When Claudia Kuryk-Serray returned from her volunteer nursing placement in Colombia in 1973, she found a job at a local community clinic in the North End of Winnipeg. What she didn’t know was that her three years immersed in the hispanic culture and language would put her in the middle of the international response to an event half a world away. The coup d’état in Chile saw thousands of Chilean refugees come to Canada, including to Winnipeg. Word was out that there was a nurse who knew Spanish and these new arrivals sought her out. Thanks to support from her boss and colleagues at the clinic, Claudia was able to be the point person to get the Chileans the help they needed, medical and otherwise, to begin a new life in this country. In 2013, on the 40th anniversary of the coup, Claudia was presented with a Humanitarian Award from the Canadian-Chilean community for her work.