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Shannon skating with the Kelowna Rockets to help raise awareness of Braintrust Canada

It’s that time of year again! OKTOBERFEST!  We are proud to be supporters of BrainTrust Canada again this year by sponsoring this great Oktoberfest event here in Kelowna! Get on your best German outfit and come join us at the Laurel Packing House on Friday, October 26th! It’s all for the wonderful cause – Braintrust! We are honoured to be able to assist in raising funds for Braintrust Canada to help educate the community about concussion/brain injury and how to prevent, recognize, and respond to it.

Shannon says, “As a hockey mom, I admit that prior to my sons’ involvement in the sport, I didn’t realize that concussions happen at such a young age and how often they occur. Tamara and I are concerned that many people don’t know the signs of concussion to watch for, but we both can take some comfort in being aware of the steps to take, if and when concussions do occur.”

“We believe in giving back…and helping get that awareness out there,” says Tamara. “Yes, I think that’s the key thing,” says Shannon.“We really would like to create more awareness of concussions along with BrainTrust.”

We hope to see you all there!

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Put on your best Bavarian outfit and head to The Laurel Packinghouse for this year’s Oktoberfest in Kelowna.  Your ticket includes a pretzel at the door followed by a delicious, homemade Bavarian meal with dessert, lovingly prepared by German chef, Tanis Giesbrecht. Beer, wine, and shot skis will be available at a cash bar, and Kelowna-based band, Europa, will have you singing and dancing the night away.

Prizes will be awarded for best costume! Come and have fun while helping out a great cause. All proceeds go toward brain injury prevention, education, and support services in the Okanagan.

Special thanks to our title sponsor,  Stone Sisters Realty Group.
Tamara and Shannon, the dynamic duo known as the Stone Sisters, say that real estate is in their blood.  Their parents, Bruce and Patti Stone, were successful Kelowna realtors who taught their daughters the value of negotiating while sitting around the dining room table.  Tamara recalls being in Grade 3 when her dad convinced her to negotiate with her teacher for a higher grade on a math test, and she succeeded.

But in 1995 Tamara didn’t listen to her parents’ advice when she got her real estate license.

Note: Identifying information in the following story has been changed to protect the privacy of those involved.

“Hi, I’m Amanda. Your name is Robert. It’s August. You had a fall at work. You’re in the rehab unit of the hospital. You’re healing your brain.”  Amanda McFarlane looks into a vacant pair of eyes as she speaks. “Hi, I’m Amanda,” she repeats again in a soft tone of voice.  “Your name is Robert. It’s August…” and so it would go for an entire hour.

Fall signals not only a return to school, but a return to a new season of many sporting and extracurricular activities.  Have fun and play safe!  Know what to watch for if you, or someone you’re with, happens to take a blow, jolt, or bump to the head.

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