Dean’s invitation to 75th Anniversary celebrations

College of Nursing’s rich 75-year history

The College of Nursing’s Local Impact

Focus on the College of Nursing’s Manitoba Centre for Nursing and Health Research

National Impact of the College of Nursing

International Impact of the College of Nursing

The College of Nursing at 75 Years - an Overview

 College of Nursing 75th Anniversary Keynote Speech




As part of the College of Nursing's 75th anniversary celebrations, we are establishing Legacy Awards which will provide scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students in the College of Nursing at the University of Manitoba. The Awards will give students the opportunity to engage in nursing education or advance their nursing education to better serve patients and their families. To show your support for our future nurses through a financial gift to the Legacy Awards fund, you can make a pledge online or download the pledge form.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Dr. Linda Kristjanson
(BN/77, MN/83, PhD/91)

Professor Linda Kristjanson AO is Vice-Chancellor & President of Swinburne University of Technology. Linda is a proud alumna of the University of Manitoba, where she obtained her Bachelor of Nursing degree (1977) and Master of Nursing degree (1983). Linda completed a PhD in Nursing (1991) from the University of Arizona. Linda has received more than $30m in research funding from national competitive bodies in Canada, USA and Australia and has published more than 300 refereed journal articles.

Before her current role, Linda was Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research & Development) at Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia (2006-2011). She has an extensive research career in palliative care and was the inaugural Chair of Palliative Care, funded by the Cancer Council of Western Australia (2001-2006).

Linda is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology & Engineering (ATSE). In 2002 Linda was named the Australian Telstra Business Woman of the Year in recognition of her entrepreneurial work in health, science and innovation. 
Linda is Chair of the Board of the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre, based in Melbourne, Australia. She is also a non-Executive Director of the Global Citizen Australia Board and serves on the board of Education Australia Ltd.

Linda was a member of the Board of the National Health & Medical Research Council (2003-2006), Australia. She has held Non-Executive Directorships on the Boards of Australia’s Academic & Research Network (AARNeT), the Australian Synchrotron Holding Company Ltd., and the International Centre for Radioastronomy Research.

In 2007, she was awarded the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Balfour Mount Professorship in Palliative Medicine. In 2012 she received a lifetime achievement award from the Bethlehem Griffith Research Foundation. In 2017, Linda was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in the 2017 Queen’s Birthday honours list. She was recognized for her distinguished service to tertiary education through leadership and governance roles, strategic and innovative university reforms, contributions to cancer research and palliative care, and to women.


Acclaimed Winnipeg-based jewellery designer Hilary Druxman has designed a special edition, 75th anniversary necklace.

Titled Gratitude & Compassion, this stunning necklace represents the spirit of gratitude and compassion found in the heart of every nurse. Compassion for the patients they care for and gratitude for the opportunity to make a difference in the world. The two halves of this necklace also represent the nurse/patient relationship, separate yet bonded by the heart.

The necklaces will be for sale beginning in July. They will be available for purchase at that time both online and at the reception desk of the Helen Glass Centre for Nursing on the Fort Garry Campus of the University of Manitoba.  Please click here for the link for online purchase.

Proceeds support the Legacy Awards Fund in honour of the 75th Anniversary of the College of Nursing.

In addition to our 75th anniversary Gratitude & Compassion necklace from celebrated Winnipeg-based jewellery designer Hillary Druxman, we are proud to offer a 75th anniversary Gratitude & Compassion lapel pin.  As with our stunning necklace, the pin represents the spirit of gratitude and compassion found in the heart of every nurse, as well as the very special nurse/patient relationship.   Proceeds from all sales of the lapel pins will go to support the newly created Legacy Awards Fund, supporting future students in obtaining their nursing education.


Online Pledge Form

Download the Pledge Form

For assistance, please contact Pat Robertson in Donor Relations at 204-789-3884 or by email at pat.robertson@umanitoba.ca.



The special edition Gratitude & Compassion necklace will be available for purchase beginning in July 2018. Proceeds from the purchase of each necklace will support the 75th Anniversary Legacy Awards Fund. 

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