Awards of Excellence in Nursing 2019

Awards of Excellence in Nursing 2019 - Barathi Vengadasamy

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Barathi Vengadasamy had worked all over the world before beginning her nursing career in Canada in 2005. It wasn't until she started to work with Indigenous Peoples in northern Ontario that she realized being a community health nurse was her true passion.

Barathi has previously worked in First Nations communities in Sioux Lookout Zone, and currently serves the community of Poplar Hill in northwestern Ontario as a nurse-in-charge. The highlight of her nursing career has been her growing connection to the community that has allowed her to become more sensitive to individual needs while also providing nursing services based on the community's perspectives.

 

Awards of Excellence in Nursing 2019 - Jenifer Bujold

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Jenifer Bujold had always dreamed of working in a remote northern community. After 16 years of hospital nursing, Jenifer was offered a position as a flight nurse, providing emergency transport from remote communities in the Kitikmeot region of Nunavut. Since then, she has worked in Baker Lake, Nunavut, where she created a pilot project to reduce stress on the community health nurses working extended on-call hours in the north.

Recently, Jenifer moved back to Cambridge Bay, the community where she started her northern career. She has transitioned into the role of Clinical Nurse Educator, where she looks forward to the opportunity to spark the same excitement and passion about northern nursing within those joining the Nunavut nursing workforce.

 

Awards of Excellence in Nursing 2019 - Janet McKenzie

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Janet McKenzie is a First Nations Cree nurse from the Lac La Ronge Indian Band, in northern Saskatchewan. Most recently, she has been working in her home community of Stanley Mission as a Home Care Nurse/Coordinator. She is dedicated to serving the elders of the community and hopes to remain in her current position for as long as possible.

Janet is passionate about supporting the health and wellness needs of her people. She also advocates for her clients to remain independent in their own homes, for as long as they are able to stay there. Janet feels very fortunate to continue her nursing practice in her home community, and hopes to inspire others with her story while serving as a role model to youth in the area.

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