Recognizing Diversity and Inclusiveness to Meet Student Needs


Alan and Joyce Boyce

Memories of a life well lived are what inspired Alan Boyce to establish an award at Lakehead in his wife's honour.

Alan and Joyce

Alan and Joyce shared many happy times.

In 1979 and as a young graduate of Lakehead University's School of Nursing, Joyce Hodgins launched her nursing career in New Osnaburgh (now Mishkeegogamang First Nation), north of Sioux Lookout, Ontario. Working in this community helped establish Joyce's commitment to respect and social justice. A career that led her in many directions over the span of four decades was firmly rooted in her belief that everyone deserves access to quality health care.

The Joyce Hodgins Memorial Nursing Award recognizes the importance of nurses as a part of Canada's health-care system and encourages improved health services in under-serviced communities and regions of Canada. This award champions diversity and inclusiveness, with preference given to candidates who have self-identified as a member of an under-represented group.