My name is Emma-Liisa Mäkinen, and I am entering my fourth year of nursing at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario. I chose to enter nursing because it is a unique profession that allows you to make a difference in someone’s life every day, while being in a constantly evolving learning environment. Being born and raised in Northern Ontario, I have always been aware of the need for healthcare professionals who can address the various health disparities that rural and remote communities face every day. I hope to make a difference in these health disparities in my future by being an active rural healthcare advocate.
I am proud to say that I was recently appointed co-vice president of the Laurentian University Interprofessional Health Council, which is important to me because I believe in learning about the various disciplines in healthcare and advocating for the importance of working as a team. As a hobby, I am the head coach of a high school flag football team, who I recently led to win the city championships through hard work and dedication. I am thrilled to become a CNF Scholar, which will help me become the best rural healthcare professional I can be.