M&H Auto Sales & Moving Supply Centre, formerly at 1156 Richter St., has relocated to new premises at 2320 Highway 97 N (across from Jysk and next to One Board Shop).
Owned and operated by Randy May and Linda Hayes, M&H has a good supply of top quality pre-owned trucks, cars, SUVs and vans for sale. Most of their vehicles are priced under $10,000. On the moving supply centre side of the business, M&H is a UHaul and supply dealer/centre, providing a full line of equipment from car haulers to 26-foot movers, along with boxes, covers, bags, packing materials, rope and tie downs, tape and protective items and hitch and trailer accessories. Everything that you would need to move a long or short distance. Call 250-712-1222 or go to www.mhautosaleskelowna.com.
The Kelowna and District Share Society celebrates 36 years of helping the Okanagan in 2014. Elected board members are Bruce Hollett (chair); Shirley Hutt (vice-chair); Cathie Harnett (secretary/treasurer); and directors Christopher Butler, Carey Earl, Robert Garnett, Robert McLaughlin, Stan Nisbet and Ken Parker. The primary mandate of SHARE is to help needy people in real and practical ways. Their large thrift store at 581 Gaston Ave. continues to provide to those who temporarily find themselves in difficult circumstances. Last year, under the direction of managers Terry Anderson and Jacob Kasum, the thrift store staff and volunteers provided over 800 referred residents with a much needed “help up, not a hand out” in the form of household goods. Thousands of useful items pass through their doors each year. Stock is running low and they are eager to fill the shelves once again, asking for support from the community who may have saleable items that you no longer need. Donations can be dropped off at the depot, including furniture, except no major kitchen appliances. Truck pick-up can be arranged by calling 250-763-8117.
Congratulations to lawyer Garry Benson, with Benson Law LLP, and Nikki Calloway, with Quails’ Gate winery, on their recent engagement in Honduras.
Another longtime anniversary. The Ensign brothers celebrate their 30th anniversary of the incorporation of their first company. Thanks to the foresight of their late father, Russ Ensign, the three boys—Rusty, Chris and Cam—started with a gravel pit. When that pit ran out of gravel, they developed it into the Westbank Industrial Park, where their business is located at 2663 Auburn Rd. in West Kelowna. Along with their sister Shauna Bakala, the Ensigns developed the Shannon Heights residential subdivision. Now working on their third gravel pit, the boys have moved a great amount of material over the years. They specialize in excavation; site development and demolition, heavy equipment (sand/gravel/decorative rock) top soil, trucking masonry sand and golf course sand. Of course, they can’t forget their mother Doreen, who patiently listened to all the discussions that took place. Call 250-769-7298 www.ensignbros.com.
Congratulations to the recipients of the 2013 Crime Stoppers Appreciation Awards. They are former Kelowna RCMP superintendent Bill McKinnon (Police Officer of the Year); Pro Sign with owners Doug and Jeff Gossoo (Business Sponsor) and Bruce Smith (Media Award). McKinnon made the Crime Stoppers program an important part of the crime solving strategy during his time heading up the Kelowna RCMP detachment. Pro Sign started their relationship with Crime Stoppers in the late 1970s and has been an ardent supporter of the program for many years, providing quality signs and banners at a reduced cost so that the program can use the savings to support their initiatives. Smith is the voice that you hear that strikes fear into those who have outstanding arrest warrants on the Mugshots program every Wednesday at news hour, hosted by Global Okanagan. Smith is now the communications officer for the regional district.
Licensed optician Lana Belvis, owner of Inspired Eyes Creative Eyewear, has been providing mobile optical care to homes and workplaces for the past three years. Belvis has now opened a new boutique location downtown at 1560 Pandosy St. She offers a full line of prescription eyewear and sunglasses for men and women, low vision magnifiers, ready readers and frame adjustment and repairs. She specializes in rare, innovative eyewear and customized digital lens designs. She will continue to offer in-home or workplace eyewear consultations. Open Tuesday to Saturday. Call 250-862-5900.
Long-time local lawyer Ron Smith has started a new legal practice called Just Family Solutions in the Landmark VI tower on Dixon Avenue. His new practice focuses on resolution of legal disputes through mediation and arbitration. Mediation offers a voluntary and confidential process where the parties are able to express their needs and wishes in the presence of a neutral mediator. Networking programs such as Skype and WebEx make it possible for the meeting room to be a computer screen, thus parties can meet basically anywhere. Smith is a chartered mediator and chartered arbitrator with ADR Canada and is a member of the civil and family roster with Mediate B.C. He is certified to mediate and arbitrate civil and family disputes by the Law Society of B.C. Call 778-484-8168; www.justfamilysolutions.ca.
The West Kelowna Chiropractic Centre for Health has opened in West Kelowna at 3713 Hoskins Rd. Owned and operated by Dr. Dwight Nelson, the centre specializes in treating neuromuscular conditions that cause neck pain, headaches and low back pain using flexion distraction and trigger point therapy as well as deep tissue massage. Dr. Nelson has 29 years of experience in his industry and also offers corrective exercises, lifestyle advice, nutritional counselling and spinal and postural screenings. Open Monday to Friday and half days on Saturday. Call 778-436-2120; www.westkelownachiro.com.
Tom Styffe has been re-elected as board chair and Connie Denesiuk was re-elected as vice chair of Okanagan College’s board of governors each for a one year terms.
Pushor Mitchell LLP has two new partners. Andrew Brunton provides business owners and individuals with advice and services in business law, real estate law and wills and estates. Taryn Moore handles family law matters and has extensive experience in both litigations as well as alternate dispute resolution, including being a certified Collaborative Family Lawyer. Call 250-762-2108.
Melanie Morrissette is the owner of new business, Abstract Fitness, offering personal training, boot camps, small group fitness training, TRX, yoga, meditation and private sessions for special events. She is a mobile trainer so she will go to your home or wherever you are most comfortable. Morrissette also teaches classes like Zumba in several gyms in town. Call 250-215-6612; email email@example.com;or visit www.abstractfitness.ca.
Smart Betty is teaming up with local merchants to launch the “Fund a Forklift” campaign in support of the Kelowna food bank. Throughout the winter, Smart Betty will partner with local businesses to run special promotions that will raise funds to purchase a much-needed forklift for the food bank. You can help by signing up to receive their daily promotions via email. Your online purchases will help fund the forklift and you get a great deal from local merchants. Go to www.smartbetty.com. If you are a business owner contact firstname.lastname@example.org to learn how to create an online promotion that supports this community initiative.
Penny Venables has been recognized as the 2013 Volunteer of the Year for Tourism Kelowna. Venables had more than 360 hours of service between the Kelowna airport information kiosk and the visitor centre in 2013, and almost 3,100 hours during her entire time with Tourism Kelowna. “Volunteers are a key component of our visitor centers and Tourism Kelowna is very grateful to the dedication and enthusiasm that our 26 volunteers give to our visitors and operations, ” said Chris Lewis, visitor sales and service manager. If you would like to volunteer in and positive and fun environment give Chris a call at 250-861-1515, local 207, or email email@example.com.
The Okanagan Chefs Association and Okanagan College will co-host a Free Valentine’s Dinner at First United Church (Richter and Bernard in downtown Kelowna) on Sunday, Feb. 16, from 5 to 7 p.m.
Former Kelowna veteran broadcaster Don Shafer (Astral Media) is leading the Roundhouse Radio team’s bid for a new radio station in Vancouver. During their opening remarks at the CRTC licensing hearing on Jan. 29, another Kelowna local Rick Pusher, said Shafer was more than a team leader and CEO, but also a shareholder, director and president of the board of directors of Roundhouse Radio, a community broadcasting initiative for downtown Vancouver.
It’s Clinique Bonus Time at Hudson’s Bay from now until Feb. 23 with their #1 best-selling moisturizer and more. Free is your seven piece gift set with the purchase of $31 or more, which is an $85 value. While supplies last.
Dr. Brett Wade, author of the Ekahi Method, will host a seminar Saturday, Feb. 15, 8:30 a.m., at the Ramada Hotel & Conference Centre which teaches people how their energy affects relationships and health. Do you ever wonder why you struggle to find happiness in your relationships? Are you curious why you are tired all the time? Have you wondered whether the electrosmog in your environment is affecting your health? This half day seminar will teach you that you have a base frequency of energy that naturally affects your ability to resonate with some people and not others. You will learn how respecting the waves of your base frequency can dramatically improve your health. You must register in advance at www.ekahimethod.com/public-speaking/. Call 778-214-1272.
Marilynn Dawson will host a Book Launch Bazaar and Fashion Show to promote her latest book Dressed for Eternity at Evangel Church, 3261 Gordon Dr., on Saturday, Feb. 8, 6 p.m. Vendors at the bazaar will feature various items discussed in the book and the fashion show will feature modest trending styles for men and women in casual, formal and wedding categories. There will be readings from the book, door prizes, a mystery grand prize and free admission. Call 250-869-8429. The books are available on Amazon.com.
Birthdays of the week: Sergio Cunial, Ramada Hotel (Feb. 7); Jim Juba (Feb. 7); Bob Brown (Feb. 8); Tim Light, Kelowna firefighter (Feb. 11); Cathy Wahowski, Rona (Feb. 9); Laura Appleby (Feb. 9); Gerald Klatt (Feb. 10); Steven Warne (Feb. 11); Kasha Lanyon (Feb. 11); Bruno Curatolo and his mother-in-law Rosemary Wilson (both Feb. 12).