North Island College Activity Assistant program returns

Learn more at a free information session Feb. 6 - pre-registration required

Comox Valley health care assistants and support workers can expand their skills and employability options when North Island College’s Activity Assistant program returns to the Comox Valley this September.

“The program is useful for those already working in the health care field as a health care assistant or as a home support/residential care attendant,” said instructor Joyce Shepherd. “You may find ways to deliver care better, or find new ways to help your patients or clients with their overall wellness.”

She adds the work activity assistants do focuses on the positives and builds on clients’ strengths.

“We know that when you’re active, you feel more fulfilled and are happier,” Shepherd said. “That’s especially important as you get older where you have more time for leisure activities, but also may have mobility or other challenges.”

NIC alumna Denise Collins was working as a care aide when she decided to apply. She found work as an activity assistant before graduation and now works with an adult day program.

“The information in the program was valuable in expanding my knowledge and skill set and a great reminder of why I became involved in this industry,” she said. “I’d highly recommend it for care aids and other support workers.”

The four-month program runs evenings and weekends, giving students the flexibility to study while they work.

“We’re very excited to bring this opportunity back to community as it addresses the recreational needs of workers in residential and community care settings,” said Lynne MacFadgen, NIC’s regional director, continuing education and training.

Seats are filling quickly as the last offering in the Comox Valley was in 2015.

Program applications are open now. Students can apply directly or get more information at a free Activity Assistant Information Session Wednesday, Feb. 6, from 6 to 7 pm at NIC’s Comox Valley campus. Attendees should pre-register at, using the course code GENI-5120.

For information on this or any of NIC’s Continuing Education programs, visit

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