South Okanagan Similkameen

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BCAA Road Safety Program
• Older Drivers: Information about staying
safe on the road, staying mobile, and
planning to stop driving. Learn more about
effects of aging on driving
• Seniors Driving: Assess, maintain your
driving skills, Adjusting driving habits,
medications and driving

Justice Institute of BC (JIBC)
Educating and training those who
make communities safer; world leader in
justice & public safety education
825 Walrod Street, Kelowna
250.469.6020 1.888.865.7764

Kelowna & District Safety Council
Various programs for mature drivers
including 55 Alive ($35), Seniors
Winter Driving, Seniors Assessment &
Refresher, ICBC Retest Preparation
Motorcycle Training, Driver Licensing
Okanagan’s foremost safety training
facility. See web site for details
395 Hartman Road, Kelowna
1.888.580.7233 Register, class info
See our ad on page 82

Literacy Now
South Okanagan-Similkameen
42% of Canadians struggle with reading.
There are many programs (most of them
free) to help people read better
250.770.0029 Dannielle Hyde
See our ad on page 73

Naramata Centre Society, The
A beautiful place for retreat, reflection and
growth. See web site for programs offered.
Accommodation available
Okanagan College

Penticton Centre
583 Duncan Avenue West
• Volunteer Literacy Tutoring Program
Penticton, Summerland, Naramata. Free
adult tutoring on reading, writing or math
skills by trained volunteer tutors
250.492.4305 ext. 3244
• Oliver/Osoyoos Centre
339 Fairview Road, Oliver
South Okanagan Community Literacy
Program as per above. Oliver, Osoyoos,
Okanagan Falls. Free & continuous intake
from September to April
250.492.4305 ext. 3331 Brianne
• Summerland Centre-Continuing Studies
13211 Henry Street

Shatford Centre
Okanagan School of the Arts
Entrepreneurial creativity centre dedicated
to creative well-being. School of the Arts
offer a range of classes from hand-crafts
to performing arts. Okanagan Symphony
Orchestra tickets available here
760 Main Street, Penticton
250.770.7668 Mon-Fri 9am-5pm

Simon Fraser University
Liberal Arts and 55+ Program
Opportunity to learn for the joy of learning,
enhance your creativity, sharpen your
critical thinking skills. See web site for
programs and details

St. John Ambulance
First aid training courses, volunteer
community services
120-316 Dawson Avenue, Penticton

Thompson Rivers University
Open Learning offers distance learning
for everyone. You can complete online &
distance courses and programs anytime,
anywhere to accommodate your active
lifestyle and diverse interest. See our ad
on page 71 and learn more at...


Okanagan Regional Libraries
See our ad and article on page 16
101 Linden Avenue, Kaleden
789 Scott Avenue, Hedley
638 7th Avenue, Keremeos
3580 Third Street, Naramata
101-850 Railway Lane, Okanagan Falls
6239 Station Street, Oliver
8505 68 Avenue, Osoyoos
107 Vermilion Avenue, Princeton
9533 Main Street, Summerland

Penticton Public Library
Free Book Delivery Service - for any
Penticton resident unable to come to
the library due to illness, disability or
hospitalization. For more information...
250.770.7781 Micah
785 Main Street, Penticton
250.770.7782 Information Desk
250.770.7786 Adult Programs-Stephanie
See our ad and article on pages 24, 25


Web Resources

BC Transplant
We will save lives and offer hope through
organ donation. Online registration. Kidney

& Liver programs. Register your decision -

one organ donor can save up to eight lives
1.800.663.6189 for more information

Graceful Aging
Leading video network for boomers and
older adults. Discover great ways to a
vibrant senior life and gain important
caregiver advice on eldercare. Stay
informed on assisted living. Videos on
Senior Home, Driving & Personal Safety

Older Drivers in Canada
Safe driving strategies, community mobility
and more to enhance the capacity of older
adults to maintain their fitness to drive,
and ability to drive safely for as long as
possible. Warning signs of unsafe driving;
transition of an older driver to driving

Seniors BC
A web site for all older adults in the
province to find resources for planning
and living a healthy and active life as they
age. Senior’s families and caregivers will
find great information here also. Healthy
Aging, Financial & Legal Matters, Elder
Abuse Prevention, Fall Prevention,
Health & Safety, Housing, Seniors’ Guide,
Transportation, Advance Care Planning,
Home & Community Care

Seniors Canada
Stay Active, Engaged, Informed. Find
information for seniors, their families,
their caregivers and supporting service
organizations on federal, provincial, and
some municipal government benefits and

Health Guides

BC First Nations Health Handbook
An online companion document to the
BC Health Guide, provides information
on unique health services available to
First Nations and how to access. For
more information and to obtain your free
Dial 8-1-1
Dial 7-1-1 TTY

BC HealthGuide Handbook
No longer available in English. In the
meantime, you are encouraged to search
the Healthlink web site for medicallyapproved
information on more than 5,000
health topics. You can also speak to a
health services navigator who can connect
you with a registered nurse, registered
dietitian or pharmacist, or help you find a
health resource in your community
Dial 8-1-1 Dial 7-1-1 TTY