1st Place DSW Co-operative Algonquin College
Our first-place award of $15,000 goes to DSW Cooperative from Algonquin College.
DSW Cooperative’s thoughtful and unique submission aims to transform the model of care for community members living with disabilities, and for the developmental service workers who care for them.
The parents and guardians of people who need care often struggle to find a developmental service worker with the specific skills to provide help.
Meanwhile, many developmental services workers are independent contractors. They have no efficient way to find the clients who are out there and no formal support group for professional development or networking.
DSW Cooperative is about to change that by using the internet to match patients and workers in a way that facilitates long-term connections.
It will allow primary caregivers and their patients to find much-needed secondary support. As well, developmental service workers will have easy access to a peer group for information sharing and backup when they need time off.
It is a truly innovative idea that will make a meaningful difference in people’s lives.
Congratulations to Lisa Murray, Elisabeth Van Kooy, Claire Maxwell and Dawn Tait, graduates of Algonquin’s developmental services worker program.View The Proposal