Hometown Heroes supports students
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.