Health Care Aide students in Drumheller celebrated on Thursday as 16 students and a handful of teachers took part in a luncheon to mark national Health Care Aide Day.

"When the Minister declared Alberta Health Care Aide Day, it was pretty significant to us because we have 16 students in this class and we have run it before," explained Campus Alberta Central's Promotions and Recruiting Coordinator, Shelly Boyer. "We thought we would do something special to recognize them for the career options they are making and the impact they'll make on the community when they're done."

Health Care Aides' responsibilities are, but not limited to, the delivery of basic health services, acute and continuing care which involves home care, supportive living and long term care as well as assisting the daily living needs for clients with medical conditions or physical limitations.

"This people are very inspiring," said student Samantha Torres, who came from Mexico to study health care. "They take their time to help people who don't have anyone to help them."

Torres was also impressed with the fact that a day like Health Care Aide Day is celebrated as health care assistants do deserve to be recognized for their hard work and dedication.

"It's definitely a really rewarding thing to do. It's just we take care of the people who aren't doing very well," commented student Lilly Thornton. "We're finally getting something back in recognition of those health care aides that do a lot of those not so glamorous stuff. It's nice to be a part of that."

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