Danielle Taylor is the recipient of the JCAN Student Scholarship Donated and Presented by Ms. Delores Lawrence, President & CEO of Nursing & Homemakers, Inc. (NHI). Danielle is a second-year Bachelor of Nursing student who attends Humber College/ University of New Brunswick. Her Academic journey started in 2010 when she was chosen to attend the Wolmer’s Trust High School for Girls in Jamaica. Living with a single mother was hard and there were times when she wondered if she would complete her studies. Nevertheless, she graduated from high school with 9 subjects in the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) and 8 subjects in the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE). What fueled her passion to become a registered nurse was her friend dying from leukemia, and her grandmother passing away shortly after. This all happened in 2012, and she admits that this was one of the darkest years of her life. It was at this very moment while feeling hopeless that Danielle decided to pursue a career to help the vulnerable. This gave her an understanding that one must not only look at the physical aspect but the person’s spiritual and mental health as well. Since then she has been involved in her church, being the youth secretary, participating in the praise dance “Vessels of Praise”, and writing poetic pieces at the Free for All Outreach Ministries. She also volunteers at Etobicoke General Hospital in the mental health unit. She believes that her education is her passport to success in touching the lives of others. Her overall grade point average is 3.4 and she is determined to improve it. This burning desire to become a registered nurse has fed her perseverance to continue this journey of life, surviving the sleepless nights, and seeing past the impossible. She lives by her alma mater’s motto, “Age quod agis”, which means, “whatever you do, do it well”.
Rohan (Joshua) Archer is the recipient of the JCAN Student Scholarship in Honour of the Late Mrs. Marilyn Edgar-Gordon, presented by her husband Mr. Gordon. Rohan is commencing his second year as a nursing student in the Brock University– Loyalist College Collaborative Bachelor of Nursing Program. Rohan also holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Toronto with a double major in Molecular Biology & Epidemiology. During his time in the Brock-Loyalist Nursing program, Rohan has been the recipient of the Loyalist College Lancer Athletic Award. This athletic award recognizes Loyalist College student athletes who excel in their respective sport and maintain a level of excellence in their academics. Rohan’s short term goals are focused on Emergency and Urgent Care nursing. His long-term goals include a desire to obtain a combined Masters Degree and Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner education, which he can apply in the ever-changing healthcare landscape here in Canada and abroad. Rohan is a very community minded student nurse who likes to volunteer, broadening his sphere of influence within his local setting. Since the age of 16 he worked as a registered lifeguard with the National Lifesaving Society. He volunteered as a Football Coach with Lakeshore Collegiate Institute and the Etobicoke Eagles Football Club. He was a Youth Leader for his church’s youth group and summer camp programs. He has also been a musician on the Music Ministry team at his church for many years. Since 2017, Rohan volunteers with St. Joseph’s Hospital and Health Centre.