Sustainable Holiday Season in Downtown Kamloops

Sustainable Holiday Season in Downtown Kamloops

A Sustainable Holiday Season


Christmas is just around the corner and we’re all getting ready. We’re getting ready to start shopping, start decorating, and start baking. It’s time to spruce up our lives with all of the Christmas festivities. But there’s something important for us all to remember when making preparations for Christmas. What we all ought to take into consideration is how sustainable we are being this holiday season. Christmas is one of the leading culprits for much of the waste that occurs at the end of the year. And here at Downtown Kamloops, we’ve got some tips and tricks to help prevent waste this holiday season.

Some of our suggestions on ensuring sustainability are:

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

Overall, these are great ways to help increase your individual levels of sustainability. Each person to contribute counts.

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

Watch this video to learn more about our sustainability initiative:

 

Additionally, if you’d like to get in touch with us, you can find our contact information here. You can also find us on Facebook here.

 

Lest We Forget

Lest We Forget

Remembrance Day in Kamloops

On November 11th in 1918, the armistice agreement brought an end to World War I. On the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month, we pause to commemorate this agreement. This upcoming Monday, we will commemorate remembrance day in Kamloops. There will be a few ceremonies occurring downtown on Remembrance Day. This will provide an opportunity for residents to pay their respects and remember those who gave their lives.

Remembrance Day is an opportunity for communities to congregate and remember the suffering of war. Veterans come to remember and honor the fallen. Friends and family come to pay their respects and to remember those who sacrificed themselves for our country.

On November 11th, the annual Remembrance Day ceremony will be held at Riverside Park beginning at 10:45 am. The day will begin with the mounting of the cenotaph guard, followed by the color party and the veteran’s company march. After that, if weather permits, there will be a flypast by the 419 squadron from Cold Lake, Alberta.

Subsequently, there will be a parade led by the Kamloops Pipe Band from Riverside to the dispersal point at the 500 block of 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.

Finally, on the evening of November 10th, 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.

Additionally, 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.

Finally, if you have any additional questions, feel free to contact us. You can find our contact information here.

Halloween in Downtown Kamloops

Halloween in Downtown Kamloops

Halloween in 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.

Furthermore, if you’d like to see more events going on in downtown Kamloops, check out our website here.

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Art in the City of Kamloops

Why do we love art so much? What aspect of a mesmerizing piece of work causes us to stop and stare in awe? What part about the human experience that provokes us to create? Whether it’s street art or works in a gallery, there’s something inspiring about stumbling across 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. If you know where to look, you can find artwork all over the city of Kamloops.

The art of the city adds a unique vibrance to Kamloops. Unique mural artwork can be found all over the city of Kamloops. This artwork 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 one day.

The two art galleries located downtown are another example of Kamloops’ thriving art scene. The Kamloops Art Gallery, on Victoria Street, features a variety of artwork. This gallery acts as an excellent place to view a variety of artwork kept on display there. 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. The timelessness of art adds to its impact. Although an artist will inevitably die, their creation will remain in the world as a form of communication that exists long after the artist passes.

 

Additionally, if you have any inquiries for the CAP team or Downtown Kamloops, you can find our contact information here.

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Where Are They Now Series: Jackie Rechenmacher

Where Are They Now?

Where Are They Now Series: History of the CAP Team

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 an operations coordinator position with a tech-based startup. After a brief stint of traveling, 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 apply my university education in the real world. So I was given the opportunity to apply my knowledge to practical situations. And 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’s 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.

 

Additionally, if you’re interested in booking the CAP team or finding more information about the CAP team, you can find out more here. You can find us on Facebook here.

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Where Are They Now Series: Cameron Staff

Where Are They Now?

Where Are They Now Series

WHAT IS YOUR 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.

Additionally, if you’d like to learn more about the CAP team, you can find out more on our website here. Or check us out on Facebook here.

 

 

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Where Are They Now Series: Leah de Zeeuw

Where Are They Now?

Where Are They Now Series

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 the 3rd year of my degree, studying psychology. And 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 regard 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 are 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 comradery 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.

Additionally, if you’re interested in learning more about the CAP team, check out our website here. Moreover, you can find us on Facebook here.

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Where Are They Now Series: Colin Titsworth

Where Are They Now?

Where Are They Now Series

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 relations skills and opened many doors.  A lot of opportunities 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 travelers, 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.

Additionally, if you’d like to learn more about the CAP team, you can find information here. You can also find us on Facebook here.

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 and 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 group’s 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 the 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 7 pm 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

Where Are They Now?: Julia Dumbrell

Where Are They Now Series

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 in what I am now proud to see from 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!

Additionally, you can find out more information about the CAP team on our website here. You can also find us on Facebook here.

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Where Are They Now Series: Daniel Bott

Where Are They Now? Daniel Bott

Where Are They Now Series

WHAT IS YOUR NAME?

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 detail.

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.

Additionally, you can learn more about the CAP team on our website here. You can also find us on Facebook here.

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Where Are They Now Series: Kristina Moller

Where Are They Now? Kristina Moller

Where Are They Now Series

WHAT IS YOUR NAME?

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. And I now live and work on a cattle ranch in the Cariboo area. I’m 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. And I had to learn to think quickly 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 workday, 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!

Additionally, if you’d like to learn more about the CAP team, you can find some information on our website here. And you can find us on Facebook here.

Bike Maintenance and You

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.

A-B-C’s of Your Bicycle

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 afterward.

Cleanliness

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!

Hydration

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!

Additionally, you can find more information about the CAP team here. And if you can find us on Facebook here.

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Where Are They Now Series: Kyle Jack

Where Are They Now? Kyle Jack

Where Are They Now Series

WHAT IS YOUR NAME?

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.

Additionally, you can find more information about the CAP team here. You can also find us on Facebook here.

Meet The Summer 2019 CAP Team

Meet the Summer CAP Team

Summer in Downtown Kamloops is finally here! This means that the CAP Team has a few more helping hands for the season, and possibly beyond! I remember back to fall 2016 when I was hired. Sometimes it feels like it was only yesterday that I first put on the coveted red shirt and cap. So it’s time to introduce and meet the 2019 Summer CAP team!

Returning Members

Jon George: Jon is the most veteran CAPie right now, starting his time with the team in September of 2016. He enjoys working for the team because it allows him to help people from all walks of life. Jon is a graduate of the Police and Justice Studies Program at Thompson Rivers University and in his spare time he enjoys being active and going to the gym.

Jake Andrykew: Jake is the interim CAP Team Supervisor and a student at TRU who just finished his second year in the school of Business and Economics. In his free time, he enjoys video games, reading, and playing board games. Jake will be returning to TRU in the fall to continue his education. Downtown, you’ll find Jake wherever there’s music!

David Stewart. Hired in December of last year, David is on his way to TRU in the fall to enroll in the Educational Assistant Program. David loves playing basketball in his spare time and adores how many shops are located downtown!

Matt Gropp: Matt was hired last summer, alongside Jake, but left in the fall to study the Computer Science Program at TRU. He’s back again this year part-time! You can catch Matt at Red Collar Brewing downtown when he’s not working, and Game of Thrones fans should get along great with Matt as he claims it’s the “best show ever!”

New Recruits

Jarrett Larsen: Jarrett was born and raised in Kamloops and achieved his lifelong dream of playing university basketball at UBCO last year. Jarrett loves the variety of restaurants downtown and never goes hungry!

Blake Lewis: In the future, Blake plans to complete his Bachelor of Education and hopes to teach in an elementary school. While Blake only moved to Kamloops in the fall of 2018, he couldn’t wait to experience the downtown hustle and bustle during one of our amazing events!

Keenan Wallace: Keenan is a finance student at TRU. Keenan was lucky enough to play soccer for TRU as well as the University of Calgary. You could say he gets the ball rolling!

Jason Hothi: Jason enjoys how the community is close together and the diversity that Kamloops offers. Jason loves to help others and can’t wait to put all his CAP training to the test!

Rohan Sharma: Rohan is a business student from India. Rohan enjoys public speaking and you can find him outdoors going on all sorts of adventures.

For both returning and new members, everyone looks forward to an amazing summer to get out there and continue to show Downtown Kamloops how much we care!

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!

Additionally, if you’d like to learn more about the CAP team, you can find our website here. You can find us on Facebook here.

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Where Are They Now Series: Tria Donaldson

Where Are They Now? Tria Donaldson

Where Are They Now Series

WHAT IS YOUR NAME?

Tria Donaldson

WHAT YEAR WERE YOU A CAP TEAM MEMBER?

2015

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

After finishing school at TRU, I worked in environmental non-profits for five years campaigning and organizing. For the last 7 years I have been working as a Communications Officer for the Canadian Union of Public Employees.

WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT JOB TITLE?

Senior Communications Officer- Saskatchewan Regional Office of the Canadian Union of Public Employees.

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

My time on the CAP team counted as an internship for the TRU school of journalism. At the time, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do, but I knew I wanted to use my skills in communications and journalism to help better my community.

 

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

I gained a lot of valuable experience on the CAP team – including early lessons in media relations which I now speak to when I give media training. And I think it gave me a lot of confidence to talk to strangers, and diverse stakeholders to achieve goals.

WHAT WAS THE MOST VALUABLE SKILL LEARNED ON THE JOB?

All of my awesome bike riding skills! Seriously, I recently road a bike across Austria and the CAP bike training came in handy. My time on the CAP Team exposed me to many different ideas and perspectives. I really appreciated getting to learn about environmental design for safety, interacting with local service providers and business, and planning so many events.

WHAT WAS YOUR FAVOURITE PART OF THE PROGRAM?

I loved my co-workers. It was such a great team. And I also have a deep, deep love for tourist information that I credit to my time on the CAP team. Furthermore, I loved the tourism BC training and getting to help visitors to Kamloops find the many gems the city has to offer. I still love pointing people in the direction of awesome things to do!

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

Treasure your time together! Have fun. Also, enjoy being young while you can!

Additionally, if you’d like to find out more information about the CAP team, check out our website here. You can find us on Facebook here.

Parking in Downtown Kamloops

Parking in Downtown Kamloops

Heading to Downtown Kamloops? There are lots of transportation modes to get you here, including driving, taking the bus, riding your bike, or even walking!

Did You Know: Downtown Kamloops has a walkability score of 83/100.

If you’re set on driving, we’re here to share some information about our Downtown parking situation!

Many people don’t realize that Downtown Kamloops has free on-street parking after 6pm on weekdays, and all day Sunday! There are also two parkades in the downtown core, on Seymour Street and Lansdowne Street, that are also free after 6pm and on weekends. During statutory holidays both the street and parkade parking are for free.

How much parking is there in downtown Kamloops? Well, we have 7,489 paid parking spots, 341 free parking spots and two parkades right in the city centre.

Paying for your parking in downtown is easy. You can use the many parking meters located across Downtown, or pay from wherever you are with the mobile app Whoosh! This app lets you pay for your parking spot, or extend your time so you don’t run out, right from your mobile device while you’re shopping or at a doctor’s appointment.

On Monday-Saturday, from 9 am – 6 pm, parking rates are just $1.25 per hour for the first and second hour. The third hour is $2.50. Make sure to keep an eye on your time, since there is a 3-hour maximum time limit for on-street parking.

Did you know:
You don’t have to pay for a full hour of parking. You can pay for a minimum of 12 minutes, which is only $0.25.

If you would rather not drive and would like to take an alternative mode of transportation to downtown, the main bus exchange for the city is located right in the heart of Downtown Kamloops.

Walking or biking is also another great way to get around the city and many of our great trails connect right to downtown Kamloops.

So, there you have it, all the fun information about Downtown Kamloops parking, and other forms of transportation to get you here! So, come on down to Downtown Kamloops and enjoy your day. Take the opportunity to park a block or two away from your intended destination and enjoy a stroll through our walkable downtown. You never know what new business you might discover! Also, while you’re downtown don’t forget to download the mobile parking app Whoosh!

This article was written by David Stewart, 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!

Additionally, you can find out more information about Downtown Kamloops on our website here. You can also find us on Facebook here.

Green Living Expo

Green Living Expo

Living green is great for planet earth, but it can be hard knowing what steps you can take or whats available in the market. Luckily, Green Living Expo is coming up! The event will help teach you what you can do to help better care for planet earth.

The Green Living Expo is happening Saturday, May 11, 2019 at the Sandman Centre from 10 AM – 4 PM. There are going to be many fun activities to see like a fashion show, garden demonstrations, repair-café, kid zones with hands on activities, and so much more. There will also be food trucks too! And the best part is the event admission is FREE!

The Green Living Expo is also going to have live music and games to play. Check out the many musicians including, Malik Mohammed, Sean Luciuw, Brendan Methot and more! We will be setting up some of our popular games like giant Jenga and connect four in front of the Sandman Centre.

A common question we get asked by people is, “what is green living expo?” This event is to help educate and inform our community about topics like recycling, and how to grow food, and about using less like riding a bike instead of driving.

Green Living Expo is a fun event that you will not want to miss. It will provide you with so much knowledge about how to live green.

Come visit the Expo and learn how to do your part to keep the planet happy and healthy by checking out each booth and gaining as much knowledge as possible.

This event is organized by the City of Kamloops, so watch for their many booths with information to answer any questions that you may have about living green!

Come find the CAP Team at the Expo! We’re giving away reusable, glass water bottles to help live more green!

 

This article was written by David Stewart, 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!

Additionally, if you’re looking for more information about Downtown Kamloops, you can check out our website here. You can also find us on Facebook here.

RELEASE: Downtown Kamloops Brings Home 3 Awards, and KCBIA Executive Director Nominated to the Board of Directors at the BIABC Conference

RELEASE: Downtown Kamloops Brings Home 3 Awards, and KCBIA Executive Director Nominated to the Board of Directors at the BIABC Conference

Downtown News Release

May 2, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Downtown News Release brings home three awards. And KCBIA Executive Director was nominated to the Board of Directors at the BIABC Conference.

The KCBIA’s Executive Director, Carl DeSantis, recently attended the BIABC Annual Conference in Surrey. He was nominated to the BIABC Board of Directors.

The BIABC or Business Improvement Areas of B.C. serves the many BIAs across the province, both big and small.

“I am very excited by this opportunity, and I look forward to ongoing collaboration with provincial colleagues to advance matters of importance to downtown business communities.”Carl DeSantis, Executive Director of KCBIA responds.

DeSantis returned with more than just a new title as Board Director. He also brought home three shiny new ‘Best in the West’ awards from the conference.

Downtown Kamloops received the sustainability award for its sustainability and coffee program, the marketing award for Downtown Kamloops video marketing, and the safety and security award for the CAP team expansion.

Downtown Kamloops would like to acknowledge and thank the partnerships that contributed to these awards, including the video production completed by New Parallel, and the NSBIA for the CAP Team expansion.

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Media Contacts
Carl DeSantis, KCBIA Executive Director
Office: 250-372-3242
Cell: 250-319-5803
carl@downtownkamloops.com

 

Dino Bernardo, KCBIA President
Cell: 250-371-1748

 

Additionally, if you’re interested in finding more information about Downtown Kamloops, you can find our website here. You can also find us on Facebook here.

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Where Are They Now Series: Brooke Hanson

Where Are They Now? Brooke Hanson

Where Are They Now Series

WHAT IS YOUR NAME?

Brooke Hanson

WHAT YEAR WERE YOU A CAP TEAM MEMBER?

2006-2007

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

I worked in many tourism-related fields such as Event Coordinator at Sun Peaks Resort, Canoe Guide, Outdoor Education Leader, Student Recruitment Event Manager and eventually landed my dream job as Event Manager at Sun Peaks Resort.

WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT JOB TITLE?

After working as the Event Manager at Sun Peaks Resort for the past 4 years, I am now on a new path working to raise the next generation of outdoor enthusiasts. I am a stay at home Mom to our 1.5-year-old twin boys Hunter and Sawyer.

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

To own and operate a wilderness canoe guiding business. After gaining experience in events, the profession came naturally to me which led me in a new direction. Ultimately I landed my dream job combining my passion for the outdoors and my talents in events working as the Event Manager at Sun Peaks Resort.

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

Being on the CAP team pushed me out of my comfort zone to approach business owners and guests to our community and engage with them. I was always a little nervous before but my experience on the CAP team gave me the confidence I needed to move forward. And I got my first hands-on event experience working as a team to organize events like to downtown Christmas Parade and the Spring Festival.

WHAT WAS THE MOST VALUABLE SKILL LEARNED ON THE JOB?

Communication. With overlapping schedules and working with a different team member every other day of the week, it was very important to keep the line of communication going between us all. Planning events, current projects, and patrol areas are just some examples of what we had to communicate between us. In those days we did not have cell phones…or barely used them so we had a working logbook that we wrote in every day and tried to keep the email chains going.

WHAT WAS YOUR FAVOURITE PART OF THE PROGRAM?

The bike riding! I loved to be active in my job and riding my bike through Riverside Park and downtown Kamloops saying hi to all the locals made my summer. We would have competitions to see who could ride up 1st avenue without getting off and pushing their bike.

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

Have fun and get to know the people you are working with. Many of my team members I am still in contact with today and have become leaders in the communities they reside in. These connections are invaluable and will help you when you least expect it.

Additionally, if you’re interested in learning more about the downtown Kamloops CAP team, you can find us on our website here. You can also find us on Facebook here.