ARARAT - East Grampians Health Service Willaura Hospital nurse unit manager Chris Jordan has been awarded the 2013 Angela Laidlaw Clinical Scholarship.
Ms Jordan received her scholarship at the EGHS annual meeting and was presented with her award by Geoff Laidlaw.
The Angela Laidlaw Clinical Scholarship is donated by the Laidlaw family in memory of Angela who commenced work with the health service in July 1993, but sadly passed away in April 2005.
The scholarship creates opportunities for staff working in clinical areas of the health service to be supported in recognition for effort and where they are prepared to demonstrate commitment to study in addition to the usual requirements of their role.
Staff working in clinical areas across EGHS are eligible to apply.
The scholarship is designed to assist members of staff with education and travel expenses in attending educational programs including conferences, attachment to or working at centres of excellence for a limited time, and undertaking post-graduate studies.
EGHS CEO Nick Bush paid tribute to Angela Laidlaw and the scholarship in her name.
"The intent of this scholarship is to generate benefit for East Grampians Health Service and individual staff who are linked to Angela's name and memory and thereby ensuring Angela's contribution to East Grampians Health Service and the community continues," he said.
In announcing Ms Jordan as the recipient of the scholarship, Geoff Laidlaw said his family was pleased to be partnered with the health service to award the clinical scholarship in memory of Angela.
"The scholarship is designed to assist members of staff with further education and training," he said.
Through the scholarship Ms Jordan will complete a Graduate Certificate of Agricultural Health and Medicine.
"I'd like to thank Geoff and his family for giving staff at East Grampians Health the opportunity to further their education and studies with this wonderful scholarship," she said.
"I was so surprised when I opened the letter to say I was successful in getting this. I wasn't expecting it at all.
"I will strive to do my utmost best in the chosen field that I have applied for."