NC nurse graduates with Governor General’s Academic Silver Medal


Christine Philbrick (right) receives her medal

Nurse Christine Philbrick has worked hard toward earning her Bachelor of Nursing degree from Athabasca University while working at Niagara College; during her convocation on June 9 all of that hard work finally paid off.

Philbrick received not only her BScN, but a Governor General’s Academic Silver Medal as well.

The General’s Academic Silver Medal is awarded to a student graduating from an undergraduate program with the highest GPA in their year.

Philbrick was invited by the Alberta-based University to attend a follow-up VIP awards ceremony. She attended with her two daughters who are both currently completing university degrees as well.

“Travelling to Athabasca with my daughters to accept this award was an amazing experience,” Philbrick said. “I truly love learning and have continued to take courses throughout my nursing career. The Governor General’s award was an awesome way to close the chapter on my undergraduate experience and embark on graduate studies.”

Philbrick, who works as a nurse at the Niagara-On-The-Lake Campus, completed most of the work for her degree online. She was happy to make the trip across Canada to the Alberta campus for the ceremony.

“It was great to be able to finally meet my professors and fellow students in person,” she said.

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