Brandon Regional Health Centre Auxiliary Triples Support for BU Nursing Students

May 19, 2015

BRHC Auxiliary representatives (L-R) Sharon Hunter, Carol Davies and Marlene Brichon with Dr. Dean Care, Dean, Faculty of Health Studies

BRANDON, MB – The Brandon Regional Health Centre (BRHC) Auxiliary is tripling their financial support for students enrolled in Brandon University’s (BU) Faculty of Health Studies Nursing and Psychiatric Nursing programs.

The BRHC Auxiliary endowment fund will increase from $70,000 to $140,000 when matching contributions are received from the Manitoba Scholarship and Bursary Initiative (MSBI). Additionally, the BRHC Auxiliary has committed to annually increasing each of their three bursaries from $1,000 to $3,000 per year.

“The purpose of the Auxiliary is to fundraise and to use those funds to enhance patient care,” said Marlene Brichon, President of the BRHC Auxiliary. “Usually we buy equipment for the hospital, but we also appreciate that well-educated caregivers are very important to patient care, which is why we chose to support these bursaries.”

The BRHC Auxiliary also cites the increasing costs of tuition fees, books and other aspects of post-secondary education as reasons for increasing their support to meet the needs of today’s students; their awards directly support students with financial need. The BRHC Auxiliary Bursary Committee is comprised of Helen Dalling, Carol Davies and Sharon Hunter.

“I am thrilled and honoured that the Brandon Regional Health Centre Auxiliary has tripled the amount of their financial support to psychiatric nursing and nursing students in the Faculty of Health Studies,” said Dr. Dean Care, Dean of the Faculty of Health Studies. “This increased commitment will go a long way to encouraging the retention of students in our programs, and I speak for all faculty, staff, and students in the Faculty of Health Studies in expressing my appreciation for this increased funding.”

The BRHC Auxiliary first established its endowment fund at Brandon University in 2002. Since then, the support of the Auxiliary has enabled numerous nursing and psychiatric nursing students to pursue their studies by easing their financial burden.

“The generosity of the Brandon Regional Health Centre Auxiliary in support of Brandon University nursing and psychiatric nursing students is simply outstanding,” said Dr. Michael Kim, Acting Associate Vice-President (External). “We are delighted to grow this long-standing relationship in support of BU students, and look forward to a continued partnership with this dedicated group of volunteers.”

Brandon University will celebrate its generous donors on Friday, May 22nd at the Brandon University Foundation Annual Luncheon, which recognizes BU’s Order of the Sheaf members. The Order of the Sheaf is an honour society that recognizes those individuals whose financial support has helped to ensure the advancement and quality of higher education at Brandon University.

Brandon University, founded in 1899, promotes excellence in teaching, research, and scholarship, and educates students so that they can make a meaningful difference as engaged citizens and leaders.


For more information, please contact:

Dr. Michael Kim
Acting Associate Vice-President (External)
(204) 727-9633

Amy Wyntjes
Campaign & Communications Officer
(204) 571-8547