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Longtime Comox Valley nurse to be honoured with new endowment fund

A longtime nurse will be honoured through a new endowment fund in the Comox Valley.

The fund is dedicated to Renee O’Donnell, a former nurse who started her career out of a desire to help others.

According to the North Island College Foundation, she enrolled in a pre-nursing college at 15 years old, before graduating as a registered nurse in 1976.

For over 40 years, she would travel around the world, working in Europe, the Middle East, and Canada. During her time in Canada, she worked as a senior nurse in long-term care in the Prairies, volunteered for the local fire department, and was awarded three medals of service by the province of Alberta before moving to the Valley.

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The foundation says she retired after working for more than a decade at Cumberland Lodge, where in June 2023, she died after being diagnosed with cancer.

To honour her memory and legacy, O’Donnell’s family and the foundation have set up a new endowment fund for students taking the Bachelor of Science in nursing program.

O’Donnell’s husband Gordon Robertson says they hope to find another Renee through this fund.

“You just don’t know how many Renees there may be out there that just need a little help to go on to have a positive impact on the lives of others, as she did,” said Robertson.

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The foundation adds five students will get up to $2,000 each through the Renee Robertson Memorial Nursing Bursary, with hopes that it will support students in the program.

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