Rock Small Business Week 2017!

In the day-to-day of running a small business, it’s hard to take time to think about the big picture: the implications of proposed tax changes, exploring markets beyond the Okanagan, or attracting the next generation of workers. During Small Business Week, Community Futures and the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce host workshops and events that […]

2017 Small Business Week Events

Tuesday, October 17th Attracting the Generation Y Worker 9:00am – 12:00pm Guest Speaker: Kazia Mullin 3rd Floor Boardroom @ Community Futures In this workshop will provide employers with a new set of strategies they can use to entice, attract, engage, retain and most importantly, understand the youth they are hiring. Chamber Fall Business Trade Fair […]

Everybody Loves Drew

Drew Derosier is a familiar face at Vernon’s Home Depot, where he now works thanks to the employment services he received at Community Futures North Okanagan and Kindale Developmental Association. “Drew to electrical,” the loudspeaker calls from above, as the young man manoeuvres his electric wheelchair with fine precision. Driving his chair carefully past shelves […]

Reading Up: How Skills Training & Support Brought Christie Back to School

A learning disability could have prevented Christie Baker from getting the training and education she needed for work, but thanks to WorkBC, she has been able to overcome a number of obstacles on her path to becoming a human service worker. Diagnosed with a learning disability when she was 13, Christie Baker struggled with reading […]

Organizing a Brighter Future

It all started the day Kimberly Mason’s sister, Leslie Battersby, left town. Battersby had asked Mason to housesit her farm in Prince George for a week, and Battersby knew Mason might get bored. As Battersby reached for her keys, one hand on the back door, she said, “You know, if you’re looking for something to […]

A Good Job for Mary Jane

LOOKING BACK, it was like a perfect storm. Mary Jane Sinclair’s mother had died a violent death. She herself had survived a violent relationship that left her unable to hear out of one ear. Menopause was approaching. And she hadn’t worked in 20 years. “I was getting depressed. After I lost my mom, it was […]

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 […]