Date(s) - February 13, 2015
7:00 am - 8:30 am
The Vancouver Club
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Dr Michael Rekart has almost everything a man could want — a home near UBC, a job on campus he can walk to, enough money, two beautiful grown children, friends around the world and many proud accomplishments. But in early December he boards a plane for Sierra Leone, plunging into the heart of the Ebola crisis on behalf of the international humanitarian aid group Medecins Sans Frontiere (Doctors Without Borders).
Rekart, 67 and semi-retired, is well aware of the risks.
“I am worried that I might get infected,” the part-time professor said in an interview in his office at the University of B.C.’s school of population and public health. “I am worried that if I get infected, it’s possible I could have a fatal outcome.”
But for him, there is no choice. He must go.
Tom will interview Dr Mike upon his return and will ask about his faith, his family and the forces that drive him to live a rather dangerous life.