The Swan Ave Park Project is seeking additional public support for the initiative that will see a neighbourhood park built on land beside the Swan Ave basketball court / ice rink.
A Healthy Kimberley initiative, the park will enhance under-utilized green space by installing natural playground features that will promote physical literacy and an active lifestyle for residents. The proposed site was home to a playground many years ago that was removed due to age and safety issues.
Project supporters are invited to contribute tax-deductible cash donations through the CanadaHelps website (link below). You can also volunteer on the Park Committee or a work party (spring 2022), stay up-to-date on the Healthy Kimberley website project page, and enjoy the park once installed.
“This has been a labour of love for many neighbourhood volunteers for a number of years,” said Todd Larsen, Volunteer Park Coordinator. “We have worked tirelessly to raise the funds needed to build this neighbourhood park and we are almost there! We are inviting the public to head to our website to view the project plans and support financially or through your time if you can. This will be an inviting and exciting space for anyone to use, not just kids! We can’t wait to complete the project and open this awesome new community space for everyone in 2022!”
Healthy Kimberley and park organizers have been working in conjunction with the City of Kimberley to create park plans and address community needs. The land is already zoned as recreational. To date, organizers have secured $119,676 in grants and approximately $50,000 of in-kind contributions. A local park construction firm quoted $190,000 to build the park. This project needs $20,000 to ensure that it can be completed!
Residents are invited to view the plans at www.healthykimberley.com/swan-ave-park
Please donate here: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/kimberley-wellness-foundation/campaign/help-build-a-community-park/
As featured on our Instagram and Facebook feeds, this soup is a great example of using what you've got to create a healthy meal. Spices can be changed to change the character - for example, pumpkin pie spices adds warmth & sweetness!
The ingredients we used were recovered from Save On Foods & We Be Farming from Cranbrook.
Check out the video:
Facebook: Healthy Kimberley Food Recovery Depot
Thanks to Emeline Guillard for the video skills!
Our Meal Program produced several versions of corn chowder in the summers of 2020 & ‘21. This is one of our faves!
* This time of year, maybe you have corn you froze from our local harvest! If not, frozen corn is readily available at an affordable price from your grocery store*
200g bacon or ham, cubed (optional)
1/4c butter or oil
1 large onion, chopped
2-3 cloves garlic
4c corn (fresh or frozen)
2 carrots and 2 celery stalks, chopped
2-3 red or yellow potatoes, cubed
1L water or chicken stock
1c heavy cream (milk/non-dairy works too!)
Salt & pepper to taste
Our frozen meal production started in April 2020, using primarily recovered foods to create nutritious and delicious meals. Chefs are contracted to produce meals each week and volunteer cooking sessions are coordinated every 2 weeks. To date, we have produced over 17,000 (12 oz) servings of meals for our community!
This program fills a niche in Kimberley and has resulted in improved food security services for our community. We adapt to enhance already existing services whenever possible. Some examples:
Blarchmont Early Learning Centre runs a supper program that is highly over-subscribed with increased need since the Covid-19 pandemic. In addition to accessing 100s of lbs of fresh groceries each week, accessing additional frozen meals from us means they don't have to turn people away.
Seniors Helping Seniors created a new meal delivery service due to accessing our meals. Since January 2021, their volunteers have delivered meals to 12-14 households per week.
Local school meal programs have been restricted due to Covid-19 restrictions. We have produced an average of 75 whole food-based handheld baked goods weekly since October 2020 to accommodate the reduction in variety of fresh produce they are able to offer students.
To augment supports our partner agencies coordinate for clients before the winter holidays, we plan our cooking sessions to produce the appropriate number and sizes of extra meals needed.
Starting in 2020, we offer agencies frozen meal coupons for their clients to access meals through our 4 Open to Publics planned over the holiday period. Since this is a time when many local agencies are closed, there is also a greater amount of recovered groceries available to the public.
Blue Canoe Orchard in Creston for their inspiring "Rent-A-Tree, Donate-A-Tree" program, connecting fresh, beautiful cherries to food service organizations across the Kootenays!
Wildsight Youth Climate Change Corps for their enthusiasm & hard work helping with the harvest!
Our tireless food recovery volunteers who joined the harvest effort & helped us pit and freeze 200 lbs for use in our meal program & distribute the other 600 lbs for fresh use by partner agencies, such as Kimberley Helping Hands Food Bank, Blarchmont Early Learning Centre, Seniors Helping Seniors, Home Support, & others.
Over 700 lbs of carrots affected with carrot rust fly harvested & recovered from Edible Acres Farm in Windermere September 2021:
Thanks to our food recovery volunteers for their efforts in harvesting & diligently processing them by cutting off the fly-affected bits.
Our cooks' team will put these to use in our frozen meal program - within a week of harvest, there were 100 carrot pineapple muffins in our freezer, ready for supplying local school meal programs :)
This amazing certified organic farm produces sells their produce at local farmer's markets, through a CSA & directly from their farm and onsite cafe - check it out next time you're in the area.
Healthy Kimberley Treasurer and Board Member
Healthy Kimberley is an impactful community-based organization creating opportunities for people to be more active and eat healthy food. The volunteer Board works with our Project Coordinators to promote physical activity and healthy eating. We are searching for an energetic person to assume the position of Treasurer from the incumbent during the month of June. By joining the Board as Treasurer, you will assume a central role in the Healthy Kimberley organization, meet our project coordinators and quickly become part of the Healthy Kimberley team.
As Treasurer you will work with our bookkeeper to provide oversight for the finances of the organization. This will require approximately of 5-8 hours per quarter of your time.
No accounting experience is necessary just a willingness to get involved and learn as you go. You will be supported by the incumbent and experienced bookkeepers. Help improve the wellness of your community, get involved!
For more information please contact:
Jeff Wilson, Treasurer Healthy Kimberley 403 978-7005
Dr. Ilona Hale, Chairperson Healthy Kimberley 250 432-5073
Healthy Kimberley’s Taking Care of Business initiative is offering free consulting services to local businesses. We love Kimberley’s unique and dynamic business community and want to help make local businesses healthier and even more awesome.
A healthy workplace boasts higher productivity, engagement, morale, and can attract both new hires and customers – all benefiting your bottom line. Our services are complimentary and help promote healthy choices for both staff and customers. We offer evaluations, healthy policy suggestions, resources, advertising opportunities, incentives, and prizes!
Don’t miss this great opportunity to join the community wide effort to support a healthy Kimberley. Contact us today for a free consultation.
Health Promotion Coordinator