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Jenn Heil

OLYMPIC CHAMPION

Jenn Heil

A trip to Burkina Faso gave Canadian Olympic Champion, Jenn Heil, firsthand experience of Plan International Canada’s mission.

In Burkina Faso, as in many other developing countries, I witnessed some of the challenges girls face, like having fewer opportunities than boys and often being last in their families to go to school. I found this a difficult reality to accept but was heartened by evidence of change. For example, I visited classrooms filled with girls who would not otherwise be in school were it not for scholarships from Plan International.

The trip had a lasting impact on Jenn, who also travelled to Rwanda shortly thereafter.

Committed to advancing girls’ rights and gender equality, over the years her impact as a Celebrated Ambassador has been nothing short of Olympic.

In February 2010, the freestyle ski champion launched the Jenn Heil Challenge to raise $1 million for Plan International Canada. Galvanizing the support of Canadians and corporate sponsors from her athletic career, in 2013 she reached her goal – a contribution that has helped transform the lives of thousands of girls.

Jenn’s dedication to excellence, hard work and her vibrant spirit are not only her approach to philanthropy, but also to life. She’s the most successful female skier in Canadian history, winning Olympic Gold and Silver medals. As the first and only female freestyle skier in the world to complete “the Grand Slam,” winning all major titles in her sport, she is a member of the Alberta, Quebec and Canada Sports Hall of Fame as well as a recipient of the Meritorious Service Decoration (M.S.C.) awarded by the Governor General of Canada

As VP of Sport Development at viaSport B.C. and co-founder and strategic partner of B2ten, a privately funded charity which employs business-based principals to funding and developing elite Canadian athletes, Jenn champions sport and works with leaders to strengthen the sport delivery system in British Columbia and across Canada. She understands first-hand how the importance of sport and physical activity goes far beyond the playing field underpinning one’s well-being and success.