Chief Financial Officer

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For Immediate Release

May 12, 2021 

Town Hires Elma Hamming as Chief Financial Officer

The Town of Oliver is pleased to announce the hiring of Elma Hamming as its Chief
Financial Officer effective July 19, 2021. Hamming will be responsible for leading all
fiscal and fiduciary responsibilities for the organization in conjunction with Oliver
Council.

“Ms. Hamming brings significant experience in local government from the Town of
Smithers and City of Rossland. Her educational training includes certification in
Natural Asset Management, Asset Management, and Emergency Operations
(Finance, Administration and Operations). She looks forward to continuing the
attainment of the prestigious GFOA Canadian Award for Financial Reporting Award”,
said Chief Administrative Officer, Cathy Cowan.

“Thank you to the Town of Oliver for welcoming me to their community. I look forward
to providing insight into sensible financial planning that will assist Council, staff, and
the community in achieving Oliver’s strategic objectives for a long term vibrant future. I
am also keen to enjoy the climate, lakes, and vineyards and to call this place my
home!”

Hamming has a CPA/CMA and is completing her Bachelor of Commerce degree with
Thompson Rivers University.

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Town of Oliver
250 485 6200

 


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News Release – GFOA Award to Town of Oliver

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For Immediate Release
May 11, 2021

GFOA Awarded to Town of Oliver Finance Department

The Canadian Award for Financial Reporting Achievement was awarded to the
Oliver Finance Department at the May 10, 2021 Council meeting as the
designated staff responsible for preparing the financial report for 2019. The
Town of Oliver has received the award since 2012.

(Chicago) – The Canadian Award for Financial Reporting has been awarded to
Town of Oliver, British Columbia by Government Finance Officers Association
of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its 2019 annual financial report.
The Canadian Award for Financial Reporting Program was established to
encourage municipal governments throughout Canada to publish high-quality
financial reports and to provide peer recognition and technical guidance for
officials preparing these reports. Its attainment represents a significant
accomplishment by a government and its management.

The annual financial report has been judged by impartial Canadian Review
Committee members to meet the high standards of the program, including
demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” designed to clearly
communicate the municipality’s financial story and to motivate potential users
and user groups to read the report.

Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) advances excellence in
government finance by providing best practices, professional development,
resources, and practical research for more than 21,000 members and the
communities they serve.

Inquiries:
Town of Oliver
250 485 6200

For more information, contact:
Michele Mark Levine, Director/TSC Phone: (312) 977-9700
Fax: (312) 977-4806
E-mail: Mlevine@gfoa.org


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News Release – Level 1 Water Restrictions

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For Immediate Release

April 29, 2021

Town of Oliver Water System Customers Only

Stage 1 Effective Immediately

Town of Oliver Water System Customers are currently in Stage 1 water restrictions that affects outdoor watering only. Properties that have water flowing through a water meter are using domestic groundwater for irrigating and must restrict their irrigating to three days a week using even and odd house numbering as a guideline.

Odd Numbered Houses Monday, Wednesday and Saturday

Even Numbered Houses Tuesday, Friday and Sunday

Residents are encouraged to adjust their residential underground irrigation systems to water lawns, trees and shrubs between Midnight and 7:00 a.m. on their watering day.

Properties that are using water from the Town’s irrigation system or pumping from the canal should consider reducing water use, this is voluntary at this time. Irrigation users still need to be aware of their total water usage and try to find ways to improve watering times and systems as the Town’s irrigation canal can still only produce 70% of full capacity due to the damaged siphon during the 2016 Gallagher Lake Rock Slide.

Background:

In 2017, the Town completed a Drought Management Plan that consists of methods to reduce the effects of drought conditions on all system users. One of the methods is to implement water restrictions in response to environmental factors which include both Okanagan Lake and groundwater well levels. For more information on watering tips and drought information please visit the following websites:

Town of Oliver www.oliver.ca

Okanagan Basin Water Board www.obwb.ca and www.makewaterwork.ca

Inquiries:

Town of Oliver

250 485 6213

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News Release – 29 Apr 2021 – Level 1 Water Restrictions – PDF
News Release – 29 Apr 2021 – Level 1 Water Restrictions – HTML

 

 

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News Release – 2020 Spirit of Oliver Nominees

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For Immediate Release
April 21, 2021


16th Annual Spirit of Oliver Awards – 2020 Nominees


For the past 16 years Oliver has recognized individuals and groups with awards to applaud the outstanding volunteer contributions that they make to our community. The difficult decision was made to again postpone the annual award event to follow the Province wide restrictions in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as such the winners of the 2020 Spirit of Oliver awards will be announced at a later date.


The Spirit of Oliver Award Ceremony is normally held during Volunteer Week (April 18-24, 2021) in collaboration with Oliver Parks & Recreation. Although we are not able to gather to recognize all the nominees and make an announcement of the winners this week, we would instead like to recognize all the individuals and groups that have been nominated for a 2020 Spirit of Oliver Award for the outstanding contributions that they make to our community.


During these trying times it’s more important than ever to come together as a community and recognize individuals and groups that have been dedicated to making a difference in Oliver throughout 2020.


2020 Spirit of Oliver Nominees


Desert Valley Hospice Society
Emergency Support Services
Front Line Health Workers (McKinney Place, South Okanagan General Hospital, Sunnybank Retirement Centre)
Janet Shaw
Jolanda and Louis Balog
Kelan Harty
Okanagan Gleaners
Sally Franks
Sandra Hughes
Seventh Day Adventist Church
Vance Potter
Women of Oliver for Women


There are five categories for the Spirit of Oliver Awards: Individual Youth; Outstanding Community Group; Community Roots; Community Builder; and Individual Adult or Couple.


We would like to applaud all of the nominees for their contributions to our community, and also thank the individuals that took the time to nominate these individuals and groups for their efforts.


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Town of Oliver
250 485 6200


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News Release – South Okanagan Aquatic Centre Advisory Committee Member

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SOUTH OKANAGAN AQUATIC CENTRE ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEMBER

 

For Immediate Release

March 19, 2021

 

Request for Applications – Aquatic Centre Advisory Committee Member

The Town of Oliver is seeking one member of the public to serve on the South Okanagan Aquatic Centre Advisory Committee. Interested persons must live within the Town of Oliver limits and will be working with representatives of the Town of Oliver, Town of Osoyoos and the Osoyoos Indian Band. The Committee will act in an advisory and leadership role to facilitate the process of completing a South Okanagan Aquatic Centre feasibility study.

A complete Terms of Reference can be reviewed – click here

If you are interested please forward a written letter including relevant experience and your reasons to be on the committee.  All applications must be received no later than 4:00 PM on Thursday April 1, 2021.

Please direct your questions and applications to:

Cathy Cowan | Chief Administrative Officer | Box 638 | Oliver, BC  V0H 1V0

(T) 250.485.6202 | (E) ccowan@oliver.ca

Only those chosen to serve on the committee will be notified.

News Release – 19 Mar 2021 – South Okanagan Aquatic Centre Advisory Committee Member – PDF
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News Release – South Okanagan Regional Aquatic Centre

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SOUTH OKANAGAN REGIONAL AQUATIC CENTRE

For Immediate Release

February 9, 2021

 

Osoyoos Indian Band, Towns of Oliver and Osoyoos Issue Request for Proposal

The Towns of Osoyoos and Oliver and Osoyoos Indian Band are officially issuing a Request for Proposal to assess the feasibility of building and operating a Regional Aquatic Centre.  These communities have long expressed desire for a year-round indoor aquatic facility to enhance quality of life, provide leisure and fitness activities, attract amenity migrants to the region, promote economic development and serve the visitor population including a growing winter season “snowbird” population.

“The Osoyoos Indian Band fully supports moving forward with a feasibility study for a Regional Aquatic Center, says Chief Clarence Louie.  We understand and appreciate that the value of a collaborative approach to a centralized amenity is for the betterment of all of our communities.”

There are many planning, asset and financial factors that need to be understood, and the participating communities are now ready to approach these discussions in a more formal regional setting, commencing with a feasibility study for a South Okanagan Aquatic Centre.

Mayor Martin Johansen stated, “that recreation and leisure sport play an important role in communities.  Their many benefits include improving the health and well-being of individuals, and promoting the development of inclusive communities.  Oliver is pleased to partner with Osoyoos Indian Band and the Town of Osoyoos in undertaking this feasibility study for a Regional Aquatic Centre”.

A South Okanagan Aquatic Centre Advisory Committee will be formed comprising of members from each Council and members of the community who will be involved in designing the public engagement and consultation process.

“An indoor public pool continues to be a high priority for many local Osoyoos residents”, said Osoyoos Mayor Sue McKortoff. “A recent Community Services review showed that this issue is top of the list for area families. But since the cost of a pool and the ongoing cost for operating a pool is high and could be difficult to manage for any single municipality, I am pleased that Osoyoos, Oliver and the Osoyoos Indian Band are working together to undertake a feasibility study.”

 

More information:

South Okanagan Aquatic Centre Feasibility Study RFP:

https://interiorpurchasing.bidsandtenders.ca/Module/Tenders/en

General Inquiries –

Gerald Davis, Director of Community Services, Town of Osoyoos

250 495 4621

gdavis@osoyoos.ca

 

 


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News Release – 16th Annual Spirit of Oliver Nominations are Open!

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16th Annual Spirit of Oliver Awards

For Immediate Release

February 2, 2021

Nominations are now Open!

We are pleased to announce that nominations for the 16th Annual Spirit of Oliver Awards are now open, and will be open until 4:30pm on March 23rd, 2021.

During these trying times it’s more important than ever to come together as a community and recognize individuals that are dedicated to making a difference in Oliver.

There are five categories for nominations:

Individual Youth – to recognize an individual youth member who has demonstrated a commitment to our community and has made extraordinary volunteer contributions.

Outstanding Community Group – to recognize a community group that has demonstrated an outstanding contribution to the community.

Community Roots – to recognize individuals or groups that may have settled in greater Oliver following the establishment of the Fairview Townsite and surrounding areas including Osoyoos Indian Band lands.

Community Builder – to recognize an individual or group that through voluntary activities have left a legacy that builds and improves our community and will enhance the quality of life of children, youth and families within greater Oliver.

Individual Adult or Couple – to recognize the volunteer work of an individual adult or couple who have contributed significantly through voluntary service involving a variety of projects, groups and/or programs.

Last year we were only able to have a small celebration for the award recipients. Details for hosting the 2021 event will be provided at a later date to ensure the appropriate COVID-19 protocols are followed to celebrate the recipients.

Full details and nomination forms can be found on the Town of Oliver website. We encourage you to submit your nominations early.

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Town of Oliver

250 485 6200

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News Release – Fire Department Ingenuity Saves Money, Supports Local

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For Immediate Release

January 22, 2021

 

Fire Department Ingenuity Saves Money, Supports Local

 

The Oliver Fire Department received a new piece of equipment on Thursday, January 21, 2021 – though not through the usual channels. While most fire trucks are purchased through specialized and dedicated fire apparatus firms, this truck is unique.

 

To replace their worn out 1991 GMC, the department was given a mandate and budget from the Town of Oliver to find a used truck. In early April of 2020, the truck procurement committee sat down to review some limited options.

 

The market for this kind of specialty equipment is narrow, and there was virtually nothing available that would not require international travel, major modification, or prohibitively expensive ferrying costs. So the committee got inventive.

 

They decided to build their own water tender, using their local connections to find the right people to work on the specialized project.

 

Richard Simmons, a retired Oliver Fire Department member and owner of Rapid Industries, sourced the uniquely suited cab and chassis, bigger and newer than anything currently available.  Mr. Simmons also performed the weight & balance calculations, tank installation and safety compliance work.

 

Munckhof Manufacturing constructed a customized truck body to the committee’s specifications, including the required electrical and plumbing work.  Dennis Munckhof, an active Oliver firefighter, says, “I could see we didn’t have a lot of good options available within our budget. I floated the suggestion that maybe we could reuse some good parts off the old unit, find a proper cab and chassis, and build ourselves a unit for Oliver, in Oliver. In the end, we got one hell of a truck. It’s not a new truck, but it looks like a new truck, it runs like a new truck, and it didn’t cost us a new truck, so that’s a win.”

 

Additional local specialists who lent their talents to the project include paint by Jeff Muller of Oliver Car & Truck, tires from Tread Sled, vinyl work by Munday Media and parts purchased from suppliers across town, making this truly a local project.

 

Inquiries:

 

Town of Oliver

Fire Chief Bob Graham

250 498 9992

 

 

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News Release – CAO Retiring

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Chief Administrative Officer – Retirement

For Immediate Release

January 12, 2021

Oliver Council Announces CAO Retirement

Chief Administrative Officer Cathy Cowan will be retiring at the end of June after ten years of service with the Town of Oliver.

Cowan says, “That during my time in local government, I have been fortunate enough to accomplish many career goals, and over the past few years I had the privilege and opportunity to work with an excellent team in Oliver”.

“After 30 years working in local government, including nearly ten years with the Town of Oliver as the Corporate Officer and CAO, I have decided that it is time for me to retire from public service and spend more time with my family, volunteering and travelling (once we get the OK). I plan to officially retire at the end of June, 2021”, Cowan said.

Mayor Martin Johansen stated, “Through the benefit of Cathy’s strong leadership, Council has been fortunate to make significant progress on its many priorities. Her efforts have also ensured Oliver is well-positioned financially to manage the immediate challenges of COVID-19 and plan for economic recovery in the future. Cathy’s legacy includes excellent working relationships with all levels of government, including the Osoyoos Indian Band, along with plans and documents to guide the community in the development of
the downtown and Station Street”.

It has been a pleasure to work with Cathy during my first term as Mayor, and on behalf of Council and the community, I wish to say thank you for your service to the Town of Oliver.

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