Okanagan College anniversary brings back memories

I had the great pleasure of working with the faculty, staff and management of Okanagan College from 1986 to 1997

I had the great pleasure of working with the faculty, staff and management of Okanagan College from 1986 to 1997, when I retired to Lantzville on Vancouver Island to attend to compelling family matters.

As the college’s first communications manager, my main purpose was to make the programs, people and benefits of the college more widely known throughout the valley and the province.

It was a joy to help recruit students, especially into developmental and career technology programs, and to publicize many achievements of students, faculty and staff.

Throughout the entire college system, OC faculty, staff, administration, and the advisors and governors, proved themselves to be dedicated, skilled, talented, and above all, caring toward their students and their colleagues.

The Morning Star reporting and editorial staff were incredibly supportive in coverage of college developments.

I knew that any item concerning Vernon and the North Okanagan in particular, would quickly bring a call from Richard Rolke. I’m delighted to note that Rich and others I had the pleasure of working with are still contributing to the paper, and I’d say they deserve a few slices of the birthday cake too.

I was deeply touched and honoured to be included for recognition among ’50 People Who Made A Difference,’ named at the celebration.

I revere many of the people who appeared on the list, including the unforgettable artist and professor Murray Johnson and vocational dean Bill MacLeod, both members of the committee that interviewed me for the position I was to hold for the most challenging, productive and enjoyable professional decade of my life.

The stunning development of the college system throughout the region clearly illustrates its value to the education and career development of its people and to the economy of the Boundary-Similkameen, Okanagan and Shuswap area of B.C.

Thanks for the great Morning Star supplement. Like Bob Hope used to say – “Thanks for the Memories.”

Garry Gaudet

(Retired) Okanagan College communications officer