Co-Op Student of the Week

Week of November 18, 2018

Student: Aanya Gosrani, Grade 11

Placement:  Chartwell Waterford Retirement Residence

I am doing my placement at Chartwell Waterford Retirement Residence working with both the independent living and memory living floors.  My main tasks are helping out during breakfast by bringing residents their breakfast and guiding them to the living room afterwards for a planned activity.  I work with nurses, volunteers, and recreational therapists by participating in activities which include crosswords, knitting, painting, and sing-a-longs. I have also been gathering information by interviewing patients to create patient profiles and planning the activities for the month.

Some important skills I have learned include how to communicate with the residents in an approachable and friendly way and to speak very clearly and effectively as the majority of the residents are suffering from hearing loss. In addition, I have learned how to use and help residents who require a walker or a cane as they may have muscle problems.

This Co-op has helped me realize I really enjoy working with people and love interacting with the residents. It has guided me to pursue a career in the area of health sciences.

Previous Co-Op Students of the Week

Week of November 11, 2018

Student: Ramiz Salman

Placement:  Signarama

I am doing my placement at Signarama. The company makes custom-made signs, banners and decals for buildings, vehicles and more. My main tasks and responsibilities require excellent time management skills to ensure the signs customers have ordered are completed on time. I show attention to detail and concentrate on all of the steps in the process (i.e. weeding, masking, and applying) when making signs for companies and personal use (e.g. home address).  I have also done some graphic design, creating signs, and business cards on the computer.

I have learned how to work as a team and actively listen to detailed instructions for each job. Co-op has taught me to set goals and has given me employability skills I can transfer to my desired future career in the aviation industry.

Week of November 4, 2018

Student: Abbie Orr, Grade 11

Placement:  Upper Oakville Pet Hospital

I am doing my placement at Upper Oakville Pet Hospital. My roles/responsibilities include cleaning the surgery room, helping prep the surgical instruments, stocking up on surgery needs (syringes, solutions, gauzes, towels, etc.), assisting the vet techs, observing the doctor in appointments, cleaning exam counters and cages after patient use, and taking patients out for walks and bathroom breaks.  In addition, I unpack deliveries and complete end of the day chores such as vacuuming.

I think the most important skill I have learned being at an animal hospital is to always be prepared and to be ready for anything. You have to be attentive because you are responsible for animals. Animals are unpredictable and you need to concentrate on what you are doing at all times.  In addition, it is important to ask questions. I am comfortable asking questions as this way I am learning and making sure I complete tasks effectively and efficiently.

Ever since I was a young child, I have wanted to be a vet.  When I started horseback riding at the age of seven, I was around horses and other farm animals, including barn cats and dogs. Working at Upper Oakville Pet Hospital has given me the opportunity to interact with cats, dogs, and other smaller animals in a medical/more complex manner. I have learned about how things work in surgery and post surgery. I have my post-secondary goals planned out and I still want to do something with horses. This placement has helped me develop an understanding of what I will be studying in the future and what a career in veterinary medicine involves.

Week of October 28, 2018

Student: Ayesha Khokhar, Grade 11

Placement:  Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital

I am currently working on the Inpatient Rehabilitation floor. There, my main tasks/responsibilities include helping out during lunch (bringing the food trays to the patients, helping them open packages, if necessary, etc. Additionally, I assist the recreational therapist, nurses, and volunteers on the floor by helping run daily activities for the patients, such as arts and crafts, sing-a-longs, baking, and much more!  With that, I help transport patients to and from their rooms to come to the activities, as well as spend some one-on-one time with the patients during the activities. Sometimes, another Co-op student and I bring patients down to the main lobby and gift shop so that they can get out of their rooms for a bit and explore the rest of the hospital.

Some important skills I have learned include how to transport patients in wheelchairs properly and how to interact with the patients in a polite, professional, and friendly manner. Additionally, I have learned the importance of being patient and communicating effectively, as some patients have hearing loss so it’s important to be aware of that and to act accordingly.

This Co-op has taught me that I genuinely enjoy working with other people and love interacting with patients. It has reaffirmed my interest in the health sciences and the desire to pursue a career in that field.

Week of October 21, 2018

Student: Samera Al-Kofahi, Grade 12

Placement:  West Oak Public School

Samera is working with Life Skills classes at West Oak Public School.  

“I work one on one with four to five students who range from high to low functioning on math and reading. Many of the children have trouble staying on task and focusing so I reinforce their tasks and help them get through it. I also supervise the students during break and play with them.”

“I learned how to deal with the behaviors of different students. For example, one of the students can be hyper and has an extremely hard time focusing and listening.  When he doesn’t listen, I ignore him and when he has trouble focusing, I talk to him in a firm voice and keep him on track. You also have to be very patient because of the different levels the students are at. I learned why students may have an episode. When a student has an episode and doesn’t listen, we need to stay calm.”

“Co-op has taught me that I do want to go into Psychology. I love working one on one with the students. I love learning about their behaviours, how to deal with them and how to help them.”