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Woolliams Family Awards assist Aboriginal students in Trades

Three Okanagan College trades students are grateful to an Okanagan family that has made a significant investment in their futures.
Jonah Cramer, Kathleen Danielson, and Daniel Lipke are this year’s recipients of the Woolliams Family Awards. The students received bursaries ranging from $750 to $1,000 to assist with expenses while pursuing trades training at the College.

The annual Woolliams Family Awards, created by Neil and Gillian Woolliams, are intended to support students of Aboriginal ancestry from any band in the Okanagan area.
Kathy Danielson

Recipients must be entering or continuing in the Adult Academic and Career Preparation program or enrolled in any trades foundation program at any campus of Okanagan College.

“I am so grateful to Okanagan College for accepting me into this program and to the Woolliams Family for this award,” says Kathleen Danielson, who is currently completing the Residential Construction program at Okanagan College’s Vernon campus. 

“This award will help me so much. It will allow me to purchase tools, personal protective equipment, and assist with living expenses.”

Danielson (pictured here receiving the award cheque from Rob Kjarsgaard, Program Administrator, Trades and Apprenticeship, NorthOkanagan on behalf of the Woolliams f
amily) has set the goal of completing Carpentry Levels 1-4 and the Home Inspection Certificate
 program. She hopes to become 
a Journeyperson Carpenter and home inspector. 

“This support has allowed me to learn the carpentry trade and gain knowledge for my future career,” adds Danielson.

Jonah Cramer is training to become a Red Seal Automotive Service Technician at the College’s Kelowna Campus, with the goal of one day opening his own automotive shop.

“Thank you so much to the Woolliams Family for this award,” said Cramer (pictrued below left). “It has helped me greatly by supporting my financial needs and inspired me to achieve my educational goals.”

Daniel Lipke, who enthusiastically expressed his thanks to the Woolliams family, is enrolled in the Electrician Pre-apprenticeship program at the Vernon campus.

More information about this award, and other scholarships and bursaries at Okanagan College is available at

Daniel LipkeJonah Cramer