I recently attended a very informative conference put on by the Urban Development Institute Okanagan Chapter: “Our Future City”.
Significant to me was the keynote speaker “Cameron Uganec, Senior Director of Growth Marketing & Education at Hootsuite Media Inc.” addressing the rapid technological change in the world and the opportunities that we “The Okanagan” have with our already booming tech sector.
Can we really be an industry leader in this exciting technological or are we already?
Do we have the young talent that is required in this industry?
BlueSky at Black Mountain is pleased to have a diverse mix of people living in our development. We are proud to be building a quality community that appeal to the lifestyles of many residents and we hope to be part of the movement to attract the needed talent for the tech sector in Kelowna.
People living in BlueSky at Black Mountain know that their neighborhoods; Fairways, Meadowlands, Uplands, and Highlands have obvious ties to golf but, each road name also has very special meaning in the golf world overall. http://BLUESKY COMMUNITY
Situated at Cleat, Isle of Barra, Scotland its club was established in 1992 and is the most westerly golf course in the United Kingdom. (and by the way, my family “The McNeil’s” hail from the Island of Barra)
Founded as Birkdale in 1889 and awarded “Royal” status in 1951, this course in Southport, England will host “The Open” in 2017. Previous years hosting: “The Open”: 1954, 1961, 1965, 1971, 1976, 1983, 1991, 1998, 2008
In 1898 Andrew Carnegie commissioned Royal Dornoch’s Secretary, John Sutherland to build a private nine-hole links course. Now 118 years later less than 1000 rounds are available to be played on this course located in Dornoch, Sutherland, Scotland.
The playing of golf has been recorded at this course as early as the 16th century in Carnoustie, Angus, Scotland. “The Open” was played there in 1931, 1937, 1953, 1968, 1975, 1999, and 2007.
Golf was recorded at Dunbar as far back as 350 years and in 1794 one of the game’s oldest recorded organization, “The Dunbar Golfing Society” set down its rules and listed 27 members.
Formally organized in 1851, this special course is where “The Open” began in 1860 and remained there for 10 years. After that Prestwick hosted “The Open” 13 more times ending in 1925. They extended their clubhouse in 1877 and built 90 lockers that are still in use today in the town of Prestwick, South Ayrshire, Scotland.
So, to make up for it, us locals have no trouble finding the sun by heading up into the mountains on snowmobiles, sleds, snowshoes, and skis. Yesterday was a great day; we had a sliding party just off the road to Oyama Lake. Why there? Because that was how far the snow was ploughed and it was easy to get there in cars with 20 kids, 20 adults, 6 dogs, tubes, sleds, sliders, and snow racers. Warming up by a camp fire we had non-stop fun with a view overlooking the incredibly beautiful Woodlake and Kalamalka Lake.
Next Sunday, we head up to BlueSky at Black Mountain to watch the 4th Annual Rockets Skate. I never get tired of this event. All the Kelowna Minor Hockey ATOM teams create videos to determine which team wins the coveted day of skating with the Kelowna Rockets. It starts out as lessons and ends up in an ultimate good ole hockey game where I think the ATOM team usually prevail after much effort of racing through the legs of the towering Rockets.
This very inspiring event is always great fun. Melcor Developments Ltd. provides hotdogs and drinks at their outdoor Community Rink at BlueSky with all donations going to the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign. If you get cold, the Grill is open for hot toddies and soup.
Come check it out – Sunday, January 24, 12-2:00 and you are welcome to skate on the rink after the event.
What do these terms mean? Well, generally speaking they all mean the same for the purposes of this blog.
It’s a new concept that BlueSky at Black Mountain is now offering called the Dunbar Villa’s.
Villas with City of Kelowna owned roads, sidewalks, curbs and lights just like single family homes. No need for strata, just a “Party Wall Agreement” that binds both unit owners to certain performance obligations for some common elements including insurance.
Fully finished in Modern or Classic styles
Double car garages
Adjacent to Birkdale Park with tennis court, kids play area, & lookout
An easy stroll to the Black Mountain Golf Club and Grill
Direct access to a walking trail network and recreation corridor
BlueSky at Black Mountain is thrilled that there is a new kid in town, sort of. Actually, he has been around for a while but, as of June 1, has become a full-fledged, 100%, Melcor employee doing sales at BlueSky which is why we think of him as the new kid.
Greg Vinton is no longer affiliated with any specific home building company; he’s a salesman with a twist. Not only is he a really nice guy with a great voice for radio but, he has also worked with hundreds of clients guiding them through the home building process. Greg can answer the tough questions about building homes like: “Where does the driveway go on this lot? Where does the sewer go? What does changing the grade mean? How much glazing is allowed? How do I get my mail? Why do I need a building permit? Do you know any good lawyers? Where are the closest schools?” And even, “How high can my retaining wall be?”
He also has a great sense of humor. On a tour through the new BlueSky showhome at 553 Carnoustie Drive, Greg even taught me how to use the “Control 4 System” which is the home automation and smart home control that runs the house. It sounds very technical and challenging but, I burst out laughing when he referred to it as the, “integrated lighting/video and audio control, with a crazy fun doorbell cam…to get rid of solicitors or unwanted family”. It’s simple to use and a feature well created for hanging out in the nice, cool media room under the garage slab.