Spotlight: Fort Smith Health Centre - Personal Support Worker Program Graduates

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Left to right: Rina Dempsey, Jackie Fabien, Wanda Roberts (Program Coordinator) Shannon Coleman at the Salt River First Nation Conference Centre

On June 10th, Fort Smith Health Centre celebrated its first graduates of the Aurora College Personal Support Worker Certificate program. We are proud of our trailblazers, Jackie, Rina and Shannon, and congratulate them on their hard work and commitment to and their roles and community. We also recognize the extra challenges they faced to completing their training in the midst of a pandemic.

Introducing our new certified Personal Support Workers:

Jackie Fabien was born in the Northwest Territories. She was raised by her grandparents, and the gratitude she felt towards them inspired her to care for Elders.  She feels that she has found her calling and her purpose in her work with Elders, and states that her “cup is full”.

Rina Dempsey moved to Fort Smith Sept 2008 from the Philippines. She started her work with the Northern Lights Special Care Home as a casual staff while working at the Ekati mine, and eventually became a full-time employee. She loves working with elders and feels that she has found her home there.

Shannon Coleman was born and raised in Fort Smith. She has been interested in the health care field from a young age and volunteered as a candy striper in her youth. After working in mining for many years, she began working at the Health Centre and eventually joined the Home Care department. 

We acknowledge the NTHSSA Continuing Care Program for sponsoring this training, and Catriona Molloy and Sunyi Carrol and the other continuing care staff for supporting and encouraging the graduates on their journey.

Left to right: Rina Dempsey, Shannon Coleman, Jackie Fabien at the Northern Lights Special Care Home at their celebration