Award Recipient

Janelle Hager

TD Aboriginal Nursing Fund Award – Baccalaureate

I am a proud mother to four beautiful children.  I was born and raised in the Yukon Territory.  I belong to the Northern Tutchone crow clan of Selkirk First Nation people of Pelly Crossing, YT.  I enjoy spending time with my family and friends outdoors camping, fishing, and hiking.  I also enjoy sitting down with a cup of tea and beading – it helps me feel connected to my community and heritage.

I always knew that I wanted to be a nurse since I was a young girl in grade school.  I knew I wanted a career that was challenging and that I could do either on my own or with other healthcare professionals; A career that offers opportunity for personal growth, educational advancement, and to positively impact clients and the community is what interests me most.  Nursing fits these categories.  One of the nurses living in my community inspired me to follow my dreams.  She was very involved in the community, was culturally sensitive, and advocated for her clients.  I knew I wanted to be a nurse just like her one day.  In August 2016, my children and I left the only home we have ever known so that I could pursue that dream at the Northern Collaborative Baccalaureate Nursing Program in Prince George, BC.  I am now on my way to becoming that nurse I aspire to be and look forward to what the future holds for me personally and professionally.

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