Direct from DeHart – October 5, 2022


The Maxine DeHart – United Way, Ramada Hotel Drive-Thru Breakfast is tomorrow, Thursday October 5th at the Ramada Hotel from 6:00 am to 9:00 am All sponsors and volunteers are ready to welcome you and the weather will be nice. Vehicles should enter Enterprise Way where you will see many volunteers to guide you. This year, Big White Ski Resort has made a big commitment. You will find a free lift ticket for the opening day of Big White Ski Resort in each breakfast bag. You’ll also receive 15% off Big White merchandise, 50% off rental equipment and a free hot beverage.

Some of the other items you will also receive in the bags are Sun Rype juices and bars, Costco Kirkland brand bars, and other products from Kellogg’s, Old Dutch, Nature’s Fare, Saputo, Dairyland, Karma Fruit Co., BABZ, as well as BC Tree Fruit Apples and Coca-Cola Dasani Water. Tim Horton’s owners and volunteers will be at the end of the line to serve you their premium coffee and you’ll also get Timbits in your bags.

The grand prizes you could have the chance to win are a helicopter ride to a winery sponsored by RE/MAX Kelowna, a Rockets game suite sponsored by Kirschner Mountain, a leather office chair sponsored by Heritage Office Furnishings, a 50-inch TV sponsored by Waste Connections Canada, WestJet Flight for Two from WestJet sponsored by Tom Dyas Advantages TD, Blue Tooth headset Tom Harris Cellular, IGA Gift Cards, Bay Gift Baskets, Gift Cards from Winners, Marshalls and HomeSense, A Beautiful Print from Picture Perfect, Haven Mattress, IGA Gift Cards, A Weekend at the Penticton Lakeside Hotel by Kelowna Wallbeds , a beautiful piece of art from Art Lovers Gallery, and we always get a huge surprise from Mario’s Towing, who are long-time sponsors. Look for one of their tow trucks in the lineup. Other sponsors are Mervyn’s The Body Shop, Burger Baron, Skogie’s Auto Spa, Canco, Only Deals, TELUS, Playtime Casino, URBAN Systems, SleepCountry, Creative Mortgage, Specialty Bakery, RONA, Orchard Park and many of Papa’s free pizza coupons John’s. . You will have your windows washed by local lawyers, and URBA and DKA are also on board.

Get your hot breakfast sandwich from new sponsor Sentes Automotive and bring your dogs for a treat with HAGEN products with Total Pet on hand to welcome your furry friends. Please remember that we are now able to accept debit and credit card donations. Present your card from the comfort of your vehicle. All funds raised stay here, in our own community. Wear your pajamas!

Downtown Kelowna Association (DKA) Street Services Manager, Ron Beahun, will retire on December 31. Ron was first hired to develop and manage the DKA On-Call and Clean Team initiatives over 15 years ago. Over the years, Ron has made red shirts and blue shirts a familiar accessory in downtown Kelowna. With Ron’s retirement, the DKA announced that Brent Lobson will join his team as Director of Operations. Brent is a familiar face in downtown Kelowna. As Director of Impark/Reef Parking, he has worked with many property and business owners over his 24+ years. Brent also served on the DKA Board of Directors for over 20 years and was part of the committee that launched and created the Downtown On-Call and Clean Team initiatives. Ron’s contributions to the DKA will be recognized at the Downtown After 5 event on Wednesday, November 30 at the Laurel Packing House from 5:00-7:00 p.m.

If you’re looking for your holiday and your Halloween pumpkin, you have to visit Don-O-Ray Farms at 3443 Benvoulin Road. While you’re there, take a look at our region’s largest pumpkin, which weighs over 1,100 pounds. It is enormous ! Their products are picked daily and they have a wide variety of condiments from local producers.

Local, Bulent Uyaniker, PhD is the founder of Data Speckle Inc. in British Columbia and a principal AI researcher at Fusemachines Inc., a New York-based artificial intelligence services company. DataSpeckle primarily focuses on machine learning, computer vision, and natural language processing applications. They provide services in digital transformation, automation, aviation, finance, insurance, healthcare, medical imaging, logistics, supply chain. supply, security, retail and commerce, document automation, business analytics, predictive business analytics, demand forecasting, time series estimation. , price optimization, mobile automation and image processing object detection/location. What makes DataSpeckle competitive in the North American and European markets is the placement of talent in the right projects when needed. One of their specializations is demand forecasting and time series analysis using state-of-the-art neural network algorithms including financial document automation, text mining, language processing natural, real-time automatic customer response systems and anomaly detection. Among other projects, Bulent worked as a project manager at the world’s largest steerable radio antenna, Effelsberg, Germany, to build a multi-channel polarimeter and develop signal processing algorithms. He also developed an automated digital flat-field mammography segmentation algorithm for the British Columbia Breast Cancer Screening Program. Bulent has a doctorate. in Physics and Natural Sciences from the Max Planck Institute/Bon University and has published over 50 peer-reviewed papers, scientific journals and many popular scientific papers.;

The new Executive of the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD Okanagan) for 2022 – 2023 is Michael ConwayFCPA, ICD.D (Chair); David Bond, CPA, CA; Meryle CorbettFCPA, FMA, C. Dir; Gary ParmarCPA, CIM.D; larry smithMBA; Sharon VaretteMA, C.Dir.; Judy Bishop; david burqueCPA, CMA, ICD.D; Laurel DouglasMBA; Robert ScottMBA, FRAeS; Laura Thurnheer, MBA, ICD.D. Contact Michael Conway at

Kelowna West ACT/UCT #1003 has a new executive for 2022-2023. They are Rick WarnerPresident; John GrantVice President; Susan WarnerSecretary; Rick WarnerTreasurer ; Sheila Falkcharities; Penny PearsonSocial; John GrantMembership; John GrantSunshine; Terry Dowler, Medal of Honor; Dick MelroseSunshine Delivery and officers are Gregg Turkington, Terry Dowler, and Bruce Clark.

Kids Spanish Club Kelowna is operated by Vicky Belton. The fall program of Spanish lessons for children age seven and older begins Oct. 11 with eight sessions from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Rotary Center for the Arts. Registration is now open at

The Kelowna Liedertafel Choir presents its annual Oktoberfest concert, dinner and dance on Friday, October 21 at Immaculate Conception Hall, 839 Sutherland Avenue. Admission is $35.00 per person, doors open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the Loaves and Fishes Book Store, 591 Lawrence Venue, Illichmann’s Deli, 1937 Gordon Drive or call 250-861-8435.

The 2022 Kelowna Chamber Business Excellence Awards will be held on Wednesday, November 23 at the Delta Grand Hotel. 319 nominations were received in the 35th year of the awards. Petraroia Langford LLP and Interior Savings Credit Union share sponsorship of the 35th Annual Awards. The categories and number of nominees for 2022 include Rising Star Business, 27; Small business, 50 years; Medium-sized company, 19 years old; Large company, 16 years old; Environmental impact, 14; Agricultural Excellence, 19; Arts and Entertainment, 19; Social Directorate, 14; Excellence in Business Ethics, 33 years old; Nonprofit Excellence, 18; Young Entrepreneur, 24 years old; Tourism Excellence, 25 years; Inclusive Workplace, 18; Aboriginal business, 14; and technological innovator. 4. The Business Leader of the Year Award sponsored by MNP LLP will be chosen by a volunteer panel of community and business leaders based on recommendations from the community.

Birthdays of the week – Happy 65e John Verhagen (October 11); Dave Proctor (October 5); Courtney Hesse (October 5); Trevor Salloum (October 5); Kyle Blanleil (October 5); Marlene Murray (October 6); Gurinder Pabla (October 7); Beatrice Dionisio (October 7); Wilf Petkau (October 8); Dale Briggs (October 9); Jeremiah Cole (October 9); Cathie Locke (October 8); Kahir Lalji (October 8); Karen Roen (October 9); Marc Golbey (October 10); Carson Chan (October 10); Irene Morrisson (October 11); Chris Gibson (October 11); Robert Tarco (October 11); Stan Biggs (October 11); michelle rule (October 11); Gaelene Askeland (October 11).

Maxine DeHart is a Kelowna City Councilor and local hotelier. Call him at 250-979-4546 or 250-862-7662. Email


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