Join the Conversation on Global Healthcare
- Addressing the Global Crises in Accessible Healthcare, Canadian Centre for Healthcare Facilities (Nov. 30, 2021)
- Volunteering with Mercy Ships, Bridge Watch Rating Students, British Columbia Institute of Technology (July 29, 2021)
- ‘Volunteering on a Hospital Ship’ – Newmarket Public Library (March 18, 2021)
- Health and Human Rights Conference NGO Fair – https://www.hhrights.org/ – University of Toronto (March 12-13, 2021)
- Kamloops PROBUS Club (February 2021)
- Rotary Club of Cambridge, Preston-Hespeler (December 2020)
- International Development Students – Humber College (December 2020)
- Nursing Conference on Unusual Environments – University of Laval (November 2020)
- Panel Guest for ‘The Role of NGOs in Global Development’ – University of Victoria (November 2020)
- The Company of Master Mariners of Canada, Great Lakes Division (May 2020)
- Launch of Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Institute of Global Surgery (March 2021)
- SMM Hamburg Global Maritime Industry Digital Conference (February 2021)
- Location: Calgary, AB
- Professional Designation: Doctor of Optometry
- Countries I have served in: Guatemala, Honduras, Belize, Dominican Republic, Liberia, Benin, Togo, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Congo Brazzaville, Cameroon on the Caribbean Mercy, Anastasis and the Africa Mercy.
- Role on the ship: Ophthalmic Provider-screening for eye surgery patients and assessing eye patients pre and post operatively.
- Number of times I have served on the ship: 13
- What I am doing now: Private Practice.
- Location: Edmonton, AlB (but currently in Montreal, Quebec for school)
- Professional designation: Registered Nurse
- Countries I have served in: Madagascar x2 and Benin
- Role on the ship: Pediatric Ward Nurse
- How long I have served on the ship: Two full field services
- What I am doing now: I was inspired during my time on the ship and I am now in my first year of a Master of Science in Public Health at McGill University with the goal of continuing to work in Global Health when I am finished.
- Location: Victoria, BC
- Professional Designation: Intensive Care Unit- Royal Jubilee Hospital, Victoria BC
- Countries I have served in: Cameroon
- Role on the ship: Ward Nurse- maxilla facial
- How long I have served on the ship: Two Months
- What I am doing now: Continuing in my role at the Royal Jubilee – now twenty nine years in the profession.
I was very happy to take my knowledge and compassion to Cameroon and be a part of this great surgical ship.
- Location: Kelowna, BC
- Professional Designation: Registered Nurse
- Countries I have served in: Senegal (93-94), Sierra Leone (2004, 2011), Ghana (2006), Togo (2012), Guinea (2013), Congo (2014), Madagascar (2015, 2016), Benin (2016), Cameroon (2018).
- Role on the ship: Worked as a Ward Nurse on the Anastasis and the Africa Mercy
- How long I have served on the ship: Serving since 1993
- What I am doing now: Currently work as a Registered Nurse on a Thoracic Surgery unit at Kelowna General Hospital.
- Location: Montreal, Quebec
- Professional Designation: Pediatric Surgeon
- Countries I have served in: Madagascar, Benin, Cameroon, Guinea
- Role on the ship: Pediatric Surgeon
- How long I have served on the ship: 4 times. 2-3 weeks each
- What I am doing now: I am a Pediatric Surgeon: Director of the Division of Pediatric General and Thoracic Surgery at the Montreal Children’s Hospital; Associate Chair for Education and Departmental Citizenship in the Department of Pediatric Surgery, and Professor of Pediatric Surgery, Surgery, and Pediatrics at McGill University, Montreal. I also co-directs Canada’s first multidisciplinary Chest Wall Anomalies Clinic at the Shriners Hospital for Children.
- Location: Sarnia, ON
- Professional Designation: Surgeon
- Countries I have served in: Congo Brassaville
- Role on the ship: General Surgeon
- How long I have served on the ship: Two weeks
- What I am doing now: Continuing to practice General Surgery in Sarnia, and involved in Speaker’s Network for Mercy Ships.
- Location: Toronto, Ontario
- Professional Designation: Electrician
- Countries I have served in: Cameroon, Guinea
- Role on the ship: Maintenance of all things electrical on board
- How long I have served on the ship: 11 weeks in total
- What I am doing now: Employed by Automated Logic in Mississauga Ontario.
Nancy O’Neil Eichenberg
- Location: Oakville, Ontario
- Professional Designation: Registered Nurse (recently retired)
- Countries I have served in: Sierra Leone-2011; Guinea-2012; Congo-2013; Madagascar -2014; Madegascar-2015; Cameroon-2017
- Role on the ship: OR Nurse
- How long I have served on the ship: I have served 3-4 weeks in each country
- What I am doing now: I volunteer with a Reading Program for children in junior and senior kindergarten. The 2 women’s groups I belong to do Charitable work. I try to keep fit by walking, swimming and dragon boating. Best of all I am enjoying my family and grandchildren.
- Location: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
- Professional Designation: RN 30 years in OR
- Countries I have served in: Madagascar x2 and Benin.
- Role on the ship: OR Nurse
- How long I have served on the ship: Served 3 weeks each time. 2015, 2016, 2017
- What I am doing now: Working part time in Pre-Assessment – preparing/teaching people for surgery. Casual in OR.