In the face of adversity – community is built. It always amazes me how we can venture along through our lives without knowing our neighbours. Yet in the event of an emergency or disaster of some kind, people always reach out, stand together and build relationships like never before.
This has proven true with the Trepanier Fire. As a community we bonded together in common and not so common places – street corners, the Emergency Support Services, Kelowna Fire Hall, roadblocks. We met our neighbours. We made new friends.
Mayor and council would like to continue this community building with a celebration.
Join us Sunday, September 30 from 1 to 5 p.m. in Heritage Park and enjoy entertainment, refreshments and share in celebrating the successes of our emergency services workers and volunteers.
Emergency workers and volunteers who supported the fire are also being invited so that we can give them our heartfelt thanks. Peachland Rotary and the Peachland Lions will be on site supporting mayor and council with the hamburgers and hot dogs.
The Peachland Ambassadors will be on hand serving cake and the Farmers Market will be holding their final market of the year so Heritage Park will be alive with everything great Peachland has to offer.
Building community goes far beyond an emergency and celebration and there are so many ways to be involved in your community. Twice a year, community groups and interested members gather together to discuss community building opportunities in Peachland. The Community Round Table is scheduled to meet Wednesday, October 3 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Community Centre. This gathering is open to anyone interested in being a part of making Peachland a great place to be. If you would like more information, contact Cheryl at 250-767-2133.
If you are more a hands on type person, volunteers are also being recruited for the Community Halloween and Christmas parties. Assistance is needed with decorating, creating a haunted house, refreshments and running games and activities.
For more information on how to get involved, call 250-767-2133.