Penticton overdose awareness memorial bench to be unveiled Aug. 31

August 22, 2023
Gord Portman stands on the site of the new overdose memorial bench to be installed by the City of Penticton at Marina Way Beach Park

Gord Portman walks down the gravel path in Penticton’s Marina Way Beach Park towards the waterfront. It’s a hot, muggy day, and people dot the adjacent beach despite the wildfire smoke that has rolled in.

“When I was homeless for 17 years, this was one of my favourite spots,” says Gord, pointing to a large, flat rock at the water’s edge. “I slept on this rock for three years. I used to come here to mourn loved ones I had lost to drugs, and to hide from my community and family.”

Stories@IH

Read our latest stories

5 Minute Read
Health & Wellness

Older adults and seniors are vulnerable to abuse, and those in the 2SLGBTQIA+ communities are even more so. Learn why and what help is available.

2 Minute Read
Community & Culture

Kelsey Arnouse is passionate about working with people on their journey to Indigenous cultural safety.

5 Minute Read
Community & Culture

Cheryl is a peer volunteer with IH helping and supporting others who use substances. Read her story and learn about her art project in honour of those in need.

3 Minute Read
Health & Wellness

Learn how to stay safe in B.C. waters when blue-green algae blooms, or cyanobacteria, are present.

4 Minute Read
Community & Culture

Meet Brenna Baker, executive director of EKFH, and learn how the Foundation is improving health care in the East Kootenay.

3 Minute Read
Community & Culture

Whether representing IH at Kelowna Pride, skiing at Big White, or zooming down mountain bike trails, Isla Coombs is an energetic member of her community.

STAY CONNECTED

Receive news and alert posts, and Stories@IH blog posts, right to your inbox!

mail