2015 Symposium- MEDICAL RELIEF AND DEVELOPMENT IN TODAY’S WORLD

Friday, February 27, 2015- 6:00 pm

Dr. Richard Currie

Richard is a family and emergency physician from Salmon Arm, BC. He has
spent over three years working overseas in medical relief and international
development projects, primarily with Medecins Sans Frontieres / Doctors
Without Borders (MSF). This talk will examine some of the challenges and
pitfalls of providing medical relief in remote and/or difficult parts of the
developing world, using examples from Ethiopia, Ghana, Somalia, Tchad, and
the Central African Republic. The primary objective of this talk is to
solve all of the world’s problems, while we simultaneously enjoy the open
bar and gorge at the all-you-can eat buffet

Guest Speaker 2015

Vernon Lodge Ballrooms

Saturday, February 28, 2015,

Doors Open 5:45

Dinner 6:00 pm

 

Guest Speaker – Josh Dueck

In 2004, Josh was in a life-changing freestyle skiing accident that left him as a T11 full paraplegic.

From his hospital bed with the long months of recovery ahead, it was the initial encouragement from his now-mentor Rick Hansen that helped Josh re-dedicate his life to freedom, adventure and helping those that could learn from his example.

By 2009, Josh was the Para-Alpine World Champion; he won a silver medal in Vancouver 2010 and an X Games gold medal in 2011.

Then, came the backflip.

After a year of planning and progression, Josh, his close friends and a film crew, lead by legendary industry director Mike Douglas, ventured into the Whistler backcountry to build a jump that would help safely land the first backflip on a sit- ski.

On a perfect bluebird day in February 2012, Josh hit the jump, soared upside down and landed in the soft-snow below.

It also landed Josh on the Ellen Degeneres Show.

In Sochi 2014, Josh’s story continued to inspire. On the 10th anniversary of his accident, he won a Paralympic silver medal for Canada. Days later, he won gold in the Super Combined to become Paralympic Champion and Canada’s Flag Bearer.

Like the backflip, his story has come full circle.