Bus tour promotes health careers in the region

Students gather at Turtle Lodge in Sagkeeng

March 8, 2019

A day-long bus tour for 16 nursing and allied health students on Saturday, March 2 was hosted by the Interlake-Eastern RHA in partnership with the Manitoba Healthcare Providers Network.

The day was designed for the students to meet the staff who work in our region and learn about education placements, summer employment and career opportunities. Students received information from Tourism Manitoba but were also exposed to life and culture in the region through activities like bowling, watching ice-fishing at the Red River in Lockport and driving past the Canadian Power toboggan championship races in Beausejour.

“The students enjoyed themselves and it was a great opportunity to expose them to rural health care,” says Interlake-Eastern RHA human resources manager, Aiden Kahanovitch, “We had students from the areas of nursing, occupational therapy, physiotherapy and social work join us.”

Health authority human resources staff met students at the bus pick-up location on the east side of Winnipeg and then the bus headed to Turtle Lodge on Sagkeeng First Nation to learn about Indigenous teaching through a smudge and drum song. Then they visited the Pine Falls Health Complex, attended East-Gate Lodge in Beausejour and finished the tour at Manitoba’s newest hospital – Selkirk Regional Health Centre. Along the way they drove through the community of Lac du Bonnet.