Community news briefs

Community Connections, Bear Aware and the North Columbia Environmental Society are collaborating to hold two Community Workbees to process local fruit gathered via the Gleaning Project.

“Learn new skills, help those in need and take home a treat for yourself,” says a promo for these events, scheduled for 1 pm to 4 pm on Saturday, October 4, and Tuesday, October 14.

Most of the fully processed fruit will be donated to the Community Connections Food Bank.

Please click here to view the poster.

For additional information please contact Food Bank Coordinator Patti Larson at 250-837-2920, ext. 28, or click here to send her an e-mail.


Revelstoke did not win an Open For Business Award from the province at this year’s Union of BC Municipalities Conference in Whistler.

Delta, Grand Forks, Kelowna, Langley, Nelson, Parksville, Port Coquitlam, Revelstoke, Salmon Arm, Smithers, Surrey, Vernon and Whistler were nominated and awards were presented to all of them except Delta and Revelstoke.

The Chamber of Commerce congratulated the winners saying it was “great news” for them.


With families breathing a sigh of relief that the teachers’ strike is safely behind them and classes have resumed, this may be a good time for everyone to mark World Teachers’ Day on Sunday, October 5.

The BC Teachers Federation is using the annual day to thank members of the public for their support during the strike.

However, it probably wouldn’t hurt to let our educators know we appreciate their role in helping families build the best possible future for their children.


The City’s Public Art Advisory Committee is seeking proposals for public art to be installed on the east wall of the liquor store at 111 Campbell.

The mural will be located on the façade fronting the Visitor Information Centre parking lot (the north east side of the building). The mural shall be designed as a series of panels that will be affixed to the building façade. The theme should take into consideration Revelstoke’s heritage but with more of an emphasis on where the community is now, focusing on lifestyle. The artwork proposal should reflect relevance to contemporary art practices.

The committee is also seeking proposals for public art to be installed at the Revelstoke Visual Arts Centre, located at 320 Wilson Street.

The site is suitable for a three-dimensional piece of artworkSuggested mediums could include, but are not limited to, sculpture and installation art and should be appropriate to the site.

The Revelstoke Visual Arts Centre will be undergoing an extensive renovation and the artwork should be complementary to the renovated space.

For more information about either of these projects or for a Request for Proposals package, please contact Laurie Donato, Director of Parks, Recreation & Culture, at (250) 837-9351 or by email:

Packages can also be picked up in person at the Community Centre, 600 Campbell Avenue, Revelstoke, B.C. or downloaded from the City’s website at

The deadline for submission of a proposal will be 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 7, 2015.


By now we’ve all heard the phrase, “there’s an app for that.”

It’s so ubiquitous it’s almost a cliché but someone has now figured out a way to create an app for breastfeeding.

Healthy Families BC’s Breastfeeding Buddy is a web-based app available at

A statement from Interior Health about World Breastfeeding Week, which is being held October 1-7, called this app an “easy, fun and educational” resource that provides women and families with online access to information about breastfeeding, support in their communities and answers to common questions. It also has interactive tools to help keep track of breastfeeding activities, diaper changes and sleep patterns.

This year’s theme is Breastfeeding: a winning goal for life, which recognizes that mothers and babies who succeed in their breastfeeding plans enjoy lifetime benefits.

Breast milk provides infants with as antibodies and reduced risk for developing asthma, diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure, and becoming obese in later life. For moms, breastfeeding helps their bodies recover from the stresses of pregnancy, labour, and delivery; it also reduces the risk of developing breast cancer.

“Breastfeeding is natural, but it is not always easy. Learning to breastfeed and becoming comfortable with breastfeeding takes time,” says Patty Hallam, Interior Health’s knowledge coordinator. “Support from a team of helpers that includes family, friends, health-care providers, and communities can make all the difference in building a woman’s confidence and comfort with breastfeeding.”

Public health nurses are available at health units across Interior Health to assist mothers and infants and to ensure families have the help they need to give babies the best start in life. Contact your local public health unit for more information.