KidSport Day on Friday
Okanagan Edge Staff - 9:59 am - Get Involved

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Triple O’s is back with its ninth annual KidSport Day later this week.

A loonie from every combo sold on Friday at the 41 Triple O’s locations throughout B.C. will be donated to KidSport, a community-based sports funding program for disadvantaged children.

Triple O’s has raised $350,000 and helped 875 kids in the last eight years through KidSport Day. This year, Triple O’s is aiming to help 250 local kids in need and raise more than $100,000.

Donations are welcome in the days leading up to KidSport Day, and Triple O’s will have its new dish—the Stadium Burger—as part of the big day. It’s a burger and an all-beef hot dog all in one bun.

Paul Mondoux
Contributed - Sep 17 - Got the Edge

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Name: Paul Mondoux

With what business or organization are you involved? Royal Lepage Kelowna

What is your role with that organization? Realtor®

What’s your favourite thing about living in the Okanagan? My favourite thing about living in the Okanagan is the community itself. It seems that no matter what group you fall into, whether it be the single life, family life or business life, the people here in the Okanagan are all welcoming and it’s a contagious feeling. I moved here from Ontario in 2005, a single guy looking to build a future, and the Valley has given me that and then some.

If you could have lunch with anyone in the world, who would you choose and why? Of course I want to say someone famous and influential, but in the end it would be any one of my family members in Ontario. I’ve never been homesick living in the Valley, but it would be nice to see the entire gang back home, the one cruelty of life is the loss of time to visit with those who truly matter.

What’s your go-to happy place? It’s always been my motorcycle, but with kids it’s a double-edged sword. You love the time on the open road by yourself, but the guilt of not spending time with the kids gets to you. So I’ve found a new passion, and that’s cruising around in my old convertible with the music blasting and the kids bouncing around in the back seat.

What are you most proud of? My personal accomplishments are extremely important to me. It’s how I measure my value to this world. And although I’m a just Realtor and not a space engineer I’d like to think I’m a trusted advisor to those who need it the most. These values have been ingrained into my children. There are no free lunches. My kids are all hard workers in everything they do, and that I have to say I’m proud of the most.

What are the top three things on your bucket list? This is where it gets deep …
1. I’m scared to death of sharks, but at some point before I DIE I want to swim with the sharks off the Galapagos Islands.
2. Travel is always on everyone’s bucket list. And with social media you can see everything a million times over. But to stand in the Colosseum in Rome and touch the walls that once housed the battleground for everyone’s entertainment … now that’s actually travelling.
3. My other fear has always been heights ever since I fell off a ladder when I was a kid. I’ve managed to suppress my fear, but of course I need to push the limit. So when the kids are old enough you will find me jumping out of a plane!

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten? What is weird, though? I’m a beer and smokie kind of guy. After a couple bouts with food poisoning, I play it safe.

Latest movie or book? Ready Player One. I have to admit that when the idea of virtual reality came out 20 years ago I was extremely excited about the idea. Escape to anywhere and do anything you’ve ever wanted. Want to be the hero? Sure, do it. Want to fly mock speeds and not have to worry about dying? Do it! But the movie truly captures exactly what I believe the world would collapse to in real life, and that truly scared me. My little kids don’t play video games very often, and that’s just so they keep being focused on the real world.

What’s the best gift you’ve ever received? OK, so honestly the best gift was from my mom. She signed me up for the sock of the month club! And let me tell you: There are few things that excite me in the mailbox, but when that orange package is sitting there I get all excited like Christmas morning.

If today were your last day, how would you spend it? So here’s the thing: When you have a job to do, you do it. So I’d probably being showing houses. And if there were no houses to show I’d be making posts on Facebook reminding everyone of the huge party that’s going to happen in about a week. After all, it’s called a celebration of life!

Drive thru, help United Way
Okanagan Edge Staff - Sep 17 - Get Involved

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Penticton’s Lakeside Resort will host the 2018 United Way Drive Thru Breakfast on Thursday morning.

When you drive up and donate, you will receive a hot breakfast sandwich, Tim Hortons coffee and a bag loaded with goodies valued at $50 or more. Some of the prizes include a Summerland wine and golf package, a B.C. Lions weekend in Vancouver and a Vancouver Canucks jersey signed by Daniel Sedin.

There will also be special bags for kids, treats for dogs, window washing, newspapers and more to round out the experience.

The breakfast will take place between 6:30 and 9 a.m.

Buy a Slurpee, help kids
Okanagan Edge Staff - Sep 06 - Get Involved

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You’ll be able to get a large Slurpee for no more than 50 cents next week, but 7-Eleven Canada is hoping you will choose to pay a little more to help a good cause.

Next Friday, Sept. 14, is Slurpee Name Your Price Day. Customers will pay whatever they want for their Slurpee, starting at 50 cents. Every cent raised during the promotion will go to WE, allowing more students to attend WE Days across the country next spring.

WE Day is a movement that encourages Canadian youth to make a difference in their communities. Nearly two millions students attend WE Days each year.

Jonathan Derksen
Okanagan Edge Staff - Sep 05 - Got the Edge

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Name: Jonathan Derksen

With which business or organization are you involved? Kelowna Secondary School/Art of Adventure Productions

What is your role with that organization? Video Production for Grades 11 and 12/conservation documentary filmmaking

What is your favourite thing about living in the Okanagan? I’m always blown away by the stunning variety in our natural environment. I live on the edge of the Okanagan Highlands, a fragile ecosystem where several life zones collide. On a given day in the summer I might see a rattlesnake, quail, deer, elk, bear, moose, bald eagle, bobcat or even a flying squirrel. Over the course of a day I can hike to the top of Big White mountain (7,608 feet), bike the Kettle Valley Railway, do a wine tour in Peachland and then hit Lake Okanagan for a late swim. It’s unrivalled in terms of beauty and proximity.

If you could have lunch with anyone in the world, who would you choose and why? His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. I had the chance to meet him some years ago in the Indian Himalayas, and I was profoundly moved by his message of peace, compassion and inclusivity. When he greets you, it’s like at that moment you’re the only human being the whole world. To his adherents, he’s a living saint.

What’s your go-to happy place? Either doing something adventurous outdoors with family and friends or sitting with my wife having coffee before the rest of the world has woken up.

What are you most proud of? As a Mennonite I’m not supposed to be proud, but since you asked … working on Dangerous World for National Geographic and Tattoo Hunter: India for Discovery Channel, and publishing Monsoon Baby, a travel memoir about life in the Indian Himalayas.

What are the top three things on your bucket list? To make a documentary that inspires people to treat the natural world around them with respect; to motorbike through the Andes; to come through this life saying, ‘I tried the best I could.’

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten? Jungle rat in tribal country in Arunachal Pradesh, India.

Latest movie or book? Stephen King’s The Green Mile about human decency in the face of grim humanity.

What’s the best gift you’ve ever received? My children, Akela and Kai.

If today were your last day, how would you spend it? Saying thank you for this little pfffft! of an existence with loved ones by my side, somewhere wild and spectacular.

KFD fun on Sunday
Okanagan Edge Staff - Sep 05 - Get Involved

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The Kelowna Fire Department will conduct its annual charitable open house this Sunday at Fire Hall No. 1 on Enterprise Way.

“We’ll kick things off with a pancake breakfast and coffee, conduct some fire safety demos, and kids can hop into one of our fire engines and meet our firefighters,” KFD fire prevention officer Gayanne Pacholzuk said in a press release. “It’s always great to bring the community together in a fun and interactive way while also getting to share important information about how we can all do our part for fire safety.”

The morning will include a car extraction demonstration with the Jaws of Life as well as a high angle rescue demonstration. A Wildcat helicopter used to battle regional wildfires will also be on site.

“We’ll have an array of emergency vehicles there and conduct a live burn demo, plus kids can enjoy face painting, a bouncy castle and much more,” Pacholzuk said. “There’s something for all ages, and we invite everyone to stop by to meet our local firefighters.”

Donations received “in the boot” at the event will go to the Kelowna Professional Firefighters Charitable Society.

Eat bacon for good cause
Okanagan Edge Staff - Sep 04 - Get Involved

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If you like bacon, you can eat lots of it and support the Boys and Girls Club of the Central Okanagan at the same time.

The third annual Great Canadian Bacon Chase will be held Sunday, Sept. 16, at Kelowna’s Parkinson Recreation Centre. Organizers are billing it as consumers and enthusiasts coming together “for a morning of bacon, a five-kilometre walk or run, bacon, a pancake breakfast and more bacon.”

Tickets will get you unlimited bacon, three food inspired bacon stations along the run route, a pancake breakfast and games at the finish line. The food providers will include Artisto Gelato, Chef Ross Derrick and Masterchef Canada 2018 winner Beccy Stables. Chef Melissa Masters will whip up the pancakes.

For those not wanting to walk or run the five kilometres, they can walk the 164 feet from the Parkinson parking lot to the “pig pen,” where all the bacon they can eat will be waiting.

To purchase tickets, visit the Great Canadian Bacon Chase website.

YMCA targets drownings
Okanagan Edge Staff - Sep 04 - Get Involved

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The YMCA of Okanagan is doing what it can to prevent drownings.

The organization is holding a “first-month free” offer at its three Kelowna community centres: Kelowna Family Y, Downtown Y, and the H2O Adventure and Fitness Centre.

The YMCA’s children and family program registration is now open. Swim lessons are included with every child membership, because the YMCA believes it is critical for everyone to learn about water safety and take preventative measures when near water.

According to the 2018 Canadian Drowning Report, which was prepared by the Drowning Prevention Research Centre, 67 per cent of drownings occurred from May to September, and 88 per cent of children’s drownings were a result of absent or distracted supervision.

More information about YMCA programs, including swimming lessons, can be found at or by calling 250-491-9622.

Mel Schmidt
Special to Okanagan Edge - Aug 28 - Got the Edge

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Name: Mel Schmidt

What business or organization are you involved with? The Simpłe Clothing Company

What is your role? Owner/Designer

What’s your favorite thing about living in the Okanagan? The unbelievable support that the ladies all over the Okanagan give me, whether it be buying my clothing or sharing it on social media … or giving me opportunities like this one. I could never do this without all of my friends/family/clients/strangers that cheerlead for me.

If you could have lunch with anyone in the world, who would you choose and why? I would take my nephew Theodore to Whitespot where we would enjoy Pirate Paks and vanilla milkshakes. He’s two and I’m 39 going on two. We like to party and laugh obnoxiously loud.

What’s your go-to happy place? Going to my sister’s place to visit with her and my nephew babies. Yes, I’m that crazy aunty.

What are you most proud of? I’m really proud to be unapologetically myself. There’s only one me in the world and I’m very “eccentric” is what nice people say, crazy is another common label. I am all of that and more. I love being me.

What are the top three things on your bucket list? I’ve been so blessed to have had so many bucket-y type experiences, but I’d have to say I want to go to a Beyoncé or Lady Gaga concert. I also want to visit Japan and get the best light-up sneakers ever. Lastly, I want to learn to fly. Not a plane, just me and my bod.

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten? My 30th birthday cake was made by my best friend Steph, and she said, “so what kind do you like” and I said, “none really.” My favourite food is potatoes and gravy. She made me a ginormous mountain of mash potatoes and lava-like gravy with red sparkles that were the fire. I ate it for two days straight. It worked wonders for a hangover.

Latest movie you’ve seen or book you’ve read: The last thing I read was Tarot cards for my friend while she was going through the grieving of losing her dog.

What’s the best gift you’ve ever received? The gift to start a brand new life two years ago. And it took a village of friends and family to help me figure out how to pick up the pieces of my once broken life and build a newer stronger one so I thank all of them.

If today were your last day, how would you spend it? I would spend it with as many family and friends as possible and have a pool party and let my dog in our indoor pool we have at our complex. By the time I get a fine for letting a fur baby in the pool, I’ll be gone.


Wine, dine Oliver to Sun Peaks
Special to Okanagan Edge - Aug 23 - Get Involved


Oliver Osoyoos Winery Country and Sun Peaks Resort have partnered for a weekend of food, wine and winter adventure with Savour the Sun, Dec. 7-9.

The three-day event will bring some of the region’s most celebrated winemakers to the B.C. Interior destination.

Anchored to three signature evening events, snow lovers can spend the day on the slopes before savouring rare finds and terroir expressive wines, paired with delicious food by Sun Peaks Resort’s culinary team.

The festival weekend kick-starts with Savour the Sun at Sunburst on Dec. 7, a ski-in, ski-out mid-mountain reception that will focus on private collection, hard-to-find wines presented and poured by the winemaker.

This intimate event will allow guests time to engage with each winery, learning the nuances of their winemaking philosophies and discovering the passion behind their rare and unique wine portfolio.

Wine tastings will be paired with delicious food stations all in the spectacular setting of the mid-mountain Sunburst Bar and Eatery after the slopes have closed to the public.

For those looking for a more informal evening, Savour Bubbles is a progressive-style tasting at Masa’s Bar and Grill, focusing on sparkling wines and terroir expressive varietals from nine Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country winemakers.

The last event of the weekend, Uncork Your Senses, will round out the weekend with an elegant evening of food and wine at The Annex featuring 12 of the region’s most respected wineries.

Tickets for each event begin at $99.

Highlights include Misoyaki wild BC salmon with artisan greens and wasabi-yuzu dressing, Okanagan winter vegetable pakoras, Brohm Lake duck confit with lentil and root vegetable cassolette, and steamed Quadra Island halibut cheeks with soy vinaigrette.

Find more event details and full menus online.

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