Straight From DeHart - June 24, 2020

Europro Autohaus and Valleypro Autohouse have now combined their operations under one roof and have relocated to new premises at 158 Old Vernon Road (beside McDonald's). Owned and operated by Kevin and Aleta Delaney, who have been in the industry for 14 years, the new facility is 6,600 square feet with 10 bays, a larger service area, and plenty of parking. ValleyPro specializes in Asian and all makes and models of domestic vehicles and EuroPro specializes in German and Volvo vehicles. Blade Eresman is the general manager and T.J. Burns the shop foreman of the companies. Open Monday to Friday 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Born in Jamaica and surrounded by the art of hairstyling most of her life, Samantha Wedlund is the owner of Success21 Hair Extensions. Success21 provides a variety of hair extension installations and supplies hair extensions and products for their clients. If you are looking to make your hair longer, add volume, or are just looking for a change, Samantha’s experts can help. The seven main techniques they use are braidless weave, braided weave, microbeads weft/individual, nano rings, tape-in, fusion, braids and crochet, dreadlocks, cornrows, and full weave with closure piece. Whether you have thin, medium, or thick hair, a thorough consultation can be had to match the perfect extensions to your hair. If you are looking to grow your hair out from damaged or over-processed hair or enjoy camping and outdoor events with low maintenance hairstyles, they can also match you up with one of the seven techniques. Call 250-861-0436

The 2020 B.C. Skeet Championships was held at the Central Okanagan Shotgun Sports Club earlier this month. Congratulations to Club President Bob Larue who won High Overall for the weekend. The Western Canadian Skeet Championships will be held in Kelowna July 17 to 19/2020.  

Jeff Collins has started an artisan woodworking and contracting business, J. Collins Handy Workz. Jeff is a trained furniture builder and has extensive experience in multiple trades. He is also an Industrial Engineering Technologist accredited with the B.C. Technologists Association (ASTTBC). In addition with hands-on experience in the trades to his clients, Jeff also provides aspects of design, technical materials choices, and high-quality workmanship. He specializes in unique woodworking pieces and small contracting projects. As a furniture builder Jeff has just completed two pallet coffee tables from pallets donated by Lakeside Fasteners. They will be sold for only $350.00 each with 50% of the proceeds being donated to a local non-profit supporting mental health group called You Are Collective.

From February 10th to 24th, 2020, Geert and Elly Maas of Geert Maas Sculpture Gardens and Gallery at 250 Reynolds Road were at Castle d’Orquevaux in France as artists in residence. They were selected from 1,000 applicants. The group consisted of 12 artists from Australia, Canada, Bulgaria, Italy, France, and the U.S.A. Geert was the only sculptor and while there designed three medals. For the open studio, Geert prepared the visual presentation of the process from clay design, mold making, and wax preparation to finished bronze. They highlighted Kelowna with the Tourism Guide, Spirit of Kelowna – A Celebration of Art & Community Book, and other visuals. I was honoured to be involved in the Spirit of Kelowna with Geert. It was a fabulous experience making a bronze medal of the DeHart family branding iron.

Congratulations to the City of Kelowna and Shane Worman of Worman Commercial on receiving the 2020 Central Okanagan Heritage Society Heritage Award in the category of Conservation Project on a Heritage Building Currently in Non-Residential Use for the Surtees Heritage Site located at 4629 Lakeshore Road. The award is provided to non-residential buildings that have recently undergone an exterior restoration and/or rehabilitation to which high standards innovation and commitment to heritage conservation are recognized. 

RBC has been working closely with healthcare professionals for many years and now is celebrating locally, the one year anniversary of the Kelowna Health Care Team. The team came together to specifically support healthcare professionals at all stages of their careers. With solutions and advice to support their personal and business needs ranging from everyday banking, business banking, and investment solutions, RBC Kelowna Healthcare Team equips healthcare professionals with tailored tools and advice when and how they need it most. Team members are Adam William (Kelowna Main), David Pettman (Orchard Plaza), Linda Dumka (Orchard Plaza), Jill Johnstone (Kelowna Main), Nola Lagace (Commercial Banking), Natalia Timmer (Kelowna Main), Chris Anjo (Commercial Banking), Rob Chow (Kelowna Main), Curtis Grainger (RBCDS) and Lauren Andrews (UBCO & Okanagan College). Ray Warren, Vice President Commercial Financial Services, Okanagan is the lead of the team.     

The University Of British Columbia Board Of Governors has appointed former Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia the Honourable Steven Lewis Point to become the university’s 19th Chancellor. Point is a member of the Skowkale First Nation and the first Indigenous person to hold the position. I was honoured to be co-chair with the Honourable Steven Point at the first AIDS Walk in Kelowna many years ago. 

Congratulations to three Canadian Home Builders’ Association National Award Winners. They are Macdonald Lakeshore Properties (Excellence in Community Development), Marvel Pro Contracting & Renovations (Excellence in Bathroom Renovation), and Paine Construction and Design (Whole Home Renovation $150,000 - $300,000/Whole Home Renovation - Over $1 Million Renovator Excellence Award). The Canadian Home Builders’ Association Central Interior (CHBA-CO) is the regional voice of the residential construction industry in the Central Okanagan, representing more than 250 members and is part of an affiliated network of nine local home-building associations located throughout the province. Daniel Winer is the executive director of the association.  

Last week I wrote about Indian dance Priyaali Kanti. Her email address is; phone number is 778-583-5200 and website is 

In addition to having her wedding planning business, Jenny McAlpine Weddings, Jenny McAlpine is now a Licensed Wedding Officiant in B.C. Couples can book Jenny to conduct their ceremony, from elopements to large scale ceremonies. You do not have to be working with Jenny’s company as a wedding planner to book her as an Officiant.

Kudos to Linda’s AngeLS Walk to End ALS on June 20th raising $535.00 in bottle drives, $250.00 in Ice Bucket Challenges, $185.00 in a bake sale on walk day and $2,930 in donations for a grand total for the 2020 Walk to End ALS of $3,900.00. Winners of Linda’s Butterfly draw were Mauro Gongalio (Texas Mickey) and Keith Preece (Lap Quilt).

Meals on Wheels AGM is June 29th at 4:00 p.m. by way of a virtual meeting. It is important that they have as many attending as possible as Meals on Wheels is the recipient of government funding and they would like to know how far reaching their community support is. You can confirm your attendance with Marion Bremner at 

The Kelowna Art Gallery Teen Friday Art Series will run every Friday, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. beginning July 31st through August 28th. Featured instructor this summer is local artist Jim Elwood who is an accomplished artist in a variety of media, notably drawing, watercolor and block printing. He will be leading the camp from August 10th to August 14th. Classes are all limited and registration is underway. For a full listing and description of all classes visit

Owner of Kwikfit Canada Ltd. West Kelowna, Laura Pelletier is offering a great deal on whole-body vibration equipment with 50% off regular pricing and free delivery while quantities last with the next shipment in September. Whole-body vibration equipment is used for home or business for all ages. To see the equipment or for more information visit


Birthdays of the week – Fred Froese (June 24); Brett Thompson (June 24); Ken Kilcullen (June 24); Terri McDonald (June 25); Dennis Campbell (June 25); Janet Wourms (June 25); Kent Wedewer (June 25); Greg Carter (June 26); Clare Sucloy (June 27); David Prystay (June 27); Cami Hill (June 28) Lane Shupe (June 28); David Walker (June 28); Mike Isaac (June 29); Tom Martin (June 29).             

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