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WelcometoKelowna.com and Beyond 50 Magazine have agreed to combine efforts to promote Kelowna and the surrounding area with a partnership that utilizes the best of print magazine and the online world. Laurel D’Andrea of Beyond 50 says her clients were asking for an online component to their current advertising to increase exposure and going with an established portal like WelcometoKelowna.com was the perfect fit as they are Kelowna's oldest community portal and epitomize community focus. Nikki Csek of WelcometoKelowna.com is excited about the opportunity to increase the exposure of the portal to over 50,000 readers of the magazine valley wide. The magazine has mass appeal to a very significant portion of the valley’s population. Call 250-862-8010 (Csek) or 250-878-9194 (D’Andrea).
The Red Cross Health Equipment Loan Program, HELP has relocated to a larger facility at 124 Adams Road (at Sexsmith). The move sees this vital community service once again sharing space with the Canadian Red Cross administrative center for the Southern Interior. Volunteers and staff are now operating from one full service location. Open 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., people needing to pick-up or to return home care health equipment will now go to this new location. The new space comprises of a two story office block and a five bay warehouse. Three of the bays are outfitted to provide the equipment lending service to residents and to provide cleaning, repair and distribution to another 12 community sites in the Okanagan-Shuswap corridor. Two other bays are in the process of being designed to double as a training center and as a Red Cross Disaster Operations Centre. John Richey is the Regional Operation Manager, BC Southern Interior and Craig Burns is the Manager, Health Equipment Loan Program. Call 250-491-8443 www.redcross.ca
A new Swiss Chalet Restaurant is opening on the Westside in August. New owners, Maurice Baker and his son Dallas James with help from their wives Lois Baker and Dina James have located the restaurant in the Westbank Hub North Centre (across from Walmart in the CIBC Bank parking lot). It will be about the same size of the former location on Harvey with the same great food, but with a brand new concept and a fresh new look. Stay tuned for the exact opening day.
Angela McLean-O’Heir, CFP, FMAhas been promoted to the Regional Manager for the Okanagan with Prospera Credit Union. She will be overseeing the four branches in the Okanagan, two in Kelowna, one in Vernon and one in Penticton. Angela’s office will be located in Kelowna at their Harvey Avenue and Cooper Road Prospera Credit Union. Call 250-869-3626 or [email protected]
Former head professional of Black Mountain Golf Club, Brice MacDermott has moved on to a new entrepreneurial venture. He, along with his parents, well known clothiers and business people, Wayne andJay MacDermott of MacDermott on Bernard are opening a new shop on May 1st named “MacD’s Lakeside” in the former Passport Clothing outlet on Bernard Avenue below Earl’s on Top. Brice will now be the general manger of both stores. The 1,400 square foot clothing store will be selling Tommy Bahama for both men and women during the summer months and brands including Canada Goose for both men and women during the winter months. Stay tuned for more info.
Deb Doigof women’s services at KGH is retiring on March 29. Not quite sure what she is thinking about, as now she will have to spend all her time with hubby Ron, owner of Baxter’s Pub. Perhaps she can find some part-time work!
The new Valley First Credit Union will be opening in Rutland on Highway 33 and Rutland Road, sometime towards the end of 2012. Marc Germain will be the branch manager at the new location named “Valley First Place”. For now, Marc is hanging his hat at the Orchard Plaza Branch on Cooper Road. Marc was formerly with RBC. Call 250-763-6117 or [email protected]
Laudalina deJesus Sofiak,CGA; Sue Leroux, BSc, CGA; Darin Schierback, BBA, CGA and Jonathan Cone, BBA, CGA are four new partners with the firm of Kemp, Harvey Hunt Ward Inc. located at #101-1593 Sutherland Avenue. The company provides accounting, taxation and consulting services to a wide range of owner-managed businesses. Call 250-763-8029 www.khgcga.com
Angela McManushas joined The View Winery (look for the red shoe) in the role of marketing muse and director. They are hosting a Cellar Dinner and Winemakers Olympics on May 12. It will be an entertaining evening of fine wine and pairings with the excitement of the Winemaker’s Olympics. Participants will be put through their paces in a series of events, which will not only test their abilities, but entertain onlookers as well. Call 250-860-0742 or 250-215-1331 for reservations.
To celebrate their one year anniversary in their new location, Capri Hair Design at 1525A Gordon Drive (Across from Mediterranean Market) is having a contest to re-name the salon. Owner Colleen Woelders and stylists Pat Cudmore and Lorraine Drake whohave been together at the salon for 10 years felt it was time to re-name the business after they relocated from the Capri Mall last year. Drop off your suggestion at the salon or e-mail the name to [email protected] The winner will be awarded a $100 salon gift certificate, dinner for two at the Twisted Tomato Restaurant and an additional gift certificate from Lipo Laser and Spa. The winner and new name will be announced on April 3. Call 250-861-8878.
Tower Ranch was sold in a receivership/court sale last week in a sealed bid process. Three bids were received; one from a group of members from Tower Ranch, one from an existing reputable Kelowna golf course owner and one from an Alberta based Development Company. The Alberta development company was the successful bidder and will take over Tower Ranch in the next few weeks. Their final offer was significantly higher than the other two. The Alberta Company is also interested in the development lands, with a pending bid on the land as well.
Coinciding with “Jour du Macaroon” taking place in Paris, New York and large Canadian cities, Sandrine Fresh Pastry and Chocolate at 1865 Dilworth Drive is launching Macaroon Day in Kelowna, in support of the KGH Foundation. Sandrine was the first in town to offer these delicate almond meringue confections and now has 15 flavours in a rainbow of colours and fillings. Join them on Tuesday, March 20th when participating places in town will sample macaroons (with limited quantities by location) and donate 25% of all sales to the Foundation. Go to Sandrine’s, KGH Cafeteria, Okanagan Spirits, Cedar Creek Winery, Lakehouse Home Store or Gray Monk Winery. Bon Appetit! Call 250-860-1202.
Local business woman, Lynn Sorsdahl, of “LikesLocal”, asks small business owners, “Are your customers finding you or are they finding your competition on the internet or is your business mobile friendly?” You can call Lynn to get your free Internet Visibility Score Report and see if you would qualify for a free mobile website. The company serves the Okanagan Valley. Call 250-491-1997
Crossroads Treatment Center is still open for business. Although they had to close their supportive living programs due to provincial gaming grant funding cuts, they are still operating their detox and withdrawal unit and their treatment centers in Kelowna. Although Supportive Living was a big part of addictions recovery, they are not in a position to continue providing this particular service when there are other service providers in the community that are available. They have some great plans for the two remaining service offerings. Shelley Gilmore is the executive director of the society. Call 250-864-1153
The Westbank First Nation has hired Mandi Carroll, who has relocated from Central Alberta, as their new communications officer providing communication leadership and support to WFN’s chief, council and organization through the implementation of effective communications strategies and tactics.
Former Mayor Sharon Shepherd received the Gert Beadle Award at the International Women’s Day Celebrations on March 9th at the Laurel Packing House. Organized by the Okanagan College Women’s Resource Center, the event coincides with International Women’s Day with the theme “Women in Politics”. The award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated commitment to women’s equality and social justice.
The Kelowna Farmers and Crafters Market “outdoor market” is opening for the season on Wednesday, April 4th and will run every Wednesday and Saturday from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the corner of Springfield and Dilworth. This is their 17th year in operation. Contact Bob Callioux at [email protected]
The Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board (OMREB) has a new 2012/13 board, representing the Central, North and Shuswap areas. Congrat’s to president Rob Shaw (Royal LePage Vernon); vice president, Karen Singbell (RE/MAX, Sicamous); past president George Cwiklewki (Macdonald Realty); Cliff Shillington (RE/MAX Kelowna); Scott Mayne (Points West Realty); Tanis Read (Coldwell Banker); Kent Jorgenson (RE/MAX Kelowna); Christopher Miller (Royal LePage); Darcy Griffiths (RE/MAX Vernon); Rorie Holton (Royal LePage Vernon); Sharon Dahl (Century 21, Enderby) and Steve Lewis (Salmon Arm).
The Kelowna Chamber of Commerce and Students in Free Enterprise “Green Business Awards” finalists for 2012 are Okanagan Grocery Artisan Breads, Optic Signs & Marketing, Sunshine Farms and Urban Harvest Organic Delivery (1-10 employee category). Cintas Canada Ltd., Disney Online Studios Canada and Nature’s Fare Markets (31 plus employee category). Recipients of the Sustainability Leader of the Year Award and the Green Innovator Award will be chosen from the businesses selected as finalists in the small and large green business categories. Tickets for the April 25th luncheon awards can be purchased online at www.kelownachamber.org.
Sharon Sebohas taken Chris Penty and turned him into a dancing machine for the Hospice Dancing with the Stars fundraiser. He is hosting “Pen-tini” (reinvention of the martini) for a pre-fundraiser on Saturday, March 17th at the Senior Center at 1353 Richter Street. For tickets ($35) call 250-765-9733.
The Kelowna City Concert Ban Spring Concert “Marches and Musicals” is Wednesday, March 28th at the Mary Irwin Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Guest vocalists are Gwen Plitt andNeville Bowman. Tickets $15 (adults) and $10 (seniors/students) at Rotary Centre for the Arts or Select Your Tickets. Call Sue MacDonald for more info at 778-484-0546.
Birthdays of the week –Happy 105th Dorothy Bowden, Three Links (March 16); Ian Macdonald (Mar.19); Harvey Gorsline (Mar. 16); Pat Walls (Mar. 17); Bruce Wilson (Mar.18); Gary Benson, Benson Law LLP (Mar. 19); Frank andDilys Singer, both same day (Mar. 21).