DeHart: Future looks bright for Kelowna lighting stores

Robinson Lighting offers a huge selection of lighting solutions, with several new lines.

Bigger is better. Robinson Lighting (formerly at 4-1495 Dilworth Drive) and Lights Plus (formerly 2121 Springfield Road) have merged and are now in one new location at 410 Banks Road. Doubling its space, Robinson offers a huge selection of lighting solutions, with several new lines. All the staff from both businesses has moved to the new store. Sue Van Rycke is the manager of the new store. Call 250-860-9626.

Tim Butt has started a new window cleaning business called Eco Shine Windows. He uses no chemicals or detergents and brings his own water with a mobile trolley. He also uses European pure water extendable pole-fed technology, negating the need for ladders and squeegees. From the UK, he has imported most of his equipment from there, with two carbon fibre poles and an assortment of swivel/tilt heads and brushes that can reach any glass pane up to 60 feet from the ground. He can also remove hard water staining caused by irrigation sprinklers. He cleans inside and outside windows for both residential and commercial jobs. The windows are left wet, but dry crystal clear and spot free. Call 250-215-7871. www.ecoshinewindows.ca

Max Performance has opened at 3-656 Willow Park Road. Owned and operated by Brad Campbell, who was formerly with Okanagan Chrysler Jeep Dodge for four years, the business is an auto repair shop, with complete repairs from lube and oil to brakes, shocks, air conditioning steering and suspension – everything you need to keep your vehicle running.  Call 250-765-8311 or Facebook Max Performance Kelowna.

MNP partner, Karen Christiansen has been elected president of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of B.C.  For her many contributions to the profession and the community, Karen was honoured by her peers in 2013 with a fellowship (FCA) designation, which is the highest honour given to a chartered accountant in Canada. Call 250-763-8919.

Diana Dors is back at 544 Harvey Avenue. Formerly the visitor services manager with the Tourism Kelowna Visitor Centre, she is now on a temporary contract with the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce, filling in as membership coordinator.

The Certified Management Accountants of B.C. and the Okanagan chapter celebrated with long-term service awards to their members recently. Congrat’s to locals Joseph Reisek, (55 years); Theodore Kozuk,  (50 years); Terry McMillan,, Katherine Barr, and Kathryn (Jane) Brooks, (35 years); Marian Berry, Harold Jantz, Patrick Ryan, and

Cecilia Sinotte, (30 years). The present executive and board of the Okanagan chapter includes Carson Chan, (chairman); Wayne Anderson, (vice-chairman); Sarah Sabo, (secretary/events); David Edge,  (treasurer); Theodore Ritchie,  (director); Eric Fleury, (marketing/communications); Jari Kubica, (student liaison) and Meryle Corbett, (chapter board liaison-National).

Ron Beahun, Downtown Kelowna on-street services manager, has been elected as the president of the Central Okanagan Crime Stoppers board of directors. In his new role, Ron will gain the latest information regarding fighting crime and crime prevention through a number of different programs and will be able to implement what he learns to make downtown Kelowna safer.

The next Downtown Kelowna After 5 meeting will be July 31 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., hosted by RE/MAX Kelowna, outside the Rotary Centre for the Arts Park, 421 Cawston Avenue. Appies by La Bussola Italian Restaurant and wine courtesy of Mission Hill Estate Winery.

StarDyne Technologies of Kelowna has acquired United Systems Technology Inc. (USTI) a provider of software solutions to local governments and headquartered near Dallas, Texas. This acquisition expands StarDyne’s market presence in providing local government software and services. USTI provide solutions to 850 customers in North America and provides StarDyne with a significant U.S. presence to support its growth in this marketplace. StarDyne is a technology company focused primarily on the local government and education areas of the public section, providing strategic leadership with a long-term investment perspective to support their companies. Brad Imrich is the CFO and VP Finance for StarDyne Technologies.

Several local Okanagan Regional Library staff have been recognized for their long service and dedication. They are Rose Jurkic, Danielle Scrafton and Linda Youmans (20 years); Suzanne Mitchell, Mark Reinelt, Paul Trout, Wendy Ferguson and Fern Teleglow (25 years); Camille de Montreuil, Georgia McKay and Linda Gagnon (30 years); Sandy Holland (35 years); Deborah McDougall (Lake Country) and in memoriam Wayne White, (Rutland) (40 years).

Taylor Pro Training Ltd. of Kelowna, owned and operated by Dean Clarke has opened a new training location in Vernon. Founded in 2002, the company has developed from one instructor and a one truck company to being the only ITA designated school in the Valley and an accredited school with the private career

training institution, which provides training and certification for individuals seeking employment. Whether its heavy equipment or professional driver training, their ITA designated and ICBC certified instructors know their stuff. They ensure that students are in the competent hands of a professional, building confidence and teaching the importance of safety while keeping training straight forward. Classes start every Monday or daily according to seat availability. Parents, if you are not too happy about teaching your kids driving, they also offer training for new drivers and also driving assessments. Their programs go from five weeks to 21 weeks depending on the course. Trish Graumann is the student advisor/marketing manager. Call 250-765-7624. www.taylorprotraining.com

Okanagan Educational Centre presents Job Options BC—Urban Older Works Program’s next session is July 29. If you are 55 or better, residing in the Okanagan and legally able to work in Canada, this might be the thing for you. There will also be an informational session on July 23 from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. The program includes seven weeks of in-class training. Call Maureen Taylor at 250-860-3166 or Maureen@okanaganeducationalcentre.com.

Former Kelowna gal, Cindy Fairs has moved to Nelson and has started a new position as executive director with the Kalein Hospice Centre. The center is located in an old Monastery on three acres of forest land up in the hills above Nelson. cindy.fairs@kaleinhospice.org

Big thanks to Shona Sundrup of Shoppers Drug Mart, Orchard Park Shopping Centre for her exceptional service.

Long-time insurance salesperson, Ron Buddo and his wife Sherry Robb are moving to Sooke. He originally moved to Kelowna with Mutual Life, concluding his 30-year career with Capri Insurance. Sherry published a health and fitness magazine for several years and for the past 10 years has operated a marketing company catering to Australian and U.S.-based fitness clubs. Ron’s final hurrah will be July 20 when he competes in the 65th annual Across the Lake Swim Race from Westside to Hot Sands Beach.

Rosebud’s Designer Consignment Boutique, at 150-1855 Kirschner Road, has been in business for 24 years, carrying labels such as Spanner, Stills, Joseph Ribkoff, Frank Lyman and BCBG. Owned and operated by Kathy Wiebe with manager Dyan Black, Rosebud’s was into recycling before it was in vogue. The store’s market is from ages 23 to 83 and it carries something for everyone with fair prices. It offers one of the best shoe selections in town, as it  purchased 30 per cent of the stock from Freedman’s, along with an extensive collection of evening wear, purses and jewellery. Call 250-861-1911.

Happy 50th anniversary Bill and Wanda Colvin (July 13).

If you are in Peachland make sure you visit On Beach Boutique at 5884B Beach Avenue, right beside the 1910 Museum, across from the park. It carries an excellent line of swimwear (Oakley, Christina, Jag, Gossip Girl, Jantzen and Penbrooke); unique and comfortable fashion lines (UV Couture SPF50 Protective clothing, Pretty Woman and Jag); jeans (Miracle Jeans, Tango Mango, Tribal, Picadilly, good selection of Made in Canada lines) and great gifts. Summer hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. The owners, Kelly and Rose Foster, are celebrating 20 years in business. Call 250-767-3399.

Speaking of Peachland, the Okanagan PaddleFest on the Peachland Waterfront goes Aug. 10 a.m. from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Celebrate the history of paddling in Peachland and watch individuals and teams engage in a paddling sport. For more info call Gabi Haas at 250-575-9335 or gdsolutions@shaw.ca.

The Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission is the recipient of the Community Project of the Year Award from the Economic Development Association of B.C. for its Business Walk Program. The COEDC conducted the first Business Walk in Canada on October 2012 during Small Business Month as a means of gathering industry intelligence to be used in its business retention and expansion programming and to foster business growth in the Central Okanagan Region.

Kelowna Museums is launching the Foundations to Build On: Then & Now photo contest. It’s your opportunity to become a part of an exhibition and have your work displayed at the Kelowna Museums. The contest is simple: Log onto their blog at www.museumsoutloud.ca and pick one or more of the archival images they have selected from the Kelowna Museums’ Public Archives and show them your interpretation of that photo or how it looks today. You can use any kind of camera to capture the photo: digital, Polaroid, professional or smartphones. When you have your photo, submit to the Kelowna Museums. Send your photo through email to cneale@kelownamuseums.ca; Facebook page www.facebook.com/Kelowna.Museums.Society or drop off at 270 Queensway. Call Christina Neale at 778-478-9767 or email cneale@kelownamuseums.ca for more info.

The Okanagan Mustang and Fords Clubs are hosting the seventh annual Show and Shine which is the largest all Ford show in B.C. on July 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Orchard Ford (Hwy 97 N.). Trophies at 1:30 p.m.

Kudos to Kyla Ramirez of Complete Core Pilates and Andy Gerbert of St. Hubertus Winery raised over $1,000 at The Pinot and Pilates event for Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy, a charity close to Kyla’s heart as she has a friend with two sons affected by the terminal condition.

Every Monday during the Kelowna Summer Theatre festival, the outdoor stage in front of the Rotary Arts Centre presents Dark Days LIVE.  On July 22, Jazz Café with Anna Jacyszyn performs This is Jazz Hot! and the Jazz Café Band keeps a fresh perspective on classic jazz tunes. $25. www.kelownasummertheatrefestival.com

Birthdays of the week—Happy 50th Al Waters, Capital News (July 20); Happy 85th Smiley Nelson (July 10); Dave MacLean (July 18); Phil Parker, Canada Bread (July 19); Garrett Tanner (July 22); Robert Letvinchuk, World Beat Golf (July 24); Pastor Don Richmond (July 18).

I will not be doing a column next week. See you on Aug. 1.

Kelowna Capital News