Minister Stephanie Cadieux discusses change with Kwantlen nursing students

Tue, Nov 20, 2012


Minister Stephanie Cadieux discusses change with Kwantlen nursing students
Kwantlen Polytechnic University nursing students with Minister Cadieux (front, centre)

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November 21, 2012

Minister Stephanie Cadieux discusses change with Kwantlen nursing students

(Metro Vancouver, BC) – Fourth year nursing students from Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) discussed the challenges that come with change with Minister of Children and Family Development Stephanie Cadieux, on November 20, 2012, at the Langley campus.

“It’s important for government to engage the next generation because they are our leaders of tomorrow,” said Minister Cadieux. “Even as an elected politician, initiating change doesn’t come easily; so, I want to impress upon the students that, while one person can be the force of change, it is also a process that requires buy-in from one’s peers, the public and the law.”

Every semester Dr. Balbir Gurm, nursing instructor, KPU, invites politicians, both government and opposition, to discuss the challenges of change in government. Opportunities such as this, allow students to become better informed on government process and to also share their ideas for the betterment of societal health.

“Almost every facet of society can influence health, but the two most highly correlated determinants are education and socioeconomic status,” said Dr. Gurm. “Since Minister Cadieux has held the portfolio for social development and now is Minister of Children and Family Development, it is fitting for students who work with non-profit volunteer women’s organizations and homeless people to offer their perspectives and be part of civil engagement.”

KPU’s nursing practice course (NRSG 4141) allows students to explore ways to influence and create change for the promotion of societal health. Through the course, students examine the culture, power, and politics of leadership and organizations. For more information on Kwantlen’s nursing programs visit:

Kwantlen Polytechnic University has been serving the Metro Vancouver region for 30 years, and has opened doors to success for more than 250,000 people. Four campuses—Richmond, Surrey, Cloverdale and Langley—offer a comprehensive range of sought-after programs, including business, liberal arts and science, design, health, trades and technology, apprenticeships, horticulture, and academic and career advancement. Over 18,000 students annually have a choice from over 200 programs, including bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees, diplomas, certificates and citations. Please visit:


For more information about this event, contact:
Dr. Balbir Gurm
Faculty, Nursing
Tel: 604.599.2267

For more information about Kwantlen, contact:
Cara Johnson
Media Specialist        
Tel: 604.598.6196