Business student and renowned athlete launches scholarship

evan gurthrie racingA champion cross-country mountain bike racer and business student hailing from Kelowna is displaying a big heart to go along with his athletic ability.

Evan Guthrie has been racing bikes and winning championships at the highest levels since elementary school. By age 18, he was already a four-time national champion in cross-country mountain biking and cyclo-cross and had been named BC Male Mountain Biker of the Year (2009).

Fast-forward to 2016 and Guthrie has embraced the challenge of competing on the national and international stage, while managing the responsibilities of life as a full-time student. He’s currently completing a diploma in Business Administration at Okanagan College.

Prior to graduation next year, Guthrie says he wanted to ensure he achieved another important life goal not as an athlete or a student, but as a person. This year, at age 25, he created a scholarship fund to help young athletes pursue their dreams.

“As someone born and raised in the Okanagan, it means a lot to me to be able to support our local student athletes,” says Guthrie. “It was also a priority to me to make this happen early in my career,” he says. “I drew inspiration from other local athletes, like Kelsey Serwa, who have done the same, while still very young. I thought ‘Why wait?'"

Before heading off to national championships and amid a busy training schedule, Guthrie made it a priority to personally present the inaugural award from his fund. Read more about Guthrie, and the student he is inspiring to follow in his footsteps, in the media release.

Camp OC serving up an educational summer for kids

camp oc 2016From healthy cooking to lego robotics, science experiments to crafty creations, Camp OC is once again keeping kids learning all summer long.

By the end of August, more than 1,500 kids will have spent time on OC campuses, enjoying the educational camp (or camps) of their choosing. Last week alone, more than 150 children and teenagers filled the College’s Kelowna campus for nine different camps including Chef Academy, Java Programming using Minecraft, and Jewelry and Craft Creations, just to name a few. All told, more than 100 camps will be offered going right up until Aug. 26 at the College’s Kelowna, Vernon and Salmon Arm campuses.
Camp OC coordinator Helena Jordo says what sets Camp OC apart is the educational component and interactive delivery.

“One of the biggest differences compared to other camps is that the majority of our camps are taught by actual teachers with a passion and expertise in the subject they are teaching and obviously a background in teaching.”

Space is still available in a number of camps. To find out more or register, visit the Camp OC website. Read on about about this year's camp activities in the media release.

Salmon Arm Charity Golf Tournament chips in impressive support for students

Salmon Arm golf 2016A great turnout and generosity by Okanagan College employees, donors, volunteers, and friends in the community helped drive home some wonderful support for students recently.

Fifty-two golfers teed it up at the 2016 Links to Learning Golf Tournament at the Salmon Arm Golf Club on July 7, with the crowd growing to 70 for the banquet dinner. More than $13,000 was raised to support scholarships and bursaries for Salmon Arm students.

Ruth Chambers, Adult Academic and Career Preparation (AACP) instructor from Salmon Arm, played in the tournament and was the lucky winner of the raffle prize – a Waterway houseboat vacation aboard a Genesis 70. Tournament organizers thank Waterway Houseboat Vacations and all the Okanagan College employees who purchased raffle tickets and everyone who played in or supported this year’s tournament.

Employees and students reminded to keep data secure

Many devices at Okanagan College contain staff and student personal information and so the College’s IT Services department is providing information and training to help employees and students ensure personal information is kept secure.
British Columbia's Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) dictates how public bodies, including Okanagan College, must protect personal information. Rulings from the BC Information and Privacy Commissioner's Office, which oversees FIPPA's application and compliance, have made it mandatory for personal information to be encrypted on mobile devices. Okanagan College must take the necessary steps to protect its data and comply with regulations.
IT Services has recently developed an OC IT Security course and Self-Assessment. The assessment takes about 10 minutes to complete.

1) Log into Moodle (myOkanagan credentials)
2) Click “site home” in the navigation block at the top left
3) In the “search courses” field at the bottom center enter: Security Self-Assessment
4) Click on the course name, then click the “enrol me” button.
Help Desk staff are also handing out encrypted USB sticks for all employees. IT Services staff will be happy to answer any questions employees may have in regard to the course materials or the process to ensure devices are protected from data theft. If you have your own blank USB stick, IT Services can also encrypt it for you.
For more information or assistance, please contact Ryan Ebner or contact the IT Service Help Desk, local 4444.


Medical Office Assistant shines in new career

lindsay jerome moa - ioc2When Lindsay Jerome set her sights on a career in the medical field, she was willing to overcome any obstacle in her path – even if it meant working two jobs while completing her studies – to finally land in a career that she could be proud of.

After an unsatisfying stint in retail, Jerome decided it was time for a new direction and enrolled in the Medical Office Assistant (MOA) certificate program at Okanagan College. She graduated in 2013 and was hired by the North Okanagan Medical Clinic. Three years, later Jerome says the challenge and satisfaction of the fast-paced career has lived up to expectations.

“You never know what’s going to walk through the door,” says Jerome. “It’s chaotic, it’s crazy busy, and it’s challenging because the medical field is always changing and we have about 20-30 doctors who rotate through here. So you’re always learning and definitely never bored.”
Jerome recently shared her student experience and offered up some advice for students considering the program. Read the full story in the media release.

Rodger Hallman's passing 

Former Okanagan College instructor Rodger Hallman passed away on July 2, 2016 at the age of 62.
Hallman taught the Landscape Horticulture Certificate program from 2010-2013. He also taught horticulture courses for high risk youth.
"Rodger was very well liked by his students and had a passion for his subject area," said Helena Jordo, Program Coordinator, Continuing Studies, Okanagan College.
Anyone wishing to leave an online condolence for Hallman's family can do so here.

Students can apply to join Prime Minister's Youth Council

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced last week the creation of the Prime Minister’s Youth Council, a body of 30 young Canadians aged 16 to 24, who will provide non-partisan advice to the Prime Minister on national issues such as employment, access to education, building stronger communities as well as climate change and clean growth, among others.
Okanagan College students can apply online to join the Youth Council. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis: a first wave of Council members will be selected by October 2016, and a second wave of Council members will be selected by early 2017.
More information on the Youth Council and the application process is available at, and on social media through the hashtag #PMyouthcouncil.

2016 OC bocce champions crowned

bocce 2016Another fun, friendly, and competitive season of bocce at the Kelowna campus has wrapped up and the 2016 champions have received their trophy.

“Young and the Reckless” (team of Carlyn Young and Lee Robinson) took the title after a suspenseful match against "The Bocce Movements" (team of Lynn Johnson and Gerry Born). Okanagan College Vice President Students Charlotte Kushner presented the trophy to the winning team along with gift certificates for prizes.
“Thank you everyone for participating this year,” says Angelika March, Executive Assistant to the Regional Dean. “The Regional Dean’s office looks forward to all of you signing up again for the 10th Annual Bocce Championship in 2017. Have a wonderful summer and happy bocce playing with your summer visitors.”

July 26, 2016, Vol. 11, Issue 9


Improvements to East Campus Road – Kelowna campus

Improvements to East Campus Road at the Kelowna campus will begin on Wednesday, July 27. Parking along the road is being upgraded from parallel parking to angle parking to create more students parking spaces on campus. The road is also being paved.
East Campus Road from KLO Road past C Building will be closed during the improvements, which are expected to take about a week to complete. Access to the campus from the east will still be available via Raymer Road, with minor interruptions as pot holes are fixed in the intersection of Raymer Road and North Campus Road.

Changes to distance education

Starting with the September intake, Distance Education students will be responsible for purchasing their own texts either in person at the Kelowna Campus Store or online. Texts will be delivered to OC campuses outside of Kelowna for students in those areas who order online.

WHMIS 2015 training available for employees

As part of Okanagan College's commitment to providing a healthy and safe environment for the College community, a number of Occupational Health and Safety courses are offered at no cost to employees.
WHMIS 2015 updates Canada's requirements for workplace chemicals under the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS). Okanagan College must ensure that general WHMIS education, as it pertains to the workplace, is provided to employees.
Kelowna campus training session times have been posted on the Health & Safety Training page. Sessions for other campuses will be posted on this page shortly. To register, employees can contact the Continuing Studies department and provide their employee number and the date of the course they wish to attend.
Please contact Carolyn Hayman, Manager Health, Safety and Emergency Management Services, at local 5475 for more information.

Security Code Notice

Facilities and Business Services (FABS) is undergoing a clean-up of the Security Code database as we are running out of user codes. In order to do this, unused and/or duplicate profiles need to be deleted.
FABS will do the utmost to contact individuals before making any deletions. Should you experience issues while using your code, please contact Security to resolve the problem immediately. To have your code reestablished, please email Security Access.

Volunteers needed for Kelowna campus orientation - Sept. 6.

Employees are invited to volunteer at the Kelowna campus orientation event on Tuesday, Sept. 6. 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.

ECE Ages and Stages Questionnaire - call for volunteers

The Early Childhood Education department is looking for volunteers to support students as they learn to administer the Ages and Stages Questionnaire. This is a developmental screening tool that indicates typical development as well as any potential developmental concerns.

The ECE department is looking for 18 parents (employees or students) who parent children between the ages of two months and 5.5 years of age and would be willing to meet with ECE students to complete the questionnaire.

Participants can expect to commit to two meetings with an assigned student, each approximately 15 minutes in length. On Oct. 3 at 12:30 p.m. the students will administer the questionnaire and on Oct. 7 at 12:30 p.m. they will provide feedback based on responses.
If you would like to participate, please contact Heather Ross or Pam Wetterstrand for more information.


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 August 24.

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


Hannah Calder's novel Piranesi's Figures received a glowing review from The Vancouver Sun's Tom Sandborn who described the book as "a work of serious literary ambition and substantial achievement."

Word of OC business student Evan Guthrie’s founding of a new scholarship for student athletes was picked up and shared by Castanet, KelownaNow, and The Capital News.

The inspiring story of Okanagan College Medical Office Assistant certificate graduate Lindsay Jerome was published by Castanet on July 21.

The Daily Courier helped to showcase the generosity of Okanagan College donors David Perron and Patricia Kully who are leaving a legacy by supporting immigrants, single parents, and other Okanagan College students.

The sun, fun, and interacting learning experiences offered by Camp OC were highlighted by Castanet on July 19, The Daily Courier on July 20, and The Capital News on July 22. Camps run at OC campuses until August 26; more than 1,500 kids and teens are expected to participate.

More than 50 young creative writers in Penticton had a chance to participate in the 2016 BC Youth Writers Camp recently and Okanagan College Honorary Fellow and local author Yasmin John-Thorpe was among the supporters acknowledged in a piece by The Penticton Herald.

Okanagan College alumnus John Bachelder recently donated $10,000 to support the new Trades building at the Kelowna campus, as shared by Castanet.

A group of 14 deserving Salmon Arm students (which included a number of Okanagan College students in addition to local high schoolers) received $21,000 in scholarships from the Salmon Arm Savings and Credit Union (SASCU), as told in the July 13 edition of The Salmon Arm Observer.

After supporting Okanagan College's School of Business in numerous roles, Jamie Morrow accepted a position as sales and business development manager with the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce. News of Morrow’s new role was carried by The Vernon Morning Star on July 10.

Renowned author and former Okanagan College creative writing professor John Lent was interviewed by The Morning Star about the upcoming Spoke Literary Festival that will take place in Vernon Aug. 19-21 at the Caetani Cultural Centre.


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