OLDS, ALBERTA, FEBRUARY 1, 2013;
As Centennial celebrations are gearing up, Olds College is pleased to honour another integral component of our success over the past 100 years. Taking from the concept of our Partner of the Year, which we award each year to an individual, organization or association who champions the College’s mission, vision and values, Olds College and its Board of Governors wanted to add a special designation, unique to the College’s Centennial year. The College would like to announce the Olds College Students’ Association (OCSA) as the Partner of the Decade.
It was decided that this special honour be bestowed upon the OCSA as a representative of the College’s collective student body – acknowledging its leaners unbridled efforts, commitments and dedications to learning.
Dr. H.J. (Tom) Thompson, President of Olds College, expresses his appreciation.
“Olds College has formed a great alliance with their student leaders, providing one-on-one mentorship, encouraging student involvement and participation in college leadership roles, and including students in college-wide decisions. Few post-secondary institutions work so tangibly and cooperatively with their student associations.” said Thompson. “The outcome of this relationship is a unified, progressive movement that better serves the campus as a whole. The OCSA represents the most viable outcomes from a student perspective, enabling them to grow continuously together with the goals and values embedded in the College’s institutional framework.”
The OCSA pledged $1.01 million dollars to the Community Learning Campus (CLC) during the College’s impressive 2005 capital campaign – making this the largest, non-government donor at the time. For this gesture, they were nominated as the Philanthropic Group for the Generosity of Spirit Award by Olds College.
The OCSA has always taken a proactive approach to addressing community needs and in 2010 launched the Hands Elevating, Leading & Providing (HELP) project that gave regional organizations access to student volunteers. The initiative widened participation and student engagement within the community. The OCSA was awarded $20,000 in funding from the Alberta Lotteries: Community Initiatives Program to launch the project. The OCSA has since provided student volunteers for events including the Olds Fashioned Christmas and the Halloween Trick-or-Eat food drive.
The Partner of the Decade award will be presented on March 22, 2013, at Olds College’s prestigious Growing the Legacy Gala. Representing the College’s student body, the award will be accepted by 2013 OCSA President and gala student ambassador, Darryl Power, who will also be the co-emcee for the evening.
“The Olds College Students’ Association is honoured to be recognized as the Partner of the Decade. This award is a true testament to the shared vision of higher education and commitment to its students” said Power. “On behalf of the Association, I would like to thank Olds College for this acknowledgement, the partnership history, and most importantly the future relationship between the institution and its students.”
The OCSA reports directly to the students and is the governing body who communicates important priorities to students, staff, faculty, and the College executive team. They play an important role in influencing the development of programing, facilities, policy and projects affecting the campus community.
Olds College will be honouring the OCSA at the annual President’s Basket Cheque Presentation taking place Friday, February 1, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. in the staff lounge in Duncan Marshall Place on the Olds campus.
Kelsey Aman | Communications Coordinator