Grant helps Enactus students show
elementary students how they CAN$ave
Support from the Central Okanagan Foundation (COF) will help Enactus students continue to expand a popular financial literacy program for elementary students this fall.
CAN$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 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
Awards 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
After 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
Two 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
This 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
After 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
After 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.
“Today 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.