Straight From DeHart May 29, 2019

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Traditionally specializing in Lawn & Garden and Forestry, Savoy Equipment Ltd. at 1929 Windsor Road, now carries a wide range of Light Construction Equipment (LCE) from top brand names including Husqvarna Construction (previously Atlas Copco), Wacker-Neuson, Toro Sitework Systems, Multi-quip, and Stihl. Savoy services everything they sell and more. Under the leadership of president and general manager David Turner, Savoy has added industry expert Perry Temperton to their team as their construction sales and service representative. Previously, Perry worked in the construction industry as a contractor for 23 years operating his own business specializing in concrete cutting and coring. Savoy has also hired Steve Sears to the team in the position of service manager. Steve is a certified heavy duty mechanic who has worked in the rental industry for many years and is experienced in the service and repair of construction equipment. Savoy Equipment is hosting its first ever Construction Demo Day on Friday, May 31 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. An open invitation is extended to all construction industry professionals. There will be a wide array of LCE products to try out first-hand with brand representatives on-site to answer any questions about the equipment, along with hourly giveaways, a BBQ lunch and a grand-prize draw at 3:00 p.m. RSVP’s are optional but appreciated to construction@savoyequipment.com or 250-868-1010.

Long-time owner of Okanagan Pilates, Eileen Galarneau is retiring on June 14. Eileen opened Okanagan Pilates & Health at 1616 Pandosy Street in 2003. Her vision of the business was to be a safe, inclusive and educational Pilates studio offering students private and small group Pilates instruction. Eileen helped me out immensely after my shoulder surgery and I continued on with her and Pilates after that. She is now planning on playing lots of golf and traveling, which she and her husband Al love to do. okanaganpilates@gmail.com.

Barry Lapointe, CEO of KF Aerospace has been recognized for his work over the last 50 years in building KF Aerospace into one of the largest and most respected commercial aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul operations in the world.  Barry was inducted into Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame at the 46th Annual Induction Ceremony at Montreal’s Laurent Beaudoin Completion Centre. He started the company, then Kelowna Flightcraft in 1970 servicing small aircraft from the back of his truck. Today KF employs over 1,000 people with a payroll in excess of $70 million annually, providing a range of leading-edge services, including RCAF aircrew training, flight operations, and commercial delivery. Barry.lapointe@kfaero.ca         

Formerly CEO, Diane Dou is the new interim president and CEO of Prospera Credit Union, which has two branches in Kelowna and 16 throughout B.C. She replaces Shawn Good, who has left the company after four years.

After a 45 year career, Ed Stephens is retiring from the City of Kelowna Airport. After starting a career as a draftsman, he became a professional engineer and project management professional. Ed says his last four years at YLW leading the airport development team has been his most rewarding times in the journey. Over the last year, he oversaw the development of the next 10 year program, Soaring Beyond 2.5M passengers. Ed plans on remaining in the valley, continuing to try and improve his golf game, kayak, hike and getting involved in the community. estephens@kelowna.ca 

Personal congratulations to Dr. Heather Banham retired Dean of the Okanagan College School of Business who will receive the College’s Distinguished Service Award on June 1. The award is the highest honour bestowed upon a former employee and recognizes those who have given outstanding service to Okanagan College, who share and support its mission, vision, and values and are active within and outside the College community. I was honoured to have been on the board with Heather while the CMA’s CA’s and CGA’s merged into CPABC.   

URBA Business After Hours is Wednesday, June 5th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. hosted by The Bridge Youth and Family Services. The event will be held at their administration offices at #8 – 2604 Enterprise Way, across from Tim Horton’s on Enterprise Way. Look for the balloons.    

Along with Join the Hearts in Rhythm Organization for a public forum called “Keeping the Beat: How Our Communities Can Prevent Tragedy” on Saturday, June 8th from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at the Kelowna downtown library, they will also host a free interactive CPR/AED Learning Session from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. RSVP at 604-682-2344 or Lyee1@providencehealth.bc.ca     

Huge congratulations to Megan Osland, a current Intermediate Member of the Kelowna Golf & Country Club who has moved one step closer to making her dream a reality. She will be playing in the Ladies US Open on May 30th to June 2nd at the Country Club of Charleston, South Carolina. Megan not only qualified, but she actually won the qualifying tournament by shooting a 68 in round one and followed that up with a 70 in round two at the Bradenton Golf and Country Club in Florida.

Anna's Secret is not just another romance story. Published by local author Blossom Turner who resides in Lake Country, the novel is an inspirational romance with a twist. Set in the Okanagan Valley and geared for women of all ages, who first and foremost enjoy a good love story and secondly like to read a book that inspires them to grow personally, Anna's Secret is now available on Amazon.ca and Amazon.com. Blossom's authentic understanding of the power of forgiveness through life experience has birthed this compelling novel. Anna's Secret, where failure, love, and romance collide.

QB Gelato at 1884 Dayton Street (Landmark) will be serving their new summer salad menu from Monday to Friday, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. from May to September. Enjoy their patio and join them for Supper club or one of their fabulous gelatos. www.qbgelato.com 

St. Andrews 90th Annual Flower Show is Saturday, June 8th from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at 4619 Lakeshore Road with a $5.00 admission. Folks who would like to exhibit flowers may get a copy of the schedule from the church office or call Bev Akerlund at 250-764-7478. The show began in 1929 and was held at Sherbrooke Ranch in Okanagan Mission. It was then held at the Eldorado Hotel at the end of Eldorado Road before it was moved to Cook Road for 42 years. It was also held at local restaurants in the Mission from 1980 to 1986 and now is held in the new church for the past 32 years. When visiting the church, use the traffic circle before driving into the church parking lot. 

Congratulations to Lioness member Bea Summers-Gill who just celebrated her 95th birthday and is the oldest member of the Kelowna Lioness Club. Lioness are always happy to receive new members. Contact Joy Kutcher at 250-862-8766.

To See or Not to See: Homecoming -A One Woman Play by Ruth Bieber is Tuesday, June 11th with two shows at 3:00 and 6:00 p.m. at the Kelowna Art Gallery. Tickets $20.00 at the door. Pre-show entertainment by local harpist Sarah Mainland.

The Kelowna South Central Association of Neighbourhoods (KSAN) is hosting their 2019 AGM on June 12th at 6:30 p.m. at Knowles House on the corner of Bernard Avenue and Ethel Street, beside the park. Mayor Colin Basran is the guest speaker. KSAN represents the neighbourhoods surrounding KGH, Abbott Street corridor to Gordon Drive and North to Bernard Avenue. They have been in existence for 25 years.

End Summer Hunger 2019 hosted by Scotiabank, Scotia Wealth Management, Save-On-Foods, and the Salvation Army have a goal to raise $50,000 in cash and food donations for The Salvation Army Community Life Centre.  Over the past three years, they have raised $55,210. The event is at all Save-On Food locations on Saturday, June 8 (Lakeshore and Rutland) and Sunday, June 9 (Orchard Plaza, Glenmore, and Westbank). They are also looking for volunteers. Contact Adam Dewar at 250-868-5513 or adam.dewar@scotiawealth.com

Stronger Together Kelowna, volunteer co-chaired by postpartum depression survivors is a one-of-a-kind film/event at the Rotary Centre for the Arts on June 2nd at 11:00 a.m. with the film to begin at noon. The event will feature a screening of the groundbreaking postpartum depression documentary “When the Bough Breaks” followed by a panel of speakers and experts. This is a first-of-its-kind event where attendees can see that they are not alone, and against postpartum depression, you are #strongertogether. Goody bags to the first 100 attendees and door prizes. 


Birthdays of the week  – Happy 70th Barbie Ross (June 2);  Nan Pellatt (May 29); Ria York (May 28); Ron Manoin (May 30); Peter Zazuliak May 30); Darryl Burry (May 31); Bruce Telford (June 2); Ann Petrone (June 2); David McDougall (June 3); Tamara Joel (T.J.) 101.5 EZ ROCK; (June 4); Bill Winters, our neighbour (June 4); Andrew Gaucher (June 4).


Maxine DeHart is a Kelowna City Councillor and local hotelier. Phone her at 250-979-4546 or 250-862-7662; E-mail maxdehart@telus.net.