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Alandra LaFirst is a young woman with a bright future.

Speaking from her home in Gananoque, the Ontario Scholar’s smile is contagious as she talks about winning the Gibson Family Health Care Nursing Scholarship at her graduation from Gananoque Secondary School (GSS) on June 26.

“I’m so very grateful, it’s incredible,” she says about the education bursary to help offset the cost of four years in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at St. Lawrence College.

Speaking on behalf of Carveth Care Centre, a popular retirement lodge and long-term care home in Gananoque, Administrator Brett Gibson notes, “Although all of the applicants from GSS were worthy of this scholarship, our home saw something extra special in Alandra who has been working here as a student dishwasher since last February. We are excited to see what she accomplishes in life and hope she eventually joins our front-line health care team.”

Started in 2023, the Gibson Family Health Care Nursing Scholarship is a $2,000 education bursary presented annually to a graduate of GSS who is entering a nursing program (Registered Nurse or Registered Practical Nurse) at the university or community college level. To qualify for the award, recipients must have a grade average of 65 or higher. The recipient is selected by a committee of residents and staff at Carveth Care Centre.

“I’d like to thank the Gibson family for this honour,” the young woman says gratefully.

Alandra credits her grandmother for making her want to become a Registered Nurse (RN).


“She’s a travel nurse and loves it. My grandmother gave me her passion,” she explains.

Although Alandra hasn’t thought about what she wants do after she graduates as an RN in four years, she does want to work at Carveth as a Personal Support Worker (PSW) once she finishes her first year of school.

“I love working there as a dishwasher,” she attests. “The environment is great. It’s my plan to work at Carveth as a PSW after my first year of studies and then continue onward.”

Carveth Care Centre is delighted to see the Gibson Family Health Care Nursing Scholarship awarded to Alandra LaFirst in June 2024. To learn more about living or working here, please call 613-382-4752. 

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