We are saddened by the loss of Margaret McLeish, who spent her entire career dedicated to the field of healthcare. After starting her career in nursing in 1963, the late McLeish joined Evergreen College as a Professor for the last 14 years where she inspired students in the Personal Support Worker (PSW) program with her decades of experience and intense industry knowledge.
In an earlier interview, the late McLeish noted that she transitioned from working in nursing to teaching due to her love for education. “I really enjoyed teaching, so that’s why I looked for a job in healthcare education in my twilight years.”
On campus and in the classroom, the late McLeish was known as someone who had a story for every scenario when it came to working as a PSW. Drawing from her own working experience, her goal was to instill in students the important role that PSWs served in improving the comfort and quality of life for individuals in palliative care.
McLeish was committed to treating her classroom like the workplace, ensuring that students were prepared for the real world of work upon graduation in not only their knowledge but also in their attitude, including their punctuality and dress code.
“As professors, we try to be excellent role models,” the late McLeish said in an interview early in 2019. “We work towards presenting the best examples as possible…demonstrating integrity and honesty.”
McLeish will be remembered at Evergreen College as a Professor whose dedication to healthcare was instilled in each and every student. She was an inspiration to many alumni who are now successful PSWs because of her teaching and long-standing experience.
In her memory, the college has created the Margaret McLeish Perseverance Award.