Wednesday, February 5, 2014

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Graduating to Success

UFV grad Farooq takes over media and marketing at CHHCF

Released by Asma Farook, CHHCF


n partnership with the Chilliwack Division of Family Practice, the Chilliwack Hospital & Health Care Foundation (CHHCF) is a lucrative employer for university graduates looking to work in community activism at the grassroots level and beyond.


Asma Farooq, a recent Arts degree graduate from the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) has just been hired as a communications and marketing intern for the Foundation.


New graduates often lament that they lack the professional experience needed for skilled jobs in their field. A university degree is said to be the new high school diploma, meaning that it alone is not sufficient to set one apart from others in the job market.


According to Donna Dixson, CHHCF Director of Community Relations, presenting internships is a viable solution to this dilemma.


The students benefit by getting academic credit for their efforts, learning essential workplace skills and perhaps even discovering their passion; we benefit by being able to work more closely with individuals in our community and expanding our resources and the community benefits from our collaboration because our efforts to improve health are doubled. Everybody wins,” she says.


Dr. Michelle Riedlinger, a professor in UFV’s Communications department agrees.


“Local non-profit organizations give our students valuable work experience and networking opportunities,” said Dr. Riedlinger adding that “UFV faculty are incredibly passionate about providing local work experience and internship opportunities for students and recent graduates. I’m so pleased that we have organizations like the Chilliwack Hospital & Health Care Foundation in the Fraser Valley to provide these opportunities.”


Dixson welcomes student volunteers and interns.


We are eager to strengthen our relationship with UFV so that students can take practicum courses and internships with us. We offer a range of opportunities for people looking to gain experience in research, marketing, communications, public relations and website content management," she said.


The foundation’s new hire and Chilliwack resident believes that working with the foundation is going to be an exciting and enriching experience for her.


“I want to work with my community, for my community. Coming from a sociology background, I’m keen to help make the community we live in a better one, which is precisely what the foundation works towards,” explains Farooq.


Farooq will be responsible for media and public relations, health promotion and social and traditional media. The foundation also welcomes volunteers seeking non-profit experience in a variety of capacities, ranging from marketing and communications to research and information technology. 


About the CHHCF

Formed in 2009, the Chilliwack Hospital & Health Care Foundation is a registered Canadian charity which aims to inspire, educate and engage local residents to take responsibility for their own health and for the health of their families and community. The foundation focuses on four priority areas: children and youth, seniors, community health and hospital initiatives. Given the breadth of issues covered by the foundation, it serves an ideal workplace for students and new graduates interested in affecting social and political change for the better.


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