Styffe and Denesiuk return to Board leadership roles at Okanagan College

The Chair and Vice Chair of Okanagan College’s Board of Governors will serve in those roles for another year.

At a Board of Governors’ meeting this week, Tom Styffe was re-elected as Board Chair and Connie Denesiuk was re-elected as Vice Chair.

“The opportunity to serve another year as Chair is one I welcome,” says Styffe. “My colleagues and I know this is an especially important and challenging time for colleges and the post-secondary sector. Our role in addressing our province’s skills needs is growing and we will be working closely with the communities we serve and the B.C. government on that front.”

Styffe, now semi-retired, is an experienced construction project management professional who spent more than three decades working in the industry. His work included projects ranging from the $25-million New Westminster campus of Douglas College to schools, hospitals, commercial projects and more than 1,000 units of residential construction.

Styffe joined the Okanagan College Board in 2010 and served two years as Vice Chair. He is in his third term as an Alternate Director for the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen and has been active in municipal and provincial politics, including serving as a councillor for Logan Lake.

Denesiuk joined the College Board in 2012 after serving a three-year term as President of the B.C. School Trustees Association. She served on the Okanagan Skaha School Board of Education for 19 years, nine of them in the role of Board Chair.

She is currently a Director of the Summerland & District Credit Union, and Director of the Summerland Chamber of Commerce. She’s a partner in R. Denesiuk Construction, a family business that she has run since 1980 with her husband.

The Chair and Vice Chair positions are one-year terms.

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