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Yvonne Freelove Scholarship honours namesake

Katelynn Crick (left), Yvonne Freelove Scholarship in Public Health recipient; Yvonne Freelove (right).

Be honest. Do what you love. Keep learning all your life. Always help other people whenever you can. These are values that University of Alberta alumna Yvonne Freelove (BScN ’75) modelled and instilled in her children. 

During a long career as a nurse in Edmonton, Freelove was known to “push the envelope.” She worked in the days when public health nurses made home visits. Passionate about public health and about her patients, she took as much time as she needed to meet with them. 

“You don’t go into someone’s home and tell people what they need,” she explains. "You ask what they need. That’s where you start.” 

Inspired by his mother, Dale Freelove (BSc ’88, BEng ’92) recently made a generous donation to set up a scholarship in her name: the Yvonne Freelove Scholarship in Public Health. 

“I wanted to find a way to recognize my mom for all that she has done for me, my sisters and our extended family and friends,” explains Dale. “She dedicated her entire life to helping others, and she has always been passionate about the positive impact that prevention and public health has on society.” 

For Dale, there was no better place in which to set up the award than in the School of Public Health. “The University of Alberta was very instrumental in my development and I wanted to give back.” 

“I hope the recipients go on to have incredible careers and that, with the education they receive from the School of Public Health, make a true difference and a lasting, positive impact on society,” says Dale. 

PhD student Katelynn Crick is the first recipient of this award.