Mike Porter has left his role as senior commercial account manager at BMO Bank of Montreal to join the Canadian Youth Business Foundation (www.cybf.ca) as manager of business development (B.C.).
Porter will work out of Kelowna, sharing an office with the Women’s Enterprise Centre at 201-1726 Dolphin Ave. CYBF is a national not-for-profit organization that provides mentoring and financing to young entrepreneurs between the ages of 18 and 40. Call 250-808-0822; email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Congratulations to Rachel Rossi on her successful completion of the Certified General Accountants program. She will be working with the accounting firm of Kemp Harvey Hunt Ward Inc., Certified General Accountants. Call 250-763-8029.
Alex Miller is the new owner of MVP Mens Salon located at 1957 Harvey Ave. Call 250-762-5188 or email alex@MVPMensSalon.com.
A new business called State of the Art Rental has been started by Jennifer Kyllo and Bobby van den Hoorn, located at 11392 Lodge Rd. in Lake Country. This unique, full service, new business helps Okanagan businesses and home owners discover and experience local art at an affordable monthly rate through custom art rental programs which allows a business or home owner to change their art frequently, keeping everything fresh. Jennifer and Bobby work with local Okanagan artists with 32 now on board from Keremeos to Salmon Arm. They rotate the art every three to six months, depending on the customer. Call 778-215-2781 or email email@example.com.
Blossoms Fresh Fruit Arrangements, owned and operate by Gail and Craig Sanford at 1289 Ellis St., has been sold. The new owners will be opening in a new location.
Makes sure you pick up a copy of the October, 2013 issue of Canada’s popular Chatelaine Magazine, in which Kelowna is featured by Chatelaine food editor Amy Rosen.Her visit to Kelowna was sponsored by Tourism Kelowna earlier this year and photographed by Chatelaine photographer Roberto Caruso on a subsequent visit, again coordinated and sponsored by Tourism Kelowna. The story highlights Kelowna’s many food and wine attractions and producers and calls Kelowna “the best-ever farmers’ market come to life on a massive scale.” Just recently, Kelowna was also recognized by readers of the Georgia Straight newspaper as “Best Interior Destination.”
Congratulations to the following winners of the 2013 Westbank & District Key Business Awards. Northside Industries (Business of The Year); West Kelowna Visitor Centre (Tourism & Hospitality); FitZen Massage (New Business); Kekuli Cafe (Aboriginal Business); S.W.I.T.C.H.—Some Wear In Time Consignment Haven (Small Business); Paynter’s Fruit Market (Young Entrepreneur); Northside Industries (Large Business); Freeride Boardship (Platinum Service Provider); Westside Irrigation (Sustainable Green Business); Westside Community Food Bank (Community & Public Service).
Okanagan Life Magazine and publisher Paul Byrne is marking its 25th year milestone. Publishing 10 times per year, the magazine first came off the press in September 1988, with well-known local sculptor Robert Dow Reid, creator of the iconic Spirit of the Sails, on that first cover. Most known for people profiles, Okanagan Life and its special publications have featured community activists as well as business leaders. They will celebrate with a gala on Oct. 11 at the Delta Grand, along with many other events until the end of the year. Visit www.okanaganlife.com or call 250-861-5399.
The final Kelowna Beauty Spot recipient is Carol Gibmey, of 1810 Ethel St. She purchased the 1907 Brag House in 2011 and with the advice and assistance of Sue Petti has refurbished and revived the spirit of the old house. Gibmey inherited some of her plants from neighbours and bought plants to create a lovely Victorian garden of daisies, roses and yarrow. Drop by and visit this lovely Beauty Spot of Kelowna.
Hyper Hippo Productions has officially announced the launch date for Mech Mice, the first game in development from the studio co-founded by Club Penguin creator Lance Priebe. A squad-based tactical game built by Hyper Hippo Productions, Mech Mice is Priebe’s follow up to Club Penguin, the smash hit social game he created and sold to The Walt Disney Company. Mech Mice has already attracted over 6,000 active beta users with the game set to launch on Oct. 8 on browser, followed by a mobile launch shortly after. www.mechmice.com
The Seniors Expo—Celebrating the Golden Years is today, Sept. 26, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at London Drugs. There will be demos from every department for everyone including cell phone seminars, introduction to mobile tablets, skincare analysis, pharmacy manager and diabetes educator answering questions on nutrition or calculate your body composition. You can also turn your memories into photo books with photo lab experts to show you how.
Gourmet & Grapes is Sunday, Oct. 6, 6 p.m., at Cabana Bar & Grille. This year Iron Chef Okanagan features Bell vs. Rogalski. Ned Bell is a partner in Cabana Bar & Grille and executive chef of the Four Seasons Hotel, Vancouver. Paul Rogalski is the culinary director/owner of Rouge Restaurant and Bistro Rouge Calgary which was named Restaurant of the Year 2010. There will be many food and wine stations. Tickets are $85. plus tax for this incredible evening. Tickets can be purchased by calling 250-763-1955 or go to cabanagrille.com/paypal. I am honoured to be a judge at this year’s Iron Chef Okanagan.
The Maxine DeHart-Drive-Thru Breakfast is Thursday, Oct. 10, from 6 to 9 a.m. When you drive/walk/blade or run into the Ramada from Enterprise Way, the fun begins. Tim Hortons owners and staff will be there to serve you piping hot coffee to go along with your Tim-bits in the Interior Savings bags. Again this year, FortisBC will out in the line-up, handing out energy efficient light bulbs; the lawyers, rounded up by legal beagle Ron Labossiere will be there to wash your car windows; the Coca-Cola (Dasani) representatives will be on hand to distribute Dasani water; MarketPlace IGA will be there to greet you, along with the Big White, Interior Savings and Capital News mascots. You will find the famous Kozy Shack puddings in your breakfast bags, being shipped all the way from Hicksville, New York (yes, Hicksville, New York). Other sponsors this year are Picture Perfect/Perpetual Blooms, Kelowna Valley Woodworks, Effective Sign Rental (Brad Campeau); Perkins Restaurant; Prosign, Sun Valley Window Cleaners; Mamma Rosa; Nestle Canada; Orchard Park Shopping Centre; Old Dutch Foods (who has been with us since the first drive-thru) and Princess Auto. The list goes on and on. Please come out and support this event. We would love to see you!
Arby’s on Harvey Avenue have been sponsors of the Maxine DeHart, United Way-Ramada Hotel Drive-Thru Breakfast since its inception 16 years ago. Along with putting great values in the Interior Savings bags, this year, manager Rob Belanger and the staff are also accepting donations at their restaurant two weeks prior to drive-thru day. It’s a super idea and I am ecstatic they are doing this. Donations boxes will be at the counters, so if you are at Arby’s please put a donation in the boxes. Remember all monies stay right here in our community and there is no administration costs attributed to this event. If you would like to donate a gift card or gift certificate please give me a call at 250-979-4546 or 250-862-7662.
Smart Betty has come on board this year as a major sponsor for the drive-thru breakfast. Make sure you go to http://youtu.be/MK-VNdCZWtl to see the great video that they put together in front of the Ramada (with my smiling face) for the event. Smart Betty donates 10 per cent from every deal back into the community and for the drive-thru breakfast. We are happy to have them on board. Sign up at www.smartbetty.com to receive great local deals and support this event and our community.
Wine labels inform consumers about the appellation and vintage, alcohol content and bottle volume of wine through artistry, inventiveness and ingenuity. Labels are critical to catching the consumer’s eye and establishing brand loyalty. The B.C. Wine Label awards will be held in conjunction with the B.C. Wine Awards on Thursday, Oct. 3, 7 to 9 p.m., at the Laurel Packinghouse. This year’s judges are Donna Senese, (associate professor, geography, UBC Okanagan); David Hopgood (retired portfolio manager, BC Liquor Distribution Branch); Cory Stananaught, (Sommelier); Nataley Nagy (executive director, Kelowna Art Gallery) and Tim Turta.
Camelot Vineyards-Estate will host the inaugural E.M.A. (Exceptional Music Adventure) fundraiser on Sunday, Sept. 29, from 2 to 4 p.m., at 3489 East Kelowna Rd. Admission is by donation. Founded by Heather McCullough with Colin Moorman as music director, the EMA School is the first of its kind in Canada, a music therapy and instruction program that is guided to people with special needs to have the joy of music in their life. The event will have live local talent performances (Gorden James, Zamboni Bros., Seth McCullough, Ali Parker), E.M.A. student performances, a silent auction, wine tastings (proceeds to E.M.A.), displays from local businesses and food by Rojem’s Bacon Grill. The event is dedicated to Heather’s daughter Stephanie McCullough. For more info call 250-808-0131 or 250-808-4387 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The inaugural Parking Lot Sale and Sunrise Rotary Charity BBQ at Game Changers Sports consignments, 1854 Kirschner Rd. in Kelowna, takes place Saturday, Sept. 28, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Funds raised go to local projects in Kelowna. You can see the latest Pickle ball paddles and talk to a paddle maker along with bargains on all kinds of sports gear (hockey, water sports, soccer, skis, snowboards and sports jewellery). Consignors, families, dogs and buyers are all welcome. Also, you can drop off unwanted lightly used footwear for Jim Belshaw’s Soles4Souls yearly campaign. For more info call Jane Fletcher at 250-778-753-5635.
Movember, the global movement that raises funds and awareness for men’s health, is now open for registration for its seventh annual campaign. Last year, 247,441 Canadians showed their love and support of the moustache, raising a remarkable $42.6 million for men’s health initiatives. Register at Movember.com or for a local contact call Jill Kenney at 778-837-1122.
The Okanagan Walk to Remember is Saturday, Sept. 28, at Kelowna City Park. It is for parents and families to honour and remember their gone-too-soon babies, as well as celebrate those precious lives, no matter how long or short. www.okanaganwalktoremember.ca/event.php.
Birthdays of the week: Happy 70th Betty Kerluke (Sept. 29); Happy 65th Barry Gibbs, Phoenix, Ari. (Sept. 28); Charlie Styles, Daily Courier (Sept. 26); Don Harrison (Sept. 27); Gordon Savage (Sept. 27); Penny Caley (Sept. 28); Don Jamieson (Sept. 28); Irene Wilkinson, The Mortgage Centre (Sept. 29); Kyle Orsi (Sept. 29); Ruth Hill (Oct. 1); Susie Docherty (Oct. 1).