As a nurse, educator and researcher, Dr. Bernie Pauly is recognized for her passionate commitment to improving the health of people marginalized by society. Through Bernie’s work, she has not only helped to improve the lives of others, but as an educator, has inspired many students to follow her lead. Her impact has been felt in the many organizations she has supported such as the Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness, AIDS Vancouver Island, and the Society of Living Illicit Drug Users. Bernie continues working towards the goals of health equity and reducing harms associated with substance use and homelessness. Respected for her knowledge and professionalism, Bernie is admired for the sincere warmth and compassion she brings to all she does.