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Cactus Club Cafe Kelowna Yacht Club Supports Memorial Fund Benefitting Okanagan College Culinary Arts Students

The new Cactus Club Cafe located along Kelowna’s waterfront has only been open for a few weeks but the restaurant is already dishing up support for the next wave of culinary artists.

OC Culinary Arts

Okanagan College Culinary Arts students and instructor

Cactus Club has donated $5,000 to the Okanagan College Foundation in support of the Kelroy Munroe Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship assists students in the Culinary Arts Program, and honours the late chef for which the award is named—an alumni both of the College and of Cactus Club.

Munroe, who was born in Jamaica, came to Canada on an exchange program to study Culinary Arts at Okanagan College. He was working as a sous chef at Cactus Club on Banks Road in Kelowna when his life was cut short by a tragic boating accident in August of 2010.

The local Cactus Club Cafe Kelowna established the annual memorial award in 2011 to aid students that have completed the ten-month Culinary Arts program and are planning to pursue Level 3 of the apprenticeship program, and a career as a professional chef. Two tuition credits of $500 each are disbursed each year.

Since 2011, nine students have received $4,500 in tuition credits through the award.

This new support from Cactus Club will enhance and help to ensure the continuation of the award for years to come. The next recipients will be selected in June of 2016.

More information about this and other awards at Okanagan College is available at www.okanagan.bc.ca/awards or email financialaid@okanagan.bc.ca.