The Rosetown and District Health Care Facility will be welcoming in students, as the Volunteen Program gets started for the year.

The Volunteen program was established by Kathie Delowsky, Volunteer Coordinator for Rosetown and Elrose.

She said it's similiar to the Candy Striper program that many may remember from years ago, "I started it because some of these people are in the hospital for quite a while and in long term care they're there for 24 hours a day, and they could use some extra company."

Students will spend either Wednesday or Thursday afternoons volunteering at the Rosetown and District Health Care Centre. The program starts in November and wraps up in May each year.

15 students have entered the program this year, 6 of which are in their second year of volunteering.

"They come to the acute care and long term care facility of the Rosetown and District Health Care Centre. They work with the clients and patients, assist the staff in any jobs they may have and just help out," Delowsky said students get hands on experience in healthcare through the program, "The kids learn a lot about health care, especially if they're interested in healthcare field of some sort like nursing. They get to see, firsthand, how all of that works."

Many Volunteens end up pursuing a career in the field, with some even returning to Rosetown to work at the Health Centre.

Delowsky said it's turned into an all around great program for everyone involved, "It's a very worthwhile program for both the clients and patients of the health centre, the volunteens who learn a lot and the staff who appreciate their help and smiling faces."

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