College benefits from neighbours’ support

Okanagan College has been getting some proof lately of what good neighbours they have.

Holding their $10

Holding their $10

Okanagan College has been getting some proof lately of what good neighbours they have.

In recent weeks, both Canadian Tire and Home Hardware, two neighbouring businesses along the Channel Parkway, have chipped in, each making major donations to the fundraising campaign still working on raising the college’s share of construction costs for the new Centre of Excellence.

“It’s all been happening so fast. It’s wonderful having the local community really stepping up,” said Donna Lomas, regional dean for the South Okanagan. “It really sends a message that they see us as being an important part of the community and they want to be part of the success of the college.”

Canadian Tire, the college’s next door neighbour, has been especially patient throughout the construction process and accompanying disruptions, according to Lomas. And now, she continued, Canadian Tire owners Doug and Lorraine MacMillan have donated $10,000 to the college.

“They have allowed us to use their parking lot for much of the last year. They have offered up their entry and exits for the big trucks that had difficulty manoeuvring,” she said. “They’ve put up with the construction noise, dust and have been nothing but supportive during it all.”

“For the past six years we have been happy to build a relationship as neighbours to Okanagan College,” said MacMillan. “We had the opportunity to go inside the new Centre of Excellence and are so impressed with what the college has brought to Penticton. This donation is a win-win situation for us.”

Paul McCann, president and owner of Pro Builders Supply Ltd., echoes the MacMillans’ sentiments, committing $25,000 to the fundraising campaign.

“The Centre of Excellence is a great example of the kind of development that will build capacity in the community,” said McCann, whose company owns and operates Home Building Centres in Penticton, Osoyoos and West Kelowna.

Though the fundraising campaign is ongoing, the Centre of Excellence is up and running, with the first classes held in it getting ready to wrap up.

“They moved into the building on June 6. We’ve been using the students to help us in making adjustments and making sure that everything is working,” said Lomas. “So far, the feedback I have been given is very positive.”

The sustainable technologies built into the centre is also working well, according to Lomas, especially the natural air circulation.

“It is so noticeable when you go into the building, it is completely fresh air. There is no recycled air,” she said. “That really strikes you as you start walking through the building. And the temperatures have been really good. If anything, it has been on the cool side, even when we have the occasional hot day this summer.”

 

Just Posted

Penticton Overdose Prevention Society co-founders Desiree Franz, Shane Surowski and Stephanie Lines have created the city’s first unsanctioned public overdose prevention site using an old wine-tour bus. The site began operations in June 2021. (Desiree Franz/Facebook)
Volunteers launch Penticton’s first public supervised injection site

2021 is on pace to be the deadliest year for overdoses in Penticton on record

Four golfers from Fairview Mountain Golf Club in Oliver will golf from sunrise to sunset to raise funds for ALS on June 29. (Submitted)
Golfing from sunrise to sunset in Oliver for ALS

Four golfers from Fairview Mountain Golf Club have taken up the challenge June 29

Jann Arden will embark on Canada-wide tour Spring 2022 with a stop in Penticton at the South Okanagan Events Centre on June 13. (Contributed)
Jann Arden coming to Penticton in 2022

The Jann Arden Live! tour has been rescheduled for 2022

A storm watch has been issued for the Okanagan, Kootenays and Columbia regions of B.C. (Calvin Dickson photo)
Another severe thunderstorm watch issued for the Okanagan

Conditions are favourable for thunderstorms that may produce strong wind gusts, hail and heavy rain

The South Okanagan Tim Hortons raised over $4,000 through the three day orange doughnut promotion with 100 per cent of proceeds going to to the Residential School Survivors Society. The owner of these locations matched the amount. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
South Okanagan Tim Hortons raises over $8K for residential school survivors

More than $4,000 worth of doughnuts were purchased over three days

Singer-songwriter Jann Arden is pictured with a draft horse. (Canadian Horse Defence Coalition)
Jann Arden backs petition to stop live horse export

June 14 is the International Day to End Live Export of Animals

Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price (31) is scored on by Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Alec Martinez, not pictured, during the second period in Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup semifinal playoff series Monday, June 14, 2021, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Habs fall 4-1 to Vegas Golden Knights in Game 1 of NHL semifinal series

Match was Montreal’s first game outside of Canada in 2021

(Dave Ogilvie photo)
One injured after being pinned by fallen forklift near Peachland

West Kelowna emergency crews responded to reports of a person stuck under a forklift

Kelowna-Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick, assistant deputy speaker at the B.C. legislature, presides over committee discussions. The legislature is completing its delayed spring session this week, with most MLAs participating by video conference. (Hansard TV)
B.C.’s daily COVID-19 infections dip below 100 over weekend

Only 68 new cases recorded Monday, four additional deaths

B.C. ambulance station in Revelstoke is expected to get a new system called the Scheduled On-Call (SOC) this fall. (Liam Harrap - Revelstoke Review)
B.C. ambulance changes could put Revelstoke residents at risk, warn local paramedics

Paramedics said to expect a substantial increase in ambulance response time starting this fall

This goose family went for a leisurely stroll down Vernon’s Main Street Saturday, April 25. (Dave Deshane photo)
Controversial Vernon goose cull won’t fly this year

Necessary permit procedures held up at a federal level

Mounties cover a burgundy truck with a tent at Buckerfields in West Kelowna on Monday, June 14. The RCMP is investigating after a woman’s body was found inside the truck. (Amandalina Letterio/Capital News)
West Kelowna RCMP investigating suspicious death after body found in truck

Police responded to a truck parked out front of a Main Street business where the body was found

The BC Ferries website went down for a short while Monday morning following a provincial announcement that recreational travel between health authorities can resume Tuesday. (Black Press Media file photo)
BC Ferries’ website crashes in wake of provincial reopening announcement

Website back up now, recreational travel between health regions to resume as of Tuesday

The Kamloops Indian Residential School is photographed using a drone in Kamloops, B.C., Monday, June, 14, 2021. The remains of 215 children were discovered buried near the former school earlier this month. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Communities grapple with what to do with former residential and day schools

Some tear them down as a tool to help healing, others repurpose them as tools for moving forward

Most Read