Finning (Canada) Spotlight on STEM Recipients
Carolyn Spence is studying nursing at Keyano College, she wrote “I hope in the future to be able to use the skills that I will have learned as a nursing student to give back to the community that has given me so many opportunities. The Northern Lights Health Centre of Fort McMurray has provided excellent care for members of my family. The standards of care that I have personally observed taking place here have made a major contribution to my choice to become a nurse so that I have the opportunity to become part of a profession that embodies the attribute of compassionate care while also providing for our community.” Spence added before she was accepted into nursing school she obtained her private pilot license and worked for an aviation company that serviced Fort Chipewyan. She hopes to complete her commercial pilot’s license and nursing degree to combine her two passions of aviation and health care.
Young plans to attend the University of Saskatchewan studying a Bachelor of Science majoring in Biology, while determining if she’d rather pursue a career in medicine or environmental science. Young explains that as a child she was an introvert and took a lot of time to observe the people around her. She champions the Leader in Me program as the beginning of her volunteering journey. “My continuous efforts to volunteer encouraged me to step outside my comfort zone and volunteer in my community. Alongside many strong and independent women, I worked arduously to pursue my values and expand my understanding of people and society.” She continued, “However, the experience that had the most prodigious on my person was volunteering at a local church in the organization and participation of the soup kitchen. The opportunity to provide amenities such as food, hygiene products and access to washroom facilities was efficacious. I was inspired by the interactions and conversations I had with these less fortunate people. Despite their circumstances, they kept a positive and hopeful outlook and were grateful for little things that we just take for granted.”