Ocia Henry started coming to Baycrest when she was about 12. “I used to ride my bike past here. I was always fascinated by the seniors sitting outside or going for walks. Sometimes I’d just hang out and stare at the building.”
Ocia got her start at Baycrest as a volunteer helping residents, leading sing-alongs, and assisting with field trips. A fear of math had initially kept her from pursuing a career in health care, but she was drawn to the work and the residents.
So she studied, first to be a personal support worker, and later to become an RPN. “Looking back I realize how accessible Baycrest made my education.”
Ocia says she never stops learning at Baycrest. “But to truly succeed at this kind of work, you have to be passionate about care. It’s not something that can be taught.”
Help write Baycrest’s next chapter
With additional funding we can support more people like Ocia as they chose a career in health care.
Our Next Chapter highlights the connections between our residents, patients, families and staff. These stories underscore the ways in which we are working together to fulfil a promise to realize our vision, and the important impact of committed supporters.