Personal Support Worker Professional Development Scholarship
2011 Recipient: Dolly Skelton
_Dolly graduated from Sheridan College with a PSW Certificate and has
been working at Acclaim Health in Burlington since 1999, first as an
Health Care Aide and now as a Personal Support Worker.
In her report Dolly speaks of her interest in pursuing her studies in
communication with clients suffering from dementia. Dolly points out
that clients with dementia have difficulties using verbal communication
effectively to communicate their feelings and emotions. As such PSWs
need to be able to interpret these things through their clients body
language and gestures and other forms of communication.
Dolly also stated that everyday is different, challenging and so
rewarding. Not only does she enjoy sharing a laugh and providing
assistance with daily living with her clients but she also reflects on
the fact that doing so allows her to be accepted into her client’s
Dolly says that she has two wonderful children aged 13 and ten who
have homework almost nightly and if she wins the scholarship and starts
her studies it will be a lesson to her children that “you are never
too late to study and keep on learning.”
Congratulations Dolly and we wish you much success!
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