Shuswap Launch-a-Preneur named one of B.C.’s best community projects
A collaborative program that helps Shuswap entrepreneurs launch their bright ideas received a boost of its own this month when it was named one of the top community projects in the province.
Launch-a-Preneur is a joint project hosted by Okanagan College, the College’s Enactus team, Community Futures Shuswap and the Salmon Arm Economic Development Society. The popular program provides support, resources and mentorship to assist individuals with a business idea to successfully launch in the Shuswap.
The Shuswap Launch-a-Preneur program received the Community Project Award at the 2017 BC Economic Development Awards in Victoria on June 13. The prestigious awards honour organizations and individuals for their efforts in creating positive change in urban, suburban, and rural communities.
OC professor to co-chair homelessness task force
Dr. Kyleen Myrah, a professor in the School of Business, has been selected to co-chair Journey Home, a new City of Kelowna task force on homelessness.
The City of Kelowna says that the Journey Home strategy focuses on the system of services supporting those who are homeless and those at risk of homelessness, making recommendations for appropriate housing in the spectrum of emergency, transitional and supportive housing. The task force is part of larger strategy to combat homelessness in Kelowna.
Myrah’s current research focuses on social enterprise and leadership development. With fellow professor Kerry Rempel, Myrah has been a Lead Faculty Research with the Scotiabank Centre for Non-Profit Excellence developing training resources to support organizational sustainability. Recently, Myrah and Rempel and the Scotiabank Centre partnered with Andrew Greer from Purppl, a community enterprise accelerator, to deliver training on the fundamentals of social enterprise called SoFun. This community workshop included an examination of Mission Possible, an organization which helps those affected by homelessness and was the subject of a recent case study published by Myrah and Rempel. Myrah is also a mentor to Enactus Okanagan College which recently won a number of awards at the 2017 Enactus Canada National Exposition for projects that support the community.
"I look forward to engaging with the City and the community in a meaningful dialogue on homelessness, from the factors that lead to it, to how agencies and their partners can address it," says Myrah.
The Journey Home task force begins formally meeting in September, with a final report expected in June 2018.
Gillett to lead School of Business
Okanagan College will welcome a new Dean of Business this summer with the arrival of William Gillett, an esteemed post-secondary administrator who brings an impressive record of public and private sector experience.
Gillett comes to Okanagan College from New Hampshire, where he has held the Christos and Mary Papoutsy Distinguished Chair in Ethics and Social Responsibility at Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU). Previously he was the Dean of Business for SNHU where he lead 58 full-time faculty, 125 adjunct faculty and supported more than 1,600 students in undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs.
He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown University. He holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
“We’ve found a superb Dean for the School of Business in Bill Gillett,” says Dr. Andrew Hay, Vice President Education at Okanagan College. “His international experience in both the private sector and post-secondary education very much aligns with the values of our college and the goals of our business school. He will be well positioned to build on the great work of Dr. Heather Banham and everyone within the School.”
Gillett will replace Dr. Heather Banham, who will retire from her role as Dean of the Okanagan School of Business this summer, after a 24-year career with Okanagan College.
Another round of Wine Talks served up in Penticton
Nearly 100 people flocked to Okanagan College’s Penticton campus yesterday evening to take in the second round of Wine Talks.
Ticketholders had a chance to hear from five international experts on challenges and opportunities facing the wine industry in B.C. and around the world. Leading the discussion was Mark Davidson, Global Education Manager for Wine Australia. He was joined by Karen Graham of WineDrops; Rob McMillan of Silicon Valley Bank, and Vancouver-based lawyers Mark Hicken and Shea Coulson.
The event was once again presented in partnership with Liquidity Winery. The first Wine Talks took place last November. More information is available at www.okanagan.bc.ca/winetalks.
June 27, 2017, Vol. 11, Issue 32
Watch Convocation LIVE
Convocation 2017 will be livestreamed on Okanagan College’s Facebook page at the following times. Be sure to tune in, like, share and comment to congratulate all of our 2017 grads.
Summer Convocation & Kelowna
You can watch video from Trades Commencement and Spring Convocation ceremonies earlier in June here.
SSHRC introduces new partnership grants
The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) is introducing a Partnership Engage Grant to better address the short-term needs, challenges and opportunities of researchers and institutions.
The grants range from $7,000 to $25,000, and will place a strong emphasis on the relevance to, and involvement of, partner organizations. However, they will require fewer partners than the existing Partnership and Partnership Development Grants, as they are designed for a single partner organization from the not-for-profit, public or private sector. The Partnership Engage Grants will also have a more streamlined application process, and be offered four times per year as opposed to once per year.
The Partnership Engage Grants will be launched in June 2017. The deadline for the inaugural competition is September 15, 2017. Successful applicants will be notified in December 2017.
Please check the SSHRC website for the official launch announcement, funding opportunity details and application forms.
Family Award application deadline approaching
A reminder that 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 April 1 - August 31, 2017.
Full award criteria and the application form can be found in myOkanagan under “OC Express – Forms," and then click on “Foundation," or click here to download the application form. For more information, contact the Financial Aid and Awards Office or 250-862-5419.
Kelowna Campus Fitness Facility summer hours
Please note that the Fitness Facility will close at 5pm on Friday, June 30, and reopen on 8am on Tuesday, July 4, for the Canada Day long weekend. Summer hours begin on July 4th: Monday to Friday, 8am to 4pm, closed weekends.
New work order system to launch this summer
Facilities and Business Services is working on the implementation of a new work order system for facilities-related work requests, and testing it with a pilot group now with an expected changeover to occur mid-summer. More information will follow as they get closer to the launch date.
College has a new EFAP provider
OC has a new provider - LifeWorks - for its Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) effective June 15, 2017. Employees can access LifeWorks 24/7, 365 days/year, by toll-free number, online at login.lifeworks.com, or by mobile app. Follow this link for more details.
Volunteers needed for Smart Start
The Kelowna campus fall orientation team is busy planning Smart Start, a series of sessions designed to provide incoming students with a smooth transition from high school or work life to college. This new pre-orientation conference will run August 30 and 31, 2017.
The committee is looking for volunteers who may be interested in running a session. If you have a great idea for a session, the committee would love to hear about it. To learn more about this event, visit okanagan.bc.ca/smartstart. Questions, comments and ideas can be directed to Carlyn Young.
Register for Connections
Registration is open for Okanagan College’s annual employee conference. Connections is organized by employees for employees. It is about connecting face-to-face with colleagues from different departments and campuses, and celebrating the strengths and diversity of the people who work here through interactive, social activities and fun informative workshops.
You will hear from President Jim Hamilton about what's happening in and around Okanagan College and you will have a great opportunity to interact. Register here.
Connections will be held at the Kelowna campus again this year and you have the choice to attend on either Tuesday, August 22 or Wednesday, August 23. Employees are invited to share their area of expertise or passions outside of work with their peers at Connections Expo. If you would like to reserve your booth or would like more information contact Anna Wolleben.
The Kelowna Capital News gave a nod to three OC students who each earned bronze medals at the recent Skills Canada National competition.
Recent Heavy Mechanical Trades grad Mandeep Randhawa accepted a donation of his entire tool box from donor Ricardo Pacheco and his wife Violeta, as reported by the Daily Courier.
The Salmon Observer covered the award given to Launch-a-Preneur, as noted in the News section above.
The Penticton Herald picked up the news of OC’s new pathway to mining collaboration with BCIT.
Steve MacNaull’s Valley Views column in Okanagan Weekend mentioned OC in a piece about the new Okanagan Centre for Innovation in Kelowna.
CONNECT 2017, a forum for immigrant job seekers and regional employers to meet, was held at the Penticton campus, as covered by the Penticton Herald.
Honorary Fellow and longtime OC supporter Yasmin John-Thorpe had her latest book, Just Nuts, featured in the Penticton Herald.
Several nominees for the Top 40 over 40 Awards, presented by the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce, have ties to the College. Raghwa Gopal, CEO of Accelerate Okanagan, took the People’s Choice award as reported in the Daily Courier. Doug Manning, former Vice Chair of the Board of Governors, was also profiled in the Courier.
The Osoyoos Times interviewed MP Richard Cannings, Honorary Fellow, about his thoughts on protecting waterways.
FieldLevel reported on baseball player Justin Lanigan’s decision to play ball at Okanagan College.
Okanagan Life reported on OC junior chefs joining executive chefs from the Okanagan Chefs Association and BC Culinary Foundation for Earth Wind Fire, a fundraiser for The Nature Trust of BC.
Archinect Academia profiled Brian Rippy, a professor in the Sustainable Construction Management Technology program, on his work on advancing green building in the Okanagan.
Former student and current winemaker at Nk’Mip Cellars, Justin Hall, was profiled in the Globe and Mail.
The opening of the new Indigenous Garden at the Kelowna campus was mentioned on 150 Colleges and Institutes Celebrating Canada, Okanagan Edge, and in the Daily Courier.
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