palette – 21.03.23
A happy reacquaintance today with my painting on the ground floor of UBC Hospital, Vancouver, which I painted in 1987 when I was a member of staff of the Health Sciences Centre Hospital as it then was. My visit today brought back so many happy memories of this special place and of all the wonderful, dedicated staff that it was such a privilege to work with for over twenty years. We were family, committed to providing the best care for all of our patients 24/7. I think of them all often and say thank you to each and every one of them.
“That’s how long we will be with you Mr President, for as long as it takes,”
President Biden, Kyiv, 20.2.23
In support of all those working tirelessly to give brief, heroic moments of joy during these days of such sorrow and grief.
We must keep Astiyazh Haghighi and her fiancé Amir Mohammad Ahmadi, who were given ten and a half years in jail by the Iranian regime simply for dancing, in our thoughts until the day they are released, together with all the innocent women, men and children already murdered in the streets, those imprisoned and executed and those awaiting execution. We are thinking of them all today and every day.
Two quotes for this 5th UNESCO International Day of Education:
“No country in the world should bar women and girls from receiving an education,”
Audrey Azoulay, UNESCO Director-General
“One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world,”
Malala Yousafzai, UN Messenger of Peace and Nobel laureate.
The day has been dedicated by UNESCO to all the girls and women in Afghanistan, who have been denied their right to learn, study and teach. The Organization condemns this serious attack on human dignity and on the fundamental right to education.