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RRC Vaccine Stories

June 7, 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.

Lynn Zapshala-Kelln, VP, Finance & Administration, Notre Dame Campus

I made the informed decision to get the COVID-19 vaccine because…
Deciding whether to get a vaccine was never a question for me. It is profoundly important to me to protect myself, my family, and my community from the spread of this virus and the potential long- term, life-changing residual effects. Being vaccinated and having the majority of society vaccinated will mean that life for everyone can get back to a more normal state. I want to see the RRC campuses full of students, faculty, and staff. And I so want to travel again!

Gurbir Singh Sandhu, Student, Administrative Assistant, Notre Dame Campus

Man with vaccination sticker

I am sharing my vaccination story with the College community because…
I think during the pandemic, we are all thinking about when the COVID vaccine will become available. Now it’s time to get your vaccine ASAP, so that we all do our share to make our society pandemic free.

I live in Winnipeg, but I made my appointment and got my vaccine in Steinbach.




Christine Gray, Transportation Trades, Notre Dame Campus

I decided to get my COVID-19 vaccine to protect… myself and those around me. I am a very healthy individual and have never been too concerned about getting COVID-19. For a while wasn’t sure about getting the vaccine, but my daughter strongly recommended I get it, if nothing else, to protect others around me.

Then, approximately two months ago, a relative of mine in another country – a strong and healthy individual – got COVID-19. He seemed to be getting over it and then within days he was in critical condition and on life-support for almost a week before he very, very slowly started to recuperate. It was a scary situation. There was no doubt in my mind that I needed to do my part. At this point I have my first dose of the vaccine.

Emily Doer, College and Public Relations, Notre Dame Campus

Woman holding vaccination cardI made the informed decision to get the COVID-19 vaccine because…
I have a young daughter and I am newly pregnant with my second child. I want to protect both of my children, and my parents who have not been able to see my daughter – their first grandchild – in person since October. I spoke with my doctor and she enthusiastically encouraged me to get vaccinated as soon as I was eligible. I look forward to receiving my second dose and making up for lost time with my parents and in-laws in Newfoundland who haven’t been able to visit us since 2019.


Barb Cobb, Enrolment Services, Notre Dame Campus

I am sharing my vaccination story with the College community because…
You never know when you might find yourself in a situation that puts you or a loved one at risk for COVID. My father was unexpectedly admitted to hospital for a non-COVID related health issue, and he remained in hospital for two months. For some reason he was not provided with the COVID vaccine. He was tested for COVID multiple times while in hospital, and unfortunately his last test came back positive. He had contracted COVID while in hospital and passed away a month later. Two simple COVID vaccine shots may have saved his life. As soon as I was eligible, I got my first vaccine, and am eagerly awaiting my second shot. I encourage everyone to get vaccinated to protect yourself and those around you. You can help save lives.

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.