Ramping up for review of Strategic Plan
Interested in helping draft the plans that will shape Okanagan College over the next five years and beyond?
After five years of growth and success at Okanagan College, it’s time to review the Mission, Vision, Values and Key Directions
for the organization. Your input and advice will be sought at a series of consultation sessions and meetings to be announced in the coming weeks as the College undertakes the review.
In 2005, the College initiated the Designing Our Future process, which led the institution to establish its Mission, Vision, Values and Key Directions. Those helped shape education plans, annual unit plans and guide the institution’s evolution.
Last week, the Board of Governors endorsed a plan presented by President Jim Hamilton
to undertake a review and update of the strategic plan. It will be a thorough undertaking, involving several consultation sessions throughout the region with a host of internal and external stakeholders. It will also entail an environmental scan. The review should be complete by mid-April, with presentation to the Board of Governors at its April 27 meeting.
While the timeline is tight for this review, Designing Our Future was also a relatively short and intense process. Completing the work involved in the environmental scan associated with this review will also allow it to inform development of the long-term education plan, a separate process being led by Vice President Education Andrew Hay.
Development of the draft strategic plan will involve a team - led by the President - to provide oversight and advice on the process. The group will be chosen from among volunteers and will include representatives from the Board, Education Council, student associations, alumni, instructional staff, support staff, administration and the Leadership Team. It will also reflect the regional makeup of the College.
Staff can volunteer to participate in the steering committee by contacting the President's Office
by Monday, Feb. 8.
The Team will be formed in consultation with the various employee groups. Follow this link to read the Project Charter
Lance Kayfish elected Board ChairLance Kayfish
has been chosen as the new chair of Okanagan College’s Board of Governors. He was elected Tuesday at the Board’s regular meeting. The new vice-chair is Yvonne Pinder
Kayfish follows Janet Shaw
, who finished her term as Board Chair at the end of 2009. Shaw served six years on the Board of Governors.
Kayfish is a risk manager at the City of Kelowna and has served on the College Board since 2007. He holds baccalaureate degrees in both commerce and political science.
Before beginning his employment with the municipality in 2003, he served as a manager for the University of Calgary in both the risk management and safety functions. His previous board experience includes a three-year term on the Alberta Student Finance Board and the University of Calgary’s Senate and General Faculties Council. He has also been actively involved in leadership roles for the Risk and Insurance Management Society, an international professional association.
Pinder is a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and a Fellow of the Society of Management Accountants of Canada. She holds an MBA from the University of Saskatchewan. She has extensive experience as a senior financial executive for organizations in the Health and Education sectors including Okanagan College, the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology, and Parkridge Centre for long term care (Saskatoon).
Follow this link to read more in a Public Affairs press release
RBC contributes $135,000 to College’s Centre of Excellence
As the Olympic torch made its way into BC and closer to its goal of reaching Vancouver, the $5 million campaign to establish Okanagan College’s Centre of Excellence got closer to its goal with the announcement of a $135,000 commitment from RBC.
The announcement of RBC’s donation was made on Monday, Jan. 25 during the
Olympic Torch Relay community event held in Kelowna. RBC is the
presenting partner of the 2010 Torch Relay.
With the addition of RBC's contribution, the Okanagan College Foundation is closing in on $800,000 for the Centre of Excellence campaign. The donation also means that the overall College-wide campaign has now met $1.25 million. To find out more about the RBC donation, read the Public Affairs press release
. For information about the Centre of Excellence, follow this link
College enrolments continue to climb
Okanagan College continues to experience growing enrolments at each of its campuses and in many of its program areas. January enrolment statistics show approximately 5.7 per cent more students – 5,504 – attending the College’s campuses than in January 2009. That represents an increase of 298 more students than the 5,206 registered in 2009.
The students are also taking more courses this semester than they did last year; course registrations are up 10.8 per cent overall from the previous year.
Read more about the increase in enrolments and what President Hamilton has to say about the numbers in the full Public Affairs press release
College staff, students give generously to support Haiti
In the wake of disaster in Haiti, Okanagan College staff had the opportunity to contribute relief funds to the Red Cross through donations from their Jan. 29 employee payroll. In just one pay period, Okanagan College staff contributed $5,765
to the relief effort.
Staff aren’t the only people at Okanagan College committed to the cause – a team of Caribbean students with support from International Education staff have initiated a fundraising campaign called "Help OC Help Haiti."
During the last two weeks students from the group dressed in white t-shirts have been walking around the Kelowna campus collecting donations for the Canadian Red Cross.
The group has also been taking orders and selling white shirts to students who have requested them. The campaign will end with the Chinese New Year and International Night on February 12, 2010.
Extra, Extra…read the ILLT Newsletter
The Institute for Leadership in Learning and Teaching has published its newsletter for the month of February. This month’s editor is Carl Doige
. Read all about it by following this link
SIFE Okanagan make business wear look good
At their second
annual Dress for Success fashion show
, SIFE Okanagan raised more than
$3,000 to help fund their trip to the regional business competition
later this year. The fundraiser was held in Kelowna’s Centre for
Learning and showcased several local retailers’ clothing lines.
included many Okanagan School of Business students and even some
instructors (those who witnessed the show said Dr. Heather Banham
Dr. Kyleen Myrah
were among the most popular models, while the always
charming Matt Cosar
was among the most dashing student models). Stay
tuned to Inside Okanagan College to find out more about how you can
help support SIFE Okanagan through upcoming fundraising events.
College signs MOU to enhance post-secondary cooperation
College joined the College of the Rockies, Selkirk College, UBC
Okanagan and Thompson Rivers University in signing a memorandum of
understanding that links the institutions to create better integration
of the learning opportunities and services for citizens of the Southern
Interior. “We expect that over the next years, we’ll see a host of
program and service partnerships arise as a consequence of this
agreement,” said President Jim Hamilton.
formalizes the institutions’ commitment to work together in important
areas such as enrolment planning and academic programs. Together, the
five institutions serve a population of more than 720,000 people in the
interior, and collectively educated more than 73,000 students in
SIFE earns $1,000 innovation grant from Sun Life Financial
SIFE Okanagan members just received news that they were one of only five successful SIFE chapters across the country to receive a $1,000 innovation grant from Sun Life Financial to execute their Social Enterprise project with Elevation Outdoors Experiential Programs
SIFE students will be teaching local high-risk youth some practical entrepreneurial skills they can use to design a product or service – such as their snowboarding lessons (learn to shred program). Any monies raised by these students will go back into supporting more youth to participate in the outdoor recreational activities that Elevation provides. SIFE Okanagan will be working with the local Sun Life office to implement this program.
Atrium comes alive with International’s Global Cafe
Wednesday, Jan. 27 International Education hosted a Global Café in the
atrium of the Centre for Learning in Kelowna. More than 50 students
attended from countries such as Italy, Guatemala, China, Saudi Arabia,
Czech Republic, Japan, Jamaica, Korea and many more.
served cookies, coffee and juice and had the opportunity to share
information about their Haiti relief campaign. International Education
would like to thank everyone who volunteered as well as those that
SIFE Okanagan receives HSBC Financial Literacy Grant
After receiving more than 390 applications for financial literacy programs from post-secondary teams around the world, HSBC selected SIFE Okanagan as one of only three institutions in Canada to earn a $750 2010 HSBC Financial Literacy Grant.
SIFE Okanagan earned the grant based on its demonstrated record of success with the Young Entrepreneur Program
, which has now expanded to three centres in Kelowna, Vernon and Penticton and includes a regional summer incubation program sponsored by BDC.
SIFE Okanagan would like to thank those staff and faculty who help to coordinate the YE programs, support the mentoring through their classes, and act as judges during the competition. This level of support has resulted in making this the largest SIFE youth entrepreneurship program in the country, now running in over 20 middle and high schools in the Okanagan Valley, and providing over 400 students with the skills needed to run a business.
Al Cohoe goes Global (news, that is)
Okanagan College’s Chair of Motor Vehicle Trades, Al Cohoe
, will be a guest on Vancouver’s Global Morning News on Thursday, Feb. 4 as he shares information about one of his passions – RVing.
With the Winter Olympics just around the corner and a considerable lack of accommodation, Al will share tips with viewers about how to make their Olympic RV experience memorable, comfortable and safe.
Stay tuned to the next edition of Inside OC to watch the clip of Al’s Global TV debut.
Losing a long time friend - Ron Russell
A long time friend and supporter of Okanagan College and the Okanagan College Foundation, Ron Russell
, passed away suddenly on Jan. 27.
The Honorary Chair of the College’s Kelowna Golf Tournament in 2007, Ron was a prominent and friendly face, playing in or supporting the tournament for a total of 18 years. Ron also sat on the Foundation’s Planned Giving Advisory Committee, willingly sharing his 38 years of experience as a Certified Financial Planner, a Chartered Life Underwriter and a Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC).
Ron and his wife Priscilla's generosity was profiled in Okanagan College's 2009 Report to the Community.
A consummate professional in his field, he received the Canadian Medal of Achievement for the top marks in Canada upon graduation from the ChFC. program. Throughout the past 38 years, Ron was actively involved in a number of organizations including the Estate Planning Council of Kelowna as past President, the Gyro Club of Kelowna, and the Central Okanagan Foundation.
Reg Marte carries the torch
Mechanical Engineering technology instructor Reg Marte
was one of a select few who had the opportunity to carry the Olympic flame as it passed through Kelowna on Tuesday, Jan. 26. Reg entered the online contest through the Coke and RBC websites, submitting over one hundred entries over the course of a few months. In his 500-word application to become a torchbearer, Reg shared his commitment to pursuing an active lifestyle and to minimizing his carbon footprint.
Reg’s leg of the relay started on Gordon and finished with a handoff to former Kelowna Fire Chief Gerry Zimmerman. For Reg, the experience was a once-in-a-lifetime occurrence.
“It really was an incredible ride,” said Reg. “Like 80 per cent of the population, I wasn’t always the first to be picked for teams in high school but I’ve embraced an active lifestyle and have used this opportunity to reflect on some of the amazing things that have happened in my life.”
In an effort to share his Olympic enthusiasm Reg has been taking his torch into classes at the College and plans on having the torch displayed during the Olympic Games. Anyone interested in having the torch brought to their class can contact Reg
Lent on CBC
North Okanagan Regional Dean John Lent
was invited by CBC Radio as a guest on the Sunday morning program – North by Northwest
. While on air, John took the opportunity to read a few poems and discussed the creative process. A prolific and distinguished poet and writer, John was recently named Poet Laureate of the Okanagan. Anyone interested in hearing John can download a podcast of the broadcast from the itunes store
(free) or can listen to it now by following this link to cbc.ca
Remembering Neil Anderson Davidson Neil Anderson Davidson
, the former mayor of Vernon from 1979 to 1981, passed away on Jan. 16 at the age of 93. The long-time Okanagan resident and lawyer, originally born in Stettler, Alberta, was a founding owner and director of the Silver Star Ski area in the 1950's. Davidson served on a number of community boards, including the Okanagan College Advisory Committee.
Penticton student bears the torch
Okanagan College Human Kinetics student Susie Welch
celebrated her Olympic moment on Jan. 25 in Penticton. Susie, who studies at the Penticton campus, was selected to carry the torch into the South Okanagan Events Centre to light the cauldron at the community event.
A long time Penticton resident, Susie attended high school in Penticton and was selected by the Olympic Torch Relay Penticton Celebrations committee due to her history of volunteerism, community contributions and spirit of citizenship.
College alumni celebrate CA achievements
A group of Okanagan College business alumni celebrated their completion of the Uniform Exam (UE), the final step toward becoming a Chartered Accountant, with business professors Randy Newton
and Margery Heuser
In the photo, front row, left to right: Eva Jutras, Dustin Stadnyk, Richard Doncom, Jena Friedrich, Nicole Parent and Randy Newton. In the back row, left to right: Margery Heuser, Andrew Zelke, James Stewart, Mark Fairweather and Mike Scarlett. Congratulations to the newest Okanagan College alumni CA’s.
Introducing the ILLT – Jim Gamble and Paul Stephenson
In a new and unique partnership, students in Victoria Loy’s English 235 – professional writing and communications - class in Vernon are helping to share information about the Institute for Leadership in Learning and Teaching by profiling its members. Working with support from Public Affairs, students in the class selected a member of the ILLT, conducted preliminary research and interviews and then each wrote profiles of the members. The project was developed as a part of the students’ class work and the profiles helped determine their overall grade. Over the course of the semester students learned valuable information about writing, interviewing and the editing process. In some cases the students also photographed their subjects.
In its next few editions, Inside Okanagan College will publish the complete set of profiles. Find out more about the ILLT members through the eyes of our students.
Jim Gamble – by Kim Nohr
“Have you ever lived East?” Jim Gamble asks as we sit in the small meeting room off the library in the Vernon campus.
I shake my head and he says cheerfully, “The West is open to ideas. Open to change. That’s why my wife and I wanted to come back West.” With a little grin he adds, “I missed the mountains.”
Low-key positivity and humour lilts in his voice as we talk for the next 45 minutes about the Institute for Leadership in Learning and Teaching (ILLT) and the excitement of Trades. Jim Gamble is an electrician; a choice that stemmed from a world-hopping childhood as the son of a seismic exploration operator. He lived in four continents as a child, graduating high school in Bolivia. With the world open to him, he landed in Red Deer to start as an electrician for oilfield installations. There he met his wife and after their family grew to five they moved East so Jim could be home more. Follow this link
to read more about Jim.
Paul Stephenson – by Jayda Gonsalvez
Paul Stephenson, a passionate and driven instructor at Okanagan College, is eager and enthusiastic to promote and share his new insights on learning-centered theories with all faculty and students members.
The ILLT has been a rewarding new endeavor of Paul’s; he was elected as the founding Fellow for ESL and International Education. The campus’ dynamic and diverse learning environment has provided Paul with a forum to articulate ideas, connect with students and fellow co-workers, and has encouraged him and other faculty members to strive for better student-teacher relationships.
Paul believes the ILLT will successfully liberate learners and teachers, enable them to embrace new ideas and new ways of thinking, and as a result break down the traditional barriers that strain learner-teacher relationships. Paul claims, “While perfection is impossible, learner centered teaching exists within the art of the possible.”
Read the full profile of Paul by following this link
Arellano shares research on intercultural communications
Communications professor Marc Arellano
was a recent guest of the BC Landscape and Nursery Association for the BC Ministry of Agriculture
. Marc gave a presentation on intercultural communications and how communications impact production and labour practices with Mexican migrant workers hired under the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program (SAWP).
Marc’s presentation contributed to the educational event, which aims to address current issues that are impacting the sector, with a goal of improving production practices of the industry and making the sector more sustainable. To find out more about intercultural communication as it relates to SAWP, send Marc an email
Mike Craig: Olympic-bound
Okanagan College’s Recreation & Student Life Assistant Coordinator Mike Craig
has taken up temporary residence in Vancouver, where he’ll be a major part of the team responsible for building and maintaining the ice surface in GM Place during the 2010 Winter Olympics.
Mike has extensive experience working with hockey surfaces; alongside his father Dan, Mike worked on the Olympic ice in Torino, Italy, created the surface in Chicago for the 2009 NHL Winter Classic, and recently worked in Boston’s Fenway Park on New Year’s Day, where he built the ice for the game between the Bruins and the Flyers.
Inside Okanagan College will be checking in with Mike during his Olympic experience – stay tuned for more updates. Follow this link to a CHBC story about Mike