|Pastor Kampta Karran, wife Dolly holding grandson Kadesh at Installation.|
|Ayr Under 16 Boys |
I know it's a little hard to tell where I am as we all look so fit; I am on the back left.\
There will be many people sharing the work this year as we hope to have four graduates from the University Guyana who will act as tutors with the Problem Based Learning small groups, exam markers and special topics presenters. For their efforts, the tutors will participate in a graduate course to be credited by St. Joseph College in Connecticut. This part of the experience will be led by a long term friend of Mercy Hospital, Professor Marylou Welch, and two new colleagues Sister Beth Fisher and Professor Janet Kneckt.
I will be joined by three prominent volunteers who will be with the students for three weeks each. First, Bev Clarke, a longtime friend from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. She is a physiotherapist and neurology researcher and recent author of On Suffering: Pathways to Healing and Health. Bev will be the first to join us, so she will work out all the bugs between how I envision stuff to go and how it will really work out. She will be at Mercy from September 7th to 27th.
Then there is the mystery woman, Trish Cohen. I haven't met her and she has absolutely no pictures of herself; however, she is Canadian and from Winnipeg and a Nurse. She has more overseas experience than I do, but this is her first visit to Guyana. There is a rumor that she is related to Leonard Cohen, so we will have to see if she gets him to visit. Trish will be at Mercy from September 28th to October 16th.
Look for a blog post from each of them describing their experiences. This will give them some rebuttal time for my introductions of them... and give me the week off.
Also, in the works: there might be a few psychiatrists coming down for a week to explore a larger commitment for volunteering and increasing mental health services in outlying areas. They will link up with Guyana's most famous psychiatrist, Bhiro Harry. I am looking forward to seeing and yakking with Bhiro who I have known since my first trip. I'll keep you all posted if it happens. Maybe I can get a free consult too?
So I am leaving on a Jet plane on Friday... Start work [?] on Monday... And the Adventure continues. I hope you come with me this year.... John