IT Services: Microsoft Office 365 Project Update

Over the past few months, the IT Services team has worked vigorously to migrate several pilot group users and early adopters to Microsoft Office 365 (MS 365).  MS 365 is the next evolution in software productivity for the college.  It allows users to move email, document storage, office tools into the cloud so they are always available on any device while unlocking new features such as instant messaging, live editing (document collaboration), and applications that better help project teams track projects.  

This significant organizational change has already started transforming how we work across the college and how we collaborate.  The next phase of the project includes migrating and training the broader college community.  

What do you need to know?

  • Training sessions for M365 and Teams will be offered through the months of October and November
  • How to register for a session/s?
    • Review the session descriptions and schedule here , and then identify a session you would like to attend.  You may register for more than one session.
    • Send an email to with the following:
      • Session number/s you would like to attend
      • Your first and last name
      • Department / area
      • You will receive an Outlook meeting invite for the session/s you selected
      • Please open the meeting invite to review the information and details on the session
  • For more information on MS 365 at OC, click here.

Questions, comments, or feedback?  Please do not hesitate to contact Natalie Hordichuk

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 elections update - nomination period extension

The Board of Governors welcomes Sanya Choudhary as its newest student member. An additional student seat is currently vacant. The Education Council welcomes Matthew Rice as the Central Okanagan student representative and Simran Bajwa as the North Okanagan representative. The Shuswap/Revelstoke and South Okanagan Similkameen seats remain vacant.

The Registrar is extending the nomination period for these vacant seats to October 19, 2020. If you know a student that may be interested, please refer them to myOkanagan > Student > Elections or they can direct questions to Inga Wheeler

Culinary Arts student chops turkey on a cutting board in the Okanagan College kitchen
Culinary Arts students cook up Thanksgiving dinners

October 13, 2020

What does it take to make 30 Thanksgiving meals with all the trimmings for families to enjoy over the holidays? 120 lbs of potatoes, 42L of gravy, 10L of cranberry sauce, 200 lbs of veggies and 200 lbs of turkey, to be exact.  Okanagan College Culinary Arts students spent the week prior to Thanksgiving preparing meals for the OC community. For a photo gallery of the students preparing the meals, go here. ...

Dr. Monica Gattinger
Visiting scholar discusses polarization over energy and climate in Canada: How bad is it? What’s to be done?

October 9, 2020

How can Canada chart a positive path for its energy and climate future amid polarization, partisanship and regional differences? Dr. Monica Gattinger, Director of the Institute for Science, Society and Policy, Full Professor at the School of Political Studies and Founder/Chair of Positive Energy at the University of Ottawa, will be delivering an online keynote delving into this topic on Friday, October 16 at 1 p.m. PST. Gattinger’s talk is presented by Okanagan College’s Department of Political Science, in conjunction with the BC Political ...

Staples laptop donation
Students thankful for new laptops

October 9, 2020

A donation from Staples Kelowna is helping Okanagan College students succeed in an online learning environment. In September, Staples donated laptops to eight students who do not have access to the technology needed to successfully participate and complete their programs online. Bree Edler was one of the recipients to receive a new Asus computer. “I’m in shock. I’ve never received anything like this before so I feel very fortunate,” says Edler. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Edler was a travel agent. With international travel ground to a ...

Taylor Cornett accepting the student award from Murray Roed at Okanagan College
Geologist donates more than 100k to students

October 5, 2020

From the origins of the Okanagan Valley to the complexities of the Mount Boucherie volcano, a geologist has turned his passion for local geology into a major monetary deposit for students. Murray Roed is the author and co-author of five best-selling geology books on the Okanagan. For the last 25 years, he and the other book contributors have given 100 per cent of the proceeds to students at Okanagan College and the University of British Columbia Okanagan (UBCO). With the latest donation of $5,000, the authors have given more than $100,000 t...


Libraries are open by appointment

Campus libraries are open to students and employees, by appointment only, for access to study space, computer workstations, and book pickup. Use LibCal to book an appointment and see the Okanagan College website for campus library hours.

FruitSnaps Team
Harvesting help needed: Enactus OC students invite community to join them in picking apples for a good cause

September 30, 2020

A group of Okanagan College business students are putting the call out for volunteers from OC and the community to help them harvest fruit that will be used to make healthy snacks for children and others in need. Started in the fall of 2018, FruitSnaps is a Vernon- and Penticton-based project, which sees Enactus OC students partnering with the North Okanagan Valley Gleaners Society facility, where unused apples from local orchards are dehydrated into snacks for local schools. The FruitSnaps team will be hosting small, physically-distanced a...


Corporate Services, Digital Transformation Initiative Update: Contract Routing in SoftDocs

Over the past few months, IT Services, Facilities and Business Services, Finance along with several other key stakeholder groups have been working towards digitizing a number of business processes, including the Contract Routing process. The goal is to improve the overall “customer” experience by decreasing turnaround time and reduce inefficiencies.

As of October 1, contracts can now be routed using a new software called SoftDocs (Etrieve). Over the next three months, we will enter a pilot period where we will collect feedback and suggestions on the newly digitized process.  Following the pilot period, the project team will review feedback and implement any necessary changes.

What do you need to know?

  • The previously used paper-based contract routing form has been replaced by an electronic form in Softdocs.  
  • The location of the form has not changed; it can still be accessed in MyOkanagan.
  • This change applies to contracts only, that are typically handled via Facilities & Business Services and Continuing Studies.
  • Drop-in feedback and training sessions for approvers have been set up for the following dates:
    • Oct. 14 at 10 a.m.

Please email if you wish to attend.

Questions, comments, or feedback? Please do not hesitate to contact Natalie Hordichuk

Fill out the Connections 2020 Survey

The Connections Planning Committee would like your feedback to help plan next year’s event. We invite you to complete the survey to share suggestions and ideas for new sessions, presenters, fundraisers, etc.  

Please take a moment to fill out the online survey. We want to hear from you!

A highlight of the conference is always the Connections video shown during the President’s address. If you were unable to attend, you can watch it here.

And don’t forget, you can still donate to OC Serves Up, an innovative new program designed to hone Culinary and Pastry Arts students’ skills while providing free, nutritious meals for fellow students who are struggling financially.

Thanks to generous sponsors who have supported the pilot costs of the program, a gift of $24 can provide 10 meals to students in need.

Thank you from the Connections Planning  Committee.

Thompson Okanagan Tourism Resiliency Program - Business Mentorship Opportunity

Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA) and Okanagan College are working together to deliver virtual, one-hour individually tailored business training sessions based on expressed areas of need. Subject experts drawn from Okanagan College instructors have been assembled to provide support in a wide variety of relevant subject areas including Leadership Soft Skills, Business Administration, and Hospitality topics.

Where TOTA Program Advisors identify similar needs among multiple businesses, they will work with Okanagan College’s Continuing Studies department to create and deliver topic-specific webinars designed to address those needs. This expansion reflects an ongoing recognition that while every business is unique, often the challenges tourism businesses face are shared. Together, TOTA and Okanagan College are looking to support the tourism industry in the most targeted, and efficient way possible. 

"Industry resiliency is our key priority and the cornerstone of our efforts. This program is part of meeting immediate needs following the COVID-19 Pandemic," said Glenn Mandziuk, President and CEO of TOTA. "We are proud to be partnering with Okanagan College and know their expertise will serve as a tremendous resource for tourism businesses as we navigate the way forward."

If instructors are interested in participating in this program, contact Zach Webster (250-864-5921,

Top Tips for new OC website

​​​​​​With the launch of OC's new website, here are a few helpful tips to get you on your way to navigating with ease.

  1. Action Centre: Need to get to webmail quickly? Wondering where myOkanagan and Moodle are? Click on the arrow by the search bar in the top right corner of the screen – that will flip open an “OC Action Centre” with links to all the things you need to get going on your day! Designed especially for current students and staff, the OC Action Centre has quick links to the pages you need to get to right away.
  2. COVID information: Things are changing on a daily basis, and you need the most up-to-date information. The new COVID-19 information page compiles a lot of information in one place: notices with the latest updates, FAQs and links to critical information like Online Resources, Remote Contacts for available services and health information.
  3. Program Search: What programs does OC offer? What is available on my home campus? The new online Program Search on OC’s website offers users a fast and effective way to narrow down the program options based on their needs. Explore programs by area of study, or filter results by campus, credential and delivery method. 
  4. Course Search: Looking to find out the name of an academic or vocational course? Course search will have the answer. Filter by subject or type in part of a course name to see just what is offered at Okanagan College. 
  5. Events and Important dates: Wondering what’s going on at OC? Think there might be an important deadline on the horizon? Check out the Events Calendar for a listing of activities planned and important dates on the horizon. The great news is, the calendar is automatically updated: so once a date passes, you don’t have to sift through old information! Have an important event coming up? You can share it with the OC community by submitting online to: 
  6. News: Everybody wants to be in the loop. With OC News on the revamped website, there are lots of ways to find out what is happening! Explore news by topic, or just scroll down for the most recent OC stories. Also, with new syndication functionality, news stories will be fed especially to specific pages – so Salmon Arm can learn about what’s happening on their campus page, while Trades students can find out what’s new with their department.
  7. Future Students: Know someone who is investigating their options at OC but they don’t know where to start? Send them a link to the Future Students page. It is home to valuable information about program options, campuses, dates and how to apply. 
  8. Trades Training Schedules: Let’s face it: it can be tough keeping track of when Trades programs start and finish. To simplify the process for students, any program page will have Training Schedules listed in the accordions within “Program Details.” With IT’s innovative approach, these can be updated with the click of a button – making it easy for the Trades team to keep the information fresh and up-to-date. 

Occupational Health and Safety and COVID-19 online workshops

Continuing Studies and Corporate Training are hosting two new online workshops covering COVID-19 Occupational Health & Safety topics, taught by instructor Adrienne Bootsma. These workshops are available open to anyone. To register, go here.

COVID-19 Strategies: Wellness, Mental Health, and Stress
This course provides learners with strategies to promote wellness and mental health and manage COVID-19 related stress.  Learners will explore a multitude of topics including fatigue, healthy food choices, fear and anxiety, and the selection and use of COVID-19 related personal protective equipment (PPE).

At the conclusion of this course learners will be able to:
Identify strategies that promote wellness and mental health.
Explain how COVID-19 influences stress levels and apply strategies to decrease the impact.

Course code: HLT 229
Tuesday, July 21 or September 22 
$35 + GST

COVID-19 Hazards, Risks, Controls, and Communication
This course provides learners with the skills necessary to direct COVID-19 risk management practices in the work place.  Using a proactive assessment approach, learners will identify hazards and corresponding risks, and apply appropriate mitigating controls.  Risk communication facilitation will also be explored.

At the conclusion of this course learners will be able to:
Explain the hierarchy of the five types of mitigation controls and how they are applied to COVID-19 related risks.
Develop practical communication strategies related to risk management.

Course code: HLT 230
Thursday, July 23 or September 24
$35 + GST

Infusions now open for takeout

Culinary and Pastry Arts is excited to now offer Infusions lunch takeout. The inaugural launch of our new online ordering and takeout program starts Tuesday, July 14.  Takeout from the Infusions patio will be available Tuesday – Friday  11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Ordering is simple - click on the link below and place your order.  

Pre-orders are welcome, as you can request a specific day (current or future) and specify a time to pick up your meal from the Infusions patio.  Please note, there will be no dining on the patio at this time.
If you would like to save the online ordering address directly, it is:
The Culinary and Pastry Arts teams look forward to seeing and feeding you soon!

Infusions Takeout Menu

Visit College’s COVID-19 information page, subscribe for latest updates

Okanagan College is monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation on a minute-by-minute basis and will be sharing pertinent information for staff and students through all available channels. For updates, info, links and recommendations visit the COVID-19 page here.

Information about what to do if you are feeling ill and need to report an absence can be found here.

Click here to visit a page with answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs).