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Educational Pursuit


By Mary Glavassevich RN, SCM, BA, MN (Liz Daley)


M


y days at the Senior School which was then part of the Montserrat Secondary School


inspired me and many of my colleagues to further our education. This has been a fulfilling lifelong journey for me and I can trace my inspiration back to those days at the Salem Primary School and


later the Senior School. I have always been driven to improve my education.


It was the 60s and leaving Montserrat in pursuit of higher education was not unusual. What was unusual was that I was the youngest of five children, a teenager who had already started a nursing career in Montserrat.


It was a blow


to my mother when I decided to go to Britain and maybe because of the hurt I caused her she was determined not to shed any tears over my leaving. So there I was, without parental support, off to Britain on a five year educational voyage.


I arrived in England after twenty-two days at sea and made the Blackburn Infirmary Nursing School my home for three years. I completed a diploma in nursing there and received two academic awards in the process. Immediately after that, I went to Edinburgh, Scotland for one year’s training in midwifery.


Eventually I arrived in Toronto where Sunnybrook Hospital – well known in Canada and abroad as a cancer treatment and trauma centre - became my place of employment and continues to be so. I have pursued professional and academic goals throughout my career. I received a BA from York University, a Masters of Nursing from The University of Toronto and was given a clinical appointment at the University of Toronto. My goal is to share my experience and to assist with mentoring Montserratians interested in pursuing further education.


I congratulate the organizers of this Literary Festival and


wish them much success. www.litfest.ms | 49


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