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The training grant is available to private and not for profit sector employers. Participants need be Canadian citizens, permanent residents or designated as people entitled to work in Canada by Citizenship and Immigration Canada and the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada.
The training has to be completed within 52 weeks of receiving grant approval. The grant covers tuition fees or trainer-charged fees, mandatory student fees, fees for textbooks, software and other materials as well as examination fees.
Employers interested in the program can visit www.workbc.ca/canadabcjobgrant for further information.
To find out how Okanagan College can help and for more about its programs and opportunities to meet employer needs, contact:
Employers can also visit www.okanagan.bc.ca/jobsgrant or www.workbc.ca/canadabcjobgrant for more information.
Okanagan College Bachelor of Business Administration student Lauren McKay has received the Premier’s International Scholarship for Study Abroad from the Irving K. Barber British Columbia Scholarship Society.
The Winfield resident is one of only 16 students in the province to receive the prestigious annual award.
McKay, who received $10,000, is currently taking two semesters at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland in Olten, Switzerland, and all courses will count toward her business degree at Okanagan College.
“I am so happy and honoured to receive the award,” says McKay. “Being in a new country and studying with people from different countries and cultures is such a wonderful experience, and will be so beneficial for my career in the future.”
She chose to go to Switzerland, in large part, because of the country’s linguistic diversity (French, German, and Italian are all official languages).
“Engaging in the international exchange program is transformational for our students,” says Dr. Heather Banham, Dean of Okanagan College’s School of Business. “We have an exceptional group of institutional partners and this type of experience builds students’ multicultural communication skills. The Ike Barber scholarship program broadens the opportunity for participation and we are thrilled that Lauren has received this support.”
When she graduates, McKay plans to work in the family business and help her parents expand their pharmacy operations. Afterwards, she hopes to return to school to study consumer behaviour.
“By going to Okanagan College, I feel I've gained practical knowledge in different areas of business (including accounting, management, and marketing) and when I graduate I know I will be prepared for actual work situations and scenarios, not just theoretical ones,” says McKay.
Hugh Gordon, Chair of the Irving K. Barber B. C. Scholarship Society, noted that this year brought forward a record number of applications for the Premier’s Scholarship program.
The Irving K. Barber British Columbia Scholarship Society has awarded just over $2 million in international scholarships since 2008, when the program began.
Okanagan College will welcome one of the sector’s leaders to its executive team when Roy Daykin joins the institution as its new Vice President Finance and Administration on Dec. 15.
Daykin brings nearly three decades of leadership experience in post-secondary; he was most recently Vice President, Administration and Community Engagement at Langara College.
Prior to that role, Daykin spent three years in senior executive roles at Langara, serving terms as the institution’s Vice President of Administration and Finance, Associate Vice President of Administration and Finance, and Langara’s interim President and CEO.
“Roy is a highly respected leader in our sector and his experience will be a valuable asset to our College,” said Jim Hamilton, president of Okanagan College. “He has provided outstanding service to other post-secondary institutions and a school district and will bring a wealth of relevant experience to our institution and our region.”
In addition to senior executive roles at Langara, Daykin spent nine years at Kwantlen University College as Associate Vice President of Finance.
Prior to that appointment, he was with Douglas College for 16 years where he progressed from a position in accounts payable to Manager of Accounting Information and Internal Audit, and eventually to Director of Finance.
Daykin also spent two years as Secretary Treasurer with Mission Public Schools.
“Okanagan College has a great reputation and there are so many reasons I am looking forward to joining the team,” said Daykin. “There is such a strong sense of community in the Okanagan and the College is deeply engaged with the community and that is very important to me.
“I’m also excited about the depth and breadth of programming the College offers. From trades to university studies to applied programs, it’s a great variety of programming that supports students and their learning.”
Daykin holds a master of arts in leadership and training from Royal Roads University. In addition, he is a Certified General Accountant.
He is currently the chair of the BC Post-Secondary Employers Association Board, chair of the BC Consortium for Skills Development, member of the BC Task Force on Reengineering, and chair of the Senior Finance and Administration Officers for BC Post-Secondary Institutions.
Daykin replaces Robert Eby, who will retire on Dec. 18 after serving seven years as the College’s Vice President of Finance and Administration.
There are astronauts and there are spacewalkers. Astronauts leave the earth’s atmosphere in a spaceship. Spacewalkers don pressure suits and step outside into the universe—a physically demanding, mentally rigorous endeavour. It’s so difficult, in fact, only three Canadians have ever succeeded: Chris Hadfield, Steve MacLean and Dave Williams.
Bob McDonald, award-winning science journalist and host of CBC’s Quirks & Quarks, takes us into the world of spacewalking and explores the fascinating and important contributions made by Canadian astronauts during his presentation Canadian Spacewalkers: What’s it Like to Step into the Abyss? at Okanagan College’s Vernon campus lecture theatre on Monday, Nov. 17, at 7:30 p.m.
McDonald interviewed Hadfield, MacLean and Williams, as well as drew on his own experiences with simulators and zero-g aircraft, for his new book Canadian Spacewalkers (Douglas & McIntyre).
In addition to Quirks & Quarks, McDonald is a regular science commentator for the CBC. His book, Measuring the Earth with a Stick: Science As I’ve Seen It, was shortlisted for the Canadian Science Writers Association Book Award. McDonald has received the Triple Crown of Canadian science medals: Michael Smith Medal for Science Communication from the National Research Council, Sir Sanford Fleming Medal for Science Promotion from the Royal Canadian Institute, and McNeil Medal for Public Awareness of Science from the Royal Society of Canada. In November 2011, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.
McDonald’s talk is part of the Science in Society Speaker Series (a joint project by Okanagan Science Centre and the Okanagan College), which is sponsored by the Best Western Vernon Lodge, Cooper’s Foods, Starbucks Coffee, and the Vernon Morning Star. Clark Robinson and Hollis Wealth also provided special supporting sponsorship for this event.
Admission is $15 in advance or $20 at the door. For tickets, call the Okanagan Science Centre at 250-545-3644 or visit www.okscience.ca. To subscribe or obtain more information about the Science in Society Speaker Series, visit okanagansisss.wordpress.com.