Compassion in the Classroom
When a natural disaster strikes, Bow Valley College nursing instructor Nathan Lau is there to help. In 2010, after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake in Haiti, Lau volunteered as an around-the-clock nurse in dangerous conditions. After Typhoon Haiyan in 2013, Lau was part of the second wave of relief workers in the Philippines. Lau believes, "as human beings we are meant to love and care for each other; it's our calling to do that.”
Lau’s missions have led him to be away from family and friends over holidays. While Lau admits it's a hard to be separated from family and friends, he also knows that he can make a difference and offer a sense of hope amidst the suffering in the area.
At Bow Valley College, academic knowledge and technical skills are important but we also place a strong emphasis on skills such as compassion and teamwork. Lau exemplifies these skills in his personal life, and develops them with students in the classroom. “The idea of compassion is a huge concept in my first year class. Competence is about understanding what you’re doing and why, but without compassion to go with it, you won’t be the best nurse you can be.”
Lau has committed to participating in future missions through the Samaritan’s Purse Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART).