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We are very excited to announce that Collingwood General and Marine Hospital received one of 15 Outstanding Employer Award Citations from the Learning Partnership, for its involvement in Take Our Kids to Work day, which occurred on November 2, 2016.

The hospital was awarded for its engaging program which allowed students to explore the many career options in a hospital, through activities such as learning how to suture and applying fiberglass and plastic casts to each other. Take Our Kids to Work was embraced by the organization, and physicians and staff members readily stepped up to provide interactive presentations for students.

CGMH engaged 22 grade nine students with interactive sessions lead by Dr. Olivia Cheng, Dr. David Ohrling, Dr. Gillian Yeates and Dr. Marius Van der Merwe, along with many CGMH staff members including Shelley Molto, Blair Molto, Carol Adam, Vanessa Reekie, Laila Eap, Heather Robertson, David Viljanmaa, Krista Stewart, Susan Cameron, Jamey Gilroy, Tammy Knowler, Ruth Hastings, Kerry McCartney, Jennifer Fleming and Roger Mantero who were all integral to the success of the day.

"Presenting staff and physicians put together a very educational and memorable event for the kids. It was an extremely interactive day, demonstrating the real workings of a hospital from the CT scanner, to the fracture clinic, to gowning up for the operating room. We truly appreciate the time and commitment from all those involved in creating an unforgettable day for the group," says Brittany Black, CGMH Human Resources.

Entries were judged on criteria based around how the companies engaged Grade 9 students on Take Our Kids to Work day and how they promoted the benefits of early career exploration.

"My daughter Alexis has been torn about what she wanted to become when she got older. She always showed an interest in medicine but was never really sure what direction she should take. I was hoping that by coming to the hospital and seeing all the things that we do here might give her some guidance.
Alexis came home and was so enthusiastic about her day, telling me about the suture exercise with Dr. Yeates, the Ortho lesson with Dr. Cheng and Roger Mantero, and the OR with Dr. Ohrling, etc. She said to me "Mom, I know what I want to be...I want to be an Orthopaedic Surgeon. I walked into the OR and I don't know why, but it felt like home! It felt right Mom," says Susan Cameron, PSR/Ward Clerk at CGMH and mother of Alexis.

More than 250,000 students participate in Take Our Kids to Work day each year, spanning every province and territory in Canada.

Many students participating in the CGMH day commented that they were unaware of how many careers there were in the hospital, apart from doctors and nurses, until they experienced this day.

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