We are excited to announce two heritage events in Kelowna in June 2018:

The State of the Sector:
The first of a series of provincial roundtables exploring the role and influences of heritage throughout BC.

June 7th/2018, 9am to 4pm at Reid Hall, 2279 Benvoulin Road

Refreshments and lunch provided.

For more information or to RSVP, please phone COHS at 250-861-7188 or email cohs@telus.net

Paul Gravett, Executive Director Heritage BC, phone 604-816-4183 or email pgravett@heritagebc.ca

The Purpose

The consultations will bring people together to share ideas, situations, challenges, successes, relationships, and aspirations related to heritage and other disciplines such as museums, archives, archaeology, and arts and culture. The meetings will ensure all sectoral and regional voices are heard and acknowledged, providing opportunities for community members to bring personal, local, and regional perspectives to this important provincial initiative. 

With this series of consultations, we want to explore heritage as it is understood and practiced in the broader context of community life.


The consultations will include a broad and diverse participation of people working and volunteering in the heritage, museums, and archives sectors, plus archaeologists, local governments (planners, councilors), cultural workers, and the general public. A special effort will be made to include First Nations and distinct communities.

A note about ‘distinct communities’: this refers to any group of people who share a common identity based on self-identified social, cultural, ethnic, religious, geographic and abilities distinctions.


It has been 10 years since the last public consultation that focused on heritage.

Bringing together personal, local, and regional perspectives, the collected information will inform province-wide strategic development and influence program development and delivery, as well as provide a model of community consultation and engagement and a catalyst for collaborations and communications. 

The Process

We have developed a workshop presentation that will cover topics ranging from the definition of heritage to its impact on the economy and the environment. This will act as a template that can be fine-tuned for each consultation so that each community can feel connected and respected to the process.

Heritage BC will work with one or more local stakeholders to plan for and facilitate the local consultation. The local stakeholder(s) will help us to fine-tune the process and spread the word throughout the community.

The process will be built on three principal values:

  • Inclusivity – we welcome everyone to participate and share.
  • Listening – our role is to hear and not speak. We will not imply or impose ideas.
  • Respecting – all ideas are worthy of consideration

07jun9:00 am4:00 pmThe State of the Sector: Heritage BC9:00 am - 4:00 pm


Benvoulin Garden Gala

Tickets $50 at COHS 250-861-7188 or email cohs@telus.net

“Enjoy an evening in the beautiful historic Benvoulin Gardens, with live music, gourmet food and great friends.” That is your cordial invitation from the Central Okanagan Historical Society (COHS) to attend the Benvoulin Garden Gala in support of heritage conservation and Benvoulin Park & Gardens.

There will be much to enjoy during the evening: a wine and beverage bar, canapes featuring seasonal favourites, live musical entertainment by Riverteeth, a silent auction, and guided tours of the Benvoulin Heritage Church and the gardens.

The Garden Gala will unveil plans for the restoration of the large garden and pathways, which will be renewed as a more traditional cottage garden and as a site to recognize individuals, families and businesses through donor/memorial bricks lining the paths.

COHS was formed in 1982 when a group of concerned citizens rolled up their sleeves to save and restore the Benvoulin Church. Since then, their work has continued with the conservation of and advocacy for other local heritage sites and buildings including Guisachan House & Gardens and Brent’s Grist Mill. The Society also provides tours and workshops to educate the community about the importance of heritage.

All proceeds from this year’s Garden Party will support the COHS’s conservation work and year-round programming. Tickets are limited, and there is a ‘rainy day’ contingency plan in place.

22jun7:00 pm10:00 pmBenvoulin Garden Gala7:00 pm - 10:00 pm Benvoulin Gardens, Church, Reid Hall

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