The incoming Chair of Okanagan College’s Board of Governors has a distinguished history of leading educational organizations.
Connie Denesiuk, of Summerland, will assume responsibilities of the Chair on Jan. 1, following in the footsteps of Tom Styffe, who finishes six years of service on the Board (three as Board Chair).
Denesiuk will be joined on the executive by Doug Manning as Vice-Chair. Manning has served on the Board since 2010.
Denesiuk joined the College Board in 2012. Previously, she was Chair of the Okanagan Skaha School District for nine of the 19 years she served as a school trustee. She also served for three years as President of the B.C. School Trustees Association and a director of the Canada School Board Association. She is also the former chair of the Trail of the Okanagans
“Over the past decade, Okanagan College has become an incredible success story in the province and has earned national attention for its achievements,” says Denesiuk. “There are incredible opportunities as we move forward, and I’m pleased to be picking up where Tom (Styffe, outgoing Board Chair) leaves us.
“I have seen first-hand the contribution Okanagan College makes to the region, in terms of transforming lives and communities and I know that is going to continue and intensify in the years ahead. I’m also excited to be stepping into the role at a time when we have just adopted and are about to implement a new strategic plan.”
She and husband Bob have been partners in a Summerland-based construction business for the past 30 years.
“Connie’s extensive experience in leading boards and working at the provincial and federal level on behalf of education will serve Okanagan College and the post-secondary sector well,” says Styffe.