Straight From DeHart – Oct. 23, 2019

I’m looking forward to seeing all of you at the Roast Thursday evening. I’ve got a couple of things up my sleeve too!

After many years, the corner of Sutherland Avenue and Burtch has now been completely transformed and revitalized with a beautiful new building and FOUR new businesses. In addition, they have added plenty of covered parking off Sutherland for all the business’ clients. The new building was built and is also owned and operated by Dennis and Louise MacLeod at 1502 Sutherland Avenue.


The grand opening of all the businesses in this new building is Friday, October 25th.  A floral arrangement from Funky Petals will be given free to the first 25 people that come to the opening. There will also be a draw for a TV and 10 golf pass prizes. Whether you need to purchase insurance, flowers, do your laundry or wash your car, it’s a one-stop shop at Sutherland and Burtch with lots of parking.

Dennis MacLeod, an insurance/financial advisor has moved the Co-operators (Solve Insurance Services Inc.) to this new facility, taking the entire second and third floor, making it the company’s head office. They operate two other branches of the Co-operators in West Kelowna and Rutland. The company offers insurance for home, life, investments, group, business, farm and travel and have an ICBC quick counter for fast in and out transactions on the main floor. Open Monday to Saturday.

Funky Petals, with floral designer/owner Louise MacLeod says this is the jewel business in the building. The floral shop is a new franchise in town with nine locations in Alberta and Kelowna is the only franchise in B.C. Funky Petals operates out of the bright corner of the office building and offers unique, artistic fresh-cut designs of arrangements in the floral world. They have an incredible selection of modern vases and accessories with drop-in, phone-in, on-line and delivery of floral arrangements. Heather Neufeld, who has been a floral designer for 30 years and was formerly with Mission Park Flowers, has joined Funky Petals along with floral designer Donna Pay. Open Monday to Saturday. or

OneClick Cleaners Dry Cleaning and Laundry is located in the rear of the building with 16 washers and 14 dryers. All the machines are huge industrial with 20, 45 and 65 pound capacities. They offer free pickup, delivery, automated billing, dry cleaning and wash and fold service. This is the first OneClick Canadian franchise. It is open 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. seven days a week. Tina Houle is the manager of OneClick.

Diane and Steve Geddes relocated from Calgary last year where they operated a furniture company SGE Interior Solutions. They now have purchased Fibrenew located at #17-737 Stremel Road as a complement to SGE Interior Solutions. SGE sells furniture, specializing in retirement homes, golf courses, hotels and restaurants. Fibrenew is a leather, vinyl and plastics repairs and refurbishment company. It helps people who are eco-friendly who perhaps want to save their furniture instead of getting rid of it. Their son Zach and his wife Jazi have also moved to Kelowna and are both working in the company.


Lastly, the MacLeod’s have opened the new Sutherland Super Wash Car Wash which is open 24/7 with two bays of self-serve wash and one automatic car wash. It’s one of the fastest in town with four arms.

Ryan Hulstein, CPA, CA has joined the team at KPMG as a Senior Manager, Audit.  Originally from Vernon, for the past five years he has worked as an audit manager with KPMG in Prague, Czech Republic.

The Okanagan Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals is celebrating National Philanthropy Day with a lunch on November 15th. National Philanthropy Day is a special day where the non-profit community come together to celebrate philanthropy and the positive impact of giving, whether financial, in-kind or volunteer support. This year’s keynote speaker is David Roche sharing his message “Generosity Made Me”. David is a pioneer of disability culture and an inspirational humorist who has transformed the challenges and gifts of living with facial difference into a compelling message that has won him standing ovations from around the world. Magda Kapp is the Chair, National Philanthropy Day.  Tickets are Visit

Christina Ferreira, owner of Impact Events and Brand Management has joined the Tourism Kelowna Board of Directors to serve an eight month term to April, 2020 representing the restaurant, retail and attractions sector. Christina has worked in destination marketing since 2002.

Congratulations to the finalists in the Kelowna Chamber 2019 Business Excellence Awards with the Awards Gala on November 1st. Cannary Packaging Inc., Parke Pacific Projects Ltd., Thick as Thieves Entertainment (Rising Star); Galleria Fashions, Serviss Wealth Management, Sherpa Group Events Inc. (Micro Business); Hampton Pools & Landscape, Okanagan Lavender & Herb Farm, The Peacock Sheridan Group (Small Business); Blair Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning, Hergott Law, SweetLegs Clothing Inc. (Mid-size Business); Boyd Autobody & Glass, Valens GroWorks Corp., Vitalis Extraction Technology (Large Business); Cassidy deVeer of 3rd Generation Homes Ltd., Ranjit Takhar of Evergreen Building Maintenance Inc., Tyler Robson of Valens GroWorks Corp. (Young Entrepreneur); BC SPCA Kelowna, Central Okanagan Community Food Bank, Society of Hope (Not-for-Profit Excellence); Boyd Autobody & Glass, Coast Capital Savings Federal Credit Union, Kot Auto Group (Social Leadership); Predator Ridge Resort, Sayvee Creative Inc., Valens GroWorks Corp. (Marketing Campaign of the Year); Kelowna Museums Society, Kelowna Pride Society, Studio9 Independent School of Arts Society (Arts & Entertainment Achievement); Agents of Discovery, Hybrid Elevator Inc., Perfit Dental Solutions (Technology Innovator); Kelowna Concierge, Okanagan Lavender & Herb Farm, Volcanic Hills Estate Winery (Excellence in Tourism).

In recognition of the significant growth of the Institute of Corporate Directors’ local branch to now include leaders from across BC’s Southern Interior, the branch will now be renamed ICD Okanagan (formerly ICD Kelowna). You can register for ICD Okanagan’s next event, a breakfast seminar at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday, November 7th at the Kelowna Yacht Club. Dr. Michael Parent, SFY Professor and Academic Director, ID Director Education Program (BC) and Tracey McVicar, Managing Partner, CAI Capital will discuss the critical importance of Strategy and Capital Allocation to both for profit and non-for-profit organizations. Michael Conway, FCPA, FCA, ICD.D is the chair, ICD Okanagan. [email protected]

It’s time to get scared and spooked at the 4th annual Grenfell Road Haunted House at 945 Grenfell Road, owned by Paul Coxe who loves Halloween and scaring people. Although Paul was diagnosed with Myasthenia Gravis, a rare chronic autoimmune disease marked by muscular weakness in certain muscles, he is determined to have another huge success this year with help from family, friends and the community. Visit on October 25th, 26th 27th and 31st from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. (Scary Times) and October 25th, 26th, 27th and 31st from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. (Non-Scary Times).

Ladies are working hard to get their clothing together for the Fall Ladies Closet Cleanout on Sunday, October 27th at the Laurel Packing House from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The event will have over 40 tables of gently used clothing and reusable bags will be given out for the first 100 ladies and a chance to win door prizes. Shop, save and support.

A group of wonderful quilters is hosting a Christmas Craft Market at Linda’s Quilt Shop at 948 McCurdy Road on Friday and Saturday, November 1st and 2nd from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the classroom in the back of the store. They will have a variety of items from knitting crocheting cars to preserves. [email protected]

Women in Business are featuring four amazing women at their November 6th panel event “Building Your Online Community” at Gallagher’s Canyon Golf Club from 5:30 to 8:30- p.m.  They will share proven trade secrets on the top three outcomes for your business when it comes to social media.  Listen to Joanna Schlosser (Niche Wine Co.), Lindsay Kelm (Kelm Communications), Brea McDonald (Table Forty Nine) and Valerie McTavish (VM Creative Content). Event includes a full dinner and cash bar. Visit

Birthdays of the week –Angelina Agostino (Oct. 23); Anna Jacysyn (Oct. 23); Richard Montgomery (Oct. 23); Diane Belanger (Oct. 24); Colleen Brown (Oct. 24); Vicki Campbell (Oct. 24); Robert Letvinchuk (Oct. 24); Sean Barr (Oct. 24); Terry Trager (Oct. 25); Leon Thomas (Oct. 25); Terry Wardrop (Oct. 27); Al Kirschner (Oct. 27); Gail Harrison (Oct. 27); A’Lana Rains (Oct. 28); Darren Light (Oct. 28); Gary Topham (Oct. 28); Bernie Schleppe (Oct. 28); Loyal Wooldridge (Oct. 29); Tony Schleppe (Oct. 29); Mark Beaulieu (Oct. 29).

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