Save Sickle Point
How you can help
What to do with your green ribbon:
1. Display your ribbon
Place your green ribbon in a visible spot: on your gate or mailbox, or wrapped around a tree on your property to show your support for saving Sickle Point.
2. Take a picture.
On Instagram, tag @savesicklepoint and use #savesicklepoint.
Post on your Facebook page and share it on the Save Sickle Point page.
On Twitter, tag @savesicklepoint and use #savesicklepoint.
Email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Supporters who had made a pledge, or who wished to make a pledge to save Sickle Point, were invited to pick up their green ribbon on March 7, 2021. Other events are being planned.
Write letters of support
Write a letter to government to let them know why saving Sickle Point and keeping vehicles off the KVR trail is important to you.
Download a .docx template (below) and include some of the suggested facts.
Draft your own email.
The more emails received from individuals, the clearer the message becomes that saving Sickle Point is a concern of many, and not just a few. Email us a copy of your letter and we will add it to a box of letters to be physically mailed!
To request support and express concerns about possible development at Sickle Point and motorized access along the KVR, write:
To: Hon. Katrine Conroy, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations, and Rural Development, FLNR.Minister@gov.bc.ca
cc: Hon. John Horgan, Premier Premier@gov.bc.ca
cc: Hon. Rob Fleming, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, Rob.Fleming.MLA@leg.bc.ca
cc: Hon. George Heyman, Minister Environment and Climate Change, ENV.Minister@gov.bc.ca
cc: Hon. Murray Rankin, Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation, IRR.Minister@gov.bc.ca
cc: Roly Russell, MLA, Boundary Similkameen, Roly.Russell.MLA@leg.bc.ca
cc: Richard Cannings, MP, South Okanagan West Kootenay, Richard.email@example.com
cc: RDOS Board of Directors, firstname.lastname@example.org
cc: Save Sickle Point Committee, email@example.com
Correspondence and example letters
If you are interested in writing a letter of support for the conservation of Sickle Point, the following documents may help.
The Save Sickle Point Committee has sent letters to government ministries. The following letters have been sent by the Save Sickle Point Committee:
August 31, 2020 (PDF)
September 7, 2020 (PDF)
Replies to committee letters will be posted here. The following letters have been received by the Save Sickle Point Committee:
January 13, 2021 (PDF)
Who you can write to and points you may wish to include:
Write a letter of support (.docx)
Please feel free to download any of the letters written in support of conserving Sickle Point and use them as examples when crafting your own letter:
Hold elected officials accountable
Call and voice your support. Express that you want our government to support saving Sickle Point.
Roly Russell, MLA Boundary-Similkameen
Office telephone: 250-387-3655
Constituency telephone: 250-498-5122
Hon. John Horgan, Premier and President of the Executive Council
Office telephone: 250-387-1715
Constituency telephone: 250-391-2801
Pledge a rebate
One idea that has come from the community is to pledge future ICBC rebates and/or the British Columbia Recovery Benefit.
Make a pledge at the Wayblaze campaign.
Pledges continue to be made through the Kaleden Community Association website and the Community Foundation of the South Okanagan Similkameen website.
Petition of support
Sign the online petition at https://www.change.org/SaveSicklePoint.
Paper copies will be available to sign at the Kaleden Library.
We intend to gather thousands of signatures, locally and worldwide. The petition will be submitted to Premier John Horgan and Hon. Katrine Conroy, Minister of Forest, Lands, Natural Resources and Rural Development.
Local business will be receiving letters and phone calls requesting support. We are also initiating a nationally focused corporate sponsorship campaign. Reach into your network!
Please let us know:
if you are a local business owner or you know of one who would be interested in showing support, or
if you know of a local business owner or manager you are willing to contact.
Sickle Point in the news
The effort to save Sickle Point has made the news.
Penticton Herald, April 12, 2021.
Link: "Save Sickle Point Committee broadens campaign reach through film"
News release by the Save Sickle Point Committee, March 8, 2021.
PDF: "Save Sickle Point Green Ribbon Fundraising Campaign"
Penticton Herald, February 20, 2021
Link: "PIB reaffirms commitment to prevent development at Sickle Point"
News release by the Save Sickle Point Committee, February 9, 2021.
PDF: "Save Sickle Point Committee Focuses on Fundraising and Grants"
Castanet (Penticton, BC), January 12, 2021.
Link: "Tentative Sickle Point sale"
PentictonNow, January 10, 2021.
Link: "One hurdle cleared as $2.5 million RDOS offer for contentious Sickle Point accepted"
Penticton Western News, October 7, 2020.
Link: "Column: Sickle Point park concept comes full circle"
Skaha Matters, submitted for the October 2020 issue.
PDF: "Save Sickle Point"
Penticton Herald, September 21, 2020.
Link: "More than $100K committed to Sickle Point"
Castanet (Penticton, BC), September 21, 2020.
Link: "Working to save key land"
iNFOnews (Penticton, BC), September 19, 2020.
Link: "Time ticking on effort to buy ecologically valuable lakeshore property on Skaha Lake"
Penticton Herald, September 7, 2020.
Link: "Saving Sickle Point"
Castanet (Penticton, BC), September 5, 2020.