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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. 12, 2018 | Academica Group

Okanagan College to offer special intake for health care assistant training

Okanagan College has announced that it will provide direct-access health care assistant training in the South Okanagan district. Read the full article here

Sept. 27, 2018 | Academica Group

Okanagan program receives CFA designation

Okanagan College's Bachelor of Business Administration degree program has received approval from the Chartered Financial Analyst Institute. Read the full article here.

Redding retires

Denis Redding spent ten years working as an Engineer for OC’s Vernon and Salmon Arm campuses. He had his last day of work on Friday, Sept. 21 and was celebrated by many colleagues at a farewell party. 

“Denis is a very dependable, hardworking and organized individual,” says Peter Csandl OC Manager, Plant Services & Operations. “I commend Denis for the work he has done at the Vernon and Salmon Arm campuses and at the Vernon Aerospace Centre. His shoes are big ones to fill.” 

“I appreciate Denis for his hard work and dedication to our campus,” noted Jane Lister, North Okanagan Regional Dean. “He was always accommodating to the needs of the campus and helped out immensely during challenging incidents.”

Denis is looking forward to camping, fishing and spending time with his family.



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New members for the Board and Education Council

Two Business students were successful in their election to the Board of Governors; Shakti Shekhar Singh and Karmvir Kaur will begin their terms Nov. 1.

Education Council will welcome Debbie Freeman from the Registrar's Office who was successful in the by-election for the support staff seat and Catherine Farrow who will take the Health and Social Development seat. Two students will join them: Relan Johanson from Shuswap-Revelstoke and Nathanial Lee-Ran from the Central Okanagan were declared elected by acclamation.

Two student seats remain vacant (South Okanagan and North Okanagan) and a by election will be held.

Call for Nominations: Oct. 19 - Nov. 2, 4 p.m. inclusive, forms will be available in myOkanagan
Campaign Period: Oct. 29 - Nov. 9
Post List of Candidates: Nov. 2, 2018 after 4 p.m.
Elections: Nov. 12 - 18 in myOkanagan
Announcement of Results: Nov. 19
Deadline for Appeals: Nov. 26
Deadline to Request a Recount: Nov. 26

OC and UBCO collaborate on CBS blood challenge - Oct. 18-31

Okanagan College and UBC Okanagan students and employees have a chance to together make an impact in the lives of those in need of blood this fall. A collaborative blood drive through Canadian Blood Services (CBS) will kick off later this week. 

The first donation event will help fill open appointments at the CBS Kelowna fixed blood donor centre and run later this month from Oct. 18 to 31. The College and UBCO have set a collaborative goal of 500 blood donations.

College students and employees are encouraged to book an appointment in October at any of the blood donation events in Kelowna. This year, more than 100,000 new blood donors are needed across Canada to meet patient needs. See the poster for more information about how you can participate.

To discover all the ways you can Give Life and to book an appointment, download the GiveBlood app available for iOS on the App Store or for Android on Google Play or visit

IT Services password reset service

IT Services has enabled a new myOkanagan password reset service. This service allows students and staff to rest their own password without having to wait for the help desk to process their request. Click here for more information.

Car for sale

Okanagan College Foundation and Okanagan College Supply Management, in conjunction with the Collision Repair Trades Department, are presently offering the following vehicle for sale: 2013 Dodge 4-Door Dart. The minimum bid is $5,000 (not including taxes) and the closing date is Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 2 p.m. All bids are to be delivered in person to Okanagan College Supply Management (P-111).

YOGA for Every Body and Mindful Meditation - Kelowna campus
Now through Dec. 20 – Interested in Yoga? Join Yoga for Every Body every Tuesday and Thursday from noon-1 p.m. in room E105 (Centre for Learning building) for yoga. Staff drop-in price is $10 or you can purchase a 10-class punch card for $90. Email

Interested in meditation? Join Mindful Meditation led by Brett Wade, PhD for free in room E102 on Fridays from 12:15-12:45 p.m. No experience is required. 

Click here for more information.

Volunteers sought for campus-to-campus race

Public Affairs is currently working with representatives from UBC Okanagan to explore the possibility of a return of the campus-to-campus half marathon, 10K and relay race next spring.

Anyone interested in assisting with the planning and organization of the race, and/or in volunteering on race day (TBC Spring 2019) are asked to please contact Tyler Finley or local 4211.

The feasibility of the race will depend on achieving adequate volunteer support from staff and students at both institutions, so if you are interested, please contact Tyler to discuss opportunities and roles needed to be filled as soon as possible.

Proceeds from the race, if it goes ahead, will benefit Okanagan College and UBC Okanagan students.

Upcoming changes to FBS online request forms

Facilities and Business Services is changing the online request forms for parking permits, Salto cards, security codes and keys. The new form will be accessible in the same location as the current forms on the MyOkanagan home page, in the ‘Requests and Notices’ box under the ‘Facilities Management Requests’ heading.

  • The new process allows for one-time data entry for any or all of the four services, rather than having to submit separate requests for each one. This streamlining will result in better efficiencies and fewer emails clogging up your inbox.

  • Gives a much-needed level of security to the approval/authorization process, placing it behind the OC portal and following the ELMS approval tree. In order to make a request for any of these services, you will have to have a 300 OC ID number.

  • If making a request on behalf of another employee, you will need to know that person’s 300 ID number in order to do so.

  • Please review the approval tree in ELMS to ensure that the staff you would like to have approve/authorize these requests is listed as an approver. If this is not the case, FBS can add a select few individuals on a separate approver list that will only be effective for FBS requests and be controlled by FBS.

  • This will not impact the ELMS system for leave/sick requests approvals in any way.

The new online forms will be going live imminently so it is imperative that you have a look at the current process in your department/portfolio to assess the impact for approvals of these services. We ask that you advise Holly Gaboury of any additional personnel that need to be added to your approver list prior to August 17.

Don’t hesitate to contact Holly Gaboury at ext. 4382 or Judy Zachary (ext. 4436) with any questions or concerns. Thank you for your cooperation as we launch this improvement, making this process less onerous and more secure for everyone.

Fall food services hours

Kelowna cafeteria

  • Open Mon-Fri from 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Vernon cafeteria

  • Open Mon-Thu from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Fri from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Penticton cafeteria

  • Open Mon-Thu from 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. and Fri from 7 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Infusions Restaurant (Kelowna campus)

  • Oct. 2 - Nov. 15: closed for lunch and open for dinner from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
  • Nov. 15 - June 2019: open Mon-Fri for lunch from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. and dinner (closed on Mondays) from 6 - 9 p.m.

Mental Health First Aid training opportunity - Vernon

Oct. 23-24  Want to learn how to support student wellness? This two-day training course is an official program of the Mental Health Commission of Canada and Mental Health First Aid and is being offered to Okanagan College employees for free. The workshop is designed to give participants the skills to help someone who is in emotional distress or experiencing a mental health crisis.

Training will take place at the CMHA Vernon Branch. For more information about this training opportunity, click here.

Lemon Balm Salve Workshop

Oct. 25 – Back by popular demand, Tonya Godin will be at the Kelowna campus on Thursday, Oct. 25 from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. facilitating another salve workshop, crafting Lemon Balm which is good for anxiety and stress. The salve is made with simple and organic ingredients and participants will be hands on in making the salve and will leave with their own container of the salve. Godin explains an Indigenous perspective on natural medicines, harvesting protocols and her connection and path to creating healing salves to support her family and community.

This event is open to students and staff and space is limited. To attend the workshop, please email Jewell Gillies.

BC TEAL Conference

Oct. 27 – On Saturday, Oct. 27 there will be a one-day regional BC TEAL educators conference event at Okanagan College's Kelowna campus from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. in the Centre for Learning. The conference encompasses the theme of Cultural Dimensions in Learning and Teaching English and includes a variety of presentations, workshops and a plenary by Dr. Kyra Garson from TRU. 

This conference will appeal to Okanagan College employees who teach international and domestic students for whom English is an additional language, course work delivered in English as well as those who teach other second languages (i.e. staff from the Modern Language Dept.)

Sessions are related to developing awareness of issues related to internationalization, intercultural competence and cultural-cross awareness as well as strategies for dealing with teaching and learning obstacles with the use of English in an academic context.

BC TEAL (The Association of British Columbia Teachers of English as an Additional Language) is a non-profit provincial organization which focuses on promoting professional teacher development. Click here for more information about the conference and to purchase your ticket.

Cross-Cultural Awareness Event - Japan

Oct. 31 – Join in on an engaging and educational presentation on Japan's culture and country, delivered first-hand by OC Japanese international students in collaboration with the College's International Department. The event is free to attend and is held from 12:15 - 1 p.m. in the Trades atrium. View the event poster here. 

This event is part of a new Cross-Cultural Awareness initiative that brings a new country to the College each month.

37th Annual Career Fair

Nov. 4 – Okanagan College’s 37th annual Career Fair is happening on Sunday, Nov. 4 from 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at the Kelowna campus. All departments are invited to participate as exhibitors. This event is an opportunity to network, recruit new students and promote your department and programs. By attending Career Fair, potential students have a chance to explore programs offered at the College, view interactive demonstrations, have their post-secondary questions answered and be eligible to enter to win a $5,000 tuition credit. Visit the website for more information and click here to register.

50/50 WINNER

Congratulations to Glendon Wiebe from Counselling, Kelowna campus, who has won the Friday, Oct. 12, 2018 staff lottery draw for $527.50!

Thank you to everyone who participates in the 50/50 Staff Lottery Program. Because of YOU, more than $13,000 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 more than 150 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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Do you have any health or safety concerns? Click here to find the Okanagan College Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committees' webpage where you can submit any concerns you have.


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