Phaedra W.

Midgic, New Brunswick

Anglophone East Regional Heritage Fair (Hopewell Cape)

My Grandfather

My grandfather, Dr. Gillespie, was the head of the Cystic Fibrosis clinic in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He was very devoted to his patients and would spend hours with them. My grandfather was sick in university, so he knew what it was like to lie in bed hour after hour. My grandfather was a kind and compassionate doctor that would do anything for his patients.


What was the most interesting thing you learned about your topic?

The most interesting thing I learned about my grandfather is that as the director of the Cystic Fibrosis clinic he traveled and saw patients all across the Maritimes. Also, I learned that he was always on call, no matter the time.

What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?

I learned that just one person can impact an entire country.

How would you compare your life today to the lives of those studied in your project?

While I am not personally affected by Cystic Fibrosis, it is partly because of my grandfather the life expectancy is around fifty to sixty.