A good way to get into the spring spirit is to visit the new location of Sun Country Furniture at 160-2463 Highway 97 in the Kelowna Crossing shopping centre.
Store owner Carol Dodge travels around the globe in search of the most skilled craftsmen and artisans to secure high quality and compelling outdoor furnishings available throughout Asia. This year’s collection features some extraordinary items such as eco-friendly pieces perfect for a green outdoor living experience. The store is chock-full of furniture made from driftwood, unique bar tables made with wood recycled from old ships, decorative items, artifacts, solar-powered outdoor umbrellas and the 2011 collection of the latest Sunbrella fabrics.
Sun Country is truly an expert backyard outfitter. Call 250-860-9088; www.suncountryfurniture.com.
CGA and CA Robert Ohlmann has returned to Kelowna to join Schneider Sample Certified General Accountants. The firm will now be known as Schneider Sample Ohlmann Certified General Accountants, located at 100-1449 St. Paul St. Well-known CGA Arnie Schneider and Patricia Sample started the practice of Schneider Sample in the same location in 2002. Robert and his family formerly owned and operated the Burger Baron restaurants. Call 250-763-3066.
TAC Mobility, a Western Canada leader in the wireless communications industry, has appointed well-known industry professional Jim Milne as senior vice-president and managing director. With his proven record of growth in the wireless communications industry, Milne will be responsible for strategic sales planning, budgeting, regional directors of sales and marketing, retail operations, product distribution, education and training. Three new regional directors of sales and marketing positions have also been created. Congratulations to Kelly Olson (Okanagan Valley), Angelo Perizzolo (Alberta) and Kari Searle (Lower Mainland). TAC Mobility now has 29 locations in Western Canada. Mort Downey is group vice-president sales and service. Call TAC locally at 250-861-8848.
Bob Chisholm, managing partner of Kaye’s Bee’s Apiary, has been elected president of the Kelowna Farmers and Crafters Market. The market operates outdoors on the corner of Springfield and Dilworth, Wednesdays and Saturdays from April to October, with a summertime Thursday night market as well. Winter markets from November to March operate on Saturdays out of the Parkinson Recreation Center. Bob Callioux is the market manager. Call 250-878-5029.
Had the pleasure of dining at Bina’s Beijing Cooking House, 573 Lawrence Ave., owned and operated by Bina Qu and husband Dongmin Lai. The restaurant has a new chef, Wei Dong, who relocated from Beijing having formerly worked at the five-star Beijing Sheraton Hotel. The restaurant serves authentic Beijing cuisine. Bina is warm and welcoming and proud of their delectable food, which is unique and different from ordinary Western Chinese food with phenomenal taste and presentation. We tried the Shanghai Greens with Black Mushrooms, Fish King (fish filet in master chili sauce), Sizzling beef, Kung Pao Chicken (curd chicken, veggies, peanuts) and Curry Prawns. They offer an extensive menu, with dishes prepared from mild to spicy. The daily fresh lunch buffet is only $6.99 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. It would be a great place to grab a bite before the hockey games with excellent parking or going with a group so you can try a variety of dishes like we did. Call 250-762-7000.
This year’s win is historic for the Thompson-Okanagan chapter of Advocis, the financial advisors association of Canada. In the nearly 100 years of competition, there has never been a “three-repeat” win, but our local Advocis chapter has done just that. Based on criteria including education, advocacy, membership growth and professional practice, the Thompson-Okanagan chapter was presented with the Totem Pole Award for the third consecutive year.
Lance Kayfish has been re-elected to a one year term as chair of the Okanagan College Board of Governors. He is a risk management expert for the City of Kelowna.
Oscar nominees and celebrity VIPs will take home a little piece of B.C. at the 83rd annual Academy Awards. Kelowna-based Signature Woodcraft, owned by Jeff Greenup, specializing in high-quality custom woodwork, was invited to supply 100 gift sets for the famous red carpet style lounge VIP gift bag. The trendy package is given to celebrities visiting the lounge at the Four Seasons Beverly Wilshire Hotel before the Oscar ceremony. After close inspection of the invitation to become a sponsor and realizing it was genuine, Greenup set to work conceiving and signing a unique three-piece set of custom wood products to send off to Hollywood. The 100 slender white boxes contained three unique engraved items— a bookmark, key chain and ruler in 1950s retro-style graphics.
Chef Perry Bentley, instructor of Okanagan College’s Culinary Arts Program, is the latest recipient of the Spirit of Kelowna Award for his ongoing promotion of culinary events in our community, his involvement with the Okanagan Chefs Association, and for his recent judging in the Canadian Culinary Championships.
Open year-round, the Ousia Day Spa is located in The Borgata Lodge at the Okanagan Golf Club with a second location at Silver Star Ski Resort. Owner Sarah Failler has operated the business for 10 years and offers various types of massage, aesthetics energy balancing, fitness training and more recently specializing in inch loss treatments. She also offers The Eurowave instant specific inch loss system and the universal contour wrap using local and natural ingredients. Check out her great specials. Call 778-753-5717;www.ousiadayspa.com.
The Okanagan Business Students Association’s 32nd annual Business Banquet on March 24 at the Coast Capri, brings together key players from the business community, public life, academia and professional organizations. The keynote speakers of this high-profile event will be Chris Emery and Larry Finnson, the Canadian marketing powerhouses behind the Clodhoppers Candy success story and two of Canada’s greatest young entrepreneurs. I am delighted to be the honourary president of the OBSA for the next two years. If you would like to sponsor the event (different levels available) contact Greg Krasichynski at 250-575-4916, 250-762-6091or firstname.lastname@example.org. Keep tuned for more details.
Total Office Business Furnishings at 420 Banks Rd., owned by Roy Collins, supplies mid to high-end environmentally friendly Canadian manufactured home office and commercial furniture for small, mid to large size private businesses, corporations or government institutions. Total Office offers several lines of systems furniture, mobile furniture, architectural wall systems, ergonomic seating, storage and filing, free standing case goods and ergonomic accessories. For the price conscious, the store also provides an array of pre-owned items such as desks, chairs, filing and partitions. Call 250-717-1626; www.totalofficebc.ca.
The e-mail and web-site of Prestige Senior Services LLP, a new business owned and operated by partners Debbie Larry and Barb Montgomery, is email@example.com and www.prestigeseniorservices.ca. Call 250-863-8093.
It was a delight to attend, as a guest speaker, the Kelowna Royal Purple Lodge 56’s 71st anniversary party. Visitors and members of the Royal Purple attended from Keremeos, Salmon Arm, Vernon, Okotoks, Alberta and Swan River, Sask. Along with an incredible potluck lunch, there was a silent auction and raffle draw. Chair officers are Vi Allardice (president) and Elaine Freeman (past-president) with officers Sandra Wardell, Rose Cross, Elsie Chahley, Sonja Rosco, Phyllis Mintram, Teresa Pugleise and historian Becky Wilson in attendance. The Royal Purple is very active in the community donating to numerous charities and is looking for new members.
The Central Okanagan Hospice Association, with funding from the Central Okanagan Foundation, will host noted researcher, author and teacher Dr. Phyllis Silverman on April 7, 7 p.m., at the Ramada Hotel. Long involved with bereavement and how death is dealt with in our society, Silverman is Professor Emerita at Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health, Harvard Medical School and a scholar in residence at Brandeis University Women’s Studies Research Centre. She will look at mourning as a life cycle, a meaningful look at what is often considered an uncomfortable topic. For tickets call 250-763-5511.
The first early-bird draw in the Westbank Lions Club Raffle of $200 was won by Vi Ferko. Her ticket will be re-entered into the draw for the grand prize of a GIO Electric Scooter. The next early-bird draw for $200 is March 17 with the main draw for the scooter on July 2. Tickets are only $1 available from any Westbank Lions member. Call 250-768-2322.
When was the last time you went dancing with your honey? BrainTrust Canada will host a fundraiser on Saturday, March 12, 8 p.m. at Mission Hall. A local band, Ethel, comprised of four regular guys who play covers of ’60s tunes. A reputable source tells me it’s the best dance music ever. It’s also very neat that BrainTrust Canada’s chief executive officer Doug Rankmore plays in the band. Tickets are only $20 with food and beverages available. For tickets call 250-762-3233.
Big thanks to both Amy Stetzl and Darcy Smith at Staples for their help and excellent customer service.
Birthdays of the week: Anita Kinasewich (Feb. 23); Ben Bodnar (Feb. 23); Gerry Deshayes (Feb. 23); Terry Hynes (Feb. 24); Carol Lesiak (Feb. 24); Mike Sizeland (Feb. 25); Lizann Allan (Feb. 26); Kit Carson, Peachland (Feb. 25); Vern Nielsen (Feb. 28); Ken Laloge, MacKay LLP (Feb.28).
Maxine DeHart is a Kelowna hotelier. Phone her at 250-979-4546, fax 250-860-3173.