chatsworthThis article is from the July 2009 issue of Forever Young

European monarchs visited England and stayed at Buckingham and Chatsworth Houses.  After returning home they said, “English monarchs live in houses; Dukes live in palaces!”

By Steven Tuck • Photos by Terry Tuck

Chatsworth is a large country estate on the bank on the River Derwent, just 3.7 km from the town of Bakewell in county Derbyshire, England.  It is the home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire and has been since a lady — Bess of Hardwick (1521 - 1608), a woman of modest beginnings, married four husbands, the second of which bore her children and was Sir William Cavendish.  This began the line of Cavendish which descends to today’s 12th Duke. 

Over the years Chatsworth underwent expansions and changes in architecture.  Some of the Dukes took more interest in gardening and the result is what many consider THE garden in England to see and is classed among the gardens of the world. 

Chatsworth’s current Duke and Duchess are keen on modern art and sculpture and it is evident as you tour the House.  It’s quite an interesting contrast to see some of the great Masters hanging with modern art in contrast just around the corner.

That’s how Okanagan College president Jim Hamilton describes the secret to the Okanagan College Foundation’s fundraising success.

by Jennifer Smith

This article is from the June 2009 issue of Forever Young

jim_hamiltonIn a year where many charitable foundations are scaling back their activities, the Okanagan College Foundation’s friends ensured they’re sending even more money out the door, providing Okanagan students with the financial support they need to succeed in a tough economy.

In the 2007/2008 year, the foundation gave out $599,197 in scholarships and bursaries to students like Toni Gallicano, an aboriginal mother of three who relies on money the Foundation provides to help with tuition and books.

Gallicano’s challenges are daunting, yet so too are the foundation’s own hurdles for the 2008-09 school year—and beyond.

Just as the economic downturn occurred, with investment portfolios of private citizens, corporations and foundations alike all at the mercy of a tumultuous market, the boisterous young college’s success has pushed the foundation to new frontiers.

This article is from the May 2009 issue of Forever young.

scotlandcastleThe legendary Scottish Highlands route winds through castle country, a wealth of historic sites and stories

By Sandy Katz
 
Oh! Ye'll take the high road and I'll take the low road,
And I'll be in Scotland afore ye,
But me and my true love will never meet again,
On the bonnie, bonnie banks of Loch Lomond

This haunting lilt resonates with the spirit of a doomed Scot imprisoned after an army of 7,000 highlanders was defeated April 16, 1746, in the battle of Culloden Moor.

This northernmost state, with reminders of its famous Gold Rush past intertwined with breathtaking scenic vistas, never loses its allure, even after multiple visits

By Bob Richelson

Sailing under the Golden Gate Bridge, en route to the northernmost U.S. state marked our fourth sea trek to the land of ice and history.

We were aboard the all-suite Silver Shadow, one of five vessels run by Silversea Cruise line – seven-time winner of the “World’s Best” award in the small ship category from Travel and Leisure magazine – popular among repeat passengers for its oversized accommodations, private verandas, and European-style service.

We first touched land in Victoria, capital of British Columbia (population 75,000), an immaculate city with small-town charm. Flowers grow everywhere, including hanging from lampposts. Its Empress Hotel, famous for its elegant afternoon tea, recently celebrated its 100th anniversary.

This article is from the November 2008 issue of Forever Young

It’s remarkable what a lifetime of service can contribute to the world - remarkable in the way one might comment on a beautiful flower given the room to bloom in a park, or stop to note a piece of art positioned for all to enjoy.


BY JENNIFER SMITH

To take that unique character trait, that desire to serve, and turn it into a life’s pursuit is truly unique in this fast-paced world where the rewards for success are rarely shared with others.

Thankfully, for all those who want to stop and smell the roses or take in an exhibition or play, Kelowna is home to three gentlemen who exemplify this philanthropic spirit and helped the area’s first Rotary Club develop quite a repertoire of contributions.

Harold Henderson, 88, Art Hughes-Games, 87, and Ian Greenwood, 82, all joined the Rotary Club of Kelowna over 50 years ago. Now celebrating its 80th anniversary, the club has had a huge impact on its community, with credit due solidly to people like Henderson, Hughes-Games and Greenwood who’ve spent countless hours on everything from political lobbying to setting up chairs over the years, all in effort to make a difference.