2019 Recipients: Rohan Joshua Archer, Danielle Taylor, Katherine Allen and Shamara Brown

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.

Katherine Allen is in her third year of the Bachelor of Science Nursing program at the University of The West Indies. She attended Dearteret College and Bishop Gibson High School where she attained 9 subjects in the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) and 10 subjects in the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE). She currently has an overall GPA of 3.6 and made the Dean’s List for the academic year 2017-2018. Katherine is very passionate about nursing and plans to further her studies in order to become a Nurse Practitioner or a Public Health Nurse. She currently mentors at Preston Hall’s External Affairs Committee (Craig Town Mentorship) and Preston Hall’s Honour Committee. She is also a member of Preston Hall’s Environment Committee, Preston Hall’s Sign Language and UWI Leads. Katherine believes in promoting healthy living among Jamaicans and plans to contribute to the development of Jamaica through healthcare after completing her studies. She is seen by her peers as a very dedicated and honest student who is very passionate about her career choice as a medical science student.

Shamara Brown is a second-year Bachelor of Science Nursing student at the University of The West Indies. She was the youngest of six children who grew up with a single mother on a very low income.  Nevertheless, she graduated from Rusea’s High School with 10 subjects in the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) and 8 subjects in the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE). Shamara currently serves as the Public Relations Officer for the Nursing Students Association of Jamaica and is involved in other extracurricular activities such as being a member of Rotaract and Kiwanis organizations. She also participated in the 2018 Christmas donation drive for the Blossom Gardens Children’s Home. Shamara is admired for demonstrating professionalism, honesty and respect while caring for patients in clinical settings. Her academic grades have been consistent throughout her two years in the program maintaining an overall GPA of 3.4. Her career goal is to complete her nursing degree and giving back to her community. She states, “I intend on completing my nursing degree in order give back my service to my parish…my goal on completion of my degree is to establish a facility in order to give care to the less fortunate in my community. I intend on making myself the best nurse I can while working towards my goal of giving back to my community and country.”