Straight From DeHart – March 6, 2019

Kids shoes, shoes and more shoes. Lyubov Omasheva owner of Liquidation European Stock in West Kelowna imports new men’s and women’s European clothing. The store sells all types of clothing except shoes. But, last fall when Lyubov was on a buying trip to Europe she came across an incredible deal on kids sneakers. She has now imported 11,000, yes 11,000 pairs of brand new shoes from Vienna, Austria and they are cool. The container took five months to arrive. The shop is too small for the massive sale of these fabulous shoes and so Lyubov is hosting a sale at the Ramada Hotel and Conference Centre, 2170 Harvey Avenue on March 9 and 10th from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily in the conference area of the hotel. Sizes range from US 1: 1.5: 2: 2.5: 3: and 3:5 for ages about four to 12 years old, perfect for your own kids or grand kids. The brand of the shoes is Europe’s Pepperts and Kinder Sneeker. All the shoes are priced at only $15.00 per pair and if you buy two you will get one pair free. It’s an incredible bargain for these brands.

<who>Photo Credit: Contributed</who>11,000 pairs of Sneakers from Vienna Austria - sale at Ramada Hotel.

After seven years, Darla Strutt, general manager of Hudson’s Bay is leaving Kelowna on March 16th and joining Hudson’s Bay Vernon on April 1st as their new general manager.   Darla will be taking over the reins (so to speak) of the Vernon store from general manager Rein Nurmsoo, who after 41 years with Hudson’s Bay is retiring. You might remember Rein was general manager of Kelowna prior to Darla’s appointment. Stay tuned for the announcement of the new general manager.

Located in Lake Country for the past 14 years, Ear Gear is a company that manufactures a product that protects hearing instruments. Owned and operated by founder and President Mark Rosal, the product was invented for his special needs daughter, Shameera. After she received the hearing aids, Shameera was continually misplacing them. The solution was Ear Gear, an acoustically transparent spandex sleeve with a durable locking clip and stretchy cord. Not only does Ear Gear protect against loss, it also provides added protection against sweat, dirt, moisture, wind noise and chafing. Ear Gear has helped over 500,000 hearing instrument wearers and is sold worldwide by hundreds of audiology clinics as well as by Ear Gear on their website

Cassidy deVeer is the new president of The Canadian Home Builders’ Association Central Okanagan (CHBA-CO). Cassidy is the President of 3rd Generation Homes, a family-run residential and commercial construction company that specializes in custom homes. There are no other changes to the board or executive. CHBA-CO represents more than 250 members and is part of an affiliated network of nine local home building associations located throughout the province.

<who>Photo Credit: Contributed</who>Cassidy deVeer

Gurjit Jhajj of Vernon, B.C. is the new owner/operator of Sunset Ranch Golf and Country Club. Jeff Richard is the general manager. or [email protected]

The Kelowna Chamber of Commerce has a new board for 2019. Congratulations to new president, Nikki Csek of Csek Creative. Directors are Carmen Sparg, Silver Lining Management (Past President); Andrew Brunton, Pushor Mitchell LLP; Ron Cannan, Interior Savings; Derek Gratz, UBC Okanagan; Angela Nagy, GreenStep Solutions; Andrew Ingenhorst, Grant Thornton LLP; Justin O’Connor, Sotheby’s International; Pamela Pearson, Sentes Group; Dan Price, Emil Anderson; Domenic Rampone, West Manufacturing; Jeffrey Robinson, Rush Ihas LLP; Robert Scott, 2M Performance; Shelagh Turner, CMHA, Laura Vigar, Watson’s Hound Lounge and Ray Wynsouw, CorWest Builders. The three appointees to the board are Maxine DeHart, City Councillor; Trevor McTavish, Junior Chamber International and Bill Gillett, Okanagan School of Business.

The Kelowna Yacht Club has a new board for 2019. They are Kent Hardisty (Commodore), Eva Aylward (Vice Commodore), Tillman Hodgson (Rear Commodore), Don McEachern (Past Commodore), Danny Foster (Sail Fleet Captain), Rodney Lozinski (Power Fleet Captain), Christian BrixLisa McHaffie and James Wendland (Directors at Large). The Kelowna Yacht is in its 74th year of operation. The first major event of the year which is open to the public is the Kelowna Boat Show April 27th and 28th.

Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church at 2091 Gordon Drive (Gordon Drive and Springfield) is celebrating its 70th Anniversary on Sunday, March 17th. Members and friends and former members and friends are invited to come for worship at 11:00 a.m. with BC Synod Bishop Gregory Mohr, followed by a pot-bless lunch. Patricia Giannelia is the pastor at the church.

<who>Photo Credit: Contributed</who>Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church

Two First Nations leaders have been re-elected to their positions as chair and vice-chair of the Okanagan College Board of Governors. Chris Derickson, a councillor with the Westbank First Nation and a five-year veteran of the board was elected as chair and Gloria Morgan, a former Chief of the Splatsin Indian Band and an Enderby resident was elected vice chair. Other members of the board are Shelley CookJuliette Cunningham, Black Edwards, Charity Gerbrandt, Tina Lee, Robert McGowan, Christopher Newitt, David Porteous, Devin Rubadeau, Shakti Shekhar Singh and Okanagan College president Jim Hamilton.

The Legion is in need of three more dedicated bartenders to volunteer one shift per week. If you can help, contact Greg at 250-7173711 or Betty at 250-861-1961.

The Greater Westside Board of Trade is hosting their Business After Hours on March 14th  at Courses Restaurant at the Shannon Lake Golf Course co-sponsored by Okanagan Business Excellence from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Admission $10.

Accent Inns Inc. has won the coveted 2019 Employees First Award, presented by the BC Tourism Industry Awards. This award recognizes a B.C. tourism employer who has upheld high standards of excellence in human resources and people management practices. Owned and operated by the Farmer family Mandy Farmer is now the CEO of the company. Accent Inns has five locations in B.C. and two Hotel Zed’s.

Spring is just around the corner and the Okanagan Master Gardeners is hosting their annual Kelowna Seedy Sunday on March 10th from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Parkinson Rec Centre. This is an opportunity to buy or trade seeds, purchase plants, network with locals who love to garden and participate in garden related free workshops for kids and adults. There will be more than 35 vendors, seeds of diversity, various plant based products, food trucks, free compost, seed swapping and gardening advice. The first 200 visitors will receive a free packet of West Coast Seeds. Admission $2.00.

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Hudson’s Bay Giving Day is Friday, March 8th. With your $5.00 ticket you will receive many discounted specials, gifts with purchase and enter to win a $5,000.00 shopping spree and hourly door prizes. 100% of ticket proceeds will be donated to Headfirst, a proactive mental well-being curriculum for youth across Canada.

An evening with Ryan Michel Magic and Guests is Friday, March 8th at the Sandman Hotel with show times 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. (All ages)  and 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. (Adults only 19 plus). Tickets at Kelowna Tickets or Sandman Hotel.

The Soul of Motown is fully licensed and yes, you can dance on Saturday, March 9th at The Forum, 1317 Ethel Street. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and show starts at 8:30 p.m. Tickets at

Digital Disconnect is showing Tuesday, March 12th at 7:00 p.m. at the Mary Irwin Theatre. The film brings us a revealing history of the internet from its birth as an obscure government project in the 1960’s through to its current status as a fully commercialized and overwhelming influence on society. The film concludes by offering some suggestions that will start conversations about how we can find out way out of the fake news, post-truth, filter bubbles and privacy breaches that has threatened many of our democratic ideals. To register for the free film go to

Birthdays of the week – Glen Jackson (Mar. 6); Donna Horning (Mar. 6); Gary Embleton (Mar. 6); Randy Leslie (Mar. 6); Connie Penner (Mar. 6); Ron Hughes (Mar. 7); Josh Cairns (Mar. 7); Vivian Turgeon (Mar. 7); Kevin Parnell (Mar. 7); Katja Maurmann (Mar. 8); Rob Willms (Mar. 8); Penny Pullishy (Mar. 9);  Ryan Coome (Mar. 10); Katie Balkwill (Mar. 10); Karen Christiansen (Mar. 10); Darrell McIntyre (Mar. 11); Bill Justus (Mar. 12); Helen Hut (Mar. 12); Linda Manoin (Mar. 12); Luke Stack (Mar. 12).

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