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  • Friends of the Westbank Library holds Annual Book Sale from May 24-26

    by ORL News | May 21, 2019

    Friends of the Westbank Library are holding their annual book sale with thousands of books for adults and children, magazines, DVDs and more.

    Dates and Times

    Friday, May 24 - 1:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

    Saturday, May 25 - 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

    Sunday, May 26 – 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

     

    Location

    Heritage Retirement Residence – at the Theatre Room.

    3630 Brown Road, West Kelowna.

      

    Funds raised support year-round programs and services for adults, children and teens, including Summer Reading Clubs, guest speakers & author events and more at the Westbank Branch and Westside Learning Lab.

  • Great news for super-readers!

    by ORL News | Apr 30, 2019

    Do you consider eReading your superpower? Then we have super news for you!

    Beginning May 1, we are increasing the number of digital books you can borrow at a time from the ORL eBooks collection. You will be able to borrow up to 8 digital books at a time, and you will be able to place requests on up to 8 digital books at time.

    New to digital books and want to get in on this? With a library card, members of the community can borrow from the ORL eBooks collection for free anytime, anywhere. Learn how to get started, today!

    The ORL has over 40,000 digital books including best-sellers, children’s, business, romance and something for readers of all ages in eBook and eAudiobook format.  

  • 30th Annual Vernon Friends of the Library Book Sale

    by ORL News | Apr 18, 2019

    The Vernon Friends of the Library will be holding its 30th annual book sale May 2-4 at the Vernon  Curling Rink, 3400 39th Avenue.  The sale hours are Thursday 3-9, Friday 9-9, and Saturday 9-4. It’s the biggest recycling event in the North Okanagan!  We will have fiction, non-fiction, and a large selection of children’s books. 

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  • Kelowna Friends of Library: Winter Book Sale, Sunday February 24

    by ORL News | Feb 20, 2019
    Snow is falling, Books are calling!
     
    Kelowna Friends of Library are holding a unique Winter Sale  
     
    Sunday 24th February
    10:00 am - 2:00 pm 
     
    Log Cabin on the grounds of the Okanagan Mission Community Hall
    4409 Lakeshore Road
    (in conjunction with the Okanagan Mission Lions Flea Market)
     
    Adult Fiction & general Non-Fiction, CDs & DVDs. $2 each
    Children's Books. $1 each
     
    Funds raised support year-round baby, children's & teens programming and Summer Reading Club; 
    programming for adults, book clubs, guest speakers & author events, special new facilities and more ...
    at Mission, Kelowna and Rutland branch libraries of the Okanagan Regional Library.
  • ORL's Westside Learning Lab Grand Opening on February 23rd

    by ORL News | Jan 16, 2019
    Okanagan Regional Library is officially opening the doors to the Westside Learning Lab serving the Westbank and West Kelowna community on February 23rd at 10am. 
     
    Please join us to celebrate the opening of this new ORL location. Everyone is welcome to come and explore the space, have a slice of cake, enjoy some entertainment and take part in demos of trending new technology. There will be activities for all ages to explore 3D printing, try out the green screen, record your audio, create unique takeaways and much more. At 10am the event will start off with short speeches and recognition of all parties that made this project possible. It will be followed by refreshments, entertainment, and demos throughout the day.
     
    Location:
    Okanagan Lake Shopping Centre,  
    #216 – 525 Highway 97 S, 
    West Kelowna, BC.
     
    Date: February 23rd, 2019
    Time: 10am - 4pm
    Open to the public
     
     
    The focus of this new location is on learning, technology, and community partnership and will benefit many people and organizations on the Westside. The Westside Learning Lab will feature bookable community space and meeting rooms for events, programs and gatherings. A key component of the Learning Lab will be the maker space that will enable people to learn and use technologies related to 3D printing, material design, crafting, coding, robotics, electronics and more. A sound booth will also be available for recording audio projects such as family stories, practicing musical instruments, recording podcasts and conducting interviews online.  This location will feature a small collection of materials and just like any other ORL branch, all library users will be able to pick up holds and return books at this location.
     
  • Okanagan Regional Library is opening a second location on the Westside.

    by ORL News | Dec 12, 2018
    Okanagan Regional Library is opening a second location on the Westside. 
     
    Although it is still unnamed, the renovations have started, furniture and materials have been ordered, and spirits are high. The tentatively named [Westside Learning Lab] is scheduled to be open in late February and is located in the Okanagan Lake Shopping Centre,  #216 – 525 Highway 97 S, West Kelowna, BC.
     
    The focus of this new location is on learning, technology, and community partnership and will benefit many people and organizations on the Westside. The Westside Learning Lab will feature bookable community space and meeting rooms for events, programs and gatherings. A key component of the Learning Lab will be the maker space that will enable people to learn and use technologies related to 3D printing, material design, crafting, coding, robotics, electronics and more. A sound booth will also be available for recording audio projects such as family stories, practicing musical instruments, recording podcasts and conducting interviews online.  This location will feature a small collection of materials and just like any other ORL branch, all library users will be able to pick up holds and return books at this location.
  • Service at the Salmon Arm Library to be limited due to renovations.

    by ORL News | Dec 11, 2018

    To better serve the Salmon Arm community Okanagan Regional Library is taking steps to update its Salmon Arm branch and outfit it with meeting spaces and mobile furniture to accommodate larger numbers of patrons during programs, events and classes. A fresh coat of paint and some much-needed upgrades will make the Library space friendlier, more comfortable and much more appealing to all ages.

    Starting Monday, December 17th, customers are welcome to pick up holds, browse from a small selection of items, and return their materials. Majority of the library will remain closed due to the renovations. We apologize for any inconvenience but look forward to seeing you when we reopen on January 10th.

    We ask the Salmon Arm community to be patient while we update and renovate the Library. 

  • Holiday Closure: December 22 through January 1

    by ORL News | Dec 10, 2018

    All branches of the Okanagan Regional Library will begin their annual holiday closure period beginning Saturday, December 22 and will resume normal operating hours on Wednesday, January 2, 2019.

    Loan periods for physical items such as books, CDs, DVDs, and magazines; have been extended to ensure that you can keep your borrowed items over the closure without late fees.

    Please note that book-drops at several library branches will be locked over the closure, so please hold on to your books and other items until the library system re-opens!

    Loan periods will go back to normal when library branches re-open in the new year. If unsure, check due dates of items by logging into your online account or call your library branch before December 22.

    The ORL website, including the catalogue and all online collections, will continue to be available during the closure period.

  • 30th Great Okanagan Book Sale

    by ORL News | Nov 05, 2018

    Immaculate Conception Parish Hall
    839 Sutherland Avenue, Kelowna 

    Thursday 8th November, 9:30am - 7pm 
    Friday 9th November, 9:30am – 7pm 

    • 1000+ boxes of bargains 
    •  A hall-full of adult books: fiction (mystery, romance, sci-fi, young adult) non-fiction (many subject areas) 
    • paperbacks & hardcovers $2 
    • Room full of Children’s books (best bargain at $1
    • Large Print books & titles in other languages 
    • Media items – DVDs, Talking books 
    • Premium books as marked (high quality content, good-as-new) 

    Saturday 10th November, 9:30am - 2pm 

    • BlowOut sale: 2/$1 (50c ea) 

    The 29th Annual Book Sale (October 2017) raised over $26,000, thanks to more than one hundred energetic and loyal volunteers. Smaller sales across 2018, Spring (newly at Plaza 33 - Rutland branch) and Summer outdoor Fill it for 5 bag sale (Barlee House) added $2,000 to a successful year of fundraising. Sale stock consists of books withdrawn from the Okanagan Regional Library network plus public donations that are in good condition just needing new homes with grateful readers! 

    What happens to funds raised at Friends Book Sales? 

    In May each year FOL Directors review wish lists submitted by our three Library branches – for 2018, $ 10,490; 2017, $10,712; 2016, $6,950; 2015, $8,725 worth of items were approved. 

     FOLs foremost commitment is to support children’s literacy via Summer Reading Club, with funding ($5,945 in 2018) for contests, prizes, crafts, workshops & guest presenters. Funds are also devoted towards year-round programming for children, teens and adults to keep our libraries lively & relevant. 

    Top 30 Library Things Funded by Friends 

    Kelowna: *Latest* MakerSpace tech material; Display end-panels for Fiction shelving; Display shelving units, props & pedestals; Board games & Game board table; Flat-screen TV & mobile stand; Presentation station; Fairytale Mural for Children’s reading nook. Digital microform reader/printer 

    Mission: Puppet stall; Furniture for reading nook; Display table; *Latest* Keva planks added to Lego sets & iPods for children’s programming; Bean bag chairs for Children’s & Teens area; Christmas trees for adult and children’s areas; Electric Fireplace & seasonal decore for cosy Book Club chats. Teen programming (workshops for duct tape art, cartooning, card & jewellery making) 

    Rutland: *Latest* rockin ride-on animal seats; Competition chessboards; Keva planks & Lego; Storytime reading chairs & stools. Seasonal decorative items including Christmas tree; Hanging lights for children’s media corner and Tabletop puppet theatre; Word quotations on walls (similar Kelowna & Mission); Children’s Mural Lounging Lions 

    Finally, 40% of the proceeds from Friends major book sales, ($11,080 for 2017) goes to ORL HQ for system-wide projects such as STEAM kits (3D printing & coding bots) for maker workshops at all branches in Spring 2018, performances valley-wide for Summer Reading Club, pamphlets 100 Books to Read Together before Kindergarten, audio & e-book collections, Support your ORL brochures & ORL book bags. 

  • Sign With Me an ASL Story-Time at the Library

    by ORL News | Sep 11, 2018

    Okanagan Regional Library received a $7,400 grant from the Central Okanagan Foundation for a Sign With Me Story Time. 

    The ASL story-time is a 90-minute library program for preschool to early elementary children and their families.  It is a bilingual program that enables both the deaf and the hearing community members to participate in a story time to learn early literacy skills in English and American Sign Language.  All the content is presented simultaneously in ASL and English with a Librarian and a Deaf Storyteller.  This program is offered in the Rutland and Westbank branches of the ORL.  

    During this story-time, a variety of tools are used to keep kids engaged and learning including, stories, songs, rhymes, puppets, and other props.  

    This program enhances community well-being by increasing the understanding of the deaf community, provides opportunities for families to meet and socialize with each other, and helps the library become more inclusive to the deaf community and better able to meet their needs.

    ASL Story Time series provides families with a library program that provides equal opportunity for speech, language, education, and communication.  Deaf children, they will be included in a story-time that increases their literacy skills and knowledge of the resources available.  For hearing children they will get to experience a new language, ASL.

    Program Details:

    Rutland Library
    3rd Saturday of the month @ 10:30 am
    Starting September 15, 2018

    Rutland Branch of the ORL is located at #20 - 301 Hwy. 33 West, Kelowna, BC. V1X 1X8; call the branch at (250) 765-8165 for more information. 

    Westbank Library
    4th Saturday of the month @ 10:30 am
    Starting September 22, 2018

    Westbank Branch of the ORL is located at #31 - 2484 Main St. (Hwy 97 S), West Kelowna, BC. V4T 2G2; call the branch at (250) 768-4369 for more information. 

    About the Central Okanagan Foundation:

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    The Central Okanagan Foundation is a community foundation providing an ongoing contribution to the quality of life in our community through building endowments, grant making and community leadership. We bring donors and charities together to provide for the needs of the community today, tomorrow and forever. 

    About Okanagan Regional Library:

    Established in 1936, the Okanagan Regional Library (ORL) is the 16th largest library system in Canada, serving over 370,000 residents through 29 branches. It covers 59,600 square kilometres of some of the most beautiful territories in BC, stretching from Golden in the Rockies to Osoyoos in the heart of the Okanagan wine and fruit growing areas.  The system is staffed by energetic and committed people who have begun the shift to a more learning and technology-focused service.

  • ORL Board Meeting | September

    by ORL News | Sep 06, 2018
    At the September 5th meeting of the Okanagan Regional Library Board of Trustees, the Board was introduced to Jeremy Sundin, ORL's new Chief Financial Officer. Sundin comes to the Library following several years as the Director of Finance for the Village of Lumby.

    The Board received a report from Chief Executive Officer Don Nettleton, which highlighted how the Library continues to move forward on their strategic plan in areas such as focusing on diverse community programming for citizens of all ages. Recent well-received system-wide programming included the Maker Crew Team, who travelled to each library branch and demonstrated the technology, including 3-D printing, to audiences of all ages, the Bubble Man and Magic Shows aimed at young people and, of course, the ever-popular Summer Reading Club. Other noteworthy programs and partnerships included Citizenship Ceremonies at the Kelowna Branch and American Sign Language Programs at the Rutland Branch. 

    The Board unanimously approved their Budget for 2019, which increases expenditures by 2.55% to $19,668,010. Principal budget increases cover inflation, previously approved additional security for Kelowna and Vernon Branches, one additional Information Technology support position, as well as small increases for staff training and programming equipment.

    The Board also heard about:
    -       Plans for a renovation and refresh of the Salmon Arm Branch in the fall.
    -       Ongoing fundraising efforts, including a $15,000 donation from Telus which was received at a fundraising barbecue at Kelowna Branch earlier this summer. This will be put towards future maker space at the Branch.
    -       2018 financial results to the end of June that are in-line with the 2018 Budget.

    About the ORL

    Established in 1936, the Okanagan Regional Library (ORL) is the 16th largest library system in Canada, serving over 370,000 residents through 29 branches. It covers 59,600 square kilometres of some of the most beautiful territories in BC, stretching from Golden in the Rockies to Osoyoos in the heart of the Okanagan wine and fruit growing areas.  The system is staffed by energetic and committed people who have begun the shift to a more learning and technology-focused service.
  • Do you love Listening to Free Classical Music?

    by ORL News | Jun 18, 2018
    Naxos Music Library added to the Okanagan Regional Library's digital offerings.
     
    Now available for streaming at the click of a mouse! 
    Naxos Music Library – is the world's largest online classical music library. As of September 2013, it offers streaming access to over 87,000 CDs with over 1.275 million tracks. On average, over 800 new CDs are added to the library every month.
     
    The library offers the catalogues of over 640 record labels with more labels joining every month. Among the labels whose catalogues are included in the service are leading classical labels such as BIS, Chandos, CPO, Haenssler, Hungaroton, Marco Polo, Naïve, Nonesuch, Sony, Vanguard Classics, VOX, Warner/EMI Classics, and, of course, Naxos. World music content is provided by ARC, Celestial Harmonies and others, and there is also jazz and pop/rock content.

     

    Naxos Music Library Classical is an online collection of classical music. The service offers streaming access to more than 135,000 recordings, totalling over 2 million tracks, and new recordings are added monthly.
    Learn how to get started

    Naxos Music Library Jazz is an online collection of jazz music. The service offers streaming access to over 185,000 tracks, representing over 200 record labels. 
    Learn how to get started 

  • Don Nettleton Appointed New CEO of Okanagan Regional Library

    by ORL News | May 23, 2018
     Kelowna, BC, May 23rd, 2018 - Okanagan Regional Library has announced the appointment of Don Nettleton as their new CEO. After Stephanie Hall resigned her position as CEO for personal reasons, Nettleton was selected by the board of directors to become an Interim CEO while ORL looked for a new leader. Nettleton became the successful applicant for the CEO position and has officially assumed responsibilities as of Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018.

    The ORL Chair, Catherine Lord, is delighted with the choice. “ We have a very strong management team, and under Don’s leadership, the ORL is on a steady, visionary and progressive course that will serve us well into the future.”

    Don Nettleton has been part of the ORL team for 24 years. During that time, the ORL moved or renovated every single branch at least once – with the exception of Cherryville. Nettleton was involved in the planning and oversaw the building of 4 library buildings – the new ORL Administrative Center, Okanagan Falls Library, Vernon Library and the Summerland Library while at the same time being responsible for the financial health of the ORL.

    "I am humbled, grateful, and excited to be given this opportunity by the Board to be the 5th leader in the ORL history. Having closely worked with the past 2 leaders, I know that I have big shoes to fill but the ORL is in the position where I will be working with a very talented and strong management team to continue to develop and evolve the Library so that it remains as relevant and loved in the 21st century as it has been in the past” said Nettleton when asked about his new role and goals.
     
    Nettleton is a CPA-CA, whose background before coming to the ORL included various financial positions as well as teaching at a High School. Nettleton has worked very closely with the board in providing leadership in the budget and capital planning for the ORL as well as many facets of the strategic plan. Nettleton will continue with some of the great work that Stephanie Hall and her predecessors had started. 

    Established in 1936, the Okanagan Regional Library (ORL) is the 16th largest library system in Canada, serving over 370,000 residents through 29 branches. It covers  59,600 square kilometres of some of the most beautiful territories in BC, stretching from Golden in the Rockies to Osoyoos in the heart of the Okanagan wine and fruit growing areas.  The system is staffed by energetic and committed people who have begun the shift to a more learning and technology-focused service.
  • ORL Board Approves Annual Report Highlighting Increasing Library Usage

    by ORL News | May 17, 2018
    The Library Maker Crew showed off the newly acquired 3D Printer and introduced the exciting potential of this new technology and its possibilities. The Library Maker Crew will visit all 29 branches of the ORL beginning in June and will run through to September allowing all communities to have equal access to this fantastic technology.  Details and date of each branch visit will be provided once finalized. 
     
    Interm CEO Don Nettleton highlighted key projects including:
    - Opening of a new ORL self-service point at  UBCO in the fall of 2018
    - Opening of a new Westside Learning Center in the fall of 2018 in the Okanagan Lake Shopping Center just over the bridge at the intersection of Westside Rd and Highway 97.
     
    The Board Approved an Access Card pilot project as a new type of membership, which helps individuals with no fixed address or proof of residence gain access to library services. 
     
    2017 Annual Report Key Figures:
    - 165,243 Patrons attended ORL programs and used Library meeting spaces — a 79% increase since 2012
            - 1,602,829 Patrons walked through our doors
            - 1,199,074 Number of times patrons logged on to use wifi. A 10% increase since 2016
            - 595,395 PressReader articles read — a 44% increase since 2016
            - 2,254,985 Patrons visited the ORL website
            - Internet speed doubled in 21 ORL branches
            - 2,857,273 Books, magazines and other materials borrowed

    The 2017 Audited Financial Statements:
    Auditors BDO Canada reported that the ORL’s revenues and expenses were very close to what was budgeted and consistent with previous years resulting in an $8,586 deficit. Total revenues for the regional library system were slightly higher than the previous year, totalling $18,194,538 with expenses coming to $18,203,124. 
     
    Full Annual Report can be accessed by visiting the following link:
  • New Head Librarian at the Kelowna Branch of the ORL

    by ORL News | Apr 05, 2018
    Chris Stephenson is no stranger to the Okanagan.  On the way to his last position as Head Librarian of the Bancroft Public Library in Ontario, Chris drove through Kelowna and said to himself, “One day I’d like to work for the Okanagan Regional Library system.”  And two years later, here he is.

    Chris began the Branch head librarian role at the central branch just after the Easter weekend and says he’s absolutely thrilled to be a part of the team here:  “The staff here are super enthusiastic, there’s a strong vision for the future already coming into reality, and I’m actively in the process of meeting my new community due to the substantial number of events hosted here.”

    A lifelong passionate library advocate and user himself, Chris comes from a diverse background and has previously worked in the Okanagan in three industries in the past.  He tree-planted around the Vernon area in the 1990s, and he came back as a Vancouver film industry worker to cheer on his colleagues on the set of ‘Fido,’ filmed here in town in 2005.  That same year Chris began running tours and driving for a BC-based business called Moose Network that regularly stopped in Kelowna each trip.  “It was one of the best jobs ever,” he says, “I got to showcase my country and this region for international visitors, and I knew I would one day return because of this experience.”  
    Now Chris sees himself as an information tour guide, helping his new community discover and re-discover some of the exciting trends happening in the library world at the moment.
    Chris looks forward to regularly attending events inside and outside the library.  He’d like to help continue fostering the great outreach services the Okanagan Regional Library is offering, and to personally get out on the streets to promote the library to everyone he meets.  In the meantime, he says, his sleeves are rolled up, and his door is open.  Look out for Chris as he continues to explore the area this spring – he’s already hitting the trails around Kelowna as we speak.
  • New Hours for the Lumby Library

    by ORL News | Feb 27, 2018
    In response to patron feedback, the Lumby branch of the Okanagan Regional Library will have new open hours. Effective Tuesday, March 6th 2018, the new library open hours will be as follows:
     
    Monday. Closed
    Tuesday. 10 am - 3 pm
    Wednesday. 10 am - 3 pm
    Thursday. 2 pm - 7 pm
    Friday. 10 am - 3 pm
    Saturday. 10 am - 3 pm
    Sunday. Closed
     
    Lumby branch of the Okanagan Regional Library is located at Box 116 2250 Shields Avenue, Lumby, BC. V0E 2G0, and can be reached at (250) 547-9528. 
  • New Hours for the Okanagan Falls Library

    by ORL News | Feb 19, 2018
    In response to patron feedback obtained in person and through a locally distributed survey, the Okanagan Falls branch of the Okanagan Regional Library will have new open hours. Effective Thursday, March 1st, the new library open hours will be as follows:
     
    Monday          Closed
    Tuesday         10:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Wednesday    10:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Thursday        Closed
    Friday             10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Saturday        10:00 am - 2:00 pm
    Sunday           Closed
     
    Okanagan Falls branch of the Okanagan Regional Library is located at #101 - 850 Railway Lane Okanagan Falls, BC. V0H 1R4; and can be reached at 250.497.5886. 
  • Silver Creek Library New Hours

    by ORL News | Jan 22, 2018
    In response to patron feedback and funding limitations, the Silver Creek branch of the Okanagan Regional Library will have new open hours. Effective Tuesday, January 23rd 2018, the new library open hours will be as follows:
    Monday. Closed
    Tuesday. 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
    Wednesday. Closed
    Thursday. 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
    Friday. Closed
    Saturday. Closed
    Sunday. Closed
    Silver Creek branch of the Okanagan Regional Library is located at 921 Salmon River Rd. Salmon Arm, BC. V1E 3G3 and can be reached at (250) 832-4719. 
  • Keremeos Library New Hours

    by ORL News | Jan 22, 2018
    The Keremeos branch of the Okanagan Regional Library will have new open hours effective Thursday, February 1st 2018, the new library open hours will be as follows:
    Monday. Closed
    Tuesday. 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Wednesday. 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    Thursday. Closed
    Friday. 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    Saturday. 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
    Sunday. Closed
    Keremeos branch of the Okanagan Regional Library is located at 638 - 7th Avenue, Keremeos, BC. V0X 1N0 and can be reached at (250) 499-2313. 
  • The Okanagan Regional Library’s CEO is sailing away

    by ORL News | Jan 10, 2018
    Stephanie Hall has been the CEO since February of 2013, but come March, she will be resigning in order to sail around the world on the tallship Picton Castle.  
     
    This is not the first time Hall has taken an offshore sailing voyage, having sailed from Seville, Spain to Victoria BC aboard the topsail schooner Pacific Swift at the age of 20.  “It was a difficult decision”, said Hall, “as the team at the ORL has been stellar, and the work our staff do in communities is so important.  But I’ve wanted to do a total circumnavigation for a long time, and the best time to pursue your dreams is never ‘in a few years’.”
     
    Hall’s time at the ORL has been marked by a series of changes, from a renewed focus on the learning and technological role of the library, restructuring, to a series of library building projects and renovations designed to create flexible spaces with more capacity for community involvement.  Says library Board Chair, Catherine “Stephanie has been a driving force for streamlining the ORL processes and fostering an atmosphere of creativity and enthusiasm among the staff. She is a professional, dedicated and inspirational leader, and will be sorely missed by the staff and the Board.  We wish her "Bon voyage" and happiness in this new phase of her life. ”.
     
    Also leaving the ORL’s senior team is Director of Public Services, Southern Branches, Georgia McKay, who is retiring after a long and distinguished career at the ORL.  ‘Georgia has been a mainstay of too many major projects to list’ said Hall, ‘but standout projects included the new library in Summerland and the renovations in Peachland, Rutland, and Kelowna’s downtown branch.  She will truly be missed.’  Georgia will work closely on the transition with her successor, Christine McPhee, formerly of the downtown Kelowna branch.
     
    The ORL will now conduct a national search for a new CEO.