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Department of Nursing Awards 2023

December 5, 2023

Congratulations to this year’s Award Winners, and we gratefully acknowledge all the donors who made these awards possible!

Jean Burrows Scholarship Sarah Wilding

Jean Burrows was chair of the Nursing Department from 1974 to 1998. Created upon her retirement, this award recognizes outstanding academic achievement for students at the end of the first year of the BN program.

Bernice Parrott Award – Tara Garrioch, Madi Harder, Natali Domozhyro, Carl Calaje, Al Estoesta, Madison Towle, Amber D’Aoust, Rafael Marante, Tessa Martin

The Bernice Parrott Award was established to provide financial assistance to a deserving
student after term six of the BN program. This award recognizes the hard work and effort
that all students put forth as they complete the requirements of the program.

Nursing Students Endowment Scholarship – Ciara Tutkaluk and Nicole Bonenfant.

These awards were established because of the foresight of students who in 1997 established
an endowment fund. Each student, as part of their tuition fees, contributes to this
endowment fund. In 2001, a portion of this money was dedicated to the creation of these
awards. Since then, the class of 2002 made a sizeable contribution from their own
fundraising efforts.

Nursing Legacy Award – Clinical Practice Year 1 – Holly Ling

– Clinical Practice Long term care – Nicole Hammersley

– Clinical Practice Medicine – Shannon Pickell

– Clinical Practice Surgery – Tiana Wyryha

– Clinical Practice Pediatrics – Riley Dodds

– Clinical Practice Mental Health – Riley Dodds

– Clinical Practice Palliative – Karren Ballantyne

– Community Clinical Nursing Practice 1 and 2 – Emily Giesbrecht

– Skills and Techniques 3 – Hannah Szeryk

– Health Assessment 1 and 2 – Maybhelle Santos

This award was established by combining donations from a number of sources.
The Stanton family, the Duncan family, and Phyllis Aaron along with the Nursing faculty have
made substantial contributions. The award recognizes outstanding clinical performance of
students from year one to year three of the nursing program. The Nursing Techniques 3
award recognizes a year one student who excels both in the academic course work and the
performance of Nursing Skills.

Thorey Johnson Nursing Award – Jonadave Arceta and Jordan Wurtz

In honour of their mother, Mrs. Johnson’s daughters have established this scholarship to be
presented to a nursing student who has expressed a special interest in rural nursing
practice. The recipient has demonstrated an interest in front line nursing work in a hospital
environment; a high level of skill in the clinical setting, sound academic achievement, and a
caring and compassionate attitude with patients.

Nursing Leadership Award – Joshua Salisi and Tiana Wyryha

This award is for deserving students who have gone above and beyond in support
and leadership of their peers. It was established by the Awards Committee, with
nominations from faculty and peers.

Discipline of Professional Nursing Award – Navreet Chahill, Ciara Tutkaluk and Trishia Malabuyoc

This award is presented to students for their outstanding achievement in the courses of Discipline of Professional Nursing 1-5.

Mary Langhan Nursing Award – Yonathan Mohamed

This award is presented to a 3rd year student who has demonstrated a high level
of skill in the clinical setting and has expressed a special interest in obstetrics and

Karla Ferens Memorial Entrance Award for Health Care AideCandace Mercredi, Jathniele Manucduc and Gursimran Kaur

The Karla Ferens Memorial Entrance Award for Health Care Aide was established
by family and friends in memory of Karla Ferens, a 2011 Red River College
graduate of the Health Care Aide program. The award recipient has displayed the
same accomplishments exhibited by Karla Ferens: Involvement in sports and
leadership qualities.

Community Service Award – Clarence San Jose and Gabrielle Verspeek

This award is presented to a second and a third year student who has volunteered
for a community agency while maintaining sound academic achievement.

Karen Wall Indigenous Nursing Student Award – Rachelle Fehr

This award is presented to a 3rd year student of Canadian Indigenous heritage
who has achieved academic success in the BN program, and has demonstrated
leadership and community service.

Elizabeth Scaife Memorial Award – Ana Beltran

This award is presented to a BPIEN (Bridging Program for Internationally
Educated Nurses) student who has demonstrated outstanding academic
achievement and demonstrated exceptional clinical performance.

Christiane Gabrielle Bonin Memorial Award – Yvonne Datzkiw

Jaime Manness: Hike Manitoba Nursing Award Jade Friesen

This award is present to a second year student who exemplifies a love for hiking
and the outdoors with good academic standing. The award was established to
honor a RRC alumna and instructor who wanted to share her passion for
Manitoba’s wilderness.

Shannon Gray Memorial Award – Kaye Jeremie Aguilar

Kim Kotelo Memorial Award – Katie Laberge

Portage Mutal Insurance Award for Indigenous Nursing Student – Sophie Walker

Shirley (Perret) Loewen Indigenous Nursing Student Award – Rhonda Paoletti, Rachelle Fehr, Kiara Carpenter, Chelsea Wotton, Lexi Green-Monkman, Desiree Turner and Cassidy Webb

Shirley (Perret) Loewen Indigenous Graduation Bursary – Shania Dunn, Taylor Parker and Jessica White

RRC Polytech Students’ Association Be the Change you want to see Award – Karren Ballantyne

Eliza Cummings Machan and Helen Machan Memorial Nursing Award – Ryan Delaine

Written by Jennifer Johnson – Nursing Lab Manager
with descriptions of awards courtesy of the Nursing Awards Committee

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