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An Interview With Activity Assistant Graduate Zaldy

August 5, 2017 Posted in Blog Posts

Many people are not really clear on exactly what the role of an Activity Assistant is, and why someone would want to choose this as an area of study and a career path.  This month’s blog post features an interview conducted with one of Drake Medox College’s most dynamic and successful graduates Zaldy Espina who helps shed some light on this.

Zaldy, tell us a bit about your background prior to entering the Healthcare field.

I was born and educated in the Philippines for a career in Hospitality Management.  I held many jobs there including positions as a Restaurant Manager and Customer Service Coordinator.  When I arrived to Canada, I continued to work in this field until I made the decision to do something different; something better for me!

What motivated you to make a career change here in Canada?

Given the current trends with the aging population, I saw a lot of opportunities in this field.  Not only are there many jobs available, but it is also a very rewarding career with good income prospects.

You first completed your Health Care Assistant Diploma with Drake Medox College, and then the Activity Assistant  Program; why did you decide to do so?

I wanted to expand my knowledge and skills in supporting individuals with varying challenges. I wanted to help and encourage the elderly in particular to have fun and enjoy a better quality of life. Having dual certification including an Activity Assistant diploma also opens up more opportunities for me in the Healthcare field.

What have been the benefits of having dual certification in the workplace?

I can work as either a Health Care Assistant or Activity Assistant.  Employers see this as a real benefit, and it allows me to enjoy more diversity in my work!

What do you enjoy most about your work as an Activity Assistant?

As an Activity Assistant you have the chance to get to know your residents better.  You are able to spend more time talking to them about their family, interests, culture, likes and dislikes.  It is through this understanding that you are able to provide them with the most personalized care and service possible.  Watching our residents happy and engaged is so fulfilling.  I take great pride in creating activities that will positively impact all dimensions of health and give them more reason to live and enjoy lift to the fullest.  

What would you say to those who are considering to enroll in the Activity Assistant Program?

I would tell them to go for it!   This job is lots of fun and very rewarding, especially if you enjoy recreation and activity, and have a passion for care and love for the elderly. This program can really help to open up more jobs, new challenges, and make your work even more meaningful!

Thank you to Zaldy for taking time out of his very busy schedule to share his journey and inspiring message with us.  If you or someone you know is interested to learn more about Drake Medox’s Activity Assistant Program call Angela @ 604 930-4517.

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“We highly regard Community Support Work related schooling/credentials when making hiring decisions. The schooling indicates to us that applicants have some systematic training in the field and are passionate about quality care; this means they are likely to be high performers and stay longer because they fully understand what the job involves. Retention is a huge consideration, those that are likely to stay longer will always be highly sought after as it takes time to build working relationships and relationships with person served.”

Robin W.
HR Generalist

“Thank you Drake Medox College for assisting us in our hiring. We gained 5 staff from our posting and hope to gain more. Again our gratitude for producing high caliber members of the health care industry.”

Leo Monterola
Director of Care
Carlton Gardens Care Centre

“Please find attached the attendance and evaluations for all of the students who completed their practicum with us from February 8th – 15th. It was great to speak with their buddies because they all had such positive feedback, and really enjoyed working with the students. We really enjoy having the students here, and we look forward to working with you more in the future!”

Anja Meier
Human Resources Coordinator
Greater Vancouver Community Services Society

Success Story

I credit my success in finding work straight after I had graduated to their positive training environment and the very supportive staff at Drake Medox. It is from my experience at Drake Medox that I would definitely recommend them to all my family and friends. Thank you Drake Medox College for making my dream of becoming a healthcare assistant come true! I am very happy with all that I've managed to achieve so far and feel I have a bright future ahead!