Soup’s On a recipe for success 

soup's on ioc may 17After a wildly successful two-year run in Salmon Arm, Enactus Okanagan College students decided to expand their popular Soup's On initiative to Kelowna and Vernon this year.

The inaugural Soup’s On Vernon took place at Okanagan Spirits' Vernon location last Thursday. Tickets were capped at 100 and the event sold out quickly. Basket Case Picnics produced a Thai soup that garnered the most votes, narrowly edging out second-place finisher Kal's Naan Stop and third-place finisher Kal Sports Bar. Nearly $4,000 was raised, with half of the proceeds going to the Upper Room Mission and half to benefit Enactus Okanagan College students.

Two days later the soup was back on, this time in the Centre for Learning at the College’s Kelowna campus, where attendees had a chance to sample and vote for their favourite bowl from 14 of the city’s top chefs. The winning soup was a Thai Pumpkin Curry by Chef April Roy of Train Station Pub. More than $2,000 was raised in support of the Central Okanagan Community Food Bank and Enactus OC students.

“We are so proud of our students for realizing their vision and bringing Soup’s On to two more communities this year,” said Dr. Kyleen Myrah, a professor with the Okanagan College School of Business and mentor with Enactus OC. “These were not easy events to coordinate and the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. Thanks to the students’ hard work and dedication, Soup’s On continues to be a wonderful way to engage the community, showcase local culinary talents and benefit worthy causes.”

Based on the strong community support for the inaugural events, Enactus OC hopes to be able to run the events annually in Kelowna and Vernon, in addition to Salmon Arm.

OC and Accelerate Okanagan renew partnership

ao oc mou iocOn Thursday, April 20 Okanagan College and Accelerate Okanagan signed a new MOU outlining a renewed and broadened collaboration. 

OC and Accelerate Okanagan will continue to work together to identify and create new opportunities in the Okanagan technology sector, spanning education and training, applied research and innovation.

“As the College strives to nurture the next generation of technology innovators and business leaders, it’s very affirming for us to know that our students, employees and alumni can tap into the resources Accelerate Okanagan offers,” says Okanagan College President Jim Hamilton. “Accelerate Okanagan is a bridge between education and industry and we deeply value the opportunity to work together to continue to grow the region as a hub for technology.” 

The College and Accelerate Okanagan will also soon be neighbours. OC’s cutting-edge animation classrooms will power up this fall, directly across from Accelerate Okanagan’s new space in the Okanagan Centre for Innovation in downtown Kelowna. 

Read more in Accelerate Okanagan’s blog.

OC Coyotes set to host National championship


The OC Coyotes are stepping up to the plate to host to the Canadian College Baseball National Championships at Elks Stadium in Kelowna next week.

For the second year running, the Coyotes will welcome Canada’s top College players to battle it out on their turf for the national title. Games start Wednesday, May 10 and run through Sunday, May 14. The Coyotes will play Wednesday, May 10 at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, May 11 at 7:30 p.m. and Friday, May 12 at 7:30 p.m. (opponents yet to be determined).

Tournament pre-sale passes can be purchased online for $50 or $65 at the gate (includes all games Thursday through Sunday). Tournament day passes can be purchased at the gate each day for $25.

The Coyotes will conclude regular season play at home this week with games against Thompson Rivers University and Vancouver Island University, Wednesday through Saturday.

Learn more at

Camp OC: registration open and employee tuition waiver

inside oc camp ocYouth in the Okanagan will have an even better selection of summer camp opportunities to choose from this year, as the popular Camp OC returns in Kelowna, Penticton, Vernon and Revelstoke. 

The College’s Continuing Studies department has once again designed a host of week-long educational day camps full of interactive experiences, fun and adventure for youth. There are some exciting new offerings for 2017, including a crash course in coding for high schoolers hosted at the Vernon campus.

As in previous years, College employees are able to register their children and grandchildren at a 10 per cent discount, while on the Friday before a particular camp begins, employees can take advantage of a 50 per cent tuition waiver (with certain criteria being met, including if a camp has reached minimum registration, but not yet met the maximum). Review the criteria to learn more (also found in myOkanagan under OC Express Forms).

Visit and (for students Grades 10-12) for more information and the full lineup of camps. If you have any questions please contact


Culinary Arts in the community

chef danny iocOC Pastry Arts instructor Chef Danny Capadouca was one of eight top chocolatiers who went head-to-head at the fifth annual Chocolate Challenge in Vancouver last Thursday.

Hosted at the Gourmet Warehouse and presented by Cacao Barry, the event showcased sweet creations from Bearfoot Bistro, Chez Christophe, Chocolate Arts, Ganache Patisserie, Purdy’s Chocolatier, Temper Chocolate & Pastry, Thomas Haas and Okanagan College. This year marked the fifth annual challenge and the first time OC has participated in the event.

Chocolate Challenge benefits the Strathcona Backpack program which provides children in that community with access to nutritious food on the weekends. Proceeds also go to Project Chef, a school-based program geared towards children in Kindergarten to Grade 7, teaching children about healthy food choices.

“We were honoured to be invited by Cacao Barry to participate and were thrilled to help raise money for two great charities,” said Capadouca. “It meant a lot for me, personally, to go back to an area of Vancouver where I spent a lot of time in growing up, to raise money to support these programs. To be acknowledged by other chocolatiers in the industry and to have them ask about our program and our students was an added bonus.”

Okanagan College Culinary Arts students and instructors were also busy in Kelowna last week, serving up locally inspired fare at the first-ever BC Bacon & Cider Festival at the Laurel Packinghouse on Friday. The event raised funds for the OC Culinary Student Bursary.

See coverage from the BC Bacon and Cider Festival here.

Enactus OC off to Nationals

enactus nationals 2017 iocOkanagan College’s Enactus team will be off to Vancouver May 9 - 11 to compete in the 2017 Enactus National Competition.

Enactus OC will field three teams in the event – Financial Education, Entrepreneurship and Youth Empowerment. OC earned three berths to Nationals after first-place finishes in the above categories at the Regional Competition in Calgary back in March.

Okanagan College employees, students, alumni and friends in the community are invited to attend a public sendoff for the team happening on Friday, May 5 from 5 - 8 p.m. in the lecture theatre at the Kelowna campus. Everyone is welcome to attend, wish the competitors well, and see what the teams have been working on as they make their final rehearsal presentations before the competition.

Learn more in the invite.

Day of mourning shoe donations pour in

day of mourning iocNational Day of Mourning was observed across Canada on Friday, April 28 to remember those who have lost their lives due to work-related accidents or illness.

OC’s Occupational Health and Safety committee hosted a ceremony at the Kelowna campus on Friday morning and afterward assembled a large assortment of shoes donated by OC students and employees. The shoes were then donated to Shoebank Canada. 

The committee came up with the idea of a shoedrive to honour those who lost their lives, and also to raise awareness about the need to foster healthy and safe workplaces. The drive reached its goal of collecting 144 shoes representing the lives lost in BC last year in work-related accidents.

Markin siblings launch $10,000 fundraising challenge to OC Alumni 

alumni challenge iocAllison Markin and her brother Quentin Markin have issued a challenge to all Okanagan College and Okanagan University College alumni in support of the new child care centre at the Penticton campus.   

All alumni who donate to the Bright from the Start Penticton Child Care Centre by May 20 will have their funds matched by the siblings up to a collective total of $10,000. By doubling the donations, the Markins hope to raise $20,000 overall to give a bright start to the next generation of learners. 

The Penticton Child Care Centre will provide 64 spaces for infant and toddler care, ages 3-5 daycare, preschool and after school care in a state-of-the-art 4,000 square foot facility. The Centre will open in Fall 2017 and is designed to be a certified Passive House and built to LEED Platinum standards. 

Watch the video and visit to learn more and share the #BrightStartChallenge with alumni in your network.  

College RIPE with research

Okanagan College employees, students, alumni and partners are continually championing new applied research projects. See what your peers are working on, and find out how you can get involved or tap into support for a research project, by visiting the Applied Research page.

New projects include:

  • “3D-Models: Roof Damage Assessment for Automated 30 Building Models” led by Dr. Youry Khmelevsky in partnership with ESRI Canada Ltd. and sponsored by NSERC.
  • “Efficacy of Prophylactic Taping in Managing Tendinitis of the Thumb in Tree Planters” by Darrell Skinner in partnership with Total Physiotherapy and sponsored by NSERC.
  • “Innovative/Revolutionary Parks Planning within a Municipal Ownership Context – New Monaco: Canada’s Healthiest Sustainable Community” by Dr. Beverlie Dietze in partnership with New Monaco and sponsored by SSHRC.

Mark your calendars and register online for the Research Innovation Partnerships Expo (RIPE) happening at Okanagan College on May 9. 

May 2, 2017, Vol. 11, Issue 28


Convocation 2017

Faculty and instructors are encouraged to support this year’s grads and participate in the Convocation ceremonies by leading graduands in the processional. If you are planning to attend a ceremony please email Michelle Lowry noting the ceremony you wish to attend. If you require regalia, please include your height and highest credential awarded (i.e. 5’11” MSc, U of Calgary).

  • Trades Commencement Fri, June 2 – 6:30 p.m.
  • Spring Convocation Sat, June 3 – 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
  • Vernon Convocation Tue, June 27 – 4:30 p.m.
  • Summer Commencement (CS grads only) Wed, June 28 - 7 p.m.
  • Summer Convocation Thu, June 29 – 7 p.m.

If you would like to volunteer as an usher for a ceremony, please let Michelle know.

For more information visit the website or click here to view the invite.

Registration open for Connections

Registration is now 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 OC’s President, Jim Hamilton, about what's happening in and around Okanagan College and you will have a great opportunity to interact with your fellow colleagues. Register here before May 31 to be eligible to win one of two iPad Airs. 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.

Connections Expo

Are you an expert in your field? Are you passionate about something and want to share it with your colleagues? Employees are invited to share their area of expertise or passions outside of work with their peers at this year’s Connections Expo. The Expo provides an opportunity to learn from and get to know your colleagues. This informal event will take place at the end of each day during the social hour, set up in a way that will make it easy to connect you with your colleagues. If you would like to reserve your booth or would like more information contact Anna Wolleben

Salmon Arm Charity Golf Tournament and houseboat vacation prize raffle

The ACIC 21st Annual Links-to-Learning Golf Tournament will take place at Salmon Arm Golf Club on Friday, June 23, 2017 with a registration at noon and a shotgun start at 1 p.m. The $150 registration fee includes green fees, cart, range balls and a buffet dinner.

Help support the Okanagan College Foundation and Okanagan College students by purchasing a raffle ticket for a chance to win a Shuswap houseboat vacation. The prize is a three-day weekend or four-day midweek houseboat vacation this fall on a Mirage 65, 22 sleeper with Waterways. Click here for more information. The trip is valued at $2685 and the winner is welcome to upgrade to a different boat or season or length of stay (depending on availability), by paying the difference. Raffle tickets are 1/$10 or 3/$20. Cash, cheque or credit card accepted, draw date is June 23, 2017. To register for the golf tournament, purchase raffle tickets, or for more information, please email Margaret Scharf or call local 8238. All funds raised will directly benefit Okanagan College students by providing scholarships and bursaries.

Employee and Family Assistance Program - Mobile App and monthly newsletter

As part of the Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) benefits, employees can now download a free mobile app to access local health and wellness professionals. The app is available on Apple and Android devices; click here for more information about the app and how to download it. The monthly EFAP newsletter "Cause of Stress" can be found here.

Kelowna Campus Fitness Facility spring hours

Please note that spring hours for the Fitness Facility from May 1 - June 30 will be: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday - Friday and 12-4 p.m. on Saturday.

Sign up for Bike to Work 2017

Bike to Work week is happening May 29 - June 2. OC employees wishing to sign and up and log their trips for the chance to win prizes can register online.

In order for your participation to count toward OC’s total, you only have to ride one way to or from work at least once during the week. Free food and prizes are available at various locations throughout the week. OC team members will also have a chance to win raffle prizes (bike pumps, bells, tire repair kits).

A team photograph will be taken on Tuesday, May 30 at 9 a.m. at the bike stands behind the Centre for Learning (or in the Atrium, if weather is inclement). The Prize Raffle will happen on Monday, June 5 at 9 a.m., also at the bike stands behind the Centre for Learning. If you have any questions or would like help in preparing your bike or planning a safe route, please email Dr. Paul Stephenson. Learn more at

Family Award application deadline approaching

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. 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 May 31, 2017. For more information, contact the Financial Aid and Awards Office or 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.

2017-18 Holiday Season Closure and Summer Hours

A reminder that the dates for the 2017-18 holiday season closure and summer hours have been announced. Okanagan College will be closed to the public during the holiday season beginning Dec. 22, 2017 at 3 p.m. and will re-open on Jan. 2, 2018. For departments opting to participate, summer hours (8 a.m. - 4 p.m.) are in effect from April 24 - Sept. 1, 2017. The notice can be found here.

Spoke Fest – scholarship opportunity

OC students have the chance to win a scholarship to attend Spoke Fest, one of the Okanagan’s most popular literary festivals. Students can apply online by May 15 to receive a weekend pass free of charge. Attendees will be treated to talks by some of the Okanagan's finest literary talents, including a number of Okanagan College faculty members. This year’s festival takes place August 11-13 in Vernon, B.C. Learn more online.

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 event is designed to introduce new students to the Okanagan College community and set them up for a successful first year. Online registration will open to students beginning in May. 

The committee is looking for volunteers who may be interested in running a session. Current scheduled sessions include: learning about services on campus, transitioning from high school to college, transferring from OC to another institution, financial aid, time management skills and self-defense tactics. If you have a great idea for a session, the committee would love to hear about it. To learn more about this event, visit Questions, comments and ideas can be directed to Carlyn Young, Kelowna campus orientation coordinator. 

Moodle has a new look

Employees logging into Moodle after May 5 will notice the online tool has a new look. Moodle has been redesigned to be more graphically interesting, as well as easier to use and navigate. There are several enhancements that also make it easier for users to teach and learn online. All existing course content and user data will be intact. For more details about the changes, please visit the Education Technology page, Education Technology welcomes feedback on the new look and functionality. If any employees would like early access to Moodle 3.1 for testing purposes, please email Education Technology.


Workshop: Writing Successful Research Proposals

May 8 - Presented by Learning and Teaching on Monday, May 8, this workshop is appropriate for both beginners and more experienced applicants in any area of research and scholarship. Facilitated by Dr. Dawn McArthur, it is designed to help participants acquire strategies, approaches, and tools to address the challenging "start to finish" of successful research and project proposals. For more info, click here.

Applied Research and Innovation Day 

May 9 – Save the date for the upcoming Applied Research and Innovation Day at the Kelowna campus on Tuesday, May 9 from 8:45 a.m. - 2:15 p.m. in the Trades Training Complex Atrium. In addition to keynote speaker David Chalk there will also be many other presenters, workshops, and interactive demonstrations throughout the day and OC researchers will have an opportunity to connect with potential community and industry partners. A detailed program and registration details will be provided once finalized. Learn more about Chalk and his presentation “Innovation is Nothing New” here

Attend Employee Excellence

May 10 – The sixth annual Employee Excellence Awards is coming up on Wednesday, May 10 from 2:45 4:45 p.m. in the Atrium of the Centre for Learning at the Kelowna campus. All employees are invited to attend and celebrate their peers who have been nominated for excellence across nine award categories. Find the full list of nominees in College Matters (Matters Most) in MyOkanagan.

ETUG Conference in Kelowna

June 1-2 – ETUG is a group of education technology users in British Columbia higher education. The ETUG two-day spring conference is being held at UBC Okanagan in Kelowna on June 1-2. This event is a great opportunity for Okanagan College employees to learn about education technology. The main theme of the conference is Education by Design and streams include Learning Design, Education Technology, Faculty Development and Breakthrough Thinking. For more information and registration please see the ETUG web site.

Learning and Teaching Workshops

A series of ongoing workshops is taking place at the Kelowna Campus in room B130, unless otherwise noted. For full course descriptions view the Winter 2017 Workshop schedule.

Roundabout Workshop Series: the popular Roundabout series is back with an array of workshops to benefit Okanagan College employees in their jobs. The series is on now through May 8. View the full schedule here. Please email Learning and Teaching to register in advance.


Penticton student Reid Noble-Hearle helped save a life in his role as a lifeguard at the Penticton Community Centre, as he and a supervisor jumped into action when a young man was reported to be in distress at the facility. Noble-Hearle and fellow lifeguards were praised for their training, as reported in the Penticton Herald

Kelowna author Alix Hawley, a former OC arts professor, was awarded the CBC Short Story Prize for her story, Witching, winning a number of prizes, including publication in Air Canada’s enRoute. Read more in The Daily Courier.

OC alumna Sareena Nickoli is a Woman of the Year finalist, one of eight in contention profiled in the Vernon Morning Star. Vernon Women in Business will announce the winner at a gala on May 11.

The OC “Eggheads” team was called out in an article in the Vernon Morning Star covering a hotly-contested Adult Spelling Bee Challenge that benefits the Junction Literacy Centre. Funds raised support literacy programs. (Follow up by the Morning Star: Team Queen Bees was crowned champion.)

A mussel-sniffing dog made an appearance at a Penticton Campus event discussing the impact invasive mussels could have on the Okanagan’s environment and economy. The Penticton Western News attended. 

People with broken items, from small appliances to torn clothes made plans to attend the Repair Café at OC’s trades building on April 29 as shared by The Daily Courier.

The Salmon Arm Observer reported the Secwepemc Job and Career Fair, held on April 27, sponsored by the Neskonlith Indian Band in collaboration with Community Futures and Okanagan College.

As the provincial election campaign continues, candidates tackled the topic of student debt as reported by Okanagan Saturday; urban and rural economies, healthcare, and infrastructure as covered in the Penticton Herald; the Herald covered multiple debates which included OC student and Green Party candidate Connie Sahlmark.

As the Okanagan Spring Wine Festival approaches, the Kelowna Capital News took a look back at the Okanagan’s wine history, featuring long-time continuing studies instructor and Sandhill winemaker Howard Soon.

The Penticton Herald recently published an in-depth Q&A with Former Okanagan College Penticton campus Regional Dean Allan Markin who riffs on everything from his recently released CD to his fondest memory of Okanagan College.

Okanagan College Faculty Association President and OC English Professor Tim Walters penned a letter to the editor of the Vernon Morning Star regarding government funding in the College sector and how underfunding affects students.

Kurt Breton, a fourth-year Automotive Service Technician at Okanagan College earned Gold at the Skills BC Regional Competition on April 5 and will be off to National Competition in Winnipeg, MB this month. The Capital News shared Breton’s life-long automotive passion on April 19.

Advance word of Enactus Okanagan College’s Soup’s On was served up to readers throughout the Okanagan by the editors of the Vernon Morning Star, Castanet and KelownaNow.

Students at Shannon Lake Elementary received an important lesson in giving recently when they donated more than $2,000 to the Kelowna General Hospital Foundation through their involvement in Enactus OC’s CANsave program. Their generosity was captured in the pages of the Kelowna Capital News and Castanet.

The Okanagan Chefs Association hosted its inaugural Tourism and Hospitality Career Fair at the Kelowna campus recently, with OC Culinary Manager and Okanagan Chefs Association President Chef Bernard Casavant on hand to let people know about both culinary careers in the Okanagan and the Culinary Arts program at OC. The event was showcased by the Summerland Review.

The OC Coyotes will host the Canadian College Baseball National Championship at Elks Stadium next week and the Daily Courier published a run-down of the tournament, while the Capital News shared season updates on April 19April 26 and April 28.

The Okanagan Centre for Innovation, where the College’s new Animation diploma program will be housed starting this fall, was featured in the Progress edition of the Kelowna Capital News.


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