College names 2010 Honorary Fellows

Four prominent Okanagan residents – a woman who traded local politics for the world of art, a pioneering wine-making couple, and an innovator focused on building high-tech industry in the region – will be honoured by Okanagan College at its convocation and commencement ceremonies this spring and summer.

TinningSDorothy Tinning, a former mayor of Penticton, Gray Monk Winery’s founders George and Trudy Heiss, and Peter Haubrich, the founder and president of the Okanagan Research and Innovation Centre (ORIC), will be made Honorary Fellows of Okanagan College at ceremonies in June.

“Each of these individuals has contributed to the cultural, economic or social development of our region and we’re pleased to recognize their commitment and to acknowledge that they are role models worth emulating,” said Okanagan College President Jim Hamilton.

Tinning is an accomplished artist who has focused a great deal of her art on the Okanagan and First Nations influences. She served a term as Mayor of Penticton as part of her seven-year involvement with the municipal council, and has served as chair of the South Okanagan Similkameen Regional Advisory Committee of Okanagan College.

HeissSThe Heisses are recognized as pioneers in the B.C. Wine Industry – they moved to Okanagan Centre in 1972 to establish Gray Monk Estate Winery and Vineyards, and were among those who helped push for a new era in B.C. wine production, with the advent of the Vintner Quality Alliance (VQA) program.

The 20 acres they purchased in 1972 has grown to 100 acres of land growing premium vinifera grapes.

Haubrich is a well-known contributor to the high-tech industry in the Okanagan, who immigrated to Canada from Germany where he directed four research and development labs for SONY. Starting with the first incubator at NRC-DRAO, he has helped ORIC develop a second high-tech incubator in Kelowna and is currently at work establishing one in Penticton, which will be housed on Okanagan College’s campus.

HaubrichSHe is a past board member of the Okanagan Science and Technology Council, a board member of the Okanagan Partnership, vice chair of the IEEE Okanagan sub-section and is a founding member of the Okanagan Innovation Fund.

Haubrich will be honoured at the morning ceremony of the Spring Convocation (June 5) - George and Trudy Heiss will address the afternoon Convocation. Dorothy Tinning will receive her Honorary Fellow distinction at the June 29 Summer Convocation.

The 2010 Honorary Fellows join colleagues: Robert Fine, Barbara Marchand and Charles Armstrong (2009); Jeannette Armstrong, Ken Harding, Richard Cannings, Robert Cannings and Sydney Cannings (2008); Ken Smedley, Lorraine McGrath and Ross Gorman (2007); Mike Roberts, Lois Serwa and Albert Baldeo (2006).

College earns seven medals at BC Skills Canada

Tim Dorn with Devon Hamilton
Okanagan College won a gold medal in carpentry, three silver medals in the fields of Automotive Service, Welding and IT PC Network Support, and three bronze medals in: Automotive Service, Automotive Collision Repair and IT PC Network Support.

Despite an hour-long power outage that left drills, saws and PCs shut down, Okanagan College competitors were able to demonstrate their practical knowledge and skills in their chosen fields. Okanagan College’s Devon Hamilton dominated the carpentry challenge, winning a gold medal and qualifying for the national competition.

When he’s not at Okanagan College completing his training, Devon apprentices at Gux Construction where he is mentored by Okanagan College alumnus Jace Albrecht, a red seal carpenter who won the very same competition in 2008.

The power outage came at a critical point for competitors in the IT PC Network Support challenge. Okanagan College students Jeff Nishi (silver) and Sasha Golin (bronze) had backed up their work and were able to demonstrate their competency despite the setback.

Their instructor Nolan Fretz was not surprised by his students’ final standings. Nishi and Golin are both standouts in the College’s Network and Telecommunications Engineering Technology diploma program. The demands of the program leave little time for preparing for competition – students take six courses per semester – but the heavy schedule prepares them for the real world of engineering technology.

In the Automotive Service challenge Darrell Snow earned a silver and Jesse Gervais won bronze. Jonathon Perrault won a bronze for his work in the Automotive Collision Repair challenge and Bradley Oakes took home a silver in the Welding competition.

Tuck honoured after nearly a decade of service to Foundation

tuckAfter nine years of dedicated service to Okanagan College and Okanagan University College, Foundation President Dr. Steve Tuck will be retiring this fall, completing the maximum term for the Foundation President.

Steve’s leadership and vision have contributed greatly to the Foundation’s growth and success and have changed the lives of thousands of students who have benefitted from the Foundation’s support.

“Okanagan College is happy to honour a great advocate and friend,” said Okanagan College President Jim Hamilton. “Steve Tuck’s enthusiasm and dedication to students and the Foundation have been integral parts of our growth and success. I am confident that his legacy and continued support of this institution will be a daily reminder of the lives he has helped transform during his tenure.”

Steve first became involved with the Okanagan University College Foundation when it was constituted in November 2000 and went on to become the Foundation’s inaugural President.  Among many other achievements is the successful transition of the Foundation from Okanagan University College to Okanagan College.

With assets of nearly $8 million, the Okanagan College Foundation has disbursed more than $7 million to students and to support programs since 2002.

In addition to his leadership, Steve and his wife Terry have established three endowments that have grown to an investment of $20,000: The Mary Aldwilda Fanning Award, the William E. Woodruff Award and the Steve and Terry Tuck Award.

In honour of his work as the founding President, the Board of the Foundation will confer on Steve the title of President Emeritus. Hamilton says that the honorific recognizes Tuck’s countless hours of service and leadership. “Steve has done a commendable job of leading the Foundation from birth to its present successful stage," he said.  “As the Foundation begins the process of finding a successor, we recognize that Steve has set the bar very high.”

Global curiosity, interest in policy leads Okanagan College Arts student to Ottawa

22-year-old Okanagan College Arts student Matt Hall has turned an interest in politics and policy into a rare opportunity on the national stage.
mattHall will join 99 other young Canadians from across the nation in Ottawa from May 15 to 19 as part of the National Youth Ambassador Caucus.  The Caucus is being hosted by the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade and Western Economic Diversification Canada.  At the Caucus the youth ambassadors will meet with Prime Minister Stephen Harper, and other government, business and community leaders.  While in Ottawa, the students will put their negotiation and leadership skills to the test, as only 26 youth Ambassadors (two from each province and territory) will be selected to participate in the Summits in June 2010. Read the entire press release on Matt's undertaking here . . .

Vernon Donors honoured for their support

grandpianoThe Okanagan College Foundation honoured some of its most important friends and partners at a celebratory luncheon in Vernon last week. Steve Tuck, President of the Okanagan College Foundation, addressed the group and made note that Vernon donors contributed more than $30,000 to 33 students over the past year.

Yvonne Pinder, Vice Chair of the Board of Governors, who also attended the event commented on the impact of the donors on students and the community – and how the generosity of the donors improves the lives of everyone who is a part of Okanagan College. An example of this kind of generosity was evident at the event when a young pianist, Gillian Wong, performed a piano recital for the guests, including donor Jack Ross – the previous owner of the College’s new Kimball Grand Piano.

Mr. Ross donated the piano to the Okanagan College Foundation in memory of his wife. Norma Ross. Mr. Ross wanted to ensure his wife’s most prized possession was enjoyed by many. The piano has now found a home in the lecture theatre at the Kalamalka Campus where it will be played at special events.

Coyotes capture division title

The Okanagan College Coyotes baseball team saved their best for the last weekend of the regular season, taking three of four games from the then first-place VIU Mariners to retain the Larry Walker Division Championship.

A pair of victories on Saturday set the stage for a dramatic come from behind win in game three to clinch first place. The Coyotes trailed 4-0 going into the bottom of the 6th, scored one run in the 6th, then four in the bottom of the 7th. A walk off base hit by Bryce Wilkie drove in the winning run an clinched the game for the College. The Coyotes have now won their division two years in a row; they move on to the CCBC Championship tournament in Kamloops next weekend, being hosted by the Chris Reitsma Division Champion Thompson Rivers University Wolfpack.

Business students already making mark at Nationals

sifelogoIt was only the opening ceremonies on Monday night at the Students In Free Enterprise national competition, but already Okanagan College students and instructors are making their mark, capturing awards and recognition.

Three teams of students from Okanagan College’s Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) are in Calgary this week to compete against the top teams in Canada at the national SIFE competition. Okanagan College qualified to attend the event after delivering a dominating performance at the regional competition, also held in Calgary this spring. SIFE Okanagan will compete in three categories: Financial Literacy, Green Challenge and the National Team Challenge.

garthsheOn the first evening, Matt Cosar won the David Henderson Bursary for Entrepreneurial Leadership, while SIFE faculty mentors and College business professors Garth Maguire and Sheilagh Seaton were named John Dobson Ace Fellows of 2010.

Public Affairs’ Christine Ulmer is providing support to the team while at nationals and will be updating a blog with photos and stories from the front lines of the competition. Visit the Public Affairs homepage to check it out.

College hosts successful Provincial Transitions Forum

On April 29th and 30th, The Okanagan Mainline Transitions Partnership hosted a provincial forum on student transitions.  Transitions for the 21st Century brought 76 delegates from K-12 and post-secondary partnerships from most regions of the province together to share best practices in innovative programs for student transitions, and strategize on increasing new programs. Many of the sessions focussed on Dual Credit opportunities for secondary students.
Joanne Heslop, Manager of the Student Transitions Project, presented thought provoking data on transitions in the Province and specifically in the Okanagan region.
Dual Credit students from both the Mount Boucherie Secondary School/Okanagan College Culinary Arts program and the Okanagan College Culinary Arts program joined together to showcase their skills in a lunch held in the atrium of the Centre for Learning. 
Diana Thomson, Transitions Coordinator, received many positive comments from delegates on the value of the forum. Most delegates indicated the forum was very useful and informative, and provided real models of collaborative programs and services to implement in their own schools and regions.
Copies of the sessions are available online.

"The forum provided a focussed look into the opportunities and challenges facing us in the Central Okanagan to somehow improve immediate post-secondary transition by our graduating high school students," commented Norm Bradley, School District 23's Director of Instruction.  "Networking with the Province's dual-credit innovators and being updated with the status of Provincial programs and initiatives was very valuable.   Clearly, we have work still to do in our region and yet thankfully, the forum demonstrated that we have the energy and will to succeed." 

Revelstoke Home for Learning breaks ground

revelstokePartners in the 2010 Revelstoke Home for Learning broke ground at the site of their new project this month – a not-for-profit venture between Okanagan College, the Revelstoke Community Housing Society, Frisby Ridge Construction, BC Hydro, the City of Revelstoke and Columbia Basin Trust.

Students in Okanagan College’s Residential Construction program will be responsible for building the project to the lock-up stage. This year’s project will see students build a duplex for the Community Housing Society to help offer affordable housing options for local residents. Visit the media section to read coverage of the event.

Wirachowsky will Chair new trades department

Growth in trades and apprenticeship training at Okanagan College has resulted in the need to divide Electro-Mechanical Building Trades into two portfolios – Electrical and Mechanical Building Trades. Jim Gamble will continue in his role as Chair and will oversee the Electrical division. Greg Wirachowsky has been elected to a three-year term as Chair of Mechanical Building Trades.

The Mechanical Building Trades portfolio will include programs such as Gas Fitter, Plumbing, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic, Geothermal, Domestic/Residential Heating Technician and Domestic/Commercial Gas Fitter.


Harry Van Asseldonk retires

harryAfter 28 years of service with Print Services Harry Van Asseldonk is retiring. Harry started his career at Okanagan College as a pre-press film assembler when the print room operated with offset presses. Over the years technology changed to the digital world of printing. His position then became that of a graphics/copier technician.

Harry plans to spend much of his time exploring the many back roads BC has to offer in search of his next fly-fishing adventure. Colleagues are invited to stop by Print Services to wish Harry well before he finishes his last day with the College on May 18.

Wilson honoured for distinguished service

lyndaLynda Wilson, former Regional Dean of the Shuswap-Revelstoke, is the first recipient of Okanagan College’s Distinguished Service Award. Lynda will receive the honour at the June 5 Spring Convocation ceremony.

Wilson joined Okanagan University College in 2000, taking on the role of Regional Dean. She spent a decade at the helm of the region and carries much responsibility for the growth and development of the campus.

The award also recognizes Lynda’s contributions to the community. She is the President-Elect of the Shuswap Rotary Club, a board member of the Salmon Arm Downtown Improvement Association, a past director of the Salmon Arm Economic Development Society and a past director of the Salmon Arm Chamber of Commerce.

Welding class makes a splash with donation

Welding Instructor extraordinaire Mike Turigan shakes hands with Kelowna Aquajets Swim club President Maureen Dixon at Kelowna’s new H2O centre.

Okanagan College welding students, under supervision of instructor Mike Turigan, recently completed an all-aluminum eight foot by 16 foot timing stage that will be used for all future local and Provincial swim meets and it was put to use instantly.

On May 7,8,& 9th the Kelowna Aquajets hosted over 300 swimmers from as far away as Prince George and Calgary. The stage allows the timing equipment to be set up higher than the crowd to allow the officials to monitor the races, and keep the meet flowing. 
As the Kelowna Aquajets are a nonprofit swim club, the assistance of Mike and the whole welding department will benefit swimming in the Okanagan for years to come.

Baranow honored with award

catherineCatherine Baranow, Chair of the Certified Dental Assistant program, was recently presented with an award at the Pacific Dental Conference by the Certified Dental Assistants of British Columbia (CDABC).

Catherine was selected for the award based on her leadership abilities, exemplary Certified Dental Assistant skills, and high ethical and professional standards in the performance of her professional duties.

Garth Homer retires

garthOn April 14, close friends and colleagues gathered in the Kelowna Library to celebrate Garth Homer’s 31-year career with Okanagan College.

During his time at the College, Garth took on a number of different jobs within the Library, including a period as its Director. Most recently, he developed close ties with students and faculty in the School of Business in his role as liaison librarian to that department.

The Library is currently seeking a librarian to replace Garth, although everyone acknowledges that Garth’s unique sense of humour, personal style and fascinating personality are irreplaceable. Garth’s last day at work was April 28.

Whibley and Mendoza plan for weddings

groomsIT Services staff recently celebrated with Rick Whibley and Xavier Mendoza as they count down to their upcoming weddings. Both Rick and Xavier are getting married on June 5.

The gala event included a poetry reading by Tom Esson, advice on what NOT to say to your wife and Rick and Xavier were presented with lovely hats designed by Dawn Govan and Terry Tuck, who feel they may have found a new market niche! 

May 11, 2010 Vol. 4 Issue 3


Bike to Work Week kicks off

Bike to Work Week is back at Okanagan College. The challenge started on Monday, May 10 and continues through the 14. If you haven't already been out riding yet this year, now is the time. To be a member of the Okanagan College Bike to Work Team, you only have to ride to work one day during the week of May 10-14. Last year, our College's team rode a total of 1,200 km or approximately the distance from Kelowna to Saskatoon. 

If you would like to join the Okanagan College Bike to Work Team this year, please email Paul Stephenson. Then, on May 14, send Paul another email with your total number of kilometres for the week in the subject line. Happy pedaling. 


Connect with Connections - Register Now

Register now for this year's employee learning conference - Connections 2010. Join colleagues on Wednesday, Aug. 25 or Thursday, Aug. 26 from 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at the Kelowna campus for the annual employee learning conference. The morning will include a plenary session and update from President Jim Hamilton, followed by a keynote lecture from guest speaker Dr. Chris Schneider entitled "Social Media: The End of Society?", and afternoon learning symposia.

Come early to enjoy coffee with friends and colleagues and stay a little while in the afternoon for a social with food and prizes. Prizes will also be awarded to the department with the best attendance at this event, so gather up colleagues and register now.

Have any questions? Contact Kaya Forest.

Golf Tournament calls for volunteers

The 19th Annual Okanagan College Foundation/Western Financial Group Charity Golf Tournament needs volunteers on tournament day! This year, the fundraiser is being held on Thursday May 27 at The Bear Course at the Okanagan Golf Club.

The Foundation is looking for people to help between 11 a.m. and approximately 6 p.m. – volunteers will be required to assist with registration and gift giveaways, and as spotters on prize holes. If you are able to help out at this great event, please contact Dawn Douglas ASAP at ext. 4774.

Supply Management Services  -  Vehicle For Sale

motorhomeOkanagan College is selling a 1981 Dodge Okanagan Motorhome. The motorhome is completely self-contained with a range, oven, fridge and furnace.

The College has invested $2,500 in this vehicle and is accepting offers for this amount. The vehicle can be viewed on Friday, May 14 from 1 – 3 p.m. in the RV Shop in Kelowna.

Offers will be accepted in a sealed envelope until Friday, May 21, 2010.  All sales will be final and GST will be charged and added on to the successful offer. All sealed offers – submitted on the Offer to Purchase form - should be dropped off to:

Okanagan College – Supply Management
1000 KLO Road, P Building, P-111
Kelowna, British Columbia
V1Y 4X8

Detailed information about the vehicle is offered below:

1981 Dodge Okanagan Motorhome
  • Self-Contained – Range/Oven, Fridge, Furnace
  • Colour – Cream/Orange
  • Fuel Type – Gasoline
  • Odometer Reading – 64693 km
  • AM/FM Radio
  • Delayed Wipers
  • Hydraulic Brakes
  • Window Defroster
  • Tilt Wheel
  • Reclining Cloth Seats
  • Cruise Control
  • Air Conditioning – Dash
  • Brake Control
  • New Tires – 2

Find out more by visiting the web or by emailing purchasing.

Upgrade your computer skills this Spring with CS Kelowna

Continuing Studies in Kelowna is offering a variety of computer courses beginning later this month. Many of these courses may be of interest to staff – take this opportunity to upgrade now and don’t forget to use the tuition waiver form. For more information, contact Jill Panton ext. 4589. 

Managing your Files and Folders, 
May 31, Mon, 6-9 p.m.

Have you ever created a file on the computer and then couldn't find it again? Do you know how to create and manage your own folders on the computer to store your personal information? File management is the most misunderstood aspect of working with computers and yet is the most essential skill to possess. Allow us to show you how to overcome this problem.

Advanced Excel Skills, 
May 25 - June 3, Tue/Thu, 6-9 p.m.

Get introduced to more advanced features of Microsoft Excel which includes working with functions, custom cell formatting, drawing tools, database management, data filters, drawing objects and customizing charts.

Advanced Word Processing Skills,
 June 7-16, Mon/Wed, 6-9 p.m.
Learn more advanced features of Microsoft Word, including the development of tables, graphics, drawings, WordArt, backgrounds, special effects and merging data together.

Convocation and Commencement – Call for Volunteers

Public Affairs is putting out a call for volunteers to help with the upcoming Convocation and Commencement ceremonies in Kelowna on June 4, 5 and 29 and 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.

Welding/Metal Fab Open House

The Welding Trades department will host an open house on May 14 from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. for anyone interested in finding out more about the program and career opportunities in the field. The open house will include facility tours, discussions and presentations from Miller and Lincoln Electric. To find out more about the event follow this link to a pdf or contact Dean Nutter.

DeBeans summer hours now in effect

DeBeans coffee kiosk at the Kelowna campus is now operating its summer hours. DeBeans will be open from 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

M.A.S.K. comes to the Kelowna lecture theatre

The Kelowna lecture theatre will welcome a performance on May 28 when M.A.S.K. presents a challenging and fresh performance of “A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square” made famous by the group Manhattan Transfer. This performance embodies some of the most difficult and spectacular jazz harmonies of all time.

Match that with a captivating rendition of Freddy Mercury’s Bohemian Rhapsody, or the comedic sentiment in excerpts of Marc Shaiman’s Hair Spray, and you’ve got a show of grand proportions! Prior to the event a wine and cheese cocktail party will take place in the pit at 6:30.  

Tickets are $35 and proceeds go to support the International Children’s Winter Games. Contact Angie to purchase a ticket.

Apply now for Okanagan College Family Award

Financial Aid & Awards and the Okanagan College Foundation remind staff that applications are now being accepted for the next round of the Okanagan College Family Award.

Full award criteria and the application form can be found in myOkanagan under OC Express - Forms and Foundation. 
All applications must be date-stamped at the Welcome Centre in Kelowna or the Campus Administration office at your campus by May 21, 2010. This round of applications is for programs starting between May 1 and August 31. 

Please direct any questions that you may have about the Okanagan College Family Award to the Kelowna Campus Financial Aid & Awards Office at 250-862-5419.

50/50 winner announced

Congratulations to Carol Abernathy from AACP in Vernon who won last week’s payday draw for $537.50. The Okanagan College Foundation 50/50 Staff Lottery is open to all employees of Okanagan College. If you wish to sign up for the lottery, registration forms are available from: Advancement & Alumni/Okanagan College Foundation office (P103, KLO Campus), Human Resources or online.


May 6 – 14 Theatre Kelowna Society presents Distracted – a new comedy about a family with ADD. Opening night ticket pricing is available for College staff at a cost of $10 – call Angie 4501 for tickets. This play takes place in the lecture theatre at the Kelowna campus. Regularly priced tickets can be purchased at: adult $20, senior $18, and student $10 - plus service charge. 

May 12 – Colin Snowsell will launch his novella, The Frollett Homestead, at an event in Vernon at 5 p.m. in the Okanagan College cafeteria. Snowsell will read from his novella at the launch party, which will also feature an art exhibit of the photos of Canadian Press Photo of the Year Winner Kelowna Daily Courier photojournalist, Gary Nylander, which accompany the text.

May 13 - Okanagan College will host Culinaria: Refreshing the Palate on Thursday, May 13 at 5 p.m. at Infusions. Join College chefs Geoffrey Couper, Perry Bentley and Culinary Arts students for a five-course meal featuring Okanagan artisanal food and beverages, prepared by the Culinary Arts chefs and students from Okanagan College. Tickets are $60 and proceeds will go toward writing and publishing programs at Okanagan College, including the Kalamalka Press and Ryga: A Journal of Provocations.
The event will also feature live musical entertainment, guest speaker Jamie Maw and lots of discussion around sustainability, culture and food. Tickets can be reserved by contacting the Okanagan Institute at:
May 17 – The Science in Society Speaker Series will wrap up with a presentation from CBC Radio host Bob McDonald. McDonald will present his lecture: Everything you know is…wrong! Great leaps in scientific thought at 7:30 p.m. in Vernon’s Performing Arts Centre. Tickets are available through or contact Carl Doige for more information. 

May 18 - Colin Snowsell will launch his novella, The Frollett Homestead, at an event in Penticton at 5 p.m. at Hooked on Books. Snowsell will read from his novella at the launch party, which will also feature an art exhibit of the photos of Canadian Press Photo of the Year Winner Kelowna Daily Courier photojournalist, Gary Nylander, which accompany the text.
May 28 - The Kelowna lecture theatre will host a performance by M.A.S.K. beginning at 6:30 p.m. Contact Angie March for more information.

June 4 – Trades Commencement, 6 p.m. at the Kelowna campus. Contact Michelle Lowry for more information. 

June 5 – Spring Convocation at the Kelowna campus, 10:30 a.m. (Health and Arts programs, Associate degrees, Technology diplomas, CIS, HKIN) and 1:30 p.m. (Business Programs, Commercial Aviation, Advanced Culinary Arts). Contact Michelle Lowry for more information.

June 12 – The Darren Cabral Memorial Golf Tournament will take place at the Vernon Golf and Country Club – registration starts at 11:30 a.m. followed by a shot-gun start at 1 p.m. Proceeds from the fundraiser will go to support a scholarship for a student in Okanagan College's Human Service Work program.

Darren Cabral was an alumnus of the Human Service Work program. His friends and family have organized the charity golf tournament to help support students who follow in his path in the field of Human Service Work. Contact Andrew or Jeff for more information: 250-545-6272.

June 28 – Vernon Commencement and Convocation, 4:30 p.m. at the Performing Arts Centre in Vernon. Contact Michelle Lowry for more information. 

June 29 – Summer Convocation, 6 p.m. at the Kelowna campus. Contact Michelle Lowry for more information.


The Residential Construction program is busy again in Revelstoke, as ground is broken on the latest project, a development covered by the online Revelstoke Current.

Communications instructor Marc Arellano screened his full length documentary, Strange Fruit, at a local fundraising event held at The Habitat on Friday, May 7. Marc received lots of air time on local radio promoting the event. Listen to a series of clips from Daybreak (first clip), (second clip) or catch Marc on AM 1150. (Marc reports that approximately $2,300 was raised through everyone's good efforts.) The print media came to the table, as well, with lots of coverage: Glenmore school gardeners see project now in full bloom and Local food, local prosperity.

The Capital News noted that Okanagan College Foundation President Steve Tuck has retired from his position as president of the B.C. Interior Chapter of the Sunshine Foundation.

Lee Claremont and Ryan Donn were announced as the winners of the Alumni awards presented by the Okanagan College Alumni Association. Read more about the winners and the awards in College to honour outstanding alumni.

This year’s Honorary Fellows - Dorothy Tinning, George and Trudy Heiss, and Peter Haubrich - will be acknowledged at the Convocation ceremonies in June. Read more about their achievements and the dates in Community contributions diverse from honorees and Contributions diverse

Coyotes won the opener against the Vancouver Island Mariners, the game was captured in High heat. Catch up on the progress of the Coyotes through the season in Snow stops Okanagan Coyotes in Calgary, OC Coyotes close out with pair of twinbills, Coyotes on a roll, Coyotes host VIU in 1st-place battle.

A new intake of entry-level welding is being offered in Princeton, from Aug. 9 to Jan. 28. Read more in Sign up now for Welding Level C and Welding program goes to Princeton.

Okanagan College had many medal winners in the BC Skills Canada competition held in Abbotsford in late April. The Capital News picked up the press release Students test their trade skills.

Okanagan College instructor Colin Snowsell launched his new book, with the support of the Okanagan Institute. Read more in: Writer reminiscent of Edgar Allan Poe.

Okanagan College is the major partner in a clean energy technologies project that attracted a half-million in federal funding, announced by MP Ron Cannan at the Centre of Learning in mid-April. Read more in: Ottawa chips in for joint green project.

Anne Kirkpatrick, Development Officer for the Okanagan College Foundation offered her perspective on planned giving in an article entitled People donate money for variety of reasons.

Katie MacDonald, a Grade 11 student at Okanagan Mission Secondary, won the BC Secondary Math Contest and the prize of free tuition for one semester at either Okanagan College or UBC Okanagan. 

Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE), along with the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce, presented the Kelowna Green Business Awards in mid-April. Read about the winners in Hotel named a green leader.

In her April 30 Capital News column, Registrar Jane Muskens comments on the link between students setting goals for their futures and their satisfaction with their education. Last week Jane looked at what how much of a story data provides when looking at the complex issues surrounding high school grads transitioning to post-secondary.

Stan Chung, acting Dean of Arts and Foundational programs, discusses the connection of our bodies to our minds, one of the most important connections we all have and why we should listen to our bodies, in his Global Citizen column.


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