DeHart: New sales manager aboard at truck dealership

This week’s column is dedicated to Dwayne Reynolds who passed away tragically on July 1. Dwayne was a gifted carver and artist and was part of the sculpture symposium. Personal condolences to Maurice and his many friends.


Paul Sievwright is the new general sales manager of Buy Direct Truck Centre, 1638 Carey Rd. (access off both Highway 97 and Enterprise Way) in Kelowna.

Buy Direct Truck Centre is a division of Kelowna Hyundai, owned and operated by John Kot. This truck centre is one of the largest pre-owned truck centres in the valley, with 65 trucks on the lot as we speak. Sievwright is well-known and respected in the auto industry, formerly having worked in sales with Okanagan Dodge, Kelowna Chrysler and Ford Lincoln. Buy Direct has 12 staff, a seven-bay service shop and truck technician on site. The pre-owned vehicles are completely detailed and checked-over before being put on the lot for sale for the best selection and pricing. Call 778-478-7057; email

Huge congratulations to George and Trudy Heiss, of Gray Monk Winery in Lake Country, on winning the prestigious inaugural Award of Distinction from the Canadian Vintners Association. The Heiss’ have been growing grapes for 40 years in the Okanagan and 30 years as Gray Monk Winery. Tony Stewart is the chairman of the Canadian Vintners Association.

Financial planner Brett Millard, with Speir Wealth Management Inc. (Investia Financial Services), has been appointed to the board of directors of the Financial Planning Standards Council (FPSC). Millard has held the Certified Financial Planner designation for six years. Originally a U.S. equities trader for a boutique Canadian firm, he transitioned into the role of financial planner and investment advisor in 2007. The FPSC is a not-for-profit standards-setting and certification body that develops, promotes and enforces professional standards in financial planning through certification. There are currently more than 17,500 members in Canada. Millard’s appointment was a result of a multi-step nomination process followed by an election where the members voted on the final candidates. Call 778-478-4277; email

Congratulations to the new Miss Kelowna Lady of the Lake, Brook Mapstone, and Miss Kelowna Princess, Melissa Curatolo. The royalty’s first parade with Kelowna float ambassador Clarence Johnson is a double header on Aug. 3; Squamish in the morning and White Rock in the evening.

Tom Wolf is the new president of the Okanagan Heritage Museum and Okanagan Military Museum Society. He succeeds Bob Hadgraft, who passed away. Robert Moore is the vice-president. Every year on Nov. 11, the military museum hosts an open house and it is a great place to visit, especially on that particular day.

Philippe Daigle is a new independent wine agent for C.C. Jentsch Cellars in Oliver, located on the Golden Mile. His card states: “Life is too short for bad food, bad wine and no one to share with.” Call 250-801-1279; email


Nourish Kelowna has opened at 534 Leon Ave. in Kelowna. Owned and operated by Red Seal chefs, Nick and Nicole Gowing, with help in the restaurant from Nick’s father Barry Gowing, the café is located in a beautiful “hidden garden oasis setting,” right in the downtown core. Everything on the menu is in-house made. Nicole is the baker and all the breads and other baked items are baked fresh daily. The menu changes daily, offering soups, salads and delicious roasted meats, not to mention the great coffee. I tried one of the breakfast buns, which was made with Hawaiian sweet dough. Egg, avocado and cheese is completely surrounded by the sweet dough and served warm. Very different and very delicious. I ate in the garden and it was a great way to start the day. It’s a perfect item to take-out with a coffee when you are on the go. To top it all off, all tips to the staff are given to the food bank. Open 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday to Friday. Call 250-868-8649 or follow on or

Two long-time City of Kelowna employees have retired. After 20 years, operator one John Goncalves is someone many of you probably saw out early every morning in downtown Kelowna on his riding Mad-Vac, cleaning and vacuuming all the curves and gutters. His first eight years with the city were on the concrete crew. In retirement, he is now going to do whatever wife Lou tells him to do! And Gary Stephen, after 27 years and the current long range planning manager with the city, is retiring. Stephen has held this position for his entire career and worked with Larry Foster, who recently passed away, for 20 of those years. When asked what he is going to do now he said golf more and travel.

Mint. Catering.

Born and raised in Western Canada, executive chef Luke Delloch is the owner/operator of new business, Mint Catering. Recently, he worked in London, England, at two different up-scale restaurants. Delloch also worked in Melbourne, Australia, and he spent last summer working throughout France and the UK, running catering teams for anything from high-end parties in the yachting capital of St. Tropez, to helping cater one of England’s, and the world’s, largest festivals (Glastonbury). He started the Kelowna catering company to highlight the Okanagan’s great produce and amazing venues with a desire to deliver top-end food to any type of event, including weddings, corporate lunches and private dinners. Call 250-878-1182; website

The husband and wife team of Brett Wade and Siri Marken have opened Ekahi Center for Yoga and Mindfulness, 1304 Water St. (corner of Cawston and Water) in Kelowna. This is a unique studio that offers classes that are welcoming to all experience, ages and body types; offering three styles of yoga: Wave One and Two (hatha), Flow (vinyassa) and Deep (yin style); patented indoor surfboard classes, that rock like you are on the ocean with three different surfboard classes and dedicated meditation classes every day of the week. Different instructors will have different focuses. The Ekahi Method book and products will also be sold at the centre. For upcoming seminars call 778-214-1272 or visit

Congratulations to organizer Mort Downey, of Kelowna (owner/operator of TAC Solutions), along with the sponsors, golfers, donors and volunteers of the third annual Swing Into Summer Charity Golf Tournament in support of the RCMP National Foundation, held at the Sirocco Golf Club in Calgary. The tournament raised more than $19,000 to support Western Canada’s youth at risk. Once again, the hit of the golf tournament and fund raising endeavours was Gander, an RCMP puppy who was auctioned off, courtesy of the RCMP dog breeding kennel in Innisfail, Alta. In addition, there was great support from Tourism Kelowna, the Okanagan Valley golf courses and the Ramada Hotel and Conference Centre. I am privileged to be a director on the RCMP National Foundation board.

The Art in the Garden Celebration at the Okanagan Lavender & Herb Farm was a great success, raising $5,000 for non-profit Building Healthy Families. The winners of the Chair in the Garden competition were Ray Jurys and Fabien Bruel, tied for first;  Scott Walker won for the People’s Choice (Barrel/Pallet); Allegra Butler, first place (Children’s Fairy, under 12); mother and daughter team Monique and Desiree Walley, first (Child at Heart Fairy); Sandra Dirom, grand prize and People’s Choice (Vintage).  I was delighted to have been a judge for this fabulous annual event, along with judges Jennifer Schell (Capital News columnist), Michelle and Chris Sorensen and artist Annabel Stanley.

Had the opportunity to attend Shakespeare Kelowna’s Much Ado About Nothing, a romantic comedy under the stars at Okanagan Villa Estate Winery/The Vibrant Vine,  3240 Pooley Rd. If you have a free evening this weekend (July 23 to 27), make sure you get tickets for this wonderful play. It was hilarious and kept our attention for the entire two hours (with an intermission for wine of course). The cast was exceptional and it was a lovely place to see the play at the very reasonable price of $25. To order visit or Prospera Place Box Office at 250-762-5050.

On Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Staples Kelowna, at 2339 Highway 97N, will host a by-donation barbecue to raise funds for back to school supplies which The Salvation Army will distribute through their Community Life Centre Family Services in September. Staples are also offering a 10 per cent off sale. For more info about Community Life call 250-765-3450. D’Arcy Smith is the manager of Staples. Geri Grainger is the community ministries manager of the Salvation Army.

Help The Hall initiative is back on track to assist the Westbank Lions in raising funds to complete the required reconstruction and updating of the hall after the devastating fire of September, 2013. With the support of the District of West Kelowna and numerous community groups and individuals, the campaign is kicking off at the end of July with a series of community events leading up to a free family-friendly all-day event at Westbank’s Royal LePage Place during the Spring of 2015. Follow all Help the Hall events on Facebook at

Speaking of West Kelowna, Robert Green has opened a Jiffy Lube at 3010 Louie Dr. Call 250-768-3010; website

Don’t forget that The Rotary Club of Kelowna is presenting An Evening with the Canadian Forces Snowbirds at the VIP Banquet on Tuesday, July 29, at the Ramada Hotel. For tickets contact Peter Schultz at The Snowbirds Air Show is Wednesday, July 30, from 5 to 5:45 p.m.  Don’t miss it.

Birthdays of the week:  Happy 75th Tom Light (July 27); Robert Letvinchuk, World Beat Golf (Today, July 24); Gladys Fraser, Scotiabank (July 26); Don Turri (July 26); Al Horning (July 27); Dennis Derer (July 28); Iris Bodnar (July 28); Armand Charles (July 29); happy 50th Susan Emms (July 16); Helen Kleyn, our neighbour (July 30); in memory of Kim Calloway (July 30).


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