My path to becoming a nurse began at an early age when my father, working as a live-in caregiver for a man with cerebral palsy, modeled such caring behaviors at home. After completing three years of an undergraduate degree in Global Health and Health Studies, I was further compelled to pursue this path as it complemented my passions for human biology, social justice, and people so well. Now entering my third year of nursing school, I am honored to be a part of such a unique path, and humbled by the privilege it awards me.
As my understanding of nursing grows, I become increasingly aware of the countless avenues that this profession can take. While not set on any one path, I know that I would like to work rurally in Canada’s North. I am particularly interested in finding nursing work that presents the opportunity to work with First Nations or other minority populations. I appreciate the complexity of the social circumstances of these communities, care deeply for the historical significance of these circumstances, and feel driven to address the critical intersection of mental and physical health challenges in these areas. As an avid hiker and product of a small town, I am additionally drawn to the rugged and expansive physical environment of the North.
I am honored to be the recipient of this award and endlessly grateful to the CNF for their support.