Instructor of the Year: Debby Fortin

Described by her students as an “amazing and passionate woman who deserves appreciation for the amount of work and effort she puts forth," Debby Fortin has had an incredible impact on her students during her time at MHC.


Debby Fortin“I was raised, along with three sisters, in Hornepayne, Ontario; a small, remote northern railroad community. I received my Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Western Ontario. After graduation, I married another Northern Ontario resident I met during a summer job at a hunting and fishing lodge; another railroad kid (different town, different railroad).

Soon after, we moved to Edmonton, Alberta. Our kids were born there and we eventually made our way around the province, to Calgary and then Medicine Hat. My daughter now lives in Spain and my son in Edmonton and I have three grandbabies who are the delight of my life.

I have been an employee of the college for 12 years. At the age of 58 years, I completed my Masters of Nursing degree from Indiana State University. I have had the opportunity to teach in a number of areas in the nursing program, including basic nursing skills, mental health and population focused nursing. I even managed to survive a couple of semesters teaching acute and chronic care theory which is not an area prominent in my wheelhouse.

I am fortunate enough to be one of those folks who truly love what they do for a living. I take great joy in watching my students grow in knowledge and most importantly, in confidence, as they proceed through the program. Building confidence is what I consider paramount in my work.”

- Debby Fortin