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Newsletter – January 2020

New Year + New You = New Carrer!: The beginning of the new year is always a good time to start a new journey. Perhaps, that new journey is embarking on a new career! However, careers must be chosen wisely as not all careers are created equally…

Big thank you to everyone who participated in the Sock Drive!: The winners for the $100 Visa cards are: Romeo Julaily, Rosalina Villegas, and Ruby Sanico. All donations will go to Lookout Housing Society…

Lookback on Christmas at Drake Medox College: During the holidays, the students of the CSW program prepared lunches to share with Downtown Vancouver Eastside homeless residents….

New Year’s Message From Our Director

Do you ever stop and think well this isn’t what I thought my life would be like, or that didn’t go as I had thought it would? I think this has happened to everyone at some point in their lives…..

Newsletter – December 2019

3 Engaging Christmas Activities for Older Adults: 1. North Pole Christmas gift wrapping station: Many residents may need assistance to wrap gifts for the holidays for their loved ones. Provide an empowering opportunity for, 2. Christmas photo booth, 3. Door-to-door Caroling with the residents…

INSTRUCTORS’ CORNER Marilee Sinlao shares: Background: Marilee received a BSN in the Philippines. While there she worked in Surgical, Maternity, and Emergency hospital wards…..

HOLIDAY SOCK DRIVE: Drake Medox is holding a sock drive to collect and donate to those in need. We encourage all our students to join us by bringing new socks to class Dec 1-21. Everyone who donates will be entered in a draw to win 1-of-3 $100 Visa gift cards!…

Floracel Pancho;HCA Student at Drake Medox

Floracel was born and raised in the Philippines. After going through many personal struggles and hardships from a young age she decided to make her way to Canada to give her child a better future….

Newsletter – November 2019

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against: Violence against women and girls (VAWG) is one of the most severe, persistent and destructive violations of human rights in our world today…

MEET OUR INSTRUCTORS “DERRICK MANILA”: Derrick Manila is one of our clinical instructors at Guildford Seniors Village located in Surrey. He has been a nurse for almost 5 years, and we are able to find the motivation to make and maintain the changes necessary…

Global Action: Orange the World: The 25th of every month has been designated as Orange Day by the UN Women campaign Say No, UNiTE. It was launched in 2019. Participants the world over…


Changing your life becomes much simpler if you have a compelling reason to do so. With a clear understanding of our reasons, we are able to find the motivation to make and maintain the changes necessary…

Newsletter – October 2019

International Student Leonie shares her experience: One of the best things that I encountered here (at DMC) is taking the ESL class. Not only did it help me to improve my English skills, but the staff and the teachers are amazing. It always felt very supportive…….

Hearts & Hands Health Care Assistant Conference: Drake Medox students & advisors will be at this conference on October 22nd with special guest.

Your Peak Shift – Free Workshop: October 18th is proclaimed as Health Care Assistant Day in BC. In honor of this, we will be hosting a free workshop which will inspire health professionals to set themselves up for success before each and every shift.

October is Community Inclusion Month

Every October British Columbians make time to celebrate the contributions and potential of individuals in our communities with developmental disabilities. This is also a time to honor the family members, friends, community organizations, volunteers and…

Newsletter – September 2019

“Voice of Change” by Mark Vasquez, HCA graduate 2019: My VOICE OF CHANGE is a product of my experiences in the past. I didn’t believe that I would be able to overcome the turmoil of poverty, discrimination, and rejection……

Grad invites are out!: It’s time to prepare for our Fall Graduation Ceremony on October 25th. Anyone in batches included in this celebration should have received an email from Miranda by now with details. If you were expecting an invite and did not receive, please call Miranda or Kyra at 604-629-0196.

Jirah Refuerzo, international student at Drake Medox: My first impressions of the ESL Program was that it would be boring for me because I thought I was good enough in my English. However, in the program, I learned a lot about grammar in writing and also about reading…..

Welcome to the DMC family, Avneet!

Avneet is the newest member of the Drake Medox family! She is excited to come on board the team and build herself with DMC. She loves being around students who want to learn and improve…..

Newsletter – August 2019

“A Story of Determination” by Melinda Parayno: There were 9 children, including me. My mother told me I needed to help with my siblings and I could not go to school anymore. I was still young and I wanted to continue……

Healthcare Students Get Creative: A Sunday Combo class recently wrote encouraging messages to their future clients, putting the message to music. “When you feel down and lonely…. when the world just shuts you down… and no-one is around …I’ll be beside you and we can talk it all out.”

Helping the developing world: Fund raising for the Hunger- Free campaign and supporting artists in South America.

Great Job Everyone!

DMC student gives back….Yei is originally from Sierra Leone, West Africa. While living in a refugee camp after their civil war, she received a small business loan from World Vision to support her dressmaking…..

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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

“As you probably are aware by now, most of my recent hires are from your college, and I am very happy with the performance and work ethics of your graduates. They are very responsive, caring and have a solid knowledge by the time they enter the workforce.

Kudos to you and to your organization.

With much respect,”

Leo Monterola
Director of Care
Retirement Concepts Guildford Seniors Village

“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

Through my own personal experience I believe I am able to give to others the level of care, compassion and love that was bestowed upon me during my time of need. Drake Medox College has provided me with the greatest opportunity through their Community Support Worker program, with being able 'pay it forward ' and make a difference in this world. Life is about touching the lives of people around us no matter who they are or where they have come from.