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London Drugs is the most recent Penticton business to back Okanagan College’s new Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Technologies and Renewable Energy Conservation, announcing a $10,000 donation to support a series of annual financial awards for new programs, which will be offered at the Centre.
Store Manager Colin Campbell made the announcement today at London Drugs’ Cherry Lane Mall store. The $10,000 commitment will fund two annual awards, each valued at $1,000 for the next five years.
“We are so pleased to be a part of the Centre of Excellence campaign,” said Campbell. “This partnership with Okanagan College and its students is a really good fit for London Drugs. We are deeply committed to our community and the Centre of Excellence is going to be an incredible facility and resource for the people of Penticton.”
Campbell went on to explain the decision to support the campaign was an easy one for London Drugs, as its corporate giving focuses on two main streams – supporting education and health. The Centre of Excellence will create space for approximately 500 more students at the South Okanagan-Similkameen campus in Penticton.
The Centre will also offer an array of new programs that are focused on sustainability and green technology. The building itself is striving to meet the Living Building Challenge, committing to a net zero consumption of energy and water.
“By contributing to these new financial awards London Drugs is helping to realize its goal of making our local community stronger,” explained Campbell.
“This donation is going to make a real difference to local students in helping to finance their education and training,” said Jim Henderson, President of the Okanagan College Foundation. “We are extremely grateful for the support of London Drugs and are well aware of the important role our local businesses play in our community.”