From Belarus to Vernon: The Journey to Find a New Job

After immigrating to Canada from Belarus, and then moving to Vernon, Anya Blokhina has finally found her place working at Valley Chiropractic, thanks in part to the WorkBC Wage Subsidy service delivered by Community Futures North Okanagan. A new life in Canada Many immigrants to Canada have a story to share when it comes to […]

Celebrating 20 Years

The Community Futures Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program (EDP) is a business loans program that reduces the obstacles that people with disabilities or ongoing health issues may face when looking for financing. The program began in 1997 through funding from Western Economic Diversification and the support of the Community Futures network. In 2006, the EDP was […]

Saying Yes to the Business

FOR MANY MONTHS, Sue Cairnie had a conundrum: She knew she loved creating ceremonies and wanted to be a celebrant; she just had no idea how to turn that passion into a paying job. “I knew that was my passion or my calling. I had a burning desire to make money doing what I love, […]

The Baker’s Helper that Could

UNTIL TWO-AND-A-HALF YEARS AGO, what Annie Stanyer knew of life was setbacks. Hurdles. For every step forward, four back. During Stanyer’s entry into the world 32 years ago, she didn’t get enough oxygen. And that left stilted the span of the brain that learns—that makes connections between what is seen and read with what is […]

Massage School Changes Hands

Last September, at a staff dinner for all the instructors and administrators who work at Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy (OVCMT), Roxanne Petruk joked to the founder, Doug Fairweather, “Yeah, well, when I’m running this place…” She was teasing, of course. And then Fairweather, replied: “OK.” Petruk is a registered massage therapist (RMT) and […]

Jolly Good Spudz Takes Top Prize at Enterprize Challenge

Martin Paris dared to hope his business idea would be chosen as one of the top three winners in the Enterprize Challenge. He moved from his native England to Vernon five years ago, and while he’s held jobs in construction, his love is in the kitchen, namely potatoes. Back in Coventry, UK, his family once […]

Enterprize Challenge 2017 Finalists Announced: Part 2

Community Futures North Okanagan lists the next five of 10 finalists competing for $35,000 in Enterprize prizes! There’s a shop where you can buy hand-baked spuds and a storefront that sells local artisans’ wares. There’s a place to rent RV’s, have your skin health analyzed and your audio-visual needs fulfilled. It seems the third annual […]

Enterprize Challenge 2017 Finalists Announced

FROM A BARBERSHOP that sells suspenders and a lake-floating convenience store to a life celebrant for baby-naming ceremonies, this year’s Enterprize Challenge finalists have some unique and inspiring business ideas set to enhance the Okanagan’s already impressive entrepreneurial landscape. Community Futures North Okanagan, which hosts the annual Enterprize Challenge, has just announced the first five […]

Norm Metcalf General Manager

Community Futures North Okanagan Announces New Executive Director/GM

Community Futures North Okanagan announced today that Norm Metcalf will retire as General Manager and Executive Director after six years in the role and nearly 17 years with the Vernon-based organization that helps entrepreneurs, employers and job-seekers succeed. “I feel fortunate to have had the privilege of working with so many amazing people over the […]