People in Business


Calm kids, resilient families
Contributed - 5:41 pm - People in Business

By Elisa Farr Spending the last eight years of my life deep diving into restoring my own body, mind and spirit into balance, I have witnessed the huge benefit not just for myself, but the benefit it has had for my kids and family. While offering them bits and pieces of my practice in order […]

Tolko manager earns honour
Jon Manchester - 8:28 am - People in Business

A manager at Vernon’s Tolko Industries has been recognized with a prestigious industry award during National Forests Week. Andrew de Vries is one of two winners of the 2021 Outstanding Member of the Year award from the Forests Products Association of Canada. The award is presented to individuals who have gone above and beyond in […]

Faces of #OKGNtech
Accelerate Okanagan - Sep 20, 2021 - People in Business

A strong community can promote new ideas and ensure accountability. It can also act as motivation, support and even provide a little friendly competition. The power of community is undeniable, and the Okanagan tech community is no exception. Our community is strong and growing with record speed, and maintaining connections through a period of growth […]

Gorman matriarch passes
Colin Dacre - Sep 17, 2021 - People in Business

The last founding member of Gorman Bros. Lumber in West Kelowna has passed away less than a month after her 100th birthday. Eunice Gorman was the first bookkeeper of the fledgling Gorman Bros. Lumber and box company, founded in 1949. “Eunice passed away peacefully in her home, surrounded by members of her family, who were […]

Voyager’s Friesen top RV dealer
Okanagan Edge Staff - Sep 16, 2021 - People in Business

A Lake Country RV dealer has driven off with a prestigious award. Jason Friesen of Lake Country’s Voyager RV Centre is this year’s recipient of the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association of BC’s Dealer of the Year award. Friesen joined the family business in 2003 and since 2009 has served as Voyager’s vice-president and acting dealer […]

DVA adds new board members
Jon Manchester - Sep 16, 2021 - People in Business

The Downtown Vernon Association has welcomed some new faces to its board of directors. Three new directors were chosen during the DVA’s annual general meeting Sept. 14: Jason Shortt, Russell Shortt Land Surveyors Inc.; George Wen, Welbeck Properties; Leah Martel, Castanet Media. They join current directors Shanna Rowney of Evolve Beyond Education Solutions, Cody Walker of […]

Cardew grabs chamber reins
Okanagan Edge Staff - Sep 15, 2021 - People in Business

The Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce has a new president. Robin Cardew, who recently served as vice-president, has been elevated to the role of president. He replaced Krystin Kempton, who has completed her tenure and will now hold the past president title. Cardew, who is a chartered professional accountant, was elected on Wednesday during the […]

Star tourism find new boss
Darren Handschuh - Sep 13, 2021 - People in Business

Cassandra Zerebeski has been named the new executive director of the Silver Star Resort Association. The appointment, which is effective immediately, comes following a wide-ranging search for the ideal candidate. “There was tremendous interest in the executive director position from a slate of high-calibre applicants, but ultimately it was Cassandra who demonstrated the kind of […]

Memoir that will motivate
Tom Kernaghan - Sep 08, 2021 - People in Business

“We’ll figure something out.” We say these words all the time, but when Debra Kelly said them at the end of our first chat, to schedule our second one, I sensed they flowed from a hard-earned knowingness that runs deep beneath her friendly and confident demeanour. Kelly is a storyteller, speaker and real estate agent […]

Faces of #OKGNtech
Accelerate Okanagan - Sep 08, 2021 - People in Business

A strong community can promote new ideas and ensure accountability. It can also act as motivation, support and even provide a little friendly competition. The power of community is undeniable, and the Okanagan tech community is no exception. Our community is strong and growing with record speed, and maintaining connections through a period of growth […]