Mackenzie Byers of Abbotsford is the valedictorian for the School of Nursing at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops.

Mackenzie Byers of Abbotsford is the valedictorian for the School of Nursing at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops.

Abbotsford woman is valedictorian of TRU school of nursing

Mackenzie Byers is graduating from Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops

An Abbotsford woman is the valedictorian for the school of nursing at Thompson Rivers University (TRU) in Kamloops.

Mackenzie Byers was among nine valedictorians and 19 medal winners celebrated at TRU’s virtual convocation on June 17.

Byers excelled in many extracurricular activities, including secretary and three-term president of the Nursing Undergraduate Society, vice-president internal for the TRU Students’ Union, and two-time captain of the WolfPack cheerleading team.

She earned the TRU Ambassadors Entrance Scholarship, Dr. Chanama Nursing Excellence Scholarship (2019), Scholastic Athlete of the Year from the BC Cheerleading Association (2020) and Wolfpack Cheerleading Top Student-Athlete GPA (2019-2020 season).

Byers particularly enjoyed the clinical experience at her Royal Inland Hospital maternity ward preceptorship. She is currently working at a long-term care facility and plans to pursue a master of science in nursing this fall at the University of B.C.

Byers aims to research for-profit and non-profit long-term-care facilities and the health-care outcomes of residents.

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