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Orientation 2020

Penticton campus welcomes you!

Welcome to the 2020/21 school year! This is one of the most unique back-to-class starts we've had yet, so check out this page for information you will need to get started as a new OC student.

Welcome from Penticton Indian Band Elder

We respectfully acknowledge that our campus is located on the traditional and unceded territory of the Syilx Okanagan people. 
 

Welcome from the Regional Dean

Register for on-campus meet and greet

We are holding a special first-day meet and greet for new students on Tuesday, Sept. 8, for you to meet the staff of the College, get some info and pick up your swag bag! Precautions will be in place to ensure everyone's safety in light of COVID-19. Sign up for your preferred pickup time.

College Launch

College Launch is a free, two-session online workshop designed to help new and returning Penticton students thrive in a remote learning environment. The workshops will be delivered with Moodle Collaborate. We encourage you to attend both sessions as they complement each other. The first 30 students to register for and attend both sessions will receive OC hoodies!

Get to know Student Services

Access resources

Campus location and contacts

583 Duncan Ave. West
Penticton B.C., V2A 8E1

Phone: 250-492-4305
Toll-free: 1-866-510-8899
Email: penweb@okanagan.bc.ca

Office hours

  • Monday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
  • Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Saturday: closed
  • Sunday: closed

Connect on social media

Penticton campus:

  • Facebook @OCPen
  • Instagram: @PentictonOkanaganCollege

Okanagan College Students' Union:

Flourish

Flourish is a drop-in space that supports mental wellness and stress management. Learn about the different activities organized by Flourish and how you can get involved.

Crisis Line

The Crisis Line Association of B.C. provides individuals with 24-hour confidential telephone intervention and support. Phone 1-888-353-2273 (1-888-353-CARE) when in crisis.

Here2Talk

Here2Talk connects students with mental health support when they need it. All College students currently registered have access to free, confidential counselling and community referral services, conveniently available 24/7 via app, phone and web.

Penticton Community Crisis Response Team

This service is available 7 days a week, between 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Call Penticton Regional Hospital at 250-492-4000 and ask to be connected to the Community Crisis Response Team (CCRT).

Foundry Penticton

Foundry Penticton offers a one-stop-shop for youth ages 12-24 and their families to substance use, counselling and social services. Contact them by calling 778-646-2292 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 to 4 p.m. 

YouthSpace

A space for any youth across Canada, under 30, that is experiencing any sort of crisis to come and talk (through text and chat). They are open every day between 6 p.m. and midnight, and information is available online.

Health care

Contact your family doctor or go to a walk-in medical clinic. This link offers a listing of local clinics and wait times. 

Penticton Mental Health and Substance Use

This Interior Health mental health counselling service can be booked by calling or walking in to schedule an intake appointment. They are located at 740 Carmi Ave. and the phone number is 250-770-3555. Substance abuse drop-in hours are Monday to Friday from 1 to 3 p.m. 

Canadian Mental Health Association South Okanagan-Similkameen

Contact the CMHA for wellness programs and more. They are located at 2852 Skaha Lake Rd. and can be reached by calling 250-493-8999.

Early Psychosis Intervention Program

This Interior Health service provides assessment, treatment and family support for individuals 19-30 years old, who may be experiencing psychosis or schizophrenia. The program is offered at 740 Carmi Ave. and office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:50 p.m. Call 250-770-3555 or visit the Early Psychosis Intervention Program website for information.

Pathways Addictions Resource Centre

Pathways Addictions Resource Centre services are for youth through senior adults, as well as for parents whose children are involved with substance use. Pathways offers several outpatient services including individual counselling, men's and women's groups, parenting groups and services for people whose lives are being affected by someone else's use. 

South Okanagan Immigrant and Community Services

SOICS is a one-stop shop that provides a range of free services to all immigrants, temporary foreign workers, post-secondary international students, and refugees through education, advocacy and projects, which assist in their integration http://www.soics.ca/  340 Ellis St. Phone: 250.492 6299

Salvation Army Food Bank

The Salvation Army runs the community Food Bank, as well as a community kitchen offering nutrition education and hands-on training in cooking nutritious meals. They also offer personal assistance (personal and emergency assistance, and assistance during the holiday season. They are located at 2399 South Main St. (phone 250-492-4788) and hours are Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

PFLAG

PFLAG is dedicated to providing a safe and supportive place for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, Two-Spirited, Queer and Questioning people. They welcome allies and people of diverse gender expression, identity and attraction. Penticton Chapter meets at Oasis United Church, on the third Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. You can also reach Ron Smuin at rsmuin@shaw.ca  and rsmuin51@gmail.ca, phone: 250-493-5530.

Penticton and Area Access Centre Society

The Access Centre changes lives through poverty advocacy, awareness, and action. Services include: legal advocacy, disability advocacy, tenant and landlord issue, and volunteer tax services. Drop-in hours: Mon, Tues, Thurs: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.; Wed from  1-3 p.m. They are located at 209-304 Martin St. Call them at 250-493-6822.

South Okanagan Brain Injury Society

Provides support to individuals and families dealing with the effects of traumatic and acquired brain injuries. Services include: brain injury prevention and education; Programs for clients, their families and caregivers; advocacy and homeless outreach; and vocational support. they are located at 2-996 Main St. Call them at 250-490-0613.

Y Mind Mindfulness Groups for managing anxiety

YMCA Mindfulness Groups are free and support young adults between 18-30 years old. You will learn healthy coping tools to manage anxiety, connect with other young people and receive support. The groups are 7 weeks in duration and are offered at various locations in Kelowna and Penticton. To register for an information session contact 250-317-7980 or ymind@ymcaokanagan.bc.ca.

Meet the Penticton team

Marcella Trotter

Aboriginal Transitions Planner
Office: Sunoka Building C13
Campus: Penticton
Phone: 250-492-4305 ext. 3280
Marcie Trotter

I am a member of the Lower Similkameen Indian Band in Keremeos B.C. I joined Okanagan College in February, 2010 in the role of Aboriginal Recruiting and Events Coordinator for the South Okanagan-Similkameen and Central Okanagan regions. I have a BA in Recreation Administration from the University of Alberta. Prior to joining Okanagan College I worked for more than 10 years with School District #53 (Okanagan-Similkameen) as a First Nations Support Worker for Similkameen Elementary Secondary School.

I spend most of my days connecting with local Aboriginal Communities to assist Aboriginal students with their educational goals and I help students discover opportunities at Okanagan College. For any questions or requests I can be reached at my home campus in Penticton.

Paula Faragher

Accessibility Services
Office: Ashnola Building 105
Campus: Penticton
Phone: 250-492-4305 ext. 3242
Paula Faragher

Sarah Lefebure Warriner

Counselling Services
Campus: Penticton
Counselling - Sarah Lefebure

Being a college student can be exciting and stressful!  I use a person centered, holistic approach to help students with a wide range of personal, career and academic challenges to support their well-being and academic success.  Our work together may help you to: develop insight; focus on healthy ways to deal with stress and care for yourself; try out new ways of thinking or interacting; and take steps towards positive change.   Special areas of interest for me are identity, self-esteem, grief and loss, supporting LGBTQ students, and mental health and well-being.

Credentials:
M.A. (Counselling Psychology with specific career focus)
Registered Clinical Counsellor (R.C.C.)

John Mott

Educational Advising
Office: Ashnola Building 142A
Campus: Penticton
Phone: 250-492-4305 ext. 3219
Educational Advising - John Mott

I have a background in Administrative law and have worked as a refugee lawyer for a private practice firm in Vancouver, a Human Rights Officer for the BC Human Rights Commission, and as the Workplace Harassment Prevention Officer for the Yukon Government. I joined Okanagan College at the Penticton Campus in 2006 and have been teaching courses in Canadian law since 2007. Law touches our lives in so many ways and I enjoy sharing this with students and challenging them to think critically about the law.

Credentials:
LLB, University of British Columbia
BA, English, University of Victoria

Donna Arnold

Financial Aid | Education Advisor
Office: Ashnola Building 144
Campus: Penticton
Phone: 250-492-4305 ext. 3314
Donna Arnold

Kiran Arora

Cultural Liaison - September to April
Office: Ashnola Building 117
Campus: Penticton
Phone: 250-460-2960
International Department staff member Kiran Arora

Robyn Sawchyn

Regional Dean's Office - South
Office: Ashnola Building 142
Campus: Penticton
Phone: 250-492-4305 ext. 3214
Robyn Sawchyn

Anna Wolleben

Regional Dean's Office - South
Office: Ashnola Building 142
Campus: Penticton
Phone: 250-492-4305 ext. 3310
Regional Dean's Office - Penticton - Anna Wolleben

Gitan Rakhra

Regional Dean's Office - South
Office: Ashnola Building 142
Campus: Penticton
Phone: 250-492-4305 ext. 3260
Regional Dean's Office - Penticton - Gitan rakhra

Eva Gavaris

Campus Librarian, Penticton
Campus: Penticton
Library - Eva Gavaris

Eva's liaison/subject areas:

  • Criminology & Social Justice
  • History 
  • Human Kinetics
  • Physics & Astronomy
  • SCMT
  • Wine & Viticulture

Credentials:
MLIS

Brittany Houston

Learning Centre - Pent
Office: Sunoka Building C13
Campus: Penticton
Phone: 250-492-4305 ext. 3302
Learning Centre - Brittany Houston

Barbara Lacy

Learning Centre - Pent
Office: Sunoka Building C13
Campus: Penticton
Phone: 250-492-4305 ext. 3302
Barbara Lacy is a Penticton Success Centre Coordinator

Ingrid Carter

Regional Dean's Office - South
Office: Ashnola Building 142
Campus: Penticton
Phone: 250-492-4305 ext. 3206
Regional Dean's Office - Penticton - Ingrid Carter

Jo Ann Parliament

Student Life - South
Office: Centre of Excellence 146
Campus: Penticton
Phone: 250-492-4305 ext. 3274
Jo Ann Parliament

Lara Payne

Regional Dean's Office - South
Office: Ashnola Building 140
Campus: Penticton
Phone: 250-492-4305 ext. 3215
Regional Dean's Office - Penticton - Lara Payne

Alison Roberts-Zschocke

Recruitment & Events Assistant - Penticton
Office: Ashnola Building 142
Campus: Penticton
Phone: 250-492-4305 ext. 3205
Recruitment - Alison Roberts Zschocke

Karen Maeers

Regional Dean's Office - South
Office: Ashnola Building 139
Campus: Penticton
Phone: 250-492-4305 ext. 3217
Regional Dean's Office - Penticton - Karen Maeers

Eric Corneau

Regional Dean's Office - South
Office: Ashnola Building 141
Campus: Penticton
Phone: 250-492-4305 ext. 3216
Regional Dean's Office - Penticton - Eric Corneau

Penticton Library staff

Terrena Buck

Library - OC General
Office: Ashnola Building 117
Campus: Penticton
Phone: 250-490-3951 ext. 3951

Paula Casorso

Library - OC General
Office: Ashnola Building 117
Campus: Penticton
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 3228

Deborah Cutt

Library - OC General
Office: Ashnola Building 117
Campus: Penticton
Phone: 250-492-4305 ext. 3228

Surandar Dasanjh

Library - OC General
Office: Ashnola Building 117
Campus: Penticton
Phone: 250-492-4305 ext. 3228

Eva Gavaris

Campus Librarian, Penticton
Campus: Penticton
Library - Eva Gavaris

Eva's liaison/subject areas:

  • Criminology & Social Justice
  • History 
  • Human Kinetics
  • Physics & Astronomy
  • SCMT
  • Wine & Viticulture

Credentials:
MLIS

Okanagan College Students' Union

Cassie Phillips

phillips@ocsu.ca
250-492-4305 ext 3208
Sunoka Building PE C14

Cassie Phillips is the OCSU representative in Penticton for 2020/21

Virtual orientation

Be sure to take the OC Student Orientation 2020 virtual session on Moodle. Meet OC students, Raquel and Giovan, who will walk you through an overview of the College and services available before sending you on to your program-specific orientation. Students are asked to complete this virtual orientation before your first day of classes!

Smart Start

Don't miss out on Smart Start, an opportunity to get a jump start on the semester. This is your chance to get ahead of the crowd and learn about services on campus, transitioning from high school to college, financial aid, time management skills and so much more! Stay tuned for registration details.