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TD Financial Group Award for Student Excellence in Interprofessional Practice Notes of thanks

May 10, 2018 Dear Ms. Scrivener, I am a recipient of the TD Financial Group Award and I would like to thank you for your generous support. It is an honour to be recognized for my achievements and this award has inspired me to believe in myself as I move forward in my new career. The Personal Support Worker Program at Conestoga College has provided me with a strong knowledge base and valuable hands-on experience delivering person-centered care to individuals in need of support for their activities and daily living. I have now completed my academic course and I’m ready to start my new career with confidence. Thank you again for your generosity. Your support will truly contribute to my ongoing success. Sincerely, Mizuho Jones

Dear Ms. Scrivener I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your donation to Conestoga College. I am honoured to be nominated and receive this award. Winning this award brings me great pleasure for working with the residents at University Gates. I am taking the practical nursing program at the living classroom in University Gates from Conestoga College. When I am done my program I will be a Registered Practical Nurse I plan to continue working with seniors within the region of Kitchener- Waterloo. I chose to study at Conestoga College because of the living classroom environment where we get to interact with residents from University Gates LTC home. I have been a P.S.W for 13 years and have enjoyed my job immensely I decided to go back to school to further my education in hopes to be able to make a bigger difference in the lives of my patients. Again I sincerely want to thank you for your generosity that has made it possible for me and the others to receive this award. Sincerely, Brian Chambers

Dear Ms. Scrivener, I am writing this letter in order to sincerely thank you for the award I was so lucky to receive. I am deeply honoured to have been a candidate and recipient of such an award. I am graduating from the Fitness and Health Promotion program and will be continuing my education at University of Guelph-Humber studying Applied Science in Kinesiology. I chose to study at Conestoga because of proximity, however that seemingly unimportant decision has turned into one of the most valued experiences I have. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Conestoga and fell absolutely in love with the school. The people, programs and opportunities to evolve and grow all contribute to the thriving culture of academia and inclusion. Being involved with many on-site organizations including the Learning Commons and Student Engagement allowed me to meet many interesting people and ideas. I felt like I was making a difference, no matter how small the impact. I look forward to obtaining my life-long goal: a degree, which was only made possible by my experience at Conestoga College. I am so very grateful for this award. I will forever remember the award ceremony and being presented with the certificate while my bio was read. My mom had the certificate promptly framed. To me, this award is a beautiful bow on top of the gift of the education I received in and out of the classroom at Conestoga College. My sincerest thanks, Colleen Thwaites

Ms. Scrivener, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for your donation. This means so much to me and validates the work that I have been putting in at school. I’m even more motivated now to become a nurse and do well in my education. Your donation has been put towards next year’s tuition. It means so much to me getting this help and recognition from the school and you! This takes some of the pressure off financially and allows me to focus on my schooling more as well as my wellbeing. Thank you so much, Christine Majer

Hello TD Group Award Donors, I am writing this email to thank-you very much for your award donations. Your generosity has helped to support, inspire, and transform my life and the lives of so many. It is because of your kindness that students are given the time and freedom to be able to devote themselves to ensuring a successful college experience. Students are recognized for their hard work and achievements and at the same time don’t have to worry about how they are going to pay for their tuition, their rent, their food, or their transportation. As a student finishing off my second year in Respiratory Therapy and about to be entering a Clinical Placement setting I can safely say that I never thought I would be receiving the TD Financial Group Award in the School of Health and Life Sciences and Community Services. I am honoured and truly humbled to be able to receive this award. These group awards truly help to drive interprofessional practice. Before beginning at Conestoga College, I graduated from University with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and then worked for a couple of years in a physiotherapy clinic setting. While I was in University I never once spoke to a professor or got involved in any extracurricular activities within the school. To be honest, I kept to myself and didn’t make any new friends other than ones I went to high school with. This was always a huge regret for me as I soon realized how important getting involved is, not only to build your resume and attain academic references, but also to develop your leadership skills and build connections with others who share similar interests and passions. After realizing that I didn’t have much room to grow in the profession I made the tough decision to go back to school. This time around, I told myself I was going to do things differently. My goals were to get involved, and to network. Being in the Respiratory Therapy program at Conestoga has been a much more positive experience for me. The challenging content, passionate faculty, and state of the art simulation labs have really provided me with a well-rounded college experience. I quickly realized that Respiratory Therapy was a stimulating, dynamic, and rewarding career that is perfectly suited for me, but, in order to be successful, I not only had to be a good student in the classroom, but I also had to get involved within the school community. I have made friends who will last a lifetime and have instructors who really care and push us to be the best student Respiratory Therapists we can be. I now work on campus as both a career peer and as a student ambassador and I actively try to get involved in program related events and conferences. While being in the Respiratory Therapy program I have learned the importance about interprofessional care. Interprofessional care is important in healthcare as it uses a collaborate approach to care in order for different disciplines to work together as a team to treat the patient. I was able to discover the importance of this first hand when the Respiratory Therapy Program students and Primary Care Paramedic students participated in an interprofessional simulation together.

This past year, I have also had the privilege to be a co-president of a student club called WIHSC, which stands for Waterloo Interprofessional Health and Community Student Collaborative. WIHSC is comprised of but not limited to students in Respiratory Therapy, Paramedicine, Nursing, Protection, Security and Investigation, Police Foundations, PreService Firefighting, Occupational and Physiotherapy Assistant and Community and Criminal Justice programs. We have successfully run various WIHSC events this year including peer mentoring sessions, case study analysis, guest speakers, guest panels, interprofessional trivia, workshops, and interprofessional Olympics. By holding these events we have been able to build strong relationships among health science and community service students. They facilitate networking, transfer of knowledge and appreciation of the uniqueness of each profession. My hope is that the interprofessional relationships and knowledge gained throughout these events can be carried on into the workforce to radiate a more cohesive work environment that can benefit the care of our future patients and clients. My professional goal is to become a Respiratory Therapist in an acute critical care setting where I can utilize both a patient-centred and interprofessional approach to care. TD’s group award will definitely help support me as I get through my clinical year. Thank-you for recognizing the importance of interprofessionalism and its role in the health science and community service world. Through your donations, we will continue to promote interprofessionalism. I again want to give a massive thank-you for all your kind donations and for the impact that you have on me and other students. Your support has encouraged us to strive for our full potential and to be the best version of ourselves. Thank-you, Jessica D’Antimo

Dear Ms. Scrivener, I’d like to take this opportunity to personally say thank you from the bottom of my heart for your generosity. It means a lot to me to be selected for this award. For the past 2 years I have been studying at Conestoga college in the hearing instrument specialist program. I am currently in my co-op student placement outside the Kitchener region which is why I was unable to attend the award celebration and thank you personally. I elected to enroll in the hearing instrument specialist program at Conestoga college several years ago due to my grandfather. My grandfather has a severe hearing loss in both his ears and has worn hearing aids for as long as I’ve known him. I took him one afternoon to an appointment with his hearing instrument specialist and saw firsthand the difference she makes in my Grandfathers life. I had a wonderful conversation with her, and she recommended I look into the hearing instrument specialist program here at Conestoga. She praised the program and its teachers, saying that they were dedicated individuals who pushed each and every student to be the best that they could be. And boy was she right! I loved my time at Conestoga College and the program was fascinating, and I’m going to take what I learned here the past couple of years and apply it for the rest of my life in my career to provide people with the best hearing healthcare possible. Conestoga College is a fantastic school, and it’s a school to truly develops its students into autonomous professionals. Your support of Conestoga and your support of the development of student like myself means so much to the community. Receiving your generous award motivates me further to push myself into being the best professional that I can be. Thank you once again Ms. Scrivener. Thank you, Nicholas Baldazzi

April 30th, 2018 TD Bank Financial Group 4th Floor 220 Dundas St London, ON. N6A 4S4 Dear Ms. Scrivener, My name is Raymond Dolch – a student in the Bachelor of Applied Health Information Science (BAHIS) degree program and I am a 2018 recipient of the TD Financial Group Award for Inter-professional Practice. I was honored to received this award and I would like to express my sincere gratitude for the support that the award will provide me. Over the course of my academic work career, I have had the opportunity to study the governance of Canada’s healthcare system, statistical analysis of key health indicators, database design and querying, and explore ways/ideas to improve the healthcare system. As a fourth-year student in the BAHIS program, I have had the great opportunity to work for Grand River Hospital as a Student Health Information Professional, as well as work at the Guelph Family Health Team as a Clinical Informatics Student with the job of spreading electronic tools to help physicians manage their patients and addressing major change management concerns with clinicians. This award has allowed me to not only maintain my focus on my studies, but also to continue to contribute to my programs community by organizing events and activities for the students of BAHIS. I look forward to successfully completing my degree this academic year and continuing my work in health information science. I thank you once again for your generous support. Sincerely, Raymond Dolch Fourth Year Student, Bachelor of Applied Health Information Science School of Health & Life Sciences and Community Services Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning 519-500-3754 |

April 28, 2018 To Ms. Scrivener; My name is Miriam Friesen and I have just finished up my last semester in the Practical Nursing Program at Conestoga College Doon Campus. It is an honor to receive the TD Financial Award for Student Excellence in Inter-professional Practice and I wanted to thank you for your generosity. It is a privilege to receive this award for my hard work and dedication to the Practical Nursing Program. It means so much to me to be recognized for my professionalism, leadership, collaborating with peers and interest in the roles of other disciplines. After I write my final exam in June and register with the College of Nurses of Ontario, I will begin my career as a Registered Practical Nurse. I am committed to a career of lifelong learning, and look forward to expanding my knowledge as I pursue a degree in nursing in the future. Your generous donation will certainly help to my future studies more of a reality. With respect to Practical Nursing, I could not have picked a better school than Conestoga College. The faculty is the supportive and encouraging and I am confident that I have been set up for success to write my nursing exam and for a successful career as a Registered Practical Nurse. Conestoga College has an amazing reputation and based on my experience there, it exceeded all my expectations. Please find attached a short video about my nursing education that I made in my final semester. I hope that it shows you a bit more of who I am and my future aspirations as a Registered Practical Nurse! Thank you so much again for your generous donation! Kind Regards, Miriam Friesen

May 1, 2018 Dear Ms. Scrivener, I recently received the TD Financial Group Award for Student Excellence in InterProfessional Practice from Conestoga College and wanted to express my gratitude to TD Financial Group for making this possible. In September, 2017, I began my journey through the PSW program at Conestoga College after having been out of the education system for over 20 years. The decision to go back to school wasn’t an easy one and I wasn’t sure I would have what it takes to be successful. What I found when I arrived at Conestoga was a supportive, enriching environment where I could challenge my own ideas of who or what I thought I could be and how far I could go. I found success and a new belief in myself and my ability to reach and surpass my goals. Receiving this award and being recognized for my efforts has given me confidence and has motivated me to consider further educational pursuits. From a financial perspective, an award such as this helps to ease the financial costs of going to school and has made the decision to continue with my education that much easier. Again, thank you TD Financial Group for your generous support of students such as myself. Sincerely, Jill Smith

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact: Julie Gillis Manager, Donor Relations & Stewardship 519-748-0131 X 3285

Td financial group award for student excellence in interprofessional practice notes of thanks  
Td financial group award for student excellence in interprofessional practice notes of thanks