Wednesday, October 13, 2010

40 after 40: Kelly Christie


Kelly Christie decided to attend Douglas College to begin a career in the field of medicine. After graduating from the Home Support/Resident Care Attendant program in 2005, she was accepted into the Psychiatric  Nursing program in September 2005. Between semesters, Kelly volunteered in Africa, assisting with building a school, teaching English and climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro.

Upon graduation in 2008, she was awarded the Diana Gunderson Memorial Award from Douglas College "for outstanding caring compassion in the clinical setting" and obtained a job at St. Paul's Hospital, working in the Eating Disorders inpatient unit and the acute psychiatric assessment and treatment unit. After a year there, she spent a year in Asia, volunteering at an orphanage for disabled children in Nepal, working with Burmese refugee children on the Thai side of the Thai-Burma border, trekking to the Mount Everest base camp and climbing Mt. Kinabalu in Borneo.


Upon returning to BC, Kelly returned to her work at St. Paul's. She recently spoke at the RPN World congress on the importance of mental health promotion on the global arena. This October, she is the keynote speaker at CRPN Alberta’s annual conference.

“Since enrolling in Douglas, I have been to 21 countries and crossed more things off of my bucket list than I could have dreamed possible. I know that my solid foundation at this institution gave me the start I needed to achieve my goals and dreams, and I'm just getting warmed up!”

40 after 40 is a series showcasing our amazing grads and employees in celebration of our 40th anniversary. Check back every Wednesday and Friday for another inspiring story. See more about our 40th on our Anniversary page.