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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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Inspired by quality care

Eleana Finnerty

Eleana Finnerty | Class of 2010
Bachelor of Science, Nursing

It only took Eleana a few months after graduating to land her dream job.

Working as a full-time Registered Nurse in the labour and delivery unit of the acclaimed St. Michael’s Hospital in downtown Toronto had been an ambition of hers for many years. This Durham Region native still marvels that within six months of graduating from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT), she had already landed that position - especially since she had thought she would need years of work experience to get to that point.

Eleana's experiences at UOIT contributed to her strengths as a nurse. She was initially attracted to the university because the Nursing program was brand-new and offered the latest technology, such as the simulation lab. This enabled her to gain hands-on experience prior to clinical placement. The lab gives students a chance to practise psychomotor skills such as vital signs assessment, medication administration, wound care and intravenous management. UOIT was also the only school that offered her the option of taking part in clinical rotations in Year 1. “Doing a placement in your first year is geared towards making sure nursing is really where you want to be," she explains.

Eleana’s path to her chosen career began when several loved ones had stays in hospitals and the quality care they received made a strong impression on her. “Good nursing care inspired me to consider this career,” she says. "I continued to fall in love with nursing when I participated in clinical rotations during my studies."

She has other fond memories of her time at UOIT. She served on the Campus Emergency Response Team, which is where she met her husband, then a student at Durham College. “We had so many dates on campus, I even contemplated having some of our wedding photos taken at UOIT!”