January 16, 2018 | News

Algonquin College Media Release

(OTTAWA) — Algonquin College and The Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre are proud to unveil a ground-breaking new health-care classroom and learning environment.

The classroom, which is on site at the Perley Rideau, allows Algonquin’s Personal Support Workers to take part in a full work-integrated learning environment, experiencing their field in a professional setting with experienced mentors.

“There is no substitute for hands-on, experiential learning,” says Algonquin College President Cheryl Jensen. “This classroom provides an unparalleled opportunity for our students to prepare for their careers. Together with our Perley Rideau partners, we are preparing these healthcare workers of the future by setting the highest standards in education and training.”

A year ago, the two institutions signed a Memorandum of Understanding that outlined their joint plans to create and consult on the delivery of educational programs, clinical services and research initiatives. Under the new agreement, the College’s Personal Support Worker students work with the Health Centre’s senior clients and have access to its expertise and resources.

“This enhanced relationship with Algonquin College immerses students in all aspects of the Perley Rideau Village to help improve the lives of residents while supporting volunteers and staff,” says Perley Rideau CEO Akos Hoffer. “It is this type of innovation with a strong partner that helps to ensure future healthcare workers acquire the skills needed to benefit the larger healthcare system.”
The Algonquin College Personal Support Worker program prepares students to work in a health-care setting with individuals who require assistance to remain as independent as possible.

The Perley Rideau is a long-term care home with a long and honoured tradition of serving War Service Overseas Veterans, and that also welcomes seniors from the community. The motto, “Together, we improve the well-being of the people we serve,” reflects a commitment to providing safe, top-quality care for all.

Media Contacts

Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre
Jay Innes
Director of Communications
Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre
613-526-7171 ext. 2207
Algonquin College

Ruth Dunley
Communications Manager
Algonquin College
613-727-4723 ext. 6452