Okanagan College Honorees

Honorary Fellows and
Distinguished Service

Since 2006, Okanagan College has been presenting Honorary Fellow Awards to deserving individuals as part of its annual Convocation Ceremonies. The awards recognize distinguished achievement or service and the recipients represent a broad spectrum of regional, provincial, national and international contributions. The awards acknowledge a diverse array of people, from those who have advanced literacy among youth to individuals whose work has helped create awareness and appreciation of Aboriginal culture. A list of recipients can be found below.

The 2018 Honorary Fellows have been named. Click here to read biographies.

Honorary Fellow Medal

Description of the Honorary Fellow Award & Criteria

The award of an Honorary Fellow is recognition by Okanagan College of distinguished achievement or outstanding service.

The criteria for the award are mentorship, excellence, eminence and accomplishment.

The College welcomes nominations (link to PDF of nomination form) that reflect the values of the College and the diversity of Canadian society. Nominees will be persons who have made significant contributions to the College, the Okanagan Valley, the Province, the Nation or on an international level.

The award will not normally be given to a serving politician or current employee of the College.

Nominations are reviewed by a standing committee of Okanagan College’s Education Council and confidential recommendations for recognition are made to the Education Council and the Board of Governors.

2017 Recipients:

See press release here
Randy Manuel
Randy Manuel

Randy Manuel is an artist, writer, historian and public servant whose career spans more than five decades. His multi-faceted efforts in documenting, celebrating, and preserving the history and ecology of the region have been widely recognized.
Sharon Shepherd
Sharon Shepherd

Sharon Shepherd has been actively engaged in improving quality of life in the City of Kelowna for nearly 40 years, as a volunteer, educator, mentor, business owner, long-time councillor and two-term mayor. She has championed numerous causes for youth, families, women, the environment and health. She served as an Honorary Chair of the Red Cross fundraising campaign and was a member of the KGH Foundation’s Be a Lifesaver campaign.
Edna Terbasket
Edna Terbasket

Edna Terbasket has been a passionate proponent for education for people of all ages and backgrounds in the Okanagan for more than 30 years. A member of the Okanagan Indian Band and renowned Indigenous educator, she serves as Executive Director of the Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society in Kelowna, an organization which provides support for the mental, emotional, physical and spiritual well-being of all peoples through the development of community based services.



Previous Year's Recipients:


Anthony von Mandl
Anthony von Mandl
Bill Redmond
William Redmond
Rita Winkler
Dr. Rita Winkler


Annette Sharkey
Norm Embree
Rick Pushor
Rod Butters


Margriet Ruurs
Jim Henderson
Raghwa Gopal
Garry Benson


Ernie Philip
Alan Gatzke
Barry Lapointe


Janet Shaw
Lane Merrifield
Yasmin John-Thorpe


Bev Busson
Tom Landecker
Mel Kotler


Dorothy Tinning
George and Trudy Heiss
Peter Haubrich


Barbara Marchand
Charles Armstrong
Robert Fine


Syd Cannings
Dick Cannings
Robert Cannings
Jeanette Armstrong
Ken Harding


Ken Smedley
Lorraine McGrath
Ross Gorman


Lois Serwa
Albert Baldeo
Mike Roberts




Distinguished Service Award Recipients:

This award is to honour and recognize former Okanagan College employees, who have given outstanding service to Okanagan College, who share and support the mission, vision and values of Okanagan College, and who are active within and outside the Okanagan College community. This award will not be given as a matter of routine and is extended to only those who are most deserving.

Nominations for the 2018 Distinguished Service Award are being accepted until October 24, 2017. Download nomination form here

Rick Gee


Rick Gee
Former Chair of Okanagan College’s Education Council and longtime professor of Computer Science
A retired employee who assembled an impressive career that spanned 30 years and five days is recognized by Okanagan College with the Distinguished Service Award. Gee has left an indelible mark on the institution’s curriculum and program development after dedicating more than three decades to supporting students and enhancing academic standards. Gee is the fifth person in College history to receive the award, which is the highest honour bestowed upon a former employee.


John Lent
John Lent


Catherine Williams
Catherine Williams


Gary Dickinson
Gary Dickerson


Lynda Wilson
Lynda Wilson


Okanagan University College
Honorary Doctorates


Katy Bindon
William Bowering
Roy Brown
Rowland Grant
Mike Harcourt
Ronald Jeffels
Tom Kerr
Graham Smith
Miho Steinberg
Guy Tousignant
Steven Tuck
Norman Walker
Peter Williams


Arthur Carty
Andrea Deakin
Lambert Schmalz
Alison Smith
Gerry Zimmermann


James English
D. Ross Fitzpatrick
Thomas Foord
Jack Whyte


Daphne Odjig
Patricia Proudfoot


Mary Louie
Harry McWatters


Tony Onley
John Woodowrth


Roger Ames
Stephen Cannings
Vicki Gabereau
John Thomson


Charles Fipke


Okanagan University College
Distinguished Service Award Recipients


Graham Bruce


Gary Mellor


Alex Recsky