Dr. Tony Carr has returned to Guyana after a six year absence. It is great to have him here. Tony and I created the PBL pages that we are still using today and with great success. Before that we often had those days as a teacher when you felt you were the worst teacher in the world or more likely, your students were. Our traditional ways of teaching were not effective in Guyana. So we decided to steal McMaster Medical School's model, Problem Based Learning, and we have never regretted it.
|Tony's first night in GT and he needed to go to Taju's, |
where he had a huge cup of ice cream before supper.
Tony has come down principally to teach and supervise the psychiatry residents in the new Master of Medicine - Psychiatry that began late last year. He brings the same enthusiasm that he had a decade ago. And since he is here he wants to get involved with the nurses here at Mercy. So, with enormous reluctance, I'll let him use my classes during the week and I will be left with nothing to do .....😢😢😢😂😂😂. Tony will be here for three weeks and since he never gives me the last word, I am sure he'll replace my blogging for a week. [Repeat emojis]
Another Old, But Not Nearly as Old, Friend
On a sad note and symbolic of out times, the Scarboro Fathers need to cancel their support of the Lay Missionary programme for financial reasons. So Donna and her colleague, Bev Trach, will be leaving permanently at the end of the year. I find it incomprehensible that as North American societies we have billions for war and self-protection and nothing for those who teach love and compassion. Yes, I know she comes with her missionary baggage, but that has to be way better than wiping the burning napalm off your child's skin. Maybe our children's children will shape a world we can only dream of.
And a New Friend
|More accurate pictures next week|
Tracy is an "advanced practice" nurse from the Faculty of Nursing, University of Ottawa. She has her expertise in Mental Health and is currently the manager of a Shared Care Mental Health team at Ottawa Hospital, a small team working with usually very complex presentations but people who are not acutely ill. She is also a clinical instructor and a guest lecturer for the University of Ottawa Nursing programme. (More next week.)
I have had housekeeping clean up the flat, asked laundry to wash all the towels and linens, warned the kitchen of both Tony's and Tracey's presence. I had planned on Tony staying here with us, but after he got to Project Dawn, he wrote, "I walk through the guarded locked gates, into this block building, and into a different world. Neat, painted and tiled corridors, beautiful hardwood floor in HUGE living-room, electronic keys, my own palatial room with working window-blinds which dwarfs the two double-beds, en-suite bathroom, wifi, nice ladies Samantha and Rima who can fix anything, all clean and shiny and functioning!!" So, as the old saying goes, and it looks like it is still true, "After they've seen Paris, how can you keep them even in my 'executive volunteer suite'?"
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So far no one has responded to my letters, except personal friends. Do you think I should give up waiting for a response? Nor have there been any conclusions about the parties responsible for leaking the answers; nor has the Nursing Council been overhauled.
Speaking of Old - Mercy Day
|Most of the Long Term Service Awardees|
|Tracy is now on Nursing Faculty , part time.|
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|And a welcome to his new home with a Sunday Morning Beer!|