Tom Kemp

tomkempIt is with great sadness we announce the passing of Tom Kemp after a short struggle with ALS.

Tom moved to Penticton in 1972 with his wife Carol and their 2 children, Brenda and Andrea. He opened an accounting practice on his own and then later partnered with his friend and colleague Bob Harvey where they formed Kemp Harvey and Co., CGA’s, which still operates today. There are now 7 Kemp Harvey offices throughout the province, something that Tom was extremely proud of. Tom partially retired in 1999, and the Penticton office he helped create, is now operated by his daughter Andrea and her business partner Nicole Thompson. Throughout his life, Tom was an active Member of the CGA Association of BC and in 1989 he was President. He was also a member of the CGA Board of Canada.

From the beginning, Tom was active member in the community. He was a member of the Peach Festival Society, Kiwanis, Ironman Canada, VFCU, Penticton Yacht Club, and several other boards.

Tom is survived by his loving partner Liz Bingham, daughters Brenda (Robyn), Andrea (Rick), former spouse and long-time friend Carol Kemp, and brother Albert (Barb). Tom loved to dance and was an outgoing man; always the life of the party.

Further information can be found in the printed obituary.  Our thoughts are with Tom’s family during this time.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the SPCA or the Penticton Red Cross HELP Program.

Kemp Harvey partner featured in CGA-BC magazine

Terry Craig, Kemp Harvey Kemp Inc. partner and CGA, was featured in the autumn issue of the CGA-BC Outlook magazine.

Craig’s recent Ultraman Canada participation, as well as his mission to break down barriers preventing living organ donation, were highlighted in the publication.

Please click on this link to see the Outlook article and photos:  CGA Outlook Magazine Autumn 2012 .

Living donor, CGA Terry Craig is now an Ultraman

It was an emotional day for family and friends of the CGA community, as Terry and Laura Craig crossed the Ultraman Canada finish line together on August 6, 2012 in Summerland, BC: all in the name of living donor awareness.

Terry Craig, a CGA with Kemp Harvey Kemp Inc. in Osoyoos and Penticton, is now an Ultraman, who happens to have only one kidney.

In 2005, Terry donated a kidney to his wife, Laura, a couple months after their wedding.  The amazing years that followed the kidney donation were full of health, but, in 2010, an aggressive virus attacked Laura’s body and, in turn, she exprienced kidney failure in the donor kidney.  She is now on dialysis and back on the kidney transplant waiting list.  This August, Terry did the Ultraman in an effort to show the world what living donors can do, after their surgery, and he also did it to raise awareness about the empowering and positive experience which is saving a life through the act of donating a kidney.

Terry completed the gruelling 514.5-kilometre, three-day Ultraman Canada triathlon event in 33 hours, 54 minutes and 49 seconds during a long Okanagan-Similkameen weekend filled with extreme heat, August 4 to 6, 2012.

The first day of the event included a challenging 10-kilometre swim on Skaha Lake in Penticton.  On the first and second day of the Ultraman, participants covered a difficult total of 420.2-kilometres: bicyling various routes through communities such as Penticton, Okanagan Falls, Oliver, Osoyoos, Keremeos, Princeton and Allison Lake, BC.  The third and last day of the event featured an exhausting 84.3-kilometre, double marathon on the Old Princeton/Summerland highway.

Through the whole weekend, Terry had the love of his life, Laura, by his side and nearby in a crew van with other family and friends supporting his effort.

The Craigs were greeted by many proud supporters along the way, and also celebrated with them at the finish line August 6, 2012.

Congratulations, Terry and Laura Craig!  We are all so proud of you!

Be the Kidney!

Photo credit: Andrew Stuckey, Star North Communications

Please see http://bethekidney.wordpress.com/2012/08/06/terry-craig-is-an-ultraman/ for the story and pictures, as well as www.bethekidney.com for updates and photos from the past.  There will be more posts from Terry Craig, himself, during the next few weeks.  Follow Terry and Laura Craig (@bethekidney) on Twitter: www.twitter.com/bethekidney for more updates.