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Enactus Okanagan College
Enactus is a global non-profit student run organization operating in 36 countries across the globe. Our team is based in the Okanagan Valley in beautiful British Columbia, Canad...
1000 KLO RD
Kelowna, British Columbia
V1Y 4X8
Causes we care about

  • Environment

  • Youth Development

  • Financial Literacy

Businesses whose employees volunteer with us
Social Mission
At Enactus Okanagan College we see opportunities where others see problems; we take action by working a long side individuals and organizations; which enables progress by creating sustainable change.
Businesses and organizations that we work with
Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union
Kelowna Capital News
Start Fresh Project Society
Central Okanagan Community Food Bank
Inn From the Cold - Kelowna
Okanagan College Alumni Association
Stories of our community involvement
Seeing young leaders in the community so dedicated to doing good makes us feel hopeful for the future! We thought we'd kick-off National Volunteer Week recognizing the awesome college students from Enactus Okanagan College who have dedicated over 7000 hours of their time this year to make a difference in their community! #NVW2018
https://dosomegood.ca/post/13672
In celebration of National Volunteer week, we wanted to give a shoutout to the amazing student volunteers who have been dedicated to developing entrepreneurial projects, fundraisers and events. 49 Enactus students across all four of the Okanagan College campuses, have logged over 7400 hours, contributing to 7 projects that have directly impacted 900+ community members. Way to go team!
It's that time of year again folks! Come and Join the Enactus Okanagan College team for the 2nd Annual Soup's On Fundraiser aimed at supporting the Central Okanagan Community Food Bank and the Enactus team! Soup's On is a soup tasting event open to the public showcasing the culinary talents of local chefs in the community through signature soup's! For tickets and more info visit https://www.eventbrite.ca/o/enactus-okanagan-co...
Vote now for Enactus Okanagan College and their Silver Surfer program by selecting an emoji below! Winning the $50,000 SimpleGenerosity grant from Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union would help ensure sustainability and growth for the Silver Surfers – a program where student mentors teach seniors to confidently use everyday technology such as iPads, laptops and smartphones. By teaching seniors the basic fundamentals of an iPad, Enactus mentors enable them to communicate with their loved ones in a convenient and relevant way. Silver Surfers would like to expand regionally and develop tutorials and resources for all Silver Surfer lessons. Thank you for helping us celebrate Canada150 and strengthening our communities with SimpleGenerosity!
Hey Students! If you are headed back to school in September and looking for a fun summer employment opportunity, KCR is hiring! We are looking for a Volunteer Engagement Assistant. That will include helping us promote the Canada150 for 150 Volunteer Challenge! If you have previous volunteer experience and are passionate about volunteerism, this might just be the job for you! https://kcr.ca/about-us/employment-opportunities/ Volunteer150for150 UBC Students' Union Okanagan (UBCSUO) OKM Huskies Student Group RSS Student Group Immaculata High School Student Group Enactus Okanagan College
Had the pleasure of joining our friends from First West last night at their AGM in Penticton. Cool to see their '6 Big Ideals' front and centre, including: "Act Local", "Succeed Together", and "Inspire Exceptional Results". It was inspiring to hear about the $2,000,000 they gave to local charities and causes last year, in addition to their volunteerism and the impact they make through some of their key programs like CanSave, Feed the Valley and the amazing support they offer the BC Children's Hospital! This is a prime example of a caring company that cares about our communities. A big thanks to Susan, Nicole and all of the staff for being one of our amazing community partners and a great group pf people!!

Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union, Envision Financial, a division of First West Credit Union, Island Savings a division of First West Credit Union, Enderby & District Financial, a division of First West CU, CANSave Enactus Okanagan College, Enactus Okanagan College , Central Okanagan Community Food Bank
We are so excited about the support we recently received from Interior Savings! We can't wait to continue expanding our program Silver Surfers Enactus Okanagan College ! http://www.bclocalnews.com/community/414746103.... to find out more about what we do, check out our new website! www.silversurfersoc.com
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Meaghan Barnard, Thanks for Doing Some Good!

What first inspired you to volunteer?


I love the idea that as an individual, you have the power to make a positive impact on someone else’s life. For me, volunteering is the perfect opportunity to break the routine and try something new. It is so gratifying to know that you can be a part of the change that you want to see in the world.

Which cause are you most passionate about and why?


I feel a sense of duty to give back to the people in our community, particularly with the generations before me. Silver Surfers was created to combat isolation amongst seniors, which is so common these days. Age should not be a barrier to accessing the technology that so many of us depend on every day. Our aim with Silver Surfers is to shrink the digital divide that prevents seniors from using online platforms to communicate with their loved ones. For somebody who has health or mobility issues, the benefits of using an iPad can truly open up the world for them. Social support has far-reaching benefits on a person’s health, which is why it is so important that we encourage positive social relationships for people in our community.


Which organization do you most commonly volunteer for?


I spend my time volunteering with Silver Surfers through Enactus Okanagan College . Our non-profit is made up of student volunteers from Okanagan College who walk seniors through the fundamentals of using an iPad. We have a four-week lesson plan that explains how to operate these devices, which includes using a step-by-step booklet created by our team. Our group of volunteers come in once a week to sit down on a one-to-one or one-to-two basis to get the seniors comfortable with using an iPad. As our team was designing the curriculum, we realized that showing seniors the Internet was very similar to opening Pandora’s box; consequently, we developed our lesson plans to also teach seniors about cyber-security and how to use the Internet carefully. For seniors, technology is not necessarily intuitive like it is for college-aged students, who have grown up using smart technologies, so we guide the seniors in learning the basics so that they can feel empowered to use their iPads on their own.

What does a typical volunteer shift look like for this organization?


Depending on the week, there are specific objectives set out for the seniors to work through with a Silver Surfer volunteer by their side. Each session is about an hour long, with plenty of time to answer questions throughout. Many seniors have iPads of their own that they bring, but we do have iPads that have been provided by TELUS and Odlum Brown Limited that we offer to anyone who would like to participate. Our volunteers are there to help with the learning process and get seniors more comfortable with using technology. After the four-week program is over, the seniors who participate in Silver Surfers are able to email and FaceTime with their loved ones, download apps, and explore the Internet safely.

The team of Silver Surfer creators include: Sam Jamieson, Rebecca Alfred, Daniel Alfred, and myself. Together we organize partnerships with retirement residences, create goals and strategies for developing the program, produce curriculum, and secure funding for Silver Surfers.


What impact have you seen volunteers make in the community?


Seeing the impact that our Silver Surfer volunteers have had in the community has been pretty amazing. Something our executive team never imagined was the incredible relationships that would form between the college students and the seniors. The fact that our volunteers are willing to take time out of their busy lives to help an increasingly isolated group in our community shows the goodness of human nature. Silver Surfers has facilitated the opportunity for seniors to share their experiences and stories with college students, a demographic that many seniors are often separated from, which has been extremely gratifying and I believe positive for our community.


What is the most memorable moment or experience you've had while volunteering?


Recently, a Silver Surfer volunteer and myself were working with a senior in our program, and whilst we were learning about downloading an app, a friend of his was calling on FaceTime. Using his newly learnt skills, he promptly answered the call, and here he was catching up with a family friend who he had not spoken to in quite some time. While they were chatting, we sat back and watched the smile on his face and listened to the excitement in their voices. I thought to myself, “This is why we are here! This is exactly what we hope to achieve with all our seniors!” It was just a wonderful moment to see these two friends have a face-to-face conversation and re-connect with one another, in a way they probably never imagined would have been possible when they were my age.



What support does your organization currently need, and how can people learn more or get involved?


We have been really fortunate to have the support of businesses, such as TELUS and Odlum Brown Limited, to get the program where it is today. Naturally, as a non-profit program we are always looking for partnerships and funding to keep Silver Surfers moving forward, especially as we move into low-income retirement communities with higher levels of isolation. If people want to find out more about Silver Surfers they can visit our Facebook page www.facebook.com/silversurfersoc or send our executive team an email at silversurfersoc@gmail.com We are always happy to hear from our community members.


Is there anyone else you would like to recognize that has helped support you to make a difference?


We are so grateful for the support that we have received from our Enactus Okanagan College faculty. Professor Devin Rubadeau, Dr. Kyleen Myrah, and Dr. Sheilagh Seaton from Okanagan College have supported us and mentored us throughout this entire process. We are also so thankful to our volunteers who give up their Saturday mornings to work with the seniors in our community.
Great work Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union for donating $50,000 to support Enactus Okanagan College students in their mission to educate elementary students through the CANsave program. This program teaches grades 1- 3 kids about saving and giving back to community. The project is also supported by the Central Okanagan Foundation.
http://www.castanet.net/news/Campus-Life/179992...
Gotta love Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union making a $50,000 donation today for Enactus Okanagan College financial literacy programs.
1000 KLO RD
Kelowna, British Columbia
V1Y 4X8
Causes we care about

  • Environment

  • Youth Development

  • Financial Literacy

Businesses whose employees volunteer with us
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