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High school internship student graduates with causal position at IERHA

Kiara Lukiw has gained a high school diploma, experience she will never forget and a causal housekeeping position after completing an Interlake-Eastern RHA high school internship at Selkirk Regional Health Centre. Through the internship, the young mother earned credit towards her high school diploma to graduate this past June. Upon nearing completion of her credit hours, Lukiw applied and received a position at Selkirk Regional Health Centre as a casual in housekeeping.

Lukiw, who has a two year old daughter, credits the internship program with helping her set goals for the future.

“I always knew I wanted to be in the medical field, it was just picking exactly what. Now thanks to this amazing opportunity I have my entire future set and planned, and I feel confident in myself to know I can do this. I am going to become a health care aide, moving up into nursing in 2022 and I am going to be the best I can be for myself and my daughter.”

Tammy Harder, Lukiw’s teacher at West Kildonan Collegiate high school, says she noticed a huge difference in the way Lukiw carried herself after she started the internship program.
“She’s really done an about face since the beginning of the school year. She’s really jumped into the internship program with two feet, I see it in her maturity and the way she is now goal setting,” says Harder, who is the internship coordinator at the high school who set up the internship with the region.

Lukiw says she really enjoyed the internship program and appreciates the special effort managers at the hospital put into making her experience worthwhile.

“At the interview there were four people including the director of acute care, and managers from medicine, emergency and the family birthing unit. I don’t think I can thank any of the staff or my teachers enough for everything they’ve done for me during these few months. I feel so incredibly privileged and grateful to have been able to be a part of this amazing work space and environment,” Lukiw said.

Lukiw lives in the RM of West St. Paul which made her eligible to apply for the high school internship program Interlake-Eastern RHA’s human resources development assistant Lori Ann Buors.
“The internship program is integral to recruiting future employees to the region,” says Buors.

Interlake-Eastern RHA’s 2018-2019 high school internship program also saw students from the high schools in Pinawa, Beausejour, Lundar and Gimli job shadow health care aides, nurses and physicians in hospitals, personal care homes and clinics. Lisa Michaleski, a teacher at Lord Selkirk Regional Comprehensive Secondary School, had four students complete the internship this past school year. She says students learn real life skills not often taught in the classroom.

“Students are exposed to real life experiences in the workforce that even some adults wouldn’t get to experience in their careers,” says Michaleski.
High school students interested in an internship with Interlake-Eastern RHA are encouraged to contact Lori-Ann Buors at

Tammy Harder, West Kildonan Collegiate teacher; Kiara Lukiw, internship student; Lori-Ann Buors, Interlake-Eastern RHA’s human resources development assistant; and Lisa Michaleski, teacher at Lord Selkirk Regional Comprehensive Secondary School gather for a photo at Selkirk Regional Health Centre where Lukiw completed her internship.

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