Hi, my name is Aija Otto.
I am currently enrolled in the upgrading program, with the hope of pursuing a career in the medical field. I would like to gain a better understanding of what students’ needs are and help them utilize the resources that are available on campus. I look forward to gaining knowledge from other students while advocating for what they would like to see implemented. I am passionate about making Okanagan College a positive impactful experience for everyone and I look forward to hopefully becoming a part of OCSU!
Hi, I’m Cherish! I’m passionate about harm reduction, 2SLGBTQIA+ rights, and access to comprehensive, quality healthcare. I’ve worked in healthcare for over seven years and currently work at the shelter in Penticton. You can also find me in the aboriginal lounge, where I work as a peer mentor. My future plan is to be a spokesperson for indigenous health and help bring accessible health care to remote indigenous communities. During the 2022-2023 school year, I hope to bring more awareness to addictions and mental health stigmas, indigenous health adversities, and the continuous battle for 2SLGBTQIA+ equality.
Greetings and salutations! My name is Constantine Morgus, and I hail from Europe. Although I am only in my second semester of the Criminal and Social Justice program, I look forward to becoming part of the change the OCSU is enacting. I strongly believe that communication is the key to success and mutual understanding, which is why I am passionate about advocacy and bridging gaps. If Ogopogo wills it, I will see you on the flip side!
I’m Levi Escobar and I’m in my second year of my Associate of Arts and want to pursue a career in law. I became an OCSU council in order to take student advocacy to the next level with affordability on and off campus for both domestic and international students; expanding OCSU initiatives like the harbour, campus events, and services; and connecting campus with the community to achieve more for students. I’m passionate about elevating your voices and finding solutions to difficult problems. I look forward to hearing from you, and representing your concerns on the Penticton Council and on the Board.
I am Paola Morales, I came from Mexico City, where I was a physician. I decided to come to Canada to study Kinesiology at Okanagan College. I am in the second year of Kinesiology. I have a six-year-old son. I participate in the OCSU because I am interested in helping with the academic and social issues of the students.
I‘m Randeep Kaur Dhaliwal, I’m from the Philippines. I’m a second-year student of OC in Business Administration specialty accounting. My goals in life are to work in a bank and be a person who could help others. I always want to learn something new. When I came to Canada, I aimed to learn about the culture and participate in various social events. I like to help others. Thank you so much for the help.
Hi, my name is Chelsey I am a first year business student. I have a lot of leadership experience through 4H, sports teams, and volunteering throughout the community. I love to hike, kayak, and play soccer. I’m excited to provide awesome services to the OC Salmon Arm students and get to know new people as I really enjoy the social aspect of community building.
Hi my name is Katie Thielman. I’m currently in the first year of my Associate of arts degree at the OC Salmon Arm campus. I am excited to join OCSU so I can advocate for more student resources as well as improving student life! I believe that students all benefit from resources that will help improve our mental and physical health. Which leads to a healthier and happier student population!
I am a hardworking and goal oriented individual. I have been in the customer service industry going on six years. I am a huge plant enthusiast and could go on a tangent about them if given the opportunity. I am also looking forward to meeting everyone and getting involved in the student bodies interests.
Hello my name is Olivia. This is my second year running for a position with OCSU. I am a passionate and extraverted individual who enjoys engaging with students on campus. I believe in everyone having an equal chance at doing wonderfully in Post-secondary education, so being able to help students with everyday things, such as food or free menstrual products, is an important part of that. I hope to continue in this journey, thank you.
I’m a soft spoken, outgoing Human Service Worker student with a passion for helping those around me. My goal after school is to work as an advocate for people with addiction, and to work in harm reduction. Being back in school last year and this year I have overcome so many fears and felt a warm welcome due to the student union, so I would like to do the same this year for other students.
Alana is a new addition to the OCSU Team. She is passionate about and committed to helping people. She loves finding herself in the middle of planning fun, and memorable Events for the people around her. When she is not working Alana loves exploring the beautiful Okanagan, playing baseball and relaxing on the beaches. Make sure you pop into the office and say hello!
Brianne is the Executive Director of the OCSU. While her office is located in Kelowna, she travels to all campuses to help support the OCSU team. She is committed to ensuring students have the best possible experience while attending post-secondary and is always happy to connect with students, staff and faculty to make positive changes. Outside of the office you can find her enjoying the beautiful Okanagan with family and friends.
Gabby Joined OCSU in Fall 2018 where she had the organizer role in Salmon Arm and then joined us at the Kelowna Campus. She is now enjoying her new role as the Campaigns & Services Coordinator. Gabby is a former OCSU rep herself where she served a year in 2010 while attending the business program. When Gabby is off the clock you can find her planning weddings, at the lake, or spending time with her husband and son.
Kristen manages the health and dental plan. She works with Green Shield to process the health and dental opt-outs and other plan inquiries. The deadline to opt out is 30 days after your program’s start date.
Kristina (Krissy) Laitinen
Krissy has been with OCSU since Fall 2018. Her usual role is at the front desk, but right now she’s covering a parental leave as Campaigns & Services Coordinator. Drop her a line if you have questions about anything the OCSU does, such as events, advocacy work, or any of our services. She is perhaps best known in the campus community for her red hair and dad jokes.
Lindsey has been a part of the OCSU team since 2015, serving as the organizer for the Salmon Arm campus. Salmon Arm is her favorite place and she is passionate about helping grow the community and helping the people who call it home, reach their full potential. When not at work you will find Lindsey spending time with her husband and two sons.
Megan has been with OCSU since 2016 and has worked on the Kelowna and Penticton campuses. She has a well-rounded understanding of the needs of members across the valley and is passionate about ensuring all folks have equitable access to post-secondary education. If you are need of support navigating institutional policy or muddling through the post secondary experience in general, please get in touch.
Melody is a new addition to the OCSU team and assists in running the front desk at the Kelowna office. She has an academic and professional background in business, social work, law and public service. Drop in the office if you are interested in these areas too!