CHANDRAKANT SHAH ❏ I struggled for two years to bring diversity, equity and inclusion in the board and executive management of the Canadian Blood Services (CBS) as it lacked visible minorities. CBS is a publicly funded entity with the annual budget over one billion dollars. The board is appointed by the Corporate Board Members who are the Ministers of Health of all territories and provinces except Quebec.
ELIZABETH BANFALVI ❏ Canada, my country and home so free and beautiful. We have twenty percent of the world’s fresh water here. There are so many things we need to be grateful for in our wonderful country. I was born in Brantford Ontario beside the Six Nations Indian Reserve and was raised in my teen years in Azilda, close to Sudbury, Ontario.
OLIVE HANNA ❏ Summer mornings are best enjoyed in a warm sunny garden. Add a cup of coffee and, for me, it feels like heaven. Sipping my way along the flower beds, I feel like a detective searching for evidence the perennials have made it through another winter. By mid-May, once the garden outline reappears, I happily settle into a feeling of relief and renewed expectation.
SAVITHRI DUDDU ❏ The auto rickshaw had stopped at the perpendicular end of the road because the driver did not want to go the 15 meters further down since it was a short distance to walk. So, carrying my suitcase without wheels and a bag with fruits and vegetables native to my place, I walked to the house with an iron gate of a common man’s height that opened on the left-hand side. There was no lock. I took the latch handle and hit it hard against the iron. Tung! Immediately, there came a voice asking, “Who is it?” It was the familiar and dear voice everyone in our family waited to hear, the voice of my ammamma.