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Catherine Links awarded W. Brett Wilson Prize for creative care project

Catherine Links, a student in the Health Care Assistant program at the Penticton campus, has been chosen to receive the newly created W. Brett Wilson Prize for a project she has developed to strengthen care-giver/resident connections in the community.Catherine Links Wilson Prize Recipient

The prize was established by the Okanagan College Foundation earlier this year in honour of W. Brett Wilson, well-known Canadian entrepreneur, philanthropist and 'Dragon Emeritus' from the CBC show Dragons' Den. Wilson delivered a free lecture at Okanagan College on January 27; he spoke about the importance of giving back.

After caring for two ailing family members, Links was inspired to follow her dream of a career in the health care field. She enrolled in the Health Care Assistant program at Okanagan College's Penticton campus as a mature student. Once enrolled, Links, says she found her true calling when she discovered the struggles faced by those in our community who require complex care, including the challenges of dementia and physical decline. 

What followed was a brain-wave that led to the creation of a community project that Links hopes will benefit many residents in Penticton, where she calls home. Read more about Links' proposed project that garnered her the W. Brett Wilson Prize, among over 20 other applicants, as well as her journey to completing the Health Care assistant program, and her hopes for this remarkable project.

Read more in the press release.