"Our paths are never determined, but you can control your passion, determination and hard work, which will help set you on the path you want to go."
- Degree: Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
- Grad year: 2023
I am BC Métis, born and raised in the Lower Mainland. I recently defended my PhD in the School of Nursing at UBC and am a Registered Nurse by profession, having worked at BC Children’s Hospital for the past eight years.
Prior to that, I played high-level hockey, making it all the way to NHL camp with the Anaheim Ducks. As a former professional athlete, whose teenage dreams of playing in the NHL were dashed by a traumatic brain injury, I was inspired to pursue a career in Nursing so that I could have an impact on the lives of youth struggling with the same symptoms I experienced myself.
Throughout my degree I have continued to expand advocacy efforts for youth concussion prevention and management.
What has made your time at UBC memorable?
Being named an APSC Rising Star is definitely a highlight - the culmination of my work and dedication over the last five years, I think is best encapsulated through this recognition. All the course work, teaching, mentoring, research, etc. compiled into one, and really allows me to reflect back on all the different contributions I made throughout my program.
Where do you find your inspiration for using your degree to make an impact?
As someone who suffered concussions and post-concussion syndrome I reached out to Dr. Michael Gaetz, a researcher I personally knew when going through my experience. He influenced my life direction and demonstrated, now that I can recognize it, how powerful research and evidence can be to inform peoples decisions and the choices they can make for their health when properly informed.
As an Indigenous nurse researcher, I also want to acknowledge and thank Dr. Leanne Currie for her mentorship, support, and guidance throughout my degree - she has been a rock.