Austin W.I. Met­ting

Stanstead Journal - - CLASSIFIEDS - Austin

TheSt. Pa­trick’s meet­ing of the Austin W.I. took place at the home of Lisette Maille on Wed­nes­day, March 14th with the help of co-host Lise Des­bois. Pa­tients wait to see a doc­tor out­side the hospi­tal. teams who ro­tate in and out of the hospi­tal make the best with what they have. Dr. Sis­son and his group were pro­vided with a cook, a driver, and two trans­la­tors to help them com­mu­ni­cate with their pa­tients. How­ever, he said, be­cause res­i­dents of the re­gion speak about 70 dif­fer­ent di­alects, even with the trans­la­tors there was of­ten a com­mu­ni­ca­tion bar­rier. How­ever, in spite of that he was con­fi­dent they were able to pro­vide ex­cel­lent health­care.

No mat­ter how tough life is in the re­gion, he said the peo­ple were happy, friendly, and ap­pre­cia­tive of their work at the hospi­tal. With­out the hospi­tal and the for­eign doc­tors they’d have lit­tle in the way of mod­ern health­care.

“One pa­tient I saw walked two days to see us,” Dr. Sis­son said. “He’d cut his hand al­most a month be­fore. When I saw his in­jury we took him right into surgery. He would have most likely lost his hand if we hadn’t been there, but we were able to save it.”

No mat­ter how big or small the prob­lem, he said the peo­ple were so ap­pre­cia­tive. “It doesn’t hap­pen ev­ery day that you can make a dif­fer­ence in some­body’s life but I think we made a dif­fer­ence there ev­ery day.”

Even af­ter his long, ar­du­ous trip to the ru­ral hospi­tal, and work­ing 12 hour shifts, six days straight, fol­lowed by a long jour­ney home, Dr. Sis­son said he ar­rived back home to the United States, and to his job at North Coun­try, re­freshed to take on any chal­lenge.

“I came back with a re­newed en­ergy,” he said. “I have a new ap­pre­ci­a­tion for how good we have it.” How­ever, he em­pha­sized that he, his wife, and the Lu­pos’ will not for­get about the peo­ple of Ethiopia. They plan to take an­other med­i­cal mis­sion to that coun­try in the fu­ture.

– Peacefully, at the Tril­lium Cen­tre in Kingston, On­tario, on March 13th, 2012 in her 98th year. Born May 2nd, 1914, in Brod­er­ick, Saskatchewan, to Fin­nish im­mi­grants John and Josephine Niemi. As a young woman, this ever-ven­ture­some child of the prairie came east first to work in Ot­tawa as a wartime draftsper­son and later to marry, raise a fam­ily, and teach. As a life­long be­liever in for­mal ed­u­ca­tion, Ellen taught mainly in the Fitch Bay and Three Vil­lages area of Que­bec’s East­ern Town­ships and later on the south shore of Mon­treal. In her re­tire­ment, she trav­elled ex­ten­sively around the world. Pre­de­ceased by hus­bands Henry Ash­ley Smith and E. Laird Wil­son. Also pre­de­ceased by sis­ters Linda and Si­iri, broth­ers Eino, Wal­ter, Wil­liam, Arvo, Neilo (Neil), Reino (Ray), Tauno (Don), Hugo and grand­daugh­ter Claire Ber­nadette. Lov­ing mother to Howard Smith (Karin Steiner), Rod­ney Smith (Sheila San­ders) and Nancy Niemi and to step­son John Wil­son. Missed by grand­chil­dren Lara, Daniel (Ophe­lia), Re­becca, Derek, Ge­orge, Bradley and by great-grand­sons Ryan and Kyle. Sin­cere thanks to the won­der­ful staff mem­bers at the Tril­lium Cen­tre for their at­ten­tive care. Cre­ma­tion to be fol­lowed by a later cer­e­mony at Ap­ple Grove Ceme­tery on the Cedarville Road, close to her beloved for­mer prop­erty on Lake Mem­phrem­a­gog near Beebe, Que­bec. Do­na­tions to the Alzheimer So­ci­ety or other health or­ga­ni­za­tion would be ap­pre­ci­ated.

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