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Okanagan College's Speaker Series kicks off Monday at Penticton campus

The Okanagan College (OC) Speaker Series is set to return to the Penticton campus, starting with its first lecture Monday evening.

“We are looking forward to a great season of talks on a wide range of topics,” said Okanagan College education advisor John Mott, in a news release.

The first speaker in the fall speaker series will be by Ray Wolowidnyk and is entitled The Canadian Arctic Airfield Program of the 1970’s.

<who>Photo Credit: Facebook Okanagan College Penticton Campus </who>The Penticton campus of Okanagan College will kick off its fall Speaker Series Monday evening, with the first speaker being Ray Wolowidnyk, who will talk about the Canadian Arctic Airfield Program of the late 1970s.

“The Canadian Arctic is a vast wind blown frozen desert with few people and settlements,” said Wolowidnyk, in the news release. “In the 1970s, the Canadian Government began opening up the North through the construction of 10 new upgraded airfields.

“The Canadian Air Force was tasked with upgrading these airfields and did so by incorporating local Inuit labour as much as possible into the work force. At Pond Inlet, on the North tip of Baffin Island, the entire crew was made up of Inuit drivers and crew. The Pond Inlet Inuit essentially built their own airfield with military support. Come find out how this partnership worked.”

<who>Photo Credit: Facebook

All presentations are held in the lecture theatre at the Penticton campus of Okanagan College, located at 583 Duncan Ave West, starting at 7 p.m. There is no charge for parking in the college lot after 6 p.m.

Admission is by donation to support students in need at the Penticton campus. Those attending the lectures are asked to make donations to assist students at the Penticton campus to meet emergency needs.

There are guest speakers lined up to discuss various topics every Monday evening throughout September, October and November.

Further details about our upcoming talks for the Fall 2018 Speaker Series are now posted on our website

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