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Meet Our Instructors

Meet Our Instructors

Nancy Guzman

HCA: CLINICAL INSTRUCTOR Nancy began her career in Nursing in 1979, and spent many years working in hospital delivery and operating rooms abroad before immigrating to Canada; she is currently a Licenced Practical Nurse. Whether she is teaching an HCA class or facilitating practicum Nancy holds her students to the highest standards of conduct. She … Read More

Rexaira Henze

Rexaira Henze

HEALTHCARE ASSISTANT PROGRAM (HCA) Rexaira Henze is a Licensed Practical Nurse/Foot Care Nurse. She is the Clinical Lead in an Assisted Living facility in Langley, and has held various teaching positions since 2008. She is very familiar with the HCA curriculum having been involved in the process of Program recognition with various accreditation bodies including … Read More

Vida Khatibi

Vida Khatibi

HEALTH CARE ASSISTANT PROGRAM (HCA) Vida is Drake Medox College’s Senior Instructor with over 15 years of experience as a teacher and curriculum developer. She is also a certified Mandt trainer. In addition to the numerous classes she has taught, she has also taken the lead on the development and continuous enhancements to curriculum and … Read More

Daryl Lagayan HCA Instruction

Daryl Lagayan

HEALTH CARE ASSISTANT PROGRAM (HCA) Daryl began his journey in Healthcare as a volunteer in a  number of different care homes where his respect and passion for working with elders grew very strong.  For the past 5 years he has been working as an LPN providing social related services at a Vancouver care home. Daryl … Read More

Derrick Manila

HCA: CLINICAL INSTRUCTOR Derrick is an LPN who started out as a caregiver in the United States. It all began with a newly discovered fondness for the geriatric populace, which led him to his first career in healthcare as a health care assistant in residential care. Upon his arrival to Canada, a guidance counselor convinced … Read More

Fiona Lastoria

ACTIVITY ASSISTANT PROGRAM (AA) Fiona Lastoria has worked with older adults for over twenty-eight years in the field of Therapeutic Recreation. She has worked in multiple levels of care settings and, most recently, worked as a Program Coordinator at a community adult day centre where she was responsible to teach, mentor, and supervise a team … Read More

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EMPLOYER TESTIMONIAL

“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
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“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.

~ TERRY SABO - CSW