Connections underway in Kelowna

Connections 2019Connections, the College’s annual employee learning conference, kicked off at the Kelowna campus today. This year more than 400 employees registered for the event.

Connections is about connecting in-person with colleagues from different departments and campuses, and celebrating the strengths and diversity of the people who work at the College through interactive social activities and fun informative workshops.

Employees walked, cycled, drove and bussed from across the region to attend workshops presented by their peers. The day started with a light breakfast and a welcoming presentation from OC President Jim Hamilton. After the morning presentation employees went to their first workshop, ate a delicious lunch while connecting with fellow colleagues and then went on to their afternoon workshops followed by a social hour.

The annual Connections video can be found at later this week.

Website project update in Beta 1

PA 2019

Information Technology (IT) and Public Affairs have prepared to share the Beta 1 version of the website at Connections today and tomorrow.

The Beta 1 version is designed to show employees the overall look, user-experience features and organization of content on the new website. While the site is not yet live to the public, several of the pages do have functionality and employees have the opportunity to navigate through select parts of the site including landing pages for Future Students, Current Students, Campuses, and Arts and Foundational. Look for the Public Affairs team in the breezeway during morning registration and in the Centre for Learning atrium during lunch to get a sneak peek.

Feel free to submit your comments and suggestions to the website redesign feedback form any time. IT and Public Affairs will use this feedback to make improvements and changes for the upcoming Beta 2 version.

Don’t forget to check out the project webpage for more information on timelines and frequently asked questions and review the ‘What you should do now to prepare’ section to learn the importance of reviewing, rethinking and rewriting your content in advance.

Another summer of the Toyota Technical College exchange program crosses the finish line 

toyota students 2019Okanagan College welcomed students and instructors from the Toyota Technical College (TTC) in Nagoya, Japan this month. This is the 28th year that the College has partnered and hosted a group from the TTC.

The students gain a global learning experience towards their automotive careers, while improving their English language skills. The TTC students study Automotive Collision Repair and Customer Service at OC, under the tutelage of College Trades instructors. The program goes well beyond the technical aspects of automotive work and offers students a chance to immerse themselves in Canadian culture, including golfing, sailing and community events.

The program concludes on Wednesday, with TTC President Kawaguchi joining OC President Jim Hamilton in congratulating students and the passionate instructors and senseis who have helped to grow the program.

Norah Bowman publishes academic book and foundations of science article

Bowman Book 2019Norah Bowman, Chair of Interdisciplinary Studies and professor at OC’s Kelowna campus, had a busy summer this year. 

In June, her article "Here/There/Everywhere: Quantum Models for Decolonizing Canadian State Onto-Epistemology" was published in the Springer Journal Foundation of Science, and her book, Amplify: Graphic Narratives of Feminist Resistance was published by the University of Toronto Press. Bowman’s book, which she co-wrote with playwright Meg Braem, offers an emotionally resonant way for readers to understand and engage with feminism and resistance. 

“I’m really excited about these publications and I’m passionate about the messages in them,” says Bowman.

Amplify can be ordered online here. To read the article in Springer, click here.

Bowman’s other recent publications focus on Canadian state and corporate exploitation of unceded Indigenous territory in Canada and Central America.

Diverse experience distills choice for beverage centre manager

Wes Peterson 2019Wes Peterson knows he has a challenging task in front of him.

He has been hired as manager of the recently-announced British Columbia Beverage Technology Access Centre (BCBTAC), which is scheduled to open its doors for service in Penticton this fall. 

“The plan for the BCBTAC has been well laid out,” says Peterson, who brings with him experience in owning and operating a successful and growing brewery in Seattle. “The challenge will be in bringing it to life as envisioned, acquiring and setting up the equipment, and developing the processes and policies that will guide the technology access centre.”

The BCBTAC, which will be headquartered in Penticton, is an Okanagan College initiative that is supported by five years of funding, totaling $1.75 million, from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. It is also supported by the College and by industry as well. 

The BCBTAC’s mission is to provide technical, analytical and business services to small- and medium-sized distilleries, cideries, breweries and wineries, focusing first on the businesses in the Okanagan, Shuswap and Similkameen region. It will draw on expertise resident at Okanagan College and elsewhere to help those businesses grow. 

The network of technology access centres across Canada is funded by the federal government, and are focused on addressing the applied research and innovation needs of local companies.

Read the full story here. For more information on BCBTAC, visit

August 20, 2019, Vol. 13, Issue 11

Education Planner

Okanagan College has joined universities and colleges across the province in using EducationPlannerBC – the B.C. application system for prospective students.

EducationPlannerBC is a web platform/website that enables students to search for post-secondary educational programs, compare admission requirements and apply directly to B.C. public post-secondary institutions of their choice through a common online application platform. This change to the application system has been mandated by the provincial government and is intended to improve the students’ application experience. 

Students can still begin the process at Once they have completed their application via EducationPlannerBC, OC applicants will still log on to myOkanagan to view requirements and deadlines.

To learn more about EducationPlannerBC, visit the project website. For questions, please contact Inga Wheeler in the Registrar's Office. Reminder: OC applications will open on Oct. 1 this year.

Teaching, Learning and Technology Workshop Series

Learning and Applied Research and Education Technology are partnering to offer a series of workshops for faculty, instructors and staff in fall 2019.

The fall events calendar will be available on the Learning and Applied Research website and bulletin board the week of Aug. 26.

Upcoming research funding opportunities

Learning and Applied Research invites expressions of interest for the fall 2019 Applied Research Tools and Instruments Grant (ARTI) and College and Community Social Innovation Fund (CCSIF) funding competitions offered through NSERC’s College and Community Innovation Program.

To indicate your interest in submitting an application for either of these funding opportunities, please send an email by the dates below. Support is available in the preparation of your grant application for these funding opportunities.

Applied Research Tools and Instruments Grants – Mon, Sept. 16, 2019

The ARTI grants are a one-year award valued between $7,000 - $150,000 (or up to $250,000 if combined with external funding) to support the purchase of applied research equipment. The College may submit up to two applications per competition.

College and Community Social Innovation Fund – Tue, Oct. 1, 2019

The CCSIF is valued up to $120,000 per year, for up to three years, and is intended to address research challenges in social innovation to meet a community need. The College may submit multiple applications for this funding.

Emergency procedures in the classroom

Emergency procedure posters have been posted in every classroom at all campuses, in high visibility areas (often near the door or light switch). Posters include emergency contact numbers (250-862-5401 from any cell phone or 6699 from any campus phone), the steps to take if you need First Aid, what to do if you experience a fire, lethal threat, power outage, hazardous material exposure, gas leak or building flood, or if you need to evacuate a building.

Please review the poster with your classes during the first few days of each semester so that everyone is familiar with the proper procedures. It is also recommended that students and employees download the OC Safe App. Click here for details. 

New Manager, Occupational Health and Safety

Facilities and Business Services welcomes Lindy Monahan as OC’s new Manager, Occupational Health and Safety. Lindy has been working with the College as a Health and Safety Advisor for the past eight months. During this time, Lindy has made strong connections and significant progress with the OHS program throughout the organization and will continue to lead and support all of OC towards realizing our health and safety priorities and goals. 

Battery drop off box

The Bookstore on the Kelowna campus has a battery drop off box to discard your used batteries.

Kelowna campus fitness facility hours 

The Kelowna campus fitness facility will be closed Mon, Sept. 2 for Labour Day.
Fall hours begin on Tue, Sept. 3

Mon – Thu, 6 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Fri 6 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Closed on weekends and stat holidays.

Positive mental health for success

With approximately 70 per cent of mental illnesses and addictions taking root in childhood and adolescence, getting a healthy start is vital. Help your child build skills and habits that will lead to future success in their personal and professional lives.

For guidance and support, visit LifeWorks online and login with the username: okanagan and the password: healthy. Alternatively, you can call LifeWorks toll-free any time, day or night, at 1-888-307-0590. 

View the August feature here.

Kelowna summer food services hours

Kelowna cafeteria

  • Closed for the summer

Kelowna Food Services

  • Fezziwig's: Mon-Thu from 7:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. and Fri from 7:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • DeBeans: Mon-Fri from 8 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  • Infusions: Aug. hours: open for dinner Tues-Fri 5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. 


Planting of the Seeds

Aug. 28-29 – Planting of the Seeds is a two-day professional development workshop at the Kelowna campus designed to support both new and returning faculty and instructors at Okanagan College.

Participants will be introduced to teaching and learning techniques that support their curriculum content, student learning outcomes and student success. Participants will also have the opportunity to engage in new ways of incorporating interactive, experiential learning into their teaching strategies. A full schedule, including workshop topics can be downloaded here.

The workshop is open to staff and faculty from all campuses.

The workshop runs from 8:45 a.m. – 3:45 p.m. each day and registration is required. Register here or by e-mail.

For more information, click here.

Pre-Powwow seminar

Sept. 13 – In advance of the Youth Exhibition Powwow on Thursday, Sept. 19 (see below), come out and learn the meaning behind Powwow dances, songs and protocols. Join Powwow emcee Richard Jackson from 2 – 3 p.m. in the Pit in the Student Services Centre at the Kelowna campus to learn what to expect at the Powwow and enjoy refreshments afterwards. No registration is required, please just show up for 2 p.m. sharp.

If you have any questions, please contact Jewell Gillies at extension 4498. For more information, visit

11th Annual Youth Exhibition Powwow

Sept. 19 – OC is proud to host its 11th Annual Youth Exhibition Powwow in the courtyard at the Kelowna campus on Thursday, Sept. 19. The Powwow begins at 9:30 a.m. and the closing ceremony takes place at 4 p.m. Year after year dancers and drummers from across the B.C. interior attend this non-competitive Powwow and draw in a crowd of more than 1,000 visitors.

Everyone is welcome to attend and experience one of the most visual celebrations of Aboriginal culture and dance. Craft vendors will also be on site.

For more event details including maps and etiquette guides, visit


CastanetPenticton Herald, Infotel and Okanagan Edge shared OC’s announcement that Wes Peterson will be the new BCBTAC manager.

Infotel shared a story about OUC alumnus, Kevin Langergraber, an anthropologist for Arizona State University, who spent his summer in a Ugandan forest observing chimps.

Penticton Western News shared a story about OC Honorary Fellow Charles Armstrong’s impact on pushing the Penticton hospital campaign closer towards its goal.

Revelstoke Review shared how OC is contributing to the tech learning scene in Revelstoke.

Kelowna Capital News shared more about Enactus OC's initiative that's launching into its third year.

Kelowna Capital News shared that Honorary Fellow Rod Butters and former OC Chef Bernard Casavant will be inducted in the BC Restaurant Hall of Fame.

Summerland Review shared a story remembering the late Harry McWatters.


Do you have comments, questions or a submission for INSIDE OKANAGAN COLLEGE? Please email Public Affairs c/o Kate Deglow.

To ensure the best chance for your submission to be included, please send all details at least one day in advance of the newsletter’s publication.

The next edition of INSIDE OKANAGAN COLLEGE will be issued on Sept. 3, 2019.