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Community | Faith in a Shoebox with Operation Christmas Child

Community | Faith in a Shoebox with Operation Christmas Child

By LeRae Haynes – For more than 10 years the community has rallied to support a truly faith-driven program through Cariboo Bethel Church in Williams Lake. Every year, between 3,000–5,000 shoeboxes containing gifts for children are sent to places around the world through Operation Christmas Child. “I’ve stepped into some really big shoes,” explained Cariboo […]

Recycling Support at  Central Cariboo Disposal

Recycling Support at Central Cariboo Disposal

By LeRae Haynes – Landfill diversion and public education are two highlights on the job for Central Cariboo Disposal’s new area manager Dan Harrison. “I wasn’t a really big trash guy when I came here; I see it now—keeping stuff out of the landfill is my biggest priority,” he said. “If we can push recycling […]

Community | Williams Lake SPCA: Finding animals the best homes

Community | Williams Lake SPCA: Finding animals the best homes

By LeRae Haynes – Finding the best home for every animal is the goal of the Williams Lake SPCA. Not all adoptable animals find local homes, but thanks to a BCSPCA program called Drive for Lives, thousands of homeless animals are transferred every year to other shelters where they can find their forever homes. According […]

Community | A True Taste of Home at Lac La Hache Bakery

Community | A True Taste of Home at Lac La Hache Bakery

By LeRae Haynes – European rye bread, a delicacy from Lac La Hache Bakery, delights customers with its fresh taste and simple wholesome ingredients. Lac La Hache Bakery has been around for over 20 years, with Yvette and Frank Betz at the helm for the past six years. The busy bakery, with 11 on staff, […]

Community | Taylor Made Cakes: A sweet destination

Community | Taylor Made Cakes: A sweet destination

By LeRae Haynes – Taylor Made Cakes and Sweets has been baking up a storm in the community and beyond for nearly five years. Brenda and Dale Taylor and their children Abbi and Benn have worked hard to make the delightful bake shop a true gem in downtown Williams Lake for residents and travellers alike. […]

Community | Bread Peddler: Baking from the heart

Community | Bread Peddler: Baking from the heart

By LeRae Haynes – Kate Sulis and Tim Hathaway at the Bread Peddler in Wells bake bread that is good from the inside out and delicious from crust to crumb. It’s substantial, meaningful, beautiful food baked from the heart.  They create organic sourdough breads from freshly-milled whole grains, baked in a hand-built wood-fired oven with […]

Green Business Feature | 52° North: Wild and locally sourced birch water

Green Business Feature | 52° North: Wild and locally sourced birch water

By LeRae Haynes – From the beautiful pristine wilderness of Horsefly, BC come natural, refreshing beverages with enormous health benefits, thanks to 52° North, a small, insightful company with vision and commitment providing a health drink with detoxifying and revitalizing properties. 52° North co-owner Sarah Wall said birch sap, or birch water, is the first […]

COMMUNITY | Celebrating World Animal Day

COMMUNITY | Celebrating World Animal Day

By LeRae Haynes – I think the world is a much, much better place with animals in it. (I hope they think the same of us.) Not that animal lovers really need an excuse to celebrate animals, but World Animal Day on October 4 is a truly wonderful reminder of how lucky we are to […]

RECYCLING| Central Cariboo Disposal Services: Recycling on the rise

RECYCLING| Central Cariboo Disposal Services: Recycling on the rise

By LeRae Haynes – In the four years he has worked at Central Cariboo Disposal Services (CCDS), Barkley Baird said he has seen an enormous and encouraging increase in recycling options, awareness, and participation. “Recycling is ten times better than it was four years ago when I started here—everybody’s doing such a great job recycling,” […]

COMMUNITY | RECIPES | Immigration and Multicultural Services Society: Holiday Recipes Homemade with Love

COMMUNITY | RECIPES | Immigration and Multicultural Services Society: Holiday Recipes Homemade with Love

By LeRae Haynes — Food is one thing that brings people together no matter what the celebration. Celebrating the holiday season, as well as the incredible cultural diversity that defines Canada, a group of six clients at Immigration and Multicultural Services Society in Williams Lake gathered to talk about food and share recipes from their childhood. […]

LOCAL FOODS | Winter Delights at the Cariboo Growers Market

LOCAL FOODS | Winter Delights at the Cariboo Growers Market

By LeRae Haynes — The Cariboo Growers Market in Williams Lake is a source of community pride as well as high-quality, naturally-produced local food. Farmers, ranchers, and producers fill the market year round with local, healthy, responsibly-grown seasonal food: a one-stop shop for great taste and peace of mind. “It feels great to show that we […]

ARTS & CULTURE | Winter Carnival Returning to Williams Lake January 30 & 31

ARTS & CULTURE | Winter Carnival Returning to Williams Lake January 30 & 31

By LeRae Haynes — A small group of community members responded to complaints last fall that there was nothing to do in the winter in Williams Lake. In a few short weeks they succeeded in leaving that complaint behind in a dirty snow bank, and brought a community together in the process. They created a unique, […]

FEATURED GREEN BUSINESS | Making a Difference: Paying it back and paying it forward

FEATURED GREEN BUSINESS | Making a Difference: Paying it back and paying it forward

By LeRae Haynes — Kane Fraser is partner and team member at FBB Chartered Professional Accountants LLP. He also competes in extreme off-road racing events in Canada, the US, and Mexico, recently attended an Association of Research and Enlightenment conference to be certified in hypnosis and past-life regression, and regularly commits random acts of profound kindness.   […]

FITNESS | Bull Mountain Cross Country Skiing in the Cariboo

FITNESS | Bull Mountain Cross Country Skiing in the Cariboo

By LeRae Haynes — People looking for outdoor, winter family fun in the Cariboo can find the perfect answer close to home at the Bull Mountain Ski area just 16 km north of Williams Lake. Cross country skiing, one of the fastest-growing sports in Canada, is not only a top-notch cardio workout, it’s accessible to […]

FEATURED GREEN BUSINESS | Social Enterprise: Worth Every Penny

FEATURED GREEN BUSINESS | Social Enterprise: Worth Every Penny

By LeRae Haynes — Improving and enriching the lives of women, their families, and their communities is at the heart of Worth Every Penny, a social enterprise created by Penny Hutchinson, the driving force and the caring heart behind this innovative, non-profit start-up organization.  She describes herself as a lifetime social entrepreneur who has been […]

NEWS | HEALTH ISSUES | Better at Home ~ Truly caring for seniors

NEWS | HEALTH ISSUES | Better at Home ~ Truly caring for seniors

  By LeRae Haynes — Being able to live comfortably and safely in their own home as long as possible is an enormous benefit for seniors, according to Better at Home co-ordinator Carrie Sundahl. She says the emotional, mental, and physical well-being of seniors can be greatly enhanced with a mix of practical in-home services […]

NEWS | SCIENCE | Celebrating BC Rivers Day in light of Mt. Polley Mine Breach

NEWS | SCIENCE | Celebrating BC Rivers Day in light of Mt. Polley Mine Breach

  By LeRae Haynes — Strategically located to provide immediate and ongoing data on the Mt. Polley Mine breach, the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) Quesnel River Research Centre has been a source of important information on the breach for the past year. Research scientists at the facility include centre manager Sam Albers, who […]

NEWS | BC Mountain Bike Tourism Symposium in Williams Lake

NEWS | BC Mountain Bike Tourism Symposium in Williams Lake

  By LeRae Haynes — The City of Williams Lake has been chosen to host an upcoming BC Mountain Bike Tourism Symposium October 2 – 4, thanks to the vision and hard work of people like Thomas Schoen and Mark Savard from the Cariboo Mountain Bike Consortium. The symposium, a gathering of creative minds from […]

FEATURED GREEN BUSINESS | Alternative Kids Clothing and Accessories | Buying ‘Green’ for Kids

FEATURED GREEN BUSINESS | Alternative Kids Clothing and Accessories | Buying ‘Green’ for Kids

  By LeRae Haynes — Lisa Buhler and Jennifer Earnshaw at Alternative Kids Clothing and Accessories have six children between them, and know what it’s like to try to find kids’ clothes that are unique and practical, responsible and affordable. Buhler says they started Alternative Kids Clothing and Accessories last fall because they heard so […]

CHILDREN | CHAAPS: Hope and Freedom on the Back of a Horse

CHILDREN | CHAAPS: Hope and Freedom on the Back of a Horse

By LeRae Haynes — Seeing the world from the back of a horse can be a life-changing experience, especially when it means leaving a wheelchair behind in the dust—even for a moment.   Cariboo Hoofbeats Assisted Activity Program Society (CHAAPS) provides therapeutic riding and animal assisted therapy for children, youth, adults, and seniors from a diverse […]

ARTS & CULTURE | National Aboriginal Day: Bringing communities together

ARTS & CULTURE | National Aboriginal Day: Bringing communities together

By LeRae Haynes —   Communities come together this summer to celebrate First Nations history and traditions at events that span National Aboriginal Day (NAD) weekend and continue with the 33rd annual Secwepemc Gathering in July. From babies to elders and teens to toddlers, there is inspiration and fun for everyone with the opportunity to celebrate […]

FEATURED GREEN BUSINESS | Cariboo Auto Recyclers | Changing with the Times at Cariboo Auto Recyclers

FEATURED GREEN BUSINESS | Cariboo Auto Recyclers | Changing with the Times at Cariboo Auto Recyclers

By LeRae Haynes — Cariboo Auto Recyclers has changed with the times to keep up with and exceed environmental standards. For more than 60 years the company has provided a wide range of automotive services throughout the Cariboo-Chilcotin, helping people replace, reclaim, and recycle. Today,, the company consistently receives gold- and platinum-level certification from the […]

FEATURED GREEN BUSINESS | Green and Natural Balance at Zirnhelt Timber Frames

FEATURED GREEN BUSINESS | Green and Natural Balance at Zirnhelt Timber Frames

  By LeRae Haynes — Zirnhelt Timber Frames designs, engineers, and builds sustainable hand-crafted timber frame homes, cottages, and commercial buildings, achieving balance between natural products and energy efficiency. The company’s staff builds complete homes from foundations through to finished cabinetry, or supply custom timber work and lock-up packages. Zirnhelt Timber Frames is newly located […]

CHILDREN | BC Family Day: Face time trumps screen time

CHILDREN | BC Family Day: Face time trumps screen time

  By LeRae Haynes — Mary Forbes, teacher naturalist at Scout Island and mother of two, says it’s great that B.C. has declared Family Day a holiday, but that every day’s a good day to ‘unplug’ your kids from electronics and technology and get them outside to play. “February is a great time of the […]

ARTS & CULTURE | FITNESS | Skijoring and Ice Sailing: Outdoor winter fun in the Cariboo

ARTS & CULTURE | FITNESS | Skijoring and Ice Sailing: Outdoor winter fun in the Cariboo

  By LeRae Haynes — One gloriously unique winter activity in the Cariboo is skijoring. Dog lovers, nature enthusiasts, and outdoor adventurers can find fun and satisfaction in a fast-paced activity that combines cross-country skiing with taking your dog for a run. Animal Care Hospital veterinarian Bianca Scheidt loves the sport. She has volunteered as […]

FEATURED GREEN BUSINESS | Kinikinik: Beauty, ethics, and delectable food in the west Chilcotin

FEATURED GREEN BUSINESS | Kinikinik: Beauty, ethics, and delectable food in the west Chilcotin

  By LeRae Haynes — One unique and unforgettable destination in the beautiful west Chilcotin is the Kinikinik Restaurant and store, part of a sustainable, natural enterprise that includes rental cabins and a conference centre, Pasture to Plate ranching, the Chilcotin Harvest abattoir, a feed store, and a butcher shop. Owners Felix and Jasmin Schellenberg […]

CHILDREN | Celebrating Children at Sacred Heart

CHILDREN | Celebrating Children at Sacred Heart

By LeRae Haynes — Canada celebrates National Child Day on November 20 in recognition of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of the Child. One place in Williams Lake where children are celebrated year round is Sacred Heart Preschool where 47 kids are currently enrolled in various sessions throughout the week. Sacred Heart Preschool […]

FEATURED GREEN BUSINESS | Red Shreds Bike and Board Shed: Plugging you in to the great outdoors

FEATURED GREEN BUSINESS | Red Shreds Bike and Board Shed: Plugging you in to the great outdoors

By LeRae Haynes — For 27 years Red Shreds Bike and Board Shed has been a source of outdoor gear for all ages in a wide range of activities. But besides bikes and boards, owner Mark Savard and his staff also provide information and inspiration to the community when it comes to getting out and […]

FIRST NATIONS | Upper Fraser Salmon Sustainability

FIRST NATIONS | Upper Fraser Salmon Sustainability

By LeRae Haynes — Protecting and conserving sustainable salmon stocks and supporting First Nations in becoming re-engaged with their traditional economy is the mission and the primary goal of the Upper Fraser Fisheries Conservation Alliance (UFFCA). In partnership with the Tsilhqot’in National Government, Xeni Gwet’in, and the Northern Shuswap Tribal Council (NSTC), the alliance is […]

FEATURED GREEN BUSINESS | Adorn and Beauty Naturally: Loving the planet and being your most beautiful ‘you’

FEATURED GREEN BUSINESS | Adorn and Beauty Naturally: Loving the planet and being your most beautiful ‘you’

By LeRae Haynes — Health and beauty treatments go hand in hand with protecting the environment at Adorn and Beauty Naturally. The salon offers pedicures, manicures, facials, waxing, reflexology, a range of massage treatments, eyelash and eyebrow tinting, gel nails and polish, and more. What sets the salon apart, according to owner Jo-Anne Lang, is […]

LOCAL FOODS | A Thousand Jars of Salmon

LOCAL FOODS | A Thousand Jars of Salmon

By LeRae Haynes — When my children were born I learned to cook with meat. I came from several generations of vegetarians, and wanted my kids to have a choice, moral and otherwise, about what they ate. I’m not squeamish and I love to cook, so I started pestering my friends for their favourite carnivore […]