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These interesting landforms include Giant’s Head Mountain, just a stone’s throw from Penticton in the nearby town of Summerland. Now an extinct volcano, this hike and the accompanying view were a part of this morning’s field trip outing.
A visit to the cliffs that sit beneath the well-known Penticton sign is part of the itinerary too, along with a drive to the Naramata Bench and Skaha Lake to explore various types of rock and glacial sediments.
However, the most intriguing geoscience element that attracted attendees to the conference is in the wine that the region is so famous for. The local terroir is a focus of the conference, with a feature keynote held yesterday on the relationship between wine, geology and the soils of the sprawling vineyards of the south Okanagan.
“Wineries take the idea of terroir very seriously. It is a key consideration that most producers take into account when choosing a vineyard site,” says Redding.
While the conference kicked off Tuesday, it continues through until tomorrow. Held on campus to start, attendees had the opportunity to present research, teaching techniques, as well as undergraduate findings. The two days following include site visits mentioned previously as well as other outings, including a highly anticipated visit to a winery or two.
All of the field trip sites are within a short distance of the Penticton campus, and are locations that provide research and learning opportunities for Okanagan College students. As instructor of first- and second-year Physical Geography, Weather, Climate and Environmental Sciences courses, Redding takes his students on field trips regularly, noting the high value in learning about processes in the field.
Eric Corneau, Regional Dean for South Okanagan-Similkameen adds that “the NAGT conference coming to Penticton is a great opportunity for both our instructors and students to learn from and collaborate with world-class geoscientists.”
“The Okanagan region has a naturally convincing pull, and we hope that by hosting this conference, we’re able to share more about diverse geography and the work our Geography, Earth & Environmental Science department is doing in the field of education and research.”
While Redding’s classes are out for the summer, he still has two students volunteering at the conference. The sessions and field trips are educational and social at the same time – an opportunity for people to meet, learn and glean from each other. Attendees will be permitted to take photos and collect rocks at certain sites, taking them back to their respective institutions for case studies and examples for classroom teaching.
For more conference information, visit https://nagt2019penticton.weebly.com/ or contact Todd Redding at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Okanagan College Media Release
After a motor vehicle accident that left her paralyzed and with no memory of who she was, Kate Camire was told that she would never fully recover.
Fast forward 12 years to today where Camire will walk across the stage at Okanagan College’s Vernon campus after successfully completing her Medical Office Assistant certificate.
“I had a traumatic brain injury and was paralyzed on my right side,” explains Camire. “I had to relearn my name, how to read, how to spell, how to walk. After two years, I hadn’t improved much and the doctors said it was unlikely that I would make much more progress.”
But with determination, Camire relearned the skills she had lost, and worked hard to improve her memory.
“I graduated from high school that same year and went on to teach parent-tot and preschool gymnastics,” adds Camire. “I was walking with a cane at the time, but was able to get around and run if I needed to. After that, I decided I just needed to keep going and that I needed to do something with my life.”
Camire started taking first aid courses and coaching at Douglas College before eventually enrolling in OC’s Medical Office Assistant program (MOA).
“The same day I applied to the College, I had to go in and do a typing test before the program started that evening,” says Camire. “I live in Sorrento, my typing test was in Salmon Arm and my first class was at the Vernon campus,” she adds, laughing.
MOA is a 254-hour program that prepares students for employment in reception, clerical, or assisting positions in hospitals and medical offices. The program involves a lot of memorizing, as students learn medical terminology – another challenge that Camire was able to overcome.
“Medical terminology actually became one of my favourite courses,” says Camire. “Our instructor, Mag, was so great. There was always a lot of laughing in the class which made it a fun learning experience.”
“It was a pleasure having Kate in my class,” says Margaret Evans, Continuing Studies Instructor. “Kate has overcome tremendous obstacles. She has such a drive for success and a willingness to help her classmates. I am happy to have had the chance to get to know her.”
Today, Camire celebrates, along with 133 other Vernon students, the end of her program, another hurdle she was able to overcome.
“Today means so much to me. It means I pulled off another success I didn’t think I could. I am absolutely thrilled,” says Camire. “I’ve applied to Interior Health in Kamloops and I hope to be working in a regular clinic soon.”
As the graduates receive their credentials, they will also be addressed by Okanagan College President, Jim Hamilton.
“Regardless of their path, the graduates have one thing in common: they arrived at OC with aspirations about their future,” says Hamilton. “Now, as they cross the stage, we get a glimpse into the future of our society. These are the people that will transform the communities around us.”
By the end of this week, Okanagan College will have sent over 2,000 graduates into the working world this academic year.
The Vernon Convocation starts at 4:30 p.m. at the Vernon campus. Those who cannot make the ceremony can watch the graduands receive their credentials on OC’s Facebook live stream.