Kyla Morgan is a Holy Trinity Co-op Student who was unsure of the direction of her career path. She decided to explore a placement at Chartwell retirement residence in Oakville. Last semester, Kyla completed her dual credit co-op giving her incredible experience working with older adults.
She worked in the lifestyles programing department where she helped run and plan various activities for the residents. She was given the opportunity to start Chartwell’s first knitting club where she was able to teach a 90-year old woman how to knit her first scarf. She also ran a weekly spiritual meditation club which included praying the rosary. Kyla had a very positive impact on the residents at the home and was a great ambassador for Holy Trinity’s co-op program.
She has continued to build on her success through volunteering at the home, as well as taking on a part time job with Chartwell, continuing to give back to her community.
Due to her success, Kyla was invited to meet with a team of people from the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA), to share her experience. Since then, Kyla has played a valuable role in the Ontario CLRI’s initiative to improve workforce capacity in long-term care.
She presented at the Intergenerational Partnerships Think Tank, hosted on November 2, 2018. One of the goals on the agenda was to allow individuals from long-term care/retirement and education perspectives, including members from the Ministry of Education, to better understand what the role of a secondary school co-operative student could look like in a long-term care or retirement home. Kyla helped to identify ways that students can contribute to the home, the supports that need to be in place for a co-op student to be successful, and how these placements are meaningful for both students and older adults. Kyla has recently been contacted by the Ontario Association of Residents Council (OARC) and asked to write about her experience from a student’s perspective for their upcoming newsletter.