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Year of the Bat Takes Flight!


20ll-2012 will be the Year of the Bat...appropriate timing for Peachland with the discovery of possibly the largest bat colony in the Okanagan at Peachland Primary School.


2011 will celebrate the world's only flying mammals and promote conservation, research and education.  These goals correlate with the criteria currently being considered for an Interpretive Centre to be housed in the Primary School.  Cameras located in "The Roost" will provide hour by hour viewing for locals and visitors.  This is an exciting venture for the Peachland Chamber and Visitor Centre.  Your support through sponsorship and volunteerism can assist in creating a unique tourism opportunity for Peachland.


Contact the Chamber for info at (250) 767-2455 or email




Glenmore Neighbourhood a Living Laboratory for Sustainability

UBC has partnered with the City of Kelowna on an innovative academic grant program that transforms Kelowna's Glenmore neighbourhood into a 'living laboratory' for sustainability.
Created by the Provost and Vice Principal as a pilot project, the Sustainable Community Development Internal Grant Award Program consists of up to four $10,000 awards.  The money will enable university faculty, students, staff and the community to work together on social, environmental, economic and cultural sustainable community development initiatives and programming within the Glenmore area of Kelowna.

The Glenmore area was chosen as the "living laboratory" because of the area's diversity of old and new housing, mix of residential and commercial properties, demographic mixture and demonstrated sense of community involvement.  Projects will focus on local sustainability issues and include hands-on and research elements that have the potential to inform knowledge advancement and operational change.
Deadline for researchers to submit their applications is February 15, with projects beginning next spring and continuing through the summer. 

The university will host a workshop in January welcoming interested faculty, staff, students, representatives of the City and members of the Glenmore community to stimulate ideas and discuss possible partnership projects that may apply to faculty grant applications.

For more information, contact Leanne Bilodeau, Director of Sustainability Operations at

 Economic Impact Assessments Workshop
Friday, February 4th, 2011 
       1 pm to 4 pm
1450 KLO Road, Kelowna - Woodhaven Room
Cost: $75 includes refreshments
An estimated direct economic impact of over $1 million dollars was generated at the 2010 Breakout West Music Awards which took place October 21st to 24th in Kelowna, BC.  If you are an event organizer or involved in the sporting, arts, culture and tourism sectors you should attend this workshop to find out how these studies are determined and to acquire the tools and knowledge to undertake your own assessment.

The Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission has invited Vancouver specialist Vannstruth Consulting to  lead the interactive session.

For more information and to pre-register please contact: or call 250-469-6280.
Aiken, Sean
Discover Your Passion with Sean Aiken
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
  7 pm to 9:30 p.m.
Laurel Packinghouse, #2 - 1304 Ellis Street, Kelowna

A year and a half after he graduated from college, Sean Aiken found himself struggling to answer the question, "What should I do with my y life?" His mother suggested teaching.  His older sister told him to apply for an entry-level corporate position.  His father said, "it doesn't matter what you do, just make sure it's something you're passionate about."  Taking his father's advice to heart, Sean created The One Week Job Project and embarked on an epic journey to find his passion. His goal: work 52 jobs in 52 weeks.

His first gig was - literally - jumping off a bridge as a bungee operator in British Columbia.  From there he traveled across Canada and the United States, reinventing himself as a firefighter, an aquarium host, a radio DJ, a martial arts instructor, an NHL mascot and a snowshoe guide.

Experience the remarkable and inspiring true story of one guy who transformed his uncertainty about the future into action. 


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Seats for this special event are free, but online pre-registration is required.  Reception and book signing will follow the presentation.  To find out more, contact Erica Triggs at 250-807-9360.

Links and Events

Business Events in 2011:Check out these links on the COEDC's website, submit your business event to for a free listing.

BC small businesses now have a free, comprehensive informational resource, the UBC Small Business Accelerator - 

The Small Business Roundtable 5th Annual Report to Government is now available online

A program to promote self-guided tours to artisan producers, farms, and craftspeople was well received in 2010 and participation is being sought now for this year's effort. 


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