Seniors care centre

Frances Cowan Centre for Excellence in Seniors Care

With the support of a $5 million investment from The Cowan Foundation, Conestoga has launched a comprehensive initiative to build capacity and quality in the seniors care workforce. The Frances Cowan Centre of Excellence for Seniors Care provides local access to integrated, flexible, high quality education and training opportunities for personal support workers (PSWs) in long-term care (LTC), retirement homes, hospital, home and community settings.

With a strong emphasis on remote simulation learning through state-of-the-art technologies, PSW programming is delivered locally through the ONtario Sites for Integrated Training and Experiential learning (ONSITE) model, with Conestoga’s renowned Cowan Health Sciences Centre serving as the epicentre. The ONSITE model allows our faculty to deliver the PSW program through virtual delivery, with ONSITE labs hosted at specific locations in our region. This unique ONSITE delivery approach brings health-care education and training to our local communities and is designed to avoid any COVID-19 related barriers to education.

Learn more about the Cowan-Conestoga partnership from our 2020 annual report highlights (pdf).