HR Contacts



Room E508 – Centre for Learning


Human Resources Division
1000 KLO Road
Kelowna BC V1Y 4X8


(250) 762-5445


(250) 862-5621



For more information on position responsibilities, click on the position title. To contact employees by email, click on the appropriate name.

Director, Human Resources
Linda Heska 4419
Executive Assistant
Diane Adair
Manager, Human Resources
Denise Fallis 4208 
Manager, Personnel Services & Systems (on leave)
Margo Kendal
Manager, Human Resources Information Systems Lynda Dreaper   4390
Pension & Benefits Coordinator Charlene Cornett 4603
Recruitment Coordinator (temporary) Linda de Groot 4807
HR Advisor Dawn Southern 4223
HR Advisor Vanessa Morash 4761
HR Analyst  Liz Currie 4547
HR Assistant - Exempt & Support Staff (temporary) Shawna Brotherston 4718
HR Assistant - Exempt & Support Staff Arlene DeBruin 4291
HR Assistant - Faculty & Vocational Staff  Rachelle Nielsen 4449
HR Assistant - Faculty & Vocational Staff  Bianka Blandon 4650


LINDA HESKA - Director, Human Resources (local 4419)

The Director has overall responsibility for the Human Resources function at the College, which includes the development and management of a comprehensive range of human resources programs: succession planning, management compensation, recruitment and development, labour relations and performance management in accordance with the mission, vision, values, goals and policies of Okanagan College. The Director is also responsible for human resource staff development and represents Okanagan College's interests with PSEA and other external agencies.

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DIANE ADAIR - Executive Assistant (local 4717)

Diane provides confidential secretarial and administrative support to the Director, Human Resources, the Manager Human Resources and the HR Division generally.  In addition, Diane supports the Human Resources team in the coordination and delivery of a variety of organizational and employee training and development projects. Additional assignments include Excluded & Support Professional Development, Employee Excellence Awards, Archiving & Records Management, New Employee Orientation, maintenance of the HR website and the coordination of HR Executive and Board Reports.

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DENISE FALLIS -  Manager, Human Resources (local 4208)

Denise administers compensation, benefit and pension systems, liaises with the BC Pension Corporation and benefit providers and provides advice and guidance to management and staff in the areas of compensation and salary administration, absence management, benefits, pension and retirement.  Denise is responsible for reviewing and recommending and implementing new benefit programs as well as analysis and enhancement of existing programs.  Other components of Denise's portfolio includes responsibility for Automated Staffing, Employee Self-Service, Position Descriptions and Applicant Tracing modules (POST), collective bargaining costing and Exempt Terms & Conditions interpretation and administration.  


LYNDA DREAPER- Manager, Human Resources Information Systems (local 4390)

Lynda is responsible for the evaluation, planning, development, administration and maintenance of all HR-specific information systems, and is responsible for overseeing all internal and external HR reporting and analytics.


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CHARLENE CORNETT - Pension & Benefits Coordinator (local 4603)

Charlene is responsible for Pension & Benefits administration, sick leave, long-term disability, return to work administration and wellness programs.  Charlene is on the Vocational Joint Rehabilitation Committee as well as the Support Staff Joint Early Intervention Committee and provides HR consultative services in retirement planning.

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LINDA DE GROOT - Recruitment Coordinator - Temporary -  (local 4807)

Linda is responsible for planning,developing and implementing recruitment services to attract, recruit and retain qualified employees.  The Coordinator will work with Human Resource Advisors, Managers and departments to identify hiring needs and search requirements; develop and implement effective selection processes; and effectively match candidates with roles in which they will be successful.

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 Human Resource Advisors provide Consultative Services in the following areas:
  • Job Descriptions and Job Evaluation
  • Recruitment & Selection
  • Performance Management
  • Exempt Terms & Conditions and Collective Agreement Interpretation and administration 
  • Exit Interviews
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DAWN SOUTHERN - HR Advisor (local 4223)

As well as Consultative Services, Dawn is involved in Harassment Investigations, Faculty and Vocational Department Chair Orientation, Vocational JUMC, Vocational Joint Rehabilitation Committee and Faculty and Vocational bargaining.  Dawn is responsible for the following departments:  

  • Arts & Foundational Programs
  • Okanagan School of business (including Culinary Arts, Wine, Food & Tourism)
  • Continuing Studies & Corporate Development
  • Ancillary & Business Services
  • Campus Planning & Facilities Management
  • Financial Services
  • Information Technology Services
  • Regional Dean's Offices (Vernon, Salmon Arm, Revelstoke)

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VANESSA MORASH - HR Advisor (local 4761)

As well as Consultative Services, Vanessa is involved in Harassment Investigations, Faculty and Vocational Department Chair Orientation, Support Staff JUMC and Support Staff Joint Early Intervention Program.  Vanessa is responsible for the following departments:

  • President and Vice President's Office
  • Advancement & Alumni Affairs
  • Human Resources
  • Institutional Research
  • International Education
  • Legal Affairs & Policy Development
  • Learning & Applied Research
  • Library Services
  • Public Affairs
  • Regional Dean's Offices - Penticton & Kelowna
  • Registrar's Office
  • Science, Technologies & Health
  • Student Services
  • Trades & Apprenticeship

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Human Resource Assistants have overall responsibility for: 

  • Advertising position vacancies
  • Scheduling job interviews and preparing related materials
  • Staffing activities
  • Benefit and leave administration
  • Acknowledging changes in employment status
  • General enquiries

LIZ CURRIE - HR Analyst  (local 4547)

Liz's assignment includes Systems & Reporting.

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ARLENE DeBRUIN - HR Assistant - Exempt & Support (local 4291) 

Along with the overall responsibilities noted above, Arlene's employment group assignment includes Exempt & Support Staff.  Additionally, Arlene is responsible for all recruitment-related activities for all employee groups and as well, is involved in the Employee Excellence Awards. 

SHAWNA BROTHERSTON - HR Assistant - Temporary - Exempt & Support (local 4718) 

In conjunction with her overall responsibilities above, Shawna's employee group assignment is Exempt and Support Staff. 

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BIANKA BLANDON - HR Assistant - Faculty & Vocational (local 4650)

Together with the overall responsibilities as noted above, Bianka's employee group assignment is Faculty and Vocational Additionally, Bianka is providing interim support to the Labour Relations Specialist and is involved in the Employee Engagement Survey.

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RACHELLE NIELSEN - HR Assistant - Faculty & Vocational (local 4449)

Assisting with Faculty & Vocational staffing and recruitment.  



  • Arts & Foundational Programs
  • Okanagan School of business (including Culinary Arts, Wine, Food & Tourism)
  • Continuing Studies & Corporate Development
  • Ancillary & Business Services
  • Campus Planning & Facilities Management
  • Financial Services