Second Annual Personal Support Worker Scholarship for Care in the Community Launches

    TORONTO, May 21 /CNW/ - The Personal Support Network of Ontario (PSNO) in
partnership with Saint Elizabeth Health Care and the Ontario Community Support
Association (OCSA), are pleased to announce the launch of the second annual
Personal Support Worker Scholarship for Care in the Community. A $2,000
scholarship will be awarded to assist a Personal Support Worker (PSW) to
pursue career advancement in the home and community support field.
    This is a special opportunity for one lucky personal support worker in
the province of Ontario, thanks to the generous support of Saint Elizabeth
Health Care. "Last year laid the groundwork for our scholarship initiative,"
says Ms. Lori Payne, Director of PSNO. "PSWs are constantly looking for
opportunities to continue to learn and grow in the field, sometimes without
the means to pursue those opportunities. We commend Saint Elizabeth Health
Care for its commitment to support and recognize personal support workers."
    Personal Support Workers play a major role in our health care system. In
Ontario over 90,000 of these women and men provide essential, personal care
for patients and clients in their homes, communities, long term care
facilities, supportive housing units and hospitals. "Continuous learning is
essential in today's community health care environment," says Nancy Lefebre,
Senior Vice President of Knowledge and Practice at Saint Elizabeth Health
Care. "Investing in ongoing education opportunities for Ontario PSWs is a
meaningful way to honour people for their incredible leadership and commitment
to care."
    Additional information on the application process can be found at Applications must be received at the PSNO office no later than
5:00pm on June, 15th. Applications may be emailed to, faxed
to 416-256-3021 or mailed to PSNO Scholarship Fund, 104-970 Lawrence Ave West,
Toronto, ON M6A 3B6. Applicants will be notified after July 15th, 2009. If you
have questions, please contact Sarah Blakely, Program Assistant, PSNO at
416-256-3010 x244.

    The Personal Support Network of Ontario strives for the highest standard
in the field of personal support and is dedicated to improving the overall
wellbeing of the workforce, appropriate training for the role, solutions for
recruitment and retention demands and access to products and services. Our
vision is to build a strong, cooperative personal support service sector where
providers, managers, trainers and employees are equal contributors to
strengthening the profession.

    Saint Elizabeth Health Care has been an active participant in the
development and delivery of community health care since 1908. Today, an
award-winning organization and not-for-profit charitable leader, Saint
Elizabeth Health Care employs 4,000 multidisciplinary staff, shares its
knowledge nationally and internationally, and delivers more than 3.3 million
home-care visits a year. For more information, visit

For further information:

For further information: Lori Payne, Director, PSNO,, (416) 256-3010 Ext 242

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