Who is OSSPA?
What we want to achieve
Our purpose . . .
. . . is to bring together the sheep producers of the Okanagan Shuswap area for the sharing of knowledge of all aspects of the sheep industry.
We are an enthusiastic group . . .
. . .of sheep owners, breeders, and participants in the sheep industry in the North Okanagan and Shuswap area of British Columbia.
Our group meets . . .
. . .once a month at the Chamber of Commerce in Armstrong. during winter at 1 pm on the 3rd Sunday of the month. In the summer at 7 pm on the third Wednesday of each month.
In the fall of 2003 the Okanagan Shuswap Sheep Producers’ Association (OSSPA) was formed. The area was not represented at the British Columbia Sheep Federation since the Shuswap Sheep Breeders a few years earlier. With the funds of the inactive group OSSPA was formed, providing valuable start up assistance.
Initially the well-attended meetings were held in members’ homes. An educational component on a wide variety of topics of concern and interest to sheep producers was a feature of the meetings, which continues to present.
OSSPA has been invested in the community and sheep industry locally and province-wide through various activities such as hosting a weekend Symposium bringing together speakers knowledgeable in their field and supporting Local 4 H Lamb Clubs.
Our members gather monthly from Vernon, Armstrong, Enderby, Salmon Arm, Chase, and Falkland. We share ideas, concepts, information, and resources. In addition as a member of the BC Sheep Federation we speak locally to the provincial sheep industry and in turn, speaks for the sheep industry on a national level.