The PAHF Staff Education Grant aims to provide development and innovative learning opportunities to Peace Arch Hospital or Fraser Health Community employees working in the White Rock/South Surrey area. Funding is available for professional development opportunities including conferences, seminars, and workshops.

Through the PAHF staff education grant, Home Health Physiotherapist Keen Fong was able to attend a Balance Disorders course offered by the Physiotherapy Association of British Columbia. “The course taught a systemic way of assessing balance,” says Fong. “It is my hope that we, at Home Health, will be able to utilize this tool to help the aging population in White Rock and South Surrey.”

Christine Richardson, an Occupational Therapist, “had a wonderful experience” attending the course Manual Therapy Strategies for the Adult Neurological population: Upper Quadrant. “I am grateful for the support from Peace Arch Hospital Foundation to have this training,” says Richardson. “The course provided a great refresher on the challenges people face who have experienced a stroke or brain injury.”

As an Occupational Therapist, Richardson treats people individually and strives to maximize their function and independence. “The course supported my assessment of [patient] difficulties and my abilities to support their recovery while also understanding their impairments,” adds Richardson.

The PAHF staff education grant supports conferences in addition to traditional courses. Jeffrey Yu, a Staff Nurse in the PAH Emergency department, attended the Top 5 in 10 Vancouver Island Emergency and Critical Care Conference this past weekend. This 2-day conference covered a range of topics.

“The talks were excellent and presented by knowledgeable speakers, says Yu. “In both of the talks on toxicology I gained valuable knowledge in the management of potentially toxic medications and substances we may run into in the ER… The conference was excellent and I hope to bring the knowledge I’ve gained back to my colleagues as well as promote better care for the residents of White Rock and South Surrey. “

If you are interested in receiving funding through our granting program, please visit our Grants page for more information on available opportunities.