Politicans are heroes

We just had to give a shout out for those sticking their necks out there for the first time and running for public office.

Regardless of whom you vote for, you have to hand it to anyone willing to toss their hat in the ring, rally their friends and family and raise money to try and get elected.

The role of a local city counsellor or school trustee is far from glamorous and certainly doesn’t pay all the bills at home but it does offer a chance to roll up the sleeves and really make a difference in our community.

Those who want to make a difference in our local lives are heroes in our book, so support any candidate you believe in and get out this week and vote.

Soup for you

I had to give a shout out to my man and Okanagan chef Victorie Bongo and his African peanut soup drive.

Chef Bongo makes four-litre bucket loads of the famous soup that sell for $50 and proceeds of the soup sales go to the Union Gospel Mission to help provide food and blankets during the winter.

Chef Bongo’s soup is famous and was not only on the menu this summer at his Village Grounds restaurant in Naramata but was served recently in New York City at a special dinner at the James Beard House. We hear it was a huge hit.

The soup is a Congolese recipe from his grandmother, who passed it down to chef’s mom and now to him. It has a special place in his heart and this is his way of giving back in a comforting, soulful way.

Big warm hero hug to you, chef.


With the fall weather settling in and the seemingly endless road construction happening around the Valley, we wanted to make sure our heroes team recognizes those in the thankless and often dangerous job in traffic control safety or as most of us know them, flagperson.

We all pass one every day and we often forget that it’s their job not to irritate us, but to keep our roads and the work crews making our city and roads a better place, safe.

Sure it’s a hassle to stop and wait or re-route around countless cones, but it’s not their fault, so let’s all give them a break, maybe a honk and a wave of thanks next time.

Put yourself in their shoes this winter.

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Richard James Deacon is a passionate philanthropist and volunteer and is dedicated to making a lasting impact on the community. Richard has been a director on a variety of not-for-profit boards across Canada, but is most proud of his role as the founder of 100 Kids Who Care Kelowna, as a co-creator of The Ron+Clair Deacon Leaders Pay It Forward Program, being a Scouts Canada Beaver leader and coaching his son in Central Okanagan youth soccer.

Richard, his beautiful wife, MaryAnn, and their young sons, Reston and Parker, along with golden retriever Buddy live in Kettle Valley and they love to travel the planet extensively. What they love most about Kelowna is that everybody says hi to each other and it still has that small town feel.

Contact Richard at [email protected]

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