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This week’s column is dedicated to Roy Adams who passed away in Kelowna at the age of 96. Roy was a very dear long-time friend, who I have known since I was 19 years of age, living in Calgary. He and his wife Betty, who has since passed away, retired here several years ago.
Opening May 1, the “Kelowna Honda Powerhouse” concept is a bold move for retail. Basically, anything with a Honda engine “excluding” cars, but “including” Honda motorcycles, ATV’s, generators, marine, lawnmowers and clippers, will be in the new store located at 858 McCurdy Road. All this, with a price match guarantee; if you find the same model elsewhere, they will match the price guaranteed. Owner, Alan Harvey stated that all the staff had input in the new store design. It is a Honda Powerhouse, which means it must conform to Honda’s National look; however, they designed how it works. Their goal was a dealership that provided a new level of innovation, which would better meet the needs of their customers. They have incorporated features like drive-in service, multiple in-ground lifts, plus a jib and gantry crane system to lessen the technician’s load (figuratively speaking!). With an 11,000 square foot showroom, they will not have to move all the motorcycles and ATV’s in and out every day. Call 250-860-1111
I am delighted to have been asked to be a Medal-Bearer and part of the journey in the “25th Anniversary Rick Hansen Man In Motion Relay Community Celebration” on Saturday, April 28 from 4 – 6 p.m. going through our city and across Canada. I will be carrying the Rick Hansen Medal on Harvey Avenue approx. at the BCAA/Cora Restaurant site at 4:25. It’s a day of possibilities. Rick Hansen, the Man in Motion will also be taking the stage at the Rotary Centre for the Arts to greet the last Medal Bearer at 5 p.m. Bring the entire family and visit the children’s fun zone, a visit from Ronald McDonald, community displays, entertainment and refreshments. See you there. Visit www.kelowna.ca/roadreport under Outdoor Events Notices for more info.
At their Spring Conference and AGM held in Kelowna, the Canadian Association of Home & Property Inspectors (BC) (CAHPI) elected Craig Hostland, owner of Pillar to Post Home Inspection as their new president. Craig also received the association's prestigious “Bill Hopen Award” for furthering the development of the home inspection profession in B.C. CAHPI’s head office is located in Kelowna at #5-3304 Appaloosa Road. There are now 286 licensed home inspectors in B.C. with about 40 in Kelowna. Helene Barton is the executive director of the association. Call 250-491-3979
Andrea Andersonis the new communications coordinator for the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce, bringing experience in marketing, customer relations and communications. Caroline Grover is the chief executive officer. Call 250-861-3627
If you are wondering what’s happening adjacent to Okanagan Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge (Highway 97 and Enterprise) where the former Elite Auto Centre on Highway 97 was located, demolition is underway to make way for the new expanded Okanagan Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge Dealership. Owner Dean McAuley says they are bursting at the seams and need to expand.
After nearly 25 years as a claims manager at the local ICBC claim center, Vic Nykiforuk is retiring May 1. Vic and his wife Joy intend to travel and reside part-time in London England where their son, Reed resides.
Congratulations to long-time resident Dr. Barry Urness on receiving the Anita Tozer Memorial Award at the City of Kelowna “37th Annual Civic & Community Awards Gala”.
Kim Mikoulais a new marine safety consultant in our area. Her business, “Marine Safety Consulting – Keeping You Safe on the Water” was recently accepted by the Community Futures Self Employment Program. Her training comes from working with Transport Canada Marine for three years with one of her mentors, senior Marine Inspector Gavin Brown. Kim is aware of the increasing awareness and the growing need for safety on our water. In all of B.C. last year, 2,600 safety violation tickets were issued. Believe it or not, about 1,500 of those were given out in the Okanagan. Kim’s business includes inspecting safety equipment on boats; checking the boats condition (no mechanical); ensuring correct certification and for pleasure boats, checking for the correct seating, life jackets, etc. according to the law. Kim is a perfect person to call for advice, if you are either a new boater or have an existing boat and do not know the rules of boating and the law. Look her up at the boat show this weekend. Call 250-317-5850 or [email protected]
Speaking of boats, the Annual Boat and Leisure Show is this weekend, April 28/29 at the Kelowna Yacht Club.
Haworth Jewellers at 545 Bernard Avenue has reopened after being closed for seven months due to a flood. Heather Haworth says that she has not changed the layout of the store significantly except for new paint colours. Call 250-762-2827
Kelowna locals Grace Pontes, Richard Takai, Khalil Ho and Robin Jones are partners in the new company COLORWRX Technologies Inc. They have designed and manufactured a revolutionary new painting system called the QuikBrush designed to change the way you paint. They have been selected to pitch this on the Dragon’s Den this week (my favorite show). They have approval for their product to be featured in Canadian Tire in Burlington and are in the process of seeking approval with Canadian Tire in Kelowna to carry QuikBrush. www.colorwrx.com
Chris Roweof Quest Martial Arts Academy at 2280 Leckie Road is celebrating his one year anniversary of being sole owner of the business. Chris previously owned the company with Dan Zaleski, but has now taken on full ownership. In honour of this, he is offering all new students the introductory rate of two months and a uniform for $99. Visit him for a FREE class. Learn what Martial Arts can do for all the members of your family, from kids to adults with family programs available for new and existing students alike. Also, call for your FREE ladies self-defense class. Call 250-869-0111 www.kelownamartialarts.com
Mickie’s Pub located in the Ramada Hotel, 2170 Harvey Avenue, is hosting a comedian you won’t want to miss. Simon King will be entertaining in the pub on Saturday, April 28th at 8 p.m. Simon is well known in many medians, including the Top Ten Comedy Album 2010, HBO, Comedy Now, CBC, Winnipeg Comedy Festival, CTV, TBS, Las Vegas Festival and the list goes on and on. No cover charge. Call 250-979-4548.
Happy 60th Anniversary Rhena and Gord Funnell on May 16th.
Helen Day, physiotherapy/acupuncturist is the owner of “Consult, Educate and Treat”. She has practiced in Kelowna for 20 years and has relocated her office to 990 Borden Avenue (West of Capri Mall) by appointment only. She is hosting an open house on May 12th from 1 – 5 p.m. and drawing for a free one hour chronic pain or F.A.C.E.S treatment. She will also be signing her recently released book “Beauty Without Injections”, which talks about the health of the face as the all-natural repair of the aging face. Helen gives a series of lectures: Wednesday on chronic pain and Saturdays on the F.A.C.E.S. program starting May 2nd and May 5th respectively. Book early as space is limited with quality one on one sessions. Call 250-448-0438 or [email protected]; www.consulteducatetreat.com
“The African Dance Party” with African dance instructor Ivy Branff is every Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. at the Rotary Centre for the Arts. Ivy teaches authentic African dancing from Ghana, Africa. Stephen Cipes’ drumming group does the drumming as coached by the late Kossi Dom who was also from Ghana. There are five drummers and they usually have 20 or more dancers for a $5 drop-in fee. There is plenty of room for more dancers and a fun opportunity for guys, gals and kids. For more info call Stephen 778-480-4345.
“International Gateway Kelowna” is celebrating its 10th Anniversary on May 11th. It is the oldest English as a second language school in the city and offers a wide range of ESL programs and summer camps and is also the only Cambridge testing centre outside the Lower Mainland. Over the past 10 years they have hosted students ages 6-80 from over 20 countries. Dale Lockhart is the Director of International Gateway Kelowna. www.igcanada.comor [email protected]
Certified personal trainer, Rebecca Liedtke has joined the team at Vo2 Max Personal Training and Group Fitness. She has been personal training and teaching group fitness for seven years in the Okanagan. Rebecca has a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology with a concentration in Clinical Exercise Physiology and trains a variety of clientele, from rehabilitation and weight loss to sport specific training. She is starting a Learn to Run Clinic that is geared for beginners to advanced runners with other programs being offered throughout the summer. Call 778-754-5553 www.vo2maxpersonaltraining.com
The Uptown Rutland Business Association After Hours is May 2nd at The Animal House Pet Store at 106-125 Highway 33 E. from 5 – 7 p.m.
If you have been thinking of using social media to grow your business, then you have probably already discovered the #1 business social network; LinkedIn. Melonie Dodaro from Top Dog Social Media says that today, your LinkedIn profile is more important than your website. Melonie is hosting a one-time only, interactive LinkedIn training seminar at the Ramada Hotel, 2170 Harvey Avenue on May 3. To sign up or learn more go to http://GetLinkedInKelowna.comor http://LinkedInProfitFormula.com
Shoppers Drug Mart in Orchard Park is hosting a Cosmetic Pretty Little Party on May 5 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. with a portion of the proceeds to the Look Good Feel Better Foundation. They are offering complimentary make-up application, skin car consultations, reflexology for your feet, refreshments, goody bags, draw baskets, fragrance sampling, Art Knapp potted plant demo, fashion show, hot dog and Slurpee sales. Tickets available at the store.
Birthdays of the week –In Memory of Peter Dick (Apr. 26); Happy 90th Bernice Sanderson (Apr. 27); Happy 70th Dan (Blackie) Code (Apr. 20); Happy 40th Chris Rowe, Quest Martial Arts Academy (April 25); Phyllis and Con Litz (yes – both on Apr. 27); Chuck Dixon (Apr. 27); Carol Glenn (Apr. 27); Daniel Bibby, Delta Grand (Apr. 27); Ron Labossiere, Lawyer (Apr. 28); Dave MacLean, MacLean Group Marketing (Apr.29); Lily Legatto (Apr. 29); John McCormack (Apr. 30); Harry Grossmith, United Way (May 1).