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Kamloops Temperature and Climate

The temperature in Kamloops is measured on the Celsius scale.  The average temperatures in Kamloops are not as cold as in many other parts of Canada. One can check the current temperature in Kamloops on the Government of Canada Website or CBC Weather Center. The temperature is measured at Kamloops Airport, so it might be slightly different if you live in the mountainous parts of Kamloops.

Weather Atlas provides monthly weather forecasts and climate information for Kamloops, Canada. Please check their website to learn the average temperature, humidity, rainfall, snowfall, daylight and UV index in Kamloops for each month.

Wikipedia offers the following information about Kamloops climate: Kamloops has mild winters. The only other two non-coastal cities that have warmer winters also located in BC are Penticton and Kelowna. Kamloops is located above 50° north latitude, but summers are hot with dry and sunny weather. The dry weather in summer creates an opportunity for thunderstorms to ignite forest fires around the Kamloops area. The highest temperature was recorded in July 1939 and 1941 was around 42°C (107 °F). The coldest temperature was −38.3 °C (−37 °F) on 6 and 8 January 1950.

Kamloops Geography and Neighbourhoods

Kamloops is located in the Thompson Valley, surrounded by mountains, rivers, forests, deserts, and grasslands. Here one can search for fossils while swimming in more than 100 lakes, visit the grasslands, take a ferry and drive to Alpine Village of Sun Peaks while exploring sage-covered hills under wide-open skies, all in a single day.

The City of Kamloops consists of the following neighbourhoods: City Centre, North Shore, Valleyview, Dallas, Raleigh, Heffley Creek, Sahali, Aberdeen, Knutsford, Brocklehurst, Batchelor Heights, Westsyde. Juniper Ridge, Mount Dufferin, Rose Hill, Campbell Creek, Barnhartvale, Mission Flats, Tranquille on the Lake so do your research on where you plan to live and know your area as the weather can slightly be different if you live in the mountain parts of Kamloops versus flat parts of Kamloops. Check the list of the Kamloops Postal Codes. One can click on the name of the selected neighbourhood to find the recent neighbourhood plan or Google one for your neighbourhood. The Kamloops Plan (KAMPLAN) can help one to know city priorities for each neighbourhood.

VSW Interview with Julie Gerber, MSW, RSW SPIRITUAL COACH

Conversation between Sierra Israel and Julie Gerber

How would you define social work?

Social Work is an opportunity to serve others in their journey of discovery and healing. Social work allows one to offer safe space to others and provide compassion to others in pain. 

What drew you to the social work profession?

After experiencing a personal health transformation at a young age, I knew I wanted to help others who are struggling and feeling lost and to guide them along a journey of self-love and self-empowerment. I began fully investing myself in personal development (and watching a lot of Oprah…come on, who does not love Oprah?!?)

I catapulted myself into studying the work of leading self-help authors including Eckhart Tolle, Tony Robbins, Louise Hay, Marianne Williamson, and Gabrielle Bernstein, among others. At the same time, I developed a desire to use my personal experience to help others heal from their eating disorder. This led me to pursue professional training in a Masters of Social Work program. 

What is your current role?

Through my social work career, I became aware that there was more to healing besides working on one’s thoughts, beliefs and emotions. There was a missing element… spiritual healing. I completed my I am the first and only trained CONSCIOUSNESS COACH™ in Canada. After working in the social work field for 10 years specializing in eating disorders, I pursued my CONSCIOUSNESS COACHING® Certification at The Academy of Soul Empowerment. I now have my own spiritual coaching practice @empoweredsoulcoaching where I offer 1 to 1 coaching to women to help heal their relationship with food and their body so they can have inner freedom.

What is the favourite part of your “job”?

Helping clients make breakthroughs and transformations that allow them to live an empowered life.

What supports are available to you in your workplace/organization?

Throughout my career, my workplace has offered EAP services; however, valuing my own physical and emotional wellbeing, I have sought different sources of support such as energy healers, like-minded individuals, teachers, and peer support networks.

If you could have any superpower, what would it be, and how does it relate to social work?

The ability to heal people’s wounds. Through the years I have witnessed many clients be in a place of pain and I would love to have the power to take away their pain. 

What has been one of your biggest learning opportunities in social work practice?

The biggest opportunity is working with a multidisciplinary team and learning new clinical skills beyond my social work education. Learning to appreciate different perspectives from other professionals is also a highlight for me. 

How do you practice self-care?

I have a morning ritual which includes meditation, prayer, and a practice of gratitude. I also ensure I’m caring for my spiritual and emotional self on a regular basis.

What advice you can give new social workers entering the field?

Learning to have balance with your personal and professional life is essential to not burning out. Find strategies to leave the emotional work at the office versus taking that home – set clear boundaries, stick to your schedule, learn to be okay with saying no when you know you can’t emotionally take on anything more. Most importantly, take your lunch! I know that sounds simple but taking time away from the office during the day helped me so much. 

What is your guiding value and why it is meaningful for you?

My guiding value is authenticity. If I’m not being true to myself, it’s difficult for me to ask others to do the same.

What do you wish the general public knew about social work?

Social workers do have a vast knowledge and education that can allow them to be an important part of your healing journey. 

Voices of Social work is committed to highlighting the efforts of Social Workers from all over the world. If you or someone you know would like to be interviewed please contact us at voicessocialwork@gmail.com and we can share your story.

Thank you, Julie, for your time and your leadership in the Social Work profession.