Hardcore Archery, owned and operated by Ken and Krista Garwasiuk, has an expanded new location at 1771 Cooper Rd. in Kelowna, next to Logo n’ Stitches with the entrance off Enterprise Way.
The new centre is right next to their archery supplies store. Ken is an archery teacher who formerly taught at Parkinson Recreation Centre and the Vernon Army base. Along with writing a column on archery for the B.C. Wildlife Federation Magazine, Ken is the national trainer for the National Archery in the Schools Program in B.C. Also working at Hardcore Archery is Olympic archery coach Chuck Land, who was the head coach for archery at the Canada Summer Games in Prince George. Land has tutored many movie stars in archery for their film roles. Hardcore Archery offers classes and leagues in the evenings. The Garwasiuks have also owned and operated Logos’ n Stitches for many years. Call 250-861-5297; online hardcorearchery.ca.
Alan Ryder, formerly of Dilworth Homes for the past five years, has begun a new career in the car industry. He is now a sales associate at Okanagan Chrysler Jeep Dodge, 2690 Highway 97 North. Call 778-478-8187; email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Originally from Saskatchewan and the former manager of media and public relations for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Torch Relays, Chris Shauf is the new director of marketing and communications for Tourism Kelowna.
The BDO accounting firm, located at 400-1631 Dickson Ave. in Kelowna, congratulates Ross Rufiange, Michelle Underwood, Vanessa Roberts and Lacey Manz for passing the 2015 Common Final Evaluation (CFE). This is the final step to becoming a Chartered Professional Accountant in Canada.
The new year welcomes the launch of an ultra-low-cost airline in Canada, NewLeaf, starting on Feb. 12. The company last week announced non-stop routes, an online booking system and fares starting at $89 (inclusive of taxes and fees) to seven Canadian destinations including Halifax, Hamilton, Winnipeg, Regina, Saskatoon, Kelowna and Abbotsford. The main routes featured are non-stop and are not currently offered by other airlines. Flights will be operated by Flair Airlines Ltd., a Kelowna-based airline with experienced crews and pilots that fly Boeing 737-400 passenger jets. Check out flynewleaf.ca for more information. Jim Young is the president and CEO of NewLeaf while Jim Rogers is the president of Flair Airlines Ltd.
Long-time friends from Calgary have now made their home in the valley. Frank Stewart, former general manager of the Ramada Hotel in Calgary for 23 years, and his wife Marla have left the Stampede City and relocated to Peachland. Sooner or later, everyone sees the light!
Two well-known local companies, Csek Creative and Pulse Group, have merged to create the largest full-service marketing agency in the B.C. Interior. Both Csek Creative and Pulse Group have offices in Kelowna and Kamloops. The companies have collaborated on several large campaigns and initiatives over the past year. The merger will allow them to offer a greater range of services to their existing clients and better service the needs of businesses across the region. The merger will bring together a skilled workforce of 30 employees, giving clients access to a wide range of services. Over the coming months, Csek and Pulse will begin amalgamating essential services and plan to announce the new merger brand later this year. Call Nikki Csek at 250-862-8010; email Nikki@csekcreative.com.
Congratulations to FH&P Lawyers, the winners of the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce early-bird membership renewal draw for a $500 donation to the charity of their choice. FH&P have chosen to make the donation to the Kelowna General Hospital Foundation’s new perinatal unit set to open this spring.
A new company, H2O World Solutions started by president and CEO Brian Hunter, will be based in West Kelowna. The company’s mission is to provide support to clean water initiatives worldwide, to improve water management through technology and safe practices to allow water to be used more than once. Their technology will be launched to the oil and gas sector in 2016 for the remediation of production and flow back water within oil and gas production. Future plans for the technology will include municipal needs, emergency clean up and disaster spills into water systems. Contact Jamie Albrecht, vice-president corporate development, at 250-763-2441 or email email@example.com.
Okanagan Office Systems, at 523 Lawrence Ave., has been operating in the valley since 1993, the local authorized Ricoh dealer and service provider. The business partners with Ricoh to provide the products, expertise, facilities and knowledge to deliver customer satisfaction, providing copying, printing, scanning, faxing and document management. The company also offers its expertise to help integrate state-of-the-art hardware, software, consulting and support services to significantly improve document work flow and operational efficiencies. Rick Ewen is the general manager and Dale Wills the account manager of Okanagan Office Systems. Call 250-762-7722.
If you want to kick your smoking habit in the butt this year, you might want to try the stop smoking seminar being held at the Ramada Hotel and Conference Centre, 2170 Harvey Av., on Saturday, Jan. 23, 1 p.m. The event is hosted by Ruth Hart, certified clinical hypnotherapist and a member of the Medical Dental Hypnotherapy Association. For information and to register call 250-707-0770, or check out the website ruthhartclinicalhypnosis.com.
Charitable societies who need extra revenue should contact The Hudson’s Bay for an easy way to generate funds for their organizations. The Bay’s Spring Giving Day is March 24. Giving Day is a one-day shopping event designed to help charitable and non-profit organizations in The Bay communities raise awareness and funds through the sale of the Giving Day tickets to their networks. Organizations can order tickets free of charge and sell them to their partners, donors and friends for $5 and keep 100 per cent of each ticket sold. As an added incentive, the organization that sells the most tickets for their participating Bay store will receive a portion of the proceeds from that store’s in-store ticket sales on March 24. It’s a win-win for any organization with little effort. Contact Karin Stickland (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Shirley Nagy (email@example.com), or call 250-860-2483 (224). Through the fall 2015, Giving Day, more than $45,500 was raised for local charities in Hudson’s Bay store communities across Canada.
Garbage volunteers are needed. The Regional District of Central Okanagan is updating its Solid Waste Management Plan to lay the groundwork for managing and reducing garbage over the next 10 years. As part of the process, the regional district is looking for interested, enthusiastic individuals to represent various business, community and neighbourhood organizations to sit on the public/technical advisory committee which will oversee development of the plan. Working with the consulting firm Morrison Hershfield Ltd. this committee will meet regularly to provide feedback to RDCO on proposed programs and policies that will shape future waste management. The deadline to submit an application form is Jan. 25 and the forms are available online at regionaldistrict.com/garbagefuture. Call 250-469-6250.
Local accountant Patricia Sample has integrated her practice with another locally respected accounting firm, Reid Hurst Nagy Inc. Chartered Professional Accountants. RHN is an established practice located at 330-1620 Dickson Ave. in Landmark 5 tower. With the merger, Sample will become manager of client services. Along with the integration of the firms, RHN’s Lynn Galloway will be working closely with Semple to ensure the needs of their clients are considered with the only difference being the office location. Call 250-860-1177; online rhncpa.com.
At the beginning of each year Heather Zais, a psychic astrologer, gives us a view of the coming year, which for 2016 is The Year of the Monkey and is a leap year. Zais says don’t plan too much; hang loose in monkey years as anything goes and things are up in the air. Prepare for the unexpected. Swing from limb to limb but don’t go out too far on one. A period of recovery, removable, rebuilds, retake, reclaims, recapture on Earth or in space. Opportunities allow for calculated risks to be taken and then landing on your feet. Play the hand you have to advantage as betting is dicey. Rein in egos. Optimism is in the air and there will be a positive turnaround. Great efforts to be made to avoid recession with resourceful solutions being found. As competitions intensify, try to avoid acting too superior creating your own downfalls by stepping on the banana peel. Take care of each other as #9 rules universal brotherhood. Bonds will be strengthened, hug more. Follow words of wisdom that have stood the test of time. Renewed interest in large hairy beings like Big Foot or Planet of the Apes. Grooming highlighted with big hair coming back in style (if you’re lucky enough to have lots of hair!).
Birthdays of the week: Happy 55th Jean Lanoue, salon, Hudson’s Bay (Jan. 17); happy 50th Paul Sievwright (Jan. 9); Larry Tuovila, Ramada Hotel (Jan. 9); Mary Anne Livingston (Jan.13); Ron Pidskalny (Jan. 14); Andre Blanleil (Jan. 15); Gerry Ellchuck (Jan. 16); Ross Gilley (Jan. 17); Jim Belshaw (Jan. 17); Dina Kotler (Jan. 17); Joyce Prowse (Jan.17); Fred MacKinnon (Jan. 18); Tracy Nyboe, my sister Re/Max Kelowna (Jan. 19); Martin Bell, Urban Systems (Jan. 19); Melonie Dodaro (Jan. 19); in memory of Mary DeHart, my mother-in-law (Jan. 9).