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REARVIEW Taking a step back to find a new way forward.

On the cover: Premier Christy Clark becomes a familiar figure in the Okanagan as she takes on the role of MLA for Westside-Kelowna. Cover photo and photo above courtesy of BC Government.

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A confidential letter to the world’s billionaires Dear Bill, How was the Davos 2014: World Economic Forum this year? I got concerned as I read the Asia Times story This Is the Week Where the World’s Billionaires Gather in Davos and Pretend They’re Saviors of the World. The Go, Tell it on a Mountain gig seems to work every year, eh Bill? That is, until some idiot started playing, “The hills are alive—with the sound of nonsense.” (He sounded like Julie, too.) How misguided some journalists can be. Are there no checkers, no editors? He obviously Swiss-missed what you’ve told me thousands of times Bill: you have also saved the universe. My real concern, Bill, is that we need to do something about Oxfam. I saw their report, Working for the Few: Political Capture and Economic Inequality—the bottom half of the world’s population owning the same as the richest 85 people in the world. The media spotlight is concerning. Are we being found out, Bill? We need to watch our loose cannon up here in Canada, Kevin O’Leary. This wannabe billionaire has a TV show and is blabbing on about the Oxfam report calling it “fantastic news,” saying it will encourage everyone to look up to the one per cent and want to be just like them. Sheesh, Bill, every time this guy opens his mouth we lose millions of fans to the other side. I’m much more pleased with venture capitalist Tom Perkins and his recent unhinged Nazi rant. Not only great theatre, but he really aided our cause, saying the Occupy Movement’s protest against American’s one per cent is parallel to the Nazi German war on its one per cent, the Jews. We scored even more points when he apologized on Bloomberg News but “stood by his

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view” —at the same time! We bamboozled them with that one, eh Bill. Apparently, laying claim to both sides of an argument is not only good for plutocracy; it confuses the hell out of the rest. Clearly, he has a knack for venture-capitalizing his mouth, too. Now, what is up with this guy in Vatican City, Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who says “human rights are not only violated by terrorism, repression or assassination, but also by unfair economic structures that create huge inequalities.” Who does this guy think he is, the Pope?

Sheesh, Bill, every time this guy opens his mouth we lose millions of fans to the other side. The media focus seems a bit relenting and concerning. They always seem to pull a researcher here or there that will sing a song. Now Oxford psychologist Kevin Dutton is in the headlines, reporting that top executives have four times the incidence of psychopathy as the general population. On the top of the list are CEOs, followed by lawyers and media (TV/radio). The shoe fits because? Apparently, Nestlé’s CEO is seeking to control

the world’s water supply. Dr. Evil was funny—this isn’t. What’s next, the air? On the home front, things seem to be going fine, Bill. Everyone here in the Okanagan knows and understands our place in the world’s pecking order: work two jobs, play with the kids for an hour on Sundays, invest heavily with Wall Street casinos—er, I mean bankers, buy 90-cent jeans at Walmart for $22 and believe everything the 7 Internet monopolies say, especially this classic: “Everybody is always online.” It’s that last one that concerns me Bill, especially for the business owners. Facebook just got busted for selling bogus “likes” but that’s okay because Google has patented fake clicks. Adweek reports that Internet advertising is dangerous, unregulated and crawling with bots, scammers and questionable traffic. They call it the “World Wide Rip-off ” for a reason, Bill. Business people don’t seem to give a damn, even when it is “they” who are getting shafted. Why is that Bill? Fortunately, our 1970s “political capture” managed to drill holes in 99 per cent of the boats—they never floated. In fact, they have sunk deeper in the muck while we’ve continued to ride the Plutocratic Wave. We’re not always dealing with the sharpest tools in the shed. Most people don’t even realize how many millions there are in a billion. As most have never had to count that high, they cannot comprehend how much money you actually have, Bill. But riddle me this: Forbes magazine counts 1,426 billionaires worldwide, with an aggregate net worth of $5.4 trillion. The report on Zero Hedge.com lists 2,170 billionaires controlling $33 trillion in net worth. Is this a new form of math, Bill? It looks, feels and smells like 6 cups internet math, with 5 cups Enron math, gently sautéed in a DavosBull Market demi-glaze, with fraud gras gizzards. In other words, who’s cooking the books? There is a hefty difference between $5.4 trillion and $33 trillion. I know I’m just a lowly magazine publisher, but my readers in the Okanagan Valley want answers


Facebook just got busted for selling bogus “likes”... Google has patented fake clicks. Bill. Why are we missing 744 plutocrats and $27.6 trillion dollars? I’ll put their pictures on Okanagan milk cartons and buy likes on Facebook. We’ll find ’em, Bill. Wait just one plutocratic-minute Bill. This isn’t adding up for me. You say billionaires are the world’s greatest job creators, but the first thing we do when we move into a community is cut jobs. You say we are good for the economy, but 33 years of reckless Reaganomics has seen practically all of the (huge) wealth created going exclusively to only a few. We’re claiming to help the poorest, most oppressed people on the planet, but 25,000 people (mostly children) die every night from malnutrition and lack of clean water. I can say Bill, I feel like I’m having a change of heart, especially when I hear about one of our own, billionaire Chuck Feeney, giving his entire fortune away to the people who need it the most. He calls his plan giving while living. Perhaps his is the greatest story of them all? Before I sign off, there is one question I have to ask you, Bill. How much money do you really need? Sincerely yours,

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Pulling off a stunning upset, Christy Clark held on to her job as BC’s 35th premier — and unexpectedly became the Valley’s newest MLA. How will she juggle her twin roles and what mark will Clark leave on the Okanagan? By Yvonne Turgeon

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n the months leading up to the 2013 BC provincial election, Christy Clark’s Liberals trailed Adrian Dix and the NDP by as many as 20 points. But on election night, Clark raised her arm in victory, squelching questions about her leadership and silencing the media and pollsters whose predictions had gone awry. The people of BC had chosen, but so had the voters of VancouverPoint Grey where Clark had failed to carry her own riding. As was the case when she won her party’s leadership in 2011, the premier was once again without a seat in the provincial legislature. Clark had been an MLA from 1996 to 2005, representing the riding of Port Moody. Following the Liberal victory in 2001, she served in Gordon Campbell’s cabinet. However, as the 2005 election loomed, the two-term politician stepped down, choosing instead to take a seat as host of an afternoon radio talk show and pledging to spend more time with her then three-year-old son, Hamish.

But the lure of politics brought her back in 2011 as she announced her bid to lead the Liberal party. Clark won the heated race, beating former cabinet ministers and top-runners Kevin Falcon, George Abbott and Mike de Jong. To give her a place in the legislature, Campbell vacated his Vancouver-Point Grey seat and Clark narrowly won her first by-election. A few months after the 2013 provincial election, the 47-year-old walked the rows of an Okanagan vineyard, a long way from the urban stomping grounds of a Burnaby-born politician. Beside her was Minister of Agriculture Ben Stewart, who had represented the riding of WestsideKelowna since 2009. The south-facing slope above Okanagan Lake at Quails’ Gate Winery offers excellent growing conditions, a great vista and a picture-perfect backdrop for the news conference where Stewart surrendered the Liberal stronghold. With her second by-election win, Clark became the Okanagan’s newest MLA.

Photo courtesy of BC Government.

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Clark touring Volcanic Hills Winery with owner-operator Bobby Gidda (left), where she announced her government’s support for changes to the BC liquor laws.

A taste for wine Okanagan vineyards would become a popular backdrop for the local MLA’s news announcements, and perhaps what may become part of Clark’s legacy—an update of the province’s liquor control laws. The wine industry is a driver of the BC economy, accounting for 10,000 jobs, luring 800,000 visitors and generating more than $476 million in tourism related economic impact. In 2013, the more than 227 licensed wineries in BC accounted for $203.9 million in sales. Add business revenue, wages and taxes and the total reaches $2 billion—an average of $42 of economic impact per bottle of wine. And entrepreneurs see the potential for even greater profit if liquor

policy changes spur more growth. “People have started wineries and have waited two or three years for a liquor licence—for a winery!” says Clark, who is frustrated with the outdated policies. “We think it’s OK that they’re making wine, but they just can’t taste it on the premises. It’s things like that which really make no sense and stand in the way of growing the agri-tourism business here.” Following what government sources call “one of the BC government’s most successful public engagements,” which saw 76,000 web visits and 65 stakeholder meetings, Clark announced in December her government’s support for the first round of changes. In a move

that the Liberals say better reflects how British Columbians live, the proposed new legislation would let families eat together in pubs and restaurants, bringing down long standing barriers to small business. For the wine industry, the greatest win would be the ability to sample and sell at venues such as farmers’ markets, festivals and off-site tasting rooms. Clark is also hoping to streamline licensing requirements so wineries can more easily expand their on-site tasting venues, including picnic areas in vineyards. In addition, the proposed regulations would allow wineries to offer patrons liquor that is not produced on-site, such as a cold beer or gin and tonic. Photo courtesy of BC Government.

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Preserving agricultural land Vineyards bring us to what may be the touchstone of Clark’s first term as an Okanagan MLA—the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR). It’s a passionate topic as evidenced by the feisty council debates in Kelowna as development pressures grew over the last decade, or more recently in Summerland, where a young action group sprang up in opposition to the council’s decision to swap prime farmland with land on the far outskirts of town. The premier has declared her position. “We need to make sure that it is working as intended, but the ALR has a bright future in our province,” she says. “I’m included in that long list of British Columbians (85 per cent) that say the Agricultural Land Reserve is important. We intend to preserve it. “It is really important here in the Okanagan, obviously. We have some of the richest farmland you find anywhere else in the world, we need to preserve and protect that, but we need to modernize it and make sure it’s working as well.”

That modernization comes with a price tag of $4 million and the tutelage of Bill Bennett, minister of energy and mines, who is tasked with undertaking a core review of government. For many British Columbians any tinkering with the land trust put in place over 40 years ago raises suspicion.

Premier vs. MLA For Okanagan residents, the key question remains: can a Vancouverite represent the needs of Valley folk? “I don’t see my role as MLA in delivery for this community as being something that’s going to be at the expense of the rest of the province, it’s going to benefit the rest of the province,” she says. “Every MLA does this. You bring the concerns and the needs of your community to the table as part of everything that you do, every discussion that you have. Technology is a good example. I know a lot about the technology ecosystem here in the Valley and my vision is to make that a big part of growing this economy in the future.

The ALR has a bright future in our province. We intend to preserve it.” “When I sit down and talk about our tech strategy for the whole province, I’m often thinking about how is that going to benefit the Okanagan, how we are going to make sure some of what we do works outside the Lower Mainland. An urban-centred economic policy is not necessarily going to have an impact in rural communities and smaller communities. In the bigger policy picture, it has been great to be able to bring a non-Vancouver/Victoria based perspective to the table.”

Clark walks with Westside-Kelowna MLA Ben Stewart at Quails’ Gate Winery, June 5, 2013, where they announced that he would step aside to allow her to run for a seat in the legislature.

Photo by Wade Paterson/Capital News.

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those things right out of high school, we should be making that possible.”

Economics and education “Traditionally this economy has been agriculture, it has been retirement and it has been tourism,” says Clark about the Okanagan. “We need to sustain this economy with some other industries and there is such huge potential.” The premier, like many others, is looking to the promise of the technology sector. She’s quick to praise the work of governmentfunded Accelerate Okanagan whose

Canada’s Leaders BC’s Christy Clark is one of 13 female leaders of registered Canadian political parties. Four women currently serve as provincial premiers: Pauline Marois in Quebec, Kathleen Wynne in Ontario, Alison Redford in Alberta and Christy Clark in British Columbia.

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mandate is to offer support to entrepreneurs and technology companies looking to start, accelerate and grow. However, Clark knows there’s more work to be done. “You can’t build an economy, or a sector of the economy like tech, if you don’t have people to work in it,” she says. “We need to make sure we are integrating our post-secondary institutions better with the industry in the region as well—it’s true for education across the board.” Clark, who herself attended three prestigious universities, but graduated from none, holds strong

opinions on education. As minister of education in the Campbell government she was responsible for some very controversial decisions and remains embroiled in controversy over the education system today. She says she wants to be sure that UBC Okanagan and Okanagan College are providing the grads required by tech industries, but she also sees the need for curriculum changes at the high school level. “We need to make sure we are delivering a curriculum for kids in high school, an animation curriculum for example, that would

be specifically applicable to the jobs that you can get at Disney here,” she says. “Those kids can go from high school with very little postsecondary education and go straight into a job, if that’s what they want to do. Buy a home, start their life, get married, have kids—all those things right out of high school, we should be making that possible.”

Facing page: Clark on a Kelowna business walk. Top: With WFN dancers at Westside RapidBus construction launch. Centre: Clark with West Kelowna Food Bank executive director Lenetta Parry.

Redford photo courtesy of Premier of Alberta; Clark photos courtesy of BC Government.

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Clark’s local constituents are now eager to see how the premier makes her mark as an Okanagan MLA.” Photo by Wade Paterson/Capital News.

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Facing page: Clark announces intent to run in Westside-Kelowna by-election. Below left: Opening supportive housing project with Kelowna mayor Walter Gray. Below right: Attending Kal Tire 60th anniversary. Bottom: Launching $100 million Britco project.

It’s the marriage of post-secondary institutions with the private sector that will bring true economic bliss, Clark says. “No one wants to go and get a four year degree and find out that it is not useful, and have to go back and do another degree.” For Clark it is about getting the mix right for educational funding, making sure it matches the real needs of the economy and matching up education with jobs for people. “Because of the liquefied natural gas industry alone, we’ll be creating more jobs in British Columbia than we have people for, so we better

make sure every British Columbian has access to the training they need to take advantage of those jobs. I want British Columbians to be working in those jobs first.” Clark also sees the LNG strategy providing a payoff for the Okanagan. She says her government will act as a “matchmaker,” connecting BC businesses with the multi-national corporations behind the proposed projects. “These huge multi-national companies are coming in, locating in BC and they do hundreds of billions of dollars of business around the world. We want them to put down

roots in our communities and we want them to buy as many products from British Columbia as possible.” Clark is already praising the work of local companies like Penticton’s Britco, which has the ability to supply all the temporary housing needs for LNG; Vernon’s Kal Tire, the world’s leading earthmover and mining tire specialist; and West Kelowna’s Alpine Helicopters.

Looking ahead Less than a year into her mandate, the Valley’s newest MLA has already made her mark in the annals of British Columbia politics. The second woman to serve as premier, Clark has held this position the longest and was the fi rst to lead her party to victory in a general election. While Clark has not yet established a residence in the Valley, her local constituents are eager to see how the premier will make her mark as an Okanagan MLA.

Yvonne Turgeon, a communications consultant who loves writing, wine and all things Okanagan, is also the editor of okanaganlife.com.

Christy Clark photos courtesy of BC Government.

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bracelet system that can be styled with various PANDORA charms. PANDORA offers more than 600 pieces in sterling silver, 14k gold and two-tone to choose from to celebrate all of life’s unforgettable moments. PANDORA’s 2014 Club Charm — the first ever exclusive charm to honor our loyal PANDORA Club members — will be available, starting March. PANDORA offers equally charming jewelry pieces as well. Our rings showcase a wealth of beautiful gemstones and precious metals combined with fabulous design. Mix and match to your heart’s desire. We also have earrings, too: sterling silver, 14k gold, two-tone and an abundance of beautiful gemstones. Combine hoops and pendants to create looks for every occasion. The PANDORA range of necklaces and pendants also covers a great variety of materials and designs. Mix sterling silver, 14k gold and two-tone necklaces and add sparkling pendants to express your personal style. Stay up-to-the-minute with a PANDORA watch; the PANDORA Black Crown Diamond range combines premium Swiss quality with fabulous Danish design in an eyecatching collection of exclusive timepieces.

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whole in the charming ambience of a heritage home dating to 1906. You’ll savour the experience as you share an intimate candlelit dinner with that special someone; join friends on the patio for a summer meal al fresco; meet business associates for lunch; or gather together for a group function catered in one of the restaurant’s private dining rooms. And the icing on the cake? Yellow House hosts a wide array of local and touring musicians to provide an eclectic mix of dinnertime music. Located at 526 Lawrence Ave., Yellow House opens for dinner nightly from 5 p.m. to close and Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for lunch. Monday nights feature a 3-course prix fixe menu. Visit www.theyellowhouse.ca and call 250.763.5136 for reservations.

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“Last year alone the clinic treated about 15,000 referrals.” Dr. Bentley and Dr. Mandy Wong are the clinic’s founders and medical directors. They lead a team of over 20 staff including two other physicians, Dr. Julie Parker and Dr. Harpreet Lotay, along with specialized nurses, experienced aestheticians and wonderful patient care staff. What is the most common request from patients? “Take me back 10 years—I just want to look my natural self, but younger.” The clinic has added non-surgical bodysculpting, with premier treatment technology. This non-invasive treatment helps eliminate stubborn fat, and complements a suite of anti-aging treatment services to reduce wrinkles, tighten skin and rejuvenate complexion, including tissue fillers and Botox (Soft Lift, Restylane and Juvederm, etc.) along with effective skin care products. The clinic treats everything from acne to rosacea to scars, with fractionated resurfacing and pigmented laser treatments for tattoos and sunspots; V-Beam laser treatment for facial blemishes and veins; microdermabrasion and chemical peels.

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Of course, they also treat varicose and spider veins, using direct and ultrasoundguided sclerotherapy, laser treatments, and the new endovenous laser treatment (EVLT), an alternative to surgical stripping for severely varicosed veins. Lakeshore Vein & Aesthetics Clinic is also the Dermatology Teaching Center for the UBC Okanagan medical school (officially called the Southern Medical Program), and all the physicians have clinical faculty appointments on the UBC Faculty of Medicine. Although the clinic staff is very knowledgeable, they continue to further their expertise each year, attending medical conferences in Canada, the USA and Europe. Dr. Wong just completed her master’s of medicine in the field of skin cancer— and previous to that, a diploma in practical dermatology. Dr. Bentley and Dr. Wong also are speakers and chairpersons at national meetings within the field; most recently they both spoke in New York regarding Botox and dermal fillers. Dr. Bentley also spoke in Montreal about varicose vein disease and

treatment, while Dr. Wong spoke in Vancouver at the National Family Practice Forum regarding diagnosis and management. In addition, they both participate in volunteer medical missions in underserved areas such as Mexico and Honduras, and provide pro bono work locally for those in need. You’ll find them at 3293 Lakeshore Road in Kelowna. Services and consultations are by appointment only. For skin care product sales, drop-ins are welcome any time. On weekdays, they open at 8:30 a.m. and close at 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. Recently, they began offering extended hours to 7:30 p.m. for some services on Mondays and Tuesdays, and on alternating Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dr. Janna Bentley and Dr. Mandy Wong, and the entire staff at Lakeshore Vein & Aesthetics Clinic, are committed to unsurpassed medical care, patient safety and non-surgical cosmetic treatment. To find out more, visit www.veinskin.com; email them at care@veinskin.com; or call 250.860.9919 or toll free 1.888.860.9919.


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“It’s taken a tremendous amount of hard work, and there’s still much to be done, but we’re now at a point where there’s real confidence about the future.”

Jedidiah Duifhuis and Clare Bassett perform in Double Variations, choreographed by Simone Orlando and Joe Laughlin.

Dancing to a new tune Ballet Kelowna Like singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell tells us, ‘you don’t know what you’ve got til it’s gone’ and when it began to look like Ballet Kelowna was going to have to close their doors forever, it brought forth a whole new drive and passionate outcry from the public. They made it quite clear; they did not want to lose this gem of a dance company. And so, one year later, Ballet Kelowna’s dancers are back on their toes, membership has almost tripled and the books are back in the black as the company gets ready to wow audiences from Vernon to Summerland, and Salmon Arm to Golden, with stops in Revelstoke, Trail, Kamloops, Chilliwack and Maple Ridge. The tour will culminate in a grand finale at the Kelowna Community Theatre on Friday, April 25. The upcoming tour, called Innovation, will feature the re-mounting of Simone Orlando’s hauntingly beautiful ballet, I Remember You, along with the joyously uplifting Exsultate, Jubilate, choreographed by Ballet Kelowna’s artistic director David LaHay. It will also include the wildly exciting pas de deux from Brian Macdonald’s ballet Tam Ti Delam as

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well as the world premiere of a new ballet by LaHay, set to an original score written by the Okanagan’s own Neville Bowman. The finishing touch to the show is a dash of humour with the ballet #weddingdayproblems, choreographed by former Ballet Kelowna dancer Raelynn Heppell to the Etta James classic song, All I Could Do is Cry. It was deemed an instant favourite when it premiered last spring and Heppell has embellished it even further for this show. LaHay moved to Kelowna in 2002 to start Ballet Kelowna upon the urging of Canadian School of Ballet’s former directors Lori Larson and Melville Brown. The two women were well acquainted with LaHay from his work at the Banff Centre’s summer dance intensive program and thought he’d be the perfect match for their vision of an “innoclassical” company that would include the beauty of classical ballet with the excitement of contemporary choreography. Now, a dozen years later, Ballet Kelowna has performed 54 different ballets, commissioned 11 new ballets, launched the careers of 39 different dancers and contracted

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For a kitchen or bath that is truly your own, look to the custom cabinet manufacturer whose Okanagan family roots date back to 1984. Their 10,000 sq. ft. Kelowna showroom is the place to visualize how a distinctive custom design will actually look in your home. “The Kekuli Bay Cabinetry experience always starts with you,” says owner Ed Huber. “We can help you create any style of cabinetry from modern and contemporary to country and traditional, or something that is uniquely you.” To make that individual statement, Kekuli Bay Cabinetry draws on a wide selection of natural woods: maple, oak, pine, alder, cherry, hickory, beech and bamboo. And as one of the few companies in the industry that manufactures its own doors, the design possibilities are endless. Kekuli Bay Cabinetry is the only showroom in Western Canada that features custom cabinets and furniture made in the same factory, a 30,000 sq. ft. facility right here in the Okanagan. “Each handcrafted cabinet is built using the finest of raw materials and our design staff will work with customers through each step of creating a new kitchen or bathroom, from design through to installation,” says Huber. Kekuli Bay Cabinetry takes great pride in being a “green” company. All wood products are carbon compliant and Kekuli uses finishing products that emit very low volumes of volatile organic compounds. On-site, a high tech boiler system has been installed to burn waste sawdust. “The wood boiler system burns cleaner than natural gas and provides

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she is a strong supporter of the Central Okanagan Hospice Association. Jane is backed by an award-winning team of experts, and all of them love the work they do. Managing broker Kristy Huber has more than 20 years experience in the real estate industry; since 1993, she has been overseeing all daily operations, along with listing homes, preparing market evaluations and showing homes to prospective buyers. The full team at Coldwell Banker Jane Hoffman Group includes eight licensed Realtors® and three support staff, and together they bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to every client, and to every property, whether selling or buying. To complement their own strengths, Jane Hoffman Group has chosen a partner in Coldwell Banker Previews International for the global networking and marketing opportunities Coldwell Banker can bring to their clients. Stay tuned for the launch of Jane’s new Signature Video, showcasing Kelowna and Jane Hoffman Group. Get to know Jane and her team through her blog, and through their online bios at www.janehoffman.com. You can contact them through the quick response form on their website, email Jane or a member of the team, or call them at 250.868.2223 (toll free at 1.888.535.6962). Or drop by the office. You’ll find them at #14–1470 Harvey Avenue in Kelowna.

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What is the cost of a bad hire? Okanagan Staffing Services Inc. According to a Career Builder survey across North America, that cost can be pegged at an average of $25,000. For Okanagan employers, it’s a cost they may never have to see, thanks to Okanagan Staffing Services, a professional recruitment agency operating in Kelowna since 1995. Placing more than 100 people in permanent positions last year and filling 3,000 temporary assignments, Okanagan Staffing pride themselves on getting it right the first time. Starting with behavioral-base inter“For job viewing, personality profiles and extensive seekers, think skills testing, the of us as your agency finds candidates to match both employment the position and the corporate culture. counsellor.” “We visit our clients place of business to ensure we have a clear understanding of their recruitment needs and their corporate culture,” says president Kevin Renwick, CHRP. “We then take what we’ve learned and conduct screening processes tailored to each employer.” With a tightening labour market—thanks in part to retiring baby boomers—recruitment expertise based in the Okanagan is welcomed, by both employers and job seekers. “We recruit for all levels of an organization, from executive leaders to technical, accounting and administrative positions,” says Renwick. “For job seekers, think of us as your employment counsellor, here to assist with a more effective resume and successful interviewing skills.” Visit us at www.okanaganstaffing.com. okanaganlife.com PROGRESS 2014

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Love where you live Amanda Westrheim—Award Winning REALTOR® To say Amanda Westrheim is passionate about the Okanagan Valley lifestyle would be a huge understatement. She feels a strong connection to this area with deep family roots and a love for everything this all-season playground has to offer, from the lush vineyards to the beautiful Lake Okanagan waterfront to the friendly people who call this area home. “I sometimes feel like a tourist myself because I enjoy this lifestyle so much,” Amanda says. “Going to local wine tastings, boating and wakeboarding on the lake in the summertime, snowboarding in the winter— there’s never a shortage of things to do. I’m reminded every day why I love where I live.” Amanda absolutely loves what she does and it clearly shows. She’s driven to make a positive difference in the community every day by providing a higher standard of service. She brings a depth of knowledge in the local Okanagan market that she uses to guide her clients to exceptional results.

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We started out as a small roadside fruit stand in 1959, and have been a locally owned independent retailer ever since. Today we offer plenty of fresh produce year round, locally sourced in season to support Okanagan growers. We’re expanding our selection of organic produce, and carry conventional groceries, too. Visit our bakery and deli for fresh baked goods and daily lunch specials, and stop by our floral shop. We are a full retail garden centre featuring soils, fertilizers,

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Health and beauty in dentistry Simply Amazing Smiles Dr. Trevor Morhaliek and his team at Simply Amazing Smiles provide exceptional one-on-one care in a uniquely tranquil setting. At Simply Amazing Smiles your physical comfort is as great a priority as your dental wellbeing. There you’ll find a quiet, private and relaxed environment with unexpected touches like ceiling televisions, a selection of movies, hot towels, complimentary mini-massages and the always-in-demand massage chair. But let’s face it, no matter how pleasant the surroundings, the real issue here is the quality of dental care you can expect to receive. Dr. Morhaliek draws on 15 years of experience including general dentistry, orthodontics, aesthetic dentistry and facial aesthetics. In a world of constantly changing technology, he’s kept absolutely current with additional training in cosmetic den-

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Identity theft:

are you

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tips for protecting your identity and your money

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t least 110 million consumers were affected by the hack involving Target and Neiman Marcus retailers. Whether or not millions more will have their identities manipulated and finances ruined within the coming months due to more breaches of security at other stores is anyone’s guess, says identity theft recovery expert Scott A. Merritt. “By necessity, I became an expert on identity theft. My information was stolen in 2006, and in repairing the damage, I learned some not-so-obvious ways we can all protect against identity theft in the

first place,” says Merritt, CEO of Merritt & Associates and author of Identity Theft Do’s and Don’ts. Merritt’s problems developed quickly in 2007. While disputing financial charges and dealing with resulting business problems, he was stopped for a traffic violation and arrested on a false outstanding felony warrant. He immediately knew why. Unfortunately, the millions affected by the recent hacks may be dealing with similar repercussions in the years ahead, he says. Before you become a victim of identity theft, Merritt offers seven ways to guard against it.

By Scott A. Merritt

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Understand how and where it happens

Identity theft is like being robbed when you are away from home; most thefts occur in places where you do business every day. Either a place of business is robbed, a bad employee acts improperly or a hacker breaches the office through the computer.

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Secure information in your wallet

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Make sure your information is consistent

Photocopy everything in your wallet: photos, credit cards (front and back), membership cards—everything. Put the copies in the same order the cards are arranged in your wallet, staple them together and place them in a strongbox or safe.

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Change your passwords at least twice a year on a non-scheduled basis—don’t be predictable. Have a strong firewall if you shop online, and only access sites that are protected by a strong firewall and high industry standards. Access accounts of a financial nature only from your personal computer.

For all of your identity and fi nancial documents, make absolutely sure, to the smallest detail, that all of your personal information is accurate and consistent. Discrepancies such as using your middle initial on some documents and not others, or having different addresses, can wreak havoc in proving your identity, and can compromise your credit score.

Have a strong firewall if you shop online, and only access sites that are protected by a strong firewall and high industry standards. Access accounts of a financial nature only from your personal computer.” — Scott A. Merritt Merritt & Associates

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Secure your digital habits and data

Remember As we move more of our banking and personal information online, we become susceptible to the hazards of hackers and Identity theft. Merritt recommends changing digital passwords at least twice a year.

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Protect your banking information

While in the bank, keep account numbers and other data out of sight, and avoid stating account numbers, social insurance numbers and similar information out loud. When planning a bank visit, have items such as deposits and withdrawal slips prepared in advance.


Most thefts occur in places where you do business every day.”

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Account for your interactions with vendors

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Don’t carry around your birth certificate or SIN card

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Every time you speak to someone with whom you do business, write down the time, date, name and the purpose or outcome of the call. If an identity theft occurs on the vendor’s end, you will be able to reference these prior conversations effectively. Be sure to note any animosity or reluctance from the vendor.

Unless it’s necessary, keep those vital items in a safe, or at least a firebox. If you know someone is going to need a copy of your tax returns or your driver’s licence, for example, make the copies ahead of time. This avoids the need for a firm’s employee to leave the room with such information. “Of course, you can greatly reduce the chances of being a victim of such recent hacks as those that occurred at the major retailers by using cash more often,” he says. “But if you’re going to use credit, use a card from a national bank or credit union and never a debit card, no exceptions.”

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REARVIEW By Shelley Wood

No going back? Shelley takes a risk. Will she find a new way forward by retracing old steps?

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omorrow I jet off to a place I travelled to years ago and credit with moulding me into the person I am today. We all have these types of trips or experiences in our personal histories: the moments, places or fleeting connections that fundamentally changed our way of looking at our past and refocusing our future. For me it was a solo backpacking trip to India in my 20s, but it could have been a skydive or a chance encounter or a kayak trip up the north coast of British Columbia. My trip to India awed me, crushed me, grew me and humbled me. I cried at least once a day, but also found myself routinely swamped by wonder and joy. Someone warned me: every day you are there you’ll be desperate to get home, and the moment you leave, you’ll be plotting ways to go back. This turned out to be true, but for one reason or another, my return has been 15 years in the making. I’ve been musing lately about what it means to go back, to retrace steps, and why it’s so complicated. There’s a reason our culture is forever propelling us forward; progress is feted, but backtracking carries with it a whiff of failure, a lack of ambition or curiosity. These days we’re so hungry for whatever comes next, we rarely take the time to revisit the things that got us where we are. Don’t get me started on how this hunger for new drives our disposable culture. I try not to get sucked in by the latest iPhone iteration or the newest, breathable,

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wicking, waterproof, odour-free, 100 per cent reflective, high performance jacket, but it isn’t easy. What’s new is hot and used is not. This affects our careers and personal relationships as well. People stay in friendships and dead-end marriages simply because it’s easier than cutting ties and starting over, and we stay in jobs that offer us security and an annual merit increase, even if we are no longer challenged or fulfilled by our work. Self-help books advise: “Do one thing every day that scares you.” I’m not sure when I’d find the time to fit this in between eating eight to ten fruits and vegetables a day, managing my weekly expenses, flossing and exercising at a moderate to vigorous pace for a minimum of 30 minutes. What I do know is that forward momentum feels simple. I’m good at what I do and if I keep doing it, my guess is it will get easier and safer. Going back, however, this will test me—even with a bigger travel budget and better pharmaceutical defences. I worry India will be something less than it was the last time or worse, that I myself will be something lesser: less open to new experiences, people and amazement. I hope not. I hope I can see with new eyes all the changes the country has been through, but also experience the thrill of recognition in feeling again some of what I felt before. If nothing else, I hope that in going back I may get a glimpse of the young person who set out all those years ago and came back thinking anything was possible, or at least worth trying once.

These days we’re so hungry for what comes next, we rarely take the time to revisit the things that got us where we are.

Shelley is a regular contributor to Okanagan Life. She blogs about her travels and travails at www.shelleywood.ca.



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