Graduated in Spring 2017 and working full-time in the field
When Anniack Chubb was a teenager, she worked part-time for Contact North | Contact Nord at the Kapuskasing online learning centre. Over 15 years later when she decided to enrol in Northern College’s online Social Service Worker program, she sought the support of staff at the online learning centre.
Also a graduate of Northern College’s on-campus Personal Support Worker program, she waited until her 3 sons were in high school before returning to school. “I started the program online and continued to work full-time,” she shares. “There was only one option if I wanted to move forward in my career.”
Anniack connected to her classes using Contact North | Contact Nord’s web conferencing platform, which also allowed her to listen to recorded lectures on her own time when her work schedule conflicted with her class schedule.
“It takes a lot of self-motivation and self-discipline; you don’t have anyone pushing you to get the work done,” she says. She is grateful for family support and community support, especially the other hockey moms who brought her kids home after a hockey practice when she was unable to be there.
The in-person lab sessions were held in Timmins and she completed her placement at North Eastern Ontario Family and Children’s Services. She received a job offer before her placement ended and continues to work there today.
Anniack recently enrolled in Laurentian University’s online Indigenous Social Work program.