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New College Board Member has extensive ties to education
Okanagan College Media Release

A new face on Okanagan College’s Board of Governors is already well-known in regional and provincial circles.

Connie Denesiuk has been appointed to the College’s Board by the Province for a term ending Sept. 30, 2013. She recently finished a three-year term as President of the B.C. School Trustees Association. Denesiuk served on the Okanagan Skaha School Board of Education for 19 years, nine of which were in the role of Board Chair.

She currently sits on the Summerland Asset Development Initiative and the Summerland Chamber of Economic Development and Tourism. She’s a partner in
R. Denesiuk Construction, a family business that she has run since 1980 with her husband.

“News of Connie’s appointment is welcome,” says Okanagan College Board of Governors’ Chair Lance Kayfish. “She brings a wealth of experience on the provincial and national scene (Denesiuk also served on the Canadian School Boards Association), and a well-honed sense of governance. She also understands far better than most the intricate and vital relationship between the K-12 system and Okanagan College.”

“After many years of involvement in governance of the K-12 educations system, I am excited to now have the opportunity to engage in post-secondary education as part of the Okanagan College governance team,” says Denesiuk.

“I have always admired the strong connection between our communities and Okanagan College. Okanagan College stands out as a very responsive organization, and I am extremely pleased to join the Board.”

There’s another strong tie that Denesiuk shares with Okanagan College.

“My own earliest post-secondary experience was continuing education business courses, while my husband Bob worked through a four-year carpentry apprenticeship, both through Okanagan College. The result has been a construction business partnership that continues today, more than 30 years later.”

Denesiuk’s appointment came in concert with the reappointment of Tom Styffe, who has served on the Board since 2010, and is the current Vice Chair. His appointment has been extended to Dec. 31, 2015.

Styffe is a resident of Okanagan Falls, and is semi-retired after a career in construction project management that spanned more than three decades. His work included projects ranging from the $25-million New Westminster campus of Douglas College to schools, hospitals, commercial projects and more than 1,000 units of residential construction.

He’s serving his second term as an Alternate Director for the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen and has been active in municipal and provincial politics, including serving as a councillor for Logan Lake.

Styffe and Denesiuk join appointed members Bill Cooke, Loretta Swite-Ghostkeeper, Doug Manning, Yvonne Pinder, Sunddip Nahal and Kayfish on the Board. Elected members from College constituencies include Michael Conlin, Lianne Rozniak, students Michael Marino and Ross Saunders as well as ex officio members Jim Hamilton (Okanagan College President) and Rick Gee (Chair of the College’s Education Council).