Straight From DeHart – Oct. 21, 2020

Quail Ridge Dental has opened at #102 – 1730 Pier Mac Way. Owned and operated by Dr. Steve Calder who has been in private practice for 15 years and his wife and office manager, Connie Calder, they have been hard at work for a year to create a safe and beautiful facility. This dentistry office has implemented the latest imaging technology with fully digital x-ray, 3D CBCT imaging and even digital models. The facility creates porcelain crowns and bridges through their in-house lab in one appointment, saving time of temporaries and multiple appointments. Designing their facility during COVID gave them a unique opportunity to involve engineers in their HVAC design. They created a space where the clinical areas have an independent air flow system from reception and staff areas.  Dr. Calder screens for cancer through head and neck examinations and Velscope light fluorescent cancer detection. 3D CBCT imaging can reveal previously hidden problems increasing accuracy of diagnosis and treatment. Quail Ridge Dental is able to offer same day appointments for emergencies and are accepting new patients.

Print Three Kelowna has relocated to new premises at Unit #211 – 1625 Dilworth Drive, behind the new Ford Dealership. Owned and operated by Phil Walker and formerly at 1021 Ellis Street, the company specializes in all forms of printing, including custom stationery such as full colour envelopes and printed marketing materials of banner ads and direct mail pieces. They also offer personalized printing such as wedding invitations. Print Three Kelowna services the area across the entire Central and North Okanagan Valley. For a full list of their many print services visit

The Women’s Enterprise Centre (WEC) has appointed three new board members. WEC is a non-profit organization that provides business loans, advisory services, training, mentoring, resources and support to women entrepreneurs throughout B.C. Pilar Portela has over 20 years of experience in the enterprise business and is President and CEO of Astra Smart Systems and i4C Innovation. Trish Mandewo is the Co-founder and CEO of Synergy on Boards Consulting Group, a company that provides a resource for corporations and non-profit organizations looking to bring diversity into their boardrooms. Brandi Wingrove is an audit partner with KPMG’s Vancouver Enterprise practice, specializing in small and medium size private companies. Visit for a complete list of board members. Jill Earthy is the CEO of WEC.

Accelerate Okanagan is launching a new provincial program that supports small businesses looking to enter or expand their digital presence. The Rapid Response + Resiliency (DER3) Program will connect small businesses with digital service providers and subject matter experts to help them enter or expand into the digital economy. It is open to all individuals or small businesses located in the Okanagan. DER3 offers a guided one-to-one business and technical consultation for businesses that are considering entering or expanding their online presence or putting technology based tools in place to better service their needs. Richard Takai is the DER3 Business Advisor at Accelerate Okanagan.

The Greater Westside Board of Trade has appointed Heather Robinson as their new Executive Director. Heather is a seasoned professional with management, customer service, tourism and events experience in her portfolio. Heather has lived in West Kelowna for over 14 years and was formerly with Mission Hill Family Estate Winery for 10 years in a combined sales and events management role. Craig Garries is the President of the organization.

TD Bank has donated $15,000.00 to Okanagan College’s Our Students, Your Health Campaign towards the new Health Sciences Centre on the Kelowna campus. The gift will support new equipment for the nursing lab, which will be used by future Registered Nurses and Health Care Assistants. There are still many pieces of equipment needed and the Okanagan College Foundation is inviting anyone who might be interested in supporting these items to contact Helen Jackman at [email protected] or Holly Routley at [email protected]. I am honoured to be the Campaign Ambassador for the Our Students, Your Health Campaign.

The Third Annual 2020 B.C. Lieutenant Governor’s Wine Awards were announced by the Okanagan Wine Festivals Society. Two local judges, Mark Filatow and Rhys Pender were on the panel from across Canada.  After tasting over 740 wines the judges awarded a record number of medals to 107 B.C. wineries during a virtual award ceremony. The top B.C wine this year is the 2019 Riesling made by Upper Bench Estate Winery in Penticton. Congratulations to the following local/valley wineries. Lake Breeze Vineyards, Tantalus Vineyards, O’Rourke’s Peak Cellars, Arrowleaf Cellars, SpearHead Winery, Mission Hill Family Estate, Therapy Wines, Terravista Vineyards, Deep Roots Winery, Nk’Mip Cellars, Laughing Stock Vineyards, Moraine Estate Winery and Three Sisters Winery.  For a complete list of the winning wines visit

Happy 57th Bob and Sonja Rosco (Oct. 22).

Deb Lawless is celebrating 10 years with Halloween Alley in Kelowna. Due to COVID-19, Halloween Alley will be in their largest location ever, using all the space at the former Winner’s location in the Capri Mall. All protocols can be met so customers feel safe and comfortable. Many families are leaning towards decorating their homes like never before and will get innovative with Halloween as well. Halloween Alley is one of Canada’s largest independent chains with stores across Canada. They offer over 100 feet of Green Tag Sale Merchandise and this year, they truly have something for everyone including any budget and more inventory than ever before.

Kudos to John Moxness and Don Gill, past members of the Kelowna Cardiac Exercise Society (KCES) joined in on the virtual COACH Walk of Life event, sponsored by Coach Cardiac Rehab Kelowna.  Both John and Don reside at Lakeshore Place and decided to walk the quarter mile path around Lakeshore Place. They are both over 90 and used their age as a gauge to measure how many laps to do. They both reached their age plus many more laps and raised a whopping $550.00.

There has never been a better time to learn bridge or update your bridge skills with online bridge lessons. Did you know that bridge base online get over 37,000 people playing bridge online at the same time?   Diana Knowles, who is a certified bridge ACBL teacher and certified best practice online teacher, has been teaching for the past seven years mainly at the Let’s Play Bridge Club and Parkinson Senior Centre.  Diana is now offering an intermediate class beginning around October 28th and also a new beginner class that will be starting around November 17. Experienced players will have the benefit of not only receiving great lessons, but will be assisted on how to play online if not already doing so. Lessons will be held both daytime and events. To sign up, contact Diane at [email protected] or 250-491-4704.

The Kelowna Chamber of Commerce has announced 32 finalists in thirteen categories in a run-up to their 33rd Annual Business Excellence Awards Gala on November 26. For a complete list of the finalists visit

Kudos to master gardeners Darlene Spagnol, Bob Ross, Charlie Pearson and Frank Truman who helped the Legion on Bertram Street with their fall gardening. The gardens were dug up and topped with new earth and horse manure. Darlene brought many lovely plants from her own garden and helped arrange them in the gardens and the area beside the front door. It will be exciting to see what they will look like in the spring and summer.

Ki’Bok Mexican Restaurant and Café at 482 West Avenue is now open Thursday and Friday evenings from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday is highlighted as taco night. The small unique restaurant is owned and operated by Sandra Ortega and offers healthy and fresh authentic Mexican cuisine. Open for breakfast at 9:30 a.m. and lunch Monday to Saturday with all menu items made from scratch.

Birthdays of the week – Happy 80th Donna Majewski (Oct. 21); Roxy Paul (Oct. 21); Angelina Agostino (Oct. 23); Anna Jacysyn (Oct. 23); Joe Creron (Oct. 24); Sean Barr (Oct. 24); Diane Belanger (Oct. 24); Colleen Brown (Oct. 24); Robert Letvinchuk (Oct. 24); Leon Thomas (Oct. 25); Terry Trager (Oct. 25); Lana Verigin (Oct. 26); Terry Wardrop (Oct. 27); Al Kirschner (Oct. 27); Gail Harrison (Oct. 27).

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 website