Okanagan College has hit the halfway point of its fundraising goal for its new health centre thanks to a $500,000 donation.
The Stober Foundation is committing $500,000 over the next five years to the Our Students, Your Health campaign that is raising funds for the Health Science Centre at Okanagan College’s Kelowna campus. It is expected to train 450 students per year for the next four decades.
The gift means the campaign has reached $2.5 million on the way to its $5 million goal.
“Now more than ever, we recognize the critical role of frontline health care professionals,” Stober Foundation executive director Keith Z. Brewster said in a press release. “This is a strategic investment in our community’s health and well-being.
“COVID-19 continues to highlight the dedication and commitment of all those on the frontlines in our community, specifically health care professionals. We are incredibly honoured and proud to be able to support the education of those who will care for our community, when we need it most.”
Okanagan College Foundation is recognizing the donation by creating a $250,000 award fund in honour of the Stober family. It will help provide financial support for 100 students.
The Stober Foundation gift will specifically support the completion of the centre’s health lab, where nurses and health care assistants will be trained, and it will also establish scholarships and bursaries.
“This gift is a testament to the leadership and vision of the Stober family and will help us complete a world-class facility which our students and community deserve, as we continue to deliver the vital training needed to shore up our health care sector,” Okanagan College president Jim Hamilton said.
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