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Thank you to Rotary Club of Penticton Okanagan for 27 Years of Student Support
Okanagan College and the Okanagan College Foundation would like to gratefully acknowledge the extraordinary generosity of the Rotary Club of Penticton Okanagan.  We value our partnership going back over twenty-seven years.
In 1995, the Rotary Club of Penticton Okanagan established an award fund to support students pursuing studies in Business and then in 2002 an award for students in automotive trades at Okanagan College. Since then, more than $30,000 has been disbursed to 34 recipients. In 2011, your club also donated $5,000 which was combined with other Penticton Rotary Clubs for an overall contribution of $21,600 to support the Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence. All Rotary Clubs were recognized as supporting a study space in the Centre of Excellence, which has proven to be an invaluable addition to students at the Penticton campus.

Thank you for being an integral part of Okanagan College’s mission to transform lives and communities. Your support of our students is deeply appreciated, and the positive ripple effect it has had upon students is as meaningful as it is far reaching, as evidenced by the words of appreciation expressed by the award recipients below.

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Connor Butler, recipient of the Rotary Club of Penticton Okanagan Automotive Award - July 2015
Jim Hamilton
President, Okanagan College
Alf Kempf
President, Okanagan College Foundation

Connor Butler

Automotive Service Technician Foundation program, 2015
Returned to begin Level 2 Apprenticeship Training, 2016

“As in any trade, but especially mechanics, you are only able to do your job as far as your tools allow. The Rotary Club of Penticton Okanagan’s help with this award has allowed me to get ahead of the game in acquiring the tools I need. Because of this award, I’m in a great place to start my career and continue my education. Thank you so much.” 

Molly Ciardullo

Bachelor of Business Administration (Human Resources), 2014 Graduate

 “I received a bursary from your club in the first semester of my firsty ear of studies and it opened my eyes to the generosity of donors in our communities. Coming from a single-parent household, this support was pivotal in allowing me to stay in school and follow my dreams. My time at the College instilled in me a desire to make a difference in our community. After graduation, I accepted a position with the Central Okanagan Foundation and now have the pleasure of working with donors to give back to students at Okanagan College and many other important places and causes. Thank you for your support.”

Cassandra Lum

Bachelor of Business (Accounting), 2016
President, Enactus Okanagan College

“Having access to bursaries like these allows students like me to enjoy a far richer, more rounded educational experience. It means we can pursue semesters in the field, study abroad, and be active in the community, as opposed to having to spend more hours at a part-time job to make ends meet. Your support opens up a world of new opportunities and possibilities, and inspires students to be more involved in the College and more connected to the community. In short, it greatly enriches the educational experience. Thank you to the Rotary Club of Penticton Okanagan for believing in me, encouraging me, and inspiring me to look beyond the classroom to other ways I can make a difference in our community.”

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Rotary Club of Penticton Okanagan members present a cheque for $5,000 to Donna Lomas, Okanagan College
Regional Dean of the South Okanagan-Similkameen and Jim Henderson, Past President of the Okanagan
College Foundation, in support of the Centre of Excellence.

To learn more about the Rotary Club of Penticton Okanagan, please visit their website: