Sponsored by HUB, RNAO’s home and auto insurance provider, this award offers the recipient the chance to participate in a week-long, one-on-one placement with RNAO CEO Doris Grinspun.
Bahar Karimi is ecstatic about this honour, mostly because she knows what the HUB Fellowship entails – a chance to learn from her role model, Doris Grinspun. Bahar has aspirations to be an influential leader in healthy public policy. She bases her goals around three pillars: nursing, health equity and leadership, and prides herself on advocating for those who can’t advocate for themselves. When she started a decade ago as a personal support worker and later as an RPN, Bahar’s focus was compassionate client care. She went home from work happy to have positively impacted five people’s lives. But she soon began to think bigger. What about 500 people? Why not 5,000?
This led her to UOIT’s undergraduate nursing program, then directly into a combined master’s degree at the University of Toronto. She now practises in the in-patient surgery unit at North York General Hospital and teaches nursing at Seneca College. “I fell in love with nursing because I found out how strong nurses can be, and how influential they can be,” she says.