Wilbur Turner & Albert Ascona

Wilbur Turner, Owner Kelowna Wine & Art Piano Bar; and his partner Albert Ascona, Westjet Flight Attendant

Coached by Carley Bailey, Canadian School of Ballet

Wilbur escaped the family farm in Alberta at the age of seventeen to seek out travel and adventure! He loves to contribute to the community and recently acquired Wine & Art, quickly turning it into Kelowna’s hotspot for wine, art and live music. Wilbur is the past president of Okanagan Pride and currently the President of Fierté Canada Pride, and is the president and board chair of Living Positive Resource Centre, a local charitable organization. He was also instrumental in founding “Etcetera”, a support group for LGBTQ youth in Kelowna. His grandchildren proudly call him Grandpa Wilbur. 

Albert grew up in the Philippines and his lifelong dream of working for an airline was fulfilled when he joined WestJet Encore over three years ago. He earned his degree in restaurant and hospitality management, and prior to moving to Canada was a prominent pageant coach and Lion’s Club leader. 

Wilbur and Albert had their first date in January 2016. Their third date was at Wine & Art where they joked with friends that the W&A stood for Wilbur & Albert. Little did they know the business was for sale and within months the acquisition was complete.

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