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UPDATED Monday, March 21, 2016

Deadline extended to submit nominations for
Employee Excellence Awards

Employee Excellence logo 200x186To encourage more nominations to be submitted for the fifth annual Okanagan College Employee Excellence Awards the submission deadline has been extended to midnight on Monday March 21. You can nominate a fellow employee who has contributed to the College in meaningful and significant ways in any one of eight categories

Additionally, if you have completed a credential, been published or received an external award within the past year, please be sure to share the good news for the Milestones recognition.
For more information, and to submit a nomination visit the website.


Oct. 15 2017 | Kelowna Capital News

Outdoor workshop promotes kids creativity

The Capital News shared word of an applied research project led by Okanagan College’s Director of Learning and Applied Research Dr. Beverlie Dietze that is engaging industry and inviting community members to help create a play space unlike any other in the region.

Oct. 14, 2017 | Castanet

Daycare wastes no power

Castanet recently showcased the cutting-edge green building materials, technology and design behind the new child care facility at the Penticton campus.


Nov. 2, 2017  I  Trades

Okanagan partners with local companies to build new lab

Okanagan College and three local companies collaborated on the design and construction of a new cutting-edge natural gas lab for Okanagan trade students. 


OC alumni and student honoured at the 30th Annual Business Excellence Awards

Hosted by the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce, the 30th Annual Business Excellence Awards took place on October 12. Two Okanagan College alumni and a current student were among the outstanding local businesses and entrepreneurs honoured.

OC alumnus Andrew Gaucher took home the Young Entrepreneur Award. Gaucher graduated in 2008 with a Bachelor of Business Administration and was recognized for his role both within the G Group and Catalyst Land Development.

The Small Business of the Year Award went to OC alumnus Jade Davidson and current student, Jesse Davidson for their business, Hybrid Elevator Inc. Jade graduated in June 2014 with a bachelor of Business Administration and Jesse is currently enrolled in the Business Administration Diploma program.

The full list of winners is available here.

Post-secondary issues - year in review

International student recruitment and the student strike in Quebec were among the big issues in Canadian post-secondary education in 2012, according to University Affairs contributor Melonie Fullick.

Fullick expands from there in her last missive of the year – Making a list, which appeared in her Speculative Diction blog that provides commentary and analysis on higher education policy and practice in Canada.



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Nov. 18 – 7 a.m. – midnight: Testing, inspection and maintenance work on the Kelowna campus’s high-voltage power system require a campus-wide shutdown on Saturday, Nov. 18. 

Classes regularly scheduled for Nov. 18 will either be moved to alternate locations, cancelled or rescheduled. We apologize for any inconvenience. Affected students have been or will be notified by instructors, by their portfolio areas and/or by the Regional Dean’s office. Other services normally available (i.e. the library, the fitness facility) will be closed for the day. Web-based services will continue to be available on Nov. 18.

Employees and students should not come to campus during the closure. Emergency power will be operational for all Life Safety systems and IT server rooms. If you are an instructor who has classes or workshops scheduled for the 18th that have not been rescheduled or cancelled, please contact your direct supervisor.

Regular campus activities are scheduled to recommence at 7 a.m. Nov. 19. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Cellular Device Policy

A new policy outlining the appropriate use of College-provided cellular devices (any device with cellular connectivity, such as a smartphone or tablet) has been approved by the President and posted to the policies page. Employees who utilize College-provided devices as part of their job are encouraged to review the policy. Download the PDF here.

Half marathon seeks new race director

Okanagan College is looking for an employee who is interested in taking on the volunteer role of race director of the Okanagan College Half Marathon. The half marathon has a long and proud history in Kelowna with roots that date back to 2003 when it kicked off as OUC's campus-to-campus race. Over the next 14 years the race grew to include a 10 K and half marathon relay race and has raised thousands of dollars in support of student bursaries at OC.

The race is typically held on the first Sunday in April, though no date has been confirmed for 2018. Anyone interested in taking on the lead role should contact Christine Ulmer. Christine has been the director for the past seven years and will be available to mentor a new race director through the event. 

Portables at the Kelowna campus

Construction has begun to replace the temporary portable beside the P building on the Kelowna campus, currently assigned as offices for faculty and instructors, with a new larger portable positioned on the edge of Lot 15, between the H wing and the CFL. Challenges in setting up the services for the portable means employees won’t be moved into the new space until the first week of December at the earliest. Employees will be notified once a date for the move has been confirmed.

The new portable is being designed with a small meeting room, kitchenette and washroom and climate controlled to provide a comfortable work environment. We are laying new floor, setting up landscape panels around workstations to give some privacy. The outside will be painted once the weather permits.

Education Council By-Election

A By-Election for Education Council is coming up in December and the call for nominations for the following positions opens on Nov. 1. 

Faculty North Okanagan (Term: Jan. 1, 2018 – Jul. 31, 2019)
Faculty South Okanagan (Term: Jan. 1, 2018 - Jul. 31, 2019)
Student South Okanagan (Term: Jan. 1, 2018 – Oct. 31, 2018)

Call for Nominations: Nov 1 – 19, 2017 inclusive. Forms will be available in myOkanagan. Elections will be held Dec. 1 – Dec 10 in myOkanagan.

Emergency procedures posted

Emergency procedures posters have been posted in every classroom at the Kelowna campus, in high visibility areas (often near the door or light switch). Posters include emergency contact numbers (250 862 5401 from any cell phone, or 6699 from any campus phone) and the steps to take if you need First Aid, if you experience a fire, lethal threat, power outage, hazardous material exposure or gas leak, building flood, or if you need to evacuate the building. Instructors, please review the poster with your classes during the first few days of each semester so everyone is familiar with the proper procedures.  It is also recommended that students and employees program the emergency number into their cell phones for quick access.

Snowshoeing: Your next winter adventure

On the hunt for a new adventure this winter? Snowshoeing is the perfect way to get exploring in the wilderness, without any skiing or snowboarding experience necessary. It’s a family-friendly activity that’s suitable for all levels, from beginner to expert – plus you can have a fun workout while reconnecting with the mountain and maybe even spotting some wildlife. 

Big White Ski Resort has a variety of snowshoe trails in the Happy Valley Adventure Park, close to the Big White Tube Park and the ice-climbing tower. To access the trails, simply purchase an $15 trail pass from the Ticket Office in Happy Valley Day Lodge or the Village Centre Mall. If you already have a season’s pass or an alpine ticket, good news – your trail fee is included!

Don’t have your own snowshoes? No problem. Pick up a pair from Rentals in the Village Centre Mall. The Rentals team have a variety of lightweight snowshoe rentals up for grabs, with options available for every member of the family.

Unsure about snowshoeing for the first time? Big White’s Ski and Board School offer daily snowshoeing tours, starting from just $30.00 per person. Opt for an interpretive tour and learn about the local flora and fauna from our experienced guides; or take the whole family along for a Family Adventure Tour. Remember – if you can walk, you can snowshoe! Learn more on Big White's website.

New work order system launches Nov. 20

The launch date for the new Facilities work order system has been set for Monday, November 20. Requesters will access the system via a new link that will replace the existing one on the Employee Home Page, under Facilities Management Requests. First time requestors will be required to enter their name and contact information which will be remembered on subsequent visits. Contact Nicole Robertson or Judy Zachary if you have any questions or issues with the new system.

Call for Presenters on Applied Research Topics

If you have a research idea, project, or applied research experience that you would like to share with the OC community, or if you would like to facilitate an applied research-related workshop, please email We will contact you to set up a presentation time in the winter semester.

Incident Reporting at Okanagan College

Accidents occurring at Okanagan College that require the patient to be sent for medical aid are investigated by the Joint Occupational Health and Safety (JOHS) committee and an incident report is filed. But did you know that incidents that have the potential to lead to injury (“near misses”) should also be reported? This ensures that hazards can be determined and corrective measures can be taken to prevent any accidents from occurring. 

For every minor injury that occurs, approximately 60 incidents occur without visible injury or damage, and most of these go unreported. The next time you see or experience something that may lead to an accident (for example, a slip or trip), please report it to the JOHS committee. There is a fillable form found here or you can contact the Health and Safety Coordinator directly at 250-862-5405. 

2017-18 Holiday Season Closure 

The dates for the 2017-18 holiday season closure and summer hours have been announced. Okanagan College will be closed to the public during the holiday season beginning Dec. 22, 2017 at 3 p.m. and will re-open on Jan. 2, 2018. 

Learn about your pension

The Municipal Pension Board of Trustees has decided to change the actuarial assumptions used to determine optional forms of pension and convert special agreement balances to additional pension. These changes may affect monthly pension amounts for members who retire on or after January 1, 2018, and

  • choose an optional form of pension,
  • purchase a temporary annuity, or
  • convert a special agreement balance to additional pension.

Please see the Plan News page at for more details.

What's cooking at Infusions

Lunch is served at Infusions from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., Monday to Friday. View the lunch menu here. Please note, due to curriculum, Infusions will be closed for lunch on November 15-16, 2017 and January 2-3, February 13-14, and March 26-27, 2018.

Infusions will open for Dinner on November 21, 2017 and will be open from Tuesday to Friday weekly 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Note that when a holiday falls on a Monday, Infusions will be closed on the Tuesday. Download the new dinner menu here. Learn more on the Infusions website.

Infusions will be offering special Christmas Lunch Buffet menu on Dec. 1, 8 and 15. Download the menu here.
A Christimas Dinner Buffet will be served on Dec. 1 and 15. Download the menu here.

Kelowna campus cafeteria

The Cafeteria is open from 7 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday - Friday.

  • Breakfast is served from 7 - 11 a.m.
  • Fast Food is served from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Hot Lunch is served from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. View this week's Hot Lunch specials.

OC Speakers Series - Penticton campus

Okanagan College’s popular Speakers Series returns to the Penticton campus this fall with an exciting lineup of speakers. Talks are held Monday nights (see full schedule here) from 7 - 8:30 p.m. in the Lecture Theatre, (PL 107), Ashnola Building. Admission is by donation. Funds will be used to help students in need. Visit the website for more information.

Upcoming speakers:

  • Nov. 20 – Shaun Reimer: Okanagan Lake regulation system

  • Nov. 27 – Mike Noseworthy: Dam Safety in BC

  • Dec. 4 – Pathways: "Addiction in the Family? Where do you draw the line. The importance of setting boundaries."
Learning and Applied Research workshops

Learning and Applied Research offers various professional developmental workshops for OC staff. Everything from exploring the pros and cons of digital learning and teaching, to conflict resolution, to Microsoft Office Suite training. Our goal is to provide opportunities for OC staff to engage in sharing their knowledge and skills as well as gaining new perspectives on various topics that support them in their daily work. If you have ideas or suggestions about the types of professional development workshops that you would like to see offered during the winter semester, please email your ideas to

Academic Skills workshops

Adult Academic and Career Preparation (AACP) is hosting a series of workshops aimed at helping attendees boost their critical reading and writing skills this fall. The workshops are held in room H123 at the Kelowna campus. The workshops are free. Drop in to as many sessions as you wish. There is no need to register in advance. Find the full schedule here.

2017 OC Social Committee holiday party

Dec. 16 – Tickets for this year’s holiday party are now available. The party will be held at Mission Tap House on Saturday, Dec. 16 starting at 6 p.m. For just $35 you can enjoy a full holiday buffet, live music, dancing, use of the games room, prizes, and $4 house wine and beer after 9 p.m. 

Buy your ticket(s) by November 17 and you’ll be entered in a draw for one of four $25 gift cards to Mission Tap House that you can choose to use at the party or save for another time. Tickets are available from any OCSC member: Angie March (Regional Dean’s Office), Blake Edwards (Recruitment), Carlyn Young (Registrar’s Office), Danai Belanger (International), Dawn Douglas (Advancement and Alumni), Gerry Born (Co-op), Lynda Dreaper (HR), Margaret Johnson (Executive Office), Tanya Tarlit (Co-op). Download the event poster here.

Kelowna Blood Donor Clinic – Open Weekly

Mondays from 11-6 p.m.
Tuesdays from 11-6 p.m.
Thursdays from 11-6 p.m.

Saturdays – EVERY 2nd week from 9-4 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 16 and 30.

Please take the online quiz to check your eligibility before you donate or call 1-888-2-DONATE (1-888-236-6283) for more information. Here are some quick tips before you donate:
1.  Be well hydrated (approx. 2 L on the day before and 1 L on the day of)
2.  Eat before you donate
3.  Don’t donate unless you are generally feeling well
4.  Bring photo ID

50/50 WINNER

Congratulations to Janet Mantyka from AACP, Penticton campus who won the Friday, Nov. 10, 2017 staff lottery draw for $527.50!

Thank you to everyone who participates in the 50/50 Staff Lottery Program. Because of YOU, $15,700 was awarded to students in need of immediate financial assistance last year.

So often, an emergency bursary can mean the difference between a student completing their education – or not.

Enroll today to have your chance at winning a cash prize while supporting our students! Already participating? Consider increasing your chances with more entries. If you are interested in joining over 200 of your colleagues who already participate, please contact Dawn Douglas at Local 4774 in the Advancement & Alumni Office, or download a registration form online or from myOkanagan.


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