Nancy Garrett served in India 1967-1969- Podcast #71

Nancy Garrett was recruited in 1967 from New York where she had completed her training at Columbia to become a nurse. She went to York University for her orientation and headed out with others such as Vicki Henry, Janet Harold and Carol Gagnion to name a few.

She was posted to the Hariama estate family centre. 2 weeks of Hindustani training and then some private tutoring to learn the language Working with Dr. Vasudeva at the family planning training centre.

She heard Lewis Perinbam speak at her orientation. She later met him in India and their lives were connected. Listen to her story.


Canadian, Nancy Garrett, following nursing education in Vancouver received a BSc (Columbia University. N.Y.) a Masters in Public Health/Population Planning (Univ. Michigan); Certificate in Evaluation (Ottawa Univ.), Ottawa.

She has lived and worked in North America, Europe, Australia, Asia and Africa and did consulting in Peru. She has worked in five languages, for private, government, and voluntary sectors in service, management, teaching and research. Professional activities include teaching community health, epidemiology, and research methods at the Universite de Quebec, (Hull, P.Q.); Research officer; and Director of Professional Services for the Canadian Nurses Association. She has presented papers at national and international gatherings and published in (French and English) in books and journals on research and issues ranging from smoking to immunization, AIDS, breastfeeding and health care training in developing countries.

International development work has included teaching and service in Haryana State programs in India; Director-Medical for CUSO-India programs; Pediatric Associate- Nursing for Harvard Medical School Project in Maternal and Child Health at Cameroon's Centre Universitaire des Sciences de la Sante; Health Specialist for CIDA. Numerous consultancies include those for the International Planned Parenthood Federation; CIDA, CUSO, and Programme Officer for the International Development Research Centre (Ottawa). She has also served on boards of directors, and advisory councils for various organizations; research, selection, and technical committees.

She lives in Vancouver and is involved in local, national and international organizations including the Canadian Society for International Health and the Canadian International Council and the Royal Commonwealth Society. Current activities include trustee for International Development Award, UBC School of Nursing Advisory Council (international development education) and community work with arts and culture organizations to assist and promote arts, heritage and cultural exchange.

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