Local Donations

Local Donations

The proceeds of Kalamalka Rotary’s Annual Dream Auction in November allow the club to support community based and international projects.

Local projects are normally in one of four areas of focus:

  • Parks and Recreation
  • Arts and Science
  • Education
  • Healthcare


Projects need to be capital in nature, have a broad community impact and a defined start and finish. The applicant must demonstrate sustained organizational capacity and financial accountability.

Since 1985, the Kal Rotary Dream Auction has raised over $ 4,440,000 which has been directed to youth program and to worthy local and international projects and programs.

The Local Donations Committee of Kal Rotary accepts applications for Local Donations until December 31 of each year.  The Committee then reviews the applications and selects those that meet the criteria and makes recommendations to the Executive and membership, as appropriate, for their endorsement.  Normally, the Committee receives requests that total up to six times the funds allocated; so not all requests can be accommodated.

2020 Donations


Area of Focus

Local Donation Recipient



Community Health





Schubert Centre

New furnace for Senior’s Centre



Archway Society for Domestic Peace

Child-centered family therapy room upgrade



Brain Trust Canada

Laptop and desktop computers



Halina Centre (Vernon Senior Citizens Recreation Society)

Recumbent cross-trainer exercise equipment



Vernon Restholm Association

BX Creek bank restoration



VDACL (Venture Training)

Wheelchair accessible van






Environment and Parks





Allan Brooks Nature Centre Society

Discovery Room HVAC and Boiler upgrade



North Okanagan Cycling Society

New 3.6 km mountain biking trail in Kalamalka Provincial Park






Athletics and Recreation





CRIS Community Recreational Initiatives Society

Used cargo van for transport of accessibility equipment



Lavington Community Association

Building/roof for Jeffers Park Skating Rink



Vernon Ski Club

Ski Club cabin upgrade



Vernon Search and Rescue Society

Winter Personal Protective Equipment for 80 volunteer members



Vernon Rowing and Dragon Boating Club

Dock expansion project to accommodate club growth and regattas






Arts and Culture

O’Keefe Ranch and Interior Heritage Society

‘The Mansion’ porch restoration



Vernon Community Music School

Smith House (Music School) restoration





2019 Donations


Area of Focus

Local Donation Recipient



Community Health





Vernon Jubilee Hospital

Surgical Care for Life Program – lighting for new operating room



Canadian Mental Health Association Vernon

Kitchen Upgrade



Kindale Society

Stairway lift for residents



Community Dental Access Center

New Compressor for dental equipment



JoeAnna’s House

Regional accommodation for families at Kelowna General Hospital



North Okanagan Youth and Family Services

Outdoor Landscaping at building expansion



Haven Place

Building improvements






Environment and Parks





Allan Brooks Nature Centre

Building’s interior and exterior upgrades



Abbeyfield Houses of Vernon

BX Creek bank stabilization



Maven Lane Daycare

Outdoor playground equipment


Area of Focus

Local Donation Recipient







Athletics and Recreation





Silver Star Adaptive Snow Sports

Purchase of several new pieces of ski equipment for skiers with disabilities



North Okanagan Optimists Club

Sponsorship of Unplug and Play Week



North Okanagan Therapeutic Riding Association

Utility Terrain Vehicle (side-by-side) to assist with daily ranch chores



1st Coldstream Scouts

Attendance at Provincial Jamboree

These donations positively affect our community: