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Ladies have you seen the Nuit des Dames coming up Feb. 17?  

This is a night of pampering by the Kelowna RCMP. You will be greeted with a rose, and escorted to your table for an incredible plated dinner.  

Then, you'll spend the rest of the night dancing and having fun while you support the Central Okanagan Hospice Association. There will be a special guest DJ, photo booth, silent auction and 50/50 draw.

It's guaranteed to be a night of fun. I can’t go, for obvious reasons, but I wish I could.    

Local cyber security startup Two Hat Security has teamed up with student researchers to fight online child exploitation using artificial intelligence.

Online child sexual exploitation could soon become a thing of the past, thanks in part to a group of unlikely heroes: graduate students at Canadian universities armed with big data.

This offensive is part of a new partnership signed between Two Hat Security and Mitacs, a national not-for-profit research and training organization. 

Two Hat is another tech company putting Kelowna on the map in a major way.  

You’ve heard of yoga but have you heard of goga? Kristen Leigh Fritz, owner of Hoof Prints Barnyard, has partnered with Amy Rauscher of MOGA to bring you goat yoga.  

Bring along your own yoga mat and an attitude for fun as the goats climb, cuddle and play amongst the participants. After class, enjoy a complimentary warm beverage beside the bonfire and head to the petting zoo to enjoy our other barnyard friends. 

This unique event is offered to families or adult only on Feb. 13.  

If you’re reading this early, there is still a chance to participate in bike to work day. 

It's the fifth annual international Winter Bike To Work Day hosted by the Kelowna Area Cycle Coalition. There will be two breakfast coffee stations that offer free bike checkups and snacks.  

It depends on the snow whether I am on the mountain bike or the cruiser. But this will be a day to remember after two days of snow warnings.  

Smiling sweethearts and happy wine sippers are expected to hit the Westside Wine Trail on Sunday for the sixth annual Sip with Your Sweetheart event in celebration of Valentine’s Day. 

The wineries will be treating everyone from noon to 4 p.m. with complimentary wine and chocolate tastings.  Visit their Facebook page for a list of all participants and details. 

The February Commerce ConneX will be hosted at the Tree Brewing Institute, Kelowna’s original craft brewery this coming Thursday.

That night you can learn about the process, different varieties and try some of their unique spent grain pizza made from the grain left from the brewing process of the beer. Delicious and sustainable.

My suit takes a beating in this week’s video blog. Check it out.

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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