Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario

Hub Fellowship: Isabelle Wallace

Hub Fellowship: Isabelle Wallace

This award offers the recipient the opportunity to get in the thick of things with a one-week placement with RNAO CEO Doris Grinspun. The $2,000 HUB Fellowship is generously sponsored by RNAO's group home and auto insurance provider, HUB International Ontario Limited.

As a proud Ottawa nurse from Madawaska Maliseet First Nation in New Brunswick, Isabelle Wallace doesn't shy away from speaking out on issues that affect Indigenous people. Since March 2016, she has advocated for Indigenous health on CBC, APTN, Radio-Canada and other news outlets. She was also instrumental in planning the 2016 RNAO event: The Truth, The Legacy & Moving Health care Towards Reconciliation, which raised awareness about Indigenous health and health care among nursing students and nurses. "We really do have power to change things, we just need to speak out," she says. Currently, Isabelle is a mental health coach for Toronto's Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). She is also finishing her master's degree in nursing at the University of Ottawa, where she will defend her thesis this year on improving access to health care for Indigenous peoples and transforming nursing education to better meet their needs. Although busy with school and work, Isabelle looks forward to getting a behind-the-scenes look at how things are run at RNAO, and following CEO Doris Grinspun as she speaks out for nursing, health and health care: "I don't know what to expect, but I know I will learn a lot from her and grow personally and professionally."