News Release – South Okanagan Aquatic Centre Advisory Committee Member

 

 

 

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

 

 

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!

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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News Release – Fire Department Ingenuity Saves Money, Supports Local

For Immediate Release

January 22, 2021

 

Fire Department Ingenuity Saves Money, Supports Local

 

The Oliver Fire Department received a new piece of equipment on Thursday, January 21, 2021 – though not through the usual channels. While most fire trucks are purchased through specialized and dedicated fire apparatus firms, this truck is unique.

 

To replace their worn out 1991 GMC, the department was given a mandate and budget from the Town of Oliver to find a used truck. In early April of 2020, the truck procurement committee sat down to review some limited options.

 

The market for this kind of specialty equipment is narrow, and there was virtually nothing available that would not require international travel, major modification, or prohibitively expensive ferrying costs. So the committee got inventive.

 

They decided to build their own water tender, using their local connections to find the right people to work on the specialized project.

 

Richard Simmons, a retired Oliver Fire Department member and owner of Rapid Industries, sourced the uniquely suited cab and chassis, bigger and newer than anything currently available.  Mr. Simmons also performed the weight & balance calculations, tank installation and safety compliance work.

 

Munckhof Manufacturing constructed a customized truck body to the committee’s specifications, including the required electrical and plumbing work.  Dennis Munckhof, an active Oliver firefighter, says, “I could see we didn’t have a lot of good options available within our budget. I floated the suggestion that maybe we could reuse some good parts off the old unit, find a proper cab and chassis, and build ourselves a unit for Oliver, in Oliver. In the end, we got one hell of a truck. It’s not a new truck, but it looks like a new truck, it runs like a new truck, and it didn’t cost us a new truck, so that’s a win.”

 

Additional local specialists who lent their talents to the project include paint by Jeff Muller of Oliver Car & Truck, tires from Tread Sled, vinyl work by Munday Media and parts purchased from suppliers across town, making this truly a local project.

 

Inquiries:

 

Town of Oliver

Fire Chief Bob Graham

250 498 9992

 

 

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News Release – CAO Retiring

Chief Administrative Officer – Retirement

For Immediate Release

January 12, 2021

Oliver Council Announces CAO Retirement

Chief Administrative Officer Cathy Cowan will be retiring at the end of June after ten years of service with the Town of Oliver.

Cowan says, “That during my time in local government, I have been fortunate enough to accomplish many career goals, and over the past few years I had the privilege and opportunity to work with an excellent team in Oliver”.

“After 30 years working in local government, including nearly ten years with the Town of Oliver as the Corporate Officer and CAO, I have decided that it is time for me to retire from public service and spend more time with my family, volunteering and travelling (once we get the OK). I plan to officially retire at the end of June, 2021”, Cowan said.

Mayor Martin Johansen stated, “Through the benefit of Cathy’s strong leadership, Council has been fortunate to make significant progress on its many priorities. Her efforts have also ensured Oliver is well-positioned financially to manage the immediate challenges of COVID-19 and plan for economic recovery in the future. Cathy’s legacy includes excellent working relationships with all levels of government, including the Osoyoos Indian Band, along with plans and documents to guide the community in the development of
the downtown and Station Street”.

It has been a pleasure to work with Cathy during my first term as Mayor, and on behalf of Council and the community, I wish to say thank you for your service to the Town of Oliver.

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News Release – Mayor Johansen Message COVID-19

Mayor Johansen Message COVID-19

For Immediate Release

January 5, 2020

#becausewecare Project – McKinney Place

2020 was a challenging year changing almost everything that we did on a day-to-day basis.  While these changes brought sadness, discomfort, stress and fatigue, the resiliency of the community to adapt to help contain the spread of COVID-19 is remarkable.  Your generosity, kindness and support is demonstrated daily in our community.  The #becausewecare appreciation project brought smiles to front-line and essential workers throughout the community.  Oliver residents continue to shop local to support local businesses and these businesses generously supported the #becausewecare project – thank you everyone who participated!

As we look forward to 2021, it is undoubtedly with a degree of apprehension as we brace ourselves for a continued fight against COVID-19. However, as the vaccination program starts to roll out, there is reason for hope and optimism we will be able to return to some form of normality sooner than later.

The impacts of the outbreak at McKinney Place continues to escalate and is so heartbreaking for our community. I am very saddened to hear a total of 13 residents have passed away due to the COVID-19 virus, and I extend condolences to the families on behalf of Oliver Council. Our thoughts and prayers are with those effected by the outbreak.

I would like to extend a big thank you to all the front line healthcare workers, support staff and Interior Health Surge Response Team who continue to support the residents of McKinney Place during this difficult time. Your selflessness and commitment to put the needs of others first is an example of true compassion.

Oliver residents, on behalf of Council, let us continue to do our best to stay positive and support each other through this difficult time.

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Town of Oliver

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News Release – Christmas Tree Drop-off

For Immediate Release December 18, 2020

Christmas Tree Drop-Off

Your Christmas tree probably looks amazing right now, but later this month, you’ll be ready to take it down.

When you do so, we want you to know that there will be two locations in the Town of Oliver where you can deposit your Christmas Tree into an EZ Bin to be chipped:

Station Street (north of the Coast Hotel)

Oliver Fire Hall at 369 Similkameen Ave

This service will be available between December 23, 2020 until January 8, 2021. Please ensure that all decorations and tinsel are removed prior to dropping your tree off for chipping.

Alternatively, you are able to chop up your tree and deposit it into your yard waste container (lid closed) for pick up the week of March 8th.

Thank you EZ Bins for your support!

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News Release – Mayor Johansen Message COVID-19

MAYOR JOHANSEN MESSAGE COVID-19

For Immediate Release December 15, 2020

Staying Safe and Extending Condolences

This holiday season will be unlike any other and we may be missing the usual gatherings and celebrations. It is time to pause and remember joys from past holidays. Oliver is a strong, caring community and we can keep our families and friends safe and well through a bit of creativity and determination. Together we can limit transmission within the community by keeping to our immediate family this holiday season. Keep your bubble tight and reduce interactions with people you do not know.

The outbreak at McKinney Place in Oliver has escalated in such a short time, I ask every resident of Oliver to listen to the words of Dr. Henry to take the virus seriously and follow the guidelines to protect yourself, your family, and your community. “I am deeply saddened to learn of our community’s first fatality with regards to the COVID-19 virus, and I extend condolences to the family at this time on behalf of Oliver Council. Our thoughts and prayers are with those effected by this outbreak”, said Mayor Martin Johansen.

Oliver Residents, on behalf of Council, I wish you all a healthy and safe Christmas and New Year, and like everyone we are looking forward to a better future a year from now.

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Town of Oliver

250 485 6200

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News Release – Traffic Disruption Park Drive

TRAFFIC DISRUPTION PARK DRIVE

For Immediate Release

December 2, 2020

Disruption on Park Drive between Eastside Avenue to McKinney Road

A sewer service dig will occur on December 3, 2020, for part of the day, starting at 7:30 AM.  Vehicle traffic may be reduced to one lane traffic on Park Drive between Eastside Avenue to McKinney Road.  Work is expected to be completed in one day. Please obey traffic control personnel.

Work crews will strive to maintain physical distancing measures, however, residents may see workers within two metres of each other while completing certain tasks. If approaching work crews, residents are asked to provide at least two metres of physical distancing.

Thank you for your patience while this work is completed.

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