Valley First donation helps Enactus show more students how they CANSave

CANsave IOCCANSave, a financial literacy program launched by Enactus students for primary school students, has caught the attention of teachers throughout the province, and one of the region's financial institutions is upping its support to help grow the program. 

Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union, has doubled its initial donation to $50,000 to help Enactus Okanagan College students bring the program to more B.C. schools. Valley First has been a supporter of CANSave since it was piloted in 2015. 

“Valley First has been with us every step of the way since we launched our pilot program last year,” says Abbey Jones, a fourth-year Okanagan College Business Administration student, who is also one of the leaders of the CANSave program.  “Their latest donation will allow us to take CANSave out to all the teachers and schools who have expressed an interest in the program. This is a phenomenal opportunity for us to expand the program and enable more kids to learn about financial literacy.”

“Our team at Valley First fully believes in the benefits of starting young and it’s been so rewarding to see the tremendous outcomes CANSave has achieved in one short year,” explains Susan Ewanick, President of Valley First.

With help from Valley First and from the Central Okanagan Foundation, the Enactus OC students established a website over the summer that introduced the CANSave program to approximately 40 Central Okanagan teachers just before school recommenced this fall.

For more information about CANSave, visit their website or read the media release.

Strong turnout for milestone Career Fair

career fair 2016 iocMore than 1,000 people flocked to Okanagan College’s Kelowna campus on Sunday, Nov. 6 to participate in the 35th annual Career Fair, the longest running event of its kind in the region.
In addition to networking with more than 40 employers from throughout the B.C. Interior, visitors had a chance to tour campus, including a behind-the-scenes look at the new Trades Complex, and learn about programs offered by Okanagan College. Visitors also had a chance to learn about co-op placement and the finer points of landing a job after graduation.
One of the highlights of the event was the Freshman 15 info session delivered by Steph Bodden - Okanagan College Recruitment and Events Coordinator. The session covered the top 15 points that parents and students should know before starting post-secondary, from accessing scholarships and bursaries to understanding dual credit and other enrolment options.
Demonstrations included crushing a car and then opening it back up using the jaws of life, delivered by the Kelowna Fire Department. The event even offered a brief tour of the universe, hosted by the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada.

Flight simulator lands at OC

Flight Simulator IOCOkanagan College is now home to one of only two RedBird MCX flight simulators in Canada.
The new teaching tool was readied for takeoff last week, just in time for Career Fair where it was open to the public. About 40 flights were logged during the event. Guests had the chance to step behind the controls and try their hand at taking off and landing at airports all over the globe.
The simulator will be used by students in the Commercial Aviation diploma program. It was powered by donations of $125,000 from Carson Air and $25,000 from ROV Consulting Inc. Donors Kevin Carson, President of Carson Air, and Richard Visscher, President/CEO of ROV Consulting Inc., along with a host of regional media, joined Okanagan College officials in dedicating the flight simulator and marking its first official flight on Thursday, Nov. 3, a three days prior to Career Fair.
Follow these links for videos from the unveiling produced by Castanet and Global News.

Craft beer revolution on tap at Okanagan College

Martin LewisMartin Lewis, co-owner of Bad Tattoo Brewing, will be helping beer lovers navigate the hoppy waters of craft beers during a unique education session at the College's Penticton campus.

Beer Appreciation, an evening of craft beer tastings and beer education, will take place on Thursday, Nov. 17 from 6 to 9 p.m. in the BC Wine Information Society Sensory Centre in the Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence.

Lewis, a Red Seal chef, will pair beer tastings with festival-inspired culinary creations. Participants will get to explore diverse styles of beers and gain an understanding of their palate range and preferences. The course will also delve into new and emerging beer trends, such as barrel-aged beers, beers with innovative ingredients and ancient beer styles coming back into popularity. Lewis believes the course will yield for students a much more robust experience at future festivals or tastings.

“It’s easy to go to a beer festival and just stick your glass out,” he says. “After taking the course, students will be able to ask informed questions, relate concepts and understand how brewing applications affect flavour.”

Registration for Beer Appreciation is now open. Cost is $96 plus GST. Seating is limited. To register, call 250-492-4305 or click here.

Read on in the media release.

Campus Bookstore Customer Appreciation Sale

Bookstore saleThe Campus Store will be holding its annual Customer Appreciation & Bargain Book Sale on Thursday, Nov. 24 at all locations: Kelowna, Penticton, Salmon Arm and Vernon.

Start holiday shopping early while enjoying coffee and goodies. There will be a great selection of general interest books starting at less than $1. Stop by and receive 20 per cent off clothing and giftware, with additional discounts on clearance items (some exclusions apply).

Visit your local campus store today to check out the great new selection of holiday gift ideas. 


Penticton Awards Ceremony honours students

Penticton Awards 2016The accomplishments of students and the generosity of donors were celebrated in equal measure at the annual Penticton campus Awards Reception last week.  

Hosted by the Okanagan College Foundation, the event on Thursday, Nov. 10 saw more than 60 awards issued to over 40 students, resulting in over $55,000 in student support being presented over the course of the evening in the Centre of Excellence.

"It is impossible to capture in words the tremendous investment by our donors and supporters in the South Okanagan," said Okanagan College Foundation President Alf Kempf. "It is truly one of the highlights of the year for the Foundation to be able to bring donors and students together to celebrate their academic pursuits."
The reception was also an opportunity for many in the community to express their best wishes to Donna Lomas, Regional Dean for the South Okanagan-Similkameen. Lomas will retire from her role in December, and the level of appreciation and respect for her support of students over the years was summed up by Okanagan College President Jim Hamilton.

"Donna has contributed in countless, impactful ways and her legacy will be with this campus and region for many years," said Hamilton.

View the photo gallery from the event here

Chefs and grandmothers come together to support African AIDS caregivers

Okanagan residents will soon have an opportunity to explore great cuisine prepared by Okanagan College Culinary Arts students for an even greater cause.

The Kelowna Grandmothers for Africa and the Okanagan Chefs Association present Discover Africa’s Culture and Cuisine on Saturday, Nov. 19 at the Centre for Learning at Okanagan College’s Kelowna campus. The dinner benefits African children orphaned by AIDS.

“This is a tremendous chance to taste the unique African inspired dishes prepared by the Culinary Arts students under the mentorship of distinguished Chefs of the Chef’s Association,” explains Doug Fraser of Kelowna Grandmothers for Africa.

The volunteer, non-profit organization of grandmothers and “grandothers” supports African grandmothers, in communities affected by the AIDS pandemic, as they care for the vulnerable children. The group’s goal is to increase awareness and raise funds to help nurture and raise a healthy self-sufficient next generation.

Part of the proceeds for the evening go to the Okanagan Chefs Association to provide further educational opportunities for the community’s junior chefs.

Tickets are $75. Limited quantities available. Purchase your tickets here. For more information on the event click here. Read the full story in the media release.

Mother and daughter team up to teach Aboriginal support program

Holly & TMTina-Marie Christian and her daughter Holly Dalgleish, both of the Syilx Nation (Okanagan) and members of the Splatsin First Nation (Enderby) will be collaborating to teach the new Aboriginal Community Support Worker Certificate (ACSW) program at Okanagan College’s Salmon Arm campus this fall.

The two women have been active members of the program’s curriculum development team, using their community and professional experience to ensure that the program is built upon a strong foundation of Indigenous content.

“We are excited to be a part of this College initiative that will help to strengthen our Indigenous communities. Programs such as the ACSW program empower individuals to create a new future and an opportunity to contribute to the needs of their community,” notes Christian. “The certificate is ideal for students who have a strong compassion for helping individuals and families and will give them the core training required by community support workers.”

Students will finish the program with a practicum at a local community-based organization that works with Aboriginal individuals and families. More information about this student loan-eligible program is available here

Read the full story in the media release

Annual Taste of India

Taste of India IOCA celebration of Indian culture and cuisine was on the menu at the Penticton campus last week. 

Inspired by the Diwali festival in India, the Library Services employees hosted the annual Taste of India luncheon on Nov. 8. Students, faculty, staff, and community members enjoyed a delicious feast that included samosas, butter chicken or cauliflower, tomato chutney, and chickpeas made by Penticton Library Assistant Surandar Dasanjh.

OC employees served the food, and students Manjot Kaur, Harshdeep Chahil, Manpreet Brar, Amanpreet Gill and Loveleen Johal offered traditional henna hand painting to attendees. Adding to the festive atmosphere, Teagan Phillips provided a dance performance. 

Follow this link to view a photo gallery from the event.

Nov. 15, 2016, Vol. 11, Issue 17 Notices

Banner service maintenance

Scheduled upgrade maintenance will cause a disruption in service for Banner and Banner related services on Saturday, Nov. 19. Maintenance will begin at noon and last until approximately 6 p.m. The following services will be disrupted: 
  • Banner
  • Services from MyOkanagan Student, Applicant, Faculty and Employee Tabs
  • BRM
  • Financial Aid
  • Continuing Studies Online Registration
  • Apply Online
  • Online Payments
  • Classfinder
  • FAST (including WebReq)
  • Workflow (including EPAF, Test Accommodation & Event Booking)
  • Transcript Request
  • Housing Application
  • Student Affairs/Disability

For more information, please contact Jillian Stamp in IT Services.

Transit service disruption

A labour disruption between First Canada and its unionized drivers has resulted in a service interruption that is affecting transit routes serving Okanagan College. Students and employees who rely on transit should arrange alternate means of traveling to and from campus. Class and exam schedules will not be affected by the strike.

Online carpooling tool

Okanagan College has made an online carpooling tool available to students through the myOkanagan student portal, to help deal with the impact of the transit service disruption. Students can identify if they are willing to be drivers, and can also search for available ride-sharing opportunities.

The service can be accessed in the Student Portal when logged into myOkanagan. OC Carpool will be visible in the right hand of the student portal screen.

Employees can also utilize the OC staff car pooling utility: go to myOkanagan > Employee > OC Express - Requests and Notices > Carpool.

For updates as they are available, please visit Kelowna Regional Transit News or Okanagan College’s Transit Disruption webpage.

November is all about empowering change

The November issue of the Employee and Family Assistance program newsletter is available here. The topic for the month is empowering change in personal relationships.


International Education Week

Nov. 14-18 – Celebrate global diversity at Okanagan College with international food, crafts and entertainment at the Kelowna campus. Click here for a full list of activities.

One Night, Two Writers

Nov. 16 – Celebrated Indigenous authors Jeannette Armstrong and Randy Lundy will be speaking at Okanagan College's Penticton campus in the Lecture Theatre on Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. 

Click here to learn more.

Holiday Spirit

Nov. 17 – Put on your ugliest holiday sweater, decorate cookies and make holiday cards at the OCSU's Holiday Spirit event on Thursday, Nov. 17 from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in the Community Hall (PC 113), Penticton campus.

African Culture & Cuisine

Nov. 19 – Okanagan College Junior Chefs serve up African-inspired cuisine under the mentorship of distinguished chefs of the Okanagan Chefs Association. Saturday, Nov. 19 at 5 p.m. in the Centre for Learning, Kelowna campus. Tickets are $75 and available here.

Be more than a bystander workshop

Nov. 21 – Have you ever wanted to help but didn’t know what to do? Everyone has an important role to play in the intervention and prevention of sexual violence. This workshop focuses on identifying ways you can be more than a bystander to sexual assault and inappropriate sexual behaviours. Monday, Nov. 21 from 4:30-6 p.m. in E202, Kelowna campus. For more information click here.

Extrasolar Planets: The Search For Other Worlds

Nov. 21 – Eight planets are orbiting around our sun...but how many are orbiting around those billions of other stars in our galaxy? Join DRAO astronomer Dr. Roland Kothes as he gives a brief overview of the short history of exoplanet discoveries, a description of the methods to detect planets, and a look into the possibility of discovering an earth-like planet. The seminar takes place from 7-8:30 p.m in the Ashnola Lecture Theatre (PL 107) at the Penticton campus. For more information click here.

Stress Less Fair

Nov. 24 – Cruise into your final exams feeling calm after visiting the Stress Less Fair. Free snacks, massages, pet therapy dogs, tips to reduce anxiety, book spine poetry contest, adult colouring book prizes! From 11:30 a.m - 1:30 the Student Lounge and Gathering Place, Salmon Arm campus.

Holiday Lunch

Nov. 29 – Okanagan College students in Penticton are invited by the OCSU to a free turkey dinner with all the fixings on Tuesday, Nov. 29 from 11a.m. - 1 p.m. Plus, there will be photos with Santa! Student ID required. Community Hall (PC 113), Penticton campus.

Winter Carnival

Dec. 8 – All Okanagan College employees are invited to get in the festive spirit for food and fun with colleagues beginning at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 8 in the Atrium of the Centre for Learning, Kelowna campus. Click here for more information.

OC Holiday Season Party

Dec. 10 – The OC Social Committee invites all employees to attend the annual OC Holiday Season Party on Dec. 10 at Rusty’s Steakhouse and Lounge on Dilworth Dr. in Kelowna, beginning at 6 p.m.

 Enjoy a traditional holiday meal including dessert, dance to the tunes of Blue City Trio, featuring OC’s own Tom Esson, participate in a draw for prizes, a 50/50 draw and challenge someone to a game of pool at one of two reserved tables. Lots of parking is available at the venue and there is also an option to get a safe ride home for an additional cost.

Tickets to the Holiday Social are $35 and can be purchased from: Dawn Douglas or Katerina Hay (Advancement & Alumni), Angie March (Regional Dean’s Office), Gerry Born or Tanya Tarlit (Co-op Office), Carlyn Young (Registrar’s Office), Margaret Johnson or Heather Grassick (Executive Office), Jo-Dee Hecko (Faculty, ST&H), Lynda Dreaper (HR).

Early-bird winners announced
The OC Social Committee is pleased to announce the winners for the early-bird Holiday Social draw of five $25 bar tabs at this year’s Holiday party.  Congratulations to our lucky winners: Shelley Johnson (School of Business), Mike Klein (IT), Delaney Ross (Trades), Carlyn Young (Reg. Office) and Vicki Pannell (Finance). 


Prominent Penticton resident Rory McIvor was profiled in The Penticton Herald on Nov. 3 for his many contributions to the region, including his work with Okanagan College to establish the successful Bold Horizons fundraising campaign.

Okanagan College donor David Perron penned a letter published by The Daily Courier in praise of the College’s new Trades Complex in Kelowna.

A host of regional media, including Kelowna Now, Castanet, The Daily Courier, The Capital News, and Global News, were on hand for the unveiling and inaugural flights of the College’s new Redbird MCX flight simulator (one of only two in Canada).

The announcement of the B.C. government’s $7.44-million investment in skills training at Okanagan College (part of the ITA’s annual allocation to B.C. post-secondary institutions) was highlighted by Kelowna NowThe Summerland Review and Castanet.

Craft beer education and culinary creations will collide at Okanagan College’s Penticton campus on Thursday, Nov. 17, and word of the event has been brewing thanks to coverage by CastanetThe Capital NewsThe Daily Courier, and The Penticton Western News. Martin Lewis a Red Seal chef and co-owner of Penticton’s Bad Tattoo Brewing will pair beer tastings with festival-inspired eats during the one-evening beer appreciation session. Tickets are $96 and available here.

News of the upcoming Grandmothers for Africa fundraiser dinner on Saturday, Nov 19 was shared by The Capital NewsThe Daily Courier and Okanagan College Culinary Arts students will prepare unique African-inspired cuisine for the event, which will be hosted in the Atrium of the Centre for Learning, Kelowna campus.

Students and faculty from Okanagan College’s School of Business joined officials from Valley First Credit Union to announce major support from Valley First for the CANSave financial literacy program which sees OC students mentoring elementary students on the finer points of finance. Word of the support was carried by The Daily CourierThe Capital News and Okanagan Life

OC student Marie Beaudoin will be sharing her success story of returning to school at the Returning to Education seminar on Nov. 16 at the College's Vernon campus. Beaudoin's story was picked up by The Vernon Morning Star. To learn more about the seminar and RSVP click here.

The recent Wine Talks event presented by Liquidity Wines and Okanagan College brought renowned wine experts Karen MacNeil and Rob McMillan to Okanagan College’s Penticton campus on Nov. 9 for a lively discussion about the wine industry, as covered by The Osoyoos Times and The Daily Courier.

The 35th annual Career Fair took place at Okanagan College on Sunday, Nov. 6 welcoming hundreds of visitors to the Kelowna campus to network with employers and learn about the programs offered by the College. Local media, including Castanet and The Penticton Western News, helped to spread the word.

OC’s Health Care Assistant program earned a new feather in its cap, a five-year recognition from the BC Care Aid & Community Health Worker Registry, as reported by The Capital News and The Vernon Morning Star.

The mother-daughter duo teaching the new Aboriginal Community Support Worker program at the College’s Salmon Arm campus were featured in The Capital News.

Kathy Butler, Director of Advancement and Executive Director of the Okanagan College Foundation made the Kelowna Top 40 Over 40. News of her nomination reached The Daily Courier.

The Summerland Review shared news of a tuition-free training opportunity offered by Okanagan College designed to prepare students for today’s fast-paced administrative positions.

Teacher/counsellor Alison Dennis was featured in The Salmon Arm Observer for her Culture of Poverty workshop held at the College’s Salmon Arm campus on Oct. 4.

Okanagan College Toastmasters president Moya Webb (IT Services) was celebrated in The Capital News for her recent success at a regional competition. 


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