Saturday, February 20, 2016
DISTRICT OF COLDSTREAM
9901 Kalamalka Road
Coldstream, BC V1B 1L6
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: February 5, 2016
MEDIA CONTACT: Patricia Higgins, Director of Financial Administration
PHONE/EMAIL: 250-545-5304 / firstname.lastname@example.org
The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) has awarded the Canadian Award for Financial Reporting to the District of Coldstream for its 2014 Annual Report. This is the fifth consecutive year the District has won the prestigious award and represents a significant accomplishment by the District and its management.
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. Submissions are judged by impartial members of the GFOA's Canadian Review Committee on their ability to meet the high standards of the program, and demonstrate a constructive "spirit of full disclosure" to clearly communicate a municipality's financial story. Such reports should go beyond the minimum requirements of generally accepted accounting principles and demonstrate an effort to clearly communicate the municipal government's financial picture, enhance an understanding of financial reporting by municipal governments, and address user needs.
The GFOA is a non-profit professional association that serves government finance professionals in the United States and Canada with offices in Chicago, Illinois, and Washington, D.C. The association is dedicated to enhancing and promoting the professional management of governments for the public benefit by identifying and developing financial policies and practices and promoting them through education, training and leadership.
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We were delighted to welcome some new volunteer faces to several programs in and around Lumby, but we are still in need of more helping hands and smiling faces.
As a child, whenever I got a bad grade, felt left out, or was having a rough day, Mom always said, "Why don't you go out and do something for someone else?" Turns out there was science behind Mom's advice. Practicing philanthropy is one of the surest steps you can take toward a happy healthy life. Here's why:
A 2013 review of 40 international studies suggest volunteering can add years to your life – with some evidence pointing to a 22 percent reduction in mortality. The important thing is that you are doing it regularly. And you needn't be older to benefit. A recent study found that high school students saw a drop in their cholesterol levels after volunteering with younger kids once a week for two months!
Did you know that when you volunteer, plunk a quarter in the Salvation Army Kettle, or walk for a cause, the reward center of your brain pumps out the mood-elevating neurotransmitter dopamine, creating what researchers call a "helper's high". Interestingly, those who spread their goodwill over the course of a week showed no such boost. Research shows people who volunteered one day a week for six weeks or longer enjoyed the highest boost. It appears each action has a cumulative effect. The more nice things you do, the more people will respond, and the better you'll feel!
Together we can make a difference in our lives and the lives around us. Give Dawn a call at 250-547-8866 to discover your opportunity.
EVERY TUESDAY STARTING MARCH 15 – APRIL 19, 2016
PLACE: White Valley Community Hall in Lumby
REGISTER: Lumby Health Centre 250-547-9741
Do you know what a pulse is? And no, I don't mean how many times your heart beats.
Pulses are also known as and often referred to as 'legumes'. Pulse is the term for the edible seeds of legumes (plants with a pod), which includes dry peas, lentils, dry beans, and chickpeas.
Everyone can benefit from eating pulses. Pulses are high in fibre, complex carbohydrates and low in fat. These nutrients make pulses an important part of any healthy diet and can help maintain a healthy weight.
Pulses are beneficial to people who have high blood cholesterol levels, are constipated, have celiac disease, and are vegetarians. Pulses are very high in fibre. They contain both soluble and insoluble fibres. Soluble fibre helps lower blood cholesterol levels, while insoluble fibre helps with digestion as well as maintaining regular bowel movements. Fibre-rich foods like pulses are often more filling than other foods, helping to keep you full until your next meal.
To learn more about this important food source, come to the Saddle Mountain Senior Drop In on March 23rd for the next session of Helathy Living – Aging Well. This session will be hosted by Diann Bastian, Senior Co-ordinator and Colleen Ewanchuk, Senior Facilitator with the Whitevalley Community Resource Centre.