August 29, 2018 – United Way Central & South Okanagan/Similkameen (CSO) and United Way North Okanagan Columbia Shuswap (NOCS) teamed up to deliver car seats to families in need up and down the valley yesterday. In partnership with Central Okanagan Foundation, Kelowna General Hospital Foundation and with amazing support from corporate sponsor, Kal Tire and the addition of Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation, the Child Safety Initiative expanded to the North Okanagan and Shuswap region this year.

In total, 114 car seats were delivered to 13 communities and will be distributed to approved families by 16 distribution partner agencies.

Kal Tire’s Kelowna Manager, Phil Davidson with Central Okanagan Family Hub clients receiving car seats

In addition to Kal Tire’s involvement, the British Columbia Dragoons volunteered this year to help with distribution in the Kelowna area using their TAP-V armoured vehicle. This was quite the spectacle and was enjoyed by the kids and staff at the Central Okanagan Family Hub and KCR – Community Services.

Local Media Coverage:

Check out the Kelowna Now coverage and video at the Hub

Penticton Herald

Black Press Media – local newspapers in 6 communities

Delivery Photo Gallery: 

Central Okanagan: Central Okanagan Family Hub, KCR – Community Services, Lake Country and West Kelowna

South Okanagan/Similkameen: Princeton, Keremeos, Oliver/Osoyoos, Penticton, Summerland

North Okanagan/Shuswap: Vernon, Lumby, Enderby, Salmon Arm


The Child Safety Initiative is a unique partnership between United Way Central and South Okanagan/Similkameen, United Way North Okanagan Columbia Shuswap, Central Okanagan Foundation, KGH Foundation, Kal Tire and Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation. Costco Kelowna handles the ordering and discounted car seats. Cube vans are supplied by Budget Car and Truck Rental and this year, the Okanagan Regiment of the British Columbia Dragoons assisted with delivery. In total, 114 car seats were delivered to 16 agencies in 13 communities. United Way partner agencies in Lake Country, Kelowna, West Kelowna (WFN), Summerland, Penticton, Oliver, Keremeos, Princeton, Vernon, Lumby, Enderby and Salmon Arm received car seats to distribute to families in their community. The local agencies assess the needs of applicants and distribute to the families.  Those families interested in inquiring about a car seat need to contact their local community distributing agency directly.

More details available from the August 27th media advisory:

For more info on the Child Safety Initiative, visit: