Paul Kitchin Award: Outstanding Community Involvement About the award: The Paul Kitchin Award for Outstanding Community Involvement is awarded annually to a CCO member college that has exhibited, through community involvement, exceptional service in the enhancement of the prosperity of Ontarians. This yearâ€™s Awards Gala Dinner Bryan College Student marks the first year Outreach Program the award is beNominated by VHA Home HealthCare ing presented. Faculty at Bryan College describe the characteristics of an exceptional massage therapist as not only one who is knowledgeable of the compulsory techniques of the profession but also empathetic and caring, and thus possessing skills that cannot be taught but rather experienced.
It is from this perspective that Bryan College organized to collaborate with VHA HealthCare, a not-for-profit charitable organization that offers primarily free-of-charge health care and support services to clients via the Local Health Integration Network. Through the Bryan College Student Outreach program, both organizations sought to provide the most vulnerable, stress-laden members of their community with a respite from the demanding realities of long-term or intensive care.
Notably, Bryan College and VHA HomeCare established ongoing outreach opportunities to provide complimentary massage therapy to sick or terminally ill children and their parents at SickKids Hospital in Toronto. Families of loved ones undergoing treatment at SickKids Hospital are often stressed and the children typically endure a daily regime of recurring medical tests, emotional exhaustion and social isolation from their peers. The Bryan College Student Outreach program provided the children at the hospital and their parents with a welcomed chance to relax and heal.
The outreach treatments were scheduled in advance and were convenient for the parents