Instructor Dr. Solina Richter
I am the Faculty member that is accompanying the group of 4th year students to Ghana. This is my second trip to Ghana. I believe that global collaboration has always been a fundamental part of scholarly development, a prerequisite to bring different perspectives to dialogue on key national and global issues and that it facilitates our contribution to the global collection of knowledge and expertise on the management of the social determinants of health. We will be working in different setting while in Ghana; 37th Military Hospital, community clinics and do varies communities visits. We will also visit a clinic in a small village close to Kumasi. The focus will be on developing the students to become critical global citizens.For more information on my scholarly activities see: http://www.nursing.ualberta.ca/Staff/Faculty/SRichter.aspx
My name is Sarah Mackie and I am from Calgary but came to Edmonton for the nursing program. I am very passionate about nursing and this degree has been an incredible journey where I have met many amazing friends along the way. In my spare time I like to do yoga, run, hike, ski and be around the mountains! This past summer I worked casually on a Cardiology unit in Calgary and absolutely loved the unit, the patients, and the experience as a whole. In my career I would like to try working in the ICU or the Cardiovascular ICU and then eventually work in the community with harm reduction programs like Safeworks. I also have a strong interest in travel nursing and plan on using my degree overseas at some point in my life. I feel so fortunate to be a part of the amazing group of ten nurses going to Ghana and I know it is going to be an experience of a lifetime. Thanks for all the support and following along on with our journey!
My name is Megan Dong, I’m from Jasper, Alberta a small touristy mountain town. I love being outside, going on adventures, playing sports and most of all taking photos. This summer I worked for a sexual health and harm reduction organization called HIV West Yellowhead. Upon the completion of my degree in April, I would like to work in the public health setting, ideally Healthy Beginnings and hopefully one day become a Nurse Practitioner. My interest in working internationally sparked from my 5 year old self watching World Vision commercials. I now realize that the media only encompasses a small fraction of what life is like in Sub-Saharan Africa. I am looking forward to this opportunity as I think we have so much to learn from the nurses practicing within Ghana such as being resourceful and in the process, I hope to diversify my cultural understanding. I am so thankful to be part of this wonderful group. Thank you to all of our donors, we are incredibly appreciative of your generosity and support.
My name is Danielle Perreault and I am a 4th year Nursing Student who is lucky enough to have the opportunity to go to Ghana, Africa with the University of Alberta!! I am soo unbelievably excited to go! Fun Facts About Me: I grew up in Wembley, Alberta with four older brothers who taught me many things about life. I have two very supportive parents and a niece on the way! I LOVE animals and plants/flowers although I have absolutely no green thumb. I have wanted to be a nurse since I was in junior high and am the first person out of my entire family to go to university! I am a volunteer on the Wembley Fire Department even though I am no natural firefighter they keep letting me come back! Putting the siren on is one of my favorite things to do!! I also, enjoy knitting, scrap booking and making homemade gifts in my spare-time. Last but not least, I love any kind of board sport-specifically, snowboarding but will try anything new especially if a board is included!!
My name is Leah Kennedy; I was born and raised in Red Deer, Alberta. I have a huge passion for the outdoors, on my days off I love going to the mountains to hike, backpack and rock climb! The travel bug bit me at a young age; as a child my family drove to Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia almost every summer to visit family. Traveling across Canada opened my eyes to the opportunities that await me, since then I have traveled to Vietnam and Cambodia. I knew I wanted to be a nurse from a young age, and one day I hope to work with Doctors Without Borders. I would love to nurse in the Middle East, Somalia, or the Republic of Congo… My mom is going to have a heart attack when she reads this! Thank you to all of our generous donors, this trip will be life changing and for that I thank you all! I promise to use the experience I gain from nursing in Ghana to it’s full potential!
My name is Katelyn Gorman; I was born and raised in Miramichi, NB. I feel overly blessed because not only do I have supportive friends and family in eastern Canada but I also do in the west. My favorite things/people include: my darling niece, animals, movies, reading, and food. I also have a passion for learning about other cultures and working with people. Four years ago, I travelled out to the beautiful west to start my nursing degree. It was during my first year of nursing that I learned of the opportunity to travel to Ghana to complete my final practicum. I feel truly blessed and privileged to have been given this opportunity and to be able to share this journey with 9 other amazing students and an incredible instructor. I look forward to learning all that I can from the Ghanaian people. I would like to send out a huge THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart to all of our donors. Your generosity has certainly not gone unnoticed.
My name is Kendra Lamb. I am in my fourth year of the BScN program at the University of Alberta. I was born and raised in Fort St. John, B.C., but I have lived in Grande Prairie for the past seven years. I have a two and a half year old pug named Charlee who is my little baby! I enjoy reading, taking Charlee for walks, running and being outdoors in general. The nursing program has allowed me to get some experience in several different areas of nursing in Grande Prairie, but I have also worked as an Undergraduate Nurse in labour and delivery between my second and third year of school, and most recently on the surgical ward between my third and fourth year of school. I have always had a passion for nursing as well as travelling. I jumped at the opportunity to complete my degree in Ghana, and feel very blessed to have been chosen to go. I am hoping to grow both personally and professionally while immersing myself in a different culture.
My name is Jessica Tonganis and I am from Edmonton, Alberta. I am someone who is in love with music and traveling!!! I love singing, playing the piano and guitar. In my spare time I like to do pilates, zumba, catch up on my favorite tv shows and watch movies. My past 4 years of nursing have been an amazing journey. This past summer I had the honor of working at the Cross Cancer Institute In-Patients units. It has been wonderful learning from and working with the incredible nurses who provide care that is so compassionate and create an atomosphere that can brighten the day and bring a smile to anyone’s face. It has been a dream come true and a blessing to be accepted into the Ghana preceptorship program!!! Words cannot even begin to describe my excitement at this opportunity to learn valuable life-changing lessons from Ghana!!! In the future I hope to become an oncologic nurse and to do global health nursing with a specific focus on Africa. To be doing nursing in Africa and participating in missions trips with a faith focus would be a dream come true!! I hope that one day I will be able to live it!! Thank you to God, everyone who has supported me throughout the years, the U of A Faculty of Nursing and our donors! WIthout you this would not be a reality!!
HI! My name is Alysha Schmidt and I’m from Sherwood Park, Alberta. I am unbelievably excited to have this opportunity to complete my final nursing clinical in Ghana! Global Nursing has always been asignificant interest and personal goal of mine. Ever since I was young I’ve loved people, adventure, and possessed the notion to make a difference. Besides my love for nursing and travel, I have a passion for music, nature, sleeping, spending time with my people, and like your stereotypical Canadian – watching hockey! I am so blessed to say that there are many amazing people in my life who have consistently laughed at my jokes and cheered me on, even in my more interesting life choices. Specifically, I know for a fact that I would not be where I am today without the support from my superhero parents. The overwhelming generosity of many individuals is the reason why my cohorts and I have this opportunity to provide support to Ghana’s health facilities. For this, I literally cannot thank everyone enough and I hope you all realize the significant impact your kindness will make. THANK YOU 🙂