Saturday, June 29, 2013

GCU Mental Health Nursing Student Lisa Pollock awarded a place in the National Junior Leadership Academy

GCU Mental Health Nursing Student Lisa Pollock supported by the GCU Mental Health Nursing teaching team, has been accepted as one of only 10 UK “remarkable” nursing students on the pilot National Junior Leadership Academy.

This six month programme funded by the Higher Education Academy seeks to develop 10 promising nursing students leadership identity early in their career journey and develop their leadership knowledge, attitudes and skills.
The National Junior Leadership Academy is aimed at high performing pre registration nursing students or pre registration nursing students in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Irelan

Activities include

   Residential Leadership Retreats
   Mentorship: each participant will be assigned to a senior national nursing leader who will act as their Leadership Mentor
   Internship: each participant will have a two week policy/leadership internship period with their Leadership Mentor in a nursing related organisation
   Leadership Networks: the cohort of 10 will be split into three leadership peer networks which will meet in between the leadership retreats and the internship period to work on pre negotiated tasks.

The National Junior Leadership Academy is led by Stacy Johnson and Dr Aru Narayanasamy, University of Nottingham and Professor Laura Serrant-Green, University of Wolverhampton.

"I feel honoured to be part of the academy. I still can't believe I have been chosen to be one of the 10 student nurse in the UK. I am delighted that my passion for mental health nursing has come through in my application and interview and I am very much looking forward to being part of this exciting opportunity"

Congratulations Lisa from the GCU Mental Health Nursing Team!

Friday, June 28, 2013

"Buzz About Benton" Hive Tour Happening THIS Sunday!

Heard the buzz?  
The "Buzz About Benton" Self-guided Backyard Bee Hive Tour 
is THIS Sunday, June 30th, 12 - 4pm

Learn about why pollinators are so pivotal and how you can raise some at your own home (or at least make your own home safe for pollinators).  Nine different sites will be featured from backyard set ups, hives on farms, commercial operations and a learning center.  Tour headquarters will be at SAGE where you can buy a ticket, pick up the tour map and peruse bee related merchandise OR save a couple bucks by buying tickets early HERE.

By signing up online, you can register for a free get up close and personal demo of a working hive (don't worry an expert from Nectar Bee Supply will be guiding this part of the day) and we'll have bee veils/hats available for folks to wear.

With the weather looking to be warm, come beat the heat with the after party at down on the waterfront at Downward Dog.  They'll be featuring drinks made from Nectar Bee Supply honey or enjoy some local Nectar Creek Honey Wine!  Yum!

For more information visit:
Sign up for a hive demonstration by visiting:
Buzz About Benton is a collaborative project between the Edible Corvallis Initiative and Nectar Bee Supply and raises funds for SAGE.

Monday, June 24, 2013


        Its been a while again hasn't it? Yeah, it has.  Sorry about that.  I am going to have to be short and sweet with this post but I thought I'd share a lactose free campaign I participated in with Natrel. They teamed up with a bunch of Canadian food bloggers to help create some super yummy lactose free recipes.  Check them out here, and here's mine below.

French toast with orange zest
& maple whipped cream (lactose free)

4 slices good crusty bread
4 eggs
½ cup lactose free milk
zest and juice of 1 orange
1 tbsp honey
¼ tsp cinnamon
pinch of  sea salt
¼ cup toasted walnuts
2 tbsp coconut oil

Maple whipped cream

1 cup lactose free whipping cream
¼ cup real maple syrup

In an electric mixer beat the cream and maple syrup until soft peeks form.

For the French toast: In a shallow dish mix eggs, milk, honey, cinnamon, orange zest and juice and whisk until well combined. Dip each slice of bread, both sides into the egg batter mixture and let set for 2 minutes each side. Melt the coconut oil in a nonstick frying pan over medium high heat. Add toast and cook until golden and brown. Flip and repeat.  Top with whipped cream, chopped toasted walnuts and some sliced strawberries.

serves 2.

Friday, June 14, 2013