Our Aid Station - Challenge Race
First Shoe Bank in Canada
(Story and photos by Ed Kolybaba, Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise)
***For the Complete Story & more pictures go to District Info, "In The News"***
Developing and utilizing partnerships between community social agencies and service clubs focused on working toward a common goal and purpose is by far the most effective way to make a difference in having a significant impact on meeting the needs of the homeless and less fortunate people in the local community.
This understanding was the basis for the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise, a club situated in Kelowna, British Columbia in District 5060, in partnership with Soles4SoulsCanada and the Kelowna Community Food Bank, to develop and implement the first Shoe Bank in Canada to provide footwear at no cost to children, youth, women and men who are unable to purchase footwear because of their destitute financial situation. The Kelowna Sunrise Shoe Bank, administered and maintained by volunteers from the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise, the Telus Community Ambassadors and the community was officially opened on August 07, 2014.
Within the first three weeks of the Shoe Bank’s operations, 200 households were referred to the Shoe Bank for assistance by the Kelowna Community Food Bank. As a result, over 360 pairs of footwear were issued to these families at no cost. It is anticipated that this number will increase as the number of families in the Central Okanagan continue to experience job loss, homelessness, and lack of finances for their basic needs.
District 5060 Distinguished with Rotary International Leadership
Contributed by PDG Darrell Blue
In 1990, Our District published a small booklet titled, "A Brief History of Rotary District 506, 1956-1990. At that time our District was number 506. A short excerpt from the booklet reads:
"District 506 Rotarians of Note , It may not be known that our District is perhaps the only one to have at the same time two Rotarians on the Board of Rotary International. In the year 1977 both Ed Cadman of Wenatchee and Harold Henderson of Kelowna had that distinction. Dr. Ed as he was affectionately known later became R.I. President in the year 1985-86 and is currently the Chairman of the Rotary Foundation Board of directors. Harold was third Vice President of the R.I. Board of Directors and later a member of the Rotary Foundation Board of Directors. District 506 can be justly proud of these two Rotarians who have given so much to the cause for which Rotary Stands."
Ed Cadman (pictured on the left) has since died but Harold Henderson (on the right) is still a member of the Rotary Club of Kelowna.