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2017 Mission

Over a three week period in February and March, 91 volunteers from all over Canada, the US, Australia and Ecuador changed the lives of 38 adults and 27 children with desperately needed orthopedic surgeries. Two of the adults and five of the children had more than one surgery. 

Our group of professionals also shared knowledge with their Quito colleagues, with two Nursing presentations and two from our Physiotherapists. CAMTA surgeons participated in the Third Annual Conference on Orthopedic Surgical Procedures, giving presentations on four different topics. 

We had some very welcome visitors.   Eric Kendrick and Marialorina Pasquel from the Canadian Embassy in Quito dropped by to meet our team and visit with some of our patients. 
Staff members from NH Collection Royal Quito, our 'home away from home" in Quito, arrived at the hospital one day with a surprise lunch: great sandwiches, juices, cookies and a beautiful cake!
Speaking of lunch...  Zulay and David Palacios and their very generous friends once again provided lunch at the hospital for our hungry volunteers  every day of the three week Mission!
Another long time CAMTA supporter,  Byron Ushiña, treated us to two evenings of shopping for his handcrafted Ecuadorean Ancestral Jewelry. Byron donates a piece of his art to be given away to a lucky team member AND discounts his prices for our volunteers, then donates 10% of his sales on those evenings back to CAMTA. 
CAMTA meets the challenge of communicating with our mostly Spanish-speaking patients by bringing hardworking translators with us. We are also grateful to have many locally based translators offer their services.  Miluska Sanchez once again organized a full schedule of local high school students, and some of their mothers, to help with translating. A former surgical patient, Jorge Anibal Chulde Zaruma  comes back every year to translate physiotherapists' exercise demonstrations in the clinic. CAMTA translator Sammy Ruiz 's parents, Hugo and Oliva Ruiz also helped with translating. And  Alex Tapialocal translator who became a CMATA team member for the 2016 mission and has brought friends with her to help in the clinic and for the past two years, brought her daughter, Mili, this year. 
2017 Team Members
Name Role  
Alessandra Gessner Physician - Family Practice  
Alex Cerezo Translator  
Alexandra Smolinski Physiotherapist  
Aline Pourbaix Young Administration  
Alyssa Chappell RN – Ward – Pediatric  
Alyssa Wilkie RN – Operating Room – Pediatric  
Amy Rausch RN – Operating Room – Pediatric  
Anna Hebert Physiotherapist  
Armando Escalona Respiratory Therapist  
Barb Moreau Administration  
Barbara-Lynne Furler Physiotherapist  
Beverly Runka RN – Recovery Room – Pediatric  
Cathleen Clarke RN – Operating Room – Adult  
Cathy Hutchinson RN – Operating Room – Adult  
Clara Bergen Physiotherapist  
Dasha Johnston RN – Recovery Room – Pediatric  
Deb Chalupa RN – Ward – Adult  
Deborah Mears Lay Person  
Dedra Scott Respiratory Therapist  
Denise Feser Lay Person  
Don Dick Physician - Orthopedic Surgeon - Pediatric  
Donna Brown RN – Operating Room – Pediatric  
Edward Masson Physician - Orthopedic Surgeon - Adult  
Émilie Lavoie Communications – Mission Blogger  
Eric Entwistle RN – Recovery Room – Adult  
Erica Gallardo RN – Ward – Adult  
Erik Soriano Physiotherapy Assistant  
Erika Nguyen Physician - Anesthesiologist - Pediatric  
Faisal Kassam RN – Recovery Room – Adult  
Francisco Gallardo Translator  
Greg Zinter Information Technologist/Patient Admitting Clerk  
Heather Raitt RN – Operating Room – Adult  
Heather Perl RN – Operating Room – Adult  
Heather Jackman Physician - Orthopedic Surgeon - Pediatric  
Jackie Wiebe Administration  
James Jarvis Physician - Orthopedic Surgeon - Pediatric  
Janet Edmondson Communications – Mission Blogger  
Jim Davies Lay Person  
Jim Raso Information Technologist/Patient Admitting Clerk  
Joanne Montgomery Physiotherapist  
Juanita Davies Communications – Mission Blogger  
Julianna Deutscher Communications – Mission Blogger  
Julie Cadrin RN – Ward – Pediatric  
Karen Calhoun Lay Person  
Karly Murphy Student - General  
Kate McArthur Student - General  
Kathryn Fry Physician - Anesthesiologist - Pediatric  
Kathy Bonitz RN – Operating Room – Adult  
Kayla Strickland RN – Ward – Adult  
Khaled Almansoori Physician - Orthopedic Surgeon - Pediatric  
Krystal Stevely RN – Operating Room – Adult  
Krystal Yuzwenko Student – Nursing  
Lindsay Smitten RN – Operating Room – Adult  
Lisa Bleackley RN – Ward – Adult  
Lorne Feser Lay Person  
Mairi Gordon RN – Recovery Room – Adult  
Marc Moreau Physician - Orthopedic Surgeon - Pediatric  
Maria Echaiz-Eguren Translator  
Marni Wesner Physician - Family Practice  
Masaru Yukawa Physician - Anesthesiologist - Adult  
Matthew Moreau Travel Person/Logistics  
Melisa Martin RN – Ward – Adult  
Michele Derbyshire RN – Operating Room – Pediatric  
Michelle Masson Student – General  
Myriam van Diest Translator  
Natalie Klawitter RN – Ward – Adult  
Natasha Dugas Student – Nursing  
Nathalie Kupfer Student – General  
Neethling van den Heever Physician - Anesthesiologist - Adult  
Olivier Gauthier-Kwan Resident - Orthopedics  
Paul Leung Physician - Orthopedic Surgeon - Adult  
Pauline Worsfold RN – Recovery Room – Adult  
Peggy Prodor Lay Person  
Peter Ratcliff Lay Person  
Rachel Oates Physiotherapist  
Rayanne Hillier RN – Operating Room – Adult  
Ricardo Rodas RN – Operating Room – Adult  
Richard McLeod Physician - Orthopedic Surgeon - Adult  
Robert Seal Physician - Anesthesiologist - Pediatric  
Ryan Wright Physician - Family Practice  
Saison Demitor O.R. Technician  
Sarah Lefebvre RN – Ward – Adult  
Scott Westberg Resident - Orthopedics  
Silvia Martin Translator  
Supriya Singh Resident - Orthopedics  
Surita Sidhu Physician - Anesthesiologist - Adult  
Sussana Gaviria Translator  
Tegan McGraw RN – Ward – Pediatric  
Timothy Kostamo Physician - Orthopedic Surgeon - Adult  
Timothy Smith Translator  
Toby Cubitt Translator  
Tonya Kennedy RN – Operating Room – Adult  
Valentina Merino Translator  
Veronica Kong Administration  
Yvonne Sawchyn Lay Person  

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