Now hiring: Site Operations Manager, Office Administrator, Program Manager

The Site Operations Manager reports to the Managing Director and is responsible for the overall maintenance of Naramata Centre ensuring the safe and efficient operations of the site and buildings.  To read about this opportunity, check out the job listing and apply here.

The Program Manager is responsible for the development and approval of the annual program plan and budget in consultation with Program Development Committee, including development and administration of the program calendar and community life experiences. Read about this opportunity and apply here.

The Office Administrator is a key public relations position for Naramata Centre being the first person many people contact on arrival or when making inquiries via email or phone. Responsibilities include:  day-to-day administration of, including but not limited to: program and accommodation registration, email and phone communication with program leaders and participants, front desk reception and hospitality, website and Facebook support. Read about this position and apply here.

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Naramata Centre Society  Hearts and Hands Volunteer Service Week

Photo - Keri Wehlander

Photo - Keri Wehlander

October 14-21, 2017

It's time again to get our hands dirty and our hearts filled! Come join us as we gather in community and collectively care for the Centre. We will prepare the grounds for winter, complete some light building projects and build community as we eat, work and play together.

Arrive Friday, October 13 and take time to settle in. Please bring gear for garden work, building work and all types of weather. We will work together from Saturday, October 14 to Friday, October 20 - come for as little or as long as you can. Kick off the week with us at 9 a.m.Saturday morning for our community welcome circle.

Jenne Newman and her family, Chris Giffen and Clara Lindstrom, Jim and Donna Simpson, and Gwen Dell'Anno will share leadership throughout the week, and create opportunities to engage in community activities, music, conversation and contemplation.

Accommodation is available at no charge and we will share some potluck meals. As well, Columbia Hall is the setting for the highly popular local NaramataSlow Harvest Supper on Sunday, October 15th. This dinner features local meat, produce and wine. You may want to be a part of this fun event! More information about tickets can be found on their Eventbrite site.

Please call the Centre (250-496-5751 or 1-877-996-5751) or email: to book your accommodation and to register for Hearts and Hands. If you are local and not staying on site, please call or email to register for the event. 

We look forward to meeting and working with you! 

Questions and Answers

1. What duties are involved in the Volunteer Service Week? 
There will be a wide range of projects to work on during the week.  While the list isn't fully compiled, it includes:

  • Grounds - gardening, pruning, clearing out, raking leaves
  • Accommodations - cleaning, winterizing, painting
  • Small building projects to complete 

2. I can't participate in heavy lifting of strenuous activity. Will I still be of use?     
Absolutely. As you will see from the list, there is a range of activities to choose from based on your skills, interest and abilities.

3. Will there be breaks during the 5-6 hour work day?
Yes, we want you to work in healthy ways that work for you. Pace yourself and work to your potential.

4. Will there be other activities on site during this time?
Yes, we plan to offer spiritual nurture activities and more. Participants can join in these activities or volunteer to lead.   On Saturday, we will collectively plan activities for the week.

5. What should I bring with me? 
The Centre has most basic tools but if you have particular tools or equipment that you like to use when working, and if you can safely transport them, please bring them along. As well, please bring proper clothing and footwear in line with the activities you would like to do - indoors, outside, etc. Please check the weather before you come, and bring clothes that match the forecast! Evenings can be cool at this time of year.

6. Where will volunteers stay? 
Orchard Court, East Court and the campgrounds will be used first. If we get more people (a good problem we hope for), we will also have people stay in Cottage Court.

7. Can I camp while I am there? 
Yes, you can! October can still be a lovely time here in Naramata. Evenings/night-time will be cool, so warm clothes are in order.

8. Can I bring my children? Will there be child care? 
We welcome families but there is no organized childcare. You would need to be prepared to manage your own childcare needs.

 9. How will food be organized? 
Just like summer, there will be no food services provided on site, so people will need to be prepared to provide for themselves.  There can also be the opportunity for people to  prepare food together and eat together.

10. I am local, can I come for one day or intermittently through the week?
Absolutely, just register and let us know you are staying offsite.

11. Will Board members be present/ will there be opportunities to discuss the future of the Centre?
There will be board members at this event. Questions and feedback are welcome and will be passed on to the board at large.

1978-79 Winter Session Reunion, submitted by Linda Hatfield

It all started with a picture…then a Facebook post…and, as they say, the rest is history.  Thirty-nine years after living in community together, 26 of 32 participants and two of three leaders of Naramata’s Winter Session of 1978-1979 found each other again, with the help of social media, technological detective work, generous gifts of time and talent, and the compelling guidance of God’s still, small, voice.

Winter session gang - 1978-79

Winter session gang - 1978-79

Now in our 50s and 60s, we are part of a unique generation that straddles the years just before and just after the dawn of the Information Age.  Ironically, one of our 12 weeks of study during Winter Session that year was entitled “Future Lifestyles,” led by Basil McDermott, during which we imagined the impact of various technologies on our lives in the future, including the personal computer.  Little did we know that some of those very technologies would become the vehicles by which we would become reconnected. 

First, a few found each other on Facebook, and when the photo of our Winter Session group was shared, people began to muse about how great it would be to have a reunion.  Next, a private Facebook group was established and began to add members. Those members added others, and soon there were more than 20, all connected and making plans.  A small core group took on the role of organizing, and chose a weekend. One organizer generously offered her home in Kelowna for a Friday night “Meet and Greet” barbeque.  Another planned a picnic on the Naramata beach the following day. Another volunteer searched for the “lost sheep”, a task that proved challenging, but rewarding, as more and more participants were brought back into the fold.

An email distribution list was also created, as not everyone was on Facebook.  A questionnaire was sent out, inviting people to share their life stories, to help shrink the 39-year gap at the gatherings, and provide those unable to attend a means to get re-acquainted from afar. Responses were compiled and re-distributed. People found mementoes and photos to be digitized and assembled into a slide show set to music from the 1970s. A cassette tape of several participants playing songs they had written was also digitized and used in the slide show. The search for those lost continued right up until the last day, when it became clear that everyone who could be found was found. Others had passed away. We made luminaries to light at a closing ceremony and release on the lake in memory of those no longer present, but still cherished. Finally, everything was ready; all that remained was for the reunion to unfold.

And then it happened! At the “Meet and Greet” all the worry, nervousness and tension of 39 years apart melted away in gasps of delight and warm hugs. Tears and laughter mingled as people searched each other’s eyes and found old friends. Time rolled back as memories spilled out like treasure buried and unearthed.  People socialized over drinks and appetizers, looking at memorabilia, and delighting in getting reacquainted and meeting partners and children. They puzzled over the trivia questions, with some recalling events and facts that others could not.

Friday evening gathering in Kelowna

Friday evening gathering in Kelowna

The slide show brought more laughter and tears, as the images of our younger selves flashed on the screen and music of the era stirred nostalgic memories. Spontaneously, the group picked up the words of the final slide and chanted them to the familiar tune. 

The next day, the majority traveled down the lake and gathered anew on the Naramata beach, for a picnic lunch.  Barb Green, a member of the Board came to greet us, give us an update on the Centre and encourage us to re-establish our connection by joining the Society, bringing our children and grandchildren, or attending a program. Later, Jenne Newman, also a Board member, took us on a walking tour of the grounds, highlighting the new accommodation and some of the challenges the Centre faces in determining the future Centre footprint. 

releasing the luminaries into the lake

releasing the luminaries into the lake

We stopped to view a mural in one of the children’s program spaces in lower McLaren Hall, which several of our Winter Session’s participants had painted. Lastly, the group gathered up at the chapel for a closing, where we were invited to let go of old burdens and express gratitude on ribbons tied to a branch, and to receive gifts in the form of rocks gathered on site and brought from elsewhere. Interwoven into the ceremony were many of the chants we’d sung. Our time together concluded by taking the luminaries, and walking them down to the lake, where they were released in memory of all who were present, in person or in spirit.

After emotional goodbyes, folks headed back to their lives, but renewed friendships continue to flourish online and in person, testimony that the connections made through the intentional, communal educational experience that was Winter Session are strong enough and resilient enough to withstand the strains of time and distance.  And… God’s still, small voice can still be heard in the sacred space that is Naramata Centre.

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Activities August 15-18

Another busy week of activities at Naramata Centre, planned by this week's participants. Community Hosts facilitate the planning session on Monday evenings. 

Tuesday 9:00 am Volunteer for Guerilla Weeding Meet in McLaren
Tuesday 2:00 pm Help with Columbia Hall Cleanup Columbia Hall
Tuesday 3:30 pm Orchard Tour Carpool Meet in McLaren
Tuesday 7:00 pm Roleplaying Circle Game (“Mafia” Game led by youth for all ages) Columbia Hall Lawn
Tues. Wed. Thurs. 8:30 pm Youth Time! North Wing - McLaren
Wednesday at 8:00 am Yoga with Roswitha Beach
Wednesday 1:30 pm Water Slide (bring own juice) Columbia Hall Lawn
Wednesday 3:00 – 6:00 pm Farmers’ Market Wharf Park
Wednesday 7:30 pm Sacred Pause for All Ages, then Lighted Labyrinth Walk (8:30 ish) Chapel/Labyrinth
Thursday 1-2 pm; 2-3 pm Card Making Columbia Hall (sign up - McLaren
Thursday 3:00 pm Life-sized Clue Game - All Ages Downstairs McLaren
Thursday 7:00 pm Music Jam – Singing, Guitars & Ukuleles Columbia Hall Dining Room
Friday 8:30 am Morning Meditation Chapel
Friday 1:00 – 2:00 pm Card Making Columbia Hall (sign up - McLaren
Friday 6:00 pm Potluck Creekside Commons
Friday 7:30 pm Dance for All Ages Creekside Commons

Become a 2017 member - sign up to win!

The NCS Society membership term is for one-year, expiring annually after the AGM. A membership is individual, not family or couple-based. Membership is important because it:

·      Allows you to vote at the AGM.

·      Ensures you stay informed about important news, such as our updated business plan.

·      Demonstrates your support for Naramata Centre and the work of the board.

Enter the draw! This year everyone who purchases or renews their membership between May 6 and August 27 will automatically be entered in a draw for a fabulous gift! At the August 26-28 Board meeting, a name will be drawn with that person awarded a three-night stay for two at Naramata Centre, lunch at Legends Distilling, a behind-the-scenes tour of Elephant Island Orchard Wines and an opportunity to participate in the harvest, if the timing is right.

Buy or renew your membership today!

Seeking Campground Hosts

Campground Host Job Description

Campground hosts at Naramata Centre support the ongoing operations of the Centre by assisting staff and volunteers to create a safe, welcoming environment in the campground and at the Centre. 

Campground hosts work with staff and volunteers to welcome participants who are staying in the campground. They greet campers, providing information about the week's programs as well as information about the campground itself. Participants may be people who have attended the Centre for many years or there for the first time. All are welcomed.

Host Duties:

●      Be available for campers a minimum of 24 hours per week.

●      Be on site in July and August from 10 a.m. -12 p.m. and 2 - 6 p.m. on Saturdays when participants are checking in and out.

●      Be on site in May, June, September and October on days when campers are checking in and out.

●      Attend and be introduced at the Sunday evening welcome session.

●      Introduce campers to one another.

●      Respond to questions about the Centre and the village.

●      Monitor the cleanliness of washrooms, replacing toilet paper and paper towels when needed.

●      Contact housekeeping when washrooms are in need of cleaning outside of the regular cleaning times.

●      Explain to campers the expectations for maintaining the cleanliness of the camp kitchens. 

●      Monitor and maintain the cleanliness of the Creekside and Southside camp kitchens.

●      Empty the camp kitchen fridges of any leftover items on a regular basis.

●      Quiet time is 11 p.m. to 7a.m.  Hosts address noise issues with participants and ask them to respect the rule.

●      Dogs are allowed in certain parts of the campground. Hosts remind campers of the rules associated with having a dog on their site.

●      Contact the Centre manager when there are serious concerns or issues in the campground.

●      Advise anyone entering the campground who is not staying on site that the Centre property is private and politely ask them to leave.

●      Rake and remove debris from sites after people checkout.


Hosts receive a free campsite with 15 amp electricity and water. The designated site is site 19 as it is central in the campground.


●      An open and welcoming approach

●      A recent criminal record check

●      Experience as a volunteer

●      Personal knowledge of Naramata Centre

●      Willing to be host for a minimum of 3 weeks and a maximum of 6 weeks.

If you are interested in applying for this position, please email outlining how you qualify for this position, including your experience with Naramata Centre,  your volunteer experience, the length of time and when you would be available (e.g., first three weeks in June).

UPDATE - the first 3 weeks in July and in August are now filled.

Science, Religion and an Evolving Faith - September 5-9, 2016

Insightful presentations and engaging discussions yielded personal and spiritual growth for all participants in the Naramata Centre program, ʺScience, Religion and an Evolving Faithʺ held September 5-9, 2016. Facilitated by Robert McDonald, who has a diverse background in the topic, together we explored evolutionary Christian spirituality within the context of scientific discovery and our changing world.

We challenged long held dogmas, learned from respected leaders on the topic, discussed implications of new scientific discoveries, and reflected upon our personal beliefs while respecting the past, each other, and our future as a faith community. We all grew as individuals not destroying our beliefs, but instead questioning them and emerging even stronger at the end of the week through the process. 

Our fundamental basic values are important, solid and timeless, but should and must not be static. Humanity evolves over time with experience and new knowledge. We started by examining the “big history” of the science and religion stories, comparing spirituality and religion, and the demographics of how our society participates. We also discussed why we should not “fear” continuously questioning and modifying our beliefs and practices.

We continued by examining the concept of process theology, which affirms the reality of human freedom and creativity and spiritual experience. By mid-week, we were well prepared to discuss “The Genesis Stories” and to examine our roles as humans having dominion, or stewardship, or responsibility, over the rest of creation. We then discussed James Fowler’s stages of faith that many people go through as their faith matures. During the Friday concluding session we learned from the video presentations of “Interfaith Explorers” – visionaries who are imaging the future of belief systems and the church. 

This course was definitely seen by all as a meaningful week of personal and spiritual growth.


By Terrance Malkinson

A Place for Change

When I received word of Naramata Centre closing a year-and-a-half ago, I was stunned.

Full stop. Stunned.

It was hard to accept that a place that had been such a part of who I was, who I am, and who I hope to be, could close. If it failed, could I? If this place, this holy ground that was so integral in my own unfolding, and to which I attribute so much of how I operate in this world - professionally, personally, and spiritually - could appear to no longer be viable, what then of me?

It was a tough pill to swallow, and I guess, to be honest, I went into my own deluded sense of denial, and refused to swallow it. When I joined the Naramata Centre Society board last year, it was from a place of stubborn, self-driven ego and desperation, thinking that perhaps I could make a difference, that I could help Naramata Centre find its place again in a world so seemingly desperate for the very things it has always offered.

This past year, I have learned an incredible amount about Naramata Centre, far beyond what I knew of it before. I have learned that what I have gained from the Centre is only a miniscule portion of what the collective "we" have gained from it during its almost 70 years of operation. I have learned that my sadness and loss, when hearing of its closing, was shared with hundreds and thousands of others, who experienced their own versions of loss. I have learned that it is not just me who wants a Naramata Centre for the world, but many.

But I have also learned how complicated that desire is. I have learned the impact of aging infrastructure and septic systems. I have learned the reality of maintaining 22 acres of land. I have learned the distance between what you want, and what you are able to attain, can sometimes be completely frustrating to navigate. I have learned that there is no shortage of ideas out there for what the Centre could be, each one exciting and overwhelming at the same time, with complicated implications for the whole. I have learned that the time it takes to mull, and research, and decide, is time that comes at the expense of family, friends, work and self.

I have also learned that despite all of this, there are an incredible number of people who are prepared to try. People yearning to help. Excited to engage. Willing to step up and step in. Hopeful that their Naramata Centre may find its place in this world again. 

This Summer - a sense of newness

My week at Naramata this summer was so important for me. It was to be a litmus test of a year's worth of hard work by the board. It was to be an experiment, and I was going to watch it first hand, recognizing that it was going to be a different experience for all those who came to participate in it. 

And what I saw made me so happy! Our week at the Centre was full of what I have always loved about my experiences there, yet immersed in a sense of newness. It was a simple week, with two programs being offered, and around 60 people staying on site. There was a sense of ease about the week, with all folks - new and old - sharing in a collective sense of care for both the place and each other.

The usual events (waterslides, campfire, a few dance parties, potlucks) occurred, but they were driven by participants, and not provided by anyone other than ourselves. If these events didn't happen, it was as though they weren't meant to be, and that was okay. And the new folks, those who braved coming to a new place they had never been to, had such a fresh and open perspective.  I can't emphasize enough how their eyes helped me to see what an amazing place Naramata Centre is. 

It also dawned on me this year, that my oldest daughter is the same age I was when I came to Naramata Centre for the first time. I was struck by how fortunate I have been for the gifts, talents, skills and experiences this place shared with me, and how truly hopeful I am that she and her sisters will be blessed with their own experiences of this place during their lifetimes, as well. 

Heading into the fall, there is an incredible amount of work to be done to make this hope viable. There will be many tough decisions and conversations to have, not only as a board, but as a broad collective of souls who care so deeply for the Centre. Conversations about buildings, land, septic systems and finances. But with what I witnessed this summer, and heard in so many conversations, I am filled with a renewed sense of determination to see the work through, and allow this place, and the people it impacts, to experience and practice the change we all wish to see in the world. 

With gratitude and hope, 

Jeremy Church 

(With thanks to Keri Wehlander for the photographs)

The Home of My Heart

Just over a year ago I received a touching letter in the mail from an old friend. I opened the letter to find kind words, thoughtful hopes and seeds. Seeds of all sorts from the grounds at Naramata Centre. Seeds gathered in a time of closure, a time of conflict, a time of anticipating change. The seeds stared up at me, holding all that could be in their tiny being. Patiently waiting a time to explode back to life and grow something new.

This summer I saw the seeds again. And this time they had sprouted. The quiet, abundant earth has been holding this space. The trees, the sand, the seeds, the clay hills, the birds, the bear, the spiders and a handful of faithful souls have all been holding this place. A place for all to gather, to play, to rest, to seek the Sacred.

This summer I witnessed the seeds sprouting. In smiles, in tears, in loud beach splashes and quiet sacred pauses, I could feel the sprouts reaching toward the sun and rain. There is still so much to be determined, discerned, developed, but the seeds have cracked opened and begun to grow.


This summer I saw Naramata Centre through the eyes of others. Wise elders, old friends, children, newcomers, board members, volunteers, residents, villagers, visitors, program leaders sharing so many stories, so many experiences. I heard joy, excitement, hope, caution, fear, anger, sadness, concern and mostly, gratitude. Deep gratitude. Gratitude for a chance to come and connect to this place, this space, this experience of being held in a community.

Each story touched my heart, and when I look back at my very full and engaged time on site this summer, two moments in particular stand out. First the back story: this summer my friends gave me the best birthday gift ever. They showed up! Four families, all new to the Centre, all excited about finding a favorite new camping spot. Each shared their own perspective; each connected to the Sacred in different ways.

One friend arrived and beamed as she stated, “I drove the eight hours from Calgary passing beautiful mountains and lakes, thinking to myself, why not stop here, and here or here? I kept driving wondering what I would find. And now, I’m here and I want to live here!”

My friend spent the week at the beach, in the trees, in the village connecting in circles of new community. At the end-of-the-week campfire, with tears in her eyes, she shared her story of her Naramata week . Her story of finding a new place to be, authentically herself, welcomed into community.  My week was full of profound sacred moments.  My favorite one was sitting in that campfire circle hearing the hearts of our elders, our children, our teens, our newcomers and our old friends, all being present to each other and the Creator, under the trees that lean in to listen.

-Jenne Newman, Naramata Centre Board

A peach and a Naramata week

Windows open to air out the house, desk covered in papers, I push them aside to savor a peach. A peach, one of many, I brought back from the Okanagan en route home from my summer week this July. I remember the experience and give thanks for the opportunity that I had to join in Qi Gong, dig my toes into the sand, and sit on the edge watching children run, peacocks jump, and seniors gather together.

For me, it was a week to engage in all-ages community. It was a week of work. It was a week of new connections. It was a week of spiritual nurture and renewal. Somehow, these seemingly disparate states managed to come together in this place and allowed me the opportunity to not only accomplish concrete tasks, but also to reflect upon the past and imagine the future. Exploring sacred space, walking the labyrinth, raking leaves, swimming across the expanse that is Lake Okanagan, and biking down the Kettle Valley Railway filled my days and left many memories which I brought home with me and which also call me back.

It was a regular summer week at Naramata Centre; people from across western Canada and beyond came from Saturday to Saturday to stay at the Centre. Many gathered together with locals and other Centre residents in program time: soul collage, rock painting, yoga, Qi gong, sacred pause, music and conversation.

There were no programs that required registration offered this week, rather anyone interested came together and brought forward program pieces and shared their gifts where they felt called to do so. Each day brought a new activity and a new way to connect with the group. Twenty, thirty, forty people gathered to imagine, sing with rEvolve, and share in a week-end potluck and closing celebration in the form of an open mic and evening of Mexican train and boccie. Weeding was a thread throughout the week as the path to the chapel was brought forth, dandelions were pulled from the labyrinth and unsolicited green growing things were picked out of the Sacred Garden. In addition, the roses were revived and the rocks were revealed. Old friends were made new and strangers found common connection. 

It truly was a community week. A Naramata week. As I finish off this peach and move back to the papers on my desk, I continue to carry the flavors along with me. Both literally and figuratively. I am rejuvenated and refreshed; I am thankful for the community and opportunity to be.

Sarah Thomas
Board Member

A week at Naramata Centre June 28 - July 2

Naramata Centre is up and running this summer and participants this week are very happy that this is so! Someone remarked,  "It's so good to be back here." Another replied, "I'm thankful there is a here to come back to!"

Participants this week were immersed in the familiar spirit of Naramata Centre through community building, spiritual nurture, singing together and meaningful conversations! 

Two well-subscribed programs were offered:

  • Somatic Awakening (Feldenkrais) facilitated by Rob Black, with assistance from Brent Kisilevich.
  • Singing for Life with Jean and Jim Strathdee leading the singing and Donna and Tim Scorer facilitating.

I attended the singing program and can attest to the joy expressed by many at simply being at the Centre: immersed in community, singing Naramata favorites, being in a program together, forming new friendships. There was quiet emotion at being back in that circle. These folks love the Centre and were fully engaged, and committed to spreading the word back home in their churches and communities. 

As Community Spirit Facilitators this week, the Scorers helped the group plan a wide range of activities. They also led Sacred Pause, which book-ended the days, with mornings at the beach and evenings in the chapel. The Strathdees performed in the chapel Wednesday evening, with both Centre guests and local Naramata residents attending. 

Centre participants determined the social agenda for the week: a wine-tasting tour, Feldenkrais demonstration and booked sessions, Healing Pathway complementary and booked sessions, a drumming circle, enthusiastic volunteer activities on the grounds and in the buildings, and a wrap-up potluck dinner and concert Friday evening. Life was busy here! 

People were filled up and left optimistic about the future. And, it renewed the sense of hope that we can thrive once again with a new format, volunteer-supported spiritual Centre led by a committed group of amazing individuals!

I hope that you, too, will have time at the Centre this summer to engage with others, and with the spirit of this place.

Submitted by a board member


Come back to the Centre this summer! There is still time to register for programs and accommodation. Check out and look under Programs

Highlights from our annual general meeting!

The Naramata Centre Society welcomed 64 members and 25 non-member guests to its annual general meeting (AGM), on June 25 at the Centre.

Discussion of Draft Business Plan

Prior to the official meeting, participants were invited to provide feedback and comments on the Naramata Centre Society Draft Business Plan 2016-2020, which had been previously circulated to members. Board member Pam Rinehart used an open space process, inviting individuals to bring forward various topics related to the business plan for discussion. Lively discussion ensued, with participants joining groups to express their views on topics of interest.

Some themes from the discussion were re-affirmations:

  • Naramata Centre is a beloved place of spiritual nurture, a spiritual home for many.
  • The Centre is safe place for all ages; it is inclusive of all. Everyone is made welcome here.
  • The Centre creates community and people come committed to being in community.

Varying opinions emerged in discussion of the following topics:

  • What is the appropriate footprint for the Centre in the future?
  • What is important in working with possible future partners?
  • Spirituality, Christian roots, emerging progressive, holistic Christianity: what is the path to our identity?
  • Marketing and communications, how do we reach young adults and other audiences?
  • What should programming look like going forward?
  • Community, intentional community
  • Financial matters

The Board of Directors appreciates the feedback received through the discussion and will consider it as we move forward this year.


Board Chair Doug Woollard welcomed everyone to the meeting and provided his report on the work of the board over the past year. He pointed out various aspects of the draft business plan including issues that will need decisions going forward, such as the physical footprint of the Centre, the sewage system, and others. The full report is available here.

Treasurer Kathy Hamilton reported that Naramata Centre incurred a loss for the year ending December 31, 2015 due to Centre closing costs (including severance) earlier that year. Subsequent to that time, the Centre operated with a balanced budget, ending the year with money in the bank. Labor costs are low,  thanks to our dedicated volunteers. Once again this year, the Centre received a grant from BC Conference. We are grateful for this support, as well as the support of our monthly and periodic donors, as we work to discern the Centre's future. 

Bylaws were discussed and revised as needed to comply with current standards and how the Centre is operating. One new addition to the bylaws is the introduction of proxy voting, which allows a voting member to appoint a proxy holder, who must have been a member for at least three months and must be 16 years of age or older.  The proxy holder may exercise only one proxy vote. (A full description of the bylaw changes is available in the draft minutes posted here.)

Five new board members were acclaimed. They are: Terry Brunner, Naramata; Barb Green, Edmonton; Terrance Malkinson, Calgary; Darren Rettie, Naramata; Sarah Thomas, Port Alberni. Biographies for these new board members are available on the website.

Chair Doug Woollard expressed a sincere thank you for the efforts and support provided by retiring board members Tressa Brotsky, Norma Fraser, Dhane Merriman and Kathy Hamilton. Thanks were also given for the efforts of numerous volunteers over the past year. 

Click here to read the AGM minutes

2016/17 Memberships

Memberships with the Naramata Centre Society expired June 25 after the AGM, so please renew today. Your membership demonstrates your support, allows us to keep you informed of Centre and board activities, and gives you the opportunity to vote at the AGM. Membership fees are $20.

Thank You Work Week Volunteers!

In the last week of May, the Centre was transformed by a group of work week volunteers.

This intrepid group of 25 people worked long days to get accommodations, campgrounds and the grounds ready.

Undaunted by sore muscles, aged equipment and two years of growth they worked and worked and worked contributing over 1,000 hours of labour to Naramata Centre.

A huge shout out to these volunteers, who came from across BC and Alberta and even as far away as Saskatoon to help out at the Centre!

Board Membership Update

It is with much regret that we announce Tressa Brotsky’s resignation from the Board of Naramata Centre Society. Tressa has been a board member since June 2015 and has served expertly as our Communications Lead, helping to ensure transparent and timely communication to our membership and developing our new website. She has also shared her passion for ongoing programming at the Centre with our Program Task Group.

Tressa has taken a step back from the Board for personal reasons, but is continuing to be active in her support of Naramata Centre and the Board of Directors. Please join us in thanking Tressa for her service.

The Board recognizes the continuing importance of communications with the public and our membership as we go forward. Our Chair (Doug Woollard) and Secretary (Sarah Vollett) are working with the Board and a number of volunteers to ensure that our communications continue to be frequent and informative.