Touching Lives Around the World

Last Tuesday was a special evening at Southlake Regional Health Center in Newmarket. Four speakers had been invited to present their experiences in the developing world to an audience of more than 60. The evening was entitled “Touching Lives Around the World”

Dr. Nancy Merrow, Chief of Staff at Southlake was the MC and opened the evening with the following remarks, “We know that one person can make a difference in the lives of others and that big problems can be resolved with small contributions from many people”.

Dr. Linda Douville, family medicine physician, shared her experiences in Uganda; Dr. Brian Stotland, gastroenterologist, touched on his visit to Cambodia; Mr. David Shaw, an RPN, related his experiences in Haiti after the magnitude 7.0 earthquake. And the best was left to last! I told the ABCD story with a review of our current work in Tanzania and our plans for the future. The evening provided me with an opportunity to say a big THANK YOU to Southlake staff and physicians for their generous support over the past two years. During the December exhibitions of the profiles of our children in the Art Gallery at Southlake, over $10,000 has been donated in support of the educational needs of more than 20 children.

It was very satisfying to know that we are one of the many making a small contribution to resolving some of the big problems in the world.