Stories from inside KUC
Hello, my name is Amelia and I help run the online thrift store sales. We take your donated items that are in excellent and great condition and post them online for all of Kamloops to have a chance to see. We have everything from clothing items and kitchenware down to board games and books! I post unique items, brand new items, vintage items and so much more! You never know what gems might pop up online. We have had many happy customers and many returning ones as well!!
Recently a customer purchased a unique jar that had hand painted sunflowers on it. She sent me a photo of it on her deck outside with some beautiful bright flowers! We love to see you enjoying your unique finds!
Find our items on facebook market place by searching “Kamloops United Church”.
One thing I always admired people for was sewing, watching them turn a sheet of fabric into something to wear. I used to be in a home economics club when I was younger but later moved schools where I didn’t have anything until my grade 12 year. At that point, I found out there was a sewing club in the basement of the school. I joined and did several projects for a year, after which I found out I really like sewing. Since then I have wanted to sew for a living, whether it be costumes or new clothes, this job will help me on that. The experience I get from all the sewing is helping me improve my sewing skills and hopefully I can run a successful business in the next year. – Henry Young
— NOTE: The sewing project is in need of recycled t-shirts or tank tops that can be sewn into reusable shopping bags. Please drop shirts off at KUC or contact the church if you have some to offer. Thanks! (website editor)
This story is from Andrew, our summer tech student
Joanna had tasked me with a story related to dreaming, as this is our summer theme.
Back in 2019, I decided to rent a car with some friends from Europe and drive all over the east coast of Canada. Since visiting PEI and New Brunswick during high school, I had longed to go back. The people, food, culture and gorgeous views were always captivating to me. One of my favourite places was this beach just off the Cabot Trail in the Cape Breton National Park, Nova Scotia, (see picture). Being able to sit with my feet in the water whilst finishing my lobster sandwich from a nearby food stand, was a truly cool experience. There is something about Atlantic Canada that will always stick with me. It may even be where I end up working further down in my career. Being able to come back and see even more was a dream come true for me.
If you have not been, I can only recommend it. Enjoy your week – and keep on dreaming.
This week’s story is from Kiara, one of our summer sewing student.
My name is Kiara Lampreau and I did an art piece for school in 11th grade.
I went to KSA (Kamloops School of the Arts) and we had to make a presentation of something from our Major class.
This presentation was a requirement for graduation but this was the year when Covid first hit and I wasn’t sure how to do most of the ideas I already had in mind. My major was not art at the time, it was film but I couldn’t create a video without support and had to scrap the entire film I was producing.
It took me an entire month to figure out what I was going to do but had remembered that there was an old skateboard I had when I was ten years old that I could possibly restore and make a new art piece onto the board.
So I got to work!
Making this beautiful design onto the board, giving me a 30 out of 30 mark and in the end, it was worth it.
No experience in painting and with only five colors, this was my finished product!
Lily, born in 2010, makes an occasional appearance here at Kamloops United Church. You may have seen Lily roaming the halls looking for a treat or perhaps just to say hi. She is an Australian Labradoodle, which also means she is hypoallergenic and doesn’t shed!
On summer days when there is limited staff in the building, Joanna brings Lily in to say hi to the summer students.
“I like bringing Lily into work, as she brings joy and smiles to the church! Even the summer students enjoy having her here as she is always willing to receive a belly rub or pet.” -Joanna
“This week, I have gotten the chance of meeting Lily and I must say, she is adorable and brightens my day! How could you not love that adorable face of hers?” – Kiara Lampreau (Summer student)
“She may be one of the most adorable dogs in the world” – Megan A, (KMCS)
If you’re here visiting, come say hi to Lily. She’ll surely want to say hi back.