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Thorpes Join Fundraising Efforts
Okanagan College Media Release - February 15, 2010

Prominent duo add their support to
Okanagan College fundraising campaign

Two prominent citizens of the South Okanagan are adding their support to the fundraising campaign for Okanagan College’s Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Technologies and Renewable Energy Conservation in Penticton.

Rick and Yasmin ThorpeYasmin and Rick Thorpe have a long association with Okanagan College and will serve as Honorary Campaign Co-Chairsof the $5-million fundraising campaign for the Centre of Excellence.

“I’m thrilled,” says Okanagan College Foundation President Steve Tuck. “Yasmin and Rick are tremendous supporters of the College and post-secondary education in the Okanagan. They’ve helped make higher learning a reality for many students in our region through their scholarship program.

“I know the respect they have earned from the residents of the South Okanagan and British Columbians,” says Okanagan College President Jim Hamilton. “Their presence will significantly benefit our fund-raising and help make the Centre of Excellence a reality in Penticton.”

“Rick and I are strong advocates of Okanagan College and we are committed to working with the citizens, businesses and the communities of the South Okanagan to make the new Centre of Excellence a reality,” says Yasmin.

Yasmin is very active in several programs focused on writing and literacy in the South Okanagan. As a co-founder of the volunteer organization, the Penticton Writers and Publishers, she was instrumental in organizing an annual week-long BC Youth Write Camp and is also very involved in the South Okanagan’s Raise-a-Reader program.

Rick served for 13 years as an MLA and Cabinet Minister in the South Okanagan, retiring in the spring of 2009.

In 2005, Rick and Yasmin, in partnership with Okanagan College and UBC Okanagan, established a $250,000 scholarship fund. To date, 28 students from the Okanagan have received$2,500 first-year scholarships (for a total of $70,000).

“Yasmin and Rick have been sincere and valuable friends to the College as it has developed,” says Jim Henderson, who is spearheading the volunteer fundraising committee in the South Okanagan. “Their decision to help with our fundraising efforts is a welcomed boost.”


For more information:

Kathy Butler,

Executive Director,

Okanagan College Foundation

(250) 862-5630