From the U.K. to Canada
I first arrived in Canada from the U.K. on August 11, 1967, with two friends, Mary and Marilyn, to work as nurses and to see the country. Mary’s sister met us at the Montreal airport with a stretch limousine, and it made our eyes open wide: In the U.K., the cars were much smaller. We spent the first few days visiting Expo ’67, which set the stage for our stay and gave us an idea what to expect in Canada.
London, Ont., was our next destination, where Marilyn and I worked on the intensive care unit in a newly built wing at Victoria Hospital. Mary worked on an orthopedic unit. While in London, we travelled around southwestern Ontario to see Toronto, Grand Bend, Port Stanley and, of course, Niagara Falls on New Year’s Day. We worked in London for a year, but realized we couldn’t see too much and work in 12 months. So, Marilyn and I bought a car and set off to start work at Foothills Hospital in Calgary in September 1968, driving across parts of the United States on the way. As we worked on the intensive care unit on the west side of the hospital, the scenic Rocky Mountains were a backdrop for us, beckoning us to visit them many times.
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