Manitoba Tomorrow Project participant since 2018
What do you think are the most important issues facing the health of Canadians?
As a science teacher, I fear students conducting “underground” experiments with drugs, especially cannabis or even prescription drugs, and its gaining momentum. The idea of cannabis edibles entering the market is getting kids and adults excited, which is an alarming emerging issue that can hit Canadians and newcomers alike.
I think health education campaigns that teachers and educators could help or perhaps Health Canada could initiate programs like “Invite-a-Health Practitioner” to the classroom discuss pressing health issues and challenges.
Why did you decide to get involved with Manitoba Tomorrow Project?
Taking part in this projects is akin to doing an experiment. I am now a subject of this experiment and it becomes an experiential learning journey for me. It’s authentic in that I can now share my experience with students who can then become engaged in the process
Do you have any personal experience with cancer and/or other chronic diseases?
Yes, my only sister in the Philippines was recently diagnosed with stage three breast cancer and is undergoing a series of chemotherapy sessions. While prayers help, being a part of the MTP becomes more meaningful and significant — it’s my way of showing my concern for cancer care efforts and research.
If there was one thing you could change about health care in your community, what would it be?
I think health information should be translated into every language. Manitoba is pretty diverse and our growing population needs to understand more about the MTP and how we can all help and be part of it.
Did you learn anything new about yourself after participating in Manitoba Tomorrow Project?
I just went for the usual diagnostics — including body measurements, urine, blood, and fat analyses — and now I’m more mindful of what I eat. I started to incorporate turmeric and cinnamon bark into everything that I eat and drink now.
What would you say to another Canadian who’s thinking about getting involved in the Manitoba Tomorrow Project or CPTP?
No one is well till everyone is well. Start small, start now, be one with the Manitoba Tomorrow Project!