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Marguerite Schumacher Memorial Alumni Lecture

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Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017 

6:30 pm Reception | 7:30 pm Lecture

"They Smell Like Sheep"

Barb Shellian, (BN'79, MN'83)President, Canadian Nurses Association and 
Director, Bow Valley Community and Rural Health Canmore, Alberta 
will speak about leadership in nursing for the 2017 Marguerite Schumacher Memorial Alumni Lecture.

In 2016, Marguerite Schumacher received another honour posthumously. She was nominated, and selected, for inclusion into the Canadian Nurses Association Memorial Book, which describes the contributions of some of Canada’s honoured nurses, who, in service to their fellow Canadians, elevated the nursing profession and health care in this country. She was publicly honoured at CNA’s biennial convention in Saint John in June 2016.

Celebrating inspirational leaders.

In memory of Marguerite Schumacher (1920-2013), first dean of the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Calgary (1974–1979).

An inspirational and visionary nursing educator and administrator, Professor Emerita Marguerite Schumacher is credited with shaping baccalaureate nursing education in Alberta. She came to the University of Calgary in 1974 as the third director of what was then known as the School of Nursing. (When the school officially became a faculty in 1975, Schumacher’s title changed to dean.) She helped to establish a strong foundation for our fledgling faculty through her encouragement of a theory-based curriculum, the initiation of one of the first research projects in the faculty and development of a graduate program, among other activities.

Born in Switzerland, Professor Schumacher spent some time in Winnipeg as the director of nursing at Grace Hospital and then as associate director of nursing education at Winnipeg General before heading to Alberta in 1958. She spent 10 years as the advisor to Alberta schools of nursing and followed that with five years as chairperson of the new nursing program at Red Deer College. By the time she joined the faculty, she had a firm understanding of the political tensions around nursing in the ’60s and ’70s, having served for two years as the president of the Alberta Association of Registered Nurses and for two years as president of the Canadian Nurses’ Association.

View the slideshow of the 2016 Marguerite Schumacher Memorial Alumni Lecture from Oct. 1, 2016.

View the slideshow of the 2015 Marguerite Schumacher Memorial Alumni Lecture from Oct. 3, 2015.

View the slideshow of A First Class Affair which took place Sept. 27, 2014