July 2019
Message from our
Managing Director

Welcome to the first edition of our new newsletter! The format may have changed but our commitment to keeping you in the loop remains. Each newsletter will highlight an interesting story or event from our rich 70+ years of history and provide information on upcoming events .

We will incorporate reports from our Board of Directors with my reports on our operations. One source – all the news.

And yes, I did use the “change” word. For some this word is exciting but for others it can elicit feelings of apprehension and doubt. My family and I picked up our lives in Toronto and moved across the country so I get it!

However, I am encouraged daily by my interactions with everyone I meet at our Centre. Since joining Naramata Centre in early June, I have been humbled by the number of people who have shared their Naramata story with me. I have also been inspired by the level of enthusiasm expressed for what our future holds. My promise to you is that we will honour those memories. From outreach to programming to redevelopment, we will weave your stories into the fabric of our unfolding future. Let's start with our willow... share your stories.
Community Highlights

Photo by Charmaine
Community BBQ
On July 7th, the Centre hosted an all inclusive community BBQ celebrating the  diversity of cultures, faiths, families, abilities and LGBTQ2+ members in the community.

“Great BBQ... my children loved the face painting and the food was awesome!"

Design Public Engagement & AGM
It was a busy four days combining our board meeting and Annual General Meeting with the Design Charrette led by MODUS and Landform Architects to develop a new site plan for the Centre.
The site plan will lead us to decisions about which land to sell - and what use will be made of that land and the land we keep. ...read more
" NaramataSlow was present at the Naramata Centre's morning charrette today. A morning of reflection followed by big bold ideas, exciting possibilities and forward momentum. Here's to our future Naramata!"

Up and Coming

Amazing Race

Join the Amazing Race Naramata. People of all ages are welcome! Team up and race throughout Naramata to find clues and finish tasks. Complete all tasks and return to the finish, where prizes await the fastest 3 teams!
Wednesday August 7th
Columbia Lawn
Start Time 1:00pm

Groups of 2-6 people for $5.00. Registration is limited so get in quick! Register here.
Singing Hope and Justice Concert
Jim and Jean Strathdee return to Naramata Centre offering music leadership. The highlight of the week will be a concert in Columbia Hall;

Thursday, August 8
7:00 PM

Admission will be by donation with all the proceeds going to the Centre.
Naramata Roots

Thanksgiving weekend Naramata Centre will be hosting Naramata Roots , a program for youth from 9 – 16 years old. 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.
Upcoming Summer Programs
  • Learn to Play Ukulele
  • Pottery: Express Yourself
  • Creation's Medicine: Making Remedies & Calming Crafts
  • Buliding Together
...plus a whole lot more!

2020 Program Suggestions

Our People
We are pleased to introduce Corinne Desampaio, our new Marketing and Administrative Coordinator. Corinne is a resident of Naramata and has over 20 years of business experience. We're excited to have her join our team. Be sure to drop by and say hello!

Greening our Space
Each month we will feature an article on our local landscape, which will include anything from gardening advice, xeriscaping, building climate resilience in our community to water-wise planning. In this issue, Kailyn Pritchard, our Young Adult Summer Leadership Program Intern talks about our Sustainability Projects here at the Centre. ...read more
July is cherry month here in the valley, so we thought it would be fitting to offer our readers a recipe from one of our local farmers. Naramata resident and cherry guru Peggy Evans has graciously offered to share one of her favorite recipes with us : Cherry Clafoutis . Ready, set, bake!
Stay Involved!
Hearts and Hands

"Working with like minded people, caressing the grounds of this sacred space - what could be better? We always talk about “giving back”, and this felt so tangible, like we really were contributing. I’m so grateful for the experience, the exercise and the wonderful people we met."

Mary Richardson 

Hearts and Hands volunteers donate their time in the Spring and the Fall 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, nailing, painting or raking - there is a need and a place for you! We provide free accommodation, the opportunity to meet new friends and gather in community with old friends.  Read more on how to volunteer

Our revived rose garden is a living example of volunteerism. For that we thank our local neighbour and friend, your anonymous contribution is much appreciated.

We also 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.
Newsletter Archive - Read past editions here .