This Messenger column is somewhat different than my past submissions, because of the unique meaning this weekend has to millions of Canadians.
Saturday November 11th is a special day of remembrance where we should all take time to reflect on the sacrifices made by the many men and women who have served and continue to serve Canada, especially those who have lost their lives.
Specifically, I want to recognize and remember the many men and women who have served to provide care to others. I was incredibly privileged to work with many dedicated men and women who have given their blood, sweat and tears so that others may live. I have lost friends and colleagues as a result of their service not because they wanted to be in danger, but because they wanted to be there for others.
Many of you may know the famous poem, In Flanders Fields, was written by a Canadian physician, Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae, during World War I. But few people realize medical personnel are fundamental to the incredible reputation the Canadian Armed Forces continues to have throughout the world. Our Medics have always served in the most dangerous locations because that is where they’re needed. Many medical personnel have been wounded or killed in action because they were
there to look after others, but injuries go well beyond the physical. There is no way to describe what a medical team endures during conflict unless you have experienced it. Some are still suffering the after effects today, but if you were to ask them if they think their commitment was worth it, I’m confident they would say they wouldn’t change the experience.
Alberta specifically has a strong history of supporting the Canadian Armed Forces. Many men and women from Alberta still serve in the CAF or are retired and working alongside us every day. Others have given their lives in the service of their country. I hope everyone takes a few minutes at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month to pause and be thankful for what others have given so we can all enjoy the incredible lives we have today. As fellow healthcare providers, I encourage you to say a special thanks to our colleagues who have served in the health services.