Category: Crew and Staff

  • 2017 05 Jul

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    Meet Benin’s First Female Surgeon: Dr. Odry Agbessi

    Meet Benin’s First Female Surgeon: Dr. Odry Agbessi

      “When I was 12, I saw a woman on TV … her suitor had burned her with acid. Her face had become fused to her neck, so she could never look a person in the eye.” Dr. Odry Agbessi mimics the condition, tucking her chin in close to her throat. “There was not one […]

  • 2017 01 Jul

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    Canada 150 and the Joy of Volunteering

    Canada 150 and the Joy of Volunteering

    How would you describe to someone a Canadian beyond the stereotypes? Compassionate? Altruistic? Resilient? As we prepare to celebrate our nations 150th birthday, it is important to reflect on what these 150 years have established. Here at Mercy Ships Canada, we are proud to feel like traits, such as compassion and resilience represent Canadians at […]

  • 2017 19 Jun

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    Catching up with Jane: Departing Benin

    Catching up with Jane: Departing Benin

    When I was on the ship, it was amazing to me to see how many volunteer crew members also volunteered for extra volunteer work! In 2011, I served in Sierra Leone, and was involved in co-leading a Women’s Prison Ministry.  Prison Ministries are part of each Mercy Ships outreach. Every two weeks on a Saturday, […]

  • 2017 23 May

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    International Day to End Obstetric Fistula 2017

    International Day to End Obstetric Fistula 2017

    Today is International Day to End Obstetric Fistula, but what exactly is Obstetric Fistula? Although it affects millions of women, few Canadians know about it because very few women in Canada are at risk of developing this heartbreaking condition. Obstetric Fistula, also known as Vesico-vaginal Fistula (VVF) is traumatizing. It is a child birth related injury […]

  • 2017 18 May

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    Meet our International Crew: Eye Surgeon Bob Burlingame

    Meet our International Crew: Eye Surgeon Bob Burlingame

    For Bob Burlingame, it took a book, a sermon, and of course, a ballgame.This eye surgeon from the USA had always been interested in medical missions, exploring various opportunities in the past. But it was only when he retired from his busy practice in the states that hewas able to start figuring out what was […]

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