We are Dr. Sherief El-Gaaly (Director of Mental Health Services at Victoria General Hospital) and Dr. Jitender Sareen (Department Head of Psychiatry at the University of Manitoba and Shared Health’s Provincial Specialty Lead for Mental Health and Addictions) – and today, we wish to tell you about the incredible strides Victoria General Hospital has made while facing this global pandemic and the great challenges we know are on the horizon.
Our mom, Jerri Bennett, was smart, funny, loving, strong-willed and eternally optimistic. She was also a realist. She loved life and her family and was in relatively good health at the age of 83.
The little desk in the front entrance of Victoria Hospital is often home to a friendly face in a blue vest — a Vic Foundation Volunteer Ambassador.
During his teen years, Justin escaped a home environment filled with psychological and physical abuse. Somehow, he managed to remain in school. During his senior year, his teacher Tom discovered he had no secure home and he suffered from acute anxiety and depression.
Once per week, Diane Silverthorne commutes 90 minutes to Winnipeg from her home at Hillside Beach to volunteer at Victoria Lifeline. Victoria Lifeline is Manitoba's number one medical alert service, providing thousands of clients with the security of innovative fall prevention technology.