Foundation aids ski dream
Okanagan Edge Staff - Dec 31, 2018 - Get Involved

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Hannah Mehain accepts an award from Community Foundation of the North executive director Leanne Hammond.

If it weren’t for Okanagan College and Okanagan College Foundation, Hannah Mehain might not be able to chase her Olympic dream and go to school at the same time.

Mehain, who is an accomplished cross-country skier, attends Okanagan College’s Vernon campus, where she is taking science with the goal of studying medicine or physiotherapy. She is one of 977 students who received scholarships or bursaries from OC or its foundation this year.

“If I did not have the financial support from the college I likely would not be able to compete in cross-country skiing at a high level while going to school,” Mehain said in a press release. “Having that support, I can devote my time and energy into doing very well at both. It makes a huge difference.”

Mehain, 20, was recently named to Canada’s world junior cross-country ski team. She will be travelling to Finland in January to compete in an international event, and she is eyeing the 2022 Winter Olympics that will be held in Beijing.

More than $1.1 million was given to students this year, much of it through the support of donors.

“I want to thank everyone who is helping make my dream and other students’ dreams possible,” Mehain said.

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