The staff of the Okanagan Dodge Chrysler Jeep dealership in Kelowna

The staff of the Okanagan Dodge Chrysler Jeep dealership in Kelowna

DeHart: Local auto dealership celebrates sales success

Dean McAuley's Chrysler Dodge and Jeep dealership still No.1.

This week’s column is dedicated to local resident Gordie Sahlin, who was a teacher at Kelowna Senior Secondary School for more than 20 years. The round-table in Dakoda’s that Gordie built will never be the same. He will be missed by all his family and many friends including his long-time Master’s Racquetball buddies. 

Celebrating its 8th anniversary this month is the Okanagan Dodge Chrysler Jeep dealership on Highway 97, owned by Dean McAuley.

The dealership has been #1 dealer in sales volume within the B.C. Interior for Chrysler Dodge and Jeep for four years running, priding themselves on service to their clients. McAuley says the #1 sellers in today’s market are undoubtedly the 1/2 ton pickup trucks, with minivans coming in a strong second. The most popular colour is black by far in all vehicle lines while the white colour option is making the biggest comeback. New to Chrysler is 16 redesigns in their 2011 models, with more attention being paid to ride quality and interior features, which they dub “creature comforts.” The Auto Canada Group, which McAuley’s dealership is a member of, also has an exclusive agreement with Air Miles, giving 1,000 air miles for the buyer of every new or pre-owned vehicle. Call 250-861-1040. 

Congrats to the Byland family, owner of Bylands Nursery and Garden Centre in West Kelowna, for winning the Grower of the Year Award. Excelling in five categories—environmental stewardship, innovative marketing, production efficiency, financial health and human resources policies—Bylands also won the Grower of the Year Award in B.C. last year. Now they will be running for Global Grower of the Year honour this September in China. Bylands grows over 2,000 garden products, including flowers, plants, shrubs and trees for wholesale and retail. Call 250-769-7272.   

After being closed for two months due to a water line break under the building, The Bread Company, owned and operated by brothers Dan and Mike Bronswyk, at 363 Bernard Ave., is re-opening this week. Open Monday to Sunday from 7a.m.  to 8 p.m. 250-762-3336.

Chiropractor Dr. Barry Gelinas, (brother of former Westside Warriors junior hockey team owner Gary Gelinas) has relocated from Edmonton to join Dr. Farid Ullah and Dr. Neil Hanon at Okanagan Integrated Medical Consultants, 115-1856 Ambrosi Rd. Dr. Gelinas, who has been practicing as a chiropractor for more than 20 years, is now accepting new patients. Call 778-478-0624.

CMA Pat Sibilleau, soon to be formerly with the City of Kelowna, is relocating to Mackenzie to accept a position with Conifex Timber Co. as a divisional accountant on March 28. She leaves her  position with the city on March 4.

Lots happening at Will Gow’s CBD Network, including the launch of a new affiliate called CBD Careers. If you are one of the thousands of people locally who have been through CBD’s career transition program, you know the value of its many networking events and professional development programs when you are making a career move in the Okanagan. Now, through the new CBD Careers, you can continue to access many of the CBD programs and services you did in the past, plus additional monthly speakers, workshops and other services CBD offers. Local consultant Tracey Fredrickson, formerly with the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development Commission and BDC is the new membership services coordinator for CBD Careers. Call at 250-717-1821;

Brent Giesbrecht, formerly of Western Star Trucks and Freightliner, has started Sun Country Boat and RV Storage, at 9670 McCarthy Rd. in Lake Country. The company offers a 24-hour access storage lot and aside from storage, able to provide any and all services related to boats and RVs including arranging mechanics or handlers for transportation to and from the water. Storage is available both monthly and yearly. Call 250-801-8142; 

Certified interior decorator Arlene Marshinew has opened a new franchise business, Decorating Den Interiors. Marshinew will come to your home and design a plan that matches collaborate design ideas with the perfect product for your lifestyle. With access to more than 100 top quality home furnishing manufacturers, her product range is huge, from window treatments, bedding ensembles, carpets and area rugs to wall covering, accessories, lighting, upholstered furniture and case good furniture. She is easy to work with, works within your budget, decorates around your lifestyle, and can expand upon your ideas and makes decorating a fun experience. Call 250-762-2778; 

Terry Lee Beaudry, with School District 23, is the recipient of the Spirit of Kelowna Award for introducing and helping make Harmony Day a special celebration in our local schools.

Karen Hawes, of Interior Savings Credit Union, is the new president for the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce in 2011. Wesley Shields, of FH&P Lawyers, is the outgoing president. The chamber has recognized outstanding contributions to its volunteers with the presentation of three awards. Congrats to Peter Raja, of Norelco Cabinets (Director of the Year); Emma Bloch-Hansen, of Aligning Potential (Member Ambassador of the Year); and both Ken Carmichael, of BDO Canada LLP, and Curtis Darmohray, of Pushor Mitchell LLP (Grant Thornton LLP Volunteers of the Year).   

Sun FM has a new and exciting line-up for their popular morning show. Kevin Lim will team up with Sonia Sidhu to produce a new show called Sun FM Mornings with Kevin and Sonia. Former morning show host Susan Knight moves into daytime.

Believe it or not, spring is coming! Since 1999, Golf Kelowna has been offering great, multi-course access packages for locals. For 2011, the group has grown and rebranded. The new group is now encompasses five courses (Kelowna Springs, Shadow Ridge, Shannon Lake and two new partners, Sunset Ranch and Two Eagles) and four practice facilities (The Range, Urban Links, World Beat Family Golf and Two Eagles). There are three value cards to choose from priced from $300 to $1,600, all offering the absolute best rates available at all the facilities, saving huge dollars in both green fees and practice facilities. They are also rolling out some tremendous offerings for juniors and family golf.

Several lucky people were winners of the Okanagan Chefs Association Awards Culinary Experience, winning various dinners and experiences with the chefs of the association. They are Len Vanderberg, Sandrine Martin-Raffault, Al Brooks and Tanya Jennens. The association raised $5,000 to assist with community initiatives. Geoffrey Couper, culinary instructor at Okanagan College, is the president of the association.

Chef Rod Butters and Audrey Surrao, co-owners of RauDZ Regional Table, at 1560 Water St., in downtown Kelowna, are a top-five finalist in the 8th annual Small Business B.C.’s Successful You Awards  in the best concept category, the only restaurant and only Okanagan business to make the final cut. Winners will be announced on March 29. Call 250-868-8805;

The black-tie Daffodil Ball fundraiser, hosted by the Canadian Cancer Society, takes place Saturday, April 16. The banquet entertainment headliner will be Mark Masri, one of the finest voices of his generation, who has released two CDs, appeared in Las Vegas with David Foster, and is launching his own solo tour this fall. Early bird ticket sales end March 15. Call 250-762-6381;     

Sun City Physiotherapy will host a series of free monthly lectures on various topics, which take place the last week of each month, 6:30 p.m.. The next series for March is on exercises and advice to help improve your golf game, and April will focus on stress and urge incontinence. Call 250-861-8056 to reserve as seating is limited. For more information about specific lectures dates, see the web site and read their columns in the Capital News weekend sports section.

Ken and Yoshiko Fix, of Komatsu Japanese Market, will host their own series of traditional Japanese cooking techniques, on Wednesdays, April 6 to 27, 6:30 p.m. Each week will have a different theme including sushi, various types of noodles, hot pots and miso, introducing you to the wonderful world of Japanese cuisine. The registration fee is $89. Call 250-469-8800 or online at to register. 

Festivals Kelowna is looking for volunteers to serve as a board member for the organization for a two-year term starting in June. Complete an application accessible online at, including a current resume outlining your suitability for the position, and send it to by March 11.

Spring cleaning? Declutter for a cause and help support the Royal LePage (Kelowna and West Kelowna) Shelter Foundation Garage Sale on May 14. Recycle your unwanted treasures with all proceeds going to the Kelowna Women’s Shelter and the Kelowna Women’s Resource Centre. Drop off your donations of baby items, household items, blankets, books/music, sporting goods, tools or gently used toys and children’s clothing (no adult clothing please) to the Royal LePage office on Cooper Road or Dobbin Road in West Kelowna, Monday to Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call Sheryl Lobsinger at 250-826-2339.

Birthdays of the week: Happy 80th Wally Kachur (Feb. 25); happy 60th Norm LeCavalier (Feb. 27); happy 40th Nikki Stackhouse, TD Canada Trust (Feb. 28); Faye Willms (March 2); Walter Kristalowich (Mar. 3); Donna Horning (March 6); Gary Embleton (March 6); Vivian Ingram (March 7); Rob Willms, Cookson Motors (March. 8). 

Maxine DeHart is a Kelowna hotelier. 250-979-4546, fax 250-860-3173, or maxdehart


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