Jessica Searle (Nursing '14)

Few students at Queen’s possess the type of passion and sense of responsibility that Jessica demonstrated throughout her time here. During her term as President of the Nursing Science Society, she played a critical role in formalizing the Society and elevating it to a more prominent position within the School of Nursing, the Alma Mater Society, and the College of Nurses of Ontario. By creating three new positions, including a speaker and two internship roles for first years, she made advancements that benefited the Society as a whole. Furthermore, Jessica’s generosity with her time and empathy for students led her to become a beacon of support for many. One of Jessica’s most admirable leadership qualities has been her readiness to seek out wisdom and knowledge from her student colleagues and senior staff, especially when she was aiding a student. She has invariably acted in the spirit of collaboration, consultation and collegiality. Beyond the multitude of complex individual student cases that Jessica addressed, she was a powerful advocate for nursing students on an array of incredibly tough issues. In response to a particularly controversial academic policy, Jessica took a strong stand and fought to ensure that current and future Nursing students would not be negatively impacted. The personal sacrifices she made while fighting to make a transformational change in the absence of any structural support highlight her selflessness and formidable courage. Jessica was also the ThankQ Champion for the Nursing class of 2014, an initiative that aims to raise money for a charitable donation to The Jack Project at Queen’s in support of mental health resources. Jessica’s bold attitude and willingness to devote herself wholeheartedly to serving and leading others will leave a lasting positive impact on the Faculty of Nursing and the Queen’s community as a whole. She leaves Queen’s as a genuinely respected and admired student leader.