Okanagan College Foundation

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There are many ways you can contribute to transforming lives and communities, from monthly giving to leaving a gift in your will.

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Contact us to take a tour of our new Health Sciences Centre or any of our four campuses. Email foundation@okanagan.bc.ca to book a tour.

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We are looking for engaged community leaders to join our Board of Directors.  Learn more about the role and responsibilities here.  Send your resume to: foundation@okanagan.bc.ca

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Supporting the transformative power of education

We inspire giving to transform lives and communities.  

We engage community to invest in Okanagan College’s campuses, learning spaces, equipment, and programs, and we create opportunities for donors to help students fulfill their potential through education.  

  • We build sustainable funds which support the success of today’s students and manage the growth of our endowment to safeguard that of future generations. 

  • We build trust and credibility with donors through sound financial management and good governance. We value transparency and integrity and adopt the Donor Bill of Rights. 

  • We support the College’s commitment to equality, diversity, inclusion, and social justice

  • We pledge to work with, learn from and listen to our Indigenous communities as we engage donors to help advance the College’s journey toward reconciliation. 

  • We engage community to support Okanagan College’s Inspire Plan – fund development responds to and advances the strategic priorities of the College and the regions it serves.  


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Okanagan College Foundation Board of Directors


  • Katie Newman, Chair
  • Sheri Hamilton, Vice-Chair (Finance)
  • Ginny Manning, Vice-Chair (Governance) 
  • Anne Marie Meehan, Vice-Chair (Community Engagement)
  • Connie Denesiuk, Past Chair
  • Helen Jackman, Executive Director
  • Sue Beaudry 
  • Kelly Chapman
  • Juliette Cunningham, Chair, Okanagan College Board of Governors
  • Tim Draper
  • Dr. Neil Fassina
  • Mike Hooker
  • Brea Lake
  • Curtis Morcom, Treasurer
  • Katie Newman
  • Matt Nye
  • Ramesh Rikhi
  • Marieze Tarr 
  • Dr. Steve Tuck, President Emeritus
  • Dawn Douglas, Board Secretary

Gratitude Report 2021-2022

This year’s Gratitude Report highlights a selection of stories that inspire. Click here to read this year's Gratitude Report.

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Click here to read our 2020 - 2021 Gratitude Report 

Click here to read our 2019 - 2020 Gratitude Report 

Audited financial statements for Okanagan College Foundation are available by request. 

Employee giving

When you, as an Okanagan College employee give, it speaks volumes. This is because you have unique insight into precisely what's needed based on your close relationship to the College.

Meet our team

Helen Jackman

Executive Director
Office: Multi-Purpose Building 103A
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4775
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In 2019, Helen joined Okanagan College as the Executive Director of the Okanagan College Foundation and Director of Advancement at Okanagan College.

Helen is a relatively new arrival in the Okanagan, moving here with her family in 2017 to join United Way. Before leaving the United Kingdom, she was chief executive officer of the Macular Society, a medical research charity, where she led multi-million dollar research campaigns and oversaw significant growth.

Prior to that, she was executive director of programs at NESTA, where she built funding partnerships with government and industry.

Sasha Carter

Development Officer, Planned Giving
Office: Multi-Purpose Building 103
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4139
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Sasha Carter joined the Okanagan College Foundation team in August 2021. With more than five years’ experience working in nonprofit planned giving and 17 years in the insurance industry, Sasha blends passion and financial acumen to support donors in planning their legacy. 

Sasha helps donors with identifying their passions and aligning them with projects at Okanagan College, whether that be for individual student supports and bursaries, estate planning or capital project and program enhancement.  There is never one size fits all. 

For Sasha, it is paramount that she understands how her donors would like to have their positive impact felt in the world.  By understanding the different methods of funding, whether it be through publicly-traded gifts of securities, a gift in a will or other charitable tools, Sasha helps donors maximize their philanthropy.

Sasha is a mom to two young boys, and is an avid competitive curler.  She has competed on the provincial, national and international stage; capturing the title of World Champion in both 1995 and 2007. 

Samantha Blandon

Development Officer, Annual Giving
Office: Multi-Purpose Building 103
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4836
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Samantha serves as the Campaign Coordinator for the Advancement department and Okanagan College Foundation. Her primary focus is supporting capital campaigns. She is responsible for coordinating meetings for the Campaign Cabinet, events and tours for donors and the community, and supporting the Director and Development Officers.

In 2019, Samantha was recognized by Okanagan College and her peers with a Service Excellence Award for consistently going beyond her regular duties and responsibilities to meet the needs of Okanagan College and contribute to our culture of service excellence.

Prior to joining the Advancement team in 2013, Samantha worked with local societies and non-profit organizations. Her primary responsibilities were to maintain and grow positive relations, and to creatively enhance the service experience.

Samantha earned her Bachelor of Business Administration (with Distinction), with a focus in Finance and Marketing, from Okanagan College in 2013. 

Dawn Douglas

Executive Assistant/Board Secretary
Office: Multi-Purpose Building 103
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4774
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An OUC alumna and 25+ year employee of Okanagan College, Dawn is the Executive Assistant to the Director of Advancement as well as Board Secretary for the Okanagan College Foundation. She administers the day-to-day operations of the department, manages the Director's schedule, and coordinates Okanagan College Foundation Board meetings and activities.

Dawn oversees the Annual Charity Golf Tournament in Kelowna, the 50/50 Staff Lottery program and other events through the year.

In 2020, Dawn was recognized by Okanagan College and her peers with the Career Achievement Award, highlighting her dedication to the College and passion for supporting students.

Pamela Prentice

Development Officer
Phone: -
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Pam Prentice joined the Okanagan College Foundation team in July 2023.

With over 15 years of experience in post-secondary and nonprofit fundraising in the Okanagan, Pam enjoys connecting community members with opportunities to make an impact through their philanthropy.

The motivation to give is different for everyone, and it’s the stories behind the giving that Pam is most interested in learning. Whether it be support for students, a specific program of interest or a capital campaign, she guides the process of giving with care and respect for the donor’s wishes.

Pam is a strong believer in the value of post-secondary education and is inspired by the many areas of study available to prospective Okanagan College students. Passionate about student health and wellbeing, Pam understands the impact of having a healthy mind and body and how it drives academic and career success.

Living in Kelowna since 2003, Pam and her family feel privileged to enjoy the many outdoor activities that the beautiful Okanagan Valley presents.

Jeunesse Mirbach

Office: Multi-Purpose Building 103
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4773
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Jeunesse joined the team as Division Assistant in March 2021. She supports the team on all activities and will play a particularly important role in coordinating events.

Prior to joining the Advancement team, Jeunesse worked with the B.C. First Nations Gaming Revenue Sharing Limited Partnership that sees a 23- year agreement with the Province of B.C. and B.C. First Nations to share approximately $3 billion in gaming revenue.

Jeunesse graduated from Grant MacEwan University in 1999 with a Public Relations diploma and has worked for a number of non-profit organizations, specifically in culture and social services. After returning to Canada after more than ten years in the U.S., she has a renewed sense of purpose and is excited about joining the Okanagan College Foundation team because of the positive impact we have on the lives of students and on our community.

She is happy to make Kelowna her forever home with her family – a husband and two daughters (aged seven and 10).

Stephen Atherton

Office: Student Services Building 111G
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 6789

Debbie Walsh

Program Assistant
Office: Lab Building 245
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4785

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