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Lakeside Medicine Centre Pharmacy has served for five decades and still growing

Lakeside celebrates 50 years


The year 2023 marks a special anniversary for Lakeside Medicine Centre Pharmacy.

It is celebrating its 50th birthday.

To celebrate its golden anniversary, Lakeside is looking back at its first five decades, which started out as a small, family-owned pharmacy and has grown into a trusted centre for health, wellness and pharmaceuticals in Kelowna.

1973: Where it all began

Ronald Waller opened Lakeside Pharmacy in 1973 with his business partner and friend, Fred Behrner. Waller’s wife, Wendy Waller, managed the books.

Their collective dream was a patient-first pharmacy that operated on a philosophy of care. Their growth over the next few decades would prove there was a need in the Okanagan community that Lakeside was successfully fulfilling.

Ownership changes and growth

In 1992, Greg Andreen became a partner and would stay at Lakeside until his recent retirement in 2022. The addition of Andreen to the team was reflective of the growth the pharmacy was experiencing. Lakeside was quickly becoming one of the most trusted places in the Okanagan Valley to fill prescriptions, get advice from pharmacists and access important health-care services not easily available elsewhere.

In 1998, the Wallers’ son, Chris, took on an ownership role. At the same time, both of the original founders stepped down, confident in Andreen and Chris Waller’s ability to continue their vision for the pharmacy for decades to come.

A third partner, Graham Foster, joined them in 2016, and the three have continued to grow the pharmacy’s services and practice.

Growing to offer unique, community-driven care

Serving the Okanagan community has always been Lakeside Medicine Centre Pharmacy’s top priority. When wound care and ostomy nurse Pam Mayor joined the team in 2006, the pharmacy was able to expand its services even further to help fill the gaps in the local health-care system.

Under Mayor’s leadership, Lakeside’s nursing services have continued to grow over the years, allowing community members access to specialized care they might otherwise face challenges in receiving.

Today, with the scope of practice for pharmacists in B.C. expanding, the pharmacy is looking forward to continuing to serve the community even better.

How can Lakeside Medicine Centre Pharmacy help you?

Whether you’re a long time patient at Lakeside or have never set foot in the door, the team hopes to continue to serve you for decades to come. If you’re curious about how the Lakeside difference can help you with your health and wellness, get in touch today.

A look through the last 50 years at Lakeside Medicine Centre Pharmacy ...

Kelowna dealerships the places to go for your vehicle's repair and maintenance

Get the job done right

Quality and service are at the forefront of every dealership in the Kelowna Auto Dealers’ Association. Whether a simple drive to the local grocery store or an extended road trip through the Rocky Mountains, trust in your Kelowna dealership to provide you with peace of mind.

Each KADA dealership offers the highest technical training, state-of-the-art equipment and factory specified parts to protect your vehicle. Considerable money is spent on continuous training to ensure dealership technicians are experts on today’s increasingly complex vehicles. The diagnostic equipment used by these technicians is sophisticated and allows for the updating of important vehicle software.

Whether your vehicle requires a small part or several parts, each Kelowna dealership hosts a well-stocked parts department with further access to original equipment manufacturer parts by order. All dealership service repairs carry a labour guarantee, along with a part-specific guarantee from the respective manufacturer, so the job gets done right the first time, often at the same price or less than a trip to an independent repair shop.

When you bring your vehicle into a Kelowna dealership for maintenance or repair, you will appreciate knowing there is warranty compliance, as well as being kept up to date with manufacturer recalls. Your dealership service will be efficient and priced competitively, with appointment systems, loaner vehicles or shuttle services saving you time and money. Guest satisfaction is the primary goal for each KADA dealership.

“Servicing your vehicle at a dealership is one of the best ways to guarantee your car gets genuine original equipment manufacturer parts,” a J.D. Power article from 2022 states. “Whether it is oil filters or brake pads, you will receive everything straight from the assembly line. Plus, factory-trained mechanics will take care of your vehicle according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Auto shops tend to source aftermarket parts, sometimes saving you money as a result. But while they are more cost-effective, these components often lack quality.

“… Your car always comes with a warranty that covers all manner of repairs. And going to a third party could potentially void your warranty.”

KADA dealerships also extend their attention as key community contributors, donating hundreds of thousands of dollars each year to numerous charitable organizations, doing their utmost to make Kelowna a better place to live, just as they strive to provide the highest quality of safety and service for the vehicle you drive.

Enter the code KADA10 into the booking comments online or verbally when making your appointment and receive 10% off of your next service or repair now through March 15, 2023.

This article is written by or on behalf of the sponsoring client and does not necessarily reflect the views of Castanet.

Curling Canada is helping youngsters get in the game

Scotties promises fun for all

When the Scotties Tournament of Hearts, the Canadian women’s curling championship, gets underway at the Sandman Centre in Kamloops later this month, organizers hope to see plenty of young faces in the crowd.

And, thanks to its new, enhanced youth, family and school initiative, which will introduce more youngsters and their families in the Kamloops area to curling prior to the tournament, that is expected to be the case.

“We’re still feeling the impacts of a two year gap in engaging youth in our sport,” said Brodie Bazinet, foundation and philanthropic program manager with Curling Canada. “We have exceptional role models in curling and we want to get out in the community to share our sport with kids.”

Building on its already successful Egg Farmers Rocks & Rings program, that brings floor curling directly to students to experience curling in school gymnasiums, Bazinet said as part of the lead-up to the Scotties in Kamloops all Rocks & Rings participants are being invited to try the sport on ice with their families during special one-hour sessions at their local curling clubs. The families, as well as students who participate in the Rocks & Rings program, are then able to sign up to receive complimentary tickets to watch one of the opening draws at the Scotties, which go from Feb. 17 to 26 at the Sandman Centre.

“We will reach thousands of school-aged youth with this enhanced program,” said Bazinet.

She noted curling offers more than just physical and mental development, it is also a very social sport, one that welcomes participants and provides a supportive environment.

“Curling is known for its sense of community,” said Bazinet. “We are confident that we can get young people hooked once they set foot on the ice and engage with the local curling community.”

She added not only are the top players in the sport elite athletes, they are also very accessible to the fans. That, in turn, also helps attract families and young people to the sport.

“Getting youth back on the curling ice and growing youth participation levels are critical to the future of our sport and sporting community,” said Curling Canada in a release. “Using the 2023 Scotties Tournament of Hearts as the engagement catalyst, Curling Canada will support efforts to engage local youth and their families, through an enhanced school program, junior curler participation initiatives, Try Curling 101 on-ice experiences, complimentary ticket opportunities for youth and their families, and in-venue family engagement initiatives on the opening weekend.”

To register for the Try Curling session on Feb. 11 at the Kamloops Curling Centre go to https://www.curling.ca/2023scotties/trycurling/

The 2023 Scotties will get underway with Kerri Einarson’s defending champion Team Canada rink taking on Quebec’s Team Laurie St-Georges on Friday, Feb. 17 at 6 p.m., and will continue with Team Canada playing the newly crowned B.C. champs, skipped by Clancy Grandy on the opening Saturday at 6 p.m. It is expected to be an electric atmosphere at the Sandman Centre and organizers expect the game to be the hottest ticket in town and a sell-out.

Round-robin single-draw ticket prices range from $20 to $35 with playoff and semifinal game tickets $35 and up to $40 for Sunday’s gold-medal final. Youth under the age of 18 can attend Draws 1 through 18 for free with a paying adult. These tickets can only be purchased at the Sandman Centre box office. Youth tickets for all playoff games are $10.

Various other ticket packages are still available. Starting at $99, opening-weekend packages are a great value and include a ticket to each of the first six draws (Feb. 17-19). Weekday packages, which include three draws in one day (Feb. 20-23), are also still available from $50.

Other options include:

• Standard Championship Weekend Package ($199) — A single ticket to every draw from Friday, Feb. 24 to Sunday, Feb. 26.

• Premium End Zone Championship Weekend Package ($229) — Limited availability, end zone sections.

• Standard Full Event Package ($395) — A single ticket to every draw of the 2023 Scotties Tournament of Hearts.

• Premium Full Event Package ($419) — Limited availability, end zone sections.

Ticket sales have picked up recently, so fans need to act quickly to nail down their seats for what promises to be an exciting 2023 Scotties Tournament of Hearts.

All ticket packages are subject to standard facility and ticket service fees.

Ticket packages are available online at the event website https://www.curling.ca/2023scotties/trycurling/, in person at the Sandman Centre box office and by phone at 250-828-3339.

The action won’t just be great on the ice; you can expect a lively atmosphere and plenty of fun at the Patch, which will be located at the Kamloops Curling Centre.

This article is written by or on behalf of the sponsoring client and does not necessarily reflect the views of Castanet.

Kerr & Company and MNP share values, decide to join forces

Kerr & Company joins MNP

Chris Kerr over the last couple of years had been contemplating how to help his clients as they faced new opportunities and challenges.

The namesake of Kelowna’s Kerr & Company, which provides a range of professional services, including accounting and tax services, to organizations throughout the Okanagan, saw a great opportunity with MNP and decided to make the move.

The two companies have joined forces, with Kerr becoming an MNP partner and his nine employees now working under the umbrella of the large national firm.

“The Okanagan is a prosperous and diverse economy with many vibrant communities stretching across a wide geography,” says Trina Warren, MNP’s regional managing partner for Thompson Okanagan. “We constantly look for opportunities to further our commitment to the area and are delighted to add Kerr & Company—a firm that shares our values and client-centric approach—into the fast-growing MNP fold.

“Like MNP, Kerr & Company helps clients of all shapes and sizes to achieve their goals. We’re excited to be joining forces at a time when we believe we can help businesses across the region to navigate in an uncertain environment.”

Kerr & Company brought to MNP clients from Kelowna, Vernon and Vancouver who enjoyed big firm quality with the personalized service of a smaller boutique firm. It specializes in real estate, construction and trades, and professionals, and Kerr believes the merger will strengthen his team’s ability to support its clients through unprecedented and dynamic market conditions.

MNP will be able to support Kerr & Company’s growing client base through the support of its additional services and advisory teams. That help will come in the form of specialty tax planning, succession planning, performance improvement and technology solutions.

“I have been thinking about how I can best support my clients as they face the challenges and opportunities created by this historically unusual environment,” Kerr says. “I am also focused on ways to strengthen the experience and expertise that our team offers. “MNP has terrific experience in all the areas we work in, and their team will complement and enhance our current service offerings. They will bring greater bench strength to service our clients across the Kelowna area, while also helping the continued growth and development of our team members.”

Kerr and his team have moved into the new MNP Kelowna office in Landmark 7 and will work closely with MNP’s existing teams across the Thompson Okanagan offices in Kamloops, Vernon and Kelowna to provide greater resources and services to businesses across the region.

“As we continue to emerge from the pandemic, organizations across all industries are now facing new challenges in the shape of inflationary pressures and the possibility of a potential recessionary period,” Warren says. “As a result, we’re experiencing growing demand from businesses who are looking for help navigating this difficult environment.

“This merger truly is a win-win for both our firms and the Okanagan marketplace, as we will be able to reach and support more of those organizations with their journey. We’re thrilled to welcome Chris and the Kerr & Company professionals into the MNP team.”

It is that kind of viewpoint and culture within the organization that attracted Kerr to join forces with MNP. “Although MNP is a large national firm, it’s best known across Canada for being local in focus and having a small-firm culture and commitment to supporting the communities that its teams live and work in,” Kerr says. “This is something that has always been very important to me: When you’re making a move as significant as this the ‘fit’ has to be right for everyone—your people, clients and community. I couldn’t be more excited about joining forces with MNP.”

For more information, visit MNP Kelowna's website here.

This article is written by or on behalf of the sponsoring client and does not necessarily reflect the views of Castanet.

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