Here2Talk offers students free 24-7 mental health help during the holidays

A reminder as the holidays approach, Okanagan College students can access free, 24-7 counselling and referral service through Here2Talk. Here2Talk is a free mental health counselling and referral service that provides year-round, 24-7 mental health support services for all B.C. post-secondary students regardless of whether they live in Canada or abroad. Students who are feeling depressed, stressed or anxious can get support whenever they need it and as often as needed.

Students can access chat sessions with a trained counsellor online at Here2Talk or by downloading the free Here2Talk app through the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. They can speak with a counsellor by phone toll-free at 1 877 857-3397 or direct at 604 642-5212. Students calling from outside Canada can dial +1 604 642-5212 (international calling charges may apply).

Jennifer Gullins, a representative for the Okanagan College Students’ Union says: “This year has been really stressful for me as a student during this challenging time with online learning, a loss of my college community and a physical separation from my friends and family. Knowing that support is a confidential call or text away has been reassuring. I really encourage students to reach out if they need help. It’s OK to ask for help and you don’t have to navigate the impacts of 2020 alone.”

Read more in the Province’s media release.

Call for student nominations for Board of Governors and Education Council

Please note that an election will be held for two students seats on the Board of Governors and four student seats on Education Council. Once the call for nominations starts, ‘promotion’ for the elections will begin.                                                                                              

Important Dates:
Call for Nominations: Sep. 22 – Oct. 5, 2020 at 4 p.m., forms and additional information will be available on Sep. 22 in myOkanagan (elections page)
Post List of Candidates: Oct. 6, 2020
Campaign Period: Oct. 6 – 20, 2020
Elections: Oct. 21 – 25, 2020 in myOkanagan
Announcement of Results: Oct. 25, 2020
Deadline for Appeals: Oct. 30, 2020 

Election Appeal Committee:
Note that OCFA & BCGEU Vocational and OCSU & VSAOC agreed to alternate years
Cam McRobb (BCGEU Vocational)
Karolynn Green (BCGEU Support)
VSAOC student due Sep. 18

Deputy Returning Officers:
Eric Corneau, Penticton Campus, Oliver and Summerland centres
Joan Ragsdale, Salmon Arm Campus and Revelstoke centre
Jane Lister, Vernon Campus
Philip Ashman, Kelowna Campus 

Student Story Feature
Student assignments create meaningful dialogue

July 20, 2021

OC Communications Professor Marc Arellano issued an assignment to his class with a unique dynamic: to establish a real connection and engage in meaningful dialogue, online, with their classmates — most of whom they've never met in person. The assignment was simple, classmates would pair off and interview each other on Zoom about something important in their lives. After the interview, the interviewer wrote a short story, focusing on the meaning that was established. "A key project in the class is a coaching project where students coach each...

Graduation ceremony outside at the college
It’s a wrap for OC’s Class of 2021

July 20, 2021

Okanagan College hosted three virtual graduation ceremonies on Saturday, July 10, conferring credentials upon more than 1,500 students and wrapping up the convocation ceremonies until the new year. Students from Arts and Foundational, Business and Science, Technologies, Health and Social Development programs were applauded for their achievements and dedication in completing their programs. Earlier, the College also celebrated the Trades Commencement (June 17) and the Continuing Studies Ceremony (June 22). Combined with the winter ceremonies...

Bookstore apparel
Campus Bookstore apparel supports inclusivity

July 19, 2021

Okanagan College Campus Bookstores across the region are offering apparel with a purpose this September, in support of inclusivity. The Human Race apparel line is now available online. The line features a t-shirt and a hoodie, both with messaging about the human race, and are available in an array of colours. Clothing items are currently available at each Campus Bookstore and a wider range of colour choices is available online only. "Every September is a significant time for studen...

Knmalka-Sənqattən Garden
History of the Vernon Indigenous Garden

July 19, 2021

The following story is being shared from Castanet. The story was submitted by the Community Engagement Co-ordinator with the Greater Vernon Museum and Archives. The K’nma?ka? S?nqâ?t?n Garden is located at the Vernon campus of Okanagan College, on the traditional and unceded territories of the Syilx Nation. The garden’s creation was a collaboration between the Okanagan Indian Band, the College, and the Food Action Society of the North Okanagan, and showcases traditional Syilx plants, medicine, foods and C’aptikwl. The first plants added to ...


50/50 Staff Lottery winner

Congratulations to Laura Loewen (Psychology, Kelowna campus) the winner of the July 16, 2021 Okanagan College Foundation 50/50 Staff Lottery draw for $890.

In 2020, 182 Okanagan College students experienced a financial emergency. Proceeds from the Okanagan College Foundation 50/50 Staff Lottery help provide emergency financial assistance for our students. Thanks to your participation in the staff lottery, more than $16,000 was raised last year through the lottery to support our students. Since inception, the staff lottery program has provided more than $495,000 to support our students!

Kelowna campus - July 19 - E building entrance interruption

Apex Tel. with be installing cell towers on the north side of the E building on Monday at 7 a.m. As a result, the north entrance doors, the stairwell exit door and the exit door by the International Department kitchen will be closed to all traffic. 

Click here to see a map of the closed off areas

It appears those areas will remain closed off for approximately one week. The following week, Apex Tel. will install an additional tower on the south side that will require closing the south entrance (by AFP) and part of the fire lane for an additional week. 

Updates will be provided as they become available.

Andrew Pulvermacher
Pulvermacher named new Associate Dean, Arts and Foundational Programs

July 15, 2021

Arts and Foundational is pleased to welcome Andrew Pulvermacher as the new Associate Dean, Arts and Foundational Programs.  Andrew will begin the Associate Dean position on Aug. 10.  He has been with the College for nine years in Adult Upgrading (English and Mathematics) and has held Instructor positions at both the Penticton and Kelowna campuses.  Andrew is currently completing his Master of Arts (Leadership and Policy in Education) and his qualifications and experience will foste...


July newsletter - EFAP

Read the July 2021 Lifeworks newsletter. The topic for the month of July is Caregiving From a Distance.

Topics include:

  • General Home Safety for Older Adults
  • Long-Distance Caregiving
  • Supporting Working Caregivers
  • and more

Read the newsletter

Lisa Cyr
OC welcomes new Revelstoke Campus Manager

July 9, 2021

The Revelstoke Centre is pleased to welcome Lisa Cyr as Interim Campus Manager and Community Liaison for Revelstoke. Lisa is well-known for her community-building work in the local social sector, including her work on poverty reduction initiatives, creating social support programs for vulnerable adults, and her advocacy role with the Revelstoke Women’s Shelter Society. Since moving to Revelstoke seven years ago, Lisa has worked in the tourism industry, the social sector, and educat...


SALTO card updates - returning to office

For employees who haven’t been into the office in some time (more than a month) their SALTO cards may have expired.

To reactivate them, employees are encouraged first to visit a host spot and if that doesn’t work, they can visit Facilities and Business Services (or wherever they received their card initially) and the card can be reactivated.

Facilities is anticipating a high volumes of people returning to the office and is recommending that employees come in sometime over the summer to reactivate their card.

For any questions, please contact Elaine Smith (she/her), Manager, Security & Crisis Management at

Okanagan Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Associates
Oral surgeons give to thank Certified Dental Assistants

July 6, 2021

A local oral surgery group with offices in Kelowna and Vernon is investing in the education of Certified Dental Assistants (CDAs) with a gift to Okanagan College’s Our Students, Your Health campaign. Dr. Richard Bell, Dr. Russell Naito and Dr. Tom White of Okanagan Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Associates are donating $30,000 to support a state-of-the-art dental clinic in the College’s new Health Sciences Centre. The surgeons say the gift is a way to recognize and celebrate the work of their current staff and past employees. “We want to sh...

LCRB Clarifies Legality of Sample Distribution for Wine Releases

July 5, 2021

Sent on behalf of the BC Beverage Technology Access Centre  BC BTAC Consults with Licensing Branch to Confirm Legality of Wine Sample Delivery The province’s Liquor & Cannabis Regulation Branch (LCRB) confirmed this week that the local beverage sector may legally deliver taste-sized samples of their product, which is great news for boutique producers and medium to large companies alike as it will allow for the traditional ‘Vintage Release’ for BC wineries in virtual format. In searching for ways to offer up its services to support bever...


Learning and Applied Research and Ed Tech newsletter

Read the Learning and Applied Research and Ed Tech bi-weekly update newsletter for current information, tips and upcoming events for all employees.

Read the most recent newsletter

Camp OC information

Continuing Studies would like to update College employees about Camp OC activities happening on campus this summer. CS has worked closely with Executive, Regional Dean Offices and Occupational Health and Safety team members to make Camp OC a safe, fun and educational experience.

Campers will be on campuses at various times throughout July and August. Campers’ parents must complete the COVID-19 exposure self-reporting acknowledgement form each week before camp starts. Additional safety details are available in Camp OC FAQs posted online. Campers, their families and OC employees are encouraged to visit the Camp OC website and OC’s COVID page for updates.

Dates: July 5 – 30
Times: Mon – Fri, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Locations: Classroom C15 and C08 in Centre Sunoka building and PC145 (gymnasium for short periods) PC132 (for Trades camps) Centre of Excellence building
Outdoor spaces: Sunoka Courtyard will be used during breaks

Dates: July 5 – Aug 27
Times: Mon – Fri, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Locations: CFL E Building, on floors 2, 3 and 4
Outdoor spaces: During lunch and breaks, campers will be in the courtyard

Dates: July 5 – Aug 13 (1-2 camps each week)
Times: Mon – Fri, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Locations: B213 (Café) and D346
Outdoor spaces: by Café towards south end of D building, between D and E buildings and above E buildings

Salmon Arm
Dates: July 12 – 23
Times: Mon – Fri, 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Locations: Rooms 141 and 173
Outdoor spaces: basketball courts, drum circle, lawn by gazebo

Dates: July 5 – 9, July 19 – 23 and Aug 23 – 27
Times: Mon – Fri, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Locations: Rooms TBD
Outdoor spaces: field beside campus and playground across street

If OC employees have concerns during Camp OC, please send Helena Jordo a message on Microsoft Teams.