Big donation for health centre
Okanagan Edge Staff - Jan 14, 2020 - Get Involved

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The Health Sciences Centre at Okanagan College has received another big financial boost.

The facility, which is currently under construction, has received a $28,000 donation from the Central Okanagan Foundation. The Health Sciences Centre will educate health care assistants, nurses and therapist assistants—among others.

The Central Okanagan Foundation took the baton from the Kelowna Home Support Society Fund, which ceased operation in 1999, and has continued to raise money for similar initiatives over the years.

“The new Health Sciences Centre is a great opportunity to recognize the values of Kelowna Home Support and support a community institution that teaches the values of caring and helping people stay at home as they age,” Marliss Magas, who sat on the Kelowna Home Support Society board, said in a press release.

“We see community care becoming increasingly asked for, and we’re excited to have a new centre that can raise the profile of meaningful careers in this area.”

The new Health Sciences Centre will feature a new home care lab that will give students an opportunity to practise supporting someone in a home environment.

The B.C. government is funding $15.4 million of the new $18.9-million centre.

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