Laurel D’Andrea is no stranger to working with tradeshows.
The owner of Beyond 50 magazine helped out with the Kelowna Community Resources Okanagan Volunteer Fair last September and can often be seen strolling by booths at many other community exhibitions.
That experience has helped her create—and sustain—a community fair of her own.
The second annual Staying Alive tradeshow took place Saturday at the Coast Capri Hotel.
Forty-five vendors dealing with “wellness, health, wealth and personal growth” set up booths for the event.
“I think health, wellness and personal growth are important for anybody, at any age,” said D’Andrea.
“A lot of the health shows are usually in the spring. I thought we should have it in the winter because it should be more preventative rather than after the fact.”
In its first year, the one-day health tradeshow brought out 387 people. D’Andrea figured that number was likely surpassed this year.
One theme of Staying Alive was the role technology is playing on health.
Cam Ellison, owner of Medasure Equipment Sales Inc., was showcasing an automated medication dispenser, which prevents users from taking too much, or not enough, medicine.
“Basically it’s like an automated blister pack—it’s lockable so people can’t overmedicate themselves,” said Ellison.
The pre-programmed machine sets off an alarm and dispenses the correct medication when it’s time for the owner to take his/her pills.
After the pills are taken and the dispensing tray is pushed back in, the machine will reset itself for the next alarm.
Ellison said the machine can be plugged in, but also has a battery pack back-up and can operate for up to three days without power in case of emergency.
The Kelowna and District Safety Council also had a booth set up at the Staying Alive tradeshow.
The nonprofit group offers refresher courses for older drivers who want to make sure they’re driving safely on the roads.
Duane Wheatley, a senior instructor with Kelowna and District Safety Council’s motorcycle training program, said drivers of all ages have a few bad habits, but their assessments can specifically help seniors fix some of the driving habits that have stuck around for many years.
To ensure visitors knew what this year’s exhibition had to offer, D’Andrea utilized the services of Telus Community Ambassadors. In return, she made a donation to the nonprofit organization.