This is why we do what we do
A Note of Gratitude
Quito, March 6, 2015

Dear Doctors and all the Personnel from CAMTA,

I am very grateful for all the attention and treatment given to me.

I'm going to give you a brief account of how my life was before now. I always felt marginalized with a low self-esteem and felt even worse when my children were in school, they were told their Mom was the pathetic lame and that hurt my feelings and I would have to talk to the school authorities so my kids did not have to hear such comments.

I am forever grateful, it's a wonderful gift to receive at my age of 60, and for the rest of my life I will beg to God to eternally bless the lives of each and every one of you.

A million thanks to everyone. In the name of my husband and kids,

We'll see you next year. Until then, I love you lots.

Carmen Elena Chavéz 

[Carmen is pictured above, with Physiotherapist Judy Black helping her learn to navigate stairs with her new hip]

Does that make you want to join our team?
CAMTA still needs students for Mission 2016 in Quito, Ecuador. Are you, or do you know, a medical student, nursing student or general student ready for the experience of a lifetime? Week One runs from February 19th to 29th; Week Two is February 26th to March 7th.
For a detailed description of what you would do, click here. Ready to apply? Click here

Alberta Medical Association features CAMTA anesthesiologist

Nine year CAMTA volunteer, Dr. Saifee Rashiq was featured in a recent AMA magazine column "Many Hands" spotlighting Alberta physicians who are volunteering thei skills to make a difference. 

"Here are these people who fundraise money to travel to Ecuador and stand in a sweltering kitchen, wearing protective gear - masks, gloves and rubber boots - scrubbing bits of blood and bone out of these tiny instruments and they say afterwards that it was the best week of their lives. It just shows how great it is to be able to make a difference. - Dr. Saifee Rashiq

 See the full artlice here
"Get Well Soon!"

Adult OR Nurse, Cathy Hutchinson, doesn't just bring her skills to the Mission in Quito. 

In the "off season" Cathy creates dozens of hand-made Get Well cards to give to each of our surgical patients - small mementos of the love behind the work we do. 

Thanks, Cathy, for all your talents!

Fine SilverShop

Byron Ushina is another CAMTA friend who uses his creative talents to support our Missions. 

A native Ecuadorean, Byron sells his beautiful handcrafted silver jewelry to enthusiastic CAMTA shoppers during each Mission in Quito. He then donates the profits from his sales to CAMTA - $181 last year! 
Thanks to Saint City Rotary Club!
Julie, Rayanne and Kayla
Saint City Rotary Club hosted another successful golf tournament last month, and CAMTA was again one of the grateful beneficiaries.

Thanks to volunteers Kayla Strickland, Matthew Moreau, Peter Ratcliffe, Debbie Mears, Sydnie Weber, Peggy Prodor, Rayanne Hillier
and Julie Cadrin who got up at the crack of dawn on one of the cooler days in August and donated their day to making the tournament run smoothly. 

Saint City Rotary Club presented CAMTA President Marc Moreau with a cheque for $4500 at the tournament banquet.
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