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Cambrian College honours long-time nursing advocate

Mar 24, 2023

Photo: Cambrian College has renamed one of its nursing simulation labs as the Dorothy Winters Health Sciences Lab. Appearing at the official renaming ceremony were (left to right): Dr. Paula Gouveia, VP Academic, Cambrian College; Skylar Anne Chartrand, Practical Nursing student and recipient of Jesse Winters bursary; Jesse Winters, son of Dorothy Winters; Emily Squarzolo, Bachelor of Science – Nursing student and recipient of Jesse Winters bursary; Amber Appleby, Bachelor of Science – Nursing student and recipient of Jesse Winters bursary; Shawn Poland, Interim President, Cambrian College.

SUDBURY – Cambrian College is renaming one of its Health Sciences simulation labs after a long-time advocate for the nursing profession and community living.

The nursing lab at Cambrian will now be known as the Dorothy Winters Health Sciences Lab.

Dorothy Winters spent decades working as a nurse, first in hospitals in Toronto and Thunder Bay, and then in retirement homes. Even in retirement, Dorothy Winters advocated for better living, by remaining active with Ontario Special Olympics and the Lakehead Association for Community Living.

Cambrian College is delighted to pay tribute to the enduring legacy of Dorothy Winters. This idea of recognition arose because of the remarkable contributions made over the years by Dorothy’s son, Jesse Winters, who generously supports Cambrian College nursing students by providing bursaries through a substantial endowment each year. These bursaries have been instrumental in alleviating financial stressors by covering various expenses such as tuition, supply kits, textbooks and more.

“My mother dedicated her life to serving others, and she instilled in us the belief that we should also give back to the community,” says Jesse Winters.

“I am so proud that my mother’s legacy to health care and community living is being honoured by Cambrian College in this manner.”

The Dorothy Winters Health Sciences Lab provides in-depth and hands-on learning experiences for health sciences students at Cambrian’s main campus. Using medical mannequins and other front-line health care technologies, the lab simulates various health care settings such as emergency departments, hospital rooms, and labour/delivery rooms.

“The Winters family has had a long and extensive relationship with Cambrian College, and I am so proud to know the Dorothy Winters Health Sciences Lab will play a key role in training the next generation of nurses,” explains Shawn Poland, Interim President of Cambrian College. “Dorothy Winters was devoted to her family and to the profession of nursing, and we are proud to honour her dedication to helping others by having her name as an enduring part of our nursing program.”

Cambrian College now offers a full, stand-alone Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, as well as many other health sciences programs, including Practical Nursing. Learn more at

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