Aaron RainniePublished on 31 May 2017 Hansard and Statements by Senator Elizabeth Hubley (retired)
Hon. Elizabeth Hubley (Deputy Leader of the Senate Liberals):
Honourable senators, today I rise to tell you about another exemplary young Islander.
Aaron Rainnie has always believed in helping others and giving back to his community. Earlier this month, the 22-year-old native of Crapaud, Prince Edward Island, graduated from UPEI with his Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.
Aaron is committed to healthy living and health-related research, looking at the health implications of exercise on human vasculature and musculature. His research was funded by two research grants from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, one in 2014 and the other in 2015. This financial support provided him with an amazing opportunity to work on numerous experiments, present his research at three national conventions, and co-author upcoming publications.
In addition to conducting health research, he volunteered for a month in a clinic in Honduras and did a 320-hour nursing preceptorship in northern Manitoba. He was the fourth-year representative for the UPEI Pre-Med Society and the Student Representative for the Association of Registered Nurses PEI. He is one of the founding members of the UPEI Division of Exercise in Medicine, a global health initiative that encourages primary care physicians and other health care providers to include physical activity when designing treatment plans for patients. He was also involved in campus life, including new student orientation, Let’s Talk Science, and UPEI’s Society of Automotive Engineers.
Aaron’s desire to give back extends beyond his education and professional interests. A musician since he was a young child, he has performed in five orchestras and symphonies, played solo repertoire, and competed in groups in Halifax, Toronto, and Vienna and other parts of Europe.
Another lifelong passion is chess. Formerly a competitive chess player, he is using his knowledge and experience to help others learn the game and, in doing so, develop their creativity, strategic thinking, problem-solving skills and confidence. He is currently the coach of PEI’s provincial chess team, which participated in annual national tournaments for the past three years. He is President of the PEI Youth Chess Association, and a monthly tournament and camp director. He has started chess clubs in various schools and teaches private lessons to several students.
Aaron is currently working in the Prince County Hospital’s intensive care unit. In the future, he plans to pursue medicine and/or graduate studies, with a focus on rural medicine to help at-risk populations within Canada and abroad.
Young adults like Aaron Rainnie, who pursue higher learning with the explicit intention of giving back, are our future community leaders.
Thank you, Aaron, for using your gifts and talents to give back to our Island.