Alumnus Nick Pelletier, Okanagan Lake swim
OC alumnus attempts World Record, doubles fundraising goal

September 15, 2020

While debilitating chafing sunk OC alumnus Nick Pelletier’s hopes of breaking the Guinness World Record for fastest swim of Lake Okanagan from Vernon to Penticton, it didn’t stop him from more than doubling his fundraising goal. In addition to the swim being a personal challenge, Pelletier was also raising funds to help support BrainTrust Canada’s Youth Concussion Clinic which provides youth aged five to 25 years old who struggle with concussions and cannot afford any services or resources to support their recovery. “This cause is close to ...

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Health Care Assistants thankful for bursary support

September 14, 2020

Twenty-three-year-old Shoshanna Fremont works the night shift as a Care Aide at a local long-term care home, a shift she loves as it gives her an opportunity to provide precious one-on-one time with residents who are up during the night. “When you get them a glass of water and take the time to hold their hand, especially when they can’t have many visitors, their entire mood changes,” says Fremont. “When I go home I take comfort that I took care of people today, I made them smile, or helped in whatever way I could.” Fremont is one of eight...

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Nick Pelletier swimming in the lake
OC alumnus takes on Guinness World Record

September 3, 2020

On Sept. 4, 2020, OC alumnus, Nick Pelletier will attempt to break the Guinness World Record for fastest swim of Lake Okanagan, 106 km, from Vernon, B.C. to Penticton, B.C. In addition to the swim being a personal challenge, Pelletier is also raising funds to help support BrainTrust Canada, a non-profit dedicated to meeting the unique needs of people affected by acquired brain injury by providing evidence-based approaches to rehabilitation and recovery. We caught up with Pelletier ...

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Alumna Justina LeeStolz
Meet Justina LeeStolz

May 15, 2020

Justina LeeStolz is a real estate professional in the Okanagan and also runs several passion projects. One of those projects is the 100AwesomePeople project that LeeStolz launched to celebrate the many awesome people in the community. The project, podcast and YouTube channel highlight the businesses and side hustles that have gone to great lengths to make a social impact in the Okanagan. Many of the awesome people that LeeStolz has highlighted are fellow OC alums, and staff from th...

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Kara Kazimer honouring 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient Bree Cawley
New Alumni Association board members, President reelected for 12th consecutive year

May 5, 2020

The Okanagan College Alumni Association has elected two new board members and reelected Kara Kazimer as the Board President for the 12th consecutive year. Kazimer, a Bachelor of Business Administration graduate, has served on the Alumni Association board since 2001 and has been the President since 2008. “I am proud to be a part of the Alumni Association and help find ways to support and celebrate the graduates of Okanagan College,” says Kazimer. “Our alumni are doing so many great things and I love being a part of sharing my fellow alumni’...

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Alumnus Evan Noble
Meet Evan Noble

April 30, 2020

Evan Noble was diagnosed with autism at five years old. Now after earning a diploma in Computer Information Systems from Okanagan College, Noble is working with the BC Ministry of Agriculture as an intern. Here’s what he shared with AutismBC recently: “It has been an excellent opportunity for me, and I have learned a lot. I am developing stronger skills related to working with others and have had the chance to use my education and computer skills in a variety of ways. I work within...

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Logan Larocque and Noah Pontenteau
OC Audio Engineering and Music Production alums send new music and gratitude out into the world

April 27, 2020

From local creators to international headliners, musicians around the world are rallying to provide sweet sounds of hope amid troubled times during the COVID-19 pandemic. And if a common thread runs throughout these live shows, between the trends and among the shares, it’s an increased awareness for the value music brings to our lives. Okanagan College students Noah Potenteau and Logan Larocque are among those brightening the digital space with their talents.   The pair recently completed the Audio Engineering and Music Production (AEMP) p...

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Alumnus Adam Relvas
Meet Adam Relvas

April 16, 2020

Adam Relvas, who took Professional Cook Apprenticeship, level 2 and 3 at the College in 2006, grew up in the South Okanagan and gained a passion for food through many food-focused family events. After graduating, Relvas worked as a line cook for Waterfront Wines in Kelowna, Sous Chef at Ricardo’s Mediterranean Kitchen in Lake Country, Sous Chef at the Hotel Eldorado in Kelowna, and later Executive Chef at Monashee’s Bar and Grill and The Kal’s Sports Bar in Vernon. Now, the certi...

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Drew Vincent
Million dollar idea: OC alumnus creates a charitable gala in time of need

April 14, 2020

OC alumnus, Drew Vincent knew he wanted to bring the community together during a global quarantine. His challenge: how to hold an in-person online and still generate the kind of participation needed. His ingenuity and the community’s generosity yielded results that surpassed expectations. In just five days, his idea turned into a $20,000 donation to help the Okanagan community during COVID-19. The event also laid the groundwork for an even bigger charitable effort on May 2. A graduate of the College’s Bachelor of Business Administration pro...

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Christina Fast, Jayne Brooks and Bree Cawley
OC alumni honoured for community impact

March 9, 2020

Two female graduates of Okanagan College have earned the highest honours from the Okanagan College Alumni Association (OCAA) for their outstanding contributions within their communities and industries. The OCAA has been conferring the Distinguished and Young Alumni Awards since 2002 to honour the extraordinary contributions and recognize the positive impact that OC’s graduates have in improving the lives of those around them. Christina Fast is the recipient of this year’s Young Alumni Award. “I was a careless 19-year-old with no clear dire...

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AACP student Dawn Naas
Meet Dawn Naas

February 21, 2020

Dawn Naas graduated from Okanagan College’s Adult Academic and Career Preparation program and is now ready to take the next step towards her dream career. “When I first started going to school at the College I thought all of it was going to be a fight,” says Naas. “There was a lot of emotional support and financial help that I wasn’t in anyway expecting and it is the reason why I not only made it through my program but came out with really great grades – everyone was so accepting o...

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Donald Brouwer
OSB alum makes national honour roll for Common Final Exam

January 17, 2020

After 150 hours of studying, Donald Brouwer walked out of his Common Final Examination (CFE) with a sigh of relief. Little did the Okanagan College alum know that just a few months later his name would be listed on the national honour roll, meaning his mark earned him a spot in the top one per cent of successful CFE writers in Canada. Announced in early January, Chartered Professional Accountants Canada shared on their website the 77 writers who earned the honour roll mention, Brouwer being one of nine from British Columbia. “My first react...

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About OCAA

The Okanagan College Alumni Association (OCAA) is a non-profit organization that celebrates alumni by creating connections and opportunities. 

The OCAA was founded in 1988. Since then, the goal of the Association has been to connect alumni with each other and with the College, while supporting the College's mission statement of transforming lives and communities. 

Since early inception, the Association has engaged in extensive fundraising activities on behalf of the College; however, in January 2020 the Association transferred from the Advancement department to the Public Affairs department, and the fundraising activities remain under Advancement. 

Vision

Empowering your future.

Mission

Celebrating alumni by creating connections and opportunities. 
 

OCAA 2019-20 AGM

The OCAA 2019-20 Annual General Meeting is on September 29, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. PST via conference call. All OC alumni are invited to attend. Please RSVP to receive the conference call invitation prior to the meeting.

The OCAA Board will go over the 2019-20 financials and provide an update of what the OCAA was up to this last fiscal year.

Distinguished & Young Alumni Awards

Since 1964, Okanagan College has been conferring awards upon graduates who contribute to their communities and industries in countless ways. The Alumni awards are an opportunity to honour the extraordinary contributions and recognize the positive impact that our graduates have in improving the lives of those around them. 

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FAQs

Alumnus is a person who has either graduated or completed a specific number of credits at Okanagan College. Alumni is the plural of alumnus.

Anyone who has graduated from a certificate, diploma or degree program or completed 30 or more credits from Okanagan College or OUC.

For those who have not graduated from an OC or OUC program but have completed 30 or more credits and would like to be a member of the Association, you must contact the Alumni office to register.

No, it does not cost money. As soon as you have completed your program, you are automatically considered to be an alumnus.

For those who have not graduated from an OC or OUC program but have completed 30 or more credits, you are considered an alumnus but you must contact the Alumni office to register as a member.

Greater than 60,000 people who have received a certificate, diploma or degree from Okanagan College and 22,537 people who graduated from Okanagan University College (OUC) between 1993 and 2005. 

Okanagan College will continue to maintain OUC student records and provide OUC transcripts. If you would like to request a transcript, please fill out an OUC Transcript Request

There are many opportunities throughout the year for alumni to volunteer. Contact the Alumni Association office to talk to someone about upcoming events the fit your calendar and interests, or become a mentor through OC Connects.

We encourage you to join our Alumni LinkedIn group to get in touch with fellow alumni. You can also follow our LinkedIn page, Facebook page, or Instagram to stay up to date with what we're up to, alumni events and reunions for opportunities to engage and network with former classmates. 

You can also join OC Connects, our connection hub powered by Ten Thousand Coffees and RBC Future Launch where you can mentor current OC students or connect and build your network with fellow alumni.

No. The OCAA adheres to Okanagan College's privacy policy which in line with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act