DeHart: Magnetic resonance imaging service operates in South Kelowna

This week’s column is dedicated to long-time Kelowna resident Jennifer Hindle who passed away Jan. 24.

Mike Large

Mike Large

This week’s column is dedicated to long-time Kelowna resident Jennifer Hindle who passed away Jan. 24. Jennifer and her husband John Hindle, a former mayor of Kelowna, were great friends of the DeHart family. After John’s death, we were still fortunate to have the friendship of Jennifer for those many years. Personal condolences to her family and many friends.

Image One MRI has been operating in Kelowna for nine years.

Locally owned by Mike Large Image One uses the same MRI scanner as at Kelowna General Hospital. MRI stands for magnetic resonance imaging, a highly advanced technology and non-invasive diagnostic procedure that uses magnetic fields and radio frequencies to generate detailed anatomical images. Most of the scans Image One performs are for knees, shoulders or spines, but scans can be done for any part of the body. The most misunderstood thing about the MRI is that you can’t scan your entire body at one time. It is a very specific imaging tool and by that, it means for each part of your body there is a specific coil (camera) used. For a knee about six different sequences are taken with about 25 images in each sequence, totaling about 150 images. There is virtually no wait time as appointments are scheduled at the patient’s convenience after receiving the referral. The clinic is comfortable, with a relaxed environment and highly experienced staff. Call 250-860-4848;

Norbert Gelowitz, general manager of Orchard Park Shopping Centre, is moving on. He has accepted a new job as vice-president, property manager of business development and leasing for ProCura Real Estate Management Services Inc. in Edmonton starting Feb. 20. ProCura is a well-known Alberta company offering development services, investment, asset management, marketing and property management and leasing.

Popular radio morning duo Andy and TJ of 101-5 EZ Rock are celebrating nine years on the air this week. The pair got their official start on what is now 101-5 EZ ROCK, which is Kelowna’s longest running morning show. Andy and TJ are a couple in real life, tying the knot in May 2009.

Roy’s Shoes Boots and Repairs, 1627 Ellis St., have a welcomed new addition to their staff. Brandi Belshaw, owner Jim Belshaw’s daughter has joined Jim and his son, Jim Jr., at the store. Brandi’s primary role will be to manage the sales floor, bringing many years of retail, hospitality and office experience to the business. Call 250-763-5696.

Claus Larsen has joined the team at RPB Hotels and Resorts in the Okanagan. He will be working with myself, as the director of sales, and general manager Stan Martindale of the Ramada Hotel and Conference Centre as marketing manager.

Larsen will also be working at the Best Western Plus Vernon Lodge in Vernon, B.C. in the capacity of senior vice-president of operations at that location. Call 778-215-2772 or

Mike Crowley, CMA, has been appointed as an associate principal of McKay LLP at 500-1620 Dickson Ave. Crowley provides accounting, taxation and consulting services to a growing and diverse base of owner-managed businesses. Call 250-763-5021.

The City of Kelowna has received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from The Government Finance Officers Association of the U.S. and Canada (GFOA) for its budget. The award represents a significant achievement, reflecting the commitment of the governing body and staff to meeting the highest principals of governmental budgeting. This is the 10th year in a row that the city has received this award. Keith Grayson is the financial planning manager for the City of Kelowna.

BDO has changed its name to BDO Canada LLP. The name change was implemented in order to provide consistency with other BDO partnerships around the world. The Kelowna office is located at 300-1632 Dickson Ave. Call 250-763-6700;

The Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission has a new board for 2012. Executive members are: Renee Wasylyk, Troika Development Inc. (chair); Mike Gilmore, BDO Dunwoody LLP (past president); Alison Yesilcimen, MediaCooler Innovations (vice-chair); Jim Paterson, City of Kelowna; Paul Maarschalk, Solomon Resources; Larry Widmer, Community Futures; and Heather Schneider, Okanagan College.

Andy Stefansson, of Canadian Restaurant Supply Ltd., is now over-seeing their contract and design department. They design, supply and install commercial kitchens and renovations. If you are looking to open a food service establishment, he can help you turn it into a reality. Call 250-979-8600;

Mission Hill Family Estate is the 2011 recipient of the coveted IWSC Trophy as the Canadian Wine Producer of the Year at the International Wine & Spirit Competition in London, UK. The award was presented to proprietor Anthony von Mandl at the historic Guild Hall in London. In addition, the winery won 19 individual medals at the IWSC competition, including Gold Medals for the 2009 Reserve Riesling Icewine, 2005 Select Lot Collection Riesling Icewine and 2009 Reserve Vidal Icewine. For a complete list of awards go to

Lance Kayfish has been re-elected to a one-year term as chair of the Okanagan College board of governors while Tom Styffe of the South Okanagan was re-elected as the vice-chair. Kayfish became chair in 2010 and is a risk management expert with the City of Kelowna. Styffe is a resident of Okanagan Falls.

Harmony Acura is on the move to a temporary location at 2550 Enterprise Way in Kelowna. A new showroom is currently being built right next door to the current Harmony Honda location at 2552 Enterprise Way, with a scheduled completion date in April 2012.The new building will be one storey with a mezzanine and just under 5,000 square feet. Harmony Acura opened in Kelowna in 1987 at its current location on Highway 97 as Parklane Acura. Manse Binkley purchased the dealership in 2007, changing the name to Harmony Acura. The move to Enterprise Way will allow the dealership to continue to provide the high level of service that Harmony Acura customers have come to expect over the past 25 years. Dan Satchell, who has been with Harmony Acura since 2007, has been promoted to the position of sales manager while Ken Webster, who has been at Harmony Acura since 2008, will continue to be the service manager at the new location.

Tracey and David Cochrane, new owners of Points West Audio Visual, have opened a new demonstration room. Previous owner Rick Ponich will stay on to help with sales, installations and customer service. Points West offers interactive white boards and accessories, video conferencing, displays, projectors, audio-visual carts and a variety of microphones, screen, sound systems and commercial grade plasma and LCD displays—just about everything you would need for high-tech meetings or seminars. Call 250-861-5424.

You are invited to participate in a research survey that focuses on the various concerns Kelowna residents have within the area they live in. This research survey is being conducted by Trevor Schick, a student researcher at Okanagan College and is a requirement for his Business Administration honours class. If you are 19 years of age or older and live in the Black Mountain, Upper Mission or Glenmore areas, you might want to participate in this study. I know Trevor and he is a responsible student who has spent a considerable amount of time on this valuable project. All participants are eligible to enter in a $50 cash prize draw for participating in this survey. If you are interested in participating, go to If you have any concerns, questions or problems with the link please call Trevor at 778-478-7588.

Debbie Donahue, at Tasty Treasures Banking Company, has some yummy things for your favorite Valentine. Chocolate brownie hearts melt in your mouth and her raspberry filled sugar cookies are an elegant see thru sugar cookie with raspberry jam layered between two heart shapes and sprinkled with icing sugar. She also offers a variety of red, pink and white beautifully decorated sugar cookies. Call 250-860-6129;

Kelly MacDonald, who has relocated from Nova Scotia, has opened Neos Wellness Spa above Cabella Hair Design, 5-1515 Westgate Rd., in West Kelowna. She specializes in body contouring and fat loss using ultrasonic lipolysis as seen on the Dr. Oz show. They also offer hair removal, skin treatments and rejuvenation, vein treatments and lip enhancements. She trained in Vancouver under Dr. Yousef Shihab. Call 778-755-5685 or

Teresa Yang-May will be the guest speaker at the upcoming OJC Philosopher’s Café on Feb. 6, 7 p.m., at the Okanagan Jewish Centre, 102 Snowsell St. North. Yang-May recently published a children’s book called Seeds In the Wind, which is about multiculturalism, acceptance and a young girl’s struggle with identity as a Chinese immigrant.

Meli Seval lives in Izmir, Turkey, where her business Melitours is based. Her company has a 46-year history of guiding and escorting visitors to this fascinating country. Tri Star Travel and Cruise have been working with Melitours for several years and will be hosting Meli for the first time in Kelowna on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 7:15 p.m., at the Rotary Centre of the Arts and Thursday, Feb. 9, 10 a.m., at Willow Park Church South. For more info call Glenna Gillan at

Congratulations to ‘Buffet Beaker’ Bill on winning the All-Star Hockey Break Award of $60.

Build Your Wealth Educational Forum Buffet and Wine Wine-Up is being hosted by business development associate, Sheila Jayson on Feb. 11 at the Ramada Hotel. A panel of seven industry professionals will discuss how to grow your net worth in real estate, business and biofuels. $10 of each ticket sale goes to the Kelowna Community Food Bank. Call 250-718-1528;

Birthdays of the week:  Rob Belanger (Feb. 4); Ross Fitzpatrick (Feb. 4); Doris Roy (Feb. 6); Sergio Cunial, Ramada Hotel (Feb. 7); Jim Juba (Feb. 7); Bob Brown, Sunset Ranch (Feb. 8).


Maxine DeHart is a Kelowna hotelier. Phone 250-979-4546, email

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