Category Archives: Wellness

Challenge of The Channel

Lake Monster SwimmersFive local swimmers take on the English Channel this Summer.

When Brent Hobbs swam the English Channel in 2008, he hoped his swim would inspire others. Five years later, it has done exactly that as a team of five local swimmers, the Okanagan Lake Monsters, plans to undertake the very same challenge this summer.

For those familiar with the English Channel, they’ll know swimming across it is not for the faint of heart.

“It certainly takes a commitment, you have to train–a lot” says Brent, whose first-hand experience has already played a key role in the Monsters’ training. Swimming the Channel is as much mental as it is physical, and swimmers must be well prepared if they want to cross it successfully. It’s almost an understatement to say the Channel is a complicated body of water and it demands a healthy dose of respect.

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How Important is it to Become an Organ Donor? Read 8 year old Evannes’ story!

Evanne poses with her mom Tamara in May of 2012
Evanne poses with her mom Tamara in May of 2012

In my life there is a very special spirit that captures the hearts of everyone she meets, with her love of life, her wonderful imagination and storytelling…my granddaughter. It is her spirit and courage that inspires me daily.

You see, an abnormality was found on my daughter’s routine 20 week ultrasound. An abnormality that would eventually lead the doctors to tell us that the fetus would not survive. But she defied them and not only survived but thrived. Much to the specialists surprise and joy. Her first month of life was on lights, beeps, iv’s, tubes, tests. Evanne received a heart transplant at 5 weeks of age. Now while we knew a transplant was not a cure – it exchanges one set of problems for another , we were so grateful for that chance. Continue reading

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How I Woke Up with Yoga

Lisa DumasHow I Woke Up with Yoga

Written by local Yoga Instructor Lisa Dumas

It wasn’t part of the plan. I had left my career as a radio broadcaster to raise my young daughter and support my husband as he focused on his own flourishing radio career in a brand new city. My little family of three had accepted the adventure to move off to San Diego, leaving our loved ones behind in Canada. Life had offered me a beautiful new city to explore and the opportunity to spend time with my daughter. I never could have imagined that soon I would shift my entire way of thinking and become a teacher of yoga. Continue reading

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Ever wonder why roses are given on Valentines Day?

Rose oilThe most exclusive of all oils, Rose Oil, heralded for its emotional and psychological benefits. It is a natural anti-depressant and aphrodisiac. No wonder the rose is the choice of valentines! 70% of the world’s Rose Oil is produced in Bulgaria. Harvesting of the flowers is done by hand in the morning before the sun rises and the oil must be distilled the same day. A very fragile caring process very fitting to the purpose it was made ~ to look after our hearts. Interestingly it takes 60,000 roses to produce 1 ounce of Rose Oil. Happy Valentine’s Day

by Audrey Cranston

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Life in Balance

balance, harmony and idyll are in you own handsBalance–it’s a term that seems to imply psychological, physical, spiritual health. It’s something we can strive for but not something we can easily accomplish or achieve. But we keep trying, partly because our North American culture has convinced us that we need to achieve, and partly because balance is often an elusive goal. Continue reading

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