Remembering Marlene M. Burnett
Athabasca University (AU) is mourning the passing of Marlene M. Burnett, a generous supporter of AU and the namesake behind the Marlene M. Burnett Award in Nursing.
Marlene and her husband, David Burnett, created this award in 2014 to recognize the contributions and achievement of learners completing clinical courses in their nursing program at AU. The award is given to three learners each year to help supplement LPN student’s income while they attend their clinical practicum. The next recipients will be selected on Dec. 15. Learners are nominated for this award based on academic merit.
As a nurse herself for many years, AU was honoured to be able to name the award after Marlene, and in a small way, be able to recognize her years of dedicated service to the profession.
In lieu of flowers at her funeral, donations were requested to be made to the Marlene M. Burnett Award in Nursing at AU. The generosity of these donations has extended the availability of this award through to 2025 and will support an additional nine learners to help achieve their educational goals.
A life remembered
Marlene was born on April 20, 1937 in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. After graduating high school, she entered the Prince Albert School of Nursing at Victoria Union Hospital, earning a Diploma and becoming a Registered Nurse (RN) in 1958. Subsequently, she completed an additional Diploma in Hospital Administration from the University of Saskatchewan in 1960.
Marlene pursued her nursing career in Prince Albert, Edmonton, and Toronto. This is where she met her future husband, David. They married in 1966 and moved to Edmonton. After her sons were born, she devoted her life to her family and community service.
She was a founding member of Dayspring Presbyterian Church and served in numerous capacities her entire life. She particularly enjoyed the Craft Group and the many friends she had there. Marlene was a member and past president of the Edmonton Gyrette Club, a member of the Women’s Canadian Club, and she volunteered countless hours for many other organizations.
Marlene has touched the lives of many and will be truly missed. For more information about the Marlene M. Burnett Award in Nursing, visit the student awards website.