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Richmond bursary winners embody VCH values on their quest for higher education


From left to right: Chris Salgado, Jill Schulmeister, Hani Zaryouni, Gordon Sien, Mattew Heyn, Karen Barclay.

We care for everyone. We are always learning. We strive for better results. For a group of Richmond staff, these values are embodied in their quest to seek higher learning and education to better not only themselves as members of the health care team, but to better the care they provide to patients throughout our community.

Thanks to the Kronier Education Fund, five $1,000 bursaries were awarded on July 3, 2019 to Richmond staff. From a lactation certification to masters in health administration, each recipient has unique goals, goals that thanks to the Richmond Hospital Foundation, we're able to support says Andrea Walker, director of professional practice in Richmond.

“We had a lot of applications this year, but the winners truly stood out with their essays. They each bring incredible enthusiasm not only for education, but for providing the best care for our patients here in Richmond. I can't wait to see what they learn and how they bring it back to their teams."

Congratulations to this year's bursary winners!

  • Duniya Maiwand (3S), LPN - Post-LPN Bachelor of Nursing program (Athabasca University)

  • Gordon Sien, Dental Hygienist=– Masters of Health Administration (UBC)

  • Hani Zaryouni, Maternity and NICU RN – Lactate Consultation Certification

  • Kim Sorensen, RPN Older Adult Richmond Mental Health Team – Advanced Diploma in Gerontology, Selkirk Colledge (Castlegar, BC)

  • Matthew Heyn, Certified Spiritual Health Practitioner– Training to become a Certified Supervisor-Educator of Spiritual Care at Richmond Hospital.

“Through my self-growth and personal development, I realized I wanted to expand my scope, to be more efficient and effective," says Gordon Sien. "My desire is to make larger differences in healthcare, and I thank the Kronier family for this opportunity."

Interested in applying for education funding?

Visit the Kronier Family Education Fund page on our website to learn more.

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