50 Years of Transforming Lives and Communities



50logoOn Friday, Sept. 27 Okanagan College will officially celebrate 50 years of providing education and training to the people of our region. The B.C. Vocational School opened its doors in Kelowna on Sept. 28, 1963 with help from then-Premier of British Columbia, W.A.C. Bennett. In the five decades since then, through amalgamations, growth, development and constantchange, our institution has delivered valuable training to tens of thousands of students and helped communities throughout the region with economic, social and cultural development.

The College wants to celebrate and honour its historic past with the people who have helped make it all possible. We are reaching out to former students and employees of the B.C. Vocational School, Okanagan College and Okanagan University College as we prepare to celebrate our 50th birthday.

We know our former students and friends have spread throughout the world and we’re inviting them home to the Okanagan for a fun, informal party we’re planning on Sept. 27, 2013. We’re also asking them to connect with us electronically to relate stories from their time at Okanagan College, and to nominate those people who have made a difference over our five decades of quality training and education.

Join us for a celebration50th Invite

When: Friday, Sept. 27 from 3 - 7 p.m.
Where: Kelowna campus courtyard, 1000 KLO Road
What: An opportunity to catch up with friends, colleagues, teachers, administrators, community partners and students.


During our celebration we will also be announcing the 50 people who made a difference in our five decades.

The 50 people for acknowledgement will be chosen by an ad hoc committee of current and former employees of Okanagan College and Okanagan University College.


The names of those who will be acknowledged will be revealed Sept. 27, 2013 at our celebration.

Do you have a story to share?

Part of the celebration is in the telling and retelling of the stories and anecdotes that go along with an institution such as ours, whether the employees' tales or the student recollections. We invite you to submit your stories and photos and we will find ways to use them to help mark the occasion. Write more than once, pass on your photos, and join us to make 50 a special birthday for an institution that has done much to transform lives and communities. Visit www.okanagan.bc.ca/50stories to share your story.