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Douglas College unveils largest financial award for undergraduate nursing in B.C.

A donation by Mary Gordon of Sechelt, British Columbia, to the Douglas College Foundation, valued at $10,000 per year, has created the Mary Gordon Nursing Award. This is the largest annual student award at Douglas College and the largest award available to students graduating with a Bachelor of Science, Nursing (BSN) in British Columbia.

The inaugural award will be presented at Douglas College’s June 2020 convocation to a Douglas College BSN graduate who demonstrates academic and clinical excellence.

“Douglas College is so thankful for Mary Gordon’s gift that will encourage future BSN students to excel in their studies, at the same time as exemplifying the essence of the nursing profession: caring, compassion, professional competence and empathy,” said Pam Cawley, Dean of Health Sciences at Douglas College. “This award recognizes the critically important role of nurses in providing excellence in healthcare to the residents of British Columbia.”

Gordon is a former registered nurse who graduated from the Royal Columbian Hospital Nursing School. Her generous donation stemmed from her ongoing passion and support of nursing training and education in British Columbia. As the daughter of early Sechelt residents, Jim and Phyllis Parker, who contributed significantly to the social and business development of the town of Sechelt, Mary, along with her husband Cecil until his passing in 2003, felt compelled to continue the family’s tradition of economic and social development for the community of Sechelt and beyond.

Gordon’s generosity also augments the funding for nursing students made available through an endowment established by Royal Columbian Nurses Alumnae in 2018. The RCH Nursing Alumnae Award, initially created to support one student, will now award eight third- and fourth-year students, totaling $12,000 per year. These awards recognize nursing students who demonstrate excellence in clinical performance.

“I’m very happy to join my Royal Columbian Hospital School of Nursing alumnae and friends to support nursing students in British Columbia. I hope my gift assists in highlighting the importance of nursing education and encourages the dedication, extensive knowledge, strong commitment to caring and gracious character that nursing requires,” said Mary Gordon.

Since 1985, the Douglas College Foundation has been devoted to helping students explore new passions, strengths and dreams by supporting scholarships, awards and bursaries, while expanding funding beyond the classroom experience.

Douglas College is the largest degree-granting college in B.C., combining the academic foundations of a university and the employer-ready skills of a college to provide the most relevant and inspiring undergraduate experience in British Columbia.

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