Shannon Spenceley is once again spearheading the Lethbridge Nursing Gala which takes place Friday May 12 at the Coast Hotel which supports Lethbridge Registered Nurses and local nursing research. It’s a great night out for a wonderful cause and Shannon gets us up to speed on the who, what, where and why of the gala.
Remind everyone why you found the need to come up with a gala fundraising event.
As registered nurses who are passionate about our profession, this was a good fit for us—raising money to support registered nurses who are taking the leap into advanced education at the Master’s level, in any faculty, right here in our own University of Lethbridge. One of the criteria for the scholarship is that the student’s master’s work (research study, or a project) has to be carried out right here in Southern Alberta. We believe that nurses are the heart of the health care system, and that an investment in nursing knowledge is a positive way to contribute to the health of Southern Alberta!
How successful was it last year?
Thanks to the support of AMAZING sponsors like the law firm McLaughlin-McNab-Hembroff and Foster’s Jewelery, we are able to take all the proceeds from the event last year and put it towards the Lethbridge Legacy Nursing Scholarship Fund (within the Alberta Registered Nurses Educational Trust). As a result, we raised over 30,000 for the fund! Amazing right?? This year we’d like to top that, and we sure hope the community will help us get there!
What’s new for this year?
I think the biggest thing that’s new this year is that we will be honouring the very first scholarship recipient! Miss Reema Khullar will receive the $5,000 scholarship for her work on post-operative recovery protocols. She is a very deserving scholar, and I look forward to hearing her address the crowd about her work! Also this year, Global TV is taking a big role, and hosting a “Facebook Live” event at the gala…there will be a ‘red carpet’, TV coverage, the works!
How do you determine who gets the scholarships?
RNs studying at the University of Lethbridge towards a master’s degree apply through a process managed by the registered charity, the Alberta Registered Nurses Educational Trust. There is an Allocation Committee of ARNET that reviews all applications (it’s a blinded process), and selects the scholarship winner on a combination of grades, letters of support, and a summary of their master’s work. It is a rigorous selection process for selecting the winner of this prestigious scholarship!
How would you describe the status of the nursing profession in Alberta?
The profession of registered nursing is vibrant in Alberta, with over 36,000 RNs actively practicing in the province. Consistently, RNs are rated as the most trusted profession in Canada; being an RN is challenging, exciting, demanding and provides an amazing variety of opportunities in terms of career path.
Is it any different than the rest of Canada?
Certainly there are provinces that are seeing an out-migration of RNs—Alberta isn’t one of them. We are consistently a ‘destination province’ for RNs.
What kind of opportunities are there for people who want to practice nursing internationally?
Great question! Canadian nurses are highly sought after around the world, because of the high quality of our education. If travel is on your career plan, being an RN is definitely a good move—there are shortages worldwide. Hey Mark, it’s not too late…!
(Um…thanks for the vote of confidence Shannon but, I think it is too late for me….Mark)
What’s the best part of the night?
THAT’s a tough one! It is a high-value evening, from start to finish. You get a lot for your 100$ (and remember half of that is a tax receipt!)
The evening begins with a champagne reception, and an opportunity to win a beautiful strand of pearls from Foster’s Jewelry—elegant, with a 24k clasp—think Audrey Hepburn in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”.
This is followed by an amazing gourmet meal provided by LA Chefs (it’s their highest-end dinner: salmon AND beef tenderloin), accompanied by a first-rate choice of wines at your table…trust me, these are NICE wines (and served at no cost to you!)
Through the evening you can get a professional photograph taken by Mr. Chris Yauck, who is providing these beautiful portraits to you, that same evening, AT NO COST TO YOU! Come on, how often do you get all dressed up? It’s a perfect evening to get that portrait taken!
And once again, we will be offering the best silent auction items you have ever seen at a fundraiser—seriously!
Finally, the music of the Lethbridge Big Band is SO wonderful—we are lucky to have such a talented orchestra here in our city—dancing is definitely on the agenda!
Where can we get tickets?
2017 Lethbridge Nursing Gala
CanadaHelps is a registered charity | BN 896568417RR0001.
Your final words to the people of southern Alberta…..
Your life has been, or will be touched one day by the knowledge of a registered nurse. Please invest in that knowledge, and in putting that knowledge to work right here in our own community! Please come to this community-inspired event—and bring a friend. I guarantee you will have a great time!