Multi-faith suite, translation services to remove barriers to supports

January 30 / 2015

Erin McCracken, Ottawa Community News: When Marlon Oneid’s mother was diagnosed with cancer, her fight was not only against the brutal disease, but also in her struggle to understand and be understood.

“She had difficulty in the hospital being serviced in her own language,” said Oneid, a governor with the Canadian Lebanese Chamber of Commerce.

His three sisters took turns staying by their mother’s side 24 hours a day, seven days a week so they wouldn’t miss out on updates from her doctors and nurses.

“And that’s an impact on … the cancer patient, on the families of the cancer patient,” he said. “We’re equal in everything else, so why not serve in that language as well?”

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