Christina Kanako

 

Kanako_CI am a student who made the brave decision to return to school later in life and as a single parent. My dream of attaining a Bachelor of Science in Nursing is finally moving forward due to courage, perseverance, and my desire to share knowledge and learn from others. I have spent the last ten years working in the hospitality industry. My considerable restaurant experience has led me to develop a passion for providing exceptional customer service with the ability to manage multiple demands while maintaining a positive attitude. These skills will be highly beneficial working as a Nurse.

It was not until I suffered severe postpartum depression (PPD) after the birth of my son, eight years ago, that I was able to fully comprehend the beliefs and assumptions I held about mental health. I was fortunate to have a fantastic healthcare team, including nurses, that supported me during this dark period of my life. As a result, I am empowered to give back and as a future nurse I envision building a platform/community for mothers where they may share their experiences, safely. Thereby, giving mothers, especially those that have suffered, back their power; and at the same time breaking the stigma around mental health.

By awarding me this scholarship, CNF has helped lighten my financial burden. Thus, allowing me to focus more on the most important aspect of school, learning. I am committed to my education and grateful to have successfully completed my second year in the joint Camosun College/University of Victoria Bachelor of Nursing program. With all my heart, thank you so much.