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Nursing Program Graduate Starts Journey in Adult Basic Education

 

When Daniel Leslie was 31, he was at the pinnacle of what it means to carve out an outdoor lover’s life.

In the summer, Leslie fought forest fires and in the winter he worked as a ski patroller/first aid attendant/avalanche technician. Physically demanding work, but for those who thirst for fresh air and adventure it was the perfect combination.

ABE - Daniel Leslie

Daniel Leslie graduated from Selkirk College Nursing Program last spring and now works at in a number of health care facilities around the region. Leslie started his educational journey at Selkirk College by first enrolling in the Adult Basic Education Program.

“I had the thrill that many young people seek… throwing bombs out of helicopters, skiing every day, matching that with my summer job fighting forest fires… that’s your dream seasonal match-up,” says Leslie. “But looking at what I wanted to feel fulfilled, what I needed in the future as far as stability, I realized that as young as I was, in the longrun it would be worth taking a different direction.”

While working as an avalanche forecaster for a mining operation, Leslie started talking to co-workers about options beyond the rigours of outdoor work. In those discussions, he was pushed towards considering a career in nursing.

A Daunting Undertaking

Leslie graduated from a Saskatoon high school in 1995 and instead of taking a pathway of post-secondary, chose to dive right into figuring out ways to satisfy his love for the outdoors. He planted trees in northern Saskatchewan and Alberta in the summer and in the winter was a ski patroller at resorts like Big White and Kicking Horse. It wasn’t long before Leslie was fighting forest fires and exploring the world of avalanche forecasting. All the while, Leslie was taking courses specifically geared towards his employment and never stopped learning.

When he made the decision to come to Selkirk College and enrol in the Nursing Program, Leslie discovered he didn’t have the proper pre-requisites. Determined to make the change, he enrolled in the Selkirk College Adult Basic Education (ABE) Program.

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