The Noah Simon Karl Isenor and Daniel Wesley Heebner Memorial scholarships were created in 2022 by the Canadian Institute of Integrative Nursing Development and Education Ltd to commemorate and honor Noah and Daniel for the inspiring and impactful lives they lived. Both Noah and Daniel hold a special place in our collective hearts as they continue to inspire our passion and mission to revive the heART of nursing. We feel that education is a gift that lasts a lifetime, and a memorial scholarship program provides a meaningful way for TheCIINDE© to honor Noah and Daniel while carrying their legacy forward to future generations of nurses.
$1000 Noah Simon Karl Isenor Memorial Scholarship
$1000 Daniel Wesley Heebner Memorial Scholarship
Noah S. K. Isenor
May 6, 1999 – December 17, 2019
By: Tara Weston
Noah is my light, my precious son. He came into the world 3.5 months premature weighing a little over 1 pound; spending 100 days in the NICU in the IWK in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Noah was diagnosed with severe Cerebral Palsy and Epilepsy by the time he was 2 years of age. Noah grew into a beautiful, loving young man despite his many struggles with special needs including blindness, speech impairment and quadriplegia which made him live life from a wheelchair.
From very early on, it became quite clear that Noah had a spiritual mission to change the hearts and minds of everyone he met. One close friend described him as “sprinkling fairy dust everywhere he goes”. Noah loved everyone without exception, wholly and completely. Evidenced by blowing kisses to strangers he passed, reaching out to touch someone’s hand, or giving hugs. He would cry when hearing the evening news of tragedy around the world. Noah operated on a higher level of consciousness that most people wouldn’t understand, but that I as his mother am still trying to achieve.
Noah was a trailblazer; changing policy and raising awareness to the many inequalities and social paradigms that do not serve humanity. Noah did very well in school, had several close friends and graduated with honors. It was such a proud moment! He lived life on his own terms, not conforming to any social rhetoric. He amazed his doctors by making his own health decisions starting from the age of 13, including when and how he would die. I felt that an important part of my job as his mother, and as a palliative care nurse, was to support his decisions and create a safe space within this physical life for him to do what he came to do. Noah taught me so many lessons in his 20 years and continues to do so in spirit. The hardest was when Noah joyfully entered the palliative unit, smiling and blowing kisses to the nurses. It is not something you witness or experience from a nursing perspective and completely heart wrenching as a mother.
Living life to the fullest with a smile on his face was Noah’s norm. He was “love on wheels”. Noah had a wild sense of humor and loved slapstick comedy. Noah loved spending time with family and friends especially doing his volunteer work in the community. Noah was selfless in the entirety of his life, serving others before himself always. This memorial scholarship will go to someone who is passionate about a mission of service rooted in soulful passion and love.
Daniel W. Heebner
September 27, 1991 – October 15, 2016
By: Kim Derkach
Danny, my only sibling, lived a full life during his time here on earth. Danny was my person, and when I think of him, I can’t help but smile. Danny was known for his genuine heart and his ability to make everyone laugh and brighten any room with his smile and presence. He was intelligent, ambitious and had many dreams and aspirations. Danny loved to be active, play sports and spend time in nature. He lived an inspired life.
Danny has been woven into the fabric of my life since I was two years old, and I assumed that we would have decades and decades to mature and weave around each other’s lives in new and layered ways. However, when Danny was 17 years old, he noticed a slight tremor in his hands, and after six years of being misdiagnosed, at the age of 23, he was handed a diagnosis that changed our lives forever; Juvenile Huntington’s Disease.
Huntington’s Disease is a neurodegenerative disease with no treatment and no cure, while juvenile HD is a much less common and a much more severe early-onset form of Huntington’s Disease that begins in childhood or adolescence. It is a progressive disorder, and treatment supports and focuses on increasing quality of life.
Danny bravely fought this incurable disease for eight years prior to his passing, and while Juvenile HD took many things from Danny, including his speech and motor function, it did not take his spirit. Throughout his entire fight with Juvenile HD, I never heard him complain. He inspired me daily with his tenacity and courage to face the unknown and uncertainties that lay in his path. To this day, he continues to be one of my greatest teachers.
Danny taught me that every experience of grief, illness or loss has a story and that we each have our stories to tell about the difficult times which have brought us to where we are today. He taught me that being human is beautiful, confusing and messy. That life will amaze you in the most stunning ways, and it will also break your heart. That life will give you the kinds of lessons that help you bloom into the person you have always hoped to be, and it will also carry within it the types of losses that stay with you and shape you in uncomfortable ways. Danny taught me how to love selflessly and how to see the world in HD, High Definition. He showed people how to live life as more awakened, vibrant, alive human beings and how to live each day with intention and gratitude so that those who are here and those who have passed can experience love and joy through our very presence. He modelled bravery and how to follow your heart to create a life worth living every single day. He showed me that you can write your own story and fulfill all you have ever dreamed of; it just might not be in the way you expected.
Danny was my inspiration to become a Registered Nurse and continues to ignite my passion for reviving the heART of nursing locally, nationally and globally. Through Danny’s memory and this scholarship, I hope you are inspired to walk your unique path and follow your heart’s desires because the way you live your life will be the story you leave behind; the impact felt by the world.
Scholarship Application Requirements
· Hold an active nursing license
· Be enrolled in the Comprehensive Holistic Nurse & Coaching Certificate Program
· Submit a personal letter of 500 words describing how they plan to revive the heART of nursing while valuing spiritual, physical, mental, and emotional aspects of living fully.
Applicants may wish to also describe how their experiences in life have helped shape their professional career path.
How is the scholarship decision made?
· The Founder, and Cofounders of The CIINDE will review applications bi- annually.
· Successful candidates will be contacted via email.
How to submit your application
· April 15th, 2022
· September 15th, 2022
Notification of Scholarship Recipient
· May 6, 2022, for the Noah Simon Karl Isenor Memorial Scholarship
· September 27, 2022, for the Daniel Heebner Memorial Scholarship
Disclaimer: Scholarship funds must be used towards tuition fees for the Comprehensive Holistic Nurse & Coaching Certificate Program