Fulton Winter Block Party

Fulton Winter Block Party

Recap of Welcome Winter Block Party

The 3rd Annual Fulton winter block party in downtown Kamloops was on Saturday and the day was a complete success. More than 3000 people came out throughout the day to enjoy beer from local favourites – Red Collar, Iron Road, Bright Eye, Noble Pig, and Alchemy Brewing, as well as hot drinks provided by The Vic and Fulton.

DJ King Kong Finger provided tunes throughout the event and Dave Coalmine also gave a live performance. Prizes were given out all day for drink tickets, heritage railway tickets, and Fulton’s title sponsor gave out lift tickets for Sun Peaks. The businesses in Downtown also saw a boost in their sales this weekend.

Children in attendance enjoyed outdoor ball hockey thanks to the Kamloops Outdoor Skating Association and Kamloops Ball Hockey Association while adults stayed warm by the fires or looked at the various artisan crafts sold by vendors like Arwen’s Apparel and Riz Wools. There was live music to listen to while spending time with their friends and family.

We’d like to extend our sincere gratitude to all the breweries that participated in selling their beer. And a special thank you to Fulton for sponsoring another fantastic Winter Block Party!

Support These Five Local Downtown Shops

Support These Five Local Downtown Shops

Support Local Stores in Downtown Kamloops

This holiday season we’d like to encourage you to support local by showcasing some of the excellent stores in downtown Kamloops!

Funny Page Collectables

  • Stop in at Funny Pages Collectables for their 1st annual pre-Christmas blitz with huge savings throughout the entire store! Judy and Dave our the warmest and our passionate about helping their customers and the community. This is the place for you if you are looking for those rare finds.


808 & Bench

  • Check out 808 & Bench to shop for skateboards, art supplies, spray paint, custom apparel, graphic designs, stickers, and more.

The Golden Buddha

  • Shop at The Golden Buddha for a variety of jewelry, gift-ware, as well as locally made arts and crafts. There’s all kinds of awesome merchandise to find there.

Barnacle Records

  • Barnacle Records sells a myriad of products for your music listening needs. From vinyl, tapes, and used stereo gear to poly sleeves and turntable repair, they’ve got you covered.

Oronge Board Shop

  • If you’re looking for winter clothes and snowboarding gear, Oronge is the best place to go for boards, boots, helmets, and more.

Check out any of these shops throughout the year for awesome merchandise that you can feel proud of!

Recap of the 39th Annual Santa Parade

Recap of the 39th Annual Santa Parade

Annual Santa Parade Recap

It’s time for this years’ annual Santa Claus Parade recap!

Despite some initial skepticism, Kamloops’ first nighttime parade was a smashing success this year with a bigger turnout than previous years with people crowding the streets for this year’s Santa Parade. Crowds of citizens came together to watch the parade. This aptly symbolized the theme of the parade for this year – “Power of Community”.

People of all ages gathered together along Victoria Street in the downtown core to watch as more than fifty floats and participants marched along the streets of Kamloops to introduce Santa.

We encouraged all of the participants in the parade to decorate with lights bright enough to be seen from outer space. Although the suggestion may have been a reach, we were thrilled to see the brilliant results. We’re also excited to announce that we’ve already begun planning for next year.

A big and warm thank you to Thompson Rivers University for sponsoring this amazing event!

We can’t wait to see what next year will bring! If you have any suggestions for next years’ themes, please don’t hesitate to contact us and let us know. We’re looking forward to see you all again then!

Five Places to Get Coffee in Downtown Kamloops

Five Places to Get Coffee in Downtown Kamloops

The days are getting colder as winter is fast approaching and one of the best way to stay warm while out and about is to bring along a hot cup of coffee for the adventure. Whether you’re downtown for work or for a leisurely stroll, you’ll need to find somewhere to help you keep toasty this season.

The Art We Are

  • If you’re looking for a local coffee shop to grab a coffee and a bite to eat, The Art We Are has an array of caffeinated and non-caffeinated beverages for all those who want a quick warmup this winter.

The Vic

  • The Vic prides themselves on providing high-quality fair-trade tea and coffee with fresh, full flavours. In addition to beverages, The Vic also has both sweet and savory foods to snack on while you sip your coffee.

Swiss Pastries

  • With an assortment of artisan breads, buns, danish, and croissants to pair with your coffee, Swiss Pastries is a great place to stop for a coffee and a delicious home-made treat during these chilly months.

Caffe Motivo

  • Want some specialty brew coffee by the cup or some whole beans bagged up for coffee at home? Stop by Caffe Motivo for a freshly brewed cup of coffee if you’re in the area searching for something warm to drink.

Frankly Coffee and Bistro

  • Stop by Frankly for some spiritbear coffee, a specialty brew, or beer with baileys to help you keep warm on a chilly day.

 

 

Disclaimer: All images were borrowed from the respective web pages of each cafe mentioned.
And, just a friendly reminder that there are a range of different coffee shops to stop at in Downtown Kamloops and this list is by no means a conclusive one.
Winter Block Party: What to expect?

Winter Block Party: What to expect?

Are you coming to the Fulton Welcome Winter Block Party this Saturday?

 

When is it?

This Saturday, December 7th, from 12 PM until 7 PM.

Where is it?

On Victoria Street between 3rd and 4th Ave!

What is it?

This event is the 3rd annual Winter Block Party hosted by Downtown Kamloops and Kamloops Sports Council.

This is an event with fun activities for all ages – hot food and drinks, an assortment of games, a live DJ, and an outdoor market! Santa will be visiting from 1:00 –3:00 PM in case you missed him at the parade, and we have a special performance from Dave Coalmine at 4:00 PM.

The Vic Downtown will be serving Coffee to keep you warm and a variety of craft brews from Red Collar Brewing, The Noble Pig Brewhouse, Bright Eye Brewing, and more!

This is a great day to shop local and head over to get your gifts wrapped by the Kamloops This Week Christmas Cheer Fund Wrappers.

Just a note for the drivers out there – the 300 block of Victoria street will ONLY be open for pedestrians from 9 AM – 8 PM on Saturday, December 7th.

For more information: Send an email to events@downtownkamloops.com or call (250) 372 3242.

Five Places to Buy Gifts in Downtown Kamloops

Five Places to Buy Gifts in Downtown Kamloops

November is coming to an end and Christmas is right around the corner, which means that it’s nearing the time to start purchasing gifts for our loved ones. There are a variety of shops located in downtown Kamloops that you can find gifts at, but we’d like to recommend a few specific places to shop at for presents this week:

Far + Wide

  • Support local shops downtown by checking out Far + Wide. They feature home and lifestyle goods, as well as plants and vintage pieces.

Miss Whimsy’s Gift Emporium

  • Another local downtown shop to stop by is Ms. Whimsy’s. 99% of their merchandise is comprised of handmade Canadian items (while the other 1% is upcycled goods).

Castles and Cottages & Ciao Bella Boutique

  • With kitchen accessories, home décor, bath, garden, bedding, specialty foods, chocolate, and a variety of clothing attire, Castles and Cottages is an ideal place to look for all kinds of unique gifts.

High Octane

  • A bit more of a niche shop than the prior mentions in this list, but High Octane is an excellent place to shop for your comic book reading, board game playing, war hammer loving friends and family.

Volegacy

  • And finally, another locally owned shop with Canadian-made merchandise where you can find men and women’s clothing, home décor, candles, and a variety of other small trinkets.

Just a friendly reminder that this list is by no means conclusive as there are many shops located in the downtown Kamloops area that you can stop at to look for gifts. Stay tuned for our weekly updates to find more lists of places to check out in downtown Kamloops.

Written by Oliver O’Dell, Customer Care and Patrol (CAP) Team Member. The CAP Team is our Downtown Kamloops ambassador program. Reach us at 250-572-3008/3009 or the Downtown Kamloops office at 250-372-3242.

A Sustainable Holiday Season – Downtown Kamloops

A Sustainable Holiday Season – Downtown Kamloops

With Christmas just around the corner, we’re all getting prepared to hunt for Christmas presents and decorations to spruce up our homes. Something that we all ought to take into consideration is how sustainable we are this holiday season. Here at Downtown Kamloops, we’ve got some tips and tricks for you this winter.

Some suggestions on ensuring sustainability are:

  • Decorating with energy efficient and durable products.
  • Choosing creative, community centred gifts.
  • Wrapping presents in newspaper.
  • Thoughtful preparation of dinner to prevent waste.

Ultimately, it is imperative that remain conscious about the products that we consume. Who wants our holiday celebrations to end up in a landfill?

Watch the video to know more at

Written by, Oliver O’Dell, Customer Care and Patrol (CAP) Team Member. The CAP Team is our Downtown Kamloops ambassador program. Reach us at 250-572-3008/3009 or the Downtown Kamloops office at 250-372-3242.

Lest We Forget

Lest We Forget

On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, Canadians pause for a moment to commemorate the armistice agreement that brought an end to the First World War at 11 am on November 11th, 1918. This upcoming Monday, we will commemorate this ceremonious day throughout the city of Kamloops. There will be a few events and ceremonies occurring downtown on Remembrance Day, which will provide an opportunity for residents to pay their respects and to remember the men and women who gave their lives for our freedom.

Remembrance Day is an opportunity for communities to come together and collectively remember the suffering of war. Veterans come to remember and honour the fallen. Friends and family come to pay their respects and to remember the ones who died as well as those still living with memories of war. On Monday, November 11th, the annual Remembrance Day ceremony will be held at Riverside Park beginning at 10:45 am.

There are a few events lined up on the program for this Remembrance Day. The day will begin with the mounting of the cenotaph guard, then the colour party and the veteran’s company will march, and following that, if weather permits, there will be a fly past by 419 squadron from Cold Lake, Alberta. After the ceremonies, there will be a parade led by the Kamloops Pipe Band from Riverside to the dispersal point at 500 block Victoria Street. Following the dispersal, youth participants will be provided refreshments at Desert Gardens and adults will be invited to socialize at one of the Legions in town. On Sunday evening, November 10, there will also be a Remembrance Day dinner at the Columbo Lodge for $35 per person. Arrive at 6:30 for cocktails and 7:30 for dinner.

Another way to show your support this Remembrance Day is to make a donation and grab a poppy from one of the various businesses that have Royal Canadian Legion donation boxes near the register. The donations from this promotion go to veterans and youth programs each year.

 

          Written by, Oliver O’Dell, Customer Care and Patrol (CAP) Team Member. The CAP Team is our Downtown Kamloops ambassador program. Reach us at 250-572-3008/3009 or the Downtown Kamloops office at 250-372-3242.

Halloween in Downtown Kamloops

Halloween in Downtown Kamloops

It’s that season again. the leaves are changing colour, the temperature is dropping, and everything is becoming a little bit spookier. Halloween is quickly approaching, and this Thursday is the big day we’ve all been waiting for.

There are a few different events happening in downtown Kamloops this Halloween that the CAP team thought you ought to know about. That’s why we’ve prepared a list of the top nine things that you can do downtown on Halloween for a spooktacular evening this Thursday, October 31st.

  1. 5th Annual Halloween Dinner at the restaurant Terra on 300 block Victoria St. Dinner starts at 6pm until 10pm and tickets are $75 per person.
  2. Rock n Roll Halloween Bash at The Blue Grotto on 300 block Victoria St. Event starts at 8pm and tickets are $10 each.
  3. Hallowe’en with DJ KingKongFinger at Alchemy Brewing Company on 600 block Victoria St. Event starts at 7pm until 11pm and tickets are available in house.
  4. Devil’s Country Halloween at Shark Club Sports Bar & Grill on 285 Lorne St. Event starts at 9pm. Tickets are $5 and must be purchased in advanced.
  5. Paint Nite: Autumn Forest Light at Boston Pizza on 300 block Victoria St. Event starts at 7pm and tickets are $40 per person.
  6. TFS: Dogman at Paramount Theatre on 503 Victoria St. Event starts at 7pm until 8:45pm and tickets range from $5 – $11.
  7. Hotel Horror Show Night at The Blackwell Hall in The Plaza Hotel and Tumbleweeds Lounge. The event starts at 7pm until 11:30pm. Tickets are $10 at the door.
  8. Halloween Skaraoke at the Central Pub Station. Event starts at 9pm.

And lastly, if you’re still in need of a costume…

  1. Spirit Halloween on 444 Seymour St.
  • Looking to get started on next year’s outfit? Check out Spirit Halloween on November 1st for a discount on your costumes.

Written by, Oliver O’Dell, Customer Care and Patrol (CAP) Team Member. The CAP Team is our Downtown Kamloops ambassador program. Reach us at 250-572-3008/3009 or the Downtown Kamloops office at 250-372-3242.

He(art) of the City

He(art) of the City

Why is it that we love art so much? What is it about a mesmerizing piece of art that causes us to stop and stare in awe? What is it about the human experience that provokes us into the creation of art? Whether it’s street art or works posted in a gallery, there’s something inspiring about stumbling across a work of art that takes your breath away. Perhaps it’s that moment wherein we’re pulled out of our own everyday lives to experience someone else’s interpretation of it.

One of my favourite parts about adventuring in Downtown Kamloops is the incredible artwork that can be found throughout the area. Many of the alleyways are decorated with beautiful murals painted by some of our local artists. All around the city, unique pieces of artwork can be found, and to me this demonstrates our community’s deep-rooted love of art, which resonates all over the back alleys of downtown. You may have seen some of the murals on your drive to work or walk around the neighbourhood, but if you haven’t had the chance to see them all, it might be a fun activity to partake in one sunny afternoon this Fall.

The two art galleries located downtown are another example of Kamloops’ thriving art scene. The Kamloops Art Gallery is located on Victoria Street in the same building as the downtown Library, and it’s an excellent place to view a variety of artwork kept on display. The exhibition in the gallery changes once every few months, which gives us all a great excuse to keep returning to see what’s new.

There are a multitude of places in downtown Kamloops that you could check out if you’re interested in art. There’s The Art We Are where you can go to look at some local art or purchase local art. With two separate sections for wall art and market art, you can even choose to sell your work at The Art We Are for a fee. If you’re interested in creating art, there’s the 4 Cats Kamloops Studio where you can register yourself or your children for a workshop.

Not only does art make us think, it takes us places and makes us feel things that we may not have experienced without it. Sometimes art makes us laugh, and sometimes it makes us cry. Another part of what makes art so moving is how long it lasts. Although an artist will inevitably pass on, their creation is left in the world as a form of communication that exists long after the artist is gone.

 

Written by, Oliver O’Dell, Customer Care and Patrol (CAP) Team Member. The CAP Team is our Downtown Kamloops ambassador program. Reach us at 250-572-3008/3009 or the Downtown Kamloops office at 250-372-3242.

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Where Are They Now Series: Jackie Rechenmacher

WHAT IS YOUR NAME?

Jackie Rechenmacher

WHAT YEAR WERE YOU A CAP TEAM MEMBER?

2015

TELL US ABOUT YOUR CAREER PATH SINCE LEAVING THE CAP TEAM.

After the CAP team I worked within corporate sales. I then moved into a operations coordinator position with a tech based start up. After a brief stint travelling, I went back to my roots within the event sector. Currently, I assist show organizers with the planning and logistics of large scale trade shows in Calgary.

WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT JOB TITLE?

Account Manager at GES

 

WHAT WERE YOUR CAREER GOALS WHEN YOU STARTED WITH THE CAP TEAM?

I wanted to learn how to appy my university education in the real world. I was given the opportunity to apply my knowledge to practical situations. I also wanted to learn how to work within the non profit sector, and how I could create opportunities to make a change in my community.

HOW DO YOU FEEL YOUR EXPERIENCE ON THE CAP TEAM HELPED YOU ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS?

I believe the CAP team gave me the confidence and experience to do exactly what I am doing today. I am able to work with many different kinds of people, get the job done and do it all with a smile on my face.

WHAT WAS THE MOST VALUABLE SKILL LEARNED ON THE JOB?

I think the most valuable skill was patience and versatility. It is critical to be versatile in today’s world, and from scrubbing off graffiti, to planning the merchants market, to assisting with the visitor centre, you had to learn how to wear many hats and to be fluid between the changes.

WHAT WAS YOUR FAVOURITE PART OF THE PROGRAM?

The community around the CAP team! You get to work with a great group of people who you become very close with, and you get to engage with the parts of the community that invoke change.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU OFFER CURRENT AND FUTURE CAP TEAM MEMBERS?

To get out there and create those relationships that you can utilize to better the community and to better your self.

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Where Are They Now Series: Cameron Staff

YOU FULL NAME 

Cameron Staff

WHAT YEAR WERE YOU A CAP TEAM MEMBER?

2014

TELL US ABOUT YOUR CAREER PATH SINCE LEAVING THE CAP TEAM.

I completed my education at TRU in April 2016 and started working for an IT agency in Kamloops doing marketing. In fall 2018 I made the move to Victoria, BC where I am now doing marketing for a travel start-up & app.

WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT JOB TITLE?

Marketing Coordinator

WHAT WERE YOUR CAREER GOALS WHEN YOU STARTED WITH THE CAP TEAM?

To work in both the communications & tourism industries – mission accomplished!

HOW DO YOU FEEL YOUR EXPERIENCE ON THE CAP TEAM HELPED YOU ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS?

Being a part of the CAP Team taught me how to communicate effectively with community members on a large scale. It allowed me the opportunity to further develop my skills in writing, coordination & public speaking.

WHAT WAS THE MOST VALUABLE SKILL LEARNED ON THE JOB?

The most valuable skilled learned on the job was how to communicate effectively with community members on a large scale.

WHAT WAS YOUR FAVOURITE PART OF THE PROGRAM?

Working outside during the summer months & the opportunities for community networking it allowed me.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU OFFER CURRENT AND FUTURE CAP TEAM MEMBERS?

Wear sunscreen, stay hydrated, have fun & be smart.

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Where Are They Now Series: Leah de Zeeuw

WHAT YEAR WERE YOU A CAP TEAM MEMBER?

2017

TELL US ABOUT YOUR CAREER PATH SINCE LEAVING THE CAP TEAM.

I have since gone on to work at Eureka! science camp in Kamloops BC. I also work while in school in a lab that studies Risky Behaviours and Borderline Personality Disorder that is run at UVic. My valuable time with the CAP team allowed me to develop the public speaking and confidence needed to work with people of all different backgrounds and deal with stressful situations as they arise.

WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT JOB TITLE?

I am currently a student and I am attending the University of Victoria. I am in my 3rd year of my degree, studying psychology. I plan to graduate with honours and go on to attend graduate school where the goal is to become a pediatric clinical psychologist specializing in concurrent disorders.

WHAT WERE YOUR CAREER GOALS WHEN YOU STARTED WITH THE CAP TEAM?

My career goals when I started the CAP team were the same as they are now. I knew I wanted to be a pediatric clinical psychologist and I knew I wanted to work with at risk individuals. Working with the CAP team allowed me to gain insight and knowledge into at risk individuals in our society and which resources may best work for their rehabilitation and safety. This insight is crucial going forward in my future career as I need to know how to work with those who come from all walks of life. This position taught me empathy and understanding for which I am eternally grateful.

HOW DO YOU FEEL YOUR EXPERIENCE ON THE CAP TEAM HELPED YOU ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS?

I feel the CAP team allowed me to explore my desire to work with at risk populations. I loved getting to know the individuals of downtown Kamloops and hearing their stories was the highlight of my time on the CAP team. Also the training I received about resources and how to deal with certain situations in regards to at risk individuals prepared me for my future career path in mental health.

WHAT WAS THE MOST VALUABLE SKILL LEARNED ON THE JOB?

The most valuable skill learned on the job was how to engage with those who may be entirely different from yourself. Sometimes the thought of stepping out of your comfort zone and engaging in conversation with others who are unlike you can be scary, but it is so worth it. You will learn empathy and grow to see how everyone’s differences is why the world is so beautiful. The people I met while working at the CAP team have forever changed my outlook on life and I still think about them to this day.

WHAT WAS YOUR FAVOURITE PART OF THE PROGRAM?

My favourite part of the program was getting to know all of the amazing people in downtown Kamloops! From business owners to the characters that hang out downtown there are so many amazing people to meet. They truly made the job spectacular as well as the comrodery felt while being on the team!

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU OFFER CURRENT AND FUTURE CAP TEAM MEMBERS?

I would offer to not be afraid to try new things. This job will make you step out of your comfort zone in more ways than one. You will have to be willing to expand your horizons and open up your heart to new situations. Sometimes the job may feel overwhelming and sometimes a sad situation will occur downtown, but you need to see these days as teaching experiences. I learned so much in my summer on the CAP team and I would trade any of that knowledge for the world.

 

Our CAP Team Program is one of the KCBIA’s key programs. Since starting the program in 2004, we have had over 90 youth participate in the program. We are proud of what our CAP Team Members have achieved and wanted to share their successes and how being a part of such a great program helped them throughout their career. The Where Are They Now Series gives you a chance to catch up with past CAPies and see what they are up to!

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Where Are They Now Series: Colin Titsworth

WHAT YEAR WERE YOU A CAP TEAM MEMBER?

2005 and 2006

TELL US ABOUT YOUR CAREER PATH SINCE LEAVING THE CAP TEAM.

I became the manager of a Provincial Park in Revelstoke during summers, and worked the winters for a Heli Ski operation. I gave up the park job last year but still work for the Heli Ski company.

WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT JOB TITLE?

Guest Relations for a Heli Ski company.

WHAT WERE YOUR CAREER GOALS WHEN YOU STARTED WITH THE CAP TEAM?

To find a job that didn’t feel like a job.

HOW DO YOU FEEL YOUR EXPERIENCE ON THE CAP TEAM HELPED YOU ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS?

It helped develop my public relation skills and opened many doors.  A lot of opportunity came from interacting with so many people.  It was a networking platform that helped me acquire several unique jobs.

WHAT WAS THE MOST VALUABLE SKILL LEARNED ON THE JOB?

I learned how to engage with people from all walks of life.  From homeless drug addicts, to International travellers, the job taught me social interaction skills that could break down barriers.  You never know who you will meet in downtown Kamloops.

WHAT WAS YOUR FAVOURITE PART OF THE PROGRAM?

Riding bikes through the parks on a warm summer night and talking to happy people.  We explored every part of our jurisdiction on our bikes, and found all sorts of unique people/places along the way.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU OFFER CURRENT AND FUTURE CAP TEAM MEMBERS?

Understand you have the ability to enhance the experience of countless visitors to downtown Kamloops.  Strive to find ways to make that happen and put yourself out there.

 

Our CAP Team Program is one of the KCBIA’s key programs. Since starting the program in 2004, we have had over 90 youth participate in the program. We are proud of what our CAP Team Members have achieved and wanted to share their successes and how being a part of such a great program helped them throughout their career. The Where Are They Now Series gives you a chance to catch up with past CAPies and see what they are up to!

Back Alley Art Gallery

Back Alley Art Gallery

This summer in Downtown Kamloops come on down to see the Back-Alley Art Gallery mural program! This public mural program was undertaken because we wanted to make our alleys part of the walkable, livable space downtown. There is now a total of 30 murals in Downtown Kamloops and rather than a single theme for our murals, we wanted to create a truly eclectic collection. It’s an outdoor art gallery and like all good galleries, it features a mixture of different artistic styles! The mural artists meet with the business/property owners and collaborate on a slew of different concepts. Sometimes this means having a mural design to fit the theme of the store or letting the groups creativity run wild!

The Back-Alley Art Gallery is an integral component in the KCBIA’s Complete Streets Initiative: public spaces that are friendly, supportive, appealing, and safe. This program creates community partnerships between the local business and creative communities and provides an opportunity for local artists to showcase their talents, diversify the downtown business environment, and beautify public space.

Project partners include: Province of British Columbia, Ministry of Housing and Social Development and their Job Creation Partnership, the various property owners, Kamloops Arts Council, suppliers including Sherwin-Williams Paint Store, United Rentals and the BC Wildlife Park. Through coming together, we were able to take a dream and coax it into reality!

If you phone ahead of time, on Wednesday evenings at 7pm during July and August, you can receive a tour of all the murals by your favorite CAP Team members. If you prefer to venture out at different times, you can always grab a map either online from our website or you can grab one from a CAP Team member on the street. So, this summer season, be sure to discover the works of art right around the corner!

This article was written by Jon George, Customer Care and Patrol (CAP) Team Member. Reach us at 250-572-3008/3009. Email capteam@downtownkamloops.com. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram (Downtownkamloops) and Twitter (@downtownkamloops) too!

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Where Are They Now Series: Julia Dumbrell

WHAT YEAR WERE YOU A CAP TEAM MEMBER?

2016

TELL US ABOUT YOUR CAREER PATH SINCE LEAVING THE CAP TEAM.

Since leaving the CAP Team, I have focused the skills I developed with Downtown Kamloops toward my educational and career experiences. I was inspired to further pursue a career in promotions and began working with Bell Media, representing the stations Virgin Radio, QMFM, CTV News and TSN in Vancouver. I have focused my public speaking skills which the CAP Team instilled in me by constantly presenting at these events on behalf of Bell Media promotions. While pursuing my Bachelor of Arts, I advanced my studies at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia for 6 months. This gave me the opportunity travel and gain incredible experiences and memories down under! I’m still constantly writing in my free time, and taking risks wherever I can.

WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT JOB TITLE? IF YOU ARE A STUDENT, WHAT ARE YOU STUDYING?

I will be graduating with a Major in English Literature and in Minor in Commerce from the University of British Columbia in May 2019. Studying this diverse portfolio of courses was inspired by the CAP Team, where I was enthusiastic about the City Ambassador and Business Development aspects of the job.

WHAT WERE YOUR CAREER GOALS WHEN YOU STARTED WITH THE CAP TEAM?

When I was with the CAP Team, I began to shape my career path while pursuing my Bachelor of Arts. I knew I enjoyed writing and was interested in promotions and business development. Through the CAP Team’s training in social media advertising, public speaking and event planning, this job was a major outlet to inspire what I am now pursuing- a career in Public Relations.

HOW DO YOU FEEL YOUR EXPERIENCE ON THE CAP TEAM HELPED YOU ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS?

I drew a lot of inspiration from the City Ambassador aspects to the job. My experience in planning city wide-events and engaging local businesses helped me feel more connected to the downtown Kamloops community. The CAP Team gave me the chance to undertake hands-on experience of the planning and execution of exciting community events, such as the Merchant’s Market. The payoff from this hard work was highly rewarding, and I felt pride in holding an integral role to what I am now proud to see of Kamloops’ vibrant downtown community.

WHAT WAS THE MOST VALUABLE SKILL LEARNED ON THE JOB?

The CAP Team gave me confidence in always having an open mind. No two days working as a CAP Team member were the same, and I gained confidence in a hugely diverse set of skills. I knew I had become a more open minded person when over a casual shift I had conducted an interview with a local business, removed graffiti in an alley, biked the perimeter of downtown and hosted a tour for Rocky Mountaineer Train guests- all within 8 hours!

WHAT WAS YOUR FAVOURITE PART OF THE PROGRAM?

Being a CAP Team member allowed me to explore what skills I have and take on projects to challenge myself and exceed my own expectations. I knew I was interested in promotional writing, and helped to conduct interviews and write weekly People of the Neighbourhood articles about local business owners downtown. This both allowed me to grow stronger writing in a professional setting, and realize how much I enjoyed this aspect of the job. Now pursuing a career in Public Relations, the CAP Team was an outlet for me to realize my own creativity.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU OFFER CURRENT AND FUTURE CAP TEAM MEMBERS?

Make the most of your experience, if there’s an aspect of the job you really enjoy, try to take more of a leadership role in that area, have an open mind to all the random, crazy experiences you’ll work through… and have fun!

Our CAP Team Program is one of the KCBIA’s key programs. Since starting the program in 2004, we have had over 90 youth participate in the program. We are proud of what our CAP Team Members have achieved and wanted to share their successes and how being a part of such a great program helped them throughout their career. The Where Are They Now Series gives you a chance to catch up with past CAPies and see what they are up to!

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Where Are They Now Series: Daniel Bott

WHAT YEAR WERE YOU A CAP TEAM MEMBER?

2009

TELL US ABOUT YOUR CAREER PATH SINCE LEAVING THE CAP TEAM.

I went to the JIBC and joined the Ambulance.

WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT JOB TITLE?

Primary Care Paramedic.

WHAT WERE YOUR CAREER GOALS WHEN YOU STARTED WITH THE CAP TEAM?

Police officer.

HOW DO YOU FEEL YOUR EXPERIENCE ON THE CAP TEAM HELPED YOU ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS?

It taught me to adapt to changes and to keep open to new ideas.

WHAT WAS THE MOST VALUABLE SKILL LEARNED ON THE JOB?  

Learning to talk to a variety of people in a variety of situations, time management and attention to details.

WHAT WAS YOUR FAVOURITE PART OF THE PROGRAM?

My CAP teammates. 2 best friends from that summer that I still see and we always bring up memories from that summer and tell stories over again.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU OFFER CURRENT AND FUTURE CAP TEAM MEMBERS?

Have fun. This job is one of the greatest experiences of my life and if you take some chances and enjoy yourself you’ll have friends and memories forever.

Our CAP Team Program is one of the KCBIA’s key programs. Since starting the program in 2004, we have had over 90 youth participate in the program. We are proud of what our CAP Team Members have achieved and wanted to share their successes and how being a part of such a great program helped them throughout their career. The Where Are They Now Series gives you a chance to catch up with past CAPies and see what they are up to! 

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Where Are They Now Series: Kristina Moller


WHAT YEAR WERE YOU A CAP TEAM MEMBER?

2015

TELL US ABOUT YOUR CAREER PATH SINCE LEAVING THE CAP TEAM.

After the CAP Team, I worked as an Employment Counsellor for adults with disabilities for about a year. I received my Bachelors Degree in 2014, majoring in Psychology. I now live and work on a cattle ranch in the Cariboo area.  I am very fortunate to have also found a position that directly applies to my degree and that is also very flexible around the needs of the ranch.

WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT JOB TITLE?

Case Worker for Victim Services with the RCMP

WHAT WERE YOUR CAREER GOALS WHEN YOU STARTED WITH THE CAP TEAM?

I was really passionate about Street Outreach with transient individuals and really looked up to Ken Salter who, at that time, held a position with ASK Wellness and provided a lot of hands on orientation and training for new CAP Team members.

HOW DO YOU FEEL YOUR EXPERIENCE ON THE CAP TEAM HELPED YOU ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS?

The CAP Team provided a job that was very diverse and had a lot of different parts to it. I had to be able to transition between roles and quickly adapt if needed. I had to learn to think quick and be ready for anything. I also feel that this position helped me achieve my goals by valuing the importance of looking neat and tidy; to quote the CAP Team training manual, “you will be treated like a professional when you present yourself as such.”

WHAT WAS THE MOST VALUABLE SKILL LEARNED ON THE JOB?

I learned a lot of skills from Gay Pooler who was the General Manager of the KCBIA while I was on the CAP Team. At the time, I thought she was a little too tough but looking back now, I’m grateful for it. One of the most valuable things I learned was that when you are at work and especially on the CAP Team, you are an actor. As apart of the CAP Team, you are there to sell Downtown Kamloops and make it a great experience. You are not there to be angry or upset or worried about your personal life because that’s not what you are being paid to do and, quite frankly, it’s not your employers problem. I carry this with me today in my position and whenever someone asks me how I am doing during the work day, my answer is always, “I’m excellent, how are you?”

WHAT WAS YOUR FAVOURITE PART OF THE PROGRAM?

I really enjoyed all the walking and biking (with the exception of biking up First Ave., which I did not ever accomplish). I wish I had a FitBit back then!

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU OFFER CURRENT AND FUTURE CAP TEAM MEMBERS?

Purchase a good pair of shoes and don’t forget your radio!

Our CAP Team Program is one of the KCBIA’s key programs. Since starting the program in 2004, we have had over 90 youth participate in the program. We are proud of what our CAP Team Members have achieved and wanted to share their successes and how being a part of such a great program helped them throughout their career. The Where Are They Now Series gives you a chance to catch up with past CAPies and see what they are up to!

Bike Maintenance and You

It’s time for some fun in the sun in Downtown Kamloops! That means it is time to get active and enjoy the fresh air. Now that those blue skies are finally here you don’t have to wait forever for the car to warm up. So, stretch those legs and hit the trails! Of course, before you hit the road you need to be prepared, so today we bring you some tips on bike maintenance to help keep you on track and stable on those two wheels.

The first tip we have for you is knowing the ABC’s of your bike. The “A” is for air. Having the proper amount of air in your tires will make for a much smoother ride so it is important to check before you embark on an outdoor adventure. If you need a quick pump up, there is a bicycle maintenance station at Riverside Park and at 3rd and St. Paul Street just outside of Urban Systems.

The “B” stands for brakes. Kamloops in general has tons of hills, so make sure your brakes are in order before you blast off down the hills.

The “C” is for the chain. Having a clean chain will be highly beneficial for the overall wellness of the bike as switching gears properly on all those hills will really help those jelly legs afterwards.

The second tip is cleanliness. Keeping your bike parts properly cleaned and lubricated is crucial for good performance. Lubrication protects moving parts from excessive wear caused by friction, prevents them from “freezing up,” and helps keep rust and corrosion at bay.

Careful not to over lubricate as this can attract dirt and other abrasive particles. Many videos can be found online how to properly clean, but just remember that a few minutes here and there will save you hours of frustration down the line!

The last tip we have is more about you than your bike. In order to keep smashing all those personal bests, your body needs to be operating at maximum efficiency. What better way to keep your body happy than by staying hydrated? The CAP Team certainly knows the benefit of that!

Remember some of the signs of dehydration are dry skin, dizziness, dry mouth, and feeling tired or sleepy. If you are looking for a new water bottle and love Downtown Kamloops (of course you do) then why not swing by the Bank3, 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament and snag yourself a Downtown Kamloops branded glass water bottle for $20!

There you have it folks, a few tips to keep yourself and your bike in impeccable condition this year. Be smart and safe while riding, and enjoy the many trails that Kamloops has to offer. Don’t forget to pack that sunscreen too!

 

This article was written by Jonathan George, Customer Care and Patrol (CAP) Team Member. Reach us at 250-572-3008/3009 or. Email capteam@downtownkamloops.com. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram (Downtownkamloops) and Twitter (@downtownkamloops) too!

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Where Are They Now Series: Kyle Jack


WHAT YEAR WERE YOU A CAP TEAM MEMBER?

2015 to 2016

TELL US ABOUT YOUR CAREER PATH SINCE LEAVING THE CAP TEAM.

Since leaving the CAP team, I gained enough valuable job experience to apply it towards a career with BC Corrections.

WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT JOB TITLE?

Corrections Officer

WHAT WERE YOUR CAREER GOALS WHEN YOU STARTED WITH THE CAP TEAM?

To learn about Kamloops and what it had to offer as I had moved here from the coast. I also wanted to develop my social skills and meet the community. Lastly I wanted to provide a sense of security for the downtown people and businesses by creating a presence and a desire for safety.

HOW DO YOU FEEL YOUR EXPERIENCE ON THE CAP TEAM HELPED YOU ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS?

By constantly taking me out of my comfort zone and testing me, it helped with my confidence in public speaking and maturity. The staff meetings provided many challenges to test me and push me, which I found very beneficial.

WHAT WAS THE MOST VALUABLE SKILL LEARNED ON THE JOB?

I would say developing my social skills with members of the public as well as getting a better understanding of the lower class demographic. The rapport I had built with them helped better myself with my current career.

WHAT WAS YOUR FAVOURITE PART OF THE PROGRAM?

My favorite part of the program would have to be being apart of the downtown events such as Christmas parades, Zombie walks, etc. I also enjoyed meeting new businesses and helping market them and making the public aware.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU OFFER CURRENT AND FUTURE CAP TEAM MEMBERS?

If you like getting into shape with long bike rides, or getting to know your city a lot better then this is the job for you. It is very beneficial for someone looking to pursue a career in law enforcement, marketing, business, or tourism. Soak up all the knowledge the CAP team can offer you and apply it towards a future career.

Our CAP Team is one of the KCBIA’s key programs. Since starting the program in 2004, we have had over 90 youth participate in the program. We are proud of what our CAP Team Members have achieved and wanted to share their successes and how being a part of such a great program helped them throughout their career. The Where Are They Now Series gives you a chance to catch up with past CAPies and see what they are up to!