Straight from DeHart

Milestones celebrated by Kelowna business

Shippers Supply, at 1888 Spall Road, is celebrating 15 years in business in Kelowna.

Managed by Ron Campbell, who has been with the company since 1988 and in Kelowna for the past couple of years, Ron is also a corporate trainer for the company with the Kelowna office employing four staff. A 100 per cent Canadian-owned private company started in 1975, Shippers Supply is both a manufacturer and distributor of quality packing supplies and warehouse equipment with its head office in Edmonton and nine locations across Western Canada. Shippers provides just about anything you would use in your shipping, warehouse and packaging departments. Some of the products the firm manufactures and distributes include corrugated boxes, labels, tags, printed packaging tape, pallet wraps, loose fill packing peanuts, label printers, pricing guns, stencil cutters and inks, dangerous goods labels, print cards, storage bins, pallet racking and shelving. Shippers also offer material handling equipment including pallet jacks, stackers, lift tables, conveyors, loading dock equipment, strip door curtains and door seals.

Accolades

The Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia has recognized Ken Laloge, a partner at Crowe MacKay LLP, with a fellowship (FCPA), the highest distinction that is bestowed upon a CPA within the accounting profession. Nominated and selected by a committee of their peers, CPABC’s Fellows are leaders, innovators and mentors known for their dedication and commitment to their community and to the CPA profession.

Speaking of Crowe MacKay LLP, the company has merged with TCG Professional Chartered Accountants LLP, a Sunshine Coast accounting and advisory firm. With three offices in Sechelt, Gibsons and Pender Harbour, these offices will officially be recognized as Crowe MacKay’s Sunshine Coast location.

Relocating from Alberta, partners Tad Desimone and Jeff Staheli have started new business Kinetic Evolution, located at 101–1810 Gordon Dr. (across from the Capri Centre). Tad is a strength and conditioning coach and Jeff is a sports chiropractor and nutrition coach. Kinetic Evolution is a new concept facility bringing next level movement training and therapy under one roof. Their team supports you like a high level athlete, with all the support and collaboration needed in a one-stop shop. Their services and five core foundations include personal training, strength and conditioning, chiropractic care, concussion management and nutritional coaching. They believe that exceptional training and therapy can create a profoundly life changing experience. Call 236-420-1090; www.kineticevolution.ca

Kudos to Luke Stack and the Society of Hope on receiving a prestigious provincial award in recognition of their ongoing support of the Canadian Armed Forces Reserves. Society of Hope employee Private Jesse Lawrence, a reservist with 30 Signals Regiment in Kelowna, nominated his employer to receive an award in the Best Practices in Employer Support, Small Organization category. The Society of Hope is extremely supportive of reservists and regularly gives them time off so they can participate in unit exercises, career courses and domestic operations. The company also tops-up the reservists’ pay to enable them to not be adversely affected by their service. The award will be formally presented at a ceremony in Vancouver.

Thanks to the staff members at Princess Auto on Spall Road who set me up with cleats for my walking shoes. They work like a charm in both snow and ice and are a bargain at $7.

QB Gelato, owned and operated by Victor Laderoute and Kevin Bojdaat 1884 Dayton St., has introduced a Supper Club. Beginning Feb. 27 and 28, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., and month ongoing, QB Gelato will host 10 guests to enjoy tasting plates featuring an array of unique main items and gelato and sorbets. Each menu item will be artfully paired with a wine or cocktail. Each dish is meant to awaken your imagination with creative ingredients not typically found in a gelato shop. Laderoute and Bojda will take dining to a new level with local guest chefs, sommeliers, winemakers or bartenders. Drop into QB and experience their extraordinary gelato as they are constantly creating new flavours. Watch for the March supper club gathering on March 20 and 21. For more information or reservations call 250-861-6622, @enjoyQBGelato or qbgelato.eventbrite.ca.

Jolene Laing is the new branch manager of ScotiaMcLeod at 600-1620 Dixon Ave. in Landmark 5. Jolene has been in the investment advisory industry since 1999, joining ScotiaMcLeod in 2005, working as branch manager of their Kelowna, Salmon Arm and Kamloops offices. Jolene still manages their White Rock branch along with the Kelowna branch and is a director at Scotia Wealth Management.

Pardeep Khrod has returned to the Interior (she grew up in Golden) to take on the new role as executive director for the Interior at the BC Cancer Foundation. Pardeep was previously a senior development officer with BCIT. Joining her is Carmen Weld, who after years as a digital news editor and journalist in the Okanagan with Black Press Media (Kelowna Capital News) and Castanet, has taken over the new role as development officer. The B.C. Cancer Foundation offices are located at 399 Royal Ave.

Congratulations

Congratulations to Ed Dickins for being awarded the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers. An official Canadian honour, this medal recognizes the exceptional volunteer achievements of individuals from across the country or abroad in a wide range of fields and is an official honour created by the Crown, recognizing living Canadians. The Chancellery of Honours, part of the Office of the Secretary of the Governor General administers the program.

The Kelowna Curling Club under the stewardship of general manager Jock Tyre was presented with the Tourism Kelowna Sport Hosting Award for its outstanding effort in hosting the 2018 Winn Rentals World Mixed Curling Championships on Oct. 13 to 20 as a 2018 premier event. Event co-chairs were Brendan Willis, of Raymond James, and Jeff Richards, general manager of Sunset Ranch. Canada took the gold, defeating Spain in the final. The championships was the fourth edition of the event, but the first time it was held outside Europe, with 140 of the world’s best curlers representing 35 international teams.

Fiona Lindquist, previously with the local RCMP Victim Services group, has transitioned from that role and joined Dr. Sam Reimer with Restoration Counselling Services. Fiona brings over 20 years of combined experiences in counselling, victim assistance and critical incident management services to the practice. In addition, Fiona utilizes a unique end of life Dignity Therapy pioneered by Dr. Harvey Chochinov in the Okanagan. Dignity Therapy produces a legacy document that captures the essence of a client’s life and it also benefits family and loved ones in their time of grief. www.restorationcounselling.com; 50-765-7085.

Happy 45th Anniversary

Will and Terry Hoogewoonink (Feb. 23).

Andrea East has become a partner in the firm of Pushor Mitchell LLP at 301-1665 Ellis St. Andrea is a business lawyer who guides her clients through complex commercial transactions and real estate projects. east@pushormitchell.com. Patrick Gaffney has also joined the firm as associate counsel and will be practicing in the firm’s family law group as associate counsel. gaffney@pushormichell.com.

Okanagan College Business Students are boasting bronze after capturing third place from a field of 30 student teams at the Scotiabank Canadian Case Challenge. The competition, which was held at Vanier College in Montreal, melds business strategy, marketing and management into one of the most challenging collegiate competitions in the country. Blair Baldwin, Okanagan School of Business professor and Mark Ziebarth coached the team.

Embrace Aging Month is March, 2019 with a full month of free seminars and activities. The Okanagan Men’s Shed will host an Open House, Cooking Demo and Shop Tour & Demonstrations on Sunday, March 10, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., at 555 Fuller Ave. Tips every man needs to cook like a pro with Chef Martin of the Chef in Stead will show techniques on how to cook meat like a pro. Registration is recommended at www.okanaganembraceaging.com or call 250-807-8072.

Birthdays of the week

Rodney Gray (Feb. 20); Tom Dyas (Feb. 20); Graham Lee (Feb. 20); Michael Lavigne (Feb. 22); Carmen Prive (Feb. 22); Grace Naka (Feb. 22); Lyle Isenor (Feb. 22); Bob McGowan (Feb. 23); Anita Kinasewich (Feb. 23); Gerry Deshayes (Feb. 23); Ben Bodnar (Feb. 23); Brydon Stappler (Feb. 23); Wayne (Kaktus) Farr (Feb. 24); Carol Lesiak (Feb. 24); Brenda Mole (Feb. 24); Trudy Ringer (Feb. 25); Brad Cronquist (Feb. 25); Mike Sizeland (Feb. 26).

Maxine DeHart is a Kelowna city councillor and local hotelier. Phone her at 250-979-4546 or 250-862-7662, e-mail maxdehart@telus.net.

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