Recently, CBU welcomed students from Indigenous and African Nova Scotian communities to campus to learn about education and career opportunities in the field of health sciences.The four-day camp, hosted by PLANS – Promotion Leadership in Health for African Nova Scotians and IHIM – Indigenous Health in Medicine, took place from July 22 -25.
Michelle Patrick, Program Manager for PLANS, accompanied the campers as they participated in hands-on learning activities led by the CBU Biology Department, Nursing Department, Sport and Physical Activity Leadership students, Elders in Membertou and various guests from NSCC and the Cape Breton Business College.
“The support we have received from the folks here at CBU has been incredible. From accommodations to academic department faculty and staff, everyone has been so helpful,” says Michelle.
Silas Baccouche, a student from Membertou, found out about the summer camp through his African Nova Scotian School Counsellor at Sydney Academy. The highlight of his time at CBU was experimenting in the Biology lab and growing his interest in science. “I can’t wait to come back to camp next year. I’ve already recommended it to a bunch of my friends,” says Silas.
Silas and the rest of the campers had a fun-filled few days meeting new friends, experimenting in the lab and learning about the vast opportunities that health science pathways have to offer. CBU is proud to facilitate camps that encourage students to pursue a university education.
“The relationship between our programs and CBU has been so beneficial, especially to our African Nova Scotian and Indigenous youth. The youth now see what CBU has to offer and the role it can have in their journey to success,” says Michelle.
This is the third year the Health Sciences camp has been held at CBU, and we look forward to future partnerships with PLANS and IHIM.