We Are IH: RN “fell into nursing” 50 years ago

August 3, 2023

Name: Deborah (Deb) Loney (she/her/hers)
Job Title: Registered Nurse
Years of Service: 41 
Worksite:  Hillside Centre
Community: Kamloops
Ancestral Territory: Secwépemc 
Favourite Quote / Advice to live by: “Be kind – you never know what battles others are fighting.” – Deb Loney

As a child, Deborah (Deb) Loney lived all over the world. The daughter of a Royal Canadian Air Force serviceman, she was born in London, Ontario, and lived in France, Belgium and Virginia. She calls Ottawa her hometown.

When she was 18 years old, Deb joined her girlfriend on a bus trip to Kingston to check out the nursing program. “I got into the program. She didn’t,” recalls Deb. “I was accepted into the accelerated program during a nursing shortage, and graduated at 20 years old. That was 50 years ago.”

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