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Check out some of our amazing Speakers who would be pleased to speak to your church, group or organization:


Douglas Burns

  • 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.

Erin Muyres

  • 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.


Chris Hoel

  • 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.

Dave Albrecht

  • 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.


Sherif Emil

  • 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.

Sherif Emil Bio


Joan Ross

  • 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.

Ray Scheepstra

  • 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!


Anne Luross

  • 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.


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