HODGE: Contemplating good and colourful lies

“My lying skill even surprised Tez”

I admit to a significant level of sinister suspicion while self searching my soul and sin level. Despite nearly 10 years involved in small-p politics I’m stunned how easily I drooled out a bold faced lie two months ago and held it secret for more than 45 days.

It was too easy. Frightfully so.

I convinced myself it was OK since it was a “good lie” one of those we somehow excusably justify as a “white lie,” which I gather is somehow different from a pink lie or green lie or blue lie. Regardless, the lie slipped out of me with ease, like dirt creeps under a fingernail.

My lying skill even surprised Tez who listened as I spewed it forth to my eagerly unsuspecting friend.

I asked lifelong buddy Jim LeGuilloux to attend the Kelowna Civic Awards and accept an award on my behalf, suggesting I was out of town. I lathered the lie with soapy words about how the award was related to my work in music and Jim, a professional musician, knew my past and was comfortable in front of crowds. Not sure why he figured I actually deserved such an award but he bought it anyway.

For two months Tez and I struggled to keep our secret silent, not daring to mention it in case word got out. The Anita Tozer is the highest honour a Kelowna resident can receive for lifelong commitment through volunteer work. It’s awarded by unanimous vote of City Council and kept secret until the night of the awards.

Jim perfectly fit the criteria. This year marks the 25th the talented singer, songwriter, recording artist, engineer and producer has organized and played the Rock4Kids day long concert to raise money for the KidsCare campaign. In 2017, the event brought in $18,000, pushing the total amount raised to $300,000 since Jim started.

That’s just the tip of the volunteer iceberg for Jimmy. He donated his talents both on stage and behind the scenes for ten years of Night of the Arts concerts (a fundraiser for homeless), and over the years has volunteered for various United Way events, cancer campaigns, awareness programs involving children, and those with special needs. LeGuilloux’s willingness to help others is unparalleled in the Okanagan music scene. One of the original musicians to volunteer to play Kelowna Pride (the precursor to our current Music in the Park program) Jim has been a part of Kelowna’s musical landscape for more than 30 years. Most recently he was part of the Rafts of Medusa and Rock of Ages musical-theatre shows.

Most importantly Jimmy has always been a huge asset to up and coming musicians by mentoring, teaching, coaching and being a top notch award-winning producer and engineer.

Making my fib even more fun, however, was the last minute need to replace the opening musical act for the awards night after the original group had to bail. With no time left on the clock Jimmy, once again unsuspecting of what was going to unfold, volunteered to play a few songs and lead the crowd in O’ Canada.

Watching the shocked look of total surprise on his face last week when he was announced the actual winner of the award was well worth the two months of suffered silence.

Well done and well deserved Jim.

***

Speaking of winners in the music world – yet another local class act has been awarded for great work.

Wentworth Music has been named one of the Top 100 Music Stores and Music Schools in the World by NAMM (The National Association of Music Merchants)! Only five in Canada were awarded this distinction.

The award is based on, “community support and commitment to building the next generation of musicians, through opportunity, making a difference in people’s lives through music.

“While there are thousands of great NAMM member retail stores out there, a theme that emerges with this year’s Top 100 is an unwavering commitment to helping people of all ages begin their musical journey and then keep them actively engaged in music making for the long haul,” affirmed Joe Lamond, NAMM President and CEO.

Way to go Noel Wentworth and family. Your hard work with youth and the community is greatly valued.

***

Last but not least a warm memorial event is planned May 9 for former well known Kelowna citizen Ken Harding. At 11 a.m. at Kinsmen Park the K-40 and Kelowna Kinsmen Club along City representatives, friends and family manager will gather to honour Ken. A picnic table will be presented to the Harding family and placed permanently in the park acknowledging Harding’s many years of love and dedication to Kelowna.

Truly a Kelowna icon Ken was active in nearly everything including: President of the Chamber of Commerce, a Rotarian, Central Okanagan Foundation, founding member of Bursary and Scholarship Society, B.C.I.T., United Way, Bold Horizons Campaign, Safety Council and the Gellatly Nut Farm. He was previously honored by receiving the Queens’ Jubilee Medal, Honorary Fellow of Central Okanagan College, Fred Macklin Memorial Award, and member of the Board of First United Church. He was also well known for his partnership in the Whillis Harding Insurance Agency with Jim Whillis. Ken passed away May 9, 2017.

Just Posted

The annual Kikinee Salmon Festival returned to Kelowna

The family day of fun encouraged kids to learn about Mission Creek Park

Lake Country approved rules for pot shops

District ready to deal with retail applications once pot becomes legal in Canada Oct. 17

Kelowna mayoral candidate’s sign set aflame

Bobby Kennedy’s sign was set on fire on Saturday morning

PHOTOS: Vernon Minor Football full of family fun

Three games against Kelowna Junior Sun Sunday, Sept. 23

Long awaited second power line in West Kelowna postponed

The power line was set to be completed in 2020 and will now be installed in 2025

Meet the Chef: Kai Koroll, executive chef at Block One restaurant

Koroll honours the terroir of the Okanagan in every dish he serves

Whitecaps see playoff dreams fade after 2-1 loss to FC Dallas

Goal in 87th minute seals Vancouver’s fate

B.C. students send books to displaced students of Hornby Island school fire

Maple Ridge elementary school teacher says students learned about acts of kindness

Trans Canada now open west of Chase, ‘heavy delays’

Few details available about crash that closed Trans Canada Highway west of Chase Sunday, Sept. 23

Oliver to get new sheriff from graduating class

Oliver will be one of a number of B.C. communities to get a member of the recent graduating class

Trump drains oxygen from Trudeau foreign policy with PM, Freeland bound for UN

A lot has changed since the Liberals came to power in Canada in 2015

B.C. man fined $15,000, barred from trading securities for fraud

Larry Keith Davis used money from an investor to pay personal bills

Emergency crews investigate small sulphuric acid spill in Kootenays

IRM states a small volume of less than one cup and three dime-sized drips were leaked from carrier

Most Read