Ellen Winofsky, a Social Work instructor who began her career as a student here, gives CNC students a great foundation as they begin their careers.
Winofsky started teaching at CNC Quesnel in 1997. After completing the Social Work Certificate (SSWK) program here, she completed her Bachelor’s of Social Work at UNBC and today, she is finishing her thesis for the Master’s of Social Work degree. Her main interests in the field include mental health, homelessness, addictions issues and child welfare. She has been an ongoing instructor in our Social Service Worker Program and provides additional support to students.
“My belief is that social work is being able to be with people, work with people, and help them develop skills that have a practical application. At CNC, we guide students in these skills and give them an academic foundation. And since students have a practicum in their first year of our program, they gain an understanding of the work required for our field,” she said.
CNC Quesnel provides varied options for students.
“The certificate and diploma both lead into the bachelor’s degree quite well because of our incredible partnership with UNBC. This arrangement is very positive for our students – they can see in their first year if this is what they want to do or not,” she added.
Winofsky also works as a family group conference co-ordinator in the area of restorative justice for the North Cariboo Aboriginal Family Program Society. In this position, she assists families with developing a plan to keep children safe. She is also on the board of the Dakelh and Quesnel Community Housing organization, which provides affordable housing for our community.
The next Social Worker Certificate program starts this September. It provides students with the basic skills and knowledge needed for work as a social service paraprofessional. A social service certificate leads to work in residential care services, women’s programs, group homes, shelters, First Nations social services organizations and more. The certificate program is a stepping-stone to the Social Service Worker Diploma, which leads to the Bachelor of Social Work and Child and Youth Care degree programs at UNBC, TRU and UVic.
For information about Social Work program options at CNC, call Kathy Jaffary at 250-991-7500, ext. 7601.
– submitted by Nancy Lilienweiss