Whiski Jacks Pub will give it up for Bob McPherson

Fittingly enough—there’s a party for Bob and you’re all invited.

Fittingly enough—there’s a party for Bob and you’re all invited.

On Thursday, Feb. 17, a flock of musicians, friends, staff, and former customers of the jovial and special person Bob McPherson will gather in a memorial tribute to their buddy/boss at Whiski Jacks Pub in West Kelowna.

“It’s going to be a full day of tribute to Bob. A day of music and memories celebrating the life and journey of a boss, friend, and family man,” explains my very close buddy Jim LeGuilloux.

Like many folks, LeGuilloux deeply valued his friendship with McPherson, who owned the popular Westbank tavern.

LeGuilloux has spent years playing at Whiski Jacks and has hosted the annual RockForKids event there since it started eons ago.

The tribute party for McPherson will start at 1 p.m. with a buffet lunch and acoustic performances during the afternoon featuring LeGuilloux, Barry Mathers, Scott Thielman, Floyd Vedan, and the Zamboni Brothers amongst others.

The evening celebration will continue with band performances by many of the bands who have played Whiski Jacks over the years including Hip Replacements, Vicious Fishes, Danny McBride, Gary Turlock, Radio Lifeline, and special reunion performances by STIL and Who’s on Bass?

An open mic will also be available for anyone wishing to say a few words or sing a song for Bob.

Whiski Jack staff say, “Come and join us in one of the most memorable parties we have ever thrown! Bob would want you all there!”

That’s a fact.

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I had the full pleasure of taking in the eighth annual Community Sports Hero Awards Wednesday night, and what a great event it was.

The sports awards honours volunteers and athletes within the Valley who show an outstanding ability and dedication

I’m constantly blown away with the hard work, passion, determination and accomplishments performed by so many volunteers in our community.

The old adage, “If you want something done, find a busy person,” seems to hold true.

I was astounded at the impressive work done by each of the recipients—many of them doing what they do in the world of sports while still fulfilling busy lives as parents or full-time employees or students.

Both the volunteers and selected athletes clearly have worked tremendously hard and definitely earned their accolades.

Congratulations.

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Speaking of awards, here’s another reminder on how to honour someone you know who cares about and helps others.

Your input is needed as the deadline to nominate someone for the City of Kelowna’s 36th annual Civic and Community Awards of Friday, Feb. 18, is fast approaching.

Nomination forms and details on the 14 award categories can be found online at the City of Kelowna homepage, kelowna.ca.

The awards honour individuals and organizations for, “outstanding contributions and achievements in 2010 which directly benefited the city of Kelowna.”

Nominees must be residents of Kelowna and the criteria are based on those folks who made significant contributions to the community in 2010.

Finalists and award recipients will be honoured on April 27 at the Kelowna Community Theatre.

Nomination forms are also available at the Parkinson Recreation Centre, Sport Kelowna, City Hall, local libraries and Volunteer Kelowna.

Completed forms can be dropped off at City Hall or the Parkinson Recreation Centre. For further info contact Amber at 250-469-8967.

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If you are a business or property owner downtown—or an interested resident, then make sure and take in the upcoming Bernard Avenue Revitalization workshop on Monday, Feb. 7, from 5:30 to 8:10 p.m. at the Royal Anne Hotel, 348 Bernard Ave.

If you are planning on attending a call to the DKA office at 250-862-3515 would be appreciated. However a phone reservation is not critical.