Straight From DeHart – Aug. 28, 2019

Exciting times for two local companies with the acquisition of well-known company Northside Industries by Decisive Dividend Corporation. Founded in 1967, Northside Industries has built a stellar reputation for precision metal fabrication and manufacturing for a diverse number of industries from their 40,000 square foot facility in West Kelowna. Mark Burleigh will continue as President and it will be business as usual for the team of 90 employees. New owner Decisive Dividend Corp. is a TSX-V listed public company headquartered in Kelowna. They are an acquisition-oriented company focused on the manufacturing sector. Since 2015, Decisive have acquired four Okanagan-based companies and one Alberta based company. Their group includes Blaze King Industries, Hawk Machine Works, Slimline Manufacturing, Unicast Inc. and now Northside Industries. Contact David Redekop, CCDO at [email protected] or Terry Edwards (COO) at [email protected]. Visit


Csek Creative has been named to the fastest growing companies in BC list once again, making it three years in a row for the Kelowna founded company. Csek Creative, who is celebrating 20 years being part of the Okanagan business community this year, placed in 23rd spot for the Top 100 list that is published annually by Business Vancouver. While Kelowna has been the focus for the only full 360 agency in the BC Interior, Csek Creative is setting their sights on bringing Kamloops up to the level of the Kelowna footprint.

The Kelowna Float with Float Ambassador Clarence Johnson and 2019 Miss Lady of the Lake Priyaali Kanti and Princess Gracie Huber will be at the 120th Anniversary of the Armstrong IPE Parade on Saturday, August 31st starting at 10:00 a.m.

The Canadian Home Builders Association Central Okanagan has some upcoming events including their AGM and golf on September 5th at the Okanagan Golf Club. Along with hearing from President, Cassidy deVeer, attending the AGM is CHBA National President, Stefanie Coleman. The new board of directors will be announced along with going over the many initiatives they have accomplished. The CHBACO are hosting a Builder Breakfast: Working with a CEA on September 10th with speaker Nick Watson, Certified Energy Advisor with EnviroMez Home Energy Modeling. To register for both events visit

Perseval & Young Cheesemongers have opened at 1046 Richter Street in the north end of Kelowna. Owned and operated by Philip Perseval and Desiree Young the bright, inviting, spacious shop has a 12 foot long cheese case to show their products. Perseval & Young offer about 40 types of cheeses and as time goes on they will offer 60 to 80 different types. From the usual cheese varieties that we all know to new and very different varieties of soft and hard cheeses, they have it all. Some of the popular cheeses they offer are a soft Ash Covered Goat Cheese (France), soft Bloomy Rinds (Canada and Europe) and soft, semi-soft and firm Blues. Desiree and Philip are not new to the cheese industry. They started their business online with monthly boxed subscription hand-delivered orders and have also set up pop-ups around the city along with attending private events. In the future, they will be offering monthly cheese classes after hours in their shop, also inviting wineries to participate. Perseval and Young have partnered with Okanagan Grocers for fresh bread every day and other BC locals for accompaniments that can be purchased in the store. Open Tuesday to Saturday.


National Convenience Week is August 26th to 30. Community leaders have fun and work 20 minute shifts alongside convenience store staff to meet and greet customers and raise money for charity. This year’s goal is 250 community leaders in 700 stores raising over $100,000 for the Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada.  I will be greeting on Wednesday, August 28 at the Glenmore Mac’s, 1014 Glenmore Road.  [email protected]. Stop by and say hi.

Athlete Performance International is hosting a couple of Mind Game Athlete Mental Health workshops. Focus on Athletes and Coaches is Thursday, August 29th at the Okanagan Mission Hall on DeHart Road and Wrestling and Combative Sport is Saturday, September 14th at Okanagan College. Contact Shawna Whitney at [email protected].

Technology solutions and service company CMIT Solutions of Kelowna has opened to service the Okanagan. Owned and operated by Todd and Angela Chapman, the company will offer small and medium sized businesses the support to manage and enhance their technology systems. CMIT provides affordable flat rates, around-the-clock maintenance, monitoring solutions, infrastructure and user support, technology partners, secured data, and a network of expert engineers. Todd, who has been in the tech industry for over 25 years, also provides quick response services when unexpected concerns arise. The company has carved out its own niche as an industry innovator for the small and medium size business community, giving those businesses an edge in today’s increasingly challenging marketplace. These businesses need the same expert advice and solution-based approach that larger businesses receive from high level consultants. CMIT is one of the only IT providers offering this level of expertise and customized service, providing those businesses with a strategic technical advantage. Angela, in her role as COO ties her corporate experience into streamlining business solutions. Call 778-738-9900


The 6th Annual Labour Day Picnic presented by the North Okanagan Labour Council is Monday, September 2nd from noon to 3:00 p.m. at Hollywood Road Education Services Centre, 1040 Hollywood Road South. There will be BBQ burgers, hot dogs, drinks, displays, children’s activities and all at no charge.

Drop into Trout Waters Fly & Tackle at 101- 2340 Hwy. 97N until September 7th for their incredible End of Summer Sale. Lots of discounts on all your fishing rods and tackle along with accessories. Take advantage of their fly line trade-in event where you can trade your old fly line and receive a $20.00 discount on a new SA Amplitude, Amplitude Smooth, Sonar or Mastery Series Fly line.

Kudos to Kelowna Toyota who have, for a third year in a row, made a generous donation to the Okanagan based East meets West Children’s Foundation, bringing the total donated to $30,000.00. Indi Brar is the General Sales Manager.

The Canadian Cancer Society has relocated their Kelowna Regional office inside the Canadian Cancer Society Southern Interior Rotary Lodge at 330 Strathcona Avenue. This brings all of their activities under one roof including the lodge, wig and prosthesis banks, Freemasons volunteer driver program, as well as all local fundraising and volunteers’ activities. In June, Allyssa Bossio joined their team in the role of Leadership Giving Officer, engaging with the community as well as with individuals and organizations who are interested in partnering with and supporting the Canadian Cancer Society. Other staff working out of the new location includes Alana Francis (Regional Assistant), Jennifer Saunders (Volunteer and Community Engagement Coordinator), Art Fletcher(Regional Volunteer) and Philip Jensen (Lodge Manger), along with a team of client services coordinators and volunteers to support the day-to-day operations. Save the date for a new exciting event on April 30th, 2020 at the Laurel Packing House. The Monopoly Affair will be a fun, competitive evening of Monopoly and philanthropy. Contact Allyssa at 250-762-6381 (115) or [email protected].


The Greater Westside Board of Trade is seeking candidates for directorship with community leadership, business, previous nonprofit experience, fundraising or advocacy expertise to join the board of directors. Visit

There has been a dramatic increase in motorcycle injury and fatality in BC and in response, the Kelowna & District Safety Council has created two new courses for experienced motorcyclists who have their Class 6 license. These safety workshops are focused on enhancing the knowledge, skills and strategies that can significantly improve safety in the changing, more dense and more dangerous traffic conditions. Enhanced Skills Course for Experienced Riders is August 31st and September 1st. Enrollment is limited. Call 250-765-3163 to register.

Rotary Now Kelowna presents the series Speakers That Inspire and is hosting Dr. Chen Feng on the topic Hype or Hope: Rethinking Blockchain Technology. The event is Thursday, September 5th at 5:00 p.m. at The Innovation Centre Theatre, 460 Doyle Avenue. Tickets $10.00 For more info  [email protected].

Birthdays of the week – Happy 80th Doris Vester (Aug. 27); Rod Armour (Aug. 25); Shayne Drydal (Aug. 27); Mason Rice (Aug. 28); Debbie Larry (Aug. 28); Michele Kirschner (Aug. 28); Garry Appleton (Aug. 29); Dave Hoeght (Aug. 30); Rosanne TinkMak Brown (Aug. 31); Mark Rogers (Aug.30); Debra Fletcher (Aug. 31); Andrew Griffin (Aug. 31); Dennis Gabelhouse (Sept. 3); Steve Mandl (Sept. 3); Barry Spring (Sept. 3).

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