Laura Kalina Given the Overlanders/Pioneer Spirit Award


Our heartfelt congratulations go to Laura Kalina, founder of the KFPC, on a most well-deserved recognition of exemplary service by the City of Kamloops! The Overlanders/Pioneer Spirit Award is only presented in exceptional circumstances and for extraordinary accomplishments. The statue commemorates the arrival of the Overlanders in 1862 and depicts Catherine and Augustus Schubert and one of their seven children. It represents the pioneer spirit and the strength of character of those who built our community. Read more

April Connector Article – How to Thwart the Cherry Fruit Fly

In this month’s Connector column, Sandra shares some strategies to deal with the cherry fruit fly, so that they can be enjoyed sans white wigglers!

 

March 2018 Connector Article

 

 

 

IDays 2018 – International Language of Food by Bonnie Klohn

The theme for International Days at TRU this year was “The International Language of Food: Food for Thought, Food for Life, Food for Fun.” This exciting event always brings students, faculty, and staff together with the general community to celebrate culture, diversity, and learning. I personally think food couldn’t have been a better theme, as it is often the glue that holds people together.

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KFPC March Newsletter

Checking out seeds at our Staff Meeting.

Enjoy the March Newsletter:
– Summary of the March Network Meeting
– Launch of the Wild Salmon Caravan 2017: Honouring the Matriarchs video
– Event Listings
– Job Postings
– Pics of the Month

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Network with the Young Agrarians in April!

Join us for our monthly Network Meeting, where we will provide Kamloops Food Policy Council & Interior Community Services updates, feast together, share event announcements, and hear about what the Young Agrarians has been up to recently. Read more

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KamPlan Food Security and Wild Salmon Caravan Video Preview

March 7, 2018 Network Meeting Summary

Board Update
– We are celebrating our biggest group yet at 45 people today!
– The new strategic plan is being operationalized in purposeful and concrete ways. It is exciting to have a strong document to guide us through the next five years.

Staff Update
– Expect to see monthly newsletters after the inaugural launch in February.
– March was the first of what will be monthly articles in the Connector (page 3), providing a regular feature on food security. Rotating guest writers will provide the articles each month.
– The most recent world cuisine workshop was full and focused on Indian dishes. Keep your eyes open for upcoming cooking sessions!
– Bonnie is in the thick of grant writing season and several applications have been submitted in partnership with the City of Kamloops and Interior Community Services, in addition to the grants solely submitted by KFPC. Read more

Co-Creating a Thriving Food System

March truly feels like the month where life re-emerges from the hibernation of winter and this means reveling in rejuvenation and participation. This is also a time when the KFPC begins our monthly column in the Connector! KFPC is excited to be able to share stories about our vibrant food community and the ways in which this community is impacting food sovereignty in the region. The inaugural KFPC Connector article (see page 3) offers three ways that people can be a part of co-creating a thriving food system.

Also of note is the United Way’s Public Policy Institute, a six-month leadership program covering topics such as: policy options, evidence, engagement and implementation. We’re so pleased that Bonnie Klohn is one of 25 non-profit leaders from across the province who is attending these sessions. To learn more about the Institute, you can read their recent post about their leadership program.

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A Bursting Food Community – Network Meeting Summary Feb. 7

Due to sketchy winter driving conditions, Emily Jubenvill’s presentation was re-scheduled for our April 4 Network Meeting. With this change in plans, it provided the space for Network members to share about the good work they are doing. It was remarkable and inspiring to hear about all that is happening in the Kamloops region.

There was a particular focus on volunteer needs in the community (see the Get Involved section below), as well as an array of events and announcements.

Board Update

The KFPC is looking to increase the number of Directors from six so that capacity is expanded to keep up with the growth of KFPC. There is a nomination process that involves an application form which will be available on the website soon. The Board meets monthly with the expectation that Board Directors attend at least four Network Meetings per year. There is also a need to stay on top of communications and participate in committee(s) and working group(s). Board Directors can expect to spend 8 – 10 hours per month on Board duties.

Those with experience in policy development, entrepreneurial skills, or direct farm experience would be most welcome so that there is a broader representation from the food system community. Read more

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Food Security in the City – March Network Meeting

At March’s Network Meeting, Jason Locke (left) and Ben Chobater from the City of Kamloops will be shedding light on the purpose of the Official Community Plan (OCP) — the City’s guiding land use and development document. Locke and Chobater will describe how the OCP relates to food systems and food security in the community, as well as any food security actions as a result.

Remember to bring a dish to share for the potluck! The Network Meeting runs from 5:30 – 7:30 PM at the Mt. Paul Community Food Centre (140 Laburnum Street).

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Mexican Cuisine Workshop

Join us for our first (of several) joint cooking workshop with Kamloops Immigrant Services!

There are still spaces available and the registration has been extended. Contact Elizabeth Brown to sign up: communityconnection@kcris.ca or 778-470-6101.