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Associated Alumni

Alumni Award of Distinction

Recognizing the significant contributions made by alumni to their local communities and beyond for which they have been recognized regionally, nationally or internationally.

Captain Stephanie Smith (BN ’04)

Stephanie Smith

Captain Stephanie Smith is a critical care nursing officer in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) with a strong passion for healthcare and a wide range of professional accomplishments. In the short time since she graduated from UNB, Smith has had a significant impact on her field of work.

Not long after graduating and joining the CAF, Smith was deployed on two missions to Afghanistan.  During the second she initiated a formal nurses’ mentorship program and was awarded the U.S. Military Medal of Achievement for her exemplary work.

Smith has also participated in two air evacuation missions, was deployed to the Philippines following the 2013 typhoon and has worked as an instructor at the Canadian Forces Health Services Centre, where she received the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.

Smith has been recognized for her commitment and dedication to both the CAF and nursing profession. In 2014, she received the Major General Barr Award of Excellence, which is awarded based on performance over an extended period of time, and a demonstrated high degree of excellence and professionalism. Most recently she received honorable mention for the Toronto Star Nightingale Award.

Outside her professional career, Smith is an avid volunteer and an inspiration to many. She has volunteered on two leave periods in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, where she worked in a local pediatric ICU and emergency department. Most recently, Smith volunteered with the Canadian International Medical Relief Organization in Turkey developing deployable medical facilities for Syria.