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We’re midway through our series highlighting BESTi participants and today we celebrate BESTi partner, Kelowna Gospel Mission. Serving the community since 1978, Kelowna’s Gospel Mission provides supports and services to those in need with resources like its soup kitchen, emergency shelter, and drop-in centre. With operations which include a thrift store, Kelowna’s Gospel Mission leads its community from homelessness into wholeness.
BESTi—the Building Excellence & Sustainability Together Intensive program is a partnership between Central Okanagan Foundation, City of Kelowna, the Non-profit Lifecycles Institute, Vantage Point and Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union.
”BESTi helped us to do a deep dive into our organization’s current position on the Non-Profit lifecycle, allowing us to make informed decisions on where to invest in order to see our capacity grow. There were also many unintentional benefits that we received due to the time spent with our consultant, who is a genius.” – shared Carmen Rempel, Kelowna Gospel Mission.
A member of the BESTi program, their consultant, Kerry Rempel shared her experience ““As a consultant, we rarely get an opportunity to work with a nonprofit client for an extended period of time. The structure of the BESTI program allowed for a deeper relationship to be built that extended beyond the “deliverables” of a contract. Because neither group was focused on billable hours or a specific item needing to be delivered, we had the opportunity to really dig into the root causes to issues facing the organization and to have frank discussions about where they were strong and where they wanted to make change. I would highly recommend this process to both consultants and organizations.”
To learn more about Kelowna’s Gospel Mission or to donate, visit

Photo credit: courtesy of BESTi partner, Kelowna Gospel Mission