For opening up his business to pets displaced by forest fires and floods, Dr. Moshe Oz of Rose Valley Veterinary Hospital has been awarded the Greater Westside Board of Trade's citizen of the year award.

The hospital sheltered and looked after cats and dogs for free for pet owners who were out of their homes because of fire or flood threat.

"Dr. Oz contributes to this community more than people know and it is time to recognize his noble efforts," said board of trade chairman Bobby Gidda.

"The Westside is a better place to live with such a caring and compassionate resident and business owner in it."

The board of trade's Key Business Awards handed out trophies in 11 other categories.

– Business of the year: Heritage Retirement Residence

– Aboriginal business: Galleria Fashions Boutique

– Community and public service: Okanagan Business Excellence

– Sustainable/Green: A View to Remember Bed & Breakfast

– Large business: Heritage Retirement Residence

– New business: Best Version media

– Platinum service provider: Hergott Law

– Small business: Postnet

– Tourism and hospitality: Apothic Bed & Breakfast

– Young entrepreneur: Mike MOrsette of Precision Fencing

– Performing arts: Dance City Academy


For helping preserve the environment while developing a booming tourism sector, the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association has picked up the North America Responsible Tourism Award for 2018.

Association chairman Frank Antoine and association CEO Glenn Mandziuk travelled to Jamaica to receive the trophy at the 25th annual World Travel Awards in Montego Bay.

In 2012, the association was the first in North America to built sustainability into its 10-year tourism strategy.

Winning for North America puts the association in the running for the World Responsible Tourism Award, which will be announced on Dec. 1 at World Travel Awards conference in Portugal.

You can vote for the Thompson Okanagan at

This honour comes hot on the heels of the association winning the Tourism for Tomorrow Destination Award at the World Tourism and Travel Council's summit in Argentina.

Also this year, the association was the first in the Americas to be certified as a Biosphere Sustainable tourism Destination by the UNESCO-affiliated Responsible Tourism Institute.


Squashing the proposed real estate speculation tax is priority No. 1 as Les Bellamy takes over as president of the Central Okanagan branch of the Canadian Home Builders' Association.

"As it stands, the speculation tax has a huge impact on the construction industry," said Bellamy, who owns and operates his own custom-home building business, Bellamy Homes.

"Our aim over the next few months is encouraging policymakers to implement smaller incremental changes and to consult with the industry and consumers."

The association is a part of the Scrap the Speculation Tax coalition of dozens of B.C. business groups.

The rest of the new board of the Central Okanagan branch:

– First vice-president: Cassidy deVeer of 3rd Generation Homes

– Past-president: Justin O'Connor of Sotheby's Realty

– Treasurer: Kevin Santos of Grant Thornton accountants and consultants

– David Pfuetzner, Align West Homes

– Chuck Cullen, Team Construction

– Ranvir Nahan, Sunterra Custom Homes

– Russ Foster, Wilden and Blenk Development

– Erika Jarvis, CapriCMW Insurance

– Krista Paine, Ian Paine Construction

– Ray Wynsouw, CorWest Builders

– Brianne McKenzie, Kelowna Now and Csek Creative


Over the next year, KF Aerospace (formerly Kelowna Flightcraft) will hire 100 workers to add to its already 700-strong workforce.

To attract new hires, KF is hosting a career fair Thursday from 3 to 7 p.m. at its West Hangar at 5650 Aerospace Drive at Kelowna airport.

KF is filling entry-level positions such as aircraft paint prepper and aircraft service technician.

Even people with no previous aircraft or trades experience can apply for those jobs because the company does on-the-job training.

KF is also constantly hiring skilled aircraft maintenance engineers.

Okanagan College will also be on site on Thursday to provide information to people interested in taking the aircarft maintenance engineer course it offers in conjunction with KF.

KF is Kelowna's largest private-sector employer and does aircraft maintenance and retrofitting for a wide range of clients, including WestJet, Canadian North Airlines and the Department of National Defense.

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