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Team Capital News

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Michael Rodriquez, Natalia Cuevas-Huaico and Ashton Lepage


The Capital News has served the communities of the Central Okanagan since 1930. Our award-winning team is very excited to be a part of Swinging With The Stars as this program is all about giving back to the community which aligns with our mandate. Our dancers are a mixture of experienced with Natalia Cuevas-Huaico and inexperienced with Michael Rodriguez. We are also fortunate to have Ashton Lepage from Interior Health join our crew. Our Capital News family has had staff experience challenges with Cancer in the last few years so we are very honoured to have the opportunity to pay it forward through this event. Capital News, a division of Black Press Media, Where Tradition Meets Innovation.

Professional Dance Instructor

Jen Harden is a graduate of the Canadian School of Ballet, with 15 years of dance training in the disciplines of ballet, tap, jazz and contemporary. Jen has completed her Royal Academy of Dance Advanced Level 1 and has performed in "The Nutcracker" for 11 years, which included the role of the Arabian Queen. She was also a dancer in CSB's “Company B” for 4 years, which gave her the opportunity to perform at Swinging with the Stars for several years. Jen is now an instructor at CSB where she has been teaching tap and jazz for 4 years. This is Jen's 3rd year as an instructor for SWTS and is proud to be a part of such a wonderful organization. Her grandparents spent their last moments in hospice and she knows how important COHA is. 

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Professional Dance Instructor

Madison Koch has 15 years of dance training in ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, and hip hop. She has competed throughout Canada and parts of the United States, winning multiple awards. Through dance, she found her passion for fitness and continued on to get her personal training and group fitness certifications. This is Madi’s second year with SWTS!

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Campaign Manager

Karen Hill


In October of 1989, Karen began her career in the classified department at the Kelowna Capital News. Most of her tenure in Kelowna was spent in the accounting department where she worked her way to group controller for the Interior with Lower Mainland Publishing and then West Partners Publishing when they bought the newspaper in 2001. In 2003, Black Press purchased the Capital News and Karen integrated into the accounting department, working with the president on all the southern divisions until she took on the position of publisher at the Vernon Morning Star in 2006. In September 2010, she made her way back to Kelowna as publisher of the Capital News and Lake Country Calendar, as well as our specialty products Food & Wine Trails and Grapes to Wine.

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Central Okanagan Hospice Association
The Central Okanagan Hospice Association (COHA) exists to provide quality hospice palliative care and bereavement programs and services from Lake Country to Peachland at no cost. Hospice palliative care is an approach to care which emphasizes comfort, quality of life and dignity. Support is provided in private homes, long-term-care facilities, Central Okanagan Hospice House, Kelowna General Hospital and at the COHA August Centre.
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