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
Vacant Vacant
Manager, Human Resources Information Systems Lynda Dreaper   4390
Manager, Staffing, Benefits & Compensation  Vacant  
Pension & Benefits Coordinator Charlene Cornett 4603
Pension & Benefits Coordinator Vacant  
Recruitment Coordinator  Vacant
HR Advisor Emily Kompauer 4228
HR Advisor Vanessa Morash 4761
HR Advisor Dawn Southern 4223
HR Analyst  Liz Currie 4547
HR Analyst Bianka Blandon  4650
HR Assistant - Exempt & Support Staff (temporary) Patti Heinzelmann 4718
HR Assistant - Faculty, Vocational, Exempt & Support Staff Arlene DeBruin 4291
HR Assistant - Faculty, Vocational, Exempt & Support Staff  Rachelle Nielsen 4449
 HR Assistant - Recruitment (temporary) Kendra Jensen  4807 


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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Vacant -  Manager, Human Resources 

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.  The Manager, Human Resources is also responsible for reviewing, recommending and implementing new benefit programs as well as analysis and enhancement of existing programs.  Other components of  the 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 manages the evaluation, planning, development, administration, maintenance and security of all internal and external HR-specific information systems and is responsible for overseeing all internal and external HR reporting and metrics.  Lynda is responsible for the administration of Automated Staffing, Employee Self-Service, Position Descriptions and Applicant Tracking modules (POST) and coordinates the implementation of changes including business process changes resulting from collective agreement or contract changes.  Other components of Lynda's portfolio include research and feasibility of technology solutions to enhance administrative and client services.  


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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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Recruitment Coordinator -  (Vacant)  

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)
BIANKA BLANDON - HR Analyst (local 4650)

Bianka and Liz provide technical, analytical and professional support and guidance and participate in the planning, development, implementation and maintenance of Human Resources information systems and reporting.  They are responsible for the development/coordination of HRIS reporting and metrics and ensure HRIS data integrity.  They also recommend and implement improvements to business processes and procedures related to reporting and systems to gain efficiencies and enhance services.  Other components of their portfolio include the coordination of the calendar year-end leave processes (ELMS) and are the first point of contact for position control.

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ARLENE DeBRUIN - HR Assistant - Faculty, Vocational, 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. 

PATTI HEINZELMANN - HR Assistant - Temporary - Exempt & Support (local 4718) 

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

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RACHELLE NIELSEN - HR Assistant - Faculty, Vocational, Exempt & Support Staff (local 4449)

Assisting with Faculty, Vocational, Exempt and Support Staff staffing and recruitment.  


KENDRA JENSEN - HR Assistant - (Recruitment) temporary - (local 4807)

  • 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