Alumnae Association of the Royal Victoria Hospital Training School for Nurses Scholarship
Caring for people in their vulnerable moments is something I learned as a first responder in my hometown of Roxton Pond. For more than 6 years, I tended to urgent medical calls on 911 until the paramedics arrived. By getting on the scene early with my colleague, we saved precious time and began providing priority care. This passion led me towards a nursing career, as I wanted to advance my knowledge and care for patients on a full-time basis.
This is how I became a nurse at 41 after completing a nursing program at Granby College. I have been studying nursing since 2016, and I am now in my final year of a Bachelor of Nursing degree at Université de Sherbrooke.
I work for the CIUSSS de l’Estrie-CHUS as nursing team leader in the functional recovery-active geriatric unit at Granby Hospital. I strive to promote the wellness of my patients and I keep a positive outlook. Comforting and listening to the patients in my unit is my priority. My greatest reward is to see the progress of a patient’s rehabilitation.
On the personal level, I am a mother of six children aged 13 to 23 and I recently became a grandmother. For many years now, I have been combining family life with my studies. I learned to successfully manage many organizational challenges along the way. Being resolute is one of my strengths.
I would like to thank the Canadian Nurses Foundation, and particularly the Alumnae Association of the Royal Victoria Hospital Training School for Nurses, for selecting me for this award.