March 19, 2004  
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Rotaract Club holds juvenile diabetes camp
A group of children suffering from juvenile diabetes will be attending a free camp this weekend, along with their families.

Western’s Rotaract Club will be hosting the weekend getaway. “[It is intended to] give kids a chance to get away and have fun,” said Linda Perdeaux, the club’s JD camp co-ordinator for 2004.

The weekend will give the children’s “whole family a vacation,” but there will also be lectures about new technologies, she added.

“The camp is taking place outside at the Woodeden Easter Seals facility outside of Byron and will be totally free for the children and their families,” Perdeaux said, adding Western’s Rotaract Club has been raising money all year to fund the event.

“More than 60 student volunteers will be helping run the camp,” she said. “[It will be] a fun chance for [students] to play for a weekend.”

—Tim Fish

UBC launches new campus in Okanagan
It was Christmas in the Okanagan Valley on Wednesday when the British Columbia government announced that two new post-secondary institutions would be established there.

The current Okanagan Valley University College will be converted into a new campus of the University of British Columbia, and a new Okanagan College will be established, confirmed Karen McDonald, communications director for the Ministry of Advanced Education.

“It was announced [Wednesday] that the University of British Columbia Okanagan will be developed in Okanagan Valley,” she said.

“It is part of a government commitment to add 25,000 more seats in university in the province by 2010,” she explained, noting the hope is that any high school graduates in B.C. with a 75 per cent average or better will have a seat in university in the province.

According to McDonald, Okanagan is one of the fastest growing regions in B.C.. “The B.C. progress board did a review in 2002 and concluded that the demographic trends indicate the population is expected to grow at twice the rate of the rest of B.C.”

The two institutions will add 5,500 post-secondary spots in B.C., and will open in September 2005.

—Laura Katsirdakis



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