Meet Community Health Worker Byron Hiscock who explains how getting hugs from strangers is one of the most rewarding parts of his job.
Meet Byron Hiscock, Community Health Worker, Chilliwack, Fraser Health.
"My mom was a home support worker. Some days she’d come home crying and I would ask, “Why are you so upset?” And then I started doing the job. You get attached. People either get better or they pass on and the job ends. When I was younger, I used to attend a lot of weddings. These days I attend a lot of funerals. I’ll show up not knowing anyone, but everyone knows me. Strangers come up and give me hugs and say thank you for treating my dad like a king. These are big moments. Sometimes you’re the one rock in a person’s life that can make a difference. I feel blessed to do what I do.
I try to come up with rules about how to not talk about work. But I’m a people person. So how do I get away from it? I’m originally from Halifax and I used to work in tourism, so to unwind, I travel. I love staying in hotels. The free stuff is great. You know, the little coffees and teas. My girlfriend and I visit Mexico once a year and we often go on road trips… Jasper, Kamloops, Sicamous. We play games while driving. The first one who spots an animal wins."
-- Byron Hiscock, Community Health Worker, Chilliwack, Fraser Health.
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