Ernie and Kathie Westphal donated $2,000 to the Oliver Osoyoos Search and Rescue, accepted by OOSAR information officer Brenda Arychuk, to help them start off 2021. (Submitted)

Osoyoos couple gives back with donation to local Search and Rescue team

The money will go towards replacing the team’s aging vehicle

An Osoyoos couple is giving back to the community with a donation to the Oliver-Osoyoos Search and Rescue.

Ernie and Kathie Westphal donated $2,000 to help OOSAR get to a good start in 2021.

“We know that search and rescue are made up of volunteers and funds are always needed for equipment to help others,” Kathie said. “We read about OOSAR in the media and thought this would be a good place to make a donation.”

The Westphals are keen on being a part of community and believe it’s important to help local groups that benefit the community at large.

“We are most grateful for this very thoughtful donation from the Westphals,” said OOSAR spokesperson Brenda Arychuk.

The money will be going towards replacing OOSAR’s suburban, which is currently over 25-years-old, with a more reliable vehicle that is better suited to transporting the team’s search dog.

OOSAR consists of 30 volunteers who are on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Members are professionals who provide their time, their own gear and their dedication and expertise at no cost to the community, and to the people they rescue.

More information about OOSAR can be found at their website at

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