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Community Support Worker Student Daniel Belimac Shares His Experience

February 14, 2018 Posted in Blog Posts

I immigrated to Canada with my family in hopes of a seeking a better quality of life. Growing up my parents always encouraged me to seek out higher education to ensure that I could have a bright future. So when my mother graduated from Drake Medox as a Health Care Assistant, she persuaded me to look in to the programs offered at the college. That’s when I stumbled upon the Community Support Worker Program, which sparked my interest.  At that time I had no clue what the role of a CSW would entail so I continued to do research and found that many of my prerequisite courses for Psych Nursing correlated with CSW.   This interested me because I knew that an investment in this program could help me towards my future career goals.

My experience with the Community Support Worker Program so far has been great!  I am surrounded by peers who are passionate, creative and eager to start working in the field. The program instructor Taranjeet was very supportive in my transition into the program, and has assisted me in learning and implementing new tools and resources to enhance my knowledge and skills in assisting and supporting individual with developmental disabilities. One of the things I am enjoying most through this experience is learning new ways to teach individuals with developmental disabilities new skills using “task analysis.”  We have learned that we will encounter many persons served with communication deficits and learning disabilities. However, by teaching the task in steps, and using different resources such as picture boards, we can aid in promoting person center planning.

My career goal after finishing the CSW program is to enter a Psych Nursing program and utilize my experience as a Community support worker to advocate and empower the individuals I will serve to have a better quality of life.

I’d like to thank my instructor Taranjeet, my peers and all Drake Medox for all the support and encouragement I have received as I prepare for my future endeavors as a Community Support Worker. I am truly excited about the endless opportunities lie ahead of me in this career!

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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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“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

Drake Medox College has provided me with the learning experience that I need to start my career as a successful Activity Worker at a long-term senior facility. I have achieved my goal of changing my career from a Care Aide to an Activity Worker, as I was able to find a full-time job one month after I graduated from the Drake Medox College. I would highly recommend the Activity Assistant Diploma program to anyone who work in the health care industry.

~ MINGXI YU - AA