By Jennifer Kolarik, Brevard Center Career Coordinator
Many thanks to the Brevard Center’s internship site of the year: Southland Suites, a personalized assisted living option for seniors.
Ashley Titone, a current student, has interned at the Southland Suites for the past 1.5 years assisting with recreational events and dietary services. It is a great fit for Ashley who loves putting a smile on resident’s faces and giving out hugs daily. Ms. D’Anna and Ms. Kim Findlay, Dietary Supervisor, have both mentored Ashley.
What makes this internship site so special is the willingness of the staff to support Ashley in her career development goals by teaching her new responsibilities while still providing feedback on areas for growth. Their staff takes the time to know residents’ life stories and help residents stay as independent as possible.
Betty Ann D’Anna, Volunteer Coordinator, has worked with several Brevard Center students over the past few years. At our Convocation Awards Ceremony this past May, we were thrilled to have Ms. D’Anna accept the 2009 Internship Site of the Year Award on behalf of the Southland Suites. When accepting the award, Ms. D’Anna expressed her gratitude for the work of Ashley and previous student interns who have made a difference in the lives of their residents.