Posted by Bernard Dewonck on Nov 07, 2018

 

The club welcomed as guests and speakers Okanagan College Foundation representatives Kathy Butler, Executive Director, Okanagan College Foundation and Holley Routley, Development Officer. Their presentation focused on the college’s campaign to build a new 30,000 square foot Health Sciences Centre at the Kelowna campus.

 

The college has been providing training of health and science professionals in more than eight professions for 55 years but as we all know the region’s population and needs has grown tremendously over that time, and so have they for the province as a whole. It has been predicted that health care and social assistance will have the greatest number of job openings in the province over the next 10 years.

 

The new centre will teach programs for:

·       Certified Dental Assistant              CRITICAL

·       Early Childhood Education            CRITICAL

·       Bachelor of Science in Nursing     CRITICAL

·       Health Care Assistance                 CRITICAL

·       Human Services Work                   SERIOUS

·       Pharmacy Technician                    SERIOUS

·       Therapist Assistant                        STABLE

·       Practical Nursing                           STABLE

 

Total building cost is $18.9 million, of which the provincial government is contributing $15.4 million. The Foundation has a goal to fundraise $3.5 million for building and teaching spaces as well as $1.5 million for program support, equipment and student aid.

 

It was noted that Kathy is retiring from the Okanagan College Foundation at the end of the year. The Rotary Club of Lake Country extends congratulations to Kathy for her hard work on behalf of the Foundation since 2003 and wishes her good fortune in the next stages of her life.

 

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  • Our Exchange Student, Hernando, will be speaking to us at our November 8 breakfast meeting about his home country, Columbia.  We hope to have a good turn-out of Rotarians for this special presentation.