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Sean Windover

This I Believe Essay – Process & Progress

First Draft

You can call me a conspiracy theorist. Yes, I did like the X-Files. I love a good thriller or mystery. And this year’s Presidential election in the United States is full of all the elements for a blockbuster Hollywood movie. This quite possibly may be the most intriguing Presidential campaign in US history. I believe that the US election is in trouble and that both of the candidates running have no business running for the seat of President of the United States.

Both sides of the campaign have made missteps. Donald J. Trump and Hillary Rodham Clinton are the representatives of the Republican and Democratic Parties respectively. You can not turn on the news anymore without seeing something about the US election. It seems to drag on forever, between campaigning, primaries, debates, rallies and news conferences and photo opportunities.  We are overloaded with images of both candidates.

Let’s start with Donald Trump. The boisterous, in your face property mogul best known for “Celebrity Apprentice” and a stable full of beautiful and much younger ex-wives. His no holds barred style of politics has had a two-fold effect on the American population. In some citizens, he has instilled a sense of fear, in others he has given hope to a new system of government.  He has thrown political correctness out the door, which to some is a breath of fresh air. He says what is on his mind and doesn’t care who he offends. Or he has to backtrack and apologize or explain what he meant or as in all politics, just change the story to fit the situation. Even his own party members have their doubts that he can lead the country in and efficient manner. But the will of the American people must be followed and he was dutifully elected as the Republican nomination.

This brings us the Democratic Nominee, Hilary Clinton. She comes from a rich background of political pedigree. She is a former First Lady with her husband Bill and Secretary of State during the first term of Barrack Obama. You would think that with all these qualifications that she would be an excellent  candidate for President. But alas, she has her failings too. Her health has come under some scrutiny. She has been seen in public having small seizures. She has had several coughing spells during her speeches that have caused her to have to stop speaking. There is a little problem with classified emails that were viewed and disposed of on a nonsecure private server. She has also told lies to the public about situations in her past that have been video documented to be wrong, yet she still stands by her words.

These are just a few of the controversies that are surrounding the US candidates. No matter who is elected this year the political landscape is going to change forever south of the 49th parallel.

Second Draft

You can call me a conspiracy theorist. Yes, I did like the X-Files. I love a good thriller or mystery. And this year’s Presidential election in the United States is full of all the elements for a blockbuster Hollywood movie. This quite possibly may be the most intriguing Presidential campaign in US history. I believe that the US election is in trouble and that both of the candidates running have no business running for the seat of President of the United States.

Both sides of the campaign have made missteps. Donald J. Trump and Hillary Rodham Clinton are the representatives of the Republican and Democratic Parties respectively. You can not turn on the news anymore without seeing something about the US election. It seems to drag on forever, between campaigning, primaries, debates, rallies and news conferences and photo opportunities.  We are overloaded with images of both candidates.

Let’s start with Donald Trump. The boisterous, in your face property mogul best known for “Celebrity Apprentice” and a stable full of beautiful and much younger ex-wives. His no holds barred style of politics has had a two-fold effect on the American population. In some citizens, he has instilled a sense of fear, in others he has given hope to a new system of government.  He has thrown political correctness out the door, which to some is a breath of fresh air. He says what is on his mind and doesn’t care who he offends. Or he has to backtrack and apologize or explain what he meant or as in all politics, just change the story to fit the situation. Even his own party members have their doubts that he can lead the country in and efficient manner. But the will of the American people must be followed and he was dutifully elected as the Republican nomination.

This brings us the Democratic Nominee, Hilary Clinton. She comes from a rich background of political pedigree. She is a former First Lady with her husband Bill and Secretary of State during the first term of Barrack Obama. You would think that with all these qualifications that she would be an excellent  candidate for President. But alas, she has her failings too. Her health has come under some scrutiny. She has been seen in public having small seizures. She has had several coughing spells during her speeches that have caused her to have to stop speaking. There is a little problem with classified emails that were viewed and disposed of on a nonsecure private server. She has also told lies to the public about situations in her past that have been video documented to be wrong, yet she still stands by her words.

These are just a few of the controversies that are surrounding the US candidates. No matter who is elected this year the political landscape is going to change forever south of the 49th parallel.

Final Draft

Call me a conspiracy theorist. Yes, I did like the X-Files. I love a good thriller or mystery. And this year’s Presidential election in the United States is full of all the elements for a blockbuster Hollywood movie. This quite possibly may be the most intriguing Presidential campaign in US history. I believe that the US election is in trouble and that both of the candidates running have no business running for the seat of President of the United States.

Both sides of the campaign have made missteps. Donald J. Trump and Hillary Rodham Clinton are the representatives of the Republican and Democratic Parties respectively. You cannot turn on the news anymore without seeing something about the US election. It seems to drag on forever, between campaigning, primaries, debates, rallies and news conferences and photo opportunities.  We are overloaded with images of both candidates.

Donald Trump (R), The boisterous, in your face property mogul is best known for “Celebrity Apprentice”. His no holds barred style of politics has had a two-fold effect on the American population. In some citizens, he has instilled a sense of fear, in others he has given hope to a new system of government.  He has thrown political correctness out the door, which to some is a breath of fresh air. He says what is on his mind and doesn’t care who he offends. Or he has to backtrack and apologize or explain what he meant or as in all politics, just change the narrative. Even his own party members have their doubts that he can lead the country in and efficient manner. But the will of the American people must be followed and he was dutifully elected as the Republican nomination.

This brings us to Hilary Clinton (D). She comes from a rich background of a political pedigree. She is a former First Lady with her husband Bill and Secretary of State during the first term of Barrack Obama. You would think that with all these qualifications that she would be an excellent candidate for President. But alas, she has her failings too. Her health has come under some scrutiny. She has been seen in public having small seizures. She has had several coughing spells during her speeches that have caused her to have to stop speaking. There is a little problem with classified emails that were viewed and disposed of on a nonsecure private server. She has also told lies to the public about situations in her past that have been video documented to be wrong, yet she still stands by her words.

As the process of the election continues to unfold in the United States, my “I Believe” statement is becoming more and more relevant. As two debates have passed the intrigue for the election intensifies. Slip-ups by both parties have added to the drama of this election. Even a national poll has stated that these candidates are the least popular candidates in history (Collins, E. (2016, August 31). Things are getting interesting south of the 49th Parallel.

Profile Essay – Process & Progress

First Draft

All of my life I have been surrounded by somebody in a helping profession. My mom was an RN, a Director of Nursing at a Long Term Care Facility and finally the Volunteer Hospice Coordinator in Haliburton County. I had an uncle whom worked with clients in group home. Even in my own past I was involved in a helping field as I am an addictions counsellor. So it was natural for me to choose the PSW program for my next career venture (or should I say adventure)!  When I had to choose a person to profile I immediately knew it was going to be someone in the health field. I chose to interview a PSW, as an introduction to my clinical and to get some back ground for my own information.

The definition of a support worker is;” a health care worker who provides services to people who need help with their daily needs, both in facilities and in the community.” (Sorrentino, S A. & Remmert, L, 2013. Pg.3). These type of workers are in high demand as our population ages. Statistics Canada states that there were 5,780,900 residents over 65 years of age as of July 1, 2015 (StatsCan, (2015, September 29). I chose to interview Laura, who works at a local nursing home.

I choose to go and observe over breakfast, as I found out one of the busiest times of day for the PSW. The amount of organized chaos that was getting the residents ready for the day was eye opening. I asked Laura what the key was to successfully getting everyone ready in a timely and organized way, she stated “organization, patience and routine and a good sense of humour.” (L. Blackbourn, interview, Oct 15, 2016).

Then each resident is brought down to a common dining room. Each has their own specific place to sit and it never changes. Some are sat at tables, others sit to the sides. Most are able to feed themselves, but there are those that require help with their nutrition intake.  Laura is responsible to get all her residents down to the dining room by a certain time daily after getting them ready for the day. It is the same for all the meals at the facility. Laura commented that each meal time is different, “you never know how each resident will act or react to a meal, if they are hungry, not feeling well, didn’t sleep well….so many factors can affect mealtime.”  (L. Blackbourn, interview, Oct 15, 2016). When asked what the best possible outcome was over meal time for the residents, Laura related that it was imperative to get as much nutrition into the residents to keep them strong and healthy.  (L. Blackbourn, interview, Oct 15, 2016). After they are done with their meals the residents have the choice of what to do. There are different activities for them to do. Some may have hair appointments, day outings with their families. Some may go back to their room for a nap or to watch TV. It is strongly encouraged that they partake in as much as they can. (L. Blackbourn, interview, Oct 15, 2016).

After spending my time with Laura and through the interview process , I was more confident that I have made the right career move for myself. In fact it was my first question to her that spoke to me the most. I asked Laura why she became a PSW. Her answer; “I came to this field because I care, I can do something to help maintain or improve a person’s quality of life, then I can go home satisfied I did a good job. Every day is not good, but there is always a good point in every day.” (L. Blackbourn, interview, Oct 15, 2016). That to me says it all! In the end it all comes down to caring and helping.

References

Sorrentino, S. A., & Remmert, L. N. (2013). Mosby’s Canadian textbook for the support worker. Toronto, ON: Elsevier.

The Daily — Canada’s population estimates: Age and sex … (2015, September 29). Retrieved October 17, 2016, from http://statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/150929/dq150929b-eng.htm

SECOND  DRAFT

All of my life I have been surrounded by somebody in a helping profession. My mother was an RN, Director of Nursing at a Long Term Care Facility and also a Volunteer Hospice Coordinator in Haliburton County. I also have an uncle who worked with clients in group home. Even in my own past, I too was involved in a helping field as I am an addictions counselor. So it was natural for me to choose the PSW program for my next career venture, or should I say adventure!  When I had to choose a person to profile I immediately knew it was going to be someone in the healthcare field. I decided to interview a PSW, as an introduction to my clinical and to also gain some back ground knowledge for my own personal use.

The definition of a support worker is; “a health care worker who provides services to people who need help with their daily needs, both in facilities and in the community.” (Sorrentino, S A. & Remmert, L, 2013. Pg.3). These type of workers are in high demand as our population ages. Statistics Canada states that there were 5,780,900 residents over 65 years of age as of July 1, 2015 (StatsCan, (2015, September 29). I chose to interview Laura, who works at a local nursing home.

I decided to go and observe over breakfast, as I sat there I found out that this is the busiest time of day for a PSW. The amount of organized chaos of getting the residents ready for the day was eye opening. I asked Laura what the key was to successfully getting everyone ready in a timely and organized way, she stated “organization, patience and routine and a good sense of humor.” (L. Blackbourn, interview, Oct 15, 2016). The morning routine includes getting up, washed or bathed, dressed, any medication that they require is taken and finally ready to go down to breakfast.

Each resident is brought down to a common dining room. Every resident has their own specific place to sit and it never changes. Some are sat at tables; others sit to the sides of the dining room who acquire extra care during their meals. Most residents are able to feed themselves, but a few others require help with their nutrition intake.  Laura is responsible to get all of her residents down to the dining room by a certain time every day after getting the prepared for the day. This is the same for all the of meals at the facility. Laura commented that each meal time is different, “you never know how each resident will act or react to a meal, if they are hungry, not feeling well, didn’t sleep well….so many factors can affect mealtime.” (L. Blackbourn, interview, Oct 15, 2016). When asked what the best possible outcome was over meal time for the residents, Laura relayed that it was imperative to get as much nutrition into the residents to keep them strong and healthy. (L. Blackbourn, interview, Oct 15, 2016). After they are done with their meals the residents have the choice of what to do. There are sorts of different activities for them to do. Some may have hair appointments, day outings with their families or some may even go back to their room for a nap or to watch TV. “It is strongly encouraged that they partake in as much as they can.” (L. Blackbourn, interview, Oct 15, 2016).

After spending my time with Laura and through the interview process, I was more confident that I have made the right career move for myself. In fact, it was my first question to her that spoke to me the most. I asked Laura why she became a PSW, her answer; “I came to this field because I care, I can do something to help maintain or improve a person’s quality of life, then I can go home satisfied I did a good job. Every day is not good, but there is always a good point in every day.” (L. Blackbourn, interview, Oct 15, 2016). That to me says it all! In the end  it all comes down too caring and helping.

References

Sorrentino, S. A., & Remmert, L. N. (2013). Mosby’s Canadian textbook for the support worker. Toronto, ON: Elsevier.

The Daily — Canada’s population estimates: Age and sex … (2015, September 29). Retrieved October 17, 2016, from http://statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/150929/dq150929b-eng.htm

Final Draft

All my life I have been surrounded by somebody in a helping profession. My mother was an RN, Director of Nursing at a Long-Term Care Facility and a Volunteer Hospice Coordinator in Haliburton County. I also have an Uncle who worked with clients in group homes. Even in my own past, I too was involved in a helping field as I am an addictions counselor. So, it was natural for me to choose the PSW program for my next career venture, or should I say adventure!  When I heard the instructions to the profile, I immediately knew it was going to be someone in the healthcare field. I thought that it would be good to interview a PSW, as an introduction to my clinical and to also gain some background knowledge for my own personal use.

The definition of a support worker is; “a health care worker who provides services to people who need help with their daily needs, both in facilities and in the community.” (Sorrentino, S A. & Remmert, L, 2013. Pg.3). These types of workers are in high demand as our population ages. Statistics Canada states that there were 5,780,900 residents over 65 years of age as of July 1, 2015 (StatsCan, (2015, September 29). Laura, who has been a PSW for five years graciously let me follow her around for the morning. At a later date we completed the interview.

I decided to go and observe over breakfast, as I sat there I found out that this is the busiest time of day for a PSW. The amount of organized chaos of getting the residents ready for the day was eye-opening. I asked Laura what the key was to successfully get everyone ready in a timely and organized way, she stated “organization, patience and routine and a good sense of humor.” (L. Blackbourn, interview, Oct 15, 2016). The morning routine includes getting up, washed or bathed, dressed, any medication that they require is taken and finally ready to go down to breakfast.

Each resident is brought down to a common dining room. Every resident has their own specific place to sit and it never changes. Some are sat at tables; others sit on the sides of the dining room who acquire extra care during their meals. Most residents can feed themselves, but a few others require help with their nutrition intake.  Laura is responsible for getting all of her residents down to the dining room by a certain time every day after getting the prepared for the day. This is the same for all the of meals at the facility. Laura commented that each meal time is different, “you never know how each resident will act or react to a meal, if they are hungry, not feeling well, didn’t sleep well….so many factors can affect mealtime.” (L. Blackbourn, interview, Oct 15, 2016). When asked what, the best possible outcome was over meal time for the residents, Laura relayed that it was imperative to get as much nutrition into the residents to keep them strong and healthy. (L. Blackbourn, interview, Oct 15, 2016). After they are done with their meals the residents have the choice of what to do. There are sorts of different activities for them to do. Some may have hair appointments, day outings with their families or some may even go back to their room for a nap or to watch TV. “It is strongly encouraged that they partake in as much as they can.” (L. Blackbourn, interview, Oct 15, 2016).

After spending my time with Laura and through the interview process, I was more confident that I have made the right career move for myself. In fact, it was my first question to her that spoke to me the most. I asked Laura why she became a PSW, her answer; “I came to this field because I care, I can do something to help maintain or improve a person’s quality of life, then I can go home satisfied I did a good job. Every day is not good, but there is always a good point in every day.” (L. Blackbourn, interview, Oct 15, 2016). That to me says it all! In the end, it all comes down to caring and helping.

References

Sorrentino, S. A., & Remmert, L. N. (2013). Mosby’s Canadian textbook for the support worker. Toronto, ON: Elsevier.

The Daily — Canada’s population estimates:  Age and sex … (2015, September 29). Retrieved October 17, 2016, from http://statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/150929/dq150929b-eng.htm

Blackbourn, Laura. Interview, Oct 15, 2016.

 

Final Revised Major Assignment:  This I Believe

This I Believe

Call me a conspiracy theorist. Yes, I did like the X-Files. I love a good thriller or mystery. And this year’s Presidential election in the United States is full of all the elements for a blockbuster Hollywood movie. This quite possibly may be the most intriguing Presidential campaign in US history. I believe that the US election is in trouble and that both of the candidates running have no business running for the seat of President of the United States.

Both sides of the campaign have made missteps. Donald J. Trump and Hillary Rodham Clinton are the representatives of the Republican and Democratic Parties respectively. You cannot turn on the news anymore without seeing something about the US election. It seems to drag on forever, between campaigning, primaries, debates, rallies and news conferences and photo opportunities.  We are overloaded with images of both candidates.

Donald Trump (R), The boisterous, in your face property mogul is best known for “Celebrity Apprentice”. His no holds barred style of politics has had a two-fold effect on the American population. In some citizens, he has instilled a sense of fear, in others he has given hope to a new system of government.  He has thrown political correctness out the door, which to some is a breath of fresh air. He says what is on his mind and doesn’t care who he offends. Or he has to backtrack and apologize or explain what he meant or as in all politics, just change the narrative. Even his own party members have their doubts that he can lead the country in and efficient manner. But the will of the American people must be followed and he was dutifully elected as the Republican nomination.

This brings us to Hilary Clinton (D).  She comes from a rich background of a political pedigree. She is a former First Lady with her husband Bill and Secretary of State during the first term of Barrack Obama. You would think that with all these qualifications that she would be an excellent candidate for President. But alas, she has her failings too. Her health has come under some scrutiny. She has been seen in public having small seizures. She has had several coughing spells during her speeches that have caused her to have to stop speaking. There is a little problem with classified emails that were viewed and disposed of on a nonsecure private server. She has also told lies to the public about situations in her past that have been video documented to be wrong, yet she still stands by her words.

As the process of the election continues to unfold in the United States, my “I Believe” statement is becoming more and more relevant. As two debates have passed the intrigue for the election intensifies. Slip-ups by both parties have added to the drama of this election. Even a national poll has stated that these candidates are the least popular candidates in history (Collins, E. (2016, August 31). Things are getting interesting south of the 49th Parallel.

Weekly Blog Posts – Two Exemplars – Process & Progress

The Last Stop – A Story and Citation

“I followed him through an arched doorway into a chapel which smelled musty and old. The illumination came from sunlight filtered through a stained glass ceiling.” (Cable, pg. 58).  I really found this passage from  The Last Stop to be very descriptive. I immediately had a vision in my mind’s eye from past experiences with funeral homes, unfortunately too many for my liking.

The description of the chapel to me was very vivid. I could smell the must in the air. I could see the sunlight shining through the stained glass window. I could see the dust floating through the air in between the beams of sunlight.

I’ve done the same walk that the author spoke of. Meeting in the office with the funeral director. Discussing final arrangements, what the deceased wanted to take place during the service. The soft music playing in the background as you waited. I remember the walk to the “showroom” where all the coffins and urns and trinkets used by different faiths were on display. Even the little jokes to ease the tension. I always thought that if I am going to spend that much money on a coffin, I want to be able to be able to use it now. Set it up for Halloween. Use it as an extra bed when those unexpected guests come over. It would make a great conversational piece. Use it as a buffet table. Pimp up the casket use some lights, music, that would be me!

It’s amazing how that one passage brought all that to the forefront of my mind. But a good author can instill memories and thoughts that bring you to a certain time and place. It is a true talent of description, like music that brings us back, makes you remember.

Axelrod, Rise B., Cooper Charles Raymond (2002). The Last Stop. Cable, Brian.  The Concise Guide to Writing, pg. 57-60.

Hammered A Hiking Buddy to Death Ken Otterbourg (2016, July 7) retrieved from http://www.washingtonpost.com .

Robin Williams

I found the stories written in the profile method to be very well written ad kept my interest. Two of the three were very entertaining and humorous. The third was a disturbing and sad narrative on the decline of our society and how some can slip through the cracks and end up doing something terrible He

The main reason for this blog is to think of three questions that we would ask any person living or dead if we could get the opportunity. There are so many people I would love to ask three questions and more. I think my choice would be Robin Williams. That one death seemed to touch a nerve with society. The shock, the suddenness, the reason. And like Dave DiPaolo, he went unnoticed, slipped through the cracks.

The first question would be; “How was it to really be Robin Williams?”. I think we all need to know that answer so we can truly know what led Robin to his final decision. Question Two; “How did you come up with most of your stand-up material?” The genius of the man is legendary, his quick wit and sense of timing were amazing. I’d like to know how he came up with everything. His inspirations, background that led to the final onstage show. Finally, I would ask him; “What accomplishment are you most proud of?” Out of all his accolades and success, what in the end did he appreciate most? Charity,  comedy, philanthropy, acting, family.

I’ve always felt to truly know a person we have to know them inside and out. We all saw Robins outside. It was the inside that baffled and in the end  hurt us all.

One Additional Sample of My Work

Non-Verbal Communication Observation

The definition of Non-Verbal Communication is “Nonverbal communication between people is communication through sending and receiving wordless cues. It includes the use of visual cues such as body language (kinesics), distance (proxemics) and physical environments/appearance, of voice (paralanguage) and of touch (haptics).” (Non Verbal Communication, (N.D.) Retrieved October 31, 2016).  I work at Walmart part time. I have the opportunity to witness nonverbal communication numerous times during my shift. I chose to observe my co-worker interact with a group of migrant workers.  These workers come to the area every year to help local farmers harvest their crops.  My observation was completed on October 27th, 2016. I choose this group because the opportunity for non-verbal communication was prevalent.  Language barriers and cultural differences always add to the communication dynamics.

I observed all five types of the nonverbal behaviours during the time of my observation. Firstly, I observed the Proxemics of the interaction. My co-worker is female. I observed that she was trying to keep a larger distance between herself and the group who she was interacting with.  She was trying to keep a social distance while the group was trying to push towards a personal distance. Secondly, eye contact. There was good eye contact with all involved in the interaction. I did take note of diminishing eye contact from my co-worker when her personal space was being pushed into by the group. She looked uncomfortable.  Thirdly was the facial expressions. At first everyone’s facial expressions were  normal. But as the interaction went on they began to change. I saw frustration caused by language barriers between the group and my co-worker. I saw a little bit of anger and hesitancy in my co-worker’s face when the distance was being slowly shortened between the group and herself. Next was touch. The only touching I saw was between the group themselves. They would touch a shoulder of another in the group or a slap on the back. My co-worker was not involved in any touching. Finally, I observed time awareness. My co-worker was very aware of the time that she was giving to this group. She was actually trying to wrap up her interaction with the group and serve other customers who were waiting. I observed her numerous times trying to move on to another customer but the group would not let her leave to assist others.

During the observation, I had several feelings going through my head. I felt bad for her because I could see the frustration in her communication with these individuals. I was also wishing I could help her get out of the situation, but couldn’t because I was observing the interactions. Which I told her later so she didn’t hate me or think I was not paying attention to my job. I also felt uncomfortable for her. I could see her moving back from the group to make more space, as she moved back they moved forward. I could tell she was uncomfortable.  I also had the sense of helplessness as I was observing, it’s not what I usually do, standing back and watching. I’m a more hands-on, help out as much as I can type of person. I finally felt relief when she was finished with the interaction.

My judgment of the situation may be a little tainted because I have had the same situation happen to me. There was definitely some frustration in the interaction. Whether it be from language barriers (could see the frustration in both parties as they were trying to figure out what was needed to properly attend to customer’s needs.) I saw a lot of hand gestures back and forth. Possibly there were some cultural obstacles too. They are from a different country and only spend 3-4 months in our country. Possibly their interactions would be different if they were dealing with a male, or someone who knew their own language better.

My observations led me to believe that they were looking for the price of several different televisions.  I saw them looking at several boxes and pointing out prices. I observed my co-worker using her calculator to come up with a total price for numerous televisions. It was through these observations that I was able to deduce what was going on in the interaction.

In conclusion, I found this task to be very eye opening and grew from it. I learned that my own emotions can be tied into someone else’s non-verbal situations. This is good to identify as it will allow me to be able to hopefully keep any emotions in check when I am dealing with my clients in the field. It also amazed me how much information you can pick up from non-verbal’s when you really pay attention even if you are observing a complete stranger. I have found it easy to pick up non verbal’s from those I know, but picking up on complete strangers was something I would have trouble with. They say that only 7% of communication is verbal. It is such a great skill learning how to read non-verbal’s, if we didn’t we would miss 93% of what was going on. That’s a large amount of information to miss when you are looking at the big overall picture. Understanding all forms of communication,  be it verbal or non-verbal will make us all better listeners, communicators and overall better human beings.

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