Inventory Clean-up_June 2016


From Doreen Lore, Chair of the Mission Planning Committee:

Just want to thank each of the 9 ORC Members who came out to help with inventory:  Betty, Cheryl, Dhar, Elaine, Joshua, Karen, Melanie, and Remy.

Many members who join ORC are attracted by our work on missions;  but it’s these kind of “unpopular maintenance jobs” that are so necessary and form the backbone of a successful trip.

You gave up 8 hours of a precious Saturday and spent the whole day working hard to move and organize our equipment and supplies. We accomplished quite a bit and have new shelves and are more organized. I feel better knowing we have 4000 drinking cups!

ORC is very fortunate to have such a dedicated group of volunteers.

You are all the strength of ORC! Special thanks to Joshua, who is also the height of ORC!

PS:  unfortunately, we still have another day of inventory cleanup left before we can be ready for the India 2016 packing day in October.  

Stay tuned for recruitment emails in September.

2016 Cambodia Mission – Team at YVR

Our team departed YVR on February 17 at 2:00 am for Phnom Penh.

This mission to the Preah Ketmelea Hospital will be a teaching mission. The team will work with our host, Dr. Nous Sarom, to provide ‘on-the-job’ training to Plastics Residents in Cambodia.

Team members:  Doreen Lore, Carolyn Kohlberg, Debbie Nathan, Dr. Kimit Rai, Nikki Williams, Dr. Stephan Malherbe, Cheryl Baldwin.

Mission Team at YVR



Grade 12 Student Organizes Fundraising Concert for Free Cleft Lip and Palate Surgery

Joshua selling donutsWe have announced the 2016 ORC Share the Love Concert for a couple of weeks now.  However, most people don’t realize that this concert is the initiative of a Vancouver high school student.  Joshua has been an ORC volunteer for a couple of years now.  Since he joined our group, he has been active in many behind the scenes work that has helped our missions. In addition to helping us complete inventory, pack, and organize our supplies, Joshua has also initiated his own recruitment and fundraising activities.  We are so happy to have young volunteers like Joshua who has decided to devote his time volunteering to make a difference in the midst of exams and university applications.

Joshua’s first fundraiser for ORC was a Krispy Kreme donut sale which raised $3,000 for ORC’s mission to India in November 2015. The success of this event inspired him to raise more money for ORC. His idea and enthusiasm in organizing a benefit concert for ORC created interest and gained support with his friends, Glad Tidings Church, and Dr. MacLennan, conductor of the Lord Byng Symphony Orchestra.

As a result, on Saturday, January 30, 2016, 48 talented young people will gather for an afternoon of music which will feature the Orchestra’s performance of Symphony No.5 in B Flat Major by Franz Schubert and chamber performances by the youth group of Amazing Agape Christian Church.


Tickets are $20 and includes refreshments and can be purchased at Evenbrite or at the door.  Look forward to seeing everyone next Saturday at 2 pm.


Patient 2 with bearORC is fortunate to have 48 talented young musicians who have put together a concert to support us.

It’ll be a fantastic afternoon of music performance. After the concert, we invite you to finger sandwiches, pastries and refreshments.  It’ll also be a great opportunity to meet some of our members and find out about our work first hand.

Look forward to seeing everyone.


Dr. Rai


The Amazing Agape Youth Group and the Lord Byng Symphony Orchestra presents:

2016 ORC Share the Love Fundraising Concert

On Saturday, January 30, 2016

Featuring the Lord Byng Symphony Orchestra, Dr. Scott MacLennan, Conductor

Symphony No.5 in B Flat Major by Franz Schubert

at the Glad Tidings Church

3456 Fraser St, Vancouver, BC

Concert:  2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Refreshments:  3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Admission $20 per person  – including refreshments (coffee, tea and pastries) post concert. Click here for on-line ticket purchase on Eventbrite.

All proceeds to go towards Operation Rainbow Canada’s Surgical Missions.

Reflection on the Mission from a Medical Resident

From Dr. Jolene Low, Family + ER Medicine Resident from University of Toronto based out of North York General Hospital and Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital

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India.. Wow! Back to the reality of life..

It was a great mission, great team, and a very generous host, Dr. Champaneria, along with his family and staff. I almost did not want to leave to go back to Toronto! We had so much to see and learn as residents.

Pathology during screening days were endless.

Not to mention the excitement we get when we realized what the syndrome was! It was good to see for ourselves rare pathology that we read about in textbooks, are no mere pictures but first-hand experience through our patients in Hansot.

The best part for me about being in pediatric screening was, the opportunity to lay hands on every child that walked into Kaka-Ba Hospital for the mission.

There were many a times getting surgery was the least of the patient’s problems amongst their other larger health issues. For example, our 5 year old girl weighing only 7.8kg who came into the room carried in the arms of her mother. The girl looked pale as paper, legs the size of twigs but with edematous feet, tachypnic, appearing to be in heart failure. She had a medium size posterior cleft palate, but this was least of her problem. She had a ginormous heart silhouette that occupied 90% of the chest x-ray and a hemoglobin of 28. She was definitely not a candidate for surgery.  I was glad that even though surgery was not an option for her, we were able to arrange for a transfer to a larger center for more intensive pediatric care.

Being in screening also meant I was able to see even the non-surgical consults such as cerebral palsy, developmental and speech/language issues etc.

More importantly, I learned the differences between resources that may be readily available to us in Canada and how to adapt and utilize local resources in a different setting.

I was able to appreciate the cultural differences, know their stories and see our patients as a family unit not just as an individual. Over the 2 weeks in Hansot, I’ve bonded and made friendships with our little patients and their families. There were even several difficult good byes especially when Krisha’s dad and mom said something that really warmed my heart: “You miss Krisha. Krisha miss you too.”

I cannot describe how invaluable these experiences were for me as a resident and an individual. Thank you ORC for having me!”



Team Member Profile_India 2015 – Dr. Gayatri Sasikumar


Dr. Gayatri Sasikumar, Anaesthesiologist, All India Institute of Medical Sciences
Dr. Gayatri Sasikumar, Anaesthesiologist, All India Institute of Medical Sciences

Hello, My name is Gayatri.

I work as an Anaesthesiologist at the Regional Cancer centre at Trivandrum in Kerala (one of the many states in India). In 2013-2014, I was fortunate to obtain a fellowship in Pediatric anesthesia at BC Children’s Hospital in Vancouver and so have worked with Dr. Montgomery and team. I have many fond memories of Vancouver and I am looking forward to meeting my friends and colleagues from BCCH again.
This is my first mission with ORC, though I was to be part of the team coming to Rajasthan in 2014 February but that mission has been deferred. I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to work with  Dr. Champaneria and his wonderful team of doctors who are doing very impressive work in rural Gujarat.

I hope this is the first of my many ORC experiences and I am hoping to be a useful link between the Indian and Canadian team. Unfortunately, I will be part of the mission only for a week since I have a few obligations that came up suddenly in the family. This just mean that I will have to make the most of out of my time with ORC. After all, as a young doctor, I am well-versed in the “sleep in optional” way of life.

Team Member Profile_India 2015 – Dr. Hanif Ukani

Hanif Ukani_SmilingHello. I’m Hanif. This is my third mission with ORC. My interest in cleft lip and palate, and humanitarian work started in medical school when I was fortunate enough to participate in a plastic surgery mission in the Philippines. This experience motivated my career path, to become a plastic surgeon.

I am currently head of plastic surgery at Royal Columbian and Eagle Ridge Hospitals in Greater Vancouver. I also operate at False Creek Surgical Centre.

Now, fifteen years later, I feel very fortunate to be a member of ORC and to give something back to the global community. I feel especially grateful to Dr. Rai and Dr. Bhanji for their mentorship, and to Dr. Chitte my dear colleague.

This mission to India has a special place in my heart. My great grandmother was born in India, about 8 hours drive from our current site. And it is has been very exciting for me to treat the kids and adults here that we have seen here. We are now midway through our mission, and I’m happy, I feel we’re making a positive difference.

I am very thankful to my wife and children for their support. Although spending this time away from home is difficult, they have been so very supportive of this endeavor.

Poem “Flowing Smile” by Dr. Julie Kvann

Dr. Julie Kvann_Profile photo

Plastic surgery combines the aesthetic of the human body with science and medicine.  The best surgeons in facial surgery must have sensitivity and a glimpse into a person’s soul in order to bring about the best features that represent their true self.  Many of the surgeons have artistic pursuits outside of medicine.

Dr. Julie Kvann is a Plastics Resident who was selected by the Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons in a very competitive process to study with Dr. Rai on this mission.  Originally from Cambodia, she now resides in Montreal and is a Resident 4th year at McGill University.

At Kaka-Ba Hospital, Dr. Kvann has composed quite a few poems about the patients that she treated.  Although she is proficient in at least 3 languages, she is very humble and often apologizes for her English.   We think her poems are beautiful and evocative.  Here’s one we would like to share with you called “Flowing Smile”.

Flowing Smile

A space between two lips

Lips entrouverte

Lips introspected

Secrets to be told

Lips ajar

Split apart






Distorted realities

Go figure

Mix configuration



Pull apart

Put together

Outside in

Inside out

Mix and separated beyond words

Beyond worlds

A space to fill up

A gap to bridge

A bridge to cross

Stories to be told




Water flowed and filled up her mouth

Fills up her eyes

And there,

For the first time since she was born,