Thank you Kelowna! I am very appreciative to all of you who supported me in last Saturday’s municipal election and also to the many people who made it possible. I am grateful to have received your support again and excited to have the opportunity to represent the citizens of Kelowna as a city councillor for the next four years. I am also looking forward to working with the new council.
The Table at Cod Father’s Market is now open.
Ross Derrick is the owner/operator/chef of this delightful casual café, and he is also the manager of Cod Father’s Market.
Derrick was previously with Sparkling Hill and the Delta Grand. The café has seating for about 20 with an outside patio for summer. All menu items are made from the market’s 100 per cent sustainable seafood. Their most popular menu items are, of course, the fish and chips with tempura batter made with salmon, cod, halibut or haddock. The Left Coast Fish Stew and Prawn and White Fish Curry are also popular, along with their Steamers served with crusty bread. Order taking is a breeze. You fill out your own menu items on the menu sheets provided and then Derrick serves you. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Saturday. Call 778-718-4295.
The Arthritis Society in Kelowna nominated Laurel D’Andrea for an award through the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). The Giving Hearts Award Program recognizes outstanding individuals and organizations who exemplify the true spirit of philanthropy. D’Andrea was selected as the winner for the category of Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser, and was presented the award in Vancouver on Nov. 14, National Philanthropy Day.
Accolades to Corinne Shoranick, who has been voted as the 2015 president for the JCI/Yukon Region at its annual local officer training session held in Vernon last weekend. Shoranick will be headed to Germany to be one of the many people from JCI Canada, a supportive business development group for young people, to attend the JCI World Congress in Leipzig. JCI Canada is bidding to host the World Congress in Quebec City for 2016. Cara Heck, the national vice-president for JCI Canada, and Jen Sencar, current JCI Canada national president, will accompany Shoranick on the trip.
Although the construction is still ongoing on Lakeshore Road, the local businesses remain open. Please support them. The Creekside Pub and Grill has been managed by Daniel Periu for the past six years. Chef James Van Exan offers daily food and beverage specials and the pub is also family-friendly with minors allowed in restricted areas and a kids menu. The pub seats 200 with an outdoor patio for the summer of up to 40 people. When the Lakeshore Bridge re-opens, Creekside will have a re-opening and plan to add pizzas to their menu with homemade crust. They grind their own beef in-house for their burgers from strip loin. Ninety-five per cent of the menu is made in-house, including their soups. They also offer a large selection of starters, salads, entrees, many sandwiches and dessert. The Creekside catered the Trivia Fundraiser for the Okanagan Mission Rotary at the Okanagan Mission Hall a few weeks ago. The food was fabulous and the desserts were out of this world. Lots of parking available.
Local orchardist, Malcolm Mitchell has been appointed as the new president of B.C. Tree Fruits. He replaces long-time president Robert Dawson, a Similkameen orchardist, who will continue to sit on the board as a director. Other directors elected were Nirmal Dhaliwal, Gordon Hahn, Gurjinder Sandher, Jora Dhaliwal, Joginder Khosa, Talwinder Bassi, Jeet Dukhia and Karmjit Gill.
Big thanks to Sarah Britton for her exceptional customer service at the new Sandhill Winery on Richter Street and also to Kelowna’s very own Master Winemaker Howard Soon, who is just a classy guy.
Congratulations to the following 12 Kelowna companies who were nominated for the B.C. Small Business Awards, sponsored by the Insurance Bureau of B.C.: Culinary Ink Gastro Ventures, Dash of Modern, The Habitat, Mavazi Apparel, Float Space, Inspired Eyes Creative Eyewear, Vantage West Realty, Kekuli Café, Cottage Quilting, Orphan Grape, Nourish and Muninn’s Post.
Pharmacist Miriam Oranu, who has re-located from Campbell River, has opened The Medicine Shoppe and Pharmacy at 105-3957 Lakeshore Rd. (across from 7-Eleven and Petro Canada). The pharmacy is a welcoming store with a cozy fireplace and comfortable chairs for customers to enjoy while waiting for their prescriptions. Oranu also offers several free programs that are available right in the pharmacy. You can register for the Heart Health Program (monthly blood pressure testing); Diabetes Program (blood glucose testing); Weight Management or the Medication Management Program (keeps your daily medication organized). During the month of December, she will be offering free cholesterol and A1C testing. Her grand opening is Nov. 24 to 28 with cake and refreshments on Wednesday, Nov. 26, starting at 11 a.m. There will be specials, including a chance to win a flat screen TV, home blood pressure monitor or five cholesterol and A1C tests.
The traditional gift for a 10th anniversary is tin or aluminum, but for Sandrine French Pastry and Chocolate, 1865 Dilworth Dr. in Kelowna, it will be chocolate, macarons and croissants. On Saturday, Sandrine will celebrate this milestone with delicious samples and prizes all day long. Drop in and enjoy a treat and enter your name to win “sweet treat” prize packages totaling over $200 and take home some of Sandrine’s favourite delights. Call 250-860-1202.
Magnus Aaserud has been promoted to manager of the KPMG office located at 200-3200 Richter St. Call 250-979-7150.
Fitness Superstore Inc. is a large on-line supplier of high quality products and equipment such as general fitness, sporting and elementary equipment across Canada since 1993. Rob Reynolds, sales and service representative, has recently taken over operations of Fitness Superstore after 15 years as sales and service manager for Eurosport Fitness Innovations Inc. prior to it closing in 2013. In addition, and unique to Fitness Superstore, Reynolds is trained and experienced in equipment repairs and servicing, along with set up and general maintenance on-site. Visit fitness-superstore.ca, call 250-215-4452 or email email@example.com.
After a rather cold Remembrance Day Service at City Park , we stopped into O-Lake Café & Bistro, 375 Lawrence Ave., owned and operated by William Zheng. We ordered a couple bowls of soup and it was delicious. Large bowls with homemade bread, friendly service and reasonably priced. If you are downtown, drop in and grab a bite. You will not be disappointed.
The recent CNIB luncheon honoured the work of a local community leader Dr. Malvinder Hoonjan, of Okanagan Retina. Many clients of CNIB have benefited from his specialized care, ensuring that they are able to receive the best treatment for their eye condition. CNIB thanked Dr. Hoonjan for his support and for the work he has done to help those with vision loss conditions. The event brought together business and community leaders as well as individuals who understand the importance of CNIB’s work and who want to support people who are blind or partially sighted to lead independent active lives. Novartis Pharmaceuticals and Bell Media sponsored the event. I was honoured to attend the luncheon and introduce Dr. Hoonjan to the guests. Visit cnibvisions.ca or call 250-763-1191.
The Salvation Army will kick off this year’s Kettle Campaign on Friday at the Kelowna Walmart on Banks Road, starting at 9 a.m. I will be there, ringing the bells along with popular morning show duo Andy and TJ of 101-5 EZE ROCK between 9 and 10 a.m. The Salvation Army is also looking for kettle volunteers to ring the bells at kettles in Kelowna and West Kelowna. There are several locations and times available from Nov. 20 to Dec. 24. Two hour shifts are assigned based on your availability. Go to kelownasalvationarmy.ca to sign up or call Beverly at 250-860-2329 (ext. 335).
The Salvation Army is also now accepting interview appointments until Nov. 25 for its Christmas Hamper program. Christmas hampers are made available to low income families with children living at home under the age of 18. To book an interview call 250-765-3450 (local 4) or visit kelownasalvationarmy.ca.
Orchard Park Shopping Centre will host “One Night of Magic,” a charity shopping event to support the Central Okanagan Hospice Association (COHA). This Friday starting at 6 p.m., go to Orchard Park wearing something purple and the mall will donate $10 in your name to COHA. Santa is joining in on the fun with pictures by donation, gift wrapping, caroling, treats and fabulous door prizes from many of the stores.
The 40th annual Civic and Community Awards Nomination period is starting Dec. 1.
Go to kelowna.ca for more information. In recognition of the 40th anniversary for the civic awards, the organizing committee is planning to honour past recipients dating back to the start of the formal awards program in 1975. They are attempting to contact as many past recipients as possible. If you are a past recipient of one of the civic and community award categories, contact Amber Gilbert at 250-469-8967 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Organizers are also looking for past photos of the awards night and would like to extend an invitation to past winners to attend the Awards Gala on Thursday, April 30, 2015, at the Kelowna Community Theatre. I am delighted to have been the chair of the Kelowna Civic Awards for the past three years.
Sparkle the season at the Hudson’s Bay Kelowna’s Beauty Giving event on Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $10 plus tax, with $8 off your purchase during the event and $2 from every ticket will benefit Breast Cancer Research Foundation. There will be complimentary refreshments, deluxe gift with purchases, silent auction, door prizes, local vendors and much more. For more info contact us at 250-860-2483, local 360.
Birthdays of the week: Happy 90th Claude Delongchamp (Nov. 12); happy 80th Ed Schiller, Dia Met (Nov. 20); Carl Stef (Nov. 19); Craig Garries (Nov. 2)); Luanne Kumagai (Nov. 20); Gail Schlosser (Nov. 23); Mike Krevesky (Nov. 21); Rudy Metzger (Nov. 21); Simon Shaw (Nov. 23).