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MHC nursing student receives U of C Nursing Gold Medal

June 8, 2016

Medicine Hat College (MHC) is pleased to announce that Amanda Olfert has received the Faculty of Nursing Gold Medal from the University of Calgary (UCalgary). Competition in this collaborative program is high, and the medal is awarded to the graduating student from the entire cohort of 52 MHC and UCalgary students with the highest overall average.

Olfert, a native of Hayter, Alberta, graduated from the nursing program in December 2015 and is now working at the Provost Health Centre.

“My mom texted me at work last week and said the U of C was trying to get a hold of me - something about receiving the highest marks,” said Olfert. “I thought they meant I had the highest marks of students at MHC. I was shocked when I learned it was of U of C students, too.”

This isn’t the first time a MHC nursing student has achieved this level of success. Jayne Heinrich graduated from the nursing program in 2005 and was the first student from Medicine Hat College to receive the gold medal. She was followed by Karen Rowe in 2007, Sarah Woods in 2009, and now Olfert in 2016.

"It is truly a high honour for her," said Tanis Robinson, MHC’s nursing program coordinator. "The Faculty of Nursing at Medicine Hat College is very proud of Amanda.”

Olfert, along with the entire graduating class of 2015-2016, will be recognized at the annual Call to the Profession ceremony on Thursday, June 9 at 1 p.m. in the Eresman Theatre at MHC.

Congratulations to Amanda and the entire nursing faculty on this shared achievement.