A Coldstream resident is a jolly good Fellow.
Michael Tindall is one of four people bestowed with Oaknagan College’s highest honour, selected as 2023 Honorary Fellows in recognition of their contributions to the fields of philanthropy, health care, community development and aerospace.
Tindall was selected as an Honorary Fellow for his three decades of volunteer leadership with Okanagan College and his unwavering commitment to community development since the 1970s.
He has served on a multitude of charitable governance boards and campaign committees, including the Okanagan College Foundation Board of Directors and the Sunflower Childcare Campaign Committee. His dedication has played a pivotal role in galvanizing community support to secure the capital needed to build state-of-the-art learning environments for OC students.
“It’s a phenomenal honour. I began my involvement with the college in 1989 in Vernon, and I’m delighted to still be involved today. I’m very pleased to be honoured in this fashion. It wasn’t expected but is most definitely appreciated,” said Tindall. “In my career, I’ve seen the value that education of all kinds brings to people’s lives, in helping them to grow and be successful. Education is so very transforming, and I’ve always been proud to be involved with the college and to participate in its growth and development over time.”
Also bestowed with Honorary Fellowships are Terry Flannigan,Dr. Silvina Mema and Grant Stevens.
“As I reflect on the accomplishments of our honorees, I am struck by the transformative impact each has had on the community,” said Okanagan College president Dr. Neil Fassina. “They have served as true champions for education and learning, and their significant contributions are deeply woven into the social and economic fabric of the region. We take immense pride in recognizing them as Honorary Fellows.”
Flannigan is being honoured for his 50 years of service in the field of educational advancement. During that time, he established college and university foundations across Western Canada, including Okanagan College’s Development Department. By inspiring the community to invest in post-secondary education, he changed students’ lives and increased the long-term economic sustainability of the region.
Mema is a medical health officer with Interior Health who played a crucial role in developing COVID-19 response strategies for Interior Health and Okanagan College. She provided strategic leadership that prioritized student well-being. This involved following physical distancing protocols while allowing students to maintain important peer connections. She’s also a passionate researcher and advocate for health and equity, striving to remove the stigma surrounding mental health, substance use and homelessness.
As chief corporate services officer at KF Aerospace, Grant Stevens has played a pivotal role in developing and expanding Okanagan College’s aerospace programming. His unwavering support for the college also extends to the Business Administration program, where he has served on the program advisory committee for seven years. He also generously donates his time and expertise to numerous charitable boards, including the Central Okanagan Human Resources Senior Leadership Group.
The college will bestow the newest Honorary Fellows with their titles during Convocation ceremonies starting this June. For information, visit www.okanagan.bc.ca/honorary-fellows.