Grant helps Enactus students show
elementary students how they CAN$ave

COF CanSave IOCSupport from the Central Okanagan Foundation (COF) will help Enactus students continue to expand a popular financial literacy program for elementary students this fall.

CAN$ave is an innovative and nationally recognized financial literacy program aimed at Grade 1 and Grade 3 students, developed by Enactus students. The curriculum centres around teaching students the importance of buying for need over want, the differences between good and bad debt, and how to save money not just for themselves but those in need. More than 200 students completed the program this spring, and new support from COF means the team behind the program will be able to significantly ramp up the program’s reach this fall.

The $6,630 grant awarded by COF in July will allow OC students to develop a teacher resource to allow educators from across the province to access CAN$ave curriculum and lesson plans at no cost.

“The grant from the Central Okanagan Foundation validates all of the hard work my team and our teacher partners have put into CAN$ave,” explains Abbey Jones, CAN$ave project manager. “We can't wait to see how much more impact we will have with these extra resources at our disposal.”

“We see this as a valuable investment that will benefit grade school students, as well as support the work of socially-conscious College students doing good things in our community,” says Cheryl Miller, Central Okanagan Foundation, Director, Grants & Community Initiatives.

Read the full story in the press release.

Cloverdale donates five years worth of green paint

cloverdale paint iocCloverdale Paint has stepped forward with a unique gift in support of Okanagan College’s commitment to being as green as possible.

The B.C.-based company has pledged $50,000 worth of product to assist the College in brightening classrooms, labs, shops, and student spaces across its four campuses over the next five years. And while the paint may not be green in colour, it’s green where it counts: the donation gives the College access to the latest in ultra-low VOC (volatile organic compound) and environmentally-friendly coatings to ensure that campus spaces are as healthy for students and staff as they are for the environment.

“We are proud to support health care and education in the markets that we serve, and Okanagan College is an important facility for the community,” said Dave Chaulk, Cloverdale’s VP of Branch Operations.

Learn which of the College’s buildings will be the first canvas for the donated paint, in the press release.

Scholarships a lift for business students as they prepare to study abroad

Cassandra Lum IOCAwards from the Irving K. Barber British Columbia Scholarship Society are giving lift to two Okanagan College business students’ dreams to study internationally.

Madeline Kempf and Cassandra Lum, of Okanagan College’s School of Business are among only a handful of college students across B.C. to receive the Premier’s International Scholarships this year. Valued at between $6,000 and $10,000 each, the coveted awards are administered by the Society to provide life-changing opportunities for students to travel to and study at Colleges and Universities overseas.

“It’s great to see students gaining international experience through support from the Irving K. Barber B.C. Scholarship Society,” says Jim Hamilton, President of Okanagan College. “Ike really believed in the transformative power of education. His support of students throughout the province has created a legacy that grows each year. It benefits students across such a diverse array of programs, backgrounds, interests, and institutions.”

Kelowna’s Madeline Kempf plans to utilize the scholarship to continue her business training at a post-secondary institution in Mexico this year, while Penticton student Cassandra Lum will depart for EDHEC Business School in Nice, France at the end of August.

“I couldn’t be more excited for this opportunity,” says Lum. “I think it’s extremely beneficial to have a worldly view when it comes to business, but beyond that I firmly believe travel is just such an important part of how we learn and grow outside of the classroom.”

Read on in the press release.

Salmon Arm student a champion for health and safety

Ron Glave IOC 2After more than two decades in construction, Ron Glave is more passionate than ever about making a positive impact in the industry’s health and safety culture.

An Occupational Health and Safety Manager for the Vic Van Isle Group based in Revelstoke, B.C., Glave recently decided to go back to school to get the latest training and continue to advance his knowledge of current and emerging health and safety skills and knowledge. Glave enrolled in the Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S) certificate via an online course with Okanagan College, and will graduate this December. But even before he does, the health and safety veteran is championing flexible training opportunities like this as an important catalyst in growing awareness around occupational health and safety in the province.

“The first five to 10 years I worked in construction there was still very much a culture of male bravado,” says Glave. “People were regularly taking unnecessary risks and nobody was coming around asking ‘where’s your protection?’ Now, our industry is changing and maturing.”

Although he’s currently on the receiving end of training, Glave has also been on the other side of the classroom. He has instructed a number of employment and start-up skills programs at the College, and currently sits on the OC advisory committee board.

“I find the College very forward-thinking, engaged, and supportive of the communities they’re in. On the advisory committee, I get to see the thinking and planning that goes into the community involvement initiatives, as well as how Okanagan College stays competitive and relevant.”

Read more in the press release.


OC grads show off aero skills at Downtown Kelowna Block Party

aero skills 2016 iocTwo Okanagan College alumni were among a group of aircraft maintenance engineers that left spectators (and fuselage) riveted as they vied for the title of “Top Gun” at a recent tournament.

Okanagan College’s Aircraft Maintenance Engineering (AME) program joined KF Aerospace, Alpine Aerotech, and Aviation NETWorX in bringing a fast-paced skills challenge to the Downtown Kelowna Block Party on Saturday, July 23. The aero skills awareness event was the first stop of the Metal Bashers Tour – Top Gun Exhibition put on by Aero Skills Tournaments (AST).

Competitors worked individually and in teams on three skill testing events that included grading factors that tested both the quality and accuracy of the work performed, all while racing against each other and the clock. 2014 OC AME graduate Andre Leroux came in second overall, while 2012 grad Pascal Siemens also turned in a strong showing.

Okanagan College instructor Murray Palmer, Aircraft Maintenance Engineering, Structures program oversaw inspection and assisted with contest judging.

“It was a well-run and received exhibition that enlightened the public to some of the finer points of aircraft structures, mechanics and maintenance in general,” says Palmer. “It also gave the public a chance to learn a little more about the AME programs offered by the College wherein students can develop these industry skills.”

OCSU and OC Athletics, Rec, and Student Life amp up the fun for summer students

summer events IOCThis summer the Okanagan College Students' Union (OCSU) and OC Athletics, Recreation and Student Life co-hosted a number of popular events for the summer semesters, with the help from International Education and the Registrar's office. The event series included two summer BBQs, a free coffee and donut event, and a free coffee and yogurt parfait event in the new trades training complex atrium.

“We were pleasantly surprised to see so many students attending these events,” said Heather Carson, Assistant Coordinator, Athletics, Recreation & Student Life. “We served 300 at each of the BBQs. We plan on continuing to offer services with the Student Union to our summer session students.”

"It was a really great way to give back to the students who take classes during the summer, and to show our appreciation to the students all year round," said Chelsea Grisch, OCSU Board Member and Internal Director.

Beyond an opportunity for food, games, and mingling, organizers say the events are an important stress buster opportunity for students tackling summer session exams and projects.

"There are so many more students attending courses over the summer semesters and with the addition of the new trades training complex, we feel it is very important to provide these students with the same level of service, such as free BBQs, breakfast events and stress buster activities while in courses throughout the summer," said Executive Director Brianne Berchowitz.

OC Instructor Co-Chairing Kelowna Walk of Hope

Walk of Hope IOCAfter losing her mother to ovarian cancer at a young age, an Okanagan College instructor is once again taking to the trail to raise awareness of the importance of early detection.

Cathy Farrow, RN, MSN, is an instructor in the Health Care Assistant program at the Kelowna campus. Next month marks her fourth year as Co-Chair of the Ovarian Cancer Canada Walk of Hope in Kelowna, the local iteration of a national walk held in cities across Canada every September.

“Ovarian cancer is often diagnosed very late in women,” says Farrow. “What we’re trying to do is get the word out to women who are experiencing symptoms that they should visit their doctor as soon as possible.”

Founded in 2002 and now held in over 40 communities, it is the only walk in Canada to direct all attention and fundraising towards overcoming ovarian cancer. Nationally the event has raised more than $21 million for Ovarian Cancer Canada programs and initiatives. Locally, the walk has generated more than $40,000 in support.

“My mom died of ovarian cancer when I was 12, so for me there’s a deeply personal connection to this,” explains Farrow. “The walk is all about awareness. I want to do whatever I can to ensure women of all ages aren’t losing their lives – or their mothers, daughters, sisters, and friends – when early screening can help prevent this.”

The walk is open to the public and will be held rain or shine at Mission Creek Regional Park on Sept. 11, 2016 at 8:30 a.m. Participants can choose between a 2.5 km or 5 km walk. Organizers have set a fundraising goal of $22,000 for the Kelowna event. Pledges can be made online here.

Salmon Arm campus recognizes retiring Davis; welcomes newest member to the OC family

davis IOCAfter more than a decade of service to students at the Salmon Arm campus, Ferne Davis retired from Okanagan College on July 29. Members of the campus came together to mark the moment and acknowledge Davis’ contributions.

Davis began her tenure at the College at the Employment Centre in downtown Salmon Arm 11 years ago and transitioned three years later to Student Services at the main Salmon Arm campus.  

salmon arm baby IOCToday the Salmon Arm campus bid happy trails to Ferne,” said Leslie Bogula, Recruiting & Events Coordinator, Shuswap Revelstoke Region.

“She and her husband Brian are already planning trips and lots of time with their grandkids, including newest granddaughter Ashlynn.” (pictured above).

Also visiting for the festivities was the campus’ newest “family member," Clara Rose (left). Clara is the second daughter for Advisor Shannon Kiehlbauch and Cory Booker.

August 9, 2016, Vol. 11, Issue 10


Last call to register for Connections 

Employees can register online until Thursday, August 11 to participate in Connections, Okanagan College’s 11th annual employee learning conference. This year’s theme is Building on our Strengths.
On August 23 and 24 employees from all campuses will gather at the Kelowna campus from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to participate in a wide array of workshops. The plenary session, including President Jim Hamilton’s welcome address and a special video will be live webcast here on both days at 9:30 a.m.
Concluding each day will be the new Connections Expo, an opportunity find out what your colleagues are passionate about and what they do when they’re not at work. Following the Connections Expo is a social event for employees to network and connect with their colleagues while enjoying appetizers and beverages from the Okanagan including Big Surf, Rider Cider, Okanagan Spirits and Little Engine Wines.
Aligning with the College’s commitment to sustainability, employees are asked to bring their own reusable beverage container for the day as there will be no canned or bottled beverages offered.
For more information visit the webpage or contact Michelle Lowry.

Learn about applied research support available at Connections

Employees who are considering conducting applied research in the next year can learn more about the types of supports that are available through Institutional Research, Learning and Teaching and the Research Ethics Board. A Connections session: Getting Started with Applied Research will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 23 and Wednesday, Aug. 24.

The 45-minute presentation will highlight opportunities and responsibilities for researchers, and will provide information about the Research Ethics Board, survey software options, finance and other administration support.

Penticton campus: September roadwork advisory

Resurfacing along Highway 97 starting at the Duncan Ave. West intersection in Penticton will begin on Sept. 6. Please be advised the roadwork may cause disruptions and delays when accessing the Penticton campus and when driving to the campus from Summerland or north (Kelowna). The project is expected to be completed in November. Instructors and students may need to leave a little more time for travel.

Family Award application deadline for Fall Applications September 2016

Applications are now being accepted for the next round of the Okanagan College Family Award, designed for immediate family members of continuing (regular) Okanagan College employees. This round of applications is for programs or terms starting between Sept. 1 - Dec. 31, 2016. 

Full award criteria and the application form can be found in myOkanagan under “OC Express – Forms." Click on “Foundation," or click here to download the application form. All applications must be date-stamped at the Student Services Administration office in Kelowna (or at the Campus Administration office in Penticton, Vernon or Salmon Arm) by September 30, 2016. 

For more information, email the Financial Aid and Awards Office or call 250-862-5419.
NOTE: There is no longer a requirement to acquire an additional email from HR to confirm relationship to applicant and verification that the employee is a continuing (regular) employee of Okanagan College.

Volunteers needed for Kelowna campus orientation - Sept. 6.

Employees are invited to volunteer at the Kelowna campus Orientation event on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016. There are numerous spots/duties available and organizers will work around volunteers' schedules. Volunteers will also receive a free lunch. For more information or to sign-up online, click here.


Explore effective learning & teaching environments: Planting The Seeds

August 22 and 23 – New and continuing faculty are invited to participate in a two-day interactive workshop being held at the Kelowna campus that will focus on creating effective learning and teaching environments. The "Planting The Seeds" event is presented by Learning and Teaching and IT Services.

Much like planting a seed and watching it grow, learning and teaching provides a rewarding, organic experience of growth. This two-day workshop will look at multiple topics to foster learner centered educational environments. Workshop participants can still attend Connections on Aug. 24.

Register for the event by emailing Carla Whitten. Questions about the event can be directed to Ross McKerlich at ext. 4921.


The story of local support for Enactus Okanagan College students delivering financial literacy into the classroom for elementary school students was carried by a host of regional media including KelownaNow, The Capital News, Castanet, InfoTel News, and Q1031 radio, and further afield in the Yahoo Finance section.

News of the donation of $50,000 worth of product by Cloverdale Paint to Okanagan College was shared online by Castanet on August 8 and The Similkameen Gazette on August 9.

Among the 40 distinguished individuals making our community a better place, seven former Okanagan College students were named in this year’s Kelowna Top Forty Under 40 published by the Daily Courier. Read the full list here.

Okanagan College Sociology Professor Dr. Melissa Munn recently spoke on CBC radio about Canada’s Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women Inquiry.

While they haven’t lived in the Okanagan valley for long, Patricia Kully and David Perron have wasted no time in making a thoughtful contribution aimed at leaving a legacy at Okanagan College, as featured in the pages of The Daily Courier and Westside Weekly.

The inspiring story of Okanagan College business students Madeline Kempf and Cassandra Lum who are off to study abroad thanks to support from the Irving K. Barber British Columbia Scholarship Society reached the readers of Okanagan Saturday, Castanet, and KelownaNow.

Castanet gave readers a look at the local car show that also serves as a fundraiser for the club's bursary for students in Okanagan College’s Automotive Service Technician program.

Gold Medal Plates – a high energy high cuisine competition that draws chefs from coast-to-coast – will return in February, as shared by the editors of Okanagan Saturday. Okanagan College will once again serve as one of the venues for the popular event.

Dr. Heather Banham, Dean of Okanagan College’s School of Business, was profiled in The Daily Courier on July 27; Banham serves as the first vice-chair of the newly formed Chartered Professional Accountants of B.C.

More than 1,500 kids and teens will converge on Okanagan College for fun, interactive learning camps as part of the CampOC and TeenOC initiatives coordinated by the College’s Continuing Studies Department. News of the camps traveled far and wide thanks to recent articles by The Vernon Morning Star, The Daily Courier, and The Capital News.

The success story of an Okanagan College alumna who made the leap from retail into a rewarding career as a Medical Office Assistance was heralded by The Vernon Morning Star and The Capital News on July 27.


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