Alumnus gives dose of support to Pharmacy Technician students

By Public Affairs | July 16, 2021
           

Shane Bishop, CEO of Catalyst Helathcare
Shane Bishop, CEO of Catalyst Healthcare

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 entering the pharmacy sector,” he says.

“This new Health Sciences Centre is an incredible advancement in the capability of what the College can offer and it’s great to be part of it.”

Bishop is no stranger to innovation in health care. Starting his career at a time when technology was poised to transform the pharmacy sector, he began exploring how automation could improve medication packaging and care instructions. This focus on technology and innovation led to the founding of Catalyst Healthcare, a company specializing in medication management for pharmacies and patients.

Catalyst Healthcare’s gift will support a new ante room where Pharmacy Technician students will practice making custom medications along with undergoing strict cleaning and gowning protocols before entering an aseptic lab.

This gift creates pride and encouragement for our students who see that an alumnus and owner of a health care business is investing in their education,” says Yvonne Moritz, OC’s Interim Dean of Science, Technology and Health.

Moritz adds the ante room is a new space for Pharmacy Technician students that wasn’t previously available.

“Thank you to Shane and Catalyst Healthcare for supporting state-of-the-art learning spaces for our health care students.”

The Okanagan College Foundation is now $1 million away from reaching its $5-million fundraising goal to equip and complete the new Health Sciences Centre.

The Foundation is inviting the business sector to support the education of eight high demand health care professions so the Centre is ready when students return to face-to-face learning this fall.

Visit www.OurStudentsYourHealth.com to learn more.



Tags: OC Foundation, Pharmacy Technician, Health Sciences Centre, Health and Social Development, Kelowna

TOP STORIES

RELATED STORIES

Sign up for weekly stories




Trending

Sean McFetridge
Meet Sean McFetridge, OC alumnus

November 1, 2021

After an intense wildfire season, heatwaves and droughts, the need for Canadians to conserve water is more crucial than ever. That’s where OC alumnus Sean McFetridge comes in. He and his wife, Alisha McFetridge, co-founded RainStick Shower, a WiFi-enabled smart shower system that aims to solve water and energy waste by up to 80%. We caught up with Sean to hear more about what he’s been up to since graduating from OC in 2011. Where is your hometown and where are you located now?Kelo...

Read more...
Kelly Terbasket
kinSHIFT: a powerful—and local—way to learn about Truth and Reconciliation

September 27, 2021

Kelly Terbasket of IndigenEYEZ has created a new sister organization for allies—kinSHIFT. Launched this spring, kinSHIFT is a tailored set of workshops for non-Indigenous allies who want to take the next step. Designed in response to increasing requests from people who want to be genuine allies, kinSHIFT is a safer space to do the work.                                                                          ------------ As a person of mixed heritage, I've always felt the divide between cultures and wanted to be part of bridging awareness a...

Read more...
English Professor Hannah Calder reads while sitting in her home office by a window
Why We Write: Poets of Vernon

September 10, 2021

The writing community of Vernon is taking centre stage in a new film produced by OC English Professor and self-proclaimed budding filmmaker Hannah Calder. For the last four years, Calder has been collaborating with Curtis and Silmara Emde on Why We Write: Poets of Vernon, a film project originally sparked in 2017. Curtis, an OUC alumnus, has stayed in touch with his first-year English professor, Tom Wayman, since completing his studies. When Wayman released his collection of music-...

Read more...
Ty Sideroff story
Ty Sideroff

September 3, 2021

“I have always been interested in our anatomy and exercising so I enrolled in OC’s Kinesiology Diploma program. My first year was going really well, then COVID-19 hit. I was able to finish the first year in an online format. However, starting school in September completely online, I was struggling to stay engaged with my studies. Before COVID, many of our classes would be active and in the gym. I found it hard to stay present with everything online and not having the same convers...

Read more...