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, executive director, […]

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 […]

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 […]