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					                                              FALL 2010 Issue




                                                           A FORUM FOR BOOMERS AND SENIORS IN THE OKANAGAN
Hero to
Rotary Brings   The   First 72 Hours:
                         A Well-Oiled Machine
                          A Well-Oiled Machine
KELOWNA                     with a Heart




                Red Dragon
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FEATURES
A Transition to Recovery and Resiliency . . . . . . . . .46
A Triple Threat for Charity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28
Donors are Community Heroes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8
Genetically Modified Food
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Geriatrics with a Touch of Fish Breath . . . . . . . . . . .38
MLAs say Thank You . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32
                                                                                                                                    COVER
                                                                                                                                    STORY   24
Red Dragon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12
Rotary Brings Hero to Kelowna . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42
Sage-ing With Creative Spirit:
  Finding the Hero Within . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14
Small Step-in Independence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22                                                                         42
The First 72 Hours: A Well-Oiled
  Machine with a Heart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24

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                                         p u b l i s h e r ’s p o i nt o f v i e w




                                                                                                                        So who are Laurel’s
                                                                                                                      heroes? Well, they’re
                                                                                                                      none other then my
                                                                                                                      two boys, Devon and
                                                                                                                      Dallas.
PHOTO • WAYNE DUCHART




                        Left to right: Dallas, Laurel and Devon.


                           So who was your hero growing up? Remember the ones          are critical, ESS and their circle of friends help us all get
                        we would pretend to be: Superman, Wonder Woman or              through it. We wanted to share with you how it all unfolds
                        even Darth Vader? Pretending to be a superhero gave us a       so you know what it takes to make it happen. In my mind,
                        chance to dream, escape and live in a world of fantasy.        every one of these people has been our hero more then
                           Not all our heroes were famous. Some lived next door,       once over the past eight years.
                        worked with our parents or taught us in school. Everyone           Heroes are sometimes people who do little things and
                        has someone they consider a hero and they come in all          there is no fanfare, but the impact they make is bigger than
                        shapes and sizes. When I look back on my life, I had more      life. As our lives change our heroes change. The good thing
                        heroes then I realized and the subtle influences they had on   is we have the heroes we need, when we need them.
                        my life come to light each and every day.                          So who are Laurel’s heroes? Well,they’re none other then
                           As Beyond 50 celebrates is fourth year in print we          my two boys, Devon and Dallas. Each is unique and they
                        decided to ask people to tell us about their heroes. The       know when I need a hug, need their help or just need their
                        Okanagan is a place that has amazing weather, famous           honesty. My boys are becoming confident young men and
                        wineries, year-round recreation, first-rate community spirit   their dad, stepmom and I are very proud of them. It’s funny
                        and its residents are some of the most unique and              because when we are kids we don’t realize that when we
                        empowering people in Canada.                                   grow up our children may become our heroes.
                           When dealing with a life threatening illness we all need        We hope you enjoy this issue and you take the time to
                        hope and people around us to help get through all we must      reflect on who is a hero in your life. Once you ponder that
                        endure. They say positive thinking is as powerful as the       question take a few minutes to tell them why you
                        treatment we need to make us better. I strongly                                appreciate them. For some reason we forget to
                        believe the support team you have around you                                  do that but a little acknowledgement goes a
                        will help you through it all. You will be moved by                            long way.
                        the submission from Judy on page ??? as well as                                                             Laurel D’Andrea
                        the article from Netta page ??. Both women were
                        touched by cancer and both of them were willing
                        to share their heroes with us.                                            ABOUT THE COVER: Our fall cover includes just a handful
                           Our cover story features the people who                                of the dedicated men & women who are there when
                                                                                                 we need them. They are featured here with one of the
                        belong to the ESS (emergency social services)                            vintage fire trucks from the new Kelowna Fire Museum
                        family. When disaster strikes, the first 72 hours                        and Education Centre at 1630 Water Street.

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Protect your family
Submitted by Grant Gamble




                                                                                           At the end of the day,
                                                                                    child critical illness coverage
                                                                                    is all about providing parents
                                                                                    and grandparents with peace
                                                                                    of mind.




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Child critical illness insurance helps ensure that parents or      should the unthinkable happen. And thankfully, if it never
grandparents are able to do things like take time off work to      does, the child policy will convert automatically to an adult
be with their sick child, hire a caregiver for other children or   policy at age 18 and cover 24 adult conditions. If you would
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                                                                                       his CFP, Grant also holds a Degree in Business
         • Cancer                    • Cystic Fibrosis                                 Administration and Economics from Simon Fraser
         • Juvenile Diabetes         • Deafness                                        University and the Elder Planning Counselor
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                      Donors are Community Heroes
                      The Dick and Jean Hall Story
                      Submitted by Leanne Hammond Komori

                                                                                     by Dick’s garden, as well as friends from their lifetime
                                                                                     together. Jean made the decision to leave a legacy gift to
                                                                                     the community through the Central Okanagan Foundation.
                                                                                     COF’s purpose is to support and enhance the work of the
                                                                                     charitable sector through the help of our donors.
                                                                                        In my conversations with Jean, she pointed out that not
                                                                                     having children of their own gave her and Dick a deeper
                                                                                     appreciation of the importance of community. The Halls
                                                                                     derived great pleasure from participating in our
                                                                                     community’s cultural events, visiting the museum, the art
                                                                                     gallery and taking in various musical and theatrical
                                                                                     performances.Without these organizations,our community
                                                                                     would not be the interesting place we are proud to call
                                                                                     home.
                                                                                        Jean passed away in September 2009. The couple’s
                                                                                     appreciation of the arts, education, health, and love of
                                                                                     animals will continue on with the income from their
                                                                                     memorial fund supporting their favourite charities through
                                                                                     the COF in perpetuity. Fall of 2010 will mark the first
                                                                                     distribution from the Dick and Jean Hall Fund.The following
                                                                                     groups will receive an annual allocation from this $1.4
                                                                                     million dollar endowment fund:
PHOTO • CONTRIBUTED




                                                                                        • St. Andrew’s Anglican Church
                                                                                        • Central Okanagan Bursary & Scholarship Society
                                                                                        • SPCA of Kelowna
                                                                                        • Okanagan Symphony Society
                                                                                        • Kelowna Museum Society
                                                                                        • BC Cancer Agency of the Southern Interior
                         Dick was born at home in the Okanagan Mission in April         • Okanagan Regional Library
                      of 1916. Perhaps it was being born in the spring that led to      • Kelowna Hospice
                      Dick’s life-long passion for gardening; or perhaps it was         In Dick and Jean’s wisdom they also left a substantial gift
                      Jean’s appreciation of gladioli.                               to the Central Okanagan Foundation’s “community fund”
                         When Dick met Jean, a nurse at Kelowna General              which generates income for the community granting
                      Hospital, he was smitten. They were married in 1953 and        program. Twice a year our volunteer granting committees
                      shared a lifetime of traveling, entertaining and making        consider applications from a variety of community groups
                      wonderful memories. On their extensive travels they            looking for funding for valuable and timely projects. The
                      enjoyed the theatre in England, viewed ancient and             beauty of leaving a gift to this program is that our granting
                      priceless museum artifacts in Baghdad in 1985, and soaked      committees are able to make grants responsive to ever
                      up the art and culture of Europe. But they always returned     changing future community needs.
                      home happily to their favourite community, Kelowna.               Dick and Jean’s legacy will continue for generations and
                         Old Kelowna families will remember the Halls’store at the   contribute immensely to the rich experiences in our
                      base of Lakeshore hill, and will remember Dick and Jean’s      community.
                      love of their neighbourhood and appreciation for the              A hero is someone you look up to; one who makes a
                      various not-for-profit groups.                                 difference; who preserves, who saves, rescues... keeps safe.
                         After 48 happy years together, Dick passed away in 2001     In my view, the Halls fit that description nicely. To our
                      of cancer. Jean enjoyed life for many years after,surrounded   community, donors are heroes.

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                      t h e wo r k o f a r t
                                                               Many Western Canadian art collectors are now familiar
                                                               with the colorful wine villages of ANITA SKINNER.
                                                              Her work graced the cover of the 2009 Fall Wine Festival
                                                                   Guide and this artist has not looked back. Her work
                                                                    never fails to draw attention in the gallery and her
                                                                  collector base is continually growing. Visit The Evans
                                                                Gallery to enjoy a wonderful selection of Anita’s work.

                                                            TERRY ISAAC is an internationally known artist who has
                                                        recently moved to the Okanagan. The Evans Gallery hosted
                                                        Terry’s first Canadian show back in the early 90s and proudly
                                                        continue to represent him. The work speaks for itself. Terry’s
                                                        subject matter covers the delicate to the majestic. Stop in at
                                                        The Evans Gallery to view the incredible work of Terry Isaac.


                                                                                                               LINDA KELLY’s labor of love is
                                                                                                         sculpting in bronze. Bronze collectors
                                                                                                         throughout Western Canada know Linda
                                                                                                          Kelly’s work. Linda produces award winning
                                                                                                            sculptures depicting the western lifestyle.
                                                                                                               A horse owner for many years, Linda
                                                                                                         treats her subjects with respect and depicts
                                                                                                         them with absolute accuracy. Bronze is a
     ANITA McCOMAS is a fairly recent addition                                                           timeless medium and one that will endure
to The Evans Gallery. We are very happy to have                                                          through generations. The Evans Gallery
her among our artists. Anita paints with such                                                            invites you to consider a bronze when
creative energy the viewer can’t help but be                                                             making your next art purchase.
drawn into the work. The painting shown here
is entitled “Fall Vines.” The colors are rich and
vibrant, defying the winter grays that                 LUCY COLLINGS is an extremely
inevitably will come. Stop in at the gallery                  accomplished artist. Lucy brings
to enjoy a good selection of Anita’s work.                 the outdoors in. She is a hiker and
                                                        backpacker who is often found at the
                                                          side of a gravel road setting up her
                                                                easel. She may be in B.C. or an
                                                             interesting corner of Europe. The
                                                           image shown is entitled “Shopping
                                                            Day - Pyrenees Village.” Lucy takes
                                                          little snippets of life and puts them
                                                            on canvas for others to enjoy. You
                                                            will find Lucy’s work at The Evans
                                                                   Gallery, downtown Kelowna.
                                                                                                         Evans Gallery
     NATHALIE PARENTEAU is a resident of Whitehorse. She uniquely portrays the northern                  Wayne & Julie Evans
landscape and its inhabitants, showing at times a softer, humorous side to life in an otherwise          invite you to enjoy the
often harsh environment. Born in Montreal, Nathalie has retained the dramatic artistic tradition         Artists of The Evans Gallery
of the French Canadian culture. Her style is easily recognized. Visitors to the north will be very
familiar with Nathalie and now, visitors to The Evans Gallery can enjoy and collect her work as well.    UPCOMING EVENTS IN OCTOBER:
                                                                                                         Oct. 2 Fall Wine Festival
                                                            JUDI WILD is one of those artistic           Meet our artists and enjoy wine
                                                       perfectionists who spends hours with each         tasting 11am - 4pm
                                                       painting. She uses a dry brush watercolor         Oct. 7 Federation of Canadian Artists
                                                       technique which allows her to portray her         Opening Reception 7 - 9pm
                                                       subjects with extreme precision. The
                                                                                                         Show continues through Oct. 16
                                                       image shown is detail from “Spirits of the
                                                       Wolf,” one of four paintings in her Spirit
                                                                                                                           571 LAWRENCE AVENUE
                                                       Series. A lover of nature with a strong
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                                                       appreciation of her surroundings and the
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                                                       people, Judy produces unique images we                          www.evansgallerycan.com
                                                       can all relate to. Stop in at The Evans
                                                                                                                    Browsers are always welcome.
                                                       Gallery to see the work of Judi Wild.

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                                                         t h e wo r k o f a r t


Artistic Heroes Among Us
Submitted by Wayne Evans


    Every component of life has its        WAYNE AND JULIE EVANS are the owners of the Evans Gallery
prominent and recognizable person-         Serving their clients since 1986, Wayne and Julie Evans represent
                                           established Canadian artists that include: original paintings,
alities with new ones constantly           sculpture, glassware, jewelry, limited edition giclee on canvas and
entering the world’s stage. Art is no      limited edition prints on paper.
different and the Okanagan has its
share of achievers. Since we opened
The Evans Gallery and Framing in
1986, our learning curve and aware-
ness constantly reminds us of the
talent that exists in our own backyard.
    With apologies to the many who
deserve to be mentioned, we’ve had
the pleasure of getting to know these
artistic heroes: Rod Charlesworth, Alex
Fong, Jock Hildebrand, Geert Maas,
Bob Dow Reid and John Revill - all
household names for art lovers in the
Central Okanagan and beyond. These
artists have achieved a level of
recognition that rewards them with
prices beyond the comfort level of
many. It wasn’t always so. They per-
severed; creating work of exceptional
quality and have become admired for
their achievements.
    History has always blessed society
with emerging talents and today is
alive with new faces, new concepts
and new mediums. The Okanagan has
so many elements that make it heaven
on earth - what a place to call home.
Little wonder people from all walks of
life settle here, and artists are no
exception. Aside from a feast of local
talent, artists of considerable renown
from afar have found their way into our
midst. No names will be mentioned
here, but I hope I’m stirring your
curiosity.
    When was the last time you took
quality time to view what is being
offered in your own local galleries?
The variety is exceptional and there are
treasures in every price range. See you
soon!



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Red Dragon
Submitted by Dina Kotler



    What is a hero? What is community? Reflect back
on the summer of 2003. If ever there was a time of
heroes and a true sense of community, it was borne
of the flames that ravaged our city that wild and hot
summer. I was never prouder to be a“Kelownanite.“
    There were heroes amongst our firefighters, the
Emergency Response Teams, the endless volunteers.
Then there were the unexpected ones - the
“huggers,” who received the displaced, dazed and
homeless at the Parkinson Rec Centre; the strangers
who opened up their homes, fields and barns, and
the thousands of nameless citizens who donated
whatever they could to those who’d lost everything.
We came together like a 110,000 strong family,
opening arms to almost a third of our population
who were moved that first evacuation.
    Even eight years on, the memory fills me with
emotion, not of fear, but of pride - pride for a
community bound by strength, dignity and the
grace of strangers. Most of us knew that as long as
we were safe and had those who mattered around
us, the rest was“just stuff.”
    My husband and I were one of those displaced
families that summer. Not once but twice.
    I recall watching in horror (and, I have to admit,
some degree of fascination), as the fire made its way
toward our Gallagher’s home prior to our second
evacuation. The night skies served only to intensify
the colour and draw the flames closer, allowing all
the details of the candling trees to be seen. It truly
was an awe-inspiring spectacle of Mother Nature’s
power. Two-hundred foot high “Fire Dragons” were
licking clean our beautiful forested mountains.
It was this that inspired my piece“Red Dragon.”                     130 people perished in what has now become that
    At the time, it was a means of self expression, a means of      country’s worst ever fire. Left with a deep sense of sadness
“letting go”of some of the anxiety, but it has become one of        and compassion, and driven to do what I could (as others
my most sought-after pieces. The original piece was sold            had tried and done for us), I endeavored to have the
locally and with the owner’s permission, we were fortunate          proceeds of “Red Dragon” donated to those in need in
enough to produce 500 copies. I am often surprised and              Australia and will seek to have further proceeds put aside
honoured that those who seek it are often the people who                                for similar fire causes.
were directly and personally affected, or those that have                                  Anyone interested in a copy can
endured a similar experience.                                                           contact Dina Kotler at 250-470-0298.
    In February 2009, Australia suffered its worst firestorm in
                                                                                       DINA KOTLER, a native of South Africa has lived in
history it was a reminder of what we had been through six                              the Okanagan since 1996. Her interest in art was
years prior.                                                                           fostered through her father’s own interest, and is a
    Having lived in Australia for eleven years of my life, I have                      reflection of visual and emotional stimuli. She
a great love of the Aussie attitude and resiliency. However,                           works in watercolour, charcoal, and acrylics.


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                      Sage-ing With Creative Spirit:
                      Finding The Hero Within
                      Submitted by Karen Close




                                                                                                                   “You can discover
                                                                                                              more about a person in
                                                                                                              an hour of play than in
                                                                                                              a year of conversation.”




                                                                                         On Valentine’s Day 2008, I began leading sessions in
PHOTO • CONTRIBUTED




                                                                                     HeART FIT, a program which invites participants to discover
                                                                                     Spontaneous Process Painting, a way of playing with paint
                                                                                     that awakens consciousness and invites one to go within.
                                                                                     By relaxing into ourselves,we open to our own integrity and
                                                                                     wisdom. “Life must be lived as play,” Plato advised, and
                                                                                     added,“You can discover more about a person in an hour of
                         I delighted when I discovered that the origin of the word   play than in a year of conversation.”
                      “hero” means mythical priestess and, in Greek mythology,           More recently, Dr. Gene D. Cohen, initiator of the concept
                      referred to the priestess of Aphrodite, goddess of love.       of Creative Aging proposed C=ME² - Creativity equals me to
                      Ancient Greek philosopher Plato said: “At the touch of love    a greater power. “M”equals the mass of knowledge from all
                      everyone becomes a poet.” As a former teacher of English       that one has experienced, combined with “E” all the energy
                      and the visual arts, I have always expanded that to mean       one brings to the act of creating. Spontaneous Process
                      simply “a creator,” bringing new ideas and forms into          Painting is an act of faith. There are no instructions,no rules.
                      existence, not only with words, but whenever one               It encourages trusting that when one acts, paints from the
                      courageously expresses from the heart.                         heart, rather than from a head filled with instruction and




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                                                                                              Relax into Art
                                                                                              Creative exploration of one’s life experiences
                                                                                              enhances wisdom, health and wellbeing.
                                                                                              A selection of FREE classes
                                                                                              9:30am - 5pm every Tuesday
                                                                                              ROTARY CENTRE FOR THE ARTS
judgment, the act of releasing will                                                           VISIT   www.sage-ing.com
open the participant to the heroic                                                            Special Creative By Nature workshop
                                                                                              Sept. 28 & 29 with Salt Spring artist Lisa Lipsett
“self’ and a path of change.
    In 2010, I received funding from                                                          The program is sponsored by The Government of Canada’s
New Horizons for Seniors Programs.                                                                                New Horizons for Seniors Programs.
Borrowing from Plato’s concept of a
sage, one who has acquired wisdom, I
created Sage-ing With Creative Spirit,                                     Sports
www.sage-ing.com. The program is                        There are two factors the human body requires to
                                                            perform any sport at your highest level:
free and runs different creativity
sessions on Tuesdays at The Rotary                             BALANCE & FLEXIBILITY
Centre for the Arts.                                   Body-Wize focuses on these two factors.
    Describing The Hero’s Journey,
mythologist Joseph Campbell iden-
tifies The Call to Adventure, that
moment when something rises up
from deep within, calling one to face
the beginnings of change. I invite you
to join in the adventure of Sage-ing
With Creative Spirit. In addition to
sessions at the RCA, starting Septem-
ber 13 at the Martin Centre on Graham                         Do you suffer from: Headaches, Back or Neck Pain, Emotional
Street, The Society for Seniors Learn-                        Stress and Tension, Anxiety, Poor Posture, Arthritis, Sports Injuries,
                                                              Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Tendonitis, Sciatica, T.M.J. Syndrome?…
ing In Retirement will present an
eight-week Sage-ing course called
Exploring the Arts of Listening,
Sharing and Reaping. Probe your
                                                                             Body-Wize
creative imagination to build new
ways of being with yourself, with
youth, and with the environment.
    Visit www.sage-ing to learn more.                                          STRUCTURA           I N T E G R AT I O N

The adventure of Sage-ing is about
making connections which initiate                             Hellerwork and Pilates exercise is a powerful system of
                                                              structural body realignment which is based on the inseparability of
change, growth and discovery of the                           Body, Mind and Spirit. The benefits include improved posture and
hero within. The theme of connections                         alignment; enhanced athletic ability; increased range of movement and
will be explored in the winter issue of                       a decrease in repetitive strain injury.
Beyond 50. Join me in that issue.
                                                                   93% of the clients that complete
                        KAREN CLOSE, BA, BEd
                                                                       the 11 session series experience less pain,
                        (visual arts specialist), is
                        an artist and a writer.
                                                                           or are   totally pain free.
                        Karen has authored two
                        books: Unfinished Women:              " I underwent a full series of structural integration which has led to
                        Seeds From My Friend-                 considerable reduction in my overall pain from osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia
                        ship With Reva Brooks &               and plantarfascitis. Ross Short was thorough, compassionate, professional
                        The Spirit of Kelowna: A              and very good at bodywork. I would not hesitate in recommending Ross."
                        Celebration of Art and                                                              Dr. Denise Cantin, KELOWNA
                        Community.
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                  p i c t u re o f h e a l t h




Holding on for Dear Life
Submitted by Netta Brown



                                                                                             Kaylene, with her
                                                                                        tenacity, her innocence
                                                                                        and her spirit, is now
                                                                                        the hero.




Netta and Kaylene, today.


    “Cancer. Wow! We are so fortunate not to have to deal
with that in our family.”
    I actually said those words until 1997, when I was 34 and
my father was diagnosed with cancer of the esophagus. He
passed away just a year later.
    He was never a smoker or drinker, so his symptoms were
attributed to a bad bout of heartburn. During my father’s
illness,we as a family learned a lot of things about ourselves.
One was to never take anything in life for granted, and two,
everyone needs to listen to what their body is telling them.
If something unusual is happening,make sure you follow up
and educate yourself. In the end it could save your life.
    One thing is for sure, we had no idea that losing our
father would prepare us for what was to happen next. I
guess you could say he was my hero from a distance. His                            Ian (Dad) and Hannah (Kaylene's cousin).
battle with this terrible disease would give our family the
inner strength to fight with all that we had. Kaylene, my         play dates, swimming lessons and dance classes. Most days
four-year-old daughter (at the time) would be next.               ended gathered around the table for our sit-down family
    Just three months after my father passed away, my             dinner. But the rug was pulled out from under our perfect
beautiful little daughter, Kaylene, always a healthy, happy,      suburban life.
energetic little girl, developed a lump on her neck. After a         Life was suddenly about doctors’ appointments,
number of appointments with various doctors at Vancouver          surgeries, blood tests, x-rays, ultra-sound testing and
Children’s Hospital, surgery to remove the lump was               numerous iodine imaging tests at St.Paul’s Hospital Nuclear
performed and the conformation of Papillary Carcinoma             Medicine department.
was presented to our family.                                         In two surgeries, doctors targeted Kaylene’s thyroid,
    This marked the beginning of a new life for our family of     taking out as much as they could safely remove.
four. Before this our days were spent zipping Kaylene and            The next step was to kill off any residual thyroid tissue
her big brother, Stuart, then 7.5, back and forth to school,      that may have been carrying cancer cells. There was some

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                                             silent killer, ovarian cancer. It is among   known. I am so proud to be her mom,
                                             the most difficult to detect because         I guess you could say she is also my
                                             there are no accurate tests to find it       hero.
                                             before it has progressed into other              Somehow cancer manages to affect
                                             tissues and organs. After surgeries and      all. It takes on many forms. The point I
                                             chemotherapy she is very tired but           would like to make in writing this is
                                             taking it day by day with her family in      know your body, don’t ignore symp-
                                             Comox, B.C.                                  toms, and stay informed. Ask your
                                                 Peggy is also blessed because she        doctor questions. If the answer doesn’t
                                             has a family who supports her, a great       feel right, ask again.
                                             team of doctors, the knowledge and               And above all, enjoy your loved
                                             expertise from the Ovarian Cancer            ones every single day and hold on for
Peggy and Bernie (Hubby).                    Society, and she has her inspiration;        dear life.
                                             Kaylene, who has shown her time and
confusion about the safe amount of           time again that cancer can be beat.
                                                                                             FYI. Did you know that in
radioactive iodine to give her since she         From the age of four, Kaylene has
was only four years old.There was only                                                       Canada, approximately 2,600
                                             endured more than most would in a
a few thyroid cancer cases in children       lifetime. She did not know that when            new cases of ovarian cancer
ever reported in Canada, so the              she grew up that she would be a hero            are diagnosed annually? It’s
doctors were very careful not to get         for Peggy. I am so proud of my family           up to all of us to be aware of
too aggressive and risk killing off too      because we learned early on that                its signs and symptoms - and
many good cells as well.                     helping the ones you love really is the         to talk about it. Share your
   After a number of treatments it           key. How we helped each other was               knowledge - you may save a
seemed as if everything was on track         through support and educating                   life.
until a routine ultra-sound and x-ray        ourselves. Kaylene is now a beautiful
series exposed some suspicious masses        young lady and, without a doubt, the
around her neck and lungs. Then it           most courageous person I have ever
was back to St. Paul’s nuclear medicine
and Children’s Hospital for more scans
and tests, and even bigger doses of
radioactive iodine.
   Some very bumpy years have
passed, but Kaylene, now 16, has been
enjoying a clean bill of health. She still
has blood tests every three months
and we make a day trip from our home
in the Okanagan to Vancouver
Children’s Hospital every six months
for a series of tests and doctors’ visits.
but as I reflect on the events over the
past 12 years, one thing is incredibly
clear. Never has Kaylene complained.
She has gone into every appointment
and procedure with such a positive
attitude and on a regular basis - even
as young as four - she assured the
family everything would be alright.
The whole family was suffering with
her cancer, and the whole family                                    ...can identify a list of the most
survived it together because of her                                 common symptoms of ovarian cancer.
strength.                                                           Are you one of them?
   Kaylene, with her tenacity, her                                  Get curious - Find out more
innocence and her spirit, is now the
                                                                    Visit www.ovariancanada.org
hero. My sister Peggy has been faced                                1-800-749-9310
with the challenge of fighting the
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                  f ro m f at to f i t




Even I can do this!
Submitted by Errol N. Hannigan and Laurel D’Andrea




                                                                                         I decided that I needed to
                                                                                    make a change in my life... I
                                                                                    wanted to do something that
                                                                                    would improve my health, my
                                                                                    diet and my attitude...




                                                                   become stronger and redefine my shape, and I wanted to
                                                                   do that with diet and exercise. I knew it was going to be a
                                                                   lifestyle change and I was in it for the long haul. I knew that
                                                                   I needed and wanted support and encouragement and that
                                                                   Errol and Judi were the ones to do it.
                                                                       I started going to World Gym in Dilworth, they have a
                                                                   great facility, the hours are very flexible and the range of
                                                                   people’s ages, shapes and sizes made me feel comfortable.
                                                                   They really do cater to the whole family. I don’t feel out of
                                                                   place, and that is important when you are trying to achieve
                                                                   your goal.
                                                                       I told Errol and Judi I could only commit to three days a
Laurel’s before pictures.                                          week. I am a divorced mother with two active teenage boys,
                                                                   I run my own business and I give countless volunteer hours
Laurel: Since I was about 12,I have not had great luck when        to the community. I did not want to set myself up for failure
it comes to my health. I have lived with pain off and on for       and if I said I could do more then that would be a lie.
the past 35 years. I am a tall lady of 6’2” and my hips gave           I am a typical mother of two and my story is no different
me a lot of trouble.                                               then the lady down the street. We never take the time we
    My first surgery was at the age of 18. One doctor even         need for fitness, but we really should. When momma’s
said without surgery,there was a good chance of ending up          happy everyone is happy. If momma is exercising and pro-
in a wheelchair. Luckily for me, I found an orthopaedic            active in healthy eating, then the ones she loves will do the
surgeon in Vancouver who saw things differently.By the age         same. We as mothers and wives really do have the power to
of 40, I had endured two hip reconstructions and then              implement change and influence those around us; lead by
finally total hip replacement on both sides. I have also           example is something my mother used to tell me.
suffered a bad break in my right wrist, which needed, not              If you think you don’t have the time, think you’re too old
one, but two surgeries. I also have arthritis in my right foot.    or it doesn’t make a difference,you are wrong. Today’s world
When it came to stability I was definitely lacking.                is filled with stress, fast foods and sheer laziness when it
    At the end of May 2010, I decided that I needed to make        comes to taking time for ourselves. I am worth 90 minutes
a change in my life.I was tired of not being as active as I used   a day three days a week. I hope by following my journey
to and I wanted to do something that would improve my              you’ll realize that you are worth the time and effort to
health,my diet and my attitude towards fitness. I asked Errol      exercise, eat right and get healthy.
and Judi if they would take on their “biggest” - oops I mean           I put my faith in Errol and Judi and here Errol explains
-“tallest”challenge... me.                                         what they decided is best for me and why. Please keep in
    They were surprised but very receptive to helping me           mind we are all different and it’s important to pick a
achieve my goals, which were to: build my core stability,          program that will bring you success.

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Errol: Laurel D’Andrea not only engaged my wife and I to         protein, low glycemic carb and low good fat meals per day
be her health and fitness coaches,but she is also committed      rather than the two or three meals she was used to eating.
to documenting her 12-week fitness journey. She said that           Now she makes sure to not only have a nutritious
she not only wanted to record her results on these pages         breakfast, but to eat every three hours throughout the day,
but also blog about it on the magazine’s website                 which not only revs up metabolism naturally but keeps it
(www.beyond 50mag.com) so that people can follow along           operating at peak efficiency. This enables her to do
with her trials and tribulations week to week.                   everything she needs to do without experiencing any
    This all began one evening when Laurel phoned and            energy crashes or food cravings.
asked if my wife and I would be interested in taking her on         As this article is being submitted it was time to take
as a client to help her get into better shape.                   Laurel’s first set of progress measurements and after only
    This caught me a bit off guard because ever since I have     four weeks of following the program Laurel is down six
known Laurel she has been an incredibly busy woman and           inches on her overall measurements and has lost 7.5
was always going full speed 24/7, with little time or thought    pounds of bodyfat. The most important thing of all is
for herself.But after we talked she said that even though she    Laurel’s BMI (body mass index) has gone for poor to good!
was busy being the single mother to two teenage boys,               In my next article, I will talk about Laurel’s exercise
running this magazine full time and also being very              program at the gym disclose her second set of progress
involved with the community, she could and would set             measurements. You’ll be able to follow along as she
aside an hour to 90-minutes, three times a week so that she      progresses on her fitness journey.
could feel better about herself and get into better shape.
    She wanted more than just a personal trainer or
someone to show her how to lift weights, she wanted to                                ERROL N. HANNIGAN, Fitness Ambassador/
learn about proper nutrition so that she could not only lose                          Writer has become a health and fitness advocate
                                                                                      who has channeled his personal experience and
weight and bodyfat,but keep it off.She had previously been
                                                                                      training into areas that promote physical fitness
through all of the popular weight loss programs and while                             and works to encourage Canadians of all ages to
one or two had helped her lose weight in the beginning                                practice healthier lifestyles. He is currently writing
none of them helped her keep it off for the long term.                                a book on his two passions, Faith & Fitness.
    Laurel wanted my wife Judi and I to design her program
and work with her on her body transformation because as
she said, not only had we achieved our own body
transformations and had held courses at Trinity Baptist
Church called Faith and Fitness - The First Step,but we knew
what it was like to deal with physical and health limitations.
    She wanted to work with people who had actually been
there, rather than some perky 20-something who doesn’t
know what it is like to have had both hips replaced and
several other surgeries.
     As we do with all of our clients, we started with an in-
home visit where we assessed Laurel’s overall body

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    Speaking of her nutrition program, like a lot of people
who are trying to lose weight and believe that skipping
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Is Genetically Modified Food
on Supermarket Shelves?
Submitted by Heidi Osterman




                                                                                        In Europe, gene-altered
                                                                                   packaged foods are labeled
                                                                                   so that consumers can make
                                                                                   an informed choice on
                                                                                   whether to buy them, ...




                                                                    In Europe, gene-altered packaged foods are labeled so
                                                                 that consumers can make an informed choice on whether
                                                                 to buy them, and Europe refuses to import Canada’s gene-
                                                                 altered crops for human consumption.
                                                                    There have been no human health studies conducted to
                                                                 determine the effects of consuming GM foods, but
                                                                 independent animal studies show disturbing results, such
                                                                 as organ damage, pre-cancerous lesions, problems with the
                                                                 liver and pancreas, and infertility. Duke and Princeton
                                                                 University recently reported that HFCS (high fructose corn
                                                                 syrup) causes obesity and liver damage. In the U.S., 90 per
                                                                 cent of corn is now genetically modified and most
                                                                 packaged goods available in supermarkets contain the
                                                                 genetically modified HFCS.
                                                                    Farmers have jumped on board to plant the new gene-
                                                                 altered seeds as it means that they don’t have to worry
                                                                 about weeds reducing their yields, or with bugs eating their
   How the world has changed. One hundred years ago, all         crops. In the short-term that is good for farmers
food was organic,and 15 years ago,our food did not contain       economically,but nature is smart,and now super-weeds are
genes from other species. Now genetically-modified foods         also developing tolerance to herbicides. For consumers, it
are on our supermarket shelves, and they are not labeled.        means we are eating more herbicides, as farmers can spray
Most shoppers do not understand the profound changes             Roundup directly over the entire crop, as the GM plants are
that have occurred with their food.                              designed to tolerate poisons that will kill all natural, green
   GM stands for Genetically Modified ; a man made               vegetation including weeds. Another genetic manipula-
technology which enables scientists to hack into one life        tion has created crops which create their own pesticide
form, remove certain genetic information and then                from within. Some crops do both!
artificially force this genetic information into another life       People who oppose GM products think that it is
form. For example, fish like the Arctic Char can tolerate cold   ignorance and arrogance of the highest order to believe
temperatures, but tomatoes don’t. Scientists removed the         that humans can improve upon what nature has done over
gene for cold tolerance from the fish and put it into toma-      millennia.Natural food was good enough for generations of
toes, in hopes that the tomatoes could resist frost better.      people before us and we should not allow experiments that
     In Canada, many items that we currently eat are             will affect the food of our children, grandchildren, and the
genetically modified (GM) or genetically engineered (GE).        future generations. The changes to the seeds can never be
Currently soy,corn,canola and sugar made from sugar beets        undone, and the GM/GE seeds and pollen can contaminate
are now gene-altered.                                            the fields of farmers who want to stick with growing

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conventional and organic food.
   To prevent the planting of more GM
crops in Canada, write your MP and let
them know that you support Bill 474                                                                                        Imagine... a hearing aid
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                                    The First 72 Hours:
                                    A Well-Oiled Machine with a Heart
                                    Submitted by Bery Itani
PHOTO FROM THE H.BRUST COLLECTION




                                                                                                                                     First, the call goes
                                                                                                                                out to the volunteers to
                                                                                                                                meet at the designated
                                                                                                                                site for the reception
                                                                                                                                centre.




                                        Emergency Social Services is on call 24                                           available for the next 72 hours.
                                    hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a                                            He has an amazing system and it
                                    year. When we receive notification from Fire                                          only takes minutes for him to
                                    Dispatch that an event has occurred and                                              have this information at his
                                    that we need to open a reception centre to                                           fingertips. With this we are
                                    receive the evacuees, we put all our                                                 prepared to start filling out the
                                    procedures into motion.                                                             forms for hotel accommodation,
                                        First, the call goes out to the volunteers                                      restaurant meals or groceries and
                                    to meet at the designated site for the                                              clothing stores if they are required.
                                    reception centre. Whoever arrives first                                                If this is a large evacuation then
                                    starts to set up the room with tables and                                          our other support agencies are
                                    chairs for registering evacuees and a waiting area for those                                 called in as needed. The
                                    still needing to be interviewed. Someone is in charge to                                     Salvation Army is called
                                    make sure the coffee is on and there are juice, muffins,                                     out to help with the meet-
                                    cookies, etc.                                                                                 ing and greeting of the
                                        Our Resource Acquisition Coordinator starts to make                                       evacuees as they come in
                                    calls to find out how many hotel/motel rooms are                                              the door. They are also
                                                                                                                                   responsible for emotional
                                                                                                                                   support to the evacuees
                                                                                                                                   and this is a good place
                                                                                                                                    for them to spot those in
                                                                                                                                    need as they come in the
                                                                                                                                    door.
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                                                                                                                                        We usually know by
                                                                                                    the time a few evacuees have come to the Reception
                                                                                                   Centre that there is going to be a need for pet care.
                                                                                                   We then call out CDART - The Canadian Disaster
                                                                                                   Animal Response Team. These volunteers come and
                                                                                                   take care of all the pets that come with the evacuees.
                                                                                                   They have an incredible system for registering the
                                                                                                   pets, the owners and keeping track of where these
                                                                                                   pets are going and how they are being cared for.

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                          By now we have called in St. John Ambulance
                     as it has been noted that there could be some
                     health issues among the evacuees. Folks can
                     sometimes suffer from smoke inhalation, or may
                     have been cut or bruised dur ing their
                     evacuation. St. John Ambulance stays for                                                   keep track of all the forms and all the
                     the duration of the evacuation, as there is often                                          statistics regarding this event.
                     a need for its services. One of its duties is to keep track of                                The Reception Centre Director is in
                     the ESS volunteers to make sure that they are taking breaks          constant contact with the Emergency Operations Centre
                     and getting enough water and food to help sustain them.              and gets updates from the Public Information Officer as to
                          As time moves along and we will often be working in the         the status of the emergency and any information that may
                     Reception Centre through meal times. A call to the Salvation         be of assistance to the evacuees.
                     Army and its Mobile Feeding Truck is then made. It sets up              In a large evacuation, telephone communication can be a
                     outside the Reception Centre and feeds the evacuees,                 concern. When this happens, we then call in the Amateur
                     volunteers and other support agencies. It will also stay             Radio Club and they send a volunteer to the Reception
                     for the duration of the event.                                       Centre. We are then able to be in constant communication
                          While this is all going on, our Volunteer Coordinator is        with the EOC.
                     receiving more volunteers, some who need to be trained to               As the emergency continues the community will come
                     fill out of the forms for the first time, and others simply need     together and respond to the situation. Businesses will
                                                            a refresher. The Coordin-     donate supplies that are needed in the Reception Centre for
                                                            ator is charge with set-      the volunteers and the evacuees. Containers of coffee arrive
                                                            ting up shift schedules       several times a day, as well as snacks. Bottles of water
                                                            for all the volunteers, as    suddenly appear and everyone is able to keep hydrated.
                                                            this emergency could go       Stationary supplies are often donated.
                                                             on for several days or          We cannot forget the great volunteer parking lot
                                                             even weeks, as we have       attendants who make sure that all are safe and everything is
                                                             seen in the past.            smooth in the lot as people arrive at the Reception Centre.
                                                                It is the roll of docu-      All these efforts are made
                                                             mentation volunteers to      possible through the sup-
                                                                                          port that ESS receives from
H.BRUST COLLECTION
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                                                                                        PHOTO FROM THE H.BRUST COLLECTION
     the City of Kelowna, the Regional District and those within our community
     who come together to help those in need at the time of a crisis. We have
     seen that incredible support in action during Okanagan Mountain Park fire
     of 2003 and also in 2009 and 2010.




        We have also seen that support in action in the last 28 years that the ESS
     program has been established in this Regional District. ESS responds to all
     evacuation emergencies, whether it is one family, an apartment building or
     the evacuation of a whole community.
        A special thank you goes out to all those suppliers in our community who
     help us during these times - the hotels, motels, restaurants, clothing stores,
     grocery stores and transportation agencies.
                            A very special thank you should be extended to all our
                         partner agencies and, of course, to all the ESS volunteers
                         in our Regional District.
                            All of this happens in the first 72 hours and beyond.

                        BERYL ITANI has been involved with
                        ESS for 28 years. She became the ESS
                        Regional Director in 1989.


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                      A Triple Threat for Charity
                      Submitted by Lou Burke




                                                                                                                          My hubby and I have
                                                                                                                    three children who turned
                                                                                                                    18 on Apr il 15. They are
                                                                                                                    triplets of a sort...
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                      Clema, Bechah, and Reign.

                         Our story inspires many and so upon your encour-                 announced he still wanted a baby so I said he could ask Jesus
                      agement I decided to email you.                                     to put a baby in my tummy. He proceeded to do so and each
                          My hubby and I have three children who turned 18 on             time he saw me dressing he would lay his hand on my belly
                      April 15. They are triplets of a sort. Birth son, Reign, was born   and ask for a baby from Jesus. I said one day that God answers
                      when living in the Philippines. He came after twelve years of       specific prayers and so he asked for a brother and sister.
                      trying to conceive. A difficult labour (95 hours) then a C-            Two and half years later on April 1,1996, we heard about
                      section brought a healthy 10.2 lb baby into the world at            a set of twins in Haiti who were up for adoption - a boy,
                      12:20am.                                                            Clema, and girl, Bechah (pronounced Besha), turning four
                          Burning deep was our desire to have siblings for Reign.         that year. On April 21, we called Haiti Children’s Home in
                      But when he was age two, I suffered another baby loss. Reign        Mirebalais.The twins were still there and as it turned out their




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                                                                                                They came back with an idea: to build a new home for the
                                                                                            three in the care of our friends in Kampala, Uganda. We
                                                                                            hosted a dinner to celebrate the triplets’ birthday. All that
                                                                                            attended were instructed not give gifts to our children but to
                                                                                            donate to the cause of a new home for the orphans. The
                                                                                            children raised $6,700 that evening and it was our pleasure
                                                                                            to send the cheque off for the building of a foundation on
                                                                                                             the property. One year later the children and I
                                                                                                                              were able to visit Kampala for two
                                                                                       Hi Laurel,                             weeks. This was an amazing trip
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                                                                                    by you and w
                      Lou and Allen Burke.                                                         e hope you ar
                                                                                   inspired by us
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                                                                                                                    e      a two day adventure on safari then
                                                                                    Have a great
                                                                                                   day, week an           returned home to celebrate their
                      birthday was April 15. They given up for adoption           year.                            d
                                                                                                                          16th birthday.
                      at age two, suffering from stage two malnutrition.                              - Lou Burke             Since this year they were
                          We began the process to adopt the children                                                     graduating, we decided to go on a 16-
                      and 3.5 years later, on December 13, 1999, we all came home.                                       day cruise through the Panama Canal.
                          The children have thrived in our care and become global We left April 20 just after their 18th birthday parties. We
                      citizens themselves. At nine years old, they started their own had a graduation ceremony aboard the Celebrity Mercury
                      business raking leaves in the neighborhood. Calling and the captain graciously presented certificates to them all.
                      themselves “Leaf it to Us,” they expanded to grass cutting                 Are we blessed and so proud.
                      and weeding. A portion of their earnings, they put aside to                We shall be empty nesters in August as they will all attend
                      give to those in need. A new well for an orphanage in Bolivia a ministry school in Minneapolis, Minnesota, for a year. We
                      was the first charity they donated to. When fires in Salmon may host some students in to fill some of the void around
                      Arm were ablaze, they went to the Salvation Army office and here.
                      gave $100 for the fire victims. As the years progressed, they              Each of our children has worthy goals for the future and
                      became aware of orphans in Kampala, Uganda, and decided a desire to help children in any country they visit. They see
                      to sponsor three children. After attending a World Vision money earned as a way to do that and so they work when
                      presentation at Orchard Park, they added two more children not attending school. This means less time with friends but
                      in Uganda sponsored from their own earnings.                          more blessings to those who cannot do for themselves. We
                          As their fifteenth birthday approached dad Allen asked if have opportunities here that we do not take for granted.
                      they wanted to do something special.




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                                        angels among us




                      Support Goes a Long Way
                      Submitted by Judi Wallace




                                                                                                                          I felt so much
                                                                                                                     love and support.
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                      Greg, Kellie, Judi and Brendan.

                         When faced with adversity, we are sometimes surprised           organized a pink party to raise money for the BC Cancer
                      with the number of people who offer support. In May 2008,          Agency and to donate her hair for wigs for cancer patients.
                      I was diagnosed with cancer. At the time, I was a graduate         In front of friends and family, our hairdresser shaved Kelli’s
                      student studying positive psychology and I knew a strong           head and my husband, Greg, shaved my head while the
                      support system was essential. Mine began with my son,              song “Stand By Me” played in the background. Our son,
                      daughter and husband, who all rallied behind me and were           Brendan, who was studying in Australia, and four other
                      quick to reassure me that we would get through this dance          friends and family also shaved their heads. I felt so much
                      with cancer together.                                              love and support.
                         Initially, waiting for test results and then for treatment to       During my chemo treatment, Greg, and sometimes Kelli,
                      begin was very trying. However, I had wonderful friends            would sit with me. After the chemo, I would suffer from
                      who would stop by and take me for long walks to help pass          reflux for about a week. If I slept partially upright, I did not
                      the time. I was also very fortunate to connect with someone        suffer as much. Greg would sleep on our loveseat with me
                      who had been through a similar cancer the year before and          and tell me it was like flying first class. He would ask me
                      she was able to answer my questions and share her                  where I wanted to fly to each night. Then, he would whisper
                      experience.                                                        in my ear describing the sounds, smells and beaches we
                         Once my treatment began, I was amazed and humbled               were walking on until I fell asleep. My quiet place has always
                      by the support I received, including many well wishes and          been the beach and Brendan would send pictures of
                      dinners delivered by friends and family. Our daughter, Kelli,      beaches in Australia that he was going to take us to when I

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got through all of the treatments.
    I also found support from the
people and programs offered at the
Cancer Centre, such as meditation and
living with cancer groups. In addition,
I would attend relaxation groups at
the Cancer Centre where a counselor
would guide us though relaxation
therapy using our quiet places and
volunteers would offer healing touch
and goodies. Greg has been a Rotarian
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involved in fundraising for the Cancer
Lodge and attended the opening
ceremonies of the Cancer Centre - how
very fortunate we are to have this
facility in our city.
    The support just continues to grow.
Last year I was asked to become a
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                      MLAs say Thank You
                      Submitted by Norm Letnick, Ben Stewart and Steve Thompson




                                                                                                               We greatly appreciate
                                                                                                         their courage and dedication
                                                                                                         to keeping us safe. The
                                                                                                         extensive sacrifice they are
                                                                                                         making is immeasurable as
                                                                                                         they work long hours under
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                                                                                                         very difficult circumstances...




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                      human carelessness has kept our forest fire professionals        away from their friends and families.
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                          At peak forest fire season in B.C., our firefighters work    keeping us safe. The extensive sacrifice they are making is
                      tirelessly every day. It’s an important time to show our         immeasurable as they work long hours under very difficult
                      gratitude. Not only should we recognize our B.C. firefighters,   circumstances to ensure the safety of our communities.
                      but the additional personnel from the United States, Alberta,        We can all help our firefighters prevent and manage
                      and beyond who travel great distances to assist B.C. fire        wildfires by obeying campfire bans, not using off-road
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                                                                                                                                             “We appreciate
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                                 Thank you                                                                Norm Letnick, MLA
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   no pre-sorting needed. (All materials must fit in cart with lid closed.) The materials listed


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       • Empty and rinse.                                  the #1-7 recycling symbols - rinse            envelopes, paper bags, cardboard egg

       • NEW: Keep lids attached.
       • Labels are ok.                                                                                  cartons, colored paper, gift wrap, etc.

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                                                                                                        Glass
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                  re c i p e s




New Age Red Meat
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                                                                       MEAT         FAT GRAMS       CALORIES       CHOLESTEROL
                                                                      Bison            2.42            143                   82
                                                                     Chicken           7.41            190                   89
                                                                      Beef              9.3            211                   86
                                                                      Pork             10.5            215                   92
                                                                   USDA Handbook per 100 gram serving (just over 3 ounces)


                                                                   minutes for rare and 25 minutes for medium. I don’t
                                                                   recommend cooking bison to well done as it is much leaner
                                                                   than beef and can become tough.
                                                                      Once your roast is done, make sure to let it sit for five to
    Bison roasts are one of the best food decisions you can        ten minutes before cutting into it. This will ensure that
make. Buffalo,also known as bison,has made resurgence as           juices don’t run out.
a top-quality meat that provides high protein with low fat,        FOOD FOR THOUGHT:
cholesterol, and sodium.                                              The American Heart Association recommends bison
    Heralded as the “Red Meat of the New Millennium,”              meat for a heart healthy diet due to its low fat and
buffalo is a delicious,healthy alternative to beef. Lower in fat   cholesterol content.Buffalo is high in protein,iron,selenium,
than chicken,turkey and even fish,it gives you all the flavour     phosphorus, zinc, copper, potassium, riboflavin, niacin, and
you crave without any of the guilt. If you haven’t tried a         vitamins B6 and B12.
buffalo steak, roast or even buffalo
smokies, do yourself a favour and grill
some up.
    Errol and I often get a roast so that we
have leftovers for additional meals.
Before you put the roast on to cook,
make sure that you let it sit out of the
fridge for 30 minutes to an hour. By
taking the roast (and this applies to
steaks; bison or beef) out ahead of time
you ensure it will cook evenly.
    I like to put spices on my roast (I use
“Tornado” spice from Johnny’s), so
season as you wish. I recommend that
bison be seared in the oven or on the
BBQ rotisserie at 400º about 10 to 15
minutes. Searing keeps the juices in your
roast and, therefore, moist. Reduce the
heat to about 350º.
    Cooking time per pound of roast is 20

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   October 2nd, from 9am-5pm,                                                                                                              • Commercial
        with the goal of collecting 300 turkeys!                                                                                           • Liquidations
  The Gospel Mission is expecting to serve a record                                                                                        • Certified Appraisals
    number of meals this holiday season to hungry
  men, women and children - We need your help.                                                                      Michael J. Odenbach, CPPA - Member of
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                      Geriatrics with a Touch of Fish Breath
                      Submitted by Marilyn J. Brown




                                                                                                                                                                     At 17 years of age,
                                                                                                                                                            Mickey is the last of a
                                                                                                                                                            s t r i n g o f V I F s ( Ve r y
                                                                                                                                                            Important Felines) to
                                                                                                                                                            be part of our family.
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                         While many people over the threshold of 50 are                                 chosen a litter box over backyard doggy landmines.) With
                      confronted and stressed about worrying for their aging                            the exception of one, all our furry babies made it to terrific
                      parents, I am dealing with the concerns and quirks of                             old ages of 17 to 19 years.
                      longevity of the feline type. Having already experienced                             Mickey actually came to our house via a neighbour’s,
                      that whole journey with my now departed parents, I can                            when it apparently became clear to Mick that the grass (and
                      honestly say that there are similarities and behaviours to                        the cat buffet) was indeed tastier a few houses down. He
                      watch for.                                                                        had to share his space with another ol’ boy named Chester,
                         At 17 years of age, Mickey is the last of a string of VIFs                     our marmalade orange softie. Chester made it loud and
                      (Very Important Felines) to be part of our family. (I am NOT,                     clear that he had issues with this new “whipper-snapper”
                      repeat, NOT a fanatical, crazy cat lady just because I have                       and was quick to put him in his place with a hiss or a smack



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return. And then there’s the guilty
meowing for the first few days and
insecurities to deal with. Cats, like
aging family members, know how to
make themselves heard.
    If dealing with aging felines sounds
like too much work, put yourself in
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us much joy over the years and we are
blessed for their time with us. When I
am 80 years old, and I fancy some
garlic shrimp instead of a bowl of
prunes, I hope someone obliges me.



                        MARILYN J.BROWN is a
                        regular contributor to
                        Beyond 50 Magazine.
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                        perspectives and enthu-
                        siasm. We love the fact
                        that she shares her
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                  co m m u n i t y e ve nt s c a l e n d a r

 SEPTEMBER 2010                                  15 Success in the City: Leveraging                     Girls Clubs Legacy Fundraiser
       7 Create: New Student Orientation,           Your Brilliance                             23      Take Back The Night
           UBCO                                  15 Lake Country Boys & Girls                   24      Lake Country Farmers Market
       8 Pro Bono Going Public 2010                 Club Fall Family BBQ                        25      i-Go Car Free Day
     10 World Suicide Prevention Day             19 30th Annual Terry Fox Run                   25      Charity Ride-a-Thon
           Suicide Talk                          12 Paws for a Cause Walkathon                  25      Free Family Night at Parkinson
     10 Women in the Okanagan,                   16 Kelowna United Way Kick                             Recreation Centre
           Alternator Centre for                    Off Breakfast                               25      Harvest Festival
           Contemporary Art                   17-19 Dragon Boat Festival                        25      Rutland Seniors Centre Open
     10 The BrainTrust Canada, Pihl &         17-19 The Real Home Show                                  House
           Associates Golf Marathon           17-19 September Splash                            26      5th Annual Organic Okanagan
     10 Mickey Rooney - Let’s                    18 2010 Okanagan Volunteer                             Festival
           Put on a Show                            Opportunities Fair                          19      14th Annual Okanagan Family
  10-19 Cops for Kids Bike Ride                  18 Rona MS Bike Tour Grape Escape                      Aids Walk
     11 Spin for Strong Kids, Y                  18 7th Annual KGH Celebrity Tennis             25      Harvest Fair, Gellatly Nut Farm
           Strong Kids Campaign                     Classic                                             Regional Park
     11 Parkinson SuperWalk - Kelowna            18 Kid’s Day Entertainment,                    30      Maxine Dehart’s Ramada Hotel
Sep11-Dec11 Okanagan Master Gardeners            19 Kokanee Salmon Festival                             United Way Drive Thru Breakfast
           Basic Training                        19 27th Annual Peak to Beak Race               30      Pumpkin Walk - Gellatly Nut Farm
  11-12 HIP HOP For Humanity                     17 West Kelowna United Way Kick                        Regional Park
  10-12 15th Annual Okanagan Winter                 Off Breakfast                              30       Family BBQ, Community Unity
           Sport Show & Swap                     22 2nd Annual Okanagan Boys &            Sep30-Oct9    27th Annual Fall Wine Festival

 OCTOBER 2010                                    15 Masterworks I: “Beethoven” ,              23 Musical Masquerade, Creekside
  1-10 Okanagan Fall Wine Festival                  Kelowna Community Theatre                    Theatre
      3 CIBC Run for the Cure                 14-16 Peter and the Wolf, Bumbershoot        21-24 Mini Breakout West Family
      5 Scarecrow Festival                          Theatre                                      Festival, RCA
  7-16 Art Visions, RCA                          16 COACH Healthcare Professional             23 22nd Annual Apple Fair
Oct 7-31 Harvey, Kelowna Actors Studio              Development Day                           23 Apple Daze
                       ,
   8-9 CSI “Okanagan” Creekside Theatre,         16 Osteoporosis Education Sessions           27 Go Green Business Challenge
      9 Pumpkin Festival                         16 World Food Day                            28 Family Pumpkin Carving
  9-10 Okanagan International                    16 Household Hazardous                       29 Harmony for Heritage, RCA
         Marathon, City Park                        Waste Round up                            29 Free Family Monster Bash
    11 Thanksgiving Dinner, Kelowna              20 23rd Annual Business                      29 Teen Dance at Martin Avenue
         Gospel Mission                             Excellence Awards                            Community Centre
    12 Cedric Centre for Eating Disorders        20 Apple Daze, Kelowna                       30 Free Family Night, Parkinson
         presentation                               Farmers’ and Crafters’ Market                Recreation Centre

NOVEMBER 2010                                           11        Royal Canadian Legion                 Actors Studio
     Christmas Seal Campaign                            – Remembrance Day Ceremony
   7 11th Annual Kelowna Chapter                        & Parade, Veendam Garden               26 Tree of Hope Light Up,
     Osteoporosis Bone China Tea                  13 Juvenile Diabetes Research                      Landmark Square
   7 Daylight Savings Time Ends                         Foundation, Starlight Gala             27 22nd Annual Downtown
   1 Holiday Festival of Creations,          14,21&28 Special Holiday Family Sundays:                Christmas Light-up
     Prospera Place                                     Starlight Lantern Making               27 Fee Family Fun Night
   1 Handel’s Messiah, First Lutheran         13-14 Holiday Festival of Creations              28 Special Holiday Family Sundays:
     Church                                   16-18 Building SustainAble                             Paint a Plate
   7 Okanagan College Career Fair                       Communities Conference            Nov28 -Dec24 10,000 Village’s Annual Living
   2 UBC Okanagan Career Fair                     25 Family Craft Dinner,                            Gift event
p 11 Remembrance Day Ceremony
     Parade, Lions Park
                                                        Community Unity
                                             Nov25-Dec19 White Christmas, Kelowna


                                            FREE.    Available November 25th.


                      Watch for KCR’s Holiday Season
                      Resources & Free Events Guide                                                                   www.kcr.ca
                       in Capital News late November; go to
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                        www.kcr.ca , or call 250.763.8008 ext 25                          endorsement and the exclusion of an event does not imply any
                                                                                          disapproval by Kelowna Community Resources. If you have a
                                                                                          fundraising event and need volunteers please contact Community
                                                                                          Information and Volunteer Centre for inclusion in the Calendar of
                                                                                          Events 250.763.8008 ext.24 or 25.


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                                                New Museum
                                                   Welcome to the Kelowna Fire Museum and
                                                Education Centre located at 1630 Water Street, right
                                                beside the historic fire hall in downtown Kelowna. Take
                                                a trip back in time by visiting our museum, which features
                                                several fully restored vintage fire trucks that have served
                                                in the area, including the 1928 Graham, and many other
                                                artifacts showcasing 100 years of firefighting service to
                                                the citizens of Kelowna and the Central Okanagan.
                                                   The Garry Drachenberg Education Centre will focus
                                                on the prevention of unintentional injuries. Stop in at the
                                                Firehouse Kitchen Coffee Shop so you can grab a
                                                delicious snack and beverage while learning about local
                                                history through interactive and engaging displays.
                                                   Volunteer with us! Great way to socialize and stay
                                                active in the community! Our not-for-profit society is
                                                comprised of volunteers, current and retired firefighters,
PHOTO • WAYNE DUCHART




                                                   as well as interested members of the general public.
                                                       The museum opens in September.
                                                              For more information or to sign up for our
                                                                    newsletter contact us directly at:
                                                                     Phone: 250-717-FIRE (3473)
                                                                    Email: info@firemuseum.ca
                                                                   Website: www.firemuseum.ca




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Rotary brings “Hero” to Kelowna!
Submitted by Tom Paterson




                                                                 Come see Ramesh live...
                                                                     OCTOBER 30th at 7pm
                                                                        Tickets are $20 and are
                                                                 available at Roy’s Shoes, 1627 Ellis, or
                                                                 at Evan’s Gallery, 571 Lawrence Ave.
                                                                       (Proceeds go to support
                                                                        Rotary’s fight against polio.)

Ramesh Ferris, polio survivor, bikes across
Canada to raise awareness.


   How many times in your life have you said you
“can’t?” Then you meet someone like Ramesh Ferris,
who has proven that you can!
   Check out his incredible story then join us at Kelowna
Community Theatre on Saturday, October 30, and hear his
story first hand.
   Ramesh Ferris was born in December 1979 in
Coimbatore, India He contracted polio at six months and
his legs were left paralyzed for life. With no means or access
to rehabilitation, Ramesh’s mother placed him in Families
for Children, a Canadian-founded orphanage. Soon after,
Ron Ferris, Anglican Bishop of Yukon in Canada, and his wife
Jan began the lengthy process to adopt Ramesh and bring
him back to Canada. With the support of his new family and
after several operations, Ramesh learned to walk with
crutches and braces at age 3.5 years.
   Ramesh returned to India for the first time to meet his
biological mother and to visit the orphanage where he
once lived. During the visit, Ramesh learned of polio
survivors who, without the necessary medical attention and
supports, were forced to pad their knees with cut-up pieces
of tire and crawl on the ground.
   After much reflection about his visit to India, Ramesh was
determined to raise money to help make a difference to the
lives of polio survivors and to prevent polio from claiming
new victims. Cycle to Walk Canada was born, with a focus
on Polio Eradication, Education and Rehabilitation. In 2008,
Ramesh hand-cycled 7,120 kms across Canada. This
campaign raised $318,000 and increased the awareness of
polio dramatically.

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Care for our Community
Clothing Drive for the Homeless
                                                   We will be at City Park on
                                                   Saturday, November 6
                                                   from 10am-2pm.
                                                   DONATIONS NEEDED:
                                                   Blankets, Jackets/Coats,
                                                   Hoodies, Jeans, Gloves, Socks.
                                                   For pick up email Laurel D’Andrea
                                                   at letters@beyond50mag.com
                                                   or call 250-878-9194.
                                                   This is a joint venture between
                                                   Beyond 50, Telus Community
                                                   Ambassadors & Kelowna Gospel Mission.




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                                                   * OKANAGAN RHYTHM FESTIVAL *
            Lake Country
    A & W • Café Caliente • Curves
                                                    October 9th * Kelowna, BC
  IDA Pharmacy • Market Place IGA                      World Drumming and Dance
     Pharmasave • Winfield IDA                   workshops * performances * drum circles
                                                     For more information www.okanaganrhythmfest.ca
              Kelowna
                A&W
          Blenz - Glenmore
          Capri Centre Mall
           CFDC Building
   Chances Entertainment Lounge
          Cooper’s - Mission
       Dyck’s Medicine Centre
             Greyhound
   Kelowna Community Resources
                                            Curling...
                                            For all the right reasons!
          Market Place IGA                                                                     un,
                                                                                     Curl for fand
                                             •   Mixed, Corporate, Ladies, Mens
           Marmalade Cat
   Paragon Community Pharmacy
                                             •
                                             •
                                                 Fun and Youth Leagues
                                                 Daytime and evening                       ss
                                                                                     fitne ds!
                Percs                        •   Leagues start in October               frien
                                             •   Clinics and instruction available
      Perkins Family Restaurant              •   Ask about instructional league starting October & January
       Pharmasave - Glenmore                CONTACT JOCK OR MARNIE AT           250-762-3112
        Pharmasave - Mission                AND GET INVOLVED THIS WINTER!
    Rosebuds Consignment Store              Kelowna Curling Club, 551 Recreation Avenue,
             Rutland IGA                    in the north end of town between Ellis & Richter • 250-762-3112
       Rutland Seniors Center               See us at www.kelownacurling.com or email: info@kelownacurling.com
             Second Cup
             TimHorton’s                                                                                        WEDNESDAY & FRIDAY NIGHT
          Town Centre Mall                                                   Youth                                     Drop In
         Water Street Seniors
             White Spot
               Zeller’s                           Curling
                                                 Make friends! Have fun!
                                                                                                                        Curling
                                                                                                              Want to get out give curling a try?
           West Kelowna                                                                                      Wednesdays & Fridays starting in October the
                                                           SUNDAY LEAGUE:                                    Kelowna Curling Club offers drop in curling.
  A & W • Blenz • Bodyfit • Byland’s                 Sundays 3-4:30 pm, ages 8-19                            Every Wednesday & Friday from 8:30 to 11pm,
 Cooper’s • Curves • Esteem Lingerie                                                                         with friends, pick up a game, or just practice.
     Extra Foods • Pharmasave                 MIDDLE-HIGH SCHOOL LEAGUE:
                                             Tuesdays 4:00-5:30pm, must be in middle or high school          $7 a person for 1hr or $12 for 2hrs.
       Shopper’s Drug Mart                      and lessons given the first 3 weeks of the season.           Full food & beverage service.
    Staples • UPS Store • Zellers                     League play for the rest of the season.                Check out our website
                                                  250-762-3112 or info@kelownacurlingclub.com                www.kelownacurling.com
             Penticton                                   www.kelownacurling.com                               or 250-762-3112
                                                                                                             or info@kelownacurlingclub.com
        A & W • Canadian Tire
 Ricky’s Restaurant • Save on Foods
  Tim Hortons downtown • Zellers
 Whole Food • Boston Pizza • Earls
     LaCasa Resturant • Subway
             Nature Fare

           Summerland
      A & W • Cakebox Bakery
            Pharmasave
    Summerland Senior Center
  Beansary • Shell • Interior Savings

               Peachland
          Interior Saving • IGA
           Sunnyside Market
         Peachland Pharmacy
            Peachland Pizza
         Rockytop Coffee Shop
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                                                                   A Transition to
                                                                   Recovery and
                                                                   Resiliency
                                                                   Submitted by Jamie Moran


                                                                      For those facing homelessness, there are many options
                                                                   available to get off the street. What about getting back into
                                                                   society?
                                                                      This is a question the people at the Canadian Mental
                                                                   Health Association - Kelowna & District Branch have been
                                                                   trying to answer. In doing so, an idea caught on: temporary
                                                                   housing for those facing homelessness, with a transition-
                                                                   focused program to ease back into the community.
                                                                   Willowbridge Transitional Housing was designed to help
                                                                   those facing homelessness to overcome barriers to being
                                                                   successfully housed. The program was built in cooperation
                                                                   with BC Housing and the City of Kelowna.
                                                                      Forty individuals will have an opportunity to obtain the
                                                                   support and practical tools to begin their transition into
                                                                   stability. For up to six months, support and programs will



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                                                                   assist each participant in accessing and maintaining
                                                                   housing within the community, as well as provide the time
                                                                   and resources to transition into the community and build
                                                                   social skills.
     Whether you’re leaving your home vacant for
     a week or a year, iCheck can perform regular
                                                                      The program, which will be fully functional in October



     $1 per day!
                                                                   2010, has been granted overwhelming support from
     inspections of your home for as little as
                                                                   neighbours, city council and service providers. CMHA
                                                                   Kelowna is committed to ensuring the site is safe and is a
                                                                   core community resource that adds to Kelowna’s natural
                                                                   beauty and social inclusion.
                                                                      Exemplifying community participation and collaborative
                                                                   spirit, the site will feature a public art piece, drawing on local
                                                                   talent with ties to CMHA. The 40 rooms will also be
                                                                   decorated with original art pieces, created for Willowbridge
                                                                   by similar artists taking part in a CMHA program, which
                                                                   promotes mental health through artistic expression.


                                                                                        JAMIE MORAN is the Director of Promotion &
                   • Satisfy your home owner’s insurance                                Development for CMHA. The Canadian Mental
                   • Enjoy peace of mind                                                Health Association is a charitable association,
                                                                                        which promotes the mental health of all and
                   • Professional service - references available
                                                                                        supports the resilience and recovery of people
                   • Customized services available
                                                                                        experiencing mental illness. We do this through
                                                                                        public education, community-based research,
                                                                                        influencing public policy and providing direct
 a FREE consultation:
 Contact Dianne for

          250-863-5531
                                                                                        service and supports.

                                          “Here for You”
 PHONE:
 EMAIL:   dianne@icheckhomes.com

46                                                                                                                BEYOND 50 • FALL 2010
        The Toyota Experience


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             KELOWNA TOYOTA




                                                        Toyota
       What makes                                                            the
                            #1
       Selling Import Dealer in the Okanagan Valley!




                                                        2010 & 2011                                           finance
                                                        Awards &
                                                        Accolades
                                                                                                              on select 2010 models
                             SEPTEMBER INCENTIVE
                               $2,500 CASH BACK
2010 Camry
                                                                                                              up to 60 months.
                  North Americas best selling sedan.




                                                        32 awards and accolades presented
                                                        to Toyota to date for 2010.
                                                                                                                                 Toyota Prius
                                                                                                                                 ranked “Most
                                       Over 1 million                                                                            Dependable
                                                                                                                                 Compact Car
                            Corollas sold each year.                                                                             in the U.S.”
2010 Corolla           Special low rates each month.



                                                                  Toyota Sequoia                    CanadianDriver.com
                                                                  ranked “Most                      ranked the Toyota
                                                                  Dependable Large                  RAV4 “Top 20
                                                                  Multi-Activity                    Picks for 2010”
                                                                  Vehicle in
                                                                  the U.S.”




                                                        Legendary Quality,
                                                        Reliability and
                                                        Confidence.
                             SEPTEMBER INCENTIVE                                                                            Toyota Tundra
                              $2,500 CASH BACK                                                                              ranked “Most
                                                                                                                            Dependable Large
2010 Venza                Newest model from Toyota.                                                                         Pickup in the U.S.”




                                                                                                  Toyota Highlander/
                                                                                                  Highlander Hybrid
                                                                                                  ranked “Most Dependable
                                                                                                  Midsized Multi-Activity
                                                                                                  Vehicle in the U.S.”




                                                                       Toyota Corolla with VSC,
                                        SEPTEMBER
                                                                       Toyota Venza, Toyota                    MOTORWEEK
                                                                       Highlander, Toyota                      Driver’s Choice
                                         INCENTIVE                     Sienna 2011, Toyota
                                   $2,500 - $3,500                     Avalon 2001                                  2010




Over 120
                                                                       has received 5IIHS Top
                                      CASH BACK                        Safety Pick Awards.
2010 RAV4                               Low Rates.                                                                           Toyota RAV4
                                                                                                                             has received Best
                Consumer Reports Best Pick for SUV.                                                                          of the Year and




 Quality
                                                                                                                             Best Eco-Friendly




Pre-owned
 Vehicles
 In-stock!

				
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