Home­town Heroes sup­ports stu­dents

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Sum­mer­time of­ten presents a dif­fi­cult ques­tion for univer­sity stu­dents who come from small ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties; should they stay near school and gain mean­ing­ful work ex­pe­ri­ence or should they go home to fam­ily and friends at the ex­pense of a job re­lated to their stud­ies? Gate­way pro­vides them with the best of both worlds, of­fer­ing mean­ing­ful work ex­pe­ri­ence close to home.

The fund­ing that sup­ports Gate­way Cen­tre of Ex­cel­lence In Ru­ral Health from the Home­town Heroes, “Raise a Lit­tle Health” Char­ity Hockey Game is es­sen­tial to sum­mer stu­dents and their re­search projects at Gate­way.

In ad­di­tion to work­ing on their re­search projects, the in­volve­ment in the or­ga­ni­za­tion of the game has been an in­valu­able ex­pe­ri­ence for Gate­way’s sum­mer stu­dents. Hear what Gate­way means to them:

“I al­ways thought that there was un­tapped re­search op­por­tu­ni­ties in my com­mu­nity how­ever I never thought I would be able to pur­sue them as I, like many oth­ers, thought I needed to choose be­tween re­search ex­pe­ri­ence in my field of study and com­ing home to my fam­ily and friends in the sum­mer. When I dis­cov­ered Gate­way, I re­al­ized I had been sorely mis­taken. The abil­ity of Gate­way to pro­vide me with an op­por­tu­nity to tap these re­search op­por­tu­ni­ties has not only helped to ap­ply my stud­ies prac­ti­cally but also to be a com­pet­i­tive stu­dent and ap­pli­cant post grad­u­a­tion, and bet­ter my com­mu­nity.” - Jessie Payne

“Gate­way has pro­vided me with the op­por­tu­nity to not only be home for the sum­mer, but also cre­ate con­nec­tions with the lo­cal com­mu­nity in hopes of main­tain­ing these for my fu­ture in Huron County. Work­ing at Gate­way has broad­ened my scope and opened up new op­por­tu­ni­ties and in­ter­ests in my sci­en­tific field of study. Hav­ing grown up in Huron county, I have gained knowl­edge on the unique health­care needs and chal­lenges that are faced in ru­ral On­tario. In do­ing so, I wish to ex­pand the avail­abil­ity of re­sources and op­por­tu­ni­ties to ru­ral ar­eas, like Huron County.” - Grace Bon­nett

“Be­ing a part of Gate­way has al­lowed me to learn about con­duct­ing re­search in ways that I wouldn’t have been able to within a class­room. I not only feel like the work I am apart of is im­por­tant for the com­mu­nity, but also know it is good prepa­ra­tion for a ca­reer in the sci­en­tific com­mu­nity. Work­ing at Gate­way has made me ex­cited to go back to my univer­sity stud­ies as it has given me a taste of what could come af­ter grad­u­a­tion.” - Sam Mur­ray

“As a for­eign med­i­cal stu­dent, it is es­sen­tial that I have years of re­search on my re­sume so that I can se­cure a res­i­dent po­si­tion in Canada af­ter I grad­u­ate. The fund­ing from Home­town Heroes En­sures that Gate­way is able to fund my project so that I can stay at home in the sum­mers rather than be­ing away from home in an ur­ban cen­tre do­ing re­search. It means that I am able to pur­sue my in­ter­est in ru­ral re­search in an en­vi­ron­ment that I am com­fort­able in, and a place that I one day hope to prac­tice medicine. It gives me ex­po­sure to the places where I hope to one day work as a fully li­censed med­i­cal prac­ti­tioner.” - Alex Con­lon

COURTESY OF GATE­WAY(L-R): Alex Con­lon, Grace Bon­nett, Jessie Payne, Sam Mur­ray.

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