Okanagan College policy addresses cannabis use on campus
OC has developed a policy to inform students, employees and visitors about the College’s position on cannabis use on campus effective Oct. 17, when federal legislation allows the legal purchase and use of cannabis under the Cannabis Act.
Per the policy:
Click here to read the full policy.
For more information about Federal Bill C – 45 – Cannabis Act and the BC Cannabis Control and Licensing Act, along with educational resources and FAQs, visit www.canada.ca/cannabis and www.canabisclarity.ca.
Tolko chips in for Vernon youth
A unique partnership between School District 22 and Okanagan College, is not only attracting students, it’s also garnered the interest and support of a local employer.
Tolko Industries has donated $11,000 plus in-kind support toward the Youth Trades Explorer Sampler program at Okanagan College. The program gives high school students an opportunity to discover the trades as a career with hands-on technical training in six fields including plumbing, carpentry and electrical.
“It’s always very meaningful for us at the College to see an employer in the region invest in the training of our students,” says Teresa Kisilevich, Okanagan College’s Associate Dean of Trades and Apprenticeship. “Students see that local businesses want them to succeed.”
While this year’s student cohort is only in its third week of trades training, they’ve already progressed from building a deck chair to picnic tables. The lumber for their projects was also donated from Tolko’s Armstrong mill. Tolko is exploring how else it can support the Sampler program, including having the students take a tour of their Armstrong mill.
“We are passionate about youth and this fits with our long-term strategy to build our workforce and our communities,” says Tanya Wick, Tolko’s Vice President, People and Services.
“This program is helping young people gain the skills and experience that can help set them up for success.”
Read the full story here.
OC natural gas reduction has a long history
As Enbridge wrestles with how long it will take to rectify the effects of the pipeline explosion in Prince George, Okanagan College's Energy Manager is suggesting staff and students continue to look for ways to personally reduce consumption of natural gas.
“We use very little gas at this time of year,” explains Rob St. Onge, Okanagan College’s energy manager. We’d still counsel our staff and students to think about how they might be able to reduce their gas consumption in light of the circumstances in Prince George.”
St. Onge, and Peter Csandl, manager of plant services and operations, point to recent construction projects as part of the reason.
“Our newer buildings also use exhaust air heat recovery which dramatically reduces heating requirements,” says Csandl. “That’s in place in the Centre of Excellence in Penticton, the Centre for Learning and the Trades Complex in Kelowna, and the Child Care Centre in Penticton.”
A significant portion of the College’s largest campus – Kelowna – relies on an innovative heat-recovery system (drawing from the nearby City of Kelowna waste water treatment plant) for heat – that doesn’t require natural gas for much of the year.”
St. Onge points to data that shows the overall natural gas consumption has decreased 32.2 per cent. On a per square metre basis, that means consumption of natural gas has dropped by more than half – 51.7 per cent – in a decade.
Read the full story here.
College helps meet sustainable construction demand
The booming insulation industry, coupled with consumer interest in reducing environmental impact, has created a significant need for skilled workers. Okanagan College, in conjunction with the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction, Work BC, and local industry leaders, has brought a new program on board to help meet industry demand and prepare skilled workers.
“The Residential Insulator program was created in response to the local labour market challenges,” explains Dr. Dennis Silvestrone, Okanagan College’s Director of Continuing Studies and Corporate Training. “Okanagan College, in conjunction with the Ministry, and with support from local industry, is responding to this need by providing skilled training opportunities through the newly developed Residential Insulator program.”
The 25-week Residential Insulator program provides tuition-free specialized training for eligible applicants with funding from the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction. The program develops practical skills and provides safety certifications in the first 15 weeks of classroom instruction. The remaining 10 weeks are spent in work placements with local employers providing valuable work-related experience.
Click here to read the full story.
OC opens special intake for Health Care Assistant program
It is not quite a house call, but Oliver residents will find health care training is being offered very close to home.
A special intake of Okanagan College’s Health Care Assistant program is scheduled to be held in February that will give students in the South Okanagan direct access to training for one of the most in-demand positions in the province.
“The South Okanagan is desperate for health care assistants. That need exists across the province, but there is a significant demand within health-care facilities and homes in this part of the region,” says Lisa Kraft, Associate Dean of Science Technology and Health for Okanagan College.
The College received $89,000 in one-time funding from the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training to support delivery of the program in Oliver, which will also enhance access for residents of nearby Osoyoos, Okanagan Falls and Keremeos.
Read the full story here.
New Guide and Service Dog Policy unveiled
The College has developed a new policy on guide and service animals. Under the policy, the only animals allowed in campus vehicles and buildings (including College residences) are:
Read the full policy here.
Rubadeau receives inaugural Derek Cook Memorial Award
Okanagan School of Business professor Devin Rubadeau was presented with the inaugural Derek Cook Memorial Award for International Opportunities on Oct. 5.
The award was established earlier this year in honour of Cook, a long time professor with the School of Business, who passed away last August. The award aims to support employees working to advance internationalization at the College, by pursuing global exchanges or other international opportunities.
With the award, Rubadeau will be travelling to the College’s partner school, Hochschule Worms, the University of Applied Sciences in Germany – the very school that Cook established relationships with, leading to a dual business degree program between the two institutions.
“Derek was a close friend, colleague, peer and mentor and it’s a bittersweet honour to be able to carry on his work and his legacy,” says Rubadeau. “Nobody did it quite like Derek. He inspired myself and many others to make these relationships and I’m really looking forward to keeping our partnership going with Worms.”
Rubadeau leaves on Nov. 2 and will be teaching a business course at Worms. The course is a blended format with an online portion, that has already begun, and a week’s worth of in-class instruction to a full-class of international students, representing 20 different countries. Rubadeau will also give a 30-minute presentation at an International Education Fair, appealing to prospective international students to study at OC.
Rubadeau returns on Nov. 12 but not before he’ll visit two current OC Business students who are studying abroad in Germany.
Click here for more information and application deadlines for the Derek Cook Memorial Award for International Opportunities. Application forms are available in myOkanagan>forms>foundation or can be downloaded here.
Wheeler goes international
OC Associate Registrar Inga Wheeler will be the only Canadian to attend an exclusive seminar next week in Germany in support of post-secondary international exchange opportunities.
Wheeler is preparing to travel to Konstanz, Germany from Oct. 20-27 to attend the renowned Baden-Württemberg Seminar which invites just 14 North Americans to attend. Her application was selected by a joint AACRAO (American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers) and NAFSA (Association of International Educators) Selection Committee to participate in the seminar which is sponsored by the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts.
“As an international student myself, my interest in internationalization started quite early and that’s one of the reasons I applied to attend this seminar,” says Wheeler, who is currently in her second year doctorate studies in Educational Leadership in Higher Education at Western University, with a research interest in internationalization. “I’m looking forward to meeting international colleagues and learning what other institutions in North America and Germany are doing to promote study abroad opportunities.”
The seminar focuses on the German educational system, academic equivalencies and student exchange between Germany and Canada and the United States. Participants will learn how to better serve international students and domestic students who want to study abroad.
Those interested in following the event can search the seminar hashtag #BWSeminar2018.
OC Enactus back from Enactus World Cup and tech tour
OC Enactus students recently returned from a two-day Silicon Valley tech tour and a two-day experience at Enactus World Cup in San Jose, CA, USA.
OC School of Business Professor and OC Enactus Advisor Mark Ziebarth organized the Silicon Valley tech tour which saw students take exclusive tours, attend a talk at Netflix, join an intimate chat with visionary Luminate Health Co-CEO Shally Madan, check out the Google campus, Apple Park, Intel Museum and join a Tesla cruise led by one of the company’s engineers.
After the tech tour, students attended the Enactus World Cup where they got to hear from keynote speakers – including Condoleezza Rice – and take in cultural events with students and faculty from across 36 countries. Students also took part in workshops, faculty research sessions and got to learn about projects taking place across the globe.
OC Business Professor and OC Enactus Advisor Dr. Kyleen Myrah was selected as one of just six faculty to present at the inaugural academic leaders forum.
College and university collaborate on CBS blood challenge
Okanagan College and UBC Okanagan students and employees have a chance to together make an impact in the lives of those in need of blood this fall. A collaborative blood drive through Canadian Blood Services (CBS) will kick off later this week.
The first donation event will help fill open appointments at the CBS Kelowna fixed blood donor centre and run later this month from Oct. 18 to 31. The College and UBCO have set a collaborative goal of 500 blood donations.
“It is continually inspiring to see Okanagan College and UBC Okanagan students and staff launching, championing and contributing to so many worthwhile causes in the region. It sends a powerful message about the fact that post-secondary education truly is transformative in our communities, and that the impact of these two institutions extends well beyond the classroom. This challenge is another example of how we can jointly make a difference,” says Jim Hamilton, president of Okanagan College.
College students and employees are encouraged to book an appointment in October at any of the blood donation events in Kelowna. This year, more than 100,000 new blood donors are needed across Canada to meet patient needs. See the poster for more information about how you can participate.
To discover all the ways you can Give Life and to book an appointment, download the GiveBlood app available for iOS on the App Store or for Android on Google Play or visit blood.ca.
Oct. 16, 2018, Vol. 12, Issue 20
Website townhalls, feedback survey launches this month
The website development project team will be hosting drop-in sessions at every campus this month and into November. Participants will be invited to navigate through a series of challenges to provide feedback on navigation, organization, look and feel, features and services.
Drop-in any time on the following dates to provide feedback:
If you’re unable to attend a session, you can still provide your feedback online through a survey tool here. The project team will also be hosting focus groups and conversations with departments and individuals across the College. Please contact Kim Fukushima email@example.com or ext. 4526.
Election advance poll at the Kelowna campus tomorrow
Staff and students who are residents of Kelowna can conveniently vote on Wednesday, Oct. 17 while on campus. The poll is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Centre for Learning atrium.
To be eligible to vote in Kelowna you must have lived in Kelowna for at least 30 days and B.C. for six months, be 18 years or older and a Canadian citizen. Bring two pieces of ID that prove your identity and Kelowna residency, one must have your signature. Examples of ID include: driver’s license, Canadian passport, credit card, utility bill (cell phone, water, gas) or your social insurance card/letter.
Click here to learn more about the Kelowna election.
Be sure to share your 'I voted' selfie with the hashtag #kelownavotes and join the election conversation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Voting for support staff and students ends Thursday
Support staff and students have until Oct. 18 to cast their ballot in two different elections for positions on Education Council.
Support Staff on Education Council:
Students (2) on the Board of Governors:
Find the elections section in myOkanagan here.
Elections: Oct. 12 – 18
Banner 9 Upgrade Oct. 20-21
IT Services is upgrading the Banner database, in preparation of the Banner 9 live implementation, which will cause a disruption in service for Banner and Banner related services from 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 19 to Monday, Oct. 22 at 8 a.m. If the update is completed prior to Monday morning, it will be communicated.
If you or your staff experience any issues with the new Banner 9 program, please contact the subject matter expert for your area. Click here to view the contact list.
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 Okanagan 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.
DELT consultations coming soon
Are you curious about what the future of Digitally Enhanced Learning and Teaching (DELT) could be?
Brad Clements, an Economics professor and Chantale Hutchinson, an Adult Academic and Career Preparation instructor, have been seconded to design, initiate, and implement a consultation process that will focus on gathering your ideas and perspectives about what the future of digitally enhanced learning and teaching (the full spectrum from using some teaching technology in the classroom through to Distance Education) could be. The consultation process will take on many forms. Watch College Matters for more information, including the launch of an interactive discussion board and Moodle site. If you have any questions, please contact Chantale via email or phone (ext. 4487) or Brad via email or phone (ext. 2234).
Volunteer for Career Fair
Okanagan College’s Career Fair helps connect the community to careers and educational opportunities in the region. On Sunday, Nov. 4, hundreds of students, job seekers and employers will descend on the College’s Kelowna campus to explore educational options, research potential career paths and discover available job opportunities.
Public Affairs needs volunteers to act as hosts and ambassadors from 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. that day. All volunteers will receive a gift and lunch. If you are interested in volunteering or know of a potential exhibitor, please contact Michelle Lowry.
Auditions for Pride and Prejudice
Auditions for the Red Dot Players’ (the College’s theatre troop) production of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice will be held on Nov. 2, 3 and 4 at the Kelowna campus. Click here to view the audition schedule. For more information about the production and for character/role details visit the Red Dot Player’s website.
The troop is looking for actors but also for production crew. In particular, volunteers who can assist with sound, publicity, costumes, front of house and stage management. Interested parties should contact Jeremy Beaulne.
Learn about your Pension Plan
Wondering how being a member of the plan, returning from paternal leave, getting a separation or divorce, changing jobs or choosing a pension option could affect your future? Find answers to your pension questions through a free member education.
Please note: space for the two-hour workshops is limited to 35 seats and workshops fill up quickly. Register at your earliest convenience to secure your seat.
Making the Most of Your Pension is a two-hour workshop that can help you maximize your pension by understanding how the decisions you make throughout your career affect your pension when you retire. Visit the College Pension Plan website or the Municipal Pension Plan website for more information and to register your seat.
Approaching Retirement is a two-hour workshop designed to help you understand the important decisions you need to make about your pension and make the transition easier. Visit the College Pension Plan website or the Municipal Pension Plan website for more information and to register your seat.
Infusions Restaurant hours (Kelowna campus)
View lunch and dinner menus here.
Tips for ladder safety – JOHS monthly update
Did you know that falls from ladders are one of the leading causes of injuries?
When climbing up or going down a ladder, you should always face the ladder, use a 3-point contact method (both feet and one hand or one foot and both hands), only have one person on a single-width ladder at a time and never stand on the top two rungs of the ladder. For safe ladder use, do not carry heavy, bulky or hazardous materials when climbing ladders and instead use suitable equipment for rigging and hoisting materials up. Lastly, always visually inspect the ground area before you place your ladder – make sure of a level surface, free from obstacles and tripping hazards that may impede your safe use of the ladder.
Source: WorkSafeBC: Resources and Forms, Toolbox Meeting Guide – Safe Ladder Use.
Car for sale
Okanagan College Foundation and Okanagan College Supply Management, in conjunction with the Collision Repair Trades Department, are presently offering the following vehicle for sale: 2013 Dodge 4-Door Dart. The minimum bid is $5,000 (not including taxes) and the closing date is Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 2 p.m. All bids are to be delivered in person to Okanagan College Supply Management (P-111).
Need floral arrangements for your OC event?
Are you planning an OC event and need floral arrangements? The College’s Floral Design program can help meet your needs and has wholesale prices. For more information, contact Kathy Neufeld at firstname.lastname@example.org.
YOGA for Every Body and Mindful Meditation - Kelowna campus
Interested in Yoga? Join Yoga for Every Body every Tuesday and Thursday from noon-1 p.m. in room E105 (Centre for Learning building) for yoga. Staff drop-in price is $10 or you can purchase a 10-class punch card for $90. Email email@example.com.
Interested in meditation? Join Mindful Meditation led by Brett Wade, PhD for free in room E102 on Fridays from 12:15-12:45 p.m. No experience is required.
Click here for more information.
Intelligent Lives Documentary
Oct. 18 – The film Intelligent Lives from award-winning filmmaker Dan Habib will be shown on Oct. 18 at 5:30 p.m. at the Kelowna campus Theatre. Bev Smith, Chair of the Adult Special Education department will be part of a panel discussion following the film.
Click here to watch the film trailer. The event is free to attend and registration is not required.
Entrepreneur Panel Presentation
Oct. 19 – Join Dean of OC School of Business Bill Gillett, Professor Mark Ziebarth, Olympian Kelsey Serwa, JDS Resources President Brent Gilchrist, Troika Group CEO Renee Wasylyk and James Seabrook, CTO and co-founder of cannabis industry leader Vitalis Extraction Technology at an Entrepreneur Panel Presentation. The panel will address 100+ OC School of Business students in the OC Theatre from 2-4 p.m. and share their entrepreneurial journey, inspire and challenge them to stretch themselves.
Attendance is free and you don't need to register, just show up.
Mental Health First Aid training opportunity in Vernon
Oct. 23-24 – Want to learn how to support student wellness? This two-day training course is an official program of the Mental Health Commission of Canada and Mental Health First Aid and is being offered to Okanagan College employees for free. The workshop will be hosted on Oct. 23-24 at the CMHA Vernon Branch. For more information about this training opportunity, click here.
Academic Skills Boot Camp – Kelowna campus
Oct. 23 & Nov. 27 – The Arts and Foundational portfolio is hosting two free workshops to help students grow academic skills. The Academic Skills Boot Camps are open to students in all Arts, Business, Science and Technologies classes. Click here to view the poster and feel free to share with your students.
An evening with poet, novelist and sound poet Penn Kemp
Oct. 24 – The Kalamalka Press, Caetani Centre and Okanagan College’s Diploma in Writing & Publishing present An Evening with Poet, Novelist and Sound Poet Penn Kemp. The evening is free to attend and registration is not necessary. The event is held at the Caetani Cultural Centre (3401 Pleasant Valley Road, Vernon) from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. and will kick off the first half hour with an open mic session. View the event poster here.
Lemon Balm Salve Workshop
Oct. 25 – Back by popular demand, Tonya Godin will be at the Kelowna campus on Thursday, Oct. 25 from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. facilitating another salve workshop, crafting Lemon Balm which is good for anxiety and stress. The salve is made with simple and organic ingredients and participants will make the salve and leave with their own container of it. Godin explains an Indigenous perspective on natural medicines, harvesting protocols and her connection and path to creating healing salves to support her family and community.
This event is open to students and staff and space is limited. To attend the workshop, please email Jewell Gillies.
37th Annual Career Fair
Nov. 4 – Okanagan College’s 37th annual Career Fair is happening on Sunday, Nov. 4 from 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at the Kelowna campus. All departments are invited to participate as exhibitors. This event is an opportunity to network, recruit new students and promote your department and programs. By attending Career Fair, potential students have a chance to explore programs offered at the College, view interactive demonstrations, have their post-secondary questions answered and be eligible to enter to win a $5,000 tuition credit. Learn more on the website and click here to register.
The Oliver Daily News shared condolences to the family of OC alumnus Eric Pederson who passed away peacefully at the age of 51 on Sept. 12.
A team of OC employees took part in the 7th Annual Push to End Homelessness in downtown Kelowna on Sept. 29 and Global News covered the event in their Global News at 5:30: Top Stories video (the story begins at the 04:13 time mark).
The Vernon Morning Star shared information on OC Education Assistant student Tennile Lachmuth who is running to become the Zone 1 trustee for the North Okanagan-Shuswap School District.
OC Sustainable Construction Management Technology students helped construct a mobile bird-banding station that is currently on location in Vaseaux Lake. The Summerland Review put a video together on the bird observatory.
The Vernon Morning Star shared details about the College's 9th Annual 3-Hour Short Story Contest which returned on Oct. 13.
The Capital News and Vernon Morning Star shared information on the College’s upcoming Career Fair and Open House events, including the $5,000 tuition draw prospective students can enter when they attend.
The Salmon Arm Observer provided bios for 10 candidates running for Salmon Arm trustee positions, including OC employee Amanda Krebs.
RDnewsNow reported weekend game scores from a wide array of sports, including Okanagan College Coyotes who lost their Oct. 4 game against the Red Deer Queens and their Oct. 5 game to the Red Deer Kings. The Red Deer Advocate and the Red Deer Express shared more information about the two games.
Part Time OC Instructor and Revelstoke school board candidate Garry Pendergast was profiled by the Revelstoke Review and the Revelstoke Mountaineer. The Revelstoke Review also profiled former OC employee Janet Lemieux who is also a candidate for the Revelstoke school board.
The Daily Courier asked those running for Kelowna city council why they’re qualified to run, including former OC faculty representative on the Board of Governors Mo Rajabally.
Castanet profiled former vocational instructor Sheri Minard who is a candidate for a School District 22 trustee position.
The Capital News spent time getting to know OC professor Norah Bowman who is a candidate for a School District 23 trustee position.
The Penticton Herald profiled OC Sustainable Construction Management Technology alumna Connie Sahlmark who is running for city council on an environmental platform.
Former part time Continuing Studies instructor Robert Kiessling has been the topic of many news outlets for his dealings in drugs and the dark web. Click here to view a Google search list leading to many news articles.
Penticton Western News helped spread the word about the College’s reduced natural gas consumption.
This month is Community Inclusion Month and a group of Okanagan College Adult Special Education students in collaboration with Human Service Work program students – called the Shuswap Connextions – are helping to advocate for a more inclusive community. The Salmon Arm Observer shared information about the group who is currently planning its fourth annual film festival.
A partnership between Okanagan College, the Kalamalka Press and the Caetani Cultural Centre is bringing an evening of entertainment to the Vernon community with Spoken Word artist and playwright Penn Kemp. The Vernon Morning Star announced details about the event.
OC Honorary Fellow (2018) and retired MLA Rick Thorpe wrote a letter to the Penticton Herald about proportional representation.
Do you have comments, questions or a submission for INSIDE OKANAGAN COLLEGE? Please email Public Affairs c/o Holly Stevens.