Bright Start Alumni Challenge

Will you rise to the challenge OC & OUC Alum? 

Allison Markin and Quentin Markin, two siblings who started their post-secondary education at Okanagan College, have issued a challenge to all Okanagan College and Okanagan University College alumni in support of the new child care centre at the Penticton campus.  

Alumni who donate to the "Bright from the Start" Penticton Child Care Centre will have their funds matched by the siblings up to a collective total of $10,000. By doubling the donations, they hope to raise $20,000 to give a bright start to the next generation of learners. 

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Meet the Markins 


Allan and Evelyn Markin ensured that their children, Allison and Quentin, grew up with an appreciation for education. The Markin family has many ties to Okanagan College, which began in 1988 when the family moved to Penticton for Allan to take on the role of Campus Director. 

Allison and Quentin attended the Penticton campus for their first year of post-secondary schooling before going on to complete advanced degrees elsewhere. Quentin is a highly regarded international lawyer and Allison is an in-demand marketing expert with her own consulting business in Penticton and has worked in higher education, including teaching courses at Okanagan College. She currently works in the College's Public Affairs department. 

Parents Allan and Evelyn are well known for championing many educational, fundraising and community-based initiatives in the Penticton area.

In his role at the College, Allan oversaw the expansion of the campus with the addition of the Ashnola building. Now retired, he contributes his knowledge and time to arts and cultural initiatives, boards and committees. Evelyn, a former elementary school teacher, now oversees the Mirror Image Room in Penticton, which supplies wigs and head coverings to people experiencing hair loss due to chemotherapy.

In recognition of their parents’ 50th wedding anniversary, their connection to the College, and their collective familial belief in the transformative power of education, Quentin and Allison have together pledged $10,000 to the daycare campaign in honour of their parents.

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Donate Now. Testimonials. I believe there's no better way to show gratitude for the bright start you received at OC than to help provide a bright start for children in our community. Cory Nelmes. OC Alumna. Next testimonial. It takes our alumni to support