A bunch of Kelowna firsts

David Kemp is a lawyer, which is a great thing for Kelowna because his passion and attention to detail are over the top. 

You have already probably seen him out in the community representing Thomas Butler LLP.  He will be practising in general business law and real estate, with a focus on real-estate development. 

He also recognizes the growing film industry moving to the Okanagan, so he is building a practice in entertainment law as well. 

Maybe he will be a star in the next big lawyer movie, too. This kid’s got talent. 

Come celebrate the grand opening of the new Baby n Me location happening this Saturday. 

Don and Nicole Blevens are the owners of this local family owned business and they will have prizes and give aways all weekend, so make sure to stop in. 

You can’t miss it; it’s the brightest pink building you have ever seen near Harvey and Cooper. 

I met this family because they helped some random stranger at the airport that just happened to be my best friend so know you can count on them to help your growing family too.

The first of its kind. Change The Game Community Youth Fair is happening on Oct. 13 from 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. in City Park. 

This youth fair is about inspiring and empowering youth to get involved and celebrate their community.

Activities and events at the fair will educate and encourage kids to take action and demonstrate how they can be part of positive social change by working together to give back to the causes they care about.

The outcome will be a fun, educational and life changing field trip offered for the first time to kids across the Okanagan. 

With 1,500 Grade 6s attending they, would appreciate a few more volunteers. Visit http://www.changegamers.com/events/ for all the details.

Kelowna’s Chamber of Commerce has kicked off Small Business Month by selecting the 2016 Business Leader — Tony Stewart.

He will be honoured at our 29th Annual Business Excellence Awards on Oct. 13 along with 30 other finalists in different categories.

Tickets are on sale until the end of the day. 

Check out their Small Business week (Oct. 16-22) events – something for everyone from education to networking. Register for any of the events during October.

The Kelowna Jaycees held their elections last night and I am proud to announce that Graham Moir will be the 2017 president. 

Graham has been an active member since he joined and is currently chairing their new Legacy Project.   Graham, who works at the Spence Valuations Group, is one of the smartest guys I know.

I hope you will support him at work and in his new role as president. Congratulations, Graham, you deserve it.

Cider, Cask & Cheese. If I didn’t know too much about B.C. Tree Fruits Cider Co., I would think this is a strange combination, but they have never let me down before, so I am willing to give it a shot.

They say “Whoever said wine and cheese were the perfect pairing have clearly never tried cider with cheese."

Go celebrate B.C. Cider Week by tasting their three ciders with local Okanagan cheeses and one surprise cask from our cellar masters.

This all happens on Oct. 15 from 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. at the cidery.  

The Farm Credit Canada office here in Kelowna is proud to be the tractor tour for our district this year. 

Prairie Coast Equipment has donated a tractor and trailer for them and they will have a designated route planned on Oct.13 to pick up food donations from the community to then take them to the Food Bank.

Also their office building (FCC, Canadian Western Bank, Glazier Polley Barristers & Solicitors and Seeger Law) is also holding a BBQ on Oct. 11 in their front parking lot with all proceeds going to the Food Bank as well.

See you there for lunch.

Make it a great week.

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About the Author

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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