Dr. Munro was central to the creation of the UPEI School of Nursing beginning in 1990 when she was seconded from the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Calgary to develop the nursing program at the University of Prince Edward Island. In 1991, Dr. Munro was invited to become the Founding Dean of the new UPEI School of Nursing and remained in that position until July 1997 when she retired. The curriculum of this school was the first in Canada to be developed based directly on the principles of primary health care. From its inception in 1992, the UPEI School of Nursing has maintained the goal of preparing graduates to practice nursing from those principles and also to give leadership in primary health care through their own professional nursing practice.
We asked Dr. Munro if there was a story behind her giving and what inspires her to give to UPEI.
“My family could never have afforded to send me to college but I was able to receive scholarships or fellowships for pretty well all of my university education from BScN to PhD and that is what made it possible for me to attend. However, they tended to all be from government so there was no “person” at the other end of the awards.
I thoroughly enjoy getting to know the recipients of the awards and often hear from them for years after they graduate and as they develop their careers. Making the contact with the learner is such a joy for me.
Another factor is how I was able to finance the scholarship up to this year, when I was able to endow them. The scholarships were built up with monthly donations at a level that I could afford and that means that most people could probably manage to support one scholarship without risking bankruptcy. I expect that many people think it costs a large lump sum which is beyond them. A couple did get started with the balance of project grants but mainly it was just building up a fund until it was big enough to generate some interest and keep itself going.”
Dr. Margaret F. Munro