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Straight From DeHart - April 15, 2020

First College has opened their new Registered Massage Therapy (RMT) program with classes starting in September, 2020. The RMT program has received preliminary accreditation through the Canadian Massage Therapy Council for Accreditation (CMTCA). There are only nine accredited registered massage therapy programs in BC and First College will be the only one in Kelowna. The program is a full time, two-year diploma program with academic and hands-on learning. Once graduates pass their exams they have many employment opportunities. RMT is one of the fastest growing health care professions. First College is a local career training college that offers a variety of programs and is directed by Timothy Yang, BMgt. The RMT program will be directed by RMT program director, Dr. Danielle Morgan, D.C. and practical director Lindsey Sloan, RMT. Apply at

<who>Photo Credit: Contributed</who>First College - (L to R) Dr. Danielle Morgan, Lindsey Sloan and Timothy Yang

O Spa Health & Wellness Centre at 108 – 1912 Enterprise Way is celebrating 18 years in business this week. Owned and operated by Patti and Ulli Onsorge, the company is offering curbside pick-up on Friday’s from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for your skin care and beauty product needs. Call 250-712-1112 and leave a message. Online shopping will be available soon.

The Kelowna Farmers and Crafters Market have a temporary new home in the parking area at Parkinson Rec Centre. At this time, there are 15 food and farm vendors selling products. The market organizers are taking all the required steps during COVID-19. It is now a shop-and-go market from 9:00 a.m. until noon. Organizers are asking that only one person from a family come to shop. They are allowing 50 people in the market area at one time, have plenty of hand washing stations, are keeping shoppers to social distancing rules and asking for cash as payment. Check the website or sign-up for the newsletter at Dave Price is the President.

Well-known Chef Bernard Casavant has started a new position as Director of Operations, Hospitality Consultant at Casavant Enterprises Ltd. In this role, Chef Casavant will provides a broad overview of hospitality analysis for both front and back of the house for the food industry. He offers help with the flow of the restaurant for both food and beverage service and the design of commercial kitchen layouts for new operations. A key focus of Chef Casavant's is to work with, advise and implement changes to improve any aspect of a restaurant operation and motivate and train individuals and teams. He supports local farmers and producers to ensure a quality experience.

<who>Photo Credit: Contributed</who>Chef Bernard Casavant

Congratulations to David Dempster who is celebrating his 17th year anniversary with Sentes Automotive as CFO.

Steve Austin Fine Art Photography opened at 1296 Ellis Street in the cultural district. Owned and operated by local photographer Steve Austin and Tracy Austin, as they are not open, check out the website at for a future viewing and grand opening of the gallery. With over 30 years’ experience shooting nature and wildlife as well as working in the marketing space shooting for commercial clients, Steve captivates viewers with his stunning use of light, color and composition. His photography brings moments to life allowing the viewer to preserve the image, evoking feeling and emotion. He also plans to run workshops and photo tours with the gallery as a rendezvous.

The Dyck family of Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery has donated 20,000 bottles of sanitizer to local Frontline Medical and Emergency Services Heroes. They have just launched “Harness Your Superhero to Help Fight COVID-19” to help flatten the curve. Every bottle of spirits purchased helps them make and donate four bottles of sanitizer to the front lines. Grab your cape and bottle and join the battle today.

<who>Photo Credit: Contributed</who>Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery

Sarah Bourne, Project Lead of Exploration Dance Kelowna is taking their community class online for the month of April. As a part of the classes in the series, they are designed for people with and without disabilities and free to participate. Dance Together at Home is April 22 and 29 from 2:30 - 3:15 p.m. (PST). for more details and links.

Actors Studio will be continuing with their performances when their unexpected intermission comes to an end. Randy Leslie and Nate Flavel and their actors will once again be laughing, crying and cheering together on stage. In the meantime, they would like to encourage their supporters to renew or purchase subscriptions for the 2020/2021 season. Upcoming in the future will be Deathtrap and Peter Pan.

Birthdays of the week –Happy 103 Phil Moubray (Apr.19); Happy 75th Umberto Cagnoni (Apr. 15); Marg Jeffrey (Apr. 16); Ken Finlayson (Apr. 15); MJ Bennett (Apr. 17); Mike Guzzi (Apr. 17); Pearse Walsh (Apr. 18); Kendra Casey (Apr. 18); Nick Pisio (Apr. 18); Peter Burleigh (Apr. 18); Sue Martin (Apr. 19); Glen Rea (Apr. 19); John Goncalves (Apr. 19); Cleo Curalato (Apr. 19); Bill Winters, Mickie’s Pub (Apr. 21); Steve Thomson (Apr. 22).

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

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