DeHart: Championship 18-hole layout stands the test of time

Okanagan Staffing Services celebrates 20 years in business in Kelowna.

Okanagan Staffing Services staff Tracy Matthews (left)

Gallagher’s Canyon Golf Club is celebrating its 35th anniversary since opening to the public on May 31, 1980, with the stunning par 72, 18-hole championship course, just minutes from the city and surrounded by nature.

Gallagher's Canyon

Designed by Les Furber and Bill Robinson, the course  continues to challenge golfers of all abilities to this day. Known to be rugged yet refined, the Gallagher’s course offers the quintessential Okanagan experience. Today, the course has evolved into an all-encompassing destination, offering the 18-hole Canyon Course, the 9-hole Pinnacle course, double-ended practice facility, the Canyon Bar & Grill and outdoor wedding ceremony site with stunning views of the picturesque canyon. The 2015 season will serve up a variety of anniversary promotions, including golf for $35 and a 35-minute lesson with a teaching pro for $35. Peter Hopley is the general manager of Gallagher’s Canyon Golf Club. Gallagher’s Canyon is one of 12 golf courses owned by the Golf BC Group, a Vancouver-based golf and resort Management Company. Visit  GallaghersGolf.com or call 250-861-4240 for more information.

Dolicious Donuts & Coffee has opened at 3711 Elliott Rd. in West Kelowna. The business is owned and operated by Torshen and Jeanne Kaminski, formerly Vineyard Bakery & Deli, and Chris Cruz. In alignment with the District of West Kelowna’s aim to revitalize the downtown Westbank core, the trio have invested over a million dollars in order to bring freshly made doughnuts to the community. Their doughnut team of more than 30 personnel come together to bring you doughnut joy, making them from scratch daily. The bread in their sandwiches is made on-site and there are no preservatives added to any of their products. The coffee is roasted from Cherry Hill brand. Open Monday to Saturday. Call 778-754-JAVA (5282); online  dolicious.ca.

Dr. Melissa Eek has joined the team at Strong Roots Dental, 105- 519 Highway 33 West in Rutland, as an associate dentist. Melissa is the sister of dentist Dr. Kimberly Eek who started the Strong Roots Dental practice. Melissa graduated from the same dental school as Kimberly.  Mellissa and Kimberly’s sister, Becky Loewen, is a certified dental assistance and works for the dental practice as well. Call 250-765-7751.

Okanagan Staffing Services, 1476 St. Paul St. in Kelowna, is  owned and operated by president Kevin Renwick. The company celebrates 20 years in business this year, bringing employers and employees together in productive relationships to find the ideal hire fit. 2015 has seen a busy start to the year for Okanagan Staffing, placing 17 people in permanent full-time positions and hundreds in temporary assignments. To celebrate their 20th anniversary, Okanagan Staffing will have  a prize draw that all businesses can enter­—all you have to do is book a minimum of a one week of temporary placement work before June 1. There are three wonderful prizes, valued at $500, $250, and $125. Call 250-717-0506; online okanaganstaffing.com.

The Okanagan-Kootenay Sterile Insect Release Program has been awarded the International IPM Award of Excellence at the 8th International Integrated Pest Management Symposium recently held in Salt Lake City, Utah. Among the SIR stakeholders are the participating regional districts, the B.C. Ministry of Agriculture, Pacific Agri-Food Research Centre in Summerland and the B.C. Fruit Growers’ Association.

The Kelowna Yacht Club has honoured Rob and Shelley McConechy and their son Cam and daughter Katie as Family Of The Year. The McConechys have volunteered for Boat for Hope and the boat show along with many other short-term tasks such as envelope stuffing and KYC’s garage sale in advance of their move out of the old clubhouse. Shelley was also founding planner of KYC’s Oktoberfest.

Vance Evans is the new account executive for TSI Print Solutions, which has a with a satellite office for the Thompson Okanagan. Vance was formerly with Tolko Industries for 18 years. TSI is a full service commercial print brokerage company based out of Coquitlam, working with print shops in B.C. offering offset (lithography), four colour process, 4/4 process digital print-shot and long runs as well as digital small and large format with variadot imaging technology, custom dye cutting with spot UV coating, spot varnishing (glossy) and graphic design services along with web design.  Call 250-826-0720; online tsiprintsolutions.com.

A 50th anniversary memorial for Constable Neil Bruce will take place Tuesday, April 14, 10:30 a.m., at Glen Canyon Park’s Aberdeen Street entrance in West Kelowna. The Neil Bruce school in West Kelowna was named after him.  For more information,  contact RCMP Insp. Gord Stewart at 250-470-6206 or email gord.stewart@rcmp-grc.gc.ca, or Staff Sgt. Ross van den Brink at 250-491-2373 or email ross.vandenbrink@rcmp-grc.gc.ca.

The Central Okanagan Heritage Society has moved to a new office at 11-368 Industrial Ave.,  located in the BrainTrust Canada Association office (off Ellis Street, north of Clement Avenue). The mailing address stays the same—1060 Cameron Ave., Kelowna B.C., V1Y 8V3. The society’s fundraising concert with MASK is Saturday, April 11, at the Benvoulin Heritage Church, 7 p.m., with wine reception (tickets $25). Proceeds will go towards the conservation of the Benvoulin Heritage Church’s windows and other projects. Call 250-861-7188 for more info.

Don’t forget the Kelowna Closet Cleanout is Saturday, April 18, at New Life Church, 2041 Harvey Ave., from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Shop at more than 50 tables of gently used ladies fashions. Enter to win door prizes and support the Kelowna Women’s Shelter. Call Rosanne Ting-Mak Brown at 250-864-3480.

Do you have a household item in need of repair, don’t want to toss it out, but you are not sure how to fix it. A toaster that just won’t toast? A lamp on the fritz? The old bicycle sitting neglected with a flat? The Repair Café could be just the event you are looking for. Hosted by the Regional Waste Reduction Office, the Repair Café takes place Saturday, April 18,

at the Okanagan College Center for Learning,  from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and it’s all free. The Repair Café enlists handy volunteers to help fix broken household items at no cost and teach basic repair skills. They help shift us from a throw-away to a fix-it society. For more info visit  regionaldistrict.com/recycle or call 250-469-6250.

On Earth Day, April 22, the Downtown Kelowna Association will launch the Downtown Butt Grab Campaign. This campaign aims to reduce harmful cigarette waste and create a healthier community by minimizing tobacco related litter in an effort to keep the environment free of toxic waste. According to the Surf Rider Foundation, an estimated 4.5 million cigarette butts are disposed of in our environment annually worldwide. These butts never fully decompose and are often littered on our sidewalks and streets. They leach toxins that are poisonous to wildlife and contaminate our water sources. The DKA is encouraging all businesses to sweep up any cigarette butts in front of their shops, but everyone should try and do their part to help with this Earth Day community clean-up effort. For more info email info@downtownkelowna.com.

Author Barbara Jean Coast, a pseudonym for co-writers Andrea Taylor and Heather Shkuratoff, will host a book signing at Chapters on Saturday, April, 11, from 1 to 3 p.m., for the two novels in their Poppy Cove Mystery Series—Strangled by Silk and Death of a Beauty Queen. The writing duo are very close to finishing book three of the series.

Find out the secret to life. On Monday, April 20, from 7 to 9  p.m. at the Kelowna Community Theatre, Be Your Quintessence is presenting world-class teacher and leader, Lisa Nichols. Take action with the law of attraction to have everything you want in life. Visit the website  lisainkelowna.com for more information.

The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 26, 1380 Bertram St. in Kelowna, will host meat draws Saturday, April 11, Wednesday, April 15, and Saturday, April 18, all at 2 p.m. Their pub night and happy hour starts at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, April 17. Call 250-762-4117.

Chelsea Ray, of Motion Works at 1607 Pandosy St. in Kelowna, will host a six-week series that will focus on empowering you learning the techniques of meditation, healing breath techniques and gentle yoga. The classes will be small, personalized and very welcoming.  The sessions start April 19 through to May 31, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. (Sundays). For more info or to register call 250-470-9400; online cultivatebalance.ca.

Club Wine Tours will put on a wine event in Lake County called TLC Sip Into Lake Country on April 25 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event tour includes pick-up and drop- off, wine tastings, appetizers, and a visit to six wineries. Call Bill Jack for tickets at 250-762-9951. It’s a great way to kick-off spring wine tasting.

Birthdays of the week:  Happy 70th Gloria Moore (April 13); happy 65th Don Burnett (April 14); Suzanne Basson (April 1); Stuart Dickson (April 2); Jeff Harte (April 4); Rienhold (Tiny) Gerl (April 8); Jeff Kumagai (April 9); Ed Leoppky (April 10); Stephen Cipes (April 10); Wendy Sanderson (April 10); Mary Browne (April 11); Bob Purdy (April 13); Dave Langton, Competition Glass (April 13); Gerry Zimmermann (April 14); Ken Thompson, Sleep Country (April 14); Linda Kerry (April 14); Walley Lightbody (April 14); in memory of our mom Helen Abram (April 13).

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