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23 May. Nunatsiaq News. Patricia D'Souza, describes the thrills of parasailing in the Arctic. Full text, 975 words, at http://www.nunatsiaq.com/news/features/30523_01.html
Patricia D'Souza is the managing editor of Nunatsiaq News, a newspaper in the Canadian Arctic covering the territory of Nunavut. She was born in Canada and is of Goan origin. Her parents were born in East Africa (Kenya and Tanzania) and moved to Canada in 1972.

The changing face of the global Catholic Church - The Rodricks family in Toronto

The sunny beaches of Goa are a stark contrast with suburban Toronto.The Rodricks family would know, since they immigrated from the island of Goa 15 years ago to establish a new home in Toronto.
See article at http://www.goacom.com/news/news2003/may/msg00085.html

Headline: UK's oldest woman reaches 111
Eddie Fernandes

Text (267 words) and photograph at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/2934482.stm
From Goan Voice UK: Issue 2001-29. Jul 20, 2001:
16. Jun. The Express. Lucy d'Abreu (nee D'Souza) aged 109, has become Scotland's oldest living person. She was born in Dharwar and educated at the Belgaum convent. She married a doctor, Abundius Joseph d'Abreu, later to become a cousin-by-marriage to the Queen Mother. They settled in Waterford, Ireland. In all her years, she insists, she has never experienced racism.
She said: "Being Indian was a positive advantage for us. We were known the length and breadth of Ireland." She now lives in Annfield Nursing Home, Stirling.
Another photograph of her is at: http://www.goanvoice.org.uk/newsletter/2003-3/
Lucy d'Abreu is now fairly hard of hearing but I obtained her personal details after speaking to one of her daughters.

Award for Goan Physician in upstate New York

If you lived in the upstate New York, USA and received the "Mid-York Weekly" a newspaper subscribed by 100,000 homes you would be in for a treat. The May 15, 2003 issue had a quarter page news-item with a photograph of a Goan doctor - who schooled in Aldona (St. Thomas High School) and Margao (Loyola High School). Dr. Gilbert Lawrence along with three other physicians from the central New York region received the C.A.R.E. awards from the Faxton-St. Luke's Healthcare.

The following is abstracted from the Newspaper article.
"The award is given for CARE(Changing Attitude and Redefining Excellence) was developed to reward and recognize physicians who exemplify the attitudes set forth by the CARE program- courtesy, efficiency, safety, knowledge, respect, enthusiasm, hospitality and willingness to help."

In recognizing Dr, Gilbert Lawrence, Radiation Oncologist at the Regional Cancer Center, the newspaper and the award committee said, "He always has a smile on his face and approaches everyone with an open and positive attitude. He demonstrates an ability to truly communicate caring and concern to the patients and the families. He willingly volunteers his time to promote cancer awareness."

The following is what you may already have read ad already posted on GoaVoice. Parts of it may be useful to supplement the above story.

Hi Aldonkars,

This autobiography is not for personal aggrandizement. However if it inspires one Aldona child, it would worth the effort. I thank you in anticipation for your consideration. Keep up the good work on the Aldona net.

Gilbert A. Lawrence, MBBS, MS (Bombay), DMRT (Engl.), FRCR (Lond.)

Dr. Gilbert Lawrence is from Aldona. His father was from Xantarxette and his mother from Guirdolim (near Chandor) in Salsette. Gilbert was born in Bombay, the last of eight children. He studied in St. Thomas High School in Aldona (1952-1955) and graduated from Loyola High School in Margao at the age of thirteen. He studied at St. Xaviers College, Bombay, and Seth GS Medical College and KEM Hospital, Bombay. In 1968 he graduated from medical school at the young age of 23. He then studied to be a surgeon at KEM Hospital and Tata Memorial Hospital in Bombay in 1972.

On obtaining his Masters in Surgery Degree from Bombay University, Dr. Lawrences interests in cancer took him to England to study Radiation Oncology -- the art and science of treating tumors with radiation. He was appointed Registrar in Radiation Oncology at the Hammersmith Hospital in London, and later Senior Registrar at the London Hospital and Medical School. In 1976 Dr. Lawrence obtained his Diploma in Medical Radiation Therapy (DMRT) from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of England, and also the Fellowship from the Royal College of Radiologists (FRCR). At the FRCR examination he stood first and was awarded the Rohan Williams Medal. In doing so, Dr. Lawrence was the first Indian to be awarded the prestigious British award in a medical subspecialty examination coveted by physicians from the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, Australia and all former British colonies.

Dr. Lawrence immigrated to the United States in 1977 and was appointed a research fellow at Roswell Park Memorial Institute, Buffalo, NY, and later as chief investigator of fast neutron treatment in cancer at the Fermi National Laboratory Americas highest energy research facility in Batavia, Illinois. Dr. Lawrence is also Board certified by the American College of Radiology in Radiation Oncology.

During his career, Dr. Lawrence has published over sixty papers and review articles in many cancer journals. His special interest is the treatment of breast and prostate cancers. He has held numerous academic appointments including Clinical Professor of Radiation Oncology at the University of Kansas Medical School. He is the recipient of numerous awards in the United States and has been the guest speaker at many medical meetings and international conferences.

Currently, Dr. Lawrence is Chairman of the Cancer Committee at the Regional Cancer Centre at Faxton-St. Lukes Healthcare in Utica, NY. Dr. Lawrence is married to Philomena who is from Sangolda. She graduated from St. Annes High School, Bombay, received the Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Xaviers College, Bombay and Bachelor of Education from St. Xaviers Institute of Education and taught at St. Xaviers Boys Academy. She is now a writer. Philomena and Gilbert were married in 1973 and have one daughter. The Lawrences hobbies are travel, history and amateur ballroom dancing

Obituary- Hubert de Santana
Polynesia last year, also found time to produce a book on Canadian painter Ken Danby.
Photo from Toronto Star - May 27, 2003

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