November 2019

Found 3 blog entries for November 2019.

THREE GALA NIGHT: It started at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver when  Immigrant Employment Council of B.C. CEO Patrick MacKenzie chaired The B.C. Cancer Foundation’s Inspiration gala. With the theme Genomics: The Future of Cancer, the 15th annual event reportedly raised $3 million. As often in such roles, MacKenzie was motivated by a past cancer that carried away his wife Sarah. Dr. Janessa Laskin, the clinical head of B.C. Cancer’s genomics group, looks to her specialty curtailing such losses. “Cancer is so complicated, she said. “Genomics will change how cancer medicine is practised. It will change everything for patients, families, clinicians and researchers.”

B.C. Cancer genomics group clinical head Janessa Laskin and Inspiration gala chair

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Three Vancouver men killed in separate Royal Canadian Air Force missions during the Second World War will be remembered at a gravesite ceremony in the Heverlee war cemetery in Belgium on Saturday.

Brothers Edward, Harry and Frank Sheehan were shot down in separate bombing missions during the war, but other than a small plaque that once hung in St. Patrick’s Parish church on Main Street in Vancouver, their deaths had, until now, been overlooked.

Event organizer Denis Buckley, an Irishman living in Brussels, has made it his mission to recognize and acknowledge the contribution of the tens of thousands of Irish citizens and Irish-born emigrants who served in both world wars.

“This family gave a greater sacrifice than I can even imagine,” said

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My wife Heather and I took a trip to Europe in 2004.  During our visit, we travelled through the Netherlands, and one of the stops we made was in "Ermelo" - a beautiful town within a short drive from Amsterdam. This was one of the many places that my Uncle Paul and our Canadian troops fought in World War II.  Uncle Paul wrote to my father (his brother) George La Prairie in 2001 with a brief description of his journeys in World War II, and with Remembrance Day upon us, I thought it was timely to share with you:

"Dear George....you asked me for information on my visits to Holland. I was there, first, during the War. Then, Jean and I made two trips on our own.  Later I led about six group trips to Holland, and as many to Italy.

In 1945 The Irish

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