I’m very grateful for the immense privilege of being mentored by Dr. Lorraine Wright and learning from her exceptional clinical excellence and wisdom with families. I initiated a scholarship at the University of Calgary to honor her international leadership in family nursing and share her legacy with a new generation of  graduate students who are committed to advancing family health and healing.



This endowed scholarship was created to honor Dr. Lorraine M.Wright’s outstanding efforts to create and disseminate nursing knowledge about caring practices with families experiencing illness. Dr. Wright’s clinical scholarship has changed the face of family nursing with important contributions to theory, practice, and research. Her work has been valued by an international community of nurses and by a variety of health professionals who encounter families in their clinical practice. Dr. Wright’s immense contributions to family nursing were recognized with an Order of Canada Award in 2022.

The scholarship is awarded to students entering or enrolled in the Faculty of Nursing, University of Calgary in a program leading to either a Master of Nursing (MN) or a PhD with a special focus on nursing practice with families.



Award recipients include:

2009/10:            Ann Boerner PhD

2010/11:            Michael Metzger MN

2011/12:            Karen McNeil MN

2012/13:            Erin Thompson MN

2013/14:            Karen McNeil MN

2014/15:            Dawn Degenhardt MN

2015/16:            Emilie Villeneuve MN

2016/17:            Alison Shaw MN

2017/18:            Bikramjit Sekhon MN

2018/19:            Jennifer John PhD

2019/20:            Kari Simonson PhD

2020/21:            Jacqueline Wilson PhD

2021/22:            Isobel Deaken MN

2022/23:           Sandip Dhaliwal PhD


To donate to the Lorraine M. Wright Family Nursing Scholarship, please contact the Office of Advancement | University of Calgary:

“If health and illness and family nursing were conceptualized as relationship issues, how might our family nursing practice, education, and research be transformed?”


– Janice M. Bell, RN, PhD