Community Involvement of the Okanagan Latin Association in 2019.
Here is a summary of OLA’s progress and community involvement during 2019.
We organized and hosted a ‘Spring Picnic’ at a public park at which we had more than 100 people attend. The goal of this event was to get the members of the Latino community out to kick off the season and to spend the afternoon together. Many friendships and connections were made, and this significantly expanded our exposure within the community and generated a great deal of interest in our organization.
We welcomed two new Latino families who recently moved to Kelowna. We created a campaign to collect household items and clothing to donate to these families to help them get settled when they first arrived here. We received overwhelming support from the community in the collection of items and this truly helped these families feel welcomed, among friends, and get started on the right foot.
We participated in BC Culture Days, once again gaining exposure for our organization while offering an acting workshop facilitated by a well recognized Mexican actress.
We were involved in the Cinco de Mayo Family Fiesta & the Dia de los Muertos celebration in West Kelowna which were hugely successful community events this year (May & November) hosted by Artemex, the owner of which is one of our founding members.
We were a part of the planning process, recruited volunteers, assisted with digital marketing, hosted an on-site raffle and participated in the event ourselves. As an organization we have connected with the Latino Students Organization at UBC and are working alongside them to execute various events and projects including a seminar centered on Latino Culture they have coming up.
Numerous local organizations have approached us and requested our involvement in an assortment of events and activities including the Summerland Festival of Lights and private organizations that host seminars offering information on applying for work permits and permanent residence status for newcomers. We are also in talks with another group that offers translation services who assist temporary Latino workers with daily activities such as doctors and dental appointments. Our founding members have attended various seminars to increase our leadership skills and knowledge of non-profit organizations including ‘Leadership Principles’ and ‘Legal 101: Non-Profit Organizations’.