Durham College Personal Support Worker student receives Central East Community Care Access Centre Award

Durham College student Shona Tighe on and off the volleyball court

Personal Support Worker (PSW) student Shona Tighe readies herself on the volleyball court. Tighe received a $500 donor award from the Central East Community Care Access Centre.

The Durham College School of Health & Community Services received exciting news last month when it was notified that Shona Tighe, a student enrolled in the one-year Personal Support Worker (PSW) program, was being given a $500 donor award from Central East Community Care Access Centre.

Tighe, who received her award based on her academic achievement and fulfilling the criteria laid out by the college’s Financial Aid and Awards office, was recognized at a reception at the college on March 31. She, along with several other award recipients, was given an opportunity thank the college’s donors in person and meet with Durham College President Don Lovisa.

“This award is an honour to receive as it is helping someone who is training in the health-care industry,” said Tighe. “Not only does it acknowledge my hard work in school, it also helps me financially. I want to thank the donor for this award. I greatly appreciated their donation and generosity. Awards such as this one make it worth all the hard work.”

Donor awards provide post-secondary students with a valuable and long lasting resource and numerous awards are given out each academic year. Award amounts vary from year to year and between organizations.

The PSW program teaches the skills required to provide a safe and positive environment for patients experiencing physical, cognitive, emotional and behavioural challenges while effectively interacting and communicating with patients and their family members.

Students graduate with an Ontario College Certificate and are well-prepared to work at long-term care facilities, community service agencies, homecare agencies and group homes.