May 15

Post #1 – Yes, I made the right decision!

  Since the Pulse program has started I have been dreaming to apply for it but due too many professional reasons the right time never came. In the end of 2015 I did another rotation in my career and I thought I would take many more years to be able to apply. But I saw […]

May 03

Transition

Sorry for the delay on my last blog for my Pulse assignment.  It has been a true whirlwind.  I had 5 days upon my return to pack up my house in Dallas, TX and move to Raleigh, North Carolina for my new job!  The day I moved is the day I started and it has […]

April 24

Spring is here.

In the last 3 months, people would always ask me, “How are you?” I would always find myself grappling for a reply, and more often than not, I’d say with a smile, “I’m okay.” Sometimes, it is an honest answer. Sometimes, it is an empty one. Many times, I would ask the same question to myself, […]

April 13

Final Chapter: Shaun’s PULSE Journey – before, during and after…

As many of you are aware, I began my local PULSE assignment at East Durham Children’s Initiative (EDCI) in August 2016 and transitioned back into GSK in March 2017.  My journey – filled with excitement, fear, revelation, and ultimately victory – continues to inspire and move me in a way indescribable.  I would like to […]

April 01

Thank you!

Well it has been 3 months since I returned  from Vietnam and I have been struggling on how to close out this amazing experience.   Then last week I saw a phrase by Dr. Seuss that I found very fitting for this post.  This has truly been a life changing experience and I want to thank […]

March 26

Chapter 6: “To be sitting on a gold mine”

Hi everyone, I am still waiting for your answers to my last post’s request with your suggestions for the next one… (That was sarcasm: You see? I’m still here…) as you can see, I’ve already started writing it since it seemed that no one was going to answer or had any questions. So, I’ll continue […]

March 19

What did you do for me Teranga!!

Is there any extension option? This is my last week in Dakar, few days and I will be back home. Two figures are fighting in my head, the one who arrived to Dakar on October 11th and was crying to go back home, with the other one who’s preparing to pack up to going back. […]

March 11

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March 10

My mission at the Society

Not many understand what I do here in Toronto, more so, in the Canadian Cancer Society. Here are the questions that I usually get about my stint. What am I here for? Why does GSK spend on me to volunteer for an NGO? What is my job? (translate: Do I organize charity events?) What help […]

Where rural is really rural!

  I thought I knew what the word “rural” meant: according to my experience, that was a place in the middle of the countryside with normally a church and a cemetery for the soul, both contrasted by a couple of pubs or restaurants for the body. I then visited a rural community near Chipata, in […]

February 28

Colors of the Wind

“Giving Angels Wings to Soar”- this is what the tag said on a bracelet given to me by my godmother, my Aunt Margaret Crosby before I left to go to Uganda.  My family, friends and co-workers celebrated with me when I got the news that I was going to work with Eminyeeto, a girl empowerment program […]

February 27

Amazing experience by all means

Finally one step forward… I have received an invitation from the IT department of the MOH to assist to the train the trainer workshop, as PATH representative. PATH has developed and shared with the MOH an e-learning platform that aim to ensure the continuous education of the health professionals for a proper management of the […]

February 17

Greetings again from Lusaka!

  It has been months since I wrote my first blog and I am justifying this to myself by taking a quote from a book I read long time ago: “Words do not express thoughts very well. They always become a little different immediately they are expressed, a little distorted, a little foolish. (Herman Hesse, […]

February 12

Chapter 5: “The chameleon changes colour to match the earth….”

I am here again after my Christmas break…it is been quit. A long time without writing and, perhaps, my “inspiration” has gone while I was in Spain and I need more time to adapt myself again after my break…or may be too much work, because I am in the discount time and I need to […]

February 07

Turning point: Evolution!

Come back to GSK Rosia Vaccine site and hard to say goodbye to my PULSE adventure and all people met during this adventure! My farewell was an impressive and emotional moment, celebrated with all Direct Relief staff!  Most of them become my adoptive family and, honestly, a part of me is still with them at Direct […]