One-Person Child Life Program Conference Scholarship Recipients

In 2022, ACLP was able to award two One-Person Program Conference Scholarships. Applicants were Certified Child Life Specialists working full time in hospital-based, one-person programs who had never attended an ACLP conference.

Recipients of the 2022 One-Person Program Conference Scholarships

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Dana Thornquist, CCLS

Dana Thornquist is a certified child life specialist at UI Health in Chicago, Illinois, and works primarily in the inpatient pediatric and pediatric intensive care units where some of the most common diagnoses are oncology, sickle cell, neurology disorders, asthma, and diabetes. She also works on a consult basis in many other areas of the hospital, trying hard to spread resources and donations to any area that treats children. Dana has been at UIH for over 4 years. "Being a one-person program, trying to balance the administrative duties of this role as well as meet all the patient needs can be challenging. I try to always prioritize patient care over everything, and remember that reducing stress and helping children cope is the most important part of my job. I am especially passionate about providing procedural support to reduce pain and empower children to gain control of their experiences," Dana says.

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Becki Steel, CCLS

Becki Steel has been a certified child life specialist for just over two years and currently works as the first child life specialist at Sunny Hill Health Centre, a children’s hospital which provides specialized developmental assessments and rehabilitation services and treatment, where she operates as a one-person child life program. She has grown and developed the program from the ground up, establishing child life as a key part of the multidisciplinary team. In addition to her clinical responsibilities, she is a consultant on BC Children’s Hospital’s Child Kind Certification project, working to influence hospital policy and practice to reflect a commitment to children’s comfort. Becki is passionate about working to proactively influence children’s healthcare experiences and empower them to take ownership of their coping. She is extremely grateful for ACLP and enCourage Kids Foundation for providing her with the opportunity to attend conference so that she can further grow and develop as a child life specialist.

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About the Sponsor

For 34 years, enCourage Kids Foundation has helped humanize healthcare for children and their families by resourcing impact-driven pediatric programs and supporting the Child Life Community. Serving more than one million children annually, our programs offer relief from the constant burden of treatment, hospital stays, and doctor appointments, while also helping pediatric facilities to meet the unique needs of their patients. enCourage Kids Foundation envisions a world where every child–regardless of the difficulty of his or her medical journey—experiences joy, hope, resilience, and healing.

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