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A student's tribute to her teachers...

Dianne Casper, Dianne Dorosz, Leanne Robb

Dianne Casper, Dianne Dorosz and Leanne Robb.

March 2, 2010

Being the eldest in a poverty-stricken family of 11 children, Dianne Dorosz made a decision that seemed sensible at the time: drop out of high school, get a job, and help her family any way she could. Fast forward twenty years, and Dianne is about to graduate with top marks from the Health Care Assistant program.

In a heartfelt and personal thank you letter to the college, Dianne describes how instructors Leanne Robb and Dianne Casper helped her to excel in her studies and, incidentally, transform her life.

In spite of the many challenges in her life, Dorosz managed to maintain a happy outlook and strive to help others. It was during her work as a cook in a care facility that she got the idea of becoming a caregiver herself. "I've wanted to help people my whole life but, until I came to Camosun, I went about it the wrong way. Leanne and Dianne taught me how to be assertive in a productive way. They taught me the difference between sympathy and empathy, and they taught me how to set emotional boundaries," says Dorosz.

Believe in yourself, because others believe in you

Most of all, these two remarkable instructors never gave up on Dorosz. "At times, we just went day by day," says Leanne Robb, "but we always knew Dianne would succeed. It's so gratifying as an instructor to witness and, perhaps, contribute to a student's transformation. That's what makes the long hours preparing for classes and counselling our students worth every minute."

Dorosz writes, "Leanne and Dianne changed my life in so many good ways! They made learning fun and interesting. When I broke my ankle and had to temporarily suspend my studies, I was ready to give up but I couldn't, because they never gave up on me. They believed in me when I didn't believe in myself, and they went out of their way to help me reach my dream."

Dorosz's advice to others considering a career move is, "Just believe in yourself. It helps when others believe in you, too, and Dianne and Leanne are just those people. I am confident I'll be an asset to the HCA profession and make Camosun proud because of these two great teachers."

A rewarding career...find out about Camosun's Health Care Assistant program

Find out more about what it takes to become a health care assistant. Attend a "Continuing Care" information session where you can speak to instructors, learn about educational opportunities and ask about job prospects.

Last updated: March 25, 2011 8:47 am

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