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15 years of keeping downtown Kelowna a safe, positive environment

A sold out Downtown After 5 wished Ron Beahun a happy retirment on Wednesday
Ron Beahun receives an award for his 15 years of service with the Downtown Kelowna Association. (Jen Zielinski/ Black Press Media)

It was a packed house for the last Downtown After 5 event in Kelowna of the year and one Ron Beahun will probably never forget.

Beahun, the man responsible for building the Downtown Kelowna Association’s (DKA) On Call and Clean Team was welcomed to the Laurel Packing House stage by warm applause and smiles as he announced his retirement.

The Manager of On-Street Services was the original hire to develop and manage the team 15 years ago.

It was a sold-out event on Nov.30, with many friends and co-workers of Beahun gathered to see him off into the sunset.

“It’s been quite a ride, as they say, and who knows, I might get back on it,” said Beahun at the event.

In the last five years Reahun and his team have accomplished:

•Picking up 22,166 needles;

•Downtown on call incidents from calls to 250-470-9058: 40,155;

•Downtown on call performed 46,649 safety checks;

•Removed or painted over 1,264 pieces of graffiti.

The On-Street Services team helps with personal safety-related issues and helps create a positive social environment in downtown Kelowna.

With Beahun’s retirement, the DKA has announced that Brent Lobson will be joining the staff as Director of Operations.

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Jen Zielinski

About the Author: Jen Zielinski

Graduated from the broadcast journalism program at BCIT. Also holds a bachelor of arts degree in political science and sociology from Thompson Rivers University.
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