Office of the Registrar

Voter information

Voting for current candidates will commence on April 11, 2024.

Every eligible voter (students, OCFA faculty, BCGEU vocational instructors, BCGEU support staff, excluded support staff and Admin Association members) will receive their own personalize voting link via email on April 11.

Call for nominations extended

The 2024-26 nomination period has been extended for Education Council candidates from the following portfolios and regions. 

  • Business 
  • Health & Social Development
  • Trades 
  • South Okanagan Similkameen (by-election) 
  • Shuswap-Revelstoke (by-election)

Please see below for details. 

Board of Governors Election

2024 Election Dates

Nomination Period:
March 12
to March 26, 2024 at 4 p.m.

Candidate Names Published:
March 26, 2024 5 p.m.

Campaign Period: 
March 26 5 p.m.
to April 10, 2024

Election Dates:
April 11 
to April 17, 2024

Announcement of Results:
April 18, 2024

Appeal Deadline:
April 22, 2024

Board of Governors Election Candidates - Faculty/Instructional

Roger Wheeler (elected by acclamation)

Image of Roger Wheeler

I am keen to serve you, our institution, and community as a Governor in the OCFA/BCGEU-Vocational seat on the Board.

I possess extensive governance experience, having served on multiple community and industry association boards, spanning more than a decade. I am passionate about this volunteer work, and I have been recognized for my collegial governance approach with a President’s Award for “Extraordinary commitment to enabling the organization while ensuring involvement in decisions by those affected".

I am keen to serve you, our institution, and community as a Governor in the OCFA/BCGEU-Vocational seat on the Board.

I possess extensive governance experience, having served on multiple community and industry association boards, spanning more than a decade. I am passionate about this volunteer work, and I have been recognized for my collegial governance approach with a President’s Award for “Extraordinary commitment to enabling the organization while ensuring involvement in decisions by those affected".

Since joining OC faculty in 2010 I have intentionally sought volunteer roles with multidisciplinary groups (e.g. Research Ethics Board, Science & Technology CPRC), widening my perspective through collaboration with faculty, instructors, and administrators across the college. I am a champion of positive change and have been recognized for my efforts with an OC Employee Excellence Award (Key Directions). I have taught in Penticton, Vernon, Salmon Arm and Kelowna during my lengthy tenure and I have a sound understanding of the forces that shape our culture and work environment, as well as issues that most directly impact faculty and instructors. I have a teacher’s perspective, a governance skill set, and a strong desire to help OC grow and succeed.

Board of Governors Candidates - Support Staff

Doug Mehus

Doug Mehus

Hi, friends and colleagues! I’m Doug, a library technician in Library Services at Okanagan College, a shop steward at the K.L.O. Campus in Kelowna, and a member of your Bargaining Committee.  For the past two years, I have served as one of two organized labour Support Staff representatives on Education Council, reviewing course or program changes, academic policy revisions, and new courses or programs.

Hi, friends and colleagues! I’m Doug, a library technician in Library Services at Okanagan College, a shop steward at the K.L.O. Campus in Kelowna, and a member of your Bargaining Committee. For the past two years, I have served as one of two organized labour Support Staff representatives on Education Council, reviewing course or program changes, academic policy revisions, and new courses or programs. I have also sat on an ad hoc governance committee of Education Council to review all of Education Council’s policies and procedures, and I intend to continue this important work on that committee. Stagnant base funding from the provincial government and provincial government-adjacent organizations such as Skilled Trades B.C. together with recent federal government changes that limit the number of international student visas issued each year have made it clear a new post-secondary funding model is essential, as existing staff struggle with work-life balance pressures and students from ever-increasing tuition costs. So, with that in mind, I am looking to move into the organized labour Support Staff position on the Board of Governors to review and update the board’s strategic priorities it sets for its senior executive team, and thank you for your support.

Kevin Fukushima


 My name is Kevin Fukushima, and I am interested in serving a term on the Board of Governors. My first experience at Okanagan College was in the  early 2010’s as a mature student, which was so positive it inspired me to pursue a career at OC. I have now worked at Okanagan College for over 10  years in both BCGEU support staff and administration positions.

My name is Kevin Fukushima, and I am interested in serving a term on the Board of Governors. My first experience at Okanagan College was in the early 2010’s as a mature student, which was so positive it inspired me to pursue a career at OC. I have now worked at Okanagan College for over 10 years in both BCGEU support staff and administration positions. This experience has given me valuable insight into the activities, operations, and culture of Okanagan College, and allowed me to develop relationships throughout the organization. I am a passionate learner and have used the professional development opportunities available at OC to complete a bachelor’s degree, along with certificates and professional designations in occupational health and safety, enterprise risk management, and business continuity management. I strongly believe in the mission, vision, and values of OC and find great meaning and reward in supporting the transformation of lives and communities through education. I believe my experience and knowledge of Okanagan College, along with my expertise in safety and risk management would be valuable to the Board of Governors. Thank you for considering my candidacy. Kindly, Kevin Fukushima

Board of Governors Candidates - Students

Emmarith Balili

Emmarith Balili

Emma, a dynamic first-year student at Okanagan College – Kelowna campus, pursuing a Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Marketing, brings a wealth of diverse experience to the academic field and a fervent commitment to leadership. Hailing from the Philippines, she spent a decade in Dubai's corporate landscape specializing in marketing. 

Emma, a dynamic first-year student at Okanagan College – Kelowna campus, pursuing a Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Marketing, brings a wealth of diverse experience to the academic field and a fervent commitment to leadership. Hailing from the Philippines, she spent a decade in Dubai's corporate landscape specializing in marketing. Her professional journey encompasses marketing, customer relationship management, and education. Her dedication to community engagement and servant leadership has been evident since her formative years, earning her the Philippine President’s Leadership Award, the Mayor’s Special Award, and the Reader’s Digest’s Everyday Heroes Award. Her altruistic spirit extended to volunteering with esteemed organizations in the Philippines like the SHIFT Foundation, Southeast Asian Games, and Sinulog Foundation, as well as in Kelowna with the Central Okanagan Food Bank and The Salvation Army. During her bachelor collegiate years, she held pivotal roles in the Cebu Normal University’s Debating Club and the Commission on Elections office, while also spearheading the Campus Ministry Alumni. As a licensed teacher in the Philippines, she offers a unique perspective enriched by her educational background. Elected as the student representative on the Education Council at Okanagan College in fall 2023, using her previous teaching experience and currently as a student, she shares and voices valuable and balanced insights on the students' perspective to the council. Now, aspiring to join the Board of Governors, Emma is dedicated to actively contributing to the institution's mission and vision. Beyond academics, her love for comedy movies, intellectual discussions, and passion for travel define a multifaceted individual poised to make a significant impact.

Constantine Morgus

Constantine Morgus is a second-year Arts student pursuing a Criminal and Social Justice diploma. As someone who has navigated multiple political systems in the past, Constantine understands how the big picture shapes the lived experiences of not only those who fall prey to it but also individuals who remain on the sidelines. 

Constantine Morgus is a second-year Arts student pursuing a Criminal and Social Justice diploma. As someone who has navigated multiple political systems in the past, Constantine understands how the big picture shapes the lived experiences of not only those who fall prey to it but also individuals who remain on the sidelines. Therefore, he believes in the importance of all voices being heard. As a student member of the Board of Governors, Constantine hopes to see his beliefs translated into practical application for the benefit of the student body as a whole.

Lovedeep Singh

Hi there! I'm Lovedeep Singh, and I'm running for the Board of Governors at Okanagan College. Currently, I'm studying Bachelors of Computer Information Systems. I've been part of our college community for a while now, and I really get what student life is like here.  

Hi there! I'm Lovedeep Singh, and I'm running for the Board of Governors at Okanagan College. Currently, I'm studying Bachelors of Computer Information Systems . I've been part of our college community for a while now, and I really get what student life is like here. I've been involved in lots of stuff around campus, trying to make things better for everyone. I'm all about making sure students have a say in what happens at our college. That means making sure our voices are heard when decisions are made. I want to make sure things are fair and clear for everyone. I believe that education is super important, and I want to make sure that our college is a great place to learn and grow for all students. So, if you want someone who will listen to you and work hard for our college community, vote for me, Lovedeep Singh, for the Board of Governors!

Sukhmeet Kaur

Hi, I am Sukhmeet Kaur, an International student from India. I am enrolled in the Associate of Science degree program at the Kelowna Campus. As an international student, I understand the difference in education, and the post-secondary experience, among Canada and other countries.

Hi, I am Sukhmeet Kaur, an International student from India. I am enrolled in the Associate of Science degree program at the Kelowna Campus. As an international student, I understand the difference in education, and the post-secondary experience, among Canada and other countries. If given the opportunity, I would like my tenure to make use of my love of being creative, and solving problems, to focus on helping to bridge the gap between international and domestic students. I believe this will help provide the most optimal college experience, and a space where both domestic and international students alike are allowed to thrive and achieve their fullest potential.

Ben Harris

Hi, I’m Ben! I’m a second-year business student aspiring to complete the full BBA. I have loved my experience at the college but based on personal experiences and what I’ve heard from my fellow students, there are some issues that need fixing and I’m here to be your handyman!

Hi, I’m Ben! I’m a second-year business student aspiring to complete the full BBA. I have loved my experience at the college but based on personal experiences and what I’ve heard from my fellow students, there are some issues that need fixing and I’m here to be your handyman! Some include the Wi-Fi situation hindering people from attaining their learning goals, the lack of a U-Pass prohibiting students from accessing cheap transportation options, and the accessibility service that leaves a portion of students without accommodations in some of their classes. I intend to work along side the Board of Governors to help effectively fix these issues. As one of your current representatives with the OCSU, I intend to further develop connections and relationships between the OCSU and the BOG to decrease the gap between students and administrators. I hope that you’ll trust me with your vote.

Education Council Election

Term:  August 1, 2024 to July 31, 2026

Outstanding Positions : Faculty/Instructor (Program Areas: Business, Health & Social Development, Trades ) - one position for each Program Area for a total of three positions 
View eligibility requirements
 

To submit your application:

  1. Gather all supporting documents
  2. Download and complete three nomination forms
    1. Attach completed forms to the online application as part of step 3
  3. Submit an online application (form is open during the nomination period, see below for dates)

2024 Election Dates for outstanding positions

Nomination Period:
March 28
to April 12, 2024 at 4 p.m.

Candidate Names Published:
April 15, 2024 

Campaign Period: 
April 16
to April 29, 2024

Election Dates:
April 30 
to May 6, 2024

Announcement of Results:
May 7, 2024

 

Appeal Deadline:
May 9, 2024

2024 Election Dates for current candidates

Nomination Period:
March 12
to March 26, 2024 at 4 p.m.

Candidate Names Published:
March 26, 2024 5 p.m.

Campaign Period: 
March 26 5 p.m.
to April 10, 2024

Election Dates:
April 11 
to April 17, 2024

Announcement of Results:
April 18, 2024

Appeal Deadline:
April 22, 2024

Educational Council Candidates - Support Staff

Michelle Somerville

I have worked at OUC/OC since 1991 in support roles. I have been an Education Advisor at the Kelowna campus since 2005, advising both international and domestic students. I feel I have a strong understanding of the admission requirements, program requirements, policies, and procedures at Okanagan College.

I have worked at OUC/OC since 1991 in support roles. I have been an Education Advisor at the Kelowna campus since 2005, advising both international and domestic students. I feel I have a strong understanding of the admission requirements, program requirements, policies, and procedures at Okanagan College. I have advocated for fairness in admissions and academic processes on behalf of students (both international and domestic). I have been a support staff member of Education Council since November 2019 and have enjoyed the opportunity to learn even more about the various programs and courses offered at Okanagan College. I believe I can be an asset to Education Council and assist in carrying out OC’s Mission, Vision and Values by sharing my knowledge of OC and of its students. A lifetime resident of the Okanagan region, I enjoy camping, crafting, travelling and spending time with my family.

Shannon Hawthorne

Starting at Okanagan College as a Program Assistant in the Health & Social Development Portfolio, Shannon Hawthorne continues to advance her career in the Provost & VP Academic Office as Executive Assistant. She currently sits on two EDISJ Committees at the College  and supports the administration of Provost Council and Associate Deans Council for the institution.

Starting at Okanagan College as a Program Assistant in the Health & Social Development Portfolio, Shannon Hawthorne continues to advance her career in the Provost & VP Academic Office as Executive Assistant. She currently sits on two EDISJ Committees at the College and supports the administration of Provost Council and Associate Deans Council for the institution. Shannon graduated from SAIT with a Legal Assistant diploma and from the University of Calgary with a degree in Law & Society.

Kristine Wickner

Kristine has been working at Okanagan College since 2016 in recruitment and then marketing for the Shuswap-Revelstoke region. She immediately became active in the Union taking on the role of steward and recently elected to the bargaining unit for BCGEU support staff. 

She has been a strong voice at the Joint Union Management table advocating for maintaining the identities and culture of regional campuses. She also has been raising issues around the need to maintain a respectful and collegial work environment as we navigate significant organizational changes. Kristine brings governance experience that will be invaluable in an elected position having held many positions on her local electoral district association and union work. She is passionate about the role of community colleges as sacred public institutions that should be managed with the utmost care with values of transparency and accountability at the forefront. We are in a moment in time when public systems are struggling, and post-secondary is undergoing big changes with legislation around international students. It’s more important than ever to have people in check and balance positions that can think critically and are grounded in solutions-based dialogue.

Education Council Candidates - Science/Technology

Youry Khmelevsky

Dr. Youry Khmelevsky is the Computer Science Department (COSC) Chair at Okanagan College (OC). He has been working at COSC since August 2005 and has taught the following courses: COSC 224, 236, 470, 471, 434, 404, 416, 437, and 436. 

Dr. Youry Khmelevsky is the Computer Science Department (COSC) Chair at Okanagan College (OC). He has been working at COSC since August 2005 and has taught the following courses: COSC 224, 236, 470, 471, 434, 404, 416, 437, and 436. He has also participated in the development of PostBacc programs (Cybersecurity and Video Game Development). He has a Ph.D. in computer science from the Academy of Science of Ukraine and a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering from Kyiv Polytechnic Institute, Ukraine, with Distinction (GPA 4.98/5). He also completed a postdoctoral study in the United States at Harvard University in 1997, where he conducted a research project called "University Management and Information Revolution," funded by IREX/USIS. He was a visiting scientist at the Computer Science Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2010-2011 and at Sorbonne University in 2018-2019 (Databases and Machine Learning Department). Dr. Khmelevsky also holds more than 10 years of broad industrial and business experience (from R&D researcher to CIO) and about 30 years of teaching and training experience in universities, colleges and industries of the US, Canada, South Pacific and Europe. His research interests include software engineering, cybersecurity and data protection, AI and Machine Learning, high-performance and cloud computing, and relational and special database management systems.

Morgan Martin

I have been teaching in the Biology Department since 2014, and have taught at the Kelowna, Vernon, and Penticton campuses. I am currently the chair of the Biology Department and have been a voting member of EdCo for the past two years. Recently, I have also been part of the Curriculum Criteria and Calendar Committee of EdCo.

I have been teaching in the Biology Department since 2014, and have taught at the Kelowna, Vernon, and Penticton campuses. I am currently the chair of the Biology Department and have been a voting member of EdCo for the past two years. Recently, I have also been part of the Curriculum Criteria and Calendar Committee of EdCo. Over the past two years, I have liked getting a more global perspective on college affairs. I would like to continue my participation for another term, representing faculty in Science and Technology. I am not shy to speak up in support of fair, realistic and inclusive policies. Thank-you for your consideration!

Education Council Candidate - Arts

Jillian Garrett (elected by acclamation)

I have been continuing faculty in Communications since 2007, currently serving as department chair. In addition to this work, I sit on the college's Accessibility Committee and the 2SLGBTQQIA+ Resource Group. 

I have been continuing faculty in Communications since 2007, currently serving as department chair. In addition to this work, I sit on the college's Accessibility Committee and the 2SLGBTQQIA+ Resource Group. I am also the OCFA representative on FPSE’s Academic Governance Committee. Outside the college, I am on the Boards of the Kelowna Art Gallery and Advocacy Canada.

I am seeking my second term as the Arts representative on Education Council. In my first term I served as Vice Chair from September 2022 until April 2023, Acting Chair until August 2023, and Chair for the 2023-24 term. Should I retain the Arts seat on Education Council, I hope to be re-elected Chair for 2024-25.

As Education Council Chair I have had the opportunity to coordinate several important initiatives intended both to revitalize and modernize Education Council’s procedures and processes, as well as to support the authority and integrity of Education Council within the model of collegial governance legislated by the College and Institute Act. This is work I am passionate about and hope to have the opportunity to continue in the future. Thank you in advance for your support.

Education Council Candidate - Foundational

Amanda Krebs (elected by acclamation)

I am a vocational instructor and have worked at Okanagan College since 2013. I have served on EdCo since 2017 and hope to continue in this role. I am also on the Ad Hoc Governance Committee and the Operations Committee.

I am a vocational instructor and have worked at Okanagan College since 2013. I have served on EdCo since 2017 and hope to continue in this role. I am also on the Ad Hoc Governance Committee and the Operations Committee.

Education Council byelection

Education Council - Faculty/Instructional Byelection - South Okanagan Similkameen

Term: from date elected until July 31, 2025

View eligibility requirements

To submit your application:

  1. Gather all supporting documents
  2. Download and complete three nomination forms
    1. Attach completed forms to the online application as part of step 3
  3. Submit an online application (form is open during the nomination period, see below for dates)

2024 Byelection (South Okanagan Silmilkameen) Dates for Education Council

Nomination Period:
March 28, 2024
to April 12, 2024 at 4 p.m

Candidates Names Published:
April 15, 2024 

Campaign Period:
April 16 
to April 29, 2024

Election Dates:
April 30, 2024 
to May 6, 2024

Announcement of Results:
May 7, 2024

Appeal Deadline:
May 9, 2024

Education Council byelection

Education Council - Faculty/Instructional Byelection - Shuswap Revelstoke

Term: August 1, 2024 until July 31, 2025

View eligibility requirements

To submit your application:

  1. Gather all supporting documents
  2. Download and complete three nomination forms
    1. Attach completed forms to the online application as part of step 3
  3. Submit an online application (form is open during the nomination period, see below for dates)

2024 Byelection (Shuswap Revelstoke) Dates for Education Council

Nomination Period:
March 28, 2024
to April 12, 2024 at 4 p.m

Candidates Names Published:
April 15, 2024

Campaign Period:
April 16 
to April 29, 2024

Election Dates:
April 30, 2024 
to May 6, 2024

Announcement of Results:
May 7, 2024

Appeal Deadline:
May 9, 2024

Elections: Board of Governors and Education Council

Elections for positions on Okanagan College Board of Governors are conducted by the Registrar’s Office.  Questions may be emailed to elections@okanagan.bc.ca.

Election rules

Elections for positions on Okanagan College Education Council are conducted by the Registrar’s Office.  Questions may be emailed to elections@okanagan.bc.ca.

Election rules

Eligibility Requirements

Faculty/Instructor

Faculty/Instructor member means any faculty member or vocational instructor employed by Okanagan College who is a member of the Okanagan College Faculty Association or BC Government and Service Employees’ Union (Vocational Instructors).

Any faculty member or vocational instructor shall be deemed eligible to stand for election if they in good standing with their representative group and have an employment contract or a reasonable expectation of a contract that covers the period of the term of office.

Support staff

Support staff member means any individual employed by Okanagan College who is a member of BC Government and Service Employees’ Union Support Staff or covered by the Terms and Conditions for Administrators or Excluded Staff and is not in a position excluded under Appendix A.

Any support staff member shall be deemed eligible to stand for election if they in good standing with their representative group and have an employment contract or a reasonable expectation of a contract that covers the period of the term of office.

Student 

Student means any person enrolled as a student at Okanagan College in a program approved by Education Council.

Eligibility to stand for election and to hold office.

Be deemed to be in good standing by the Registrar. Any Student is eligible be nominated to be a Student elected member with the following exception: that a Student candidate may not be employed by the College as a Support Staff, Faculty or Educational Administrator except when the employment falls under one of the following: Letter of Understanding #1 - Student Employees, Letter of Understanding #2 – Co-operative Education Students and Letter of Understanding #3 – Research Projects as part of the Collective Agreement between Okanagan College (Support Staff) and the B.C. Government and Service Employees’ Union (2014-2019 and as renegotiated).  Be considered a Student on the day the election is held.

Appeal committee

BCGEU Vocational representative (even years) - OCFA representative (odd years)
BCGEU Support representative
VSA representative (even years) - OCSU representative (odd years)

Note: OCFA & BCGEU Vocational and OCSU & VSAOC agreed to serve on alternate years.