One Ontario career college has a pretty unique way of brightening days.
The National Institute of Esthetics, a private career college in Ancaster, takes a hands-on approach to helping people in the community. The student clinic, which has the students doing services on the public at reduced rates, offers free services to individuals undergoing cancer treatments, or who are off work due to cancer recovery.
“It’s our way of giving back,” said Dean Sherry Docherty. “The students are very well trained, and have a lot of hands on experience before they are even allowed to do services in the student clinic.”
The individuals undergoing the cancer treatments are required to bring a doctor’s form indicating that they are appropriate candidates for the services.
Megan Fleischman is a student set to graduate in April 2010. She has worked on a few individuals with cancer.
“It makes me feel really good – not only because it’s free for them, but you know they really appreciate it. The truth is they struggle,” said Fleischman. “And anything we can do to help them feel better, really makes us feel good also.”
Talya Guitard, another student set to graduate in April, agrees. Guitard was very moved after her first service on an individual with cancer.
“I cried that night when I got home. I have an aunt who died of cancer, and so this really hit home to me,” she said. “It reminded me why I came into this industry in the first place.”
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