This week’s column is dedicated to my long-time friend Bob Brummitt. Bob and I go way back to his Bank of Montreal years. One of my favourite memories also goes way back! I got a call from Bob and was asked if I would consider coming on board to help with the yearly United Way Golf Tournament with him, Kelowna’s mayor at the time Jim Stuart, Mike Culos and Gordie Weber. I was delighted to work with that elite group (ha!). We had a lot of fun, raised a lot of money and the rest is history. Our breakfast meetings were held at Knobby’s Restaurant in the Willow Inn (they had the best bacon). Willow Inn owner Ken Noble often joined us. My personal condolences go out to Bob’s family and many friends.
Thanks a million Kelowna! You did it again—in just over three hours, we raised a whopping $41,000 (way up from last year) for the 16th annual Maxine DeHart/Ramada United Way Drive-Thru Breakfast.
The drive-thru was just before the Thanksgiving weekend and let me tell you, I am extremely thankful to all of you who came and “opened your hearts and your wallets.” It was pretty overwhelming as the cheque donations were still coming in over last weekend. A special thanks to everyone who waited in the line-ups. I am very sorry about the people who could not get a bag and also to some of you who had to be turned away. Thank you for your patience, kindness and understanding. We already have some new ideas for next year!
Personal thanks to all the sponsors, Kelowna RCMP and the auxiliary constables, City of Kelowna staff, all the volunteers, media and everyone else who helped in the bagging on Wednesday evening to make this event a huge success. The tremendous amount of support, from you, the community, is nothing less than humbling. Thanks to all the Ramada staff, including Sergio Cunial, Cindy Atkinson, Doug Mills and the maintenance staff, Ryan Coome and the front desk and bell staff, and our GM Stan Martindale. All sponsors and contributing businesses will be formally thanked and listed in a special “Thank You” in an upcoming Capital News. All the donations you so generously gave stay right here in our community to help the 29 agencies of the United Way.
Grand prize winners that have come forward so far are Joshua Barnes (Two WestJet Flights) Diane Wambolt, Wyndham Worldwide (Have a Heart Necklace, $2,700 from Michelle Urbanovitch); Angela Smedley, ToothZone Kids Dental Centre (Mario’s Towing $1,000 travel voucher); David Carr, Van Kam (Okanagan Strata Management I-PAD 2); Cecilia Jans, At Your Fingertips (Tom Harris Cellular, a Nokia Lumia 620 cellular phone); Kim Chistianson, Interior Health (Tom Harris Cellular, a Nokia Lumia 620 cellular phone); Barry Vanderwyk, Alpine Building Maintenance (Progressive Waste Solutions —Samsung Galaxy Tab 3); Jordan Fisher, KGH, MarketPlace IGA Shopping Spree); Dean Radcliffe, Heartwood (London Drugs—43-inch Samsung Plasma TV); Dave Libbrecht ($100 Princess Auto Gift Certificate); Kathy Cousin, Interior Savings (Sleep Country Gift Basket); Ed Stang, Can Am Mobility (Heritage Office Furnishings leather chair); Paige Kendall and A. Gateley (both won a limited edition Robert Bateman Art Print called Family Hike sponsored by Get To Know Society and Mary Krupa); Jennifer Hamilton, Works Safe BC (quilt donated by Quilters at Rutland Seniors Centre). Look deep into your bags, as there are still a couple of grand prizes yet to be claimed.
Two weeks after the fire at their shop at 1140 Brant Ave., general manager Frank Vaski Jr. has his White Stag Auto Body back up and running. Although a bit scaled back in scope, White Stag is servicing the needs of all passenger vehicles and medium duty commercial truck and van customers. The shop has a portable office out in front of the main building that burned on Brant Avenue and their phone lines are in place. They will operate this way as they go through a full rebuild of their front flagship building, looking to be shiny and new for spring 2014. Call 250-762-2104 or Frank’s cell at 778-822-1956 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Local well-known local company Flair Air has made a 10 year deal with Shell Canada Energy to fly their workers from points across Canada into their projects in northern Alberta. The company has started a new division called North Sands Air Service and will be adding to its fleet of four Boeing 737 jets and also adding employees to fill the contract. Based out of the Kelowna airport under vice-president Chris
Lapointe, and an affiliate with Kelowna Flightcraft, Fair has flown for tour companies, government agencies and private corporations.
Okanagan College president Jim Hamilton has signed a contract extension with the college for another two years. He has served in the position since late 2004. Hamilton is the longest-serving president in the B.C. College system. His accomplishments in his nine years as president are many, seeing more than $100 million of new construction and expansion completed throughout the valley, more than 40 per cent enrolment growth and a rapid expansion in the array of programs offered.
Last Mountain CrossFit has opened at 2-2961 Gorman Rd. (beside Last Mountain Market in Glenrosa) owned and operated by husband and wife team Bryce and Terah Stetchman. Bryce is a certified CrossFit Coach with 20 years of fitness training experience and over four years teaching CrossFit methods. He also holds a certification in teaching CrossFit Powerlifting using the Westside Barbell system. Last Mountain teaches general physical preparedness skills including, mobility, kettlebell, powerlifting, conditioning, running, rowing, strongman, Olympic weightlifting, gymnastics, wilderness survival, mud/adventure racing, trail running, parkour and free running and stand-up paddle boarding to anyone aged eight to 88 in small groups (up to six) or individual classes. Classes are held six days a week at scheduled times in the morning, afternoon and evenings with personal training available by appointment. Their members are everyone from energetic elementary school kids to working professionals to weekend warriors and elite athletes and they offer free trial classes. Call 250-859-6905; www.LastMountainCrossFit.com.
Imagine, 50 years! The RCMP Auxiliary Constable Program will celebrate its 50th anniversary on Oct. 19 with a luncheon at the Ramada Hotel and Conference Centre. Not only does the RCMP Auxiliary complement regular members, they also perform traffic control, scene security duties, make neighbourhood inquiries for crime scenes, assist in evacuation and perform crime prevention duties. The auxiliary have averaged 12,000 volunteer hours per year for the past 10 years. Kelowna has always been a very strong leader in the province and Canada promoting auxiliary members and with them helping the RCMP in various duties it also means that the regular members can be put back on the street where they are needed. The entire auxiliary were very instrumental in assisting in both the 2003 Kelowna Fire and the 2009 Westside Fire with evacuations. The training classes for recruits are three months and there are presently 16 recruits in the program at this time and 55 regular members. They are an integral part of the RCMP and our community.
Mickie’s Pub, in the Ramada Hotel, plans to host a Halloween Pumpkin Carving Contest. Drop off your carved pumpkin on Oct. 31 between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Judging is at 6:30 p.m. (you do not have to be present to win). First prize is $100 in Mickie’s Bucks and 2nd prize is $50 in Mickie’s Bucks. It’s going to be a fun and scary night. Call 250-979-4548.
Club Wine Tour will host a Wine O Licious Halloween Wine Tour on Oct. 19 and 20, from 2 to 6 p.m., for $75/person. Enjoy three mystery wineries, appies, tastings and prizes for best spooky and creative costumes. Book early at 250-762-9951.
Started by Maizal Munif and winning the Social Awareness Award at Start-Up Weekend Okanagan a few months ago, crowd funding is underway for local startup called ChefShuffle.com. What is ChefShuffle.com? It’s letting your friends cook for you. They are building a web application that removes the hassle of cooking a meal every night by letting you exchange meals with your friends. By doing these exchanges, they encourage you to share your culture with your friends and build a sense of community. This is integrating social good into their system as well by building an option to donate a few extra meals portions to the less fortunate. ChefShuffle.com is running a fundraising campaign through Indiegogo where you can help them by purchasing perks such as a lobster and steak dinner or a cooking lesson on how to make butter chicken. So take a look and spread the word if you “like” it. Email email@example.com.
Fanny’s Furniture is celebrating 29 years in business. Bonnie and Ed Huber started Fanny’s in Vernon in 1984 and now have a 10,000 square foot store in Kelowna at 1794 Baron Rd., as well as a 30,000 square foot factory in Vernon where their solid wood furniture is manufactured. Eight years ago they started a cabinet division and called it Kekuli Bay Cabinetry, the only retail store in Western Canada that sells furniture and kitchen cabinets manufactured in the same factory in the Okanagan. Call 250-868-8444; www.fannysfurniture.com or www.kekulibaycabinetry.com
Sunday, October 20th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. is the date of the craft sale at the Rutland Senior Activity Centre, 765 Dodd Road. There will be lots of various crafts including quilted and knitted items and art work, along with preserves and baking. The Quilters at this Centre donated a beautiful handmade quilt for the Maxine DeHart – United Way, Ramada Hotel Drive-Thru Breakfast. It was won by Jennifer Hamilton (Work Safe B.C.).
Has your golf game gone to the dogs? Is your pet peeve a lack of time? Too pooped to walk your dog after golfing? Kelowna Springs Golf Club has a new and unique solution to all of these concerns. For the last half of October, they are inviting dog owners to bring their dog to the golf course for 9 holes after 3 p.m. on Friday, Saturdays and Sundays. Rules are: Fido must be leashed and stay off greens and tees; Fido poops, Fido’s owner clean up and Fido plays for free, but Fido must bring at least two of his/her best two legged friends. All this for $25 per person for nine holes walking and $35 per person riding. This is going to be a trial run offer. Call 250-765-4653 or go to www.kelownasprings.com
The Ninth Annual Halloween Haunt for Kids at Little Travellers’ Safety Village is October 26th at 395 Hartman Road. Sponsored by Western Financial Group, the event will feature a variety of ghoulish games, activities, prizes and the popular pedal cars will also be on hand. Call 250-765-3163.
Grief and Loss Therapist, Clair Jantzen will host “Compassion in the Hard Places: Companioning and Bereaved and Understanding Presence” will be November 6th from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at Willow Park Church, 439 Highway 33. Cost is $50 and $40 for multiple registrants from the same agency. Pre-registration required at 250-860-1998.
Birthdays of the week –Happy 80th Doug Ablett, born in Kelowna (Oct. 22); Jim Csek, Csek Creative (Oct. 18); Charlotte Springgate (Oct. 19); Ken Good (Oct. 20); Dennis Perley, Café Soleil (Oct. 20); Dieter Oldendorf (Oct. 20); Roxy Paul (Oct. 21); Anna Jacysyn, performer/singer (Oct. 23).