Jacqueline Barnett, OC Alumna
Starting in science at OC propel alumni to success

April 30, 2021

As the world continues to navigate life in a pandemic, it has become increasingly clear that science matters. High school students approaching graduation and pondering their future, may be considering a career in this field, but knowing what area to specialize in can be a challenging decision with so many options. Okanagan College alumna Jacqueline Barnett started her journey in sciences through the College’s Associate of Science degree program. She’s now chasing her dreams, following not just her head and her heart, but also her gut, as s...

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Siobhan Detkavich
OC alumna makes debut on Top Chef Canada

April 27, 2021

OC Culinary Arts alumna Siobhan Detkavich is the youngest and first female indigenous chef to compete on the newest season of Top Chef Canada and she's still competing after the show's second week. The Okanagan College Alumni Association caught up with Siobhan and she had lots to say, without spilling the beans of course. “The overall experience was probably hands down the most stressful experience of my life,” she says. “There’s such a huge misrepresentation of indigenous people o...

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Allan Coyle and Nick Melemenis OCAA
Alumni Association honours essential workers; provides support to next generation

April 12, 2021

For 18 years, the Okanagan College Alumni Association (OCAA) has honoured OC graduates whose extraordinary contributions have positively impacted those close to home and around the world. In a year like no other and for the first time in the awards’ history, the OCAA is celebrating multiple recipients of this prestigious award: essential workers. “This year we decided to do things a little differently and honour all alumni who have been working hard in our community to keep us all safe,” says OCAA Vice President Nick Melemenis. “This pandem...

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Rosanne Ting-Mak Brown
Meet Rosanne Ting-Mak Brown

March 15, 2021

Okanagan College Bachelor of Business Administration alumna Rosanne Ting-Mak Brown had to completely pivot her event management business when the pandemic hit. Through navigating the new norm, she has remained optimistic about the future of her company, RedScope Media.   Where are you from and where are you now? I grew up in Edmonton and now live in West Kelowna.   Looking back at your time at OC, what is your best memory? It was great to learn and grow with so many likeminded peop...

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Jack Whyte
In Memory of Jack Whyte

February 25, 2021

Colleagues, The Okanagan College flag has been lowered in memory of Jack Whyte, an OUC Honorary Doctor of Letters and an international best-selling author, who died earlier this week at age 80. Whyte received the honour in 2003 for his contribution to Canadian literature. During his life, he published 17 best-selling works of historical fiction that have been translated into 20 languages. He was also a poet, and for 30 years was the Regimental Baird of the Calgary Highlanders. “We ...

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Lucas Griffin
Meet Lucas Griffin

February 2, 2021

What did you take at OC/OUC? When did you graduate? I took my Bachelor of Business Administration degree and graduated with distinction in 2000 from OUC.   Where are you from and where are you now? I was born and raised in West Kelowna and still live there! My wife, family and I have travelled all over the world, and the more we travel, the more we realize that the Okanagan is an amazing place to live!   Who was your biggest influence during your time at OC? The professors and fac...

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OC alumna Danielle Walker
Meet Danielle Walker

September 29, 2020

Danielle Walker graduated with distinction from Okanagan College with a Business Administration Diploma in Accounting. She is currently working toward her Business Administration Degree and adjusting to life as a student during a pandemic. Walker was recently announced as an honouree on the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce’s BDO Top 40 Under 40 list. We caught up with her to see what she’s been up to.   Q: What was your best memory during your time at OC? A: I am the project manager fo...

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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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