LOCALITY takes the lead at Enterprize 2018!

Julia Allen and Kate Johnson—the founders of LOCALITY, which delivers quarterly subscription boxes of Okanagan goods—held hands as VantageOne Credit Union CEO Glenn Benischek took to the stage to announce the winners of Enterprize Challenge 2018. But as he announced the business that took third place (Steakholder, Richard and Danielle Toperczer), and then second place […]

Machine Operator Turned Support Worker Gets ‘a New Direction in Life’

Several months after an invasive neck surgery was performed and following years of working as a bobcat operator, Justin Arcand lay awake, staring at the ceiling, wondering what his future held. “I really had no idea what I was going to do. My doctor had written a note saying I needed to change jobs.” Arcand […]

Enterprize Challenge 2018 Finalists Announced

From a ‘glamping’ wellness resort and athletic wear for plus-size women to a First Nation’s café and gift shop and an ethical beef-sharing program, the ideas among this year’s Enterprize Challenge finalists show where there is a niche, there is a business. Community Futures North Okanagan, which hosts the annual Enterprize Challenge, has just announced […]

Time to Smell the Flowers: Starting a New Life and Business

Brenda Tuttle walks through the maze of fragrant purple flowers and reaches down to pick a spiny stalk. The tiny buds slip through her fingers to be swept up by the wind. Research has shown that lavender contains healing properties. Inhaling the oil extracted from the botanical can help calm the mind. It not only […]

Enterprize Challenge 2018 Open for Entries

Following the 2017 Enterprize Challenge, which brought forth a record 23 entrepreneurs—many with business ideas that harnessed the bounty and beauty of the Okanagan—judges can’t wait to see what contestants will pitch this year. “Everyone was so impressed with the business ideas that were presented at Enterprize Challenge last year,” says Leigha Horsfield, General Manager, […]

The Interview: How Breanna Got Confidence & the Job

When Breanna Bloor thinks back to job interviews after high school, she remembers her words stumbling, getting stuck somewhere between her mind and her tongue. She remembers not getting calls back. She remembers getting calls back for retail jobs that saw her standing around alone most of the day, looking out the window. That stuck […]

Escaping to a New Adventure

IT LOOKS JUST LIKE GRANDMA’S LIVING ROOM. Every detail of the space screams vintage, save for the large flat-screen monitor off to the side. Centred on the chocolate brown shag are two rusty brown floral patterned sofas. Pictures of family members in shiny metal frames are showcased on shelves around a veneer cabinet that is […]

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 […]