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OLIVER CRIME WATCH


For Immediate Release
May 19, 2021


Oliver Council Contributes $8,000 towards newer vehicle


Oliver Crime Watch received $8,000 from the Town of Oliver to financially support the purchase of a newer vehicle.


Mayor Johansen joins Oliver Crime Watch out on patrols in the community and agrees with Crime Watch that the existing truck previously donated by the Town no longer meet their needs. “Oliver Crime Watch does important work for the community and surrounding Area C, said Johansen. “The volunteers support the work of the RCMP through their regular patrols and setting up Speed Watch programs”.


Shirley Zelinski, Oliver Crime Watch President accepted the cheque from Mayor Johansen stating “The Crime Watch Executive extend their thanks to Oliver, RDOS, community businesses and resident volunteers who focus on the common goal of creating a safer and more secure community. Everyone
worked hard towards this achievement”. Zelinski also thanked Oliver Car & Truck Sales for their service.


Funds to support Crime Watch have been taken from reserves. Crime Watch has been successful in receiving $5,000 from Electoral Area C Director Rick Knodel through the RDOS Grant in Aid program, together with commitments from Area 27 ($5,000), Vinters Cove Winery ($5,000), and from Oliver Crime Watch ($4,000) for a total of $27,000.00.


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Town of Oliver
250 485 6200


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Chief Administrative Officer

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CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER

For Immediate Release
May 19, 2021

Town hires Ed Chow as Chief Administrative Officer

The Town of Oliver is pleased to announce Mr. Ed Chow as its new Chief Administrative Officer effective July 5, 2021.

“One of Council’s highest priorities is to select a qualified CAO for our community, said Mayor Johansen. After a rigorous interview process it was clear Ed has the knowledge, experience and leadership skills to achieve Council’s strategic priorities and continue to advance the Town of Oliver forward. We look forward to working with Ed and are confident he will make an excellent addition to Oliver.”

Mr. Chow will be coming from Alberta where he has held two CAO roles over
the last ten years. Prior to his time in Alberta, he began his local government career with the City of Nelson. His experience in both the private and public sector has given him a well rounded background with skill sets that are ideally suited for the Town’s operations.

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to join a dedicated team of Council and Staff at the Town of Oliver. As Canada’s Wine Capital, Oliver is rich in heritage, culture, and a quality of life that is second to none, said Mr. Chow. I am looking forward to providing the support Council needs to continue to advance their vision for this special place.”

Mr. Chow has also spent time furthering his education and holds a Masters in Public Administration and the National Advanced Certificate in Local Authority Administration. His professional designations as a CPHR, AICP and most recently AMP demonstrates his passion for learning and his dedication to local government business. He is an experienced leader and the Town looks forward
to having him join the Town of Oliver in July.

Ed Chow will be replacing CAO Cathy Cowan who retires June 30 and has
served the Town for 10 years in her 30 years in local government.

Inquiries:
Town of Oliver
250 485 6200


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Chief Financial Officer

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For Immediate Release

May 12, 2021 

Town Hires Elma Hamming as Chief Financial Officer

The Town of Oliver is pleased to announce the hiring of Elma Hamming as its Chief
Financial Officer effective July 19, 2021. Hamming will be responsible for leading all
fiscal and fiduciary responsibilities for the organization in conjunction with Oliver
Council.

“Ms. Hamming brings significant experience in local government from the Town of
Smithers and City of Rossland. Her educational training includes certification in
Natural Asset Management, Asset Management, and Emergency Operations
(Finance, Administration and Operations). She looks forward to continuing the
attainment of the prestigious GFOA Canadian Award for Financial Reporting Award”,
said Chief Administrative Officer, Cathy Cowan.

“Thank you to the Town of Oliver for welcoming me to their community. I look forward
to providing insight into sensible financial planning that will assist Council, staff, and
the community in achieving Oliver’s strategic objectives for a long term vibrant future. I
am also keen to enjoy the climate, lakes, and vineyards and to call this place my
home!”

Hamming has a CPA/CMA and is completing her Bachelor of Commerce degree with
Thompson Rivers University.

Inquiries:
Town of Oliver
250 485 6200

 


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News Release – GFOA Award to Town of Oliver

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For Immediate Release
May 11, 2021

GFOA Awarded to Town of Oliver Finance Department

The Canadian Award for Financial Reporting Achievement was awarded to the
Oliver Finance Department at the May 10, 2021 Council meeting as the
designated staff responsible for preparing the financial report for 2019. The
Town of Oliver has received the award since 2012.

(Chicago) – The Canadian Award for Financial Reporting has been awarded to
Town of Oliver, British Columbia by Government Finance Officers Association
of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its 2019 annual financial report.
The Canadian Award for Financial Reporting Program was established to
encourage municipal governments throughout Canada to publish high-quality
financial reports and to provide peer recognition and technical guidance for
officials preparing these reports. Its attainment represents a significant
accomplishment by a government and its management.

The annual financial report has been judged by impartial Canadian Review
Committee members to meet the high standards of the program, including
demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” designed to clearly
communicate the municipality’s financial story and to motivate potential users
and user groups to read the report.

Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) advances excellence in
government finance by providing best practices, professional development,
resources, and practical research for more than 21,000 members and the
communities they serve.

Inquiries:
Town of Oliver
250 485 6200

For more information, contact:
Michele Mark Levine, Director/TSC Phone: (312) 977-9700
Fax: (312) 977-4806
E-mail: Mlevine@gfoa.org


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News Release – Level 1 Water Restrictions

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For Immediate Release

April 29, 2021

Town of Oliver Water System Customers Only

Stage 1 Effective Immediately

Town of Oliver Water System Customers are currently in Stage 1 water restrictions that affects outdoor watering only. Properties that have water flowing through a water meter are using domestic groundwater for irrigating and must restrict their irrigating to three days a week using even and odd house numbering as a guideline.

Odd Numbered Houses Monday, Wednesday and Saturday

Even Numbered Houses Tuesday, Friday and Sunday

Residents are encouraged to adjust their residential underground irrigation systems to water lawns, trees and shrubs between Midnight and 7:00 a.m. on their watering day.

Properties that are using water from the Town’s irrigation system or pumping from the canal should consider reducing water use, this is voluntary at this time. Irrigation users still need to be aware of their total water usage and try to find ways to improve watering times and systems as the Town’s irrigation canal can still only produce 70% of full capacity due to the damaged siphon during the 2016 Gallagher Lake Rock Slide.

Background:

In 2017, the Town completed a Drought Management Plan that consists of methods to reduce the effects of drought conditions on all system users. One of the methods is to implement water restrictions in response to environmental factors which include both Okanagan Lake and groundwater well levels. For more information on watering tips and drought information please visit the following websites:

Town of Oliver www.oliver.ca

Okanagan Basin Water Board www.obwb.ca and www.makewaterwork.ca

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Town of Oliver

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Open Final:
News Release – 29 Apr 2021 – Level 1 Water Restrictions – PDF
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News Release – 2020 Spirit of Oliver Nominees

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For Immediate Release
April 21, 2021


16th Annual Spirit of Oliver Awards – 2020 Nominees


For the past 16 years Oliver has recognized individuals and groups with awards to applaud the outstanding volunteer contributions that they make to our community. The difficult decision was made to again postpone the annual award event to follow the Province wide restrictions in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as such the winners of the 2020 Spirit of Oliver awards will be announced at a later date.


The Spirit of Oliver Award Ceremony is normally held during Volunteer Week (April 18-24, 2021) in collaboration with Oliver Parks & Recreation. Although we are not able to gather to recognize all the nominees and make an announcement of the winners this week, we would instead like to recognize all the individuals and groups that have been nominated for a 2020 Spirit of Oliver Award for the outstanding contributions that they make to our community.


During these trying times it’s more important than ever to come together as a community and recognize individuals and groups that have been dedicated to making a difference in Oliver throughout 2020.


2020 Spirit of Oliver Nominees


Desert Valley Hospice Society
Emergency Support Services
Front Line Health Workers (McKinney Place, South Okanagan General Hospital, Sunnybank Retirement Centre)
Janet Shaw
Jolanda and Louis Balog
Kelan Harty
Okanagan Gleaners
Sally Franks
Sandra Hughes
Seventh Day Adventist Church
Vance Potter
Women of Oliver for Women


There are five categories for the Spirit of Oliver Awards: Individual Youth; Outstanding Community Group; Community Roots; Community Builder; and Individual Adult or Couple.


We would like to applaud all of the nominees for their contributions to our community, and also thank the individuals that took the time to nominate these individuals and groups for their efforts.


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News Release – South Okanagan Aquatic Centre Advisory Committee Member

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SOUTH OKANAGAN AQUATIC CENTRE ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEMBER

 

For Immediate Release

March 19, 2021

 

Request for Applications – Aquatic Centre Advisory Committee Member

The Town of Oliver is seeking one member of the public to serve on the South Okanagan Aquatic Centre Advisory Committee. Interested persons must live within the Town of Oliver limits and will be working with representatives of the Town of Oliver, Town of Osoyoos and the Osoyoos Indian Band. The Committee will act in an advisory and leadership role to facilitate the process of completing a South Okanagan Aquatic Centre feasibility study.

A complete Terms of Reference can be reviewed – click here

If you are interested please forward a written letter including relevant experience and your reasons to be on the committee.  All applications must be received no later than 4:00 PM on Thursday April 1, 2021.

Please direct your questions and applications to:

Cathy Cowan | Chief Administrative Officer | Box 638 | Oliver, BC  V0H 1V0

(T) 250.485.6202 | (E) ccowan@oliver.ca

Only those chosen to serve on the committee will be notified.

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News Release – South Okanagan Regional Aquatic Centre

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SOUTH OKANAGAN REGIONAL AQUATIC CENTRE

For Immediate Release

February 9, 2021

 

Osoyoos Indian Band, Towns of Oliver and Osoyoos Issue Request for Proposal

The Towns of Osoyoos and Oliver and Osoyoos Indian Band are officially issuing a Request for Proposal to assess the feasibility of building and operating a Regional Aquatic Centre.  These communities have long expressed desire for a year-round indoor aquatic facility to enhance quality of life, provide leisure and fitness activities, attract amenity migrants to the region, promote economic development and serve the visitor population including a growing winter season “snowbird” population.

“The Osoyoos Indian Band fully supports moving forward with a feasibility study for a Regional Aquatic Center, says Chief Clarence Louie.  We understand and appreciate that the value of a collaborative approach to a centralized amenity is for the betterment of all of our communities.”

There are many planning, asset and financial factors that need to be understood, and the participating communities are now ready to approach these discussions in a more formal regional setting, commencing with a feasibility study for a South Okanagan Aquatic Centre.

Mayor Martin Johansen stated, “that recreation and leisure sport play an important role in communities.  Their many benefits include improving the health and well-being of individuals, and promoting the development of inclusive communities.  Oliver is pleased to partner with Osoyoos Indian Band and the Town of Osoyoos in undertaking this feasibility study for a Regional Aquatic Centre”.

A South Okanagan Aquatic Centre Advisory Committee will be formed comprising of members from each Council and members of the community who will be involved in designing the public engagement and consultation process.

“An indoor public pool continues to be a high priority for many local Osoyoos residents”, said Osoyoos Mayor Sue McKortoff. “A recent Community Services review showed that this issue is top of the list for area families. But since the cost of a pool and the ongoing cost for operating a pool is high and could be difficult to manage for any single municipality, I am pleased that Osoyoos, Oliver and the Osoyoos Indian Band are working together to undertake a feasibility study.”

 

More information:

South Okanagan Aquatic Centre Feasibility Study RFP:

https://interiorpurchasing.bidsandtenders.ca/Module/Tenders/en

General Inquiries –

Gerald Davis, Director of Community Services, Town of Osoyoos

250 495 4621

gdavis@osoyoos.ca

 

 


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News Release – 16th Annual Spirit of Oliver Nominations are Open!

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16th Annual Spirit of Oliver Awards

For Immediate Release

February 2, 2021

Nominations are now Open!

We are pleased to announce that nominations for the 16th Annual Spirit of Oliver Awards are now open, and will be open until 4:30pm on March 23rd, 2021.

During these trying times it’s more important than ever to come together as a community and recognize individuals that are dedicated to making a difference in Oliver.

There are five categories for nominations:

Individual Youth – to recognize an individual youth member who has demonstrated a commitment to our community and has made extraordinary volunteer contributions.

Outstanding Community Group – to recognize a community group that has demonstrated an outstanding contribution to the community.

Community Roots – to recognize individuals or groups that may have settled in greater Oliver following the establishment of the Fairview Townsite and surrounding areas including Osoyoos Indian Band lands.

Community Builder – to recognize an individual or group that through voluntary activities have left a legacy that builds and improves our community and will enhance the quality of life of children, youth and families within greater Oliver.

Individual Adult or Couple – to recognize the volunteer work of an individual adult or couple who have contributed significantly through voluntary service involving a variety of projects, groups and/or programs.

Last year we were only able to have a small celebration for the award recipients. Details for hosting the 2021 event will be provided at a later date to ensure the appropriate COVID-19 protocols are followed to celebrate the recipients.

Full details and nomination forms can be found on the Town of Oliver website. We encourage you to submit your nominations early.

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Town of Oliver

250 485 6200

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