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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
Barb 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 Nelson 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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