What we’re working on now

Community economic development is a unique way to help communities take a leadership role in defining their future and achieving sustained development. Given the enormous challenges facing us today, it is critical that we work together in the process of building strong and vital communities.

Community Futures North Okanagan identifies projects that will benefit the community and builds community partnerships to implement different initiatives.

We are always looking for great people to get involved in community economic development. If you are interested contact our General Manager, Leigha Horsfield at 250 545 2215 x 256, [email protected], to discuss your participation.

Our Okanagan – CONNECTING THE VALLEY, CREATING OPPORTUNITY

Our OkanaganWorking in collaboration with Okanagan Partnership, the Community Futures network of the Okanagan Valley is leading the development of a web based portal called Our Okanagan. This service allows businesses to link together, source local suppliers, post job openings and identify local products in the Okanagan Valley as well as a myriad of business resources and opportunities. The goal of this portal is to provide a valuable resource to bring the Okanagan Valley together in collaboration and celebration. For more information, visit www.ourokanagan.ca


The EnterpriZe Challenge

Enterprize ChallengeThe Community Futures EnterpriZe Challenge is an entrepreneurship competition designed to provide youth and new businesses the opportunity to ‘pitch’ their business idea to a panel of judges and win a business package worth nearly $25,000. Community Futures has introduced this program in an effort to celebrate and encourage entrepreneurship in the North Okanagan. The Community Futures EnterpriZe Challenge 2015 was presented by VantageOne Credit Union. Other partners and sponsors for this initiative include, KPMG, Nixon Wenger, Sproing Creative, Real Focus Consulting, City of Vernon, Okanagan College, Futurpreneur Canada and Sun FM.


VISION NORTH OKANAGAN – Collaboration supports Economic Development

Vision North Okanagan is a group of regional professionals that are all involved in our communities’ economic development initiatives. Vision North Okanagan meets monthly to communicate their specific projects, create partnerships and deepen the understanding and relationships between the region’s stakeholders. The collaboration, cooperation and communication acts to strengthen and support local economic development and enhance the quality of life for citizens of the region.


The Creative Economy – Enhancing our Regional IT Sector

The North Okanagan’s creative economy consists of many IT entrepreneurs, remote workers and technology based businesses that provide employment for many local skilled workers. Community Futures, working together with other organizations, economic development groups and interested community partners seeks to enhance the continuing growth of this important and emerging sector.


SharED PROGRAM – Building Capacity in our Not for Profit Sector

SharED is a community program for not-for-profit organizations that offers their Executive Directors and General Managers the opportunity to share expertise, best practices, problem solving strategies, and current information. SharED provides professional development in leadership and management through round table discussions and guest presentations. SharED is a practical model for its members to receive training, access professional advice, create partnerships, and learn new strategies for all sorts of operational issues.

For more information about the SharED program, please contact:

Kim Lauritsen
250-545-2215 ext 244
[email protected]


YAA FEST – Youth Appreciation and Achievement Festival

YAA LOGOYAA Fest is a celebration of our regions youth. This festival promotes awareness of youth achievement in our community and highlights available services and resources to our youth and their families. The festival hosts live music, performing arts, demonstrations, skate board competitions, and a youth orientated career and education fair. Each May, YAA Fest is held in Polson Park bringing together youth, parents, service providers and the larger community to recognize the positive development of the youthful citizens of our community.

For more information about YAA Fest, please contact:

Leeann Wilhelm
250-545-2215 ext 230
[email protected]


PAST PROJECTS

  • North Okanagan Sports Society
  • Enderby Beautification Project
  • Community Land Trust
  • Partners in Action
  • Red Carpet Film Festival
  • IMMG Manufacturing Cluster Project