Because you give, students are following their dreams
You know education is life-changing, for the individual and their entire family.
You understand that a quality education needs to be accessible for those leaving high school to single parents in their 30s and 40s.
You know educated employees are at the heart of our region’s businesses, enabling them to grow and thrive.
Thanks to people like you, we are transforming lives and communities. Join us.
Ways to give
There are many ways to impact students. From leaving a gift in your estate to establishing a fund for student awards, learn how you can transform lives.
I am a first year BSN student and a mother of a 4-month old baby. I am truly honoured to be chosen as a scholarship awardee of the Rotary Club of Kelowna Foundation.
I appreciate the help that the foundation has extended to me as I struggle to make both ends meet as I fulfill my roles and responsibilities as a mother, wife, and student. Knowing that there is a foundation that is very much supportive of students like me, it motivates me more to pursue my goal to be a Registered Nurse in three years.
Also, the Rotary Club of Kelowna Foundation inspires me to give back to the community one day. Thank you so much. -- Maria Agpaoa
“This award shows me that hard work and commitment are as important to others as they are to me. I feel motivated knowing that there is a community supporting me as I realize my dreams.” -- Terra Laurin
"I've been a career bartender for about 14 years and have had a hard time justifying making a career change. With your assistance I have been able to take a load of stress off of my new family's shoulders and really focus on my course. I would like to say that you have no idea how important this is and how much it means to me and my family, but you clearly do." -- Jason Vaness
"I want to give thanks to the Okanagan College Foundation for the free laptop. With this laptop I can get my diploma, and with the diploma it can open new doors, like job opportunities, which will benefit my whole family. It all started with a free laptop. Thank you so much.”
I am an international student at Okanagan College and I was exposed to COVID-19 during Christmas. We had to self-isolate for two weeks and stop working, and I could not qualify for government benefits because I did not have my first tax return having just finished my first year here.
Desperate of who might help us for this temporary financial crisis, I reached out to my school. Reviewing my application and story about what happened, THEY NEVER HESITATED TO HELP US for the finances we need on the period that we lost our means of living temporarily.
I am very grateful that the Lord God made this institution as my second home here in Canada. A home where they listen and responds to what you are going through especially for us international students. I will never ever forget this time in my life where the college has helped me in the worst situation I can’t even imagine. Thank you so much Okanagan College!
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Supporting the transformative power of education
Okanagan College Foundation was created nearly 20 years ago with a mission to support the transformative power of education. The Foundation stimulates the interest of alumni, friends, corporations and foundations in creating the best possible outcomes for students at Okanagan College. We raise and manage private resources for the development and expansion of educational programs, services, capital projects and student financial aid through scholarships, bursaries, and grants.
Charitable Registration #86248 8194 RR0001
Okanagan College Foundation Board of Directors
Gladys Fraser was elected Chair of the Okanagan College Foundation in June 2019. Fraser has worked with Scotiabank for more than 30 years, serving as a branch manager in Kelowna and Vernon. Fraser is also an active community leader and is currently the President of the District Parent Advisory Committee in School District 22.
- Ms. Gladys Fraser, Chair
- Mr. Colin Edstrom, Vice-Chair (Governance)
- Ms. Kimberly Gilhooly, Vice-Chair (Member-at-Large)
- Ms. Sheri Hamilton, Vice-Chair (Finance)
- Ms. Anne Marie Meehan, Vice-Chair (Community Engagement)
- Ms. Helen Jackman
- Ms. Ginny Manning
- Ms. Sue Beaudry
- Ms. Connie Denesiuk
- Dr. Neil Fassina
- Ms. Brea Lake
- Mr. Curtis Morcom
- Ms. Gloria Morgan
- Mr. Matt Nye
- Mr. Rob Phare
- Dr. Steve Tuck, President Emeritus
Okanagan College Foundation Board of Directors
This year’s Annual Report is teeming with stories and stats that show how generous donors like you are transforming lives and our community.
Learn how a landmark gift from the Stober Foundation will support health and well-being for decades to come. Read how a Vernon Bachelor of Business student is volunteering her time to teach high school students financial literacy.
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.
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