Health Care Support Worker student makes a difference in clients’ lives

As a student in the Health Care Support Worker Certificate program, Melody Ondzik learned plenty about how to help improve the lives of people in need.

But her experience in the three-semester program has given her more than just new skills and knowledge.

“I’ve changed as a person,” she says. “The experience has taught me a lot about my own humanity. It’s taught me how to connect with people.”

The Health Care Support Worker program prepares students to work on the front lines of physical and mental health care, in a variety of settings. They learn how to assist clients with daily living and help them deal with psychosocial challenges.

For Melody, making a difference in people’s lives is important.

“I’m a single mom who struggled for years until finally deciding to return to school,” she says. “I’ve always loved the idea of helping people in need, and being an advocate for them.”

“I’ve dealt with many friends and family who have suffered from mental illness and addictions, and I know that I need to take a stand to ensure that these people, and others like them, get the help they deserve.”

During her practicum placements, Melody got hands-on experience helping people in need. She worked directly with clients in assisted living, a seniors care centre and at other sites. She found it rewarding to help clients with the small but important daily activities, enabling them lead healthier and happier lives.

“This program has undoubtedly changed my communication skills, my self-concept, and my life for the better,” she says. “There is no better feeling than waking up every day and knowing you are making a difference.”

To learn more about the Health Care Support Worker Certificate program, visit the Douglas College website.

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