Straight From DeHart – June 12, 2019

What could be better than free admission to a fabulous championship event? Gate admission to the GolfBC Championship will be free of charge for the 2019 event due to the generous sponsorship of Husky.  Golf fans attending the Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada tournament at Gallagher’s Canyon Golf & Country Club from Thursday, June 13 to Sunday, June 16th (Father’s Day) will not have to pay an admission fee, but may choose to make a contribution directly to the official GolfBC Championship charity, the BC Cancer Foundation. This is all due to the generous sponsorship of major partner, Husky. Over the past three years, $400,000 has been donated through the GolfBC Championship to the BC Cancer Foundation by title sponsor GolfBC Group and its charitable arm the Chan Family Foundation.

The Downtown Kelowna Association hosted their AGM and said goodbye to some board members. Leaving are Dan AllenJan JohnsonNikki CsekTeghan Gordey and Kate Deglow.  New board members are Caroline Bye (Kelowna Yacht Club), David Kemp (FH&P Lawyers LLP) and Luke Turri (Mission Group) for a two year term. The 2019-2020 board executive are Yarden Gershony, President; Brian Stephenson, Vice President; Rob Collins, Treasurer and Renata Mills, Secretary. The remainder of the board is Brent LobsonKyle SpenceShane Austin and Steve Harvey. Councillor Charlie Hodge is the Ex-Officio representing the City of Kelowna. The June After 5 is Tuesday, June 18th outdoors at the Downtown Marina, hosted by Westcorp. Mark Burley is the executive director of the association.

After over three years as President of Kelowna Hostesses, Brenda Scruton is stepping down on July 8th. Darlene Hass and Grace Naka will be the new Co-Presidents of the organization.  If you wish to join this wonderful volunteer group, contact membership hostess Robin Barrett at 250-861-3487.

The Regional District of Central Okanagan, Director of Parks Services, Murray Kopp has received the highest honour from the Canadian Parks and Recreation Association (CPRA) and was presented with the CPRA President’s Award of Distinction. The award recognizes Murray`s long-time service and commitment to the Canadian parks and recreation community.

Pushor Mitchell Lawyers LLP has appointed Andrew Brunton as a new managing partner.  The lawyers making up the remainder of their management committee are Sue Connaghan, Operations; Andrea East, People and Culture; Keith Inman, Business Development and Strategy and Eric Ledding, Professional Practice and Support.

The City of Kelowna and Urban Matters received a prestigious Gold Award from the Planning Institute of B.C. (PIBC) for Excellence in Policy Planning – City & Urban Areas for Equity and Inclusion in Housing Needs Assessments. The Awards for Excellence in Planning honour the best in professional planning work undertaken by members in five categories.

Wentworth Music has been named a Top 100 Dealer in the world by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM), the global association of music products and music retailers. On July 19that the awards, Wentworth Music’s entry will be evaluated for one of several awards, including the Innovation Award, Best Community Retail Store, and the coveted Dealer of the Year Award. Noel Wentworth is VP of Education at Wentworth Music.

Sobeys Inc. has announced the conversion of six Safeway stores in B.C. including Kelowna’s Dilworth Safeway, which will close for renovations on November 23rd and reopen in the spring of 2020 as their discount banner FreshCo. Sobeys plans to convert up to 25% of its 255 Safeway and Sobeys full-service format stores in Western Canada to its FreshCo discount banner over a period of five years. During the closure for renovations they will open temporary pharmacy locations and the new FreshCo’s will have pharmacy departments.

Happy 60th Anniversary Terry and Mary Jane Flannigan (June 20).

Sleep Country West Kelowna at Unit 302 – 3550 Carrington Road (beside BCAA) has been under renovations since May 15 and has undergone a complete change from paint and flooring to mattress layout. The store has now been reloaded and is fully open for business. Drop in and see their new pillow bar, linen wall, cloud lights and 64 different mattresses, as well as over a dozen lifestyle adjustable bases. They also offer over 25 different pillows which I am told is responsible for 20% of our sleep.

The deadline for tickets for the Okanagan Sun Football 1st Annual Hall of Fame Event presented by Valley First on June 26th from 5:30 to 9:00 p.m. at the Coast Capri Hotel is June 21st.  Special guest speakers are Wally Buono and Brian Towriss with MC Casey Clark of New Country 100.7. To purchase tickets go to

Congratulations to the following winners of prizes from Bike to Work Week.  Sergio Cunial, Ramada Hotel (Bike from Bikeways); Concrete Stars, Advance Precast (3 session starter pack from Okanagan Acupuncture); Pounce and Hound, Pandosy Village Veterinary Hospital (90 minute float session from Gravity Float and Wellness); Worman, Worman Builders ($50 GC from Urban Harvest); Mission Hill Crushers, Mission Hill Family Estate ($50 GC from Orthoquest); Lakeside Pushors, Lakeside Medicine Centre (2 week unlimited pass from The Hot Box Yoga).

Hygienists Laura West and Jen McBurney of Kelowna Family Dental at 22 – 1710 Ellis Street are both back from maternity leave and are ready to again help patients with their oral health care needs. Dentists at the clinic are Dr. Robyn Moreau and Dr. Tom Martin. Call 250-762-2223.

Volunteers needed. Easter Seals is hosting a Community Family Festival on Sunday, June 15 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Camp Winfield, 1790 Davidson Road in Lake Country. Entry is by donation and there are a ton of activities. If you might have a couple of hours to spare on the 15th, they are in need of volunteers for that day with non-strenuous tasks and loads of fun.  Contact Michelle Webber at 1-604-612-5086 or [email protected].

Magda Kapp, well-known Director of Prevention Services and Community Engagement of BrainTrust Canada is moving on and has accepted a newly created position of Development Officer for the Alzheimer Society of B.C. in their Kelowna office. In this new role, Magda will oversee the Anything for Alzheimer’s initiative which enables independent fundraisers from across B.C. to host their own fundraisers and will also launch Kelowna’s inaugural Breakfast to Remember fundraising event in 2020. [email protected].

The Classmates of the 1954 Kelowna High School (KHS) are holding their 65th reunion on Sunday, August 11th at the Harvest Golf Club. Contact Marie Ablett at 250-469-8348 or [email protected].

The Kelowna Chamber of Commerce is calling for online nominations between now and Thursday, July 14th for the Business Excellence Awards 2019. Awards are open to companies, organizations and not-for-profit groups which operate within the Central Okanagan. Categories are Rising Star (Less than 3 years in business); Micro Business (1-3 employees);  Small Business (4-15 employees), Mid-size Business (16-50 employees); Large Business (51 + employees); Young Entrepreneur (Under age 40); Not-for-Profit Excellence; Social Leadership (For-profit business); Marketing Campaign of the Year; Arts & Entertainments; Technology Innovator and Business Leader of the Year.

Birthdays of the week – Pat Moore (June 12); Wayne Judiesch (June 12); Clarissa Pruden (June 13); Paula Quinn (June 13); Leanne Basran (June 14); Tony Ambrosio (June 14); Paul Hergott (June 15); Rod MacKay (June 16); Stephanie Gilchrist (June 16); Jack Trelenberg (June 17); Jaime Briggs (June 17); David Fuller (June 17); Tony French (June 17); Sheldon Paulger (June 17); Wayne Wilson (June 18); Doug Findlater (June 18).

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