Okanagan College respectfully acknowledges that our Penticton, Kelowna, and Vernon campuses are located on the traditional and unceded territory of the Syilx (Okanagan) people and our Salmon Arm campus is located on the traditional and unceded territory of the Secwepemc (Shuswap) people. The College is dedicated to providing culturally relevant support to Aboriginal students as they journey toward their educational and career goals. Each year the College hosts a powwow, Aboriginal career fair, achievement recognition ceremonies and other meaningful events.
The College is an inclusive and supportive environment and offers personalized education plans that contribute to student success. Aboriginal Services Centres are situated
at each campus and provide education advising, transitions planning, peer mentorship along with welcoming study and social spaces for students to benefit from.
When I first started going to school at the College I thought all of it was going to be a fight and I was pleasantly surprised to find it was anything but. There was a lot of emotional support and financial help that I wasn’t in any way expecting and everyone was non-judgmental and very accepting of me and my needs.
I’ve been working on healing, breaking negative cycles in my life and being a positive role model to my kids. So, I took time to focus on myself and figure out my dream. To take care of my spirit and heart and to mark that change in my life, I decided to move to Vernon about four years ago with my kids and pursue a career in massage therapy.
The College helped me reach my educational goals. I got excellent grades, worked hard and was respected by my instructors when I needed to take a break for my mental health.
I’m preparing to apply to massage therapy school and want to run my own massage therapy business where I can go to places like addiction centres and transitional houses for women to volunteer my services and help spread healing.
I chose to study at Okanagan College because of the familiarity. I knew a lot of people who had great experiences with their professors and my personal experience at OC so far has been amazing.
I’m a real people-person and one of my favourite things is to meet new students and hear about their experiences and what they’re working on in their studies. It’s probably the reason why I wanted to become an Aboriginal Peer Mentor at my campus. Education is power and I want to be able to help encourage and support students while they’re at the College.
What I love more about the College is all of the extracurricular activities and events. The business program specifically has many services, activities and clubs that offer a more enriching learning experience.Right now I’m partnered with a local business and my career goals are to help grow that business and to also pursue my CPA designation after graduation.
Francis Lampreau I Bachelor of Business Administration
Member of the Simpcw First Nation
Aboriginal Peer Mentor
Contact an Aboriginal Transitions Planner
250-762-5445, ext. 4682
250-545-7291, ext. 2284
250-492-4305, ext. 3280
Salmon Arm campus
250-832-2126, ext. 8275
I graduated this year as a proud ambassador of Okanagan College and a positive influence not only for my kids but to my friends who I encourage all the time to go back to school – to go to the College.
|Dawn Naas I Academic and Career Preparation (2018)
Member of the Gitlaxtaamix
OC 3-Hour Short Story regional winner