Sailing Okanagan

We are proud to announce another featured entrepreneur, Bruce Merit, for the GOABA Showcase Event, on March 26th at the Opus Cafe Bistro. Here is more about Bruce:

Bruce’s love of sailing started at age 8 when he joined the 28 Thunderbirds (the only Sea Scout troop in Vancouver). There he honed his nautical skills and learned the ropes (and knots!) he went on to racing Hobie Cats and then progressed into Windsurfing.

Skipper Bruce

Bruce’s interests where varied and not limited to the water, over the years he has taught downhill skiing up Grouse Mountain, sailing at Deer Lake in Burnaby, swimming lessons and life-guarding.

Most of Bruce’s life has revolved around health and fitness, being one of the pioneers of personal training in Vancouver he quickly moved to the forefront of the profession training Jodie Foster, Nicholas Cage, Sylvester Stallone and many other Hollywood’s “A” listers. Bruce’s love and passion for cooking combined nutrition early on and then added massage therapy as well to create the “Lifestyles with Merit” the Total Approach to Health & Fitness program which was featured in the Japan Times newspaper for over three years plus over 100 other magazines and newspapers in Japan.

During his 10 years in Japan Bruce created a fitness tool call Body Bar which he introduced to over 500 health clubs. During this time he introduced morning workouts in a handful of health clubs in Tokyo and also healthy breakfast cereal and got his Body Bar on the back of the Kellogg’s Bran Flake box. This additional exposure lead to a home shopping channel picking up the Body Bar and getting it into 1,000’s of homes all over Japan. With the fitness business expanding in many other parts of Asia Bruce was well positioned to repeat his formula again in 5 other Asian countries.


In 1990 Polar Heart Rate monitors contacted Bruce to become one of the first class of 30 Polar Master Trainers in the world and to educate in Asia. During his 5 years with Polar Bruce relocated back to Vancouver B.C. and created a Cardio Coaching program which he introduced into over 500 health clubs all over North America.

After feeling too much like George Clooney in “Up in the Air” Bruce trained up two more Cardio Coaches and semi-retired at Osprey Lake just outside Princeton. For 8 years now Bruce has been running the Osprey Lake Retreat and running “Hike, Bike, Fish” programs which include teaching fly tying, fly casting, bike shuttles, renting bikes, boats, kayaks, snowshoes, ice fishing huts and selling fishing worms that he steals out of his mom’s garden in Osoyoos.

Now he has his B&B up for sale and has started the next chapter in his life which included buying an Ericson 32 foot sailing boat and reconnecting with the water and sailing. Of course being Bruce’s nature he just could sail off peacefully into the sunset. He has now started Sailing which is a sailing adventure charter business that is creating a fundraising and marketing awareness program called “Sailing for Humanity” where all net proceeds will go to the South Okanagan chapter of Habitat for Humanity.

He is well qualified and very excited about his next adventure with over 45 years of sailing experience including crewing on a 75 foot sailboat during the America’s Cup in Perth, Australia. Now he adds sailing adventures to his list of activities. He has his S.V.O. P. (Small Vessel Operation Proficiency), ASA Level 1, ASA level 3, MED A3 (Marine Safety), P.C.O.C. (Pleasure Craft Operators Card), First Aid, First Responder and CPR certificates.

Spend a few hours experiencing the beauty and tranquility of Okanagan Lake with Bruce and enjoy the warm Okanagan sunshine on your face and the gentle summer breeze, you can escape to another world and have the experience of a lifetime!



Phone: 250 295-6166

Address: RR1-S10-C06, Princeton, BC, V0X-1W0


Lang Vineyards

Giving Others A Boost is excited (and we are sure that you are too) to announce that the featured winery for the March 26th Showcase Event is the Lang Vine­yards. Here is more about this Naramata-based winery:

Lang Vineyards

Lang Vine­yards opened its doors in 1990 and has grown from its hum­ble begin­ning into one of the Okanagan’s most pop­u­lar wineries.

Guen­ther Lang and his wife, Kristina, pur­chased the vine­yard when they immi­grated to Canada in 1980. Guen­ther selected the property—high up on the bench—for its excel­lent soil con­di­tions and micro-climate. Addi­tional prop­er­ties along the bench have added to the over­all acreage avail­able to the win­ery. Dur­ing the 80’s, most of the hybrid vari­eties were pulled out and replaced with vinifera vari­etals; whites such as Pinot Aux­er­rois, Gewurz­traminer, Ries­ling and most recently Viog­nier. Red vari­eties included Pinot Noir, Mer­lot and Pinot Meunier.


The loca­tion is cool enough to grow Gewurz­traminer that retains refresh­ing acid­ity. The vine­yard also ben­e­fits from good air drainage, which allows the vine­yard to remain frost-free well into autumn. This enables the Ries­ling to ripen for excel­lent late har­vest wines. The win­ery has also enjoyed great suc­cess with ice-wines and a unique dessert wine called “The Orig­i­nal Cana­dian Maple Wine”. The only hybrid vari­etal remain­ing is the Marechal Foch, which remains one of Lang’s most pop­u­lar wines.


In late 1989, the ‘Farm-gate Win­ery’ license was cre­ated. This opened the door to many of the small grow­ers to start their own oper­a­tions. Lang Vine­yards was the first to receive such a license and opened up in the spring of 1990. The small but superbly equipped win­ery has grown well beyond the farm win­ery con­cept since then.

Contact: Mike Lang General Manager – Lang Vineyards

Address: 2493 Gammon Road, Naramata, BC, Canada

Phone: 1.778.514.5598


Boys and Girls Club

Giving Others A Boost is pleased to announce that the featured charity for the March 26th Showcase Event is the Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs (OBGC). Here is more about this local charity:

A Good Place To Be

Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs (OBGC) is a registered charity that provides programs to support the healthy physical, educational and social development of more than 6,000 young people and families annually throughout the Okanagan Valley. Each of our 32 centres provide a safe, supportive environment where children and youth experience new opportunities, overcome barriers, build positive relationships and develop confidence and skills for life. In the South Okanagan, our clubs are located in Summerland, Penticton, Okanagan Falls, Oliver and Osoyoos.

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OBGC has a history of working locally to deliver programs and services to meet the needs of children, youth and families within each unique community. The organization believes that neighbourhood and community-based approaches that reach out to children, youth and families hold the greatest promise of fulfilling the agency’s mission, and meeting community need. Programs focus on building an individual’s strengths and capabilities and embrace the principles of equality and inclusion. OBGC is inclusive and welcomes young people of all cultural, social and economic backgrounds—with particular sensitivity to children and youth who are disabled, at risk or otherwise economically and/or socially disadvantaged.

Pink shirt day

Programs offered in the South Okanagan:

  • Family Resource Programs—A variety of programs such as Positively Pregnant, Nobody’s Perfect Parenting Program and Community Kitchen are offered to expecting parents and their young children to provide support, assistance, learning and friendship with other families.
  • Infant Development Program—Services for children from birth to three years of age who are either experiencing a developmental delay or at risk of developing such a condition. Consultants bring parents and professionals together to help children overcome developmental difficulties.
  • Before & After School Care Programs—Children aged 6 to 12 years have an opportunity to participate in a safe and secure club setting supervised by positive adult role models. The programs create opportunities for children to form new friendships, learn new skills, be active, make healthy choices and build confidence and self-esteem. Children are transported from school to the club where they participate in sports, leisure and recreation activities, creative arts programs and personal growth/life skills activities.
  • Integrated Family Development Program—Provides flexible home or community-based support and counseling for children, youth and families on a range of social issues and concerns.
  • Youth Evening & Weekend Programs—A wide variety of drop-in activities focused on sports, leisure and recreation, creative arts programs and personal growth/life skills activities. Children develop friendships and connect with positive role models in a safe and fun way during the after school hours.

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Please Help Us Make A Difference

OBGC relies on donations from local communities, corporations, foundations and individuals—as well as contributions from governments—to fund vitally needed programs and services to support children, youth and families.

Come out for our Annual Fundraising Golf Tournament – Wednesday, June 12th, 2013 at Sumac Ridge Golf Club in Summerland. The objective of this event is to raise awareness of the many programs our agency provides to the community, while at the same time, raise funds that will be used directly to support our youth programs in the South Okanagan.

Pos Pregnant group

For more information about our programs and services and how you can help, please contact Jennifer Anderson at:


Phone: 250-493-0512 ext. 114


Address: 1295 Manitoba St. Penticton V2A 4Z9