Every year the BC Lung Association awards bursaries to promising students nominated by Thompson Rivers University - TRU World Respiratory Therapy program faculty. Tiaura-Lee was one of three bursary awardees in 2018.
Two years ago Tiaura-Lee was talking to her career counselor about working in health services. She dreamt of being a doctor, but the years of university required seemed daunting.
Her counselor mentioned her brother was a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) which led Tiaura-Lee to do some research. She learned she could go forward with her medical career dreams in smaller, more manageable steps by first becoming an RRT.
Lo and behold, today Tiaura-Lee is a dean-list student finishing off her 2nd year. As she’s in the 4-year degree stream she’ll graduate as an RRT and with a Bachelor of Health Sciences.
Apart from part-time work at TRU’s Sleep Disorder Clinic, she took a Field Course in Peru joining a professors and professional RRTs to learn alongside Peruvian healthcare pros. She even developed and delivered an educational workshop while she was there!
In the summers, Tiaura-Lee works as a lifeguard to help pay for her education. But she told us the bursary from the BC Lung Association really helped too. In fact, it made her field course in Peru possible!
We wish you the best of luck Tiaura-Lee!