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In Focus | Karina Yetman

Meet Karina Yetman. Karin is born and raised in Kamloops. She is a resilient woman who enjoys trying out the new cafes around town and getting to the great outdoors.

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Where are you from and how long have you lived in Kamloops?
Born and raised Kamloops, moved away for 7 years, got married, had two babies, and now we are back! been back for 3 years now. my husband and I own our own local HVAC business.

Who is your favourite person to spend time with and why?
My husband actually, he is always up for learning something new, having good chats, eating good food and taking our family on new adventures!

What is your favourite local store in Kamloops and why?
My favourite local place to go is for food and coffee :) I love going to Brownstone, Redbeard, Gold Leaf, BeTEAsed, Forno on 5th, yummy yummy yummy!

Describe yourself in one word.

If you could go anywhere in the world right at this moment where would you go and why?
Japan, I want to go with my family and immerse ourselves in their culture, the people, the food, the smells, the adventure.
<who> Photo Credit: Karina Yetman

What is your favourite activity in Kamloops?
Eating and trying new cafes and restaurants.

What is the most embarrassing thing that has happened to you?
Try not to get embarrassed but definitely awkward when I invited people over for a party and someone else finds out and then makes it awkward that I didn't invite them. learned I just have to invite everyone! :)

What is the most inspiring thing that has happened to you?
Becoming a mum. becoming a mum pushed me to take a good long look at my heart, my thought process, my reactions, and my motives. my two little boys are little miracles, as every child is! but they have shown me in a big way that I want to be ok myself so that I can help them be ok.

Tell us your favourite childhood memory.
Outside, the river, the lake, campfires, family, cabin time, water-skiing, dirt biking, music in the park, popsicles.

Where do you volunteer or give back to in the community?
<who> Photo Credit: Karina Yetman

If you could change one thing in the world what would it be?
The need for greed.

Where would you sneak away to in Kamloops to spend some time alone?
Hiking around Kamloops lake

Where would you like to see positive change in Kamloops and why?
In our roads and our airport. we are a great city with so much potential, but our airport has limited access, and the first impression of our great city is the lack of infrastructure. we have much to give, so let's show it

What do you think makes Kamloops great?
The people, hard-working people that have the hope that a handshake still means something.

What are 3 things on your bucket list?
- Travel with my kids to show them other cultures.
- Scuba dive to a sunken ship.
- Race a ferrari.
<who> Photo Credit: Karina Yetman

Tell us something that not everyone may know about you.
I have a big heart but you can't always see it because I can come across intimidating.

How do people connect with you, personally, through social media?

What is the name of your business/organization?
Honey + Hive.

Why did you get into/start this business?
My husband and I started looking after beehives, we went from 2 one year to 10, we currently have 11, with two rooftop hives in Kamloops on participating businesses.

What is the goal of your business?
Our goal is to bring awareness about the bees and their role, community involvement, and corporate incentives to be more bee friendly.
<who> Photo Credit: Karina Yetman

What has been your biggest struggle either at work or in life?
To be content with today, and trust the future.

What do you always find yourself saying?
Doors open doors close.

Tell us your best piece of life advice?
Theodore Roosevelt gave a speech in 1910 now known as the Man in the Arena, read it. :)

If you could spend one whole day with anyone in the world who is currently alive, who would you select?
A pediatric surgeon, to see their effort to help children. they are behind the scenes, our media doesn't talk about them very often.

Why do you think it is important to shop locally?
Supporting local business's everyone wins, you spend money locally it keeps a business going, that very possibly may in return keep your business going or your place of employment. encouraging economic growth, helps us in more ways than we know.
<who> Photo Credit: Karina Yetman

What has been your proudest accomplishment?
To face odds that I never expected or could have imagined.

Give someone you think that deserves it a shout out and explain why!
Rudi Hoffman, he is the owner of Counters Only. He has a big heart, a great local company with so much talent. He and his wife came from Germany, knew no English, and now they have 3 children and are apart of the Kamloops economy. overcoming odds.

My choice for the KamloopsBCNow In Focus spotlight is:
Rudi Hoffman

Some general comments I would like to share are:
We are a local honey and beehive company. We want to see more beehive in Kamloops! From rooftop corporate hives to hives at the parks (with fences around of course, and all safety precautions are taken) and beehive sponsorship, we can do more to help local crops, gardens, our food, our fruit, so much! And the sweet side is the honey harvest, can you imagine presenting a package of YKA in Flight to dignitaries of the different strains of honey that has been harvested from all over our great city! The flavours, the color would all be different depending on where the bees have harvested. Then to have schools, local artists painting the beehives and using them as another platform for their talent. Local business's being able to sell honey in their shops, local restaurants with hives at their building and them using their own hive's honey in their restaurant recipes! So mum potential, so much to give back to the community, not only helping our food but the opportunity to donate to worthy causes.
<who> Photo Credit: Karina Yetman

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