Entries by Krissy Laitinen

Introducing: The Harbour Virtual Food Hamper!

The Okanagan College Students’ Union operates The Harbour as a safe space on the Penticton campus for LGBTQ2S+ folks and allies, and to share resources for students, and assist with food security for all members. Normally, we operate out of the Penticton campus, but we have had to switch to a virtual platform, for the […]

Pink Shirt Day is February 24th

On National Anti-Bullying Day (better known as Pink Shirt Day), people from across Canada wear pink clothes to make a statement against bullying. OCSU will be among those numbers. Our organization supports inclusive and kind spaces on campus and community, and has no tolerance for bullying in any situation.

Applications Open – Pantry Hamper Program!

NOW LIVE! our Pantry Hamper registration is open! Register here. This service is currently available for Kelowna-based students. Students can register for a max of 1 hamper per week, and a max of 2 per month. After students register, they will be emailed by OCSU staff with their pick up date and time. Please note […]

Coming Soon – Pantry Hamper Program!

NEW SERVICE ALERT Our Pantry remains closed to students, so we’ve decided to bring it to you in the form of Hampers! The OCSU hamper program is based in Kelowna, and is designed to assist with short term food insecurity. Students must pre register for a hamper- Registration launches JANUARY 15th! Links to the form […]

Taking the bus this semester?

OC students in Kelowna can purchase discounted student passes at Kelowna City Hall! The monthly pass sells for $55 (normally $70) and a Semester pass is available for $176. City Hall is the only place these passes are available for purchase, as our office remains closed until further notice.

Fund it. Fix it.

Tuition fees have skyrocketed over the last two decades, more than doubling since 2001. Where average tuition fees were $2,500 in 2000, they are over $5,900 in 2019; the average cost of obtaining a degree has increased by over $13,700 in tuition fees alone. The reason for this is clear: years of cuts and neglect have resulted in an underfunded system that makes up for funding on the backs of students and their families.

Free Virtual Doctor Visits with Maple!

Starting December 1st, your health and dental coverage includes access to Maple virtual care, courtesy of Green Shield Canada! Access runs until at least February 28 2021, and is available at no additional cost to you!

OCSU Menstruation Kits

You can now request (and receive!) free menstruation products from OCSU online! Your students’ union believes that cost should not be a barrier in accessing menstrual hygiene supplies.

Relief Packages from the Federal and Provincial Governments Both the federal and provincial governments have introduced a number of supports for Canadians experiencing hardship from COVID-19. We have compiled this list of relief packages that are relevant and/or specific to students and their loved ones. It is up to date as of April 2, 2020, […]