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Health Care Students Welcomed Home

December 30, 2009 – There’s no place like home!; is the message students heard at the City of Thunder Bay’s 9th Annual “Home for the Holidays” Health Care Student Reception held at the new Sister Margaret Smith Centre today.

"Reaching out to the next generation of health professionals is just one way our community can help in the recruitment and retention effort," said Councillor Trevor Giertuga, Acting Mayor. "We need to let them know that opportunities exist in Thunder Bay and encourage them to pursue careers here at home as doctors, nurses, pharmacists, technologists and therapists."

The “Home for the Holidays” Health Care Student Reception is an annual event for Thunder Bay students studying medicine or other health care fields locally and in other communities. The reception is designed to encourage students who have chosen to study health care to return or stay “home” to pursue their careers. The reception is an opportunity for these students to meet local health care representatives and start discussing employment options once they graduate.

“We had very good attendance by students from various streams of health care such as medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, occupational therapy, and nursing,” said Cheryl Armstrong, Community Relations Coordinator. “The students were able to connect with other students and local health care employers to discuss job opportunities. This event is the City’s way of letting our young people know that we want them to return to live and work in Thunder Bay when they complete their course of study.”

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Contact: Cheryl Armstrong, Community Relations Coordinator, 625- 2247, cell 627-8108.