Shane Bishop, CEO of Catalyst Helathcare
Alumnus gives dose of support to Pharmacy Technician students

July 16, 2021

The CEO of Catalyst Healthcare is giving Pharmacy Technician students a dose of support with a gift to the Our Students, Your Health campaign. Shane Bishop, founder and CEO of Catalyst Healthcare, is donating $30,000 in support of Okanagan College’s Health Sciences Centre on the Kelowna campus. Bishop spent his first two years of post-secondary at the College, and the gift is his way of paying it forward to the organization and its students. “Okanagan College provides access to future careers and I wanted to be part of supporting students ...

Okanagan Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Associates
Oral surgeons give to thank Certified Dental Assistants

July 6, 2021

A local oral surgery group with offices in Kelowna and Vernon is investing in the education of Certified Dental Assistants (CDAs) with a gift to Okanagan College’s Our Students, Your Health campaign. Dr. Richard Bell, Dr. Russell Naito and Dr. Tom White of Okanagan Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Associates are donating $30,000 to support a state-of-the-art dental clinic in the College’s new Health Sciences Centre. The surgeons say the gift is a way to recognize and celebrate the work of their current staff and past employees. “We want to sh...

123Dentist members
College's modern dental clinic gets a boost from 123Dentist

June 28, 2021

123Dentist, Canada’s largest majority dentist-owned network of dental practices, is giving $30,000 to support Okanagan College’s state-of-the-art dental space located in the new $18.9-million Health Sciences Centre. The new clinic is a major upgrade for Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) students, who can now learn in private operatories comparable to today’s dental practices along with smart cameras and monitors for teaching and instruction. Ali Bozorgzad, Co-Founder and Executive Vice President of 123Dentist, says his organization was insp...


OC “Sticks Up” for Aboriginal Student Awards

Previous award recipient Yvonne Oppenheimer receiving her award

Sticks Up campaign returns, get involved now

OC Aboriginal Services and the OC Foundation have teamed up for the annual “Sticks Up” campaign. All of the proceeds from this event will benefit the OC “Sticks Up” for Aboriginal Students Award, an award presented to Indigenous students enrolled in any full-time study program.

How do you get involved?
For only $20 you can fill your bracket predicting the outcome of each series in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, with a chance to win one of three great prizes. Purchase your ticket by clicking the button below. If you don't want to play but still want to contribute to the student award, donations are accepted and you will receive a bonus entry into the door prize draw (Funko Pop! Connor McDavid figure).

Click here to enter

What can you win?

  • First Place - NHL Jersey of the winner's choice
  • Second Place - $100 gift card for Skip the Dishes
  • Third Place - $50 gift card for Steam online gaming

In addition, all entrants will be eligible for a draw to win a Funko Pop! Connor McDavid figure just for participating!

We expect that the playoffs will start on or about May 20, pending any delays in the NHL’s schedule due to COVID-19.

Vehicle Auctions – Bid Now and Support OC Trades

Okanagan College Foundation and the Collision Repair / RV Service Technician Trades programs are pleased to announce that the vehicle auction process has moved online. Interested bidders can visit the Foundation website to view current listings and submit a bid. Please note that there has recently been an update to our process that includes a shorter 5-day bidding cycle.

Vehicles are repaired by students under the watchful eyes of their instructors as part of their program training. Once fully restored, vehicles are inspected by an authorized inspector and upon approval, are posted for sale. Proceeds are held by Okanagan College Foundation for program support.

Currently, there are two vehicles available for bidding through the Collision Repair Trades program:

Full bidding information, as well as how to schedule a viewing, is available online.

The vehicle auctions will close at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 28.

If you have any questions, please e-mail

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 ...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 ...

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...

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. “...

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...


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 in the Advancement Office, download a registration form online, or from myOkanagan.