Planning to fly to Iqaluit July 2 and hit the ground running in the new clinic. The problem is I've not raised enough to sustain me for long. SO I thought I'd put a push on this week for donations. I hope you can help. Thanks to all.
Huge hugs and thanks to Christine and David for your donations. I feel hugged by you, too. I'm going to write a Northern Journal to send to friends every couple months to describe my experiences on Baffin Island. Message me or email me if you'd like to receive it every couple weeks.
Thank you, thank you Joanna for your donation. Big Hugs to you and a Chinese thank you card on the way.
This is really teaching me that none of us alone and we are all supported by community. We all ARE a community.
Wow! I can't believe what's happening. The road to Iqaluit is opening up. (Except there is no road to Iqaluit.) A friendly arctic pilot has donated air tickets to me. A wonderful Iqaluit family has offered me their home for free for the first two months I'm there (taking care of their dogs while they're away.) Someone else has donated an $800 down parka and down snow pants and rabbit fur mittens good for -50C.
Support has come in surprising wonderful ways. But I still need cash for shipping and office rent for a couple months. Rent up there is beyond the beyond.
I'm grateful for any and all support to get this clinic going.
With current donations I still need $3000.
Canada's northern communities are the least served for health care in our country. Until three years ago the people of Iqaluit, the capital of Nunavut supported an acupuncturist, however since she left she has not been replaced. The population of 9,000 works mostly for the federal and territorial governments (desk jobs) or in sustainable wildlife harvesting. Both result in chronic pain and fatigue. Not to mention depression and anxiety resulting from long months of cold and darkness. Wait times for mental health workers can be one to two years. I would like your support to travel to to Iqaluit to set up a permanent natural health clinic, providing acupuncture, herbal medicine and psychotherapy. I have been in private practice since 1988, providing psychotherapy and training in psychotherapy in Eastern Ontario, and herbal medicine and acupuncture since 2000. Housing and travel in Iqaluit are very expensive, so I am asking for your support to get me up there and sustain me for the first couple months. I already have all the equipment I need to run a clinic, but shipping to Iqaluit from Ottawa is also very expensive. I thank you all in supporting me in this venture.
Pauline, what a Wonderful Woman you are! Thank you for being there for so many people. I know you will be missed in Kingston, just we've missed you in Penetenguishange.
Wishing you all the best on your new adventure.
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