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This week’s column is dedicated to long-time, well-known local Jennifer Hindle who passed away January 24th. Jennifer and former Mayor John Hindle were great friends of the DeHart family and after John’s death, we were still fortunate to have the friendship of Jennifer for those years. Personal condolences to her family and many friends.
Image One MRI has been operating in Kelowna for nine years. Locally owned by Mike Large they operate the exact, high standard, MRI scanner as used at KGH. MRI stands for Magnetic Resonance Imaging, a highly advanced technology and non-invasive diagnostic procedure that uses magnetic fields and radio frequencies to generate detailed anatomical images. Most of the scans they perform are knees, shoulders or spines, but they can do any part of the body. The most misunderstood thing about the MRI is that you cannot scan your entire body at one time. It is a very specific imaging tool and by that, it means for each part of your body there is a specific coil (camera) used. For a knee about six different sequences are taken with about 25 images in each sequence, totaling about 150 images. There is virtually no wait time as appointments are scheduled at the patient’s convenience of receiving the referral. The clinic is comfortable, with a relaxed environment and highly experienced staff. Call 250-860-4848 or speak to your doctor. www.ImageOneMRI.ca
Norbert Gelowitz, general manager of Orchard Park Shopping Centre (Primaris) is moving on and has accepted the position of vice-president, property manager of business development and leasing for ProCura Real Estate Management Services Inc. in Edmonton as of February 20th. ProCura is a well-known Alberta company offering development services, investment, asset management, marketing and property management and leasing.
Well-known morning duo Andy and TJ of 101-5 EZ Rock are celebrating nine years on the air. The popular pair got their official start on what is now 101-5 EZ ROCK, which is Kelowna’s longest running morning show. Andy and TJ are a couple in real life, tying the knot in May 2009. Call 250-860-1015 or firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Roy’s Shoes Boots and Repairs at 1627 Ellis Street have a welcomed new addition to their staff. Brandi Belshaw, Jim Belshaw’s daughter has joined Jim and his son, Jim Jr. at the store. Brandi’s primary role will be to manage the sales floor, bringing many years of retail, hospitality and office experience to the business. Call 250-763-5696
Claus Larsen has joined the team at RPB Hotels and Resorts in the Okanagan. He will be working with director of sales Maxine DeHart and general manager Stan Martindale at the Ramada Hotel and Conference Centre as marketing manager. He will also be working at the Best Western Plus Vernon Lodge in Vernon, B.C. in the capacity of senior vice-president of operations at that location. Call 778-215-2772 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Mike Crowley, CMA has been appointed as an Associate Principal of McKay LLP at 500-1620 Dickson Avenue. Mike provides accounting, taxation and consulting services to a growing and diverse base of owner-managed businesses. Call 250-763-5021.
The City of Kelowna has received the “Distinguished Budget Presentation Award” from The Government Finance Officers Association of the U.S. and Canada (GFOA) for its budget. The award represents a significant achievement, reflecting the commitment of the governing body and staff to meeting the highest principals of governmental budgeting. This is the 10th year in a row that the city has received this award. Keith Grayson is the financial planning manager for the City of Kelowna.
BDO has changed its name to BDO Canada LLP. The name change was implemented in order to provide consistency with other BDO partnerships around the world. The Kelowna office is located at #300 - 1632 Dickson Avenue. Call 250-763-6700 www.bdo.ca
The Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission has a new board for 2012. Executive members are: Renee Wasylyk, Troika Development Inc. (chair); Mike Gilmore, BDO Dunwoody LLP (past president); Alison Yesilcimen, MediaCooler Innovations (vice-chair); Jim Paterson, City of Kelowna; Paul Maarschalk, Solomon Resources; Larry Widmer, Community Futures and Heather Schneider, Okanagan College.
Andy Stefansson of Canadian Restaurant Supply Ltd. is now over-seeing their contract and design department. They design, supply and install commercial kitchens and renovations. If you are looking to open a foodservice establishment, he can help you turn it into a reality. Call 250-979-8600 or email@example.com
Mission Hill Family Estate is the 2011 recipient of the coveted IWSC Trophy as the “Canadian Wine Producer of the Year” at the International Wine & Spirit Competition in London, UK. The award was presented to proprietor Anthony von Mandl at the historic Guild Hall in London. In addition, the winery won 19 individual medals at the IWSC competition, including Gold Medals for the 2009 Reserve Riesling Icewine, 2005 Select Lot Collection Riesling Icewine and 2009 Reserve Vidal Icewine. For a complete list of awards go to www.lwsc.net
Lance Kayfish has been re-elected to a one year term as chair of the Okanagan College Board of Governors and Tom Styffe of the South Okanagan was re-elected as the vice-chair. Kayfish became chair in 2010 and is a risk management expert with the City of Kelowna. Styffe is a resident of Okanagan Falls.
Tracey and David Cochrane, new owners of Points West Audio Visual have opened a new demonstration room. Previous owner Rick Ponich will stay on to help with sales, installations and customer service. They offer interactive white boards and accessories, video-conferencing, displays, projectors, audio-visual carts and a variety of mic’s, screen, sound systems and commercial grade plasma and LCD displays – just about everything you would need for high-tech meetings or seminars. Call 250-861-5424.
You are invited to participate in a research survey that focuses on the various concerns Kelowna residents have within the area they live in. This research survey is being conducted by Trevor Schick, a student researcher at Okanagan College and is a requirement for his Business Administration honours class. If you are 19 years of age or older and live in the Black Mountain, Upper Mission or Glenmore area, you might want to participate in this study. I know Trevor and he is a responsible student and has spent a considerable amount of time on this valuable project. All participants are eligible to enter in a $50 cash prize draw for participating in this survey. Participation in the cash prize draw is completely voluntary and your information will be kept completely confidential. If you are interested in participating, go to the following link. http://cengagebrm.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_3IDjXjodVF0R4Ne. If you have any concerns, questions or problems with the link please call Trevor at 778-478-7588.
The Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA) has hired Howard Grieve, a tourism industry veteran to the position of Market Experiences Specialist-International. Grieve has been in the tourism industry for the past 26 years, most recently as the marketing and communications manager for Tourism Kamloops. Call 250-469-1035 or marketINT@totabc.com
Debbie Donahue at Tasty Treasures Banking Company has some yummy things for your favorite Valentine. Chocolate brownie hearts melt in your mouth and her raspberry filled sugar cookies are an elegant see thru sugar cookie with raspberry jam layered between two heart shapes and sprinkled with icing sugar. She also offers a variety of red, pink and white beautifully decorated sugar cookies. Call 250-860-6129 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kelly MacDonald, who has relocated from Nova Scotia, has opened “Neos Wellness Spa” above Cabella Hair Design at #5 – 1515 Westgate Road in West Kelowna. She specializes in body contouring and fat loss using ultrasonic lipolysis as seen on the Dr. Oz show. They also offer hair removal, skin treatments and rejuvenation, vein treatments and lip enhancements. She trained in Vancouver under Dr. Yousef Shihab. Call 778-755-5685 or www.neoswellnessspa.com
Teresa Yang-May will be the guest speaker at the OJC Philosopher’s Café at 7 p.m. at 102 Snowsell St. N (Union and Snowsell Street). She recently published a children’s book about multiculturalism, acceptance and a young girl’s struggle with identity as a Chinese immigrant “Seeds in the Wind". Open to the public at no charge.
The Okanagan Filipino Club is hosting a fundraising lunch to help the victims of the devastating floods from 12 noon to 4 p.m. on February 5 at the Evangel Church at 3261 Gordon Drive. Admission by donation. Call Cleofe Curatolo at 250-868-3594
Meli Seval lives in Izmir, Turkey where her business “Melitours” is based. Her company has a 46 year history of guiding and escorting visitors to this fascinating country. Tri Star Travel and Cruise have been working with Melitours and for several years and will be hosting Meli for the first time in Kelowna on Wednesday, February 8 at 7:15 p.m. at the Rotary Centre of the Arts and Thursday February 9 at 10 a.m. at Willow Park Church South. If you wish to learn more about turkey, this is definitely the presentation to attend. For more info call Glenna Gillan at email@example.com
Congratulations to “Buffet Beaker Bill” on winning the All-Star Hockey Break Award of $60.
“Build Your Wealth Educational Forum Buffet and Wine Wine-Up” is being hosted by Business Development Associate, Sheila Jayson on February 11 at The Ramada Hotel. A panel of seven industry professionals will discuss how to grow your net worth in real estate, business and biofuels. $10 of each ticket sale goes to the Kelowna Food Bank and a free copy of Greg Habstritts book will be available. Contact 250-718-1528 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Birthdays of the week –Rob Belanger (Feb. 4); Ross Fitzpatrick (Feb. 4); Doris Roy (Feb. 6); Sergio Cunial, Ramada (Feb. 7); Jim Juba (Feb. 7); Bob Brown, Sunset Ranch (Feb. 8).
Maxine DeHart is a Kelowna hotelier. Phone her at 250-979-4546, fax 250-860-3173, E-mail email@example.com and web-site www.welcometokelowna.com (click on Columns and then on Maxine DeHart)