Okanagan College News 2011

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TELUS delivers on yearlong campaign to support the Centre of Excellence
Okanagan College Media Release

TELUSOne year after committing to donate $100 to Okanagan College’s Centre of Excellence for every new TELUS TV customer in the South Okanagan, TELUS announced a $50,000 contribution to the Okanagan College Foundation to help support the region’s most innovative and sustainable building development.


TELUS General Manager Steve Jenkins along with 10 local TELUS employees spent the morning at the College’s Penticton campus where the group served breakfast to students before announcing the donation.


“We came up with the idea for this campaign as a means of delivering on our commitment to give where we live,” explained Jenkins. “By contributing to the Centre of Excellence we are taking the opportunity to become a part of the legacy Okanagan College is creating through this innovative development.”


The regional TELUS campaign began in March 2010 and wrapped up at the end of last month. For every new TELUS TV customer in Penticton, Summerland, Naramata and Okanagan Falls, TELUS donated $100 to the Centre of Excellence.


“It is incredible to witness the difference community-minded organizations such as TELUS can make when they take the time to consider the needs of the future generations,” explained Jim Henderson, President of the Okanagan College Foundation. “This contribution is certainly not the first time TELUS has supported Okanagan College students and the facilities they depend on to succeed. We have enjoyed a great friendship with TELUS and are extremely grateful for their commitment to support the communities in which they operate and live.”


TELUS hires a large number of the College’s Network and Telecommunications Engineering Technology graduates and also provides co-op opportunities for students.


In 2007 TELUS donated $25,000 to students in Okanagan College’s Network and Telecommunications Engineering Technology program through the Jordy Koenig scholarship, an award in the name of the longtime TELUS employee and Okanagan College program advisory council.