The CNFS awarded scholarships to 11 students enrolled in post-secondary health and social services programs at its member educational institutions. These students were recognized both for excellent academics and for strong involvement in their respective communities.
Dominique Arsenault, from St. Chrysostome, likes helping others, which is why she decided to make a career in healthcare. "I really like to help people, and I can do that as a Licensed Practical Nurse." She is passionate about health and wellness. Dominique is in her second year of studies, and she chose the Practical Nursing program at Collège de l'Île to learn the skills she would need to work with PEI Francophones who need healthcare in their own environment. Her passion comes from her experience of hospitals and long-term care facilities, but especially from her personal experience at home. Her maternal grandparents lived under the same roof as her family, and as their health deteriorated Dominique often helped them out, especially her grandmother, who was in quite poor health. After getting some work experience in nursing, Dominique would like to go back to school to study to be a paramedic.
The CNFS is a Canada-wide group of eleven postsecondary training institutions that deliver French-language programs in various health and social services disciplines and six regional partners that support and facilitate access to these training programs. The CNFS also has a National Secretariat in Ottawa that plays an important leadership and coordination role. CNFS programs and initiatives are funded by Health Canada under the Roadmap for Canada's Official Languages 2013-2018: Education, Immigration, Communities.
Collège de l'Île is the only postsecondary French-language institution in Prince Edward Island. With three learning centres in DeBlois, Wellington and Charlottetown, the College offers regular programs, customized training and training based on labour market needs. It offers a stimulating, student-focused learning environment that uses cutting-edge technology.
Photo: (L-R) Donald DesRoches, President of Collège de l'Île; Dominique Arsenault, scholarship recipient; and Liette Pellerin, Senior Program Manager – Official Language Community Development Bureau, Strategic Policy Branch of Health Canada.
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