Following OLPH, she attended Ramona Convent Secondary School where she was involved in various service projects. Olga went on to earn her BA in Psychology from Georgetown University in 2010 and the following year a BA in Nursing, also from Georgetown University.
Following graduation, Olga began her career as an Emergency Department Nurse at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center and as an Interventional Radiology Nurse at Downey PIH. She is able to use the values taught to her throughout her Catholic education to not only care for her patients’ physical needs but for their emotional and social ones as well.
For the past 9 years, Olga has volunteered every summer at Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times. Through the collaboration of counselors and on site volunteer medical staff, Camp Good Times allows pediatric oncology patients the opportunity to just be kids regardless of their illnesses or disabilities. Olga has volunteered as a cabin counselor, an activity counselor, and for the past few years, as a unit director providing support to fellow counselors.
Olga also works with The Thousand Smiles Foundation, a Rotary International sponsored nonprofit organization, that provides cost free dental care to children in Ensenada, Mexico. Olga joined a vast array of volunteers including fellow nurses, dentists and surgeons that spend one weekend every three months in Ensenada providing care for children who would otherwise lack access to dental and surgical care. When asked about her experience, Olga explained,“The long fast paced days are worth every second as you watch a mother’s tears of worry and anxiety turn to tears of joy and appreciation as you hand her back her child after a repair. The opportunity to watch children progress through various stages of their repairs confirms the fact that we are not only working towards alleviating physical ailments but also make a huge difference in improving their psychosocial well-being and self-esteem.”
When asked about memories of attending OLPH, Olga stated “I can’t recall most of my history, grammar or math lessons throughout my years at OLPH but I do remember all of our class service projects with fondness and in great detail. I remember how in the 1st and 2nd grades we baked cookies and took a walking field trip to the local police and fire stations to show our gratitude for our community’s first responders, in the 4th grade we would spend time once a month making ice packs for students who hurt themselves at recess, and in the 8th grade we sang Christmas carols for a local retirement home and threw a Holiday party for an underprivileged preschool. Without knowing it, OLPH had taught me the importance of the Jesuit value of growing students who will become men and women for others. The faculty and staff at OLPH instilled in me the value in donating your time and talents to help those in need. I learned that the most valuable thing we can contribute to others is not found in the bank or at the store but rather it is our time. I am eternally grateful for all of the teachers and mentors I encountered throughout my time at OLPH.”
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We are excited to share that 2015 marks the beginning of Our Lady of Perpetual Help School participating in the Catholic Alumni Partnership (CAP). The goal of this initiative is to re-establish relationships with the many men and women who once walked the corridors of our beloved school. As a graduate, you are an important part of our community. Whether it has been a couple of days or a couple of decades since you have heard from us at Our Lady of Perpetual Help School, we are excited to invite you to once again become an active member of our school community. We encourage you to keep up-to-date with the school activities through our Facebook page.