SOICS youth crew paints picture of positivity for Penticton

Where once there was a blank wall, now there is a picture of positivity, diversity and inclusion. A new mural in the works is spreading cheer throughout downtown Penticton, thanks to a group of local youth. They’re called the OneWorld Youth Crew, organized by the South Okanagan Immigrant and Community Services (SOICS). This group brings […]

Engaging youth to build trust: central to Penticton’s Youth Homelessness Strategy

Building trust is a crucial part of supporting youth experiencing homelessness. While for some Penticton residents the concept of youth homelessness is unimaginable, the data confirms that youth experience homelessness. To address youth homelessness, Penticton is moving ahead with a collaborative strategy that involves youth in the front line of its program, says Adam Goodwin, […]

ARGAN-ic connection – a Community Champions story

Did you ever wonder about Moroccan argan oil?  Wonder no more. Meet Hamza and Magali. Hamza El Gasouani is the owner and CEO of Alia Collection Inc. based in Osoyoos. Magali Gadea is his friend and supporter. Hamza had a dream and a plan. Magali believed in him and helped him get it off the […]

Eskala – Go Climb! – a Community Champions story

Claudia was on a backpacking trip in British Columbia, far away from her home country – Mexico. It was 2003. “I really want to learn English”, she shares, “I wanted to find someone who could help me with that, and I did”. She met Margaret, a lady from Germany, who owned an organic farm in […]

My Dream is to Build a Successful Business in my Community – a Community Champions Story

Immigration is not easy. If you experienced it, you know what I mean. If not, imagine moving to a country where you don’t know anyone, you don’t speak the local language, you don’t have a home, and you don’t have a job. How would that go? Studies show that it may take up to 15 […]

“Knowledge is in the Sun”: Youth on the Learning Journey

On a sunny afternoon of June 23rd, 2019 a group of young leaders took a trip to Osoyoos. This was the OneWorld Youth Crew and they came to Osoyoos Park to meet with the Elder – Chalen Ewing. “Knowledge is in the sun”, shared Chalen, “spirit is more important than body”. She shared stories about […]

Hand Gestures Around the World

Simple hand gestures like making an “OK” sign, or “V” for Peace or Victory or even a “thumbs up” sign with your thumb and fingers, have very different meanings in different countries around the world. In Canada and the United States, we consider these little hand gestures to be innocent signs of approval.  In other […]

Handshake Etiquette Around the World

Making a strong first impression is important in a job interview and when networking. In Canada, a firm handshake is a sign of confidence and conveys trust and respect. It differs in other countries however: In Russia, a handshake is rarely performed by opposite sexes and men shaking hands with women can be considered impolite. In the […]

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