DeHart: Milestone marked by move to larger showroom

To help mark the 15th anniversary of her Kelowna business Express Gift Baskets, owner Karen Murphy has switched operating premises, moving into a new warehouse and showroom location at #6-556 Neave Crt. (off Sexsmith in the Lougheed commercial area).

Murphy says the new warehouse is closer to the airport allowing easier access and is a more efficient production and shipping facility. Gift baskets can be delivered all across Canada with Fed Ex for only $16.95. Call 250-763-7445;

Congratulations to the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce new board members: Gladys Fraser (Scotiabank); Ben Pidskalny (SW Audio Visual); Curtis Darmohray (Pushor Mitchell Lawyers LLP); Rob Siddon (Coast Wholesale Appliances); Sally Ginter (Canadian Cancer Society) and Carmen Sparg (Total Office). Karen Hawes, with Interior Savings Credit Union, is the  Kelowna Chamber of Commerce president

Ryan Watters is the new communications manager for The Downtown Kelowna Association. Watters is well-known with his experience with the Kelowna Rockets, Kelowna Falcons and Okanagan Sun, as well as the Sports Drive. His primary job will be to use e-marketing, communications and social media to communicate to the downtown Kelowna members and the general public. Call 250-862-3515;

Two-time PGA Tour Champion and Canadian Golf Hall of Fame inductee Richard Zokol will join the golf team at Predator Ridge at the start of the 2012 season. As executive director, golf development, Zokol will be responsible for overseeing the resorts golf development, furthering the golf experience for guests and residents and expanding the presence of Predator Ridge’s brand.

Ayn Lexi, working out of the Kelowna office, is the new regional manager of “cnib.” The organization has moved to new premises at 101-1456 St. Paul St., equipped with a brand new fully functional independent living skills kitchen that was sponsored by the Kelowna Orchard City Lions. This new kitchen will enable “cnib” to teach life skills, including doing laundry with their new washers and dryers. They also have new technology equipment for blind and partially sighted individuals. Call 250-763-1191

I attended the 30th anniversary of the Central Okanagan Hospice at the Benvoulin Church Hall. The food was provided by Zabeanra Café and Bake Shop, located at 2-1790 KLO Rd. Owner Kassandra Sullivan and her mother Rosanne Laberge did a wonderful job of the food at the event. The fruit platter was displayed beautifully and tasted as good as it looked, as did all the treats. At their café, they offer a good variety of fresh home-made (all from scratch) scones, loaves, cookies, cakes, other desserts, light lunch items, loose leaf and bag teas, along with Cherry Hill coffee. Open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. Call 778-484-4448

Terry McLaughlin, who for the last four years has acted as the Watch Commander for Watch 4 with the Kelowna RCMP, is starting a new position with the South East District as an Advisory NCO for the Kootenay Region. His new responsibilities will see him acting as coach and mentor to the smaller detachments in that region.

Congratulations to Paul Demay, of Investors Group, for receiving the Investors prestigious Herbert H. Carnegie Community Leadership Award. This award recognizes Investors Group Consultants who demonstrate extraordinary long-term community service, together with a commitment to business excellence and client service. Demay was chosen for his outstanding community work with the United Way where he served as president, campaign chair and a board member. He is also a board member of the YM/YWCA, a great supporter of the local food banks, and a fundraiser for countless other organizations. Call 250-762-3329.

A 30 year old business, Valley Pool and Spa, located at 1655 Cary Rd., is a second generation family owned business, with Gene Brown as president of the company. They do various pool installations and specialize in concrete pools with vanishing edges                                                                                               and perimeter overflows. Valley Pool and Spa are extremely involved with design to make sure the pool is in keeping with the interior of the home. In 2011, they won three U.S. GAVA awards, six International Masters of Design awards and 11 Canadian Pool awards. Two of these pools also won Tommie awards for the homes based on the outdoors. Pictures of some of the award winning pools are in the February 2012 Edition of Pool & Spa Marketing Magazine. Call 250-868-7600.

The grand opening of Co-Ed Club GoodLife Fitness in the Capri Centre Mall is this week. The official ribbon cutting takes place Thursday, March 1, 6:30 p.m., with GoodLife founder David Patchell-Evans and Olympian inspirational speaker, author and Good Life Kids Champion Silken Laumann in attendance.

Roger Gillespie has joined the Hester Creek team as director of hospitality, overseeing the visitor experience as it relates to the wine shop, special events and guest relations.   Hester Creek is situated in Oliver.

The next Uptown Rutland Business Association (URBA) Uptown After Hours is March 7, from 5 to 7 p.m., at the law offices of Benson Law LLP, at 270 Highway 33.

The next meeting for the Glenmore Business Network is March 6, 7:30 p.m., at Sandalwood. For more info, costs or to confirm your attendance, e-mail Dennis Campbell, Sandalwood general manager, at or call 250-717-1884.

If you are looking for one of Michelle Cowan’s safety flags for water skiers and pulling loved ones behind your ski boat, you can pick them up “free” at Cupcasions, 170-200 Spall Rd.

The Kelowna & District Safety Council is inviting members of the community to submit their names for consideration as a board member starting March 29 with up to three positions available. The safety council is a non-profit organization that promotes safety training and awareness in order to reduce the incidence of bodily injury and death as well as damage to property. If interested, complete the application on and submit it along with a current resume to by March 15 or call 250-765-3163.

Can’t wait to see Vern Nielsen and Jeni MacMillan compete in “Swinging with the Stars” for Hospice. Help “Team Vern” with his fundraiser “Boogie Nights at Bottega” on March 3, 6:30 p.m., at Bottega, 4485 Sallows Rd., in southeast   Kelowna. Performing at the event is M.A.S.K., a vocal group accompanied by piano and drums that have been performing in the valley for 20 years. MacMillan and her professional dance partner Warren Easton will also be performing. Tickets $75 with a charity donation receipt available. Call 250-470-9228 or 250-863-8204.

Big thanks to Wayne (evening shift) at the Esso on Gordon and KLO for his recent great customer service.

The following students were the winners of the School District  23 poster contest. Congrats to Laura O’Brien and Lauren Duggan, Grade 7, Chute Lake Elementary School; Kendel Akune, Grade 7, Springvalley Middle School;  and Nadine Scott, Grade 12, KSS. Also recognized from School District  23 at the Hero Awards were teachers Don Bingham, KSS; Roger Kirk, Springvalley Middle School, and Tony Sodara, KSS.

During Education Week from March 6 to 10, the Kelowna heritage classroom in the old Central Elementary School,  1825 Richter St., will be open to the public for viewing from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Classroom teachers may make arrangements to bring students by calling retired teacher Sig Ottenbreit at 250-762-2630. Sig taught his first classes in a one-room, eight grades school in Saskatchewan, starting Aug. 12, 1946. He retired from teaching at Mount Boucherie Secondary in 1984. I’ve seen the old classroom and it’s quite something.

Sun Country Furniture, owned by Carol Dodge, will host a free workshop on March 7, 5 p.m., featuring Rick Melnychuk and Helmut Prion, co-owners of Opus Garden Creations, who will speak along with Dodge about her buying trip to Asia, and Rene Bourgault, owner of SYNLawn Okanagan. Call 250-863-9488;

The Kelowna Family Centre Society’s 5th anual fundraising dance is March 3 at the German Canadian Club. Tickets only $20, call 250-860-3181 or drop by 204-347 Leon Ave. They are still looking for sponsors and silent auction items.

Birthdays of the week: Happy 70th Connie Penner (March 6); happy 65th Gary Embleton, Embleton & Associates (March 6); happy 50th Leon Gaba, Mission Creek Wine Cellars (March 3); Faye Willms (March 2); Walter Kristalowich (March 3); Dee Campbell, Glenmore Elementary School (March 4); Sandra Hofer, Sun-Rype (March 5); Ian Graham (March 6); Donna Horning (March 6).

Maxine DeHart is a Kelowna hotelier.

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