Ahmad Baki, Oncology RN, Princess Margaret Hospital, IEN from Iran, Joan Lesmond IEN of the Year Award-Winner 2014

Like many IENs, I my first job in Canada was as a PSW before I gained my RN registration and secured a position at Prince ss Margaret Hospital seven years ago. Working in my field of expertise in a world-class hospital is a dream come true. Now that I made it past my struggles, it is my utmost desire to give back by helping other IENs to reach their goals and potential, just as I was helped and supported by CARE Centre when I arrived in Canada. Ontario has a very progressive and innovative health care system in which nurses are respected as an essential discipline. Toronto contains the most multicultural population in the world, according to UNESCO, and this makes IENs practically indispensable to the city.