Farewell to Nurse Jasmin

Thursday, March 09, 2017 - By: Kyara A, SPARC Captain, Alex ‘17; Photo by Ian McPherson

Below is the text of a speech delivered at Assembly this week by Kyara A, SPARC Captain, as a farewell to Nurse Jasmin.

It is bittersweet for me to stand up here today and say goodbye to Nurse Jasmin. She is an incredible member of the Brentwood family but she has been presented an opportunity that she could not turn down. Tomorrow, Nurse Jasmin is moving to Port Hardy to work with a First Nations community. And if that isn’t great enough already, this move will help her to get her masters degree and accomplish her life-long goal of becoming a nurse practitioner.

Speak to anyone at this school and you will hear nothing but great things about this woman. She truly is a beautiful human being. Working alongside her as SPARC Captain, I have witnessed, firsthand, the amount of effort she puts into her job. The special thing is that Nurse Jasmin doesn’t treat her job like her job, it is her passion. She teaches health, works as a nurse in the Health Center, and is my partner in crime in SPARC.

Nurse Decker told me a story of Nurse Jasmin one day last year when she came to work upset. Jasmin had found out that her car got dented, a relationship had ended, and her dog was unwell. Nurse Decker tried to console her by telling her that her life really did sound like a Country and Western song. Nurse Jasmin laughed and, if you notice all the times you have sat in the health center waiting room, country music is always playing through the speakers. Like she came to work even when her day was awful, Nurse Jasmin always puts others first. She makes it her first priority to make you smile even if she is having a bad day.

I want to thank you, Nurse Jasmin, on behalf of the entire school, for being such an angel. Many students at this school would not be where they are today without you. You are so loving, full of energy, and there is not a doubt that you will accomplish amazing things. It is incredibly sad for us to lose you, but that just means that Port Hardy is getting someone amazing.

Kyara A, SPARC Captain, Alex ‘17

Nurse Jasmin responded with this email to the school:

“While I couldn’t quite find the words at today’s assembly, I want to thank you all for allowing me the honour to work alongside you, both student and staff alike, and to be a part of this incredible family. I am humbled by each and every one of you and your dedication, passion and love for this community. Being part of this school – this family – was a life-changing experience and I feel so privileged to have met and worked with so many inspiring students and such passionate faculty members and staff. I feel like I will always be part of the Brentwood family, and I am so thankful. 

With love, Jasmin Thomas-Brown”

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