Rebecca Struivig De Groot

Giving back.

Rebecca Struivig De Groot, Nursing Alumna

Langara’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program opened up a variety of career possibilities to Rebecca. The program provided her with a well-rounded nursing education, and a greater understanding of the range in quality of care available in different countries in the world. After graduation, Rebecca went to Nepal to volunteer at a hospital where she taught nurses about the importance of infection control, hand hygiene, and advocating for patients.

“The earthquake happened three weeks into my trip. I helped out where I could in the field hospital, but it was difficult due to the language barrier and various cultural differences. I decided to raise money from home through a gofundme account called “Dal Bhat for Nepal”. We funded a medical team that travelled to hard hit areas, provided food and medical supplies to two villages, rebuilt homes and an orphanage, and sponsored a child’s education. I am so thankful to have had the experience to be able to give back in the way I did.

“I wouldn't have been able to carry out the work without my Nepali friend Sanjiv. A true giver at heart, he and his mum took me in, fed and housed me while Sanjiv and I planned and executed the relief work. Their generosity, kindness, and openness was unlike anything I've experienced from new friends. I was humbled every single day by the support they bestowed upon me.

“The Langara Nursing program opened my eyes of all the different careers that are possible with a nursing degree. It provided me with a well-rounded nursing education and platform for all future learning in my career.”

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Posted on: August 13, 2013