Straight From DeHart – April 24, 2019

Live Well Exercise Clinic Kelowna, owned and operated by clinic directors Cameron and Michelle Biffart has opened at Unit 5 – 1455 Harvey Avenue. LIVE WELL provides clinically-supervised exercise and healthy lifestyle coaching to help people overcome or prevent health conditions such as Type 2 diabetes, hypertension, obesity and heart disease. With 50 percent of LIVE WELL’s members coming from doctor’s referrals, the clinic caters mostly to boomers who have been prescribed a healthier lifestyle, but do not know where to start. They employ clinical exercise physiologists who are experts in habit change and specialize in chronic health issues. LIVE WELL has 18 clinics across Canada with five more set to open by the end of the year. Join them at the grand opening on Wednesday, May 1st from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. and meet founder Sara Hodson who will be speaking on the LIVE WELL Seven Healthy Habits. RSVP to attend at [email protected]

<who>Photo Credit: Live Well Exercise Clinic

With a long business corporate history that spans many countries, Todd McMyn is the new CEO of B.C. Tree Fruits. Todd began his career in the early 1990’s in Japan with a Japanese auto parts company and then moved on to become president and owner of Fento Trading Company opening offices in Taiwan, Japan and the U.S. which specialized in food products, medical equipment and infrastructure projects. Todd’s career then led him to the Anderson Group and Buehler Industries, specializing in manufacturing agricultural equipment. His last career stop prior to joining B.C. Tree Fruits was with an agriculture software start-up company. Todd is a graduate of SFU and speaks fluent Japanese.

BC Tree Fruits Cider Co. has a new product on the market M.O (pronounced “EM-OH”) Fruitsecco. It is a sparkling beverage crafted from locally sourced ingredients and made in an uncommonly dry fashion with no added flavours or colours. Available in Sparkling Dry, Sparkling Rose and Sparkling Basil, each are gluten free, has zero refined sugars and low in both calories and carbs, all while delivering on taste and delivering a new exciting drinking experience that is unlike any other. The Sparkling Rose is available in BC Government liquor stores, select private liquor stores and grocery locations while the dry and basil are in private stores and grocery locations in BC and Alberta. Michael Daley is the general manager of BC Tree Fruits Cider Co.

Brett Kryskow is the new sales and business development manager at the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce. Brett develops and executes sales plans for all Chamber opportunities including membership, sponsorship and advertising as well as managing the sales team as they engage with member at all Chamber events. Call 250-469-7357

After five years with Moxie’s Grill & Bar, Patrick Ray has moved onto a new adventure and is the new general manager of Perch Café and Lounge at the top of the Innovation Centre on the corner of Ellis and St. Paul Street. The Perch recently reopened with a brand new concept and menu. Call 250-801-9150 or [email protected].

Well-known grief and loss therapist, Clair Jantzen is retiring from Springfield Funeral Home after 21 years on Thursday, May 9th.  This will not be a do-nothing retirement, but more like getting retreaded to keep going. Clair will be continuing and expanding his private counselling practice at Third Space Mind in Landmark 2, as well as expanding his wellness teaching through additional workshops. Conducting services at the funeral home is something he loves to do and Springfield will continue to call on him for that as well. I am not sure if he will even have time to relax on his boat, but definitely will be doing his own thing. [email protected].

<who>Photo Credit: Contributed</who>Clair Jantzen

The Wedding Café opened its doors 10 years ago. Jenn Taylor and her mother Barb learn about local vendors to be able to match couples with their perfect style and budget. They have now transitioned to an online format as their online presence and following through social media and their website were steadily growing. The gals still meet with couples in person or on FaceTime/Phone to help them through their planning process. It is free for couples and now they offer a membership they can sign up for if you need more help. They also offer LiveChat on their website where couples can ask those questions in real time.

Okanagan College business students cruised to four podium finishes at Enactus Western Canada Regionals where 21 colleges and universities participated. No other school was victorious in more than one competition except of OC which took the top spot in three challenges; the CWB Financial Education Challenge, Scotiabank Environments Challenge and the TD Entrepreneurship Challenge and a runner up showing in the Scotiabank Youth Empowerment Challenge. The students across all four teams included Isaac Hossmann, Tega Ovie, Sveta Pasko, Jake Pushor, Abby Lagerquist, Karsten Ensz, Mitchell Vanlerberg, Macy Burke, Mitchell Folk, Iris Pham, Carmen Larder, Michelle Brouwer, Nathan Ziebart, Arya Guler, Tyson Thomlinson and Christopher Wadey. Facility coaches were Andrew Klingel, Laura Hetherington, Devin Rubadeau, Dr. Kyleen Myrah, Lynn Sparling, Sheilagh Seaton and Dean Warner.

The Kelowna Yacht Club is hosting the 24th Annual Kelowna Boat Show on Saturday and Sunday April 27th and 28th from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 150 new and used boats will be displayed. Shop all the marine dealers in one place with admission by a cash donation for the Youth Sailing Program.

The 8th Annual Kelowna Fire Department Chief Officers’ Awards and Recognitions were held honouring the commitment of the KFD members. Congratulations to all the members including the following longest serving members. City of Kelowna Service Awards, Lorne ZimmermannScott CronquistMark Kranabetter (25 years); Craig ShemleyBruce Bostock (30 years); Paid on Call Service Pin, Colin Epp (25 years); Fire Service Bars, Matthew KinnearGlenn Paley (25 years); Allan ChathamScott CronquistPaul JohnsonTodd JohnstonDennis Miller (30 years); John Kelly (35 years).

Relocating from London, England where he worked for publications such as The Daily Mail, Iain Burns has joined the team at NowMedia as a news reporter.

The 9th Annual Vaisakhi Parade presented by The Okanagan Sikh Temple and Cultural Society, 1111 Rutland Road commences at noon on Saturday, April 27th from the Temple grounds. The public is welcome to come and join in the festivities of food and cultural friendship. The Vaisakhi Parade is one of the most significant holidays in the Sikh calendar. It is a religious holiday celebrating the establishment of the Sikh religion as well as a celebration of the harvest season. The walking parade boasts colourful clothing, floats and free tasty food along the route.

<who>Photo Credit: Contributed</who>Councillors DeHart and Singh - Vaisakhi Parade

The Central Okanagan Federal Retirees is offering a free event entitled Changing the Face of Aging: Moving from Challenges to Opportunities on April 27th at Parkinson Rec Centre from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Explore with a panel some challenges and opportunities older adults in Kelowna experience and discover ways to overcome them in today’s society. Topics are:  housing and homelessness amongst the elderly, activity and mobilization – physical, social and cognitive behavior and reimagining life and work in our era.  Contact Christine Juba at [email protected]

The Kelowna Golf & Country Club is hosting a Pre Mother’s Day Sip N’ Shop on May 3rd from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Enjoy sipping wine while strolling through the Oakmont Room decorated with talented artisans in search of the perfect mom’s gift, including chocolates, handmade jewellery, cards and soaps, art, golf apparel, essential oils and many more items. To rent a table call Cheryl Stecko at 250-762-2531 (226).

Friends of the Library need your help. Kelowna Friends of the Library (KFOL) were told that they have to leave their premises at 1898 Barlee Road at the end of June. They are looking for a convenience, affordable sorting location of approximately 1,000 square feet. KFOL have raised an average of $30,000 to $40,000 per year to the benefit of the Kelowna, Mission and Rutland branches of the Okanagan Regional Library and the ORL system as a whole. Their goal is to continue providing this funding and support in a new facility. If you can help by having or finding a convenient and affordable new location contact [email protected]

Birthdays of the week –Happy 70th Birthday Phyllis Litz and Happy 75th Birthday Con Litz both on April 27, and yes, they are husband and wife; Happy 19th Birthday Ava Durrell (Apr. 27); Alana Francis (Apr. 24); Norm Felty (Apr. 24); Myrna Telford (Apr. 25); Alan Dolman (Apr. 25); Lynn Kratzer (Apr. 26); Harry Callaghan (Apr. 26); Lorna Wilson ( Apr. 26); Chuck Dixon (Apr. 27); Carol Glen (Apr. 27); Lois Serwa (Apr. 27); Ron Labossiere (Apr. 28); Cleo Curatolo (Apr. 28); Richard Erickson (Apr. 28); Barb Penner (Apr. 28); Alison Love (Apr. 29); Brett Kryskow (Apr. 29); Lynn Tamaki (Apr. 29); Karen Belshaw (Apr. 29); Jim Hedman (Apr. 29); Dave McLean (Apr. 29); Marianne Dahl (Apr. 30); John McCormack (Apr. 30).

Maxine DeHart is a Kelowna City Councillor and local hotelier. Phone her at 250-979-4546 or 250-862-776, E-mail [email protected]