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Coming Full Circle

Kyla discovered her passion for serving children and families while she was still in high school. She volunteered at a care facility for children with complex medical needs.

“I really enjoyed being a part of such an important place that made life a lot brighter for children who required specialized, round the clock care,” she recalls.

When she graduated, she accepted a position as a caregiver there and was trained by registered nurses in all aspects of medical care. She enjoyed this as much as she enjoyed interacting with the children; she knew that she’d found her career path. After years of working in the field, she decided to return to school and became a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in 2011.

“I was so happy to have found a job that fit with my experience, knowledge and most importantly my passion for supporting children and families.”Kyla

Sadly, jobs in the pediatric field were scarce so she accepted work in a senior’s facility. She enjoyed the people but the resident-to-staff ratio was such that by the time she had tended to the medical needs of the people she was serving, there was little time to really be with the residents in a meaningful way.

“I really like working with seniors but there was literally no time to interact in the way that I had hoped,” she says.

When she came across an LPN posting at Matthew’s House, she thought it was too good to be true. Located in Abbotsford, Matthew’s House supports families from across BC by providing quality respite care in a homelike environment to children with complex care needs. It is operated by Communitas Supportive Care Society.

“I remember the day I received the call with my job offer from Communitas,” she says. “I was so happy to have found a job that fit with my experience, knowledge and most importantly my passion for supporting children and families.”

Kyla had come back to the passion she’d discovered in high school and has been with Matthew’s House since the beginning. Being part of the team since the beginning has given her the unique opportunity to give input into how the program at this respite home has developed. It’s been rewarding to see it grow and serve families and one of the things that Kyla appreciates about being an employee here is how her voice is valued.

“Every employee is valued for their opinion and we all are encouraged to share our voice and vision to make Matthew’s House the very best it can be so we can better serve the children and families,” she says. “It’s refreshing to work in an environment where the goal is the same for everyone. Our goal is always: happy and healthy children and rejuvenated parents and families.”

Serving at Matthew’s House gives Kyla the chance to do what she loves. She enjoys learning new things, interacting with children and families and being part of a team who share her passion. Yes, there are challenges as children grow, develop and change and the team has to adapt to these changes but the benefits of her work far outweigh the challenges. She appreciates the value that is placed on parents’ input into the care of their child and that each child’s care plan is designed specifically for that child.

“We don’t approach a child’s care in a generalized manner,” she emphasizes. “We have the parents train our staff on the care of their child and how they do things at home. We understand that each child is unique and special and their family is equally special to us.”

Just as Matthew’s House is offered as a “home away from home” where parents can bring their children, Kyla loves Matthew’s House so much that she thinks of it less as a work place and more as a second home.

“Matthew’s House is a warm and caring place where parents can feel confident that their child is receiving the best care while having fun too.”

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