Roy Daykin named VP Finance and Administration

daykinroyOkanagan College will welcome one of the sector’s leaders to its executive team when Roy Daykin joins the institution as its new Vice President Finance and Administration on Dec. 15. 
He will replace Bob Eby, who will retire on Dec. 18 after serving seven years as VP.

Daykin brings nearly three decades of leadership experience in post-secondary; he was most recently Vice President, Administration and Community Engagement at Langara College. Prior to that role, Daykin spent three years in senior executive roles at Langara, serving terms as the institution’s Vice President of Administration and Finance, Associate Vice President of Administration and Finance, and Langara’s interim President and CEO.

“Roy is a highly respected leader in our sector and his experience will be a valuable asset to our College,” said Jim Hamilton, president of Okanagan College. “He has provided outstanding service to other post-secondary institutions and a school district and will bring a wealth of relevant experience to our institution and our region.”

In addition to senior executive roles at Langara, Daykin spent nine years at Kwantlen University College as Associate Vice President of Finance. Prior to that appointment, he was with Douglas College for 16 years where he progressed from a position in accounts payable to Manager of Accounting Information and Internal Audit, and eventually to Director of Finance.

Daykin holds a master of arts in leadership and training from Royal Roads University. In addition, he is a Certified General Accountant.
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College joins ITA to launch Job Match

itaThe Industry Training Authority (ITA) and WorkBC joined Okanagan College representatives on Friday, Nov. 7 to launch a new online Apprentice Job Match tool which will better connect apprentices looking for on-the-job training they need to boost their skills and achieve certification in their chosen trade.

“Apprentice Job Match is a great tool for up-and-coming tradespeople in Kelowna and beyond,” says Minister Steve Thomson, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, and MLA for Kelowna-Mission. “It will help link students to employer sponsors and the practical training they need to succeed in their chosen field.”

The online Apprentice Job Match tool is located on WorkBC’s website which has over 20,000 visitors daily and 10,000 job postings. Finding an employer sponsor is one of the biggest hurdles to a successful apprenticeship. With over 37,000 registered apprentices in BC, and over 9,400 employer sponsors, the need to connect apprentices to local employers is greater than ever.

Registering for CS now easier than ever  

cswebContinuing Studies launched a new website on Nov. 12 with streamlined navigation, improved search and course registration features, and a mobile responsive design.
Visitors can now easily interact with the website across a range of devices, including mobile phones and tablets. Prospective students can look up courses either by subject or start date, and course offerings can be filtered by campus location.
“The site user experience was designed based on input from CS staff who were frequently called to assist students attempting to navigate through the CS Classfinder,” said Moragh MacAulay. “Currently, only 30 per cent of students register online. We’re hoping the improvements significantly increase this percentage.”
The mobile responsive design fits with the global trend towards exclusive use of mobile devices to access the web. In mobile-first design, websites are built to seamlessly change depending on the size of the viewer’s screen. Whether on a mobile phone or a desktop, the new CS site offers an interface that is easy to navigate and simple to use.
A collaborative project between IT Services and Continuing Studies & Corporate Development, the site was designed and built by Dan Larsen, IT Services, and Moragh MacAulay, Continuing Studies, with contributions and support from many people in both departments. Check out the new site at:

Unleash Okanagan

Enactus Okanagan College is launching a new case competition designed to find innovative solutions to pressing social issues. Post-secondary students from Okanagan College, the Centre of Arts and Technology, and UBC Okanagan will have the opportunity to participate on Nov. 21 from 4 to 6 p.m., and Nov. 22 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Accelerate Okanagan.

“This is a different approach to find ways to improve society and encourage innovation and entrepreneurship in youth aged 18 to 24,” says Karen Vandergaag a student with Enactus Okanagan College.

During the event, participants will be broken into teams of four. Each team, which will be comprised of representatives from all participating schools, will have 24 hours to design a project that provides a solution to a problem focusing on social, environmental, and economic impacts. At the end of the event, the teams will pitch their ideas to a panel of business professionals and alumni judges, and more than $1,000 in prizes and awards will be presented to the teams with the most viable and innovative solutions.

Members of the general public are encouraged to attend the presentations on Nov. 21 from 4 to 6 p.m.

For more information on the Unleash Your Inner Entrepreneur program, visit:
Go online for more information about Enactus Okanagan College. 


Lost Control wins three-hour short story contest

frechetteA high-speed story of loss by Penticton campus Associate of Arts student Jesse Frechette took the top prize at Okanagan College’s Three-Hour Short Story Contest.

“The judges loved ‘Lost Control’ for its confident and original narrative voice, which kept us fully engaged in the story to the very end,” said Okanagan College English professor and contest judge and organizer Corinna Chong.

“The writer created an impressively complex conflict; the story artfully develops the narrator’s struggle to come to terms with the loss of his father, which rises to the surface as he drives his father’s old Camaro faster and faster down the highway. We were also impressed by the story’s ending, which has a powerful impact but also resists wrapping the conflict up too neatly or artificially,” she says.

The judging panel, which consisted of Chong and fellow Okanagan College professors and writers Kerry Gilbert, Jeremy Lanaway, Hannah Calder, and Francie Greenslade, felt this year’s entries were very strong and exceptionally creative.

Writers had three hours to create a story using College computers and were not able to access any pre-written material or anything online. Students also had to incorporate a mystery phrase – this year’s phrase was “soggy bread” – into each of their stories.

Four prizes of a $250 tuition credit were handed out to a winner at each campus. The regional winners were:

Kelowna – “Run-Run-Run” by Sarina Bouvier (Kelowna Secondary School)

Vernon – “Time Moves Quickly” by Daniel Reich (Okanagan College)

Penticton – “Lost Control” by Jesse Frechette (Okanagan College)

Salmon Arm – “A Small Victory” by Kyle Phillips (Okanagan College)

As the grand prizewinner, Frechette also received an additional $250 tuition credit, which made the total of his prize $500 to use toward his College fees.

Read all the winners’ stories at

Jacinda Mack to present in Kelowna and Vernon

mackJacinda Mack, Natural Resources Manager for the Xat’sull First Nation, will be speaking at the Kelowna and Vernon campuses later this week. Mack will be speaking about the Mount Polley spill and the effect of that disaster on First Nations in the region. Mack's nation, Xat'sull, has been directly affected by the spill and continues to speak out about the tailings pond breach at Mount Polley.
Mack will be giving two public talks. All students, faculty, staff and community members are welcome: This event is sponsored by the Okanagan College Faculty Association (OCFA).

Kelowna – Wednesday, Nov. 19 at 6-8 p.m. in room B112.
Vernon – Thursday, Nov. 20 at 1-3 p.m. in the lecture theatre.
Any faculty who would like Mack to visit their classes in Kelowna on Nov. 19 or in Vernon on Nov. 20, should email Norah Bowman right away in order to set that up, or call Norah directly at 250-859-8408.
This event is part of the Environmental Solidarity Tour, sponsored by the Federation of Post Secondary Educators and OCFA. Aboriginal Services at Okanagan College is also supporting this event.

Rewarding week for Roën Janyk 

roenRoën Janyk, Okanagan College Web Services Librarian and Library Department Chair, enjoyed success in both the athletic and academic arenas last week.
This past weekend, Roën returned triumphant from the Royal West national horse show that took place at the Agrium Western Events Centre in downtown Calgary. Roën and her horse, Rosewood, came away with some notable winnings after finishing second in the $25,000 National Junior/Amateur Hunter Derby final, as well as a fourth in the Jr/Am Equitation championship, and fourth in the Adult Amateur Hunter division. The duo qualified for the event based on results from the 2014 show season and regional finals.
On Monday, immediately following her success in the ring, Roën’s article “Augmenting Discovery Data and Analytics to Enhance Library Services” was published in Insights, the journal of UKSG (formerly the United Kingdom Serials Group). The article is based on Roën’s research and practice in employing Google Analytics in OC Library’s OCtopus discovery service.

Rempel and Myrah take on the Lone Star state

kyleenkerryProfessors Kerry Rempel and Kyleen Myrah headed to Austin Texas in October to present and attend the North American Case Research Association (NACRA) annual conference. The two business professors presented more cases (four in total) than any other attendee and had rigorous and valuable feedback as they spent three days in serious case discussion on a variety of cases.

One of the cases is also co-authored by business colleague Dean Warner. Kerry was acknowledged for her embryo (research in progress) case about a non-profit leader in crisis as she navigates an organization in change and her work identified as a high potential emerging case.

The week before Kyleen was in Vancouver with her research team (Elvia Picco and student Aurora Rawlings) researching the YMCA of Metro Vancouver's Hotel/Residence facility. Kyleen received a $10,000 research grant from Trico Charitable Foundation based out of Calgary to write a case story highlighting one of their "Social Enterprize" award winners in a way that informs and inspires other organizations considering social enterprise.

Business student rewarded with $10,000 Ike Barber scholarship

mckayOkanagan College Bachelor of Business Administration student Lauren McKay has received the Premier’s International Scholarship for Study Abroad from the Irving K. Barber British Columbia Scholarship Society.

The Winfield resident is one of only 16 students in the province to receive the prestigious annual award.

McKay is currently taking two semesters at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland in Olten, Switzerland, and all courses will count toward her business degree at Okanagan College.

“I am so happy and honoured to receive the award,” says McKay. “By going to Okanagan College, I feel I've gained practical knowledge in different areas of business (including accounting, management, and marketing) and when I graduate I know I will be prepared for actual work situations and scenarios, not just theoretical ones,” says McKay.

Hugh Gordon, Chair of the Irving K. Barber B. C. Scholarship Society, noted that this year brought forward a record number of applications for the Premier’s Scholarship program.

The Irving K. Barber British Columbia Scholarship Society has awarded just over $2 million in international scholarships since 2008, when the program began.

Catch Johnston and Lent live at Bohemian Café 

johnstonlentEnglish professor Sean Johnston and former Regional Dean John Lent will be reading from their work on Thursday, Nov. 20, at 7 p.m. at the Bohemian Café in Kelowna.
Johnston will be launching his new collection of short stories, We Don’t Listen to Them. Johnston is the author of Listen All You Bullets (Gaspereau, 2013), The Ditch Was Lit Like This (Thistledown, 2011), All This Town Remembers (Gaspereau, 2006), and A Day Does Not Go By (Nightwood, 2002), which won the 2003 ReLit Award for short fiction.
Lent has been publishing poetry, fiction and non-fiction nationally and internationally for the past 30 years. His work has appeared in various issues of: The Malahat Review, Event, West Coast Line, NeWest Review, Grain, Prairie Fire, CV2, The New Quarterly, This Magazine, The Canadian Forum, Matrix, Waves, Fiddlehead, The Antigonish Review. He has published eight books of poetry and fiction and a book of conversations with Robert Kroetsch about the writing life, called Abundance.  

His last novel, So It Won’t Go Away, was short-listed for the BC Book Prizes in 2005, and Thistledown Press released a volume of Lent’s poems called Cantilevered Songs in 2009 that was long-listed for the ReLit Award that year. A novel, The Path To Ardroe, was released by Thistledown Press in the spring of 2012.

Nov. 18, 2014, Vol. 9, Issue 17

Upcoming auditions for Red Dot Players

Okanagan College’s Red Dot Players will be holding auditions this week for their next act – W.O. Mitchell’s Black Bonspiel of Wullie MacCrimmon. The play will open in March but auditions begin on Wednesday in the lecture theatre at the Kelowna campus. A few time slots are available:

Wed. Nov. 19 2-4 p.m.
Thu. Nov. 20 7-9 p.m.
Sun. Nov. 23 1-3 p.m.

LCIC registration now open 

The Institute for Learning and Teaching’s popular Learner Centered Instruction Certificate (LCIC) is now accepting registrations for the winter semester. This six-course certificate is full of useful content that you can apply to your work immediately. Employees of Okanagan College are eligible for a tuition waiver.

For further information please see the LCIC website.

Respect in the Workplace Training goal within sight

The College’s goal of 100 per cent completion of Respect in the Workplace Training by all employees is nearing realization.  

In November 2013, the Worker’s Compensation Act changed the legal obligations of employers, supervisors and employees under the Act and WorkSafe BC’s Regulations and policies.

As part of meeting this obligation, the College has revised its Discrimination, Bullying and Harassment Policy and adopted new requirements for training managers and employees on these topics.  

As of November 12, 2014, completion rates at each campus are as follows:

Salmon Arm    81%
Revelstoke    69%
Vernon    73%
Penticton    60%
Kelowna     74%

All employees are required to comply with WorkSafe BC and help bring the College’s completion rate to 100%. If you haven’t already done so go online to complete the training. The user name is okanagantraining and the password is respect3.

ILT fall newsletter now live

The Institute for Learning and Teaching (ILT) has just published the fall issue of its newsletter Enhancing the Practice of Learning and Teaching. The theme for this issue is “Flip your Classroom! Why, What and How?”  The ILT thanks all contributors for sharing their valuable experiences, ideas, and tips for flipping the classroom!  

This issue is online in both PDF and ISSUU versions from the Institute for Learning and Teaching webpage. 
Guidelines for submissions to future newsletters may be found online on the ILT Newsletter website.

Winners announced for the ILT Halloween Contest 

Okanagan College employees got creative while participating in the Institute for Learning and Teaching’s Decorate a Door Halloween contest. There were 16 entries from five campuses and a committee of five judges assigned winners in four categories.

All entries were excellent and the following winners are announced:
Creativity – KLO Library
Visual Appeal – KLO Science Tech & Health
Halloween/Harvest Theme – KLO Human Resources
Fright Factor – Rene Dahms

Customer appreciation sale at Campus Stores

The Campus Store will be holding its annual Customer Appreciation and Bargain Book Sale on Thursday, Nov. 20 at all locations:  Kelowna, Penticton, Salmon Arm and Vernon. 

Again, this year, there will be a great selection of general interest books starting at $1. Enjoy 20 per cent off clothing and giftware and additional off clearance items (some exclusions apply). There will also be coffee and treats for shoppers.

November’s Balance Sheet

Human Resources is pleased to present the November issue of The Balance Sheet newsletter from our employee and family assistance provider. As we begin to head into the holiday season, the topic for the month focuses on the concept of stress, and steps we can take to reduce it. The first article, Six Soothing Ways to Ease Stress, offers a few pointers on things you can do to reduce the amount of stress you experience. Complementing this a second article How Can I Change the Internal Stressors in my Life? which discusses different origins for stress and general suggestions that can reduce them.
Human Resources also encourages employees to sign up for Optum Canada’s next webinar on Nov. 26 at 12 p.m. This presentation – Stress Resilience and Hardiness expands on some of the concepts introduced in these articles and offers practical strategies for creating calm in your life.
Sign up for the Webinar HERE!

Kelowna fitness facility hours

December hours in the Kelowna fitness facility will be Mon-Fri 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Closed Saturdays and Sundays.

The facility will be closed during the holidays from Friday, Dec. 19 at 4:30 p.m. until Monday, Jan. 5 at 6 a.m.

TEa event: Online Resources For Student Success 

The internet is full of enticing websites and applications for educators and students, but sourcing the “good ones” can be daunting. Okanagan College’s Technology in Education Applied (TEa) presentation will introduce educational sites that can be used for student projects, presentations, brainstorm sessions and document sharing. 

Presented by Chantale Hutchinson, this event will take place on Nov. 26 from 4 – 5 p.m. in room L103, at the Kelowna campus.


Unveiling of the Industry Training Authority’s new Apprentice Job Match program at the Kelowna campus warranted a photo essay by the Daily Courier’s Steve MacNaull on Nov. 11.

Word that Roy Daykin has been selected as successor to retiring Vice President Finance Bob Eby earned several column inches in the Daily Courier on Nov. 18. The news also appeared in the Vernon Morning Star.

The Kelowna Capital News carried a press release on an event – Unleash Okanagan – in its Nov. 14 edition. It also served notice of the event in its Nov. 12 edition. The event is being sponsored by Enactus Okanagan and is open to students from the College, the Centre for Arts and Technology and UBC Okanagan. It takes place Nov. 21 from 6-11 p.m.

Alumnus Donnie Ungaro, who has earned recognition for his efforts with the Okanagan Young Professionals Collective, was featured in Okanagan Saturday on Nov. 15 for the nomination of his company for the B.C. Small Business Awards.

The Penticton Herald noted that another OC Alumnus, internationally-renowned slam poet Shane Koyczan, will be performing at Penticton’s Dream Café on Dec. 19.

When Premier Christy Clark arrived on the job site of the new Centre for Innovation in early November, the Kelowna Capital News was there as several of the dignitaries on hand referenced the interplay with education and the supportive Okanagan College will have. The story on the groundbreaking ceremony ran Nov. 5. The Business Examiner ran an article in its November issue.

OC Professor Tom Santosham’s life was recalled in an obituary that ran in the Penticton Herald and the Daily Courier on Nov. 5. The global marketing instructor perished as a consequence of a tragic car accident on Oct. 31. KelownaNow reported his death on Nov. 5 as well.

OUC Honorary Doctor Ross Fitzpatrick was featured in the Nov. 7 edition of the Daily Courier as he donated medals earned by his uncle during the First World War to the Okanagan Military Museum.

Another OUC honoree, Harry McWatters, had his smiling face above a column in the Nov. 5 Daily Courier, as he pitched the opportunity to invest in a new winery in Oliver.

OUC alumnus (and former city councilor) Colin Basran topped the mayoral polls in Kelowna’s  Nov. 15 municipal election – an accomplishment recorded in the Nov. 16 edition of the Daily Courier. OC Professor Laura Thurnheer was unsuccessful in her bid for a seat at the Kelowna council table, as was OC’s Jamie Morrow in his bid for the top job in Vernon’s city hall.

The Kelowna campus’s Centre for Learning will be host to the Repair Café on Nov. 22, as reported in the Nov. 12 Capital News and the Nov. 5 Daily Courier. The event is being sponsored by the Regional Waste Reduction Office.

A project being undertaken by Enactus Okanagan – Bring Back the Bottle – has earned $4,000 in funding from the District of Summerland as part of its green initiatives – reported in the Daily Courier on Nov. 14.

One of the OC Board of Governors’ members – Chris Derickson – was on hand when Daily Courier columnist Steve MacNaull went snap-happy as the Westbank First Nation hosted the Westside Board of Trade’s Business After Business reception. MacNaull also captured OC Student Services Director James Coble who was on hand for the event.The photo essay appeared today.

Castanet reported the outcome of the Three-Hour Short story contest on Nov. 17 - Jesse Frechette captivated the judges with a story that involves driving a Camaro too fast.

Continuing Studies instructor Erin Korpisto was talking about the merit of the College's wine sales program in a feature interview about the recent wine tourism summit. Listen to the clip here

iPic, which boasts being "Canada’s front page” featured an online story on BBA student Lauren McKay earning the $10,000 Premier’s International Scholarship for Study Abroad from the Irving K. Barber British Columbia Scholarship Society. McKay, a Winfield resident, is currently taking two semesters at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland in Olten, Switzerland.

Bob McDonald, host of CBC’s Quirks and Quarks, was featured speaker at the Science in Society Speaker Series at OC’s Vernon campus on Nov. 17 – the Vernon Morning Star carried advance notice of the event.

The recent $300,000 donation from the B.C. Wine Information Society to Okanagan College for the purpose of building a sensory classroom was referenced in a Penticton Western online article about the Wine Society’s open house.

A $90,000 piece of good news was delivered to Vernon’s Mental Illness Family Support Centre and their Farm Friends Program in the form of Community Action Initiative grants – a fact reported by Castanet. The agency’s program is housed at the Vernon campus’s Patchwork Farms.

As work progresses on the Vernon Community Sports Field and Athletics Facility on the Vernon campus, area politicians were proudly showing it off to an Olympian, who had nothing but good things to say about the project. The moment was recorded by InfoTel on its website.

Kelowna Capital News Columnist Jennifer Schell made sure the world knows about new OC offerings focused on food and wine in her column Nov. 7.

Okanagan College English Professor Kevin McPherson Eckhoff is among those starring in a short horror film – the Phoenix Solution – that earned two awards from the Okanagan Society of Independent Filmmaking’s  sixth annual HorrorFest recently, the Vernon Morning Star reported.

Okanagan College Business Professor Norm Letnick, who also happens to be an MLA and Minister of Agriculture, offered would-be politicians some advice about door-knocking in an article in the Capital News on Nov. 6

Vancouver’s Scout Magazine reported on the first-ever outside-of-the-Lower-Mainland award of a B.C. Hospitality Foundation Future Leaders scholarship to a deserving OC student, Dana Duckworth. Dana is $1,500 richer and will have a chance to take part in the Connect British Columbia Hospitality Expo, which includes transportation, accommodation, access to the events, onsite meals, and an invitation to the ceremony where the scholarships are presented.


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