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November 26, 2013
Donation
Steve Jenkins (second from left) of TELUS
presents interim Dean of Science, Health, and
Technology Allison MacMillan and Electronic
Engineering Technology Chair Nadir Ould-Khessal
with a cheque for RoboCup.

TELUS dials into Western Canada's
RoboCup Junior event with
big donation to Okanagan College

About 200 elementary and secondary students across the Okanagan will be putting their robots through the paces this year in more RoboCup challenges than ever, thanks to a generous donation from TELUS.

TELUS has donated $8,000 to the Okanagan College Foundation, and the money has been used to create new competition platforms so that young students of all ages interested in technology can compete with their robots in any one of the three categories – dance, soccer or rescue.

Steve Jenkins, TELUS General Manager for Interior South BC, said his company sees value in RoboCup inspiring youngsters and teens to consider technical training as a promising career choice.

Read more from the College's media release.

November 20, 2013

Okanagan College Foundation hands out thousands of dollars to Kelowna students

Okanagan College Media Release

Jenny Monaghan Nov 2013More than 100 Okanagan College students attending the Kelowna campus will have smiles on their faces and more money in their pockets this week when awards totaling $162,766 are handed out from the Okanagan College Foundation.

One hundred and thirty-four students are receiving a total of 173 awards at the annual awards reception, which takes place Thursday, Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. at the Kelowna campus.

"Each one of these students is very deserving of these awards, and awards like this encourage students to do their best in their studies. They are role models for many other students on campus," said Regional Dean Heather Schneider.

Practical Nursing student Jenny Monaghan, 29, will be among those receiving an award – the second time she's done so.

"This makes a huge difference to me and my family," said Monaghan, who is receiving the Gorman Bros. Lumber and the Rotary Club of Kelowna Vocational Award for Nursing, worth $5,000. Last year she received the Ernest and Irene Dayton LPN Tuition Bursary, designed to assist students in financial need.

"This year's award is helping with the added expense of childcare for my six and seven year old," she said. "I received a student loan, but that just covered my tuition. This means my husband and I are not stressing about money, on top of school, and taking care of our family. Receiving an award like this really means a lot."

Over the years, numerous organizations and individuals have established memorial awards, scholarships, and bursaries, including groups like the Real Estate Foundation, Applied Science Technologists & Technicians of B.C., and the TD Bank Financial Group.

"This awards night means a lot to students, but it is also significant for our donors who appreciate a chance to meet the recipients and see for themselves how donating to the Foundation has helped power the College's promise to transform lives," said Kathy Butler, Executive Director of the Okanagan College Foundation.

The Kelowna awards night is just one of four awards receptions held at each of the campuses. Awards given out at these receptions represent a portion of the total number of awards granted each year to deserving Okanagan College students.

In the 2012-13 fiscal year the Okanagan College Foundation gave out $676,826 in scholarships and bursaries.


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November 13, 2013

Okanagan College Foundation hands out thousands of dollars to Penticton students

Trina Carroll Nov 2013Dozens of Okanagan College students attending the Penticton campus will have smiles on their faces and more money in their pockets this week when awards totaling $41,750 are handed out from the Okanagan College Foundation.

Thirty-three students will be receiving 44 awards at the annual Awards Reception, which takes place Thursday, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. at the Penticton campus.

"Each one of these students is very deserving of these awards, and awards like this encourage students to do their best in their studies. They are role models for many other students on campus," said South Okanagan-Similkameen Regional Dean Donna Lomas.

One of those students receiving more than one award is Trina Carroll, a 38 year old single mother of twins, who is in her third year to obtain her Bachelor Degree in Business Administration. 

Carroll is receiving three awards: The Jim Henderson 3rd year business award, the City of Penticton Centennial Community Spirit Award, and the Harley Biddlecombe Legacy Award. After receiving seven awards in 2012, Carroll says: "I'm a whole different person now. I see opportunities where I used to see challenges. Before I used to think I couldn't do it. Now I look at something and figure: why not give it a shot? Thank you donors, a hundred times."

Over the years, numerous organizations and individuals have established memorial awards, scholarships, and bursaries, including groups like Valley First, Penticton Women in Business, Okanagan Fest-of-Ale and the Kiwanis Club of Penticton.

"This Awards night means a lot to students, but it is also significant for our donors who appreciate a chance to meet the recipients and see for themselves how donating to the Foundation has helped power the College's promise to transform lives," said Kathy Butler, Executive Director of the Okanagan College Foundation.

The Penticton awards night is just one of four Awards receptions held at each of the campuses. Awards given out at these receptions represent a portion of the total number of awards granted each year to deserving Okanagan College students.

In the 2012-13 fiscal year, the Okanagan College Foundation gave out $676,826 in scholarships and bursaries.


November 8, 2013

College honours students

Vernon Morning Star

Dozens of Okanagan College students attending the Vernon campus have smiles on their faces after awards totaling $41,000 were handed out.

Thirty-five students received 58 awards from the Okanagan College Foundation Thursday.

"Each one of these students is very deserving of these awards, and awards like this encourage students to do their best in their studies. They are role models for many other students on campus," said dean Jane Lister.

One of those students receiving more than one award was Brian Garvin, a 23-year-old student who is in the second year of his associate of arts degree with plans to become a social worker.

Garvin received the R.J. Gillespie Memorial Award, the Rotary Club of Vernon Award, and the Peter and Maria Jakubow Bursary, totaling $2,000.

"The generosity blows me away," said Garvin.

"One day I hope I'm in a position to do the same for someone else because it really means a lot."

Over the years, numerous organizations and individuals have established memorial awards, scholarships, and bursaries, including groups like the Rotary Club of Vernon, Valley First Credit Union, and the Community Foundation of the North Okanagan.


October 3, 2013
College toasts BC Wine Information Society and new sensory lab

Okanagan College is on its way to establishing a new sensory lab in the heart of wine country, thanks to a $300,000 donation from the BC Wine Information Society, which operates the BC VQA Wine Information Centre in Penticton.

The new BC Wine Information Centre Sensory Lab will be located at the Penticton campus of Okanagan College and will be the first educational facility of its type in the valley. The classroom-style lab will create a tasting environment similar to those already in existence at Brock University and Niagara College in Ontario.

"We wanted to partner with Okanagan College because they have already been instrumental in educating so many of our exceptional winemakers in this region," said Keith Bevington, President of the BC Wine Information Society, at the announcement made Wednesday in Penticton. "This sensory lab will attract new students to the industry right in the heart of B.C.'s wine country." 

"This is an important step in the evolution of our programming at Okanagan College, and demonstrates how important the relationship is between the College and the industry," said Okanagan College president Jim Hamilton. "Partnerships such as this with the BC Wine Information Society are what makes Okanagan College unique, and what will bring more people to the College for exceptional training in the food, wine and tourism industries."

Jonathan Rouse, Director of Wine, Food and Tourism at Okanagan College, said this new facility underlines the College's commitment to diversified programming.

"We have the privilege of training and educating students in a region that is renowned for its quality wines and we understand just how valuable it is for our college to strengthen its ties to industry experts in order to create the best possible opportunities for students," he said. "This generous donation will allow us to build a facility that will be extremely helpful for our students, as well as the B.C. wine industry. It will be a significant asset."

Rouse said students interested in winemaking, those pursuing viticulture and those aiming to work in the hospitality industry with a focus on food and wine, will benefit from the creation of this lab, which is outfitted with a complete kitchen and multimedia facilities that can broadcast instructional material worldwide.

"The sensory lab classroom has been expressly designed to meet the needs of a research-oriented facility, and one that is interactive and engaging for students," Rouse said. "Our aim is to create a flexible environment to meet a range of programming needs, from the amateur to the professional."

labBevington said it's vital to the future of the industry that students understand how an individual wine emerges through the particular mix of the varietal (the grape), the vintage (the year), the region where the grape is grown (also known as the terroir) and the producer itself (the winemaker).

"The instructors at Okanagan College come straight from industry – they're producing award-winning wines now and passing their knowledge down to these students. This lab will help them create a controlled environment so students can learn more about what ends up in the glass."

The Okanagan College Foundation received the $300,000 donation from the BC Wine Information Society, which will provide the bulk of the funding for this $480,000 project. 

"The BC Wine Information Society operates the BC VQA Wine Information Centre in Penticton as a non-profit entity," explained Bevington. "Thanks to the support of our local customers, we are able to leverage proceeds from the store to help us deliver on our goal of increasing awareness and growth of BC wines. This investment will help facilitate an ever-increasing group of knowledgeable BC wine ambassadors." 

The new BC Wine Information Centre Sensory Lab will provide 24 seats in a 120-square metre space. In keeping with the College's commitment to sustainability, it will be designed to meet the Living Building Challenge standards. The lab is expected to be open and available for students in January 2014. 

Renee Martin, past-president of the BC Grapegrowers Association, also sees the benefit to industry.

"As contributors to B.C.'s vital agricultural economy, I am excited that the classroom could be used for much more than just wine tasting – as it would lend itself to sensory evaluation of food as well, and could also be used for research purposes."
The BC Wine Information Centre Sensory Lab at Okanagan College's Penticton campus is being designed by CEI Architecture Planning Interiors, who also designed Okanagan College's award-winning Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Technologies and Renewable Energy Conservation.


More Media Coverage (all links will open in a new window)

Global News (Video) - WATCH: The science of wine
Penticton Herald - WINE: College, wine industry align again
Penticton Western News - Wine industry invests in Penticton college campus
Vines and Designs - New Sensory Lab for Okanagan College!
Betty Dish - Wine Sensory Lab Coming to Penticton
Wines & Vines - Wine Sensory Lab Receives Funding



September 30, 2013

School year ends with $500 scholarship

Jeanette SlaterGraduation feels just a little bit sweeter for a 30-year-old Kelowna student at Okanagan College after receiving the Charles Laird Memorial Award.

Linda Laird and her mother Billie Laird, widow of Charles Laird, presented the award to Jeanette Slater just weeks before she completed her Health Care Assistant (HCA) certificate.

"This award is definitely appreciated," Jeanette Slater says. "Being a student is tough, especially when you have a child."' A mother of a three-year-old, Slater spent six months juggling a full-time course load and taking care of her very helpful daughter, who thankfully went to bed at 7 p.m. so Slater could stay on top of her homework.

Slater said she's already completed a few practicums – including one at The Village at Smith Creek, where Charles Laird spent his last few months. "You people really make a huge difference in that field," Billie Laird told Slater, recalling the care her husband received.

"My mother's a care aid and a bunch of my friends are in the field too," Slater said. "I will be thinking of you and knowing how important HCAs were during your husband's time of needing care. When I am giving care to my patients I know that their families are counting on us to give the best care of their loved ones during their last years of life."

Lexlaur Properties Inc. provides three Charles Laird Memorial Awards each year to students who are enrolled full-time in the Health Care Assistant program, based on a combination of academic achievement and financial need.


September 27, 2013
Trades Scholarship Created

Patrick WaunchOkanagan College students enrolled in the mechanical building trades got some heavy industry backing with the announcement of a new award from the Southern Interior Construction Association.

SICA is contributing $17,500 over the next five years to create the SICA Patrick Waunch Award.

"This annual award of $3,500 will make it easier for students to get their certificates in refrigeration and air conditioning, sheet metal work or plumbing," said Bill Everitt, SICA chief operating officer.

"We also wanted to take the opportunity to create something that would recognize Patrick Waunch who has contributed so much to this industry."

Waunch, Rambow Mechanical president, has played an instrumental role in SICA, sitting on the board for nearly two decades. A holder of Red Seal tickets in four mechanical trades, Waunch is a member of Okanagan College's program advisory committee, and has held numerous roles at the provincial and national level.

A past-chairperson of the B.C. Construction Association, Waunch currently serves as chairperson of the Trade Contractors Council for the Canadian Construction Association.

"This award is very generous," said Brad Oliver, chairperson of the mechanical building trades department at Okanagan College.

"It will help somebody not so fortunate to get into the trade and maybe later think about giving something back, like Patrick has."

Pictured: Patrick Waunch, president of Rambow Mechanical and new named award honoree.


September 19, 2013

Okanagan College Students Receive Telus Scholarships

Jordy Koenig 2013 Recipients

Three Okanagan College students with top first year marks in the Network and Telecommunications Engineering Technology program have received a total of $5,000 through the Jordy Koenig Telus Scholarships awards.

Scott Ambler received the gold award of $2,500, while his classmates Bryer Edwards and Adam Walsh took silver ($1,500) and bronze ($1,000) respectively.

Jordy Koenig, who is a network technician in optical transport at Telus, presented the awards  to the three students before their first and second year peers at the Kelowna campus.

"This is a very tough course," Koenig told the group, and encouraged the students to stay the course noting that many technicians will be retiring in the next two to five years.

"As a company we've benefited immensely from students who have gone through this program," he said.

Ambler thanked Telus for providing the scholarship, which in his case essentially covered his tuition for first year.

"Seeing the recipients of this award last year gave me the drive to strive for the best marks I could," he said.

This marks the seventh year that the Jordy Koenig Telus Scholarships have been handed out to Okanagan College students.

Pictured: L-to-R: Jordy Koenig, Scott Ambler, Adam Welsh, Bryer Edwards, and Telus Service Assurance Manager Ken Smith


September 13, 2013
Scholarship Win Makes Best Friday the 13th Ever

Kimberly McGuinness receives the 2013 Geoffrey and Anitz Tozer Memorial Fund award.Kimberly McGuinness was having one of those days when nothing was going right.

Until, that is, she heard a ding on her cell phone.

"There was an email saying I had won this scholarship," said McGuinness, who completed her Education Assistant Certificate in June. "I had completely forgotten I'd even applied."

The scholarship that made her day came from the Geoffrey and Anita Tozer Memorial Fund, which provides $1,500 annually to a student who has enrolled in the Education Assistant program at Okanagan College.

Allen Tozer presented the award personally to McGuinness recently at the Kelowna campus.

He said the award was created in part to honour the memory of his mother, who was a tremendous teacher. In addition, he experienced the value of the program as he watched his own daughter receive support and thrive as a child, thanks to the work of Education Assistants.

The two finished the presentation with a hug.

"I won't ever forget that Friday the 13th," McGuinness said. "It changed everything."

Pictured: Kimberly McGuinness is all smiles as Allen Tozer presents her with a cheque for $1,500 from the Geoffrey and Anitz Tozer Memorial Fund.


August 27, 2013
Announcing Our New Award: The Factory Foundation Trades Entrance Bursaries

The Factory (Group of Companies) has established one or more annual entrance awards of $2,500 each to be disbursed as a tuition credit to students enrolled in one of the following Foundation Trades programs at the Kelowna Campus of Okanagan College:  Carpentry, Electrical, Plumbing or Welding.  The individual company owners comprising The Factory feel strongly about supporting students wishing to pursue their career objectives at Okanagan College and are passionate about helping create bright futures for deserving trades students, particularly those with financial needs.

The Okanagan College Foundation is very proud to announce this new award and partnership, and we encourage you to learn more about The Factory Group of Companies by clicking on the following video link:

The Factory