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It takes a community to raise a child…

Posted on 20th December 2019

It takes a community to raise a child…

I think our community is a very healthy one. It has a vibrant school, lots of groups and societies involving all ages, a wonderful location and a fantastic Health Centre. We’re really lucky. All of these things help our children to grow successfully.

Dr Andrea Baqai has been working as a doctor in our community for 29 years. She has had a huge positive influence on the lives of many of our families. We invited her into school today, to celebrate her contribution. She retired from General Practice yesterday. She’ll still be running interesting projects, related to what she has learnt about during her GP work. One of these projects is the Mindfulness in Schools work with which we have been involved.

Andrea told the children a bit about how being a doctor has changed over the past 29 years. When she started the internet and mobile phones did not exist. Doctors were the only emergency response in our rural communities, so they often had to set off with the green flashing light on their car, heading off up the valleys with a huge bag of vital emergency response gear. Andrea was the only female doctor when she arrived. Now Paul Davies is the only male GP in the practice.

Several of the children said that they would like to be a doctor when they grow up. Dr Baqai said that it is an endlessly interesting and rewarding job.

Thank you, Andrea. We will miss you at the Health Centre. We very much appreciate everything you have done for our community.

It takes a community to raise a child...