By Glenna Turnbull

This article is from the October 2018 Issue of Forever Young

oct 2018 Liz Jarvos

For some, the smiling face of Liz Jarvos is synonymous with the flight attendant who tended to passengers at 20,000 feet or higher for 26 years; for others, Liz’s smile belongs to the woman who puts on one of the most buzzed about fundraising sales of the year; but for several of the orphans with cerebral palsy in a Podanur orphanage in the South India, that smiling face belongs to the kind woman whose hand feeds them their meals whenever she’s in town.

“It started over 40 years ago,” recalls Liz when asked about her volunteer work, as I catch up with the septuagenarian during her brief stopover in Kelowna between purchasing trips to Kathmandu, Nepal and China.

After a friend adopted two children from one of the Families For Children (FFC) orphanages back in the 70s, they both joined a group that held fundraisers in Vancouver (where she was flying out of at the time), to help support this non-profit, non-sectarian organization. Even after Liz moved to the Okanagan in 1990, she continued to drive a cargo van back and forth over the Coquihalla with what she could collect or make for their annual FFC fundraising events in Vancouver.

“After about seven years, I decided to get off my lazy butt and organize an annual sale here,” she recalls. (Note: anyone who has witnessed Liz’s energy and drive to travel around the world obtaining items to donate for these sales would be quick to argue she could never be labeled as lazy!)

Using the travel passes she still receives from her 25+ years working in the airline industry, Liz is able to jet around the world collecting things that range from silver jewellery made with semi precious stones in Nepal to pearls and scarves from China along with raw silk shirts and other ware from the women’s coops set up by the FFC orphanages to help women earn fair wages. She then donates all the items to be sold in support of the cause.

“The first year I held the sale here in Kelowna, I held it in my home,” Liz recalls, “and we raised $1200.”

Once word of mouth began to spread about the high quality items she was selling at her fundraisers, popularity of the little sale swelled and before long, she had such a line up out her front door of people waiting to get in that she realized she needed a bigger venue.

By Bill Brioux

This article is from the September 2018 Issue of Forever Young

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“Smitten.”That’s how it seemed, at least, when Betty White met Allen Ludden.

Now 96, White was recently saluted as the “First Lady of Television” on a PBS documentary special (available for streaming this month at The beloved “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and “Golden Girls” star met her future husband

Allen Ludden when she guested on “Password” in 1961. The popular daytime game show had many incarnations, but it was Ludden’s long tenure as host most boomers remember.

Even though those early “Password” clips are in black and white, you can almost see White blush on her early appearances with Ludden. “I actually think the audience saw the sparks before they saw the sparks,” says Steve Boettcher, the producer and co-director of the documentary.

“Password” involved celebrity panelists giving clues to participants in hopes they would win money by guessing the secret word. Frequent guest White was among the best cluegivers at the game.

On one episode, as the series was wrapping up for the season, Ludden leaned in and asked White if she had anything planned for the summer.

White briefly stammered and then teased with, “What did you have in mind?”

“I think that was the moment that started cementing their relationship,” says Boettcher. As White put it, ”There just was a warmth and a rapport … we dug each other a lot.”

By Travis Schneider and Kattelin Mitchell

This article is from the August 2018 Issue of Forever Young

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How do I choose the right career for me and find meaningful work?
How do I explain large gaps in my work history? I am nervous that my previous work experience is no longer relevant.
How can I sharpen my skills for the job market, including my computer skills?
My networking and interview skills are rusty. How can I improve them?
Do I have to target my resume for each employer? Can’t I just hand out the same one to all employers?
How has the labour market changed since I last looked for work?

These are just some of the questions that job seekers have been facing here in the Central Okanagan. Here at KCR - Community Resources, our Employment Services team works with job seekers to address these issues and others to help them secure meaningful work.

When looking for work, it is important to find the right fit: a position that you feel passionate about. This will lead to your increased happiness and capacity to do the job well and, therefore, employers will also be more satisfied with your work. KCR’s Employment programs include many different assessment tools to help you discover what type of jobs would be a good fit for you. Our Facilitators work together with the group to help them self-discover what is important to them.

One program participant said "I have been out of the workplace for far too long and I became afraid to go back to work due to many barriers; but KCR's Essential skills course is the very excellent move I made to confront those fears." Our team will work together with program participants to help build up their confidence and explain gaps in their employment history. Participants who have been out of the workforce for as long as 20 years have been able to discover their hidden talents, realize how much they have to offer the community, and secure meaningful work as a result of attending KCR Employment programs.

At KCR you can continue to learn and sharpen your skills through our 7-week in-class programs as well as gain short-term training certificates relevant to your career path. Our past participants have appreciated the opportunity to increase their skills; "I want to thank you for teaching the Essential Skills for College and Trades training program. Over the course time and the subsequent job mentoring, I was encouraged and strengthened in not only my math, literacy and computer skills but also in my confidence and esteem."

“You can always improve on your networking and interview skills” says Travis Schneider, Employment Services Manager. “The labour market in the Central Okanagan relies heavily on face-to-face communication. Although it can seem scary to go out and market yourself to a potential employer, we make it fun and we help you practice in a comfortable setting.” As part of our programs, we help our participants step by step to build and improve their networking skills. We even offer a videotaped mock interview session so you can see what you look like in an interview setting. With this in-depth understanding of the interview process and how to best respond to those difficult questions, participants increase their confidence and, in turn, receive more job offers.

A targeted resume caters to a specific job posting, showcasing that you have taken the time and effort to create a resume specifically for that employer. “Employers constantly come back to us saying how much they value the amount of relevant details they find in our participants’ resumes,” says Travis Schneider. “If you have an extensive work history, we work with you to decide what work experience helps best set you up for attaining that job. It is difficult for an employer to read an 8-page resume and figure out what work experience is relevant to the position.” Our programs are designed to teach you the skills to write effective resumes that employers want to read, which then results in an invitation for an interview.

By Anne Bokma

This article is from the July 2018 Issue of Forever Young

FYng July 2018 Feature Image VictoriaB.C.’s capital city, long touted as a prime spot for “newlyweds, nearly- deads and flower beds,” is attracting Canadians of all ages, thanks in part to a booming tech sector that’s drawing young people and a year-round mild coastal climate (imagine just two annual sprinklings of snow) that’s enticing anyone who’d rather snorkel than shovel the white stuff.

A building boom is evident in the cranes that compete with seagulls up in the air and the constant buzz of construction on the streets down below.

The place is buzzing in other ways too. Conde Nast named it the second best small city in the world (after San Miguel de Allende, Mexico), “Travel + Leisure” lists it as one of the top 10 cities in the world, “The New York Times” calls it one of the world’s top small urban destinations and Amazon Canada hails it as the country’s most romantic city. With Pacific Ocean views, Washington’s Olympic Mountains in the distance and an abundance of green spaces, is it any wonder people are clamouring to come here?

A move to Victoria might not be possible, but a visit is. Here are nine ways to make the most of your time on this island destination:

Hit the Inner Harbour

Order a platter of fresh local oysters on the patio of the landmark Steamship Terminal and watch the visiting yachts, water taxis, ferries, whale-watching boats and floatplanes come and go in a beautiful waterfront setting located smack in the centre of the city. (Vancouver is a 90 minute ferry ride away; Seattle is three hours.)

Dine like royalty

The famously stout Queen Victoria, the city’s namesake, favoured a bountiful selection of food and the tantalizing gastronomic pleasures of restaurants such as Nourish Kitchen and Cafe (which makes wholesome dishes using ingredients from its own backyard garden) and The Marina Restaurant (where you can feast on an unforgettable oceanfront view as well as fancy seafood and regional cuisine) would have thrilled this royal known for her 50-inch waist.

By William Thomas

This article is from the June 2018 Issue of Forever Young

They’re dressing them up, they’re making them over and in the process they’re wearing real dog lovers down. There goes a sheep dog with his legs and ears dyed black and his eyes heavily made up with mascara to make him look like a panda bear. It’s the latest fad in grooming circles – making over your dog to look like a wild animal. Wearing vegetable-based dye, mini-spray cans, coloured chalk and water-soluble glue, owners and groomers can make Sparky look like a bear, a snake or even a dinosaur. I’m not making this stuff up.In China, in this the year of the tiger, there are an unusual number of golden retrievers being dyed orange with black and white stripes to look like the ferocious felines. I saw a photo of one such made-up retriever at the opening of a pet park in Zhengzhou, China and he doesn’t look majestic or dangerous. He looks stupid. He looks like his agent talked him into playing the role of a transvestite pooch in a Will Ferrell movie.

Followers of this transforming trend characterize it as “pawsitively” fun and “an unusual hobby.” No, an unusual hobby is collecting ear mite amputees. Spray-painting stripes on your dog until it looks like a dingo is the worst idea in the pet world since choke collars.

Thousands of North American pet owners are dressing up their pets for Halloween, for Christmas, for Easter and for no particular reason and displaying their photos on websites. There’s a picture of a pug dressed up as a gunslinger with cowboy hat and boots, gun and holster. He looks like he really could kill somebody. Namely and rightly so, the lug nut who dressed him up!

Another small dog looks completely embarrassed in an Easter bunny bodysuit with floppy ears while a cat dressed up in a Santa suit looks like he’s going to rake the nose of the woman holding him as soon as he gets out of those black leather boots.

It’s like there’s nothing good on TV, let’s turn Sparky into Napoleon Bonaparte.

I am absolutely opposed to dying or dressing up pets. Okay, once John Grant and I decorated his huge Husky named Nukey with deer antlers and we attached one of those safety flashers to his ass that beeped when he backed up. And yes, it was hysterical but we’d had a few drinks and when it was over we promised never to do it again.

No, unless it’s a sweater to keep him warm or snow boots to protect his pads, pets do not need clothes. Apparently what they really need is ...