WHAT: The Okanagan Irish Society (OIS) is issuing this expression of interest to persons interested in learning or improving their proficiency playing and/or singing Irish Celtic music. Up to three candidates will be selected and we will (a) provide them loaner musical instruments and (b) subsidize musical lessons for a period of time. The closing date to submit the attached expression of interest is 16 February 2018 and our intent is to select the successful applicants by 15 March 2018 at latest.
WHO WE ARE: The OIS is a registered non-profit Society and our constitution and by-laws are governed by the section B of the Society’s Act of British Columbia. Our mandate is to promote the Irish culture within the Canadian mosaic, look after our own in a non-political and non-sectarian manner. We currently have over 100 members and we arrange a number of social functions annually for our members and their friends – social dinner/pub night/sing-along gatherings, Christmas and St. Patrick’s Day dinners, bowling afternoons followed by dinner in the evenings and weekend camping outings. For the past thirty years we have had a benevolent fund which assists those of our members who are ill or in need. At one point we had Okanagan Irish Society dancers – this is now a private venture. However the Okanagan Irish Society contributes annual bursaries to the Okanagan Society of Irish Dancers – Parents’ Association (OSID-PA).
In addition a number of our members are musicians and singers. They formed a group called “Ceol na hEireann” of The Okanagan Irish Society. They entertain at many of our functions, entertain at a number of senior facilities, put on a fundraising concert for St. Vincent de Paul in the fall each year and put on a theatre production in the spring to aid a Prayer House located in Kelowna. Any time they are asked, they entertain unless previously committed.
We have come to the realization that it is important for us now to reach out and cultivate and engage a younger generation to support Irish culture and heritage to ensure its sustainability into the future in the Okanagan Valley.
Please submit this completed form to Paul McDonald, 1956 Carruthers Street,
Kelowna, BC V1Y 3B8 or by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. by 16 February 2018.