June 2, 2015, Vol. 10, Issue 5
Master Capital Plan
The first round of consultations for Okanagan College’s Master Capital Plan, which looks at the directions for the College’s capital projects, are currently underway at the four campus locations. All employees are invited to participate and provide valuable feedback for the vision of where the institution will be 20 to 25 years from today. Sessions include a review of Okanagan College’s 2007 Master Capital Plan.
Sessions have already been completed in Vernon and Salmon Arm.
Wednesday June 3 at 1 p.m. (room E310)
- Monday June 15 at 10 a.m. (room E202)
- Tuesday June 16 at 1 p.m. (room E102)
Penticton, room PC204:
Tuesday June 9 at 10 a.m.
Wednesday June 10 at 1 p.m.
For more information and if you have questions about the Master Capital Plan, please contact Donna Lomas, Regional Dean South Okanagan-Similkameen.
Internal consultations for the Strategic Planning process are underway and scheduled up to June 16 at the four campus locations. Employees have an opportunity to contribute their ideas that will build on the success and feedback from sessions held earlier this year, and help shape the future of Okanagan College.
Sessions have been held in Salmon Arm, Vernon and Kelowna. Upcoming sessions, each 1.5 hours:
Kelowna (room E103):
Wednesday June 3 at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Monday June 15 at 8:30 and 11:30 a.m.
Tuesday June 16 at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Penticton (room PL120):
Tuesday June 9 at 11:30 a.m.
Wednesday June 10 at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
For session details and schedules, and ongoing updates about the Strategic Planning process, please visit the OC2020 website.
Call for entries
for new College conference
Proposals for conference sessions are now being accepted for the first annual Tiltshift Education Technology Conference at Okanagan College. The series of events will be held on Friday Sept. 25 in the evening, and continue throughout the day on Saturday Sept. 26. The conference is presented by Learning & Teaching and IT Services.
The committee is looking for session proposals in the following streams: making the classroom a better place to be, learning online, new and improved tools for student learning and technology leadership. For further information please visit the Tiltshift website or contact Ross McKerlich.
Your donation could help Okanagan College Foundation win a $10K prize
This June, you can help the Okanagan College Foundation vie for a chance to win a valuable $10,000 donation prize from CanadaHelps to support student scholarships and awards. The month-long Great Canadian Giving Challenge encourages individuals to donate to their favourite charity, with each dollar earning an entry for that charity into the prize-draw. After a minimum donation of $3 dollars, every dollar garners the Okanagan College Foundation an entry in the challenge prize draw. In other words, for a donation of five dollars, you can help the Foundation accrue five entries towards the grand prize.
Contact Richard McAdam (local 4772), or visit the Foundation’s Facebook page or givingchallenge.ca for more information.
Employee health and wellness newsletter
The June edition of The Balance Sheet newsletter looks at how technology plays a role in our social wellbeing and health. Articles look at cellphone etiquette in social settings, and also how to slow down in a fast paced world to avoid burning out.
On Wednesday June 24, join a webinar titled “Optimizing health in the rising age of technology” where Mary Rocarelli presents strategies to stay healthy in a digital age. Register here.
Okanagan College’s employee and family assistance provider, Optum PPC Canada, provides information on issues regarding your health and wellbeing.
Commuter Challenge week June 1-6
Individuals can still register to participate in the Commuter Challenge taking place until June 6. Employees and students are encouraged to find sustainable transportation to and from work, including walking, bicycling, car- and ride-sharing, and public transit.
To register with the Okanagan College team, follow this link and select "Kelowna - Central Okanagan." For more information visit the College's webpage. More than 1,295 workplaces across Canada compete in this friendly challenge, with great prizes up for grabs. T- shirts are available at the Athletics, Recreation and Student Life Kelowna Office (A105) for $5.
Connections 2015 registration
Aug. 18 -19 – The 10th annual Okanagan employee learning conference Connections 2015 will be held at the Kelowna campus from 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. both days.
Connections provides valuable opportunities to network with colleagues across the four campuses and attend informative workshops on a variety of topics, all while having fun. To register for Connections 2015 click here.
To plan your day, see full descriptions of each workshop on the Workshop Planner.
Media across Canada celebrated College English Professor and novelist Dr. Alix Hawley when it was announced she received the Amazon.ca First Novel Award. The Globe and Mail ran a feature in their national edition on May 23, and CBC’s North By Northwest aired an interview with the author on May 31. Closer to home Okanagan Saturday published its article Professor’s 1st novel a winner and shared details of her book signing being held at Mosaic, as did the Kelowna Capital News online. Maxine Dehart also captured the news in a brief in the Kelowna Capital News on May 27.
College alumnus and Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran headed to Boulder, Colorado to learn and discover how that community bolstered its technology sector. College President Jim Hamilton was one of those accompanying the Mayor on the technology mission, as reported by Castanet.
Steve Moores, Dean of Trades and Apprenticeship spoke to AM1150’s Phil Johnson about the newly announced Apprentices on Public Projects policy from the B.C. government.
KelownaNow.com was quick to share news that the Bright Horizons Building for Skills campaign has broken the $4 million dollar mark towards its $7 million goal.
The same outlet reported the bronze medal win for Okanagan College Automotive Technician student Ethan Delichte at the Skills Canada National Competition. Read the article at KelownaNow.com.
Sharing the news of funding by the B.C. government for new trades seats to 12 post secondary institutions, the Salmon Arm Observer published a brief including mention of the 32 new seats at Okanagan College.
Business reporter Steve MacNaull of the Kelowna Daily Courier took notice of the $50,000 donation by Andrew Sheret Limited to the Bright Horizons Building for Skills campaign in a brief published May 20, as did the Vernon Morning Star online.
Coverage of contributions by donors to the Campaign continued to generate media buzz throughout May. A donation by Kelowna’s Team Construction Management, garnered coverage in the Kelowna Capital News May 27 print edition and online, as well as on KelownaNow.com.
Both the Penticton Herald and the Penticton Western News (print and online) took notice of a unique job-shadow project by Greyback Construction that provides trades students with hands-on training in building a high-end home in the South Okanagan.
Generosity continued to be the media focus in a Globe and Mail “Giving Back” column about Karen Blair and Stephen Leckie’s contribution to creating the Gold Medal Plates, with events hosted at Okanagan College. The article featured a photo of chefs working in the College kitchens during this year’s competition.
The College’s culinary teaching facilities and instructors were the feature of the Flavours World spring issue. Chef Geoffrey Couper shares his braising tips with a recipe. The magazine’s front cover is the photo of Chef Couper’s dish, and the editor’s page included a brief about the College’s role with the Gold Medal Plates.
A print article in the Kelowna Capital News shared details of a new student award at the College created in memory of renowned local author and playwright George Ryga. The Penticton Western News also shared details of the new award online.
Nurse Courtney Miller is part of the first Bachelor of Science Nursing graduating class to complete the College and UBCO partnership program. The Kelowna Capital News shared her story of an aid trip to Zambia as well as her experience while studying at the College in a May 27 print article as did KelownaNow.com.
College alumnus and the 2015 Young Alumni Award recipient John Perrott is profiled in print and online as the Kelowna Daily Courier’s Top Forty Under 40. He is the economic development officer for the District of West Kelowna.
Also in the news is Distinguished Alumni Award winner, and College alumna, Sareena Nickoli who was profiled in the Morning Star Women in Business insert.
Winners of the Askew’s Foods’ Word on the Lake Writing Contest, held at Okanagan College in May, were announced in the Salmon Arm Observer on May 13.
College employee Skye Chataway, who is also the President of the Kelowna Area Cycling Coalition, spoke to Ron Seymour at the Kelowna Daily Courier about how more churchgoers are cycling to Sunday service, as part of Bike to Work Week coverage.
Steve MacNaull’s Valley Views May 20 column in the Kelowna Daily Courier made sure to announce construction starting at the Innovation Centre in downtown Kelowna, which includes space for Okanagan College training.
The annual Trunk Sale held at the Kelowna campus was promoted in a Kelowna Daily Courier brief and KelownaNow.com in advance, and a follow-up photo was published in the Okanagan Sunday’s May 24 edition.
The memory of College Honorary Fellow Ross Gorman, who passed away last year, was honoured by the Rotary Club which created a new bursary for a welding student at the College in his name. The Kelowna Capital News reported on the announcement both in print and online, including quoting Kathy Butler, Executive Director of the Okanagan College Foundation.
Six students received a big boost as the recipients of the Rick and Yasmin Thorpe and Friends Entrance Scholarship Award for their upcoming studies at the College. The good news was shared by both the Kelowna Daily Courier and the Penticton Herald who both published photos of the donors with the recipients. The Kelowna Capital News reported the news online.
Stan Chung’s May 24 Global Citizen column in the Okanagan Sunday is in memoriam of Ethan Baptiste who had taught at the College. The article recounts the traditional Aboriginal celebration of life held for Ethan.
A College-contributed editorial for the Kelowna Daily Courier’s 110 Years of Progress special insert explores the growth of the College community, with insights provided by College donors Randy and Evelyn Enns. Randy is an alumnus, having been a student in the College’s first welding class.
An Okanagan College student's positive outlook after having her bike stolen has resulted in the community coming together to replace the bicycle. Read the Kelowna Daily Courier story online.
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