Straight From DeHart – April 17, 2019

With over 25 years’ experience and horticulturally qualified, Shane McMinn has started 4 Seasons Garden Management servicing the Okanagan area. 4 Seasons offers regular schedule maintenance service and can customize each client’s garden needs. Services offered are pruning of roses, climbers, shrubs, grasses or perennials; grass cutting, trimming and edging; aeration, thatching and fertilization; planting, leaf removal, weed control on lawns and gardens; garden cleanup and removal; mulching, turfing and seeding of lawns; small tree work with pruning up to 15 feet and pressure washing of patios and driveways. Call or text at 250-859-3625 or [email protected]

<who>Photo Credit: Contributed</who>Shane McMinn - 4 Seasons Garden Management

The Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board has a new board of directors for 2019/2020 in their 60th year of operation supporting 1,300 realtors. Congratulations to newly elected president Michael Loewen, a realtor at Royal LePage, who will succeed Marv Beer who will stay on as Past President.  Directors are Dean DesrosiersDon GagnonBrad MarshJerry RedmanKaren SingbeilBob WoodTina Cosman and Kim Davies.

David’s Delivery, owned and operated by David Hennes has relaunched and changed their name and brand to Great Little Moving Company. Located at #6 – 395 Adams Road, Great Little Moving Company offers small, medium and large moves, junk removal, storage solutions and office moves. They will also be launching a new website. Call 250-317-9916.

The showroom at Trail Appliances at 2637 Enterprise Way has undergone an extensive transformation this past year completely renovating the massive 12,000 square foot space. With the renovations taking over one year, the showroom is 50% larger with 30% additional appliances on display. Now, there are endless designer kitchens and inspirational spaces to view and customers can also try and test most of the models they sell. Trail has also added a new line to their extensive products called La Cornue, who are purveyors of hand crafted French ranges since 1908. Terry Volden is the District Sales Manager, Builder Division and Mike Speckman is the store manager.

<who>Photo Credit: Contributed</who>Trail Appliances - Terry Volden (R) and Mike Speckman

HR advisor with First West Credit Union (parent company to Valley First Credit Union and Envision Financial) Miranda Birkbeck has been named winner of the prestigious 2019 Rising Star Award by the Chartered Professionals in Human Resources (CPHR) of B.C. and Yukon. Miranda was recognized for her innovative contributions to First West, which helped to elevate the organization’s human resources programs and practices. Through her efforts in research, analysis and use of new tools and processes, she was integral in helping the company trim a time savings of 618 hours annually in HR administration.

Trixie Gaymer (Dolezsar) was the major prize winner of a $2,200.00 diamond necklace in the reverse draw at the Divas & Diamonds Ladies Night Out hosted by the Peachland Lions Club. Proceeds to the KGH Foundation. The necklace was from J.K Schmidt Jewellers on Main Street in West Kelowna.

The ever popular and famous Shady Rest Fish & Chips on Sutherland Avenue is now owned and operated by Darran and Keri Cawood. Keri was formerly a nurse for 17 years and Darran is currently still a foreman in the machine shop industry. They operate with the same staff, have the same menu and greet the same customers along with new clientele. Darran and Keri are asking anyone that might have old photos of Shady Rest over the years to bring them into the restaurant. They would like to reproduce them for the restaurant to be enjoyed by all. Open seven days a week lunch and dinner.

<who>Photo Credit: Contributed</who>Shady Rest Fish & Chips

Regional manager, business banking for Valley First Credit Union, Marek Buryska is on a Secondment for a 12 month period taking on the role of project lead, credit. He will be working on their REACH team to ensure their retail and business credit is in compliance to prepare for Valley First becoming a federally regulated Credit Union. After the 12 months in the project lead role, Marek will go back to the regional manager position. [email protected]

Local company Urban Systems has been named by Great Places to Work Canada as one of Canada’s 50 Best Workplaces for Giving Back to Communities. To be eligible, organizations must be Great Place to Work Certified and at least 90 percent of employees must feel good about the way their company contributes to the community. The top 50 companies are determined based on the overall Community Investment Index score from employees as well as the range and quality of programs which encourage workplace community investment. Martin Bell is the CEO of the company. [email protected]

Congratulations to the following Canadian Home Builders’ Association – Central Okanagan members on receiving prestigious Georgie Awards. Paradise Estates (Grand Georgie: Residential Community of the Year and Best Single Family Home Production); Bercum Builders (Grand Georgie: Custom Home Builder of the Year and New or Renovation) and MQN Architecture & Interior Design (Best Innovative Feature – New or Renovation).

BC Tree Fruits Cider Co. has launched its fourth Broken Ladder premium craft cider product. Joining the current Apples, Apples & Hops and Pears & Peaches, Rose´ is an authentic cider that contains 100% apples and cherries and is fresh and fruit forward with notes of sour cherries and hibiscus flower with a deep pink colour. This product is made with the same values as the previous three, true to the core with their handpicked fruits being crushed in their mill, the juice then fermented and packaged all on site in their cidery, with no added water or processed sugar and is gluten free. The new Rose´ will be sold in a four-pack (473ml cans) and available in BC government liquor stores, select private liquor stores and grocery locations across BC.

<who>Photo Credit: Contributed</who>BC Tree Fruits Rose cider

TKI Construction of Kelowna has won a Construction Leadership Award from the Southern Interior Construction Association for creating a harassment free work culture of diversity and teamwork. Brandon Ponopoulous is the owner and operations manager of the company at located at 150 Froelich Road.

Kudos to Ramada Hotel and Conference Centre staff member Larry Tuovila who has now given blood 146 times at the Canadian Blood Clinic.

KPMG LLP at 3200 Richter Street has welcomed Lee Lesack, tax manager to their team as tax manager. For the past 20 years Lee has lived in Kelowna working in the tax sector and is now back at KPMG LLP.

NowMedia has appointed Karen Montgomery as operations manager of the NowMedia platforms to lead the way for the platforms that fall under the NowMedia umbrella. Now Media is owned by local agency Csek Creative. NowMedia is a digital media company with platforms throughout the BC Interior, including Prince George and Kamloops with their flagship platform, Nikki Csek is the CEO of Csek Creative.

Pushor Mitchell employment lawyer Mark Grabas is presenting a free WorkSafeBC 101 seminar on April 24th from 8:15 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. at the Pushor Mitchell offices at 301-1665 Ellis Street. This seminar is designed for general managers, HR professionals and disability managers who may deal with WorkSafeBC. WorkSafeBC claims, appeals, assessments, occupational health and safety, orders and penalties can be confusing, complex and a bit of a mystery.  Mark can demystify it. Learn claim basics, health and safety essentials and how you can positively impact your costs.  Register at [email protected]

The Kelowna City Concert Band Spring Concert conducted by Dennis Colpitts is April 27th at First Lutheran church, 4091 Lakeshore Road at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets at Kelowna Tickets or at the door.

HomeSense has opened in West Kelowna in Snyatan Shopping Centre in the same area as Winners, Bulk Barn, Five Guys Burgers and Dollar Tree. HomeSense is part of the Winners organization and offers all décor options.

Join Denise Cesselli Travel Masters and Erin Butler from G Adventures on April 25th at Travel Masters, 3275 Lakeshore Road at 6:00 p.m. for Discovery night: Walk the Camino in Spain May 15 – 24/ 2020. Visit Madrid, customize your journey in Spain, arrive early or stay later and earn your Compostela. Excellent for solo travelers and anyone with a sense of adventure. Denise did the trip last year so you will get first-hand information.  You must register or RSVP prior to April 22. Call 778-738-2643.

Birthdays of the week –Happy 102 Phil Moubray of Glenmore (Apr. 19); Happy 70th John Goncalves (Apr. 19); Happy 70th Pearse Walsh (Apr. 18); Happy 60th Frank Teichmann (Apr. 17); Carmen Weld (Apr.17); MJ Bennett (Apr. 17); Mike Guzzi (Apr. 17); Kendra Casey (Apr. 18); Nick Pisio (Apr. 18); Peter Burleigh (Apr. 18); Glen Rea (Apr. 19); Sue Martin (Apr.19); Greg Moubray (Apr. 20); Cleo Curalato (Apr. 19); Bill Winters, Mickie’s Pub (Apr. 21); Kristine Jones (Apr. 21); Joyce Ritchey (Apr. 21); Chris Koutsantonis (Apr. 22); Marie Gelanis (Apr. 23); Freddie McKee (Apr. 23); Former Mayor Jim Stuart (Apr. 23); Shelley Vida (Apr. 23); Mary Krupa (Apr. 23); In memory of Albert Baldeo (Apr. 21).

Maxine DeHart is a Kelowna city councilor and local hotelier. Phone her at 250-979-4546 or 250-862-7662. Email [email protected]