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On April 12, 2018, the Okanagan Similkameen Healthy Living Coalition (OSHLC) hosted the Okanagan-Similkameen Food Security Forum in Keremeos. The event was well attended and we enjoyed plenty of good discussion and sharing of ideas ... and wonderful food catered by the LSIB. Melissa and her team from the Elim Tabernacle supplied us with delicious snacks for our break time.  

As promised, we are sharing the thoughts and ideas that came out of the forum. You can find that here






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2018 New Directions

Chair Toni Boot, District of Summerland Councillor and Regional District Director, the OSHLC board and members, and BC Healthy Communities worked very hard in 2017 and are ready to re-introduce the Okanagan Similkameen Healthy Living Coaltion!

We know that there are many facets to building healthy communities, and are focussing on three in 2018: food security: (access to affordable, nutritious food, and personally acceptable food); active living; and mental health. While we will continue to support initiatives outside of these three areas, we recognize more successes will be realized by narrowing our scope this year. 

Read more about how you can get involved.

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Oliver continues to press ahead on their work to make the community more food secure.

Want to learn more? Join us at the Okanagan Similkameen Food Security Forum being held at the Victory Hall in Keremeos on April 12, 2018. Carol Sheridan (one of several presenters on food initiatives in our Region) will being bringing us up-to-date on their work as well as talking about the benefits of working collaboratively across the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen.

The Forum is free, but you MUST REGISTER. Do that here and read details of the Forum including how you can share YOUR work, too!

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If you have ideas for the newsletter or website, or if you'd like to get in touch with us directly, please email the Coalition at


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Welcome to the Okanagan Similkameen Healthy Living Coalition!

The Okanagan Similkameen Healthy Living Coalition unites all regional public institutions that have a health-related mandate to combine their assets and experience to engage local communities around the goal of building new community norms for health and well-being. These institutions include: Municipalities, the Regional District, School Districts, Indian Bands, Interior Health, UBC Okanagan and Okanagan College. Future growth will add private sector institutions with an interest in workplace and community health to the Coalition.

We operate primarily through Constellations, which are groups that come together to focus on a joint outcome. Constellations are innovative community-driven projects that achieve measurable improvement in the lifestyles of our residents. Their focus is action-oriented and may include education, service delivery, research or other activities aimed at changing social norms for health. Constellations may expand, merge, shrink or dissolve based on their learnings, new opportunities and changing social context, thereby ensuring that the focus remains relevant and effective in the pursuit of social change. Our main focus is on providing operational support and know-how to Constellations as they strive to create a culture of healthy living in our communities.

The goal of the Coalition is to facilitate success for each Constellation. Success will come from strong partnerships that share energies and strengths to collaborate toward the common goal of enabling individuals in our communities to lead healthier lifestyles.