Interview with 2018 Ted Rogers Scholarship Recipient Marissa Dick

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Marissa Dick

1. Where do you volunteer – what’s your favourite thing about what you do? 

In my final year of high school, I was an in school teen mentor for a younger student at my partnering middle school through Big Brothers Big Sisters. Every week I visited my buddy, and planned fun friendship building activities for the two of us to do together. Over the year, I was able to watch my buddy become a much more confident individual and come out of her shell. My favourite part of the mentoring program was how such a small portion of my time was able to make such a difference in someone else’s life. Even if my buddy wasn’t having the best day, I was always happy to see her with a smile across her face by the end of our time together.

I volunteer at Rest Haven Lodge, a senior care facility for the elderly. Many of these people suffer from Dementia and as a result so many of their precious memories are slowly fading away. I co-founded the Shadow Box Legacy Project as a means to help these seniors reconnect with their past. Each resident is the recipient of a personalized shadow box filled with pictures, sayings, and embellishments that tells the story of each individuals life. My favourite part of the project is delivering the finished product to the resident. Every reaction is unique and beautiful. It brings me such joy to be able to use my skills to brighten someone else’s day.

2. Why was receiving a Ted Rogers Scholarship special? 

Being a recipient of the Ted Rogers Scholarship is a great honour. With so many other amazing applicants, I was so delighted to hear that I would be receiving this scholarship. It is going to be of such a great help in my post secondary endeavors. I hope that I was able to inspire other youth in my community to get involved and make a difference.

3. Where do you plan on going to school and what will you study? 

I am currently attending the University of the Fraser Valley, in their Nursing Track Program. I plan to be enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing for January 2019.

4. What are your long-term goals?

Upon the completion of my Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree, I would like to explore some of the different positions I can have as a registered nurse. One that really stands out to me as of now is Geriatric Nursing in a senior care facility. Another long-term goal of mine is to travel overseas as a part of a nursing team to help the needy and vulnerable people in third world countries.

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