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Any reports of power out in Oliver? Mine is not.


MVA causes power outage ?

West of Main Street ?

East of Main Street ?

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Oliver’s Mount Baldy ski hill – the season over – some changes or ??

Kevin Rand – shown at right

Rand appointed – New General Manager- (Operations/Outside) at Mt. Baldy ? –   hill sources state that this is an accurate description – Kevin last season had the job title of “risk manager” for the resort. Both he and wife have business experience. He is resident homeowner at Baldy and works part time as a paramedic.

Confirmation: mentioned only on Mt. Baldy BlogSpot

We contacted Managing Director Joey O’Brien vacationing in Florida – ” don’t believe the rumours ” he said.

Who should anyone believe. I have talked to a number of insiders and all say a change will be announced shortly (Thursday)??

Land values rising because of the increase in use. Realtors say interest in Baldy land is rising.

ODN is known for one thing – we listen, we care about our community and we will print your release on the news.

It was a good year at Baldy even though I was not involved in advertising.

Season passes up. Marketing at a high point. Joint promotions for a year round resort in play.

This week: an announcement  yes ?? It will make it all clear.

Owner: Victor Tsao
Managing Director Joey O’Brien
Marketing: daughter Stephanie O’Brien


Source Material:

General Manager – Kevin Rand
It’s Baldy – if you haven’t heard a rumour by lunch time – start one.

The buzz is on the hill, and I don’t have a lot of information, but here is what I have for you.

BMR is well on the way to planning for the upcoming months, and congratulations are in order for Kevin Rand who has been promoted to General Manager.

Kevin has been in discussions with Matt and other operations staff, and is looking forward to the challenge. I wish Kevin, Matt and the rest of the team well, and look forward to working with them again.

Two more days for this season – pack up and put away – then hopefully all will get some days off to rest before the pace picks up again.


Joey O’Brien Manager Director Baldy Mountains Resort
April 2, 2017
Rumours: they spread faster than wildfire and have more energy than a volcano.
The smaller the organization, the faster and more vivid they become.
Allow me to off with the obvious and move towards the future …

The Season is Ending
Yes. today is our last day – and this is sad, but actually, it’s amazing!
When I think back to the grumpy fella I met in “Dirty Harry’s” in Osoyoos on November 25th who asked, “Do ya think ya will get open this year?” and I carefully explained all the permits, approvals, work completed and how much adequate snowfall we needed to allow us to open by December 1st he replied, “Naww, you won’t get open this year, maybe next year.”

To say that we were unprepared to open is an understatement. But we did it anyway. Despite the fact that we were so far from ready.

In mid-November, we were inspected by our insurance company and they only gave us an 84% for operational readiness. We pushed on.

When that same inspector returned the 3rd week of February we got 98%!

This change is a metaphor for the season: as the year went on we got better and better at our game. Change is happening. But this was always planned. It is not haphazard, nor a surprise.

Year one, we knew that champions were going to emerge, they always do. We also knew there would be a lot of turn-over as this is the way it goes by the end of a first year.

We have huge projects in front of us! But, we need to catch up with permitting, structure and stability. This requires strategic guidance.
As such, we are assembling a strategic guidance committee – which will be comprised of experts in many fields associated with Baldy and the alpine resort business. I myself, hope to be a part of this.

Committee and Team Growth

We are all aware of  Baldy’s unstable history. In the past, there has been a lot of change that has lead to a crash and burn. However, this time there is the fiscal stability to allow us to take our time and get it right. With this, we thank our very patient ownership group.

So dear friends, when you watch our progress please don’t measure us through the lens of our predecessors. Rather, take stock in knowing that the steps required to move forward will be taken keeping in mind what is the best for Baldy and a young, rapidly-growing organization. Don’t listen to the rumour mill or those who gain from them.

  • Snowy Joey.
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Chamber dumps FOG – new leader elected

An agreement to transfer the South Okanagan Chamber of Commerce’s Festival of the Grape to the Oliver Tourism Association in 2018 is moving forward faster than originally expected.

OTA assumed control of the festival April 1st, 2017 – a year ahead of schedule, to allow the Chamber (SOCC) to work with its business partners.

“We have come to a mutual and collaborative agreement to end our three-year contract to allow both organizations to focus on what we do best,” said Brian Highley, the Chamber’s  newly elected president.

Highley is a past president of the Chamber and recently took back the reins of control in an election at the table.

That followed the resignation of  President Corrie Adolph and her replacement Jamie Cox who ran against Highley.

The new SOCC president is an employee of Aberdeen Publishing.

“It was getting a little cumbersome with two organizations with separate bank accounts and both managing the same set of books.” said Highley.

The transfer of the festival’s operation to Oliver Tourism will allow the three community based chamber  to focus more on business advocacy, training and education, and business-to-business networking, he said.

The Festival of the Grape is a long standing event attracting thousands of attendees who come to taste the various wines that are on display, enjoy the music played on the grandstand, and either compete in, or watch competitors in the Grape Stomp.

In 2016 the Oliver Tourism came on board as part of a three-year collaborative agreement to transition the festival its care. .

Festival of the Grape 2017 will be held on Sunday October 1.

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Rotary reflecting the community

Nominated by her home club in 2016. Former President Ann Hayes award “Unsung Hero” honoured last Tuesday.

District 5060 Assistant Governor Cheryle King attended the Rotary Club of Oliver meeting at which time she presented the award to Hayes.

Ann Hayes – a part of Rotary and a part of the community of Oliver – well deserved award.

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Deadline extended

The Desert Valley Hospice Society is dedicated to supporting excellence in Hospice Palliative Care and end-of-life services. Through our Volunteer Programs, we assist people nearing end-of-life and their families by providing supportive services delivered by highly trained Hospice Volunteers.

We are seeking a motivated and compassionate individual with excellent leadership skills to join our Organization as the Executive Director.

Located in the Supportive Care Centre in Osoyoos, BC, and reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director (ED) will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for Desert Valley Hospice Society’s staff, programs, expansion, and execution of its mission.

The Executive Director will develop, maintain, and support a strong Board of Directors by overseeing the day-to-day operation of the society. Along with building and maintaining relationships through formed partnerships, the selected candidate will expand local revenue generating and fundraising activities to support existing program operations as well as support future program opportunities.

Responsibility will encompass refining all aspects of communications (from web presence to external relations) with the goal of creating a stronger brand, as well as utilizing external events, presentations and other opportunities to build a stronger local presence.


The ED will be thoroughly committed to Desert Valley Hospice Society’s mission. All candidates should have proven leadership, coaching, and relationship management experience.

Specific requirements include:

•Previous experience in an Executive Director role is a must (preferable in a not-for-profit society)
•Unwavering commitment to quality programs
•Excellence in organizational management with the ability to coach staff, manage, and develop high-performance teams, set and achieve strategic objectives, and manage a budget
•Past success working with a Board of Directors with the ability to cultivate existing board member relationships
•Strong marketing, public relations, and fundraising experience with an emphasis on grant writing
•Strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills
•Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable, and innovative approach to business planning
•Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people
•Passion, idealism, integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven, and self-directed

Interested parties are asked to submit a resume and cover letter to
Deadline: Extended to April 12th

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What? – a birder’s delight

Bill Greer

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Up on the hill with Richard Cannings

Over the past month I have visited most of the RCMP detachments in South Okanagan-West Kootenay.  While the conversations covered some of the obvious law and order issues such as marijuana legalization, rising levels of property crime and staffing levels for highway patrol, I was surprised that one issue dominated most of my visits—declining morale in the force.

The RCMP is one of the best-known police forces in the world: the red serge at ceremonies, the musical ride.  Many young men and women have joined the RCMP to be a part of that proud tradition, but now many are increasingly disappointed with their positions.

The root cause of much of this discontent is years of cost-cutting that has resulted in unfair compensation and understaffing.  RCMP members used to be among the top three forces in Canada when it came to pay, and it’s easy to see why they deserved it—many remote postings and frequent transfers around the country, all on top of the long hours, night shifts and dangerous work that police forces encounter everywhere.  But the RCMP is now at the bottom of the heap—they rank 72 out of 80 police forces across the country in terms of compensation.

Recently the NDP learned that a pay raise recommendation for RCMP members, which has been held up at the Treasury Board since 2015, will not be given any further consideration ahead of other public service wage requests. This is in spite of the outpouring of concern from RCMP members themselves about working conditions within the force and the compensation members receive for their work.

Morale is at an all-time low, fewer men and women want to join the RCMP, and members are leaving for other police forces.  Why stay when you can make significantly more in Delta, Vancouver or Calgary, work in well-staffed teams and not have to deal with periodic transfers? As a result, RCMP detachments are often understaffed for significant periods of time.

While the government refuses to act on a January 2015 RCMP Pay Council report entitled Fair Compensation for the RCMP that recommended significant wage increases for members, RCMP top brass were given $1.7 million in bonuses this year. Frontline members received nothing.

My colleague Daniel Blaikie, MP for Elmwood-Transcona, recently asked the Treasury Board when and how action will be taken on this front.  The answer he received was that pay increases for the RCMP will be “considered in the broad context of the Government approach to compensation determination in the public service”. In contradiction to the Minister, Treasury Board staff at committee admitted that RCMP compensation should be considered in the context of “comparators with other police forces”.

“RCMP members have been unfairly treated by the Liberals and the government’s silence on their pay raise adds insult to injury,” said Blaikie. “Unfortunately this silence will further add to the frustration of RCMP members. They want respect instead, and they deserve it.”

Canadians deserve an RCMP force that is worthy of our pride and expectations, but the government and all Canadians must be prepared to pay fairly for that service.

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….you made a comment, placed a classified ad in last 12 hours – you won’t find it here due to a major SPAM attack.

We are okay – refile your comment or ad.

What is a major SPAM attack? – hndreds and kndreds of phony comments from bots on the internet – (could be the Russians!!!)

Because each comment is moderated (reviewed) it is impossible to do that so all of them are eliminated.



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The swap – by Harry Bray

OATS Okanagan Archive Trust Soceity

Before they straightened the river (1955) the young Native boys would ride to town every Saturday to shoot pool, they would tether their horses down by the river, just east of the Old C.P.R. building.

This was in the late 40’s early 50’s we were all around 15 to 17 years old. So every Sat. Around noon we would meet them down by the river, that’s where we swapped. They would hop on our bikes and we would get on their horses, they didn’t have bikes on the REZ. So they really enjoyed peddling around town, the horses were a different story, they knew we didn’t have a clue on riding, so we just couldn’t make them run fast, a trot was the best we could do. They were always covered in sweat, so the boys probably raced to town to see who could get there first.

One day Windy Bone rode by and wanted to try one of those white man’s ponies. I gave him my bike and he caught on real quick. He went down to the Co-Op packing house up to Main St. then to Triangle Park and down the hill. There was a big crash and there was Windy in a Lilac Bush, his pant leg got caught in the bike chain and he couldn’t stop.

He headed over to Ivor Durants Pool Hall his Jeans ripped up to one knee, just a mumbling, you can’t trust those white man’s ponies.

Windy was a crack pool shot, so in about 2 hrs. He made enough to buy a brand new pair of Cowboy Kings $3.50 that’s when Bones headed home. I never did get Windy on one of those white man’ ponies after that.

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New gallery on Main Street

Ask Sue at Oliver Shoes

Local artists – Oliver Sagebrushers (Oliver Art Club)

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Who stole the gold bars – where are they buried?

Lost gold bars (Cariboo-Amelia Mine at Camp McKinney)

On August 18, 1896, George B. McAulay of Spokane, Washington, one of the major shareholders in the Cariboo mine, left Camp McKinney for Midway.

McAulay had three gold bricks valued at more than $10,000. He was robbed half an hour later on his way to Midway. Cariboo Mining Company posted a $3,000 reward for information leading to recovery of the gold bars.

The bars were never recovered. It is believed the bars were hidden or buried somewhere in the area, close by Camp McKinney still waiting to be discovered. (Source Wikipedia)

Photo thanks to Okanagan Archive Trust Society

The Oliver Osoyoos branch of the Okanagan Historical Society is having its Annual General Meeting on Sunday, April 9th in the lower level of the Osoyoos Anglican Church, located at 7200 88th Street. The meeting will begin at 2:00 with a presentation by Mr. Jim Arnusch, our guest speaker.

His topic will be the August 1896 Camp McKinney gold robbery. He has been researching this topic with a passion for many years and probably knows more about it than anyone else alive today. This is a fascinating story with many twists. One of them is the assumption that Matt Roderick, the leading suspect, was returning to the area to retrieve some of the gold bars, several months after the robbery, when he was shot and killed by Mr. Keene, a foreman in the Cariboo mine. Mr. Keene was charged with manslaughter but found not guilty, as he claimed Mr. Roderick was in the process of attempting to shoot him. Perhaps Mr. Arnusch will give us some clues on where we can find the missing gold bars.

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Think about it – with Joseph Seiler

Where Are We Going?

Little Red Riding Hood said she was going to Grandma’s house. She seemed to be pretty clear on that part of things. Being able to ‘say’ where we are going, some will tell us, is ‘it’, the golden fleece, the answer to success in business. When the business Executive struggles with this question, things can go poorly.

If you don’t know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else. – Yogi Berra

A few things seemed to contribute to a less than pleasant or easy trip for LRRH. One is that she repeatedly forgot where she was going, left the path, talked to strangers, did many things that were not ‘toward the goal’. She took her eye off the ball, lost focus. It seemed pleasant to smell and pick the flowers and to respond, to any who might ask, that she was ‘doing it for Grandma’, so who could argue. Two temptations here. One is how pleasant it can feel to get off the path and the other is how we justify what we know deep within and without any doubt, is just an excuse not to do the right thing(s); stay the path.

She advises us, in the Broadway rendition, “don’t place your trust in a cape and a hood. They won’t protect you the way that they should.” Great noticing here. Being cute and looking lovely are not protection against what is real and can cause us to forget where we are going. Faking it by covering things up is a strategy that she tells us didn’t work for her. Can it work for us? Not naming the elephant in the room, holding on to what needs to be released, having ‘hope’ as the primary pillar of strategy, hmmmm? Are we somehow immune from the wolf? Our now enlightened LRRH Executive would uncover and point, without apology, back to the path.

Oh, and let us not cloak a flawed destination, the one that looks like Grandma’s but isn’t. Wrong house, wrong path, wolf ready. Answering the question, “where are we going?” is a fundamental start to a success journey. Little Red and others, have some wisdom to help us journey to our next level of success.

“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”
“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat.
“I don’t much care where—” said Alice.
“Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the Cat. – Alice in Wonderland

Interesting how a fairy tale, if viewed through a business insight lens, can bring a nod of recognition, a sigh that says, “yeah, me too”. The fun thing about looking at one’s business through such a seemingly non-business like lens is that it suddenly becomes so easy to analyse my situation. And so easy to jump in and ‘work on things’ even as I travel the escalator or wait a red light. Nice. Why not experience working on my business in a more enjoyable way?

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Homes about to start

Meadows Drive

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Turmoil is the new “word” at SOGH

The B.C. Nurses Union is weighing in on the turmoil taking place at the South Okanagan General Hospital in Oliver.

Earlier this week, chief of staff Dr. Peter Entwistle announced his resignation in protest of a possible loss of six unfunded beds at the hospital. The beds are currently used as a sort of overflow for the other 18 fully funded beds at the facility. Interior Health denies that any decision has been made.

“I know from experience what’s going on there, and it’s really quite shocking,” Nurses Union President Gayle Duteil said, calling SOGH her “home hospital.”

Duteil was an acute care nurse at the hospital in Oliver prior to becoming the BCNU president, also acting as a patient care co-ordinator managing daily operations of nursing units there.

“I understand the plan, it’s the same plan that other health authorities have, cutting the unfunded beds — it’s true they are unfunded — but the fact of the matter is, it just leads to a stack and rack situation in the emergency department,” she said.

The six unfunded beds at SOGH have been “routinely utilized for years now” according to Dutiel, who says the solution would be to staff the beds properly in the first place. Right now, she says nurses often work overtime caring for patients in the unfunded beds.

“The patients will not stop coming,” she said, adding that nurses will simply now be working their overtime hours in the emergency room rather than acute care.

“South Okanagan General Hospital is the lifeline of the community, and Dr. Entwistle is the glue that held that lifeline together, he’s dedicated many, many hours to that hospital,” Dutiel added.

Source: Castanet

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Did you work with her ?

Gayle Duteil became president of the BC Nurses’ Union in September 2014.  She has over 30 years of experience on the front lines in acute care and in senior positions at BCNU. She graduated from Vancouver General Hospital School of Nursing in 1983 and became an acute care/emergency nurse. Her passion for nurses’ issues led to early involvement in the union and when nurses went on strike in 1989, Gayle became a steward. She held various union leadership positions, rising to become executive director of operations at BCNU in 2005. In that role, her responsibilities included the general management and administration of the union.

Gayle is a Canadian Human Resource Professional (CHRP) and has studied at the Harvard School of Negotiations and Communication and the UBC Centre for Labour and Management Studies.

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A note from George Garrett – in the picture

A great lead on a sad story!

It is the end of another newspaper – the venerable Surrey Leader.
Editor Paula Carlson, while cleaning out her desk told me that her editorial staff decided to treat the story as an obituary..the death of a newspaper after 88 years.

“The Surrey Leader died peacefully Friday, without fanfare with its family by its side.”


The last edition of The Surrey Leader will be hitting the doorsteps on Friday (March 31).

The city’s newspaper of record marked its 88th year in publication this year.

Former Surrey mayor Bob Bose said he is deeply troubled about the demise of The Leader.

“I’m concerned about the loss of what I’ve always considered my primary local source of discussion for civic news,” Bose said Wednesday. “It’s meant a lot to me.”

Bose, part of a long line of Surrey pioneers, said his family has read the paper since it was launched on July 17, 1929.

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Have you signed the petition?

Chronic shortage of general practitioners (doctors) ?

Breast cancer survivor Yvonne Lewis (above) said the doctor shortage in the south Okanagan is a hard pill to swallow.

“Very hard time. I phoned every clinic in Osoyoos because this is where I live and ended up having to go to Oliver to find a doctor,” she said.

The office manager at the Desert Doctor’s Clinic said they get calls daily from people looking for a family doctor.

The clinic said it has more than 100 people on the waitlist but they are so overwhelmed by calls they’ve stopped taking down people’s names.

Across the street at the Osoyoos Medical Centre atleast 100 people are on the waitlist, although they anticipate the arrival of a new doctor shortly.

Local resident Brenda Dorosz is taking matters into her own hands.

She’s launching a petition to put more pressure on the local and provincial government to ramp up recruitment efforts of GP’s.

“This petition is just showing the dire need here in Osoyoos that we don’t have enough doctors for our current residents,” she said.

Lynne Rempel said with the absence of a walk-in clinic she’s forced to travel to the South Okanagan General Hospital in Oliver for her medical needs.

“Nobody is taking new patients, got to go to the emergency room in Oliver, and I went, ‘Excuse me?’”

A general practitioner who spoke to Global News said Osoyoos is a snowbird and retirement town with little in the way of attraction for a young doctor and their family.

“It does give the impression of the snowbird capital of Canada and that suggests a lot of seniors,” said Rempel.

Doctors of BC, also known as the BCMA, called it the “perfect storm” with an increase in retirees moving to the south Okanagan as doctors themselves are retiring.

“We are not keeping up with physicians leaving practice or retiring and that is where the challenge is,” said President Dr. Alan Ruddiman. “The other part is the health authority continues to require at our community hospital that doctors cover the emergency department, provide the inpatient care and services. This is all done by the family doctors. We don’t have any specialists, we have no specialists in emergency medicine so we are spreading the doctors thin on the ground.”

The Division of Family Practice said it’s actively recruiting new doctors with two on the way to Oliver and Osoyoos later this year.

Files: Global Okanagan

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The community supporting Gleaners

Dr. Jordan Noftle with Society members – a cheque presentation of $19, 158.85 Saturday from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Below – volunteer appreciation day at Okanagan Gleaners

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Aliens visit Baldy for cardboard crash

“Sno Jo said he would meet us here!!”

Cardboard Box Race

The rules are cardboard and tape only, and there is a rider when the entry heads down the hill. There was everything from an ambulance to a dinosaur in the race Saturday afternoon at Baldy. Sunday is the last day of the season, and the Slush Cup is at 1:00 pm. Contestants do their best to ski across a manmade pond without getting soaked.

The dinosaurs – aliens from Oliver – grandchildren of Tom Zeeman

Winnebago – staff entry

Thanks to Sam for the humour or was it Randall?

“off to Phoenix, yes?”

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Not a joke a poll

One day only

It’s a yes or no poll based on this post

Every year two items deposited at your door – Telus white, blue and yellow pages and InfoTel pages.

Do you read this – on a daily basis?

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Saturday morning – not much happening!

Checking various websites and news sources – John Horgan visiting Penticton again!!!

The NDP has one chance in ten to beat Dan Ashton – Liberal in Penticton

The NDP has four chances in ten to beat Linda Larson – Liberal in Boundary Similkameen.

Why does John Horgan spend so much time in Penticton.??

Can you even name the candidate for the NDP in Penticton??

If you walked past John Horgan on the street would you notice??

Oh…. and/or the Green Party candidates or the independents


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Dr. Gordon Shepherd

September 2, 1921 – March 22, 2017

     “Doc” Shepherd passed away peacefully in his sleep at Mariposa Gardens in Osoyoos B.C. at the age of 95.

He was predeceased by his parents Harry and Alice Shepherd.  Gordon is fondly remembered by his loving family, including Marion, his wife of 69 years; his brother Roy (Colleen); his sons Bruce (Lexy) and Lance (Karen); grandchildren Endrené (Dave), Sandy (Katie), Sage, Kade, and Kassandra; great-grandson Zen; and many nieces and nephews.

Gordon was born and grew up in Calgary.  He joined the RCAF in 1942, and was the last surviving member of ParaRescue Class No.1.  In 1951, he graduated as an M.D. from the University of Alberta, and then furthered his training as a surgeon in Vancouver. He moved to Osoyoos in 1955 and had his own practice there until his retirement in 1987.

In his youth, he excelled at scouting, acrobatics and springboard diving. In later years, he also enjoyed hiking, skiing, painting, and telling tall tales to the kids.  He was a King Scout, served on various hospital boards, was a member of the Borderline Ski Club, the Mount Baldy Ski Patrol, and the Royal Canadian Legion, was a founding member of the Osoyoos Golf Club and also was a Mason, Shriner, and Rotarian. He loved to travel and saw much of the world. He was a “Blue Domer” – his personal cathedral was in an alpine meadow.

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