CBU Nursing Student Receives National Award

Michelle Watson of East Gore, NS, has been recognized by the ALS Society of Canada with the Young Leaders of Tomorrow Award.  Michelle is currently a Bachelor of Science Nursing student at Cape Breton University and will begin her third year in September.

Michelle became involved with the ALS Society when her father was diagnosed with the disease 10 years ago. Since then, Michelle has been an active volunteer at annual ALS walks and has helped organize ALS walks at her local high school. After graduating, Michelle hopes to contribute to the ALS community as much as possible through her nursing career.

The Young Leaders of Tomorrow Award recognizes young adults who make a difference in the lives of those living with ALS through their volunteer efforts. The award was presented at a banquet held in Toronto on May 3, 2014. A list of adjectives describing each recipient appeared in the program for the evening. Organized, compassionate, selfless, handy and resilient were listed below Michelle’s name.

“This award means so much to me,” says Michelle. “I never expected to be recognized for the little bit I do for the ALS society. I only hope that I can make a difference in the lives of people who live with ALS.”

Commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, ALS is a rapidly progressive and fatal neuromuscular disease that causes the degeneration of nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. As the nerve cells die, people with ALS lose control of their muscles, which makes breathing, eating and even smiling almost impossible.

“My father is my inspiration every day,” adds Michelle.  “I hope I make him proud in everything I do.”