Community Events

Unlaunching the Okanagan

On Wednesday, March 9th, Urban Matters CCC is hosting a community happening!

Read our press release here.

book-cover-mockup2Please join us for an evening of sharing and insight into the world of Social Innovation and Social Change.

Our event is an ‘unlaunch’ of IMPACT: Six Patterns to Spread Your Social Innovation, by Al Etmanski. IMPACT explores the difference between short term success, and lasting impact. It’s for those who have wondered why, despite our best efforts, talent, and money, we have not made as big of a dent in social and environmental challenges as we would like. As Severin Cullis-Suzuki says, in her exquisite foreword to the book, “My question has changed from ‘how can I change the world,’ to ‘why isn’t it working?’”

IMPACT profiles more than 50 Canadians who are achieving lasting social impact, looking past quick wins and surface-level victories, to pay attention to deeper patterns of change. Our hope is that this book will shine a light on the good work Canadians have done, are doing, and will do, to move the dial, change the paradigm, tip the system and achieve lasting social impact.

Highlights of the evening will include dialogue with Al Etmanski, poetry, art, and live music. A number of community innovators will also share their social entrepreneurial stories and Al will assist each of these speakers in making an even greater impact by employing the strategies discussed in “Impact.”

Community innovators include:

  • Pauline Terbasket, Okanagan Nation Alliance – Sockeye Salmon Returning to the Okanagan
  • Kyleen Myrah, Okanagan College – Tomorrow’s Social Innovators: Building Impact Into Education
  • Ted Gross, Big Brothers and Big Sisters – Mobilizing your Economic Power

Appetizers will be served, accompanied by a cash bar.

Al with wife Vickie
Tickets are available for $10.00 and INCLUDE a copy of Etmanski’s book “IMPACT: Six Patterns to Spread Your Social Innovation” (retail price: $17.50).

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When: 6:30 – 9:00pm, Wednesday, March 9th, 2016.
Where: The Laurel Packing House – 1304 Ellis St, Kelowna, BC

Al’s Bio:
Al Etmanski is a community organizer, social entrepreneur and author. He is an Ashoka fellow and a faculty member of John McKnight’s Asset-Based Community Development Institute. He is founding partner of Social Innovation Generation (SiG), BC Partners for Social Impact and co-founder of Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network (PLAN). He and his wife Vickie Cammack were recently awarded the Order of Canada for their work with people with disabilities and their families, as well as for their social innovation leadership. They live just outside Vancouver and are delight in the creative pursuits of their five children.

Other Performers During the Event

Spoken Word Poet Erin Scott
Spoken Word Poet Erin Scott
Erin Scott
Erin is a spoken word poet and playwright. She focuses on community art development, youth and female empowerment, and subversive humour. Her work has been published in Papershell, produced in InspiraTO and West Queens West Street Festivals, and in Ricepaper Magazine (December 2015).


Nils Loewen Trio
Nils Loewen Trio
Nils Loewen Trio
Between the rhythms of the Cello, Fiddle, Djembe, and Vocal harmonies you can find the music of The Nils Loewen Trio. Folk/Jazz originals are led by Nils and his brother Dan. Julia Watson holds it all together with her classical violin skills and her old time fiddle sass.

Sarah Mainland – Harpist

Sarah Mainland was born in Vancouver, BC. Despite the challenges of an early birth, weighing only 780 grams, and the resulting blindness, Sarah lives a full and active life, with the gift of music at its core (starting with piano at 5, classical guitar at 15, and the Celtic harp for the last 10 years).

Sarah has called Kelowna home for the last 13 years. You can find Sarah playing throughout the Okanagan and BC, from busking at Farmer’s Markets and Kelowna’s waterfront to performing at various special events. Sarah has recorded three cd’s, with her most recent cd titled “Sarah’N Dipitous”, playfully named after her harp, “Dipitous”. In 2015, Sarah cruised to Hawaii where she not only was asked to perform twice aboard the Grand Princess, but she also performed to the Dolphins at Dolphin Quest, Honolulu.

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