“The Osoyoos Lake Water Quality Society is grateful for the ongoing community support that we have received from the United Church Thrift Store,” says Birgit Arnstein, President of OLWQS.  “The $500 donation to assist the ongoing efforts of our organization to protect Osoyoos Lake, could not have come at a better time.”
“Like many volunteer-driven organizations in the Okanagan, the OLWQS has been handcuffed by the COVID pandemic, in its ability to raise funds through special events such as our annual Beer & Burger fundraiser.”
“It’s been a struggle to raise money to continue our role in protecting the integrity of Osoyoos Lake.  However, our members have worked very hard to be vigilant in monitoring issues such as conservation, pollution and lake management and protection.”
Arnstein added that the ongoing generosity of the United Church Thrift Store, spearheaded by Acting Manager, Cathie Baskett is what makes local organizations supporting each other so great, especially in a time of need.  
The $500 donation will be used by the OLWQS for its ongoing water quality testing of Osoyoos Lake (pH, temperature, specific conductance, dissolved oxygen and water clarity) at varying depths on the Canadian side of the lake and the ongoing maintenance of the pontoon boat to conduct its research.

l-r) Osoyoos Lake Water Quality’s President, Birgit Arnstein accepts a $500 cheque from Lynette Gates, of the United Church Thrift Shop. The OLWQS will use the money to continue the society’s important work in monitoring and protecting the integrity of Osoyoos Lake.
Photo Credit: Neil Bousquet