Congratulations to Nancy, Nazde and the whole University of British Columbia student production team, together with all of the inspiring performers and artists, who last night gave us a never-to-be-forgotten virtual 27th Spring Gala that was simply an absolute triumph. Heartfelt thanks and bravos to everyone who worked so hard to make this year’s Gala a reality. 👏👏👏
Remembering the actor Peter Mayhew who died on April 30th 2019 and who played Chewbacca from the first film A New Hope in 1997 to The Force Awakens in 2015
May the fourth be with you.
I was honored to join my General Surgery colleagues virtually this morning after the recent installation of my charcoal/pencil drawing “The Meeting Point” in the ICU at Vancouver General Hospital. It was also an opportunity to recognize and congratulate the unit’s ECMO team on their recently receiving B.C. Health Care’s Gold Apple Award for their collaborate approach to life-saving patient care.
The drawing was made one year ago to thank our frontline healthcare workers and was donated to the Hospital Foundation. Here is the description that accompanies the piece:
When the Science of Medicine meets the Art of Medicine to save lives in the COVID unit at Vancouver General Hospital. I would like to suggest that ECMO, which stands for Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation, could also stand for Ever Compassionate Medical Optimism, thanks to the dedication and bravery of our frontline healthcare workers epitomized by the caring nurse-specialist portrayed in my drawing.
With my gratitude to Katharine Knowles and the VGH and UBC Hospital Foundation for accepting my gift and for so thoughtfully hanging it in the Unit, and to Dr Adam Thomas for his photograph which was the inspiration for my drawing.
Enjoy BC Health Care Awards presentation of the inspiring work of the VGH ECMO Unit:
Commemorating the Battle of Vimy Ridge, which began at 5:30 am on Easter Monday the 9th of April 1917. The battle continued until nightfall of the 12th of April when the Canadian Corps of four divisions gained firm control of the ridge. They suffered 10,602 casualties: 3,598 killed and 7,004 wounded. Four members of the Corps received Victoria Crosses for their actions during the battle:
- Private William Johnstone Milne of the 16th (Canadian Scottish) Battalion.
- Lance-Sergeant Ellis Wellwood Sifton of the 18th (Western Ontarion) Battalion
- Private John George Pattison of the 50th (Calgary) Battalion.
- Captain Thain Wendell MacDowell of the 38th (Ottawa) Battalion.
To view more images of the Canadian National Vimy Memorial I invite you to visit Remembrance Day
The haunting Flowers of the Forest is played by Pipe Major Angus MacDonald of the Scots Guards who for several years was the personal piper to Her Majesty the Queen, and described as one of the finest bagpipe players in the world.
Lest we forget 🇨🇦
Moments of peace, tranquillity and joy from the Pacific Spirit Park last week to ease our troubled souls. Every day brings news of unimaginable horror, from young children and protesters murdered by troops in Myanmar, school children bombed in their schools in Syria, boys as young as nine beheaded in Mozambique, mass murder in Atlanta, Georgia and Boulder, Colorado; and now here at home terror in a library in North Vancouver with one person killed and six injured.
Today our thoughts are with the families of all those affected and with the community of Lynn Valley, especially the children who witnessed it all on what should have been a happy Saturday afternoon in their local library, and wishing those who have been injured a full recovery. 🇨🇦
State representative Park Cannon was arrested, her hands cuffed behind her back, dragged through the Georgia State Capital and thrown in jail for KNOCKING ON A DOOR. In the words of President Biden this can only be described as “despicable.”
“We will not live in fear and we will not be controlled. We have a right to our future and a right for our freedom. We will come together and continue fighting white supremacy in all its forms.” Representative Park Cannon.
If Trees Could Speak
Thank you to Sara, Lani, Meghan and Lori from Metro Vancouver Regional Parks for creating such a memorable walk in the woods today. Their words, together with those of Nakita Gill, honoring the magnificent trees of our glorious Pacific Spirit Park are truly inspiring and uplifting.
They have also created a Raccoon Ramble for children for the next two weekends. How lucky we are to have their wonderful spirits in our midst. Our heartfelt thanks to them all.
And of course our thoughts today have been with all those grieving their loved ones murdered in Atlanta. The peace and tranquillity we are fortunate enough to enjoy here are a poignant counterpoint to all those suffering racial hatred and violence everywhere. Enough. We are better thank this.
The anonymous poet of the park has inspired us once again capturing so perfectly the magic and beauty of this special place, the Pacific Spirit Park here in Vancouver. Hopefully my photos from yesterday do justice to his/her beautiful words. Thank you to whomever you are and keep inspiring us with your poetry.
Pacific Spirit Park.
We enter into
As we leave cars
And concrete behind.
Walk or run or bike
Into a spirit world.
Of water abundant
At this time of year.
Or the bending rays of
Occasional winter sun.
I see you.
I know you’re here.
I move and listen,
Take such joy
In watching our dog
Nodding or briefly chatting
Clad in rain gear,
Mud splattered shoes.
We join with the forest’s
The constancy of movement.
Of air and trees,
Light and water.
Shape shifting through days,
Being one with
All that is here.
A companion guides us.