It's a national walk with a highly localized focus and this year's Coldest Night of the Year events in Castlegar and Nelson will once again put a spotlight on some of the most vulnerable people in our region. To help raise awareness for the issues surrounding the walk and ensure its success, Selkirk College Nursing Program students are getting involved on the frontlines.
Each academic year, Selkirk College awards almost $200,000 in bursaries to students from a variety of programs who face financial challenges while pursuing a post-secondary education. The stories of what it takes to persevere and succeed is truly inspiring. This is one of those stories.
Three of the latest additions to the Nursing Program faculty arrive to the Castlegar Campus classrooms with a wealth of experience, deep roots in the region and an intimate knowledge of the benefits of a Selkirk College education.
The Coldest Night of the Year walk for homelessness has been making a difference in communities across Canada, raising millions of dollars to help those who are struggling. Third-year Selkirk College Nursing Program students are an important part of the success of the walk in our region, this year helping organize both the Nelson and Castlegar events.
The importance of student financial aid is a key component in creating an affordable post-secondary education for Selkirk College learners. Emmett Deuling is one of the students who has benefited from the kindness and generosity of donors who will be recognized at the annual Bursary Tea on the Tenth Street Campus.
The issues surrounding opioid abuse in British Columbia are compounding and the West Kootenay is not immune from the trauma it inflicts on communities. To help combat the crisis, Nelson's Fentanyl Task Force is holding an educational event on November 22 where the public is invited to get more information and ask questions.
Selkirk College recently awarded family nurse practitioner Patrice Gordon with the Distinguished Alumna honour at the Graduation 2017 ceremony held at the Castlegar Campus. The earnest professional provides compassionate care to isolated First Nations communities in British Columbia’s Chilcotin region while responding to crises world-wide as part of the Canadian Red Cross Emergency Response Unit.
Selkirk College is working with Nelson CARES as they host the third-annual Coldest Night of the Year, a family-friendly walking fundraising event happening in communities across the country. On February 25, people will take to the streets of downtown Nelson to increase awareness about homelessness in the community and raise funds to help continue renovations at Ward Street Place.
Third-year nursing students at Selkirk College have a unique opportunity to develop their nursing skills and knowledge of the social factors that shape health on the streets of Nelson. They work with local agencies to help people in the community who may be dealing with issues of housing insecurity, addictions and untreated mental illness. It’s a different side of nursing, extending beyond the traditional model of treatment found in acute care, and for one student, it opened her eyes about little known aspects of her home town.
Selkirk College offers an opportunity for aspiring nurses to get their four-year degree at the local institution. Graduating with a degree granted by partner University of Victoria, Holli Norberg stood above the rest. In fact, she achieved top marks in the entire faculty of Human and Social Development and was awarded at the convocation ceremony at the Vancouver Island school.