This week’s column is dedicated to Emma Margaret Kirschner who passed away July 6 at the age of 103. She is survived by her sons Donald (Amy), Allen (Angelica) and Gordon (Heidi). Personal condolences to the entire family and many friends of the Kirschners.
Had the opportunity to try the new Wings Restaurant at 210 Lawrence Ave. (formerly Ric’s Grill—corner of Lawrence and Abbott). Owned and operated by Dino Cabalfin with vice-president Humberto Morales (Armada Partners).
They offer much more than wings. Along with a huge variety of wings from Jakarta Heat to BC Back Country Bacon and about 25 more to choose from, they also have appies, sandwiches, burgers, wraps, stir fry bowls, pasta, fish and chips and chicken dishes. If you want to join your friends for wings and want to eat a little healthier, they also have a good variety of salads. I tried the Wild Cajun Salmon & Watermelon Salad and it was delicious with a good portion of salmon. Of course, the atmosphere is great right across from City Park with their lovely patio. Jesse Galang is the executive chef and Doug McMinniman is the general manger. Call 250-860-1038.
RE/MAX Kelowna has added two new partners to the RE/MAX Kelowna leadership team. Peter Kirk and Jerry Redman will join Cliff Shillington as partners at RE/MAX Kelowna, downtown and the Westside office. As owners/managing directors, Jerry brings over 24 years’ experience and Peter brings 23 years to the real estate sector. Peter was chair of the Central Division of OMREB and presently serves as vice-chair of the OMREB professional conduct committee. Jerry is a member of OMREB technology committee and professional conduct committee. Call 250-7171-5000.
Speaking of RE/MAX, they have been named the title sponsor for the 2015 Sail Canada Women’s Keelboat Championships, Oct. 1 to 4 at the Kelowna Yacht Club. The event will feature some of the top female sailors from throughout the country.
MNP partner, Karen Christiansen, FCPA, FCA has been appointed to the board of the Legal Services Society, the government agency that provides legal aid to British Columbians. Call 250-763-8919.
Domenic Rampone is the new local sales manager for Dendy Orchards. He will manage their domestic sales for the valley. The Dendy family has been growing cherries in East Kelowna since 1903. Domenic has been in the farming/fruit stand industry for 35 years and has served on the BC Fruit Growers Association and Kelowna Museum Association. He is currently a director of the Okanagan Historical Association. Christine Dendy is the owner of Dendy Orchards. Call 250-862-7326.
There’s a liquid nitrogen revolution taking place in the ice cream business which is fun, delicious and entertaining. Ice Cream Artisan, Kalayra Angelyys makes gourmet made-to-order liquid nitrogen ice cream and she seems to be the only one doing it in the Okanagan and is one of only a handful across Canada. First, you have to see it to believe it and then, of course, you have to taste it. Kalayra also makes sorbets, gelatos and yogurt right before your eyes taking pride in using high quality premium ingredients. The creation is frozen on the spot, with -321 F (-196 C) liquid nitrogen, so you can enjoy the creamiest frozen dessert possible. You can book Kalayra for private parties, weddings, corporate functions, fundraisers, or any other event. Call 250-868-9421 www.icecreamartisan.ca.
Business Dean at the Okanagan College School of Business, Heather Banham has been elected to the inaugural board of the Chartered Professional Accountants of B.C. (CPA). CPA is a merger of the Institute of Charted Accountants of B.C. (ICABC) Certified General Accountants of BC (CGABC) and Certified Management Accountants Society of BC. (CMABC). I was honored to have sat on the board of the CMA for the past five years as a lay-representative for the Province of B.C. I also sat on the board throughout the merger. It was a wonderful time to be a board member for the CMA and now the new CPA.
The United Way has a new board for 2015/16. Congratulations to Bruce Olsen (VP-BMO Commercial Banking); Kathy Conway (Interior Savings); Andrew Brunton (Pushor Mitchell); Jennifer Robins (CIBC); Peter Shannon (BMO); Greg McGowan (South Okanagan Labour Council); Jim Paterson; Scott Murray (Farris Vaughn Wills & Murphy LLP); Laura Thurnheer (Okanagan College); Sandi Fazan (RCMP); Brenda Rayburn (Best Western); Jennifer Kilback (Instep Consulting); Ken Robinson (North Okanagan Labour Council); Sinead Scanlon (BDO LLP) and George Jacob. www.unitedwaycso.com
Happy 60th anniversary Jim and Anna Stuart (July 16). Wow, it doesn’t seem that long ago we attended their 50th.
Mike Kay purchased Game Changers Sports Consignment at 1854 Kirschner Road for one dollar from Jane Fletcher one year ago. Since then, he and the shop have flourished. Formerly, Mike was in the casino business for 10 years and now he has left that business to manage Game Changers on a full time basis. Although Game Changers’ main focus is consignment, Mike has branched out and sells new products and lines for softball and pickleball. He is the exclusive dealer of Manta for pickleball in Kelowna. Open seven days a week. Call 778-753-5635.
Jessica Rose is a new investment representative with Quadrus Investment Services, 406-1708 Dolphin Ave. (Landmark II). 250-763-1114
Elliot Wilkins is now the sole owner of Abro Water Technician Services Inc. located at #8 – 1414 Hunter Court. Being in business for 10 years and servicing the entire Okanagan Valley, including Salmon Arm, Abro specializes in many water treatment problems, from water hardness, Iron, colour remover systems, ultra violet disinfection, de-chlorination, reverse osmosis, replacement filters, salt deliveries, pumps and hot water tanks. They service residential, commercial and industrial units of all sizes and sell many different products for water treatment. Their main supplier is Waterite Technologies, but they service most makes and models of water treatment systems. Abro also refurbish and sell used equipment with a one year warranty. Why buy bottled water when you can make it at home for a fraction of the cost? Abro’s professional staff carries Water Safe Tickets and the installer is a certified plumber. Call 250-861-7111. www.abrowater.ca
Lyn and Mia Chorney are leaving Kelowna and closing the doors of their store, Suncity Treasures and Imports, at 2900 Pandosy St. at the end of August. Entire stock is now 40 per cent off.
The BC Wine Institute has a new board of directors for 2015-2016. They are: David Wilson (Mission Hill Winery); Greg Berti (Andrew Peller); Ezra Cipes (Summerhill Pyramid Winery); Duncan McGowan (Hillside & Bistro); Shaun Everest (Tinhorn Creek); Christa-Lee Bond (Evolve Cellars); Charlie Baessler (BC Grape Growers Association); Judy Tyabji (Constellation Brands); Erik Fisher (Monte Creek Ranch); Christina Ferreira (Squeezed Wines); Miles Prodan (Institute CEO). The institute promotes VQA (Vintners Quality Alliance) wines and represents 148 member wineries.
Invis Mortgage at #5 – 1455 Harvey Ave. is celebrating 15 years in business across Canada on July 15. Celebrations are being held in 17 cities across the country. Tony Kreutzer is the regional manager based out of Kelowna and Ted Rhind is a mortgage broker for Invis. Call 250-861-5055
Michel and Terri Metcalfe have started Roots & Vines Tours servicing the entire Okanagan Valley from Lake Country to Osoyoos, including Naramata. Living in the valley for over 38 years, they certainly do know their product and wineries. Locals leave your car at home and enjoy the hassle free driving to visit your favorite wineries. They offer 12 set tours and many have an option for lunch. Call 250-868-0611 or visit www.rootsandvinestours.com.
CPA Canada is hosting an exclusive business event which brings together financial statement preparers, auditors, regulators and users to an in-person roundtable discussion hosting by the Accounting Standards Board (AcSB) on Monday, July 20 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Delta Grand. (IFRSs, private enterprises and not-for-profit organizations). Register by July 13 to David Chiang at email@example.com or 1-800-663-2677. Visit www.frascanada.ca/accounting-standards-board/items81740.aspx for all information.
Shakespeare Kelowna presents The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) at Okanagan Villa Estate Winery, 3240 Pooley Road from July 15 to 25 at 7 p.m. This is Shakespeare Kelowna’s fourth outdoor summer play at the winery. Tickets $25 for senior/student and $30 for adult at kelownatickets.com or 250-862-2867.
Artist Alex Fong is hosting a Coloured Water Workshop with a wine and cheese demo on July 31 at 6:30 p.m. This event is open to all for a fee of $35. (Demo is included for workshop participants). The workshop continues Aug. 1 and 2 at the Summerland Waterfront Resort and Spa from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in watercolour and acrylic techniques with catered lunch and fine wine. firstname.lastname@example.org or www.summerlandresorthotel.com.
The 4th annual World Paddle for the Planet Day is July 25. Once a year, paddlers of any type of water craft are invited to “pick a change they want to see in the world, paddle for it on WPFTPDay, then commit to it until it becomes realty.” This year, they are asking paddlers to paddle at noon in their own time zones in order to send a wave of change around the Planet. Kelowna founder Bob Purdy’s paddle will be held on the Shuswap River from Ashton Creek to Enderby—about a three-hour paddle. Anyone is invited to join him. The opening ceremony is at 10:30 a.m. hosted jointly by the Splatsin First Nation and the WPFTPDay. This year’s recipient of fundraising, the Shuswap River Ambassadors, will accompany the leader down the river at noon. More great news: The Paddler Movie, which features Bob Purdy, just won the Spirit Award at the Toronto Beach Film Festival. www.worldpaddlefortheplanet.com
Birthdays of the week—Happy 70th Lillian Moller (July 16); Magda Kapp, BrainTrust Canada (July 15); Christine Greer ( July 15); Mario Pare (July 17); Susan Emms (July 16); Ben Lee (July 17); Linda Yandel (July 17); Bill Jack, Club Wine Tours (July 17); Dave McLean (July 18); Pastor Don Richmond (July 18); Ken Green (July 18); Cheryl Stecko (July 19); Phil Parker (July 19); Al Waters, Kelowna Capital News (July 20); Dave Libbretch (July 20).