Making connections

A new group is designed for those in the 20 to 40 age group who would like to connect with other people and ideas.

New life is being breathed into an old group.

Tentatively named The New Shuswap Network, the group is for those in the 20 to 40 age group who would like to connect with other people and ideas.

“There’s nothing in town for this demographic,” says city councillor and mortgage broker Chad Eliason, who notes the group will feature speakers at various venues around town. “There is no commitment but many opportunities beyond networking to engage, volunteer or even start some activities.”

Unlike Rotary, where members are expected to show up at every meeting and participate in service and fundraising activities, the network allows participants to come and go as they wish.

Eliason says if the group’s help is requested by another organization, members will be invited to participate in that particular event.

As well as inviting speakers that cover a broad range of timely topics, Eliason says members from all walks of life and interests are invited to join.

While it’s definitely not a dating service, he says one offshoot of the group would be organizing outings.

The inaugural meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 25 at the Shuswap Pie Company.

At 7, local Bitcoin entrepreneur Mark Kohlen will take centre stage with a 20-minute talk, followed by a 10-minute question-and-answer session. At 7:30 p.m., Peter North, the new artistic director of the Roots and Blues Festival, will take over in the same format.

Admission is a minimum $2 donation, which will be directed to a good cause and beer and wine will be available for purchase.

For more information, visit The New Shuswap Network on Facebook or call Eliason at 250-804-9874.