2011 Honorary Fellows namedOn the day it honours and celebrates the accomplishments of the graduating class of 2011, Okanagan College will also recognize the contributions, careers and service of three community-minded leaders that include a world renowned researcher, Canada’s highest-ranking female RCMP member, and an entrepreneur whose fabric stores dominate the Canadian textile industry.
Okanagan College will bestow the title of Honorary Fellow on Dr. Tom Landecker, Principal Research Officer at the Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory (DRAO), Beverley Busson, former Commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Mel Kotler, founding owner of Mel Kotler Consultants Ltd. and working partner of the Fabricland Company, Western Canada.
Landecker and Busson will address students attending the morning Convocation ceremony at 10:30 a.m. on June 4 in Kelowna.
Kotler will attend the afternoon ceremony which will be held at 1:30 p.m. and include graduates of Business programs.
Follow this link to find out more about each of the 2011 recipients and their distinguished careers and service to their communities.
SIFE Okanagan repeats national Let’s Can Hunger challengeAfter just one day at the national Students in Free Enterprise competition, Okanagan College’s SIFE Okanagan has walked away with one of the biggest awards of the competition. For the second year in a row SIFE Okanagan has won the Campbell’s Soup Let’s Can Hunger challenge, after meeting their goal of donating more than 80,000 pounds of food to local Food Banks.
Another member of the SIFE Okanagan community was honoured for his important role and dedication to the organization. Sheldon Gardiner was awarded the Business Advisory Board member of the year for his efforts in mentoring and supporting SIFE Okanagan.
SIFE Financial Literacy and Entrepreneurship teams presented in the opening round today. Interested in following their performance at nationals? Click to view the SIFE Okanagan blog, which will be updated throughout the competition.
Murray's memoir receives national coverageWith momentum building toward the Okanagan launch of her first book, Okanagan College English Professor Melanie Murray received national media coverage when the National Post ran a full page excerpt from her new memoir, FOR YOUR TOMORROW: The Way of an Unlikely Soldier (Random House Canada).
Melanie will host a series of Okanagan launches for the book throughout the Okanagan:
Kelowna - May 14, 1-3 p.m. Mosaic Books
Penticton - May 26, 7 p.m. Hooked on Books
Vernon - May 28, 1-3 p.m. Bookland
Salmon Arm - June 4, 1-3 p.m. Bookingham Palace
Sewell’s legacy honoured through new bursary awardA new award that will support Summerland students pursuing post-secondary training in trades or business has been established in honour of Art Sewell, one of Summerland’s most dedicated community members and strongest advocates for youth and education.
On Tuesday, May 3 the Summerland Rotary Club, Summerland Penny Lane and members of the Sewell family announced they will each contribute $25,000 to establish a $75,000 bursary fund to support local students.
Sewell was a founding member of Summerland Penny Lane and served as its Chairman for eight years. As an active Rotarian for 35 years, he believed in the importance of providing access to education and training, as well as business leaders’ responsibility to provide opportunities for skill development in youth to help them reach their full potential.
The Summerland Rotary, Art Sewell, Summerland Penny Lane Bursary will provide an annual award of $2,500 to a student entering full-time studies in a Trades Foundation program or Business Administration program at Okanagan College. The recipient will be a resident of Summerland or will have attended high school in Summerland. Selection of the award recipient will be based on financial need.
Follow this link to read the complete press release.
Local NegotiationsNegotiations with the OCFA continue. Most recently the OCFA has tabled a comprehensive package of proposals. The College is currently reviewing this package to determine how it wishes to respond when it next meets with the OCFA on May 24 and 25.
Negotiations with the Vocational Instructors will resume on May 27 and continue on June 8, 9 and 10.
Dates for the resumption of local negotiations with the Support Staff are in the process of being identified.
Faculty Common Table Negotiations are on hold pending the conclusion of local negotiations by participating bargaining agents and employers.
The Support Staff Compensation Template Table was scheduled to meet on April 19 and 20. On April 19 the employers opened by responding to an outstanding question from the unions on the scope of the discussions at this table. Specifically, the employers confirmed that job security should remain at local tables for discussion. The employers were advised subsequently that the union’s required time to consult with their locals and proposed holding off setting further bargaining dates until the fall. The parties left the CTT with the understanding that local Support Staff negotiations would resume or commence where they had not begun.
Other Activity within the Sector
Vancouver Island University – FPSE members have returned to work. Special Mediator, Mark Brown, appointed by the Minister of Labour continues to work on resolving two outstanding collective bargaining issues. An agreement reached with the BCGEU (Vocational Instructors) at this location has now been ratified by all parties.
Selkirk College – A tentative local agreement was reached on April 4. This agreement will not be ratified until conclusion of Faculty Common Table discussions.
Langara College – The Langara Faculty Association terminated its recent job action. All student marks were submitted by April 27 at noon. Bargaining is ongoing.
Vancouver Community College – Has reached a tentative local agreement with its FPSE group. A strike vote had been taken by the FPSE members at this location. However the parties were able to resolve their negotiations within mandate without resort to job action.
Other Relevant Settlements
Thompson Rivers University has reached a two-year agreement with the Thompson Rivers University Faculty Association on April 26 under the government’s 2010 mandate. This agreement covers approximately 500 full-time employees including faculty-instructors, counselors, librarians and instructional support employees. Members of the Association are expected to vote on the agreement in the coming weeks.
Bike to Work Week starts May 30The 2011 Okanagan College Bike to Work Team is looking for new recruits. This year Bike to Work Week is May 30 to June 3, which means the weather will be warmer than last year’s challenge. The majority of Okanagan College’s team members are recreational cyclists.
Last year the team posted a combined total of 1455km. To be a team member you only have to ride to work one day during the designated week. Please consider being part of the team this year. For more information or to sign up please contact Paul Stephenson.
Banner Bob retiresBob Amann will retire from IT Services after a 17-year career with Okanagan College. Known as “Banner Bob” to many who remember the early days of Banner implementation, Bob has been a Senior Programmer and Analyst in IT Services since 1994.
Colleagues and friends who would like the opportunity to wish Bob well in his retirement can attend a farewell party in Infusions on Thursday, May 26 at 3 p.m. Bob’s last day at work will be May 30.
Nishi to represent College at National Skills CanadaOkanagan College’s Jeff Nishi recently won a gold medal in the IT Network Administration category at the provincial Skills BC competition, held in Abbotsford last month.
Jeff’s top finish provides him with the opportunity to represent the province and Okanagan College at the national Skills Canada competition in Quebec City in early June.
Rev. Albert Baldeo, Okanagan College Honorary Fellow recipient in 2006, passed away on Easter Monday. The community’s grief was reflected in the media coverage of his death including: Tributes pour in for the late Rev. Albert Baldeo (included is his last column with the Capital News), Tearful goodbye and Farewell friend Albert, and Sweet goodnight, Albert.
Paul O’Neill, Electronic Engineering graduate, and Henry Murphy, technologies program lab technician, are both being honored as the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of B.C. director, John Leech, travels around the province both honoring technologists and educating communities on opportunities in the sector for grads of the College’s technologies programs. Read more in Top technologists honoured, Opportunity knocks, and Wave of tech careers flood market.
Business alumnus Michael Blonde is working with the Central Okanagan Development Commission as an organizer of the Metabridge initiative, a technology summit taking place June 1 and 2 in Kelowna. Read more in Companies prepare for June tech summit.
In memory of Art Sewell, the Summerland Rotary Club, Summerland Penny Lane and the Sewell family, have started a bursary to assist trades and business students at the College. Read more about the namesake’s beliefs in education and the award in Bursary in honour of Sewell.
The Green Business Awards, organized by SIFE Okanagan, were handed out in late April. Read about Sysco and the other big winners in Employees key to Sysco’s green.
Residential Construction students in Penticton have started working on a cabin to be delivered to the Agur Lake Camp later this summer. Read the details in Agur Lake Camp cabin set for use in summer 2012.
Kara Jobb, a student in the inaugural Studio Woodworking program, was featured in an article promoting her class’s exhibition at the Tutt Street Gallery. Read more in Exhibit celebrates woodwork artistry.
The B.C. Youth Write Camp, which is hosted at Okanagan College, received a donation from the Investors Group which will help publish a camp anthology. For more details see Boost for Write Camp.
The OC Coyotes baseball team was recently successful in Lethbridge with three wins and one loss. They went on to lose four games in Kamloops. Read more in OC Coyotes pound out the runs on the road, OC Coyotes swept again by host TRU WolfPack and OC Coyotes lose all four.
The Board of Governors approved the College’s $92.9 million budget. The College will offer the bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) program this year but trades training may see some reductions. Read more in College says it can afford modest expansion and College budget $92.9 million.
Okanagan College will confer Honorary Fellows on Dr. Tom Landecker, Beverley Busson and Mel Kotler at Convocation on June 4. Read more in College names Honorary Fellows and College to confer Honorary Fellows.
Two teams of Summerland Middle School students are part of the Windward Software Young Entrepreneurs Dragons Den Competition, a partnership between SIFE Okanagan, School District 67 and Penticton Economic Development Services. The winning team will receive $500. Read more in Students present business proposals.
Randy Werger, Associate Dean of Trades, was one of a few local runners who completed the Boston Marathon. He finished the race in 3:24:33. Read more in Locals soak up Boston Marathon experience.
Registrar Jane Muskens continued her column from the previous week on the Student Transition Project fast facts on post-secondary education in her School’s In column. Read about it in Program aimed at helping more aboriginal students graduate. Last week Muskens wrote about opportunities in technology programs in Technology programs offer increasing job opportunities.
Award Magazine (a nation-wide source of news and information about sustainable architecture, construction and interior design) wrote a piece about the Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Technologies and Renewable Energy Conservation. The facility will meet LEED Platinum and expects to achieve net-zero energy consumption.
Forever Young wrote a story about Civil Engineering student Chris Pieper going to school while raising two daughters on his own and the challenges he faces including financial barriers. The Okanagan College Foundation has helped Chris pay for his education through scholarships and bursaries. Read more in Donor Dollars change lives.
Tolko Industries has donated products to help build the next Habitat for Humanity home in West Kelowna that Okanagan College carpentry students will build as part of their spring curriculum. Read abut it in Tolko offers support for house project.
Okanagan students recently competed in the BC Secondary School Mathematics Contest sponsored by Okanagan College and UBCO. Read more in Teen mathletes do battle.
Fifty years ago a junior college was being considered in the Okanagan. Read more in Junior college pondered.
May 10, 2011 Vol. 5 Issue 3
Public Affairs is putting out a call for volunteers to help with the upcoming three Convocation and Commencement ceremonies in Kelowna on June 3, 4 and 29 and one in Vernon on June 28. Volunteers are needed to support the ceremonies as ushers, to hand out gowns to students, and for the reception. If you are interested in helping out please contact Michelle Lowry at ext. 4649.