Bursaries for Health Care Professionals

  • The Vulcan County Health and Wellness Foundation is pleased to provide professional health care professionals, working in Vulcan County, with an opportunity to apply for a bursary to help offset the costs of taking supplementary courses to upgrade their education and/or to attend conferences in specialized areas of health care.


Course Information: Priorities 4 Care – Integrating knowledge and evidence into clinical practice.

“Participating in this conference will provide me with the opportunity to keep my skills and knowledge current, which helps me to provide better care to my patients and their families.  This course provides information on six different illnesses or injuries that we may treat in our emergency department or provide care for in our acute care department.   The six different topics included in this day are alcohol toxicity, and withdrawal, traumatic brain injury, 12 lead ECG’s, acute respiratory failure, gastrointestinal disorders and priorities in trauma resuscitation. “


  • You are currently employed in a health care facility located in Vulcan County.
  • You have medical designation indicating that you are a recognized health care professional and legally authorized to practice in Alberta.
  • You are recommended by your immediate supervisor.

How to Apply

  • Click on this link to download the VCHWF Bursary Application Form.
  • Complete the application. Make sure your supervisor has completed Supervisor Recommendation area and that they have signed your application.
  • Submit your completed application form to Vulcan County Health and Wellness Foundation in person, by regular mail, or by e-mail.
    • In Person: Our office is located at 110 – 1st Ave. S. (in the VBDS building);
    • Regular Mail: P.O. Box 28, Vulcan, AB, T0L 2B0;
    • E-mail: vchw.foundation@gmail.com)

Please Note

  1. The Board of Trustees of the VCHWF evaluates each bursary application received. The Board then determines which applications will be approved and the monetary value of every approved bursary.
  2. You can apply at any time of the year for a VCHWF Bursary. Be advised, however, that Board approval of your application could take up to 2 months – apply early!
  3. You are encouraged to apply for a bursary prior to the commencement of you course. This will ensure that you know that your application has been approved and how much money you will receive from the Foundation.
  4. Applications may be accepted after you have completed your course. However, the VCHWF Board cannot guarantee that you will receive a bursary or, if you receive a bursary, that it will cover the total cost of the registration fees for your course.
  5. Contact the Foundation’s Operations Manager, Deb Hartung,(403) 485-3147, if you have any questions about your application or if you are having difficulty downloading the application form itself.

Leila’s Story

I wanted to send a note to Thank You all very much for the funding I received through the Vulcan County Health & Wellness Foundation Bursary Program. The PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support) is the course that I recently took.

It was so wonderful that the Foundation exists and that you offer your financial and emotional support to Health Care Workers in the Community.

I have no doubt that this course has enhanced my knowledge, and my ability to care for pediatric patients at the Vulcan Community Care Centre.

I am proud to live in Vulcan County, and to continue to work at the VCHC, as I have for the past 14 Years!

Thank you again,

With sincere gratitude,

Leila Yaskiw RN., BN.

Leila Y.

Karen’s Story
Thank you for awarding me a bursary through Vulcan County Health & Wellness Foundation.

I have been working at the Vulcan Community Health Centre since January of 2018, as the Registration/Finance Clerk. I have been with Alberta Health Services since 2012.
In addition to having qualifications as a Medical Office Assistant and Unit Clerk, I have recently completed a course in Pathophysiology with CHA learning as a start to pursuing a certificate in Health Information Management, and have been accepted to the program as of July 2019.

My intention is to become certified in Medical Coding and learn from the current Health Information Management professionals at the Vulcan Community Health Centre.

I believe being trained in several aspects makes me a more effective employee in a rural Hospital.

I very much appreciate being awarded this bursary and will strive to use the knowledge in a way that supports the community.

Karen Carley

Karen C.

Karen’s Story
The Trauma Nursing Core Course (TNCC) delivers the knowledge, critical thinking and hands-on training needed to keep trauma patients safe and improve patient outcomes. Through a combination of textbook reading, online modules, classroom lectures, discussions and hands-on simulation, nurses are provided with a foundation of knowledge and skills to assess and assist in trauma situations. 
My current position at the Vulcan Community Health Centre includes working in the Emergency Department, often in the context of only 1 onsite RN during night shifts. TNCC is essential in ensuring that I can provide evidence-based nursing care confidently and efficiently.
I personally want to thank you, for making donations through the Vulcan County Health & Wellness Foundation, so that this opportunity exists for the healthcare professionals at your Vulcan Community Health Centre.

We thank Karen for sharing this story, and we thank you for your continued support. The Power of Community, we are better together.