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Kelowna’s 40 under 40: Col, Grassmick

The Kelowna Chamber’s Top 40 Program has returned for 2024

The Kelowna Chamber’s Top 40 Program has returned for 2024. The program recognizes and honours individuals in the community who take leadership, philanthropy, and business to the next level.

Honouree: Dr. Christine Col
Move RX Performance & Wellness


“Life is 10% what happens to you, and 90% of how you react to it.” Dr. Christine Col

Christine Col is founder and clinic director of Move RX Performance and Wellness. She holds a Doctor of Chiropractic, Bachelor of Kinesiology, is a certified FRC Mobility Specialist, and is a multi-year weightlifting champion. Christine is big on being part of the community, leading local hikes and bringing women together with the Okanagan Chapter of Women Who Explore group.

A high performer and achiever, Christine has a strong drive that extends into leadership at the clinic. She wants to see everyone succeed and does all she can to ensure her team is supported in all avenues through encouraging a fun, safe, and supportive environment. One of Christine’s proudest achievements is using educational workshops at Move RX to raise money for local charities like the Foundry, Kelowna Women's Shelter, and this year Paws it Forward.

Christine volunteers and coaches the Special Olympics Powerlifting team, provides support for the Okanagan’s Mens Basketball Team and therapy support at sporting events in the city, and is on the board of Kelowna Women in Business. As a woman business owner in the community, Christine mentors women entrepreneurs and values having the opportunity to help other female business owners succeed.

Honouree: Melissa Grassmick

“Advocate for what you need - your health, your community, your family - if you don't, no one will do it for you. Create positive change at every opportunity.” Melissa Grassmick

Melissa Grassmick stepped away from a career in hospitality management to care for her daughter full-time after her daughter suffered a spinal cord injury that left her paralyzed from the waist down. She holds a Business Administration Diploma and has been devoted to caring for her children. In the coming months, Melissa plans to work with PlayWorld playgrounds to assist clients undertaking inclusive playground projects across North America.

As a leader, Melissa is customer-service focused. With her team she gets to the point quickly and encourage others to work expeditiously. One of Melissa’s most memorable achievements was as Senior Conference Services Manager at the Delta Grand Okanagan, hosting the Kingdom of Morocco to ensure a seamless stay for the Queen, Prince, Princess, and their guests.

Melissa spearheaded Julia's Junction Inclusive Play Space in partnership with the City of West Kelowna and PURKIDS Foundation, raising $900,000 to construct West Kelowna's first fully inclusive community playground. She is Director of Fundraising for the West Kelowna Rotary Club, a member of the City of West Kelowna's Accessibility and Inclusion Committee, and Okanagan Regional Library's Accessibility and Inclusion Advisory Committee. Melissa was named “Citizen of the Year” by the Greater Westside Board of Trade in 2023.