Ryan writes to the KFF “I would like to than you for your generosity in supporting my studies at Okanagan College with the Kalamalka Fly Fishers Bursary. Your assistance will help me and my family in pursuing my educational goals, in the Water Engineering Technology program and my future career aspirations.
Prior to attending Okanagan College, I was living in Ontario with my wife and two boys. I had been working in construction as a bricklayer for 12 years and decided it was time for a career change. To make a long story short, a year later (after upgrading, and selling our house) we moved to Vernon, starting this adventure in September of 2017. We have enjoyed the Okanagan and the natural beauty it has to offer. I have always been an avid outdoorsman; enjoying fishing, hunting and camping. I also share this passion with my wife and two boys.
The Water Engineering Technology program has been very enjoyable, it gives you a good understanding in environmental, hydrology, water conservation, water treatment and distribution. During my co-op last summer/fall with the City of West Kelowna I realized that the career path I would like to pursue is in source water protection and watershed management. Since I like to work with my hands and be out in the field, and engineering technology role fits perfectly in either a municipal setting or private environmental firm.
This award will help to pay for my final semester and give my family and I a little financial breathing room in the coming months. I hope to acquire employment in the north Okanagan after graduation and look forward to applying what I have learned in college and life to protecting our water and the ecosystems therein.
Thank you so much again for your generous support of my education.
Kalamalka Flyfishers Bursary
Confirming one of the Kalamalka Flyfishers Society's founding principles of conservation; in 1995 an annual bursary of $500 to the Okanagan College was started. We have since raise that amount to $1000 annually.
Award Criteria. The Award of $1,000 is to be made to an Okanagan College student who meets the following criteria:
(a) the recipient will be a permanent resident of the North Okanagan or Shuswap-Revelstoke region;
(b) the recipient will have successfully completed the first year of full-time study in the Water Quality Technology program at Okanagan College and will be returning for the second year of full-time study in that program;
(c) the recipient will be pursuing a career in the Fisheries or Conservation area;
(d) selection of the Award recipient will be based on a combination of academic achievement and financial need with an emphasis on financial need; and
(e) the recipient will be in good academic standing;
(f) selection will be made by an Okanagan College awards selection committee in conjunction with a representative of the Kalamalka Fly Fishers Society.
The Okanagan College Awards Selection Committee will select the student in accordance with its policies and procedures.
The Foundation will administer the Award in accordance with its Award Administration Policy as amended from time to time.