Straight From DeHart - December 2, 2020

Co-founders, long-time friends, and life-long dog moms, Kristin Postill and Cara Heule are the founders of Le Dog Company. The gals found that no one was making premium orthopedic leather dog beds. Leather is a natural fiber, durable, easy to clean and maintain, resistant to odor and hair, and gets better with wear, unlike traditional dog beds. Inside each bed is a human-grade dual foam orthopedic mattress to keep your furry friends happy and comfortable. The base is high-density foam to combat pressure points and help the bed maintain its architectural shape with no sinking to the ground like traditional stuffed beds. The topper is cooling gel memory foam that helps regulate temperature and creates a cushion top for maximum comfort. The architectural shape means they look great in your home. The more the bed is used, the more supple and broken in it will become, developing a patina unique to your pup. www.ledogcompany.com  

You won’t want to miss this pie campaign. Bake the World a Better Place was created by 26 of the Okanagan’s finest local chefs, bakers, and celebrities who have come together to make unique holiday pies for the Central Okanagan Food Bank. You can buy these wonderful pies at www.cofoodbank.com/holidaypies. Choose from an incredible selection of sweet and savory pies, made just in time for Christmas. Bring your pie(s) home or have them delivered as a special gift to someone you love. In addition, next week, four secret Celebrity Chef’s (and a surprise auction item) will be announced. Beginning, December 1st, you can bid on the online auction item for one of your specialty favorites by this year’s chefs. Auction winners will take home the gorgeous pie in a beautiful Le Creuset pie dish to keep. A limited-edition “Bake the World a Better Place 2020” Cookbook will also be available in early December for purchase through www.cofoodbank.com/holidaypies, at Lakehouse in downtown Kelowna and at Start Fresh Grocery in the Landmark Centre. A cookbook is a wonderful Christmas gift and even more special when you know, or know of, the chefs, bakers, and celebrities involved.        

Patrick Paulhus has been appointed general manager of Dockside Marine Centre and Tow & Stow Dry Marina. Patrick grew up in Kelowna and has 29 years of experience in the marine industry. He brings a wealth of knowledge to Dockside from his years of experience as a Certified Yacht Captain, boating around the globe. Patrick has been back in the Okanagan for 17 years. Dockside Marine and Tow & Stow are full-service marine product businesses that cater to a full range of recreational boating needs. www.docksidemarine.comwww.towandstow.com 

Agriculture Risk Management Specialist, AJ Gill has joined the team at MNP. With 20 years’ experience in the federal and B.C. Governments, AJ’s most recent role was general manager with the B.C. Ministry of Agriculture, overseeing the AgriStability Program. To learn about MNP’s Agriculture Risk Management Resources, contact AJ at aj.gill@mnp.ca 

Congratulations to the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Award 2020 Winners. Shambhu’s Spice House Cuisine of India (Rising Star); Okanagan Bucket List (Marketing Campaign); Kelowna Pride Society (Arts & Entertainment Achievement); Secure-Rite Mobile Storage (Social Leadership); Inspire Property Management Ltd. (Ethics in Business); The Bridge Youth & Family Services Society (Not-for-Profit Excellence): Hybrid Elevator Inc.( Technology Innovator); Brandon Panopoulos from TKI Construction Ltd. (Young Entrepreneur); Big White Ski Resort (Excellence in Tourism); Hampton Pools & Landscape (Inclusive Workplace); portia-ella (Small Business); Secure Rite Mobile Storage (Midsize Business); Highstreet Ventures Inc. (Large Business); Laurel Douglas (Business Leader).        

On Thursday, December 3rd, Okanagan College Foundation, and Coldwell Banker Jane Hoffman Realty will present OC Cooks: Season’s Eatings, a festive, virtual cooking class and wine tasting fundraiser. Tickets are all but sold out, but the silent auction, presented by Carrington Dental Centre is open to the public and live until Friday, December 4th. You can bid on a variety of unique staycation packages to treat yourself or as a gift. All proceeds from Season’s Eatings go to the Out Students, Your Health campaign to complete the new Health Sciences Centre on the College’s Kelowna campus. To bid on the silent auction visit trellis.org/seasonseatings

There have been many articles and podcasts in regards to investing in sports cards, now with trading cards booming. People seem to be going back to their childhood hobby of collecting cards or have realized the cards from their grandparents have become valuable. Investors have found a new avenue to invest in the future with prices constantly changing. Players Choice Sports, owned by Jason Wobshall and Katie Jenion continue to be creative. Even though they are only open for pickup, Players Choice has kept their collectors happy with online auctions. Their new show FLEX Night has launched where Jason will be showcasing some high-end cards explaining the hobby and giving tips on how to get into the game. Check out https://playerschoicesports.com/busines/players-choice-launches-new-show/  

The Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board (OMREB) and South Okanagan Real Estate Board (SOREB) will merge on January 1/2021 serving 1,600 realtors, from Revelstoke south to the US border, east to Rock Creek, and west to Eastgate Manning Park. It will also encompass Chetwynd, Tumbler Ridge, and Dawson Creek in the South Peace River region and will be the 13th largest realtor association in Canada. OMREB’s current president Kim Heizmann will remain as President of the new organization and SOREB’s president, Lyndi Cruickshank will be Vice-president. www.omreb.com

The OKGN Angel Summit is an opportunity for new and experienced investors to get plugged into the investment community and participate in creating an active fund. Participants will go through a ten-week series, starting in January 2021 of structured meetings including company reviews, founder pitches, and due diligence. The culmination is a public virtual pitch event on March 19th, 2021 where the last remaining companies will make their final pitch and the winner is awarded the investment from the fund. For more investor information visit www.accelerateokanagan.com or contact Sara Scott at sar@accelerateokanagan.com.

Original Joes presents the Second Annual Purse Project. Go down to Original Joes Pandosy or West Kelowna on December 19th between 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. and donate a new or gently used purse filled with everyday items. Backpacks for men and children are also needed. For your donation, you will enjoy a glass of wine and a snack from Original Joes with all COVID protocols in place. If you are unable to make it on the 19th, you can drop off a purse at any time all month-long. Some suggestions to fill the purse are feminine hygiene products, deodorant, soap, lotion, razors, Q-tips, toothbrushes, dental floss, lip balm, socks, gloves, nail file, shampoo, comb, tissues, or any other items, gift cards, or non-perishable snacks.  

Congratulations to the newly elected 2021 Lake Country Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. They are Jennifer Madsen, Oyama Zipline Adventure Park (President); Melissa Cooney, Associate Member (Vice President); Jeff Schall, Sage Realty (Treasurer) and Chris Lewis, Tourism Kelowna (Secretary). Directors are Oscar Barnes, Lawyer; Carla Carlson, Comfort Suite Kelowna; Blaine Rhymer, Associate Member; Kassi Neary, O’Rourke’s Peak Cellars; Adam Taylor, Innov8; Susanne JonesTyler Bartley, Lifestyles Coffee, and Suzanne Nazareno, UBCO. Kimberley Kristiansen is the Executive Director of the association. www.lakecountrychamber.com      

On Monday evening, December 7th, Wilson’s Landing Fire Department members will visit the Westside Road communities they serve, collecting donations for the annual Christmas Santa Run food drive. The flashing lights on their fire vehicles will be seen between 5:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m., as they pick up non-perishable food and cash donations for the Food Bank in West Kelowna. Residents are asked to leave their front exterior lights on and place their food donations outside their door or at the end of their driveway. They will be joined by Santa as they travel from Traders Cove to Shelter Cove including Lake Okanagan Resort. Call 250-469-6161 for more information.

Birthdays of the week –  Don Holzer (Dec. 2); Stu Leatherdale (Dec. 2); Sonja Rosco (Dec. 3); Krystyna Werbury (Dec. 3); Hal Puder (Dec. 3); Sherry Cote (Dec. 3); Heather Zais (Dec. 4); Bylle Orsulic (Dec. 4); Dave McLean (Dec. 5); Anne Schneider (Dec. 6); Dallas Gray (Dec. 6); Dorothy Heppner (Dec. 6); Chef Mathew Morazain (Dec. 6); Sonia Wither (Dec. 6); Bill Knowles (Dec. 6); Sherri Paiement (Dec. 6); Tracy Padula (Dec. 8); Lynne Gilbert (Dec. 7); Gary Winchester (Dec. 8); Will Hoogewoonink (Dec. 8);     
 
Maxine DeHart is a Kelowna City Councillor and local hotelier. Phone her at 250-979-4546 or 250-862-7662; E-mail max@maxinedehart.ca and web-site www.maxinedehart.ca