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Release Date: September 2, 2016

When Sarabdeep Deogan first immigrated to Canada, she knew little about her new country’s popular culture from decades past. When she chose a career working with seniors, she knew she needed to brush up on her history.

“I was born and raised in India and did not have any knowledge about North American fashion, music, sports and culture during the 1950s to 1980s,” she says. Enrolling in Camosun College’s Activity Assistant program, she found herself at the head of the classroom giving presentations on 1960s culture as part of her training. “I learned so much during presentation research, preparation and participation,” she says proudly.

Camosun’s Activity Assistant program teaches students how to plan individual and group activities with seniors who may have cognitive and physical challenges. “This program is designed to teach people how to work effectively with seniors,” says program coordinator Val Montague. “People come here because they love to work with seniors and they have a lot of respect for their dignity.”

Deogan graduated in June and is already working full-time with seniors. She credits her training at Camosun for preparing her for career success. “There are lots of opportunities and advancement in this field,“ she says. ”I would recommend the program to everyone who is motivated and would like to participate in activities with seniors.”

People who work in care facilities are typically shift workers so Camosun designed the program to be flexible for working students. Classes are scheduled over six full weekends in Victoria at Camosun’s Lansdowne campus or in the lower mainland in Richmond. Students gain real-world, hands-on experience during a 120-hour practicum working at a hospital or care facility under supervision.

Trained activity assistants are in demand in a number of workplaces. Graduates of Camosun’s popular program find that working with seniors is both a fun and rewarding career choice. For more information, please visit: camosun.ca/learn/programs/activity-assistant

The program is taught by professionals with extensive experience in their field and the curriculum is spread out over several months to allow students to integrate their new knowledge and skills into their working career. Experienced Home Support Assistants, Resident Care Aides and Health Care Assistants are well-suited to this program.

For more information, visit: camosun.ca/learn/programs/activity-assistant

Last updated: September 2, 2016 1:35 pm

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