KELOWNA – Kelowna City Councillor Maxine DeHart is adding her name to new campaign to improve health care in the Okanagan.
DeHart is the Campaign Ambassador for the Okanagan College Foundation’s Our Students, Your Health Campaign, which aims to raise $5 million to build a modern Health Sciences Centre that will educate future health care professionals for the Okanagan and beyond.
DeHart will be featured in 30-second commercial and radio ads talking about the campaign.
“Our health is the most important thing, it’s all we have. I joined this campaign to raise awareness of the amazing impact Okanagan College grads have on our health-care system,” says DeHart.
“I can’t express enough that these people coming out of that Centre will be helping you for the rest of your life nor matter who you are and what age you are. We should all open our hearts and give what we can.”
The College has graduated more than 11,000 health-care professionals since its current building opened in 1963. While the College stands by the quality of its education, it needs a new building to reflect advances in health care, ensuring students are educated on the latest technology and in spaces that match typical health-care settings.
“Maxine is a champion for community, and we’re delighted she’s helping us raise awareness of this important campaign,” says Helen Jackman, Okanagan College Foundation Executive Director.
“Our graduates have an immense impact on the local health-care system. We entrust them with the quality of life, the recovery, the wellness of our community, and that doesn’t just refer to our neighbours or our co-workers or people we don’t know. They care for our loved ones, our families, the people nearest and dearest to us. So we hope people will hear the messages that Max and others are sharing, and will be inspired to give and help us make this project a reality.”
The BC government is funding $15.4 million of the $18.9 million Centre. The Okanagan College Foundation is fundraising $3.5 million to complete the building and $1.5 million for scholarships and bursaries for students entering high-demand health care careers.
To learn more or to donate, visit ourstudentsyourhealth.ca.