PFC invests in students: Indigenous Student Award

 

You know that donations to the Physiotherapy Foundation of Canada (PFC) support Canadian researchers who contribute to your field. But did you know that PFC also invests in students? 

In 2016, CPA and PFC created two $10,000 Indigenous Student Awards to help address the significant gaps that exist between the health status of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples and that of other Canadians, as well as the unmet rehabilitation and mobility needs in rural, remote and northern communities in Canada.

 

Here’s one award winner’s story:  

A Cree woman originally from Churchill, MB (York Factory First Nation), Priscilla Flett grew up in an isolated community of 800.
 
Priscilla left her home community to complete her high school education, and is now one of the few Indigenous students in her community to earn a university degree. She’ll be continuing her education in September by studying physiotherapy at the University of Manitoba.
 
Her hope is to return to the north as a full-time physiotherapist and be a positive role model for youth in her community.

“Right now, there are no physiotherapist services where I grew up. My dream includes having a contract with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority so that I can travel back to Churchill once a month to help community members with movement restrictions and increase their quality of life,” she said.
 
“This will really help my studies because I can be less stressed about financial issues and better focus on my program.”