About the OCFA
The OC Faculty Association represents more than 300 faculty members of Okanagan College. It serves to maintain and promote the professional status of the members of the Association, to regulate relations between faculty and OC through collective bargaining, and to function as a trade union pursuant to the laws of British Columbia.
|First VP, Chief Steward||Rod Watkinsfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Second VP, Bargaining Chair||Alan Riceemail@example.com|
|Faculty Liaison - Arts||Raluca Fratiloiufirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Faculty Liaison - Business||Vacant|
|Faculty Liaison - Health||Gurpreet Dhattemail@example.com|
|Faculty Liaison - Non-Instructional||Sarah Lefeburefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Faculty Liaison - Science||Bruce Campbellemail@example.com|
|Faculty Liaison - Technology||Joe Hobartfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Area Representative - Kelowna||Laura Loewenemail@example.com|
|Area Representative - Penticton||Jeremy Beaulnefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Area Representative - Salmon Arm||Brian Mayemail@example.com|
|Area Representative - Vernon||Vacant|
|Decolonization, Reconciliation, and Indigenization Representative||Dallas Good Waterfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Human Rights and International Solidarity Rep||Tim Waltersemail@example.com|
|Non-Continuing Faculty Representative||Emma Lindfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Pension Advisory Representative||Elena Mitropolskyemail@example.com|
|Status of Women Representative||Eva Gavarisfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Workplace Health, Safety, Environment Representative||Youry Khmelevskyemail@example.com|
|Ad Hoc Climate Emergency Committee||Linda Elmosefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Professional & Scholarly Development Committee||Sean Johnston||SJohnston@okanagan.bc.ca|
|Contract Administration Review||Rod Watkinsemail@example.com|
|Bargaining Coordination||Alan Ricefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Disability Management & Rehabilitation||Laura Loewenemail@example.com|
|Decolonization, Reconciliation & Indigenization||Norah Bowman||NBowman@okanagan.bc.ca|
|Education Policy||Alan Ricefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Human Rights & International Solidarity||Terry Bridges||TBridges@okanagan.bc.ca|
|Status of Women||Olivia Sullivan||OSullivan@okanagan.bc.ca|
|Pension Advisory||Elena Mitropolskyemail@example.com|
|Workplace Health, Safety & Environment||Youry Khmelevsky||YKhmelevsky@okanagan.bc.ca|
|Non-Regular Faculty||Emma Lindfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|President's Council||Sharon Mansiereemail@example.com|
|College Pension Board of Trustees||Doug Birtwistlefirstname.lastname@example.org|
Professional Development (PD) Committees
Corinna Chong (English)
Sean Johnston (English)
Science, Technologies & Health (STH)
Carolyn Hawes (Nursing)
John Kenny (Civil Engineering Technology)
ESL (Extended Study Leave)
Andrew Hay (Chair)
Yvonne Moritz (OC)
Allison O'Neill (Technologies)
Leora Dahl (Arts)
Julie Dais (Science)
Lindsay Willson (Non-Instructional)
Mark Ziebarth (Business)
GIA (Grants in Aid)
Ross Tyner (Chair)
Youry Khmelevsky (STH)
Sean Johnston (AFP)
Glendon Wiebe (Non-Instructional)
Blair Baldwin (Business)
Professional Allowance Committee
Jennifer Hobart (Chair) (Mathematics & Statistics)
Yvonne Moritz (College Rep)
Laura Loewen (Psychology)
OCFA Investment Committee*
Doug Birtwistle (Chair) (Mathematics & Statistics)
Steve Watson (Business)
Roën Janyk (Library)
Elena Mitropolsky (Business)
*OCFA Council Standing Committee
OCFA Human Rights & International Solidarity Committee*
Terry Bridges (Chair) (Physics & Astronomy)
Norah Bowman (Interdisciplinary Studies/English)
Bruce Campbell (Biology)
*OCFA Council Standing Committee
Council meetings are via Zoom and scheduled 2-5 pm
Winter General Meeting: January 29, 5:30 - 8:30 pm
AGM: April 30, 5:30 - 8:30 pm
Spoiler alert! Like everything right now, socials are online.
Socials are an opportunity to meet with members of the executive and council of your union, as well as with other faculty. The locations below represent which campus representative is hosting, but socials are open to all members across campuses.
No socials are currently scheduled.
OCFA Collective Agreement (two components)
March 31, 2019 - April 1, 2022
Note: The 2019-2022 agreement is active but OCFA has not yet received an updated copy. The old agreement on the website will be updated when a copy of the new agreement is available.
Information about conditions of your employment and common FAQs.
OCFA Constitution & Bylaws
Find the important dates and deadlines contained in the collective agreement. If you are in doubt about these dates or if you have any other questions, consult the collective agreement and/or your shop steward .
Probation (Collective agreement reference: Clause 15.3): OC shall notify employees, in writing, not less than two months prior to the expiration of their probationary period indicating whether the probationary period has been successfully completed. An employee who does not receive notification within the specified period shall be deemed to have completed the probationary period.
Professional Development (Collective agreement reference: Article 22): 2-year cycle April 1, 2018 - March 31, 2020. Apply at any time.
Extended Study Leave (Collective agreement reference: Article 24): An employee shall apply to the Extended Study Leave Committee for extended study leave by October 1 of the calendar year preceeding the year in which the extended study leave is to commence. The Extended Study Leave Committee shall review applications no later than November 1 each year and recommend to the OC President candidates for extended study leave. Approval or rejection of an application for extended study leave shall be given by December 1.
Annual Reports (Collective agreement reference: Section 21.1.1): For continuing members, annual reports are to be submitted to the designated supervisor by May 15, for the preceding calendar year. A designated supervisor who wishes to use a faculty member's annual report as part of a summative evaluation must meet with the employee by June 15. The employee has the right to union representation at such a meeting. Term employees are not required to submit an annual report.
Professional Allowance (Collective agreement reference: Clause 37.7): Apply by May 31 to claim expenses incurred during the preceding year.
Vacation (Collective agreement reference: Section 39.1.3): Apply by March 31; OC posts schedule by April 15.
Assignment of Duties for instructional faculty (Collective agreement reference: Section 18.1.3): whenever possible, by May 31.
Salary Increments (Collective agreement reference: Clause 33.4): All continuing faculty members who were employed by OC as of March 31, 2006 shall receive a salary increment each April 1, until the maximum salary is reached. All other employees receive an increment on the anniversary date of the starting day of continuous employment with OC.
Department Chairs (Collective agreement reference: Clause 25.6): The term of a Chair shall normally begin on July 1 and shall normally have a length of three years.
Retirement (Collective agreement reference: Section 26.1.1): Please note that as of January 1, 2008 this collective agreement language is inconsistent with current British Columbia Human Rights legislation which effectively put an end to mandatory retirement. Whle the normal retirement date of June 30 is unchanged there is no longer under our collective agreement any requirement for an employee to retire at age 65.
Resignation (Collective agreement reference: Section 26.3.1): A continuing employee or full-time term employee may resign from any appointment by giving at least two months' notice in writing to the OC President. The resignation shall take effect on the June 30 following the submission of the resignation notice or at the end of his or her appointment term whichever is earlier unless an earlier date is mutually acceptable.
Grievance (Collective agreement reference: Clause 32.2): An employee who wishes to present a grievance at Step 1 of the grievance procedure shall do so by informing his or her designated supervisor in writing no later than 30 working days after the date:
a) which he or she was notified orally or in writing of the action or circumstance giving rise to the grievance; or
b) on which he or she first became aware of the action or circumstances giving rise to the grievance.
Forms for Faculty
PD application and report forms.
Claims are normally submitted once per year through Moodle. Purchases must be made by May 15 of the given year, unless otherwise noted. The form is available through myOkanagan or Moodle.
Grants-in-Aid guidelines and application information.
Extended Study Leave (ESL)
Application form and guidelines.
Find forms including expense claims, mileage claims, and other forms through myOkanagan.
The Update is OCFA's newsletter to members. It is usually published two to three times annually. The Update contains reports from members of Council and the Executive as well as letters to the editor from OCFA members. Published digitally in PDF format, issues are distributed by e-mail and via this website. Please address any questions about the Update to its editor, Sasha Johnston, OCFA Secretary.
The Update welcomes letters to the editor from members of the Association. Members are encouraged to write either in response to what they read in the newsletter or about other Faculty Association matters. Letters to the Update do not represent the opinions of the editor nor the OCFA Executive. Letters should be sent by e-mail to Sasha Johnston. Preferred formats are MS Word (.doc), rtf or plain text.
Archive of Issues (2014 - Current)
2006 - 2013
Links to Legislation and Government Bodies
Other Canadian Faculty Associations & Federations
University of British Columbia Faculty Association
British Columbia Institute of Technology Faculty and Staff Association
BC Open University Faculty Association
Capilano College Faculty Association
Kwantlen Faculty Association
University College of the Fraser Valley Faculty and Staff Association
Malaspina Faculty Association
University of Northern British Columbia Faculty Association
Selkirk College Faculty
Simon Fraser University Faculty Association
Thompson Rivers University Faculty Association
Vancouver Community College Faculty Association
University of Victoria Faculty Association
Association of Academic Staff: University of Alberta
Athabasca University Faculty Association
The Faculty Association of the University of Calgary
University of Lethbridge Faculty Association
Lethbridge Community College Faculty Association
Mount Royal Faculty Association
SAIT Academic Faculty Association
Brock University Faculty Association
Carleton University Academic Staff Association
University of Guelph Faculty Association
Lakehead University Faculty Association
Laurentian University Faculty Association
McMaster University Faculty Association
Nipissing University Faculty Association
Association of Professors - University of Ottawa
Queen's University Faculty Association
Ryerson Faculty Association
University of Toronto Faculty Association
Trent University Faculty Association
Faculty Association of the University of Waterloo
University of Western Ontario Faculty Association
Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty Association
University of Windsor Faculty Association
York University Faculty Association
Association of Professors of Bishop's University
Concordia University Faculty Association
Syndicat des professeurs et professeures de l'Université Laval
Association des professeurs de l'École Polytechnique de Montréal
McGill Association of University Teachers
Syndicat général des professeurs de l'Université de Montréal
Le Syndicat des professeures et professeurs de l'Université du Québec à Rimouski
Syndicat des professeures et professeurs de l'Université de Sherbrooke
Association of University of New Brunswick Teachers
Acadia University Faculty Association
Cape Breton University Faculty Association
Dalhousie Faculty Association
Mount Allison Faculty Association
Mount Saint Vincent University Faculty Association
University of Prince Edward Island Faculty Association
St. Francis Xavier Association of University Teachers
Saint Mary's University Faculty Union
Faculty Association of St. Thomas
Memorial University of Newfoundland Faculty Association
Canadian Faculty Federations
Alberta Colleges & Institutes Faculties Association
Canadian Association of University Teachers
Confederation of Alberta Faculty Associations
Confederation of University Faculty Associations of BC
Federation of New Brunswick Faculty Associations
Federation of Post Secondary Educators of BC
Fédération québecoise des professeures et professeurs d'université
Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations