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Water supplier opens a new plant

Doug Osness is the president of Culligan, a water supplier in Kelowna that just opened up a new operating plant on Windsor Road.  - Sean Connor/Capital News
Doug Osness is the president of Culligan, a water supplier in Kelowna that just opened up a new operating plant on Windsor Road.
— image credit: Sean Connor/Capital News

Culligan has a new 5,000 square-foot plant located at 1950 Windsor Rd.

Owned and operated by president Doug Osness, formerly of Camber Golf, and his partner Ken Gottfred, the company produces bottled water certified to government standards. The firm has been awarded the Excellence in Manufacturing Awards from the Canadian Bottled Water Association. Culligan provides sales and servicing of equipment (including softener salt) from Osoyoos to Salmon Arm, for residential, commercial and industrial softeners and filtration equipment. Culligan employs in-house engineers and product specialists, providing on-going formal training and certification with exclusive technology offering the highest levels of water treatment efficiency. The new plant has all the capabilities of designing, manufacturing, installing and service, with excellent equipment warranties. Call 250-860-6733; doug@okculligan.com www.okculligan.com. 

Good to be back in the country after my vacation to Mexico, but sorry to have missed the retirement celebrations for Beryl Itani. Personal congratulations to you Beryl on a well deserved party celebrating your 30 years of volunteer service with the Central Okanagan Emergency Social Services and being crowned “Queen of the Volunteers.”  

De Bakker’s Kitchen, 101-1014 Glenmore Dr., is now serving breakfast Tuesday to Saturday, from 7 to 9 a.m. The menu features a rotating selection of their handmade fresh from the oven pastries such as muffins, croissants and danish. De Bakker’s Kitchn also serves a variety of egg dishes as well as pancakes, organic oatmeal and their signature granola, along with freshly squeezed orange juice, organic coffee and espresso drinks from Backyard Beans and organic teas from Silk Road Teas and Tonics. Call 778-478-0622.

You can learn to bake delicious cakes and desserts with chef Sandrine Raffault-Martin, owner of Sandrine French Pastry and Chocolate. The hands-on pastry classes are accessible to everyone, including people without prior specific knowledge, transferring their passion and willingness to try baking and demystifying the art of pastry. The workshops take place at Sandrine’s shop kitchen,1865 Dilworth Dr. She will teach new recipes which can be executed at home with basic kitchen equipment. Participants will bake cakes during a three hour session with everything provided, including a chef’s jacket. Students will bring home their personal recipe booklet and the cakes they baked. The winter programs offer classes including fruit tarts, basic crèmes and mousse and chocolate tarts. Schedules can be viewed at www.sandrinepastry.com or call 250-860-1202 to register as class size is limited.  

After 15 years of practice and almost 10 years as an associate and partner with Pushor Mitchell LLP, Capital News columnist Robert Smithson has opened Smithson Employment Law Corporation at 204-1630 Pandosy St. In continuing with his existing area of expertise, Smithson Law is a dedicated labour and employment law firm, offering comprehensive advice and services on workplace legal issues. His focus is on offering creative and practical solutions designed to help clients avoid costly litigation. Call 778-478-0151 or robert@smithsonlaw.ca or subscribe to receive his new blog “You Work Here” at www.smithsonlaw.ca. 

You can reach Mike Urban, owner/distiller of Urban Distilleries which produces Spirit Bear gin and vodka, at 778-478-0939 or mike@urbandistilleries.ca; www.urbandistilleries.ca.

Chef James Mullan, formerly with Manteo Resort, has started a new business called The Allergic Chef Food Allergy Consulting Services. Mullan wants to help individuals who may be overwhelmed and intimidated due to food allergies. He can suggest food alternatives as well as pointing you in the right direction on your new diet. For many people this can be a stressful time in their lives and being a local chef with a number of food intolerances, Mullan has come up with his own tips and recipes that have made his life easier as well as his clients by converting family favourite recipes to gluten-free. He also bakes a variety of gluten-free cakes, muffins, cupcakes and cookies for all occasions. He sells his products at the Kelowna Farmers Market, the next one being Jan. 29 indoors at the Parkinson Recreation Centre. Call 250-860-2965; theallergicchef@shaw.ca.

The YMCA-YWCA celebrates its 30th anniversary this year of serving the Central Okanagan, a history enhanced by strategic alliances that have enabled them to grow and respond to community needs with essential programs and services. In 1981, the “Y” was established by a small group of individuals who wanted to share their own childhood memories of growing up at the “Y” before relocating to the Okanagan with families in Kelowna. The big idea became a reality when the City of Kelowna contracted the YMCA-YWCA to operate the new Athans Aquatic Centre (now the Kelowna Family Y) that was under development. Today, the YMCA-YWCA serves over 30,000 individuals annually, has over 9,000 members, remains accessible to low income children and families with program and membership sponsorship, and employs more than 250 people.

Naomi Miller and Lynsey Pashley are opening a new preschool/day care facility called Little Owl Academy on May 1 in Kettle Valley. The day care will be located at 5315 Main St. Miller is a licensed family child care provider and Pashley is the owner of three day care centres in Maple Ridge. Little Owl is now accepting applications for group child care, ages 30 months to five years, and preschool, 30 months to four years of age. Contact Little Owl Academy at contact@littleowlacademy.ca.

Dayl Booth, currently employed with the Certified Management Accountants of B.C. in Vancouver, plans to relocate to the Okanagan for the newly created position of Interior information officer, effective April 1. Booth will be focusing on growing the CMA designation in the Interior, focusing on Kelowna and Kamloops. It is also CMA B.C.’s objective to have an in-class accelerated program in this market by January 2012, followed by an in-class Strategic Leadership Program in January 2013. Students now must travel to Vancouver to take these programs. She will also be working closely with the universities and colleges in the region, with   the high demand for the CMA designation continuing to grow in the Interior. I am pleased to be a director on the board of the Certified Management Accountants of B.C. Carson Chan, CMA, with the City of Kelowna, is the local chair for the Okanagan chapter of the CMA. 

Congratulations to committee members of the Kelowna International Major Midget Tournament on receiving the Spirit of Kelowna Award.They all worked tirelessly to host the annual event, now in its 32nd year.

Deli City Café and Catering, on Springfield Road, is the winner of the Chamber of Commerce $5,000 office makeover prize. Nicky Manson, owner of Deli City, was thrilled as they are now in the middle of renovations, so the $5,000 will be a big help.

This is pretty cool. Students at Kelowna Senior Secondary will hold a Dress Rally, a fundraiser for students who cannot afford the costs associated with graduation. The students are asking the public for donations of previously owned prom dresses, bridesmaid dresses and formal dresses that are in good condition with no rips or tears and are clean and ready to reuse. Dresses will be sold for $35 giving the students an inexpensive option for a prom dress and at the same time, raising funds for the grad students in need. Dresses can be donated at the main office of KSS, 1079 Raymer Ave. during school hours from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday to Friday, until Feb. 9. For more info contact Sammy Sheppard at 250-317-1021; sammyjo.sheppard@hotmail.com.  

Performers from The Vancouver International Salsa Festival will host Red Hot Salsa Night on Jan. 28, 7 p.m., for an evening of free dance classes and social dancing for all ages at the Rotary Centre for the Arts. Wear your hottest red outfits and learn the newest dance moves. Info at kelownaVISreps@live.ca. 

Grab your dancing shoes and boogie to hits from the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s with the Rutland Friends of Hospice Hop for Hope on Friday, Feb.11, at the Rutland Centennial Hall, starting at 8 p.m., to raise money for the Central Okanagan Hospice Association. Tickets are $15/person. Call 250-763-5511;www.hospicecoha.org 

This being the Year of the Rabbit, Heather Zais has sent me a few celestrial prophecies to start the year off. Add 2011 together and we arrive at 13. Reduce it again and you get four, which is the number values for this year. Colours for the year are greens and blues of all types—emeralds and blue stones. It will be a more temperate year—focus on economy, personal or global. Get debt under control and avoid taking on more. Claw your way forward. Casinos will be busy—play a hunch! Soft words have power. Avoid over-indulgence or waste. This is seen as low class or bad taste. Mining increases with added interest in coal and all metals. Call Heather at 250-861-6774 or 250-868-9978 for a personal reading.   

Birthdays of the week: Happy 90th Morris Kerr (Jan. 23); Bill Sinclair (Jan. 26); Kelowna Mayor Sharon Shepherd, (Jan. 25); Beth Veenkamp, Constructing Life Coaching (Jan. 25); Marie Clark, Entertainment Publications (Jan. 28); Dr. Bernie Legatto (Jan. 28); Ron Wahoski (Jan. 24); Lillian Colpron (Jan. 27); Dennis MacLeod (Jan. 29).

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Maxine DeHart is a Kelowna hotelier.

250-979-4546

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maxdehart@telus.net

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