Fawn Herrington and her daughter Jaden Lee
Generations of care, Human Service Work students filling sought-after profession

July 28, 2020

Though still a relative newcomer to the profession, OC graduate Fawn Herrington is passionate about her work in the social services field. After navigating the end of a job as a dental assistant, she felt the need in 2014 to take an online career assessment. That pointed her in the direction of human service work, and she enrolled in Okanagan College’s Human Service Work diploma, graduating two years later in 2016. Now – witness to her mom’s career – Fawn’s daughter Jaden Lee is set to take the same two-year program this September. “I felt...

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Salmon Arm Campus
OC Salmon Arm hosts virtual info session to showcase expanded opportunities for students this fall

July 2, 2020

One silver lining for students during the pandemic might be greater choice of College courses this fall. Okanagan College is hosting a virtual info session at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, July 7 to inform students and parents about the greater array of courses available to students attending the College in Salmon Arm and Revelstoke. To register for the info session, click here or visit www.okanagan.bc.ca/infosessions.  “The shift to online learning for many courses this fall has opened up the array of offerings that students can tap into,” explains...

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Pushor Mitchell Awards
Pushor Mitchell invests in mental health

January 28, 2020

Pushor Mitchell is donating $30,000 to aid Okanagan College students who in their careers will support people facing mental health issues, homelessness and community isolation. The law firm that has been serving the Okanagan for more than 45 years is creating two annual awards valued at $2,000 each for students taking the College’s Human Service Work program. Human Service Work professionals help people navigate through crisis or chronic situations where the person feels they need external help and guidance to move forward with their life a...

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Linklater, Christina

Last Name
Linklater
First Name
Christina
Department
Human Service Work
Building
Main Building
Campus
Vernon
Phone Number
250-762-5445
Unlisted
No
Email
clinklater@okanagan.bc.ca
Office
D362
Employee Group
INS
Active
Yes
Search Exclude
No

Department of Human Service Work

Experienced instructors in the Department of Human Service Work help students develop the professional ethics and values, critical thinking skills and the essential interpersonal support skills to work in the social service, mental health and developmental disabilities fields. 

Program spotlight

Building and maintaining healthy relationships and learning how to effectively communicate are central components of the Diploma in Human Service Work at Okanagan College. 

Instructors

Mark Nishihara

Co-Chair - Human Service Work
Office: Main Building D334
Campus: Vernon
Phone: 250-545-7291 ext. 2241

Credentials:
MSW, UBC
BSW, UVic
RSW

Dyani Simon

Co-Chair - Human Service Work
Office: Lab Building 131
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4443

Carol Halle-Bowering

Human Service Work
Office: Salmon Arm Building 151
Campus: Salmon Arm
Phone: 250-832-2126 ext. 2346
Headshot of Carol Halle-Bowering

Credentials:
MEd, San Diego State University
BEd, UBCO
BSW, University of Calgary
Registered Clinical Social Worker (RCSW), BC College of Social Workers

Jo-Dee Hecko

Human Service Work
Office: Health Building 124E
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4623

Christina Linklater

Human Service Work
Office: Main Building D362
Campus: Vernon
Phone: 250-762-5445

Candace Matte

Health Care Assistant
Office: Business Building 137
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445

Credentials:
LPN, Health Studies

Joanne Poole

Autism Education (Continuing Studies) and Human Service Work
Office: Faculty Office 100
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445

I am a Registered Nurse of 30 years; working at Okanagan College for almost 20 years. I have been teaching the Autism Certificate Program and diversability content in a number of programs at Okanagan College for 10 years. I am also a Community Nurse Educator and provide workshops to the general public and community agencies on mental, physical and developmental diversability topics, specializing in autism. My presentations are from the multiple perspectives of neurobiology, health education and experience as a parent of two children with specialized needs. I provide an informative and engaging mix of candid stories, clear examples and practical strategies.

Credentials:
RN, BN, Autism Education, Okanagan College Continuing Studies

Caryn Richardson

Human Service Work
Office: Health Building 124D
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4443

Anna Rychtera

Human Service Work
Office: Main Building C311
Campus: Vernon
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 2380

I worked for many years in pediatrics and women's health in Europe. After immigration to Canada worked in wholistic health care and public health. In 2009 I started doing what I love most, teaching in the Nursing program, HCA, nutritionist and now HSW program. I am actively involved with BC SUPPORT Unit in patient oriented health research and a member of the Standing Committee on Health Services and Public Health with the MOH, besides being a health coach with UVIC Self Management Program.

Credentials:
Master of Nursing, Management Zentrum St. Gallen, CH
RNP, University of Erlangen

Courses

Courses in Human Service Work prepare students to work with vulnerable populations, using a person-centred approach.

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Richardson, Caryn

Last Name
Richardson
First Name
Caryn
Department
Human Service Work
Building
Health Building
Campus
Kelowna
Phone Number
250-762-5445
Extension
4443
Unlisted
No
Email
crichardson@okanagan.bc.ca
Office
124D
Employee Group
INS
Active
Yes
Search Exclude
No

Matte, Candace

Last Name
Matte
First Name
Candace
Department
Health Care Assistant
Building
Business Building
Campus
Kelowna
Phone Number
250-762-5445
Unlisted
No
Email
cmatte@okanagan.bc.ca
Office
137
Employee Group
INS
Active
Yes
Credentials
LPN, Health Studies
Search Exclude
No

Rychtera, Anna

Last Name
Rychtera
First Name
Anna
Department
Human Service Work
Building
Main Building
Campus
Vernon
Phone Number
250-762-5445
Extension
2380
Unlisted
No
Email
arychtera@okanagan.bc.ca
Office
C311
Employee Group
INS
Active
Yes
Bio

I worked for many years in pediatrics and women's health in Europe. After immigration to Canada worked in wholistic health care and public health. In 2009 I started doing what I love most, teaching in the Nursing program, HCA, nutritionist and now HSW program. I am actively involved with BC SUPPORT Unit in patient oriented health research and a member of the Standing Committee on Health Services and Public Health with the MOH, besides being a health coach with UVIC Self Management Program.

Credentials
Master of Nursing, Management Zentrum St. Gallen, CH
RNP, University of Erlangen
Search Exclude
No

Poole, Joanne

Last Name
Poole
First Name
Joanne
Department
Human Service Work
Building
Faculty Office
Campus
Kelowna
Phone Number
250-762-5445
Unlisted
No
Email
jpoole@okanagan.bc.ca
Office
100
Employee Group
INS
Active
Yes
Bio

I am a Registered Nurse of 30 years; working at Okanagan College for almost 20 years. I have been teaching the Autism Certificate Program and diversability content in a number of programs at Okanagan College for 10 years. I am also a Community Nurse Educator and provide workshops to the general public and community agencies on mental, physical and developmental diversability topics, specializing in autism. My presentations are from the multiple perspectives of neurobiology, health education and experience as a parent of two children with specialized needs. I provide an informative and engaging mix of candid stories, clear examples and practical strategies.

Credentials
RN, BN, Autism Education, Okanagan College Continuing Studies
Department Display
Autism Education (Continuing Studies) and Human Service Work
Search Exclude
No

Hecko, Jo-Dee

Last Name
Hecko
First Name
Jo-Dee
Department
Human Service Work
Building
Health Building
Campus
Kelowna
Phone Number
250-762-5445
Extension
4623
Unlisted
No
Email
jdhecko@okanagan.bc.ca
Office
124E
Employee Group
INS
Active
Yes
Department Display
Human Service Work
Priority
1
Search Exclude
No
Staff Phone Unlisted
No
Staff Office Unlisted
No

Halle-Bowering, Carol

Last Name
Halle-Bowering
First Name
Carol
Department
Human Service Work
Building
Salmon Arm Building
Campus
Salmon Arm
Phone Number
250-832-2126
Extension
2346
Unlisted
No
Email
challebowering@okanagan.bc.ca
Office
151
Employee Group
CHR
Active
Yes
Headshot of Carol Halle-Bowering
Credentials
MEd, San Diego State University
BEd, UBCO
BSW, University of Calgary
Registered Clinical Social Worker (RCSW), BC College of Social Workers
Search Exclude
No

Nishihara, Mark

Last Name
Nishihara
First Name
Mark
Department
Human Service Work
Building
Main Building
Campus
Vernon
Phone Number
250-545-7291
Extension
2241
Unlisted
No
Email
mnishihara@okanagan.bc.ca
Office
D334
Employee Group
CHR
Active
Yes
Credentials
MSW, UBC
BSW, UVic
RSW
Department Display
Co-Chair - Human Service Work
Priority
2
Search Exclude
No