Fa­ther-daugh­ter duo teaches first aid to First Na­tions

North Toronto Post - - News - — Mal­lory Chate

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

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