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June 6, 2017 Posted in Blog Posts

Melanie Walker

I recently joined the Drake Medox College team of instructors. I am teaching the Community Support Worker Program at the Surrey Campus. This is the first time that I have written a blog post. One of my supervisors suggested that I could be introduced to the Drake network via this mode of social media, so here it goes…..

For the past 27 years, I have worked in the realm of Pervasive Developmental disorders, predominantly Autism Spectrum Disorders. I fulfilled a variety of professional roles throughout the past nearly three decades of my career, but for the majority I have served individuals on the Autism Spectrum and their families as a Behaviour Consultant.  

I started working as an instructor for Drake Medox in March, and I haven’t stopped learning and changing ever since; I have never evolved this much in 9 weeks. I greatly appreciate the opportunity to teach. I am honoured. I am humbled. My evolution thus far, with no signs of stopping, is of heart, mind and spirit, and has a life of its own. The material I am teaching to my students is challenging and compelling.

Teaching it is an incredible learning experience for me, and my mind is definitely expanding. My students are so full of heart both individually and collectively. They intersect with the course content and sparks fly! They too challenge, inspire and enlighten me.  The possibility of facilitating their development into qualified and capable community support workers, and future team leaders and agents of positive change in our world, literally one life at a time, is both daunting and thrilling. My only hope is that my students are enjoying themselves as much as I am!

I invite anyone interested in the Community Support Worker Program in Surrey to sit in on one of my classes.


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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

Program: ESL / HCA Drake Medox College helped me to achieve my main goal – to become a Healthcare Assistant. They helped me also to become more confident in aspects of speaking and understanding. The ESL-HCA Program at Drake Medox College is the best study program I’ve been to. My Instructors were very supportive. My first impression of the ESL Program was “same old basic English again,” but I was wrong. I thought I didn’t need it because I can speak English. The ESL classes helped me to know how to pronounce properly, use proper grammar and even to create a formal paragraph. The important thing that the ESL Program did for me is to boost my confidence and to mold me into “a chocolate diamond” as Ate Myrine always says. The ESL-HCA Program is worth it and I enjoyed every class I attended. In several months I developed as an open-minded person, a knowledgeable student, a passionate Healthcare practitioner and a fluent user of the English language. As I move toward my new career, the ESL Program contributed a big part to my future work because I have learned how to be a good listener, a good reader and a good communicator. Indeed, I have become “ a diamond.” I am very thankful to Drake Medox College and my supportive Instructors for helping me along the way!

~ Jeanne Parilla ESL - HCA