Crazy Christmas Saturday

You’ve seen me write about Change Gamers before with their help with 100 Kids Who Care Kelowna, but I didn’t know about their Giving Tuesday’s nor did I realize how many projects they are funding.

If you’re like me and want more positive news every day about young people making our world a more wonderful place, then follow the ICANNation on Instagram @theicannation. You can also join them with icannapp.com right now.

I can’t recall having a bigger, prouder smile as I read their Facebook page this week to learn about all the great things this team is accomplishing. 

Kelowna, you need to follow Change Gamers.

A big congratulations to Dani Seitz too as she was named their first CAN Star this week.

Since we need more kids to keep positively changing our community and our world, I strongly suggest you get to Grateful Fed next Thursday for Dating Game.

This night is being called Second Chances, which obviously is giving people a second chance at love. 

If you’re interested in getting matched up in a game-style event or watching others get matched up, this dating game show night is for you. 

Just when I didn’t think Jeremy West couldn’t look any better, he goes and designs his own profession 6AM WorkShirts.

Jeremy is a local cyclist who has worked downtown every day in a traditional suit. This led him to create a unique product made with both regular materials and progressive athletic wear. The shirts are moisture wicking, stain proof and antimicrobial.

Jeremy has officially launched truly local 6AM WorkShirts this week so please support him. 

No more excuses for not riding your bike and helping Kelowna reduce the high statistics of commuters taking a personal vehicle to work.  

Cars & Toys is back for 2017.

Last year was an amazing event, so August Luxury Motorcars, August Family Foundation and Okanagan Dream Rally had to bring it back.

Santa will be arriving this Sunday at 11 a.m. by helicopter (weather permitting). Bring the kids with a new unwrapped toy and get photos taken with Santa by some super cars. There will be treats, a bonfire and lots of Christmas activities

All toys donated this year will be going to Ronald McDonald House BC and Yukon to help bring joy to children that need it the most this holiday season.

OK, take a deep breath because there is a lot happening downtown Saturday.

Starting at 11 a.m., we are invited to the Downtown Kelowna Winter Street Market.

This inaugural event allows us to celebrate the magic of the holidays. Take in some great shopping at the curated market booths, indulge in festive sweets and treats, munch on delicious street food, or sip your hot chocolate by a cozy fire. 

Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery is having their annual open house starting at noon, too. They will have their holiday pricing and gift deals swing by for a hot chocolate (spiked on request). 

While you’re downtown stay and take in the Light Up celebrations at Stuart Park.

There will be live entertainment, skating, activities for kids of all ages, photos with Santa, and the lighting of the downtown tree. 

For a full schedule of festivities taking place in the downtown core click here.

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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