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Olds College Alumni Association (OCAA)

Membership in the Olds College Alumni Association is open to any person who has attended the College. Past and present College staff and faculty are also members of our Alumni Association. The OCAA strives to help alumni stay connected to their fellow alumni, and to Olds College. Alumni are always welcome to visit Olds College.

What Did Alumni Say?

On September 18, 2018 the board of directors for the Olds College Alumni Association (OCAA) agreed to run an online survey. The purpose of this survey was to assess the demographics of the Olds College (OC) alumni base that will interact with our publications. This data will be taken into consideration when planning future alumni events.

OCAA Alumni Survey Results (PDF)

OCAA Board

The OCAA Board represents the alumni constituency, providing advice, and determining policy. Board members are elected and serve without financial remuneration. The Alumni Board meets four times annually. If you are interested in being more involved with the OCAA or being a part of any sub-committees, contact the OCAA or the Alumni Office.

The Directors and Officers of the Association constituting the Board are:

  • President: Ed Shaw, Class of 1971, Agricultural Mechanics

  • Vice President: Vacant

  • Secretary: Vacant

  • Treasurer: Maria Noren Kinsella, Class of 2012, Office Administration

  • Director: Stephanie Wakefield, Class of 2019, Hospitality & Tourism

  • Director: Brent Thygesen, Class of 2012, Land Agent

  • Director: Laura Ecklund, Class of 2008, Ag Business Degree
  • Director: Cole Christie, Class of 2016, Land & Water Resources

  • Director: Julia McCrae, Class of 2018, Agriculture Management

  • Olds College Faculty Association Representative: Bertrand Bickersteth, Instructor, Communications

  • Students’ Association of Olds College Representative: Shelby McKinlay, VP of  Student Life

  • Olds College Alumni Officer: Lindsay Clausen

Annual Alumni Reunion

Every summer, Olds College Alumni return to Olds College to reminisce about the past, reconnect with friends and former classmates, and re-energize your relationship with the Olds College Alumni Association.

Our reunion gives us a time to honour the class that is celebrating its 50th Anniversary - that means all of our Class of 1968 graduates will be honoured at our 2019 reunion.

The Alumni Reunion will include tours of the campus, including some of our newest facilities, like the new Centennial Village Student Housing facility, and the Olds College Brewery. The weekend will also include a dance, the Hall of Fame and Hall of Merit Induction Ceremony, and plenty of time to socialize with friends.

Alumni Museum

The Alumni Museum maintains an impressive collection of archives and artifacts that ensure our rich century-long history is preserved as a legacy for future generations. The collection is used by members of the college community for reference or displayed at events showcasing Olds College’s distinguished achievements. It is maintained by our dedicated Museum Committee, a group of caring volunteers dedicated to ensuring that future generations of Olds College students can see how things used to be.

The Museum is located on the lower level of the Learning Resource Centre. 

Hours vary throughout the year. Call 403.507.7953 to arrange an appointment. 

Alumni Association Museum Photos

  • Alumni Museum display

Awards & Prizes

OCAA honours deserving alumni and supports current students as they work their way toward graduation. We do this through five different awards and prizes  that are presented annually.

  • Good Samaritan Award - Established in 1978, this award is a tribute to Frank Stevens, Class of 1924. The award is presented to a student who demonstrates unselfishness, generosity, compassion, a love for people and celebrates the success of the individuals with disabilities.

  • OCAA Entrance Bursary - Awarded to five first or second year students, the OCAA Entrance Bursaries are based on financial need and activity in the community. Recipients must have a grade point average of 2.50 or higher.

  • OCAA Proficiency Prizes - Awarded to two students every year, our Proficiency Prizes are awarded to graduating students who have shown excellence in academics, leadership, and participation in extra-curricular activities.

  • OCAA Graduation Award - Presented to a graduating Olds College Students Association elected member, the Graduation Award rewards student leadership, positivity, and excellence in academics and activity in student groups, clubs, and teams.

Hall of Fame and Hall of Merit

The Olds College Alumni Association gives special award to alumni or former college staff who have distinguished themselves by making significant contributions to Olds College, the community, society, and/or their chosen career or industry. The awards are presented at an Awards Reception is held at the annual Summer Reunion in July. Stop by the lower level of the Learning Resource Centre to see the Alumni Hall of Fame (eligible to alumni age 41 years or older) and Alumni Hall of Merit (eligible to alumni age 40 years or younger) inductees.  

View Hall of Fame / Hall of Merit