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Our Georgian College community is full of unique, inspiring perspectives, and we’re sharing different ones each week.
People of Georgian: Meet Nina Shirin Sheikh
I have travelled all my life. Right from my childhood, I was born in a different country, and I lived in many different countries because my parents had to travel a lot because of their jobs.
I have seen so many different cultures.
But one thing that has remained the same is I’ve always been driven to help other people.
My mom is a nurse in England, which is where I’m from. I started working in social care when I was 23 years old.
My mentor, Margaret Murray, got me into it. I was a fresh graduate at that time. She was really the mentor behind where I am today.
I started working with people who had mental health illnesses.
Eventually, I moved from England to Canada, where I got a job as the director of a program helping people over age 21 who have mental health illnesses and special needs.
After eight or nine years, I needed a break; I was so tired of doing the same thing over and over again.
That’s when I went back to school, and I became a driving instructor on the road as well as in the classroom.
That was another beautiful platform because when I started teaching, I got to connect with all the teenagers there, including some with different abilities who needed extra support.
‘It’s never too late’
Then, when the COVID-19 pandemic started, I noticed how badly parents who have children with special needs were struggling, and I wanted to do something.
At that point, I was so ready to get back into my original profession, and contribute.
That message felt so strongly in my heart. I needed to go back to my profession and do this. A nurse was always inside me.
Nina Shirin Sheikh, Practical Nursing student at Georgian
That’s when I started at my Practical Nursing program.
I made the best decision. I love Georgian, I love all my teachers, I love my peers.
Many people said, “At age 42 you’re really going to school?” Age is just a number; it’s how you feel.
If I can do something to contribute toward something good for someone then why not? It’s never too late.
Nina Shirin Sheikh, student in Georgian’s Practical Nursing program.