Medical professionals, community members battle in Reach for the Top

Raissa Tetanish
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Event kicks off Quality Week

TRURO - It was a lighthearted competition that surrounded the medical industry, but those participating in a Reach for the Top event came out with a little more knowledge.

Truro Mayor Bill Mills, left, Sheila Peck, chairperson of the Colchester East Hants Health Authority, Truro Fire Service Chief Blois Currie and Truro Police Service Insp. Rob Hearn react to a question during a Reach for the Top event yesterday to kick off Quality Week. The team tried to make a comeback in the event at the Colchester East Hants Health Centre, but lost by 80 points.

"It was really fun," said Joan Gibson, the chairperson of the Colchester East Hants Health Foundation, who was on the winning team in the question and answer event that kicked off Quality Week. "When you do something like this, you don't know where the trivia is going to come from, and sometimes I'm a little slow on the draw."

That didn't stop Gibson, however, from correctly answering a number of questions in a row to the applause of the crowd that gathered around the teams.

"Once it became competitive, it was a lot of fun," she added.

At the end of the event, it was the team Gibson was on - with teammates Jim Wells, a supervisor with Emergency Health Services, Truro-Bible Hill-Salmon River-Millbrook MLA Lenore Zann (who had Raj Makkar with the hospital step in until she arrived), and Kay Archibald with the Truro Fire Service. The opposing team consisted of Truro Mayor Bill Mills, Sheila Peck, the board chairperson of the Colchester East Hants Health Authority, Truro Fire Service Chief Blois Currie and Truro Police Service Insp. Rob Hearn.

"There's so much good quality initiatives going on within the health system here and sometimes the public doesn't know it exists," said Danielle Pinkney, acting director of communications for the Colchester East Hants Health Centre about the importance of Quality Week. "This allows us to showcase everything we do have and what we work hard for."

In the past, the health authority used to kick off Quality Week with a hand-washing competition, but decided to mix things up a bit this year.

"There's an educational component (to Quality Week) as well," said Pinkney. "We're able to focus on healthy lifestyles."

Quality Week continues until Thursday, with a number of displays throughout the health authority's coverage area, including Tatamagouche and Elmsdale.

rtetanish@trurodaily.com

Twitter: @TDNRaissa

 

Organizations: Colchester East Hants Health Foundation, Truro Fire Service, Emergency Health Services Colchester East Hants Health Centre

Geographic location: Colchester East, Hants, Tatamagouche Elmsdale

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