Previous Posts(0)
July 2018 (5)
June 2018 (16)
May 2018 (6)
April 2018 (9)
March 2018 (12)
February 2018 (6)
January 2018 (5)
December 2017 (9)
November 2017 (10)
October 2017 (6)
September 2017 (13)
August 2017 (6)
July 2017 (6)
June 2017 (11)
May 2017 (12)
April 2017 (6)
March 2017 (12)
February 2017 (15)
January 2017 (12)
December 2016 (9)
November 2016 (9)
October 2016 (10)
September 2016 (6)
August 2016 (11)
July 2016 (5)
June 2016 (8)
May 2016 (12)
April 2016 (7)
March 2016 (19)
February 2016 (14)
January 2016 (14)
December 2015 (10)
November 2015 (11)
October 2015 (11)
September 2015 (20)
August 2015 (4)
Blog Topics(0)
Records 1 to 1 of 1
Oline Smith Awards help college students pursue their dream careers in trades
Okanagan College Media Release

Knowing that the annual awards created in her name are bettering the lives of local college students would have been the highlight of Oline Smith award Feb 2015Penticton resident Oline Smith’s life, say her friends.

Bill and Grace Sawarin, Smith’s long-time friends and neighbours, recently visited Okanagan College’s Penticton campus to present the inaugural Oline Smith Technology Awards to 15 students in the Sustainable Construction Management Technology (SCMT) program. The awards are valued at $1,000 each.

“Oline would have been so honoured and pleased,” says Grace Sawarin. “She was very proud of the accomplishments of the trades students in Penticton. It was very important to her that people get behind them and support their training.”

“This award will help me monumentally in my educational career,” explains award recipient Connie Ramey, who hopes to become a residential contractor or pursue a career in environmental sociology. “I would not have made it through without this assistance. This gift has made possible the opportunity to follow my passion.”

Smith, who passed away in 2010 at the age of 92, had a life-long passion for learning, noted Grace Sawarin. “At the age of 85, Oline still had her grade one reader, which she donated to the museum near where she went to school in Saskatchewan.”

Hearing from the Sawarins about Smith’s life, and her dedication to supporting their education, made receiving the award all the more special, noted several students.

“The generosity of people like Oline Smith in helping with my education has been incredible,” says Sloane More, who hopes to use her SCMT diploma to launch a career as a green building consultant. 

The Oline Smith Technology Awards will be presented annually to students in the three-year Sustainable Construction Management Technology diploma program who demonstrate a combination of academic achievement and financial need. 

The awards were made possible thanks to a generous bequest left by Smith to Okanagan College in her will. The Okanagan College Foundation assists donors like Smith who wish to create a planned gift that will help create new awards, support existing scholarships and bursaries, or provide program or capital support for the College.

The SCMT program is offered in the Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Technologies and Renewable Energy Conservation at the College’s Penticton campus. 

More information about Okanagan College awards, bursaries, and scholarships, can be found at To learn more about the Okanagan College Foundation’s Planned Giving opportunities, visit