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The Okanagan College Alumni Association (OCAA) is now accepting nominations for the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award and Young Alumni Award.
The Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes alumni of Okanagan College and Okanagan University College for their demonstration of excellence in the areas of leadership, the environment, business or industry, public or community service, the arts, and/or support for Okanagan College. The Young Alumni Award celebrates the outstanding contributions of an alumna or alumnus who is under the age of 35.
“It is a joy and a privilege each year to review nominations and learn more about the accomplishments of our alumni,” says Kara Kazimer, President of the OCAA Board of Directors. “Okanagan College and OUC alumni are doing remarkable things, and these awards are a wonderful opportunity each year to recognize the impact they are having in our surrounding communities and far beyond.”
All members of the Okanagan College Alumni Association are eligible to be nominated for the distinguished or young alumni awards. Nominees must have completed a certificate, diploma, degree, apprenticeship program or have completed a minimum of 30 academic credits at Okanagan College or OUC.
The deadline for nominations is April 29. Nominations may be made by completing an online form available at: www.okanagan.bc.ca/DAA-YAA.
Sareena Sharma Nickoli, Bachelor of Business Administration (2001) and Interior Decorating Certificate (2003), was the recipient of last year’s Distinguished Alumni Award. John Perrott, Bachelor of Business Administration (2003), was honoured with the 2015 Young Alumni Award. Profiles of previous years’ recipients can be found at alumni.okanagan.bc.ca/alumni-awards.
For Nickoli the award was a reminder of the role education has played in her success as a local business leader, while the ceremony was a chance to re-connect with her alma mater.
“I have always worked hard with the intent to better myself and those around me. To be recognized by Okanagan College, where I got my degree and started myself off on the path I’m on today, was such a humbling experience.”
The 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award and Young Alumni Award will be selected by the Alumni Association Board of Directors and presented at the association’s annual general meeting in September.