10 Jan OYP Top Nine of 2018

Top Nine of 2018

As we kick off 2019, we take a look back at last year to some of the Okanagan Young Professional Collective’s highlights in our version of a “Top Nine”.

1. Waking Up with the OYP Coffee Socials

2018 marked the return of our popular coffee socials. Young professionals gathered at Pulp Fiction Coffee House six times this past year to start their morning off right – with some caffeine and an opportunity to socialize, meet new people and reconnect with the community.

2. OYP Takes On the KAG 

It’s not every day European masters of art visit Kelowna. On Jun. 28, more than thirty Okanagan Young Professionals were given an exclusive tour at the Kelowna Art Gallery of the exhibition A Cultivating Journey: The Herman H. Levy Legacy. The unique exhibition featured more than sixty drawings, etchings, and paintings, including works of Claude Monet, Peter Paul Rubens, Vincent van Gogh, and many others.

3. Capturing the Community with Chair Chats

What is life really like in the Okanagan? The OYP set out to get the down low on Okanagan living straight from the locals. This series of videos featured real people talking about what they love and why they choose to live in the sunny Okanagan Valley. Check out the rapid fire Q&A interviews with all of our first Chair Chats guests here. 

4. The Sugarplum goes Speakeasy

This year, the OYP and Kelowna Pride Society hosted its 3rd annual OYP Sugarplum Ball on Jul. 7 at the Rotary Centre for the Arts. This year’s 1920’s-inspired theme had attendees dressed up as flappers, donning fedoras and hitting the dance floor to experience Kelowna’s first Silent Events party and to watch a fantastic drag show featuring local celebrities Roz Huber, Steven Morrison, Corey Wagner, and of course – Mayor Colin Basran. The Sugarplum Ball, which strives to celebrate and embrace diversity in our community, sold 470 tickets and raised more than $5,000. 

5. Downtown Office Crawl 

We took the best parts of the OYP and a pub crawl and combined them on Sept. 7 for the inaugural Office Crawl. Young Professionals travelled to the three different offices of OYP Sponsors – Pushor Mitchell, Grant Thornton and Valley First. Following the three-hour networking event, the group gathered for a social at the Curious Cafe. The fundraising event raised $420 for Motionball Marathon of Sport. 

6. Motionball Sets New Record 

And speaking of Motionball…hundreds of young professionals and local Special Olympics athletes took to the fields at City Park on Sept. 22 at the seventh annual Motionball Marathon of Sport. Participants at the full-day event competed in a variety of sports activities, including soccer, football and human foosball, and raised a whopping new record of $125,000 for Special Olympics Canada. 

7. Top Nods for Sugarplum 

The Sugarplum Ball made national headlines when the OYP and COEDC, in partnership with Kelowna Pride Society received the 2018 Marketing Canada Award from the Economic Development Association of Canada (EDAC). The award was presented at EDAC’s 50th National Economic Development Conference in Fredericton, NB on Sept. 11, 2018.

8. Gone Bananas for a Good Cause

This fall, the OYP and COEDC partnered with Valley First Credit Union and Pacific Coastal airlines on the Hunger Doesn’t Fly with Us campaign to raise money for the food bank. First, the OYP/COEDC challenged the COEDC advisory board (40+ members) to purchase 50 tickets. When Bananatag CEO Corey Wagner bought 50 tickets,  COEDC Director Corie Griffiths delivered treats to their office in a banana costume. In addition, employees of the RDCO, SIR, OBWB and City of Kelowna held an internal food drive and delivered 122 lbs of food to the Central Okanagan Food Bank on Nov. 9.

9. Jingling and Mingling 

It was a festive finish to the year when OYP Members and individuals from the community were invited to the Jingle Mingle on Dec. 11. Presented Pushor Mitchell, Valley First and Grant Thornton, the Rotary Centre for the Arts was filled with merriness, cheer, ugly sweaters and a visit from not just one, but two Santas!