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After months of planning, Leonne Wilson Jones' book Define Your Own Simple Luxuries is now available at local bookstores throughout the Okanagan.

Define Your Own Simple Luxuries just in time for Christmas and at a time when most of us are looking for a simpler yet luxurious life. It is a must have reference guide for our rapidly changing world. The book contains loads of friendly information, lots of inspiration and a sprinkling of spicy humour to make it an informative and entertaining read.

The idea for the book started with a simple Mango Chutney that can cost upwards of $20 for a small jar at specialty stores. Leonne’s friends and family loved it and she decided to share it with the world, that and a few hundred other timely tidbits of information from recipes to skin care to shopping tips.

Eco-friendly cleaning tips, details on how to make ‘gourmet’ foods and organization tips to have you living a life of simple luxuries it’s all here in one handy book. Just the right size to stash in a handbag, it’s a ready reference while you shop, whether it’s for food and meal planning, or advice on whether that stunning sheet set in the half-price bin really is a good deal.

Once a food columnist in Vancouver Leonne Wilson Jones has put together a book that combines her years of knowledge with her sharp wit and keen sense of simple luxury. She has, in her own words “created a book every triple-tasking woman will want to have.”


Predator Ridge Resort in the Okanagan Valley announced the appointment of Douglas Goubault as the Director of Golf, reporting to Rod Cochrane, General Manager, effective immediately.

In his new role at Predator Ridge, Goubault will be responsible for overseeing the world class course and the opening of the spectacular new, critically acclaimed 18-hole course created by renowned designer Douglas Carrick, opening in the summer of 2010.

"Doug is a leader in the golf resort industry, known for building exceptional teams focused on customer service," said Rod Cochrane, General Manager. "We are thrilled to have Doug join us, his background in opening and operating respected dual course models will be an invaluable asset to Predator Ridge."

Goubault spent the past ten years with Fairmont Hotels & Resorts in Mexico and Canada where he has become known as a leader who builds strong teams focused on delivering exceptional golf experiences.

Goubault has been in the golf industry for almost 20 years providing him with an extensive understanding of course operation. He competed at the amateur level while growing up on Vancouver Island and was Captain of Team Canada at the World University Golf Championships in Northern Ireland.

Goubault served as President of the Mexican Caribbean Golf Course Association, effectively growing the association from four founding members to the current 12 facilities during his Presidency.


In July, Trevor Spalding and Alan Oates purchased Cobra Imaging. Operations were moved from Dawson Creek to Salmon Arm. Since the move in August, the company has expanded operations and now offers Water Transfer Imaging to a variety of commercial clients throughout Canada.

Cobra Imaging is a Canadian company providing unique finishing services that use market-moving technology known as Water Transfer Imaging (WTI), a three-dimensional printing process. WTI hydro-graphically applies decorative finishes to products to enhance the value of these items in the marketplace.

The WTI process is the most robust and cost-effective means by which products with irregular or uneven surfaces can be decorated. The applications for this process are only limited by the imagination of the end user.

With different patterns in wood, metal, stone, camouflage, carbon fiber, and illusion there is something for everyone and every product. The process can be applied to woods, metals, composites, plastics, and ceramics.

This is the same process used in the automotive industry to apply wood grain and carbon fiber finishes to interior dash components. It is also used in the ATV industry to apply camouflage patterns.

With the expansion into industrial applications Cobra Imaging provides industry with unique opportunities to customize their products and solve their finishing problems.

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About the Author

John Thomson is the Okanagan's pre-eminent business columnist writing his column, Rumours and Things, for over 24 years. Plugged in to the valley's who's who, John keeps his readers coming back for more with his straight talk and optimistic perspective on where we are headed next.

When John is not writing his column, he runs a sixteen year old think tank called the Executive Roundtable and holds his popular "Thomson Presents" quarterly business speaker seminars.

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