Six Nations Polytechnic (SNP) held a Pinning Ceremony on December 21, 2023, to celebrate the 2022- 2023 cohort of Practical Nursing Students. This tradition, dating back to Florence Nightingale in the 1860s, signifies the significant transition from student to professional nurse. Soon-to-be graduated nurses, staff, nursing faculty, pinners, friends, and family came together to honour and recognize the tremendous achievement of SNP students.
For over twenty years, SNP has partnered with Mohawk College to provide the Practical Nursing program. The ceremony commenced with a traditional opening and welcoming remarks from SNP President/CEO Rebecca Jamieson, who shared heartfelt congratulations and well wishes to the students on their future careers. Following her remarks, speeches were presented by Karen Ball, the Associate Dean of Nursing at Mohawk College, Holly Cowen, Nursing Faculty at Mohawk College, students Brandy Longboat and Kess Ehioghiren, and SNP Unit Manager, Amber Skye.
The collaboration between SNP and Mohawk College has resulted in the completion of studies by many nurses who will play vital roles in our local healthcare system on Six Nations. The Pinning Ceremony serves as a symbol of the successful collaboration between SNP and Mohawk College. It highlights the commitment to producing skilled and compassionate nurses.
This year’s Practical Nursing class includes: Adekunle Akinsanya, Anya Bystram, Ayotunde Ogunlalu, Brandy Longboat, Brooke Mcivor, Cassandra Hill, Edna Perekiye Adesugba, Eunice Blessing Osuhor, Gloria Buzugbe, Hailey Burgie-Reeves, Jamie Pasinek, Jenneh Kollie, Jocelyn Cassandra Montenegro, Kachet Symonds, Kaitlyn Barnett, Kalista Rodinsky, Katherine Howard, Kerri Henhawk, Kess Ehioghiren, Kingsley Ogboe, Lingling Yang, Maya Franzoni, Melody Skalba, Mubarak Nazeer, Omolara Oyewole, Rachael Bachmann, Samantha Chisholm and Shazia Aslam.
A reception followed the ceremony where students and their families mingled, enjoyed light refreshments, and took photos to capture this memorable occasion. The reception was a perfect ending to the ceremony, fostering a sense of togetherness and cherishing the achievements of the students.
SNP remains committed to continuing our mission of delivering education in healthcare that addresses the critical demand in healthcare for culturally responsive professionals.
About Six Nations Polytechnic:
SNP is a unique post-secondary organization, recognized by community, government and institutions of higher learning, as a centre of excellence for Indigenous Knowledge. SNP has 30 years of postsecondary success in partnership with twenty percent of Ontario’s publicly funded universities and colleges. SNP’s mandate of Indigenous Sustainability calls for the perpetual use of Indigenous Knowledge (understood and expressed through language, values and actions) that provides capacity to live in harmony with the natural world, while restoring and maintaining a healthy existence in a nation with diverse citizenship and needs.
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