Workforce WindsorEssex is proud to partner with Windsor Regional Hospital for their Take a Walk in My Shoes event for high school students. This interactive day brings students and educators into the hospital to experience different departments and careers in health care.

Health Care is one of the fastest growing industries in Windsor-Essex. 23,440 people in our region work in health care and social assistance. Windsor Regional Hospital is one of the largest hospitals in the province of Ontario, serving a population of 400,000 people in Windsor and Essex County.

As students are deciding their education paths after high school, Take a Walk in My Shoes helps them to see the dynamic roles that exist within our community. Speaking to employees, they can ask questions about education, their career journey, and experiences within those roles.

Guided by Windsor Regional staff, students from different local high schools are led in small groups through six different departments. Over 3,750 people work for Windsor Regional Hospital in a variety of roles from frontline health care staff to laboratory technicians to clerical workers.

Students are brought through the Family Birthing Centre where last year, over 3,500 babies were born. They are able to meet the department’s staff and learn about what happens when someone comes into the hospital to deliver a baby.

In the radiology department, students get to meet technicians who explain the specific processes behind the procedures and how they started in that career. Each year over 300,000 radiology procedures, like x-rays, CT scans, and ultrasounds, are done at the hospital.

Last year, over three million lab tests went through Windsor Regional Hospital, testing from everything for disease to blood type. In the lab, students get to see the machinery and workers behind these tests.

Before entering the workforce, students can still play a role in the hospital. Almost 900 people volunteer with Windsor Regional Hospital. This type of experiential learning continues the type of learning that Take a Walk in My Shoes provides; seeing the day-to-day of working at the hospital and building skills.

We would like to thank Windsor Regional Hospital for their role in organizing this important event, opening their doors, and engaging students.

If your school or student would like to participate in an upcoming Take A Walk In My Shoes event, please contact