Straight From DeHart - September 9, 2020

Diamond H Tack at 1953 Kirschner Road is celebrating their 25th anniversary in business. Founded in 1995 by the two Heathers, Heather Robson, and Heather Moffat, it was thought that there was no way that two women could start a business together and have it last for more than a few years. Twenty-five years later, the two Heather’s have proved their critics wrong and the business is still going strong. Tracy Atherfold, who has been with the team for over 14 years, has seen their dedication and loyalty to the horse community. Services offered are saddle fitting consultation, saddle test trials, healthcare support, feed, and supplement knowledge, leather repairs, blanket cleaning, and repairs, custom orders and manufacturing, English clothing starter packages, saddle consignments, nameplate engraving, clipper blade sharpening, riding apparel, helmets, stable and farriers supplies and much more. Diamond H has also supported local clubs and shows over the years, including 4H, Pony Club, Riding Clubs, Back Country Horsemen, Horse Rescue, and Therapeutic Riding, along with Rodeo, Gymkhana, Endurance, Breed Shows, Dressage, and Hunter/Jumper. They have also provided props for the Flicka 3 movie that was filmed in Kelowna and B.C. 55+ Equine Senior Games. Diamond H will be hosting a week-long sale on September 21st to 26th to celebrate their success and thank their supporters. Open Monday to Saturday. Visit    

Long-time, well-known realtor, Kevin Crowell is celebrating 30 years in the real estate business. Kevin has been with RE/MAX Kelowna for 28 years and former to that, he was with Century 21 for two years. He specializes in both residential and commercial real estate. 

After 28 years in the restaurant business, well-known restaurateurs Ronic and Annie Kwong have retired. Their original restaurant, Dragon King was located on Bernard Avenue for seven years. They then relocated to Lakeshore Road as the Wok Inn for another seven years until the park expansion and they had to move the restaurant. Ronic and Annie then relocated the Wok Inn to Highway 33 in Rutland and also opened the Wok Out Restaurant (Take-out) in Glenmore at #111 - 437 Glenmore Road, which is still going strong. When I asked them what they were going to do in their retirement, Ronic answered “I don’t know. We have no immediate plans.” This sounds like a good way to start retirement.       

Forty-three years with Scotiabank must be a record for a staff member working for Scotiabank. That is the number of years that customer service representative Cynthia Nakashoji has worked for the bank. Cynthia started her career in Ottawa and relocated to Kelowna where she joined the main branch on Bernard Avenue. She then transferred to the Lakeshore Branch in 1993 and then relocated to Orchard Plaza where she has finished her career to retirement. I worked with Cynthia at the main branch for a few years. It was my first job back in the early ’70s. Cynthia is a gardener and is now going to enjoy her one-half acre property. When I asked her what she was going to do over the winter she said “plan my garden for next summer”.  

After 18 years of public service, Lorna Wilson is retiring from her role as Grants and Special Projects Manager with the City of Kelowna. Lorna began her career with the city in 2002 as Cultural Services Manager and in 2009 changed roles to become the city’s first Grants Manager, assisting staff in bringing over $113M in funding for capital projects. Prior to joining the city, Lorna was the Executive Director of the Downtown Kelowna Association for ten years. She is excited about the new phase of her life and became a Professionally Certified Coach in 2015 and will now focus on her next career. Lorna can be reached through FB and her website at   

Happy 60th Anniversary Don and Jan McArthur (Sept. 10)

Wayne Dueck makes the most amazing traditional shaker boxes, including beautifully handcrafted steam bent boxes and baskets. They are constructed of 100% quarter sawn American black cherry and assembled using handmade copper rivets. They are covered in non-toxic beeswax and linseed oil. The boxes are superb in quality and extremely unique. They can be used for a wide variety of uses as well as for corporate or personal gifts. Wayne will be at the East Kelowna Market on KLO Road on Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. September 13th and 20th and October 4th, 11th, and 25th. Wayne donates all his profits to various charities so this is definitely not a commercial enterprise.

The Annual Cops for Kids Ride will take place beginning on September 11th to 20th to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of helping local children in medical, physical, or traumatic crises. The ride will take on a different format this year by having the cyclists fulfill their commitment to ride 1,000km from their own home. Riders will all stay home for the duration of the ride, while a small team of local riders will cover the designated route each day. As the team will not make stops in the 23 communities as they make their way around the region, they are asking for supporters to cheer and wave from the roadside as they pass. In Kelowna, the teams can be seen on Harvey Avenue from Reid’s corner to the bridge between 8:30 a.m. and 9:15 am as they depart on the first day and then again upon their return on Sunday, September 20th on Harvey Avenue from Reid’s Corner to Leckie Road between 11:15 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Make a sign, ring your bell, and let’s support these riders who are working tirelessly to help local children. Cops for Kids have reviewed over 1,900 grant applications, totaling over $5 Million. Dedicated cops, deserving kids, devoted communities.   

You can check out local music artist Shae Ryga’s album website at All links to Spotify, Apple Music, and other streaming services will be on the album website.   

If you are looking to purchase some traditional Ukrainian Food, the Ukrainian Catholic Church is selling their home-made perogies. They come in packages of five dozen for $35.00. Either pick up at Marie Shandalla’s Earthly Creations Floral at 2630 Pandosy St. or email Great for a quick back-to-school meal.   

Directed by Randy Leslie with Music Director Spencer Bach and Choreography by Randy Leslie and Dawn Ewen, Kelowna Actors Studio is hosting Evil Dead, The Musical from October 21st to November 7 with a special scary late-night performance on Halloween. This macabre musical comedy is based on one of the most beloved cult franchises in the history of cinema: Evil Dead, Evil Dead II, and Army of Darkness. It’s a gleeful, gore-filled performance with an electric score of rock n’ roll, pastiche tunes, and get-down-in-the aisle boogie music. It’s been named the next Rocky Horror Show. All protocols will be in place for Covid-19. Tickets on sale at 250-862-28667 or  

With a long-overdue celebration, the staff at Voyager RV Centre in Lake Country gathered for the final cheque presentation as part of the company’s 35th-anniversary initiative. The campaign kicked-off at the beginning of 2019 with the goal of raising $100,000 with a final total of $103,635.00 for local charities. Each department was committed to making a donation for every RV sold. July was a record sales month for the company. This August, followed by a delay due to Covid-19, the final donation of $14,385 was presented to the newly opened Child Advocacy Center of Kelowna. Jason Friesen is the Vice President of the company.

September is Kokanee spawning season with thousands of freshwater, land-locked salmon leaving the Okanagan to swim upstream in creeks and streams to spawn in their natal waters. In order to keep everyone safe and distanced the Regional District has adjusted their annual Kokanee Salmon interpretive programs. Join a park interpreter by registering for a free session at one of two key spawning locations. Hardy Falls Regional Park on September 23rd from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Mission Creek Regional Park September 16th and 30th 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Registration is free but limited. No drop-ins.    

Birthdays of the week – Happy 92nd Rose Kardynal, my Kelowna mom (Sept. 10); Happy 90th Stan Steed (Sept. 5); Happy 70th Elizabeth Christie (Sept. 11); Chris DeHart (Sept. 11); Larry Salloum (Sept. 9); Cheryl Jeffs (Sept. 9); Bill Wightman (Sept. 10); Amber Gerding (Sept. 10); Bryden Winsbey (Sept. 10); Mike Haines (Sept. 10); Andy James (Sept. 11); Tom Lightfoot (Sept. 11); Murray Scott (Sept. 11); Marie Shandalla (Sept. 12); Holly Yxera (Sept. 11); Norm Sandvik (Sept. 11); Jim Lanyon (Sept. 12); Kim McKeachnie (Sept. 14).  
Maxine DeHart is a Kelowna City Councillor and local hotelier. Phone her at 250-979-4546 or 250-862-7662; E-mail and web-site 

(audio was not recorded for this edition of Straight From DeHart)