This article is from the December 2017 Issue of Forever Young

When you think about The Salvation Army, what comes to mind? Sure, we know they are there to help those in need, but who exactly are those in “need”?

This past summer, thousands of people who have never been on welfare, never been short of groceries or needed a food hamper, found themselves being helped out by The Salvation Army due to the 2017 floods and fires.

The first stream of new arrivals began flowing through the Kelowna Salvation Army doors on May 5. “We partnered with the Emergency Social Support Services here in the Central Okanagan and opened our doors for those impacted by local flooding,” says Pastor Darryl Burry of the Kelowna branch of The Salvation Army, “so all the month of May and most of June, we were dealing with people impacted with flooding.”

Once the flooding receded towards the end of June, it was just over two weeks later when a whole new group of people found themselves at the doors of The Salvation Army as victims of what turned out to be the worst fire season in the history of B.C. “With the exception of an 18 day gap, we went straight through from May 5 to Aug 26,” notes Pastor Darryl.

“For the most part, when we partner with ESS, they come in and provide for those who cannot go home,” he says, “and our role is to help with emotional support and the immediate things they need. For instance, there were a number of families who had to evacuate very quickly and they fled without enough diapers or formula, so we are able to provide those immediate needs.”

But the biggest help the Salvation Army played over the summer to their new acquaintances was providing emotional support. “We’re able to provide that listening ear because there is a huge fear for them of wondering, will we ever be able to go home again,” notes the Pastor.

“Over the course of the summer, we had more than 3000 people – not just from our local area but from all over the province – come through our doors to register and we had the chance to walk alongside them.”

From the fire victims in Lake Country to those who watched their new condos on Lakeshore Road go up in flames, the shell-shocked faces that arrived at The Salvation Army were not the low income people we usually consider to be those most in need.

This article is from the November 2017 Issue of Forever Young

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By Tom Morrow

Bob Hope was an actor, singer, vaudevillian, dancer, athlete and author. He is best remembered as a wise-cracking comedian. He’s so fresh in many minds that it’s difficult to wrap around the thought that he’s been gone for almost a decade and a half.

Leslie Townes Hope was four-years old when his family moved to Cleveland, Ohio, from suburban London, where he was born May 29, 1903. It was an inauspicious start for the man who would become one of the world’s most famous entertainers for most of the 20th century.

During a career that spanned some 80 years, he appeared in more than 70 feature films, including a series of “Road” movies and long-time friend, Bing Crosby, and Dorothy Lamour (who often was befuddled by the on-camera ad-libs between the two buddies), hosted the Academy Awards a record 19 times, appeared on stage and television, and wrote 14 books. The song “Thanks for the Memories” became his signature song.

Hope began his show-business life on stage in the early 1920s and moved on to radio in the ‘30s with his one-liners and rapid-fire delivery of jokes.

His Hollywood debut was with Paramount Pictures in the 1938 film The Big Broadcast of 1938, which also starred comic W. C. Fields.

Hope also is remembered for his travels to entertain U.S. military personnel. He made 57 tours for the USO between 1941 and 1991.

His first USO show was May 6, 1941, at March Field near Riverside, Calif. He entertained troops during World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War as well as American military men in the Iran–Iraq War and the 1990-91 Persian Gulf War.

During the Vietnam War, Hope’s pro-troop stance made him a target of criticism and he had trouble convincing some performers to join him because of anti-war sentiment. So he recruited his own family members. His wife, Dolores, sang from atop an armored vehicle during the Desert Storm tour, and his granddaughter, Miranda, appeared with him on an aircraft carrier in the Indian Ocean.

In 1943, John Steinbeck, then a war correspondent, wrote: “When the time for recognition of service to the nation in wartime comes to be considered, Bob Hope should be high on the list. This man drives himself and is driven. It is impossible to see how he can do so much, can cover so much ground, can work so hard, and can be so effective. He works month after month at a pace that would kill most people.”

This article is from the October 2017 Issue of Forever Young

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By Robin Esrock

A decade ago, I set out on a year-long adventure to discover the world, and hopefully myself in the process. Travel teaches us as much about the planet as it does about ourselves, and my journey to 24 countries was far richer than my formal years of education. I chased ancient wonders and exotic cultures, romance and adventure. My first port of call was Peru, a country that borders five other South American nations and seems to soak up the best of all of them. Mountains, colonial towns, beaches, world-class dining, ancient ruins, and jungles – the “Land of the Inca” also boasts 28 of the planet’s 32 climates, and 20 percent of the world’s birds and butterflies. It's no surprise that travellers flock to the continent’s third largest country with hopes to discover it all.

Unlike several major cities in South and Central America, Lima is more than just a gateway to something better. I arrived in the coastal capital during the city’s remarkable rise to the very apex of South America’s culinary scene. World-class restaurants helmed by rock star chefs have mastered the country’s ample and unusual ingredients, picking up international awards in the process. Here, you’ll sample fruits, fish and flavours you can taste nowhere else: dorado cooked in bijao leaf, grilled paiche with snake fruit puree, and for dessert: charapita chilli pepper marshmallows! Peru’s mouth-watering national dish is ceviche, comprised of raw seafood delicately cooked in lime juice, salt, cilantro and giant corn kernels. Wash it down with the deceptively sweet Pisco Sour, Peru’s national drink, consisting of pisco (a clear brandy), lime, egg whites, bitters and sugar. Both drink and dish are definitely refreshing after a full day exploring Lima’s historical colonial centre, and wandering about the ornate colonial churches and buildings, alongside the city’s ample green spaces, like the Parque Kennedy.

One doesn’t think of beaches in Peru, and yet 24 hours after my plane touched down in Lima, I found myself eating homemade ceviche at a private beach club. The owner had invited me, and he raved about a surf town north of Lima called Chicama that is blessed with the world’s longest, most perfect left-breaking wave. World-class surfing in Peru? I had no idea, but after a wonderful and tasty introduction to the country, I was eager to catch a wave to the country’s most famous attraction: Cuzco, and the ancient wonder of Machu Picchu.

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This article is from the August 2017 Issue of Forever Young

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By Glenna Turnbull

Coming up August 30 to September 3, it’s the 116th annual Interior Provincial Exhibition in Armstrong. Better known as the IPE, each year’s fair has a theme and this year, it’s Field to Plate – something that makes perfect sense given the agricultural roots of the fair and its notoriety for good food!

It’s unofficial theme however, could easily be the reverse – Plate to Field, thanks to Spa Hills Composting and a huge group of enthusiastic kids.

Keli Westgate of Spa Hills Composting first had the idea to start collecting compostable items from the fair two years ago and, working on her own, was able to divert approximately 1000 pounds of waste that would have otherwise ended up in the landfill. Then last year, she decided to amp it up and with the help of 52 volunteers from the Silver Star Elementary school, they diverted a whopping 7000 pounds of waste from the trash and turned it into compost.

“The kids were great,” noted Keli, adding, “The ‘ick’ factor only lasted about five minutes, then it became a game to see just how much we could collect. They worked through rainstorms, blazing heat and dust.”

The Canadian Association of Fairs and Exhibitions was so impressed, it awarded the 2016 CAFE Innovation Award to the IPE – a massive honour given the hundreds upon hundreds of annual fairs and exhibitions in Canada.

“This year, we’re aiming for 10,000 pounds,” said Keli. But in order to do so, they’re not only relying on fair-goers to cooperate but the 50 plus volunteers out there collecting material.