Travel Survey nets $3100 for United Way

3036 households completed the Regional Household Travel Survey, which took place over the past two-and-a-half months. With $1.00 donated to the United Way from each participating household, a donation of $3100 has been made.

“We are so grateful to have been chosen as the recipient of this gift.  We sincerely appreciate everyone who took the time to complete the survey,” Marla O’Brien, Executive Director of the United Way. “Every dollar will create positive impact for our community in the coming year.”

The United Way wasn’t the only winner from the Travel Survey, over 100 individuals from across the Okanagan who participated received prizes.  Shirley Schmidt of Kelowna was the grand prize winner of $5000.

The Cities of Kelowna and Vernon, the Districts of West Kelowna, Peachland, and Lake Country, the Westbank First Nation and the Regional District of Central Okanagan, partnered to conduct the regional travel survey.  The information will provide a picture of how people travel in the region, allowing planners and engineers to design the best transportation system for the Okanagan.

All Okanagan residents from the participating communities were asked to complete their travel survey before it closed at the end of last month.   A total of 3036 households completed their travel surveys, providing 6827 individual one-day travel diaries.  While 3.3% of households participated, the smaller communities provided some of the strongest participation – 4.8% of Peachland households participated, and 3.6% of Lake Country households.

The complete survey results are currently being tabulated and analyzed.  The results are expected to be made public by April 2014.

A list of additional prize winners can be found at

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