Local management success stories featured at UBC Okanagan mentoring luncheon Friday

Prominent UBC alumni living and working in the Okanagan will share their career stories and insights with university and high school students this Friday at the first event in this season's Interior Savings-UBC Okanagan Mentoring Luncheon Series.

The Mentoring Luncheon Series, now in its third year, brings together students and young alumni, career-established UBC alumni, and civic and business-sector leaders over a lunchtime meal to meet, mingle and converse about career questions and ambitions in a wide range of occupational fields.

The first to be held on the UBC Okanagan campus, the Nov. 6 luncheon will take place in the newly completed University Centre Ballroom. It focuses on careers in management and features a diverse panel of professionals who will relate on personal terms the highs and lows, challenges and rewards of their own career paths.

Featured panelists are Dominic Petraroia, managing partner of Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP in Kelowna, Arlene Henderson, owner/operator of Windward Travel, and David Lynn, president and CEO of Sun-Rype Products Ltd.

Panelists address the large group before joining other community leaders and students at their tables to engage in more informal conversation.

"Career mentoring is a way of helping students figure out how they will apply their education after graduation and what tremendous payoff there can be for their investment of time, energy and money," says Brenda Tournier, Alumni and Community Relations manager. "In fact, it's a win-win proposition -- mentors contribute to the future success of up-and-coming industry and community leaders, students get incredible advice, and together we build terrific connections and a working network."

"As a locally-based credit union, our success is closely tied to the health and vitality of the communities we serve," said Barry Meckler, president and CEO of Interior Savings. "So it's important that we help develop today's students into our future community and industry leaders. We are pleased to partner with UBC Okanagan in providing students a unique and intimate setting to meet local professionals, learn from their experiences and hopefully gain some insight to help them in their career planning."

For more about the Interior Savings-UBC Okanagan Mentoring Luncheon Series or to view the video profiles of the panelists, visit the Careers in Management Mentoring Luncheon website at: http://www.ubc.ca/okanagan/alumnirelations/luncheonseries.html

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