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Personal Support Worker (PSW)
Program Description Program Description

Program Description

Next class is September 3, 2019 - June 26, 2020. We are currently accepting registrations.

This program enables students to earn a Personal Support Worker Certificate, accredited through the Province of Ontario, with the Ontario Community Support Association. Students will acquire the skills and knowledge to work as a personal support worker and gain practical experiences working in a health care environment.

There are also 6 secondary school credits attached to this course.

The program is 10 months (September to June) in duration and runs every Monday to Friday, from 9:00 a.m. until 1:45 p.m.


The St. Charles PSW program is fully accredited with the Province of Ontario and provides students with the theory and knowledge that is required to understand all aspects of their role as a Personal Support Worker. Student learning is reinforced and enhanced by applying theory to practice while assigned to both their clinical and community cooperative education assignments. All students are supported so that all learning expectations are met with success and confidence with the goal of becoming effective Personal Support Workers in our community.

Specifically, we provide:

• educational training programs that reflect individual workplaces and the needs of our community
• innovative programs that will contribute to local, regional and global collaboration
• quality skills development programs that reflect the changing needs of the community with focus on restorative care
• professional development opportunities for communities and organizations
• career and transition assistance to assist individuals in meeting their employment and career goals
• qualified to work in community settings, private homes, long term care (LTC)
• potential branches to CDA, OTA, PTA, DSW, SSW and other healthcare careers

Other School to Work Options:

Culinary Arts:
Personal Support Worker:

All Our High School Credit Programs

Teacher Taught:
Self-Paced, In-Class:
Independent Learning:
PLAR (Earn 17 credits in 6 weeks):
International Languages:
Night School:
Summer School:
Personal Support Worker:
Culinary Arts Program:
Intro to Culinary Arts:




PSW Students can login to the online Learning Management System (LMS) by clicking the following:

Who May Apply

19 years of age or older.
Grade 11 English, Minimum Canadian Language Benchmark Level 6 or LBS Level 5
If non-citizen, must be a convention refugee, refugee claimant or permanent resident.

Come to our credit office at 150 East 5th to pick up an application form.


How To Register

Register now for September 2019

Individuals must complete the application (see below).

Please call 905.577.0555, Press 5 then 0 to make an appointment with a guidance counsellor. Please mention that you want to apply for the PSW program.

Bring your high school transcripts and/or Canadian Language Benchmark results, if applicable.

Applicants must provide:
Proof of citizenship/Permanent Resident/Refugee (No Student Visa, No Work Visa, No Study Visa)
Photo ID
CLB Benchmark test results, if applicable
High school transcripts

Successful individuals will be contacted for an interview



$1,400 program fee, which includes:

Personal Assessment
Resource Materials
Certificate costs
Identification tags
CPR & First Aid training
Supervised Clinical Instruction

If you are seeking financial assistance, please contact your case worker or funding provider.
(Funding approvals - allow 3-6 months). Program is not eligible for OSAP. Payment installment plan available.

Prices subject to change.

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Valedictorian Ramael Esho Exciting Energy at the 2019 St. Charles Credit, Culinary Arts & PSW Graduation Ceremony

Exciting Energy at the 2019 St. Charles Credit, Culinary Arts & PSW Graduation Ceremony

There were many cheers, lots of clapping, positive energy and even a shout of “I DID IT!” at this year's St. Charles graduation ceremony on June 20th (held at our 150 East 5th location). Credit, Culinary Arts and Personal Support Worker students were all smiles when they earned diplomas and certificates to reward their achievements.

Valedictorian Ramael Esho had good reason to be excited. His journey to that moment hadn’t been easy. While in Iraq he had to leave school for work to support his family. After four years, Ramael was unhappy and decided that education was the way to turn his life around. He came to Canada and took classes at St. Charles to complete his high school diploma.

“We should all feel proud of getting to this point tonight,” he explained, “because it was not an easy journey. We have many more opportunities available to us now, and we have accomplished an important goal.”

We wish all of our proud graduates luck on their new exciting journey, wherever it may take them.

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Samuel Iweriebor, PSW Graduate

Samuel Iweriebor, PSW Graduate

My name is Samuel Iweriebor, an Economist from Nigeria. The PSW Certificate from St. Charles is the beginning of little steps that will lead me to my dream of becoming a nurse. The program is outcome based learning, the program fee is reasonable and affordable; the teachers are professional, understanding and encouraging to the point that I dubbed them DESTINY HELPERS. The school overall promoted a positive learning experience. For me, Catholic education is the hook and St. Charles is the place.
Countdown to Graduation: Tolutope Oyeyode's Story

Countdown to Graduation: Tolutope Oyeyode's Story

I’m a Nigerian trained lawyer who came to Canada with my two boys in August 2018. The PSW program at St Charles offered me anew start in life. The teachers are kind , supportive and extremely professional. The program offers detailed in class teaching, practicals and clinical placements for hands on practice. St Charles will forever be a part of my story. As I begin my career as a PSW, am excited and look forward to what the future holds.
St. Charles Success Story: Like Daughter, Like Mother

St. Charles Success Story: Like Daughter, Like Mother

It’s not often that a daughter inspires her own mother’s career path. 2014 St. Charles Personal Support Worker (PSW) graduate Stevie Lynn Rode did just that. She helped rekindle her mom Deanna Lynn Rode’s dream of helping others for a living.

“I did have an interest in it when I finished high school,” Deanna explained, “I was too lazy to return for a chemistry course I needed. I was kicking my behind about that.” After seeing Stevie Lynn’s success, she’s following in her daughter’s footsteps. Deanna will soon be a proud St. Charles PSW graduate herself.

Like 95% of our PSW graduates, Stevie Lynn is employed. She’s now working in home care for CBI. Deanna plans to join her in the same field shortly.

We proudly applaud both these wonderful ladies for improving their lives with adult education!

For more information about our PSW program, please go to We are now accepting applications for our September classes (they fill up fast).
Award recipient from St. Charles Continuing Education Centres Paula Dillon-Gerow with Director of Education David Hansen. Director of Education David Hansen presents Laura Pinter with a Director's Award for Outstanding Dedication to Students and Staff.

Director’s Staff Awards recognize the difference makers

The greatest compliment you can give someone is that he or she made a difference, said Director of Education David Hansen at an awards celebration for staff on May 24nd that recognized outstanding dedication to students and staff.

“That ‘making a difference’ for someone is because, for a period of time, you entered their life,” he suggested. “And that’s very much what this recognition is about – your colleagues and co-workers identifying that, in your everyday walk of life, you have, through words or actions, made a difference.”

The Director’s Awards are presented annually to 1-2 staff from each school who promote Catholic values through example, exhibit excellence in their work, achieve exceptional results in their duties, give generously of their time, and serve as role models and sources of inspiration to their colleagues. More tellingly, the award recipients are chosen not by their principal or site manager, but by their co-workers, colleagues and friends.

This year’s ceremony recognized 80 staff members from all job categories and all areas of the board.

In words of greeting, Chairperson Pat Daly commended Director of Education David Hansen for upholding the tradition of the Director’s Awards initiated many years ago to recognize staff for outstanding dedication and service.

“Obviously, you’ve been selected by your colleagues because you’ve gone way beyond the call of duty in support of students, and as well, as a sign of your commitment to the gift of publicly funded Catholic education,” he congratulated the recipients.

He added that, through their public recognition, they serve as “shining examples” to their colleagues and school/workplace communities.

“There’s no question in my mind that the journey of evangelization today, more than ever, needs witnesses and people who inspire us to follow Christ’s way,” said Daly.

Quoting Bishop Robert Baron who recently wrote, “I’m convinced at this moment we need good arguments, but I’m more convinced that we need saints,” Daly called the award recipients “those shining examples of saints in our midst.” He added that through their goodness and tremendous work, they not only serve our students, but serve as sources of inspiration to other staff in our schools.

“So, for all that, I congratulate you, I wish you all of God’s blessings, and I thank you.”

Welcoming the Director’s Award recipients to the reception and ceremony in their honour, Director of Education David Hansen said the event is an opportunity to thank staff for the work they do not only in their schools, but for the system.

“From where I get to sit, and I’m very fortunate that I can go wherever I want in the board, I get a broad view of the goodness of this board,” said Hansen. “These awards are a chance for me and senior administration to be able to say ‘thank you.’

More importantly, he added, the recipients were selected for these awards not by the director or members of senior administration, but by their colleagues.

“These are truly your awards. We know what your colleagues see in you, even though you don’t always see it in yourself, and we know how deserving you are of this award.”

Inviting each of the recipients to centrestage to collect an award, Hansen invoked the words of the “Baird” – William Shakespeare: “I can no other answer make but thanks, and thanks and ever thanks.”

Award Recipients 2017

Serafina Abbruzzese – Sacred Heart of Jesus CES
Patricia Akers – St. Brigid CES
Jane Allega – Our Lady of Peace CES
Rose Aplidgiotis – St. Jean de Brébeuf CSS
Danila Aref – Nicholas Mancini Centre
Laura Beaudoin – Our Lady of Mt. Carmel CES
Norma Brunetti – Our Lady of the Assumption CES
Karen Brush – St. Mary CERC
Lee Busnardo-DiFeo – St. Ann (Hamilton) CES
Alisha Caiella – St. Thomas the Apostle CES
Daniela Caltagirone – Immaculate Heart of Mary CES
Rebecca Canzio – Guardian Angels CES
Lisa Carey-Urban – St. Bernadette CES
Anna Carter – Immaculate Conception CES
Kathy Ciapanna – St. Joseph CES
Lisa Cipolla – St. Lawrence CES
Matthew Clark – St. Joachim CES
Amber Connely – Sts. Peter & Paul CES
Steven Cordeiro – St. Matthew CES
Milli Daddato – Nicholas Mancini Centre
Marisa Deluca – St. Francis Xavier CES
Christopher DeStephanis – St. Thomas More CSS
Melissa Dickson – St. Eugene CES
Trina DiDomenico – Holy Name of Jesus CES
Paula Dillon-Gerow – St. Charles Continuing Education Centre
Darlene DiSalvia – St. Margaret Mary CES
Francesca DiTrapani – St. Marguerite d’Youville CES
Taylor Drysdale – Thomas Mahony Building
Linda Earl – Regina Mundi CES
Scott Edworthy – Bishop Ryan CSS
Katie Egan – Guardian Angels CES
Andrew Filice – St. Paul CES
Gregory Flis – St. Jean de Brébeuf CSS
Anita Fortino – Bishop Tonnos CSS
Laura Fortino – St. Anthony Daniel CES
Denise Fraser – Holy Name of Mary CES
Erin Galan – St. Michael CES
Maria Galluzzo – St. John the Baptist CES
Maddalyn Giannasi – St. Mark CES
Vanda Goldsmith – Corpus Christi CES
Paul Gordon – Canadian Martyrs CES
Maria Gorska-Malinowska – Our Lady of Lourdes CES
Andrea Gris – St. Clare of Assisi CES
Mary Grunda – St. Michael CES
Rose Guglielmo – Blessed Sacrament CES
Mary Jane Guibao – St. Thérèse of Lisieux
Jennifer Huffman – St. David CES
Phil Hunks – St. Mary CSS
Dante Ieluzzi – St. James the Apostle CES
Andrea Leone – St. Thomas More CSS
Jennifer Licop – St. Thomas More CSS
Jim Mauro – St. David CES
Kathy McHarge – St. Mary CSS
Mara Medeiros – St. Augustine CES
Allison Mulholland – St. Teresa of Avila CES
Jill Murray – Cardinal Newman CSS
Evelin Niemiec – Sts. Peter & Paul CES
Philip Oliveira – Annunciation of Our Lord
Maria Luisa Pena – St. Vincent de Paul CES
Laura Pinter – St. Charles Continuing Education Centre
Henriette Pinto – St. Mary CERC
Antony Randall – Annunciation of Our Lord
Emilia Rastelli – Fr. Kennedy CEC
Cyndi Rimac – St. Gabriel CES
Gelsie Riverso-Casella – Bishop Tonnos CSS
Renato Rossini – St. Ann (Ancaster) CES
Halina Salciccioli – Cardinal Newman CSS
Tina Sbrissa – St. Martin of Tours CES
Sue Schwetz – Fr. Kennedy CEC
Steve Scime – Bishop Ryan CSS
Carmelina Serrani – St. Patrick CES
Joanna Shamon – St. John Paul II CES
Marina Simpson – St. Kateri Tekakwitha CES
Rachel Simpson – St. Thérèse of Lisieux
Mariessa Startek – St. Matthew CES
Paul Tam – St. Gabriel CES
Jeff Toole – Cathedral High School
Laura Traina – St. Teresa of Calcutta CES
Maria Trotta – St. Agnes CES
Carolyn Varrasso – St. Luke CES