“Bloomberg Nursing at the University of Toronto has an entire suite of nurse practitioner programs, with emphases in the areas of adult health, pediatrics, and global health,” says Staples. “I feel a personal responsibility to give back because the NP role is something I have been involved in shaping in this country, and before I leave this planet, I want to see the role expand even further.”
Through his annual giving contributions, Staples has created the Staples Family Graduate Student Award in Nursing for a NP student and the Staples Family Graduate Student Award in Nursing – DN for a student enrolled in the Doctor of Nursing (DN) program.
In addition to his donor funding, Staples is also actively involved in the Bloomberg Nursing community as a mentor for the Alumni-Graduate Student Mentorship Program. For Staples, being able to provide guidance and advice to the next generation of advanced practice nurses on everything from work/life balance to excelling in their careers, is something he sees as part of an innate desire to connect and give back.
“I’m just one of those people who likes giving back. I have loved the experience of the mentorship program, because of the opportunities it has given me to connect and build lasting friendships with some of the exceptional students who come through this program,” says Staples.