CNF Nightingale Gala – May 5th, Ottawa
CNF launched our One Million in One Year for Indigenous Nursing Education and Research Campaign at the annual CNF Nightingale Gala in Ottawa on May 5.
The sold-out gala drew a crowd of 500, including the prime minister’s wife, Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau, as honourary patron. Grégoire-Trudeau, whose mother is a former nurse, praised the profession for its ability to bring a sense of security to those patients marked by suffering and vulnerability. “To be surrounded by someone who gives you that feeling of safety is a gift,” Grégoire-Trudeau said in her well-received remarks.
The benefit dinner, emceed by CBC journalist Waubgeshig Rice, drew leading nurses, chief executives from local hospitals, corporate sponsors and such influential gala patrons as Wanda Brascoupé Peters from The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada, Allison Fisher from the Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health, and CNF multi-scholarship award recipient Lisa Bourque Bearskin, president of the Canadian Indigenous Nurses Association.
Thanks to Gala supporters, volunteers, donors and sponsors, CNF raised $145,000 towards nursing scholarships and research grants. THANK YOU!