Award Recipient

Ross Ballantyne

John Vanderlee Award

It is with great pleasure that I write in regards to the CNF John Vanderlee Award that I have received. It is through awards like these that allow to me engage the world as a global citizen and take all the rich opportunities that present themselves to me through my nursing student career. This award will allow me to continue my education in nursing while also taking part in international volunteer work, specifically in Nicaragua and Nepal. It will also allow me to focus on my role in student  governance; through my roles as Global Health Representative for the Nursing Undergraduate Association and  my position on the board of Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy I will bring to the attention of the student body several issues around health inequity. I believe that nurses are in a position to truly change the world around us for the better – it is this reason that made me choose nursing as a career. I hope to continue my education after completing my undergraduate degree and become a nurse practitioner. As a nurse practitioner I will be better able to serve the disadvantaged and marginalized populations that I love to work with.

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