Dr. David Wong
105 Gibson Centre’s core values, Love and Hope, are exemplified in Dr. Wong’s volunteer work at the Wellness Clinic. He was invited to consider opening a clinic for Abundant Life Institute. Through holistic healing, the clinic aims to address clients’ emotional and spiritual needs as these are rarely addressed by family physicians. He was excited at the opportunity but was also anxious because as an anesthesiologist, he had no prior experience in family practice because he was trained as an internal medicine doctor.
After much contemplation and prayers, he accepted this meaningful mission. He finds the experience challenging yet rewarding and humbling. He felt blessed to have received the unflagging help of Rev. Jonathan Chan and Rev. Monica Chan, and also from nurse practitioner Clara and other volunteers who offered their expertise and insight during the clinic’s planning and development stages.
The clinic began serving ALI members in November 2018. The clients are medically assessed and receive counselling that focuses on their emotional, social and spiritual needs. Prayer is also offered at clients’ request. In this short time, Dr. Wong has witnessed seniors and their family members being helped. Dr. Wong is grateful to be serving others. “God has never abandoned me when I needed him the most. I wish to help others with their emotional challenges, so they too can see and feel God’s love during difficult times.” Dr. Wong hopes that more physicians and nurses will share this vision and volunteer at the Clinic in the future, so that more ALI members and their families will receive help and care.