I had the pleasure of recently attending and presenting CompTracker on May 13 during the National CSRT Conference in St. John's Newfoundland. What a charming city! But more on that later....
Following a whirlwind 65+ minute presentation (sorry for going over Ted!) and during which time some very thoughtful and insightful questions were asked (thank you Mary, Emily and many others!!) I was left with a profound impression that was reinforced during the rest of my stay in St. John's. From the young, very poised students I met from NBCC to interesting Therapists, Institution Clinical Coordinators and Administrators, and even the Conference Organizers all from many Canadian locales - I was blown away by the dedication, caring and sense of purpose in most everyone I was fortunate enough to talk with. I started out my life as a very preemie baby in the devoted, knowledgeable and loving care of this group of professionals and it reassures me, given their depth of commitment, to think that I may someday see them towards the end of my journey - but that's hopefully a long way's away yet!
And to Faculty at the College of the North Atlantic - many thanks for a warm, St. John's Welcome. I feel I have a bit better appreciation for the wisdom you are endeavouring to impart in your young students and I would like to continue learning more about your challenges and opportunities. I also look forward to a day when I can return and spend much more time basking in the glow of a culturally rich, warm group of people and celebrating and exploring some of our founding geological and historical roots.
So long for now from Edmonton, and seriously - thanks for the fish!