Conversation Café to continue

A second Conversation Café event will be held later this month to discuss issues and concerns facing the community.

In August, more than 80 people attended the first Conversation Café to discuss the shared values and common concerns about Summerland.

Barbara Thorburn, one of the organizers of the event, said the discussions can help to improve the community.

“I strongly believe that the more we communicate with each other and share our ideas, our concerns, our hopes and our dreams, we can create a healthier and more vibrant community,” she said.

At the first cafe on Aug. 23, those present said they valued the community spirit and the location of Summerland.

Other qualities included the safe small-town atmosphere and the importance of agriculture, wineries, tourism and other unique aspects.

Concerns raised included the importance of good economic development, the need for employment opportunities, especially for youth, transportation and affordable housing.

“From the lively and engaged conversations at the Summerland Conversation Café it is clear that our community enjoyed the process, felt that it was worthwhile and would like to continue the conversation,” a summary report on the cafe stated.

The next session will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 19 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the IOOF Hall.

The event is in partnership between the Summerland Community Cultural Development Committee, the Summerland Chamber of Economic Development and Tourism and Faith Rebekah Lodge.

Those interested should contact Thorburn at or at 250-276-4314.


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