Local author, Tracey Badger (pictured left) and illustrator, Alexandra Brooke (pictured right), presented ten signed books to Tanya Behardien (centre), Executive Director of OneSky Community Resources as part of Giving Tuesday. The books will be distributed to OneSky Community Resources childcare centres in Penticton, Oliver and Keremeos.
Tracey has been teaching elementary school for 17 years. Her inspiration for writing children’s books is all the brave, caring, funny kids she sees every day. Tracey lives in Penticton with her husband and two young children. The book, called Sky and Carey, The Fantastic Fort is a story about two best friends who get lost in the woods and discover how brave and caring they can be together. This is Tracey’s first foray into writing children’s stories…and she had to remind herself to be brave many times throughout the process.
Alexandra Brooke also lives in the Okanagan with her family. She is inspired by her own childhood memories of fantastic worlds depicted in the many books she gew up reading and which sparked her creativitiy. The Fantastic Fort is her first children’s book.
After Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday is a movement dedicated to giving back. Giving Tuesday Okanagan held an event at Penticton City Hall where Mayor Andrew Jakubeit proclaimed Giving Tuesday.
Giving Tuesday’s goal is to encourage organizations and individuals to consider 150 Ways to Make a Difference in their Giving in honour of Canada’s upcoming 150th anniversary. They want to promote and encourage our Okanagan Community to think about and become an active “Giver” on Giving Tuesday and any other Tuesday in the future. For information, visit the Giving Tuesday Okanagan website.