Straight From DeHart – Nov. 27, 2019

Earthly Creations Floral Art and Gift Gallery, owned and operated by Marie Shandalla at 2630 Pandosy Street is celebrating their 20th anniversary in business. In the same location for the entire 20 years, Marie is celebrating on Saturday, November 30th from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with lots of in-store specials, Knight’s Chocolate samples and beverages. The first 12 people in the store will receive free delivery of an arrangement in town in December. It will be a great time to start your Christmas shopping as the shop is chock full of great gift ideas, along with beautiful floral arrangements. Marie always puts on a great party, so stop in and visit.

While visiting Earthly Creations, drop into the Tutt Street Gallery on November 30 from noon to 4:00 p.m. Owner and curator Martina Kral is celebrating her 10th anniversary as owner and the gallery’s 35th anniversary of brokering fine Canadian art by hosting Christmas Delights Show and Sale. In attendance will be Rod Charlesworth, Anita Skinner, Anita McComas and Dorothy Tinning.  The Spirit of Christmas in the Pandosy Village is the same date. There will be a Christmas toy drive and you can enter to win a grand prize gift basket with every toy donated at participating Pandosy Village businesses.

Kelowna based accounting firm Chun & Co. (Dan Chun, CPA, CA) will merge with MNP effective February 3, 2020. MNP is Canada’s fifth largest national accounting and business consulting firm with 21 locations across B.C and a local office at 600 – 1628 Dickson Avenue. While Chun & Co. was seeking to deliver more specialty services to their clients, MNP was looking to expand its Okanagan presence and add more professional resources to serve the region. By joining MNP, Chun & Co. can add more resources, more specialized services and a wider range of experiences for their clients. The Chun & Co. team of eight will be based out of MNP’s Kelowna office in early February, 2020. Trina Warren, CPA, CA is the Regional Managing Partner, Thompson-Okanagan, MNP.

Sandrine French Pastry and Chocolate at 1865 Dilworth Drive is celebrating their 15th birthday. Marking their anniversary, they have freshened up their logo with a design inspired by the timeless macarons they are famous for.  Sandrine has revamped their website so you now view and book your space in their popular baking classes. The Christmas specialties, yule logs and tourtieres are also available for pre-ordering online or in-store. Check out to see how you can attend a hands-on workshop with Sandrine and learn to bake a traditional Christmas Buche de Noel: sponge cake, butter cream, ganache.

CedarCreek Estate Winery has been named Winery of the Year at the 2019 InterVin International Wine Awards. InterVin is a competition that brings together wine writers, sommeliers and winemakers to judge both Canadian and International wines. It is one of the most meaningful awards in Canada and is among the top accolades CedarCreek has received in its 32-year history. Top Gold Medal scoring wines are 2017 Platinum Haynes Creek Syrah and 2018 Platinum Block 3 Riesling. Taylor Whelan is the Winemaker.

DEW IT, an IT service provider that is an up and coming local business providing IT services for small and medium businesses in the Okanagan and beyond has combined its West Kelowna and Kelowna locations under one roof at #101-1561 Sutherland Avenue. Owned and operated by President Brian Dewar, DEW IT has been in operation since 2013 and employs eight staff.

Kick off the holiday season by attending the Downtown Kelowna Winter Street Market on Sunday, December 1st. Visit BC Buy Local week is December 2nd to 8th.

Congratulations to RCMP S/Sgt. Duncan Dixon on receiving the prestigious Order of Merit. S/Sgt. Dixon joined the RCMP 28 years ago and is currently the Detachment Commander for West Kelowna and is also in charge of delivering policing services to residents of Peachland, Joe Rich and Big White.

Employees of the City of Kelowna Yards Department received Long Term Service Awards. Congratulations to Scott Thompson and Brenda Larson, (20 years); David IrwinDerek PurdueJohn Pinoli and Daniel Voth (10 years).

Congratulations to the following City of Kelowna Long Service Award recipients: Jim Gabriel, Divisional Director of Active Living & Culture and Wendy Serko, PT Recreation Program Assistant (Both 25 years); Chris Babcock, Event Development Supervisor (15 years).

Pushor Mitchell Lawyers LLP has announced a new Mediation Services Group offering a comprehensive alternative to resolving disputes for clients across the valley and surrounding areas. Chair of the newly formed group is Certified Mediator Angela PriceStephens who has trained in the UK (Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution), USA (Pepperdine University, CA) and Canada (Justice Institute of BC; Community Mediation, Ottawa). Angela is on the Civil Roster of Mediate BC and has been mediating disputes in a variety of forums since 2005.

The web-site for the new Mid-Town Station Kitchen + Drink Restaurant at 200-1516 Dickson Avenue is

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Corinne Snape of unique business, The Executor’s Assistant is celebrating seven years in business serving the Okanagan. Corinne has been assisting families, lawyers, realtors and public guardian trustees disburse household assets for estates and beneficiaries during the transitioning period. Corinne is an expert in what she does and offers individual pricing and quotes as all situations are unique. Along with help for household asset disbursement for estates, she can help with downsizing, transitioning or hoarding. Corinne and her team assist professional and families with the disbursement from home to condo, condo to care or estates in an efficient and caring manner. If you need assistance prior to or during any of these life transitions call for a free, non-obligation consultation at 250-863-2630 or visit The Executor’s Assistant website at

Having participated in the Opportunity Fair, the Kelowna Lioness Club has inducted new member Bev Kenzie. If you would like to have some fun while giving back to the community, give Ann Luhoff a call at 250-861-1202.

Michele Nojonen has started a new group for widows and widowers called Soaring Spirits International. Soaring Spirits provides widowed people with the chance to meet socially and to create a local community of widowed friends through their Regional Social Group program. Groups are led by their volunteer facilitators who plan meetings twice a month in their areas. The meetings are focused on assisting widowed men and women in rebuilding their social structure post-loss. They do not provide any presented content and all of their meetings are held in easily accessible public locations. The aim is to assist widowed people in getting back out into the world with a group of understanding friends by their sides. Their next social function is December 9th. For more information on the event and group check out

Kot Auto Group has launched their first annual Kot Coat Drive to distribute donated coats to people in need in the community. All five dealerships of Kot Auto Group will be participating including Kelowna Hyundai/Genesis Kelowna.

Gloria Morgan from the North Okanagan has been elected Chair of the Okanagan College Board of Governors following the resignation of Chris Derickson who left the position as a consequence of his recent election as Chief of the Westbank First Nation. Juliette Cunningham from Vernon was elected as Vice Chair, replacing Gloria.


Around town…

December 6; HomeGrown Night Market at the Innovation Centre.  Local vendors and small businesses.

December 7 and 8; Artisans Christmas at Rotary Centre for the Arts. Over 60 artists, crafters, food trucks, activities for the kids and swag bags.  Donation for the food bank.

December 15; Kelowna Liedertafel Choir Annual Christmas Concert is at 2:00 p.m. at First Lutheran Church, 4091 Lakeshore Road. Special Guests are UBCO Chorus with Director Francis Chiasson. Admission by donation.

Birthdays of the week – Happy 85th Ed Schiller (Nov. 20); Reg Henry (Nov. 27); Chris Rochfort (Nov. 27); Dwayne Hojnocki (Nov.27); Maryann Tulloch (Nov. 27); David Kopp (Nov.28); Gary Filifilo (Nov. 28); Ken Black (Nov. 28); Dr. Mike Shepherd (Nov. 29); Bryan Feagan (Nov. 29); Lou Goncalves (Nov. 30); Jana Hardy (Nov. 30); Dan Willms (Nov. 30); Meryl Corbett (Nov. 30); Vern Martindale (Dec. 1); Dan Albas (Dec. 1); Don Holzer (Dec. 2); Sonja Rosco (Dec. 3); Krystyna Werbury (Dec. 3); Hal Puder (Dec. 3); Sherry Cote (Dec. 3).

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