gone away – there is still a vital need to raise money, increase awareness, fight prejudice and improve education.

MAC Cosmetics has the MAC AIDS Fund (launched in 1994) which locally supports the Living Positive Resource Center (LPRC) by setting up volunteered times at the center with their artists. The Mac AIDS fund also supports the LPRC by matching every cent raised by the MAC Cosmetics team in Kelowna for the annual Walk of Life.

This World AIDS Day, MAC will be celebrating life and supporting the cause by doing make up on-demand that day, creating awareness through verbal education and, of course, beautiful make up application. 100% of the retail proceeds from every VIVAGLAM purchase goes into the MAC AIDS fund. Last year they donated $3,000 to the LPRC on behalf. They would like to remind that, even though World AIDS Day is December 1st, every day is World AIDS Day at MAC.

They will be collaborated with local artist and A-OK Contributor Rhys Albrect for visuals this year that support the cause.

“Seeds in the Wind” Book Launch Party

The Okanagan’s newest book publisher, Artistic Warrior is launching the company’s first title Seeds in the Wind.  To introduce the book to as many people as possible the launch party is Friday, November 18, 7 pm to 9 pm at the Royal Anne Hotel on Bernard Ave. in Kelowna. There will be plenty of appies and wine from Vibrant Vines and beer and cider from Tree Brewing. Your ticket includes three healthy (5 oz) tastings from the selection of fabulous Kelowna beverages.

Author Teresa Johnston (Yang May) tells her story of being part of an immigrant family in the 1970’s and her experiences with racism.  Seeds in the Wind recounts Teresa’s experience of overcoming the difficulties she faced as a child and the inspiring teaching career she devoted herself to, teaching children to accept the differences in others.  The book is geared toward children, but is also a great read for adults.

Teresa Johnston, Author and Founder of The Fairy Godmothers


In addition to being an author, Teresa is a co-founder of My Fairy Godmothers organization. Its mission is to help children with broken hearts; children who’ve suffered the loss of their parent(s) through death, divorce or other tragedy or who are battling their own chronic disease. Teresa and her fellow Fairy Godmothers fulfill a small wish for these children to help put a smile back on their faces.

To support My Fairy Godmothers, the book launch is also a fundraiser with a great line-up of silent auction items, a draw for a brilliant weekend at Sparkling Hill and book sales.

Tickets to the launch are on sale now at the Royal Anne Hotel, Booster Juice on KLO in Kelowna and online at

On a side note, aspiring Okanagan authors with a great story to tell – Artistic Warrior is looking for another author for their upcoming publishing line-up.  A rep from the company will be on hand at the launch.