Shannon Scott reflects on 10 years as Canada Research Chair
As a child growing up in rural Manitoba, Shannon Scott had big dreams — to one day make an impact much larger than the little life she was leading. Today, looking back at the past 10 years as Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Knowledge Translation in Children’s Health, she still feels surprised at just how much she’s accomplished. Saying goodbye brings bittersweet feelings — deep joy about all she’s done, and sadness at all the work that still remains — as the role comes to an end this June.
“I’m very sad that the CRC is coming to a close,” says Scott, professor and acting vice-dean in the Faculty of Nursing, and member of the Women and Children’s Health Research Institute (WCHRI). “The opportunity to have been a Canada Research Chair for the past 10 years has been the highlight of my career to date.”
The CRC gave her the time and space to focus on knowledge mobilization in a way that changed the direction of Scott’s career in profound and surprising ways, she says. While she stresses that she has always loved teaching — and always will — being released from some of those responsibilities allowed her the time to dig much more deeply into her work, enabling her and her team to help families around the world to an extent she never could have thought possible.