August 2019
Message from our Managing Director
Servant Leadership – The Magic of Naramata

Servant leadership was first coined in the 1970’s by Robert K. Greenleaf in “The Servant as Leader” . In his essay he writes “ A servant-leader focuses primarily on the growth and well-being of people and the communities to which they belong. While traditional leadership generally involves the accumulation and exercise of power by one at the “top of the pyramid,” servant leadership is different. The servant-leader shares power, puts the needs of others first and helps people develop and perform as highly as possible”.

Over the course of the summer, I have observed strong to absent servant-leadership and I am beginning to understand that the Naramata magic happens at its best when servant-leadership exists – the power of “co-creating community” as one Board member said. 

However, in moving to a more developed staff model have we in fact lost sight of the importance of that type of leadership? Read More

Community Highlights

Amazing Race
The Amazing Race Naramata was a huge success thanks to our Young Adult Summer Leaders and everyone else who helped out. Both local and Centre families came together to take part and tons of fun was had by all. Congratulations to the winners:

  • 1st place: Thing 1 & Thing 2
  • 2nd place: Team No Name
  • 3rd place: Ham & Pineapple

Watch ...
Match the Juice Challenge

Music Week

The Centre was full of laughter, singing and dance during the month of August with Music Week, the Strathdee Concert and an amazing and energizing Choral Choir Concert. Beautiful sounds could be heard throughout the village and beyond!
"An awesome week" - Avery Ruth Newton
Up and Coming
Circus & Acro Discovery
Inspire Circus is back again!!! This is a fun play-based class which uses a circus performance setting. Acro movement will also be used to facilitate conscious growth fostering mental & physical health and well being.

5 consecutive Saturdays:
September 7 - October 5, 2019

For more details or to register click here .
Finding Ground For Healthy Relationships
Designed for adults and young adults this program helps to foster healthy relationships, and manage stress and anxiety through creativity.
Cognitive behavioral therapy, expressive art practices and mindfulness are used to offer participants insights into the value of their past experiences for greater healing and connection.
8 consecutive Saturdays, September 7 - October 26, 2019
For more details or to register click here .
Naramata Roots

Thanksgiving weekend Naramata Centre will be hosting Naramata Roots , a program for youth, ages 9 – 16 years. Naramata Roots is an opportunity for personal growth in a setting of circus performance and acro movement to facilitate conscious growth, while fostering mental and physical health and well being. We will also explore environmental issues in our community and develop sustainable practices that we can take home, creating positive impact today.

While youth are participating in Naramata Roots, parents are encouraged to stay at the Centre and join us for our Fall Hearts and Hands program. We will then all come together Sunday evening to enjoy a community potluck Thanksgiving dinner.  To register, click here.
Programs and Community Experiences Update

Summer at Naramata Centre is winding down and we have had another successful spring and summer season. This spring we were able to more than double our program offerings. While our summer program numbers remained consistent with the previous year, we increased sold out programs by 20%.

Throughout this summer I have been privileged to observe that one week never looks the same as the next. Each week a new and unique community is created reflective of the diverse participants who come to experience this sacred space. 

This year we have also been actively providing more opportunities for Naramata village residents to be involved at the Centre through events such as; public engagement sessions, Naramata’s Amazing Race and the Inclusive Communities BBQ.

The team looks forward to 2020 and beyond as we design our program calendar seeking new and diverse programming.

All programs will continue to be reflective of our vision - To be a welcoming community where people of all generations are valued for who they are.

 Charmaine Pearce
July Poll Results
In our July poll we asked you, our readers to choose the top three program categories you would like to see in our 2020 calendar, and here are your responses:
While spirituality was not a separate program choice, it is an essential element of every program we offer.

Arts & Creativity was selected by 70% of respondents, while Environment & Sustainability, and Philosophical & Thought Provoking programs came in close together at 42% and 40% respectively. Thank you to everyone who completed the poll, your responses will help us in our planning for 2020.  
This month's poll...
We are currently surveying what the perceived value of membership is with the Naramata Centre Society.
Business Excellence Award Nominee

Naramata Centre is so grateful to be nominated for this year's Penticton Business Excellence Award for a Non-Profit Organization. Read more

Our People
Naramata Centre welcomes
Shelley Miller. Shelly has been with us since mid June welcoming all our guests, she absolutely loves what she does and it shows. Shelly comes to us with over 20 years experience in Behavioural Intervention for Autistic children, and over 10 years in the hospitality industry.

Greening our Space

Resident of Naramata Invents Ecostraw

Michelle Rochon decided she could help make a difference in the War on World pollution. In her travels, she discovered that all the countries she visited had one commonality – that of pollution.

In 2017 she met Rosalind Neis from West Kelowna whom also shared her discovery.

“In December 2017, as we sat overlooking the sea in Hondurous, we discussed how we as Canadians could make a difference. Ecostraw was conceived at that very moment!” Read more

Intergenerational connections are magic, and connections begin with activities. Here at Naramata Centre we encourage families to help bring generations together by taking part in creative activities with their loved ones. Some ideas might include:
  • Teaching children how to grow vegetables in a community garden
  • Reading to children at the municipal library
  • A family visit to a local museum
  • Providing computer support to older adults

For more ideas and to read more on what the research tells us, click here.
Stay Involved!
Hearts and Hands

Hearts and Hands is an opportunity to meet new friends and reconnect with old friends as we come together and volunteer in the Spring and Fall. During Hearts and Hands volunteers help to clean up and maintain the grounds and buildings, which provide an inspiring, safe and inclusive space for over 2,000 participants every year. Whether you enjoy weeding, cleaning, painting, organizing or pitching – there is a need and a place for you! We provide free accommodation, and the opportunity to gather in community . Register Now

"A week of joy, peace and grace! A life of joy peace and grace!"
by Lois Beischer Read more
Volunteer of the Year Nominees
 We'd like to congratulate Ian Fraser & Janet MacDonald for being nominated for Volunteer of the Year in the  Penticton Chamber's 32nd Annual Business Excellence Awards . They both work so hard for the Centre and this nomination is so well deserved!
We recognize that not everyone is able to make this time commitment
but would still like to be involved.
We ask you to consider a donation to this program.

Membership with Naramata Centre Society is a way to show your support and stay informed! Sign up.