Stories from the WFH World Congress
I began many, many years ago as a camp counsellor at Camp Illahee in Cobourg on the shores of Lake Ontario. My high school phys ed teacher was the camp director my first of three summers and it was one of those ‘right place at the right time’ things that led me to Illahee. The camp, run by Family Services Association of Toronto, was for chronically ill children with medical support provided by volunteer doctors and nurses from the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto. We had campers with cardiac and kidney conditions, asthmatics, diabetics, those with Cystic Fibrosis and cancer, as well as campers with hemophilia.
I moved to London ten years ago from Toronto. When I lived in Toronto, I followed the whole Tainted Blood inquiry as news of that hit the papers. Sometimes we would see stories from parents of some of the former campers with hemophilia who had passed away giving their testimony. It is to honour the memories of these boys and their families that I chose to volunteer with Hemophilia Ontario.