Straight From DeHart – April 25, 2018

Towne Centre Post Office at 571 Bernard Avenue is celebrating their 25th anniversary on May 1. Owned and operated by Terry Rychjohn, along with the popular Canada post office and lottery, the store is chock-full of souvenirs, cards, gifts. T-shirts, mugs, carvings, jewellery, hoodies, sweatshirts and lots of plush toys. If you are looking for something either made in Canada or the Okanagan this is the place to find it, along with aboriginal and first nation’s art work and merchandise. There is a   great selection of Canadian items including flags and maple syrup. A very popular item is the dreamcatchers that are made in Canada by Indigenous people. To celebrate, on May 1 they will be offering 25% off goods in the store with the exception of the post office and lottery. Open seven days a week. Linda Bennetts is the manager.

<who>Photo Credit: Contributed</who>Terry Rychjon - owner of Towne Centre Post Office

Kathy Michaels is the new managing editor of the Kelowna Capital News and the first woman editor of a newspaper in Kelowna. Kathy has worked at the paper since 2010, mostly covering courts and community issues. Before joining the Kelowna Capital News she worked at, an online news site, the Penticton Western News and a couple of other B.C. newspapers.  Kathy holds a bachelor of journalism. The Kelowna Capital News is a division of Black Press. [email protected]

Family lawyer and litigator, John Chandler, formerly with Rush Ihas Hardwick LLP has joined the firm of Kwasnicki Law at 206-437 Glenmore Road in the Glenvalley Plaza. Cal 250-868-9998 or [email protected]

Manager of Environmental Services at the Regional District of Central Okanagan, Peter Rotheisler, M.Sc., P.Ag. has accepted a new position with SNC Lavalin as Territory Manger, BC Interior. Peter will be leaving the Regional District on April 27th. Call 250-469-6259 or [email protected].

Well-known philanthropist, Thomas (Tom) Alan Budd was the recipient of the prestigious District 21 – 2018 Toastmasters International Communications and Leadership Award. The award was established to honour a leading citizen in the District who has demonstrated their communication and leadership skills in the field of their expertise or in service to their community. Tom is a respected former investment banker and has supported many charities and causes in our area. In addition to speaking publicly about mental health issues, Tom has partnered with the Canadian Mental Health Association to promote an upcoming mental health awareness event: Ride Don’t Hide taking place on June 24 in cities across Canada. Visit

Olympia Greek Taverna at 145 Highway 33 West in Rutland is celebrating 50 years in business and 45 years in Rutland. To mark this incredible occasion they are inviting new and existing clients to the restaurant on April 28 and 29 with special pricing. First come, first serve with no reservations from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.  Along with their mother Millie, who is still helping at the restaurant, MikeChris and their daughter Kazi Kousantonis all work in the restaurant. Its’s truly a three generation business.

TerraWest Environmental with offices in Nanaimo and Langford on the Island and in Prince George, have opened a fourth office in Kelowna at #5 – 1414 Hunter Court. The company is an environmental consultancy, privately owned entity growing in both geographic area and client base. They have been in their current form for 10 years and are qualified environmental professionals with numerous specialists, including chemists, biologists, aerologists, technologist and are AHERA certified for hazardous materials. TerraWest is a full service environmental consulting firm who specialize in contaminated sites, riparian area regulation, spills, erosion/sediment control and hazmat surveys. Their business area encompasses the Okanagan, Kootenays and Thompson-Nicola regions, working with financial institutions (environmental due diligence), land owners, construction companies, developers (erosion hazmat surveys), home owners, realtors (oil tank removal) and various levels of government (spill planning and response). Matthew Barnett is the manager of Okanagan Operations.

<who>Photo Credit: Contributed</who>TerraWest Environmental (L to R) Adam Mabbot (VP Operations), Andrew Kuiper (Environmental Technician), Alister Frayling (CEO), Matthew Barnett (Manager of Okanagan Operations)

David Knapp, formerly with CIBC has taken on a new role at Refresh Financial as Director of Strategic Partnerships & Development. Founded by entrepreneur Michael Wendland and with 80 employees, the main headquarters are located in Kelowna.

The newest Business Development Officer for the Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission is Stephanie Slaman. Stephanie works to facilitate collaboration and engagement with stakeholders for positive community outcomes. With over 10 years’ experience in government, non-profit and the private sector Stephanie will bring a multi-sectored perspective to community-building. Call 250-469-6282 or [email protected]

URBA’s Uptown After Hours is Wednesday, May 2nd from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. hosted by new business Garcha Bros. Meat Shop & Poultry that recently opened in Plaza 33 at #41-301 Hwy. 33 West. $10.00 per person.

Symmetry Studio has much to celebrate.  Owner, Laurie Paxton has just celebrated two years of providing beautiful brows, eyeliner, lip blush and lash lifts. She is now excited to offer Plasma Skin Tightening to her services.  This innovative technology utilizes heat to the targeted area and sends fibroblasts and lays down collagen and elastin fibres, which promotes plumping and tightening to the skin. This non-surgical rejuvenation is the perfect solution for hooded eyes, crow’s feet, smile lines, neck, stomach, skin tags, tattoo removal, stretch marks and scar removal. This non-invasive treatment leaves no bruising or bleeding with minimal down time and immediate results. For a complimentary consultation call 778-581-8848 or [email protected].

<who>Photo Credit: Contributed</who>The Symmetry Studio - owner Laurie Paxton

Hudson’s Bay is hosting a Spring Glow Beauty Show on Saturday, April 28th from 6:15 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., featuring gifts with purchase, demonstrations, fashion show, wine tastings, appies, candy bar, DJ and photo booth. Tickets $10.00 with $8.00 towards your purchase and $2.00 donated to Look Good Feel Better, a charity program that helps women deal with the appearance related effects of cancer. Buy a beautiful LGFB tote for $25.00 with any cosmetic or fragrance purchase and $12.00 of each tote sold will also be donated to LGFB. Tickets on sale in cosmetics department. Call 250-860-2483 (360).

The Royal Canadian Legion Garage and Bake Sale is Sunday, April 29 from 8:00 a.m. to noon at 1380 Bertram Street. If you would like to donate come baking goods, call Linda at 250-762-4207 and is anyone has any quality items to donate to the Legion table, they can be dropped off on Saturday, April 28th.

Distinctly Kelowna Tours has been awarded the Wine Tour Operator of the Year Award in Kelowna by Luxury Travel Guide, The Americans Awards 2018. This award represents the pinnacle of hospitality achievement, championing the best in their respective fields. Debbie Dupasquier is the owner of Distinctly Kelowna Tours.

The Okanagan College Basketball Community Gala and Sponsor Recognition Night (Coyotes/Kelowna Minor Basketball) is May 3rd at Okanagan College Restaurant Infusions at 6:00 p.m. Cost is $25.00. There will be amazing food, fabulous silent auction items, cash bar with Big Surf Beer and Sumac Ridge Wines. For more information contact JoAnn Gini at [email protected]

Due to popular demand, Rosanne TingMak Brown of Kelowna Closet Cleanout has added the West Kelowna Closet Cleanout on May 6th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 the Westbank Lions Hall. The event supports the food bank and leftover clothing goes to Mamas for Mamas. There are door prizes, eyebrow threading or henna by donation and you pick-up some incredible deals on clothing. or 250-864-3480.

Okanagan Festival Singers Spring Concert is May 5th at Willowstone Academy, 4091 Lakeshore Road from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. From the precision of Bach to the passion of Mozart, the singers accompanied by the Okanagan Festival Camerata Orchestra will bring two works of genius: Bach’s ‘Jesu, meine Freude’ and Mozart’s famous ‘Requiem’ as well as ‘Ave Verum Corpus’. For tickets call 250-862-2867 or or

The 8th Annual Vaisakhi Parade is Saturday, April 28th at noon starting at the Okanagan Sikh Temple and Cultural Society, 1111 Rutland Road.

The Kelowna Yacht Club Boat Show is April 28 and 29 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily. There will be over 150 new and used boats for sale ranging from entry level to pontoon, wakeboard and cruisers, along with the newest lines. Dock repair companies and other marine service providers will be present. The clubhouse will be open to the public, along with a TELUS Kids Zone, some food trucks and the fire and rescue services. Please leave your pets at home.

Birthdays of the week – Myrna Telford (Apr. 25); Alan Dolman (Apr. 25); Lynn Kratzer (Apr. 26); Lorna Gunn (Apr. 26); Con and Phyllis Litz, both on same day and married (Apr. 27); Carol Glen (Apr. 27); Raghwa Gopal (Apr. 27); Lois Serwa (Apr. 27); Chuck Dixon (Apr. 27); Cleo Curatolo (Apr. 28); Ron Labossiere (Apr. 28); Barb Penner (Apr. 28); Dave McLean (Apr. 29); Lynn Tamaki (Apr. 29); Karen Belshaw (Apr. 29); Debbie Scott (Apr. 29); Phillippe Leger (Apr. 29); Vicki Fajnor (Apr.29); Sharleen McBlain (Apr.30); John McCormack (Apr. 30); Marianne Dahl (Apr. 30);

Maxine DeHart is a Kelowna City Councillor and local hotelier. Phone her at 250-979-4546 or 250-862-7662, fax 250-860-3173, E-mail [email protected].