I tip my hat to Glengarry Memorial
The Editor, This letter is in response to the “Bilingual service is a must” letter from Jerry Boroff ( The News, December 19, 2018). I couldn’t disagree more. I will start by a little story. There was a job posting for a lifeguard. One of the criteria was that the lifeguard had to be bilingual. The lifeguard got the job but couldn’t swim.
I think a nurse who is competent, and courteous is much more important in a hospital. I understand the nurse who looked after your friend is extremely competent. That to me is the most important factor. I really don’t care if she speaks in French or English. It is not a language issue but a health care issue.
Coming from Quebec I’m surprised you’re talking language rights. Ontario has certainly looked after minority rights much better than Quebec where English rights have been decimated.
I’m a senior and I’ve lived in this area my entire life. Friends are French, English, and other cultures. We communicate sometimes in one and sometimes in the other or just sometimes in a combination. We respect each other.
I have tipped my hat for the last 25 years every time I go by Glengarry Memorial. Many years ago my Dad was there and very ill. The staff were so special and caring that he lived more than six months longer than anyone believed; some of the same staff are still there.
I cannot say enough good things about Glengarry Memorial. Staff, doctors, nurses and secretaries are so nice. It is really a very special place. John Marjerrison, Monkland