I tip my hat to Glen­garry Memo­rial

The Glengarry News - - The Opinion Page -

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

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