Big donation for OC gym
Okanagan Edge Staff - May 07, 2024 - Get Involved

Photo: Okanagan College
Alex and Ruth Recsky

The family of the man who played a huge role in recreation development at Okanagan College has made a significant donation to the institution’s new gym.

Alex Recsky was OC’s first recreation and intramurals programmer, starting in the role in 1986, and spent the next 10 years advancing recreation at the college until his retirement.

His family is honouring Alex and his wife, Ruth, by donating $30,000 to the Thrive Here campaign that will fund OC’s new recreation and wellness centre.

“My dad’s life philosophies were to build lasting relationships and to serve the community,” Alex’s son, Keith Recsky, said in a press release. “One way to do both was to get involved in recreational and sporting activities.”

Alex and Ruth, who are both in their 90s, made sure their children got involved in sports and recreation, and that has since been passed on to the next two generations as well.

“All four generations of our family have been involved with sports of all kinds in Kelowna, some more serious than others,” Alex’s grandson, Kyle Recsky said. “Many of our most memorable moments come when we are at arenas, gyms, and outdoor spaces.”

Cliff and Lois Serwa, who are honorary chairs for the Thrive Here campaign, are offering to match all donations up to $500,000.

“We are moved by the Recsky family’s thoughtful gift,” Okanagan College Foundation executive director Helen Jackman said. “They understand how a space like this will teach students how to build friendships, overcome challenges and truly discover who they are.

“The Recsky family’s passion for what recreation does for people will come to life in this new centre.”

More than $9 million has been raised for the $14 million facility.

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