I began my studies in the Bachelor of Health Science Honours program at the University of Calgary. I played forward on the Women’s Varsity Field Hockey Team and became a CIS All-Canadian Student Athlete in my second year. I also volunteered at the Mary Dover Transitional Housing for Women as a Resident Assistant. My decision to join the inaugural cohort of Selkirk's Rural Pre-medicine program and return to Southwestern BC in 2014 keenly sharpened my academic focus on the rural and marginalized populations I wanted to study.
I have been the Head Coach of the West Kootenay Special Olympics Floor Hockey and Basketball Teams for three years now. I also volunteer with Options for Sexual Health (OPT) helping people make informed decisions about their sexual health. I travelled to Nicaragua with a medical humanitarian organization shadowing and assisting local doctors as they treated patients in makeshift clinics in remote villages. I am also a scholarship recipient and youth spokesperson for the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation Education Program, having lost my own father in the line of duty.
I have always sought interesting and enriching summer employment. I treeplanted in Northern Alberta when I was fresh out of high school. I have worked with intellectually disabled children and youth as a Summer Program leader in two communities and was co-facilitator of FLASH—Family Life and Sexual Health—an awareness program for teenage girls with intellectual disabilities. I have also had the incredible opportunity to work as a summer research assistant with the Columbia Basin Trust. My primary research focus was on social and youth initiative projects that were seeking funding from the Trust.
I interviewed with the University of British Columbia’s School of Medicine in February and am hopeful for the 2017 intake. Alternatively, I have been accepted into the Biomedical Studies program at the University of Northern British Columbia and will continue to vigourously pursue my goal of becoming a rural physician.
Alexandra Seeley North Island College
Alex Seeley is a 4th Year Bachelor of Science in Nursing Student attending North Island College in Courtenay, British Columbia. Alex is from Tofino, BC. Growing up in a rural town, allowed Alex to experience the health challenges and lack of access to appropriate health services for First Nations communities.
Alex believes in social justice and equitable health care for all. Alex realized she had a passion for First Nations Health and working with marginalized groups. Alex expresses interest in working politically after she becomes an RN to advocate for the voiceless, improve health care and make it more accessible to everyone.
In her first year, she joined the Canadian Nursing Students Association (CNSA) where she attended several conferences across Canada, this is where she experienced the political process that nursing students and nurses can get involved in, she gained knowledge to be a leader, and connect with other students sharing the same passion. Alex was elected to be the Associate and Official Delegate of the CNSA NIC chapter, allowing her to be the voting member for her school during the Regional Meetings and National Assembly, where delegates from across Canada meet and discuss the issues that need to be addressed. During her experience with CNSA she was instrumental in winning a bid for NIC to host the CNSA 2015 Western/Prairie Regional Conference. Alex was the Conference Director. The Western/Prairie Regional Conference involved 150 nursing students from Western Canada. The theme was “Inspire, Advocate, Unleash”, the goal was to inspire nursing students to advocate for quality health care across Canada and globally. Her hard work payed off, the conference was a success! Alex learned to work as a leader and mentor and gain confidence in her presentation skills, able to advocate in the political arena. Alex was involved with the Nursing Network, a group dedicated to the support of the well-being of fellow students through mentorship. Allowing her to build strong connections within her program and showcase her abilities as a leader. Alex would like to thank everyone who has supported her throughout her education and helped her become the leader she is today.