This week’s column is dedicated to my brother-in-law Rod Warnock who passed away Jan. 11 of cancer. Rod and his wife Diana were instrumental in me coming to Kelowna at 19 from Calgary, where they also originally relocated from. I will miss him dearly. Personal condolences to his wife and my sister-in-law Di, son Ken (Bonnie) daughter Sherry Huva (Allen) and Rod’s entire family and friends.
Thai Terrace Restaurant has opened in downtown Kelowna at 210 Lawrence Avenue across from City Park (former Ric’s Grill). Formerly, the Thai Fusion Restaurant in West Kelowna, the partners of Thai Terrace are Atsawin (Luke) Sumpantarat (general manager), Atchara (Ess) Sumpantarat (Luke’s wife and chef), Kannika (May) Kamlapit and Choncharee (Tik) Phangthunad. The restaurant has been beautifully renovated with 100 seats and a 14 seat patio for summer.
Ess, who is the chef along with May and Tik source all the food products locally along with using fresh local spices and import spices that are not available in the area. They also serve local bar products and have a large selection of gluten-free and vegan dishes. The menu is extensive with soups, stir-fry, signature dishes, noodles, curry, share plates and platters. We sampled the spring rolls, coconut hot and sour soup, spicy ginger, pad Thai noodles and green curry. All dishes were absolutely delicious, beautifully presented with more than ample servings. You will definitely want to try Thai Terrace. Open Tuesday to Friday for lunch and dinner and Saturday and Sunday for dinner starting at 3 p.m. Call 250-763-8424 for reservations. www.thaiterrace.ca
Paul Larsen is the new news and station manager for Global Okanagan. Paul is no stranger to the media business having started on-air at CKNL Radio in Fort St. John, B.C. at the age of 16. He has held many management positions in various markets in Alberta and B.C. Paul eventually set out to start his own company, Clear Sky Radio, which he grew to five stations in Alberta and B.C. over the past 12 years. In December, Clear Sky was sold to Vista Radio.
Paul has worked and resided in Kelowna for the past six years, cultivating strong contacts within the local media and Kelowna community.
One of my most favourite people, Helen Hut is retiring from Kelowna Hostesses. Helen has been a volunteer in this community with the hostesses for an amazing 33 years and also volunteered at the Maxine DeHart-United Way, Ramada Hotel Drive-Thru Breakfast for 20 of those 33 years. Many event co-ordinators will miss Helen as she volunteered tirelessly for hundreds of local events with a huge smile on her face. Helen’s husband Walter, who has since passed, was also a tireless volunteer in the community.
Brenda Scruton is the president of the Kelowna Hostesses at email@example.com.
RBC has some new leadership faces with Ray Warren, vice president of commercial banking and Courtney Hesse, community manager both entering their second year here in Kelowna. RBC is proud to be supporting Kelowna’s youth through RBC’s future launch program with numerous community donations, including a recent $11,800 donation to the United Way for their CODEanagan program. RBC has a new location on campus at UBCO which just opened this past fall with the key focus to help students.
Whether it’s navigating a bus route, finding the closest grocery store, helping students with their study habits or teaching them how to make a budget, the RBC On campus advisors help students with advice beyond banking. This enables RBC clients to thrive and our community to prosper.
Way to go!
Pushor Mitchell Lawyers LLP has been recognized as one of Canada’s Top Small & Medium Employers for 2018 for the second year in a row. They received the award for their collaborative spirit, teamwork approach, mutual support, wellness initiatives and work/life balance which are all hallmarks of the firm.
I am delighted to be the city representative on the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce appointed by Mayor Colin Basran. The chamber nomination period for new directors is now open. Directors are volunteers from diverse professional backgrounds who are elected to either one or two-year terms to manage the affairs of the board in accordance with the by-laws. Prospective directors are required to be associated with a chamber member company in good standing as of Jan. 3 with nominations closing Monday, Feb. 4 at 4 p.m. www.kelownachamber.org/connect
The Board of Governors has announced that Kelowna lawyer Geoff White has been elected as chair of the Law Foundation for a two-year term. Geoff’s practice is focused on estate and charity law with offices in Kelowna and Vancouver (Clark Wilson LLP) and has been a Governor of the Law Foundation since 2015.
Kelowna teen Priyaali Kanti is a finalist at the Miss Teen Canada Pageant in Quebec. She is a performing arts enthusiast and aspires to be an actress.
Priyaali is an active community member, dedicated student and a passionate performer, performing at charity events and fundraisers. Priyaali was crowned Miss Teen BC, Interior in July, 2018 and is now the finalist for the
Canada pageant. Vote for her online at www.misscanada.org/priyaali-k.
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Birthdays of the week
Happy 50th Paul McIntyre (Jan. 19); Happy 80th Carol Palmer (Jan.21); Jason Agostino (Jan. 23); Ed Kaskiw (Jan. 24); Colin Elliott (Jan. 24); Robert Taylor (Jan. 25); Former Mayor Sharon Shepherd (Jan. 25); Les Thompson (Jan. 25); Bill Sinclair (Jan. 26); Lillian Colpron (Jan. 27); Kathy Michaels, Kelowna Capital News (Jan. 27); Brock Raddatz (Jan. 28); David Trifunov (Jan. 28); Peter Nicolson (Jan. 28); Dennis Macleod (Jan. 29); John Christie (Jan. 29).
Maxine DeHart is a Kelowna City Councillor and local hotelier. Phone her at 250-979-4546 or 250-862-7662; fax 250-860-3173, E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.