June 28, 2022

Aurora College celebrates NWT Personal Support Worker (PSW) Day June 28; Preceptor of the Year recipient announced

YELLOWKNIFE, NT – To celebrate Personal Support Worker Day in the Northwest Territories, Aurora College has named the recipient of the Preceptor of the Year Award.

The Preceptor of the Year Award is presented to a preceptor who goes above and beyond expectations in promoting student learning and achievement, serves as an outstanding role model for Personal Support Workers, promotes the preceptor role among colleagues in practice, and demonstrates excellence in teaching and learning. Graduating students were invited to submit a nomination letter for a preceptor they felt meets these qualifications. The recipient for 2022 is Elizabeta Alaga, who works at AVENS, A Community for Seniors, in Yellowknife.

Alaga has been an incredible mentor for her current student, Indiana Harris, who has nominated her for this award. Harris describes Alaga as someone that takes her time with residents, and always ensures they are safe and comfortable. She offers guidance and support to students, and won’t accept anything short of excellence. She demonstrates the very best in client-centred care.  Alaga’s sharing of knowledge and experience with Aurora College students is essential and appreciated. The award was presented to Alaga on June 13 at AVENS, where she was celebrated by colleagues and faculty from the PSW program.

Aurora College is grateful for the support and mentoring provided by Elizabeta Alaga and all of the Personal Support Worker preceptors, practicum supervisors and the facilities that support the learning and growth of students. Without them, graduates would not have the depth and breadth of knowledge and experience they do when they enter the workforce.


“Every year we celebrate Personal Support Workers Day, acknowledging that it takes strong, capable and compassionate people to enhance the lives of others . PSWs are there every day to care for those most vulnerable.”

–              Jodi Brennan, Chair, School of Health and Human Services, Aurora College

Photo included: Aurora College Personal Support Worker Instructor, Shannon Mychael (left) with PSW Preceptor of the Year Elizabeta Alaga, Resident Care Aide, AVENS – A Community for Seniors, Yellowknife