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AIM HIGH AND HIT YOUR MARK….Michelle’s Story

March 29, 2016 Posted in Blog Posts

“Aim high and hit the mark” has always been Michelle Camba’s motto in life.

Michelle started her training as a nursing student in the Philippines as a young lady, and has endured many hardships throughout the years.  Everything she experienced made her stronger, and she says, helped her set goals that would change her life.

She came to Canada under the Live-In Caregiver Program in 2000, and started her work as a “RN”…that’s right, a Registered Nanny 😉  Michelle loved her job and the precious young child with developmental disabilities she cared for.  She says she cared for him like he was her own son because she was missing her own daughter who she had to leave back home at only 6 months old.

From there she went on to work as a live-in home support worker, caring for a lady with MS. The Carbones quickly became Michelle’s second family here in Canada.  They treated her like their own daughter, but she knew that eventually she would have to leave them to pursue her dreams.

Michelle’s first five years in Canada were very difficult.  She felt very sad and lonely as a result of being homesick, but she never gave up.  Her focus on her goal of becoming a nurse again one day was her driving force.  She wanted so badly to resume her career and continue with her passion to help others.

It was 2006 when she finally achieved her Permanent Residency status, and shortly thereafter that she took her next step and registered for a Licensed Practical Nursing program.   During this time Michelle worked as a Health Care Assistant, which helped her fund her education. In September 2008 she passed her board exams, and secured employment at Burnaby General Hospital where she continues to work to this day.

Michelle’s passion for care giving and sharing her experience and knowledge with others led her to her current role as a Health Care Assistant Instructor at Drake Medox College.  Here she is able to inspire her students to set their own goals and work hard to achieve them.

Her advice to others who are on their own journey of personal and professional growth would be “if you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy, and inspires hope!”

 If you are ready to start your own journey towards becoming a certified Health Care Assistant and beyond, visit Drake Medox College’s  website by clicking here.

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