Mike Straus

Laura Thurnheer

Woman to Watch: Laura Thurnheer

Thurnheer works to ensure Okanagan College is equipping students with the business skills they’ll need for a post-Information Age economy.

Laura Thurnheer
Dr. Stephanie Strawn

Woman to Watch: Dr. Stephanie Strawn

We’ve been to seminars in Texas and Vancouver to keep our knowledge up to date. Optometry is only 100 years old, and things change fast…

Dr. Stephanie Strawn
Charlene Blais 

Woman to Watch: Charlene Blais

It’s her passion for community improvement and involvement in local initiatives that makes Charlen Blais a Woman to Watch.

Charlene Blais 
Sherri Paiement is executive director of the Central Okanagan chapter of the Canadian Home Builders Association.

Woman to Watch: Sherri Paiement

Paiement’s career has given her a broad base of experience to draw on in her advocacy for the construction industries.

Sherri Paiement is executive director of the Central Okanagan chapter of the Canadian Home Builders Association.
Andrea East

Women 2 Watch: Andrea East

Part of the reason why East finds her work so fulfilling is that it continually presents her with new challenges to solve.

Andrea East
Baker Monika Walker is a Woman to Watch.

Woman to Watch: Monika Walker

Monika Walker’s passion for bread has built Okanagan Grocery into a thriving and beloved local bakery.

Baker Monika Walker is a Woman to Watch.
Shannon Christensen

Woman to Watch: Shannon Christensen

Christensen created Mamas for Mamas, where low-income mothers can request donated items and enrol in support programs.

Shannon Christensen
Elder abuse

Elder abuse: Early prevention is key, notaries say

"If you think someone is misappropriating your funds, speak up:” Kelowna notary Tarja McLean.

Elder abuse

Small Business Week: Attracting entrepreneurs

The city is building Kelowna into a vibrant community with world-class amenities to entice more entrepreneurs to call it home.

Small Business Week: Weighing in on small business resources

“I’ve never had as much help and support as I had when I started my business here in Kelowna:” Yoree Grozenok, 1-800-GOT-JUNK.

The Kelowna Family Y offers many programs that enable local seniors to stay active.

Y programs help seniors stay healthy

“There’s so much more to YMCA programs than is written out on paper."

The Kelowna Family Y offers many programs that enable local seniors to stay active.

Connecting seniors with social agencies

The Seniors Outreach Services Society is one of the Okanagan’s largest seniors agencies.

Beachcomber is a family business for Kent Melvin

Then & Now: Beachcomber continues to thrive in changing market

"Every market is different, and you need to make sure (the product you buy) fits the market."

Beachcomber is a family business for Kent Melvin
Baths By Design has adapted over the years to the changing ideas behind bathroom design.

Then & Now: Baths By Design overcomes industry, gender barriers

“If you want to succeed in business, you have to do something that really inspires you."

Baths By Design has adapted over the years to the changing ideas behind bathroom design.
Steve Markin of Weber & Markin Gunsmiths.

Then & Now: Sticking to their guns with passion, craftsmanship

A strong reputation for quality work has kept Weber & Markin gunsmiths thriving in Kelowna for more than 27 years.

Steve Markin of Weber & Markin Gunsmiths.
The very early days of what would become the Overwaitea grocery stores

Then & Now: Save-On-Foods surpasses the century mark

Working for the grocery chain for 40 years, Malcolm Robson says changes to the ordering system have been astounding.

The very early days of what would become the Overwaitea grocery stores
Winn Rentals has survived its share of business ups and downs since it was purchased by Jim Gretzinger and his sons

Then & Now: Winn Rentals legacy built on good planning, good people

The Gretzinger family’s Winn Rentals has found sustainable success thanks to responsible business practices.

Winn Rentals has survived its share of business ups and downs since it was purchased by Jim Gretzinger and his sons
Modern irrigation systems have been improved to supply water in an environmentally friendly way.

Then & Now: Promoting efficient water use

Irrigation control systems in the 1960s operated much like an old clock with wheels, cogs and dials.

Modern irrigation systems have been improved to supply water in an environmentally friendly way.
Mon Thong owners Joe and Sunee Karunyasopon.

Then & Now: Mon Thong thrives on great dining experience

Nearly 30 years since opening Mon Thong Joe and Sunee Karunyasopon are still serving delicious and affordable Thai meals.

Mon Thong owners Joe and Sunee Karunyasopon.
Kelowna General Hospital dating back to 1908.

Then & Now: KGH still expanding on its rich history

Dr. Cliff Henderson remembers early efforts to provide health care in the Okanagan.

Kelowna General Hospital dating back to 1908.