Nicole Cardinal

Nicole Cardinal, '12 MD

Alumni Horizon Award, 2017


Nicole Cardinal goes beyond her clinical role as a doctor at the Saddle Lake Health and Wellness Centre to improve the physical and emotional health of her community. Cardinal buys and delivers fresh food to community members through her Health Food Box program. She also presents on health and prevention, and at community diabetes conferences. She accomplishes all this while working as a visiting doctor in rural Alberta communities. Cardinal further contributes to Indigenous health by working with Alberta Health Services through its Indigenous Health Strategic Clinical Network. One of Cardinal's newest ideas could offer medical students a rare opportunity to experience rural living conditions while learning how to provide health care to Indigenous peoples. She is working to create an elective for first- and second-year medical students that would have them work at the Saddle Lake health clinic for month-long intensives. The initiative would not only help the community and students, but would also align with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's calls to action for improved medical education in Canada.