50 People Who Made A Difference A-L

1_Marcia J. Aitkens
Marcia J. Aitkens
Practical Nursing Instructor
Instrumental in bringing the practical nursing program to the B.C. Vocational School—Marcia J. Aitkens' knowledge and experience was the foundation on which the curriculum was built.
Theresa Arsenault
Board Member
Okanagan College /
Okanagan University College
Theresa Arsenault is a prominent lawyer who is actively involved in community initiatives, including those concerning education and the development of the Okanagan region.

Keith Bevington
Ardent supporter of the Penticton campus, Bevington lent his time and considerable business and social connections to facilitate the growth and development of the College and its programs in South Okanagan.
Barbara Bowmar
Past Dean of Developmental Programs
As the first Dean of Adult Basic Education, Barbara Bowmar—a fierce advocate for literacy training and universal education—laid the foundation for the entire program the College now offers.

William (Bill) Boyd
Central Stores Employee (retired)
Affable and well-liked, William Boyd was instrumental in getting union certification for support staff (BCGEU Local 52). Coupled with his extensive involvement in local charities, Boyd is an exemplary ambassador for the College.
Whitney Buggey
Vernon Centre Director (retired)
Whitney Buggey showed unflappable leadership during a traumatic time in the College's history—the transition from Okanagan College to Okanagan University College. He never wavered in his commitment to growth initiatives in Vernon.

Rod Charlesworth
Alumni / Donor
Former student and avid supporter of Okanagan College, Rod Charlesworth has donated several of his own original works of art to raise funds for student scholarships and bursaries.
Peter Dill
Okanagan Studies Professor
One of the founders of the Okanagan Studies program, Peter Dill was committed to meeting the needs of both students and the region. He implemented many technology based programs, including the Fresh Water Science degree.

Les Ellenor
English Professor (retired)
Charismatic Professor who taught English in Salmon Arm for more than 30 years. Les Ellenor is credited with helping establish the College’s presence on both the regional and national level.
Norm Embree
Past Board Chair
As a cheerleader for the College during the transition, Norm Embree promoted Okanagan College at every opportunity and showed exemplary leadership during a difficult time.

Terry Flannigan
Past Director of Development
A linchpin in developing Okanagan University College's profile, Terry Flannigan was heavily involved in raising more than $4 million for the Bold Horizons campaign the 1990s—the first College fundraising effort of its kind.
Garry Gaudet
Communications and Community Relations Manager (retired)
As Okanagan College's first public relations liaison, Garry Gaudet bolstered the College's stature within the community by raising the profile of signature institution events.

Kate Gilchrist
Past Chair English as a Second Language
Kate Gilchrist dedicated herself to community outreach in an effort to promote the ESL program and build bridges with the international community in the Okanagan.
Dave Goodall
IT Services Manager (retired)
Dave Goodall is described by peers as a "visionary" who built Okanagan College’s leading edge information technology systems from the ground up.

Walter Gray
Volunteer / Donor
As honourary chair of the Bold Horizon's initiative in the 1990s, Walter Gray used his considerable political and business connections to make the campaign the most successful fundraising effort undertaken at that time by a college in B.C.
Marjorie Harris
After popular Vernon instructor Jack Schratter was killed riding his bike to work on Highway 97, his student Marjorie Harris spearheaded an initiative to build a bike path from the campus to the community it supports.

Rick Hirtle
Past Board Chair
Rick Hirtle was a driving force behind the establishment of a permanent campus in Salmon Arm. The former managing director at BDO remains active with many community groups and has garnered much support for the Salmon Arm campus within the community.
Michael Irwin
Theatre Lighting Technician (retired)
The face of Okanagan College to many of the cultural groups that used the theatre, Michael Irwin went beyond his role as lighting technician to help facilitate their events and promote the College in the community.

Nelson Jatel
Former student and alumni board member, Nelson Jatel has been a significant advocate for higher education and business development in the region and a strong ambassador for Okanagan College.
Murray Johnson
Fine Arts Instructor
Dean of Applied Studies (retired)

An accomplished visual artist, Murray Johnson was a high-profile advocate for the arts program who travelled to high schools throughout the region. He was a founder of the Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art in Kelowna.

Kara Kazimer
Continuing Studies Program Administrator
President of Okanagan College Alumni Association

Kara Kazimer is passionate about keeping graduates connected to the College, and bolsters the reputation of the College by promoting the work of graduates in the community.
Graham Kershaw
Property and Services Manager
Graham Kershaw helped establish many practical sustainability initiatives at the College, including pioneering recycling processes on campus such as Skaha Student Resident tree planting project, taking Styrofoam out of the garbage, and being the first institution in the Southern interior to recycle fluorescent light bulbs.

Robert Koehle
Heavy Duty Trades Instructor
One of the B.C. Vocation Schools first instructors—and one of Okanagan College’s longest-standing employees—Robert Koehle was instrumental in creating the heavy duty trades courses. He is also attributed with setting the standard of excellence in turning out exceptionally qualified graduates.
John E. Leech
Executive Director & Registrar
Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of BC

John Leech uses his considerable influence to champion the College's science and technology education programs and its graduates in the province.

John Lent
English Professor
Regional Dean North Okanagan (retired)

John Lent significantly contributed to the national reputation that Okanagan College's Vernon campus has earned for creative writing and publishing. Without his work Kalamalka Press wouldn't exist.
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