Stewart Family
Stewart family invests in health at Okanagan College

April 16, 2021

The Stewart family is donating $50,000 to support the education of health care professionals at Okanagan College. The gift will recognize Rosemary and Richard “Dick” Stewart. Dick, a founder of Quails’ Gate Estate Winery and Kelowna City Councillor, passed away nearly one year ago at the age of 94. According to his son Ben Stewart, MLA for Kelowna West, the gift reflects his father’s passion for education. “My dad believed education creates opportunities for people to lead independent and fulfilling lives,” says Ben. “He saw education as a ...

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OCSU members
Students invest in Health Sciences Centre

April 7, 2021

It’s an investment in future students and community health, and one the Okanagan College Students’ Union (OCSU) says is even more important in light of the ongoing pandemic. OCSU is donating $15,000 to the Okanagan College Foundation’s Our Students, Your Health campaign to complete construction of a new Health Sciences Centre on the Kelowna campus. “It’s always good to invest in education, but the pandemic has really brought to the forefront how important nurses and other health care providers are," says Joseph Welton, OCSU board member. “T...

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Kristen Diehl
Staff lotto marks 101 new players

March 30, 2021

The jackpot for the Okanagan College Foundation’s 50/50 staff lottery is now nearly $900 per payday thanks to both 101 new participants signing up, and several existing participants increasing their bi-weekly entries. The Okanagan College Foundation has set a goal to have 150 new players sign up in the Staff Lottery by Nov. 30, 2021. Since launching on Giving Tuesday (November 30, 2020), 101 Okanagan College employees and faculty have joined on, with the hopes of winning cash while supporting student emergency bursaries. The latest winner w...

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Vernon Trades student
Knuever Legacy Fund makes major investment in Vernon students

March 30, 2021

A new awards fund at Okanagan College will more than double the value of annual support available for students attending the Vernon campus. Kurt and Jutta Knuever have donated $210,000 to create the K&J Knuever Legacy Awards, which will provide up to $70,000 annually in tuition and living support to students entering trades programs or the Health Care Assistant program over the next three years. The awards reflect the value the Knuever family place on education, especially hands-on skills training that can add value to an individual’s l...

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Vanessa Marshall (right) practicing her skills on fellow Therapist Assistant student Hannah Koch
Long connection inspires major gift by Friesen family

March 22, 2021

A decades-long connection to Okanagan College and a desire to give back to community is inspiring a $150,000 donation by the Friesen family to the Okanagan College Foundation. The family gift will support the Our Students, Your Health campaign to complete and equip the College’s new Health Sciences Centre on the Kelowna campus. The gift reflects a strong connection to the College. Dianne Friesen worked at Okanagan College in the mid-1970s. In 1984, her husband Rod started Voyager RV and their son Jason who is running the business is gratefu...

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Rhyscia Cerda
Staff Lottery celebrates major milestone

March 15, 2021

It's been only three months since the Okanagan College Foundation set an ambitious goal, called the Staff Lotto Stretch, to sign up 150 new participants to its 50/50 Staff Lottery by December of this year. Now, they're thanking faculty and employees for stepping up in a major way with 50 new sign ups to date.  "We have more people playing the Staff Lotto than ever before," says Dawn Douglas, Okanagan College Foundation Executive Assistant and Staff Lottery administrator. "Our jackpot is now more than $700 every payday and an additional $700...

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OC Serves Up
College culinary program supports students facing food insecurity

March 15, 2021

When Mariko Nagata picks up a free lunch at Okanagan College she likens it to a warm hug. The mother of two was laid off during the start of the COVID-19 pandemic giving her a chance to return to school and enrol in the Culinary and Pastry Arts program. Now, she's helping cook healthy meals that not only support her during her studies but a range of fellow students who are facing food insecurity. “It's nice to be able to access this help and the food is always so beautifully presented,” says Nagata. “I think it makes a difference in a lot ...

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First-year nursing student, Katelyn McGillivray
Retired nurse donates $50k to Health Sciences Centre

March 11, 2021

Many things have changed since Delphine Stone went to nursing school more than 60 years ago, but she’s sure one element still holds true: the positive role education plays in one’s life. In honour of the value of education, Stone is donating $50,000 to the Our Students, Your Health campaign for a new Health Sciences Centre on the Kelowna campus. “Education really changed my life,” recalls Stone, who was the youngest of 11 children and grew up on a farm near Battleford, Saskatchewan. Stone remembers receiving a $100 award from the Hospita...

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Ford donation to OC
Okanagan College automotive program receives donation from Ford of Canada and Orchard Ford

March 8, 2021

Contribution of a 2020 Ford F-150 will allow students to gain valuable hands-on experience Automotive trades students at Okanagan College are getting a big boost for their education with the arrival of a shiny new training tool on which they can hone their skills. Ford of Canada and Orchard Ford are donating a 2020 Ford F-150 to the College to be used by students in its automotive service training programs. The vehicle has arrived at the Kelowna campus and will be put to good use in the shop immediately, notes Dean of Trades Steve Moores. “...

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CIS grad, Terra Laurin and her son
CFUW Kelowna celebrates 60 years of empowering women

February 26, 2021

Before there was Okanagan College or the University of British Columbia Okanagan (UBCO), a small group of women met to discuss how they could contribute to their community and promote higher education for women. Today, that group, known as the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) Kelowna chapter, are celebrating 60 years of community impact and support for female students. More than $175,000 has been donated to female students at Okanagan College over the last 30 years including eight awards for students this year alone. “If we ca...

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OC 50/50 Staff Lottery winner

Congratulations to Kristen Diehl from Trades, Kelowna campus who has won the Friday, Feb. 26, 2021 staff lottery draw for $717.50.

In 2020, 182 Okanagan College students experienced a financial emergency. The Okanagan College Foundation 50/50 Staff Lottery provides funding for emergency bursaries for our students. Because of you, more than $16,000 was raised last year to support emergency financial assistance for students. So often, an emergency bursary can mean the difference between a student completing their education – or not.

Sign up today to have your chance at winning a cash prize while supporting our students! Already participating? Consider increasing your chances with more entries. If you are interested in joining over 200 of your colleagues who already participate, please contact Dawn Douglas at ddouglas@okanagan.bc.ca in the Advancement Office, download a registration form online, or from myOkanagan.

Jim Hodgson and Joy Bianco
Giving to the health of the community

January 29, 2021

A retired Kelowna couple are donating $30,000 to Okanagan College’s Health Sciences Centre to support the health of the community. Jim Hodgson and Joy Bianco are supporting the Our Students and Your Health Campaign with a gift they say recognizes their passion for the Okanagan. “Kelowna is a beautiful place. We’ve seen so many changes here for the positive, and it’s feels good to support the community,” says Bianco, who was born in Kelowna but spent her formative years in Vancouver. Bianco adds education has always been central to her fami...

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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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Miller Family
Loved nurse honoured with a major gift to the College

December 23, 2020

She was the type of nurse who was working even when she was off. If the phone rang in the middle of the night, Mary Miller would go to the hospital to help her colleagues. In celebration of all the love she gave her patients and especially those closest to her, the Miller family are making a $150,000 donation to Okanagan College’s new Health Sciences Centre. The gift honours Mary, who passed away in October at age 83. “My Mary would be so pleased and so honoured that we’re doing this for her,” says Dean Miller, her husband of 62 years and c...

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Zahra Salon and Spa team
Zahra Salon takes a cut for College fundraiser

December 18, 2020

Experience in – and experience of – health care services has led management of Zahra Salon and Spa to turn their attention until the end of January to supporting the education of health care professionals at Okanagan College. Zahra Salon will be inviting its customers to make a holiday or New Year donation to the College’s Our Students Your Health campaign, along with selling raffle tickets for a gift basket valued at $1,000. The salon’s medical spa will also be donating 10 per cent of all laser treatments services to the campaign during th...

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Laura and Mark Hetherington
Season’s Eatings fundraiser surpasses fundraising goal

December 10, 2020

An evening celebrating festive cooking virtually is resulting in a very real-world impact for Okanagan College health care students. Season’s Eatings, a virtual cooking class and wine tasting fundraiser hosted by the Okanagan College Foundation, raised $315,000 on the evening of Dec. 3, surpassing its $250,000 goal. The virtual cooking and wine tasting class featured Okanagan College Culinary and Pastry Arts instructors and their students who walked participants through how to cook a gourmet dinner consisting of mouth-watering stuffed turke...

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