Board of Directors

President's Message

Sharron Simpson June 2017

Sharron Simpson was elected President of the Okanagan College Foundation in June 2017, and re-elected for a second term in June 2018. 

A former Kelowna city councillor, Simpson was born in Kelowna and worked as a social worker for several years before becoming a stockbroker and financial advisor. She has been an active community leader in a volunteer capacity for many years, working with the Kelowna Rotary Club and the British Columbia Historical Federation.

Simpson, who joined the Foundation Board in 2013, sees the College as an integral part of keeping communities in the valley connected and hopes to foster those relationships in her new role. 

“The College does a superb job in providing education that truly transforms the lives of the individuals in our communities. It’s hard to think of anything better than helping students open the doors to opportunity through the support of the Foundation and our donors."

Read more in the media release.

 Okanagan College Foundation Board of Directors

Honorary Patron
Senator Ross Fitzpatrick
Ms. Sharron Simpson
Interim Executive Director & Secretary
Ms. Anne Kirkpatrick
Mr. Curtis Morcom
Vice-President, Finance
Mr. Alan Sanderson
Vice-President, Community Engagement

Mr. Paulo Araujo

Vice-President, Governance
Ms. Gladys Fraser and
Mrs. Kimberly Gilhooly (co-chairs)
Vice-President at Large


Past President
Mr. Alf Kempf
President Emeritus
Dr. Steve Tuck
Board Secretary
Ms. Dawn Douglas
Board Members
Mr. Chris Derickson
Mr. Surej Dhillon
Mr. Colin Edstrom
Mr. Jim Hamilton
Ms. Sheri Hamilton
Mr. Rob Phare
Ms. Brea Retzlaff
Mr. Tom Styffe

Campaign Leadership

Current Campaign - Bright Horizons, Building for Skills - Vernon
Campaign Chair
  Mr. Michael Tindall
Previous Campaign - Bright Horizons, Building for Skills - Kelowna
Honorary Chair
  Mr. Ben Stewart
Campaign Chair
  Mr. Dennis Gabelhouse
Campaign Ambassador
  Mr. Mike Roberts
See campaign team page for full cabinet
Previous Campaign - Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence - Penticton
Honorary Co-Chairs
Mr. Rick Thorpe and Mrs. Yasmin John-Thorpe
Previous Campaign - Centre for Learning - Kelowna
Honorary Chair
Mr. Mike Roberts
Campaign Chair
Mr. John Walker

Ambassadors (Former Directors)

Mr. Charles Albas

Mr. Denny Kaulback
Mr. Brad Bennett Mr. Lance Kayfish
Mrs. Cheryl Berry Dr. Marvin Krank
Dr. Katy Bindon Mr. Dale Lamb
Mr. Ken Burt Mr. Nigel Lark
Ms. Bev Busson Mr. Tim Lawler
Ms. Anne Clarke Mr. Greg McGill
Ms. Susan Connaghan Ms. Lorraine McGrath
Mr. Jim Cookson Mr. Peter Meekison
Mr. Neal Davies Mr. Vern Nielsen
Mr. Roy Daykin Ms. Christine Petkau
Ms. Connie Denesiuk Ms. Yvonne Pinder
Mr. Raf DeGuevara Mr. Frank Richter
Mr. Bob Eby Dr. Peter Ricketts
Mr. Norm Embree Ms. Debbie Robert
Ms. Susan Esson Mr. Rick Roberts
Ms. Claudette Everitt Dr. Peter Schultz
Ms. Susan Ewanick Mr. Ruby Sharma
Mr. Alex Fong Ms. Janet Shaw
Mr. Raghwa Gopal Mr. Jim Soles
Mr. Keith Grayston Mr. George Solomonides
Dr. Andrew Hay Ms. Sigrid-Ann Thors
Ms. Mary Ellen Heidt Mr. Michael Tindall
Mr. Jim Henderson Mr. Ret Tinning
Ms. Moira Jaatenmaki Mr. Brad Trites
Mr. Steve Jenkins Mr. Michael Wagner
Mr. Paul Johnson Ms. Cher Watkins
Ms. Magda Kapp Mr. Keith Williams
Dr. Gerry Karr Ms. Lynda Wilson