Robert MacDonald


Okanagan Institute Books A Community Cookbook Osoyoos Cooks at Home
Curious Beyond Words Bella Dona
Improve Your Digestive System To Feel Well
Making Sense of Change Next Okanagan
Chapbook: Harold Rhenisch A Recipe for Perry
Ricardo Scebba's Mediterranean Kitchen That's Amore
TEDx at Okanagan College Beyond Sustainability
Judie Steeves Jude's Kitchen
Dawn Abernethy New Dawn
Explorations in Architectural Innovation Resource Politive Envelope Design
Dodi Morrison Okanagan Reflections
ArtsCare Chapbook HeART Cart at Hospice House
Stan Chung Global Citizen
Chapbook: Douglas MacLeod Our Buildings Can Save the Planet
Colin Snowsell The Frollett Homestead
Chapbook: Colin Snowsell On Apples
Melody Hessing Up Chute Creek
Chapbook: Derek Evans Creator Glimpsed Serving Tea
Karen Close, Editor Spirit of Kelowna
Chapbook: Jarrod Thalhemer The Zeppo Chair


Okanagan Institute
Bella Dona

8 x 8 inches, 128 pages, paperback full colour throughout, with more than 150 pictures
ISBN 978-09881477-5-1
This cookbook celebrates Osoyoos and the sharing of food, fun, and recipes between generations of seniors, youth and adults in our community. The recipes are tested and true and delicious! And every child will love to create them in your home kitchen!

The average person will eat about 60,000 pounds of food in their lifetime. In April of 2012 CASI Osoyoos was awarded a grant to create a community cook book. The goal of the cook book was to create a project where seniors could share their knowledge of cooking by providing hands on cooking demonstrations to young people in the community. The Good Shepherd Christian School partnered with CASI Osoyoos for the project.

For the duration of this project students and seniors shared cooking skills, computer experiences and laughs. Six "CASI Classic Chefs" also volunteered to share their favourite recipes and teach hands on cooking and kitchen skills to the students. The cooking sessions were made even more memorable as the students received art training from a professional volunteer artist and created colourful artwork for the book based on the six cooking sessions. The cooking, photography and art sessions have been filmed and photographed and are featured throughout our book.


Okanagan InstituteBella Dona
Dona Sturmanis

A collection of poems that explore the contrast between urban and rural living, unrequited love affairs, small town existence, raising family and caring for dying parents. Above all, they explore the experience of being a lifelong writer. A Special Limited Edition.

"Dona Sturmanis is familiar to most of our Okanagan writing community as writer of thousands of articles, as writing instructor at workshops and at Okanagan College, as awardwinning poet and author, and as editor of books and many regional magazines. She honed these skills at UBC and during a multitude of assignments across Western Canada before she came to the Okanagan in the early 90s. Since then, Dona has mentored and inspired hundreds of would-be Okanagan Valley writers. Solely because of her prodding and encouragement, many of us even dared to also become professional writers and editors." - Barbara Shave, journalist and author


To Feel WellTo Feel Well

A Naturopathic Medical Approach to Optimal Health through Improved Nutrition, Digestion and Absorption
Dr. Brent Barlow

To Feel Well: Improve Your Digestive System is the first in a series of books designed to empower people to pursue and achieve optimal health and wellness. This book focuses on the naturopathic medical approach to improving health through better digestion, absorption, and nutrition. The book explains how the digestive system works, how to identify digestive system dysfunction, and how to improve digestion with natural treatments. Many symptoms and medical conditions are a result of problems with the digestive system. Many skin conditions, auto-immune conditions, mental-emotional disorders, and cardiovascular diseases can be treated and improved by therapies that support the digestive system.

136 pages,5.5 x 8 inches Paperback | ISBN 978-0-9868663-0-6


Jude's KitchenThat's Amore

128 pages,8x11 inches, paperback
ISBN 978-0-9868663-6-4

There is a story emerging in our world that is not being told by our media. It is the story of the relocalization process that is being precipitated both by necessity and by possibility. This transition represents the end of an era of economic and population growth stimulated by an abundant supply of cheap fossil fuels. It also represents the beginning of a change towards a more balanced and thoughtful approach to the business of life, and the life of business.

Together we face a convergence of interrelated global challenges that are forcing us to find better ways of doing things and making our communities work. We are changing our attitudes toward ­ and relationship with ­ energy, climate, food, economics, health, waste, and the environment. At the same time, we are establishing new norms for how we communicate, work, live our lives, and ensure that the goods and services we need are sustainably produced and available from reliable local sources where possible. Next Okanagan is your local information source, documenting and interpreting the events and trends in the Okanagan, covering the story of our collective response to the extraordinary challenges and opportunities we face, and the story of the emergence of a smart and progressive culture of local resilience.


A Recipe for PerryA Recipe for Perry An Essay by Harold Rhenisch

Pear trees are sexual creatures. The fruit of a Bosc growing next to a Bartlett doesn't cup Bosc seeds. Nor does the Bartlett contain little Bartletts, nor even Boscs. The same for Beurre d'Anjou, Sierra, Seckel, Clapp's Favourite, Flemish Beauty, and Doyenné du Comice de Chaberton: each pear tree is feminine, with the exception of the stamens of their flowers, which are male ­ like the tiny consorts female mosquitoes keep for their pleasure. There has, in other words, only ever been one Bartlett pear tree. All the rest, the millions of them on five continents, have been cloned, through a process called grafting.
Thus begins the essay A Recipe for Perry by Harold Rhenisch, a chapbook from the Okanagan Institute. Harold Rhenish is the author of Out of the Interior and 25 other books of fiction, non-fiction and poetry. He lives in Vernon BC.

Published in a limited edition of 100 copies, numbered and signed by the author.
20 pages | paperback | 5 x 8.5 inches


Jude's KitchenThat's Amore

184 pages, colour plates throughout,
8x8 inches, paperback
ISBN 978-0-9868663-6-4

From Ricardo Scebba's Mediterranean Kitchen

Ricardo Scebba has an uncanny ability to step off the page right into your kitchen with his amusing anecdotes, kitchen savvy and flat out love of food and family. His cookbook "That's Amore" brings you inside an authentic Italian Family kitchen with recipes and a passion for cooking that has passed down and evolved over three generations.

Some of these treasured recipes were brought from Italy by Ricardo's mother. Others are his personal interpretations of traditional favourites, and many are popular menu items from Ricardo's Mediterranean Kitchen, his world class restaurant in Lake Country BC. Through the pages of the book you learn the secrets to Nonna's Poplette and Pasta Fagioli, simple flavourful dishes you can make with ease and confidence. "That's Amore" will inspire you to crank up the opera and turn your kitchen into "La Bella Cucina". "I created this cookbook as a tribute to my mother and to everything she's taught me about food and cooking," says Chef Ricardo Scebba. "To me, cooking is an expression of amore and what better way to share my love of food than to share my recipes with the world."


Beyond SustainabilityBeyond Sustainability

168 pages, 5 x 8.5 inches, paperback
ISBN 978-0-9868663-4-0

Contributions to TEDxOkanaganCollege

Beyond Sustainability showcases the proceedings from a conference that looked at global challenges through the lenses of diverse perspectives. The context of TEDxOkanaganCollege was to examine sustainability and what lies beyond in economic, social and environmental terms. This book is compiled from the essays of a number of the speakers as a way to preserve their ideas in permanent form for future contemplation.

Beyond Sustainability was chosen as the theme of TEDxOkanaganCollege 2011 to capture what seems to be on the minds of many as we head into an uncertain future on this planet. We are focusing on the "Actions to be Taken" to maintain the combined integrity of the environment, social structure and economic health in the Okanagan Valley and the World.

As Canada is a major provider of wood and iron ore used in building, it made sense to construct a training college to teach trades people how to build new green buildings of the future and to develop new green building policies that are relevant to Canada and other northern nations. It is only a matter of time before the economic advantages of energy conservation will come to the forefront and it will be graduates from the Centre of Excellence and other forward thinking institutions around the world that will be providing the skilled workforce to lead this change. The challenges facing our species are great but the power of many minds working together shall overcome.

Published in association with Okanagan College.


New DawnNew Dawn

224 pages, 5.5 x 8 inches, paperback, full colour throughout - ISBN 978-0-9868663-3-3.

For Cherron Dawn Abernethy, life started out as quest for perfection. "My life will be perfect when I graduate from high school ... when I find the right boyfriend ... when I get the right house ... get married ... have children." And so it went until she realized none of these things made her happy. In fact, she was miserable.

It was at this point that Dawn realizes there is another way. Looking to nature, Dawn begins to see the beauty and magnificence that continually surrounds her. As Dawn begins to accept her inherent connection to nature, she begins her real life journey ­ a journey that heals childhood tragedy, releases old ideas of abandonment and builds a pathway for a life filled with inner peace and joy. "With focus and dedication I discovered the true heart of the Universe and it is all about love."

Cherron Dawn Abernethy was born in Lloydminster Saskatchewan and moved to the Southern Interior of British Columbia as a toddler where she has resided ever since. The idea for this book came as she documented her own rapid-pace spiritual unfoldment over the course of 30 days. Rather than assume this was simply a personal experience, she recognized it as a demonstration of what can happen to anyone as they embrace the lifelong challenge of listening to the Still Small Voice within. Dawn makes her home in Kelowna, B.C.


Jude's KitchenJude's Kitchen

224 pages, colour plates throughout,
8x10 inches, paperback
ISBN 978-0-9810271-9-7

Celebrating BC's Seasons of Abundance Judie Steeves

From the coast of British Columbia to the wilds of the Cariboo and the orchards and vineyards of the Okanagan. 200 recipes including adaptations of traditional dishes from family and friends, with a focus on using fresh, local ingredients, in season to produce nutritious, simple, good food all year long.

Judie Steeves has been writing a weekly full-page tabloid cooking column, from Jude's Kitchen, for the Kelowna Capital News for 12 years and for Country Life in B.C. for the past seven years.

"I feel it's vital we support local farmers and enjoy the fruit of their labours to sustain both them and our families, for both health, flavour and for economic reasons. This book is a celebration of the diversity of our agricultural sector in BC. I am not a chef. I am not a nutritionist. I am not a nurse or a fitness instructor. I am a writer, a mom, a grandmother and a gardener who loves to eat good food and serve it to others who appreciate fresh flavours. Some of the recipes are simply traditional old favourites passed down in the family, but ones which I know my grown kids, for instance, would like to have.This book is my legacy to them, and to others who like to cook and appreciate eating healthy, flavourful food." - Judie Steeves


HeART Cart at Hospice HouseOkanagan Institute An Essay by Karen Close

The HeART Cart is an open invitation to enjoy the process of creating according to your own heART. The Cart is dedicated to the memory of Nel Clark whose loving spirit inspired friends and family.

Thus begins the essay HeART Cart at Hospice House by Karen Close, now a chapbook from the Okanagan Institute. Karen Close is a painter and author of two books. Her heART FIT classes at the Rotary Centre for the Arts, Kelowna, lead participants to "honour the urge to create ... for ourselves and for others."

Published in association with the Central Okanagan Hospice Association.
20 pages | paperback | 5 x 8.5 inches


Our Buildings Can Save the Planet An Essay by Douglas MacLeod

Our buildings can save the planet because green buildings are the best means of addressing global warming, reducing energy usage and creating a healthier and safer environment. The heating and cooling of buildings accounts for about a third of the world's total greenhouse gas emissions. When all of the energy costs of a building are combined, buildings have the dubious distinction of being both the largest consumers of energy and the largest emitters of greenhouse gases of any sector.

Thus begins the essay Our Buildings Can Save the Planet by Douglas MacLeod, now a chapbook from the Okanagan Institute. Douglas MacLeod is the Associate Dean of Science Technology and Health at Okanagan College.

Published in a limited edition of 100 copies, numbered and signed by the author.
20 pages | paperback | 5 x 8.5 inches


Resource Positive Envelope DesignResource Positive Envelope Design

64 pages, 5 x 8.5 inches, paperback
ISBN 978-0-9810271-9-7
Price: $9.95 plus $5 shipping.

Explorations in Architectural Innovation
Editred by Douglas MacLeod

In a very short period of time, the Resource Positive Envelope Design (RPED) project has produced a wealth of activities and resources that have the potential to change the way we think about architecture.

The intent was not merely to design new kinds of buildings, communities and cities, but to design a new meaning for these structures that is predicated on a new relationship with the environment. To fully realize this goal would require a lifetime of work, but it begins with the comprehensive exploration of architecture that is presented here. This exploration occurred through technological research, visionary designs and experimental installations that were founded on ongoing discussions, a willingness to share and a spirit of cooperation.

Published in association with Okanagan College.


Okanagan InstituteOkanagan Reflections

208 pages | paperback | 6 x 9 inches
ISBN 978-0-9868663-0-2

Essays by a Seasoned Journalist Dodi Morrison

Okanagan Reflections brings together several decades of Dodi Morrison's remarkable writing into a single volume, sure to appeal to her many long-time readers, as well as new ones.

"I gaze out on a wonderful stretch of sky, the hills beyond Skaha Lake, and the western mountains. I glory in the ever-changing sky. Today there is sunshine, warm on my chair even in November. Sometimes sunset brings a Tony Onley sky; sometimes it resembles a Jill Leir-Salter watercolour. Sometimes a feathery band of cloud dallies across the sky to the western hills, lingering through shades of pink, rose, lilac and eventually gray. Sometimes the cloud hovers, threatening, across the valley. But inevitably it is touched with pink as it fades to dusk."

Dodi Morrison has been one of the Okanagan's most venerated columnists in the popular media for two decades. Her outspoken commentary, which has profiled famous people and covered social and political topics, has appeared in many local and national newspapers and magazines. Dodi was also a regular contributor to the CBC. A former schoolteacher, her fans include writers Sharon Butala, Edith Iglauer and none other than David Suzuki. Her sister is Governor General award winner Heather Spears. She lives in Penticton BC.


Okanagan InstituteGlobal Citizen

240 pages | paperback | 5.5 x 8.5 inches
ISBN 978-0-9810271-8-0
River of Love and Other Essays
Stan Chung

"These essays and stories are united by a passion for writing. Writing is a key part of my identity; I write because it is one of the best ways I learn."

Stan Chung never thought anybody would care to hear about his parents, their struggles, and his upbringing as the son of a Korean-born United Church minister. He never thought his experience extraordinary. He never thought it atypical, nor did he find it very interesting. Everybody has a story; his story begins and ends just like everyone else's.

So when he took his column in the Okanagan Sunday newspaper into personal experience he was surprised that readers greeted his explorations enthusiastically. Every time he submitted something to the editor that filled him with dread and anxiety, readers rewarded him with emails of praise and encouragement. These emails came in bunches whenever he wrote something that struck an emotional chord with readers. The column began to change as he tried to push the emotional content of the work, to take bigger risks, to talk openly about the suicide of a student, the death of his mother, how his parents abandoned him. Having been taught to take risks in his writing, Stan found that the more he risked, the more he realized that the column was becoming an intensely personal way of connecting with his community.


The Frollett HomesteadThe Frollett Homestead Colin Snowsell, with Photographs by Gary Nylander

"I wanted to write a story that was fantastic, that allowed my philosophical training a forum less confining than treatises, and that took me from a bleak present to places I knew only as a happy youth." What starts out as a simple newspaper report on a decaying farmstead and the family that once lived there, turns into a tour de force of writing at the hands of Colin Snowsell. "I found it impossible to regard the Frollett Homestead and not hear the chants of the ghosts of children, children who play there no longer. Children grown old. Children passed on. The day I visited the Frollett homestead I kept looking at my octogenarian host, only to see beside me a boy not yet eight." The text is accompanied by a suite of photographs by Gary Nylander that shadow the tone and temperament of the writing, and the story.

Published in a limited edition of 500 copies, numbered and signed by the author.
64 pages | paperback | 8 x10 inches | Illustrated with photographs throughout.
ISBN 978-0-9810271-4-2


Okanagan InstituteOkanagan Institute An Essay by Colin Snowsell

The most commonly used apple metaphor - any derivation of the term "rotten apple" - is almost always presently misapplied. "A rotten apple ruins the barrel" is, according to the American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms a tightening up of the 14th century Latin expression "The rotten apple injures its neighbours." The phrase in current political discourse is customarily offered as systemic exculpation premised on the identification and offering of a scapegoat.
Thus begins the essay On Apples by Colin Snowsell, a chapbook from the Okanagan Institute. Colin Snowsell is a writer and a communications professor at Okanagan College.

Published in a limited edition of 100 copies, numbered and signed by the author.
24 pages | paperback | 5 x 8.5 inches


Up Chute CreekOkanagan Institute Melody Hessing

Up Chute Creek is a portrait of Okanagan landscape and people like no other. It is alternately passionate, joyful, heartbreaking, lyrical, quirky, and always wise, and always human, in the best sense. This is a book for the people of the Okanagan, both new and old, to treasure and to share.

"A wise, funny, heartfelt, smart, poetic memoir of a love affair with a wild, granite farm at the end of the road in Naramata. If you didn't love the Okanagan before you read this book, you will by the time you're done." - Harold Rhenisch, author of Out of the Interior and The Wolves at Evelyn

"For 30 years, my family has made a ritual pilgrimage to celebrate food's seasonality by picking cherries in the Okanagan Valley, the Garden "of Eatin" of this book. But in that time, the rural charm of this area has changed beyond recognition from the forces of development and growth. Up Chute Creek zip-lines readers through this region's environmental issues, from population growth and water shortage to a unique, but endangered ecology. No easy solutions, but what a ride!" - David Suzuki, author of The Sacred Balance: Rediscovering Our Place in Nature and host of CBC's The Nature of Things

Published in a limited edition of 500 copies, numbered and signed by the author.
224 page paperback | 6 x 9 inches | Illustrated with photographs throughout.
ISBN 978-0-9810271-1-1


Okanagan InstituteOkanagan Institute Poetic Journeys, by Derek Evans

Most of us, most of the time, seem to rush through our lives in a blur of plans and preoccupations, of schedules and fears. We press our way and spend our time in weighty chunks - of months and years, of decades and careers. Every now and then something may happen that allows us to step outside of our usual patterns, and to notice for a fleeting moment the power and beauty of the ordinary. For me, that rare moment tends to arrive when I am a traveler, when I am forced to scramble and grapple for perspective, when I am challenged to find a sense of being at home though surrounded by different lives in a distant place. Or just around the corner.

Thus begins Creator Glimpsed Serving Tea by Derek Evans, the second chapbook in the series from the Okanagan Institute. Derek Evans is a writer, teacher, scholar, and activist. His work in peace and human rights spans three decades and five continents, and bridges local and global concerns. He served two terms as Deputy Secretary General of Amnesty International, and has led more than seventy international delegations conducting human rights investigations or peace negotiations.

Published in a limited edition of 200 copies numbered by the designer and signed by the author.
24 pages | paperback | 5 x 8.5 inches


Spirit of KelownaOkanagan Institute "This was a marvellous project and the book is an extremely elegant publication. As Julia Ketler (age 14) says, "Every single medallion has something to say". All in all, I found looking at the works that came out of the project quite a moving experience." -Philip Attwood, Curator, The British Museum<

The extraordinary Spirit of Kelowna medallion project brought a diverse cross section of the community together. They merged in a spirit of learning and sharing to create an impression of what was in their hearts. Their vision of Kelowna's community spirit is powerfully expressed through the diversity and uniqueness of the medallions that were created under the supervision of artists Geert and Elly Maas.

The medallions have been brought together in the pages of a unique and beautiful full-colour book - the perfect legacy of a great community event.

128 page paperback | 8 x 10 inches | Full colour throughout
Introductory texts by Karen Close, Sandra Kochan and Randy Cleveland. Photography by Yuri Akuney.
ISBN 978-0-9810271-0-4


Okanagan InstituteOkanagan Institute Jarrod Thalheimer

Tristan slid onto the worn leather of the chair and remembered it, even through his jeans. He found his comfort just as the bonds began to tighten. He strained against them, but kept his neck and head as still as possible. The red panic button was just under his left palm. He lifted his hand safely away from it.

Thus begins The Zeppo Chair by Jerrod Thalheimer, the first chapbook in the series from the Okanagan Institute. In a haunting exploration of the nature of pain and how we handle it in our lives - and in our society - Thalheimer demonstrates his gift for storytelling.

Jarrod Thalheimer is a freelance writer living in Kelowna. Most recently, he was a chapter winner in the Vancouver Province Newspaper's Sunday Serial Thriller fiction competition. His AdFool column appears each Tuesday on Castanet and he writes for Okanagan Arts magazines, among others. He can be reached through his website at

Published in a limited edition of 100 copies, numbered and signed by the author.
24 pages | paperback | 5 x 8.5 inches

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