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