Recognition they deserve

It will be a special day for Peter Haubrich and Jeff Keen as they will be presented with honorary memberships at Accelerate Okanagan today at the Founders Lunch: Holiday edition. 

Jeff Keen is a technology entrepreneur with a passion for startups, innovation and community building. His background in the technology industry spans more than 25 years, ranging from startup founder to senior executive in several high growth technology companies and not for profit organizations. 

Peter Haubrich Is one of the Okanagan’s most recognized champions of high-tech, research and innovation, Peter has more than 30 years of international experience in Research & Development and Innovation Management. 

Congratulations to both of you on your accomplishments and thank you so much for helping Kelowna's tech community continue to thrive.

If you’re a pastry or sweet fan you probably already know Sandrine’s French Pastry and Chocolates, but this year it is offering an entire French Christmas experience through its savoury bites.  

When I was growing up, we had big meals after midnight mass Christmas Eve. Mom would prepare tortiere, foie gras, Yule logs, duck, turkey, cheese and so much for the celebration of Le Réveillon. 

Maybe there were some hopes we would sleep in on Christmas morning, but that never worked. 

I strongly suggest if you want a little touch of French traditions throughout your holidays go and visit Sandrine and see what she has to offer.  

The team at Motovida is inviting the community to come to their Christmas open house this Saturday. 

Come hang out, snack, listen to live music, shop and talk motorbikes. Mac and Jill, Reign and Gray and Devine 89 will be there showcasing some of their local products.  

McMillan Farms has brought back its winter hay rides. 

Visit the farm Friday evening or on the weekend for a half hour hay ride over the 110-acres of snow-covered fields. 

There will be fire pits at the beginning, middle and end for you to keep warm. There will also be some music, hot chocolate and fixings to make your own smores.

The retail stores have caught on that people like ugly sweaters around Christmas time, so it won’t be hard to find something to wear to Hotel Eldorado’s annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Party Dec. 23.

Get ready to dance, as Gordon James will be entertaining you while you enjoy an evening of holiday cheer.  

Browns Social House opened its 60th location here in Kelowna this week. 

Franchisee Derek Archer and Brent Bolin picked Kelowna because it has a strong food-and-wine culture. 

Browns Social House is known for its fresh food and stylish yet relaxed atmosphere that is the perfect balance between neighbourhood pub and upscale dining.   

Go check it out and welcome them to Kelowna. 

Make it a great week!


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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.

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