Canada's warmest welcome ®* March 23 2017

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osoyoos, canada's warmest welcome

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2012 Relay For Life

21st Annual Easter Eggstravaganza

Rock and Roll Mid-Winter Sock Hop on January 23, 2010

Guys Night Out (3-12 years)

FortisBC Laundry Campaign on July 25 at Town Hall Square

65th Cherry Fiesta (2013)

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING - FORESHORE AND LAKE ZONING BYLAW NO. 1294, 2012

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS - COMMERCIAL MOORAGE SLIP

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS (RFP) Marina Office Space & Parking Stall

2013 Step into Spring Fashion Show

Parcel Tax Roll Review Panel

Splash Park Raffle Tickets

NOTICE OF DISPOSITION OF LANDS Street Vendor at Pioneer Walkway

Large Items Garbage Collection

TENDER - 2013 Storm Sewer Program

Marina Grand Opening on May 10, 2013

Rotary Fund Raiser - Golf Tournament

Move for Health Day

Royal LePage National Garage Sale for Shelter

Holy Spirit Festival Parade

Okanagan Dreams - Profiles Quebec Youth finding Work in the Okanagan Valley

Osoyoos Museum - 50th Anniversary

MusicFest Organization Meeting

Oliver - Osoyoos Search & Rescue Banquet

South Okanagan Chamber of Commerce - Chamber Mixer

Summer Playground Program Registration

Cactus Ridge Kick Off to Canada Day Concert

Eastlink Desert Half Iron

Sailing Club 50th Anniversary

2013 Romancing the Desert

2014 Town Election Day

Osoyoos Senior Center STREET DANCES

Nk’Mip SALMON FEAST

Splash Park Opening

FortisBC PowerSense launches the Okanagan Energy Diet

Osoyoos Idol Karaoke Fundraising Event - 3rd Annual

‘Transit Future Bus’ Rolls to the South Okanagan

Area 27 - Discover Your Life on Track

Audition "Twisted Tales"

Public Meeting IJC Osoyoos Lake Board of Control

Public Open House Haynes Point Park Restoration Project

Moon Curser's Wine Moon Paper Lantern Celebration

2nd Annual Harvest Dinner, Dance & Silent Auction

Learn to Curl Instruction for Beginning Adults of all Ages

1st Annual Retro Rock n' Roll Halloween Party

Halloween Howl on October 31 at Sonora Community Centre

Osoyoos Museum - Culture Days Event

World Paddle for the Planet

Free Culture Days Events

Twisted Tales by South Okanagan Amateur Players'

Osoyoos Royalty Fall Tea & Fair

Osoyoos Art Gallery Invites you to the Alan Wylie Show

Halloween Howl 2013

Soroptimist - Crack' N Me Up Dinner Theatre

Public Meeting "Wish Property" ALR Exclusion

Public Hearing Zoning Bylaw Amendment Home Occupation Businesses

1 st Annual Christmas Watermarket

Remembrance Day Services

Desert Sun Counselling's Grand Night

Regular Business Plan Meeting on December 6, 2013

2013 Rock'n with Santa on December 20 at Sun Bowl Arena

SOCC Business Excellence Awards and AGM

Osoyoos Art Gallery Presents Colours in Winter

RDOS Invites Area 'A' Residents to Consult on Budget

Public Hearing Zoning Amendment Medical Marihuana Grow Operation

Open House for Lakefront Landscape Projects

Family Day Skate at Sun Bowl Arena on February 8

Easter Eggstravaganza

2013 Osoyoos Relay for Life

66th Annual Cherry Fiesta Canada Day Celebration

Special Open Budget Meeting

BC Visitor Centre Snowbirds Coffee Break

Kraft Hockeyville 2014

13th Annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon

Pro Wrestling Fundraising Event for Splash Park

Let's Celebrate Community!

Pickleball Workshops

Soroptimist Step Into Spring Fashion Show

Osoyoos Street Dance

Osoyoos Street Dance

Osoyoos Autism Behavioral Centre Walk for Awareness

Earth Hour - What will YOU do Saturday March 29?

SOCC Business Showcase and Network Night

Oyster, Brew & Beast Bash

2016 Property Taxes Due!

Map Your Tap Challenge

Miss Osoyoos Speech Dinner & Cake Auction

Miss Osoyoos Pageant

Desert Park Exhibition Society Pub Night

Desert Park Exhibition Society Derby Night

Cactus Jalopies 2014

Move for Health Day FREE Drop-In & Walk with Mayor

Soroptimist Garage Sale Fundraiser

Osoyoos Lawn Bowling Membership Drive

A GP For Me - A Conversation On Health

New Osoyoos Museum Exhibit

Rotary National Golf Tournament

Clara's Big Ride

School's Out Camp on June 13

Oliver/Osoyoos Search & Rescue Banquet

Osoyoos Splash Park Grand Opening

OASISS BC Invasive Species Week June 9-14

BC Invasive Species Week - Aquatic Invaders

Fundamental Movement Skills Training

Sri-Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run

2014 Romancing the Desert

"Family Splash Day" on August 17 at Osoyoos Splash Park

Transit Future Open Houses

Book Sale Osoyoos Friends of the Library

Bring Back Play Funmobile Tour

2016 Terry Fox Run on Sunday, September 18

Osoyoos Royalty Fall Tea & Fair

Dr. Von Houligan's Carnival of Calamities

Harvest Dinner Dance

Trick or Treat on Main Street

Annual Public Meeting of the IJC Osoyoos Lake Board of Control

Winter Fantasy Breakfast Fashion Show

Municipal Election Advance Voting

Best-selling author Chris Czajkowski reads at the Osoyoos Branch of the ORL

Patients as Partners\Patient Voices Network Free Orientation Session

Okanagan Similkameen Stewardship Society Planting Trees and Shrubs

Soroptimist Christmas Card Making Class

Registration Deadline - Soroptimist Christmas Card Class

Halloween Howl October 31 at the Sonora Community Centre

Cactus Ridge First Annual Artisan Christmas Gift Fair

Desert Valley Hospice Society Celebration of Caring Hands

Random Act of Kindness Day is on November 6, 2015

WorkBC Open House in Oliver

Interior Health Offering FREE Flu Clinics

Kiwanis Christmas Craft Fair

Remembrance Day Ceremony on November 11, 2016

2014 Okanagan International Chorus Christmas Concert

RBC Jersey Day Wear your Favourite Jersey November 28

Get OUT and PLAY in CANADA for RBC's Sports Day November 29

2014 Rockin with Santa on December 20 at Sun Bowl Arena

Osoyoos Family Fair

Desert Sun Councelling Presents Diamonds are Forever

Bell Let's Talk Day for mental illness on January 28

Special Open Budget Meeting

Snowbird Farewell Photos at the Visitor Centre

Hockey Fundraiser - Provincial Championships

16th Annual Volunteer Appreciation Awards and Luncheon on April 22

Soroptimist Spring Fashion Show

Public Info Session Off-Road Vehicle Use Osoyoos & Oliver

Canada Water Week Beginning March 16 Get Wild About Wetlands

Rattlesnake Men's Open Golf Tournament

Earth Hour Saturday March 28, 2015 8:30pm

Osoyoos Museum Spring Open House & Fundraising Lunch

2015 Three Lakes Triathlon

The Long Hello - The Alzheimer's Journey

Desert Valley Hospice Society - Hike for Hospice

Daffodil Dash - Run to Fight Cancer

Telus Get WISE on Internet Safety

Desert Society Fundraiser Bunnies Burgers & Brew

SOCC Business Networking Night

Osoyoos Library Presents Saturday Crafternoon

OSS 1st Annual Rattler Scramble

OSS grad Fundraiser Spring Plant Sale

Desert Park Derby Nites Fundraiser

Oliver & Osyoos Search & Rescue Open House

Miss Osoyoos Talent and Fashion Show

Crafternoon at the Osoyoos Library to Create Father’s Day Cards

Osoyoos Cherry Fiesta

Miss Osoyoos Pageant (2015)

7th Annual Osoyoos FOL Book Sale

South Okanagan Transit Rider Appreciation Day July 6, 2015

2015 Osoyoos Lake Water Science Forum October 7-9

2015 Desert Society Romancing the Desert

Friends of the Library Book Sale

Empty Bowls Fundraiser

Fire Disaster Relief BBQ For Rock Creek and Oliver Victims

OASISS Agricultural Field Session

Rotary Lobster on the Beach

Refugee Family Sponsorship Meeting on September 30

The Columbia River Treaty Workshop

Winter Fantasy Breakfast Fashion Show

2015 Christmas Lite-Up December 4 and 5

District 68 Xmas Bash Dinner & Dance

Trick or Treat Main Street

Harvesting Diversity at SCC November 7, 2015

A Night of Fine Food & Fashion

Dance the Night Away

2015 Rockin' with Santa on December 19 at Sun Bowl Arena

2015 Columbia River Watershed Storytelling Tour Premiere

2015 Christmas Tales

2015 Amateur Christmas Window Contest

2015 A Concert with Saskia and Darrel at the Senior Centre

Osoyoos Museum Christmas Open House

2015 South Okanagan Business Excellence Awards

Family Literacy Day

Pink Shirt Day (Erase Bullying) on February 24, 2016

22nd Annual Easter Eggstravaganza on March 26, 2016

“Osoyoos Young Artists” from February 6 - February 27

A Night of Local Art and Music on February 27

“Spring Colours” FCA Juried Show from March 5-26

2016 OABC Walk for Awareness on April 16!

Soroptimist Spring Fashion Show on April 16, 2016

Osoyoos Lake Water Quality Society Paint & Sip Social March 19

Sun Bowl Skating Club presents That 70's Show March 10

Desert Valley Hospice Society - National Advance Care Planning Day

Osoyoos Lawn Bowling Community Open House

Jitney Lawn Bowling Starting

Osoyoos Lake Appreciation Day

Osoyoos Desert Society 25th Anniversary Celebration

Participate in "Bike to Work Week" from May 30-June 5

68th Annual Cherry Fiesta on July 1 in Osoyoos!

2016 Miss Osoyoos Pageant on June 30 at SCC Gym

Official Opening of the Piano in the Gyro Park

Family Night at the Green on August 1

Rotary Lobster on the Beach on September 10

Summer Evenings at the Museum on July 15, 29 & Aug 12

Moonlight Movie Night on August 15

2016 Osoyoos Friends of the Library Book Sale July 23

2016 Desert Society Romancing the Desert

2016 Desert Park Horse Race

Learn Photography Kelowna - Now in Osoyoos

DON'T MOVE A MUSSEL! August 30 at the Okanagan Regional Library

Gyro Park Celebration on September 14 !

Public Open House Parks and Trails Master Plan September 15

Charity Fundraiser Concert at Frank Venables Theatre on October 7

Christmas Joy 2016 - Breakfast Fashion Show

Osoyoos Royalty Fall Fair & Tea

Osoyoos Art Gallery Presents - Artists on Main Show & Sale

Osoyoos Gift Cupboard

Halloween Carnival on October 31, 2016 at Sonora Community Centre

Osoyoos Child Care Centre Harvest Dance

Osoyoos Credit Union presents Trick or Treat Main Street

Chamber Coffee Connections

School District 53 Learning Forum November 9, 2016

2016 Osoyoos Festival Society Annual Christmas Lite-Up

Chamber Seeks Board Members Nomination Deadline November 30

2016 Osoyoos Royal Purple Christmas Craft Fair

South Okanagan Similkameen Restorative Justice Program

Pajama Drive Drop Off Sunshine Ridge November 15-December 12, 2016

Random Act of Kindness Day is on November 13, 2016

Divas Vegas Meets Vaudeville on November 18, 2016

Christmas Tales at Osoyoos Baptist Church

2016 BC Transit Extra Holiday Schedule

2016 Rockin' with Santa on December 17 at Sun Bowl Arena

2016 Santa's Night Out

Mount Baldy Film Premiere

2016 The Okanagan Choir Annual Christmas Concert

Chamber of Commerce Business Networking Night

Self Defense Class for Women on April 15, 2017

Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meeting

Guided Snowshoe Trek at Mt Baldy on Jan 14 and Feb 11

Invitation Special Open Budget/Capital Plan Meeting on January 16

Osoyoos Family Fair on January 28 at Sonora Community Centre

Chamber of Commerce Business Networking Night

South Okanagan Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meeting

Osoyoos United Church Presents Stephen Palmer

Council Meeting Highlights for January 16, 2017

Osoyoos Family Day Skate on Monday, February 13

Osoyoos Concert Series

Osoyoos Medieval Faire from May 20-21 at Desert Park

South Okanagan Minor Hockey Fundraiser on March 11

Sun Bowl Skating Club Presents Can't Stop the Feeling on March 9

Work BC Hiring Fair Thursday March 16,2017


CITIZEN SATISFACTION SURVEY FINDS MOST OSOYOOS RESIDENTS POSITIVE ABOUT LOCAL AFFAIRS

Osoyoos Town Council has taken the pulse of public opinion and has found that most residents have a positive view of the state of local affairs.

Council recently commissioned the Ipsos Reid public affairs research firm to conduct an impartial Osoyoos Citizen Satisfaction Survey.  Between April 29 and May 9, telephone interviews were conducted with 300 randomly selected residents 18 and over.  The data was weighted to ensure an accurate reflection of the age and gender distribution of the local population.  Cost of the survey was $7,400 plus GST.  The full survey report will be considered at Council’s July 19 meeting and is available in the advance documentation package for that meeting.  It will be posted on the Town website in the near future.

The survey’s goal was to gauge people’s satisfaction levels and get their input regarding priority issues in the community, quality of life, municipal services, Council’s communication with residents, and perceived value for municipal spending.

“We were interested in getting a true reflection of the opinions of the people of Osoyoos, and I’m confident we have done that,” Mayor Stu Wells says.  “While Council still has to study the detailed results, I think this survey provides us with some excellent information that will help us move forward and deal with important local issues in the best way possible.”

The mayor says he was happy to see that the general satisfaction level of residents is high.  “I was also very pleased to see that the environment is the most important issue for people, and that the quality of Osoyoos Lake is ranked as a high priority,” says Wells, who is also chair of the Okanagan Basin Water Board.

The mayor noted that the survey shows residents’ satisfaction levels are not quite as high regarding the amount of communication the Town provides.  “It appears that we can be doing a better job of getting information out to people.  We must work harder at that and make it happen,” Wells says.

Some highlights from the Osoyoos Citizen Satisfaction Survey include:

  • Overall perceptions of quality of life, municipal services and value for tax dollars are positive.
    • Quality of life:  93% of respondents rate their quality of life in the community as very good or good.
    • Services:  87% are very or somewhat satisfied with the quality of municipal services.
    • Value for taxes:  78% say they are getting very good value or fairly good value for their tax dollars.
  • When the public was asked for their main issues, the environment ranks first – well above the rating that issue receives in other communities.
    • Other top-of-mind issues include the economy, growth, transportation and municipal government services.
    • Growth is mentioned as a reason why the quality of life has both improved and worsened.
  • Citizens prefer tax increases over service cuts.
    • 35% say increase taxes to maintain service levels and 27% say cut services to maintain current tax levels.
  • There is room to increase the amount of information distributed to residents.
    • 54% say they receive just the right amount of information from the Town.
    • 50% say the newspaper is the best way to communicate.
  • Four-in-ten citizens have visited the Town’s website in the past 12 months.
  • When asked to rank Council’s identified priorities, residents say the most important is Town investment in affordable housing.

The Citizen Satisfaction Survey will be one of the tools used by the Town’s administration as it reviews the strengths and needs for improvement of local services.  While Mayor Wells says he doesn’t see a need to conduct a major opinion survey like this every year, he adds it may be useful for the Town to survey the opinion of residents every few years.

This detailed Ipsos Reid survey will serve not only as a current ‘report card’ on municipal issues, but will also be a benchmark for judging the results of future opinion surveys and helping the Town to assess its progress on a variety of issues.  It will also help Council as it makes future decisions on the allocation of resources into public priority areas.

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Please click on the link below to view the report.
https://osoyoos.civicweb.net/Documents/DocumentList.aspx?ID=27598


For Information:   Stu Wells, Mayor
250-495-6515 
swells@osoyoos.ca 
Barry Romanko, Town CAO
250-495-6515 
bromanko@osoyoos.ca

                 

                                

The Town of Osoyoos is a vibrant community of approximately 5,000 people at the crossroads of Highways 3 and 97 in the South Okanagan Valley, near the U.S. border.   It has a unique desert environment, the nation’s warmest lake and climate, and is home to thriving fruit orchards, vineyards, wineries, golf courses, year-round tourism facilities, and many small businesses.  Osoyoos offers “Canada’s Warmest Welcome”.

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