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The Success Stories we Share – Young Students Taught the ABCs of Prevention

 

How do we wash our hands properly? What is COVID-19? Why is it important to respect the health measures? These are just a few of the questions that were addressed by Rosetta Calabretta, a nurse from the postpartum care unit at St. Mary’s Hospital Center and Melinda Milioto, a nurse at the Jewish General Hospital.

It should be mentioned that Rosetta is also a pedagogical counsellor for the Health Programs at the Sir Wilfred Laurier School Board’s Competency Development Centre (Pont-Viau CDC). Vince Lacroce, a spiritual community animator with the English Montreal School Board, and colleague of Rosetta’s, launched an educational program entitled “The faces of the Frontlines”, in partnership with health care workers, which aims to teach best practices to children and limit the spread of COVID-19.

 

As a result, several school visits were held last fall, including one to Nesbitt Elementary School in Montréal. Children in grades 4, 5 and 6 benefited from brief 30 to 45 minute sessions given by Rosetta and Melinda, on the basics of infection prevention and control.

 

This activity was a great success. Students from Nesbitt School, Perspectives l and ll High Schools, Rosemount High School, and Honoré Mercier Elementary, presented beautiful paintings on canvas to express their gratitude to ALL the heroes as they continue their tireless work during the pandemic. What a beautiful example of partnership!

 

What they have to say...

“I am a former student who graduated in 2014.  I am writing to you  to let you know that I am presently working in a Hotel in the Laurentians and have been for the past year and a half.

As the hotel was being renovated, I had the opportunity to help organize the reception for the grand re-opening. I am excited that the system we use is IQWare, the same as at CDC Pont-Viau.  After a year of being here, I got my first promotion and I am now in charge of training new employees.  All of this to say that I really could not have done it without the dedicated teachers giving me endless chances and truly believing in me.

You were amazing teachers to me and without you, I wouldn’t be where I am today, especially with all the struggles I was living back then.

Thank you, from the bottom of my heart for the opportunity that turned my life around completely and for your patience.”

Kayla Duffy – Hotel Reception graduate

“I thought being a PAB was just taking care of old people but this program opened my eyes and helped me give the best care possible.”  Shaquali (student -Health Care Facilities)

“I had a patient who always told me to keep my smile all the time.  “Anytime you enter in the room, I forget everything”.  She ended up saying that I am her grand-daughter.  When the stage finished, she cried and hugged me.  “I am going to miss you”.
Raksha Paiel (student -Health Care Facilities)

“I am proud to have my certificate today.  I am sending my sincere greetings to our teachers and the rest of the staff.  The patients were happy with the services I gave them.  One of them said to me “Mohammed, keep helping people and working hard all the time”.  This patient does not talk that much but that day he smiled at me.”
Mohammed Sani Zulkarmaini (student -Health Care Facilities)

“I would like to share my thoughts about the whole experience on P.A.B.  I could not thank the whole staff enough for their kindness, patience and ways of motivation.
The support we all received from CDC Pont-Viau was incredible and although we have completed and have been rewarded, we will never forget everything we have experienced at this school and the techniques, strength and smiles were very much appreciated. We can’t thank you all enough.” Jessica Aube (student -Health Care Facilities)

“I would like to give you my comments regarding the work placement group HEC3A-2010, Assistance in Health Care Facilities from CDC Pont-Viau. This group demonstrated exemplary collaboration with the 3OS team.  The students were discreet, helping and well centered on team work. Their teacher, Mrs. Marie-Paule Thibault knows how to supervise her students.  She has control of her group at all times; she guides and teaches with tact, calm and professionalism.  In short, the 3OS team and I have really appreciated sharing the unit with this group.”

Kathleen Henley
Chef de l’unité de pneumologie (3OS)  et du  Maintien à domicile
Direction santé physique
CSSS de Laval
Hôpital Cité de la santé 

“As I always say to myself: if others can do it, why can’t I?” Flordelisabeth Sisson

“Learning from your classmates is a gift, team work always made missions possible.” Natasha Menard