25 year old student Kaitlyn Neustaeter is well on her way to realizing her dreams of becoming a social worker. She is currently enrolled at Great Plains College in her final year of the University of Regina’s Bachelor of Social Work degree program. For the past seven years Kaitlyn has been a Direct Service Worker for Southwest Homes. She earned her Rehabilitation Workers Certificate in 2008 and has been working alongside individuals with varying intellectual and physical disabilities. Kaitlyn loved her job, but felt that she could be doing more. So she took some time off and travelled to New Zealand, where she volunteered as a counsellor at a children’s camp. She came away from that experience with a renewed passion for social work and helping others. Kaitlyn believes that furthering her education is how she will be able to make a larger impact and better serve her community. Today she works with her cliental to increase their independence and confidence. For Kaitlyn, living, working and studying in a rural community has given her opportunities she might not have had otherwise. She looks forward to completing her degree early and continuing to make a meaningful contribution to our Healthcare system.