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Psychiatric Nursing
Farah Surani

Farah’s determination and compassion

When Farah Surani first arrived in Vancouver, the crisis facing the unhoused community stirred strong emotions in her. Like many others, she initially held misconceptions about homelessness, assuming it was a matter of choice related to substance use and addiction.…
Farah Surani, Psychiatric Nursing
Health Care Assistant
Ruth Carla Aqui

Passion beyond borders

Fueled by profound purpose, Carla’s journey took her from the Philippines to Saudi Arabia, and finally to Canada, each step grounded in dedication and resilience. From a young age, Carla witnessed health care in action: her grandfather’s struggles with kidney…
RUTH CARLA AQUI, Health Care Assistant
Practical Nursing
Mariya Voloshyn

Never stay in the intersection

As the visitors said goodbye, Mariya Voloshyn saw the sadness in her patient’s eyes. She approached the hospital bed and said, “I’m going to make you a deal. If I smile at you, you have to promise you’ll smile back.”…
MARIYA VOLOSHYN, Practical Nursing

A nurse is born

“When I saw my grandma getting older, I wanted to take care of her, but didn’t know how.” Seeing family members face health challenges cemented Justine’s future. “I finally found my purpose. Nursing would allow me to help my family…
Justine Jimeno Licensed Practical Nurse | Stenberg College

Rewriting her Story

So passionate and driven, it is surprising to learn that for most of her life, Ji’s career aspirations were “to just clock in and out of a mundane job.” How does someone with such indifference toward a career end up…
Ji in graduation gown

A Nurse’s Healing Journey

Lovee Sidhu has always supported and made a difference in the lives of those she loves. As a Registered Psychiatric Nurse, Lovee is now able to help others on a professional level in a career she loves.

The transformative power of education

Nelofar Rahimi, or Nelly as friends know her, was born in Pakistan, the child of Afghan refugees. When she was just five years old, Nelly and her family immigrated to Canada and settled in Burnaby. Recalling the sacrifices her parents…

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