Business Member Spotlight of Keyla Sereen Ohs by Tom Kernaghan

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Keyla Sereen Ohs understands the journey to health and wellness can be a long and challenging one. As the owner of Sereen Spirit Healing and Retreat Centre, Keyla has lived paths ranging from high-level athletics to imbalanced work choices. She is also keenly aware that our spirit can speak to us and offer guidance, if we are willing to listen to it. 

Ten years ago, Keyla listened to that voice when she realized her life was literally making her sick. While struggling in a job that was causing her anxiety, bodily illness, and blackouts, she had a bad car accident that shook her deeply and made her determined to make some holistic changes to the way she was living. But then, resilience and resolve were nothing new to her. 

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Business Member Spotlight – Kelly Lee Bennett – by Tom Kernaghan

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Kelly Lee Bennett is the “Change Catalyst,” which is a fitting name for a woman who has seen plenty of challenges throughout all facets of her life, and has learned how to master them. An executive leadership and life coach with over 20 years of experience, and more certifications than can be listed here, Kelly has a multitude of tools to help you clear your path and ignite your passion to discover and grow. A former executive and therapist, Kelly understands both the professional and personal obstacles that can keep us from moving forward and achieving our highest potential. 

Kelly is on the verge of achieving her MCC and ICF designations, the highest in coaching. She offers workshops, retreats, seminars, one-one-one sessions, and a vast array of modalities to suit each client. Such diversity comes as no surprise as Kelly has a rich and varied history of experiences, has travelled to 121 countries and lived in 5, and she continues to seek adventure and seize every opportunity to learn more.

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Spotlight Feature – Alisa Farr & Cameron Hayward by Tom Kernaghan

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They inspired my imagination with the very first sound — their new business name. As the word flourish suggests, Alisa Farr and Cameron Hayward offer restorative, growth-focused therapies to the imbalances caused by our over-stressed lives and unhealthy patterns. With combined certifications in Alchemy Sound Therapy, Sound Journey Meditation, Yoga Nidra, Reiki, and hypnotherapy, Alisa and Cameron tailor programs to help individuals, corporate groups, and sports teams reset their minds and bodies, reclaim the joy of living, and maximize their mental and physical performance. 

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Business Member SPOTLIGHT – Layton Park – by Tom Kernaghan

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I started by reading his “Last Chapter” blog post, which is about his own death. When I  found myself bursting into laughter, I knew I was in. I could see that Layton Park is a natural storyteller who knows good storytelling is about the writer’s relationship with the reader, oneself, and the roads of life. Layton — a lover of motorcycles, hotrods, and horses — has certainly travelled many literal and figurative roads at full throttle. And he has the playful, quirky, insightful wit of a man who knows how to live and how to get plenty of guffaws while delivering important messages.  

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Business Member SPOTLIGHT – Rochelle McFarland

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“Live life with less stress and more love.” 

For Rochelle McFarlane, the founder of ESP Parent Inc., a family-focused health practice and educational service rooted in both specialized kinesiology and spiritual insights, this is more than a tagline. It’s about rising to our best selves through the science and art of touch and movement, and raising children to be healthy, happy, caring individuals. 

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Business Member SPOTLIGHT – Serge Mazerand by Tom Kernaghan

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pastedGraphic.png“Be the composer and conductor of your own life.”

For Serge Mazerand, music itself is life, as our essence is vibration. A pianist, composer, keynote player, and the award-winning author of the delightfully inventive book 7 Keys to Serenity: Creating Harmony Within, Serge knows the magic of music lies in its power to heal us by connecting us to our true selves. It is a journey he knows very well. 

Serge began playing piano as a young boy in France, learning the work of masters such as Schubert and Chopin, but like many of us he went on a detour into the world of practicality and business, which took him through 30 years of corporate life in marketing. In 1996, feeling the call back to his musical roots, he bought a grand piano and became inspired by his other love — nature. 

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Business Member SPOTLIGHT – Judy Holt by Tom Kernaghan

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Love your life from the inside out and you will discover and maintain your complete wellness. For Judy Holt, owner of JH Health Coaching, this is a way of life, one she has been committed to for 29 years. As a Certified Holistic Life Coach and an Independent Shaklee Distributor, Judy knows the inner journey to well-being starts with what we put in our bodies.  

Shaklee health products are thoroughly tested to be safe, proven, and guaranteed. But it goes even further than the amazing vitamins, supplements, and personalized health plans she offers to her clients. Having met Judy, I can say there is something about her outlook, and her nature, that embodies and harmonizes all four pillars of Balance Well-Being. Her guiding principle is that by living from a heart-centred place, we can do the most good for ourselves and for others.

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Business Member SPOTLIGHT – Bonita Kay Summers by Tom Kernaghan

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“One thing I like to do is walk down the street and pretend I’m an alien who has dropped into my body from outer space and has never seen any of this… And notice how quickly my mind wants to give [everything] a story.” 

These lines perfectly capture the electric clarity and engaging playfulness of psychic life and business coach Bonita Kay Summers. Amusingly, they also illustrate her heightened ability to spot limiting patterns in our beliefs and behaviours. She is remarkably good at discerning both, and quickly. 

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Business Member SPOTLIGHT – Cherie Hanson by Tom Kernaghan

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“To be human is to have a limited understanding of what it is I think I see.” This line, from one of Cherie Hanson’s many mind-jolting blog posts, says volumes about the awakening effect she can have on people. I’m going go a little gonzo and put myself in the story, because to know Cherie is to know that she delights in connection and electrifying exchanges that push beyond convention and conformity. She is one of the most challenging, engaging, and prolific individuals I have ever met, not just here in Kelowna but anywhere.
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Business Member SPOTLIGHT – Sharon Strang – by Tom Kernaghan

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Give a person a massage and they can reach a state of well-being. Teach a person how to massage and they can reach their potential. For Sharon Strang, instructor and owner of Focus Bodywork, life is about seeing possibilities and literally using your hands to fulfill your dreams. 

Sharon is a 25-year veteran masseuse and gifted instructor who helps her students to learn the art of massage while inspiring them to embrace the art of living well. As the former owner of The Wellness Spa, former massage teacher at Okanagan College, Kelowna, and a lifelong student of spirituality and wellness, she now offers fun, easy-to-learn private courses in healing massage. She also offers workshops in hot stone work, and guides practitioners in launching or expanding their massage businesses. 

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