People in Business


New hotel association boss
Okanagan Edge Staff - Feb 13 - People in Business

Dale Sivucha has had the interim tag removed from his title with the Kelowna Hotel Motel Association. Sivucha, who is the Coast Capri Hotel general manager, was named interim president of the association in October, and he became president on Feb. 7 when the KHMA held its annual general meeting. The new board of directors […]

Tower Ranch names pro
Okanagan Edge Staff - Feb 11 - People in Business

Tower Ranch Golf Club has named its new head professional. Miles Palahniuk joins the club after spending the last three years as the pro shop manager and associate professional at The Harvest Golf Club. He also spent time at Kelowna Golf and Country Club and Sunset Ranch Golf Club. Palahniuk was the Okanagan Valley’s class […]

Unisus principal announced
Colin Dacre - Jan 14 - People in Business

The Unisus private school in Summerland has announced its new senior principal. Tosca Killoran comes to the institution with experience at baccalaureate schools in Europe and Asia. “Killoran is also an author, a publisher and a frequent presenter and keynote speaker,” the school’s announcement stated. She will start full-time at the school in July. She […]

King joins wine festival
Okanagan Edge Staff - Jan 07 - People in Business

 The BC Wine Cider & Spirits Festival has announced Marjorie King as its judging manager. King has spent the last 22 years in the industry, and in 2000 received the Founders Award by the Okanagan Wine Festivals Society. She has formed long-standing relationships with honourable judges, sommeliers and industry influencers, and without her expertise and […]

Fleck joins Vernon museum
Okanagan Edge Staff - Jan 03 - People in Business

The Greater Vernon Museum and Archives has hired Steve Fleck as its new education and outreach co-ordinator. And Fleck would like to know what area residents feel about history, culture and community at an upcoming event. The GVMA will be hosting an open meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 15, at 7 p.m. Its headquarters are located […]

Filmmakers get new boss
Okanagan Edge Staff - Jan 03 - People in Business

The Okaganan Society of Independent Filmmaking has hired its first executive director. Matt Stewart has taken the reins of the non-profit group that was founded in 2003. Stewart has had a variety of jobs over the years, mostly in the realm of public speaking and performance coaching. Stewart will be in charge of creating a […]

Local nurse honoured
Nicholas Johansen - Dec 28 - People in Business

A Kelowna nurse who helps some of the community’s most marginalized has been recognized for her work. Brenda Epp was awarded an Excellence in Nursing Practice award by the Nurses and Nurse Practitioners of BC in Vancouver last week. Epp, program manager for a 12-bed withdrawal management unit operated by The Bridge Youth & Family […]

Gaffney joins Pushor Mitchell
Okanagan Edge Staff - Dec 21 - People in Business

Patrick Gaffney has joined Kelowna’s Pushor Mitchell law firm. Gaffney will serve as associate counsel at the firm after working as a family law practitioner in Newmarket, Ont. He has also worked for the Ontario Office of the Children’s Lawyer and as a staff lawyer for Legal Services of B.C. Gaffney will also practise family […]

New Global Okanagan boss
Okanagan Edge Staff - Dec 21 - People in Business

Global Okanagan has a new station manager and news director. Paul Larsen, who has been in the media business since the age of 16 in Fort St. John, B.C., will take over on Jan. 8. Larsen spent the last 12 years running his own company, Clear Sky Radio, which grew to five stations and brought […]

Journey Home boss named
Okanagan Edge Staff - Dec 13 - People in Business

Gaelene Askeland has been named executive director of the Journey Home Society. Askeland has more than seven years of experience leading non-profit organizations that focus on social justice issues. Journey Home is Kelowna’s strategy to combat homelessness. “I am thrilled to join the Journey Home Society and look forward to implementing the strategy to address […]