August 11, 2017
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The Power of To-Do Lists

[feature-image alt=”to-do list” layout=‘’ size=‘’] We all make lists every once in a while. Be it grocery lists, to-do lists, must-read lists, or even a bucket […]
July 28, 2017
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The Benefits of Breaks

[feature-image alt=‘’ layout=‘’ size=‘’] “Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop.” – Ovid Today’s society has us convinced that we always need […]
July 18, 2017
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Why You Should Start Studying in the Summer

[feature-image alt=‘’ layout=‘’ size=‘’] So you’re considering a career change and you’re going to need training. While school semesters typically begin in September and January, it […]
July 13, 2017
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7 Tips for Surviving Summer as a Student

[feature-image alt=‘’ layout=‘’ size=‘’] Now that the school year has come to end, most students are free to enjoy long hot days spent poolside or at […]
June 13, 2017
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Good Posture for the Medical Transcriptionist

[feature-image alt=‘’ layout=‘’ size=‘’] Working (or studying) Medical Transcription may not seem as physically taxing as working as a construction laborer. But desk jobs can actually […]
February 17, 2017
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Is Medical Transcription/Healthcare Documentation a Good Career?

[feature-image alt=‘’ layout=‘’ size=‘’] Medical Transcription/Healthcare Documentation: A Real Work-At-Home Job Opportunity? Everyday, we see online advertisements telling us Sally Jones makes $100 a day working from […]
February 2, 2017
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Get SMART: How to Set (and Achieve) Goals

[feature-image alt=‘’ layout=‘’ size=‘’] The most important step towards achieving success is deciding what is most important. Setting goals allows you to determine priorities and dedicate […]
January 12, 2017
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How to Personalize Your Workspace

[feature-image alt=‘’ layout=‘’ size=‘’] For those of us who work full-time, almost a quarter of our lives are spent behind desks, our home away from home. […]
December 12, 2016
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Downward Dog, Upward Productivity: 4 Ways Yoga Can Improve Your Work Performance

[feature-image alt=‘’ layout=‘’ size=‘’] As another year is coming to an end, it’s time to reflect on the last years’ accomplishments and setbacks. What was your […]
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Robert was born in Midland, Ontario on January 11, 1953 and passed away in Nanaimo on November 20, 2009. Robert was the youngest of three. I was the oldest, Doug was the middle child. Our mother and father were divorced when we were very young. Our mother remarried a man who had three sons and then another girl and another boy was born. So there was eight of us altogether. Robert moved to Toronto, Ontario after high school and worked in various jobs there. He then moved to Edmonton, Alberta in 1976 and on to British Columbia in 1977. He lived in Vancouver, Victoria, and finally resided in Nanaimo. Robert had a great sense of determination and optimism. The more he could learn, the happier he was. He continued his education in B.C. at Simon Fraser University. He also took courses in the culinary field and worked as a chef for many years. He also studied law and worked as a paralegal. He studied religions and languages (he could speak many languages) and took many computer courses. He took a Medical Terminology Course, and Emergency First Aid which included CPR.

Unfortunately, Robert's health was never great. He was born a "Blue Baby" and not expected to live. He lived with the HIV virus and with cancer. This was a big factor in his determination to be able to work at home and was why he was taking the Medical Transcription course. Robert was involved with various charitable organizations for many, many years. He cooked numerous meals at food kitchens for the homeless, especially at Christmas and other holidays. He spent time at various senior centers, volunteering, and visiting the residents there. He was an active volunteer at the Nanaimo Parole Citizen Advisory Committee and one of the outstanding jobs he completed for them was their Committee By-laws.

I am very proud of the things that my brother achieved in his lifetime. I have received so many letters, calls and cards since his passing, all of them telling me how much he was liked and how much he will be missed. Robert spent most of his time helping others. I'm attaching a couple of pictures, one when he was very young. If there is any other information you need, please let me know. Thank you again for setting up this scholarship. It means so much to me that his name will carry on. And I know he would be extremely pleased that his name was helping others. That was his number one goal in his life - to help others.


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