Tag Archives: Bridges workshop

‘I Had Hopes’: How Bridges Helped One Mom Reach Higher

She remembers feeling like she had the weight of the world on her shoulders: dead-end jobs with odd hours and little pay because she had left high school before giving birth to the first of four children; a divorce and bills and beautiful little faces looking up at her each day; and a lifetime of […]

Building Bridges: Longtime Community Futures Facilitator Retires

It’s a week before Vickie Roraph’s retirement party and the long-time facilitator of Community Futures North Okanagan Bridges program hasn’t even started packing. The walls of her corner office on the second floor of CFNO’s downtown Vernon building are covered in inspirational quotes, paintings, and pictures of butterflies. The shelves are filled with books, such […]

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 […]

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 […]