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This week’s column is dedicated to a very special long-time friend. Dave Hobson passed away May 12 after battling Leukemia. The Hobson and DeHart families have been good friends forever; Dave and Chris since Grade 1. The service will be Saturday, May 26th at St. Andrews Anglican Church, 4629 Lakeshore Road at 2 p.m. His passing will definitely be a void in our lives for many years to come. Personal condolences to Margaret, his entire family and many, many friends.
The Project Literacy Kelowna Society is celebrating 25 years. To celebrate this milestone, they are hosting a “Words and Wine - 25th Anniversary Gala honouring Project Literacy Tutors and 25 years of Sharing the Right to Read. ” on June 8th at the Laurel Packinghouse from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Listen to International recording artist Julie Feeney while dining on a delicious menu and sip local wines. Hear learner and tutor stories from the heart and bid on Joyce Quillian's beautiful Walk the Walk painting. I was actually on the first board of Project Literacy 25 years ago and have many great stories. Tickets $40 available at Mosaic Books or call 250-762-2163.
Robert (Bob) Martindale of The Source is relocating to Calgary with a company promotion in the new capacity of Regional Director of Sales and Operations for Saskatchewan and Alberta effective May 22. Incidentally Bob’s 50th birthday is also the same date.
A retired Okanagan College employee has been named the 2012 recipient of the Okanagan College Distinguished Service Award. Catherine Williams worked at the College for 34 years until her retirement two years ago and spent her last 11 years as the College’s safety officer.
Monashee Adventure Tours, owned and operated by Edward Kruger, has opened a new bike rental and tour outlet at Manteo Resort which will be located next to the Eldorado Hotel entrance. They will have 50 bikes, including cruisers, comfort, electric assist and children’s bikes plus two Pedi cabs (Rickshaws). You can rent the bikes hourly or daily, starting at $8 per hour. They are also offering a daily shuttle to Myra Canyon. Call 250-878-3587
Will Gow, owner of CBD Network has relocated to a satellite office in West Kelowna at the Westbank Chamber of Commerce building at 2372 Dobbin Road. He will continue to offer services for career minded professionals including resume and cover letter development, one on one career coaching, various self-assessments and labour market information. He will also be leading a new venture called Ivy Talent HR with a primary focus to establish strategic alliances and business opportunities in Alberta, which will dovetail with local Kelowna HR requirements and/or business opportunities. Call 250-717-1821 www.cbdnetwork.com
Jeremy Burgess has joined the firm of Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP in their litigation group. He is trained in civil and corporate/commercial litigation as a cooperative education and articled student at Farris. Call 250-869-3882
Kate Humphries is a Peachland Counsellor who specializes in Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REST). She teaches people how to change unhelpful thoughts, behaviors and emotions. Kate works with people who struggle with things such as depression, anxiety, fear, rage and relational interactions. Underlying REST is learning to have an unconditional acceptance of self, others and the world. She has a Masters in Counselling Psychology and is trained to treat individuals, couples and children. Her fee is on a sliding scale of from $50 to $80 depending upon income to make it affordable for everyone. Kate is based out of Peachland, but is willing to meet her clients anywhere from Penticton to Kelowna. Call 250-859-4444 or [email protected]
There has certainly been considerable talk about the “Conservatory” development at the corner of Gordon and Summit. I had the opportunity to take a tour of the site. The construction is really coming along (24/7) and it looks great. New owners Bob Buvyer and Dennis Bigham have a great vision for the property, with all the condo units now being completed for rental housing only. The 16 acre property, which will eventually house both condos and townhomes when fully complete are now made up of eight floors of condos that are currently being finished. The units range from 1,200 to 1,400 square feet of living space, including a couple of loft suites as well with a total of 108 units. All suites are beautifully finished with granite countertops, fireplaces, decks, good quality appliances, and a small self-contained suite (bedroom and bathroom only that can be locked off) with each unit, which would be ideal for a care giver or nanny. Exceptionally wide, bright hallways are featured on every floor. A few of the suites have exceptionally large decks and many of the units have unbelievable views of the lake and Kelowna Golf and Country Club. Immenities include a huge green roof on the main floor, storage units, security cameras, lots of parking, outdoor pool and fitness room. If you are looking for a rental unit, call 778-484-5847 or drop into the office on the main floor entrance off Glenmore Drive.
The Kelowna Power and Sail Squadron have a new board for 2012. They are Marguerite Berry (Commander and Historian); Mark Burley (Executive Officer); Clark Berry (Training Officer); Ward Willison (Assistant Training Officer); Brenda Cochrane (Treasurer) and Debbie Harrison (Membership).
The Squadron has been teaching safe boating courses for 51 years at the Kelowna Yacht Club. They are kicking off Safe Boating Week at the Yacht Club docks at 11:30 a.m. on May 19 with free hot dogs and refreshments for all who wear an approved life jacket. Mustang is co-sponsoring to help inform the boating community that lifejackets save lives. Interestingly, new statistics released state that fatalities for paddle boats have increased by 56%. This fact is relative to the increasing interest in kayaking and canoeing. Most are men over 45 in isolated areas and early in the season where cold water is a deadly factor. When choosing a life jacket, follow these simple guidelines: choose one that is suitable for the activity, Canadian approved, is the correct size and fits snugly. Visit www.cpsokanagan.ca
The City of Kelowna celebrating many long term service awards at the City Yards this past week. Randolph Levere, David Dray and Gary Kam (25 years); Dora Pawlitsky, Clark Yarrow, Wayne Nadasde, Bruce Bunce and Wilfred Wollin (20 years); Nick Fiorante and Scott Isfan (15 years); Ken Mintram, Dave Francis and Brian Zsoldos (10 years).
There has been a change in stride for Linda Abbott-Simons. She no longer is the Canadian distributor for StreetStrider. She will, for the time being, remain as a dealer for the Okanagan area. For the month of May they are supporting the Ride to Conquer Cancer with some great deals and donations in purchaser’s names. Call 250-861-5730.
The first shipment of three has arrived from Myanmar and Thailand at Suncity Treasurer & Imports in Orchard Park Mall. Owners, Lyn and Mia Chorney travelled for six weeks to various destinations to source new artisans, taking pride in each item being personally created by an artisan and money supported in fair trade. They do not buy articles from factories or mass production. Some of their new items are large floor lamps made from dried jungle vines, teak carved elephants, teak and concrete spirit houses, 2m dragon, temple bells, vases, hand painted rice canteens and Thai cushions. You will need lots of time to browse in this store.
A third Crescendo franchise has opened in B.C. Presently in Mission Park Shopping Centre and owned and operated by husband and wife team, Daniel Weber and Elvira Brunner, this third new Crescendo franchise is located at 3030 South Granville Street in Vancouver. The new franchisee is former Kelowna gal, Shelley Nicholl, who was with the Kelowna Capital News, before relocating to the lower mainland. Crescendo offers premium cask-aged vinegars, award winning fruit vinegars and exquisite oils. They also have over 60 herbs and spices. Next time you are in Vancouver look her up or e-mail [email protected]; www.crescendoBC.com
Raymond James/Johnson Legacy Wealth Management is hosting an Okanagan Investment Conference with three of Canada’s top portfolio managers on Saturday, May 26th at the Mary Irwin Theatre, (RCA) from 1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. The high-powered speakers are David Burrows, President, Chief Investment Strategist, Barometer Capital Management; Sandy McIntyre, President & Chief Executive Officer, Sentry Investments and a personal friend of ours, John Priestman, Managing Director, Guardian Capital LP. You will not want to miss these presentations. We are lucky to have this caliber of portfolio managers come to our city. The event is free, but you must register and have tickets to attend. Call 250-979-2720 www.okanaganinvestmentconference.ca
Take a drive to the South Okanagan this weekend and stop at the 3rd Annual Art, Autos and Architecture event at Sonora Ridge in Osoyoos on May 19 and 20th from 12 noon - 5 p.m. with free admission. Enjoy the 2012 BMW show of cars, view contemporary art by Okanagan artists, view two gorgeous Sonora Ridge show homes (Linttell Projects) and taste some wine by Hester Creek. (Lakeshore Drive to 36th Avenue). Call 250-869-0552 www.sonoraridge.ca
The Kelowna Canadian Italian Club dinner is Saturday, May 26. Tickets $20. (no tickets at door). Call Joe Iafrancesco at 250-878-3619.
The Odd Couple Female Version is running at the Kelowna Actors Studio May 23 – June 9th. Also upcoming is the Theatre Summer Camps which can be viewed at www.KelownaActorsStudio.com or call 250-862-2867.
The Pets and People Visiting Society founded by Marjorie Rutherford and in its 17th year is hosting their AGM on May 25 at the Kelowna Community Resources Centre at 7 p.m. www.petsandpeople.ca
The 9th Annual FH&P Lawyers LLP/Special Olympics Golf Tournament is Friday, June 1 at Kelowna Spring. Chair of the event is Christopher Lown of Interior Savings. Last year their softball team won silver while representing Canada at the 2011 World Games in Athens, Greece. This past winter, 18 of their athletes competed at the Special Olympics Canada Winter Games as members of Team BC. They are looking for golfers and additional sponsors. ($140/player). Call Joan Gerhardt at 250-860-7905
Birthdays of the week –Happy 91st Cec (Harold) Vaughn (May 23); Happy 65th Wayne Drews (May 22); Happy 50th Carrie Metzger, BC Sheriff Service (May 20); Graham Bell (May 17); Art Born (May 18); Marg Bernath (May 19); Pam Johnson (May 22); Beryl Itani (May 21); Ken McLaughlin, RE/MAX (May 22); Alan Tozer (May 23); Chuck Cey (May 22); Bruce Wilson (May 18).