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  • Packing – 2017 Cambodia February 18, 2017 Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
  • Cambodia mission fundraiser at Bao Down January 17, 2017 Join the ORC team at Bao Down to help raise funds for our next mission! When: February 7 at 5pm Where: Bao Down, 115 West 2nd Ave, Vancouver Cost: $20.00 per person (includes a beer and a bao) To get your ticket contact: Ryan Kean (778-960-5323) or Trevor Coelho (778-899-2669) www.baodown.net  Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click ...
  • Recovery Room Nurse reflects on her experience at the 2015 India Mission October 31, 2016 Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
  • ORC Received a Donation from Talmud Torah September 9, 2016 On June 16, Operation Rainbow Canada Director of Media Gary Hanney attended the Vancouver Talmud Torah School’s Ceremony of Giving and accepted a generous donation of $1,000 to ORC. At the beginning of each school year, students of the Talmud Torah partake in the Mitzvah of Valuing Philanthropy Initiative. The program helps fulfill their B’nei Mitzvah ...
  • Inventory Clean-up_June 2016 September 7, 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 ...
  • BC Medical Journal: Medical contributions to an impoverished community: A great idea realized March 7, 2016 “Medical contributions to an impoverished community: A great idea realized” Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
  • 2016 Cambodia Mission – Team at YVR February 18, 2016 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. MacLennan and the Lord Byng Symphony Orchestra – 2016 ORC Share the Love Concert January 31, 2016 The Lord Byng Symphony Orchestra, led by Dr. Scott MacLennan, in a beautiful rendition of Symphony No.5 in B Flat Major by Franz Schubert. Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
  • ORC Concert in Vancouver Chinese Language Media January 26, 2016 The AACC Youth Group Practicing for the ORC Concert.  They were also interviewed by Ming Pao, one of the largest Chinese language daily newspapers in Canada. Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
  • Grade 12 Student Organizes Fundraising Concert for Free Cleft Lip and Palate Surgery January 22, 2016 We 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 ...
  • ORC Concert on Saturday, January 30, 2016 – Love to see you there! January 16, 2016 ORC 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 ...
  • ORC CONCERT ON SATURDAY, JANUARY 30, 2016 – LOVE TO SEE YOU THERE! January 14, 2016 ORC 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 ...
  • Omni TV Coverage of India 2015 Mission January 14, 2016 Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
  • 2016 Cambodia Mission – from February 17 to 25 January 4, 2016 The 2016 Cambodia Mission will be held at the Preah Ketmelea (PKM) Hospital in Phnom Penh,Cambodia.  This mission is to support the PKM Hospital and the University of Health Sciences in their first Plastics Residency Program.  The ORC will focus on teaching local Plastics Residents in surgical techniques for cleft lip and palate surgery. Our team ...
  • Reflection on the Mission from a Medical Resident December 10, 2015 From Dr. Jolene Low, Family + ER Medicine Resident from University of Toronto based out of North York General Hospital and Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital 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 ...
  • Thanks to our Combined Teams December 10, 2015 Last Day of 2015 Mission – Lots of hugs, laughter, and tears.  Farewell to our colleagues and friends at Kaka-Ba.  See you next year! Many thanks to Randy Mennie’s Member of Parliament, Fin Donelly for providing us with the large Canadian Flag and several hundred Canadian flag pins that we gave out as a small token ...
  • Day 11_Nov 25_Surgery Day 7 November 28, 2015   From Mary Spencer, Operating Room Nurse: Because bears go through surgery too, and they need splints just like me! This little fellow loved that his bear had splints, and told us that neither he, nor the bear had any pain. Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens ...
  • Member Profile_India 2015 – Betty Gorecki, Operating Room Nurse November 19, 2015 Hi everyone, I’m Betty and this will be my 9th mission with ORC and my 3rd time in India.  As usual, my focus is to work as hard as possible in the OR and to support as many people as I can, including my OR team members, the larger mission team, and our hosts.  The ...
  • Member Profile_India 2015 – Doreen Lore – Mission Coordinator November 19, 2015 Hello, this is Doreen. I’ve sent a couple of posts about the trip so far but here’s a bit more of my thoughts on this mission. I’m a nurse and your Mission Coordinator. This will be my 11th trip with ORC and 9th trip as Coordinator. I’m very excited to be supporting a new leader on ...
  • Omni TV News – Punjabi – November 19, 2015 November 19, 2015 Omni TV – Punjabi’s crew was at YVR to interview some of Dr. Rai, Dr. Bhanji and Dolly.  They also showed some photos of ORC’s past work in Punjab. Click link to view video broadcast. Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on ...
  • Member Profile – India 2015 – Randy Mennie – Videographer November 19, 2015 Hi, Randy  here. I’m usually behind the video camera. I’ve been with ORC since 2013 and this is my first mission. I hope to capture the essence of the work performed by the medical team involved in this mission along with the life-changing events experienced by the children and their families who have gathered at ...
  • Team Member Profile – Dolly Khanna – Recovery Room Lead November 19, 2015 Hello, I’m Dolly and I’ve been on the move my entire life.  Growing up I have lived in various cities in India, London – England, Dusseldorf- Germany, Montreal and now Vancouver.  I’ve learnt to be open to different cultures and to make friends quickly.  Along the way, in addition to Hindi, Punjabi, Urdu, I’ve picked ...
  • Member Profile – Alka Patel – Volunteer November 19, 2015 Hi, this is Alka and I am already anticipating the smiles of the children as well as their mothers post-surgery in Hansot. As a mother myself, I know how worrisome it is when my son is not doing well, either physically or socially and I would like to help alleviate the pain of others.  This is ...
  • ORC Featured on Global News November 18, 2015 ORC featured on Global News BC today.  Click on this link to view the video on Global’s site.  It’s only about 30 seconds but we are very grateful to Global for helping us spread the word. The people you see moving those heavy boxes off the truck are two of our directors, Gary and Doreen.  Yes – ...
  • JAL Visitor at the Pre-Departure Meeting November 14, 2015 From Doreen Lore, Mission Coordinator, India 2015 Thanks to all the team members who came out for the pre-departure team meeting on November 10, 2015.  And a special thanks to Ms. Janice Wong, District Sales Manager of Japan Airlines for coming out to meet our members and to answer any questions that we had about our ...
  • Next Members’ Meeting – Tuesday, November 10, 2015 October 6, 2015 Our next meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at 7 pm. Please note that this meeting will be only 30 minutes instead of the usual one hour due to the India Mission Team meeting, which will be held from 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Location: Radiology Library, BC Children’s Hospital –  4480 Oak Street, Vancouver, ...
  • Thank you to Author Hugh Gillard – $20,000+ raised from the sale of his book “What Did You Say” October 5, 2015 It is not often that a non-profit has its own ‘resident author’. Hugh Gillard, author of “What Did You Say”, and wife Rosemary recently attended an Authors Day at the Okotoks Public Library in Alberta. All proceeds from the book, a memoir of growing up with a cleft lip and palate, are donated to ORC.  The book provides ...
  • Big Rock Brewery Fundraiser a Success! October 1, 2015 India 2015 Mission Team Members Doreen Lore, Ryan Kean, and Trevor Coelho, who are fellow colleagues at the BC Children’s Hospital, hosted a successful fundraiser at the Big Rock Urban Brewery on West Fourth Avenue in Vancouver.  It was a super-fun September Thursday night  with delicious made-to-order pizzas and fine craft beer. Thanks to everyone who attended, ORC was ...
  • A Huge Thank You to Barwon Health – Australia September 28, 2015 Operation Rainbow Canada was the fortunate recipient of $10,000 AUD from  Barwon Health’s Charitable Fund in Australia. First of all, our members are totally touched that we have received such substantial funding from half a world away.  How did this happen? It is a tale of a connection between three countries – Canada, Australia and Cambodia and ...
  • Thank you to UBC Medical Students for MedPlay September 18, 2015 ORC volunteer Ben Chan is a third year medical student at UBC.  Earlier this year, Ben and his peers produced a play with the proceeds going to two charities.  ORC is honoured to receive $1,600 from UBC Med Play  to further our work.  For more information on UBC Medplay, click here.   Share this:Click to email this ...
  • Thank you to the Yale and District Ratepayers’ Association September 18, 2015 Gail Kerslake and the ladies at the Yale and District Ratepayers Association have made hundreds and hundreds of blankets and clothing for the children treated by ORC over the years. Once again this year, we received 200 “Made with Love” quilts, blankets and 300 toques. From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you for the ...
  • High school volunteers donates funds to ORC September 9, 2015 Joshua Wu, Amy Chang and Betty Chang, grade 12 volunteers from Vancouver, organized a Krispy Creme donut sales at Oakridge Centre and successfully raised over $3,000 for our upcoming surgical mission in November 2015 to Kaka-Ba Hospital in Hansot, Gujarat, India. Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook ...
  • ORC Members at the Indo Africa Charity Fundraiser for Kaka-Ba Hospital on May 8, 2015 September 9, 2015                 Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
  • Thank you to Health Partners International Canada (HPIC) May 6, 2014 As a small, 100% volunteer run organization, ORC is always challenged with time and resources.  We are committed to utilizing the highest quality medications and supplies for our patients.  In 2014, we were extremely lucky to be referred to and to receive the support of Health Partners International Canada (HPIC). HPIC acts an intermediary between pharmaceutical companies ...