This summer, the CBHSSJB will award dozens of summer placements to high school, college and university students studying health and social sciences, as well as IT, Finance and other administrative sectors. Working in departments across the organizations, these students will learn valuable skills and get a head start on their careers.
On the long journey to becoming a health care professional, CBHSSB give Cree students a taste of the challenges and rewards of delivering healthcare.
Last year Kastor Bobbish and Charity Blueboy were among 35 summer students working in clinical and administrative departments at the CBHSSJB.
Ambitious trailblazers, they are carving a place for themselves among a growing number of Cree and Indigenous healthcare workers who have benefited from the Summer Student Program.
Over several weeks, they worked directly with clients and professionals, learning every aspect of clinic life, and came away with a sense of having contributed to the health and well-being of the population.
“You feel like you belong when you connect with the people,” said Kastor, who aims to become the first Cree dentist in Eeyou Istchee.
Both Kastor and Charity would like to be role models for youth interested in health care, something neither one of them had growing up.
Charity, who is studying Nursing in Ottawa, has already convinced her cousin to follow her into the profession. “If someone is thinking of nursing, I say, ‘Go for it!’ It seems scary but I feel like it’s a rewarding career.”
While they’ve had to move to the south to pursue their studies, both intend to return to Eeyou Istchee as fully qualified professionals.
“I always thought to bring my skills back to the community,” said Kastor. “I’d really encourage other students to get into this program,” he added. “It’s a great opportunity for them to learn about the environment and the work.”
The CBHSSJB Summer Student program provides students a chance to learn relevant skills and gain insight. The program also allows our experienced personnel to share their skills and knowledge.
- At least 16 years old
- Enrolled and returning to school in 2022-23
What we offer:
- Valuable knowledge and experience as well as support from skilled professionals
- Salary according to job title
- Possible premiums
Please send us your
- Letter of intent (with desired work/location/department)
- Resume (CV)
- Proof of enrollment in school
To submit your package or for more information, contact