In Focus is our gift to the community. A way for us to help show our recognition for the people, businesses and organizations that help make our city great. The team at KelownaNow.com is passionate about this community and the people that make it amazing. We want to show our friends, neighbours, family and colleagues that we notice them and the fabulous things that they do.
What is your name?
Where are you from and how long have you lived in Kelowna?
I'm originally from Estevan, Saskatchewan and been in Kelowna for 23 years.
Who is your favourite person to spend time with and why?
Anyone who is open minded, spiritual and believes in speaking their truth.
If you could go anywhere in the world right at this moment where would you go and why?
Greece. This country makes my heart sing. I love their food, culture and passion.
What is your favourite local store in Kelowna and why?
Homesense. It helps me de-stress and my mind goes into a zone.
What is your favourite activity?
I don't enjoy exercise, but I love connecting by walking together.
If you had to choose: pizza, tacos, or burgers?
What is the most embarrassing thing that has happened to you?
When I was 17, I tripped and off flew my wig.
What is the most inspiring thing that has happened to you?
Working with my mentor, Dr. Versendaal who pushed me into my power zone.
Tell us your favourite childhood memory.
We lived on a farm five miles east of Estevan, and we walked or biked in the country visiting our friends. Every Saturday as a child we enjoyed going to matinees and loved the buttered popcorn at the theatre. These were wonderful times that were so simplistic and memorable.
Where do you volunteer or give back to in the community?
For over 10 years I gave back by offering free talks to women in Kelowna for seven years at Chapters and many other cities in western Canada teaching women to have a voice and stand up for what they believe in! I believe in creating my own way of giving back at an emotional, physical, and spiritual level.
If you could change one thing in the world what would it be?
To create peace. More peace is always needed in the world.
What is your favourite activity in Kelowna?
Shop, shop and more shopping.
Where would you sneak away to in Kelowna to spend some time alone?
Go for a stroll by the water.
Where would you like to see positive change in Kelowna and why?
Better infrastructures regarding traffic flow.
What do you think makes Kelowna great?
The beauty of the lake and mountains.
What are 3 things on your bucket list?
1. Travel to Paris, Italy, Greece and Spain
2. Write another book
3. Volunteer at a homeless shelter
Tell us something that not everyone may know about you.
I am a very faithful and supportive friend
How do people connect with you, personally, through social media? (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest)
All the above.
What is the name of your business/organization?
Backman & Backman.
Why did you get into/start this business?
My husband was murdered and I wanted to learn about how to release unhealthy emotions.
What is the goal of your business?
To share with women to move out of their comfort zone into their POWER zone.
What has been your biggest struggle either in work or life?
Learning how to take back my power as a woman and set boundaries.
If you could start all over again would you do things the same or would things be different?
Of course I would do things differently. I would listen to my inner thoughts.
What do you always find yourself saying?
Always keep your power.
If you could spend one whole day with anyone in the world who is currently alive, who would you select?
The Dalai Lama.
Why do you think it is important to shop locally?
To keep the money in Kelowna.
What has been your proudest accomplishment?
Starting our business from total faith and courage.
Give someone you think that deserves it a shout out and explain why!
My husband Brian who is always there supporting me. He knows how to handle my strong personality.
My choice for the KelownaNow In Focus spotlight is:
Dr. Jeff Pereverzoff.
Some general comments I would like to share are:
We all have amazing power within us. Learn to be silent and listen to your inner knowingness. Honor and don't lie to yourself about your relationships, money issues, or health. And most importantly be you. Only your approval is required. Allow your energy and talent to shine, the world is waiting. My heart is full when I am speaking at events, sharing my views on the radio, and loving the Podcasts with Julie Hoffman, a Real Estate Agent in Kelowna.
We encourage you to leave your comments and words of support below and submit your own nomination by clicking HERE. You are also welcome to submit a form of your own by clicking HERE. Thank you, Kelowna.