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 

Beverlie Dietze, Director, Learning and Applied Research
From Colleges to Communities: Lawson Foundation supports early childhood education project at OC and partner PSEs

January 19, 2021

A major investment by the Lawson Foundation will support researchers from Okanagan College and three partnering institutions in their innovative approach to advancing outdoor early learning and teaching across Canada. Okanagan College has received a grant of $750,000 for a collaborative project with Bow Valley College, New Brunswick Community College and Saskatchewan Polytechnic called Outdoor Pedagogy in Early Childhood Education: From Colleges to Communities. This goal of the three-year project is to demonstrate a model of outdoor pedago...

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COVID Cookbook
Order up: OC debuts new take-away cookbook menu

January 19, 2021

Okanagan College’s restaurant, Infusions, is offering a unique way to get a taste of its popular collaborative cookbook, What We Cooked: A Compilation of Recipes During COVID Times, with a special take-away menu featuring dinners for two from the cookbook. Following the success of the sold-out cookbook – now in it’s second print run – the College’s Culinary and Pastry Arts program selected five delicious dinner and five delectable dessert recipes from the cookbook to bring to life at Infusions with a special take-away initiative from Jan. 2...

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Connections 2021
Get involved with Connections

January 19, 2021

Do you have a fun hobby or a skill you’d like to share with your colleagues? Sign up to share your knowledge and experience with your coworkers at OC’s annual employee conference – Connections. Workshop facilitators come from all backgrounds and share a wide variety of skills, from digital media, gardening, cooking with chemistry and historical reenactments, to yoga and mixology. Workshops are approximately one hour and include an element of interactivity and should have a specific audience in mind – general interest, instructional, profess...

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Flourish wellness program expands and goes online

January 18, 2021

Flourish wellness program expands and goes online Okanagan College Counselling Services is kicking off the new year with new ways to help OC employees and students manage stress and promote mental health. Counselling Services took Flourish workshops online in the fall and launched a YouTube channel, allowing employees and students to access wellness videos at the click of a button. Video topics include strategies for managing stress, mindfulness exercises and guided meditations. The GROW@OC initiative launched last fall also returns with GR...

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Case comp news
Business students shine at case competition

January 18, 2021

Three Okanagan College business teams competed in the Queens Intercollegiate Business Case Competition finals this past weekend, albeit the competition looked much different than in previous years. Due to the pandemic, the competition was forced to go virtual this year which opened opportunities for more teams to enter from across the world. Despite the unprecedented level of competitors, three Okanagan College teams made it to the final round – Accounting, Finance and HR – and the Accounting team placed third in their division. The Colleg...

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Empowering Employment
Empowering Employment: College to host virtual employment fair in Feb

January 18, 2021

Okanagan College is powering up a new virtual employment fair next month to help connect students, alumni, job seekers in the community and employers from across the region. Empowering Employment is a virtual career fair to be held on Thursday, Feb. 4 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Anyone interested in attending as a job seeker or showcasing their business as an exhibitor can learn more at www.okanagan.bc.ca/empowering. Exhibitor space, although virtual, is still limited and so interested organizations should plan to register soon to ensure their sp...

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Maria Kruger, Certified Dental Assistant student
CIBC gives scholarship boost to Indigenous students

January 18, 2021

When Maria Kruger graduates as a Certified Dental Assistant from Okanagan College later this year, she will proudly stand among her people as a skilled professional. Kruger, who is of Okanagan/Shuswap descent, has a goal to graduate and work with people in her community on the Penticton Indian Band. “I want to see our people go into skilled trades and be able to support our own communities. That’s one of my main goals,” says Kruger, who also cites her two-year-old son as inspiration behind her return to school. A new donation from CIBC alon...

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BSN Nursing Students Warm Clothing Drive
OC Nursing students commit to community help

January 15, 2021

A group of OC Bachelor of Science in Nursing students helped our community keep warm during these cold months. Alongside OC professor and faculty liaison, Camilla Woods, the students formed a Global Health and Professional Practice Committee. The Committee worked hard over the holidays to collect donations for a warm clothing drive. Working diligently under COVID restrictions, students collected blankets, jackets, boots, gloves and more. The students collected enough donations to fill an entire truck. All items were distributed locally an...

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OC Kelowna Aerial
OC Enactus helps young females navigate the future

January 15, 2021

Okanagan College’s nationally recognized Enactus team is kicking off the new year with new community-initiatives, including a program preparing local young females to navigate their future with confidence, positive self-image and the know-how to tackle the world of job hunting. The project, Ivy Collective, is a free skills development program that supports females aged 15-18 through a series of one-hour online training workshops. Topics include public speaking, job application skills and confidence-building strategies. The first workshop o...

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OCSU Pantry Hamper Program
OCSU project serves up emergency supplies for students

January 14, 2021

The Okanagan College Students Union (OCSU) has launched a new program to serve up emergency supplies for students in need. Since the Kelowna-based Pantry, a student-run food bank, was closed due to the pandemic, the OCSU began searching for other ways to continue to support students. A solution of serving pick-up hampers to in-need students was born. The OCSU Pantry Hamper Project launches next Friday, Jan. 22 and will supply 60 students with packed hampers every Friday until April 30, for a total of 900 hampers. Registration for student ha...

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Technology support for students

IT Services is currently piloting a new initiative to assist students with OC technology. With the assistance from students, IT is offering online technology orientations and one-on-one assistance for students who may find navigating our different systems confusing.

Students can be directed to the IT Services webpage: https://okanagan.bc.ca/it-services

Join an online technology orientation

Join a quick introduction of tools you should be familiar with to help be successful for both in-class and online environments.  Lots of time for questions and answers.

Drop-in dates and times are:
Mon, Wed, Fri:  11 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Tues and Thurs: 12 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Join Zoom Meeting

Book an appointment – One-on-One

Book a zoom meeting with a fellow student to learn about technology of your choice. Have questions about Moodle or Microsoft365?  This is the perfect way to get one-on-one support.

Book Appointment

IT Services - BlueJeans to be decommissioned

Effective March 31, BlueJeans (video conferencing) will no longer be available for use. Okanagan College is now supporting Zoom, Blackboard Collaborate and Microsoft Teams as videoconferencing platforms.

What do you need to know?

Questions, comments or feedback?  Please do not hesitate to contact Tammy Szucs

Corporate services, digital transformation initiative update: new timesheet process

Over the past few months, IT Services and Finance along with several other key stakeholder groups and pilot groups, have been working towards digitizing the time-sheet approval process. Subsequently, improving the overall “customer” experience by decreasing turnaround time and reducing inefficiencies. 

Starting Jan. 8, all time-sheet submissions should be submitted through Etrieve.

What do you need to know?

  • The previously used paper-based timesheet form has been replaced by an electronic form in Etrieve
  • The location of the form has not changed; it can still be accessed in MyOkanagan.
  • This change applies to all timesheet types including: non-instructional, instructional and student.
  • Optional training drop-in sessions have been set up for the following dates:
  • For additional Etrieve resources, please visit the Digital Forms and Processes – Resource Centre in MyOkanagan under Employee > Employee Home > Forms.

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

OC students and staff: provide feedback on proposed Kelowna transport corridor options

The City of Kelowna is inviting the Okanagan College community to provide feedback on proposed options for a new active transportation corridor (ATC) between Raymer Avenue and K.L.O. Road.

Between now and January 6, 2021, OC students and staff are encouraged to visit getinvolved.kelowna.ca to provide input on route and design options through an online survey. The survey takes about five minutes to complete and participants can enter to win a $50 local gift card.

The new corridor will provide a vital link for pedestrians and cyclists across Kelowna – and better access to Okanagan College. It will also connect downtown and Capri-Landmark to South Pandosy.

Following public engagement, the project will move on to a detailed design, with construction expected to begin later in 2021. Learn more and provide your feedback at getinvolved.kelowna.ca.