Support flows in for two OC Water Engineering Technology students

By Public Affairs | April 26, 2021

 Photo credit: WSABC. Kyra Marsden receives a $1,000 scholarship from lifetime WSABC member Bruce Wilson
Photo credit: WSABC. OC student Kyra Marsden receives a $1,000 scholarship

The Water Supply Association of B.C. turned on the taps to support for two Okanagan College Water Engineering Technology (WET) students in April. 

Kyra Marsden and Kyle Giesbrecht are the recipients of $1,000 scholarships from the Association. In her award application, Marsden noted that currently in B.C., only 8% of the operators in the water and wastewater fields are women. She is aiming to change that by landing a career in water treatment.

Kyle Giesbrecht receives a $1,000 WSABC scholarship

Kyle Giesbrecht says he initially had doubts going into the program, but his hard work and perseverance has earned him standing on the Dean’s List twice. Giesbrecht, who self-identifies as Indigenous, noted that his goal is to take his skills, knowledge and work experiences and apply them to help those First Nations communities in B.C. and Canada that struggle with having clean drinking water. 

Read the full article

Tags: Water Engineering, Technologies, Inside OC



Sign up for weekly stories


Brian White, Biology Professor
Meet Bryan White, Biology Professor

July 6, 2021

Q: What is your education and background? A: I have an undergraduate degree with honours in biochemistry, a masters degree in post-secondary Education, a PhD degree in Medicine (Focus on reproduction and the signals that initiate labour), and postdoctoral  research in animal reproduction and vascular (blood vessel) development.  Q: What is your area of interest? A: Although I started in Biochemistry, as time went on I seemed to transition over to Anatomy and Physiology (A&P). T...

Victor Flint and Sharla Flint
OC student follows in her father’s footsteps as RV Service Technician

June 17, 2021

As an RV Service Technician instructor at Okanagan College, Victor Flint welcomes hundreds of new faces to the classroom each year, but none so familiar as his own daughter, Sharla, who is proudly following in his footsteps. Sharla will join nearly 300 students from various Okanagan College Trades and Apprenticeship programs who will take an important step towards their career path at the virtual Commencement ceremony tonight (Thursday, June 17). Sharla recently completed the Recreation Vehicle Service Technician Foundation program at the C...

Guessy Wang at Pond Inlet, Nunavet
The road to Harvard: Okanagan College graduate continues her quest for knowledge

June 3, 2021

Dr. Guessy Wang is no stranger to the graduation stage having already secured a Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Dental Surgery. Wang will be adding a third degree to her name, graduating from Okanagan College with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, an impressive feat that has propelled her to Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health where she will begin her search for a solution to help address dental obstacles within Canada’s northern population. Wang came to Canada from China as an international student. She attended the...

Growing Green Earth Day
OC doing its part to reduce emissions

April 22, 2021

As the world’s leaders gather on Earth Day 2021 to discuss steps to battle climate change, Okanagan College is pointing to recent statistics that demonstrate how far its energy savings efforts are advancing B.C.’s sustainability agenda. Calculations completed this week show that OC has reduced its total overall greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) by 44 per cent since 2007 – this in the face of an overall growth in space of 44 per cent in the same period. The calculations show that OC has managed to decrease its per-square-metre emissions by more...