Nurses Supporting Nurses: Next Generation Benefitting from Endowment Fund Scholarships

From left to right: Beth Disher, Shirley King, Leona Barr and Marnie Jarvis

Benjamin Franklin once said, “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” This rang true for  Members of the General Hospital of Port Arthur School of Nursing Alumnae (1909-1970) who recently presented scholarships to two nurses in the Cardiac Catheterization Lab at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre.

On Friday, March 4, Shirley King and Leona Barr were thrilled to meet the recipients of the scholarships,  Beth Disher and Marnie Jarvis. “They are the next generation,” said King, “and we are delighted to present these funds so they can continue their education and share their newfound knowledge with their colleagues.”

Altogether in 2016, the General Hospital of Port Arthur School of Nursing Alumnae Endowment will present over $2,000 in scholarships to cardiac nurses so they can pursue educational opportunities. The scholarships were made possible thanks to the endowment fund created by the Nursing Alumnae in 2003.

“Investing in the next generation of nurses is important to us,” said King. “They are so bright, so capable and are doing things we never even dreamed of. Health care has changed so drastically and continues to do so. We are very proud to support the ongoing education of today’s nurses; I hope, someday, they can do the same.”