Helping Hand

The City of Penticton and Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union, have selected a sculpture from their Call For Artists issued last fall. David Jacob Harder’s proposal for Helping Hand was chosen by a jury of three local artists and City and Valley First representatives for a permanent spot in front of the Valley First branch at 184 Main Street.

Residents invited to lend a hand

Mr. Harder’s submission was set apart from other proposals by the opportunity for the community to get involved in the sculpture. Residents are invited to suggest a series of words that convey the spirit of community in Penticton to be etched on the exterior of the hand.

Drop in at an event on March 29 to meet the artist and suggest your words. Not able to attend? Submit your words through shapeyourcitypenticton.ca or at City Hall. Once the words are collected, a shortlist will be created and you can vote on the final words to be used on the sculpture.

The final list will be translated into nsyilxcən (Syilx Okanagan) in collaboration with the Enowkin Centre, as well as some of the languages commonly spoken in Penticton in collaboration with the South Okanagan Immigrant and Community Services Society (SOICS).

The City of Penticton and Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union, have selected a sculpture from their Call For Artists issued last fall. David Jacob Harder’s proposal for Helping Hand was chosen by a jury of three local artists and City and Valley First representatives for a permanent spot in front of the Valley First branch at 184 Main Street.

Residents invited to lend a hand

Mr. Harder’s submission was set apart from other proposals by the opportunity for the community to get involved in the sculpture. Residents are invited to suggest a series of words that convey the spirit of community in Penticton to be etched on the exterior of the hand.

Drop in at an event on March 29 to meet the artist and suggest your words. Not able to attend? Submit your words through shapeyourcitypenticton.ca or at City Hall. Once the words are collected, a shortlist will be created and you can vote on the final words to be used on the sculpture.

The final list will be translated into nsyilxcən (Syilx Okanagan) in collaboration with the Enowkin Centre, as well as some of the languages commonly spoken in Penticton in collaboration with the South Okanagan Immigrant and Community Services Society (SOICS).

  • Over 380 words received!

    3 months ago
    Outreach2

    The opportunity to suggest words to be etched on the exterior of the sculpture is now closed. Thank you to everyone who suggested their word through shapeyourcitypenticton.ca or to the artist in person during one of the events on March 28 and 29. The complete list of words is provided below. You can see snapshots from the events on this page. The words are also on display at City Hall.

    Change in process

    We had originally planned to invite registered members to vote for their favorites but because the words will be translated, it needs to be a more collaborative...

    The opportunity to suggest words to be etched on the exterior of the sculpture is now closed. Thank you to everyone who suggested their word through shapeyourcitypenticton.ca or to the artist in person during one of the events on March 28 and 29. The complete list of words is provided below. You can see snapshots from the events on this page. The words are also on display at City Hall.

    Change in process

    We had originally planned to invite registered members to vote for their favorites but because the words will be translated, it needs to be a more collaborative process between the artist and the translators. This means that you won't see which words were selected until the sculpture is unveiled the second weekend in May.

    Your words

    "Hand"some...
    "My Penticton is hedonistic!"
    "welcome"; "sharing"; "friendly"
    2 lakes
    A Helping Hand. Penticton help those who fall on hard times whether it's a health issue or financial issue the community comes together.
    about lakes
    Accepting
    Accepting
    Accessible nothing is more than 5 minutes.
    accessible
    active
    active
    adventure
    adventurous
    alive (russian)
    Alive! - Penticton is a place to experience life to the fullest.
    Amazeballs!
    amazing
    Amazing
    appealing
    Artsy
    attractive
    awesome
    awesome
    bahay (home tagalog)
    balance
    balanced
    beaches
    beaches
    beautiful
    beautiful
    beautiful
    Beautiful
    beautiful (hungarian)
    beautiful and safe
    Beautiful beaches
    beautiful town
    better life
    bicycle trails
    big heart
    BLISS
    blossoms
    brave
    Breathtaking
    bro
    butterfly (metamorphosis)
    Capable
    captivating
    captivating
    Caring
    caring, giving, helping, sharing in the spirit of kindness.
    Caring. just read the local paper or walk our streets. if you say good morning or hello, a smile or other response in return. our many volunteers, groups and individuals. Penticton cares!
    cathartic
    cats
    Citizenship
    Clean
    clean
    Collective Spirit
    comfort
    Community
    community
    Community, Friendly, Alive, Bustle, Liveliness, Enterprise, Vitality, Elvis, Peach, Okanagan, Fruit, Wineries, Vineyards, Beautiful, Sunny, Welcoming
    compassion
    compassion
    compassionate
    connections
    connections
    cool
    cool
    cool
    Cooperation
    cornucopial
    crazy
    culture
    day camp
    destination
    dignity
    Diverse
    Diverse
    diverse
    diverse
    diverse
    DIVERSE Penticton is diverse in so many aspects: landscape, climate, demographics, year-round lifestyle opportunities, arts and culture activities and multiculturalism.
    Diversity
    dogs
    dogsome
    downtown
    Drivers
    empathy
    empathy
    enchanting
    enchanting
    end-of-the-rainbow
    enduring
    energetic
    Engaging
    epic
    equality
    evolving
    evolving
    exceptional weather
    exciting
    Explore beauty,eat peaches
    fabulous
    family
    family
    family, friends and beautiful scenery
    fellowship
    festivals
    fish-tastic
    flower power
    for everyone
    Forever
    fortnite
    fortunate and blessing
    free internet
    freedom
    Freedom
    FRESH
    Friendliness
    friendly
    friendly
    Friendly
    Friendly
    friendly (hungarian)
    friends
    friendship
    fruit trees
    full of love
    fun
    fun
    fun
    Funlicious
    generations
    generous
    genuine
    giving back
    go karts
    good town
    grounding
    Growing
    Hand-in-hand
    Hands up!
    happy
    happy
    happy
    Harmonious
    harmony
    Harmony
    'Harmony' ~ working together, cooperation and friendship along with the beauty the makes Penticton so special.
    HARMONY -represents: living in harmony with the Indigenous peoples upon whose land we live; the city living in harmony with nature; the long-term residents living in harmony with the newcomers; people & wildlife live in harmony ; harmony of past & future
    Help One Another
    Helping hand. In Penticton whenever someone is struggling or hurting or fail on hard times when people find out in the community they go above and beyond to help that person. Whether it is through financial means or building something.
    Hi!
    hiking
    hiking trails
    hiking trails
    Home
    Home
    home
    home
    HOME
    home
    HOME
    Home
    Home
    home
    home
    Home
    home (domov)
    home (ghar urdu)
    home town
    hope
    hope
    Hospitable
    human (russian)
    Inclusion
    Inclusion
    INCLUSIVE
    inclusive
    Inclusive
    inclusive
    inclusive
    inclusive
    inclusive
    Inclusive
    industrious
    Inspiring
    integrity
    integrity
    interactive
    Ironman
    Ironman
    joie de vivre
    Just so GRAPEfull to live in the beautiful Okanagan!
    justice
    Kind
    Kind
    Kind
    lakes
    lakes
    Lakes
    Lawless
    Leave Nobody Behind!
    legacy
    Lively
    lots of support
    Love
    love
    Love
    love
    love
    lovely
    lovely (maravilloso)
    lovely people
    loving
    loving
    loving
    loving and peace
    loving and peaceful
    loving people
    loyal
    loyal
    mabuhay (welcome tagalog)
    making lasting memories
    markets
    meowsome
    minecraft
    multicultural
    Musical
    My Penticton is ebullient
    My Penticton is Perfection
    My Penticton is picturesque, home and community, nature at its best, welcoming, Canada’s Wine Region, place for everyone
    My Penticton is the HAND OF HARMONY
    my playground
    natural
    nature everywhere
    nature, calm and recreation
    nature.....community......family. Penticton is a place where people, families come to enjoy the natural surroundings...for free. That is Penticton's 'brand' - enjoying the abundance of life and nature with the community and family-any kind of family
    nice people
    no traffic
    off the wall
    opportunity (tagalog)
    organization (hungarian)
    our lakes
    outdoor playground
    outdoors
    P for peaceloving, E for enduring, N for noble, T for timeless, I for inviting, C for caring, T for transparent, O for open, N for non-judgemental, surrounded by Harmony and Hospitality!
    paradise
    Paradise
    paradise
    part of paradise
    peace
    peace
    peace
    peace and quiet
    peaceful
    peaceful
    peaceful
    peaceful
    Peaceloving
    peach
    Peachy
    Penticton is what I tell visitors is 'Paradise'. We have it all, mountains, fresh clean lakes, beaches, all sorts of outdoor year-round activities, vineyards, wineries, orchards, and good people.
    People-centred
    perfect
    perfect
    perfect
    Picturesque
    picturesque
    pink skies
    playful
    PlayPen! Pentabulus! Mysandbox! Funscape! Stay'nPlay! PenUltimate! PentAwesome! FanCity! FunCity! MyPenticton! OkanAwesome! MyHappyPlace! WelcomeHome! SuperCity! PowerPlay! PentAction! ForeverMine! ForeverPlace! PentAction! GoPen! Oh-Pen! AllForOne!
    Playtime
    pleasant
    Precious
    pride
    pristine
    progressive
    progressive
    Progressive, inclusive, supportive
    proud
    quiet
    quiet place (tiche miesto)
    REACHING
    recycle
    Reminiscent
    resilience
    resourceful
    resourceful
    resplendent
    Room for everyone
    roots
    S.U.P. Time
    safe
    safe
    safe
    safe
    safe
    safe (punjab)
    safer
    sanctuary
    secrets and alleyways
    serendipity
    serendipity
    skaha
    slow down and smell the roses
    small
    social
    sparkling
    spirit of penticton is:united/friendly/spiritual/peaceful
    spirited
    Stop and think
    summer
    summer's paradise
    Sunlicious
    sunny
    sunrise
    Sunshine
    super
    supercalifragilisticexpealadocius
    superOKfragilistic
    the best place
    The City with a helping hand
    The honest hand of humanity.
    the mall
    The Place To Live Forever!
    The word should be "PEACH" in our opinion as the peach has been here in three centuries so what else would be more appropriate.especially with that is what people know penticton for.thanks.have a great day
    The...Spirit of Harmony
    timeless
    togetherness
    tourism
    trails
    tranquil
    tranquility
    transportation
    Tree Of Hands
    Unique
    unity
    unity
    urban
    user-friendly
    vacations
    valuable
    variety
    very kind people
    vibrant
    vibrant
    vibrant
    vineyard and beauty
    volunteer
    volunteer
    walk a dog
    warm
    warm
    warm
    Warm and Welcoming
    Warmth
    We belong
    Welcome
    Welcome
    Welcome to Penticton!
    Welcome!
    welcoming
    welcoming
    welcoming
    welcoming
    Welcoming
    Wholesome
    Wonderland , Penticton is full of Hope, inspiration, friends, family and beauty. Penticton is a magical place, “wonderland” envelops all those things.
    wondrous