“It’s so nice to be able to help people. Working with TCC is like family,” says Amanda Walker, whose Community Health Aide (CHA) career was inspired by her grandmother and former CHA Sophie Beatus, “I wanted to follow in her footsteps and make my family proud of me.
Walker joined the work force at the age of 14 doing odd jobs for the Yukon-Koyukuk School District, later as a custodian at the school in Hughes and then as a firefighter.
At the age of 18, Walker began training as a health aide with TCC’s CHAP program and graduated with the first class of students
Walker grew up in Hughes, where she served as a village health aide for two years. She now lives in Anchorage with her husband and children, and works as an itinerant health aide, traveling to Circle, Rampart, Nulato, Chalkyitsik and Hughes. “I love traveling and meeting people,” she said.
Every now and then she faces a challenge when someone is rude to her but she is determined to keep her cool. “I don’t let it affect me,” she said.
“And dealing with emergencies can be stressful but I pray for strength,” Walker said. “This job is a godsend; I’m thankful every day for it.” She is pleased that she is able to provide for herself and her extended family because of the job. Her sister Patricia Oldman is also an itinerant health aide for TCC.
In her free time, Walker enjoys reading, writing, beading, coloring, walking and spending time with family and friends.