No patient should be alone

Curatio was the 2015 fastest growing tech company in Canada and they are now expanding to Kelowna. 

They celebrated this shortly after with an appearance on Dragons Den, which ended up securing some funding from the dragons too.

Founder Lynda Brown Ganzert is a Canadian award-winning digital leader, B.C. Entrepreneur of the Year award winner and now her new company, Curatio, is also an award-winning, health-software company.

Curatio is a social health platform that gives patients a private community of peers and mobile tools that help track, simplify and manage recovery and disease. They believe no patient should be alone and they are on a mission to give every patient on the planet the support they need.

Read all about Curatio on the Accelerate Okanagan community blog page

Since we’re talking tech, just to update you ProSmart is launching a documentary series in partnership with Telus Optik. Watch the first five minutes of episode one

Don’t worry about filling all these new roles because the talent has found us after Kelowna was named one of the “smartest” cities in the world by New York City based Intelligent Form. 

Dakoda's Comedy Lounge has become a staple in Kelowna’s fun and now it is giving back to the community.

Tonight at 9 p.m., Kelowna Comedy, along with Mavazi Apparel, will be presenting a night of comedy and magic to raise funds for the Central Okanagan Food Bank.

You will be enchanted by award-winning magician and mentalist Ryan Michael. This night of magic will also feature some of the Okanagan's top comedic talent, including Caleb Campbell, Jordan Strauss and Angus Craddock.

Go check this out.

Mahta Sadi has returned to Kelowna after a decade of dancing around the world where she acquired a ton of knowledge in different styles of dance and performance. She hopes to pass this knowledge along to dancers in Kelowna looking to take their dancing to the next level.

Mahta is a former NBA Toronto Raptors dancer that started Dipp Dance and she is leading a team of other fierce ladies this weekend on their very first production called Diverse!

Join these ladies of Dipp Dance for an exciting evening, showcasing a fusion of dance styles, culture and other creative arts.

After a few successful weekends of Halloween candy paired with wine, Vibrant Vines has brought out the candy canes.

Join them this weekend at the wine shop for complimentary tastings.

I don’t celebrate Christmas until after my birthday, so hopefully they do this again in December.

I say that I don’t start to celebrate Christmas until after my birthday, but that doesn’t mean I don’t start planning my Christmas season before my birthday.

Events such as Champagne and Mistletoe will sell out way before my birthday, so buy your tickets early.

Kelowna Women in Business are brining in Chef Mark Filatow and his team at the Waterfront Cafe and Catering for a co-ed evening of networking and celebration.

Visit their Facebook page to learn about the amazing eats, silent auction items and the rest of the details.

Tonight is your last chance to get to UBCO for the SH!T SHOW.

SH!T SHOW is an awesome way to support emerging artists and a way to buy various awesome and affordable works of art made by their visual art students.

This is not your grandmother's craft sale.

Make it a great week!


Local block chain hires

Congratulations to Dr Dan Kobi for opening his Care Dental practice in the old East Side Mario’s this week.

Everything at the new Care Dental office is focused around the patient. The colour, the orchard, the smell, the lighting and the technology all make the patient experience better. Their hours are designed with us in mind too.

They are open seven days a week with longer hours than your traditional dentist office.

They take pride in ensuring every patient experience is an exceptional one. You can see even as you drive by and look at how beautiful this building has become.

You’re flossome so make an appointment today and go experience it for yourself. 

Sunday supper with the Garagist winemakers is happening Sunday. 

Start Fresh is s collaborative kitchen that is located at the Landmark Centre and Chef Michael Buffet is doing some real cool events. Just like this Garagist supper.

The name Garagist is a name from France that basically means garage winemaker. In the Okanagan it means a passionate winery that produces fewer than 2,000 cases a year.

Visit Start Fresh Kitchen to sign up for their events newsletter and to find out who the three Garagists will be for this unique supper.

A Little Farmers Course is starting Tuesday and will be running for five weeks. It is every Tuesday from 3:15-4:15 p.m. for a low cost of $50.  

Kids will have a hands-on experience of farm life. Children will actively participate in animal care and feeding, barn chores, and gardening.

These activities allow children to unplug from technology and have fun learning about animals and gain applicable life skills. This course is geared for children 6-12.

I wonder if there will be an adult course available one day?

If you’re looking for a fun event tonight, may I suggest the Comedy Debates at Dakoda’s Pub.

Kelowna Comedy says this show is insane. Silky comics debate over sillier topics and the audience gets to be the judge. 

Go check them out for big laughs and big fun.

Interior Rally Sports Association is hosting the BC SnowX Championship this Sunday. You can test your driving skills and watch others do the same.

If you’re like me and have been pulling your e-brake on every corner possible this week, you should come join me at Thunder Mountain Raceway.

Sutco Transportation Specialists has been in the transportation and logistics business for over 20 years now. They serve all of North America by hauling a wide range of products using their modern diversified fleet of equipment.

Sutco has safety embedded into everything they do, which is why they are reminding us that transports trucks need more room this time of year and be careful not to park to close behind them when stopping on hills.

Make it a great week!

Local company best in B.C

Vitalis Extraction Technology Inc. has been nominated for Best Innovation Company in B.C. and they are right here in Kelowna.

Pete Patterson has quickly grown Vitalis to one of the largest and most sophisticated manufacturers of botanical extraction systems in the world. More impressively, Vitalis has filed patents for 18 unique claims within their first year of operations. 

The Vitalis engineering team is diligently working  to bring new technology to the market. They now have over 40 new projects in motion. This is definitely a company to keep your eye on.

Please take the 15 seconds and vote for Vitalis now

Owners Maria and Cristina Graziano of Bliss Bridal Boutique are very excited to announce that Holly Hamilton has joined their team of bridal consultants.

Holly has incredible enthusiasm and she’s very creative. She’s a good listener with a good amount of patience so know she’s committed to finding the perfect dress for every bride.

Bliss Bridal Boutique is a must stop for every bride. With 13 designers to choose from, Bliss Bridal has the largest selection of wedding gowns in the Okanagan.

In their showroom, Holly will also be able to help your bridesmaids with dresses and your upcoming grads with gowns.

Visit them at their new location on KLO and fall in love with Bliss.

The upcoming Tinfoil Ball just may be the most amazing event this column has ever seen. How awesome does that sound, eh!

For one night only, escape to the Kelowna Art Gallery for an evening inspired by the shimmering aesthetic of tin foil.

Expect to enter a space inspired by foil, metals, and the light that plays off of their surfaces. Guests are also encouraged to get creative by incorporating silver, metallic, and foil accents, for their interpretation of the theme, into their outfit and/or accessories for this evening.

Art Gallery board member Stoke Tonne of Meiklejohn Architects will be there and you know him from his talented works on the Innovation Centre downtown. I look forward to seeing what creative suit or outfit he comes up with.

GO Parties normally sell out so click here for all the details.  

Congratulations to Brent Stewart, new owner of Wings Restaurant at the Willow Park Mall in Rutland.

Brent has been in Kelowna for a long time and has run some great kitchens throughout his chef career. You’ve probably had his food before but just don’t know it was him cooking. He is known for his from scratch recipes and good old home cooking. Check out their menu because it’s way more than just wings. 

We’re lucky to have Brent running a place if his own!

Make sure to sit in Michele’s section when you go because you’re guaranteed to have a great time and phenomenal service.

See you there for some fun, food and drinks.

November is here and those good looking boys are starting to grow the hair on their lip to bring awareness to testicular cancer.

This doesn’t mean you can let all your other hair grow to ugly lengths, so go see Tommy Guns this Saturday for their Cuts For Nuts event.

$10 from every haircut will go to testicular cancer research. All you need to do is show up and let them make you look good again. 

The Kelowna Wellness Fair is happening this Sunday at the Parkinson Rec Centre.

Over 50 exhibitors from the wellness community will be show casing organic and natural products. There will also be massages, counsellors, weight loss, acupuncture, orthotics, fermentation and do much more.

Free admission, prizes and welcome bags so get their early. Let’s keep Kelowna the healthiest city in Canada. 

Make it a great week!


30-day cash giveaway

The Kelowna Jaycees have partnered with Project Literacy Kelowna in hopes of solving some of the root problems of poverty in Kelowna. 

When someone isn’t able to read, write or do basic math it is very hard to excel in today’s world. Project Literacy Kelowna has helped over 6,000 Okanagan residents to learn these basic skills and go on to find jobs that allow them to get out of poverty.

Their need for more staff, tutors and materials is so great that they have created a raffle fundraiser that is giving away $50 to $1,000 away every day of November.

Tickets are $5, four for $20 or a full book for $125. To purchase your tickets please email transfer money to [email protected]. Ticket sales end Sunday night. Password: "reading."

I look forward to the day that all our education programs are fully funded and the failing government businesses need to hold a raffle to bail themselves out. Sorry that’s it for my political rants.

Now let’s talk alcohol and fun.

Next Friday start your holiday weekend with Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery as they celebrate the 10th anniversary of Genuine Absinthe. 

They will be opening their barrel rooms in both Kelowna and Vernon for this special evening as they created Canada’s first Genuine Absinthe. There will be treats from 6 to 9 p.m. as well as Absinthe inspired cocktails. 

If you can’t make that one, Okanagan Spirits is also hosting the 2017 Mixoff Thursday night at the Laurel Packinghouse. Check out the details here.  

The View Winery and Wards Apple Cider continue to out do themselves with unique events.

This Saturday is their Spooktacular Halloween Candy and Wine Pairing and Cider event.  

Halloween candy paired with wine and cider. Can you believe it?

The cost is $4 per person and they are running the event from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. See you there!

OK beer lovers, it’s not candy paired, but Tree Brewing is hosting their 4th Annual Cask Throwdown this Thursday at the downtown Institute. The cost is $15 per person. Go and find out if Brewer Justin will hang on to the title for the second year in a row.  

Dr. Anna Marie Gierach DC is quickly making a big name for herself here in Kelowna. She is currently working as a chiropractor with Altavie Integrated Family Health in the south pandosy area.  

She has partnered with MOGA and co-ordinated with four other health professionals for the first Zero to Thrive event. This event is for Kelowna Moms to come together and get the answers to some of the most common queries they get from families.   

The event is happening Wednesday Nov. 1, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. and they encourage you to bring your babies. It will consist of short 20minute talks which will get you a lot of information before your little ones get restless. 

Coming together with others in the same situation is very rewarding because you realize you are not the only ones. Starting a family can be a stressful time, but together it is much easier. Go and check it out.

Okanagan Changemakers is invitine everyone to come meet the social entrepreneurs in the Valley at ChangeUP 3.   

These social entrepreneurs will pitch their innovative solutions to social and environmental challenges. The audience gets to pick one of the six finalists as this year’s winner.

The Keynote speaker Murad Al-Katib is EY’s Global Entrepreneur of the year. Come find out how Saskatachewan lentils are solving some of the food security issues. 

Make it a great week!

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About the Author

Kevin Lavigne is a local advisor with Reid & Associates Financial Solutions creating comprehensive financial plans for individuals and small businesses.  Kevin enjoys meeting and learning about people.  He is known for his abilities to connect both people and businesses as he tries to help everyone to succeed.

Kevin graduated from the University of Guelph in 2002 with a Bachelor of Commerce.  He has since completed his Insurance Licence and is in the process of completing his Certified Financial Planning Designation.  He has been involved in multiple businesses and investments including tech start ups.

Kevin married his wife Amy in 2009 and they currently have 2 young daughters.  They moved from Ontario with a few stops along the way and have lived in Kelowna since 2008.   Kevin and his family enjoy the outdoors and have a great passion for Food & Wine. 

Kevin was nominated in 2014 for Kelowna’s Top 40 Under 40 because of his successful business and the financial education he provides in the community.  He is also the 2016 President of Junior Chamber International, he works with multiple non profits as well he is a mentor for the Canadian Youth Business Foundation.

The views expressed are strictly those of the author and not necessarily those of Castanet. Castanet does not warrant the contents.

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