Predator head pro moving on to Capilano club

In one year and out the other! Happy New Year everyone and best in 2007.

Brad Burgart, head professional at Predator Ridge Golf Resort for the past six years, is moving on to an extraordinary opportunity. Burgart will be the new head professional at the prestigious Capilano Golf and Country Club, located in the British Properties area of West Vancouver as of Feb. 1. And, if that isn’t enough news, Cory Draper, Predator Ridge’s full- time teaching professional, is also leaving the club and joining Burgart at Capilano as the full-time teaching professional as of Feb. 15.

The owners of Ric’s Grill on Lawrence and Abbott are opening a new ultra premium steak house restaurant in downtown Kelowna. Sal’s Prime Steak House will open in the spring at 366 Bernard Ave., the former Mongo’s Grill location. Michelle Spicer is the new marketing and hospitality manager for Ric’s Grill and Shine by Ric’s. She replaced Kelly Shepherd.

Joel Wiseman and Stephen Turner, formerly of Salloum Langin, have opened their own new practice as Mission Law Group, 304-3320 Richter St. Call 868-8801.

Received a note from Harmony Airways new president Kirk Henderson. Henderson has more than 40 years of business experience including 10 years with Pricewaterhouse Coopers (domestically and internationally) and 17 years in senior positions with Sauder Industries Ltd. He also spent 13 years working with the Jim Pattison Group, retiring as vice-chairman and managing director. His mandate with Harmony among other things will be to grow the business and continue to provide all passengers with a superior experience from the time they book a flight to when they land at their destination and collect their luggage.

Canadian PGA certified golf teaching professional Tara Roden is now working with two really great new golf facilities. For the 2007 season, she will be working with the Gallagher’s Canyon Golf Course as the new academy director. The golf course will honour any lessons which have been left over from your previous lesson packages. Current details on the programs for the spring will be posted on Roden’s web site as they become available ( She has also taken on a new teaching location for the winter months at Urban Links Indoor Golf Facility on the Westside. Call her at 768-1310 or e-mail or

Cher’s @ Shefield Gourmet, on the corner of Queensway and Pandosy, will celebrate its first anniversary in business. Owned and operated by Cher Ewing, the restaurant boasts a “fresh approach” to food and coffee. The unique 33-seat bistro specializes in good food, friendly service, regular and specialty coffee, quality tobacco, cigars and related accessories and unique gift items. In-house they offer breakfast—anytime, homemade everything, including baking and soups, salads, wraps, made to order sandwiches, real French croissants, quesadillas, grilled panini’s, and sweets along with snacks and lighter items. Cher’s also offers a full range of catering for meetings, luncheons or dinners, along with phone-in orders and delivery service to local businesses. All in all, they are a one stop eatery, open seven days a week. Call 712-1250.

The new 2007 regional board and Central Okanagan Hospital District has unanimously re-elected Robert Hobson (councillor, City of Kelowna) as chairman and Aaron Dinwoodie (director, Westside Electoral Area) as vice-chair. The other board directors are Sharon Shepherd (mayor, City of Kelowna); Barrie Clark (councillor, City of Kelowna); Colin Day (councillor, City of Kelowna); Brian Given (councillor, City of Kelowna); James Baker (mayor, District of Lake Country); Graham Reid (mayor, District of Peachland); Patty Hanson (director, Central Okanagan, East Electoral Area); David Knowles (director, Westside Electoral Area) and Len Novakowski (director, Westside Electoral Area).

Local gal Judy Dyer will be climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in February. Between Feb. 11 and 21, she will join a remarkable team of 22 CIBC Wood Gundy employees, friends and family members to ascend through rainforest, desert and snow to reach Kilimanjaro’s 5,894-metre summit. All are participating in the annual Climb for the Cure in support of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. Climbers are from all over Canada. Dyer is the only Kelowna breast cancer survivor (four years) taking part in the climb this year. She is employed at the Kelowna General Hospital. One in every nine women will develop breast cancer at some point during her lifetime and one in 27 will die from the disease. Chances are that you know someone who has been affected in some way by breast cancer. Dyer is working on reducing that possibility by doing the climb to raise funds for breast cancer research. To help her out you can make a donation in several ways. You can call her at 769-3330; make a cheque payable to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and mail it to Judy Dyer, 2002 Covington Crescent, Kelowna, B.C. V1Z 3M2; or make a secure donation at     

This is neat news. Former Kelowna United Way executive director Len Lifchus (and the person who got me started with United Way) has just been issued with an Order in Council from Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty appointing him to the new board of directors of the Central East Community Care Access Centre. Lifchus is now living in Peterborough, Ont., where he is the CEO of the Untied Way of Peterborough & District. Not surprising, Lifchus is the perfect person to be involved in this type of project. Contact him at

The poem entitled The True Wealth, about the Okanagan Mountain Park fire written by Sherry Cote, has made it into the semi-finals in an International Open Poetry contest. They have further informed Cote that they wish to publish the poem. Winners will be released soon. Call 762-7387.

Okanagan College’s School of Business is headed for the Business Super Bowl. Tamara Guild and Wade Stolz, both fourth-year students in the college’s bachelor of business administration program, have been selected as one of six teams of finalists who will complete in the final round of competition at the Inter-Collegiate Business Competition on Jan. 11 at Queen’s University. This event is the who’s who of business competitions in Canada and affirms for us that we in Kelowna have among us some of the brightest undergraduate business minds in the country.

The board of directors of the Central Okanagan Arts Council will launch a full-colour, high quality quarterly magazine starting in mid-February. It will consist of articles, stories and visual presentations celebrating the culture of our community, and the artworks and artistic performances that emerge from it. Called Okanagan Arts, the magazine is a joint venture with Jeff Pexa’s Wheat King Publishing of Kelowna, publishers of Okanagan Experience. The magazine is being edited and designed by Robert MacDonald, founding director of the Banff Centre’s Arts Journalism Program. For more info call 861-4155.

Received an update from Lori McCormack of Allan International Models on our very own super model Owen Steuart ,who is home for a couple weeks and then is on his way back to New York on Jan. 5. Owen is doing fantastic these days, climbing the list of the world’s top 50 models. He’s made it to #17. After New York he is off to Milan and then Paris for the men’s designer collections fashion shows.

Evelyn Wardie, of Modern Voice and Talent, is helping out and coordinating the Snowfest Variety Show at the Kelowna Community Theatre on Saturday, Jan. 27, from 1 to 6 p.m. They are looking for all sorts of volunteer talent, including magicians, acrobats, vocalists, jugglers, belly dancers or any other talented acts. If you can help call her at 869-4198 or e-mail

For the first time last year, the Kelowna and District Safety Council sent two full bus loads of riding enthusiasts to the recent Vancouver Motorcycle Show in Abbotsford. Back by popular demand, two more buses are planned for the 2007 show this month as well. It’s B.C.’s largest motorcycle event, where all major manufacturers travel coast to coast with their huge corporate exhibits to offer the riding community its first glimpse of the new 2007 motorcycles, gear and accessories. The KDSC has scheduled one bus for Saturday, Jan. 27, and a second bus for Sunday, Jan. 28. They are one day trips and the cost of the trip is only $55. Call Tanya Meyer at 765-3163 to register.

Accolades to Trinity Baptist Church senior pastor Tim Schroeder and his congregation for helping others during the Christmas holiday season. The church’s joint Christmas Eve collection for the Holding Hands for Hospice campaign raised a whopping $16,425 with cheques still coming in. The Holding Hands for Hospice campaign is a vital and exciting initiative to raise $3 million towards the overall $7 million cost to build freestanding Hospice House in Kelowna, providing quality end of life care for residents of the Central Okanagan. Trinity Baptist has certainly played a vital role as a partner in a very meaningful community project and with supporters like that, they are sure to reach their goal. Walter Gray is the chair of the campaign.

This will be the last naughty and nice segment of the column until next year’s holiday season. In saying that, I am only going to praise some of the “nice” people of our city to start off the New Year. I’ll leave the naughties for next year. Several people and businesses really shone over the holiday season this past week. They are Steve Lachner and the good guys at Competition Glass; Kristen Weibe of the Carlton Card Shop in Orchard Park; Jeremy Dahl of Montana’s Cookhouse; Laura Barmentloo and the gals at Rafters Home Store; and Sandy and Gregory at Lakeside Casino.

Quote of the week—Praise loudly and blame softly. (Catherine II)

Birthdays of the week—George Van Wilde Rode, Dockside Marine (Jan. 2); Wayne Pierce, Creative Mortgage (Jan. 1); Bill Dishaw (Jan. 5); Stephen Kratzer (Jan. 7); Ken Thom (Jan. 3).

Phone Max at 979-4546, e-mail

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