Class of 2021
Registered Nurse, Melissa Gladue, has worked primarily in pediatrics since 2017, and has recently taken on a new role with Keyano College as a Nursing Clinical Instructor for the second year BsCN students at the Aging in Place facility, better known as Willow Square.
She sat down with YMM and discussed the challenges and rewards in life.
YMM: What accomplishment are you most proud of?
MG: An accomplishment I am most proud of would be the restoration project of Cora’s Garden. Cora and I developed a friendship through the St. Aiden’s Society, “Senior Outreach Program”, and she is the epitome of a volunteer extraordinaire. From what started out as a small gardening project, quickly went viral with the important message of how a small act of kindness can mean so much to someone else. What I didn’t realize at the time was that Cora would be moving into the new Aging in Place home in the fall. Knowing that she was able to enjoy her beautiful garden for one last summer is a humbling feeling and accomplishment.
YMM: For what are you most grateful?
MG: I am appreciative of many things, but the one thing I am the most grateful for is my family. Having both Indigenous and East coast roots throughout my family, I was able to experience a large range of culture and traditions. From jiggs dinner to Cree lessons with my aunt, I am humbled to have these opportunities with my family. The endless love, support and life lessons have helped make me the person I am today.
YMM: What’s the biggest challenge you’ve taken on this year?
MG: The biggest challenge I have taken on this year is learning to slow down! With this comes focusing on being completely present in each moment, trying not to get overwhelmed with, “What’s next?”. We live in a community of opportunity, and I’ll be honest, I definitely get FOMO from time to time!
YMM: Describe your perfect day in YMM.
MG: Being born and raised in Fort McMurray, I am pretty blessed with many “perfect days” as I get to start most of my days seeing friends and family here in the community. But what truly makes for a perfect day in YMM is when I have the opportunity to explore our beautiful backyard. Spending the day on the many trails, rivers, and lakes we have in our region is a personal favourite, and it never hurts to add a Mitchell’s sandwich into the adventure!