FH&P Lawyers has been, and continues to be, the title sponsor of the Annual Special Olympics Golf Tournament since 2012. 2018 is FH&P’s 7th year as a title sponsor for the Tournament. The 15th Annual Special Olympics Golf Tournament was held on Friday, June 1st at the Kelowna Springs Golf Club.
The Tournament is Kelowna’s major source of funding for individuals involved in the Special Olympics athletic programs. Last year the Tournament raised $49,000.00, and for the past 14 years, this Tournament has raised $495,185.00. Every year we look forward to fundraising for the Special Olympics, stay turned for the amount that was raised this year.
Special Olympics British Columbia is a non-profit charitable organization whose mission is to enrich the lives of individuals with intellectual disabilities through sports. These programs are offered to enhance these individuals’ experiences across British Columbia and to provide high-quality sports programs and competitions to enhance personal skills, such as peer interaction and personal achievement.In Kelowna, there are over 200 athletes that participate in the Special Olympics British Columbia sports programs. These programs are important for children with intellectual disabilities because they encourage the development of self-esteem and the improvement of physical, cognitive, and social abilities among peers. For children, there are three distinct programs differentiating on age: Active Start (ages 2-6), FUNdamentals (ages 7-11), and Sport Start (ages 12-18). These programs encourage the development of motor skills through sports and create a positive learning environment. For the athletes who compete in higher levels of completion, there are programs to elevate their performance levels. Programs like the Performance Program and Club Fit are offered to the athletes and coaches of the Special Olympics British Columbia.
THE HIGH ROAD: INDIGENOUS PEOPLES AND THE LEGALIZATION OF MARIJUANA
With so much discussion about the ramifications of the legalization of cannabis in Canada, why has so little dialogue centred around the unique opportunities available to establish cannabis ventures on reserve land? Some ventures, like Indigenous Roots, have recognized and seized this opportunity by setting up operations on various reserves across Canada. Find out why you should be doing the same! We are proud to present this piece, which was written primarily by our very talented co-op student, Damyn Libby, who is currently finishing a degree in Indigenous Studies at UBC's Okanagan campus and who aspires to practicing in Aboriginal Law. This area was of particular interest to him due to his area of study at UBC and his Métis heritage. Please get in touch if you would like
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You've got the seeds of a million dollar business - maybe you've been growing weed for years and you've been developing new strains and varietals, maybe you've discovered the most efficient way to extract oil from cannabis and hemp, or maybe you make the best pot brownies any of your friends have ever tried. But how do you get started? What's the first step to making it all happen? In the immortal lyrics sung by Liza Minelli in Cabaret, “Money makes the world go around, the world go around, the world go around – a mark, a yen, a buck or a pound – is all that makes the world go around…”. While Neil DeGrasse Tyson might happily explain that gravity, not money, actually makes the world go around, there’s no doubt about the importance of money in making things happen - whether you’re building the next Aurora or just creating the local craft cannabis cultivation business you’ve always dreamed of, you’re going to need some kind of financing. If this resonates at all with you, we hope you’ll find this series of articles helpful for learning about methods of raising money, where money comes from, and how to stay on the right side of the law when raising money.
FH&P Lawyers LLP welcomes Simon Shakibaei to the Firm
Originally from New Brunswick, Simon obtained his Bachelor of Science from Mount Allison University in 2005, and his Bachelor of Laws from the University of New Brunswick in 2011. He was called to the Alberta bar in 2012 and has successfully appeared at all levels of court in Alberta. Simon was called to the British Columbia bar in 2018. Simon's experience includes acting as second counsel in negotiating a highly lucrative funding agreement with the provincial government on behalf of a professional association. He obtained his first reported decision during his articles, in an international child abduction matter: J.S. v. R.M., 2012 ABPC 184. Prior to joining FH&P Lawyers LLP, Simon worked at a firm specializing in construction law matters. Simon's preferred area of practice is in litigation and dispute resolution with an emphasis on construction-related disputes including builders' liens, construction contracts and delay claims. Simon's focus is on providing clients with pragmatic and cost-effective solutions where possible.