New Rona manager carries on support of drive-thru

Gift certificates to Kelowna's Rona store will be included in some breakfast bags for the annual Maxine DeHart drive-thru breakfast in support of the United Way on Thursday.

Matt Wachter is the new store manager of Rona store in Kelowna on Springfield Road.

He started with Rona 16 years ago in Calgary and was the assistant manager previously in the Kelowna store before taking over as store manager. Rona has 160 employees and are excellent members of the community. They have graciously agreed to become a major sponsor of the Maxine DeHart—United Way, Ramada Hotel Drive-Thru Breakfast, which takes place Thursday, Oct. 6, from 6 to 9 a.m.  You might be lucky enough to find one of their Rona gift certificates in your breakfast bag. So, walk, drive, blade or bike into the Ramada Hotel from Enterprise Way and support the United Way. Remember, all donations raised go directly to the United Way and stay right here in our own community, and absolutely no administration costs are attached to the drive-thru event.

More Drive-Thru Breakie news: 99.9 Sun FM presents Avril Lavigne in concert at Prospera on Saturday, Oct. 8.  Make sure you check your breakfast bag as you could be the lucky winner of a pair of tickets for the concert… 101.5 EZ Rock’s Instant Teller is giving one lucky person $101.50 plus one entry to their EZ Rock Sandals Suitcase Party, where there will be a draw for four prize trips for two to Jamaica. So, check those bags and listen to Andy & TJ and 99.9 Sun FM, both broadcasting live from the drive-thru on Oct. 6…Spincaster.comwho will be busy tweeting for the next four days promoting the drive-thru event. Follow them on Twitter the morning of Oct. 6 to get all the updates…Sunvalley Window Cleaners will donate a 60-foot Boom Lift in the Ramada Hotel parking lot facing Enterprise Way to hoist a sign in to help promote the drive-thru to passing motorists, thanks to the support of Sunvalley owner Martin McDermott.

After 25 years, The Evans Gallery and Framing has quietly disappeared from the art scene. Wayne and Julie Evans built their award-winning business with quality products and exceptional service. They sold the gallery in the summer of 2010 to out-of-province buyers, who now find themselves unable to relocate and decided to close the business. As a gesture of thanks to the community that supported them for so many years, the Evans have again donated a framed artist’s proof of a Robert Bateman limited edition to the Maxine DeHart—United Way, Ramada Hotel Drive-Thru Breakfast. The Evans through their gallery have been drive-thru sponsors for many years. Wayne also wishes to advise everyone that certain aspects of his expertise will be available on a limited freelance basis. Call him at 250-878-3635.

Scott Nielsen has joined the Ramada Hotel as their new front desk supervisor. Nielsen has relocating back to Kelowna from Castlegar, and has worked in many hotels as well as being a firefighter.

Martha and Mario Guadalajara have opened Los Jarros Café, right inside the Kelowna Rona store on Springfield.

It’s open seven days a week with Canadian and authentic Mexican fare, all home-made. The Guadalajaras have lived in Kelowna for three years and are a delightful couple.

An Okanagan e-commerce business owner has been chosen to participate in the upcoming Canadian eBay Entrepreneur Awards for 2011. Louise Kneller, of Resale Vintage, has been chosen as a finalist for the top category of “Canadian eBay Entrepreneur of the Year.”

Lots of news from the firm of Benson Law LLP. Terry McCaffrey has joined the firm as a partner. He will oversee the firm’s litigation department. His practice focuses on personal injury law, including ICBC claims, Canada Pension Plan, the Workers’ Compensation Act, out of province motor vehicle accidents and commercial litigation. He has made appearances on behalf of clients at all three B.C. provincial court levels, and has practiced laws both here and in Ontario. He has also worked in a business capacity internationally in Switzerland and New York and with Indian and Northern Affairs. Call 250-491-0206;

Kevin (K.J.) Anderson has relocated from Edmonton to join Benson Law LLP. His areas of practice are tax, business succession and estate and trust planning. Anderson has also worked with developers and commercial bankers on housing projects and individual real estate, purchases and sales. He has extensive experience in mutual funds, segregated funds, stocks and bonds and life insurance, all of which he will advise on from a tax perspective. Call 250-491-0206;

Crystal Maltesen has also joined  Benson Law LLP as an associate. Maltesen is new to the legal profession, having moved to Kelowna after completing her articling law degree requirements for a firm in Nanaimo. She has appeared in provincial court numerous times for both family and criminal matters and has joined the executive of the Okanagan Mortgage Lenders Association. Call 250-491-0206;

Certified jazzercise instructor Paula Cowan has moved to Kelowna and started jazzercise classes, burning up to 600 calories in one fun and powerfully effective 60 minute total body workout. Every jazzercise group fitness class combines dance-based cardio with strength training and stretching to sculpt, tone and lengthen muscles for maximum fat burn, choreographed to today’s hottest music. It is a fusion of jazz dance, resistance training, Pilates, yoga and kickboxing. Call 250-718-9929;

Certified specialists in pediatric dentistry, Dr. Shylon Mathew and Dr. Natalie Mathew-Sanche (husband and wife), have opened  ToothZone Kids Dental Centre at 225-1634 Harvey Ave. Their goal is to provide infants, children, adolescents and those with special needs dental care in a safe, comfortable and kid-friendly manner. ToothZone Kids hopes to provide a positive and unique dental experience that is just for kids. All treatment rooms have TVs on the ceiling with videos to watch, along with video games in the waiting room. They treat children starting at age one. No referral is needed. Call 778-484-5437;

Just when you think there are no new marketing ideas left, check out  The Okanagan Wedding Network. A unique website created by Jerry Mason of In-focus Videography (250-448-6476), Bob Graham of Air Waves Music (250-860-8031) and Hal Puder of TTM Events (250-868-8255), it’s an effort to provide a comprehensive and effective, yet simple resource designed in particular for the destination wedding market. Currently, there are few venues listed when a Google search is done in comparison with what is actually available for ceremonies, receptions or both. It all starts with the venue—there’s no wedding without it. With this in mind, a website was developed free from advertising that is a directory that lists venues, first by a video professionally produced by Mason and then it is navigated by icons and links. They currently have 36 venues listed and once it is complete, the plan is to enlist vendors or network partners gleaned from each venues preferred list and other credible suppliers. Finally, everyone is put together in a networking event that will be held in November. The economic benefits are obvious and to ensure your listing on this revolutionary website, contact any of the OWN partners. See for more information.

Happy 70th anniversary Brian and Helen Burnell on Oct. 7 .

The new Canada West School of Professional Groomers is located at 2409A Main St. in West Kelowna. It’s a training school for people seeking a career working with dogs in the grooming industry. CWSPG is a unique school of its kind in Canada, offering a six month program, meeting the demand and need for qualified, trained professional groomers. Owned and operated by Marlene Adams, the school offers six months of full-time classes. Students receive training on canine first aid, anatomy and dog behaviour; personal growth, communication and code of ethics and salon management. The students are  always with an instructor, use modern equipment, leave with a full grooming kit, receive training on many different breeds, work in an open relaxed concept school and receive assistance in finding employment. One really great deal for the public is that anyone letting students groom their dogs receives a 50 per cent discount. Call 778-754-5999;

Two nurses, Tina Parkes and Sheri Hickin, have started a new pre- and post-natal support business called Blissful Baby Planning for expectant parents. Their services include private and group pre-natal classes, private breastfeeding support, newborn care and postpartum support. Both ladies have years of nursing experience in labour and delivery, newborn intensive care and postpartum nursing. They have the knowledge and experience to provide support to families with complex situations such as multiple pregnancies, high-risk pregnancies and adoption and will tailor the classes to meet the client’s specific needs. Call 250-215-3125;

Registered clinical counsellor Brenda Forster will host an eight week program, beginning Oct. 6, that teaches particular mindfulness practices that will help people cultivate a deeper understanding of their unique challenges and mobilize their inner resources for coping, healing and engaging with life in a healthy way. Established at the University of Massachusetts Medical School more than 30 years ago, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction is an engaging and often life-changing program for people struggling or suffering with physical or emotional health issues, for those feeling the effects of stressful life situations, or even those of us who simply want to discover tools for living life more fully. Call 250-860-0197;

Kudos to Judy Lloyd who finished 4th in the World Aquathlon Championship (2.5k run, 1k0 swim, 2.5 km run) and tied for 10th in her age group in the World Triathlon Championship in Beijing, China. Congrats to Mark Fromberg, the only other participant from Kelowna who also finished 10th in his age group.

In 2000, a computer lab was set up at the Water Street Senior Centre after a need for computer learning for seniors was identified. Courses were developed and offered to seniors from the basics for new computer users to speciality type courses for those wishing to become more involved with their home computers. The computer lab is operated by the Water Street Senior Centre Society and all instructors are volunteer seniors themselves. Continuing computer help is also offered. Call Marie at 250-762-4108

Birthdays of the week: Dave Proctor (Oct. 5); Taryn Herz, 101-5 EZ Rock, Astral Media (Oct. 6); Marlene Murray (Oct. 6); Barb Martindale (Oct. 7); Kelly Padula (Oct. 7); Cathy Locke (Oct. 8); Karen Roen, Ramada Hotel (Oct.9).

Maxine DeHart is a Kelowna hotelier. Phone her at 250-979-4546, fax 250-860-3173, email


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