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Student awards support future nurses

by Karmen Dowling | December 22, 2010

Western nursing students from the 1950s. Western’s Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing recently celebrated 90 years of nursing education.

Western's Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing marked 90 years of excellence with the announcement of more than $1.3 million in new donations to support student awards.

Rachel Parker, President of the Nursing Students’ Council, says supporting nursing at Western is supporting the health care system of tomorrow.

“It is providing and facilitating the opportunity for potential nurses to achieve their education at a university that strives for excellence and focuses on the core values of nursing, such as caring.”

Helen Fasken
Helen Fasken (BScN’42), once chosen as “The Most Caring Nurse” in Ontario, left a bequest to Western in support of two graduate nursing sudent awards.

At the gala celebration celebrating the 90th anniversary of the nursing program in October, the following gifts were announced, all of which will support nursing students who demonstrate financial need.

  • A bequest of $1.2 million from an anonymous alumnus in memory of his partner of 65 years, Audrey Metzler who was a Royal Canadian Army Nurse, will boost the value of three awards he already established for undergraduate nursing students in their first year of the Western-Fanshawe Collaborative nursing program. Students continue to receive the award in each year of the program. This latest gift will increase the value of each of the awards, so they will now cover 50 per cent of the cost of tuition, and will create additional awards as well. As a Western student, the donor received financial support, and by establishing the awards in memory of Audrey, he hoped to return the favour in some way.
  • Audrey Metzler
    An anonymous donor has left $1.2 million to Western which will boost the value of three nursing awards he already established in honour of his long-time partner Audrey Metzler (pictured above).
  • A bequest of $105,000 from Helen Fasken (BSc’42) will create the Helen Fasken Graduate Nursing Bursaries endowment for masters and doctoral students who are studying long-term care of the elderly. Two awards of $2,100 each will be available annually. Fasken, who passed away in 2009, was chosen by her colleagues as one of twelve nurses considered “The Most Caring Nurse” in Ontario in 1974.
  • The Marion McCracken Nursing 90th Anniversary Bursary Fund is made up of contributions from nursing alumni, proceeds from the 90th gala event, and a $63,000 bequest from Marion McCracken. As an endowment at Foundation Western, this fund will exist in perpetuity and generate about $3,000 annually to support nursing students. McCracken, who graduated from the Nursing program in 1935, passed away earlier this year at the age of 99.

“Knowing they have support from others who valued the nursing profession, the student recipients of these awards serve to motivate students to strive for excellence,” notes Parker. “It is validation that the community, and the nurses who have gone before us, value the nurses we are striving to become. Speaking on behalf of our current students, we hope to give back, with all our hearts, in honour of those who have given to Western, so others may receive care.”

This article appeared in the Winter 2010 edition of Impact Western
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