News

Single largest equipment donation 

in College’s history lands in Vernon

Plane donationA world-class aircraft donated to Okanagan College for training purposes was unveiled today during a ceremony at the Vernon Aerospace campus. The British Aerospace Model Jetstream 31, valued at nearly $700,000, was donated by the Swanberg family of Grande Prairie and Fort St. John, in memory of Sylvan and Dorothy Swanberg. The donation marks the most valuable gift of equipment the College has received in its 50-plus-year history.

College alumni, instructors, and the Mayor of Vernon Akbal Mund were on hand as Sylvan and Dorothy’s son Loran Swanberg was joined by family members to announce the donation in support of the College’s Aircraft Maintenance Engineering (AME) M-License program. He presented the keys to the aircraft to Okanagan College President Jim Hamilton, who noted that the value of the aircraft as a teaching tool far exceeded any dollar value that could be ascribed to the plane.

“This gift will enrich the training experience for our students for years to come,” said Hamilton. “On behalf of Okanagan College, I want to express our sincere gratitude to the Swanberg family for this support.”

In accordance with Transport Canada regulations, the Jetstream was disassembled in Calgary and shipped by truck to its new home at the College’s AME hangar in Vernon for reassembly. Students were included in the reassembly process and are already at work on maintenance projects on the aircraft.

Follow this link to read the press release about this exciting announcement.

Fall enrolments up, 11th year of exceeding
targets in sight


Fall enrolment numbers are showing that Okanagan College is headed for an 11th straight year of exceeding government targets for student enrolment.

The mid-September enrolment snapshot indicated an overall increase in student numbers of about 5.9 per cent: 6,967 in 2015 compared to 6,577 in 2014. That includes students registered in degree, diploma and certificate programs, as well as those registered in trades, vocational and upgrading programs.

It’s important to note that the mid-September snapshot numbers tell only part of the year’s story for Okanagan College. The complete enrolment picture won’t be known until well into the spring of 2016.

For a detailed breakdown of growth in enrolment numbers by campus and some portfolios, read the Public Affairs press release here.

Signing of protocol at annual College Powwow

Powwow 2015Aboriginal culture was celebrated and recognized at the Kelowna campus on Sept. 24 during the seventh annual Powwow. Emceed by Richard Jackson Jr. of the Westbank First Nation, the event included drumming from Birch Creek, the host drum, as well as guest drumming from Iron Mountain.

Dancers of all ages filled the courtyard in categories of traditional, fancy, grass and jingle. Guests and students were treated to a traditional Aboriginal feast of deer stew and bannock for lunch made by volunteers with help from the College’s Culinary Arts department.

ProtocolThis year marked a significant milestone: Okanagan College and several First Nations and Metis partners signed a commitment that recognizes the school’s responsibility and commitment to indigenous education and collaboration with Aboriginal communities. The Indigenous Education Protocol was developed by Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICAN) through its Indigenous Education Committee.

Speaking at the event, Okanagan College President Jim Hamilton highlighted the growth in the number of Aboriginal students who choose to study at OC. Last year 1,535 Aboriginal students attended OC, more than three times the number who attended in 2005-06.

Joining the signing ceremony were representatives of the Okanagan Indian Band, the Metis Association of Salmon Arm, the Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society, the Westbank First Nation, and the Metis Community Service Society of BC.

Read the press release here to learn more about the Indigenous Education Protocol, and view the Global Okanagan news segment capturing the Powwow online.

Infusions dinner event for community input 

Infusions 100On Oct. 16 Okanagan College’s Infusions Restaurant will dedicate its early dinner seating to those interested in discussing ideas that will make our community an even better place to live. Part of the Central Okanagan Foundation’s 100 Dinners series, conversations are meant to be informed by the 2015 Vital Signs report and citizens’ own experiences living in the region. Ideas communicated back to the Foundation will in turn be published in a series of articles in the Kelowna Capital News.

The Vital Signs Report is a national program led by community foundations and compiles knowledge about the communities in which we live to evaluate and bring awareness to our quality of life. The Central Okanagan Foundation hosted the launch of the Vital Signs 2015 report at the Laurel Packinghouse in Kelowna today. Okanagan College Business Professor Kerry Rempel was a member of the discussion panel and shared her perspective about ways we can improve our community.

At the 100 Dinners event at Infusions a set $25 menu will be served featuring a seasonal green salad, choice of a fish or chicken entree, and a local apple tart for dessert. Space is limited to the 5:30-7:30 p.m. dinner, all are welcome. Reserve your seat by Oct. 8 by contacting Infusions at 250-862-5455 or by email. The restaurant will be open for regular service to the public after the event.
 
For more information on the 100 Dinners event visit the website, read the Kelowna Capital News article here, or contact Dr. Kyleen Myrah. For more information about the report, click here.

Marking 25 years of Therapist Assistants

TAD 25It was 25 years ago that alumna Patricia Harris pursued the Rehabilitation Assistant certificate program at Okanagan College as a member of the first graduating class. Since its inception, the program has evolved to the Therapist Assistant diploma program. At a social gathering held in Kelowna on Sept. 24, Harris along with fellow alumni spanning 25 years came together to celebrate the program’s growth and their career success.

Guests heard from Kerri Winter, President of the Rehabilitation Assistant Association of British Columbia (who is also a graduate of the program’s first class) and watched a commemorative video marking the silver anniversary.

To learn more about Patricia Harris’s career as a Therapist Assistant, read the press release here.

Enactus students raise $1,300 for local charity

EnactusIn September Enactus Okanagan College students presented the funds raised through their social enterprise project InnSpire to the board members of Inn from the Cold, a Kelowna emergency overnight shelter and thrift store. An oversized $1,300 cheque was given to the organization, representing a contribution towards helping to address homelessness in the community.
 
InnSpire raised funds by selling soaps at craft fairs, and to bolster fundraising, this year the project is transitioning to in-store sales. A total of $3,800 has been raised to date from the soap sales benefitting Inn from the Cold. The charity also runs the Chandler House, a shelter that is currently providing housing for eight men.
 
One of the goals of InnSpire is to work with the men from the Chandler House to make the project more sustainable by finding a product that is in line with the Chandler House residents' interests. Enactus students presented the idea to the board members of Inn from the Cold, which was an exciting and educational experience.

People

Jim Gamble plugged in to
creating competency measurement

Jim GambleOkanagan College’s Electrical Department Chair Jim Gamble was one of five Canadian instructors to participate in a workshop to update and create an Interprovincial Standardized Exam (IPSE) questions bank that will be used to assess students completing their electrical trades training. Every three years the IPSE bank is updated to ensure current code changes and technology updates are reflected in the exam.

Gamble was selected by the Industry Training Authority (ITA) to represent B.C. post-secondary instructors in the workshop, which was held in Ottawa and hosted by the Red Seal Program for national standards.

The instructors along with five facilitators and 10 subject matter experts developed a 500-question bank that included 200 new questions, and updated 300 additional existing questions. These will be used in the exam that signifies the change from the current National Occupational Analysis (NOA) to the new Red Seal Occupational Standard (RSOS) curriculum.
 
The workshop was an exciting opportunity to showcase the training done at OC to the rest of the province and country and to apply our perspective on apprenticeship competencies to the national curriculum. At the College, 16 dedicated instructors in the Electrician program help make the program a success: with 656 full-time equivalent students it is currently the largest trade program at Okanagan College.

Alumnus Ben Klick to host CD release party
at Kelowna campus

Ben KlickRising country music star, and Audio Engineering and Music Production certificate program alumnus, Ben Klick dropped his second extended play (EP) Today in mid-September. In just two days it climbed the iTunes country album chart landing at #37.

One of the new tracks, Off Road (the EP’s first radio release), was inspired by a friend Klick made at the College. Back in class after a weekend, she had recounted to him her adventures off-roading, which struck a chord for the musician.

In celebration of his new six-track recording, the public is invited to a family-friendly CD release party at Okanagan College’s Kelowna campus lecture theatre on Saturday Oct. 10. Fans, family, and friends will meet and mingle with Klick during the pre-reception starting at 6:30 p.m., followed by a live performance of the new tracks at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 at the door or can be pre-purchased at the Kelowna campus Continuing Studies office. Kids under 12 can attend for free. Copies of Today will be available for purchase at the event for $10 which Klick will sign during the pre-reception.

For more information, read the press release and visit www.benklick.com.

Climate change talk to kick off
Science in Society Speakers Series

Dr. HedbaLaunching the return of the Science in Society Speaker Series at Okanagan College’s Vernon campus for another season of thought-provoking public seminars is Dr. Richard Hebda, curator of Botany and Earth History at the Royal British Columbia Museum, Professor at the University of Victoria, and paleontologist for the province, who will explore what can be done to adjust to coming changes.

Environmental changes such as rising atmospheric carbon dioxide levels, melting Arctic sea ice, unusual extreme weather patterns, and out-of-the-norm jet stream behaviour have scientists questioning the relationship between these observations. Have we reached an environmental tipping point, and if so, how can we adapt to this changing natural world?

The public is invited to hear from Hebda as he presents “What can we do to adapt to a changing planet?” on Tuesday Oct. 13 at 7:30 p.m. at the Lecture Theatre at the College’s Vernon campus. Tickets are $7 in advance or $10 at the door. For advanced tickets, please call the Okanagan Science Centre at (250) 545-3644. Visit the website for more information or read the press release here.

Shuswap BookFest connects readers
with literary superwomen

Nearly 300 book lovers came out to the Salmar Theatre in Salmon Arm on Oct. 1 and 2 to hear Canadian literary icons Eleanor Wachtel and Elizabeth Hay speak at Okanagan College’s inaugural Shuswap BookFest. Local readers and literary enthusiasts connected with two of the most renowned members of Canada’s literature community, in an intimate yet lively setting.
 
Wachtel, host of CBC Radio’s Writers and Company and On the Arts, gave a stimulating talk entitled “The Lives of Writers,” in which she explored aspects of the relationship between writers, their work, and readers, gleaned through 25 years of interviews with some of the world’s most eminent authors.

Hay, a Giller Prize winner for her novel Late Nights on Air, read from her latest book His Whole Life and was interviewed on stage by Dr. Alix Hawley, Okanagan College English Professor, herself a Giller Prize longlist nominee for her first novel All True Not a Lie in It. Themes explored during the interview included forgiveness, divided loyalties, and national identity. An audience Q&A and book signing by both Hay and Hawley wrapped up the festival’s second evening.
 
Shuswap BookFest was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Salmon Arm and the Prestige Harbourfront Resort, and by community partners the Salmar Community Association and the Shuswap Association of Writers. With this year’s success, organizers hope to see BookFest become an annual event.

$25,000 in scholarships to celebrate 10 years of giving

ThorpesTen South Okanagan students will receive a boost to their college fund thanks to the ongoing generosity of Rick and Yasmin Thorpe, whose award fund has provided more than $125,000 in scholarships at Okanagan College and UBC Okanagan over the past 10 years.

The Thorpes have announced 10 scholarships, valued at $2,500 each, through the Rick and Yasmin Thorpe & Friends Scholarship Fund that will be awarded to qualified students enrolling in first-year studies at Okanagan College in 2016.

The Thorpes are longtime supporters of Okanagan College. In 2011, both served as Honorary Chairs of the $5-million fundraising campaign behind the construction of the Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence at the Penticton campus; the Thorpes personally committed $50,000 to the project. Yasmin was named an Honorary Fellow of the College in 2012.

The application deadline for the 2016 Rick and Yasmin Thorpe & Friends Scholarships is March 4, 2016. For more information, read the press release or visit the website

Oct. 6, 2015, Vol. 10, Issue 14
Notices

Statutory holiday closure

Okanagan College will be closed on Monday, Oct. 12 in observance of the Thanksgiving statutory holiday.

Connections Survey

The Connections planning committee would like your feedback to help in the planning of next year’s event. Employees can fill out the online survey to share suggestions and ideas for future Connections conferences.

A highlight of the conference is always the Connections video shown during the President’s address. If you were unable to attend or view the video remotely you can watch it here.

Volunteer at Career Fair

Okanagan College’s Career Fair helps connect the community to insights about careers and education opportunities in the region. On Sunday, Nov. 1, hundreds of students, job seekers and employers will descend on Okanagan College’s Kelowna campus to explore their educational options, research potential career paths, and discover available job opportunities. 



Public Affairs needs volunteers to act as hosts and ambassadors from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. that day. All volunteers will receive a gift and lunch.
If you are interested in volunteering or know of a potential exhibitor, please contact Michelle Lowry.

Upcoming governance elections

Elections will be held from Oct. 10 - 18 online in myOkanagan for student representatives on Education Council (four positions) and the Board of Governors (two positions). At the same time, a by-election for the Education Council Faculty Representative (Central Okanagan regional seat) is taking place.

For more information, and to vote, visit the Elections tab in myOkanagan.

Honorary Fellow and Distinguished Service

Nominations are now being accepted for the Okanagan College Honorary Fellow and Distinguished Service awards. Full criteria, nomination forms, and a list of previous honorees can be found online. Deadline for nominations is Oct. 16.

Toyota Matrix for sale

The Okanagan College Foundation, Supply Management Services and the Collision Repair Department are presently offering for sale a 2010 Toyota Matrix 4 Door Hatchback.
Reserved bid is set at $7,795.00. For more details, read the vehicle information sheet or follow this link. Bid forms will be accepted until Thursday Oct. 8 at 2 p.m.

Submit an article to the Fall ILT Newsletter

Submissions for the Fall issue of the ILT newsletter Enhancing the Practice of Learning and Teaching, are now being accepted. The theme of the next edition is Applied Research: Collaboration & Community.

Visit the ILT website for guidelines. Deadline for submissions is Friday, Oct. 30 and the intended publication date is in mid-November. Submissions can be sent directly to Michael Orwick. Questions about the newsletter can be sent to Jennifer Sigalet or Darrell Skinner.

Rise and shine with breakfast at Infusions 

Infusions Restaurant at the Kelowna campus will be opening its doors for breakfast service starting on Wednesday Oct. 14. From 8 to 11 a.m. you can enjoy hot breakfast and healthy options (a la carte menu) to start your day.
 
You can meet colleagues for an informal breakfast meeting, connect with friends, or fuel up for a day of work while supporting our Okanagan College Culinary Arts students who will gain hands-on experience preparing meals to order in a restaurant setting.

United Way campaign underway

October is United Way month and since 2008 Okanagan College employees have supported the charity with the payroll deduction campaign. For as little as $2 per pay period you can contribute to the community initiative. If you would like to participate, contact the Central Okanagan Regional Dean’s office at local #4501 to obtain a pledge form.

Municipal Pension Plan now on Twitter

Keep up to date with the latest news from the Muncipal Pension Plan by following them on Twitter at @MyBCMPP. The new social media account will be live tweeting from the annual general meeting on Oct. 15 with the hashtag #MPPAGM. This is a great way to stay informed if you cannot attend. For more information read this flyer.

Events

Dr. Jackson Katz presents in Kelowna

Oct. 7 - Renowned American educator, author, filmmaker, and cultural theorist, Dr. Jackson Katz will present his talk titled “Gender on the Agenda” which will explore the socialization of girls and boys in a culture of violence. The talk will take place at the Kelowna campus lecture theatre from 7 to 9 p.m. Advance tickets for the talk are $15 for students, $20 for everyone else and $25 at the door. 

The event is presented by the Okanagan College Faculty Association and the Elizabeth Fry Society of Kelowna.

OC2020 Strategic Plan
final consultation sessions 

The process of developing the Okanagan College Strategic Plan is progressing well, and a draft has been prepared. Employees are invited to attend the third round of consultations to review the Mission, Vision, Values, and Key Directions for the next five years. This is an opportunity to provide feedback before the plan is finalized.

Please note your calendar for upcoming sessions. Sessions are one hour:

  • Vernon: Oct. 13, sessions at 1 p.m. and at 2 p.m. (room E102/103)
  • Penticton: Oct. 15, sessions at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. (room PC130)
  • Kelowna: Oct. 16, sessions at 7:30 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m., and 3 p.m. (room S103, Executive Boardroom)
  • Salmon Arm: TBC, login to College Matters for updates

Roundabout Learning Series events 

Oct. 13 – In “Research Ethics Board 101” Kathy Bockhold, Research Ethics Board Chair, will help you discover the role the REB serves and provide an overview of its processes. The session will take place in room L103 at the Kelowna campus from 12 – 1 p.m. The session will also be webcast.
 
Oct. 19 – In “Go beyond PowerPoint” Teresa Kisilevich will show you how to create outstanding, interactive visuals using Prezi, an online presentation tool. The session will take place in room L203 at the Kelowna campus from 12 -1:30 p.m.
 
Oct. 21 – In “Introduction to project management” join Ryan Ebner who will introduce the first in a series of sessions to give you the tools needed for successful project management. Learn the different phases of a project, and how project management skills can be applied to your work immediately to facilitate progress. The session will take place in room L103 in Kelowna from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
 
Nov. 10 - In an all day session Dr. Dawn Mcarthur from the Child & Family Research Institute will facilitate a one-day workshop on how to write a successful research proposal. The workshop will be from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. in room A131 at the Kelowna campus.
 
The Roundabout Series is presented by IT Services and Learning & Teaching. Visit the website for more information, and email Ross McKerlich to register.

Federal election, meet the candidates at OC 

Oct. 14 – In advance of the upcoming federal election, the OCSU will host an all-candidates meet and greet from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the atrium of the Centre for Learning at the Kelowna campus.

In addition, Library Services at the College has prepared an online resource webpage at www.okanaganvotes.ca with information about how to vote, a list of candidates, issues for consideration and campaign trends. Campus libraries also have information displays with books, articles, and other resources to help you get informed to vote on Oct. 19.

OC Social Club Fall BBQ

Oct. 16 – Back by popular demand, the OC Social Club is hosting a fall BBQ at the Kelowna campus from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. All employees are invited to attend, and no advance tickets are required. The BBQ will be held in the new and improved Trades Automotive shop. The cost is $10 for a burger and a beverage. Refreshments will be available while quantities last.

OC holiday party

Dec. 19 – Mark your calendars for some holiday cheer with your colleagues. All OC employees are invited to the holiday party at the German Canadian Harmonie Club (1969 Cary Road, Kelowna). Doors open at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m with live entertainment by the Blue City Trio. Tickets are $35 and will go on sale on Nov. 1. View the poster for additional details.

Media

Laura Thurnheer, department Chair of the School of Business, received the Top Honour accolade in the 2015 Community Leader Awards in the mentor division, presented by the Kelowna Capital News. In the newspaper’s special insert on Oct. 2 commemorating the awards, a photo of Central Okanagan Regional Dean Heather Schneider presenting the Leader of the Year award to Marion Sallenbach was included.

Dr. Sheilagh Seaton, also a College Business Professor, was appointed the new Chairwoman of Community Futures Okanagan Similkameen. The Penticton Herald and the Summerland Review both shared the good news.

Another Business Professor in the news, Devin Rubadeau has headed off to South Korea to coach the Canadian Military Sailing Team at the 6th Military World Games in Mungeyong. That story was reported in the Kelowna Capital News’ sports section.

Numbers are up at OC and media were quick to spread the news. Both the Kelowna Daily Courier and the Penticton Herald published articles on Oct. 1, as did the Vernon Morning Star on Oct. 2. KelownaNow.com and the Vernon Morning Star shared the news online.

The College’s annual Powwow celebration always draws a crowd and the eyes of the media, including the Kelowna Daily Courier who shared a brief the morning of the event, and an article recounting the day’s festivities on Sept. 25. This year, the signing of the Indigenous Education Protocol also created headlines in the Vernon Morning Star in print and online, the Kelowna Capital News, the Kelowna Daily Courier, and KelownaNow.com. Watch a clip from the Powwow on Global Okanagan.

BBA grad and OC alumnus Brett VanderHoek has been named as one of the KPMG Top 20 Under 40 in Vernon, as reported by the Vernon Morning Star. VanderHoek is currently working as the corporate services supervisor at Tolko Industries.

OC  Audio Engineering and Music Production certificate alumnus Ben Klick will host the CD release party of his new album at the College’s Kelowna campus on Oct. 10. The Kelowna Capital News and Castanet shared details of the event online.

The Therapist Assistant diploma program celebrated 25 years of the program with an alumni reception in Kelowna on Sept. 24. The Kelowna Daily Courier in print and online and the Kelowna Capital News in print and online shared the career success of alumna Patricia Harris as she commemorated the silver anniversary.

The new welding shop at the Kelowna campus continues to earn ink, with the Vernon Morning Star publishing an article on Sept. 27. The Kelowna Capital News and KelownaNow.com reported on the $50,000 donation to the Bright Horizons Building for Skills campaign received from Praxair which helped in the creation of the new welding training space.

Donor contributions were also recognized in the Vernon Morning Star and the Kelowna Capital News who reported on the College receiving a Redbird FMX flight simulator from Carson Air and ROV Consulting, totalling $150,000.

The October issue of the Business Examiner recognized the $50,000 donation made to the College by Fender’s Automotive Center.

The ongoing generosity of longtime College supporters and donors Rick and Yasmin Thorpe was featured in the Summerland Review in print and the Kelowna Capital News online with an article reporting on the 10 new scholarships they have arranged for incoming Okanagan College students to celebrate the 10 years of the Rick and Yasmin Thorpe and Friends Scholarship Fund.

The Vernon Morning Star was quick to share news in print and online that the Science in Society Speakers Series returns to the Vernon campus on Oct. 13 with a talk given by Dr. Richard Hebda from the Royal BC Museum. KelownaNow.com also shared the event details.

Drones and the regulations surrounding their operation was a hot topic, with the Kelowna Capital News, the Kelowna Daily Courier, and KelownaNow.com sharing details of an information session co-hosted by Okanagan College and the Kelowna District Flying Club. Global Okanagan also highlighted the event.

A bacon run? You bet! Read the Castanet article that recaps the event, including commentary from OC Pastry Arts instructor Chef Danny Capadouca. Culinary and Pastry Arts students contributed to the event with a table of bacon treats to sustain the 247 runners on the course.

Okanagan Athletics and the Okanagan College Coyotes co-hosted a tournament with some of the best high school baseball teams in Western Canada in late September, as reported by the Kelowna Capital News.

Bringing awareness to breast cancer, the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation stopped by OC’s Vernon campus in September, as reported by the Vernon Morning Star on Sept. 18.

The Greater Vernon Athletics Park is officially open. Media captured the grand opening events that took place on Sept. 26. The Vernon Morning Star gave significant coverage with three articles: Park proves popular, Politicians await track cost, and Sports park officially opens. The Penticton Herald also published a photo and article, reporting on the more than 2,000 people who attended the fun-filled day.

From sports to literature, the Vernon Morning Star promoted the Shuswap BookFest hosted by Okanagan College, which brought two renowned Canadian authors to the region.

The Daily Courier’s Oct. 6 edition shared the Giller Prize shortlist authors. While not on the shortlist, Okanagan College English Professor Dr. Alix Hawley was one of 12 authors on the prestigious longlist for her debut novel All True Not a Lie in It.

Old tires you’re hoping to get rid off? The Kelowna Daily Courier shared details about the Regional District collecting old tires for recycling on Oct. 24 and 25 with Okanagan College’s Kelowna campus as a drop off location.

The Vernon Morning Star published a photo of retired Associate Dean of Business Madelaine Befus for having won a Silver Star Mountain Resort contest.

In Scholarship honours soldier’s sacrifice 99 years ago in the Kelowna Capital News, College Library Technician Erika Henfling comments on the impact receiving the Jack McMillan scholarship in 1970 has made on her. The article was also picked up by The Province online.

The Kelowna Capital News reported that Honorary Fellow Chef Rod Butters received the Best Medium Garden award for Ribbit Farms from the Green Thumb Awards presented by the Communities in Bloom Committee.

The Trunk Sale organized by Regional Waste Reduction Office was once again hosted at Okanagan College. The Kelowna Capital News promoted the event in an article on Sept. 23, and the Okanagan Sunday reported on the event’s success on Sept. 27.

With the federal election around the corner, attention is being given to the importance of the youth vote. The Kelowna Capital News featured OCSU Chairperson Chelsea Grisch sharing a perspective about the youth vote, and details of the upcoming Oct. 14 all-candidates meet and greet at the College’s Kelowna campus. In the same special election edition of the paper, five students (Arts student Hunter Marrington, Computer Information Systems diploma student Marcus Gullberg, Adult Basic Education student Megan Shull, Mechanical Engineering Technology graduate Riley Robertson, and Civil Engineering Technology student Sergei Turner) contributed comments about how to encourage young people to get out and vote. English Professor Tim Walters also contributed his perspective on the need for students to exercise their voting power. The article also featured alumnus Matthew Heuman who developed an app called Vote Note to provide voting information. The Vernon Morning Star’s article Candidates compete for youth vote also addressed this emerging focus in the election.

The Business Examiner reported on the all-candidates forum held at the Vernon campus in its October edition.

The Kelowna Capital News also featured OUC alumnus and spoken word artist Shane Koyczan in an article about his political views for the election and shared the event details of Koyczan’s upcoming concert in Kelowna on Oct. 22.

Elections coverage continues to be prominent throughout the Valley:

Articles about NDP Candidate and College English Professor Norah Bowman appeared in the Kelowna Daily Courier’s Sept. 24, Oct. 2 and Oct. 6 editions and in the Okanagan Saturday on Sept. 26.

Articles about Okanagan College Honorary Fellow Richard Cannings (NDP) and College Board of Governors member Connie Denesiuk (Liberal) were published in the Penticton Herald: Forum gives candidates change to outline positions, platforms, Park idea finds favour among candidates, NDP good with money, says Cannings, and Healthy goals within reach. The Osoyoos Times reported on the polls in Neufeld closing gap on Cannings in latest poll, and also included Cannings and Denesiuk in a feature about Green Party candidate Samantha Troy.

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