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Student nurse earns accolades for hard work and big dreams
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Grace MacArthur has big dreams.

Speaking from her workplace in the summer of 2021, the 20-year-old student is excited about her future which includes becoming a nurse and attending medical school.

She smiles when asked about her second summer providing front-line health care to the residents of Helen Henderson Care Centre, a long-term care home in Amherstview. “I really enjoy it,” she replies with a chuckle. “I’m here all the time so clearly I like it. I’m from Amherstview. I work here in the summer when I’m not studying to become a Registered Nurse.”

Grace started working at the home as a Personal Support Worker shortly after the pandemic was declared in Canada in March 2020. She returned in 2021 and the home named her Employee of the Month for August. Senior staff hope she will join the Nursing Department permanently once she has graduated.

“I enjoy working in geriatrics because there is a lot of wisdom and experience here,” she explains. “I appreciate what this home can offer to my knowledge base and it’s close to home, so I feel like I’m serving my community in a sense.”

Grace’s roots run deep in this community.

“I used to work as a lifeguard and swim instructor at the pool across the street at WJ Henderson Recreation Centre,” she confirms. “I also worked at the library across the street when I was 15. Working close to home and being able to serve the community where I live is clearly a pattern in my employment history.”


“I love being able to interact with the residents and have that patient-health care worker relationship,” she continues. “I love being here. I like to switch things up. I like working the floor providing personal care and in the COVID screening/testing area.”

When she’s not at work, Grace likes to travel and dine at different restaurants.

“I’ve been spending more time with my grandparents which has given me a new respect and appreciation for the older people in my life,” she notes. “That’s pretty much all I have done this past year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. You couldn’t really do much because of the restrictions.”

Grace hopes to parlay her nursing degree into a medical doctorate, field undecided.

“I don’t even know what kind of nurse I want to be yet,” she says with a laugh.

“I hope my nursing experience will give me an edge and help me out in the future,” she explains. “I am working my way up which will give me a better understanding of each person’s role in medicine. Nursing has given me a chance to make a difference. As cheesy as it sounds, I feel like I’m doing good work.”

Speaking on behalf of the home, Director of Care Sue Reynolds notes, “Grace is a vibrant, positive staff member who is always smiling.  She is adaptable and is willing to help wherever needed. Grace is a valuable member who helps our team provide excellent care to our residents. We are fortunate to have her in our home.”

Questions for Grace

If you could rule the world, what would you do on day-one?

“I don’t know… Stop world hunger. End malnutrition in children. That’s pretty important.”

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?

“To cure the sick. That would be my superpower.”

If you were not at your current job, what you be doing?

“I had endless money and could do anything I want to do; I’d travel the world.”

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