Global News funds future journalists at Okanagan College 

Global Donation 2019Global News is putting pen to paper in support of future journalists at Okanagan College. 

The news and current affairs network has inked a $10,000 cheque to establish two annual awards supporting students in the Communications, Culture, and Journalism Studies program. The awards of $1,350 each will go to a student entering their second year, as well as completing the program.

Global representatives announced the new awards during a Journalism Fundamentals class at the College’s Kelowna campus. The event was an opportunity for students to meet and network with broadcast professionals including Chris Sobon, Managing Editor of Global Okanagan News and Jill Krop, B.C. Regional Director of News for Global News BC. 

Dave Hale is in his second year of the Communications, Culture, and Journalism Studies program and says the new awards are exciting. 

“Having an award presented by a reputable name like Global who recognizes your hard work, that’s motivating, and it gives you confidence in the future of journalism,” says Hale.

Hale is interested in getting into journalism despite major changes to the industry. 

“There will always be a need for collecting information professionally,” he says. “I feel like you can make a difference through journalism.”

Read the full story here.

Steele coming to OC to talk trends in post-secondary

ken steele 250pxKen Steele, a well-known researcher, author, speaker and consultant on post-secondary communications, marketing and recruitment will be at the Kelowna campus on Wednesday, Oct. 23 to share his perspective on emerging trends in the sector.

The free talk will take place in the Lecture Theatre from 9:30 – 11 a.m. All are welcome. No pre-registration necessary. 

Steele has consulted with hundreds of colleges and universities, helping them interpret market research, understand their competitive context, and develop distinctive institutional strategies and brand positions. 

He began his career in post-secondary as a humanities computing researcher and Shakespeare instructor, before becoming an IT consultant, ad agency creative director, and ultimately a higher education market research analyst and brand consultant. In 2003, he conceived and co-founded Academica Group, a market research firm doing some of the largest post-secondary consumer surveys in the world, and created the Top Ten, which has become Canada’s leading higher ed news daily. In 2012, he founded a new company called Eduvation. He hosts an almost-weekly webcast, Ten with Ken, which explores emerging trends, bright ideas, and higher ed marketing. He has published dozens of articles and white papers on post-secondary students and branding, and co-authored Canada’s first book on strategic enrolment management.

Learn more about him at

Info nights, tuition giveaway back this fall at Okanagan College

OC Vernon students 2018Exploring education and career options could pay off for potential students in more ways than one at Okanagan College this fall.

The College is hosting a variety of open houses and information nights in October and November to help potential students and parents explore post-secondary paths.

And the events aren’t just a chance to learn more about the programs – they’re also a great opportunity to get questions answered, from admission requirements and registering for courses, to applying for financial aid and awards to where to buy books and a parking pass.

For students considering an academic, apprenticeship or vocational program at Okanagan College, there is extra incentive to stop in: anyone who attends these on-campus sessions can enter into a draw for a $5,000 tuition voucher.

Anyone who takes an official tour, attends a recruitment event or connects with a recruitment team member will receive an entry to the contest. The winner will be chosen on May 15, 2020, and they will receive a voucher covering fall and winter semester tuition fees up to $5,000.

Conditions apply for the Tuition Giveaway draw, and are available online:

For details about information nights and open houses, read the full story here.


Four OC apprentices vying for Culinary Apprentice of the Year

Culinary 2019On November 2, a group of Okanagan College Culinary Arts apprentices will step into the kitchens at Vancouver Community College (VCC) to battle it out with competitors from across the province for the title of Culinary Apprentice of the Year.

Four Okanagan College trained Chef apprentices have earned berths this year, which is tied with host VCC for the most competitors representing a single institution. Competing from OC are: 

  • Theo Brisley
  • Siobhan Detkavich
  • Katie MacBeth
  • Joshua Tocher

Competitors were selected from over 40 applications and will be heading to Vancouver from northern B.C., the Okanagan, Vancouver Island, and the Lower Mainland. The competition is being revived in 2019 after a decade-long absence and, for the first time, is including competitors from across the province.

“Having had the pleasure of instructing all of the Okanagan-based competitors, their selection to compete in this exciting Culinary Apprentice of the Year competition comes as little surprise,” said Chef Geoffrey Couper, Apprenticeship Instructor at Okanagan College. “Each of them exhibits the self-motivation and drive to be mentored under the finest chefs in our region. I congratulate all of them for their dedication to continual learning in this great profession.”

The Culinary Apprentice of the Year Award winner will have the opportunity to accompany Culinary Team BC to Germany for the World Culinary Olympics in February 2020.

Follow the BC Culinary Apprentice of the Year competition hashtag #BCCulinaryAward on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Read more in the media release.

Award raises the bar for BBA student

Derek Cook Award 2019Waving the Derek Cook Memorial Award in her hand, Svetlana Pasko shares that it is the first step in the next chapter of her life. 

The student award is helping the Okanagan College Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) student take her fourth semester at the University of Geisenheim in Germany, where she will study the international wine business.

“I’m passionate about wine and I want to help countries open their borders to wine trade,” says twenty-one-year-old Pasko.

The opportunity to study abroad is already uncorking new opportunities for Pasko. She currently works at a local winery and when the company’s CEO learned what program she would be taking, he told her they would like to hire her when she returns.

The award is in memory of Derek Cook, a long-time Professor in the School of Business, who passed away in August 2017 and who had a significant passion for students to study abroad, says Devin Rubadeau, Okanagan College Business Professor. 

Rubadeau says thanks to the generous contributions of faculty and alumni, the memorial fund was able to meet its fundraising goal of $20,000 to create an endowment that will provide an annual award for a business student in perpetuity.

“We think Derek would be thrilled knowing that so many Okanagan College students will benefit from education abroad,” says Rubadeau.

Read the full story here.

OC alumna Lake named CEO of Accelerate Okanagan

brea lake 2019One of Okanagan College’s distinguished alumni continues to distinguish herself as a leader in the province’s booming tech sector.

Brea Lake, who completed her Business Administration degree from the College in 2013, was named CEO of Accelerate Okanagan (AO) last week. Lake served as Acting CEO for the preceding nine months, and prior to that she worked as AO’s Director of Operations.

In 2018, Lake was honoured with the Distinguished Young Alumni Award – one of the highest honours bestowed by the Okanagan College Alumni Association – in recognition of her exemplary leadership and community involvement.

Lake remains connected to the College. She is currently a member of the Okanagan College Foundation Board of Directors. She is also an Advisory Board Member for the Canadian Digital Media Network, an Executive Committee Member for the Cascadia Venture Acceleration Network, and an Executive Board Member on the YMCA Okanagan.

“There is no question that big things are happening in Okanagan tech,” said Lake. “As a community, we’ve set some big goals and I am looking forward to leading our team and supporting the entire ecosystem in achieving them.”

Read more in the media release from AO.

Speaker to explore how tragic tales entertain against the odds 

Edwin Wong 2019Tragedy has entertained people since ancient times. But what makes those sad stories of human strife so fascinating? 

Okanagan College’s English department is hosting a speaker whose new theory about the role of risk in dramatic storytelling is creating waves in the art world. 

Theatre expert Edwin Wong will present his 21st century theory of tragedy called “risk theatre,” which posits that tragedy puts people face-to-face with unexpected implications of their actions by simulating the profound impact of highly improbable events. Risk is the dramatic fulcrum of the action, he asserts.

“Tragic heroes, by making delirious wagers, trigger unintended consequences. Because they wager human assets, tragedy functions as a valuing mechanism. Because they lose all, audiences wonder: how did the perfect bet go wrong?” Wong explains.

Wong is a classicist who studied ancient theatre at Brown University. In 2018, he founded the Risk Theatre Modern Tragedy Competition with Langham Court Theatre, one of Canada’s longest running community theatres based in Victoria. It is the world’s largest tragedy playwriting competition. His award-winning book, The Risk Theatre Model of Tragedy: Gambling, Drama, and the Unexpected, was published this year.

The presentation on Oct. 28 will be held in the Kelowna campus lecture theatre (S104), starting at 6 p.m. Admission is free. Copies of Wong’s award-winning new book will be on sale at a discounted price of $10.

Read the full story here. 

October 15, 2019, Vol. 13, Issue 15

Call for volunteers and exhibitors at Career Fair

Okanagan College is hosting its 38th Annual Career Fair and Open House on Sunday, Nov. 3 and is in need of volunteers. Departments are also invited to participate as exhibitors at the Fair. This event is an opportunity to network, recruit and promote your department to prospective students.

To inquire about volunteering please email Michelle Lowry and to sign your department up as an exhibitor click here.

Honorary Fellow and Distinguished Service Award nominations open 

Nominations are now being accepted for Okanagan College's Honorary Fellow and Distinguished Service awards.

The Honorary Fellow award is recognition by the College of distinguished achievement or outstanding service. It is the highest honour bestowed by the College. The criteria for the award are mentorship, excellence, eminence and accomplishment.

The Distinguished Service award recognizes a former Okanagan College employee who has given outstanding service to the College, who shares and supports the College’s mission, vision and values, and is active within and outside the College community. This award is not given as a matter of routine.

Full criteria, nomination forms, and a list of previous honorees can be found here. Nominations are being accepted until Nov. 11. Find out more about this year’s Honorary Fellow recipients and Distinguished Service award recipient.

The meditation/anxiety connection

Physical stress is a common side effect of anxiety. With meditation, you can harness the power in quietness to reduce stress in the moment. Practice letting chaos go while you apply your energy and focus to calming your mind, practicing stillness in your body and reconnecting with breath.

Meditation advice for calming stress:

  1. Intentionally find a quiet comfortable space, begin to slow things down in your mind and engage with mediation. As you meditate, breathe in to invite space into your entire body, then breathe out to exhale stress and reset your energy. 
  2. Meditation techniques can be used to adopt an attitude of acceptance. No matter what happens, you can practice gratitude in the moment, giving yourself permission to be peaceful.
  3. Use meditation to visualize yourself floating above the conflict, where you have a much wider perspective. Whatever the cause of immediate stress – this too shall pass.
  4. Join the Okanagan College Meditation group led by Dr. Brett Wade on Fridays in H111 from 12:15-12:45 p.m. Visit their Facebook page for more details.

Advanced Leadership Series

Continuing Studies is excited to announce the launch of the Advanced Leadership Series. This new series targets the skills that a leader needs to hone in order to shift themselves, their careers and their teams to the next level. Discover advanced tools and techniques to influence, motivate and inspire your team and yourself. 

Courses include: Leading from Within, Emotional and Social Intelligence, Ethics in Leadership, Innovative and Critical Thinking, Negotiating in the Workplace, Creative Problem Solving and Positive Workplace Culture.

There is still space available in these courses, as well as in the Leadership Essentials Series. If you are interested in enrolling, contact Jill Panton with your tuition waiver.

OC Family Award

A reminder to employees to encourage their family members attending OC to apply for the OC Family Award.

The application is online through myOkanagan.

Please log into myOkanagan > Student tab > Financial Aid and Awards Channel > Apply for Awards > Okanagan College Family Award 

Family Award Criteria:

  • Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Immediate family member (child, stepchild, grandchild or spouse) of a continuing (regular) Okanagan College employee
  • Enrolled full time in any year of an eligible program: university studies, degree, or diploma program; vocational, trades or health certificate program; full or part-time Continuing Studies certificate program; apprenticeship program or adult upgrading program
  • Must be enrolled in a minimum of 60% course load
  • Not on academic probation
  • No outstanding fees

For programs starting between Jan. 1 - March 31, deadline is Feb. 28.
For programs starting between April 1 - July 31, deadline is June 30.
For programs starting between Aug. 1 - Dec. 31, deadline is Oct. 31.

If you have any questions, contact the Financial Aid & Awards office at or 250-862-5419.

2019-20 Recruitment

Check out all the activities College recruitment staff are involved in. If you have any feedback on other events and opportunities, or if you are able to volunteer contact Inga Wheeler.

OC’s CARE program 

As part of its Safe Disclosure Policy, Okanagan College provides the opportunity for employees to report any misconduct concerns through the Confidential Anonymous Reporting for Employees (CARE) hotline.

The hotline enables employees to anonymously provide information on fraudulent or suspicious activities to a third party for further investigation. To make a report, call 1-855-484 CARE (2273) or email

To find out more about this service, refer to the Safe Disclosure Policy. 

Employee & Family Assistance Program - Life events and our mental health

Whether it is the death of a loved one or birth of a child, adjusting to the changes that significant life events bring can be tough. Coping with the changes takes strategy and effort, but is possible when you learn to focus on what you can control and let go of what you cannot.

For guidance and support, visit LifeWorks online and login with the username: okanagan and the password: healthy. Alternatively, you can call LifeWorks toll-free any time, day or night, at 1-888-307-0590. 

View the October feature here.

Teaching, Learning, and Technology Professional Development Workshops

Staff are invited to join Learning & Applied Research and Education Technology for the Teaching, Learning, and Technology fall professional development workshop series. Workshops will be held from Sept. through to Dec. 2019. Participants can view the workshop catalogue here, and register on our website form or by email. Walk-ins are welcome, however, advance registration is recommended as hosting of workshops is dependent on sufficient registration.

Upcoming dates:

  • Introduction to Universal Design Learning, Oct. 15, 3:30 p.m. (Kelowna)
  • Collaboration Tools in Moodle, Oct. 16, 12 p.m. (Kelowna)
  • The Green Screen, Oct. 17, 12 p.m. (Kelowna)
  • Introduction to Microsoft Sway, Oct. 21, 12 p.m. (Kelowna)
  • Formative Assessment Tools, Oct. 22, 9 a.m. (Kelowna)
  • WeVu and You, Oct. 25, 1:30 p.m. (Kelowna)
  • Summative Assessment, Oct. 29, 1 p.m., (Kelowna)
  • Embedding Assessments into Moodle, Oct. 30, 2 p.m. (Kelowna)
  • The Green Screen, Oct. 31, 12 p.m. (Kelowna)
  • Metacognition, Nov. 5, 9:00 a.m. (Kelowna)
  • What’s New in Moodle 3.5? Nov. 7, 12 p.m. (Kelowna) | Nov. 21, 12 p.m. (Collaborate)
  • Podcast and Video Instructional Possibilities, Nov. 8, 12 p.m. (Vernon) | Nov. 27, 9 a.m. (Kelowna)
  • Roundtable Discussion, Nov. 12, 12:30 p.m. (Kelowna)
  • Interactive Quizzes & Polls, Nov. 14, 12 p.m. (Kelowna) | Nov. 28, 10 a.m. (Salmon Arm) and 2 p.m. (Vernon)

Kelowna Campus Store Renovations

The OC Kelowna Campus Store will be closed Fri, Oct. 18 for pending renovations. The store will reopen Mon, Oct. 21 at 8:30 a.m.

Kelowna campus fitness facility

Mon - Thu, 6 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Fri 6 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Closed on weekends and stat holidays.

Kelowna fall food services hours

Kelowna cafeteria

  • Mon - Fri from 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Kelowna food services

  • Fezziwig's: Mon - Thu from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. and Fri from 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • DeBeans: Mon - Thu from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. and Fri from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Infusions: Tues - Fri 5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Marmalade Cat Café: Mon - Fri 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.


Go By Bike Week

Oct. 21 - Nov. 3 – Go By Bike Week is just around the corner. Register here (or just login if you already have an account), log your trips and win prizes – like a cycling trip in the Baltics!

Wine Talks - Last chance for tickets!

Oct. 28 – Two internationally-known wine experts will share their thoughts on the Okanagan wine industry and uncork a discussion when they pop into OC's Penticton campus this month.

Steven Spurrier and Dave McIntyre will keynote the fifth iteration of Wine Talks on Oct. 28. 

Tickets are $20 on Eventbrite – only a few tickets left!

Let Them Eat Dirt

Nov. 1-2 – A two-day conference at Okanagan College Kelowna campus. Collaborate, explore and participate in key discussions on outdoor play, nature and pedagogy concepts. 

Fri, Nov. 1 - 1 - 8 p.m. and Sat, Nov. 2, 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Friday's Keynote Speaker: Dr. Brett Finlay, author of "Let Them Eat Dirt", UBC Peter Wall Distinguished Professor.

Sample Workshops:

  • How Outdoor Play Pedagogy Documentation Informs Children’s Play
  • Designing Natural Outdoor Play Spaces for Municipal Parks Systems
  • Assessing Outdoor Play Spaces for Quality Indicators
  • The Relationship of Outdoor Play to Children’s Skills in Coding
  • How STEM Principles Are Inherent in Quality Outdoor Play Environments
  • Examining the Lawson Foundation Discussion Paper
  • Register on Eventbrite. For more information, email or visit


The Okanagan Weekend shared a 'Dear editor' letter by Laura Thurnheer, Associate Dean, Science Technology and Health and the Founding Member of Kelowna Legacy Group about transforming the city core. Kelowna Capital News shared more details.

Vernon Morning Star noted OC's Vernon campus participating in Orange Shirt Day. 

Penticton Herald shared a 'Dear editor' letter by Sharon Mansiere, President of Okanagan College Faculty Association about College profs wanting equal pay. 

Kelowna Capital News shared details about OC Board Chair Chris Derickson's new role as Westbank First Nation Chief. 

Penticton Herald announced that OC alumnus Shane Koyczan will be coming home to Penticton for a holiday show Dec. 7. 

Kelowna Capital News shared the exciting news that BBA student Svetlana Pasko was awarded the Derek Cook Memorial Award helping her take her fourth semester at the University of Geisenheim in Germany where she will study the international wine business. 

The Daily Courier and The Okanagan Weekend noted OC’s upcoming speaker Edwin Wong, part of the Speaker Series at the Kelowna campus, who will speak on why tragic stories entertain us so much on Oct. 28.

Kelowna Now, The Okanagan Weekend and The Daily Courier shared word that OC alumna Brea Lake was appointed the new CEO at Accelerate Okanagan.

Vernon Morning Star shared that the OC Vernon Students’ Association will host an all-candidates forum Oct. 15 at 6 p.m. in the lecture theatre at the Kalamalka campus. 

Medicine Hat News noted that Medicine Hat College will be offering a pair of cannabis courses in industry awareness using curriculum developed at Okanagan College. 

Castanet, Penticton Herald and Salmon Arm Observer mentioned the return of OC’s $5K tuition giveaway. Prospective students have a chance to win by attending an info session this year.

Salmon Arm Observer and Penticton Herald highlighted OC’s Wine Talks event taking place at the Penticton campus on Oct. 28.

Scout Magazine announced the EAT! Pastry Day event that will take place in Vancouver on Nov. 9 that features 15 pastry chefs and chocolatiers from across B.C. including OC’s Pastry Arts Instructor Danny Capadouca.

Vernon Morning Star shared that right after Former OC professor John Lent announced the release of his new book, he announced the release of a CD. The album features nine originals and one cover track that boasts the sounds of Lent’s bluesy-folksy lyrics. Nelson Star noted that Lent will be doing a reading in Nelson on Oct. 17.

Okanagan Life magazine and Kelowna Capital News noted that tuition credits are available for story writers at OC’s 10th annual Short Story Contest on Oct. 19.

Vernon Morning Star highlighted Woof the therapy dog at OC’s Salmon Arm campus.

Mirage News, Castanet, Kelowna Capital News and The Daily Courier shared the news that the BSN program at OC and UBCO was recognized for innovative curriculum and has been approved for the next seven years with no terms or conditions.


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