2009-october-feature-photoBy Jennifer Smith

This article is from the October 2009 issue of Forever Young

At 79-years-old Ken Barr says he’s more active than he’s ever been in his entire life and he’s got the hectic schedule to prove it.

Where most of us eat three meals a day, Barr cycles through a minimum of three rides a day on an 18.5-kilometre course he’s worked out from his Kelowna-area home.

“I’m about as healthy as they come for a guy my age,” he says, then admits it wasn’t always this way.

Roughly 15 years ago, he was diagnosed with Type II Diabetes, for which he could have taken pills or insulin to control his blood sugar. Instead, Barr dropped 40 pounds and committed to one of the most exhaustive, active regimens one could conjure.

During the summer, you can find him in the pool and on one of those rides—he’s been known to log four or even five in a day along with regular swims. This is where he will remain until mid-October when the cold starts to make the roads too slippery for him to get on the bike.

Of course, even the frost and ice doesn’t slow him down much for he then spends the winter swimming and walking instead.

This article is from the September 2009 issue of Forever Young

It's been pretty interesting to me to see how much hysteria has been whipped up on all sides over the issue of the recently-proposed BC Harmonized Sales Tax.

It's obvious that Ottawa is the primary driver of this initiative.  Why else would they send $1.6 billion to BC, requiring that it be accepted immediately with a firm commitment to implement an HST?

Given just how obvious this ploy is, I find it amusing that both provincial and federal politicians are doing their level best to avoid any association with the HST, with both sides insisting it was the other guy's idea.

With that being said, and considering some of the decisions coming out of Ottawa lately (remember the income trust fiasco and the billions it cost?), I thought an examination of what the HST really means would be a good idea. If Finance Minister Jim Flaherty is promoting something, I now tend automatically to be suspicious, since he clearly relies heavily on the advice of bureaucrats. In the interest of complete fairness and balanced commentary, though, I should point out that Flaherty has introduced one good thing - the Tax-free Savings Account..... but I digress.....

animals_war_monument_webThis article is from the August 2009 issue of Forever Young

London, England is reknowned for its many monuments. One of the most recent is dedicated to all the animals that served and died alongside British and Allied forces in wars and campaigns throughout time… they had no choice.

This monument near Marble Arch is a lovely tribute to every creature “from pigeons to elephants” Animal lovers everywhere will certainly appreciate the philanthropy of those who created this epitaph.

This monument was unveiled November 24, 2004 by HRH The Princess Royal, K.G.K.T. Patron the Animals in War Memorial Fund.

“Many & various animals were employed to support British and Allied forces in wars and campaigns over the centuries and as a result millions died · from the pigeon to the elephant they all played a vital role in every region of  the world in the cause of human freedom · their contribution must never be forgotten.”

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.