We hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year break, enjoying family and friends and the spirit of the season.
There was a great deal of interest in the Centre’s offer to provide short-term accommodation for up to four Syrian refugee families in partnership with volunteers in Naramata Village and the South Okanagan Immigrant and Community Services Society. We are still waiting to hear from the Federal government whether refugees will be coming to Naramata. We will let you know as soon as we have any news.
Looking to the future
After taking time to celebrate Christmas, the board is hard at work developing an operating plan to be reviewed by both BC Conference and our membership in the spring.
While we have not yet made the decision to re-open, it has been suggested by many that if Naramata Centre is to succeed in any plan to re-open that providing access to the Centre in the summer of 2016 is very important. As our Board considers a future for Naramata Centre, we have decided to invite back past participants and new folks to the Centre this summer from May 28 to October 15. The invitation will include opportunities to rent accommodations or space in the camp ground for a week at a time. We won’t be providing food services.
We also want the people who return to the Centre this summer to be able to experience spiritual growth and community once again at Naramata. Part of what we all received from the Centre was the opportunity to explore and grow spiritually, which in the past was generated by learning experiences and a strong sense of a safe, caring community. We are currently exploring options for providing access to programs to achieve this goal.
We have a Board meeting at the end of January where will be finalizing plans for 2016. In February we will provide more information about both our short and long term plans - please stay tuned! If you aren't already subscribed to our email newsletter, please click: SIGN UP HERE to ensure you receive our updates as soon as they are available.