Distinguished & Young Alumni Awards

Honouring the extraordinary contributions and recognizing the positive impact that OC alumni have in improving the lives of those around them.

Nominate the OC alumni that inspire you.

Since 2002, Okanagan College has been conferring awards upon graduates who contribute to their communities and industries in countless ways. 

We are proud of the impact our alumni have locally, nationally and internationally. The recognition of accomplished alumni promotes the excellence of Okanagan College, its graduates and the Alumni Association. Their accomplishments serve as an excellent example for all who follow and are a testimony to the educational foundation provided to them by Okanagan College.

Nominations are now open until June 14, 2020

  • Nominees must be OC alumni, receiving a credential or completing a minimum of 30 credits
  • Former Distinguished Alumni Award winners may not be nominated
  • Current Alumni Association Board members are not eligible
  • Faculty and staff of the College are eligible
  • Anonymous and self-nominations will not be accepted
  • Nominations and all supplemental information must be received by the posted deadline. Those received after the deadline will not be considered.
  • All nominations that do not fulfill the selection guidelines will not be considered
  • All nominations must be submitted electronically via the OC Alumni website
  • Alternate arrangements for submitting a nomination or supplemental materials may be made by contacting the Alumni Office at alumni@okanagan.bc.ca or 250-762-5445 ext. 4771
  • All Submissions will be screened by the the Alumni Office and the Alumni Association Board members
  • The OCAA Board will oversee the selection process
  • Nominees not selected will be held over for consideration for two additional years with the opportunity to update their submission
  • The selection process is confidential and may result in the nominee being assigned to a different category than originally nominated to, no award being bestowed in a category or more than one award bestowed in a category.
  • Chosen honourees will be notified in writing
  • Awards will be presented at event held in the fall unless otherwise postponed
  • Nominees must be OC alumni, receiving a credential or completing a minimum of 30 credits
  • Former Young Alumni Award winners may not be nominated
  • The Young Alumni Award is presented to an alumnus who is making a successful start to his or her career or positively contributing to his or her community
  • The nominee must be 35 years of age or younger
  • Current Alumni Association Board members are not eligible
  • Faculty and staff of the College are eligible
  • Anonymous and self-nominations will not be accepted
  • Nominations and all supplemental information must be received by the posted deadline. Those received after the deadline will not be considered.
  • All nominations that do not fulfill the selection guidelines will not be considered
  • All nominations must be submitted electronically via the OC Alumni website
  • Alternate arrangements for submitting a nomination or supplemental materials may be made by contacting the Alumni Office at alumni@okanagan.bc.ca or 250-762-5445 ext. 4771
  • All Submissions will be screened by the the Alumni Office and the Alumni Association Board members
  • The OCAA Board will oversee the selection process
  • Nominees not selected will be held over for consideration for two additional years with the opportunity to update their submission
  • The selection process is confidential and may result in the nominee being assigned to a different category than originally nominated to, no award being bestowed in a category or more than one award bestowed in a category.
  • Chosen honourees will be notified in writing
  • Awards will be presented at event held in the fall unless otherwise postponed

2019 recipients

Bree Cawley wins 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award
Distinguished Alumni Award
Bree Cawley, 2019 recipient

This award recognizes an alumnus who demonstrates excellence in leadership, the environment, business and industry, public/community service, the arts or support for Okanagan College.

Read Bree's story
Christina Fast wins the 2019 YAA.
Young Alumni Award
Christina Fast, 2019 recipient

This award is presented to an alumnus who is making a successful start to his or her career or positively contributing to his or her community. This award will recognize outstanding contributions by alumni who are 35 years of age or younger. 

Read Christina's story

2019 Alumni Award Recipients

View the 2019 Distinguished & Young Alumni Award recipients and hear what they're up to.

View past Alumni Award recipients

View the past recipients of the Distinguished and Young Alumni Awards from 2002-2018.