Straight From DeHart - October 4, 2023

After three years as the catering manager of Beet’N Boo’s Bistro and Catering, Kurtis Vanderhorst is back as the Kitchen Manager of the Post Haus and head chef of Route 33 Catering, which is a new entity within the Post Haus Pub. Now they are two businesses in one. Located at 230 Highway 33E, Kurtis was previously with the Post Haus for 5 years. Bri Switzer, who has been with the Post Haus for 10 years is now also the catering coordinator of Route 33 Catering. Route 33 Catering offers all types of catering for corporate and private functions, lunches, dinners, private jets, birthday parties and everything in between. From Greek feasts and hot meals to soup, sandwiches and buffets, they have a wide range of menu items to offer for any function or event. The Post Haus is open seven days a week from 11:00 a.m. until close featuring lunch, dinner and breakfast daily until 1:00 p.m. The Post Haus opened in 2004 and is the only pub located in the heart of Rutland. Look for the new Post Haus menu coming soon. For Route 33 Catering call 250-215-8736 or

Smitty’s Family Restaurant at the Ramada Hotel & Conference Centre on Harvey Avenue has temporarily changed its hours until October 20th. They are open Monday through Saturday from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The Hudson’s Bay in Kelowna has launched Hugo Boss and Boss brands in their men’s wear department. This is the first time Hugo Boss and Boss have a complete setup in a city of less than 500,000 in Canada, so it really speaks to the demographics in our city. Shop manager, Batuhan Nas, is very familiar with the Boss brands as he was previously the manager of Hugo Boss in downtown Vancouver for the past two years. You will discover contemporary and youthful looks with the Hugo brand (#hugoyourway) and discover sophisticated styles and distinctive tailoring infused with a laid-back approach with the Boss brand (#beyourownboss). In the local shop, you will find suits, formal wear, overcoats, polos, slacks, jeans, shirts, hoodies, outerwear jackets, t-shirts, tracksuits and vests. Drop in and meet Batuhan. He really knows his clothing both in the contemporary and sophisticated lines. 

After completing her bachelor’s degree at the University of British Columbia, Carly Gilmore, BA started working at a local Credit Union. There she grew her knowledge and skills in finance, with over 10 years in that industry. Her positions included mortgages, investments, cash management and financial planning. Carly has now joined Noble Pannu Wealth Management at #203 – 1658 Commerce Avenue, as an associate financial advisor. Since joining Noble Pannu, she has continued to grow her knowledge and skills to better serve clients in the community. 

Congratulations to Russell (RJ) and Lois Bennett in West Kelowna (Flying Horse Farm) who won Canada Small Breeder of the Year at the 38th Annual Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (TOBA) National Awards in Lexington, Ky. TOBA was formed in 1961 and is a national trade organization of leading Thoroughbred owners and breeders. Their mission is to improve the economics, integrity and pleasure of the sport on behalf of Thoroughbred owners and breeders.      

In partnership with ATB Wealth, Dress for Success (DFS) is introducing its first in-person fundraising event titled Watch Her Soar. This initial annual fashion show launches Saturday, October 14th from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the KF Centre for Excellence. The evening will showcase some of the Dress for Success clients and other community personalities and partners modelling complete style transformations, including outfits/items from Okanagan boutiques. The outfits/items will be auctioned off during the evening's programming and made available in the auction winner’s preferred size. The models will share a bit of their stories about what brought them to Dress for Success and how the organization has supported them. The cocktail-style event will be hosted by Pretty Not Bad, Table 49 and Beat Patisserie; wine by the View Winery; beer from Big White Brewing and a signature mocktail from Born to Shake. There will be a silent auction, as well as vendors offering style, beauty, health and wellness products and services to explore and shop from. I was delighted to be asked to be one of the models. I am showcasing, from Tracy Hutton’s Jigsaw Clothing Co. on Pandosy, an absolutely beautiful Black Faux Fur Swing Coat by Alembika, which is designed and made in Israel. Tracy has so many beautiful lines of clothing it was hard to choose the perfect item. Come and join us. Tickets on Eventbrite at 

The Kelowna Yacht Club celebrated another successful year of the Blind Fishing Derby. This event has been running since 2000 and is organized by club volunteers, and the power fleet committee and is chaired by Gloria and Rodney Lozinski. The event has become a beacon of inclusivity and joy in the community, providing visually impaired individuals with a day of adventure and camaraderie on the waters of Okanagan Lake. Congratulations to Joyce Roydell (1st Place), Stella Palmer (2nd Place) and Ryan Jobling (3rd Place).

BrainTrust Canada is celebrating their one-year anniversary of moving to their new office in downtown Kelowna at #100 – 215 Lawrence Avenue. BrainTrust provides brain injury prevention, education and support services in the North & Central Okanagan. The new office provides improved access for individuals with a brain injury, including accessible parking in front of the office, close to the Queensway bus loop and proximity to other support services. The space was redesigned to be supportive of BrainTrust’s therapeutic services. Two separate entrances maintain the privacy and confidentiality of brain injury survivors accessing clinical counselling, group programs and 1:1 support. BrainTrust welcomes members of the community to stop by for a tour and learn how they can help build a community response to brain injury. Also, they recently launched a wildfire Relief Program for individuals affected by brain injury. Amanda McFarlane is the Executive Director of the organization.    

Hey moms, give yourself a break and attend The Main Mom Event, presented by Okanagan Moms and Lexicon Communications (Alexi McGreer) on Saturday, October 21st from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and drop in anytime at the Rotary Centre for the Arts. Enjoy some me-time, leave the family at home, come with a friend or come alone. The event features educational speaker sessions about topics specifically for mom’s self-care, a marketplace and resource area featuring local businesses and artisans and an opportunity to meet other moms. Some of the educational speakers and topics are Maternal Mental Health (Dr. Zoe Sehn, RCC, CCC), Communications Skills (Kirsten Siggins), Nutritional Health (Sandra Thies), and a panel discussion of the many facets of modern motherhood featuring a variety of moms from the community. You might even enjoy a free massage by Kirsten Moxness of Moxness Massage, a free head massage from Ana Perju of AP Hair or a free relaxation service from the Recovery Spa (NuCalm and Normatec). The title sponsor for the event is AltaVie Health. 

Pathways Abilities Society is hosting the Annual Inclusion Chain on Friday, October 13th at 10:00 a.m. in front of Kelowna City Hall, 1435 Water Street. This will be followed by a pancake brunch at the Rotary Centre for the Arts. All members of the community are welcome with no RSVP required.

Have you ever imagined the burden your loved ones might face, if after your passing they found themselves consumed in legal battles over your estate? Join Matte & Associates Financial Solutions, Pushor Mitchell Lawyers LLP and Springfield Funeral Home, who, together will reveal a straightforward solution that offers a direct, private and efficient pathway to inheritance, allowing you to ensure your wishes are honoured. The event presents a unique opportunity to restructure or establish an estate that will significantly reduce the possibility of potential disputes and delays ultimately easing the stress and burden on your loved ones. Join them on Tuesday, October 17th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Hyatt Place Kelowna. Advanced registration is required at

Easter Seals Poker is Saturday, October 21/2023 at the Century 21 Assurance Realty Office at 251 Harvey Avenue starting at 5:45 p.m. with cards flying at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $100.00 each and include poker chips, a hot meal, loads of prizes and a ton of fun. (BYOB). You must pre-register with Brent Pay at 250-878-4834.

Birthdays of the week – Tammi Van Wilde Rode (Oct. 4); Courtenay Hesse (Oct. 5); Kyle Blanleil (Oct. 5); Dave Proctor (Oct. 5); Trevor Salloum (Oct. 5); Marlene Murray (Oct. 6); Beatriz Dionisio (Oct. 7); Gurinder Pabla (Oct. 7); Margot Sentes (Oct. 8); Kathy Locke (Oct. 8); Jeramie Cole (Oct. 9); Karen Roen (Oct. 9); Dale Briggs (Oct. 9); Virginia Pisio (Oct. 10); Carson Chan (Oct. 10); Michele Rule (Oct. 11); Stan Biggs (Oct. 11); Jan Verhagan (Oct. 11); Irene Morrison (Oct. 11).         

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