For Vanessa Deakin and her daughter Maelynne Wan, the opportunity to have their education paid for and also be paid while going to school was too good to pass up.
Health Career Access Program
Both were recently accepted into the Health Career Access Program, a province-wide initiative to increase the number of health care assistants in long-term care homes.
"The most challenging part of this program has been the updated technology since I've been a student,” says Vanessa. “It has been quite demanding in all areas, but very rewarding as well. I'm so very thankful for this opportunity and highly recommend it to everyone.”
She first learned about the 18-month program from her sister, who saw an ad on Facebook.
When Vanessa showed her daughter, who recently graduated from high school, they decided to sign up together.
”The opportunity of a fully funded program was too good to pass up and has been a blessing for us,” says Maelynne.
Vanessa and Maelynne will be completing their training and graduate as health care assistants at Peace Villa Residential Care
The Ministry of Health has now launched the second phase of the Health Career Access Program, focused on increasing the number of health care assistants in the community sector, more specifically in home support.