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Pam Ross,
Liaison and Development Officer, Continuing Care, Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness
MA Family Studies and Gerontology

I enjoy working with people who have the same passion for older adults and the importance of continuing care. In my current job, I am responsible for (a) building consultative and collaborative relationships with service partners, and (b) strategic and business planning. For example, I provide a continuing care perspective to projects that are funded by the Nova Scotia Dept of Health and Wellness. Through this job, I am witnessing how the Dept is focused on providing the best possible opportunities for today and the future.


I graduated from the FSGN graduate program in 2008. While in the program, I completed a thesis, which was titled Older women’s knowledge and attitudes regarding sexuality, intimacy, and HIV/AIDS. I had many opportunities for professional involvement, such as being the student representative for the Canadian Gerontology Association (CAG), working as a research assistant, and presenting my thesis at the CAG’s annual conference. 


My graduate program experiences gave me the opportunity to meet various academics from across Canada, some of whom I am still in contact with today. In addition to developing new insights about family life and aging, I learned important skills such as how to create posters and present my ideas to others in both written and verbal formats. I learned the “ins and outs” of academia with regard to writing grant applications and publishing. I also learned many things about myself while writing my thesis. Patience, persistence, faith in myself and my abilities, and confidence—these are just a few of the words I learned a great deal about through my work. I have taken these qualities into my real-life work now!