Hospital Foundation offers bursary for student nurse

All first year students enrolled in the Dalhousie University Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program, Yarmouth site, are eligible to apply for a bursary provided by the Yarmouth Hospital Foundation.

The bursary, awarded every second year, amounts to $5000.00. Haley Spates was the first recipient of the bursary in 2003. Haley spoke eloquently about the significance of this scholarship during the recent banquet celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Dalhousie University School of Nursing Yarmouth Site.

The bursary, designed to assist a student in his/her primary and second year of studies, is available only to those entering the nursing profession for the first time.

“Along with providing financial assistance, the bursary also aims to promote volunteerism in a local health related organization and to encourage students, upon graduation, to seek employment at the Yarmouth Regional Health Centre.” Says David Arenburg, Foundation Chair.

The deadline for application is September 1st.

The bursary will be awarded on or before September 30th. Funds will be distributed in four equal installments over two years.

Application forms are available from Liz Prime, Administration Assistant, Dalhousie School of Nursing, 58 Vancouver St (742-3542 ext 213), or by e-mail elizabeth.prime@dal.ca

The Dalhousie University School of Nursing, Yarmouth site, has been in operation since 1995, making the four year Bachelor of Science in nursing program available in its entirety in Yarmouth.

The Yarmouth Hospital Foundation, established in 1970, exists to support and enhance the Yarmouth Regional Hospital as a community and regional centre of excellence in health care.

NHLer helps put MRI Campaign over $700,000 mark

YARMOUTH (July 9, 2005) – The first annual Jody Shelley Golf Fore Health event has helped push the Yarmouth Hospital Foundation’s MRI Campaign over the $700,000 mark. The goal is to raise at least $750,000 to ensure an MRI is located at the Yarmouth Regional Hospital.

The tournament and accompanying auction at the West Pubnico Golf and Country Club helped bring in over $29,000 and featured NHL tough guy Jody Shelley giving back to the community where he played minor hockey.

“It was such a fun way to help the community where I spent some great years,” Mr. Shelley said. “Knowing a little about injury and the importance of having access to the latest medical equipment, I am excited to see the MRI campaign doing so well. It will be a huge asset to the region.”

The Thompson, Man. native played his minor hockey in Yarmouth before moving on to captain the Halifax Mooseheads. He is now one of the leading enforcers in the NHL as a forward with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Equally excited was Hospital Foundation chairman David Arenburg.

“We are entering the final stages of the campaign and the community support has been overwhelming,” said an excited Mr. Arenburg.

Support by local businesses was a key factor in the tournament’s success, he added.

“The support of presenting sponsor Tri-Star Industries Limited and other sponsors such as L.G. Trask Insurance, Cook’s Dairy Farm Limited, AGFA, register.com, Tim Hortons,
Maricor, Subway, Seafoods Unlimited, Comeau Seafoods and Yarmouth Forklift helped make the event a quality, entertaining fundraiser,” Mr. Arenburg said.

The tournament was a 132-player shotgun team scramble format and will become an annual event.

“The support by Jody Shelley, sponsors and individuals helped ensure the tournament’s success,” said Tournament Chairman Dr. Alderic Legere. “We look forward to making this an annual event that will continue to help fund the needs of the hospital and the community well into the future.”

As donations continue to come in, the Yarmouth Hospital Foundation is putting in place a plan once the MRI campaign goal is reached or exceeded.

“Funds in excess of the goal would allow us to cover expenses related to technical training, recruitment and support required to staff the MRI,” said Mr. Arenburg. “It could also enable the Yarmouth Hospital Foundation to fund additional costs associated with required upgrades to infrastructure associated with the MRI.”