It’s all about movement at Move RX Performance and Wellness.
The brand new Kelowna business, which is located on Lakeshore Road, provides chiropractic care, massage therapy and kinesiology. If you have any kind of pain, chiropractor Dr. Chris Col and her team will work on eliminating it and get you moving like your former self.
Move RX empowers you to use your body as the machine to personalize your rehabilitation plan. This personalized service, in addition to the 400 square feet of rehabilitation space, sets Move RX apart from other wellness clinics.
“We try to take every patient through the rehabilitation space, whether it’s one exercise or five every time they come in—empowering them and teaching them how to move well,” Dr. Col says. “The goal is getting the patient to move pain-free and back doing all the things they love.”
Move RX, after all, means “move as prescribed,” and the team at 200-3275 Lakeshore Rd. has the credentials and the passion to diagnose what an ailing body requires. Dr. Col is certified to coach at the club level in Olympic-level weightlifting, and she also instructs cross-fit classes. Not only that, but she recently finished third in her weight class at the Canadian senior weightlifting championships as well. Melissa Brunn is Move RX’s kinesiologist and is a fitness instructor at Kelowna’s F45, as well as a Level 4 national hockey official. Registered massage therapist Heather Narraway is a bow and arrow expert, personal trainer and just recently became Precision Nutrition Level 1 certified. Lastly, OG RMT Takhir Almazbekov is a master with the kettle bell.
Move RX is the not only the perfect spot for high-level athletes to get their bodies finely tuned, but it is also for anyone who might have that nagging shoulder injury or those headaches that just won’t go away. No matter who you are, you are going to be treated like the No. 1 client at Move RX.
“The reason I created Move RX was to create a very supportive, empowering and fun environment, not only for the practitioners but for every patient who walks in the door,” Dr. Col says.
Move RX can be your one-stop shop for your performance and wellness needs. From back pain, athletic injuries or optimizing performance, the practitioners at Move RX can take care of you like no other.
Move RX offers online booking, direct billing and can take care of ICBC claims.
Visit the Move RX website to book an appointment.
A lot has been said and written about corporate giving.
But for Methal Abougoush, owner-operator of Boyd Autobody and Glass in Kelowna, it all comes down to one simple principle—he believes in supporting his community.
“It’s just the way I was brought up,” he says.
And when it comes to the charities Boyd supports, there’s always one thread running through—kids.
Abougoush said it’s important to him his business give back and, it appears, it’s also important to his staff.
He said that is reflected in the large number of volunteers who show up to help with the many charitable events Boyd’s has put on in the past, including its well-known and long-running Father’s Day Car Show in Kelowna’s.
Abougoush said while employees are not required to participate, it is not unusual for as many to show up to help out on car show day as volunteers.
“The support comes from within the organization,” he says.
While the car show is the biggest and best-known of the company’s charity fundraisers (though the pandemic has put it on hiatus the past two summers), the company also holds other fundraising events and promotions throughout the year, all of which raise money for child-focused charities.
The latest is its current Darker Days—Get Rid of The Haze” headlight restoration initiative, which will run until Nov. 30
For $39, Boyd will restore your vehicle’s headlights, cleaning the cloudy white haze that forms on the lens cover and give you a brighter, and safer, driving experience. Abougoush said the process normally costs $89.
All the money raised through this fundraiser will go to the Cops For Kids program, spearheaded by the RCMP to raise money for child-focused organizations.
With a goal of $2,500, Abogoush says he’s confident the goal will be reached and hopefully exceeded.
In addition, he also had plans for another event before the end of the year, one that will help the local food bank Recently, he bought $3,000 worth of Girl Guide cookies to give out to his customers.
“I believe in supporting the community you live in and, in return, the community will support you,” says Abougoush.
While reluctant to issue challenges to other businesses to follow Boyd’s lead—in part because he’s not sure what they already do— Abougoush said for him, giving back to the community is not about marketing his business but rather it’s “the right thing to do.”
And doing that is nothing new for Boyd Autobody and Glass in Kelowna. It has raised money for local organizations and charities since starting in 1999.
Like many businesses in the city, Boyd is often approached by groups looking for a fund-raising partner or donor. While it can’t meet all requests, it does as much as it can and, as a result, has developed a reputation in the community for giving back.
The participate in the Darker Days—Get Rid of the Haze fundraising promotion, go to BringittoBoyd.com and make an appointment. In addition to the two Kelowna Boyd locations, it is also being offered at the West Kelowna location and at the Boyd outlets in Merritt and Penticton.
The Vernon company, which specializes in plumbing, heating, cooling and electrical work, will be wrapping the entirety of one of its service vans with a charity’s logo for the entire 2022 calendar year. 5% of revenue generated by that van will go directly to the charity for the entire year.
Figuring out which charity will be the benefactor will be the best part, however. Fox Plumbing Heating Cooling Electrical will be accepting nominations from its employees, the public and non-profits themselves over the next several weeks. Once the field is set, a bracket will be made and fun head-to-head battles will take place until the winning charity has emerged.
The winner of each head-to-head tilt will come from a public vote conducted on social media channels. The final four voting will be done by a panel of Fox employees.
The winning charity will have its logo plastered all over a Fox Plumbing Heating Cool Electrical van by the first week of January, and the other three finalists will each win $500 in donations from Fox.
“It’s very new, it’s innovative, super cool, and going to be a lot of fun. 2022 is about giving back to the community,” Fox marketing manager Kara Cassidy says. “This is something our whole team is behind, and then the whole community can be a part of.”
The charities and non-profits that enter the contest will all come from the Fox Plumbing Heating Cooling Electrical service area, making sure the money that is raised will stay in the community. It could end up being a completely local organization or an Okanagan chapter of a national or international charity.
So if you have a favourite charity or non-profit that you think could use a big financial and visibility boost, visit www.foxandsons.ca/CharityVan to nominate them now.
“We have always held a strong pride for our community, and love opportunities to support and give back,” Fox Plumbing Heating Cooling Electrical owner Ted Fox Jr. says. “The idea of asking our neighbours to vote on where the money goes feels all the more warm.”
This Thursday (Oct. 14) is the KGH Foundation’s second annual Better Together Day, an opportunity for the community to come together and support families from across the Southern Interior facing some of their darkest days.
A serious accident, a sick child, a baby coming too soon—every year, thousands of families from across the Interior of British Columbia must travel from their homes in order for a loved one to receive life-saving, specialist care at Kelowna General Hospital. And more often than not, these families need affordable accommodation to remain close to their loved one in hospital.
Enter JoeAnna’s House: a home-away-from-home for out-of-town families with loved ones receiving care at KGH. As the region continues to grow and KGH expands its capacity to offer specialized medical treatment, the need for JoeAnna’s House has never been greater.
Around Thanksgiving last year, Troy and Danielle Corbin found themselves with their baby on the way … nearly six weeks early. Danielle was in premature labour and needed to be transported immediately from their hometown in Nelson to KGH, where their son, Zander, could be delivered under the care of the best neonatal team in the region.
“To watch the love of your life and your unborn child being whisked away, being separated amidst so much uncertainty, it was so hard,” recalls Troy, emotionally.
Despite the pandemic, pre-term babies, serious accidents and life-altering medical crises continue. Families like the Corbins, who must travel to Kelowna to support their loved ones, are under more strain than ever.
Danielle was transported to Castlegar airport, then Trail and finally by air ambulance to KGH. Troy followed on his own. They were separated for hours while in transit. Two days after Zander was born, Danielle was discharged. Again, the Corbins faced uncertainty.
“But then they told us there was a place for us at JoeAnna’s House,” says Danielle.
“Waking up at JoeAnna’s House, finally, there was peace,” adds Troy. “We knew we were in a safe place. It felt like home.”
JoeAnna’s House is conveniently located just steps from KGH and provides accommodations for families like the Corbins, a place to rest and recharge, a place to be in community with others who are navigating a similar path.
As the leading referral hospital for up to one million residents in the B.C. Interior, at any given time one out of every four beds at KGH is occupied by someone outside the Central Okanagan.
They come from towns and communities from across the province—from Williams Lake to Osoyoos and Grand Forks to Golden, spanning a region the size of Scotland and England combined.
For so many families wanting to maintain a presence at KGH for the period of their loved one’s treatment, the travel and lack of affordable short-term accommodation in Kelowna adds significantly to their hardship. The financial drain and emotional burden during an already difficult time is overwhelming. Being able to stay at JoeAnna’s House is their lifeline.
Since October 2017, compassionate individuals, community organizations and businesses have worked together to build and support JoeAnna’s House, which relies solely on the generosity of the community for its continued operation.
“Giving on Better Together Day helps change everything for these families,” says Darlene Haslock, manager at JoeAnna’s House. “(Those who stay) are so incredibly grateful. And we know patients recover faster when their loved ones are close to them. The impact of giving to JoeAnna’s House is really immeasurable.”
Tune into Beach Radio 103.1 and 104.7 The Lizard, the local Pattison radio stations, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. to hear first-hand stories from JoeAnna’s House guests and learn more about how giving on Better Together Day has such meaningful impact.
There are many ways the community can get involved.
• Give a gift online at joeannashouse.com
• Give in person. Drop by JoeAnna’s House at the corner of Royal Avenue and Abbott Street.
• Donate at the till of your local Save-On-Foods.
• Pick up a drive-thru breakfast with coffee, courtesy of Save-on-Foods, from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. at JoeAnna’s House. (Minimum $5 donation) Enter onto the alley off of Abbott Street.
• Join the Corporate Challenge! Many local businesses and trades are already issuing fundraising challenges. Make a gift, share your support, and encourage others you know to do the same.
One of the expressions you will hear around Halcyon Hot Springs is “slow life.”
And when you hear the words “slow life,” that is a guide—as in, slow life down … and relax. Halcyon, after all, means “calm and serene.”
The resort’s main attraction, of course, are the restorative waters of the mineral hot springs, which feature some of the highest lithia content in North America. Studies have shown that lithia water has anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, and can actually regenerate pathways in the brain. Lithium also has anti-depressant properties.
The hot springs are not the only reason to get away to Halcyon, which is south of Revelstoke and north of Nakusp but nowhere near anywhere. The required, minimum two-night stay means you can also enjoy the resort’s day spa, the onsite restaurant, and the gorgeous 33 acres of nature that surround the resort and feature a wide network of trails for mountain biking or hiking.
And if you just want to sit, you can do that, too—all while soaking in the stunning views of Arrow Lake and the Monashee mountains beyond.
“We want you to be able to come here and turn off, experience the serenity of our wellness resort,” Halcyon’s Patrick Spencer says. “It’s not a quick come in and go.”
The accommodations at Halcyon are all private cottages, including the upgraded king cottages, which are essentially four-star hotel rooms in the middle of the forest.
The resort’s restaurant, meanwhile, has been rated the top eatery in the Nakusp area, according to Tripadvisor, and it will soon feature even more fresh food as it adopts a farm-to-table philosophy. Halcyon is in the process of building a greenhouse that will also supply some of the freshest food for its guests.
“It’s a mix of classic French cuisine and West Coast, with a little bit of our Kootenay flair,” Spencer says.
Also in the works is a new outdoor events area that will be able to host weddings and other special occasions, and more wellness retreats and workshops are also in the cards. Yoga is always a popular pastime at the resort, but some of the upcoming workshops will feature wellness retreats, the local Aboriginal community and Okanagan Eastern medicine.
Add it all up, and Halcyon Hot Springs is the perfect place to slow… life…. There are seasonal deals and resort specials available, although resort booking is limited, so it’s always best to book well in advance.
Oh, and if you have your own helicopter or can rent one, the resort has a helipad.
Whether it’s by car or by chopper, Halcyon Hot Springs is the perfect place to land.
Kelowna’s newest upscale beachside condominium community is a hit.
Sales opened for MOVALA last weekend and 80% of the available units in the first building of the two-building development sold in just 48 hours.
Developed by Kelowna’s Stober Group and marketed by Epic Real Estate Solutions Inc., MOVALA is an upscale collection of one-, two- and three-bedroom residences featuring stunning panoramas of Lake Okanagan and the surrounding mountains. Homes will feature open-concept plans with large balconies averaging 500 square feet and some more than 2,200 square feet, perfect for entertaining and Okanagan outdoor living.
“This was a very exciting weekend for the Epic team and the Stober Group,” said Shane Styles, senior vice-president of Epic Real Estate Solutions. “Buyers at MOVALA absolutely loved the location, one of the most walkable in Kelowna, as it’s just steps to Pandosy Village, Gyro Beach and some of the city’s best recreation.”
He said the sales team has seen significant interest in MOVALA since the project was announced in the spring and more than 6,000 people registered from across the country.
“Our local market was even more excited about this one-of-a-kind offering in terms of the location and access to amenities, and we have a significant number of local Okanagan purchasers,” added Styles.
MOVALA will be located in the city’s most walkable neighbourhood, in the heart of Kelowna’s Lower Mission area. It will be situated at 3340 Lakeshore Rd. between popular Gyro Beach Park and Pandosy Village, providing luxury lakeside living at its finest for the new homeowners.
MOVALA will consist of two residential mid-rise buildings joined by a spectacular lakeside veranda, which includes a lake view pool, hot tub, fireside lounges, bocce lawn, BBQs, and alfresco dining tables. There are additional owner-exclusive amenities in the Residence Club, which features a fully equipped fitness facility, guest suites for visitors, temperature-controlled wine cellar with individual lockers, private dining room and kitchen, games room, social lounge and watersports storage.
Architecturally, MOVALA’s landmark design sets a new standard for Kelowna. Modern, LEED-certified concrete construction, accented by dynamic curves and warm tones, complement the natural landscape and vibrant beachside neighbourhood.
Inside, the residences include airy nine-foot ceilings throughout, large windows to maximize the views and natural light, wide-plank herringbone flooring and quartz countertops. Every architectural element has been thoughtfully designed to enhance year-round comfort and inspire indoor-outdoor living.
Those looking to learn more about MOVALA are encouraged to speak with the sales team by booking an appointment at the presentation centre located in the Landmark 4 office building (basement level) at 1628 Dickson Ave. in Kelowna. Register online at MOVALA’s website, or call 250-870-8591.
There has been plenty of talk about how unique, beautiful and perfectly located The Residences at Lakeview Village is going to be.
It turns out people were listening, because the first building of the West Kelowna condominium development has all but sold out. That overwhelming response resulted in the project’s second building going on the market in September—several months earlier than planned.
“We were going to bring building two on next year, and we basically sold the first building out in July, so we fast tracked the second building out to early September,” Epic Real Estate Solutions senior vice-president Shane Styles says.
The Residences at Lakeview Village is located in the Lakeview Heights neighbourhood of West Kelowna, just east of Boucherie Road, which is also known as the Westside Wine Trail. It has gorgeous views of Okanagan Lake, and it is right next to both a vineyard and Lakeview Village Mall featuring a Nesters Food Market, liquor store, pharmacy, craft brewery, hair salon, Montessori school and pizza shop.
As Styles points out, there aren’t many condominiums in the Central Okanagan where you can walk to get an extra steak or another bottle of wine should surprise guests land on your doorstep. That will be possible at Lakeview Village, where you will be able to take the elevator down to the main floor and walk across the street to get what you need.
If you don’t feel like cooking or entertaining, you can make the short walk down to Mt. Boucherie Estate Winery.
“Where can you do that in town?” Styles says. “It really is that urban-rural sweet spot.”
Add in the fact it’s just a quick, 10-minute drive to downtown Kelowna, and it really is in the perfect spot. Styles says any biases Kelownians might have had about West Kelowna are getting washed away by the magnificence of the KiND Development Group project and out-of-towners with no preconceived notions are blown away by the location.
The stunning area around Lakeview Village has been well documented, but the homes themselves are just as striking. They will feature high quality kitchens imported directly from Italy and are available in all sizes: one bedroom plus den; two bedrooms plus den; and three bedrooms. Gorgeous lake and mountain views will also be included.
“Lakeview Village is like the Tuscany of West Kelowna,” says Debra Kelly, who has purchased one of the homes. “I also love how unique the entire design is and all the higher end finishes.”
Lakeview Village will also boast an outdoor pool and hot tub, fitness centre and year-round greenhouse.
Considering how quickly sales occurred in the first building, it would be wise not to wait too long now that the second is available. Among the incredible and spacious floor plans still available is the exclusive penthouse, which features 900 square feet of outdoor living and 180-degree views of Okanagan Lake.
Register online at lakeviewliving.ca or come by the presentation centre in the Lakeview Village Mall at 200-865 Anders Rd. in West Kelowna. It is open Tuesday to Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.
Joan and Garry Norkum like to put their money where their mouths are when it comes to supporting local businesses.
As the owners of their own successful cycle business in Kelowna, Cyclepath, the Norkums are big believers in shopping local. And that’s exactly what the couple has been doing for more than 20 years with Beachcomber Home Leisure.
Since making their first Beachcomber Home Leisure purchase—a hot tub—more than 20 years ago, the Norkums have followed that up by buying living room and basement furniture and returning regularly to use Beachcomber’s maintenance services and to regularly have their hot tub water tested.
“I think they’re awesome,” says Joan. “They treat you very well.”
The pair first heard about Beachcomber at the Armstrong Fair in the late 1990s when they were building their first home in the Okanagan. They were in the market for a hot tub and bought it at Beachcomber after doing their research.
Garry said he and his wife are the types who are willing to pay for quality and service and believe in supporting businesses that, in turn, support the community.
“Online retailers do not pay taxes here, employ local people, and support community organizations,” says Garry. “Shopping local is critical for the survival of local business.”
For Garry, the quality of the products Beachcomber sells, coupled with the service it offers—both when you are shopping and after you’ve made a purchase—makes all the difference.
“I’ve looked elsewhere and frankly, the service was lacking,” he says.
And the Norkums are not the only members of their family who are loyal Beachcomber customers.
Joan said their daughter Angela and son-in-law Trevor also bought furniture from the store after they were told about it by her son-in-law’s parents, who also shop there.
As most retailers know, personal recommendations go a long way in attracting customers and developing a positive reputation for quality, service, friendliness and after-sales care. And all that made an impression on the Norkums.
As a result, they are not only long-time customers but loyal ones as well.
“For us, it’s quality that matters and we feel we are well-taken care of. When their salespeople give their opinions about products when we’re shopping, we feel that they are honest opinions,” says Garry. “We feel we are buying from good quality people.”
Beachcomber’s ongoing commitment to quality and service—built over 30 years in business in Kelowna and Vernon—extends not only to its long-time customers but also to those who walk through the doors of their showrooms for the first time.
Currently, as a way to show its appreciation for its customers, and as a fun way of giving back, the company is running a contest that could net the winner a $1,000 gift card from the business.
Show Us Your Beachcomber asks customers to submit photographs of how they use the furniture and hot tubs they buy from the store. The winning entry will get the gift card.
To enter, and for more information, go here. The contest closes on Oct. 14.
In honour of its more than 4,200 employees in the Pacific Region, TD has made a $50,000 donation to Food Banks BC to provide support to families and individuals facing food insecurity in B.C. and Yukon.
“Throughout the pandemic, TD colleagues have been steadfast in their commitment to their customers, communities, and each other,” said Andy Cribb, senior vice-president of branch banking in Pacific Region at TD. “And so, to recognize their exceptional work, we are making this donation on their behalf to sincerely thank them for all that they do.”
The donation to Food Banks BC—an organization that represents food banks across the province—will provide 150,000 meals for people accessing food banks in various communities across its footprint, according to the organization. Food Banks BC is also facilitating a portion of the TD donation to a food bank in Whitehorse.
Cribb said that the donation is a reflection of the resiliency demonstrated by TD colleagues throughout the pandemic, and a natural extension of the support TD colleagues have been providing over the years through donations, sponsorships and volunteering.
“Senior leaders at TD in the Pacific Region feel a huge sense of pride and gratitude for all that our colleagues have accomplished in the face of uncertainty since the pandemic began,” Cribb said. “Under evolving health and safety protocols, our people pivoted to ensure we continued to be there for customers and communities—training on new technology, adopting physical distancing and sanitization protocols—all while colleagues juggled increasing pressure at home.
“I have also admired how they showed compassion for their fellow TD colleagues—checking in on each other—during this time. That has been extremely important for shoring up resiliency and helped to keep us all moving forward.
“It has been amazing to see, and I hope our TD colleagues in Pacific Region are proud of their achievements.”
First College received funding provided by the Government of Canada through the Canada-British Columbia Workforce Development Agreement for the Health Care Assistant (HCA) program as well as the Community Support Worker (CSW) program, with 24 available seats in each program.
The past year has brought many challenges, and many people have had to adapt or learn new skills in order to find steady employment, but out of upheaval can come new opportunities, and many are considering this a good time to pursue studies in a new field.
That’s why First College is offering the eight-month Health Care Assistant program that enables the students to develop the essential skills to function as front-line caregivers of the health-care team. Graduates will be fully competent and confident in performing skills in a variety of settings, including health-care facilities, private community agencies and individual homes. The annual provincial median salary is $45,883, according to 2020 Job Bank Wage data.
The 12-month CSW diploma program offered at First College enables students to assist clients who are dealing with multiple persistent barriers, including social and economic challenges, addiction, abuse, chronic health conditions, grief and loss, and many other issues and needs. The value that community support workers bring to the interdisciplinary, community-based service programs is evidenced by the ever-increasing demand for qualified community support workers in the field of human services.
After the completion of the program, graduates will receive their diploma and start to work right away in our local community. A career in community or social services means a variety of jobs in various fields, including disability and special need services, mental health agencies, addiction and substance abuse, family support services, child and youth services, and other services specializing in physical, mental and social development. According to 2020 Job Bank wage data, the annual provincial median salary is $43,798, and the annual provincial high salary is $60,441.
To assist in rebuilding the lives of individuals who have been affected by COVID-19, the WorkBC Community Workforce Response Grant has been approved for the January 2022 HCA and CSW cohort, allowing students to study and explore a new career path without having to worry about their financial resources.
The HCA program will take place from Jan. 21, 2022, to Aug. 31, 2022, with classes three days a week, from Monday to Wednesday. The CSW program will take place from Jan. 4, 2022, to Dec. 16, 2022, with two and half days of classes a week, from Monday to Wednesday.
First College also has its student massage clinic open to public for the fall 2021 term. The clinic is open Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bookings can be made up to three weeks in advance. A wide selection of treatments are available for the client including relaxation massage, therapeutic massage, infrared sauna with relaxation massage, paraffin hand treatment with relaxation massage, and paraffin foot treatment and relaxation massage. First College also offers six free chair massage appointments every Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
If you would like to know more detailed information about the funded HCA and the CSW program, or if you would like to book a massage appointment, visit the First College website at firstcollege.ca or contact the Student Service Department at (778) 478-6611 or [email protected].