Kelowna Women in Business celebrated their 2024 Rise Awards on May 15. Created to honour and celebrate the achievements of inspirational members of the Kelowna business community, the Rise Awards nominees undergo a rigorous nomination process that culminates with a celebratory ceremony and banquet.

Congratulations to all nominees, finalists, and award winners. 


Woman of the Year 

Dr. Kyleen Myrah, Okanagan College Business Professor


  • Karen Erickson, IG Private Wealth Management
  • Dhorea Ramanula, Hemi's Holistic Healing Centre Society
  • Maddi Violet, Ve Oh Lay Acres


Change Maker Award

Carmen Rempel, Kelowna's Gospel Mission 


  • Allisha Heidt, Social Impact Entrepreneur
  • Naomi Mison, First Nations Finance Authority
  • Dr. Hilary Pada, CO₂llaborative Care + Research


Spirit Award

Jenny Money, President - Okanagan Indigenous Music and Arts Society


  • Tanesha Blake, Aristocrat Creations – Luxury Home Decor; and Financial Advisor, CIBC
  • Dhorea Ramanula, Hemi's Holistic Healing Centre Society
  • Denise Young, Tiger's Eye Advisory Group