Straight From DeHart

Manohar Vegetarian Bakery has opened at 203 Rutland Road N., in the former Whisk Bakery location. Owned and operated by Harjit and Kamaljit Toora, the bakery offers many varieties of baked goods that are all eggless. They have lots of cookies and biscuits, including coconut, cashew, sooji, almond and jeera, just a mention a few, which again are all eggless. They also offer cakes, pastries, hard and soft fruit cake, bread, two types of rusk, many Indian snacks, sesame treats and mango bites, which are some of their most popular items. Manohar has a small deli section with sandwiches and a layered cold cupcake. They also have eggless mayo and a house-made almond drink. Manohar has a counter where you can enjoy a cup of Indian Masala Chai tea with any item. Open 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. daily.

It is with great sadness that long-time City Clerk, Stephen Fleming is retiring from the City of Kelowna at the end of March. Stephen has been an integral member of the city staff and will be greatly missed. He previously worked at the District of North Vancouver from 1996 to 2003 in a variety of roles in their Municipal Clerks Office. Stephen joined the City of Kelowna in May 2003 as Deputy City Clerk and as Acting City Clerk from May 2004 to June 2005. He was named to the position of City Clerk in July 2008. Stephen was an Instructor in the Local Government Administration, at Capilano University from 2005 to 2018 and now from 2022 to the present time in this prestigious role. Personally, Stephen has been a rock for me as a City Councillor since being elected in 2011. He keeps me and others on the straight and narrow, sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. Stephen’s knowledge and compassion for his position in the city is invaluable. I knew Stephen well before I became a City Councillor and wish him the best in his retirement, although personally, I will miss his unique demeanour, calmness, sense of humour and wealth of knowledge.

Jeremy Chevry is the new store manager at Urban Fare in the Mission Park Shopping Center. Jeremy has been in the retail industry for over 20 years in France. He worked for 10 years for ETS SCHIEVER as a store manager, for the banner ATAC supermarket-size store and he also worked two years as an Assistant Store Manager for E. LECLERC, a hypermarket-size store. Jeremy moved to Canada in March 2013 and was hired as a clerk for Urban Fare. He did not speak a word of English and had to start from the bottom of the ladder. Eleven years later, Jeremy is still working for the Jim Pattison Food Group. Urban Fare is part of the Jim Pattison Food Group with a total of seven stores, with one in Calgary, five in Vancouver and one in Kelowna. Urban Fare is celebrating 25 years of the banner in August 2024.    

Last week during BC Chamber Week, I joined many members of the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce board, staff and volunteers who set out around the city to visit businesses in various areas. Some of the people who participated were Dan Price, Maryse Harvey, Curtis Tarapaski, Sarang GokhaleAnnika BettsDaniel WinerMarina WarrenderAaron Dow, Derek GratzShane Osborne, Chris WillsCarmen Rempel, Noel AcresPaula Quinn, Mangla BangsalJames McCartney, Treena PivaSharon ModlinNicola Austin and Bhav Sandher. All the participants reported that the businesses that we visited were extremely receptive and happy to answer the questions that we posed to them. It was an extremely uplifting day and the weather held out for our three-hour walk.    

The Kelowna Chamber of Commerce has a new board for 2024-2025. Directors will be ratified at the in-person AGM on April 4 at the Coast Capri Hotel. Table officers are Incoming Chair-Elect Maryse Harvey MH2 Advisory Services; Derek Gratz, UBC Okanagan, Industry Liaison and Vice-President-Elect and Secretary-Elect, Patrick Bobyn, Pushor Mitchell. The eleven directors are Dobrila Braunstein, Sandhill Winery; Sarang Gokhale, Mission Group; Laurel Hogg, Rush Ihas Harwick LLP; Ryan Malcolm, Emil Anderson Group; Amarjit Lalli, TS Lalli Holdings; Treena Piva, Real Property Management; Paula Quinn, KF Aerospace Centre for Excellence; Carmen Rempel, Kelowna's Gospel Mission, Curtis Tarapaski, Cairo Developments; Marina Warrender, KPMG LLP; and Chris Wills, Venture Commercial Realty. Dan Price is the Outgoing Board Chair. The board also has four advisory positions.

International Women’s Day is March 8th and is being celebrated at the Innovation Centre on Doyle and Ellis from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. It will be an inspiring day dedicated to women’s empowerment. Connect with like-minded individuals, attend engaging workshops and hear from influential speakers who are making a difference. Keynote speakers are Diana Woolridge-Jones, Diamond Parking; Carmen Rempel, Kelowna’s Gospel Mission; Carollynn Schafer, Accelerate Okanagan; Paula Quinn, KF Aerospace Centre for Excellence; Annika Kirk, Unusually good Food Company; Reece Tomlinson, RWT Growth & Saone Capital; Isis Darosa, Behavior Interventionist & Athletics Coach; Terri Keay, Registered Psychotherapist and Liza Magcale, Delegating Wisely. Tickets at

Geert and Elly Maas are asking the public to visit their garden and gallery to help them come up with a suggestion(s) on how they can preserve Geert's legacy. Established in 1980, the unique Geert Maas Sculpture Gardens and Gallery at 250 Reynolds Road features a gem of overwhelming 2D and 3D art in colour and shapes created by internationally acclaimed artist and sculptor Geert Maas. Geert and Elly welcome art lovers from around the world and Elly has archived Geert's artistic career documents in file-maps dating back to 1967 including books, exhibition catalogues, posters and articles. Also stored are his proposals for art in public places, numerous photos, slides and cassette tapes. You can view Lorenz Plourde's videos and podcasts at Now, what is the future of this legacy? Open 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily. 

The Okanagan Masters Gardeners are a non-profit organization whose mandate is to support and help educate sustainable gardening practices throughout the Okanagan. Their Annual Seedy Sunday event is Sunday, March 10th from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Parkinson Rec Centre. Admission is $2.00 per adult and children under 12 are free. It is an exciting day for the master gardeners as they get a head start on spring and look forward to offering workshops for adults at no charge and activities for the children. They will be running their own seed swap table and invite everyone to participate whether they have seeds to trade or not. Facebook: KelownaSeedySunday or contact them at

Mia’s Ride is a fundraiser with a goal to raise $108,000.00 for a wheelchair-accessible van for West Kelowna’s eight-year-old Mia and her family. They are holding a series of events incorporating live auctions and raffles for great prizes. Consider attending an event, becoming a sponsor, donating $ or donating a prize. Their next event is An Afternoon of Live Art, applies, and auction on Saturday, March 9th at Grizzli Winery from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tickets on Eventbrite. For sponsorship or donations contact Aaron Culbert at 250-863-8991 or

Kelowna Unitarians is taking the lead in breaking the taboo surrounding discussions on death and end-of-life planning with their inaugural End-of-Life seminar. Featuring four sessions led by local experts, Paul Hergott and Clair Jantzen, topics cover long-term health planning, legal considerations such as Representation Agreements and Power of Attorney, strategies for navigating difficult conversations and an overview of Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD). Kelowna Unitarians welcome attendees to explore these essential matters in a supportive environment on Saturday, March 2, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at 1310 Bertram Street. Tickets available online at    

The Grant Thornton Foundation has donated $10,000.00 to the Cops for Kids Charitable Foundation. Tyler Krenz, a partner at the Grant Thornton LLP Kelowna office personally witnessed the impactful work of Cops for Kids during their challenging ten-day ride. He and his colleagues take pride in supporting this organization which plays a crucial role in helping children facing crises in our community.

The Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise raised over $134,000.00 in their Third Annual Season of Giving Calendar – 12 Days of Prizes, with Business Finders Canada as their Presenting Sponsor. They have now raised $455,800.00 in three years. The KGH Foundation donated $45,000.00, and the Child Advocacy Center was also presented with $45,000.00.

Kelowna’s Gospel Mission (KGM) hosted their first Charity Art Auction at Grizzli Winery and raised $150,000.00. All proceeds will go to support the life-sustaining programs and services that KGM offers to people experiencing acute need in our city.

Birthdays of the week – 

Happy 85th  Penny Ivens-Baker (Mar. 5); Ken Laloge (Feb. 28); Sushmita Rathour (Feb. 29); Ken Salvail (Feb. 29); Kristine Kunzli (Feb. 28); Brad Sieben (Mar. 1); Jock Craddock (Mar. 2); Todd Graham (Mar. 2); Faye Willms (Mar. 2); Josh Perreault (Mar. 3); Derek Gratz (Mar. 4); Nancy Wise (Mar. 4); Ajay Jhajj (Mar. 5); Kent Chappell (Mar. 5); Dustin Martin (Mar. 5); Wolf Krieg (Mar. 5); Linda Frisby (Mar. 5); Kellie Amis (Mar. 5); Sandra Hofer (Mar. 5); Camille Saltman (Mar. 5); Lisa MacNeil (Mar. 5) 
Maxine DeHart is a Kelowna City Councillor and local hotelier. Phone her at 250-979-4546 or 250-862-7662. E-mail