Photo: Contributed                                The staff at Keltech Environmental Ltd. in Kelowna, owned by Allan Robison.

Photo: Contributed The staff at Keltech Environmental Ltd. in Kelowna, owned by Allan Robison.

Straight from DeHart

Maxine Dehart celebrates careers, birthdays and nights out in Kelowna

Keltech Environmental Ltd. is a new company doing business in Kelowna for one year with offices located at 110-1649 Cary Rd.

Owned and operated by Allan Robison, who was formerly with Golder Associates for 20 years, Keltech specializes in environmental consulting and training services. They offer many environmental services, some of which are asbestos containing materials surveys and management, designate substances (lead based paints on building surfaces, mercury in equipment and fixtures, and radioactive building components) and asbestos abatement monitoring. Keltech can perform and support complex and time-sensitive assessments for any number of air quality concerns and provides mould/microbial contamination consulting, including air, bulk, surface and swab sampling and respirator fit testing services. The company also offers a full line of environmental consulting services, including environmental soil, water, vapour, air monitoring, geotechnical field support and respirator fit testing. Visit

Jen Zielinski has been appointed to the position of bureau chief of B.C., Interior South Division of Black Press Media. In her role, Jen will be responsible for both print and digital editorial across the B.C. Interior South Division. She joined Black Press in 2017 and was previously the Okanagan digital editor, shaping and directing Black Press’s transformation to a print/digital strategy. Dave Hamilton is the president of Black Press Media, Interior South Division.

Ronic and Annie Kwong, of the Wok Out Chinese take-out only restaurant in Glenmore at 111-437 Glenmore Rd. in the Glenmore Plaza (Brandt’s Creek), have a brand new website The take-out restaurant has not closed as stated on their former website—they just have a new website with all the updated menus. I have known Annie and Ronic for 30 years and they have fresh fabulous Chinese food. Call 250-763-3888. Open Tuesday to Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 8:30 p.m. Closed Mondays.

The Downtown Kelowna Association will host Downtown After 5 on Tuesday, Feb. 26, at the Kelowna Yacht Club, 5 to 7 p.m. Admission is $10 or bring a group of three for $25.

End of an era

Wally and Flo Rowney, of Wally’s Speedy Delivery, have retired after owning the business for 16 years. Walley formerly retired from Telus in 2002. Young entrepreneur Aaron Dickson is the new owner and will continue to operate the business under the same name. Aaron also owns and operates Kelowna Junk Removal. Call 250-718-0992.

Known as the perogy lady, Barb Dumbovic, of Barb’s Delights Restaurant at 88-2789 Highway 97 N in the Blue Heights Centre, celebrates her 9th anniversary in business on Friday, Feb. 15, with an incredible special on her famous mega breakfast and serving cake. The restaurant is open for breakfast and lunch Monday to Saturday with a large menu of home-made delights and of course perogies. Barb’s food is delicious and as the name says, Barb is truly a delight. Call 778-478-9921.


To Stephanie Chittick (Ramada Hotel) and Steven Panucci on the birth Feb. 5 of their daughter Avelina Sera Marie Panucci.

Csek Creative, founded by Nikki and Jim Csek, mark their 20th anniversary in business. From their early beginnings operating out of their living room, the Cseks now have three offices in the Thompson-Okanagan, with the head office at 1600-1631 Dickson Ave. in the Landmark 6. Csek Creative employs more than 40 people.

After a flood in October, Mavazi Apparel, at 1579 Pandosy St., next to Olive and Elle, was sold to Alicia Meier and will re-open in the spring after remediation and renovations are complete. Alicia is a local gal and retail veteran, being the former manager of Georgia Girl Vintage for seven years. The new business name will be Textile Apparel, focused on new and sustainable consignment clothing that is made with natural fibres of cotton, silk and wool, from fair wage and fair trade sources. Alicia is currently in the U.S. meeting with suppliers and selecting the store’s initial lines. Textile Apparel will be open for modern consignment daily.

Now Hiring

Lowe’s Canada (RONA) is recruiting to fill thousands of positions across Canada this spring with 30 positions available at the Kelowna RONA Home and Garden Centre, 1711 Springfield Rd. National Hiring Day for the company will be Saturday, Feb. 23. Candidates interested can visit RONA between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to learn more about the positions with management teams on site to accept applications and meet the candidates. Whether you are looking for a summer job, a career in home improvement or an opportunity to share your home improvement knowledge in your retirement, this is the time to attend the National Hiring Day.

Jeanette Cowan, Elaine Miller and Dawn Steel have joined Kelowna Hostesses. With 40 now in their membership, Kelowna Hostesses welcome you to join their wonderful organization and volunteer activities. Contact president Brenda Scruton at 250-452-6719 for more information.

Growing business

Headquartered in Kelowna, Innov8 Digital Solutions Inc., at 809 Finns Rd., has acquired Lang Business Systems and plans to expand its sales and service coverage into the West Kootenay region. Since 1984, Lang Business Systems has been a leading digital imaging sales and support company throughout the West Kootenays. Innov8 has a team of over 60 employees and seven locations across Vancouver Island and the B.C. Interior. Their focus is on providing synergies between the traditional market of digital imaging of copiers, printers and scanners and Managed IT solutions. Innov8 sells and supports office and IT technology solutions by Canon, Sharp, HP, Lexmark and many more. Andre Brosseau is the president of the company.

The Kelowna branch of the Institute of Corporate Directors will host a breakfast seminar Monday, March 4, at the Kelowna Yacht Club entitled “How to get on Boards.” The panel will include John Jennings, the co-lead of executive and director search at the Vancouver based Governance Advisory firm WATSON Inc. and Interior Savings director Rolli Cacchioni. An optional workshop will follow the breakfast event, offering attendees commentary on how to create a compelling directors profile. If you are interested in attending, register by clicking here. The ICD Kelowna’s branch executive is Tim Manning (chair), David Bond, David Burke, Ron Cannan, Lorraine Carruthers, Michael Conway and Robert Scott.

Mark your calendars

Sunday, March 3, for The Kelowna Buddhist Temple Semi-Annual Chow Mein Sale, 1089 Borden Ave. for pick-up from to 3 p.m. You can pre-order before Feb. 27 at 250-860-2980 or email Offered is Veggie/Pork Chow Mein, Inari Sushi, California Rolls, Pork Gyoza and a limited supply of frozen apple pies both regular sugar or Splenda. All proceeds go towards the maintenance and operation of the temple.

Congratulations to Prestige Hotels and Resorts for winning the Hospitality Blood Drive 2019.

Congratulations to Kelowna poet, Fern G. Z. Carr, whose debut poetry collection has been released by Silver Bow Publishing. Fern’s poetry has been published extensively worldwide from Finland to Mauritius and she has had her work recognized by the Parliamentary Poet Laureate. One of her poems is currently orbiting the planet Mars aboard NASA’S MAVEN spacecraft. Shards of Crystal is available for purchase on Amazon. To read excerpts from the book or to contact Fern, visit

Night of fun

Hands in Service presents their 5th Annual Magical Night of Laughter featuring the award-winning comedy of Dan Taylor as seen on CBC, the Winnipeg Comedy Festival and Los Angeles Inside Jokes, along with Kelowna’s magically talented Leif David. Join them for appetizers, cash bar, 50/50 draw, silent auction and wandering magician on Friday, March 1, at 6:30 p.m., at the downtown Okanagan Regional Library. Tickets $30. Call 250-861-5465 or $35 at the door. Hands in Service provide caring volunteer assistance with basic housekeeping, laundry and simple food preparation to mobility and health challenged individuals ages 19-64. Pam Watland is the Hands in Service field coordinator.

Art Evolution Gallery at the Delta Grand Hotel will feature photography artist Christopher Francis. As a professional photographer for 35 years, he originally studied classical photography under Frank Criccio and Don Blair, two of the most recognized award-winning photographers in North America.

Birthdays of the week

Happy Valentine’s Day; Laurie Gaymer (Feb. 13); Jim Laing (Feb. 13); Todd Cashin (Feb. 13); Buck LaRoche (Feb. 13); John Kilpatrick (Feb. 13); Jim Card (Feb. 13); Dale McKenzie (Feb. 14); Gary Kreller (Feb. 15); Seymour Zidle (Feb. 16); John McIntyre (Feb. 16); Philip Patara (Feb. 17); Bill Cook (Feb. 17); Arlene McClelland (Feb. 18); Tal Jandali (Feb. 18); Murli Pendharker (Feb. 19); Brad Campeau (Feb. 19); Don Favell (Feb. 19). In memory of my brother-in-law Rod Warnock (Feb. 17).

Maxine DeHart is a Kelowna city councillor and local hotelier. Contact her at 250-979-4546 or 250-862-7662. E-mail

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