Sowing seeds to help others grow

The Dr. Loyer-DaSilva Research Chair in Public Health Nursing is the direct result of one extraordinarily generous woman carefully planning her will to help future generations of nurses as she was once helped.

Dr. Marie des Anges Loyer (second from left) with current chair holder Dr. Josephine B. Etowa (fourth from left) and Siobhan MacManus, Daniel Nagel, Nancy Paris and Totulope Kolawole

What lies at the root of successful careers? Dr. Marie des Anges Loyer affirms that any success she has enjoyed in her 50-year career as a nurse, professor, academic executive and public health expert stems primarily from the financial support she received throughout her student years.

"I would not have been blessed with such a rich and rewarding professional life without the loans, bursary and fellowship I secured while earning my diplomas, certificates and degrees," she says. "Living this experience has inspired me to make sure financial hardship is never a barrier for nurses and nursing students to learn and advance. I consider my gifts as sowing seeds to help others grow."

Dr. Loyer has spent a lifetime translating this core belief into action. For many years, she worked with the Royal Ottawa Hospital and the University of Ottawa to set up prizes, bursaries and endowed scholarship funds for budding nursing professionals. She reached the pinnacle of her philanthropic efforts in 2006 when she established the first research chair in public health nursing in Canada.

Housed at the Faculty of Health Sciences, the Dr. Loyer-DaSilva Research Chair in Public Health Nursing has made uOttawa Canada's central point for advanced study into this essential aspect of modern healthcare services. It focuses most sharply on underprivileged and marginalized persons, groups or communities, working in two phases: developing and supporting a research program that will expand the body of nursing care knowledge in the field of community care and disseminating it by implementing responsible nursing education programs and practices to improve health and wellbeing.

Perhaps most significantly, especially on a personal level for her, Dr. Loyer's gift of life insurance will also fund bursaries for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, making it possible for them to work with the research chair holder. In this way, she honours those who helped her years ago by helping the careers of many future public health nurses to blossom and flourish.


Nurture careers and watch them grow

Dr. Loyer's gift of life insurance will also fund bursaries for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, making it possible for them to work with the research chair holder. At the University of Ottawa, we have student funds related to every professional discipline.

Find the perfect destination for your gift: call 1-888-352-7222 to speak to one of our development professionals or email us at heritage@uOttawa.ca.

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