Success Stories

Did you know? Three to five children in every classroom have been exposed to domestic violence.  The Violence is Preventable School Program aims to break the silence on domestic and sexual violence and provide a safe space for students to speak, learn and engage. Archway Society for Domestic Peace is one of the North Okanagan’s […]- Archway Society for Domestic Peace
Every young person deserves a comfortable, safe, and affordable home. For youth in foster care, an eighteenth birthday means leaving your home and familiar support network behind. Ready or not these youth are pushed into adulthood and expected to find housing, get a job, go to school, and begin to navigate a new system of […]- Vernon Native Housing Society (VNHS)
fresh local produce boxes and grocery gift cards to households impacted by COVID-19
Many of our local residents are in the precarious situation of paying a large percentage of their earnings on housing and bills. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many of these individuals or families are finding there is even less money left over to purchase basic food necessities. And most have never accessed local food programs […]- The Good Food Box Partnership
Salmon are a keystone species; approximately 130 different species depend on the abundant nutrients of salmon as part of their food source. With the increase in ocean temperatures, ocean acidification, habitat loss, over-harvesting, and changes in the environment, salmon stocks are now threatened in our local Shuswap River.  Kingfisher Interpretive Centre Society (KICS) raises 50,000 […]- The Keystone to our Ecosystems
Kids’ programs at the Okanagan Science Centre are serious fun, but it takes serious fundraising to make them viable. From a grant given by the Foundation last year, the Science Centre was able to create the Saturday Serious Fun program, that in turn led to an entry in the NSERC Promo Science Awards. This entry […]- Serious Science – FUN
When it was time to replace playground equipment, JW Inglis Elementary School’s PAC took on a big job – fundraising for the $68,000 necessary to build it. Paula Harned, whose children don’t yet attend school, took on the role of Fundraising Director for the PAC, and set out on the task of raising almost $60,000 […]- A Play Place for Everyone
John Shephard was a quiet, shy man who lived a simple existence, by himself, with no living family other than a distant cousin. A long-time employee of the Vernon Museum, Shephard became the Curator in 1967, shortly after the museum was built. Although he retired in 1984, Shephard still volunteered at the museum every day […]- Former Curator Leaves Legacy to the Museum
The Canadian Red Cross Medical Equipment Loans Program provided over 4500 pieces of medical equipment in the past year. This allowed individuals in the North Okanagan who were injured or ill to remain at home during convalescence. Over 3300 residents participated. The Community Foundation was pleased to support this equipment loan program which also provides […]- Canadian Red Cross Medical Equipment Loans Program
Drop-in Programs for youth 14 to 18 years old, one-on-one tutoring for children and youth, volunteer tutoring programs in partnership with School District #22, and Senior’s Connections Projects in Vernon and Lumby are some of the many literacy support programs offered by the The Junction Literacy and Youth Centre. The Community Foundation provided funding towards […]- Junction Literacy Centre
A donation from the Community Foundation assisted Vernon’s Good Food Box, a volunteer non-profit produce buying cooperative which purchases fruit and vegetables in bulk according to season and distributes them through central locations. Boxes are ordered and paid for in advance and the Good Food Box buys direct from farmers when possible. It works in […]- Good Food Box
Caravan Farm Theatre is located at the top of the Okanagan Valley about 8 Km. northwest of the city of Armstrong and produces live theatre performances on its 80 acre farm. There are no buildings, just the great outdoors. For the past three years, productions of Shakespeare, Brecht and original works like “Horseplay” and “Cowboy […]- Rain Venue at Caravan Farm Theatre
Why would a charity that is usually looking for donations make a donation to a Foundation? To plan for the future – that’s why. In 1998, the Board of Directors of the Armstrong Spallumcheen Museum & Arts Society made the bold move of donating $3,931.99 to set up an endowment fund with the Community Foundation […]- Armstrong Spallumcheen Museum & Arts Society
Putting something back into the community has led Gary Huston and his family to create a permanent fund with the Community Foundation of the North Okanagan. Gary’s professional work as an accountant and an investment advisor has shown him that investing time, money and talents can result in a desired positive outcome. Gary served on […]- Gary and Sandi Huston
When a young person’s life ends abruptly through an industrial accident a family is changed forever. While there is no way to take away the devastation felt by friends and loved ones, it is comforting to know that a memorial fund will keep Bradley’s memory alive forever. In recognition of Bradley’s motivation, independence and leadership […]- Bradley Haslam Memorial Scholarship
Bob was one of three sons of the McLean family of Vancouver, where he went to school and studied music. He joined the Army in 1940 and went overseas with the Canadian Scottish regiment of Victoria B.C., serving in France and Holland until being wounded on April 6, 1945. In 1970 he moved to Vernon […]- Robert McLean
In 1994, Gail Hamilton joined the Community Foundation as a director. She became President in 2002 and in the 2004 Report to the Community Gail wrote the following. “It is the ongoing commitment of CFNO to support the lasting legacy of the endowment funds – making a difference in the community today and in the […]- Gail and Richard Hamilton

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