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Rainbow Women in Business – Volume 6

Sherry Yeoman realized quite by accident that she wanted to be a landlord soon after she bought her first home 40 years ago. It started with a frantic phone call from a friend who was searching for accommodation for a mutual friend in dire need of a place to stay. Upon hearing this, Sherry quickly revamped her basement and her friend moved in the next day. She ended up renting from Sherry for over 6 months. After that positive experience, she has renovated every home she bought since then and added a suite to each one.

Sherry’s favourite thing about running her own business is being her own boss. In particular, taking houses that need her tender, loving care and her creativity to become the beautiful, renovated, well-maintained homes they were meant to be. Every home Sherry has offered for rent is a home she would be happy to live in.

Sherry’s advice on starting your own business. “When opening your own business be prepared to work long, hard hours and have enough money already saved to take you through the tough times.  If you are interested in being a landlord make sure you know the “Residential Tenancy Regulations” and talk to a landlord who has been in this profession for a few years because being a landlord is not as easy as many believe it to be.”

Unicorns.LIVE Virtual Drag Bingo: Win over $1000 Jackpot in Prizes!

What a whirlwind Pride Month 2020 has been! We continue to manage a number of challenges in our daily lives on Planet Earth: the ongoing COVID pandemic has affected us all to varying degrees, and the injustices perpetuated on racialized persons, people of colour, transgender people, and all LGBT2Q+ people remain at the forefront. Mother Nature also decided to throw in some wild weather this June, for good measure… 

At Rebellious Unicorns, we’ve been very busy launching our new streaming platform, Unicorns.LIVE, which has presented a welcome and positive distraction in a world that can sometimes feel disconnected and dark. Pride Month has felt terribly strange for many of us who are accustomed to coming together to celebrate. With this in mind, Rebellious Unicorns Production Company Inc. is closing out the month with a flourish of colour and frivolity with Unicorns.LIVE Virtual Drag Bingo on Tuesday, June 30, 2020. 

Virtual Drag Bingo airs live on Unicorns.LIVE on June 30 at 7:00 pm (PST), and live streamed on the Unicorns.LIVE Facebook page. This fabulous and FREE event will be hosted at Friends of Dorothy Lounge in Downtown Kelowna by two of our favourite Queens: the sensational and shimmering Sparkle, and Kelowna’s Sweetheart Ella Lamoureux

That’s right — you can attend and play in person at Friends of Dorothy OR you can play online! Your hostesses will guide you through a veritable wonderland of numbers and nonsense, replete with prizes and Pride! 

Sugar & Spice & Everything Nice! Ella & Sparkle host
Unicorns.LIVE Virtual Drag Bingo on June 30, 2020

Here’s the super hot tea: 

  • You MUST register in advance — no exceptions! 
  • Registration ends 24 hours in advance; therefore, registration closes on June 29, 2020 at 7:00 pm PST
  • Once registered, an email with details on how to claim your bingo cards will be sent during the day on June 30, 2020. Make sure to check your email inbox (and the spam/junk filter, too, just in case)
  • You have the option of playing Virtual Drag Bingo in person at Friends of Dorothy Lounge. Please note that registering online does not guarantee you a table/seating at Friends of Dorothy; it is first come, first serves. Please reserve your seating for Virtual Drag Bingo by contacting Friends of Dorothy Lounge directly on 236.420.4565. 
  • Since this is an online event, you can play from anywhere in the world! Please be advised that you are responsible for shipping and/or pick-up of prizes. 
  • Prizes will be available for pickup within Kelowna, BC.
  • There is no charge to play Virtual Drag Bingo! 
  • Certain prizes require players to be 19+ in order to qualify to win. 
  • NOTE: Virtual Drag Bingo will feature some content that may not be suitable for younger audiences. 

You’ll have the chance to win over $1000 in fabulous prizes from Absolut Vodka, Big White Ski Resort, Dunnenzie’s Pizza Co., Freida Whales, Friends of Dorothy Lounge, frock & fellow, Funktional, Olive & Elle, The Kanata Kelowna Hotel & Conference Centre, Tourism Kelowna, Staples Studio, and Summerhill Pyramid Winery!

REMEMBER: You must register in advance! 

Unicorns.LIVE Virtual Drag Bingo is sponsored by Absolut Vodka, Big White Ski Resort, The Kanata Kelowna Hotel & Conference Centre, and Summerhill Pyramid Winery, and is produced by Rebellious Unicorns Production Company Inc. Get those virtual bingo dabbers ready and we’ll see you on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 for Virtual Drag Bingo.

Rainbow Women in Business – Volume 5

Ivy Thomas has always felt a connection to God and was actively involved in her worshiping congregation. However, when she was in her early 40s, married with two children in their early teens, and considering what she might do with the rest of her life, she felt a strong call to ministry.

It took another three years of what she called “Holy 2 x 4s” before she dared take the leap of faith to go back to school and pursue her Master of Divinity.

The challenges Ivy faced were not so much within the profession, as in the journey to get there. Her decision to follow her call led to the ending of her marriage and a difficult time of adjustment for her family.  It also took her into a time of personal discernment, as she searched to understand who she was as an independent person, no longer attached to her husband.

Shortly after her marriage ended she fell in love with another woman, a fellow student in Seminary. Both of their long-term relationships were ending or had recently ended and they found with each other, a deeply spiritual connection that has continued to grow over the last 19 years.

However, the denomination Ivy grew up in was not accepting of LGBTQ2+ people and so she had to make a decision, and it was an easy one. She turned to the United Church of Canada, which has, since 1988, ordained LGBTQ2+ people.  It was a natural fit not only because of her orientation but because of the social justice perspective to the gospel that is lived out in the denomination.

As an out lesbian clergy, Ivy has been warmly and respectfully welcomed by every member of her congregation. They are a welcoming community on a continual learning curve. They are willing to ask questions, hear explanations, and explore ongoing and expanding ways to be inclusive.

Ivy says, “It’s difficult to choose one favourite thing about ministry. There’s the opportunity to help people develop an awareness of the movement of the Spirit in their lives, and encourage them to open up to and welcome the fullness of the experience, finding meaningful and creative ways to remind people how much they are loved and how important it is to share that love through our everyday living.

“But perhaps the most important thing for me is inviting people to understand God in a way that is meaningful to them.  This often means letting go of the traditional perception of an all-knowing, all-seeing, all-powerful, vengeful, white-bearded guy in the sky, and learning to read the Bible in a way that makes sense for us, today.”

Some advice from Ivy about deciding to enter Ministry:

Discernment, both personal and communal, is essential. Pray, think it through, and talk with others, including those in the field, about your sense of call.  Listen carefully to what people are saying, or perhaps not saying to you.

Never forget that there are many forms of ministry, some are clergy roles, some are not.  It’s hard to say which are the most important! Ministry is about teamwork.

Know too that the church is an organization filled with real people who are as far from perfect as you are. There are challenges to deal with and much patience required, but underneath it all, as in the rest of our lives, is a group of amazing, beautiful people trying to do the best they can with what they have at the moment.

The church Ivy currently serves is St. Paul’s United, a congregation within the United Church of Canada. They are currently leasing space from the Kelowna Seventh Day Adventist Church at 1130 Springfield Road in Kelowna.

St. Paul’s is a joy-filled congregation that believes in the respect and honouring of all people. No matter who you are, where your life has taken you in the past or where it may lead you in the future.

Okanagan Lifestyle Specialist

Sarah Sucloy is a REALTOR® with Royal LePage Kelowna, helping people buy and sell their homes throughout the Central Okanagan. Her mission statement is easy. She strives to offer reliable and trusted Real Estate Services while saving you time, money, and stress.

Real Estate has always been one of those careers in the back of Sarah’s mind. She originally thought she would become a police officer and studied Criminology in order to do so, but then opportunity came knocking—and the next thing she knew, Sarah and her wife, Amanda, were on a plane to London, England. It was there, while living in England, that Sarah’s real estate career took off.

Sarah ended up scoring a great job with London’s top Real Estate Firm (Foxtons) and flourished; being promoted three times within her first year plus winning awards, she realized this was it! This was her calling.

After moving back to Canada, Sarah knew Real Estate was the career she wanted to continue with.

Royal LePage Kelowna was the right fit for her and continues to be the greatest decision.

Sarah says, “Meeting new people and helping them throughout one of the largest transactions of their lives is absolutely thrilling as well as heartwarming. Becoming a part of that person’s story and sharing new experiences with them is very meaningful. I love it.”

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the real estate business is still happening. People still need to buy or sell their homes. Technology has come such a long way and has allowed her to connect from the comfort of her own home where she is able to set up virtual tours and even host online open houses.

While on the road, amongst other precautions, Sarah’s car is stocked with gloves, masks, hand sanitizer, and wipes. She is taking all reasonable measures to protect everyone’s safety when viewing homes and doing deals.

The best way to support Sarah right now is through referrals and reaching out! Following her business page – Sarah Sucloy Real Estate on Facebook and Instagram are an added bonus. Sarah’s Royal LePage office can be found at 1890 Cooper Rd #1, Kelowna, BC

Sarah’s advice on starting your own business. “Do it! It is scary at first but if you believe in yourself, it will be worth it.”

Rebellious Unicorns Newsletter – May 2020

MX. Virtual – Lunch & Learn

Hungry for some socializing? Thirsting for interaction? Us too! The MX. Online returns on Thursday, May 21 over the ‘Lunch Hour’ from 12-1pm with a focus on some of our community’s favourite LGBT2Q+ owned providers of food, beverage, and good times.

Join us for a virtual panel discussion, ‘Lunch & Learn’ style, featuring: Rudy Tomazic (Friends of Dorothy Lounge); Karen MacKenzie (DunnEnzies Pizza Co.); Kevin Bodja (QB Gelato; and Matt Bliskis (TNT Dynamite Gourmet Food Truck).

These dynamic and resilient owner-operators will bring you up to speed on how the pandemic has impacted their business, current state of operations and how you can access their services, what the future may hold, and more. You’ll also have the opportunity to interact with our guests and have your questions answered during the moderated Q&A session to follow.

There is no charge to attend but we ask that you register in advance.
Please consider using the donate option to donate to Etcetera Youth Group.

Interview & Concert with Adam Kern
May 27  – 7:00pm

QUSIC is proud to present Adam Kern for an interview and live concert! Join us May 27 at 7:00pm for the live stream 🎶.

Adam Kern (he/him/his) AKA Fight or Flea is a Kelowna-based solo act bringing an aggressive edge to the singer-songwriter genre. Adam has been performing as Fight or Flea for three years and is working his way up in the Kelowna music scene. His influences include Pat the Bunny, AJJ, Dave Mathews, Just Nick, and Joel Cossette. You can find his new single “Getting Better” on all streaming services; follow him on Instagram.

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June is Pride Month y’all and you’re invited to a virtually fabulous session of Drag Bingo Online on Wednesday, June 3 at 7pm hosted from Friends of Dorothy and live-streamed on the Unicorns.LIVE Facebook page. Your host(esses) will guide you through a veritable wonderland of numbers and nonsense, replete with prizes and Pride!

We are looking for more prizes!
Please email Kris if you are interested in providing a prize!

Join us – Live!

When viewed through a technological lens, today’s world has become too polished, too perfect, and over-curated. But real life doesn’t have an ‘edit function’ or ‘photo filters’; real life happens, moment by moment…in real time. 

Unicorns.LIVE is a safe space, with tons of room for creativity and expression but absolutely no room for hate. We hope you’ll enjoy our inclusive lineup of entertainment options, along with our approach to experiencing life and each live stream as it unfolds. 

Unicorns.LIVE: Authentic. Unfiltered. Live.

This past Saturday was our second episode of A Sip With Sparkle – in celebration of National Caesar Day, it was all about Caesar.

Missed the live stream? You can still check out the rewatch! 

Watch Saturday’s a Sip with Sparkle

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