Kelowna mayors debate organized by Okanagan College, UBC Okanagan

Students to grill candidates

Okanagan College and UBC Okanagan are teaming up for a debate involving Kelowna mayoral candidates.

The debate will focus on issues that matter to post-secondary students. It will take place Sept. 28 at 7:30 p.m. at Okanagan College’s lecture theatre on K.L.O. Road. and will be moderated by CBC Radio host Sarah Penton.

“We are thrilled to be welcoming the candidates, students and the community onto our campus, to hear from the individuals running to be the next mayor of Kelowna,” says Dr. Neil Fassina, president, Okanagan College.

“Post-secondary students are helping prepare the questions for the debate, on topics that matter most to them and to Kelowna’s future as a city that is known for its commitment to higher learning and a destination for students throughout the region and beyond.”

Students at both institutions are being engaged in preparing questions for the debate, touching on several themes, such as affordability, wellbeing, diversity, truth and reconciliation, climate change, and the future of Kelowna.

“Universities and Colleges are places where people come together to exchange ideas and debate issues that are relevant to our shared interests,” says Dr. Lesley Cormack, principal, UBC Okanagan. “This event is an opportunity to talk about priorities that matter to our community today, and more importantly to consider what’s most important for Kelowna as we look to the future.”

Admission to the debate is free; donations for the Indian Residential School Survivors Society will be accepted at the door. Space is limited so guests are encouraged to secure tickets here.

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