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College Alumni Awards

This year the Okanagan College celebrates 50 years in our community. On June 12th they will be hosting their Annual Alumni Awards where Lane Shupe and Donnie Ungaro will receive the Distinguished Alumni and Young Alumni respectivly. I had the honour of winning this award in 2010 and was blown away by the efforts that the Alumni Association puts into this event every year (special nod to Katerina Hay). Recent winners for the Young Alumni Award include Shane Koyczan, Jon Garrett, and now Donnie Ungaro is added to that list. Ryan Holmes, our local tech success story, who founded Hootsuite, was honoured as last years Distinguished Alumni (
I caught up with Donnie to chat about everything he does around town and it became obvious very quickly why he was given this award.


In case your short on time today here are some links to the various projects and initiatives that he is involved in or creating around town:
Okanagan Young Professionals: 
Motion Ball:
Okangan Growing Chefs:
Gennext Kelowna: 
Culinary Ink: 
To RSVP for the FREE event by June 2nd simply email [email protected] or call 250-862-5630 ext 7
Today's story wouldn't be complete if I didn't share a short video I took at the City of Kelowna Civic Awards last week. Rose Sexsmith won Women of the year and here is her acceptance speech. I'm thinking we should follow up a bit more with her in the coming weeks:

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Ryan Donn, singer/songwriter who started his career around the same time that cassette tapes were losing out to CD sales. He produces events such as Global Music Fest,, and Music in the Park (West Kelowna). You can also find him in local schools teaching songwriting or sharing the stage with many of our emerging local artists. He is a passionate supporter of all things creative and his column focuses on the creative community and events throughout the Okanagan.

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