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duo add their support to
Okanagan College fundraising campaign
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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
served for 13 years as an MLA and Cabinet Minister in the South Okanagan,
retiring in the spring of 2009.
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).
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:
Okanagan College Foundation