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Spotlight on Community Partners

Social Service Worker (SSW)

Tags: June 2022, Vol. 2, Issue 4

Field Experiences for students in the Social Service Worker (SSW) program can take place in various types of community service settings, including women’s shelters, refugee centres, and youth employment agencies, to name a few. In these settings, students have opportunities to practice and develop the essential skills they need to work effectively with vulnerable populations in the human services field. In this edition, we are spotlighting two consistent partners for the SSW program.

Waterfront Neighbourhood Centre

Waterfront Neighbourhood Centre (WNC) offers a variety of quality programs for children, youth, adults, and families. Students can usually be found supporting the PEEP (Pre-Kindergarten Experiences Enrichment) program, where they have opportunities to organize, plan and facilitate activities for participants. Parents are encouraged to participate in the PEEP program activities, and students can also learn to support families by demonstrating how to assess the needs of their children.

WNC also partners with the Child and Youth Care Diploma and Degree programs, and Community and Justice Services Diploma program.

Alzheimer’s Society of Peel

The Alzheimer’s Society of Peel exists to alleviate the personal and social consequences of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia, and to help find the cause, prevention and cure. Their innovative programs provide a complete circle of care specifically design to support individuals on their dementia journey including referral services, public education sessions, support groups, counselling, Adult Day Programs, short-term respite house, bathing program and behavioural support. Students work with highly-trained staff and gain hands-on experience working with people living with and affected by dementia. This mentorship program seeks to enhance students’ skills with working with people with dementia, grow their professional network, and explore the many career options at the Alzheimer Society of Peel.

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