March 28, 2024

 News Influencing Thompson Okanagan Business


Chris Trickett

Chris Trickett has been appointed as the newest Associate Consultant to the Private Wealth Management team at Gibbings & Associates.

Storm and Karen Moore are now part of the Metro Community team, where they will share the Director of Operations position.

Erica Jane, located at 1187 Sunset Drive, is celebrating their first year of business.

Former Wings Restaurant owner and operator Brent Stewart has joined the team at Specialty Bakery, located at 833 Finns Road in Rutland, along with operator/owner Brent Browne.

Serving Kelowna and West Kelowna, Peak Cleaning is a new residential cleaning service owned and maintained by Romain Edel, and is situated at 971 Monashee Place.

The Alchemy Bread Company is now permanently located at 101–1125 Bernard Avenue.

A collaborative partnership between the City of Kelowna, BC Housing, and Turning Points Collaborative Society will result in the construction of 68 affordable housing units in Kelowna.

The Uptown Rutland Business Association (URBA) is pleased to announce the appointment of its new Board of Directors for 2024. Navjit Khun Khun serves as the President of Canco Petroleum. The board of directors includes Justin Bullock from OK Tire + Top Grade Tire, Courtney Fedevich from Venture Commercial, Jassie Kakoschke from Valley First Credit Union, Brad McNaughton from Lux Quality Homes, Domenic Rampone from Mara Lumber, Harjit Toora from Manohar Vegetarian Bakery, and Nancy Wells from Rutland Thrift Store. The Ex Officio Directors include Mayor Tom Dyas, Carmen Remple from the Chamber of Commerce, Birte Decloux from Urban Options Planning, and Indy Dhial from The Gathering Place.

The Women. Inspiration. Leadership. Development. (WILD) networking and leadership event is being held on April 11 at Revelry Kitchen and Music Hub by the International Women’s support group Wine, Women & Well-being.

The first “En Premiere” will be hosted by LaChaine Des Rotisseurs Val D’Okanagan on April 18 at the Laurel Packing House. 14 wineries will be displaying their newest releases, new tiers, brands, and limited supply wines, all of which will be paired with appetizers.

President’s Choice Superstore gift cards valued at $3,000 were recently donated by the Gary Bennett Family Fund to the Central Okanagan Salvation Army locations.

The Kelowna Chamber AGM and Speaker event is on April 4th at the Coast Capri Hotel, Harvey Avenue.

Chris Anderson, Moorage Coordinator at the Kelowna Yacht Club, is celebrating a 20-year milestone with the club.

Kieran Grey has recently been appointed as the operations manager for the Kelowna Dental Centre, located at #100 – 2033 Gordon Drive.



Byron McCorkell

Byron McCorkell, the deputy chief administrative officer of the City of Kamloops, will assume the role of chief administrative officer in David Trawin‘s absence due to a personal leave.

Síyá7 Place, which will be opened on reserve land in April, will offer 26 affordable rental homes to members of the Upper Nicola Band, according to the province.

An 8.3% tax increase, down from the 8.9% estimated in December, was approved Thursday as part of the Thompson-Nicola Regional District‘s finalized annual budget and five-year financial plan.

Jo Berry, a social worker from Kamloops who started RUNClub and Boogie the Bridge, was presented with the Thompson-Nicola Heart of the Grasslands Award by the Thompson-Nicola Branch of the BC Association of Social Workers.

The Head of the ASK Wellness Society in Kamloops, Bob Hughes, was presented with Meritorious Service Decorations by the Governor General of Canada.



Jeff Guignard and David Lough will be the speakers at the Alliance of Beverage Licensees BC’s liquor industry conference in Penticton on April 8.

Donations of gently used books, games, and puzzles are being accepted in advance by the Rotary Club of Penticton Sunrise, who will be holding their annual used book sale at the Penticton Curling Club from April 23 to 27. Donations can be dropped off at Save On Foods and IGA from April 1st to the 20th.

On March 28, The Bumwrap in Penticton will host a party and fashion show at The Hub on Martin to celebrate the start of the spring and summer fashion seasons.

The 27th Annual Okanagan Fest of Ale is happening at the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre on April 12 & 13.

The federal government is investing more than $4.6 million in 6 active transportation improvement projects in BC including Lake to Lake Bike Route in Penticton.

Trimark People Solutions is excited to be part of the lineup alongside Steven Theimer, RRC®, QAFP™ and Michelle Weisheit of IG Wealth Management for their upcoming Business Success Seminar on April 11th in Penticton.



The application submitted by the City of Salmon Arm to the BC Active Transportation Infrastructure Grant Program for the ‘Downtown to Uptown Connection Project’ was approved. This project aims to convert the current sidewalk along 16 Street NE & 11 Avenue NE from 6 Avenue NE to 20 Street NE into a multi-use path (MUP).

The wading pool and hot tub at the SASCU Recreation Centre remains closed awaiting the completion of repairs; an update will be provided the following week.

SCIP Shuswap Construction Industry Professionals welcomes its new member, Browning Electric Inc.

Salmon Arm Chamber of Commerce hosts Business after Business event at Kintec Salmon Arm on April 9th.

The Salmon Arm Chamber of Commerce will hold its Annual General Meeting at the Prestige Harbourfront Resort on Tuesday, April 16.



The CO2 generator manufacturer TNB Naturals has announced that it has inked a distribution agreement with the national retail giant Canadian Tire.

The Breaking Barriers award was presented to Anetha Kashuba of Vernon at the  2024 B.C. Multiculturalism and Anti-Racism award ceremony.

The Okanagan Shuswap Natural Resource District‘s Tolko Industries in Vernon has successfully completed an audit conducted by the Forest Practices Board.

The Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program will provide Spallumcheen with $3.8 million to assist in the improvement of the water infrastructure in the North Okanagan region.

Community leaders are urged by City of Vernon staff to enter into a housing agreement with Community Futures North Okanagan for family practice medical residents’ non-profit workforce housing at 4408 25th St.

The City of Vernon is making preparations for the construction of a new Active Living Centre, which will be located next to Kal Tire Place.

Legendary Rock Live will be presented at the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre on April 5 by the Community Foundation North Okanagan (CFNO) in collaboration with Gary Cable Foundation.

The North Okanagan Youth and Family Services program in Vernon is providing a free program from April 24th to May 15th to assist children in overcoming some life challenges. Contact or 250-545-3572 for further details.

The idea proposed by the Guardians of our Salish Estuaries (GooSE) to harvest invasive-geese and produce high-quality meat was approved by the Vernon council.



The Summerland Steam Junior A hockey team has been sold and will be relocating to Williams Lake as the Mustangs, according to the Kootenay International Junior A Hockey League (KIJHL).

The Summerland council has voted to maintain Route 30, which connects Summerland and Penticton, as a free transit route for local residents.

Council in Summerland granted the Summerland Chamber of Commerce’s request to implement the Responsible Liquor Consumption in Designated Public Places initiative, which included re-approving the consumption of alcohol on local beaches and adding more months to the permit.

The 40th Annual Giant’s Head Run in Summerland, which will take place on June 1, in front of the Summerland Aquatic & Fitness Centre, as part of Action Festival Weekend, is now accepting registrations.

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