Nursing students, faculty lend a hand in Consuelo
March 27, 2012

Eighteen Georgian Nursing students from the Barrie and Owen Sound campuses will apply their health care skills first-hand when they visit the region of Consuelo, Dominican Republic, April 27 to May 6.

Two community nurses, along with three Nursing faculty members – Jane Barnes, Sylvia Vanderweg and SueVodarek – will accompany the students and assist the community in need.

In this region, many families are Haitian, with men who work in bateys (sugar cane plantations).

Students and faculty will provide community health clinics in the bateys and visit the local hospital, orphanage and schools located in remote areas.

“Each year we are greeted with warmth and appreciation,” says Jane. “We try to arrange to visit the same area each year, as we have really developed a special relationship with this community – and the need is great.”

The trip is organized by Georgian faculty members in partnership with Rayjon Share Care, a registered non-profit charitable organization that hosts trips to developing countries for the purpose of offering medical, educational and technical assistance and the fostering of personal awareness and growth.

Supplies needed

  • Vitamins
  • Tylenol and/or Advil (must not be expired)
  • Children’s shoes
  • Toothbrushes and toothpaste

Monetary donations will go toward purchasing supplies in the Dominican, such as parasite medication.

Donations of $20 or more are eligible for a tax receipt.

Donations will be accepted until April 12.

To donate supplies or make a monetary donation, contact Jane at ext. 5532 or