Category Archives: North America

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, […]

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 […]

February 02

Toronto and CCS: First impressions

Caution: Very long blog… I tried to condense my first 25 days in this post! The Weather When I first got here, weather was always a convo starter and I totally relate why. So, you see, it deserves the top spot for this story. I was never used to talking about it back home because […]

January 29

It sounds so cliché…

As 2016 came to a close, so too did my PULSE assignment at the Canadian Cancer Society in Toronto. I feel like I should write a final blog, but where to begin? As I reflect on these past months, I want to write about my experience, but I can’t seem to find the words to […]

January 16

Going Going Back Back to Boston

Well, I’m back. My PULSE assignment has concluded, I’m back on East Coast time, and I’m back at GSK. On the flight home I was reflecting on my assignment and felt like it fit right in to the mold of the perfect story. Remember learning about Shakespeare and dramatic structure back in school? If not, […]

January 13

A very long road to Toronto

Manila is 13,206 km. away from Toronto, an 18-hour direct flight aboard the Philippine Airlines, with a 13-hour time difference and 40-degree Celsius apart. I cannot overemphasize that they are continents apart. But I’d say my journey to PULSE Day 1 has even been longer.  Since 2014, I’ve been making it known to my line manager that […]

January 05

Reflections

I trust everyone had a Merry Christmas and had the opportunity to spend time with friends and family. Hopefully you are all feeling a little more rested after the break than at the beginning, I know I certainly do. Right up until December 23, I was busy at the Hospice doing everything I could to […]

December 20

Wrapping up

It’s the last day on my GSK Pulse Assignment and PATH’s low cost, low resource human milk pasteurization product, FoneAstra, is tantalizingly close to launching, with only a few final actions to be closed out by the manufacturer first.  To help facilitate this I went to Cape Town, South Africa, to visit the manufacturer Skeg […]

December 19

Do you believe in magic? John Sebastian

We just had 2 huge events this past month that the team I am on executed – HYPE summits (Healthy You Positive Energy) – one for high schools and one for middle schools. These events are an experience that is even hard to write on paper. Imagine a room full of 200+ youth all part […]

December 05

Chapter 4: Heart of a Warrior

By definition, a warrior is a courageous person engaged in battle; a soldier. A warrior perseveres to the end, fearless and relentless in their pursuit of victory. Over the past 5 months, I’ve had the opportunity to work with such champions…whether it was an EDCI staff member, loving parent in the community, or a child with […]

November 30

Go-live!

Now here it is a decisive moment: the improvement actions in QA pillar warehouse project have been taken place successfully. That’s a great satisfaction for all Direct Relief staff and me! During this period, QA and Operation functions showed a strong and amazing collaboration on new system application and they were very supportive each other! […]

November 21

The Personal Side of Pulse

My Pulse assignment catapulted me into a new life, in a new city, and a new job far removed from the comfortable and predictable life I  knew. I left the rolling hills and southern hospitality of the Bluegrass state (Kentucky) to make my home in the city that never sleeps – New York!  This is […]

November 21

Thankful for the Teachers

It is one of those beautiful days that stick in your mind as the perfect fall day …. the leaves are starting to change, the temperature has dropped enough to make you need a jacket, the sun is out and I am outside walking to Global Leadership Academy charter school. We are visiting a school that has […]

November 07

What does a relatively small NGO have in common with big pharma?

Interesting, many people comment on how long the 50 minute drive must be from my home in Elora to the hospice in Inglewood, personally, I see it as nothing but a gift.  The drive is beautiful; with gorgeous sunrises, an abundance of fall colours and mist covered hills, it’s a wonderful start to the day […]

October 26

Chapter 3: Be the change you wish to see

“In between a place called history and destiny, you discover life has prepared you for greater. All of your experiences, coupled with trials and triumph, demonstrate resilience.  You suddenly realize that one defining moment, one supporting voice, one courageous move sets you apart from others.  You transform into a trailblazer and blossom into a better […]