Enactus OC teams show well
Okanagan Edge Staff - May 23, 2024 - Biz Releases

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A pair of Okanagan College teams both finished in the top six of their respective competitions at the Enactus Canada National Exposition in Toronto earlier this month.

Enactus OC sent two student-led squads to Toronto, and they both made it past the semifinal round. Project Bee, which promotes bee conservation through education and habitat restoration, and Unusually Good Food Co., which addresses food waste by utilizing discarded apples, both impressed the industry judges but didn’t quite get to the podium.

“I am incredibly grateful to have had the opportunity to be a part of such an amazing team of students and faculty,” Enactus OC president Rebekah Dingwall said in a press release. “I have witnessed this group of students dedicate thousands of volunteer hours and hard work in the community and on their projects. Their embodiment of team spirit at the Enactus National Exposition was inspiring to me as a leader.”

 The Okanagan College teams did not come home empty handed. Dingwall received one of 20 Founder’s Bursaries, worth $2,500, for entrepreneurial student leadership across the country. The Enactus OC team also received a National Community Engagement Award for the team’s deep connection with their community, partners and beneficiaries.

In addition, past Enactus OC president Danielle Walker was named Enactus Canada Alumni of the Year.

“This surprise nomination has touched me deeply,” Walker said. “I want to express my heartfelt gratitude to each and every one of you for this incredible honour and to thank you for allowing me to be part of your story. There’s no better feeling than knowing you have helped someone believe in themselves and begin to realize their full potential.

“Being involved in Enactus Okanagan College was life-changing, my experiences shaped who I am today, and I am so proud to help ensure future students continue to have this incredible opportunity.”

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