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February 8, 2010

Landing for the Fourth time – reality sets in, again

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The Canadian Air Force is now overseeing our rides, and the lady in charge is Captain Van Kemp. She has been very nice, last week 2 of our pallets disappeared and we are not sure what happened. Captain Van kemp tried this week with Loune to find them but to no avail. [...]

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February 6, 2010

Loading the Plane with Supplies and Help

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We got to the airport last night (Friday); we had gotten back from eating a very late dinner.

Jude tells me that we will all leave the following morning at 730 am as we will have to load the plane. Not the bottom of the plane but everything that goes on top, there [...]

February 5, 2010

ONEXONE’s Fourth Relief Mission to Haiti Begins

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It is Friday the 5th of Feb 7:45 pm, I am in the auditorium of Riverdale High School in Toronto. On the stage is Riverdale’s string orchestra playing Vivaldi, I happen to love Vivaldi; I also love Lil Wayne and Mary J Blige and all kinds of music. Before the string orchestra [...]

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January 30, 2010

Returning from our Third Relief Mission

Mission 3 chapter 3

As we are taking off, there is a lot of crying and I know there is one small baby who is having trouble breathing. Dr. Guy is concerned but confident that he will be ok. We have a lot of kids needing Pedialyte, which we have plenty of.

When the seat belt sign [...]

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January 26, 2010

Returning from Haiti, reality sets in

Haiti Forever Mission 2 chapter 3

As we deplane, the media is already on the ground photographing the plane.

James, Frank and myself have very specific plans:

We need to find all the goodies we have brought down for our police officers on the ground.
We need to make sure we find tents and sleeping bags and water and [...]

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January 24, 2010

Boarding the plane for second Relief Mission

Haiti Forever Mission 2 chapter 2

We landed at an executive plane area near the airport, Air Canada had organized for us to stay in the lounge area for a couple of hours before bringing us to the hanger for the departure to Haiti.

As we all settled in the lounge I felt it important to have [...]

January 22, 2010

Getting ready for second Relief Mission

Chapter 6 “Haiti Forever”

It’s Saturday morning and I’m already in a sweat as I try to get organized to leave for the airport in Montreal.

I woke up and opened the paper to the obituary that we have placed as we do every year – a notice of My Husband and Best friend Lou’s passing. Tuesday [...]

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January 20, 2010

Third Relief Mission – Takes Off

Haiti Forever Mission 3 chapter 1

We just took off. It’s 3am and the plane seemed to take every last foot of runway. I’m a little more stressed than usual, but maybe that’s because I know so much more about air travel than I knew before.

I came to work today at Air Canada Cargo after a [...]

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January 19, 2010

ONEXONE Latest Update on Second Relief Mission

Chapter 4 “Haiti Forever”

The last we wrote I was back at the plane and ready to go home. At the plane are 4 K-9 rescue teams from Canada Krista, Trish, Silvie (yes I spelled it right) Mark, all four with the most beautiful dogs. They are exhausted Silvie has worked 11 disasters, she tells me [...]

January 18, 2010

An Experience to Remember

Dear All,

Chapter 4 “Haiti Forever”

When I last wrote, I was back at the plane and ready to go home.

At the plane are four K-9 rescue teams from Canada. Krista, Trish, Silvie, Mark – all four have the most beautiful dogs. They are exhausted. Silvie has worked 11 disasters, and she tells me this is the [...]

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January 16, 2010

ONEXONE arrives in Haiti with a plane full of needed supplies

Dear All,

Chapter 1 “Haiti Forever”

It is Saturday morning and I am on the plane going to Haiti. I arrived here at the special Hanger in Montreal at 5.:00 am and I took a cab. The gentlemen who picked me up is Haitian and so we spoke.

His stories are difficult. His Aunt is dead and he [...]

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January 16, 2010

ONEXONE AND SUPPLIES ARRIVES SAFELY IN HAITI

Dear All,

Chapter 2 “Haiti Forever”

When I left off we were just about to taxi down the runway.

The people on this flight are very special. Every single Air Canada employee, from the flight attendants to the Air Canada COO Duncan Dee, as well as the freight handlers and the security, as well as the pilots, are [...]

January 16, 2010

We landed and got off the plane to a dry heat and devastation

Dear All,

Chapter 3 “Haiti Forever”

We landed and got off the plane to a dry heat, the only breeze seeming to come from the jet engines on the tarmac.

Our friends at Partners in Health are here and everything is being handled more efficiently than I could ever have imagined. PIH has brought one large truck and [...]

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