Oline Smith would have been proud to know that the annual awards created in her name are having an impact on the lives of local college students, say her best friends Bill and Grace Sawarin.
The Sawarins recently visited Okanagan College’s Penticton campus to present the inaugural Oline Smith Technology Awards to 15 students in the Sustainable Construction Management Technology (SCMT) program. The awards are valued at $1,000 each.
“Oline would have been so honoured and pleased,” says Grace Sawarin. “She was very proud of the accomplishments of the trades students in Penticton. It was very important to her that people get behind them and support their training.”
Hearing from the Sawarins about Smith’s life, and her dedication to supporting their education, made receiving the award all the more special, noted several students.
“The generosity of people like Oline Smith in helping with my education has been incredible,” says Sloane More, who hopes to user her SCMT diploma to launch a career as a green building consultant.
Read more in the press release about how these awards are helping students be successful in the classroom, and beyond, as they look to graduation.