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RRC Vaccine Stories

June 2, 2021

Hundreds of members of the College community are making informed decisions to get vaccinated every day, and they’re sharing their stories about why it’s important to them.

Jahnavi, Student, Business Technology Management, Exchange District Campus

I am sharing my vaccination story with the College community because…
I think it is very important to get vaccinated to protect yourself and all the people around you. So, my motivational story begins from the day I came to Canada on April 13, 2021. I had to isolate for 14 days which was sometimes irritating, just staring at the walls not seeing anyone around. As soon as I finished my quarantine, I heard the news that individuals 18+ could now be vaccinated in Manitoba. That was the moment I felt that if we want to end this isolation, we all need to get vaccinated. Being new here, I did not have a public health card but that did not stop me from getting vaccinated. I called to book an appointment and got my first dose of vaccine within a month of coming to Canada. Being an international student, if you are hesitant about getting vaccinated, please don’t try to find an excuse to not get one. I encourage you to take initiative and do your part by getting vaccinated.

Krystal Boyce-Gaudreau, Instructor, Nursing, Notre Dame Campus

Nurse wearing personal protective equipmentI am helping the fight against COVID-19 by ensuring my family gets vaccinated.
I have been nursing in Manitoba for 18+ years. In all my years of nursing I have never seen our healthcare system in such crisis. Our hospitals and healthcare heroes have been working in crisis mode for over a year now and are burnt out: physically, mentally, and emotionally. They are seeing and experiencing overwhelming hardship, illness, and death every day in loved ones, family, friends, and community members. They are tired, exhausted actually, and have nothing left to give. All they ask of us is to work together to help stop the spread of this virus and to get vaccinated. They are pleading for our help. They cannot continue working in these conditions any longer. It is on us to give back to our healthcare heroes.

I started working at the vaccine clinics when they first opened in January. I work full-time teaching nursing at the College, and work evenings at the vaccine clinic-trying to help wherever and whenever I can. I had the privilege of vaccinating my three boys, my three nieces and nephew a few weeks ago. What a proud moment it was for me to not only see my family stepping up to do their part in the fight against COVID-19, but to see how proud they were of themselves for getting their vaccines and being part of the solution.

I challenge each of you to encourage your loved ones, family, and friends to get vaccinated. Educate each other. Help our healthcare heroes. Come see me at any clinic in Winnipeg and Selkirk and allow me to be a part of your vaccine story. Please! 

Christine Watson, Vice President, Academic, Notre Dame Campus

I made the informed decision to get the COVID-19 vaccine because…
I live with my elderly mother-in-law and can’t wait to visit my elderly father (who lives in BC and I haven’t seen 18 months). I chose to get vaccinated because I want to keep them safe – and to keep those around me safe. Our parents made significant sacrifices and this small gesture allows me to say thank you for their love and support.

Vaccines are safe, free, and available to all RRC employees and students. Together we can protect ourselves, protect others, protect the community, and help reduce further spread of COVID-19. Click here to book your vaccination appointment online. 

You can help encourage the College community to get vaccinated. Click here to share your story.