I would like to extend my gratitude to Rx&D, the Canadian Nurses Foundation, and its donors. Thus far, my career has afforded me many valuable opportunities. I have worked in the areas of cardiac surgery, emergency, coronary care and the intensive care unit. I believe my most influential experience came from nursing abroad in Ghana, Africa. These experiences and my love for nursing led me to pursue advanced education in completing my Master of Nursing – Nurse Practitioner Program. I believe the future of our acute and chronic disease management is in the utilization of the role of the Nurse Practitioner and I am thankful and enthusiastic that I get to be part of that future. I am honored with this award. Without the generous donors I would not be able to pursue further education, and I hope that each donor is aware that they are not only contributing to the recipients’ education, but the improvement of health care within Canada.