DeHart: Investment firm moves to Landmark 6 tower

Fair trade is the guiding light for a new business in Kelowna.

The financial services and investment firm Odlum Brown has moved to new premises on the 15th floor of the Landmark 6 tower at  1631Dickson Ave.

Odlum Brown

The Odlum Brown office was located at 4-1890 Cooper Rd. for the past 20 years and prior to that in downtown Kelowna. In 2013, the company celebrated its 90th anniversary in business. Doug Chambers is the Kelowna branch office manager with a staff of 20. Incidentally, Doug’s father was an advisor in the company and also a branch manager back in 1999. Call 250-861-5700; email; website

After many months of finding a suitable location and rebuilding their restaurant following the fire in Burtch Plaza, Cora is officially opening to the public in the Orchard Park Shopping Centre (Food Court—Peach Entrance) on Monday, June 2. Owned and operated by franchisees Warren and Pam MacPhee, the couple along with their entire Cora team, are excited about their new location. The restaurant hours of operation are 6 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Saturday, and 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sundays. There will be an official grand opening celebration on June 19 at 9 a.m. with Cora restaurant franchise founder Cora Tsouflidou in attendance.

How about learning to fish at Agur Lake Camp in Summerland, a barrier-free wilderness camp right here in the Okanagan? The camp’s mandate is to operate and enhance the barrier-free wilderness camp experience for children and adults with disabilities and their families. On Saturday, Agur Lake will host a visitor’s day to give families the opportunity to see the camp and tour the fully accessible facilities. Agur Lake is working with Freshwater Fisheries to create a learn to fish day. The lake will be stocked with catchable trout, offering an opportunity to learn to fish with the experts. For more info call Mirjana Komljenovic at 250-809-7130 or visit

After 17 years with Colliers, certified property manager Pat Davies has joined Re/Max  Kelowna as a licensed commercial/strata manager. With over 30 years in the industry, Davies is licensed for B.C. commercial property and strata management, with training in structural engineering, urban land planning and business law.  She also has extensive experience in managing shopping centers, office buildings and industrial parks. Call 250-212-1167; email

Rehabilitation counselor, hearing care consultant and LACE E-coach Leslee Scott, formerly with Western Institute for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, is now self-employed. With her professional and personal experiences with hearing loss, she continues to offer a vast array of services including speech reading classes, LACE (TM Listening and Communication Enhancement) training, vocational/workplace/return to work assessments, sensitivity training, workshops/presentations on various topics related to deaf and hard of hearing, assisted listening and technical devices information, project contracts and consulting services in hearing loss and care. LACE is an on-line training program designed for hard of hearing persons. Scott offers e-coaching services for this program to motivate people to complete the 20 to 40 minute sessions (total of 20 sessions). The program helps with retraining the brain in tasks associated with background noise, rapid speakers, memory recall and also provides communication strategies. Contact Scott via email at

Barb Vermassen’s Yoga for Golfers, The 15th Club, has expanded,  rebranded and moved into a new downtown Kelowna location, 1607 Pandosy St. (across from Chapman Parkade and upstairs from L’Amor Bridal). To celebrate, Vermassen will host a grand opening/open house on Sunday, June 1, 2 to 5 p.m. This is a free event for golfers to come together and see what’s new in their golf community. Golf course reps, equipment vendors and other golf related businesses will be there to share their offerings, along with food, beverages and lots of prizes. Yoga for golfers classes are Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays and the first class is free. Call 250-212-3641; email; website

Formerly with Canadian Restaurant Supply, Andy Stefansson is now the new B.C. Interior sales consultant for Pacific Restaurant Supply from Vancouver. The company specializes in food service equipment consultation, kitchen design and return on investment on concept creation. Stefansson was in the food service industry before moving into the supply side. He has worked in territory, key account and kitchen design sales and also was part owner of an equipment and supply company. Call 250-306-6481;

Platinum Tattoo, owned by artist Heather Gellately, has opened at 234 Leon Ave. in Kelowna, specializing in realism and detail, along with realistic colourful portraits. Koop Man, a long-time tattoo artist from California who most recently was working in Fort MacMurray, Alta., also works at the shop. Open Tuesday to Saturday, 1 to 7 p.m. Call 250-76302211; email or

Michael Kay is the new owner of  Game Changers Sports Consignment, located at 110-1854 Kirschner Rd. in Kelowna. Formerly owned by Jane Fletcher, Game Changers offers consignment sports gear, games, sports books and any outdoor gear that is in good resale condition. Now, the store will also be carrying new sports equipment starting with ball equipment. Kay is very involved in sports in our community and Game Changers is a perfect complement for him. Call 778-753-5635 or just drop in and see all Game Changers has to offer. Hours are Tuesday to Thursday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Starting  June 1, the store will be open seven days a week.

Anureet Gill, a student at the University of Calgary, is back at home and is the successful candidate for a Canada Summer Jobs Grant to work in the area of marketing and promotions with BrainTrust Canada director of communications, Magda Kapp. Born and raised in the Okanagan, Anureet worked last year as a summer student for  United Way.

After a brief period of retirement, Wendy Falkowski and Marquee Events Management are back and ready to help you host a great event. Falkowski has experience in organizing events of all sizes from large community-wide festivals to small meetings and grand opening celebrations. Marquee also offers consultation services for non-profit organizations as Falkowski has decades of experience in all levels of non-profit, from accreditation preparation to governance training for board members. Call 250-470-2592; email

Globally Fair

Ten Thousand Villages closed last year due to a fire. Cindy Henderson was connected to Villages for 11 years as a volunteer, assistant manager and then manager in recent years. Still extremely passionate about the business and taking advantage of vast knowledge and involvement, Ten Thousand Villages has agreed to sell their products wholesale to Henderson so she can open a new store called Globally Fair, a tiny unique store at 1695 Burtch Rd.  (behind Pizza Hut). The store will be privately owned and fair trade will be the guiding force. Artisans will always come first. As well as Ten Thousand Villages, Level Ground Trading Products, Just Us Coffee and Arayuma Spices, Henderson will be carrying other fair trade products and promoting local non-profit organizations. Call 778-484-3247; email

Congratulations to the following local Certified Management Accountants (CMA) and Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA) who were recognized for their extraordinary service to the profession, receiving professional service awards: John Sokolowski, Robert Willox, and James Wilson (40 years); Allan Gillespie, David McDouglas, Paul Macklem (City of Kelowna), Lynn Walter, Patrick Ewings, Judy Lloyd, David Burke (Stardyne Technologies) and Geraldine Morris (30 years); Douglas Marson, Arlene Bunce and Terrence Prechel (25 years).

BigSteelBox Structures, a leading provider of steel modular buildings and accommodations with its head office in Kelowna, has revealed  expansion plans for Northern B.C. to better serve the expanding liquid natural gas industry. The company, which currently serves the north from its stores in Terrace and Smithers, has announced plans to expand service locations to Kitimat and Prince Rupert. With two BigSteelBox Structures’ manufacturing facilities in B.C., the company is poised for growth to meet the needs of the expanding LNG industry, with portable structures and enclosures to custom steel buildings ranging from office, e-houses and workforce housing.  Devon Siebenga is the president of BigSteelBox.

Congratulations to Summerhill Pyramid Winery on receiving an award for the Best Sparkling Wine of the Year at the 2014 All Canadian Wine Championships for their Cipes Brut. Eric von Krosigk is the Summerhill winemaker and the winery is owned by the Cipes family.

Kudos to Clarence Johnson and The City of Kelowna’s “Spirit of the Lake” float which won second place in the Grand Marshall Award category for towns/cities over 12,000 in Spokane, Wash. There were 25 floats participating with overall total parade entries of 208.

Who has inspired you this year? Let them know by honouring them with a Business Excellence Award. Nominations for the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce 27th annual Business Excellence Awards close June 20. Categories include Rising Star Business of the Year; Small Business of the Year; Mid-size Business of the Year; Large Business of the Year; Community Impact Award of the Year; Young Entrepreneur of the Year; Business Leader of the Year; Eco-Star Innovation Award; Distinction in Hospitality & Tourism Award and Marketer of the Year Award. Recipients will be announced on Oct.21 at the awards dinner. Visit or call 250-861-3627 for more information.

Barb’s Delights 4th annual Perogy-Eating Contest in support of the Kelowna Women’s Shelter takes place at 88-2789 Highway 97 North in Blue Heights Plaza (corner of Hwy 97 and McCurdy). The event takes place Saturday, 1 p.m. One dollar from every breakfast will be donated to the cause, so go down early. Join in the fun, barbecue, silent auction and entertainment. First prize is $100 gift certificate, second prize $50 gift certificate. Call 778-478-9921.

The Okanagan Adventist Academy Showcase is a second-year art show on June 5, 6 to 8 p.m., at 1035 Hollywood Rd. in Rutland.  Admission by donation featuring the Okanagan Adventists Academy students from kindergarten to Grade 12.  Email for more information.

Birthdays of the week:  Happy 100th Lola Davies, Westbank (June 3); Mitch Mitchell (June 2); Su Light (May 30)Don Shafer, Hamilton Media Group (May 25); Nan Pellatt (May 29); Roma Niessen, (May 31); Kate Martin, Re/Max Kelowna (June 1); Graham Jacklin (June 1); Dirtman  Dan McFarlane,  Power 104/Q103 (June 1); Dr. Alex Canning (June 1); Donna Willms (June 3); Bruce Telford (June 4); T.J. (Tamara Joel), 101-5 EZ Rock (June 4); Bill Winters (June 4).

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