This placement was important for him because his grandmother suffers from Alzheimer’s disease, and he knows her difficulties trying to perform normal, everyday activities. To learn more about the hospital environment, he also chose a placement with , Ontario’s French-language teaching hospital, as a volunteer receptionist. He welcomes patients and assists the doctors and nurses. He appreciates having the chance to learn about the hospital environment. Finally, he serves as a referee for Hockey Canada District 9. This form of community engagement on ice has taught him to make quicker decisions. He’s proud to be able to balance everything, especially with school keeping him very busy, all thanks to his supervisors’ flexibility.
Darius wishes to become a doctor. In his placements, he tries to improve the experience and quality of life of the residents and visitors he spends time with. In addition to assisting others, Darius is using his placements to help achieve his educational and career goals. He encourages students to get involved because, for him, community engagement helps change your perspective on life and broaden your network of contacts. Darius is touched by the recognition from our centre and by the unforgettable experiences he is having without financial worry.
By: Andrew Heath