Exceptional members of our College community continue to go above and beyond to help and support others during these difficult times. These are their stories.
Weekly Radio Broadcast on Mental Health Helps Students Cope with COVID-19 Pandemic
With in-person appointments and drop-in counselling sessions limited by COVID-19 restrictions, Loyalist College counsellors Cassie Richardson and Julie Millar have found a unique way to connect with Loyalist students during the pandemic.
Loyalist College Paramedic Graduate adapts to life at the front lines
College graduates are facing a very different work environment in 2020.
Like many recent graduates, Bailey Meraw found her new workplace dramatically altered by COVID-19. In Meraw’s case, as a paramedic with the County of Lennox & Addington Paramedic Services and 2019 graduate of Loyalist College’s Paramedic program, her work puts her at the front lines of the pandemic every day.
Nursing Mental Health During COVID-19
Conveying COVID-19 prevention measures has been a challenge for nurses working in mental health units.
“In these areas, you have patients who have lost touch with reality,” said Bhavik Patel, a Practical Nursing faculty member at Loyalist College. “It’s difficult for them to stay in their rooms, to self-isolate, or incorporate practices such as proper hand washing, coughing into their elbow and standing six feet apart. What may be routine for many is a constant struggle for others.”
Loyalist College Bachelor of Science in Nursing Graduate Taps into the Power of Versatility
That’s what Amy Klomp, a 23-year-old nurse at the Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance – St. Marys Memorial Hospital in St. Marys, Ontario experienced when she and her colleagues quickly learned new protocols and implemented precautionary measures to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Loyalist College Practical Nursing Student Puts Community Safety First
At the end of March, Rachel Cole, a second-year Loyalist College Practical Nursing student, began applying for employment opportunities in the health care field.
Social Distancing Sunday with Loyalist graduate Emilie Leneveu
Finding innovative ways for youth to stay connected while self-isolating was a challenge Emilie Leneveu, a Bay of Quinte social entrepreneur and youth advocate, graciously accepted.
Volunteers at the hub of providing good food for County residents
Loyalist College Culinary Faculty & Students Support Local Food Security Efforts
Chef Albert Ponzo is putting his cooking skills to good use by ensuring people in Prince Edward County have access to nutritional food during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Chef Ponzo, who teaches in Loyalist College’s Culinary Skills and Culinary Management programs, has teamed up with Food to Share, a Prince Edward County-based organization that collects locally grown produce. With the help of community volunteers like Chef Ponzo, Food to Share is able to distribute healthy meals to local food banks and families in need.
Loyalist College paramedic students graduate early to help on the front lines
April 16, 2020
Loyalist College Paramedic Faculty Easing Fears Amid COVID-19
April 9, 2020
One of the many benefits of being a Loyalist College Paramedic student is learning from faculty who also work in the field. Faculty relay their workplace experiences to their students so they can understand industry best practices and how they evolve.
Erin Bons has been a paramedic for 14 years. In addition to teaching at Loyalist, she works with Hastings Quinte Paramedic Services. Bons has seen a shift in how personal protective equipment (PPE) is used by paramedics in pandemic times.
Loyalist College Practical Nursing student on standby to serve amid COVID-19 crisis
April 9, 2020
Three years ago, Carmen Pham would never have guessed that she would be called upon to serve her country.
The Loyalist College Practical Nursing student joined the Canadian Forces Naval Reserve after high school, a time when she wasn’t sure which career path to choose. “I had worked at Subway all through high school, and I was looking to move on from that, but I knew I wasn’t ready to go to school again,” said Carmen.
One thing she did know – she wasn’t going to follow the standard path. “I just wanted more. To find my purpose.”
Loyalist College Bancroft Campus Donates Supplies to QHC North Hastings Hospital
April 9, 2020
Loyalist College’s community continues to find ways to support local health care workers at the forefront of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Faculty and staff at Loyalist’s Bancroft campus donated masks, shoe covers, gloves, gowns, caps, protective glasses, and sanitizer, as well as 174 N95 respirators, to Quinte Health Care (QHC) North Hastings Hospital on Friday, March 27. Currently, N95 respirators are among the most in-demand pieces of protective equipment in the fight against COVID-19. Donations were sourced from the College’s Personal Support Worker program, which begins classes via alternate delivery on May 19.
Loyalist faculty make face shields for local COVID-19 workers
April 2, 2020
When Jeremy and Suzanne Braithwaite learned of a global face shield shortage impacting the Bay of Quinte region, they combined their skills and developed a prototype that could be made locally to protect health care professionals on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Nursing in a Time of Crisis
April 1, 2020
Aramark Helping To Keep On-Campus Morale High
March 27, 2020
A bowl of soup goes a long way.
That’s what Andree Mathurin-Scott, Aramark Food Service Director at Loyalist College, says about the daily acts of generosity she and her team are delivering to keep morale high for authorized employees working on campus.
Providing Health Checks to CFB Trenton Guests
March 27, 2020
As you may know, many of our Health Sciences faculty work locally with health care partners. I’d like to take this opportunity to acknowledge two exceptional faculty, Nicki Armstrong (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) and Patricia Munroe (Practical Nursing), who work at the Trenton Cadet Training Centre at the Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Trenton.
Loyalist College Delivers Personal Protective Equipment to Quinte Health Care
March 24, 2020
Dear College Community,
As you may be aware, there is a national shortage of health care supplies and personal protective equipment as frontline health care workers test overwhelming numbers of people for COVID-19 and care for patients.