Golden Day of Service
Okanagan College is encouraging employees, students and alumni to get out into the community and volunteer on Feb. 14.
Officially called the Golden Day of Service, the goal is to build on the College’s 50-year record of transforming lives and communities.
“We’re encouraging our employees, students and alumni to take some time on Valentine’s Day to volunteer in the community,” says College President Jim Hamilton. “It will be an important reminder of the collective service of our College and the impact we have when we work together.
"The Golden Day of Service will also allow our College to acknowledge the support we have received from our communities over the past 50 years."
The concept of the Golden Day of Service is resonating deeply within the community. President Jim Hamilton made reference to the Golden Day of Service in his Winter Convocation address and within hours media outlets picked up the story and used it as an opportunity to remark on the value of Okanagan College's contributions over the past 50 years.
As part of the Golden Day of Service, the College is reaching out to community organizations that are in need of volunteers or who have projects that can be completed on Feb. 14.
If you are involved with an organization that could use volunteers on the Golden Day of Service, register it here.
Once you submit your project proposal, it will be reviewed and posted and volunteers will have an opportunity to respond directly to you.
To find a volunteer opportunity, visit the website.
Lace up for Half Marathon
The Okanagan College Half Marathon event is now open for registrations for three different events: a 10 K, a half marathon, and a half marathon relay race. Each of the events will take place Sunday, Apr. 6 in Kelowna.
Winter Convocation marks 50 years of academic success
A career change at age 30 was a daunting prospect for Casino slot attendant David Brodie, but with a young family at home he knew he needed a career with more stability.
So after doing his research, Brodie enrolled in the Bachelor of Business Administration program at Okanagan College.
Four years later on Saturday, Jan. 11, Brodie graduated with distinction at the Winter Convocation ceremony at the Kelowna campus’s Centre for Learning.
“I benefited from the business program’s hands-on practical approach and the professional experience of the instructors. I am now working as a staff accountant at White Kennedy LLP Chartered Accountants, and plan to pursue my Chartered Professional Accounting designation in May.”
College on receiving end of BC government investment in Aboriginal skills development
An Okanagan College program is among 27 community-based education and training programs for Aboriginal learners in the province that have received funding from the provincial government.
The province announced this morning that it contributed $5.6 million dollars to the initiatives since 2012 – Okanagan College has received approximately $148,000 to offer a Continuing Studies program in Vernon in partnership with the Okanagan Indian Band to develop industry-focused pre-employment skills development and training.
"The skills that learners develop in these community-based education and training programs will be the key that opens doors to employment and creates success for individuals, their families and their communities," said Minister of Advanced Education Amrik Virk. "My priority is to ensure young Aboriginal people are prepared to fill many of the million jobs we know will be opening up in British Columbia by 2020."
Read more about the province-wide initiatives go online to the BC newsroom.
Sweeten up with Winter Indulgence events
So far this year, the temperatures outside have been unseasonably warm, but the Kelowna Cafeteria will soon be transformed into a winter wonderland for two special events.
To celebrate Valentine's Day, and promote the exceptional skills of the students in the pastry arts program, Okanagan College is holding a Winter Indulgence dessert gala on Feb. 14, from 7-9 p.m.
Winter Indulgence features seven themed tables brimming with cakes and French pastries such as Sacher torte, hazelnut madelines, French macarons, flourless chocolate pyramids, vanilla bean cheesecake tarts with wine berry compote, and Guinness stout ginger cake with caramel sauce.
As a special treat for all Okanagan College staff and students, Pastry Arts will also be hosting a sneak peak event on Jan. 30 from 3-5 p.m. The Winter Indulgence preview will feature many of the same confections as the public event, but tickets are only $5. The ticket purchase deadline for the campus-only event is Jan. 27.
“These events really celebrate the beauty of winter while at the same time showcasing the skills and techniques the students have learned in the program through the creation of stunning, artfully displayed desserts," says event organizer and Pastry Arts instructor Anna Mandziuk.
Proceeds from both events go back to support the Pastry Arts program. Tickets must be purchased in advance at Infusions, the Cafeteria or by calling Food Services at 250-762-5445, ext. 4426.
Getting the word out
The Public Affairs Department of Okanagan College sent out the following media releases in the last month:
Learning and Teaching has new Director
Dr. Beverlie Dietze brings a wealth of post-secondary experience to her new post as Director of Learning and Teaching, having spent nearly three decades in the sector in a variety of roles that include faculty member, department head, director and campus dean.
Trades lunch fuels the Food Bank
The annual Trades department lunch in Kelowna, which feeds hungry employees and College partners, also raises money and food for the Kelowna Food Bank. The event, which took place on Dec. 20, was a resounding success again this year.
Fundraising effort for former employee's new baby
Former Kelowna campus Recruiting and Events Co-ordinator Christy Fell (nee Cave), recently gave birth to a baby boy, Shea, with special medical challenges.
On Dec. 9, Shea was born with a very rare condition called Junctional Epidermolysis Bullosa, which makes his skin so sensitive that even the slightest friction gives him blisters.
Jan. 14, 2014 Vol. 8, Issue 20
Trades training area access policy
The Trades Department will be implementing new access policies for the Trades shop and back compound area in Kelowna to improve safety during renovation and construction of the new building. Here is the new protocol:
If you have any questions, please contact the Chair of the appropriate Trades department for more details.
Upcoming Family Award Deadline
The deadline for applications for the Okanagan College Family Award is Jan. 17.
Employee and Family Assistance Provider
Okanagan College's Employee and Family Assistance Provider (EFAP), PPC Canada, provides a wealth of information each month about an important issue regarding your health and well-being.
Cancer prevention motivation
Did you know more than 50 per cent of all cancers are preventable? Most of us have the power to radically reduce our risk for getting cancer but are hampered by psychological barriers to making those changes stick, such as quitting smoking or exercising.
Explore the Science of Superheroes
Having the power, agility and speed of the world’s greatest superheroes may seem like it can only happen in comic books, but according to neurobiologist E. Paul Zehr, it is possible.
“Neither Bruce Wayne or Tony Stark is endowed with any special gifts,” he says. It’s through dedicated training and technology that they are able to exhibit the superhuman abilities of Batman and Iron Man respectively.
Learn more about Dr. Zehr, who is a professor and head of the Rehabilitation Neuroscience Laboratory at the University of Victoria, and his research during his talk, “Is there a superhero in you?” on Saturday, Feb. 15 at 3:30 p.m. at the lecture theatre at Okanagan College’s Vernon campus. The event is part of the Science and Society Speaker series and the Vernon Winter Carnival of Superheroes.
Admission is $7 in advance or $10 at the door. For advanced tickets, call the Okanagan Science Centre at 250-545-3644 or visit www.okscience.ca.
Register now for OC Cycling event
Cycling enthusiasts take note: Registration is open for OC4 Cyclosportif. The scenic three-day, two-wheeled ride between all four Okanagan College campuses takes place June 13-15 and is only $125.
The School of Business recently received a prestigious accreditation, see Okanagan College gets accreditation for business programs, School of Business garners full international accreditation, and College’s business programs recognized.
Winter Convocation marked Okanagan College’s 50th year of granting credentials, see Global Okanagan coverage of the event.
The College helped a Kelowna man make a better life for his family, see Local man cashes in casino chips to pursue dreams.
The Kelowna Daily Courier covered Steve Moores' appointment as Dean of Trades and Apprenticeship, see New man in charge of trades at college.
Beverlie Dietze’s appointment as the College’s new Director of Learning and Teaching received wide coverage, see New director brings passion to college post, College hires new director of learning, teaching, and College gets new director.
The Penticton campus and Enactus Okanagan College brightened the holidays for 14 students, see College students makes sure their classmates have a happy Christmas, and Spirit of giving is alive at college.
Registrar Jane Muskens stressed the importance of researching the job market before taking an educational path in her Capital News column, see Make sure you know what your education will get you.
English Professor Alix Hawley is the winner of the Canada Writes Bloodlines short story contest, see Local writer wins prestigious honour.
The College has courses to help people seeking to complete milestones in 2014, such as write a book or learn Spanish, see College can help with resolutions, and Not too late to register for 2014 art courses.
For would-be citizens whose first language is not English, IELTS testing is now available in the Okanagan Valley, see English testing now available at Okanagan College, and New language testing option offers hope to citizenship seekers.
The Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs supported a College student in Penticton, see Club lends a hand to single mother who has hers full with baby, studies.
A Kelowna Writing and Publishing student is leaving for Africa on a medical aid mission, see Local man to tell stories from floating hospital.
The son of Kelowna campus Finance department employee, Kristine Ritchie, will be taking part in the Variety Show of Hearts telethon in January to raise money for kids with similar medical challenges, see Making a huge difference for local family.
Former Okanagan College Athletics and Recreation coordinator, Mike Craig was part of the ice-making crew at the NHL Winter Classic, see Winter Classic played on Okanagan ice.
Okanagan College is one of the partners helping to build a new food bank in Lake Country, see Food bank eyes move.
Alumna and ski racing Olympic hopeful, Kelsey Serwa, is overcoming a knee injury, see Injuries overcome, Serwa a podium threat.
An Okanagan College Business student gives tips on budgeting and financing, listen to a clip from CBC Daybreak.
Accelerate Okanagan CEO, Jeff Keen, discussed the booming tech industry and Okanagan College’s contribution to it on CBC’s Daybreak.
A former Okanagan College student and owner of a construction company is one of the Penticton Herald’s Top 40 Under 40, see A dream to build green.
Okanagan College Honorary Fellow, local biologist and author, Richard Cannings revealed his political plans, see Cannings seeking nomination for NDP seat in federal riding.