A former student from Okanagan College is giving back to help support a bright future for students learning at the campus in Kelowna.
Dale Lamb, President of D.K.L. Financial Services Inc., has donated $50,000 towards to the Bright Horizons Building for Skills campaign. Lamb’s support will help build a state-of-the-art classroom space in the new Trades Training Complex currently under renovation and expansion along KLO Road.
Andrew Gilchrist, Associate Advisor, and Dale Lamb, President, of D.K.L. Financial Services Inc. (Photo Credit: Okanagan College)
“Having called the Okanagan valley home for the past 36 years, I believe it’s important to give back locally,” says Lamb. “When I heard about the new trades facilities at Okanagan College and the way this space would elevate training to a whole new level for students in our community, I thought ‘What a great way to show my own children that giving back is important. I see this as an opportunity not just to support students, but also to inspire young people, and everyone in our community, that whether it’s a few dollars or thousands, by giving back and paying it forward, we can all have an impact.”
In addition to the generous donation, Lamb will also sponsor a series of financial literacy and money management presentations for students. He notes that trades students especially, as they step into high-paying employment that often involves complicated contracts and work in and out-of-province, should learn a few key money management skills specific to their sector and type of employment.
Jim Hamilton, President of Okanagan College, Andrew Gilchrist, Associate Advisor, Dale Lamb, President, of D.K.L. Financial Services Inc., and Dennis Gabelhouse, Bright Horizons Campaign Chair (Photo Credit: Okanagan College)
“We have many clients who are tradespeople, so we understand the specific challenges and pitfalls they can face if they don’t have a solid understanding of how to manage their earnings right off the bat,” explains Lamb. “We hope this series will be very informative for students and gets them excited about planning ahead for their futures as they step out into the workforce, or upgrade their skills at the College to take their careers to the next level.”
Lamb studied business at Okanagan College before pursuing a Bachelor of Arts with a focus on business economics and statistics at the University of Victoria. Over the past 20 years as an advisor affiliated with Sun Life Financial, and running his own brand D.K.L. Financial, Lamb has been a leader and one of the top performers in the financial field, not only in Canada, but also worldwide.
The Bright Horizons Building for Skills fundraising campaign for the $33-million complex renovation and expansion project launched in October 2014. The goal of the campaign is raise $5 million for capital construction costs and $2 million for program and student support. The provincial government has committed $28 million.