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Bhanesha Ollek '15
Bhanesha Ollek (BA International Relations ’15) has integrated her love of baseball and community engagement into her work, delivering a wide variety of baseball programs to marginalized youth in Canada as part of the Jays Care Foundation.

An honours international relations graduate with minors in Hispanic studies and sociology, Ollek completed her master’s in global development studies at Queen’s University. Six months later she was in Toronto working as a Rookie League Champion with the Jays Care Foundation, supporting baseball programs in First Nations communities across Canada.

Ollek says she has always loved baseball. She played fastpitch competitively growing up in Burnaby, BC and even wrote her master’s research paper on the labour practices of baseball in the Dominican Republic. When the opportunity came about to work with the Jays Care Foundation in Toronto, it was the perfect fit.
 
“I really love establishing connections with the youth we work with,” she says. “Seeing their love for baseball and how much fun they have in the programming, I’m grateful to be a part of it.”
 
Ollek says her time at Mount Allison emphasized the critical-thinking skills she uses today and allowed her to match her courses to her interests, which included writing papers on baseball.
 
“You build a strong rapport with your professors and get great feedback,” she says. “You get the one-on-one experience that allows you to dive deep in your thinking and challenge your ideas. They really care about your thinking process.”