DeHart: O Spa healthy and vibrant

DeHart: O Spa healthy and vibrant

Maxine DeHart takes a look at business happenings in her weekly column

By Maxine DeHart

O Spa Health & Wellness Centre at #108 – 1912 Enterprise Way, a premiere luxury wellness center is celebrating their 15th anniversary. Owned and operated by Ulli and Pattie Onsorge, the spa is an award winning member of Leading Spas of Canada and was voted #1 Spa and #1 pedicure and manicure for many years. O Spa offers the most progressive techniques to keep your skin youthful, healthy and vibrant. They use a variety of modern skin and body care products and technologies for healthier, younger skin. O Spa’s skin and body care therapists are highly trained in advanced treatments and are able to develop and modify a personalized treatment plan for clients. Celebrations are on Saturday, May 13th with cake, refreshments, draws for discounts, prizes and a complimentary hand spa. Call 250-712-1112

The Kelowna Chamber of Commerce has a new executive director. Dan Rogers, who has been in charge of the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce since 2014 will take over the position in early June. In Vernon, Dan has overseen growth in membership, an active policy advocacy program, and an expansion of Chamber-partnered programs with members and other Chambers in the valley and the province. Tom Dyas is the 2017 president of the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce.

Councillor Charlie Hodge has been re-elected as a director and board member of the Southern Interior Local Government Association (SILGA) representing Kelowna City Council for a one-year term.

Interior Savings Credit Union members voted to re-elect Rolli Cacchioni, Liza Curran and Elmer Epp to continue serving on the board for another three-year term. Epp was re-elected as chair of the board and Stacey Fenwick was elected vice-chair. New board member is Anna Florczynski and Rick Weger was bid farewell. In 2016 the Credit Union’s assets grew 11.1 per cent to $2.4 billion with earnings from operations exceeding target at $12.2 million. The Credit Union will return 22 per cent of those earnings, over two and a half million dollars to members this year. Kathy Conway is the CEO of Interior Savings.

Wentworth Music at 1634 Harvey Avenue has been named as a Top 100 Dealer by the National Association of Music Merchants, the global association of music products and music retailers. The award ceremonies will be held July 14 in Nashville, Tennessee. The company will also be considered to receive a “Best of Award” in one of seven categories.

Two of the founding members of the Crime Stoppers Association 30 years ago were Arthur Stanley (Stan) Morgan and Vince Spilak.

Congratulations to the following local Rotarians who were awarded the Friendship and Fellowship Awards for 2017 at the recent Rotary District 5060 Conference held in Kelowna. Colin Pritchard (Kelowna), Ross and Monika Grimmer (Okanagan – Mission), Karol Elliot (Capri), Carole Paradis (Morningside), Walt Murphy (Ogopogo), Doreen Welsh (Sunrise) and Josh Fisher (Rotaract).

Okanagan College is bestowing its highest honour on three notable Okanagan residents, each of whom has made unique and meaningful contributions to the region through historical preservation, volunteerism and mentorship. Randy Manuel, Sharon Shepherd and Edna Terbasket will be named Honorary Fellows of Okanagan College during Convocation ceremonies in June.

A second location of Suzanne’s women clothing has opened in Spall Plaza at #114 – 1950 Harvey Avenue. Suzanne’s original location is in the Capri Centre Mall. With brands of Tribel, Nygard, Papillon and L’Atelier, along with others, Suzanne’s offers women’s sizes of s to XL with some XXL. They have a good selection of dresses, jeans, tops, jackets, blouses, slacks, lots of cover ups and accessories. The store is chocked-full of wonderful items in beautiful colours of aqua blue, orange, lime green, black, white and everything in-between.Audrey Roguski is the manager of both Suzanne’s outlets. Call 250-861-2910.

Volunteers needed. The GolfBC Championship, Mackenzie Tour, a PGA TOUR Canada event is coming to Gallagher’s Canyon Golf & Country Club June 12 to 18. The event is looking for 300 volunteers with no experience necessary and open to men and women. There are a number of opportunities, but in particular there is a need for course marshalls and walking scorers. Volunteers will receive a commemorative golf shirt and cap, lunch while on shift and volunteer events, including an appreciation BBQ by Gerry Fraser of the Fraser Patridge Group of REMAX/Kelowna who is the sponsor of all volunteer special events. To volunteer visit no later than May 15.

If you have not recently or have never visited the restaurant at Summerhill Pyramid Winery, you are missing out on some great food prepared by chef Alex Lavroff. I was lucky to have had dinner at the winery and tried the char from Oliver with warm potato salad, wild horseradish and saffron crème fraiche. Other guests sampled the pan roasted farm crest natural chicken breast with potato, Fraser Valley bacon, shaved fennel and pickled mustard seed. Warm olives were served as a starter and we shared a Yuzu chiffon cake (Organic Riesling sabayon, cardamom poached pear, apricot and galangal sorbet and vanilla meringue) dessert. All were absolutely delicious and the view is spectacular. Hayden Duval is the pastry chef and Paul LaGrange is the food and beverage manager. Call 250- 764-800 for reservations.

Big thanks to Mellisa Anderson in the floral department at Safeway Dilworth for her exceptional customer service. Mellisa always goes the extra mile.

LoveSmart Life Skills Inc. has opened a new learning centre in Kettle Valley offering a unique combination of candles, course and coaching. Founded by president David Church, LoveSmart offers courses that teach the 12 skills that make for happy, successful relationships. The courses are available on-line or webcast from LoveSmart’s new learning centre. Participants learn one skill each week for 12 weeks. To support their learning, participants light a candle each day for seven minutes as they listen to a message that supports them in learning a new skill. Coaching is available to motivate and support participants as they practice each lesson. LoveSmart sells a line of fragrant, hand-poured soy wax candles that include unique massage candles and man-candles that make great gifts. Visit or call 778-477-6555.

Capri Insurance has been recognized as one of the year’s Best Workplaces in Canada, the seventh time the company has been named on the list. The company focuses on putting people first, which has led to consistent recognition as being a top employer. With a team of nearly 400 people, Capri Insurance is committed to fostering an exceptional workplace culture with many employee programs. Tim Miller is president of Capri Insurance.

The Greens at 1405 Guisachan Place, a multiple unit complex is hosting a huge garage sale this Saturday, May 13 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be lots of all kinds of items from the residents who moved to the complex and are now downsizing. I will be joining friends in the complex to sell our wares so drop by and say hi.

Gallagher’s Garage Sale is May 13. Once again, realtors Gerry Fraser and George Patridge will be serving coffee, hot chocolate and Timbits during the sale.

Over the years SYNLawn has partnered with the local SPCA and Humane Societies to generate funds for their facilities. In 2015 they shared a project with Rene Bourgault for an area that was installed for high need, distressed dogs. Regrettably, Rene passed away before any signage or mention of SYNLawn’s involvement could be properly addressed. There is going to be a plaque dedication ceremony on Thursday, May 18 at 11 a.m. to have naming rights awarded for the two areas that SYNLawn was involved in. The first will be mentioned in Rene’s name and the second area will be named in honour of another pet advocate within the SYNLawn family, Erica Malanchuk.

Clair Jantzen, grief and loss therapist and Springfield Funeral Home are hosting two free workshops on May 18 and Nov. 2. Compassion in the Hard Places: When Companioning the Bereaved, Silence is Golden is a workshop designed for professionals who work with the dying and the bereaved, funeral service personnel, volunteers serving in palliative care and anyone walking the road. Pre-registration required at

KSS Class of 1977 is hosting their 40th Grad Reunion July 1 and 2, 2017. They are looking for any grads that might have attended at that time, as it was the largest class at 773 grads. If you know of any grads who might have moved away and you know where they are, email or call Laurie Bulatovich at 250-463-4548.

Birthdays of the week – Councillor Charlie Hodge (May 6); Ron Cannan (May 8); Claire Jantzen, Andrew Bruce, Michael J. Balllingall, Claire Jantzen and Anne Zazuliak (May 10); Percy Ritchey (May 11); John James (May 11); Arnie Schneider (May 13); Kent Harris (May 13); Roberta Cronquist (May 14); John Schlosser (May 14); John Davina (May 15); Stan Martindale (May 16); Michael Dorsel (May 16). In memory of our dad Edward Abram (May 16).

Maxine DeHart is a Kelowna City Councillor and local hotelier. Phone her at 250-979-4546, 250-862-7662, fax 250-860-3173, e-mail


Suzanne’s second location manager Audrey Roguski.

Suzanne’s second location manager Audrey Roguski.