Posted by: cherylyoung | July 17, 2012

Olivers lush greenery around this Capital of Wine Country makes is one of the most picturesque places in BC

Surrounded by desert to the south, and lakes,

mountains, vineyards and orchards in almost

every other direction, is the town of Oliver in the

South Okanagan, once covered by cacti and sage


The First Nations of the South Okanagan settled

the  area around Osoyoos and raised cattle and

wild horses.

The first encroachment from the outside world

came in approximately 1811, when fur traders

came searching for better trade routes.

In the 1880s, free gold-bearing quartz was found

east of the present day Oliver, and Camp McKinney

became a busy gold mine, attracting the usual

restless characters: miners, con men, and outlaws.

Established between 1918 and 1921 as a settlement

for unemployed veterans of the First World War,

a gravity-fed canal was constructed to provide

irrigation to the semi-arid area, which accounts for

the lush greenery around this

Capital of Wine Country, one of the most

picturesque places in the Okanagan.

The founders of Oliver named the town after

“Honest” John Oliver, a BC premier after the

First World War, who believed that the irrigation

canal would bring prosperity to this northern end

of the Great Basin Desert.

The Pocket Desert is part of the Great Basin Desert,

part of the network of deserts that extend

southward to the Sonoran Desert in Mexico.

Oliver was unincorporated for many years, and was

run from Victoria, the provincial capital of British


The town was incorporated in 1946, and elected its

own council in 1968.

Oliver has a climate that suits just about everyone,

from California bighorn sheep to Northwestern

Pacific Rattlesnakes.

Whether splashed with the pink blossoms of spring

or surrounded by the bursting colours of autumn,

the orchards, forest, vineyards and mountains

around Oliver are beautiful.

Magnificent scenery can be reached within ten

minutes from just about anywhere in Oliver, and

afternoon drive possibilities are almost endless.


Oliver is an area full of fascinating features.

Entering the town from the north, the impressive

face of McIntyre Bluff, known as Indian Head,

looms over the highway.

There are legends alluding to rival Indian Bands

being driven off the edge of the 250-metre

high cliffs.

Indian pictographs etched in the rocks are one

example of this area’s incredible history.

Today, Oliver is a thriving community, with

agriculture, tree fruits and vineyards still prime


The economy is still dependent upon the irrigation

ditch to keep the land arable, although the ditch

has seen many changes and upgrades over the years.

Population: 4,369

Location: Oliver is located on Highway 97 in the

south Okanagan, 16 miles (26 km) north

of the Canada/United States border,

27 miles (43 km) south of Penticton and

16 miles (26 km) north of Osoyoos.

View a map of the Osoyoos to



Dr. Stephen Covey, a well-known and

compelling speaker and mentor on

leadership, ethics, trust and enhanced

performance, has spoken to viewers

and audiences all over the globe.

Dr. Covey is also a best-selling author

of many books, including The SPEED

of Trust (if you have not read this,

you need to!).

Dr. Covey shared the

#1 behavior to build trust in a video

on iLearningGlobal.

Do you know what #1 behavior is?

Read on…

Dr. Covey was asked out of the

13 behaviors, if you could only pick

one behavior to work on, what is the

most important to build trust?

All 13 are important, but according to

Dr. Covey, keeping commitments builds

trust faster in a new relationship and

creates long-lasting relationships.

Making commitments, keeping

commitments, and repeating this

cycle will increase trust and do it quickly.

You need to do what you say you are

going to do.

However, this can also be a dangerous

behavior if you over-compromise and

do not deliver.

If you do this repeatedly, you may not

have a second or third chance to regain

the trust of your customers, prospects,

colleagues, family members, or friends.

And, you will lose all credibility and this

can attract a lot of attention.

Now, do not let this scare you…

You can not be afraid to make

commitments as this is not the nature

of our crazy world today.

Commitments are part of everyday

life and business.

Making commitments builds hope;

keeping commitments builds trust.

So, how do you earn new business

and trust with a new prospect?

Make and keep commitments and the

trust level will increase and it will

increase fast. Find commitments that

create and add value for your prospects.

And, tell your prospects what to look

for (signal your behavior).

Dr. Covey talked about a friend of

his who is a CEO of a company and

this CEO has a philosophy and strategy

when starting any new relationship.

The CEO states to his new prospect

that any good relationship is based

on trust.

When he makes a commitment, you

can count on that and he will deliver.

He is signaling his behavior and when

he delivers on his commitments, the

relationship develops and grows quickly.

So, if you say you are going to do

something, then DO IT!

Keeping commitments is a great

behavior to build trust and build it fast.

Remember, this is not just about business…

You can do this with your family

members, friends, co-workers,

networking groups, prospects, and


Making and keeping commitments is

THE fastest way to build trust and when

you do this over time, you will build a

reputation of “wow… he/she does

what he/she said she was going to do”

and guess what?

This kind of reputation is money in

the marketplace!

To your success and dreams,



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