3. KALEIN HOSPICE SOCIETY
Like all Commanderies in our Sovereign Order, the Okanagan Commandery has had to curtail most of its activities due to the pandemic. However following our AGM in June we have renewed plans for both adding to our membership, and to pursue new projects. Presently we are looking at funding two specific projects; A. to assist New Opportunities for Women (NOW Canada) in providing for women and children experiencing abuse; and B. we are looking at “The Bridge” Youth and Family in Kelowna, to assist in a project providing residential housing (Cadder House) for teenagers with mental health difficulties. Final decisions on the timing and scope of these projects are pending.
A New Commander
Following a four-year term of her exceptional service, we are expressing our great thanks to Commander Joy Zsombor who turns over the leadership of the Okanagan Commandery to Commander-Elect Debra Martin, who will be formally inducted at the Victoria Commandery Investiture in October.
Growing our Membership
Notwithstanding the success of our past projects, the Okanagan Commandery recognizes the size of the Commandery (currently 12 active members) limits the ability to pursue and complete larger philanthropic activities. Accordingly the Commandery Council is looking to significantly increase the representation of the Okanagan from Osoyoos in the south to Vernon in the north. We invite fellow Knights and Dames from other Commanderies with acquaintances or family residing in any Okanagan Valley location to forward names of potential Aspirants to the Secretary.