Rotary Adventures in Health Care set

Forty high school students are expected to participate in the Rotary Adventures in Health Care event being held in Prince George from May 7-10.  The annual event introduces Grades 10 and 11 students to career and educational opportunities in health care.

Adventures in Health Care was initiated by the Rotary Club of Prince George – Yellowhead, along with AiMHi, CNC, the University of Northern British Columbia, Northern Health and School District 57.

“A key focus within Rotary is youth programs and we saw the need to create more awareness with high school students about health care opportunities in northern B.C.,” said Rotarian Ron Davis.

The event kicks off with registration and day long activities at AiMHi. 

“We look forward to seeing the students each year and introducing them to the career opportunities that are available with community agencies like AiMHi,” said Melinda Heidsma, Executive Director of AiMHi.

The students spend the second day at CNC where they rotate through different program areas offered by the College.

“We provide the students with hands-on experiences within the classroom which makes it fun for the students and helps us better understand what piques the students interests,” said Glenda Vardy Dell, Dean of the School of Health Sciences.

The students spend the third day on UNBC’s campus.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for UNBC to introduce high school students to our medical and health sciences programs and give them a unique glimpse into what makes UNBC a special place and community,” said UNBC President Dr. Daniel Weeks. “During their visit, they can discover research possibilities and learning options by talking to our students and professors and exploring our classrooms and laboratories.”

The final day of the Adventures in Health Care Event is hosted by Northern Health at the UHNBC Learning Centre.

“It is exciting to see the students each year and to show some of the potential health care careers that are available within our northern communities,” said Northern Health VP Human Resources, David Williams.

School District 57 organizes the application process and makes all the schools within the school district aware of the Adventures in Health Care Program.

“An important objective of the school district is to introduce students to career pathways which fits well with Adventures in Health Care,” said Chris Molcak, District Principal of Information Technology, Skills, Trades and Careers.

Through the Rotary network students from outside of the school district are also made aware of Adventures in Health Care.  Of the 40 students 20 are selected from the school district and 20 are sponsored by Rotary clubs from around the province.