DeHart: This breakfast will be the most important meal of the day
Another year has passed and the Maxine DeHart, Ramada Hotel-United Way Drive-Thru Breakfast is fast approaching. This year it will go Oct. 6. All the new and existing sponsors are geared up with overwhelming enthusiasm. This year, Coca-Cola has come on board. Live Positively (www.livepositively.ca.) is Coca-Cola Canada’s commitment to making a positive difference in this country and around the world. In redesigning the way it works, Coca-Cola Canada considers sustainability as part of everything it does. Wherever it operates, it strives to support the sustainable development of local communities. At its Kelowna, facility, Coca-Cola employees are active in the community by supporting local charitable organizations through volunteering and fundraising efforts, thus its support this year for the breakfast. Also on board again this year is Big White Ski Resort and Silver Star. They have donated an opening day lift ticket voucher for every bag, valid Dec. 3 at either location. If they open early, it will be valid for that day as well, so the voucher will be valid for scheduled opening day or actual opening day. The price of a lift ticket is valued at $75 when all chairs are running. Since the inception of the breakfast, MarketPlace IGA’s and Dennis Mitchell have been huge supporters. As a matter, of fact, Dennis Mitchell has not missed one breakfast or a meeting in 14 years, much to the surprise of all his colleagues and friends. I think they are being a tad hard on him. Look for updates weekly until Oct. 6. If you want to support this popular event by donating a gift certificate(s) call me at 250-979-4546 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Northern Computer, owned and operated by Jim Condon and celebrating its 30th year in business, has merged with Nidana Networks and is now operating under the name of Northern Computer at 1-495 Banks Rd. The combined knowledge and experience in unified communications (including VOIP telephone systems), hosted services (the Cloud) and network support will provide a new level of expertise in the valley. Former clients of Nidana will have immediate access to the business and technical resources that Northern offers and Nidana’s expertise in voice over IP phone systems will help them expand into this fast growing market. Call 250-762-7753 or www.northerncomputer.ca.
Long-time general manager of First Bus-Farwest Transit, Mike Docherty, has moved upstairs (literally) after being promoted to senior director of operations of the company. Dave Gaze has relocated from Chatham, Ont. where he was the manager of operations for the school bus division for First Bus, to fill the general manager’s position here in Kelowna. Both Mike and Dave have extensive experience in the transit industry, each with over 40 years in their respective careers. Call Mike at 250-878-5070 or Dave at 250-762-3278.
A new neighbourhood Pharmasave pharmacy has opened at 3979 Lakeshore Rd. This store is a sister property to the Pharmasave in Mission Park Mall, which is owned and operated by Kim Giesbrecht and Deb Wilshire. Kayleen Duyvewaardt is the Lakeshore pharmacy manager and Patricia Fudge the technician. It is located right across from a walk-in clinic, has direct access from the pharmacy to a doctor’s clinic upstairs and has great parking. Being a neighbourhood pharmacy, the staff prides itself in personally knowing each and every one of the customers and their pharmaceutical needs. Open Monday to Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Call 250-764-6410.
construction manager at PCL Constructors Westcoast Inc., is the new leadership chairman for the 2011 United Way campaign. PCL is one of the United Way’s top campaign fundraisers and was the recipients of the leadership award for the 2010 Central Okanagan campaign. The United Way kick-off breakfast is Sept. 13 at 7 a.m. at the Coast Capri Hotel with morning duo Andy and TJ of 101-5 EZE Rock broadcasting live. Tickets in advance only at 250-860-2356 or unitedwaycso.com.
Century 21 Assurance Realty Ltd. is on the move, relocating in January to the former Tim Horton’s and Mac’s location at 251 Harvey Ave. (just off Abbott). Managing broker, Myrna Park says it will have the benefit of two desirable locations with highway exposure and downtown access. The new larger location will meet company growth trends by accommodating twice the present number of 40 agents. Ken and Grant Wiebe founded the local, rapidly growing company, designing one of the most innovative compensation packages in the industry. This same innovative thinking will be used to produce a very unique space to meet the needs of realtors and clients, as well as incorporating the latest technology. Stay tuned for the public open house. Call 250-869-0101 www.century21.ca/assurance.
Master winemaker extraordinaire, Howard Soon of Sandhill Wines and Andrew Peller Limited, is the recipient of the Spirit of Kelowna Award for his commitment to the wine industry for more than 30 years. Howard performs his magic in a quiet, respectful and humble manner and always credits his team for his success, bringing fame and attention to our city and valley with his expertise as a master winemaker.
After 17 years, enhancing the cycling experience for riders of all levels with its expertise and passion, Cyclepath Kelowna at 2169 Springfield Rd. (behind Orchard Park) is taking its experience to the snow. Beginning at the end of September, it will offer winter sports gear for downhill skiing, including downhill skis, bindings, boots, poles and accessories. It has been ramping up its staff for the past six months in anticipation of the new product offerings and will now be known as Cyclepath-Cycle and Snow. Owner Garry Norkum has been a skier for more than 25 years, understanding the industry and ready to meet the needs of Kelowna. Cyclepath’s flagship line of skis is made by Elan, the largest manufacturer of skis in the world. It’s a company that is at the forefront of technology when it comes to skis and bindings. Open Monday to Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Call 250-868-0122 or www.cyclepathkelowna.com.
Aesthetician Dawn Thiessen has opened Aphrodite In Me a new aesthetics spa at #106 – 145 Asher Rd. (beside Rutland Physical Therapy). The spa offers facials, manicures, pedicures, gel nails, lash tinting and waxing—the entire spa experience. Open Tuesday to Saturday, from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Call 250-470-8430.
Ora Kitchen and Bar is now open at 2400 Highway 97 North (in the Best Western Inn). The restaurant is a partnership between the Best Western (Greg Salloum) and Ora owner Art Forster. With 100 seats inside and a patio of 80 seats, the restaurant has been completely renovated with fireplaces inside and out, booths and tables, cork flooring throughout, a large bar and a vivid colour scheme of purple and lime green that really works. I had a chat with both the chef, Kevin Boreham, who worked for Earl’s in the Lower Mainland for many years and Riley Krieger-Mercer, leader and sommelier of the restaurant. The menu is “premier casual” offering share plates, soups, salads, main courses, sandwiches, burgers, pastas, bowls and desserts with such items as poached pear and prosciutto salad, stuffed portobello mushroom, roasted vegetable sandwich, spicy sausage linguini and the signature dish—the Ora steak sandwich. Call 250-979-7255 www.orakitchen.ca.
The new Winners store in West Kelowna will hold its grand opening on Sept. 1 at 3614 Carrington Rd. The huge store will offer quality, brand-name designer merchandise at prices below department store pricing. It will be open seven days a week.
Kudos to Loyal Wooldridge and the team at Loyal Hair Therapy (Kane Road), consisting of master colourist Sheldon Doege, model Rene Verwijst and make-up artist Ramona Satar on wining the top prize in the men’s colour category at the prestigious 2011 L’Oreal Professional Canada Color Trophy Awards. The trio is now off to New York for a course in men’s creative hair, along with being featured in a national media campaign and the cover of a men’s magazine. Call 250-762-4145.
Congratulations to Chris Remington, executive chef of the Penticton Lakeside Resort (sister property to The Ramada Hotel-Kelowna) on winning the 2011 Festival of the Tomato Iron Chef Competition at Covert Farms in Oliver. Competing this year along with Remington were Chris VanHooydonk of Burrowing Owl Estate Winery and Jeremy Luypen of Terrafina Restaurant at Hester Creek.
Dr. Robert Wageman, born and raised in Kelowna and Lake Country, has been practicing dentistry in the area for 33 years. He was recently added to the heritage registry of Who’s Who, 2011 edition. The accomplishments and achievements attained by Wageman in the field of dental health care services warranted inclusion into the registry, a New York-based biographical publication, selecting and distinguishing individuals throughout North America who have attained a recognizable degree of success in their field of endeavor and thereby contributing to the growth of their industry. Wageman’s office is located at 105 Willow Place, 519 Hwy. 33 West. Call 250-765-7751 or www.timetosmile.ca.
Cabana Grille at 3799 Lakeshore Rd. is extending its lunch season and will remain open Fridays and Saturdays for the month of September. It is also hiring servers, support staff and hosts. Send your resume to email@example.com.
The next Kelowna Chamber of Commerce luncheon goes Sept. 14 at 11:45 a.m. at the Ramada Hotel and Conference Centre. Guest speaker Rudy Buttignol, president and CEO of the Knowledge Network Corporation will speak on the topic Public Broadcasting— A Home for Independent Thinkers. It is sure to be a sell-out. Tickets must be purchased in advance by calling 250-469-7350 with the purchase deadline Sept. 12.
The Rutland Residents’ Association’s next monthly general meeting is Sept.15 with guest speaker Mayor Sharon Shepherd at 7 p.m. at the Rutland Centennial Hall.
Back by popular demand is the Italian Club’s dinner on Sept. 10 at the club hall at 770 Lawrence Ave. Tickets are limited ($19) at the Mediterranean Market or call Joe at 250-878-3619.
Birthdays of the week—Sandra Newhook, Ramada Hotel (Aug. 23); Jeani Henderson, Predator Ridge (Aug. 25); Debbie MacKinnon (Sept. 2); Clint Graf (Aug. 30): Shirley Philip (Sept. 4); Walter Gray (Sept. 4); John Marritt (Sept. 4); Ione Yeager (Sept. 4); Ron Rubadeau (Sept. 5).
Maxine DeHart is a Kelowna hotelier.