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Quails' Gate Winery offers comparative wine tastings

Right Place. Right time.

The art of winemaking is all about time and place.

Starting Jan. 26, Quails’ Gate Winery invites you to explore these unique wine-growing influences with Right Place. Right Time. comparative tastings.

Savour the intricacies of each unique growing season and explore the power of time as wine experts guide you through an exploratory tasting flight of five Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from carefully selected vintages to discover the nuances that time reveals.

Each flight will compare the rich 2010 Estate Chardonnay against the bright 2020 along with the smooth 2013 Estate Pinot Noir against the well-structured 2021. All complemented by the elegant and coveted 2020 Stewart Family Reserve Pinot Noir

Wine Club members can also enjoy an additional tasting experience comparing the complex 2010 Quails’ Gate Dry Riesling against the crisp 2021 Dry Riesling.

You can also take home this special experience with Right Place. Right Time. gift sets available in the Quail’s Gate Wine Shop or at quailsgate.com.

These specialty gift sets include two select vintages of either the Estate Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Dry Riesling or Old Vines Foch. Each set is thoughtfully packaged in a signature Quails' Gate designer box.

Taste the days gone by while exploring the promise of something worth savouring. Book your Right Place. Right Time. comparative tasting today at quailsgate.com and get a taste of time and place.

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Willow Park Church hosting Canadian premiere of Return to The Hiding Place

Story of faith, forgiveness


Coming off the resounding success of its annual Living Nativity production, Willow Park Church is gearing up to present the Canadian premiere of Return to The Hiding Place.

Willow Park Church, which is located on Highway 33 in Kelowna, is hosting four free performances of Return to The Hiding Place, which is a story about faith, resilience and forgiveness. The shows will be performed at the end of January.

The Hiding Place is a well-known book that tells the true story of Corrie Ten Boom, a Dutch woman whose family hid Jewish people from the German army during the Second World War. Ten Boom and her sister, Betsie, got caught and ultimately ended up in Ravensbruck, a notorious concentration camp.

The production begins when Ten Boom returns to Holland and her family’s shop. It examines the story not only from Ten Boom’s viewpoint but also from the angle of a depressed German soldier she came into contact with during her captivity. How do they both regard their families, their faith, the Jewish people and the occupation of Holland? They begin in different worlds but eventually come face to face with each other.

“He comes to her for forgiveness,” Willow Park Church lead pastor Phil Collins says. “It’s a story of forgiveness. It’s a story of endurance. It’s a story of resilience. It’s a story of how faith is lived out in reality and not just in theory.

“It encapsulates faith and how faith and Christianity should be lived out.”

David Robinson, who directed the Living Nativity production in December, will act this time around alongside Judy Moore, who will perform the role of Ten Boom.

“She’s played the role for probably the last 25 years in different ways around the British Isles and events like Edinburgh Fringe to great acclaim,” Collins says.

What makes the Canadian premiere of this production even more notable is that one of the performances will happen on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, which is Friday, Jan. 27.

Show times are 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 26, Friday, Jan. 27 and Saturday, Jan. 28. There will also be a 2 o’clock matinee on Saturday.

Even though the shows are free, Willow Park is encouraging patrons to claim their tickets here.

This article is written by or on behalf of the sponsoring client and does not necessarily reflect the views of Castanet.

EO Okanagan sees entrepreneurs helping entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs' organization

As a successful business owner in the Okanagan, it is important to surround yourself with positive influences, including friends, family members, and colleagues.

If you are looking to achieve personal and professional goals, the Entrepreneur Organization (EO) Okanagan may be the right fit for you.

EO is a non-profit organization founded in 1984 by a group of successful entrepreneurs, including the founder of the California Closet Company. Today, EO has a global presence, with chapters in 61 countries and more than 16,000 business leaders as members.

EO has consistently been ranked among the top 10 groups to join by reputable sources such as Inc. magazine.

EO Okanagan is a local chapter that serves Kelowna, Vernon, Penticton, and surrounding areas. The chapter is comprised of a diverse group of approximately 40 members from various industries, including software, construction, real estate, sports, marketing, finance, and more.

All members share a growth mindset and support each other in their professional endeavours. Notable members include Daniel Bussiere, a Kelowna Chamber of Commerce 2022 Top 40 Under 40 honouree and Steve Harvey, CEO of Business Finders Canada and a past president of EO Okanagan.

You may have already walked into businesses owned by some of the EO entrepreneurs, such as Supplement King, which offers the best supplements to improve your health.

EO Okanagan offers a range of events and experiences that focus on business development, personal growth, mindset, learning, socializing, and celebrating.

One of the key commitments for members is participating in a "forum," a monthly meeting where a small group of entrepreneurs from non-competing industries comes together to address common challenges business owners face, such as finance, hiring and expansion. These meetings also provide an opportunity for peer-to-peer coaching, with members presenting areas of concern and receiving feedback and shared experiences from the group.

Forums are professionally moderated to ensure consistent, high-quality meetings. For example, when a member presents an issue, the group begins by asking clarifying questions and then offers shared experiences and guidance.

"This experience has changed how I operate as a leader,” says Claire Jeong, marketing chair of EO Okanagan. “Instead of jumping to conclusions and offering a lot of 'should do this or that' advice, I have learned how to carefully consider complicated business issues and take lessons from the experiences of other business leaders.”

Personal issues may also be addressed in these confidential setting.

In addition to forum meetings, EO Okanagan also hosts networking and learning events throughout the year, featuring internationally renowned speakers. EO members are known for their dedication to their peers and the local chapter, as well as for their commitment to encouraging each other, thinking big and maintaining a balanced life that includes family and personal growth.

In times of challenge, the group's true strength is demonstrated. It is common for members to remain active in the local chapter for 10 years or more, as the support and guidance provided by EO are invaluable to established entrepreneurs.

"Being a part of EO is like a cheat code for successful entrepreneurs," says Cam Laker, founder of Purely Pools.

“I can personally attest to the benefits of being a member of EO, as I've been a member for over 10 years and have met and learned from some incredible people, many of whom have become my best friends. If you are a successful entrepreneur in the Okanagan looking for personal and business growth, you need to check out EO.”

As a member of EO Okanagan, you will also have access to the organization's global network. This includes the opportunity to attend exclusive business courses at institutions such as Oxford University and MIT and to connect with entrepreneurs from around the world. EO provides a strong foundation for local networking and growth that can expand exponentially.

Overall, the experience of being a part of EO Okanagan is highly positive. Tamara Stone, owner of the Stone Sisters Reality Group, says, "I have learned how to be a better business leader, wife, mother and friend through EO. It is an incredible organization where you can share with a close group, and everything is completely confidential. It is easy to feel alone as an entrepreneur, but you find that we all share similar struggles and successes. EO has helped me to grow both personally and professionally, and I am grateful for the support and guidance I have received from the group.”

EO Okanagan is currently growing its chapter and strengthening the business support environment in the Okanagan.

“We are looking for like-minded entrepreneurs that hold similar EO values of trust and respect, are committed to building deep roots in our chapter and community, and are aligned with our continued goal to grow and learn through and with the diversity of our entrepreneurs and businesses in our chapter,” says Nathan Miller, president of EO Okanagan and winner of the 2022 Canadian Association of Movers Influence award.

If you are interested in joining EO Okanagan and becoming part of this supportive community of entrepreneurs, you are encouraged to reach out to the chapter and learn more about the benefits and opportunities available to members.

To apply, click here or email at [email protected]. Everyone is welcoming and motivated to include other high performers.

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Pitch your documentary project idea for chance to receive $20,000

Time for creators to shine

Have you heard the buzz? TELUS STORYHIVE is celebrating 10 years of community support of local content creators, and you can be part of this momentous milestone by applying to their biggest edition yet, the 2023 Anniversary Documentary Edition.

If you’re a content creator in Kamloops, Kelowna, Penticton, Vernon or any B.C. or Alberta community, you can celebrate with STORYHIVE by pitching your short documentary idea. You could be one of 80 content creators to receive $20,000 in production funding, training, mentorship and distribution on TELUS Optik TV and Stream+.

Kelowna filmmaker and past recipient of two documentary grants, Chelsea Jade McEvoy, is no stranger to the TELUS STORYHIVE experience. She was selected for the 2018 Documentary Edition to make Wheel Love and, in 2019, Re-Inventing The Wheel, which screened at the Kamloops Film Festival and won multiple awards, including best documentary in New York’s Chelsea Film Festival 2020.

“When I met James Hektner (featured in Wheel Love), I knew I wanted to tell the story of their community, their resilience and what they created in the Okanagan.” Hektner is a paraplegic and president of the peer support group Accessible Okanagan, a vibrant community of ‘wheelies’ in the Okanagan Valley and Kamloops region.

In Re-Inventing The Wheel, the group serves as the impetus for Dan McLean, a paraplegic new to navigating his world in a wheelchair, alongside his wife, Colleen. “The group shows him the ropes and helps teach him how to live life again after injury,” describes McEvoy.

McEvoy captures the emotionally powerful camaraderie of people with spinal cord injuries, while imparting the sublime realization of how what’s been lost can be superbly recaptured: getting out there, chasing adventures, having fun and reclaiming a zest for life.

“Peer support is integral, not just for people with disabilities, but for anyone who’s struggling with anything or just passionate about something,” McEvoy says.

Fittingly, she experienced just that. “STORYHIVE’s support was invaluable. Mentors were always available to answer questions and provide feedback; I loved sending a rough cut and receiving lots of notes. It was awesome to learn from people who’ve been through it.”

Her mentor, Sharon McGowan, on Wheel Love especially resonated. “She helped me gain the confidence to be a leader as a female filmmaker in a male-dominated industry.” Wheel Love was an important story for McEvoy to tell because of its personal significance: an intimate look into fertility and the challenges of trying to conceive with someone having a spinal cord injury, her partner, Hektner. “It was a learning curve, being the subject of my own documentary, but it steered the direction I wanted to go in my career. Without the STORYHIVE grant, I probably wouldn't have made it, so it’s a real testament to them.”

"STORYHIVE’s support enabled me to elevate my career,” McEvoy says. “Funding helped me become a better filmmaker because it gave me greater access to resources. Mentors helped me be more self-assured, go after bigger projects and push myself creatively.”

Since 2013, STORYHIVE has been able to support a community including thousands of local content creators across B.C. and Alberta, providing more than $52 million in production funding and creating a safe space for storytellers to hone their skills and bring projects they care about to life.

“We are thrilled to be celebrating 10 years of supporting local content creators across B.C. and Alberta, especially in regions like the Okanagan,” STORYHIVE Interior B.C. territory manager Audrey Kiss says. “Storyhive is built on local storytelling and representing the people that make our communities so amazing. It is exciting to be accepting applications for our biggest edition yet with our Anniversary Documentary Edition. We hope to see many diverse stories from the Okanagan locals. If you have an idea to pitch, we encourage you to apply and share your story.

“I’m very grateful to STORYHIVE for giving me so much opportunity, and it’s encouraged me to give back; I’m now the president of the Okanagan Society of Independent Filmmakers, a Kelowna non-profit providing indie filmmakers opportunities to create their films.”

STORYHIVE is looking for a wide range of non-fiction content. Examples include stories where people and organizations create meaningful change; technology that is revolutionizing people’s lives; work that is protecting and sustaining the environment, health care that is transforming communities and groundbreaking agricultural practices.

“My advice to filmmakers starting out is: Apply to a STORYHIVE program, and don’t give up. They can help kickstart your career and ultimately help change your life.”

If you are a new and emerging content creator residing in a rural or urban community, you can apply. If you have a compelling story, now’s your chance to uplift your community with the power of your locally reflective content, told from your perspective.

Intake opens today (Jan. 17, 2023) at noon PST. Visit storyhive.com/apply and submit your application by Feb. 28, 2023.

This article is written by or on behalf of the sponsoring client and does not necessarily reflect the views of Castanet.

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