News Release No. 67            

Date:   Tuesday September 2, 2003    

Time:   6:00 p.m.


RECOVERY CENTRE INFO LINES:                         869-0386








Kelowna residents in need of assistance as a result of the recent Okanagan Mountain Park forest fire now have a central place to access recovery information. As of Wednesday September 3rd all recovery matters will be handled from 520 Bernard Avenue. RBC Royal Bank has generously provided the City of Kelowna with this office space in their former downtown branch.

Several telephone lines are being installed to answer residents’ queries:
• 869-0386 Recovery Centre Office
• 868-2632 Public Information Line
• 868-2605 Recovery Social Services and Housing

Services in the Okanagan Fire Recovery Centre will include:
• Damage assessment
• Agency referral
• Demolition permit information
• Building permit information
• Sewer connection and septic tank permit information

“It is essential we have a central place for displaced residents to determine what their next steps will be, as they begin to recover from this devastating fire,” says David Shipclark, Manager Community Development & Real Estate, City of Kelowna. “We will be providing access to fundamental resources needed at this difficult time.”

“We hope this contribution of office space will make a difference in the lives of individuals and families affected by the severe forest fires,” said Bruce Jones, RBC Royal Bank’s Regional Vice-President, B.C. Interior & North. “We are truly concerned and want to do what we can to help."

The Recovery Centre will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday to Friday.

In addition the newly formed Kelowna and Area Okanagan Fire Recovery Trust Fund, established by the City of Kelowna, will be based in these premises. The fund will be administered by a committee chaired by Kelowna lawyer David Rush.

The Parkinson Recreation Centre is no longer acting as a Reception Centre for evacuees. All Emergency Social Services queries should be directed to the Recovery Centre at 868-2605.