My name is Cassidy Shkopich, I am a member of Flying Dust First Nation, and I was born and raised in Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan. My pronouns are she/her. I initially did two years of arts and science at the University of Saskatchewan; knowing that I wanted to work in the healthcare field. During my second year of University I decided to apply into the nursing program. This was the best possible decision I could have made. I have always known I wanted to work in healthcare. During my second year of University I started questioning where I wanted to work and what career would I love to do every day for the rest of my life. I also had many talks with family members that work as nurses which lead me to decide to go into nursing. I have a step-mother, aunt, and sister that are all nurses and I was always intrigued by their jobs. I am loving my studies and cannot wait to be out working in the nursing field. I love that in nursing you know you are impacting so many people lives and helping them heal. This summer I am working with the Meadow Lake Tribal Council doing COVID-19 relief and I have gained an appreciation for northern nursing. I hope to be that smiling, caring, well-educated nurse and I want to thank the Canadian Nurses Federation for helping me get closer to that goal. The Northern Award will allow me to not have to stress about finances and focus my time and energy in my studies.