Marilyn Alexis, a member of the Okanagan Indian Band, has been employed at Okanagan College since 1999 as an Aboriginal Transition Planner. During that time, she has worked diligently to build bridges between the general community and local Indigenous peoples. In addition to leading the college’s Indigenous Garden project, Marilyn has been instrumental in increasing the number of Indigenous students at the Vernon campus to over 250 in the fall of 2018. Marilyn has also been a leader in hosting an annual Candlelight Vigil Event to honour women who have experienced violence, including the women slain at L’École Polytechnique, and the women murdered or missing on the Highway of Tears.
The Leadership Excellence Award for Non-Managerial Staff recognizes an individual or a team who has made an exceptional contribution within their institution and within the communities it serves. The nominee or team must be currently employed by the institution and play a non-managerial role.