Friesens donate $150K to HSC
Okanagan Edge Staff - Mar 22, 2021 - Get Involved

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Vanessa Marshall (right) practises her skills on fellow therapist assistant student Hannah Koch in the new therapist assistant lab.

A long relationship between the Friesen family and Okanagan College has resulted in a large donation for the school’s Health Sciences Centre in Kelowna.

Rod and Dianne Friesen, along with and their two sons, Shawn and Jason, and their families have given $150,000 to the Our Students, Your Health campaign that is raising funds for HSC.

“As you get older you start thinking more about health care, and having it available in your city,” Rod Friesen said in a press release. “We’ve been fortunate to experience excellent care throughout our 47 years living here with our two sons and most of our grandchildren being born at Kelowna General Hospital.”

Dianne Friesen worked at Okanagan College in the mid-1970s, and Rod started Voyager RV in 1984. Jason now runs the business and often hires graduates from the college’s RV technician program. Voyager RV also donated $30,000 to the college’s Bold Horizons campaign for the trades training complex.

The latest donation will support the therapist assist lab, which educates future occupational therapists, physiotherapists and recreational therapists.

In recognition of the donation, Okanagan College Foundation is creating a $30,000 award fund to support students in the therapist assistant program. Three awards will be handed out annually to students enrolled in the two-year diploma program for the next five years.

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