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Community Care Licensing grad finds career direction through JIBC program

JIBC’s Community Care Licensing program helped direct Helen Wale to a career where she can make a difference through her passion for quality care for adults with developmental disabilities.

 

After completing a university degree, Helen Wale found entry-level government jobs hard to come by.

Thanks to the Advanced Specialty Certificate in Community Care Licensing program at the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC), she was able to focus her career direction and find a role as a quality service analyst with Community Living BC (CLBC).

A provincial Crown agency, CLBC funds day programs, individualized supports, and residential supports, including licensed group homes, for adults with developmental disabilities. In her role as quality service analyst, Helen monitors the government-funded services and conducts site visits similar to the community care facility inspections carried out by licensing officers. She also negotiates and reviews contracts with the service providers.

Helen’s interest in the work stemmed from her experience during and after her bachelor degree studies at the University of Victoria when she worked as a registered care aide in group homes for adults with developmental disabilities.

“While I worked through my degree I saw a lot of examples in group homes of wonderful care and some examples of care that weren’t wonderful. I developed passion for quality assurance and quality care.”

When she researched career options, Helen discovered and enrolled in JIBC’s Advanced Specialty Certificate in Community Care Licensing program, the only program of its kind in Canada. read more »

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Community Care Licensing program paves path to new careers for former child care workers

Ashley Minifie and Amy Laughren took their work experience in child care and turned it into new careers as Community Care Licensing Officers, thanks to JIBC’s CCLO program.

 

It would be something of an understatement to say Amy Laughren and Ashley Minifie have much in common when it comes to their careers.

They both have educational backgrounds in Early Childhood Education. They both worked in childcare facilities – Amy in Ontario and then Alberta, where she was Program Director of a facility before going on maternity leave and moving to Victoria; and Ashley as owner and operator of her own In-Home Multi-Age childcare facility, also in Victoria.

Each became interested in Licensing Officer roles when considering their next career goals. After learning about the Advanced Specialty Certificate in Community Care Licensing program at the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC), they both enrolled.

They met after signing up for their first online course with JIBC, when they were paired together for an assignment.  They ended up taking all the same courses and became fast friends.

Upon completion of JIBC’s Community Care Licensing program, the only program of its kind in Canada, they were both hired by Island Health as Child Care Licensing Officers within a month of each other.

Community Care Licensing Officers (CCLO) are employed through provincial health authorities, providing regulatory oversight to support the health and safety of the most vulnerable members of our society – children, seniors and people with disabilities – in licensed facilities such as child care, youth residential care, adult residential group care and long-term care facilities in BC. CCLOs conduct inspections, complete investigations, and provide education and support to licensees of such facilities. read more »

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Community Care Licensing program a “perfect fit” for nurse seeking new role

Tammy Hull credits JIBC’s Community Care Licensing program with showing her new opportunities in the licensing profession after a workplace injury left her unable to return to her hospital job as a registered nurse. (Story and photo by Wanda Chow) 

 

From pharmacy technician to accountant, Tammy Hull has had a varied career living in Prince George, but it was her experience with hospice house nurses when her grandmother passed that ultimately led her to become a registered nurse.

So when a workplace injury left her unable to return to her position in the neonatal intensive care unit, she was left wondering, ‘what’s next’?

A nursing colleague who worked in licensing told her about the then-new Advanced Specialty Certificate in Community Care Licensing program at the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) which she called a great learning opportunity.

Being a life-long learner, “The words ‘learning opportunity’ caught my attention and the fact the program was delivered online,” said Tammy. “I have always heard great reviews of JIBC programs so I applied and was accepted to the program.”

Tammy became the first graduate of JIBC’s Community Care Licensing program, the only such program of its kind in Canada.

“I always recommend the program to colleagues because I believe that JIBC supports the professional learning outcomes of its students,” Tammy said. “The program prepares learners to apply licensing standards to their professional practice when providing regulatory oversight to licensed facilities.” read more »