Gabrielle has been a registered practical nurse in Ontario for 44 years, 27 of which were spent in direct nursing practice with patients from a variety of specialty areas. After many years of providing compassionate care at the bedside, she dedicated herself to formal leadership roles in order to promote practical nursing practice and advocate for excellence in patient care. Gabrielle was a college of nurses council member and RPN vice-president for two terms. She became president of RPNAO in 2002. During this time Gabrielle represented RPNs at the government level provincially and nationally. Within her role at RPNAO she focused on the next generation of nurses, connecting with practical nursing students from all 24 community colleges in Ontario. Today, Gabrielle continues to support learners within the health-care team. She is a professor at Conestoga College in Kitchener, teaching in the Personal Support Worker Program.