18 Trips. 13 Countries. Countless Lives Impacted.
"Why do I do this? I’ve had the opportunity to work in a very specialize niche of Biomedical Engineering where there are very few Biomed staff in North America that service ophthalmic equipment. This is my way of giving back, teaching my fellow Biomeds in economically challenged countries how ophthalmic equipment works and how to maintain it. It gives me a great deal of satisfaction and is a lot of fun as well!"
Support VF (Volunteer Faculty): Leo de Kryger
Why I volunteer for Orbis? Blame Brian, big dog, Leonard. I have had the pleasure working with him at the Ottawa Hospital Eye Institute for many years….over 30. I’d be in the OR or clinic and did not see him, so I would ask the staff, “Where is Dr. Leonard? Often the answer was "Oh, he is away with Orbis."
I talked with my wife about it and we were both impressed with this type of volunteering. I retired in 2006, shortly afterwards my wife was reading the Saturday paper and noticed the Orbis plane was visiting Ottawa. We went off to see the Flying Eye Hospital and took a tour. Joao, staff Biomed Engineer at the time, explained all the equipment in the area. I opened my mouth and said: "I’m a retired Biomed; do you need volunteers?" And the rest is history. That Fall I was off to Vietnam for my first program, visited there three more times. I am proud to be included in the incredible group of VFs Orbis has gathered from around the world. I am particularly proud of our Canadian contingent!
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