I recently had the privilege of painting Cecilia as part of Art for the Frontline, an initiative to connect artists with healthcare workers that was begun by Cherie Serieska who is a Senior Simulation Consultant with Alberta Health Services. When I got in touch with Cecilia, I learned that she was currently working up north on a term contract because of the healthcare cutbacks in Alberta:
"I am a registered nurse working in the foothills emergency department for the past 6.5years. I worked cardiology before this. I am passionate about my job and love the continuous learning. Covid has been stressful on an already high energy emergency room, so I’ve turned to switching things up with some travel nurse contracts. I am currently on travel duty in Nunavut for a month in a community called Igloolik on the Baffin Island! I loooove travelling the world, am very spontaneous and adventurous and am usually booking a ticket to anywhere with no plan! ;) Travel nursing has allowed me to see a part of the world not many do, and advance my nursing skills in many aspects!
My rommmate sitting next to me describes me as gentle, soft spoken, patient, kind, funny, sarcastic and organized (I didn’t realize how tough it is to describe yourself). For hobbies I like volleyball and soccer. I frequently go hiking, back country camping, am an avid runner (was running to and from work 7km one way for 7 months!). I love good exercise and any new challenge. Also love the sun, beach and a good party to dance my feet off! I love bright colorful mixtures. Frida Khalo. The world map. Wine (my dad is Chilean so obviously it’s in the blood). Good vibes and great company. :)" ~ Cecilia
Her nominee wrote that "Day after day Ceci shows up for her full time line, gives her all and remains positive and an inspiration to the rest of us. She keeps her smile despite everything. She is one of the few that has been able to maintain a positive attitude throughout everything-despite being far from her family and experiencing personal tragedy unimaginable to me."