Kikkan Randall, U.S. Olympic cross-country skier and cancer fighter, will be one of the presenters at this year’s Okanagan College Speaker Series. Photo courtesy Getty Images

Speaker Series returns to Okanagan College Penticton

From Olympians to thespians at the Okanagan College Epenticton

Tonight, Okanagan College’s Penticton campus is launching a series of presentations designed to inspire the community to embrace its potential in 2019.

“The OC Speaker Series offers the community a chance to learn new things, and the lineup this term features a rich array of topics to motivate and engage people of all ages,” said Eric Corneau, regional dean for the South Okanagan Similkameen. “We want Okanagan College’s Penticton campus to be home to lifelong learning and hope the seats are filled for these free presentations.”

The lineup of experts and authorities will cover a wide range of topics, from the performing arts to sockeye hatchery, vineyard management, politics and technology. A special highlight will be Kikkan Randall, U.S. Olympic cross-country skier who will discuss her journey to the Olympic podium and fight through cancer.

The series starts tonight (Jan. 14) with the History of the Dream Café and the Future of Live Music in Penticton, by Hazel Bennett.

Jan. 21: Theatre is for Everyone by Many Hats Theatre.

Jan. 28: The Okanagan; beautiful? Illustrated ramblings on the nature of beauty and the Okanagan by Howie Richardson.

Feb. 4: Conquering Trails: As an Olympian, mother and cancer fighter, by Kikkan Randall.

Feb. 11: The Arts; elite pursuit or community builder? with Rosemary Thomson, music director of the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra.

Feb. 25: Penticton Sockeye Hatchery: ow did it get here and what are they doing? with Norm Johnson of the Okanagan Nation Alliance.

March 4: Alternative Vineyard Management Practices: water, nutrients and ground vegetation with Mehdi Sharifi.

March 11: Trump and the US(S) Titanic, with Dr. Rosalind Warner.

March 18: Reconnecting: keeping human connecting in a technological era with Elad Milman.

March 25: Defeating the German Army in 1918: the Second Canadian Mounted Rifles and the Hundred Days Campaign from Amiens to Mons with Howard Hisdal

April 1: The Digital Future of Health Care: development of digital biomarkers to improve chronic disease management, treatment and therapies with Scott McMillan.

Talks are 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Lecture Theatre (PL 107) of the Ashnola Building. The Okanagan College Penticton campus is located at 583 Duncan Ave. Admission is by donation, with proceeds going to support students in need. Event information is available at

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