DeHart donates from heart
Laura Brookes - Feb 14, 2020 - Get Involved

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Bachelor of science in nursing student Alley Corrado poses with Maxine DeHart.

Kelowna city councillor Maxine DeHart is giving a gift from the heart this Valentine’s Day, with a private donation to Okanagan College‘s Our Students, Your Health campaign.

The campaign is raising funds to build a new Health Sciences Centre at the college and provide financial assistance for students.

DeHart was announced as the ambassador of the campaign in December.

She says the goals of funding a new building students can learn in, and funding scholarships and bursaries to support more students, inspired her to gift both her time and resources to the campaign.

“We do not have anything if we do not have our health,” DeHart said. “Okanagan College grads play an important role in keeping our community healthy, and that includes caring for our family, friends and even ourselves.

“These students need our help now, so they can care for us in the future. We should all open our hearts and give what we can.”

The nature of DeHart’s gift is being kept private, but she’s inviting the public to step up and also contribute.

“Our more than 11,000 graduates have an immense impact on the local health-care system,” Okanagan College Foundation executive director Helen Jackman. “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.”

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