Straight From DeHart – Feb. 20, 2019

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% 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. They provide just about anything you would use in your shipping, warehouse and packaging departments. Some of the products they manufacture and distribute are corrugated boxes, labels, tags, printed packaging tape, pallet wrap, loose fill packing peanuts, label printers, pricing guns, stencil cutters and inks, dangerous goods labels, print cards, storage bins, pallet racking and shelving,  They also offer material handling equipment including pallet jacks, stackers, lift tables, conveyors, loading dock equipment, strip door curtains and door seals.

<who>Photo Credit: Contributed</who>Shippers Supply - (L to R) Chuck Bullock, Tom Prokop, Chris Nisbet and Ron Campbell (manager)

The Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia (CPABC) has recognized Ken Laloge, FCPA, FCA, 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. [email protected]

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 MSc and Jeff Staheli DC, MSc have started new business Kinetic Evolution at Unit 101 – 1810 Gordon Drive (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.

<who>Photo Credit: Contributed</who>Kinetic Evolution

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’s employee, Private Jesse Lawrence, a Reservist with 30 Signals Regiment in Kelowna nominated his employers 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 that they can participate in unit exercises, career courses and domestic operations. The company also tops-up the Reservists’ pay, so that they are not adversely affected by their service. Society of Hope also maintains Reservists civilian benefits while they are undertaking services including flood and/or fire service. The company encourages them to seek out opportunities for professional development with the Army Reserve.  A ceremony will be held in Vancouver to receive this award.

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 a bargain at $7.00.

QB Gelato owned and operated by Victor Laderoute and Kevin Bojda at 1884 Dayton Street has introduced a Supper Club. Beginning in February, on February 27th and 28th from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. and monthly thereafter, they will host ten 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. They are taking dining to a new level with local guest chefs, sommeliers, winemakers or bartenders. Expect the unexpected and be prepared to be delightfully surprised at this new supper club. Drop into QB’s and experience their extraordinary gelato as they are constantly creating new flavours. The March supper club is the 20th and 21st. For more information or reservations call 250-861-6622, @enjoyQBGelato (Facebook) or Open Monday to Saturday.

<who>Photo Credit: Contributed</who>QB Gelato Supper Club

Jolene Laing is the new branch manager of ScotiaMcLeod at #600 – 1620 Dixon Avenue 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. [email protected]

Pardeep Khrod has returned to the Interior (she grew up in Golden B.C.) 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 for the Interior of B.C. Cancer Foundation offices are located at 399 Royal Avenue.

Congratulations to Ed Dickins who has been 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 and Jock Tyre, general manager of the club, was presented with the Tourism Kelowna Sport Hosting Award for the outstanding efforts in hosting the 2018 Winn Rentals World Mixed Curling Championships October 13th to 20th as a 2018 premier 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.

<who>Photo Credit: Contributed</who>Jack Tyre (Kelowna Curling Club) and Kelowna Tourism

Fiona Lindquist, RCC, previously with the local RCMP Victim Services group has transitioned from that role and joined Dr. Sam Reimer of 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. or 250-765-7085.

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 Street. Andrea is a business lawyer who guides her clients through complex commercial transactions and real estate projects. [email protected]Patrick Gaffney has joined the firm as associate counsel and will be practicing in the firm’s family law group as associate counsel. [email protected].

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 is hosting an Open House, Cooking Demo and Shop Tour & Demonstrations on Sunday, March 10th from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at 555 Fuller Avenue. 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 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 [email protected].