This message has two points: one of joy and the other not so joyous.
First, I wish to thank publicly the staff at Delta Hospital and the B.C. Ambulance Service crew for the top notch treatment I received during my unexpected "visit" to Delta Hospital last week.
From the moment the ambulance staff arrived until I was discharged a few days later, I received only the best of care.
From doctors, nurses, LPNs, X-ray technicians, laboratory staff, food service personnel and cleaning staff, all were on top of their game. Each contributed to making my "visit" less worrisome than had they not been up to their high standard.
Second, a few weeks ago, through this standard, I appealed to veterans -WWII to present day including peacekeepers - for their experiences in the various places where they were deployed. While I did receive a few responses, they were too few to make the project worthwhile; I needed no fewer than 25-30 personal experiences.
The plan was to collate those stories, assemble them in a suitable presentation [book or booklet] and then have the book made available for distribution to the local schools, school board and libraries as a reference for those interested in learning more about Canada's military history.
I noted that the Delta Optimist article was carried in at least one other Lower Mainland newspaper and thus, the appeal was more widespread than initially planned; however, even the added readership was insufficient to make the project practicable. The project has now been shelv ed.