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Welcome Caroline – Our Summer Student

Caroline is our new Community Care Student whose is primarily tasked with coordinating and running our VBS program. If you haven’t had a chance to meet Caroline as yet, here’s an introduction. She was kind enough to answer some questions we asked her…see below.

What are you studying at university and what year are you in?
I am entering into my fourth and final year of nursing at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology.

What would you like to do once you finish university?
Ah, the million dollar question that everyone likes to ask students. As of right now I’m leaning towards more schooling for a Master’s so I can go onto become a professor or get into higher management! Otherwise the type of nursing that appeals to me the most is in the field of public health. I love getting to know my patients more than just their diagnoses or hospital room numbers, and that’s why I’m steering away from emergency room nursing where the skills are the priority. Although who knows where my life will take me.

What are some of your previous jobs?
My first job ever was assisting coaches with teaching children how to figure skate. I figure skated for the Town of Newmarket for 12 years and was apart of the local synchronized skating team as well. Moving along, I’ve done everything from working at a coffee shop, to a luxury retail store with a high sales goal, to a Personal Support Worker at a nursing home! When I was younger I volunteered as a camp counselor at numerous local camps.

What are you looking forward to most about your role at St. Paul’s?
I’m looking forward to combining my faith with my work and most definitely seeing the smiles on the children’s faces. I loved getting to attend summer camps when I was a kid, so to have the opportunity to coordinate St. Paul’s makes it even more special.

What’s your favorite app?
I’d say my favourite app on my phone would be the ‘Samsung Health’ one! Since I’m in nursing fitness and my health are priorities in my life. Being able to check my heart rate, track my sleep, and watch the step counter go up interests me the most. I’m definitely glad that I grew up in an age without all this technology, and the one thing I love about this camp is that it will give kids (and me) the opportunity to ‘unplug’ for several hours.

If you had to choose between Netflix, Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, shopping, a hike/run/bike or a coffee shop how would you spend an hour of free time?
Those options are great (and I do love shopping), however, I think I would much rather paint/draw something and channel my inner Picasso. I’ve always loved living a busy lifestyle, however, when I get a chance to paint it’s like a moment to calm my mind and clear my thoughts from thinking about what I need to do next. So yes, if I’m not planning out my life or organizing my to-do-list then I definitely enjoy a creative break.

What are some of your hobbies, activities and/or special interests?
My interests include going to my cottage on Georgian Bay on the weekends to hang out with my extended family and 12 first cousins. Another thing I love doing is TRAVELLING. I’ve been to Italy, Scotland, England, Germany, Czech Republic, Iceland, and a bunch of States. I’m actually headed back to Rome with my family at the end of August.

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