English and Fine Arts Professor Corinna Chong enjoys a break in nature.
OC professor Corinna Chong national winner of CBC Short Story Prize

April 30, 2021

Corinna Chong has been named the winner of the 2021 CBC Short Story Prize, for her piece “Kids in Kindergarten.” “I’m thrilled to receive this incredible honour,” said Chong. “I was so impressed by the other four shortlisted stories that to hear mine was chosen as the winner was a total shock.” Writing by the Okanagan College professor has received renewed attention this week, after she was shortlisted in the prestigious competition. Her piece explores themes of pregnancy loss and the trials of conception, and how women often suffer silentl...

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OC professor Corinna Chong’s writing shortlisted for prestigious CBC Short Story Prize

April 27, 2021

Writing by an Okanagan College Writing professor is receiving national attention, after being shortlisted in the CBC Short Story Prize this week. Corinna Chong, who teaches in OC’s English Department, was among the five finalists named Wednesday in the prestigious writing competition. “Kids in Kindergarten” explores themes of pregnancy loss and the trials of conception. “I think that miscarriages, while incredibly common, remain a kind of taboo subject. It wasn't until I was trying to conceive that I began to hear so many stories of women,...

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English and Fine Arts Professor Corinna Chong enjoys a break in nature.
Meet Corinna Chong, English and Fine Arts Professor

April 27, 2021

Q: What is your education and background? A: I was born and raised in Calgary, AB. I have a BA in English (Creative Writing) and a BFA in Visual Art (Photography) from the University of Calgary, as well as an MA in English (Creative Writing) from the University of New Brunswick. I’ve been teaching in the OC English department since 2011. Q: What is your area of interest? A: I like to juggle a few disciplines in both the literary and visual arts. I teach courses in composition, Engl...

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Navigations
OC students create exhibition to help navigate their way through the pandemic

April 12, 2021

Despite having only met virtually, students in professor Amy Modahl’s Communications 200 course have united through artistic expression, sharing their different lived experiences to create an art exhibition, Navigations, which is currently on display in the Alternator Centre member’s gallery. The community is invited to attend the Navigations exhibition – which is running until April 17 – at the Rotary Centre for the Arts in downtown Kelowna. Each student created a map envisioning individual and social experiences of the world, inviting gue...

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Associate of Science student Claire Hall
Meet Claire Hall, Associate of Science student

April 1, 2021

Q: What’s your hometown? A: I’m from Salmon Arm. Q: How did you end up at Okanagan College? A: I talked to some of my friends who were going to OC and they had all had really great experiences.  So, I decided to stay in town and go to OC for the first part of my degree. Q: How did you choose your program? A: I started in the Associate of Arts Program at OC and wasn’t exactly sure what I wanted to do.  I had always been interested in psychology, but I was particularly drawn towards...

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Navigations: CMNS 200 Student Exhibition at the Alternator Centre

March 16, 2021

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Criminal Social Justice Diploma student Janet McLeish
Meet Janet McLeish, Criminal and Social Justice student

March 15, 2021

Q: What’s your hometown? A: Portmore, Jamaica W.I. Q: How did you end up at Okanagan College? A: I wanted to explore the possibility for a career change or merging of my previous career experiences with a new career path. I went to an OC recruitment activity in Kingston, Jamaica, then applied for the program and was successful.   Q: How did you choose the Criminal and Social Justice program? A: I worked in the human services prior to coming to Canada and believe this was the best p...

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Meet Aleena Isobe, Criminal Social Justice student

February 9, 2021

Q: What’s your hometown? A: Vernon, B.C. I grew up here and I’ve always been so grateful for the natural beauty that surrounds us. Q: How did you end up at Okanagan College? A: I had always planned to do a couple years of college before going to university so I had time to adjust to the differences between high school and post-secondary, so I chose a local college that had courses that interested me. Q: How did you choose your program? A:  I’ve always been fascinated by the crimi...

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What is community evaluation? Sociology Professor Priscillia Lefebvre explains

February 8, 2021

Sociology Professor Priscillia Lefebvre is one of the instructors involved in OC's new Applied Bachelor of Arts: Community Research and Evaluation. Here, she describes how an inclusive evaluation process brings community and researchers together. Community evaluation helps us to understand how well a social program is working. It involves researching and collecting information about important aspects of a program, such as the events, elements and outcomes, with the g...

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Why is research important? Psychology Professor Stephanie Griffiths explains

February 8, 2021

Psychology Professor Stephanie Griffiths is one of the instructors involved in OC's new Applied Bachelor of Arts: Community Research and Evaluation. Here, she describes how research encourages us to think differently in order to arrive at new perspectives. Research helps us to make sense of the world by testing our predictions about how things work. As a psychologist, I am most interested in how people think, feel and behave. As a graduate student, I learned how I c...

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What is community? Professor Olivia Sullivan offers a definition

February 8, 2021

Social Work Professor Olivia Sullivan is one of the instructors involved in OC's new Applied Bachelor of Arts: Community Research and Evaluation. Here, she provides insight into a definition of community that enables acts of solidarity and connection. If we asked any group of people, “What does ‘community’ mean to you?” we would receive many answers. For some, their community is the city in which they live. For others, it is their close network of friends, relatives ...

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Kenzie Gorjanc
Together, from afar: an Okanagan College graduation ceremony unlike any other

January 15, 2021

In a year unlike any other, Okanagan College student Kenzie Gorjanc found herself adapting to new ways of learning to complete her education. On Jan. 23, she will join more than 2,000 OC students who will don virtual caps and gowns as they are recognized during the College’s first-ever online convocation ceremony. Graduates, along with their family, friends and supporters in the community are invited to tune in and watch the pre-recorded virtual ceremony starting at 10:30 a.m. next Saturday. To view the ceremony and learn more, visit www.o...

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Thorpe and Friends Scholarship recognizes three South Okanagan students

November 25, 2020

Isaac Halverson was visiting a friend when he learned he was a recipient of this year’s Rick and Yasmin Thorpe and Friends Scholarship Fund, but this did not stop him from running around the house screaming in excitement after reading the news. “It was incredible. I’ve heard about the award before, and I know friends who’ve received it,” says Halverson, who previously attended Princess Margaret Secondary School in Penticton. Halverson is now in his first year at Okanagan College taking engineering. “It’s a lot of money, and it means a lot t...

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College launches Applied Bachelor of Arts degree

November 23, 2020

New four-year degree focuses on community research and evaluation Who will be the future change-makers in our communities? Who will help organizations tackle the most pressing social issues we are faced with as a society? The answer might just be the graduates of a new program unlike any before it in the region. Okanagan College has received provincial approval for its first new degree program in more than 15 years – and its focus couldn’t be timelier. The Applied Bachelor of Arts: Community Research and Evaluation is a four-year baccalaure...

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Associate of Arts degree student, Mare McHale
Mature student hits the books after writing a book

November 17, 2020

YouTuber and mental health advocate Mare McHale turns to Okanagan College for transfer studies Every challenge presents opportunity. For Penticton student Mare McHale, returning to school last September was yet another twist in 2020 that she hadn’t planned, but also an opportunity to invest in her future. “So much has changed this year, but having time at home means reflecting on where our family could be after the pandemic passes. In that lens, going back to class just made sense,” she explains. “When I was taking those first steps of appl...

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Applied Bachelor of Arts: Community Research and Evaluation
Applied Bachelor of Arts: Community Research and Evaluation
Study the social sciences and liberal arts through applied learning, including a field experience and a significant capstone research project. This innovative program prepares graduates to&n...
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