Roxanne Dobbs is a KDFN citizen that pursued her goal of becoming a nurse. She took upgrading courses at Georgian College to earn the certification required for the nursing program.

Here’s her story in her own words: School took a lot of dedication. It has been one of the most challenging times in my life but also the most rewarding. The classes were intense; the clinicals required attention to detail; and the instructors were methodical, but I am grateful for the foundation of knowledge and skills. It gave me the confidence to continue in the nursing profession.

I appreciate everyone that has supported my journey to becoming a nurse. I would not be where I am in my education and career path without the Kwanlin Dün Post Secondary Education Program and Ontario Student Assistance Program, which allowed me the time to focus on my studies instead of worrying about education expenses.

There are standards in nursing that are maintained through lifelong education and yearly Quality Assurance Programs. Nurses ensure that healthcare professionals practise in a safe, competent, and ethical way. My training in nursing has opened many doors for future job opportunities such as in hospital or research settings, travel to communities, administrative roles, or training.

Education shows us the importance of hard work, helps us grow, and enables us to shape a better world. I hope that my journey inspires others to further their education. As I am 41 years old, I know that post-secondary is not only for younger students and it’s never too late to start. We only regret the chances we didn’t take, which leaves me with one question: Why are you still waiting?