“Be the Change”: Dr. Bruce Reeder
Dr. Bruce Reeder will give a thought-provoking presentation on the meaning of social responsibility, accountability and humanitarianism. Proceeds will be split between the Grandmothers Campaign, an initiative of the Stephen Lewis Foundation supporting African grandmothers raising their grandchildren orphaned by the Aids pandemic and Doctors Without Borders.
Entry by donation.
Why do some of us accept risks to help others? What compels us to lend a helping hand? In August 2014 when the West African Ebola epidemic was spinning out of control, our speaker, Dr. Bruce Reeder, wrestled with the decision of whether or not to join the fight against the disease. He reasoned with his wife, Sheila: “If not me, who? If not now, when? I had the skills and they were needed. I went to Liberia with Médecins Sans Frontières.”
At the age of 22, halfway through medical school, Dr. Reeder volunteered for a summer at a clinic in the poorest part of town in Kingston, Jamaica, setting his trajectory toward the field of global health and humanitarianism. To date, Dr. Reeder has 45 years of experience in Canada and abroad, at times in volatile and unsafe situations. Among his many accomplishments, Dr. Reeder has front line experience working with Doctors Without Borders in Liberia, on the Ebola front, in Kyrgyzstan on the control of drug-resistant tuberculosis and HIV and AIDS, in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Central African Republic on the establishment of surveillance and response systems for epidemic diseases.