Bright Horizons - Building for Skills launches with $2.5 million
The Okanagan College Foundation campaign to raise funds for a new Trades Training Complex at the Kelowna campus has kicked off with donations from 43 donors totaling $2.5 million – a significant portion of that coming from Kelowna area car dealerships.
“We’ve only just launched our campaign and we’re more than a third of the way to reaching our $7-million goal,” said Dennis Gabelhouse, Chair of the Bright Horizons - Building for Skills Campaign.
Work on the $33-million Trades Training Complex expansion and renovation has begun and is expected to be complete in the spring of 2016. The provincial government has committed $28-million to the project and the Okanagan College Foundation is responsible for raising $7 million; $5 million for capital costs and the remaining $2 million going towards student and program support.
“The announcement makes it clear that industry recognizes the importance the trades play in our economy and is working with the College to address the skills shortage we know is coming,” said Okanagan College President Jim Hamilton.
Information about the campaign can be found on the Foundation’s website.
The announcement received media coverage, see Campaign launched to help fund new trades building in Kelowna on Global News, Drive on for new complex in the Kelowna Daily Courier, and Auto sector support vital to $2.5 million launch of trades complex campaign in the Kelowna Capital News.
Blood Drive for Deb Davis
Brittany Davis, the daughter of Deb Davis, assistant to the registrar (on leave), has organized a blood drive for Okanagan College employees and students in support of her mother. Deb is currently battling a serious medical condition that requires her to receive blood products on a frequent basis.
To encourage blood donation, Brittany – a student doing her Associate of Science degree at the Kelowna Campus – has arranged for Blood Services to devote four donation days in October to her mother’s campaign. All blood types are welcome.
“My mom is really sick and I am doing this so she can see how many people are rooting for her right now,” Brittany says.
Okanagan College’s designated days are Oct. 23, 27, 28 and 30 at the Kelowna clinic (1865 Dilworth Dr.) Staff from Blood Services will be at the Centre for Learning at the Kelowna campus on Oct. 20 to book appointments for staff who want to take part and support Deb. Employees can also call 1-888-2-donate to make an appointment. If you wish to donate to the campaign on another day or in a different location, use the code ID number BEPO 097264 to ensure your donation will be earmarked for the campaign.
“If Okanagan College exceeds the target (of 15 donations), there will be a permanent record of my mom that will live on,” says Brittany.
To date, 33 people from Okanagan College have registered appointments to donate.
Cork pops on new Wine Sensory Centre
Winemakers, chefs, politicians, donors, media and other VIPs gathered on Sept. 24 to celebrate the grand opening of the new BC Wine Information Society Sensory Centre at the Penticton campus.
The new $650,000 facility, which is housed in the Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence, was made possible by a $300,000 donation from the BC Wine Information Society, for which the Centre is named. The Society’s contribution also allowed the College to access funds pledged by the Jim Pattison Foundation, on a fund-matching basis.
The first educational facility of this type in the valley, the Centre is a 120-square-metre space dedicated to providing quality tasting and educational space for sensory evaluation of wine and food – a similar tasting environment to those already in existence at Brock University and Niagara College in Ontario. It is intended to build on the reputation of the College’s Penticton-based wine and grape-focused programs.
More than 150 students have already come from as far away as Calgary to attend the Centre’s Food, Wine and Farm programs and workshops this past summer.
The announcement received media coverage, see Wine lab already busy, Simply appetizing, and Allison Markin’s column Pumpkin spice on everything in the Penticton Herald, and Wine is focus of new Okanagan College lab on Global News.
Support Career Fair – volunteers needed
For more than 30 years, Okanagan College’s Career Fair has been helping connect the community to insights about careers and education. On Sunday, Nov. 2, hundreds of students, job seekers and employers will descend on Okanagan College’s Kelowna campus to investigate their educational options, research potential career paths, and discover available job opportunities.
New centre site for Wine Festival awards
Hot on the heels of the opening of the BC Wine Information Society Sensory Centre, it was announced that the facility is the new home for judging the Okanagan Wine Festivals’ BC Wine Awards starting in 2015.
Vernon sports facility update
Work is well underway at the Vernon Community Sports Facility – located adjacent to the parking lot of Okanagan College’s Vernon campus. Artificial turf was laid last week and the track will be completely installed by mid-November.
“What was once a dirt lot is now a field of green,” says Okanagan College’s Regional Dean in Vernon Jane Lister. “Work on the buildings will commence next month and the facility is on target for the spring 2015 completion date.”
Buy tickets for Young Chefs challenge
There is still time to snag tickets for the Young Chefs competition at Okanagan College on Oct. 9. This exclusive event is part of the Okanagan Wine Festival and showcases the talents of several Okanagan College apprentice chefs and alumni.
Hisdal retires from Army Reserve
Professor Howard Hisdal, Chair of the History department, has retired from the Canadian Army Reserve.
After 25 years of military service in both the Regular Force (seven years) and the Army Reserve (18 years), Captain Hisdal had his Departure With Dignity ceremony (the Canadian Forces’ version of a retirement celebration) on Sept. 13. On Sept. 24, on his 60th birthday, Hisdal turned in all of his combat uniforms and field kit.
Dr. Heather Banham receives the CGA’s highest honour
The Dean of Okanagan College’s School of Business, Dr. Heather Banham, has been awarded the highest honour that can be bestowed on a member of the Certified General Accountant (CGA) association.
On Sept. 20, Banham was among eight other accounting professionals given a CGA Fellowship designation for their outstanding contributions to the CGA Association or the accounting profession.
Banham was specifically recognized for her contribution to the development of the College’s business program and the creation of strategic partnerships between the College and the CGA, which resulted in a $100,000 endowment from the CGA through the Okanagan College Foundation.
CGA-BC Chair David Sale praised Banham as a “fine example for anyone in a position of leadership within a large, multi-faceted organization.”
Rubadeau profiled on BC Games website
Okanagan College School of Business professor Devin Rubadeau was recently profiled on the BC Games website for his work coaching athletes. Rubadeau is a former competitive sailor and certified sailing coach who has been coaching for 22 years.
He is currently devoting his time to helping develop the sailing abilities of athletes participating in the BC Summer Games, which is a biennial multi-sport event, as well as coaching the Regional Sailing Team out of the Central Okanagan Sailing Association, and the Department of Defense's Canadian Forces Sailing Team.
Closer to home, Rubadeau is a faculty advisor with Enactus Okanagan College and won the Rookie Faculty advisor of the year award from Enactus Canada.
To read the profile on Rubadeau, click here.
Residential Construction students give back to Salmon Arm family
Students taking the Residential Construction Foundation program in Armstrong recently had the opportunity to use their newly acquired skills to help out a family in need.
The students were working on their program’s project house – digging holes and laying backfill – when it was delayed due to inclement weather.
Oct. 7, 2014, Vol. 9, Issue 14
Nomination deadline looming for College awards
Nominations are now being accepted for Okanagan College’s Honorary Fellow and Distinguished Service Awards. These awards recognize outstanding service and achievement and are given at the 2015 convocation ceremonies.
Canada Savings Bond
Okanagan College employees can save money for a rainy day by purchasing a Canada Savings Bond using deposits automatically deducted from each paycheque. The money will start earning interest the day the funds are received by The Bank of Canada.
Vehicle for sale
The Okanagan College Foundation and the College’s Supply Management Services, in conjunction with the Collision Repair department, are selling the following vehicle:
Revised Hospitality Policy
The Board of Governors approved the revised Hospitality Policy on Sept. 30. The Policy has been revised for clarification. Revisions include:
The revised Policy is posted here.
Flu vaccination clinics
It’s flu season again and Okanagan College is offering employees the opportunity (on a voluntary basis) to receive a flu vaccination for only $10. Refer to your family physician or the Seasonal Flu Vaccine Info Sheet for questions regarding the type of vaccination or the after-effects.
The Seasonal Flu Vaccination Questionnaire and Consent form must be completed ahead of time but do not fill in the signature and date – as those are completed when the nurse is present.
Maximizing your metabolism
Join this webinar on Oct. 15 at 12 p.m. to learn how to maintain a healthy and vibrant metabolism throughout life, which can help support high levels of productivity, enhance energy levels, keep excess weight off and ensure good health as we age.
Think LEAN to improve performance
The Institute for Learning and Teaching presents LEAN Thinking: Eliminate waste, strive for excellence.
Applied Research workshop
The Institute for Learning and Teaching is hosting an online workshop on applied research on Oct. 27 from 3 to 4 p.m. Dr. Audrey J. Penner, Vice-President, Academic and Student Success at Northern College, will discuss ways institutions can build capacity in applied research and find the key people, issues, and projects that are critical to building a sustainable applied research agenda.
College Pension Plan seminars
The College Pension Plan offers members free Fall Pension Seminars containing information about benefit statements, pension options, retirement income and planning tools. All plan members, including those receiving long-term disability benefits, are welcome. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis and members are responsible for their own travel costs.
2014 Municipal Pension Plan AGM
The 2014 Municipal Pension Plan AGM: Taking Action Today for a Secure Tomorrow is taking place on Oct. 16 at the Anvil Centre in New Westminster from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Okanagan College Adult Academic and Career Prep student Mike Pogson from Salmon Arm was the feature of a story about his career as a Licensed Practical Nurse in the Friday A.M. newsletter.
A survey is underway to determine the need for a daycare at the Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence in Penticton, see OK College needs daycare in the Penticton Herald.
Alumnus Donnie Ungaro launched a new food business to help the less fortunate, see The Socially conscious entrepreneur in the Kelowna Daily Courier.
Ten up-and-coming Okanagan chefs will compete for the title of Okanagan’s Top Young Chef at Okanagan College, see Young chefs competition returning to the Kelowna campus next month in the Penticton Herald and Emerging chefs compete Oct. 9 in the Okanagan Sunday.
Alumnus Drew Vincent has been nominated by Okanagan College Business professor Devin Rubadeau for the Top Forty Under 40, see Connect directly with your food and wine in the Kelowna Daily Courier.
Okanagan College students and employees attended the Okanagan Aspiring Entrepreneurs Social at Okanagan Co-Lab, see Aspiring entrepreneurs mingle in the Kelowna Daily Courier.
Laura Thurnheer, Chair of Business Administration at Okanagan College's School of Business, announced she is running in the upcoming municipal election, see Thurnheer seeks seat on council.
Okanagan College School of Business professor Dr. Kyleen Myrah was honoured for her work as a mentor, see 2014 Community Leader Awards in the Kelowna Capital News. Okanagan College also sponsored the event’s Leader of the Year award.
Graduates from the first Practical Nursing class returned to Okanagan College on the 50th anniversary of their graduation date, see Nurses care to remember Okanagan College in the Kelowna Daily Courier.
Okanagan College’s baseball team recently took on both the University of Calgary and Thompsons Rivers University in one weekend, see Coyotes play six pack at home in Elks Stadium this weekend in the Kelowna Capital News.
Okanagan College students learned about breast cancer from representatives of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, see Spin to learn in the Salmon Arm Observer.
City councillors met with Premier Christy Clark to discuss the feasibility of a downtown campus in Salmon Arm, see City pushes for college in Salmon Arm Observer.
Okanagan College Honorary Fellow Jim Henderson presented the Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs in Penticton with a cheque from the TELUS Community Board, see Dialing up a donation in What’s Up Down South.
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