Father-daughter duo teaches first aid to First Nations
Lawrence Park residents Dr. Homer Tien and his daughter Abigail are working to improve health care access for First Nations communities in northern Ontario.
Dr. Tien is a trauma surgeon and the chief medical officer for Ornge, Ontario’s air ambulance service. He and his daughter Abigail, a 16-year-old Havergal student and certified first aid instructor, travelled to Thunder Bay in April to teach first aid to First Nation students at the Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School.
Dr. Tien had been looking for ways to reach out to, educate and improve services with First Nation communities, many of which are located in remote areas of northern Ontario with limited health care access. His daughter offered to volunteer with another Havergal student, Sydney Meek, to provide students with basic first aid training — as both are qualified first aid instructors.
“First aid is there to hold the fort down until medical professionals can arrive,” said Dr. Tien.
“I’m a good teacher, and I have a lot of experience as a clinician, but there are some things teenagers relate to better with teenagers,” he said.
The father-daughter duo will continue this outreach program with more First Nations communities over the summer.
Abigail and Homer Tien