Mission Possible: OC business team shows how social enterprise works
Two Okanagan College professors and one student researcher are illustrating the value of social enterprise in our communities, and their work has earned them a prestigious grant from the Trico Charitable Foundation.
Dr. Kyleen Myrah and Kerry Rempel of the Okanagan College School of Business, along with Cassandra McColman, a third-year business student, recently received a Trico Social EnterPrize award for their case study research with Vancouver non-profit Mission Possible. The biennial awards go to Canadian organizations demonstrating best practices, impact and innovation in social enterprise.
“A social enterprise is an organization endeavouring to solve a social problem through a business approach,” explains Rempel. In the case of Mission Possible, that means helping people challenged by homelessness and poverty find meaningful work. The researchers’ hope is that the detailed study of Mission Possible’s model will aid other organizations looking to do the same.
“We are thrilled to be working with Mission Possible and really grateful for the support from the Trico Charitable Foundation,” says Myrah. “For Kerry and I, our teaching and passion lie in social enterprise, so the fit could not be better. It provides us with a real-world example to share with students.”
“It has been one of the most uplifting experiences because it has re-affirmed that what we teach in the classroom is real,” adds Rempel. “Hopefully what we learn will inspire students and show other organizations in Canada and around the world that social enterprises can be sustainable and effective in driving change.”
Read on in the media release.
Writers, take your marks
Okanagan College’s English department is once again inviting budding writers to step out of their comfort zones and leap into the exhilarating challenge of the 3-Hour Short Story Contest, returning Saturday, Nov. 5 at all four campuses.
The popular contest is open to students in Grade 11 and 12, and those attending Okanagan College. As in previous years, writers will not only be tested by a time constraint, they’ll also have to find a way to blend in a “secret phrase” that won’t be revealed until the contest starts. Adding to the challenge, writers are not allowed to access any online or print sources.
“It’s an atmosphere unlike any other I’ve encountered as a writer,” says last year’s overall winner Daniel Greene, an Arts student at the College’s Penticton campus. “It challenged me, focused me and spurred me to take an idea for a story I had been turning over in my head and bring it to life.”
Greene’s winning story “Watercolours,” available online here, illustrates a moment of connection between grandmother and grandson. According to Greene, the title for his story proved to be apt as participating in the contest helped him test new waters as a storyteller.
Read more about the contest and Greene’s journey here.
OC students sweep tomato contest
Okanagan College’s culinary students know their tomatoes, and the proof is in the jam.
Annie Low, an international student from Britain studying Advanced Culinary Management at Okanagan College’s Kelowna campus, earned first place in the annual Top Tomato Recipe contest sponsored by the Florida Tomato Council. Her recipe for a Tomato Chili Jam that incorporates fresh tomatoes, roasted peppers and fresh and dried chilies wowed judges and vaulted her into the top spot of the competition, which is open to culinary students across Canada.
Low had good company on the podium: her classmates. Second place went to Morris Hsu, who developed a recipe for tomato iced tea. Hsu slow roasted tomatoes before they were strained and then infused them with mint, fennel leaves and ginger. Third place belonged to Elizabeth Devereaux, who stacked a panko-crusted eggplant slice with tomato jam, mozzarella, a tomato slice, tomato mayonnaise and a fresh basil leaf.
“I’m impressed with the results, but not entirely surprised,” says Jonathan Rouse, Okanagan College’s Director of Food, Wine and Tourism. “We have a top-notch group of chef instructors and passionate students who appreciate fresh ingredients – and love developing recipes that reflect different ways of thinking about them.”
Read the full story, and the winning recipe, in the media release.
Donors appreciate appreciation event
On Monday, Oct. 17, more than 150 Okanagan College donors enjoyed an evening of food, wine and tours of the new Trades Complex at the Kelowna campus – many of them donors to the new facility.
Historical Friction comes to OC
Daniel Boone will be making an appearance at Okanagan College this month – at least the character of Boone as brought to life by award-winning local author and past OC professor Dr. Alix Hawley.
A free public panel discussion entitled Historical Friction: The Pleasures and Perils of Writing about the Past will take place on Thursday, Oct. 20 at 6 p.m. in the Centre for Dialogue (E building, E202) at the Kelowna campus. The discussion will focus on the historical context of Hawley’s acclaimed novel All True Not a Lie In It.
The event features four Okanagan College faculty and two former Okanagan College faculty. Howard Hisdal will open with a brief talk on “The Historical Context of All True Not a Lie In It” (Daniel Boone and the American Frontier) which will be followed by Hawley and four other authors – Hannah Calder who recently published a book, Francie Greenslade, Melanie Murray who has a book forthcoming, and Laisha Rosnau – offering brief readings from their work and discussing the writing of historical fiction.
Historical Friction is free and open to everyone as part of the One Book Kelowna collaborative series of events by UBC Okanagan, OC Library, and OK Regional Library. Click here for more information about this event and follow this link for more information about the One Book Kelowna series.
Students get cooking in the community
A group of 13 students from local First Nations bands in Ashcroft and Lillooet are now one step closer to employment in the hospitality field. These trainee cooks recently attended the Assistant Camp Cook Training Course run by Okanagan College Continuing Studies and the Ashcroft Aboriginal Skills Employment Training Centre.
Nutech powers up new first aid room
A local fire protection and safety services company has stepped up with support for the recently opened Trades Complex in Kelowna, and the company’s donation carries a reminder to Okanagan College students about health and safety.
Nutech Safety has pledged $30,000 toward the Okanagan College Foundation’s Bright Horizons, Building for Skills fundraising campaign. The support will help outfit the first aid room in the new building.
“As a company we feel strongly about supporting students,” says Bob Dieno, President of Nutech Safety. “We want to ensure the next wave of tradespeople knows business is behind them. And given our company’s focus, we obviously want them to know that safety while they are in school, and when they step out into the workforce, is very important.”
Read the full story in the media release.
Webb shares her secrets for public speaking
The thought of public speaking strikes fear into the hearts of many, but it doesn’t have to, says Moya Webb, President of the OC Toastmasters Club.
“Toastmasters is a safe, supportive environment in which each person, at their own pace, learns communication skills, not just public speaking,” explains Webb. “There is a lot of emphasis on listening skills and developing the ability to give feedback to someone so that they feel supported, motivated to try again and have some concrete ideas for where they can improve. There is a strong mentorship element, that I personally really love about Toastmasters.”
The OC Toastmasters club is holding an Open House on Wednesday, Oct. 19 from 12-1 p.m. in E107 in the Centre for Learning. Everyone is welcome to come along and see what a meeting is like.
“We are a very diverse group - a mixture of faculty, employees, students and some members of the public. Students often come to improve their presentation skills and stay when they learn of the leadership skills they can attain. Employees from all departments within the College develop better communication and leadership skills. We have many members, for whom English is a second language, and Toastmasters is a great place to improve their English. All in all, we have fun.”
Webb recently came out on top in a local area Toastmasters competition and will next up put her skills to the test against speakers throughout the region.
Oct. 18, 2016, Vol. 11, Issue 15