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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 (http://www.castanet.net/news/What-s-On/81949/Local-Entrepreneur-helps-millions).
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: http://oypcollective.com 
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, event producer, digital creative, Councillor at the City of Kelowna

I love creating and connecting. For years I spent most of my time in Kelowna creating songs, and those songs have been used by the Terry Fox Run, Kelowna’s Centennial Celebration, or heard on various local radio stations. 

In the past few years I've focused on creating community events including Music in the Park, New York New Years, Castanet’s Free Family Skate, Talented Kids, Talented Kelowna, etc..

I use this column to connect some of our local creatives, events, unique local projects/non-profits, and occasionally a random column about our city. 

Originally from Scotland, I’ve lived in Kelowna for over 20 years. My wife, Kimberly, and our two daughters, Lyla and Bella, share our home with Tom (adult with diverse abilities).

In 2014 I was elected to Kelowna City Council. 

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