The Save Sickle Point Committee, a grassroots community group, has teamed up Penticton’s Tempest Theatre and Film Society to release short film on Sickle Point. (Contributed)

The Save Sickle Point Committee, a grassroots community group, has teamed up Penticton’s Tempest Theatre and Film Society to release short film on Sickle Point. (Contributed)

WATCH: Conservationists release short film on saving ‘precious’ Sickle Point

Sickle Point, the last intact wetland near Skaha Lake, is facing the prospect of development

The ongoing fight by a local conservation group to save Sickle Point from development isn’t over yet.

The Save Sickle Point Committee, a grassroots community group, has teamed up with Penticton’s Tempest Theatre and Film Society to release a short film on Sickle Point — the last intact riparian wetland near Skaha Lake in Kaladen.

The video features MP Richard Cannings, author Don Gayton, and several Kaleden residents all speaking to the importance of saving Sickle Point from development.

“We were so excited and grateful when Tempest Theatre and Film Society offered their help produce a film which would focus on Sickle Point and the need to protect it,” said Evelyn Kansy, fundraising coordinator for the Save Sickle Point Committee.

Tempest artistic director Kate Twa said the project was a way to expand into new mediums during the pandemic and help a cause they are passionate about.

”While live performance and our professional actor training programs are on pause, we have turned to the medium of film to stay active and connected with our audience,” Twa said. “Working on projects like Save Sickle Point is important, good work. Together as a community, we are stronger if we have a healthy ecosystem — from wetlands to arts.”

Local taxpayers rejected the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen’s plans to buy the land back in February. Now, if Sick Point is to be saved, the committee must raise funds all on its own.

READ MORE: Alternative Approval Process overwhelmingly rejected for Sickle Point purchase

Save Sickle Point Committee and Tempest Theatre and Film Society hope the film will encourage people to make a pledge to purchase this important place for everyone and as a legacy future generations.

Watch the video below:

Meanwhile, members of the Sickle Point Committee are busy fundraising through social media and the crowdfunding site wayblaze.com/sicklepoint.

Applications to grants and foundations have also been submitted. An online petition requesting the provincial government to help protect the property and review vehicle access issues to the Sickle Point via the KVR trail is available at change.org/SaveSicklePoint.

“We are confident that once people realize what we really will lose should Sickle Point be developed they will want to help save this unique place,” Kansy said. “The rare natural habitats, loss of viewscape, cars and other vehicles on the trail and the peace and enjoyment of nature will truly be missed if it is not protected.”

The committee has until June 1 to reach their fundraising goal.

READ MORE: RDOS has an accepted offer of $2.5M for Sickle Point

READ MORE: Save Sickle Point Committee not giving up on efforts



jesse.day@pentictonwesternnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Environment

Just Posted

Work on the first section of the Lake to Lake bike route is getting underway with these steel barriers along Martin Street. (Contributed)
Construction gets underway on Penticton’s lake-to-lake bike route

Residents and drivers in the area should expect to see crews at work starting May 14

North Okanagan business Hytec Kohler set up a COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the Spallumcheen plant Friday, May 14. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
More than half of eligible adults in Interior Health vaccinated

Over 365,000 vaccine doses have been administered throughout the Interior Health region

Traffic is backed up along Naramata Road after a semi-truck collided with a power pole on Fleet Road. (Jesse Day - Western News)
UPDATE: Expect long delays on Naramata Road

A semi-truck collided with a power pole and downed several lines

New Border Bruins owner Dr. Mark Szynkaruk reps team colours with his young sons and wife Tracey. Photo courtesy of the Grand Forks Border Bruins
KIJHL’s Border Bruins sold to Grand Forks doctor

The league announced the sale Friday, May 14

Daily confirmed COVID-19 cases reported to B.C. public health, seven-day rolling average in white, to May 12, 2021. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)
B.C. preparing ‘Restart 2.0’ from COVID-19 as June approaches

Daily infections fall below 500 Friday, down to 387 in hospital

Kelowna Law Courts. (Michael Rodriguez/Capital News)
Former Vernon teacher found guilty of historic sex crimes against minors

Anoop Singh Klair was found guilty of all eight charges against him in a Kelowna courtroom on Friday

The real estate market is hot in Vernon, and across the Okanagan. (John Dent photo)
North Okanagan home prices, demand continue to build

Single family home volumes up 200 per cent, worth average $647,000

An algal bloom on Wood Lake has residents concerned for the body of water's health. (Wendy Innes-Shaw)
‘Wood Lake looks seriously unwell’: Lake Country residents

Algal bloom appears to be getting worse, and stinky

A wildfire southeast of Vernon has been added to the BC Wildfire dashboard Friday, May 14, 2021. (BC Wildfire Service)
Wildfire sparks southeast of Vernon

The fire appears to be in a remote area east of Aberdeen Lake

Bradley Priestap in an undated photo provided to the media some time in 2012 by the London Police Service.
Serial sex-offender acquitted of duct tape possession in B.C. provincial court

Ontario sex offender on long-term supervision order was found with one of many ‘rape kit’ items

Rich Coleman, who was responsible for the gaming file off and on from 2001 to 2013, was recalled after his initial testimony to the Cullen Commission last month. (Screenshot)
Coleman questioned over $460K transaction at River Rock during B.C. casinos inquiry

The longtime former Langley MLA was asked about 2011 interview on BC Almanac program

Enderby’s Small Axe Roadhouse was the subject of nasty backlash after installing two busty beer towers. (Facebook)
Enderby bar’s busty beer taps to stay put despite backlash

‘Many folks have mansplained to us that we are sexist, misogynistic…’

Most Read