Osoyoos Credit Union Names Greg Sol As General Manager

Greg SolThe Board of Directors of Osoyoos Credit Union announces that Greg Sol has been named General Manager effective August 4, 2015. His appointment comes with the retirement of Bill Collins who has been the General Manager for the past eleven years.

Greg is a resident of Vernon and brings to Osoyoos Credit Union over 18 years financial services experience, most recently as Branch Manager with Vantage One Credit Union in Vernon, B.C.  Prior to that, Mr. Sol held the role of Senior Account Manager III at Interior Savings Credit Union. Mr. Sol accomplishments at Vantage One include leading their new sales and service approach; proving this opportunity through growth for the credit union. He has also successfully led centralized administration and the call centre departments. Mr. Sol is well respected and highly recommended by his peers and we look forward to welcoming him and his family to Osoyoos.

Greg believes in being an active citizen, supporting the community in which he lives along with being an ambassador for the Credit Union. He has been an active member of the North Okanagan Sailing Association and has served on their board as a director and as treasurer. He has also been on the board of Nexus BC Community Resource Centre since 2005 and served as President for a number of years. Greg is also proud to have assisted with the Junior Achievement Program in the Okanagan where students are taught about Business experience, finance and career planning among other issues. Greg and his family are avid skiers and look forward to experiencing the ski hills in this region.

Speaking on behalf of the Board of Directors, Chair Rick Clelland stated:

“After an extensive search the Board and I are pleased to have secured someone of Greg’s calibre, experience and ability to fill the General Managers position. We are looking forward to working with Greg and the management team over the coming months to develop a robust plan to manage a smooth transition from Bill’s leadership to our future with Greg at the helm. ”

About Osoyoos Credit Union

Osoyoos Credit Union is the only locally owned and governed Financial Institution in Osoyoos with assets of approximately $120 million. OCU employs 21 full and part time staff members and prides itself in being committed to its community with support to many organizations functioning in its service area.

OCU has an ongoing commitment to technological innovations and we see our role as a modern financial institution continuing to serve our members and community. OCU is well placed to compete in the coming years with a continued focus on our vision and values and the belief that “together we’re better”.

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Teneycke still on the minds of many

Stop sending violent criminals home, says Oliver mayor

By Roy Wood

The recent crime spree and eventual arrest of a violent career criminal has once again prompted the town of Oliver to seek help from the provincial government.

Mayor Ron Hovanes and Councillors Mo Doerr and Petra Veintimilla hope to meet with BC Attorney-General and Minister of Justice Susan Anton to argue against the release of “dangerous and prolific offenders” back into their small communities.

Ronald Teneycke was arrested by RCMP near Cawston last Thursday following a short chase. He was wanted on a number of warrants. He is suspected of robbing the Eastside Grocery in Oliver last week and of shooting Wayne Belleville of Oliver. Teneycke is alleged to have posed as a hitchhiker and, when Belleville stopped to pick him up along Baldy Forest Service Road, shot him and stolen his truck.
Teneycke remains in custody in Kamloops while police and the Crown finalize the charges against him.
Hovanes told the council meeting Monday that allowing a serial offender like Teneycke, who was born and raised in Oliver, to return to the small town puts a strain on police resources and the community at large.

Hovanes recalled that in 2007, when Teneycke finished a 12-year prison sentence for sexual assault, he asked then for help from the province and didn’t get it. He was told that barring Teneycke from his home town would be a violation of his charter rights. “The whole system has failed,” said the mayor. “They know he’s going to re-offend (yet) they allow him to reside here (where) there are no probation facilities.”

Teneycke, 52, is a career criminal with a long and violent record. Since his release in 2007 he has been in and out of jail, mostly on probation violations and drug-related offences. He has also faced explosives and firearms charges. Town staff will seek a meeting with Anton at the Union of BC Municipalities convention in Vancouver in late September. “We need to send them a strong message from a small community,” said Hovanes.

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Two Year Anniversary of the South Okanagan Similkameen Protocol Agreement

20150722_131613The South Okanagan Similkameen Protocol Agreement two year anniversary was celebrated on July 22 at the Okanagan Nation Alliance’s Annual General Assembly in Penticton.

The Protocol Agreement was signed by Penticton Indian Band, Osoyoos Indian Band, Lower Similkameen Indian Band and the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen on July 21, 2013.  The Protocol establishes a Government to Government relationship to identify, consult and address common concerns and interests of importance.  The Parties work together in a spirit of common respect and cooperation by recognizing and celebrating diversity, while cooperating to achieve mutual prosperity.

The signing of the Protocol Agreement was a momentous event which the parties honoured at the two year anniversary celebration.

The South Okanagan Similkameen Protocol Agreement is an important step forward in truly establishing an ongoing, working relationship founded on the basis of mutual respect and understanding.  The Protocol Agreement formalized the commitment to continue inter-governmental cooperation and confirms the Parties profound desire to continue to live and work together harmoniously.

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Okanagan Not Mentioned In Drought Rating Adjustment

Responding to continuing dry conditions, the Government of B.C. has announced a Level 4 drought rating for the South Thompson, Similkameen, Kettle and Skagit areas due to ongoing low stream flows.  The Okanagan area remains at Level 3 at this time.

At Level 4, conditions are extremely dry. Further declines in stream, lake
and aquifer levels could lead to water shortages and affect people, industry
such as agriculture, wildlife, and fish stocks. All water users, including
those who access groundwater, are urged to maximize their water conservation

The establishment of a Level 4 drought advisory, signals that regional water
managers may take additional regulatory actions if they are deemed
necessary. Any such actions will be site specific depending on individual
stream conditions. Specific actions could include the temporary suspension
of water licences or short-term water approvals in affected watersheds if
necessary. Ministry water management staff will continue to monitor
conditions, work closely with First Nations, local governments and key
stakeholders, and provide updates as the need arises.

Although residential, agricultural and industrial users within
municipalities and regional districts backed by reservoir storage are less
vulnerable to water supply shortages than water users served by smaller
water systems from streams, lakes and wells, all water users are encouraged
to observe local water conservation bylaws to prolong water supplies and to
maintain flows for fish and ecosystems.

Water users are also reminded to ensure that water intakes are screened to
prevent fish from being pulled into water systems as water levels drop. Low
water levels can impede the passage of salmon to spawning grounds, increase
susceptibility to disease, or cause stranding or death due to low oxygen and
high water temperatures.

Drought ratings for the South Thompson, Similkameen, Kettle and Skagit areas
were last adjusted on July 10, 2015, when they were increased to Level 3.
The Okanagan area remains at Level 3 at this time.

Water conservation is everyone’s responsibility. Many communities in B.C.
are prepared to deal with water supply shortages and low streamflow
conditions through drought management plans and water conservation programs
that are already in place.

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Long Weekend Sale At Buy-Low Foods


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Osoyoos Looking For A Senior Planner

osoyoos logo osoyoos daily newsThe resort municipality of Osoyoos, BC located in the beautiful south Okanagan Valley, approximately 60 km south of Penticton on the BC/Washington State border, is seeking a Senior Planner.  Osoyoos is situated in a unique and special environment that includes the warmest freshwater lake in Canada and the warmest annual temperature.  It is Canada’s only true desert with the lowest annual precipitation and Sonoran Desert flora and fauna.  Surrounded by stunning vistas, beautiful vineyards, fabulous golf courses and other outdoor amenities it is an extraordinary area to visit, play and live.

Osoyoos is seeking an individual motivated to provide professional planning and development services to internal and external clients in the newly created position of Senior Planner.  This position reports to the Director of Planning and Development Services and will work cooperatively with diverse work groups in the organization and have the ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with Council, Committees and outside agencies.  The challenging workload includes a varied, diverse and sophisticated level of professional opportunities.

The qualified candidate’s excellent organization and communications skills will further assist public stakeholders to define problems, identify solutions and options, and build consensus.  If you have the ability to assemble, analyze and synthesize demographic, socio-economic, environmental, land use and infrastructure information needed for planning purposes and hold the following qualifications, Osoyoos offers a challenging opportunity!

  • Preferably a master’s degree in Community and Regional Planning or a closely related field combined with related experience OR a bachelor’s degree in in Community and Regional Planning or a closely related field combined with 5 years related and varied experience;
  • Additional university accreditation in planning related programs such as urban design, sustainable development or community engagement would be an asset;
  • Knowledge of the BC Community Charter, BC Local Government Act, and other provincial policies in respect of planning matters;
  • Demonstrated broad and detailed knowledge of contemporary community and regional planning theories and practices;
  • Ability to work on a number of concurrent tasks with deadline pressures;
  • Strong report writing and presentation skills;
  • Demonstrated computer skills in Microsoft Office products – Outlook, Word, Powerpoint and Excel, along with working knowledge of GIS related programs;
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends;
  • Valid BC Driver’s License.

This permanent full-time position is included in the CUPE bargaining unit. The hourly wage for the position is $33.58 – $39.50 depending upon qualifications and experience, plus an attractive fringe benefits package.  Qualified individuals are invited to submit a cover letter and resume in confidence by noon on Monday, August 24, 2015 quoting Competition No. EU-15-03E2 to:

Marnie Manders
Manager of Human Resources
Regional District Okanagan-Similkameen
101 Martin Street, Penticton, BC V2A 5J9
(E) mmanders@rdos.bc.ca

Position related questions may be directed to:
Alain Cunningham, Ph.D., MCIP, RPP
Director of Planning & Development Services
(E) alain@osoyoos.ca
(T) 250 495-6191

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those candidates selected for further consideration will be contacted.

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Wild Organic Humans At Osoyoos Music In The Park

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Photo by Peter Hovestad

The rain couldn’t keep away music enthusiasts at this weekend’s Music In The Park.  Onstage was Wild Organic Humans from Cawston.  The next Music In The Park event is July 31,  featuring Dale Seaman & Highway 97.

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Photo by Peter Hovestad

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Photo by Peter Hovestad

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